The Little Pup Lodge Philosophy
My beloved dog Oliver was 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 they 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, on trail hikes and local parks. (We no longer go to public dog parks as we now have our own large, fenced in park!)
- That he is not pacified with an endless supply of poor-quality dog biscuits, but is occasionally treated to small amounts of healthy treats.