Mochi might not have the most powerful jaws, but she has a very persistent nature. For example, last week, I got her a chew toy, and she set right to work tearing pieces off it.
After some online research, I decided I needed to get a particular toy from West Paw. "Our toughest treat toy, Tux has stood the test of time and up to some fearsome fangs."
So far, so good. And Mochi's chew/treat toy, like her collar and leash, is guaranteed. Shout out to Wests Paw--and to the Barrington Pet Valu, where they gave me a refund on the destroyed toy as I bought the new and far tougher toy.
Guaranteed (Even If Chewed) is how Lupine Pet describes its collars, leashes, and other products. We have used that guarantee twice, first with a collar that Mochi destroyed by chewing the buckle, more recently with a leash that she chewed right through. Here she is trying to look innocent and adorable in her new leash.
The turtle pattern seems appropriate for a water dog, even more so when she's at the beach.
The good people at Rumford Pet gave us the new leash (and before that, the new collar) upon production of the chewed item. We're glad to be customers of Rumford Pet, and of Lupine. (By the way, these are not affiliate links.)
Do you know of any furniture that is guaranteed (even if chewed)? If so, please let us know in by leaving a comment.
Mochi had her summer cut on Friday May 31. Her hair is a lot shorter, especially round her ears. Her white hair is a lot whiter.
I took her to Bruce's Pet Grooming in East Providence. Bruce has recently opened his own place, having apparently become well known in the area grooming at other places. The new place is on Facebook. It doesn't have a website; I hope that it soon will, and that I get the job!
Of course, Mochi soon got to work on looking less freshly groomed. She splashed in the bay,.
She played in the dog park... Here she is, rolling over for a 10-month old puppy.
I just received my first batch of business cards from Moo. They are excellent in terms of printing.
They are not so good in terms of design. I was eager to get cards printed and ready to give out. I used some of my favorite photos of Mochi and the bay. They are too dark to be ideal for business cards.
Thinking of business identity, I favor a logo that is both the website logo and a prominent feature of the business card. Having just preached that, I'll practice it soon.
Labs are understandably popular dogs, so it's not surprising that two of my first dog walking clients are labs. They are both lovely, and within walking distance of my house, but they are very different.
Lily is a laid-back lab, although she now gets excited when I arrive, because she knows it's walk time. Our first walk together was just the two of us, and included a visit to a local beach.
Over the next couple of days, she got to know Mochi. Mature (five years old) Lily was very patient with the lively puppy (nine months old) Mochi.
Luna and Mochi had met before, are about the same age, and so immediately started playing vigorously. Then they took a rest together, giving me a chance to take a photo that wasn't just blurred fur.
So it was a good week for dog walking - and for alliteration. I hope that you enjoyed this account of Lily and Luna, the lovely local labs!
We resume the story in mid-October 2019, when Mochi came home. Three main things stand out about her first few months at home: vet visits, training, and shopping.
Mochi's vet is Dr Craig Hopkins at Ferguson Animal Hospital in North Providence, He has been her vet since birth, and we decided to stay with him after Mochi came home with us. We have been happy with her health and her healthcare. She was spayed on April 1, 2019.
For early training, Mochi went to "Puppy Kindergarten" and "Puppy Socialization" at Pooch Pawsitive. I took a lot of photos of Mochi socializing with other puppies. Most of them are blurred, since puppies tend to socialize vigorously. Mochi is the black blur in the foreground of this photo.
Heidi and her team provide excellent training for dogs and their humans. The training center is in the East Providence branch of Rumford Pet.
We've done a lot of our Mochi-related shopping at Rumford Pet, and like the store. We also like Pet Valu in Barrington. We used Chewy for online shopping when a deal was good enough to overcome our preference for shopping local.
Of course health, training, and shopping are project that will continue throughout Mochi's life. We - canine and humans alike - especially need to keep working on training!