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!