Sigh, you guys know how much I hate when you move. Why do you keep doing this to me? Last week we had to say goodbye to our dear sweet Paddy boy, as he and his family left Liberty Village. Paddy meant a whole lot to all of us, and was probably one of your dog's best friends - so I thought we would do a special post to send him off in style.
People always say they are jealous of my job, and I get it. It is amazing. I get to hang out with dogs, but even more than that I get to know and understand them. We become a team, a team that works together to make our days better. I fall in love with every single dog we walk. It really is great. But when the dogs leave? It sucks. It hurts, a lot. These dogs are our best friends, we often spend more time with them than our families and actual human friends. So it is really hard to see them go! And when Paddy left last week, that was definitely the case.
Paddy started walking with us over a year ago, and he VERY quickly stole my heart. 1) Those teeth. Come ON! 2) Every single time I picked him up, kisses were mandatory before putting on his harness and collar. Even when his parents were home, kisses were had. 3) He was a trouble maker, and you know how I love me a good ole trouble maker. Paddy was SO friendly, but when you're that friendly - you're likely to be a very exuberant group walker. He always wanted to play, say hi to all the dogs and people we passed, or hump (LOL). Now there is nothing wrong with any of these things, I encourage the dogs to have a good time and foster time for play - but when it is constant, it makes things harder because the flow gets broken up. But lucky for me, Paddy fell in love with me right back. And he and I started to become this unbeatable team. Every SINGLE friggen time Paddy looked up at me, I reinforced that! YES PADDY YOU'RE SO SMART, HERES A TREAT BUDDY! And I would sing songs for him, so he would think that I am just as cool as all his doggo friends. And pretty soon, he did think that. He never lost his friendly and playful side - but he was able to focus and walk & save the play time for breaks. It was pretty magical. His parents noticed it too, when they let me know they were moving they thanked us for making Paddy the amazing walker he is. He's checking in with THEM, too. And this, this is why I do it. To help make a difference in not only the dog's lives - but in their human's lives as well.
When Maddie joined the team, she also fell right in love with Paddy. Because I mean, those teeth. That personality. You couldn't NOT. We were both very emotional on Paddy's last day. He's probably one of the happiest, if not THE happiest, boys I have ever walked, and I am going to miss that magnetic smile every single day. Keep in touch! Maddie literally sends me at least one video of Paddy per week saying "crying", and if that isn't MOOD I don't know what is. We feel very lucky to have known you, and to have been your dog walkers.
And for the rest of you, please don't move. Thanks.
Let's take a note from Demi Lovato, and stay cool for the summer! Here is what we are doing for the summer temperatures, and some suggestions for you all to help us keep your dogs as cool as possible during this heat!
What WE do:
Our walks in the summer look a lot different during the mild days. We change our routes so that the dogs don't have to travel long distances. This ensures 1) the dogs don't over exert themselves, and also that if a dog does get too hot - we aren't stuck far from home. But never fear! Our walks aren't boring just because we aren't going far. We like to keep things as enriching and great as possible. Some things we do:
What YOU can do:
Okay guys, that is all I can think of for this post. Please let us know what we can do to help keep your pups cool during the summer. And here is Demi Lovato to help get your Friday going!
I am very excited to be partnering with Liberty Life Yoga to host Liberty Village's first outdoor DOGA on July 13, 2019 at 10:30 am at the Liberty Village Park To learn more about the event and to RSVP - click here!
This will be a fun Yoga event for humans, but you get to bring your dog. We will also guide you through a little dog massage at the end of our practice. However, bringing your dog to any event can be difficult. Your dog might want to go say hi to everyone. They might want to sniff around. They might bark the entire time (hey frankie... talking about you, son). However, we can prepare our dogs & help make this as fun and non-stressful for them as possible. I thought I would do a series of blogs leading up to the event to help get your dog DOGA ready. This is the first one. And today we will talk about what to bring for your dog.
What to bring for DOGA
Alright! Can you guys think of anything else that might be useful to bring? Leave it in the comments! Stay tuned for most "getting ready" posts.
Look forward to seeing you all on July 13th.