1/14/2009 - Happy New Year to all my friends and neighbors! This has been a very busy time and the last four months have been a wonderful re-introduction to Cranbury. You may have seen me around town walking a variety of dogs! My canine walking buddies include Oin, Molly, Daisy, Emma, Tacko, Cooper, Archie, Jed, Sparky, just to name a few. I've got my feline companions too, but the only one you may see me walking outside around my house is my own kitty Flanders. Be well! Patricia
1/29/09 If you need to purchase toys, beds, gates, treats, or any items for your dog, please go to my "Links" page and click on the FetchDog icon. Check out their items and prices, and if you like what you see, please purchase your item through the link on my site. You will get a great item and I will get a little commission to help the business along! Thanks so much for your support!! Patricia
3/2/2010 - So much time has gone by since my last entry and so much has happened! My wonderful clients have kept me busy over the past year and I have made many new friends. Our beloved kitty Flanders passed away in early August at the age of 15. Our daughter's kitty Skelter came to live with us while Lea attends law school, and in mid-September we received our first Canine Companions for Independence puppy to raise. His name is Kierney. He is a yellow labrador retriever and no doubt many of you have seen us trundling around the village over the past 6 months while I or my husband Jeff socialize and acclimate him to the world. He wears a bright yellow and blue bib and he is a real sweetheart! He is working towards his entry into the Advanced Training program (college for puppies!) at the Northeast Regional Headquarters for CCI out on Long Island. We will be turning him back over to CCI out there in February of 2011 where, hopefully, he will pass the training with flying colors and go on to help people with disabilities other than blindness. Needless to say, I am in love with him and try not to think about how much I will miss him next year. But here is the thing... when your child goes to college you don't hope and pray that he or she will fail at it just so they will come back to live with you - you want them to be successful and find their place in the world. In the same way, puppy raisers for CCI don't hope their dog fails so they have a chance to get him back. We want our pups to find their place in the world of service. And so I wish for him to be successful and happy -- but if it turns out that he is happiest being a pet and I get the call asking me if I would like to have Kierney back there is no question my answer would be yes!
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