Brews and Chews was a fabulous "Pawty"...check out all the sweet puppers who stopped by the Kuri K9 Massage booth! 🐶
Winners of the draw for a free K9 massage will be notified later today - good luck, everyone! 🐾
Okay, so I’ve got a plan…
I want to address the two biggest, broadest questions I get when I’m out there talking to pet Mommies and Daddies about Canine and Feline Massage Therapy.
Those questions? Why does my pet need massage therapy? AND What’s involved in pet massage therapy?
How will I tackle these two questions? I’m going to break them down into smaller questions and answers!
The first question is definitely the biggest — that’s going to involve an ongoing series of blog posts. I will post more specific questions and answers every second Tuesday…for example, how does massage therapy help a dog or cat with arthritis? I may stray a little outside the bounds of the “why massage therapy” question, too, so I can’t talk about when NOT to have your pet massaged. This will also lead to other important information…for example, if your pet has a fever, they should not have a massage session until well after the fever has resolved and they are fully recovered from whatever caused the fever in the first place. But how do you even know if your pet has a fever?
These posts will bring you important knowledge about the health and quality of life of your fur baby and answer all the questions I get about pet massage therapy. And don’t feel like you must be entirely passive during this series — email me your questions any time (email@example.com) and I’ll make sure I answer your question during the series!
Best of all, every post in this series will include a code word, which you can use when you book your first or next massage therapy session and you’ll receive 50% off the appointment you book with me! One code word can be used per pet—sorry, no multiple code words/discounts for one pet…but I offer other ways to save on your massage therapy sessions, so be on the look out!
And as for the second question — what’s involved? — I’ll cover this in a five-post blog series Monday to Friday COMING SOON! Watch the Kuri K9 site, social media and newsletter (sign up HERE) and be the first to know what week that blog series will land.
I’ll be back in a couple of weeks with my first Why Pet Massage FAQ post…in the meantime, check out my breeds info posts (including the most pressing health concerns for each breed), past events and adorable photos and video on kurik9massage.com, Kuri K9’s Facebook Page and Instagram. Join the Kuri K9 Group - Pet Massage and Alternative Therapies on Facebook for another opportunity to interact with a community that cares about the wellbeing of fur babies. And as always, I’m available to answer your questions directly.
Japanese Chin were bred as lap dogs. Their coats are long and silky, coming in black and white, red and white, or black and tan and white. They are actually of ancient Chinese origin, probably sharing a close link with the Pekingese.
These are devoted pups that are playful and sensitive, tending to shadow their owners and becoming friends with virtually everyone they meet! They only need a short walk or romp daily, but their long coat needs combing twice weekly.
Health concerns include patellar luxation, dry eye and cataracts.
Maltese were bred to be lap dogs and did originate in the island of Malta. Their coat is long and silky, coming only in white, though they originally came in colours other than white early on (they are mentioned in writings as early as 300 B.C.).
Maltese are bold and feisty dogs that are playful and sweet. They are reserved with strangers and sometimes bark a lot. They only need a short walk or romp every day, but their coat needs combing every 1-2 days (or clipped for easier care).
Health concerns include patellar luxation, hydrocephalus, liver shunt, dental problems and eyelid problems.
Toy Manchester Terriers come from England and where originally meant for hunting small rodents. Their coats are short and sleek, coming in black and tan, with a black "thumbprint" patch on the front of each foreleg and "pencil marks" on the top of each toe.
These are sensitive dogs that are playful with family but timid with strangers. They can also be tough when needed. They only need a short walk or good romp daily. Coat care is minimal.
Health concerns include vWD and cardiomyopathy.
The Welsh Terrier was bred for hunting rats, badgers, otter and fox. Their coat is wiry and medium length, coming in deep tan with black or grizzle jacket.
Welsh Terriers are playful and mischievous, but calm enough to be good house pets. They are independent and sensitive, reserved with strangers and tend to dig or bark. They can be scrappy with other dogs. They need a moderate leash walk every day or an invigorating play session. Their wiry jacket needs combing two or three times a week, plus shaping every three months.
Health concerns include lens luxation and glaucoma
West Highland Terriers come from Scotland (of course!) and were hunters of badgers, fox and vermin. Their coats are straight, hard, medium length and white.
* Westies are happy and curious dogs. They are both affectionate and demanding. They also bark and dig…just like the Scottish (I can say that—I have Scottish blood). They need a short walk or play session every day. Their coat needs combing two to three times a week, plus shaping every three months.
