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Happy Howlidays!!!

Hi Friends –

We’ve been thinking of you and hope you are having a wonderful holiday season.  I have been having so much fun with the family, and have been so busy that we run out of time in the day to write and tell you all about it. The catch to all this is when I did get to talk to you more I didn’t have to try and remember all the doggone crazy that happens. With that in mind I do want to say Thank You, to everyone who has extended such warm wishes to me and my human family. There are so many of you that sent Facebook messages, cards and emails that brightened all of our days.  Your support is always so amazing.

This was my first Christmas away from SDP (I love SDP) and with my forever family. Christmas morning was pretty great. The human puppies and I got Mom and Dad out of bed so could see what Santy Paws brought for us. I know Santy but I didn’t know that he would come and visit our houses just like he stops into SDP every year. We live in a condo with no Chimney, so he used the Magick key that Mom leaves on the door knob. It’s a special key that only works for Santy Paws; after he drops off gifts he locks up and puts the key on the tree for the little human puppy to find. I was so happy to see him that I let him in without even a growl. I knew that if I woke the puppies we’d never get them back to sleep. Santy said that he was very proud of me and he left me and the cats all kinds of toys. I got things like stuffies, antlers, and he even left this box that Mom and Dad have to use but it’s really for me. It’s this machine called a dehydrator. He said it was so they could make me treats out of meat without having to go completely raw or buy questionable “grain free” items in a store. Wait, I get MEAT as a TREAT? To quote the little human puppy, “Booya! Score!”  I can’t wait, if there is one thing that is better than cookies, it’s meat! As soon as Dad got up I showed him the box, this is all I could talk about for awhile. I told him all about how Santy Paws came and left us all gifts, and how I can have meat as a treat. Dad seemed impressed and said we can try it this week. I’m SO excited. This is going to be almost as good as steaks in a case you guys! No, better, because I never did get a steak from that stupid case! I played with my toys all morning while the human puppies did the same. I was glad when dad took me for walks because I was so busy I forgot to ask a few times (Dad knows me pretty well).  Oh, another Christmas thing I need to share with everyone. Have you heard of this drink called Eggs-log, or Eggsnog? Oh whatever, you know what I mean, I know you do!  I don’t know what happened to the eggs but Ohhmydog that stuff is delicious. If you haven’t checked it out you need to! I stole some from the puppy’s cup when she wasn’t looking. It was so good I told the cats, and they grabbed a few licks too before Mom took it away. She was afraid I’d get a belly ache or something. Dad seemed to be guarding his cup pretty well over the past couple days, I’m not sure what that’s all about? We ended our Christmas night by curling up on the couch together and watching the most important thing on television. Of course, I’m talking about Doctor Who. It was such a roller coaster; everyone was so happy The Doctor was back, but we knew that not only do we have to wait for the new season but we have to say good-bye to Matt Smith. He’s Dad’s first Doctor so it’s hard for him, even though he says he’s excited for Peter Capaldi and appreciates the past as well. That’s all I’m allowed to say about the show just in case you haven’t seen it. I don’t like spoilers.

So this was all the highlights of my Holiday. I hope yours was just as joyous. I can’t wait to share with you all in the New Year, so please keep coming back and we’ll be sure to be here.

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It’s my Birthday, Gonna party like it’s my Birthday!!!

Hi Friends –

As I often do, I wanted to share my weekend with all of you. This time our weekend started early mostly because Dad put off taking vacation time for a few reasons.  1. Mom doesn’t have as much time off as he does so he just goes to work. 2. He likes his job most days and forgets to take it. 3. He likes to save some days in case he gets sick. All of this makes me wonder what his problem is; humans are a strange breed. Take some advice from a working Dane: You should take more naps and play more! I’m only staying awake long enough to dictate this post. I’m tired! Why was I here? Ah yes, the weekend.

