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Hudson Valley Dog Boarding
Feb 18 2012

Winter Walk

A walk from a week ago. I had Henry and Buster and we went with Ayumi, Clover and Poncho to Lake Louise. One of my favorite hikes close to me. (click on any pic to enlarge)

Buster fancy pants, he's a good boy, he is

It's hard to tell which way we're going on the steps. Technically we were going down

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nothing like a leap over logs to make for a good walk in the woods

Big Head Little Feet is what I like to call Poncho

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Henry and Clover wrestling on the path. Which can be complicated for us bipedals on the walk if we're not paying attention..

More wrestling while walking. A gift dogs master while very young

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clover streaks over a log like a superhero in a yellow cape

I love bridges and other walkways that pop up on hikes, I'm like a kid that way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you Ayumi Horie for taking most of the pictures!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jul 13 2011

Sad to see them go

The sweetest beloved, TBoneSallie. She has a huge chunk of my heart.

Something has come up for me, being a boarder of dogs. A sadness in seeing the dogs go back home. An attachment grows and I regret when they leave.
When I had a dog walking business in NYC and used to pet sit, it didn’t bother me as much to leave my dogs because the next day I would be back, taking them for their walks. Now that I’m out of the city, upstate and not walking dogs daily, I only see my dogs the next time my clients go out of town. It’s a different relationship now. Maybe this sadness is a luxury to feel, someone might roll their eyes even, but it’s real for me.

 

Otis, scrappy and happy. An excellent, gentle playfulness.

 

 

 

 

Just now, not but two minutes ago I said goodbye to Otis. He’s like furry sunshine and although our house is happy it’s not quite as bright when he leaves.

 

 

Penny, she can melt anyone's heart, dogs and people alike.

 

The more I think about this, I begin to believe it is a luxury to feel this particular kind of melancholy. How many people get to have these temporary relationships, with dogs or anyone else for that matter? Brief times of cuddling and caring for someone, then the goodbye and eventually a hello again? This experience is an example of that which “hurts so good”.

 

 

 

Photos taken by Ayumi Horie

Jul 2 2011

More Gertie

 

Here’s a little peek into my yard with Gertie, she’s just a little slip of a girl. The sweetest Chihuahua I know.

Gertie likes being outside with me

Things are big in Gertie's world. Even grass is big.

 

 

 

 

There are certain rituals that must be upheld when outside. First, find some sort of insect or worm that has died and roll on it. This gives other dogs scent information about your good taste and status in the yard.

 

 

 

Also, squinting is customary to enhance the "very small dog in big world under a powerful sun" look

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But the most important task in Gertie's trip outside is sunning her bat like ears.

Thank you for visiting me in Robin's yard. I'll just be here squinting and sunning..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jul 2 2011

Gertie

Finding refuge from what she considers the riff raff below

Gertie prefers the company of the two legged variety

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken by Ayumi Horie

Jun 12 2011

T-Bone Sallie goes to the Cemetery with Friends

T-Bone's not afraid of grave stones, neither am I

These stones in the back are my and TB Sallie's favorite stones. She likes them because they were short. I like them because of their floral arrangements and the overly dramatic religious zeal on the right.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canace and Janet fell in love with T-Bone Sallie

...of course they did

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TB Sallie strikes her best pose. I just want to chew on her ears.

Jun 7 2011

The experience of waiting for dinner

This process is sometimes unbearable to some dogs and they apply different waiting methods.

Benny surrenders to the inevitable wait by sliding down onto the floor, getting flat and sighing a lot

His house mate Buddy feels about the same and picks a spot nearer to the kitchen and flattens out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Penny on the other hand is a silent, stand and wait-er. She will move occasionally, look out a window but will always come back to the feeding area to check in and silently stand and wait.

Still waiting...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meanwhile Buddy and Benny are getting flatter and flatter in resignation. It's always a relief when it's time to feed everyone. I can hardly stand the tension.

 

 

 

Jun 3 2011

Several things about Buster

Buster is here, my dog nephew, the puppy, occasional floor pee-on’r, silly boy.
When I’m boarding Buster he’s happy because he has his own cat here, her name is Hope. Hope the black cat, Hope the patient, Hope the brave.

Buster bounces at Hope. He will stand in one spot in front of Hope and bounce, expressing his joy in knowing her. Boing boing, “you are the best cat” Boing boing, “I’m thinking about placing my two front paws on your head, I’m so excited”, Boing boing, “Wait don’t go, that was only one.” Boing boing.

Buster has a brown lip. Just the bottom. It’s amazing, this lip. And huge ears crown his puppy head, I’m excited to think he may not grow into them. They may always be big. Like bat ears. Big bat ears and a brown lip.

Sometimes I bring Buster to the place where I work PT. He experiences puppy boredom, which usually occurs when those around him are doing things other than staring at him, holding him, walking him, kissing him or playing with him. This kind of puppy boredom looks something like this:

Jun 1 2011

Momma Dogs

I use this phrase to describe my favorite kind of dog, the female with a sensible ability to correct other dogs. Females in general dictate behavior in a group of dogs, but not all have the knack for sensible bossiness but when they do, they’re gold.
I have been lucky to have several momma dogs that I regularly board. They help me manage the others. Often some dogs have not had the luxury of living out their puppydom with their dog moms and have missed out on important canine obedience training. These momma dogs always oblige in managing inappropriate behavior.

What momma dogs manage is what’s appropriate in dog standards, which is often different from what humans pay attention to or is behavior humans interpret differently than dogs. But I guarantee, if you have a steady and balanced momma dog and you let her teach and manage other dogs, you’ll find those dogs behaving better by human standards as well.
These special girls are my helpers. I love me some Momma Dog.