Animals, Dog Sitter, Dog Walking, Dogs, Pet Sitting

Minnie – Goldendoodle Living the Good Life!

Minnie – Goldendoodle from Prior Lake, MN

When I first started walking Minnie, she was a little puppy with a sweet, shy demeanor. Goldendoodles are a cross between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle, which is sometimes referred to as a “Designer Dog” mix. But Minnie is no snob, and prefers to hang out with us regular people.

Minnie definitely has the best attributes of each breed. She has a friendly, playful personality with a beautiful, curly coat and a face that melts you when she looks at you with those soulful eyes. I just looked up some facts about Goldendoodles and I found this line very interesting: “The Encyclopædia Britannica traces the term “designer dog” to the late 20th century, when breeders began to cross purebred poodles with other purebred breeds in order to obtain a dog with the poodles’ hypoallergenic coat, along with various desirable characteristics from other breeds.” Yes, Minnie does have a very nice coat indeed…being that she has naturally curly blond hair!

Tina Albright, owner of Minnie, recently sent me some great photos of Minnie which I would like to share. Minnie is definitely a dog with a winning personality!

Minnie gets lots of attention from her "people". Goldendoodle from Prior Lake, MN
Minnie gets lots of attention from her “people”.
Goldendoodle from Prior Lake, MN

Minnie loves her convertible rides - lucky dog! Goldendoodle from Prior Lake, MN
Minnie loves her convertible rides – lucky dog!
Goldendoodle from Prior Lake, MN

Minnie having fun in Minnesota snow. Goldendoodle from Prior Lake, MN
Minnie having fun in Minnesota snow.
Goldendoodle from Prior Lake, MN

Can you find the Goldendoodle in this photo? Minnie from Prior Lake, MN
Can you find the Goldendoodle in this photo?
Minnie from Prior Lake, MN

Minnie loves her little girl. Goldendoodle from Prior Lake, MN
Minnie loves her little girl.
Goldendoodle from Prior Lake, MN

Animals, Cat Sitting, Cats, Pet Sitting

Welcome New Cat Clients!

Welcome Graeme and Lilith! I recently had the pleasure of taking care of 2 wonderful new kitties; Graeme, an orange tabby cat and Lilith, a darling white and orange cat. Both were very friendly and outgoing and had energy to spare! They both greeted me at the front door each visit and proceeded to follow me around. I did manage to capture them both in a state of rest and relaxation, after much romping around, playing and eating their dinner. They were really nice cats who definitely made me smile!

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Graeme, Tabby Cat, Relaxing in his Kitty Tower.

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Graeme, the cat, sitting pretty.

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Lilith, the kitty, contentedly licking her tail.

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Lilith, pretty kitty, watching the birds out the window.

Animals, Dog Sitter, Dog Walking, Dogs, Pet Sitting

Ellie, A dog who likes to walk with her toys.

Ellie, an adorable Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, from Lakeville, MN has been a client of mine for years. We go on daily mid-day walks while her mommy and daddy are at work. She in not only cute and charming – I refer to her as the “Belle of the Neighborhood” because she charms everyone she comes in contact with (not to mention all her suitors who go wild when she walks by) but she also makes me laugh with her array of toys and stuffed animals that she likes to take on our walks.

Here are a few photos of Ellie walking with her prized possessions.

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Ellie walking with ball.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, from Lakeville, MN
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Ellie walking with butterfly.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, from Lakeville, MN
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Ellie walking with stuffed nutcracker.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, from Lakeville, MN
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Ellie walking with stuffed Santa Clause.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, from Lakeville, MN
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Ellie, walking her “hot dog”
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, from Lakeville, MN
Ellie is a hoot with her monkey.
Ellie, likes to take her monkey for a walk.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, from Lakeville, MN
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Sometimes a stick will do just fine.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, from Lakeville, MN
Animals, Cats, Dogs, Pet Sitting

Portrait of Tabby Cat – Motor Scooter

I was thrilled to get the painting of my cat, Motor Scooter. It was everything I had hoped for and more.

Motor Scooter, Tabby Cat from Lakeville, Painting by Glen Smith, artist from Santa Fe
Motor Scooter, Tabby Cat from Lakeville, MN. Painted by Glen Smith, artist from Santa Fe

My friend, Jeri Smith, had posted some fabulous paintings that her father, Glen Smith, had created. The paintings were of dogs (people’s pets) and wildlife: Lions, Giraffes, Turtles and more. I was blown away by Glen’s work and loved the style of his paintings. I wondered if Glen might paint my tabby cat, Motor Scooter. He graciously accepted to paint this outstanding portrait of my beloved cat, which turned out to be a surprise gift for my husband’s birthday. The painting also depicts his guitar, making it even more meaningful. We will always treasure this painting.

You can find out more about Glen Smith and his art here:
http://www.inartg.com/artists/GlenSmith/index.html