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Mar
23

New Pet Keepers Front Office Look

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Hello,

We have freshened up our front office and would love your opinion. Please drop by and “inspect”.

Thanks!

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Feb
06

Tail Wag and Dog Psychology

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People start out with their dogs imagining that it can’t be that hard to look into their minds. Dogs seem all tail-waggy when they’re happy, and they seem to growl when they are angry. How hard can it be to understand what’s going on? Well, in truth, dog psychology isn’t that easy; there is way more stuff going inside that head than merely “happy” or “sad”. Let’s take a closer look at how you could look at a dog’s tail wags and look into his moods.

To understand dog psychology better, you need to understand that the tail wag happens to be a primary expression tool for the little critter. Dogs use that for all kinds of expression. It’s up to you to interpret those wags according to context. Dogs use tail wags the way people can use a smile to mean anything from joy, to cunning or ridicule. If you are looking at a dog wagging his tail, you want to look at more than just the tail to be able to interpret that wag. It is kind of the way how when a person smiles at you, you look at more than just the mouth to interpret it; you look at the eyes, the rest of the body and so on.

Looking at the whole dog and not just the tail wag lets you understand dog psychology a lot better. A wagging tail on a dog that’s leaning forward ever so slightly shows that the dog is willing to come close to you. It can mean enthusiasm. A wag together with a bit of backward lean would suggest that he would like to be left alone. A dog that seems to be quite stiff and tall demonstrates tension. He could be tense for aggressive reasons or not; you need to proceed with caution. A dog can wag his tail through all of these.
dog wagging tail
Dog psychology dictates that there are different kinds of wags to interpret. A dog that happens to be standing stiff and wagging his tail in a slow back-and-forth motion is a dog that doesn’t want to be approached. If you approach in spite of all the warnings he’s giving you, he’ll probably lunge at you.

The stiffer a dog’s tail is, the higher it goes. A stiff tail is usually an unfriendly sign – even if the tail happens to be wagging in any way.

A happy tail-wag is something you can recognize by a number of signs. Usually, a really happy dog will wag not just his tail but also his entire behind a little bit. The wags are usually in sweeps or in circles. The happy, friendly dog will have his ears pulled back, with his eyes squinting a little; and his body will be held a bit low.

Once you get to know a dog, it can be easy to interpret what he feels.

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Oct
24

Mt Pleasant Pets Experience Anxiety

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Mt Pleasant Dogs and Thunder

Anne Blythe wrote a great article recently that was in the Post and Courier. See the whole article at: http://www.postandcourier.com/news/2011/jul/31/31dogstorm

NC State researchers have been looking into phobias and anxieties exhibited by dogs for years now and have found that around 40 percent families studied reported some sort of anxiety for at least one of their dogs.

The article was really more about a device designed by Phil Blizzard, the Thundershirt, but we just want to pass along to you that your dogs’ negative reactions to thunderstorms in certainly not unusual.

Dogs and Thunder Mt Pleasant SC

Dogs and Thunder Mt Pleasant SC

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Pet Keepers Dog Boarding and Cat Boarding Kennel in Mount Pleasant SC announces two cost savings measures:

1. Dog bathing and cat bathing prices reduced! There are not many things better in life than cuddling up to a freshly bathed and brushed dog or cat. We have reduced our bathing prices across the board roughly five dollars. The gentle massage of our HydroSurge Bathing System, quality shampoos and brush out provides comfort for your pet and your cuddling.

2. We now accept both the one-year and three-year distemper vaccinations for visitors. We recommend a maximum of one year from the last distemper vaccination when boarding due to the higher risk scenario, however that decision is now left to the owner.

Dog Day Care Mount Pleasant SC

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May
11

Dog Boarding Mount Pleasant SC Breaking News

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Dog Boarding Mount Pleasant SC Breaking News

 

Years ago, there used to be a Pet Keepers II Doggie Day Care and Boarding Kennel next to Shuler Veterinary Clinic on Highway 17. Many of you remember that facility and some of you regret the loss of the convenience. Pet Keepers II Dog and Cat Boarding Kennel was closed to concentrate all of our attention on the original Pet Keepers.

 

Enough with the history; now as you drive by the closed premiere doggy day care facility, you will see CHANGE.

Remember the dilapidated house between Pet Keepers II on Highway 17 and Lowes?  It is now in small pieces and maybe even hauled away by the time you read this. That whole lot is being graded to get ready a new business, Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers. 

Check out the demolition photos below. There will be more to follow as the back half of old Pet Keepers II will also fall prey to the jaws of the huge back hoe.

Not to be outdone, Shuler Veterinary Clinic put a fresh coat of paint on their building and will soon be doing some landscaping to blend in with the new business.

Watch the progress as you drive by on Highway 17. It seems as though Mount Pleasant Town Center is almost including Shuler Veterinary Clinic.

Doggie Daycare Mt Pleasant SC Hwy 17 Demo

Doggie Daycare Mt Pleasant SC Hwy 17 Demo

Doggie Day Care Mt Pleasant SC Demolition

Doggie Day Care Mt Pleasant SC Demolition

Doggy Daycare Mt Pleasant SC Demo

Doggy Daycare Mt Pleasant SC Demo

Doggy Day Care Mount Pleasant SC 29464 Demolition

Doggy Day Care Mount Pleasant SC 29464 Demolition

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May
05

Mt Pleasant Dog Daycare by Any Other Name

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Daytime boarding is known by several variations:

Dog Daycare
Doggy Daycare
Doggie Daycare
or any of these using “Day Care” instead of “Daycare”.

