Rosie is one of Mochi’s best friends at the Barrington Dog Park. This morning, Mochi wanted to lie around, but Rosie made her play. Then Mochi got up on a chair, but Rosie told her to get down. Relationships between dogs are fascinating!
Mochi is “good” in many ways, and at many things. Two of the things she is best at are the related games of take-away and keep-away. One of the highlights of her young life so far combined these games in the Barrington Dog Park.
I don’t have video, or even photos, of that episode. So before describing it, I’ll include a photo of an episode at home involving her stealing Thor’s hammer, which is part of her human brother’s Halloween costume.
Now, to the dog park, where Mochi has taken and kept away many things: water bottles, gloves,… and, recently, a Snickers bar that had fallen from someone’s pocket. She proudly held the Snickers in her mouth, challenging the other dogs to take it from her. About half a dozen dogs took up the challenge and chased her. The chase went on for about 15 minutes.
The chasing dogs were soon joined by about half a dozen people. Perhaps they were afraid that Mochi or another dog would eat the Snickers and be poisoned by the chocolate. Thanks to those people, especially to the person who caught her.
She had not eaten the Snickers, having apparently decided that keep-away is more fun than Snickers-eating. By the way, I am reliably informed that the quantity and quality of chocolate in a Snickers would not be sufficient to hurt a dog of Mochi’s size (48 pounds).
As for Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir, it seems that Mochi is just about worthy to wield a plastic replica.
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.
Today was a very good Mochi day, in more ways than one.
She paid her first visit to the dog park in Providence. She’s been to the park in Barrington many times, but it seemed like a good day to take her exploring. She made friends, and behaved pretty well.
She also behaved well when we lunched on the patio at Xaco Taco. Most of the time she was under our table, tired from the dog park, happy with her bowl of water, making no attempt to steal food.
Thus refreshed, we took her for a hike at Big River in West Greenwich. She enjoyed cooling off in a couple of the lakes. She was very good on the trails, staying close to us and coming when called.
Upon returning home, she wolfed her dinner and fell asleep. She probably won’t need an evening walk tonight.
We were away for a couple of weeks. It was a lovely break, but we missed Mochi and Rhode Island. Here she is on a recent morning walk at Allin’s Cove.
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.
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!
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.Read More »Mochi: The Homecoming, and Before