Main health concerns include Globoid cell leukodystrophy (caused by genetic defects in a lysosomal enzyme and results in progressive damage to the nervous system), Legg-Perthes, jaw problems, copper toxicosis, cataracts, patellar luxation.
Now we arrive at the Toy Group, and begin with the Affenpinscher, originating in Germany and one of the oldest toy breeds. They were originally bred for vermin hunting and as a lap dog. Their coats are medium and harsh, coming in black, grey, red, silver, black and tan or beige; with or without a black mask.
These are playful, busy and bold dogs that can also be stubborn and tend to bark and even climb! Their exercise needs can be met with vigorous indoor games or romps in the yard, or short walks. Their coat needs shaping every three months, but combing two-three times a week.
Main health concern is patellar luxation.
Had a fantastic time at the CNE all weekend selling copies of "Beverlee Beaz the Brown Burmese" for the Annex Cat Rescue... check out some fun random photos I took all around the Ex (Raccoons around the fountain, Godzilla, Adding Cabin, and loads of lanterns)...
We had such a phenomenal day this past Saturday at Party 4 Paws! 🐾🐾🐾
Draw winners (for the FREE Canine or Feline massage) will be notified tomorrow! 🐶🐱
A BIG thank you to the organizers and volunteers - and an extra thank you to those who bought copies of Beverlee Beaz the Brown Burmese and Tamara Turtle's Life So Far - your purchases benefited the Annex Cat Rescue and Little RES Q 🐢🐈
The Dandie Dinmont Terrier originates on the border of Scotland and England and was originally used to hunt otters and badgers. Their coat is a mixture of soft and hard hair of medium length coming in pepper (all shades of grey and silver) or mustard (all shades of brown and fawn). The puppies are much darker than adults.
The Dandie Dinmont first appeared as a distinct terrier in the 18th century. They are dignified, but not so dignified they don't enjoy play and are also affectionate. They need a moderate walk or play session daily and some dig. Their coat needs combing twice a week.
Health concerns include intervertebral disk disease and glaucoma.
Fox Terriers come in Smooth and Wire coats and originate in England. They were used for vermin hunting and fox bolting. White should predominate (brindle, red or liver markings are objectionable).
Both Smooth and Wire coat Fox Terriers live to play, love to run and hunt and chase and are feisty. They may be scrappy with other dogs and may dig and bark. They need a vigorous game or walk every day and brushing to remove hair in smooth coats (who shed more than Wires) and coat combing two to three times weekly plus shaping every three months for the Wires.
Health concerns include lens luxation, cataracts, and Legg-Perthes (spontaneous degeneration of the head on the femur bone).
The Glen of Imaal Terrier comes from Ireland and was used as a farm dog, turnspit dog and vermin hunter. They have harsh, medium length coats in wheaton, blue or brindle.
These are inquisitive and courageous dogs, less excitable than most terriers, but nonetheless active. They are good natured, but some can be dog-aggressive. They need moderate exercise but also a good game every day. They are not good swimmers. Their coat needs weekly brushing and stripping a few times a year.
Health concerns include PRA and hip dysplasia.
Kuri K9 Massage will be vending at Party 4 Paws in August!
Plus...you'll be able to purchase copies of my picture books, Beverlee Beaz the Brown Burmese (all proceeds go to the Annex Cat Rescue) and Tamara Turtle's Life So Far (proceeds go to Little RES Q)
More about Party 4 Paws:
Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 12 PM – 6 PM
Trinity Bellwoods Park
Party 4 Paws is a family-friendly, fully accessible event where everyone can meet animal rescue heroes and pets looking for their forever homes, learn responsible pet ownership, and support a great cause. Admission is free, and all donations go towards helping animals in need.
There will also be other activities and attractions including face painting, a photo booth, treats for pets, and displays of pet supplies, services, and goodies from an array of new and established businesses.
Rain date: Sunday, August 4.
Rescues that will be in attendance:
Moosonee Puppy Rescue
Pugalug Pug Rescue
Canine Haven Rescue
Little RES Q
Great Canadian Hamsters: Rescue & Sanctuary
Safehome Animal Rescue
Helpaws - Help Animal Welfare in Saint Lucia
A Dog's Dream Rescue
Adopt a dog/save a life
Ninth Life Cat Rescue of Ontario
Save Our Scruff
Free Korean Dogs
Fetch & Releash
Toronto Cat Rescue
Regan is a certified Canine Massage Therapist (CCMT), has certification in First Aid and CPR for Pets, and some beginner training in Herbal Remedies and Aromatherapy for personal use.