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Every Day is Chewsday

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.

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.

Back in Barrington

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.

Summer Cut

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.

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)!

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