Kitty day care, kitten day care and cat daycare are implied when using the dog daycare phrase.

We get many inquires from new and old customers asking if we at Pet Keepers provide that service. YES, we certainly do! We love day boarders. 

Doggy Daycare Mt Pleasant SC

Our doggy daycare service may be needed if you are remodeling, have out-of-town guest with their own finicky pets, letting the maid have free run of your house, etc.  It is also great for you to let your pet have a special vacation as a treat now and then, frisking in our play yard during the day instead of just laying around until you get home from work.

Vacationers from out-of-town find doggie day care very beneficial when they want to do some sight seeing around the area and don’t want to leave their pet in the motel room for most of the day alone.

Give us a call today and arrange a special treat for your puppy or kitty!

Kitten Day Care Mt Pleasant SC

Want a tip?  Bring your pet(s) in for a bath and get daycare for FREE! Drop off anytime before noon and pick up before we close.   843-849-8866

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Mar
08

Easter Busy at Pet Keepers Boarding Kennel

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Just a quick note to let everyone know that we are taking reservations at Pet Keepers Mount Pleasant Boarding Kennel for the Easter period. For your planning purposes, we plan on not opening the office on Easter, April 4th.  Call or use our contact form to make your reservation as soon as your travel plans are firm.

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Happy Mt Pleasant SC Kennel Puppy

Happy Mt Pleasant SC Kennel Puppy

There is a great article in the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine 2007-2008 Report to Donors.

The article talks about how memorial contributions to honor pets are not only being made by owners, but also by the pets’ veterinarians.  The story tells of how Dr. Kevin Shuler made a memorial gift in honor of a customer’s springer spaniel that had died.  The owner was so moved that he contributed $25,000 to the New Teaching Hospital Building Fund.

When interviewed, he told of how Dr. Kevin Shuler was a wonderful sincere caregiver, and that he and his father, Dr. K.C. Shuler, had taken care of his pets all of their lives. He further stated that the Shulers were more than just business owners to him and his wife, they were like family doctors.

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Dec
15

Mt Pleasant SC Kennel Recommends Dog Agility

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Mt Pleasant SC Kennel Recommends “Dog Fun on the Weekend”

Want to have a real blast this weekend? Get your grass mowed, do a minor garage cleaning, tell your group you will golf another day, then pack up the family and dog. Get over to a dog agility course. It is not only great exercise for your dog, but also for you. An agility course is truly a Dog Amusement Park.

Pet Keepers Mt Pleasant SC Kennel Fun

Pet Keepers Mt Pleasant SC Kennel Fun

(UPDATE: The agility obstacles have been removed due to objection from one person or a few. The fenced area still exists.) We have a real bonus here in town. Just a few miles from Pet Keepers Mount Pleasant SC Boarding Kennel there is a county park that has a fenced in agility course. The name of the park is Palmetto Islands County Park and the address is 444 Needlerush Parkway, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464. You can google directions, or you can just get on Long Point Road, enter the Long Point subdivision and keep driving to the end of the road.

There you will find the park entrance gate. Pass over a few bucks, stay to the right, and drive right up to the “dog amusement park”. Do not worry about parking. The course is surrounded by acres of grass. Distractions are few since the agility course is at the boundary of the county park, away from other attractions, and not on the major route through the park. The four-foot chain link fence surrounding the course lets you take off the lead and romp without worry. Cost? Completely free other than the few dollars you already paid to get through the entrance gate.

For those not so fortunate to live near an agility course, lobby for your county park to build one. The only substantial cost to the county would be about 300 feet of chain link fencing and some inexpensive obstacles. All of these obstacles are easily built by anyone somewhat handy with a saw, hammer and PVC piping. You could make the tunnel by cutting off the ends off fifty-five gallon barrels and joining them.

This course is not exactly what you see on TV for the competitions. It is scaled down somewhat and has a smaller perimeter, but still a terrific short course. There is no standard sequence of obstacles for real competitions because the judge sets it up how he wants each time. Competition dog agility is where a handler directs a dog through an obstacle course in a race for both time and accuracy. Dogs run off-leash with no food or toys as incentives. The handler cannot touch the dog or obstacles. You will not be this rigorous because you will be having family fun!

Obstacles at our neighborhood agility course include:
– A teeter board
– Tunnel
– Standard adjustable jumps
– Tire jump
– Weave poles
– Pause table
– Dog walk
– A-frame

Once you get good and worn out, cool down with a leisurely stroll with your around the park. There are walkways all over including some over marsh, a look out tower, slides and a playground. Talk about some great scents for your hound to investigate! This author has even taken the family Christmas photo at this site and always travels with a picnic lunch, including dog lunch. You can leave Splash Island for another day in the summer.

After you take advantage of this adventure, you will want to go back repeatedly to let your pooch show off. It may make sense to buy a season pass. Please let us know at Pet Keepers Mount Pleasant SC Boarding Kennel how it went for you. No need to tell us what the stopwatch said unless you really want to.

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Dec
13

Mt Pleasant SC Boarding Kennel Play Time

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A quick run around the block for Squeedunk and Boca

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