I have to say it has been wonderful to see my regulars back after the heavy restrictions. I'm not a fan of the new buzz words so I'll say we are nearly back to normal, in that I can see pretty much any dog that needs to see me now. I say nearly normal as I still have my risk assessment and sanitising protocols in place. Applying a hierarchy of controls (and knowledge from my previous occupation) I am still taking care, of you as well as your dog (although currently human hospitality, i.e tea and coffee are still off the menu, apologies for that!).
It took me a while to get back into the swing of things and remember to take my phone into clinic. My main aim has been to get the dogs I see as comfortable as possible after quite a time without the hands on care they would normally receive. So apologies if you have been back and I didn't capture any photos, hopefully next time.
I'm going to keep this post short and just let you enjoy some the beautiful faces I have had the pleasure of over the last week or so.
Images courtesy of
Ghillie the Border Terrier, Oscar the French Bulldog, Minnie Whippet, Arti and Henry the Labradors and Bramble, Terrier X, thank you
I have to say I am opposed to calling the current situation the new normal. To accept any of this as normal is detrimental to our future as social creatures. What is normal about any of this for our dogs? They will certainly pick up on our emotions and I don't think anyone can deny the emotional roller coaster of the last few weeks, it has definitely not been a holiday.
Of course the weather has played a part in keeping spirits up, enjoying nature at its best with our dogs, certainly melts those worries away for that moment or two. As many small businesses spring into action preparing to open their doors, more of us get back to work, the kids back to school, I hope families find ways to minimise the impact on our dogs, suddenly left home alone after weeks of family time. Who knows they might be glad of the peace and quiet!!.
A few weeks ago, I found myself locked out of my business Facebook page. Timing couldn't have been worse with nearly 5 years of information sharing, photos, clients comments, messages, reviews, plus nearly 500 followers, I was left unable to post or see messages. After nearly 4 weeks of trying to resolve the problem with no help at all from FB. Frustrated, but I can't deny FB has been a great platform to share information about Out of Step, I am undecided how to take it forward. Build an new page from scratch? Look elsewhere? What about a blog? So many choices.
After a beautiful evening walk with the dogs, they all crashed on the sofa, asleep and content. I settled down with my laptop to write my first blog post to update those who follow Out of Step. I have to add here, I am very grateful to the support. Following a trial earlier, and with a certain amount of trepidation, as I am by no means a computer geek, I am going to use both my website and FB to share updates. I am not sure however, who and how much everyone is seeing through Facebook, so I would really appreciate if friends and family would share this post. I will decide over the next few days whether to build a new Out of Step FB page (any feedback welcome).
I know this crisis is by no means over, but I am optimistic we are starting to move forward, albeit treading carefully. I have had a protocol in place before the lockdown commenced, which will be in place going forward for as long as necessary. I'm just looking forward to seeing everyone again, some normality. Please get in touch when you are ready, and we can discuss the new protocol and how I can help your dog.
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The treat jar is fully stocked at Out of Step Canine, and I look forward to welcoming you.
The only C words we are thinking about today are calm and cake, as in birthday cake!! Hildi celebrates her 6th Birthday today.