Advice for Budding Entrepreneurs WhoAre Also Becoming Dog Parents

By Cindy Aldridge

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If you’re starting a business and welcoming a new dog, it might feel like you need to be a superhero to get everything accomplished. Forget the cape and follow these five tips.

Start With a Plan

Starting a successful business requires a solid plan. A formal plan outlines your objectives and how you’ll reach them. It involves thinking through your budget, marketing strategies and identifying your target audience. By developing solid strategies right from the start, you’ll not only create a roadmap for your business, your plan can come in handy if you need to secure funding or apply for a grant.

Bringing home a dog requires planning, too. You want to make sure you can devote ample time and attention to Fido while he’s settling in. Per the Animal Rescue League of Boston, you should introduce your dog to the household gradually, and plan on no visitors the first several days. 

Have a Safety Net

Dogs thrive in a home environment. When times come up that you need to step out, make sure you have a trustworthy boarding option to turn to with an atmosphere that will help your dog thrive. Perhaps more importantly, have an option in mind before you need one! Whether you’re going on vacation or just in need of a short respite, you’ll rest easy knowing your dog is in good hands. 

Many pet owners also find pet insurance a worthwhile safety net. Vet visits can add up quickly, especially as your pet ages. Chewy recommends examining policies carefully, checking things like age restrictions, pre-existing conditions and breed exclusions. 

There are also important ways to safeguard your business. If you conduct business over the web, make sure you’re following data security protocols like password protection and encryption. 

You also might want to consider an LLC when establishing your business structure. An LLC protects assets like your home if your business gets in trouble, plus it offers tax perks. Since all states have different rules on how to form an LLC, check your state’s regulations. To save time, consider using a formation service or hiring an attorney.

Create a Pet Space

Just because you work from home doesn’t mean your dog should be at your side constantly. When you need a distraction-free-zone make sure your pooch has a dog-safe zone. Dogs spend about 50% of their day sleeping, so your first step should be to offer a soft bed for resting.

Don’t worry about clearing out an entire room. Dogs prefer small spaces. If you have a nook or corner to block off with a baby gate, this is fine. Make sure there are no trash cans or food items within the dog’s reach, but always allow access to clean water. Dogs tend to act up when bored, so include puzzle toys and other positive options to keep your dog occupied.

Outline a Routine

You and your pet can both benefit from maintaining a routine. Even when you run your business from home, a steady routine results in reduced stress levels and productivity. Dogs also thrive in an orderly environment and find comfort in routine. Figure out when a good feeding schedule is for your pup and plan to take him outside a few times a day. And of course, exercise is healthy for the two of you, so try to go for a good, long walk on your break or at the end of the day.

Explore New Technology

Pretty much everyone has a smartphone nowadays. This techy tool can help you schedule your workday and plan out your dog’s day. There are a variety of apps that can help you with everything from training your dog to remembering your dog’s appointments and helping you connect with other dog lovers.

Building a business and becoming a pet parent are both significant undertakings, but also worthy ones. With the right plan, a space for your pooch and a steady routine, there is no reason you can’t welcome a new addition to your family and start a business at the same time. 

The Reckoning is Coming

The position of The Wagadilly Times has always been that AS LONG AS 5,500 DOGS ARE KILLED IN AMERICA EVERY DAY – AND THEY ARE! DUE TO OVER-CROWDED SHELTERS CAUSED BY THERE BEING MORE DOGS THAN HOMES TO TAKE THEM, THEN IT MAKES NO SENSE TO ALLOW MORE DOGS TO BE CREATED. Once we no longer have an overpopulation of Dogs ( and, therefore, no Killing of Dogs by overcrowded Shelters) we would happily agree that CONTROLLED DOG BREEDING could then resume. But the “revolving door” of puppies being created FOR THE PROFIT OF THE BREEDERS and discarded Dogs being killed in Shelters – is just despicable and inhumane. Fortunately, the trend is fast coming to it’s END. Here’s News from the UK:

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The Telegraph

Dog rescue charity wins first-ever private prosecution for dog breeding, after woman adopted two dogs and illegally sold their puppies

Telegraph reportersSun, January 10, 2021, 11:47 AM EST


An unlicensed dog breeder was forced to give up two rescued pets after she became the first to have a private prosecution brought against her by an animal charity.

Nicola Palmer, 39, of Kesgrave, Suffolk, was taken to court by Phoenix Rehoming after she breached her adoption contract by failing to neuter her male and female dog brought to the UK from Romania.

Palmer had no licence to breed the dogs but allowed them to have a litter of nine puppies, five of which were sold for £300 each. The remaining dogs were given to family members.

Animal welfare chiefs said the case reflected how “growing numbers” of people were looking to cash in on rising demand for puppies exacerbated during the coronavirus pandemic.

Phoenix Rehoming, which spotted that Palmer’s female dog Esme was pregnant at the age of 10 months, sought help from the charity Animal Protection Services which organised the private prosecution.

Ms Palmer was accused of three counts of theft relating to the two adult dogs and the litter, and breeding dogs without a licence.

