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Hudson Valley Dog Boarding
May 20 2012

Spring flowers in the yard

I moved into my little cottage in late September and this is my first Spring here. I am so pleased with how beautiful the yard is. I spend many hours outside with the dogs in this great environment. (click on any pic to enlarge)

Here's the row of blooming flowers on one side of the yard

I would love to tell you the names of the flowers but, although I can care for them, I don't remember all

So lovely!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daisies!

 

Bleeding Hearts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buster the Boston Terrier, in his element

White Iris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hope spends a lot of time looking for chipmunks

Stella and Buster in the background, waiting for me to throw the ball

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I'm happy here, so are my dogs. Come by and visit if you like the idea of your dog staying too

 

 

 

 

Feb 27 2012

The Joys of New Snow

Here are some pictures from our snow fall a few days ago. New snow and dogs go together. (click on any picture to enlarge)

Here's Clover, Otis and Buster beginning their wrestle/run in the snow

I love this photo, Buster looks like a wild eyed, dog boy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are sweet Tassen and Dora, they're a couple of my favorites who come to stay with me

These two are moving to Norway shortly, I will surely miss them and their owner who I've so enjoyed knowing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buster and Otis in a full sprint. I love Otis's tongue poking out like it's pointing the way

It looks like Dora has something to say to Otis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the midst of it all Buster takes a breather

There's nothing like shoveling your face through the snow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In tandem, these two are fast friends, literally

I do believe they're going to catch 'im!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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