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.
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).
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.
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!