Wags n Words Healthy Dogs & Happy Tales

February 2, 2009

Is That Sunshine?

I think I saw something I haven’t seen for awhile — my shadow!  Yep, that was it and it made me wanna roll in the grass for hours and hours!

leaf rolling This is me at the park. Oshi and Perrito came with us and I played fetch (they’re not very good at it though they like to watch) while they smelled everything and peed on it for good measure!  When I got tired of chasing the ball, I laid down and rolled in the shadowy light of the trees on this pretty warm and sunny day. It was glorious. There’s nothing like a dog with his favorite orange and blue ball rolling around after a rousing game of fetch!

Perrito found it interesting to watch…sunshine makes me happy

…but notice the shadows and the bright light and how I have a huge smile on my face because it’s sunny and relatively warm. Sure, I like the snow and the cold and I don’t even mind the rain, but sunshine…well, that’s something altogether special and we had it in spades today!


Even Oshi thought it was a lip-smackin’ good day, though he didn’t really want to hang out at the park as long as we did. He’s always looking back toward home.

Perrito, on the other hand, had his head down smelling the world and just like a Swiffer, he picked up everything…can you see the leaf on his chin?

Leaves and light

We hung out longer than we probably should have, but no one seemed to mind, least of all me!

The rest of the day was pretty easy. I got some “alone time” with Gretchen and we went for a long walk through Frink Park and along the lake.  We met up with Gemma and one of her dads on our way home and we got a chance to romp and wrestle before we headed home.

So it was a surprise that later in the afternoon, actually right around dinner time, we went to Gemma’s house and retrieved her!  She came to our house and we played some more in the backyard and then posed for some photos in the kitchen.  It didn’t work to take photos in the backyard as it was very dark out, but in the kitchen we ran into the problem of Gemma not liking the flash. No, honey, OPEN your eyes!

open your eyes! boring? please open your eyes? img_3113

Once the photo shoot was over, Gemma went searching for my dinner, which used to be in my food stand, but was picked up before Gemma got there.  She’s got quite a nose on her!

img_3108And still she closes her eyes!

More tomorrow!


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Introducing Wags n’ Words

p1010024Dogs need exercise. Unfortunately, human lives are often so busy, we can’t provide our canine companions with all the exercise they need. But don’t worry, when they need to go out and you’re not there, WE’RE HERE!

While some dog walkers pick up your dog and take them to a local off-leash park, at Wags n’ Words we offer leashed walks through your neighborhood. Off-leash romps are wonderful opportunities for your dog to get exercise and socialize with other dogs, but not all dogs are cut out for the stimulation of such adventures. That’s why WE’RE HERE!

Wags n’ Words is a dog walking service designed around meeting your dog’s needs AND fitting into your busy schedule. We take dogs on leashed walks in your neighborhood and give them an opportunity to meet new friends, play in safe, enclosed areas, and take care of their necessary business while you’re working hard to pay for their kibble. If your dog feels more comfortable with leashed walks on their home territory and meeting a limited number of new friends at a time, then we’re the dog walking service for you!

Please note: We think off leash parks are great and would be happy to recommend other dog walkers who take small packs of dogs to such areas, but if you’re looking for leashed walks or a combination of leashed walks and dog park visits, please consider our unique service.

We service the following neighborhoods: Mount Baker, Madison Valley, the Central District, Judkins Park, Capital Hill, Beacon Hill, Seward Park and all the connecting neighborhoods in between!


Wags n’ Words seeks to provide your dog with an invigorating and athletic walk. While Dog Parks are wonderful places for your dog to get some off-leash exercise, they can sometimes be muddy and wild places where other visitors may not have complete control of their dogs.  At Wags n’ Words, we believe a vigorous walk through the neighborhood where a dog lives is not only a safe adventure, but can provide your dog with necessary exercise while you are away.  If you’d like your dog to visit a local park, we will be more than happy to walk them to the closest park in your neighborhood, but our primary service is to get your dog out and moving in companionship with a human as well as canine friends (like Rubin)!

30 minute – Consultation (initial meet and greet)         FREE!

30 minute- Leashed Walks     $18

60 minute – Leashed Walks    $28

Additional Dog (per dog)         $10

*All-Day Adventure (hiking on nearby trails)      $45

**Basic Obedience Walk (per hour)      $30

*Occasionally, we are willing to take your dog on our “wilderness” adventures exploring local trails in the nearby mountains.  If you’d like your dog to join us on these adventures, we’d love to oblige. We’ll let you know when such adventures are on our calendar. At no time will your dog be let off leash; to guarantee the safety of your dog and to keep her/him under human supervision at all times.  But not to worry, s/he will get a great workout!

**Need your dog to learn manners on a leash or basic commands like sit, down, wait, come here, and stay? We’d be happy to spend an hour not only walking your dog, but working on these basic commands.

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