So, how long do you think it takes me, The Spirit Dog, to tend to 85 dogs each and every day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, 366 days a year on leap years. So, what do you think, how long, but before you answer there’s just a little bit more, I also tend to 1 Iguana, 1 Macaw, 1 Quaker Parrot, 4 Cockatiels and 2 zebra finches.
To help you out some, let me run through my daily Summer routine for you. The Winter takes a tiny bit longer only because we have 6 forced hot air heaters 75,000 BTU’s apiece, that everyday have to be individually filled with 5 gallons of kerosene each. This is the North Country, baby.
The normal routine everyday is, feed 85 dogs, fresh water for 85 dogs, do the scrape that means, scrape up all of the bedding hay and wood shavings that are used in case somebody has an accident before replenishing with second or third cut hay and shavings. Cleaning up after them outside. Tend to the minor health issues that you always have with animals, hot spots, ear infections, the occasional respiratory infection, the couple of guys we have with chronic skin diseases, one dog on medication for seizures, administering Panacur when needed, tending to the normal bumps and bruises dogs get because just like little kids they don’t watch what their doing. You know, normal stuff like that.
What the daily dog routines don’t include are the emergency and non-emergency trips to our veterinary office, which sometimes seems like it’s a normal routine. The normal grooming of shaving dogs down when they need it and clipping nails.
Now with the smaller animals, the small birds get fresh water and seed everyday, along with millet and either green leaf or Romain lettuce for their browse. The Macaw gets fresh water and seed along with a variety of hard nuts and peanuts with of course some kind of browse.
The Iguana everyday gets a variety of greens that always include escarole and or collard greens, with the occasional Bok choy thrown in, and fresh water in her little bathing tub.
Additionally, all the birds and the Iguana get misted everyday.
I think that’s it, the above doesn’t include the regular errands to pick up animal and or sanctuary supplies.
So what do you think ? Is there enough time in a day to do all this and still get some sleep.
I’m gonna do two Poll Daddy, Polls for this one. This is a little tricky, because there are two correct answers. The first question will be, “How long does it take to do all the above stuff, without petting, playing, hugging, kissing and just hanging out with the dogs”. This one has to do with how long it takes me to efficiently go through my daily animal care routine, if there are other things I just gotta do on that day.
The First Poll.
The second question is, ” How long does it take when I’m spending time with the dogs, petting, playing and all that good stuff”.
This coming Sunday I will give you the answers.
The Spirit Dog
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