Archive for Dec 2009

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Snow Crazies

December 15, 2009

Hopefully yesterday was the last really cold day for a while. The dogs really enjoy the snow but their feet quickly get cold.

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Toffee, was trying to teach everyone that if you run really fast, you can stay warm.

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Unfortunately for me, that created lots of pictures of the back of her head.

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December 12, 2009

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Amanda is currently dog sitting the cutest little Aussie pup named Trip. I could NOT resist taking a bazillion photos of him today.

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He is only 14 weeks old and already knows how to shake a paw. Whenever he thinks you are wanting him to do something, he offers his paw. It is the sweetest thing.

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It was so cold out today we had to go outside for pictures for just a minute or two at a time but it was totally worth it.

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I’m hoping I can take more tomorrow!

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Matchy Matchy

December 11, 2009

One of the risks of dogs wrestling while wearing collars, is that one dog’s jaw can get twisted in another dog’s collar. It has happened a few times here at daycare and while we’ve managed to separate the dogs quickly, it is still a scary thing. So we researched our options…

Some daycares don’t allow any of the dogs to wear collars. While this sounded like a great solution initially, we quickly realized that naked dogs create other issues.

1) If we need to walk a dog from point A to point B (i.e. they are holding their feet up outside they are so cold, but don’t actually want to come it), we usually grab them by their collar and lead them in.

2) If we need to hold a dog back from the gate, while letting another dog out, we usually hold on to the collar of the dog who isn’t leaving yet.

3) While we can recognize all the dogs that come here with or without their collars, when a black lab goes streaking by in hot pursuit of another dog, we may not be able to figure out who it is fast enough to actually call them away. I use collars a lot to identify similar looking dogs when I need to figure things out quickly.

We could overcome all of these issues if we had to, but we thought there was a better way.

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We ordered a whole bunch of play safe collars. These collars have velcro closures on two sides so in an emergency, they are really easy to open, yet they don’t break open (like breakaway collars) when you need to hold on to the collar. They come in 3 different colours so this will help us identify the black labs quickly (or at least narrow down the options!) and they are easily adjustable so we can get them on and off dogs quickly and efficiently when they arrive and leave.

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And the final benefit is that your dogs will no longer be going home with slobbery, chewed up collars!

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December 10, 2009

Eventually ever dog has to venture outside… even Perkins!

Perkins Eventually

This is a pretty rare sighting these past few days!

Letting Loose

December 9, 2009

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The dogs have all been more than a little wild this week. Their time spent outdoors has been limited to minutes at a time.

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They have fun while they are outside, but pretty quickly their feet become cold.

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Amanda and Jo couldn’t resist letting them out into the big yard to let them burn off some steam. The two minutes they were out there didn’t do much to lessen their energy levels, but they had fun watching them run.

Snow Bunnies

December 7, 2009

While the rest of us are cursing the pounds of snow we’ve had to shovel, most of the dogs are celebrating.

Legend is totally in his element. He is always the last dog to come in and we often find him just laying in a snow drift.

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Brodie has been running donuts around the play area all morning. He only paused briefly to play with the football, then went back to running laps.

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And Gordie, a new lab, thinks that the giant snow drift is super fun to throw yourself up against.

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Holiday Hours

December 7, 2009

I promise there will be a proper blog post soon – once we dig ourselves out – but I thought I should let you all know when we will be closed this Holiday Season…

We will be closed on Dec 24, 2009 and will re-open on Jan 4, 2010.

On the Flip Side

December 1, 2009

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It never ceases to amaze me that some dogs find actually find this position comfortable.

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Both Rudy and Piper seem to enjoy just hanging out like this.

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