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Mochi Birthday, Dog Park Distancing

Mochi turned two yesterday, so her “she’s only a puppy” excuse has pretty much run out. Here she is in the Barrington Dog Park this morning.

The photo shows that the park had a great diversity of dogs, and well-distanced people.

She Thinks She’s Chair of the Dog Park

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!

Dogs Allowed Back in the Park

The Barrington dog park is open again! We humans still need to be careful to keep our distance from each other. The dogs are enjoying being able to run and play off leash. Here are Mochi (on the left, with low bow and high tail) and Dudley, happy to be reunited in one of their favorite places.

If you need your dog exercising, with a walk, a trip to the dog park, or otherwise, I’d be delighted to help! Don’t hesitate to contact me.

I hope that all, humans and dogs alike, are staying healthy and safe.

The Dog Taketh, and the Dog Keepeth Away

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.

Good Day for Good Dog

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.

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.