Bloom of Color

As everyone else across the United States has been freezing their tails off, we in the Pacific Northwest have had it quite nice. I haven’t had to break out my Gore-Tex jacket once while walking the dogs, and my rain boots have been collecting dust. Since it’s been such a mild winter, the cherry blossoms, magnolia trees and all the other blooming plants are off to an early start. You can’t help but be inspired by all the beauty while driving around in any Seattle neighborhood.

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Water Therapy for Dog

As dog owners, we’ve all been there: the day you notice your dog having a hard time getting out of bed, the day you notice her legs seem a little stiff that one morning walk.

I’d like to share a little bit about Bella and Bebe; two Border Collies that have been in the Dog Trots family for over a decade.  I’ve known Bebe (Red Border Collie) since shortly after my dear friend Rita adopted her.  I started taking Bella to the dog park nine years ago and she still joins us three times a week.  Rita treats her dogs like family because they are.  Since Bebe and Bella are getting up there in their years Rita has begun taking them to Aqua Dog Therapy with Gretchen Dietz (aquadogspa.com). I was invited to join them yesterday afternoon and watch them get massaged and swim their way into a more comfortable state.

Since Bebe has been going for the past year or more, I’ve seen major improvements in her mobility and behavior.  If you have a senior dog you want to give some kind of sweet relief, I would recommend giving water therapy a splash.

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Work it!

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We read that Sports Illustrated featured its very first plus-size model (that’s normal size in our eyes) in the Swimsuit issue this year; Asia would like to audition to be their very first dog model for next year.

I mean, really, how can they forget man’s best friend. (All those neck-lengthening tips from Tyra Banks really paid off).

Head first

IMG_6944I spent my weekend at a small Washington lake that I had never heard of before.  It was a perfect opportunity to see if Asia would have the courage to fetch for the ball off the dock.  As you can see from the photo, it wasn’t graceful and half way in I’m pretty sure she wanted to turn back around.  She didn’t exactly jump but slipped in head first and was completely submerged.  Her head popped right up, she shook her ears then went straight for the ball.  That’s my girl!

 

Let it snow

When I stepped out this afternoon the dogs had a discussion without me.  Madison, Izzy, Otis and Tuga asked Asia “we are so happy with the love and care your mom gives; what is it that she loves?   We’d like to let her know we appreciate her.”  Asia paused and thought for a moment.  Asia said … “SNOW!  Lately I’ve seen mom at her happiest when we are playing in the snow and hiking around the mountains.”  I came home to what you see in the picture.  Snow in my house!  So sweet.