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Nelle – A very special dog.

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Nelle, a very special dog with soulful eyes, a winning smile and a friendly, exuberant demeanor.  She was a charmer, to say the least. Nelle’s mom and dad wanted to take a quick over night trip but needed someone to feed her, take her for walks, give her lots of loving attention, as well as some nice belly rubs. Nelle greeted me at the door with tail wagging and a happy smile each time I came and she would joyfully run around with a stuffed javelina in her mouth. We enjoyed going for walks and also watching the sun rise early in the morning – just hanging out, listening to the birds and savoring the day. She is truly a one-of-a-kind dog.

 

 

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Daisy – an Energetic Golden Retriever

Meet Daisy, a Golden Retriever from Lakeville, MN. I am taking care of Daisy this weekend while her parents are out of town.

Daisy, Golden Retriever from Lakeville, MN
Daisy, Golden Retriever from Lakeville, MN
I am also taking care of her two siblings Tiger and Lily. Tiger is a tabby cat and Lily is a calico cat. Both cats are beautiful and sweet.

Daisy goes on three walks a day. I come to her house three times a day to feed her, walk her and play with her. I also make sure that Tiger and Lily are happy and well fed and clean their potty box every time I come.

Daisy is a very good walker! I check on her first thing in the morning, mid-afternoon and early evening. Every time I see her, her tail is wagging; she is smiling and she is as happy as can be. She loves her treats too!

I think Daisy is an early bird. As we were walking this morning, the birds were chirping and there was a coolness in the air. Daisy did lots of sniffing and checking out of plants and nature. She seemed in her element when she is walking.

I am so happy I got to take care of such a wonderful dog and 2 great kitties.

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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

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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
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Jack – A Cocker Spaniel with a great spirit

I had the pleasure of taking care of Jack this past year, a wonderful Cocker Spaniel, who had an indomitable spirit. Jack was 16 years old (that’s 80 years old in human years) but so young at heart. He had to have surgery to remove a “bad” eye, but the thing about Jack is – he kept right on going. Jack inspired me with his ability to get up and get excited about going for a walk. He took me on many walks and especially loved to go behind his house – down the winding woodland paths.

Jack on his way to the woodland path.
Jack looked out and listened to the sounds of nature.

The path led to a pond and wildlife. He knew his yard like the back of his “paw”. He often started out a little slow but then all of a sudden he would start to trot as though he was a young man again. The sun would shine on his face, the Spring scents were in the air, the geese were honking – all was right with the world. Yes, Jack was very happy dog – a very special dog. I will miss him.

Happy Trails Jack.

Jack resting on his favorite bed after a long walk,
dreaming of his youth and running with wild abandon.