I have to say it started good. Dad rested in the morning before getting restless. If you know him this is an improvement because we don’t rest much. After we did get moving I helped him at the hardware store to pick up things he needed to fix a handrail that the human puppies helped to pull out from the wall. It took a couple trips because we didn’t check to see what was behind the drywall before we left so we bought anchors we didn’t need. (I know, I know an amazing amount about DIY work. That’s what happens when you are raised at SDP.) All is well though because we did get it right on the second trip and the rail is now safe again.  He says we need to make the handrail pretty now. I talked him down for the day and we just ran a few more errands and took it easy. The temporary rail and refinishing can wait. Dad seriously needs to learn to relax. We all spent a quiet evening at home

Saturday came and it was my birthday! (Mom made me wear the hat for the pupparazzi) I got a new toy and a new bag of food from my favorite store, Kibble-N-Stuff (It’s wonderful! We hit the door and the man inside smiles, puts a bag on his shoulder and gives me my food! He usually even carries it to the car, but this time mom didn’t let him because he had another customer.) after getting our morning fix of coffee (I only get sniffs, but I love me some coffee shop sniffs), of course (my family runs on Dunkin!). We just had to get out with such a clear beautiful fall day none of us felt chores were the priority. We talked it over in the truck with Mom and she was on board, so we decided to go for a short drive north and look at a piece of property that Mom & Dad fell in love with. To be clear, this is not something that we could decide is ours to move into tomorrow, but it is something that makes us feel good when we place ourselves there and imaging how it feels to live there. I feel good knowing that Dad can do this now. There was a time when he couldn’t allow himself to. It’s really good that he can be in the flow of the moment. This is something all your pets can teach you, by the way. If you don’t believe me, ask them two questions. 1. How much money do you have? 2. What time is it? If you tried it I bet they had no idea what money was or why people feel the need to accumulate it. (Dogs don’t worry our basic need can always be met) and as for time, their answer was simple: It’s now, the only time that matters. As you can see, I had to spend time training my person, it’s exhausting.

Looking back at it the next part of the day was just payback, a sort of train the trainer scenario. I didn’t see this coming. Mom said lets go for a walk. My tail wagged and Dad smiled so we did. Of all places we went to a cemetery. It was a beautiful 270 acre piece of land in the center of Hartford, called Cedar Hill Cemetery. I recommend it. If you’re not in the area you can see it online and from my Instagram feed.  As it turns out I was a little over anxious and pulled too much. This started Dad thinking, which is dangerous for sure. He thought: wait, no interruptions from admirers, plenty of space, this is a perfect place to work! I thought silly boy, there’s no wifi here…then we quickly started with the one step crawl. We one-stepped for the next half hour. Mom seemed to be so far away, and the only time we got close was when I walked with my ribs at his hip. I caught on quick and was happy when we loaded up in the truck. Oh great, Dad found a new place to train together. We were all tired after that but it was a satisfied tired.

Sunday came and I was convinced it was still my birthday, so I woke Dad for the morning walk and breakfast. I was so happy that he didn’t bother to correct me. We did get some of those chores done early that we put off but the fun was not over. The best part of the weekend was still to come. I love birthday surprises. What was to come was pretty amazing. We loaded up for another short ride, but this time it had nothing to with training and everything to do with FUN. You all remember my story that was on the news and blogs surrounding it? Well, as it turns out because of that Mom connected with Kristina, who read the blog. She has a Dane named Hiccup, from a breeder in Maine who donates some of her dogs to WALK and who is training with them to be a therapy dog. Dad drove us down to meet him. We could hardly contain ourselves from our cars. We were driving slowly on back roads so I convinced Dad to put the window down so we could track each other.  When we got to the park we exchanged barks to let each other know we’d protect our cars and people. As soon as we got out though the greeting was smooth and simple. We figured WALK and SDP are like family so maybe we are too. I can tell you this much,  when we were let off lead to play and run it surely was a happy time. We ran, jumped and played until we were exhausted. Hiccup is a little younger than me so I shared some service secrets, but we decided quickly it was time to play some more. We shared three or four long rounds of play.  Of course we kept checking back to ensure our people were getting along as well as we were.  I was so happy to find them bonding as well. There really should be no doubt, Dane people are Dane people, and we know how to pick good ones.  It’s still good to make sure. After we loaded up and napped (with doors & windows open) our people kept talking and promise to keep in touch. I’m really excited to have a new friend and can’t wait to play again soon. I slept all the way home. Another day of satisfied tired. I’m sure my humans are catching on to how abundant we all are. Let’s just call it another service this Dane provides for the small price of love and kibble.

written by DFS