The Little Pup Lodge Philosophy
My beloved dog Oliver is the most precious thing in my life. I often avoided travel or social activities because I couldn’t stand the thought of him alone, sad or scared without me. Kennels and cages were out of the question nor would I settle for someone dropping by to visit once or twice a day.
What would the ideal situation be, I asked myself, if I couldn’t take Oliver with me? Here was my answer.
- Most importantly, that he have a loving caregiver constantly nearby. Little dogs must have companionship in order to thrive.
- That he be allowed to sleep wherever he wants indoors, including with the caregiver.
- That the caregiver understands the special needs of little dogs – they easily chill, don’t like the rain, and do best with a structured routine, to name just a few.
- That he has other playmates to romp with during the day. For his safety, I only wanted other small dogs for his playmates.
- That his caregiver limit the number of dogs at any one time so that Oliver will get plenty of attention as well as appropriate supervision.
- That he is not stuck in someone’s backyard for the duration, but is taken on stimulating excursions such as to the beach, trail walks and in fenced, little-dog parks.
- That he is not pacified with an endless supply of poor-quality dog biscuits, but is occasionally treated to small amounts of healthy treats.