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Traveling in Style always be prepared on the road

Traveling is always a chore when you carry things like an iPad, makeup, headphones… Well you get the point. Traveling with a service dog changes everything. If my partner in crime is going with me, it’s important to have some essentials for the road. It doesn’t matter if it’s just a few hours away from home or we’re traveling for a week. Being prepared is key… And traveling in style is even better. With Graham, I have a checklist of items that I always keep with me, rain or shine, no matter the occasion. The checklist : Rabies papers It’s always important to carry the right papers and rabies papers tend to be the most important. I have multiple copies, digital as well as printed and they’re easy to carry. Collapsible water dish Sometimes getting water for my pup is complicated and after sharing liquid out of a drinking cup…

A new year, a new job, and a return to blogging!

Greetings! Graham and I cannot believe that a year has gone by since we have touched this blog and for that, we are terribly sorry. Life has been absolutely nuts and, as you may be able to tell from the title, a lot has been going on! First of all, we would like to wish you a Happy 2016! A new year means a new start and boy did this one start off fast for us. This past July, our lives took a sudden change. A new job was beginning and that meant a new commute, a new apartment and all new people, and dogs(!) to meet and befriend! We had joined a company far far larger than the last and though this one would also require long hours in the office, it held that sweet sweet satisfaction of being a dog-friendly work environment. Sure, you may shake your head…

Keeping Organized

We all are weighed down by medical expenses, bills, prescriptions and other important documents that we need to keep track of. Our pets are too! With Graham, I also want to keep track of what happens when we go out, skills we may need to brush up on and his overall health. For the past year I’ve been a big fan of using ARC notebooks for all my note taking, be it for work or for personal. The notebooks are extremely customizable and easy to set up. You can order them online or buy them at Staples for a low cost. You can buy accessories from calendar pages to to-do lists, project planning, rulers, highlighter tabs and so much more. For the more adventurous, you can purchase a special hole punch that punches paper to fit the “disc” system that the ARCs use. Because I’m a graphic designer, I…

A Stroll Down Newbury

Saturday was an exciting and busy day for Graham and I. It was my mother’s birthday and a whole girls day was planned. The morning started as any other. We were lazy to get up, Graham and Simi playing with each other while I hit snooze a few times. Breakfast time rolled around, however, and I was forced to get up and feed the crew. Graham had a full cup of food while I had a light breakfast, planning for the day ahead. My mother rolled in around 11 am and after a few minutes of organizing and greetings, we were off. I drove her through the city of Boston and turned onto Newbury Street. The spots were all taken. Snow made visibility difficult and caused a two-lane road to become 1 and a half at times. We drove for a few blocks, nearly missing a few chances to park.…

A Night Out

Everyone likes to get out of the house and explore the town or find a nice place to eat. It’s fun, different and most definitely breaks up our mundane routines. For Graham, it’s time to work. Getting Prepared Restaurants are unpredictable, for the most part. They can be noisy, quiet, clean, grimy… you get the idea. Okay, so for the most part, you can guess if a place is going to be busy or not. A dinner on Tuesday night is going to bring in a completely different atmosphere than dinner on a Friday or Saturday night. Let’s be real. Who really wants to go out to dinner in the middle of the week when they have to get up early for work the next morning? Graham and I certainly don’t! When I go out with Graham, I have to be ready for all of these factors. It could be…

Graham’s turning 4!

Birthdays are always exciting times. We have parties, give gifts, cards and just celebrate life in general. I do the same with Graham. He’ll be turning 4 on Valentine’s Day! Time really does fly. He came home with me at 18 months old and now I’m celebrating this with him? It’s insane! Parties with Graham are small but fun. He was raised by a wonderful couple during his training days and we make sure to have them over every year. We buy a small “pupcake” and of course a few treats and toys. Last year we had another service dog join us, a Greater Swissy who was still in training (Graham got to show off ;)). This year will be quiet and fun. We, Graham and I, will be hosting my parents and his puppy raisers, for the first time in the apartment. He’s getting a new jacket for this…

How do you handle the cold with your dogs?

Winter is a tough time for humans and canines alike. Jackets only go so far for us and fur coats are just the same for our furry companions. Most dogs don’t need to go out unless they are pottying. For assistance dogs, it’s different. For Graham, being outside is a much more common occurance, especially during the morning and evening commutes. I avoid taking him out if I can but when he has to get out into the harsh reality that is New England, I bundle him out in a Smartpack dog jacket and booties. It doesn’t seem to be enough to keep him comfortable when we are walking any sort of distance. Are there other ways to keep my companion safe and warm in these temperatures? With next week’s forecast being ominous, I worry that it will be extra hard on Graham. All thoughts and opinions are much appreciated!

Staying Active in the Winter Months

Taking dogs out in bad weather is never fun. It’s cold, or wet, slippery and uncomfortable. It needs to be done. Our loyal four-legged companions need to potty and need to exercise. Winter is difficult for Graham and I. Taking him out in the cold isn’t too much of an issue… I bundle up and he gets dressed in his Land’s End jacket and booties. Sure we slip and slide a bit but I know he’s always there to help me if I start to go down. With a simple phrase that asks him to potty on command and that knowledge that I’m safe with him, pottying isn’t a problem. Exercise, however, still is. So what do I do when there’s no way I can let him run in the snow? Simple. I work him in my apartment. We have training sessions or play hide-and-seek. Is he rusty on a…

An Introduction

Hi. I’m Katerina Rose and Graham is my assistance dog. Throughout our journey together, I have discovered how little people understand of service animals and what they can do for us. In the beginning I knew very little of assistance animals. Like most people I’ve encountered, I only knew of seeing-eye-dogs. I didn’t realize that there was so much more to these animals than what mainstream media has shown us. After living with Graham for a few years, I wanted to find a way to expose people to these wonderful creatures. Hopefully this blog will be entertaining as well as informative of what it’s like to live with such an amazing animal. Graham’s changed my life and I don’t know what I would do without him. He is a part of my family. He goes everywhere with me. He graduated from college with me and he will continue to grow with me as I journey…

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