Introducing Linda Koldal. Linda has been working alongside me now for nearly a year, but i did not truly 'see' her until much later when suddenly (a bit like Mr I. Newton, except i did not get hit in the head with an apple) the light came on in my head that she would be a perfect person to join the Fidos' team.
On that note as of the 1st of July she leaves the computer (she has a computer sciences degree) and joins the animals.
I include a reference from one of her first jobs and a happy dog owner:
''Yes everything was fine when we got back on Wed afternoon. I have been meaning to send you a mail thanking you for a excellent service since we got back. We were very happy with everything and with the job that Linda did, first class and we will for sure use the service again.'' Darren Meadows father of Otis the English bulldog.
Tips to keep your animals cool this summer
Dogs sweat through their paws. Keep them off the hot pavements during the hottest time of the day.
They also sweat by panting. Be sensitive to this behaviour in the heat.
Walk or run your dog during the coolest hours of the day. They are close to the ground and feel the heat directly as it rises. Carry room temperature water with you for them to drink. Make the most of the Barcelona fountains.
Allow them to sleep, provide a damp towel for them to lie on, wash them down with water from the pads of their feet upwards and around the neck, keep them in the shade. Switch on a fan.
Old and overweight animals suffer in hot weather. Brachycephalic (snub-nosed) dogs and cats like Bulldogs and Persians and those with heart or lung diseases should be kept indoors in air conditioning as much as possible.
Dido 'The Escaparista' gives advice on what to do if you loose your dog.
- First of all it is very important that you wear a microchip. It is not a painful proceedure.
- If you have arrived on the plane from another country and already wear a chip, then go immediately to a vet and ask them to register you with the Archivo Identificacion Animales de Compania. You fill out a form with your address and your human's telephone number.
- Once you are bored of roaming the streets chasing pigeons and eating bocadillos, let yourself be caught by a friendly human who will then take you to a vet, the vet will then read your chip, then they will phone the Archivo, the Archivo will then phone your human and advise them where they can come and pick you up. And ... for your own sake try to keep your explorations within the barrio.
- Put a post it! on your human's fridge to remind them to call the Archivo identificacion Animales de Compania on 934189294 as soon as they notice that you are not at home waiting with their slippers in your mouth.
- I believe the same proceedure is followed for those cheeky felines.
Reference for the month of June
When our family moved to Barcelona from Canada last year we brought our 3 year-old Labradoodle, Lucy, with us. We now also have a large fish, named Ken (you can see their photos on the About Our Pets page). Susie has taken care of Lucy and Ken for us on a number of occasions. She has always been very professional in her approach and we were very comfortable leaving them in her care from day one. Lucy is very happy with Susie and we have not had any problems or concerns. She’s always very happy to see Susie especially as she loves the homemade dog biscuits Susie brings. When we were away for the Christmas holiday last year Susie also sent us photographs of Lucy, which we were very happy to see. Ken has also been equally well cared for. I have been happy to recommend Susie and Fido’s Playground to my friends and know they will enjoy the same peace of mind while they are away. Wendy Dick and Lucy and Ken