She gave back the adult dogs when she was served with the summons at her home three days before Christmas and was allegedly told the police would be called if she did not comply.

The theft charges were dropped at Suffolk magistrates court in Ipswich last Wednesday, in return for her pleading guilty to not having a breeding licence.

Ms Palmer who is on benefits was given a conditional discharge, and ordered to pay £230 towards the estimated £11,000 costs of the prosecution, and a £21 victim surcharge.

A spokesperson for Animal Protection Services which investigates and prosecutes animal cruelty said: “We believe this is the first ever private prosecution relating to an unlicensed dog breeder.

“We have found that there are a growing number of people cashing in on the huge demand for puppies caused by the coronavirus pandemic and people spending more time at home.

“While this case related to a woman who had broken the condition of adopting dogs, there are also organised crime groups who are getting involved in breeding. Many groups are switching from drugs to puppies because there is so little enforcement.

“The law about licensing breeders is supposed to be enforced by local authorities, but they have only brought a handful of cases.

“We are in the process of bringing a further seven private prosecutions of people involved in unlicensed breeding.”

Anyone making more than £1,000 a year from dog breeding has to have a local authority licence, although the requirement is not enforced for the breeding of family pets.

The law introduced in 1999 to crack down on puppy farms was strengthened in 2018 when a licence became compulsory for anyone breeding three or more litters a year, even if not for profit, instead of the previous limit of five.

Ms Palmer who lives in Kesgrave, Suffolk, made a donation of £530 to the charity for the pups.

She said: “It wasn’t made clear to me when I took on the dogs that the charity still owned them even though I had paid for them. I had all their paperwork and passports showing they had been imported from Romania so in my mind, they were entirely mine.”  
HERE ARE THE FACES OF THE 5,500 DOGS WE KILL EVERY SINGLE DAY ! All of these Dogs have already been killed. It is too late for them. 5,500 MORE will be killed tomorrow. 5,500 MORE will be killed the day after tomorrow. 5,500 are Killed EVERY DAY! Because there are simply MORE DOGS WHO NEEDS HOMES… THAN HOMES AVAILABLE. Do Not add more Dogs ! Boycott Dog Breeders (until we have caught-up on the overpopulation)


By: Carol Garrasi  Florida Correspondent and Travel with Dogs Editorgrey2.jpg
With 69% of Florida voters in favor of banning dog racing, the state will be adopting the resolution to put an end to Greyhound racing by December 31st 2020. Among dog enthusiasts this is by far the most satisfying victory of election day. For years animal rights groups have fought to end this cruel and inhumane entertainment.  Track owners have frequently been sighted for providing less than adequate living conditions for these elegant athletes. Many of the racing Greyhounds are considered to have outlived their usefulness by as young as three years old. Bruce “Big Bruno” Cohen, animal rights activist, comments; “On Tuesday November 6, 2018 the voters of Florida sent a message to the world that animal cruelty will no longer be tolerated. Thousands of dogs either die or are killed each year as a result of the dog racing industry. This is not okay. My hope is that these dogs will now have the opportunity to live out their lives on a comfortable couch sleeping next to their furever family watching TV.”
With the passage of this bill a new problem arises. On January 1, 2021 thousands of greyhounds will be in need of good homes. If you’re interested in adopting one of these gentle, loving dogs contact either of the following agencies; Friends of Greyhounds or Elite Greyhound Adoptions South Floridacp12
They can put you in touch with the appropriate resource.

My CHAIRity Chair Project – Update

UPDATE:  We are proud to announce that the Wagadilly Chair’s Winning Auction Bid was $400 !  (the highest price of the day) so that’s $400 Donated to the SPCA and we couldn’t be happier!  If you have any ideas for Next Year’s Chair — speak-up!

BRUNCH  CLICK to FB page about this Event
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The cleverly-named CHAIRity Event is an Auction benefiting our local SPCA in Winchester, Va.  Artists give a second life to chairs by decorating them with an animal, dog, pet or adoption theme.  Then they are auctioned at this wonderful and fun event.  Most of the Artists paint their chairs, I chose to re-upholster mine – with Custom Fabric Printed with my Art  (yes, that’s a Thing!  and the end-product Fabric is excellent quality and the printing perfect)
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IMGP7949IMGP7948I found a tag inside the chair showing the date it was made… April 9th, 1987. So I wrote my own note on it and stapled it back inside the chair.

If you’d like to purchase the Fabric for yourself, here it is at my ZAZZLE SHOP
If you’d like me to make a Custom Fabric for you, just EMAIL ME.  I could make it from a photo, or could create a picture for you.

We Need You To simply Send a Quick Email! That’s all it takes to HELP SAVE LIVES

Please add your Voice! and help this amazing Organization to get this show ON THE AIR – EVERYWHERE!

In partnership with Sagacity Productions and KET/PBS, we ask you to email your local PBS station to air this important documentary.

We need your help to ensure we reach and stir as many hearts as possible…to save animals and recover our lost humanity.

