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Happy (Belated) Birthday, Graham!

Apologies to everyone on the delay of this post. Graham’s birthday was exciting and busy, as always and then with these New England storms continuously piling up, it’s been difficult to get on and share with everyone. The morning started out as any other, an early wakeup for breakfast and then dawddling about for a few hours. Around ten am, we had visitors. My parents dropped by and got settled, helping me with some errands and lavishing Graham in affection. We went out, we cooked and we relaxed. Then our guests arrived. Graham’s puppy raisers have been invited to every birthday we’ve shared with him and it’s become a tradition. It’s a fun time and great excuse to show off all that’s happened and talk about the future. The pure excitement that pours off of Graham when they visit. Though it’s been almost three years since he came into my…

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…

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