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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.…

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…

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!

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