Please cut and paste the verbiage below after finding the program director at your state or local PBS station…

Dear Programming Director,
I’m contacting you to ask if you’ll consider airing An Act of Dog, the story of an artist who sets out to paint 5,500 portraits. This important half-hour program premiered on KET, and I would love to see this story land on my local PBS station because it will matter to so many. Thank you for considering An Act of Dog for your upcoming programming schedule
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Dog Portraits: Fido into fine Art

Ya’ got your Labradoodles and Goldendoodles… what about a Yankee Doodle?
This is Athena – and here you can see how I transform a regular, not-too-interesting photo of your dog – into Fabulous Fine Art!

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You send me a photo of your Dog (or any pet, or horse, or your Farm, House, whole Family – whatever)
I isolate your Dog from the background and brighten and neaten her/him, as needed
Athena neatened brightened and isolated
I add some techniques to apply brush strokes and make it more of a painting, and less like a photo
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I make the Background for your piece; we can decide together what this will be or you can leave it up to my imagination.
I like to discretely put in your Dog’s Name and maybe the date. This can be with the barely-visible “embossing” technique, or it can be totally visible, or not there at all.
Athena name and date

And I put it all together and your Doggie is now “Fine Art” (this has my Watermark diagonally across it – your versions would not, of course)
COST?  To get it to this stage and provide the image to you:  $25 to $50 … one dog is probably only going to be $25.
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For that price I will provide the finished piece to you as a High Resolution Jpeg File of whatever size you want.   You can then have it printed anywhere you want.  Or you can have me take care of the Printing and send it to you.  Or you can have me make it into a “Print Mounted to Wood” and send that to you.
I can also List your image into my Zazzle Shop and from there you (or I) can place the image onto any of hundreds of products…. Mugs, Throws, Clothing, Pet clothing!, Door Mats or Canvas! Like this Canvas Wrap version, which is really special.  Don’t try to create the Canvas by yourself (it’ll drive you nuts) I have to make a special version of the art in order for the Edges to work)

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3 Tips for Moving When You Have a Dog

By Guest-Blogger   Cindy Aldridge  of Our Dog

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Congratulations! You found the perfect home and you’re packing up and almost ready to go. But have you considered your dog? How’s she handling the news? Just like with humans, the stress of moving can put a lot of pressure on our four-legged friends. Dogs are sensitive and become anxious when they anticipate change approaching. They have found comfort in your existing home and associate it with safety, and a change in your situation disrupts their routine, causing anxiety and insecurity. This anxiety can manifest itself in many ways:

Reduced activity
Becoming clingy
Excessive licking, biting, or scratching
Tail tucking
Diarrhea or other digestive issues

While your dog may not show all of these signs, it’s likely to feel some measure of discomfort. The same way moving can be distressing for people, moving can be a rollercoaster of emotions for your dog. Take the following precautions to ensure that your move with your dog will happen as smoothly as possible.

Keep things as routine as possible.

Dogs, much like children, thrive when they have a routine. Being able to anticipate what comes next helps calm their fears and prevent them from worrying. While your move may throw a wrench in some of your day-to-day activities, it’s important to try to maintain their routine as much as possible. Take them on their regular walks even if you are exhausted from packing. Keep their bed with them in the car during the move, and do whatever you can to assure your dog that while the house is changing, very little else is.

Provide emotional support for your dog.

Sure, Fido can’t speak your human language, but she can still sense that something is different. Under the stress of the move, your dog can pick up on the subtle changes in your voice, the variances in your pheromones, and all the new smells coming in from movers, real estate agents, and possible occupants. If you fail to provide emotional support for your dog, all these changes are bound to cause anxiety, which may lead to your dog acting out around the house.

Instead of ignoring your dog during this transition, be sure to offer her emotional support and comfort. Your presence is their ultimate comfort. Talk to them in loving, reassuring tones. Give them their favorite treats or play their favorite game. It may seem silly, but taking the time to reduce your dog’s emotional distress can ease the moving process for both of you.

Plan for the Big Day.

When it’s finally time to get from Point A to Point B, your dog’s stress may be heightened.
There are several things you can do to reduce their stress. Whether you have a little or a lot to move, the presence of movers picking up and setting down furniture, boxes, and more will be loud. Dogs are especially sensitive to these kinds of noises. Many dog owners find that Thunder Jackets help alleviate the physical symptoms of stress caused by loud noises, while other pet owners have their veterinarians prescribe anti-anxiety medications.

In addition to preparing your dog, you should also prepare your movers. If your dog is wary of strangers, it’s best to have her stay with a friend or at doggy daycare while the movers are in the house. You can also put your dog in another room to reduce interaction. Talk to your movers about how to interact with your dog if she’ll be around They may have specific policies about what to do with canines when they’re working.

While moving to a new house is exciting, it also comes with a fair share of stress. Being as sensitive as they are, dogs tend to pick up on this stress from their owners. By maintaining a routine, reassuring your dog, and preparing for the big day, you can alleviate stress and make the entire process smoother so you can get to enjoying your new home as soon as possible.

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