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Canine Clients: Lovely Local Labs

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!

Mochi: The First Few Months Home

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!

Dog Walking: Webbed Dog and Before

Webbed Dog is my first dog walking business, but it’s far from my first dog walking. Here’s some of my doggy history.

When at graduate school at UMass Amherst, bike rides used to include a count of dogs encountered. A dog/mile ratio greater than one was one benchmark for a good ride.

When I lived and taught in Boston, I was great friends with a Rottweiler. I often walked him, and he stayed with me when his human was away.

When in Bethesda, Maryland, I did some independent dog walking.

Since moving to Barrington, Rhode Island, I’ve done some dog walking through Wag! I feel positive about Wag! But it’s not for me as a dog walker, and it wouldn’t be for me as a dog parent.

My love for dogs has only increased since Mochi joined the family. I look forward to getting to know your dog(s)!

Site Icon

What’s the site icon? It’s that little image in your browser tab for this site.

How does it differ from the site logo? The site logo is the image at the top right of every post and page of this site.

The above answers are short, simple, and specific. If you want more detail, I recommend RockPaperSimple’s account of the difference between icon and logo.

For this site, I’m challenged by the site logo decision, and confident in my site icon decision.

Mochi: The Homecoming, and Before

We start our story in the summer of 2018. We decided that it was time to add a dog to our family, and that a Portuguese Water Dog puppy would be the best fit.

With some searching and some luck, I found that Karma Portuguese Water Dogs had a litter on the way, one of which was not yet promised to a family. We visited Anat at Karma in North Providence and signed up for one of the nine puppies in the litter.

The puppies were born on August 22, 2018. We were able to visit the adorable little bundles of fur and fun a couple of times, and to watch them on a video feed that Anat set up. Each puppy had a soft collar, and was identified by the color of that collar.

We got “Blue Girl”. Here’s the photo that Anat sent us when she texted us the news.

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Dog Walking in Barrington

Where would I walk your dog? The simplest answer, and the best answer in many cases is: on quiet streets near your home.

There are many other possibilities. That’s one of the many great things about Barrington. We can discuss what’s appropriate for your dog.

For some dogs, the best exercise is off-leash, and with other dogs. In this case, we will consider the Barrington Dog Park. I take Mochi there most days, and we love the space and the community of dogs and their people.

Webbed Dog and WordPress

Webbed Dog is powered by WordPress. I have used WordPress for more than ten years, seeing it grow from a blogging tool into a publishing platform used for a wide variety of websites.

For the forseeable future, I will build websites with WordPress. That said, if you prefer a different platform, we can discuss it.

A rich ecosystem thrives around WordPress. For example, thousands of different themes are available. Once I understand your requirements, including what you want your site to look like, I can advise on theme selection.

Webbed Dog uses the Neve theme, as do thousands of other WordPress sites. Since Neve is customizable, each of these sites has its own look and character.

Webbed Dog is hosted by SiteGround.