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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