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One of Pet Techs mission statement s (and mine too!) is:
Improving the quality of pets lives, one owner at a time.
I first took the Pet Tech Petsaver CPR & First Aid class in February 2011 when I had the honor of attending a week long class at Rummys Beach Club www.rummysbeachclub.com in Houston, Texas to Learn How To Swim Dogs. Did you know not all dogs know how to swim? This class was part of my extensive training in the preparation for opening Doggie Paddle Omaha, Inc.
I felt so strongly that everyone that has a pet needs to know what to do if an emergency arises, so I decided to become an instructor for Pet Tech,Inc. in June of 2011. Pet Tech,Inc. an international company which teaches people the importance of knowing life-saving techniques of CPR, first aid, and pet wellness. I believe that anyone that has a pet or touches fur in a day should know what to do in a pet emergency.We use our head, be careful with your hands, because you have a heart.
I have been a human health care professional for 33 years, and have decided to follow my passion and dream to work with animals. We are their voice, and advocates, they are dependent upon us for their wellbeing.
After my beloved Golden girl of 14 years (Moose) crossed over the Rainbow Bridge (from kidney issues), I realized that I needed to know more about dog health, wellness, and what to do in an emergency. I felt everyone should know too.
Prevention, Preparedness and Safety are the keys to unlock the quality of life you can create for your pet, and you.
Come join the best. You will love what you learn, and feel proud to have the piece of mind and knowledge to do what you may need to do for your furry family memberthe 4-legged kids in your family.Check out the calendar to the left for class schedules!
Doggie Paddle Omaha is
a WIP-work in progress.
My goal is to have a warm water indoor pool so that exercise and fun can be attained at anytime of the year. This is part of good health and wellness for our furry family members. I have found it is a long (since 2006) and expensive dreambut it will materialize!!
Thank you for being patient and understanding.
How the concept of Doggie Paddle came to be: Mooses story;
Moose was my beloved Golden retriever. She lived to the ripe old age of 14. I got her when she was 8 weeks old.
Moose loved to swim. Growing up in Florida, she started swimming at 10 weeks of age in the ocean (the lakes had alligators!). At 9 months of age, when she was spayed, we had hip x-rays, and saw that they werent like they were supposed to be. We always said she doesnt sit like normal dogs.
Keeping her weight normal for her frame and exercising was going to be the key to maintain proper muscle mass to support her future hip problems.
Well, we loved her so much (table food) that over the next 6 years, she gained weight, a lot of weight! She was so cute-begging and doing tricks, and after all, if the food was good enough for us, it was surely good enough for her.
Food does NOT equate to love!
When we moved back to Omaha, Moose was only 6. We set up an appointment with the Vet, and he said she needed to lose 20 pounds! Obviously her growing width was not as apparent to us, it was so gradual.
He said with her hips the way they are, she needed a non-weight bearing exerciseswimming.
So, she went swimming practically every day (weather permitting) at one of the area lakes-Lake Zorinsky was her favorite. We modified her diet (no table food) and she gradually lost those 20 pounds. We would start out with 15 minute swims and increased her time in the water over a 4-6 week period until she was up to about 45 minutes at a time. Of course, she would come out of the water to go potty, and play keep away with her water toy. It was her way of taking a rest. She had us trained well! After each swim, we would wash her off (there was a spigot at the lake), so when she got back in the car, she was cleanshe loved her routine, and would squeal with delight when we got within a half mile of the lake. I havent washed the inside of my car windows since shes been goneI cant part with her nose prints.
It took about 5 years for her to go from 94 to 75 pounds. What a difference each pound off made. She was spry again; she walked better, even had a spring in her step, and slept really well!
We met many dogs at the lake, some never had been swimming before. Moose graciously shared her toys and showed them how fun it was. Some were old, overweight, puppies, large dogs, small dogsit was her social network. There is a lot to learn from dogs and their behaviors. Knowing how to make the water and swimming a positive experience for them is paramount. Do not throw your dog into the water and expect them to just swim. This is how tragedies happen, and fears are created. Would you throw your child into the water? No.
It could have taken a lot less time if we had had a safer, year round, controlled place to go where snow, cold, heat, thunderstorms, blue-green algae blooms, darkness, bugs well you get the idea, wasnt an issueBingo! Doggie Paddle was born!
Doggie Paddle Omaha is a tribute to Moose.
Moose continued to go swimming up until 1 week before she passed.