OUR YEAR IN REVIEW – 2019

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Writing about our year in review has to be one of my all-time favorite blog posts to share with you. It’s like those holiday cards with a typed letter inserted describing all the “highlighted happenings” you’ve missed throughout the year…

So without any further ado – let’s dive into our year in review –

FIRST QUARTER – 

I felt a strong urge in early February to share my concerns with you about a neighborhood pet parent who insisted on using an INVISIBLE DOG FENCE with her dog. The house – located mere feet from a popular park with continuous paw traffic prancing by. 

My frustration wasn’t so much the electronic device attached to the dog’s collar (that’s another post), my concern was about the vulnerability and danger this tiny pup was in…

The Boy’s presence always made the tiny pup bark like crazy, yet no one ever came out to check. I requested a poll from you whether I should approach the owners. Amazingly your comments were divided evenly. I never knocked on the door, but to this day, when he’s out there, I do linger along the sidewalk just to see if anyone will come to investigate why the dog is barking. So far – nothing L

SECOND QUARTER – 

 “WHAT DO YOUR DOODLES EAT?” is a question I’m asked often. So in April I decided to feature their entire diet in a blog post. At the time they were eating a very high protein air-dried diet which I supplemented with fiber. I added vet approved veggies and fruits. Perhaps it was this post that brought Ollie and Groovy Goldendoodles together J

The Boys dietary history isn’t a long one.  In ten years, Harley went from kibble, dehydrated and then air-dried. Ollie seemed to not only offer them a balanced diet with all the nutritional necessities, but it took into account the required caloric content through a customized algorithum designed to provide the correct amount.  We started OLLIE in June and their skin, coat, energy and overall health has improved dramatically.

THIRD QUARTER – 

By the third quarter of 2019 I had been in my current position as Pet Therapy Program Coordinator for a year. It made sense (to me) to take you into a day and a life of what we (the Boys and I) do on a daily basis. PET THERAPY DOODLE DAYS, gave an accurate snap-shot of what a week at the hospital looks like for us. 

Patients, family members and medical staff all enjoy having Harley and Jaxson around…

In September we were HURRICANE DORIAN READY! …

Categorized as a CAT 2 – we began our preparations. Dorian wasn’t expected to arrive until late afternoon, so while Jax kept watch, Harley and I gave out a little hurricane therapy earlier in the day…

FOURTH QUARTER – 

I had no idea how common TOXICITY IN DOGS actually was until my allergy medication accidentally ended up in Harley’s breakfast. I gave him a Zyrtex tablet by mistake, and was a basket case once I realized what I’d done. Praise God, he wasn’t harmed, but many human medications are dangerous to our dogs. I had to educate myself.

CAN DOGS MAKE YOU SMILE? I believe they can. It doesn’t matter what he’s doing – every time Jax looks at me he’s smiling.

Initially I thought I was just projecting my own body language into the equation, but if we truly understand dog cognition – then a dog learning how to smile from observing us isn’t a crazy thought…

OUR YEAR IN REVIEW – 

2019 wasn’t a very robust year for us in terms of the number of stories we produced. I hope to get back into my routine of regular postings. I thank you for always reading, commenting and sharing our posts. If there is anything in particular you’d like for me to write about – please let me know. Tell me what you enjoy and want to see more of.

The Boys and I have a few new projects we’re dabbling with for the website, so stay tuned…

Thank you for YOUR PART in my journey  ❤️

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8 Comments
  • Madison
    January 8, 2020

    Cheers to a great year 2019, and a year of perfect vision in 2020! People around here never pay any attention to their dogs in the yard even with the invisible fences. Moms like you and our Mom are more helicopter moms, always doing the best to make sure we pups are safe, but so many people are not that way and don’t seem to comprehend the dangers out in the world. That also explains why several dogs have been killed recently in our area, out in the dark with no fence and killed by coyotes. Everyone knows the coyotes are around, but they still let dogs out without even a real fence. Sad really. Our yard is fenced, but people always comment that Mom never lets us just be out there, she is always watching us.

    • Cathy Bennett
      February 21, 2020

      Coyotes? That’s frightening. Please be careful and tell your mom to stay with you all always! You’re our favorite girls XOXO

  • Sandee
    January 8, 2020

    What a wonderful year in review, except for your medication ending up in Harley. Yikes what a scare that was indeed. We do need to be careful.

    Yes dogs make us smile. Often.

    Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. Scritches to the pups. ♥

    • Cathy Bennett
      February 21, 2020

      Thanks Sandee!

  • Tails Around the Ranch
    January 8, 2020

    Pawsome recap! And can I say that I love the accompanying images, especially the numbers. Well done! And congrats on a great year.

    • Cathy Bennett
      February 21, 2020

      Thanks my friend! I am going to work on an ebook this spring for the site – everything Doodle!

  • Ducky's Mom
    January 9, 2020

    Toxicity in dogs is something to which I’m hypersensitive pretty much since Callie was a puppy. Even back then I knew how potentially susceptible to almost every illness known to canine-hood (Is there such a word?) she was. So, I was always paranoid about the slightest thing that could affect her health, and six months later Shadow’s health as well. And when Ducky developed IBS years later – and the big girls ended up with super-sensitive digestive tracts – I was having to protect them as best I could from hubby’s insistence that “nothing we eat (except chocolate) is going to kill them.” (This despite the vet telling him several times that spoiling them with table scraps is NOT an act of love.)

    Anyway, with the holidays over with – and Radar in Heaven with his sisters – I have some time to get reorganized and start spending even more time with Ducky again. I’m trying to get caught up on reading everyone’s blog posts. I’m almost there. Then I can get back into a routine of sorts.

    Happy 2020 to you, Lee, and the Doodle Boys!!!

    • Cathy Bennett
      February 21, 2020

      Hows Ducky doing? I know I’m behind in responding to comments – but I also know it takes a while for a dog to adjust to the loss of a pet mate.

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