Dog of the Week! This week we present to you the energetic pup named Marley! On February 2nd she became a beautiful two year old Pit-Lab mix. This little girl is so much fun to walk and each time I am impressed to see how much she is improving. So far her biggest change is this: When I first began walking her I would walk in to see a shy little pup curled up in her crate nervously watching me. After I opened it, while sitting on the floor and talking quietly to her she would begin to very slowly walk out, come over and give some kisses. But, the last time I walked her, I crouched down to open her crate, as usual, she was so happy and jumped out to give me a kiss so fast she knocked me over! Getting her harness on is a very unique thing, she will ever so gently step into it and wait patiently, as soon as she hears it clip however, be ready to jump out of your skin! (I still do every time!) She will immediately be overcome by excitement and will start squeaking, barking, yipping, jumping and spinning in tiny circles. The first time she did this I freaked out because I thought I pinched her skin in the clip, but nope, she’s just really that excited and can’t contain herself! As we begin our walk she zips back and forth so fast she will often trip over herself but it doesn’t slow her down. It seems to be she has to sniff and check everything the second she sees it like it might disappear if she doesn’t. 🙂 Although she has gotten used to me she is still rather shy/nervous about other people and especially dogs. At first she would be very wary and need some encouragement to keep walking if she just heard a dog barking. She has come quite a ways with that, she will get a bit nervous but continues walking, even if we pass by another dog. Marley’s favorite part of the day is when we have a few minutes left and we get back early. Once inside, she quickly stops to have her harness taken off then runs and sits by the slider door to the backyard. She’s off like a shot with her Frisbee the second she can squeeze through the door. Her energy is contagious and I end up laughing the whole time we play. At the end of our time this well-mannered pup will drop her toy by the door and wait for me to open the door. Each walk with Marley is a real treat and I cannot wait to get to know her better and watch her improve as she grows into the beautiful dog she is sure to be. -Kym (Nature of the Dog -GR Dog Walker)
We’re excited to start our Grand Rapids Community Dog Walks again! We have a lot of dates scheduled. Our first walk is going to be May 30th at Furniture City Creamery starting at 6:30pm. There will be FREE pup cups of ice cream afterwards in Furniture City Creamery’s courtyard. The rest of the Community Dog Walks at Furniture City will be: June 20th, July 11th, August 1st, and August 22nd. We also will be doing a Community Dog Walk at Fido & Stitch on June 7th from 6pm-8pm. We will be taking a walk down by the river and ending at Garage Bar for drink specials! Green Dog Photography will be joining us to capture the cuteness. Hope to see you there!
Here are some articles pertaining to making a healthy choice when it comes to buying, or making, dog food.
Make Your Own
Local Dog Food Company
We have heard many great things about Honey Creek Pet Food. They are made locally here in West Michigan. Check the out, their food has pleased even the pickiest of eaters. https://www.honeycreekpetfood.com/
How To Choose Healthy Kibble
This article helps you look for healthy ingredients when purchasing dry dog food. We personally use Blue Buffalo Wilderness Grain Free Chicken and our dogs have done well on it, but check out this article for more information and options. http://www.reviews.com/dog-food/
This week we present to you a fancy little lady named Ellie. She is a 1 year old Australian Cattle dog who is a proper girl, as well as, the self-appointed neighborhood watchdog. She is a high energy sweetheart. Whenever I arrive I can hear her quick little chirps in between her “brother” Finn’s yips. […]
We’ve had the pleasure of having Kirsin Allan, from A Pleasant Dog, teach agility classes in our barn this year. Kirstin (KEER-stuhn) Allan is a Certified Professional Trainer, Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA), and an AKC evaluator for the CGC and STAR Puppy certifications. Kirstin has a tremendous amount of experience with a variety of dogs and […]
Bailey! This little sweetheart is made of pure energy and is ready to go as soon as you arrive. Each time I walk in she’s laying down and acting shy. When you open her crate she takes two slow steps then she is hopping around, giving kisses and tearing back and forth from the front […]
Thank you for the recommendation GRNow! Here’s a great write-up with 5 Reasons to LOVE Downtown Living! The original article can be found here: http://www.grnow.com/5-reasons-love-downtown-living/ 1. Walkable Neighborhoods As the demand for urban living continues to increase, business owners are starting to cater to their residence growing needs. Many retail & speciality shops are opening within the local neighborhoods to […]
Larry is the happiest pup you’ll ever meet! Everyday is the best day ever for Larry and all he wants is to have fun. He likes walking with other dogs and is very playful. He loves to learn too! He’s always eager to work for food rewards. I like playing the name game with him, […]