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Dogs Are Our Family

Dogs are our family and there is nothing like our fur babies.  They are loyal and unconditionally loving. They love us when it feels no one else can. The more time you spend with them, the more they become your irreplaceable children.

Their souls are obvious.  Each one has their own personality and quirks.  All this is not unknown, as seen by the U.S. pet industry statistics.  According to APPA (American Pet Products Association), $99 billion dollars is estimated on total pet industry expenditures in 2020.  It goes without saying, we love our fur babies. Dogs are our family.

Help With PTSD

Diagnosed years ago with PTSD and being an empty nester, I embarked on the journey of finding my very own puppy as the family dog was actually not mine and moved out with the kiddo.  Mylo, as stubborn as he was being a Lhasa Apso – could melt your heart.  He was wonderful and funny.

My home was very quiet with two elderly cats (17 years old at the time). I wanted an adventure pup who could travel on a motorcycle with me.  My online search found an Alaskan Klee Kai, from a breeder in Bandon, Oregon.  I visited my puppy when he was two weeks shy of being taken home. To my surprise this was a “backyard breeder”, a dirty place where an outdoor pen full of sad, unkempt dogs was on the left of the driveway. The home was within another outdoor pen, where a band of barking, snarling dogs offered protection to the homeowners – but aggression to the visitor. They appeared untrained, unkempt, and unruly. It was truly sad and a poor first impression.

Just Like Me

I longed to take my puppy home right then. He fell asleep with his puppy breath against my neck. From video updates I had felt a special bond right away. He didn’t play with his siblings, was off alone doing his own thing, and was much smaller. Almost seemed lonely while he was being videotaped with his birth family. A puff ball, and looking nothing at all like the litter he was from. Later, he was identified as a Pomeranian (mix) and not at all the Alaskan Klee Kai he was said to be. I really didn’t care about the logistics of his breed. I was in love. Dogs are our family and it doesn’t take long to fall in love.

Influenced by the news at the time, a new planet had been discovered and dubbed Planet 9.  It was hypothetical, a puzzle even today.  “A super-Earth, or sub-Neptune planet,” (Astronomy).  It was an opportunity to live my best life and not follow trends in fur baby names. A number name seemed quite reasonable and fitting for my special pup.

A Pup Named 9

Fast forward and 9’s favorite naughty/comfort food is macaroni and cheese.  He loves pasta, although it is not a regular occurrence. If he can slip his tongue in your mouth he will, he is a fast bugger. He loves everything about living and instead of a motorcycle, he hangs his head out the window and will pout if he can’t.  Being on a motorcycle didn’t seem responsible and I had to think about his safety more than my fun.

9’s favorite game is tug o war and he is somewhat of a tattletale – my little drama boy. He loves his harness and can’t be trusted fully without a leash. He likes to wander and explore. Pets are our family and the more you get to know your Furbaby, the more they are like us.

Finding The Right Vet

We parted ways with his first vet when as a wee pup he turned his head back, he didn’t bite – and the vet was indignant about it as a precursor to biting.  He also had a reaction to a shot and she didn’t take accountability, which it was a simple matter and an easy fix. Her attitude wasn’t going to work with us and her prices were ridiculous.

Vet two works for us. I can pick 9 up early after a procedure if he is doing well. 9 doesn’t like to be alone in a strange kennel in a back room. Even so, office staff stress they love 9 regardless of his small dog expectations. Finding the right vet to support your values is crucial in dog parenting.

I remember picking 9 up once after he had his declaws removed.  It was not a great experience; one had torn on a simple excursion to the park and I didn’t want to be in an isolated area and have a replay without a vet nearby. It looked painful and of course bled. So I decided all declaws had to be removed, safely. When I arrived after his surgery, they brought 9 to me and his eyes lit up – but he starts holding his colorfully bandaged feet up, vocalizing, “Do you see this, do you see what they did to me?”.  Treating him like a Prince has given him a voice because how he feels matters to me.

Dogs Are Our Family

My biggest fear when I have this family made up of fur babies is finding someone who could treat them like family and keep them together if something were to happen.  9 wouldn’t bite and he knows it is bad, but he will use his mouth to communicate at times and only someone who loves him will understand this and let him be him. What would become of this tribe that has given me more than I ever received from related or non-related humans?

When you put his harness on, he will put his mouth on your arm or grab your hand, he is sooo excited because he loves adventures and car rides.  Like people, it takes time to know your Furbaby and hear what they are saying and react in the way that works for them. I would be afraid he was misjudged or misinterpreted if I was no longer there. Being misread can hurt and be life changing.

When 9 sees another dog, he sounds quite vicious, demanding them to play or see him.  He loves deeply and sometimes without restraint, meaning he is kind of loud in certain situations. Not a barky dog and when he speaks, he has something to say.  He can sense an unwelcome presence like anything and I feel safe with him around.

The Meaning of Nine

Having 9 encouraged me to start Planet9 Co., LLC.  The number 9 is the number of Universal love, eternity, faith, the concept of karma, spiritual enlightenment, spiritual awakening, service to humanity, leading by positive example, philanthropy and the philanthropist, charity, self-sacrifice, selflessness, destiny, life purpose, generosity, a higher perspective, romance, inner-strength, public relations, responsibility, intuition, strength of character; (Joanne Sacred Scribes), among many other relatable descriptions of our life path we most identify with.  My birthday falls in September, the 9th month of the year, so there is that. 9 is meaningful.

At Planet9 Co., Inc, we screen print apparel and create new products that we believe in. Researching the greenest materials possible, we keep abreast of upcoming viable products & fibers. We support longevity and snub fast fashion. We want to be your favorite item years from now, not just for the moment. Doing this type of work allows us the dream of travel and working with non-profits.

Planet9 Co not only creates it’s own branded products, it is The Market Place. You can learn more about The Market Place here:

It has been a beautiful start to a wonderful adventure, already full of twists and turns. Fur babies are our family.

Jessica Fletcher

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