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A Dog’s Eye View: You Ate What???

Written By: on June 22, 2017
Posted in: A Dog's Eye View

I created an online survey where people told me the strangest things their dog has eaten and not make himself (or herself) sick. The following list has me convinced me we are all surrounded by Bad Dogs to such a degree, that when my major policy renewal season is over at the insurance agency, I may just start petitioning the State Legislature to make Chronic Bad Dog Syndrome (CBDS) an ailment worthy of allowing me to obtain an ADA placard for my car, and maybe install some sirens and flashing lights. Simply because when I need to get to the emergency vet, I need to get in there RIGHT NOW, and really, really need the closest parking space in order to minimize distance to their front door.

Playing at the Dog Park

Written By: on April 11, 2016
Posted in: A Dog's Eye View

Lisa Bert of Fingers and Paws Dog Training., along with Animal Control Officer Erik Merrill, donated their time for two days for the “Should I Stay or Should I Go?” seminars that were held at the Chelmsford Police Station in March. The goal of the seminars was to show folks how to decide whether their dog is comfortable at the Dog Park. She presented hints on dog body language and how dogs think when they meet a new dog. Lisa also stressed the importance of not being distracted by things like your cell phone and other people while at the park.

Phase 1 mini-bricks have been replaced!

Written By: on December 18, 2015
Posted in: Announcement

As many of you may have heard, we had an issue when a large set of the “mini-bricks” were stolen a few months ago. Those Phase One mini-bricks have been replaced, and are now available for pick up. If you are waiting for your mini-brick, you can still get it in time for Christmas!

Please contact Vivian at the email address: cda at chelmsforddogassociation.org to arrange a time to pick up your mini-brick!

CDA 2015 Annual Membership Meeting and Board Elections

Written By: on November 18, 2015
Posted in: Announcement

The Chelmsford Dog Association will be holding its Annual Membership Meeting and elections for the Board of Directors at 6:00PM on November 30, 2015 at the Chelmsford Police Station Community Room (2 Olde North Rd).

All members of the Chelmsford Dog Association are encouraged to attend and members of the general public are welcome.

The Many Faces of Loki

Written By: on November 9, 2015
Posted in: A Dog's Eye View

My son named this fluff ball after the Norse God of Mischief, after he himself smuggled him into the house while I was outside one night, as a gift for his grandmother. At the time, the dog was 10 weeks old, and as many pounds. The only reason Smokey allowed him in, was because they were the same size. Smokey hates big dogs. And now that Loki is 4 years old and 38 lbs, to Smokey, they are still the same size. Hence, Phoenix & Yukon are also allowed to stay.

Mugsy’s Pug Life

Written By: on October 18, 2015
Posted in: A Dog's Eye View

This is Mugsy, our 13 year old Pug. He used to roam all over the yard, but now that he’s blind and deaf, he won’t even go outside anymore. Some days, it’s not even worth trying to find the piddle pads.

Jail Time

Written By: on October 2, 2015
Posted in: A Dog's Eye View

A Dogs Eye View: Some of Our Dogs Have Done Jail Time.
And for this reason, I’ve chosen to protect their true identity by using photo renderings of them. The irony is, the photos still show off their real personalities.

A Dog’s Eye View: Relaunched!

Written By: on September 26, 2015
Posted in: A Dog's Eye View

It’s been about three years since I’ve written an article for this series. It’s time I got going again. Our dogs have done countless numbers of noteworthy things that must be chronicled, lest their memory fade away to nothing. Not to mention the exploits of all the other critters that willingly hang out with us.

Upcoming Events

Written By: on September 23, 2015
Posted in: Announcement

Upcoming events:
Lions Club Fall Fair,
CDA Yard Sale,
Nashoba Tech Fair,
Rabies Clinic,
Photos with Santa

Dog Rally News

Written By: on April 1, 2015
Posted in: Blog Post

Dog Rally News for the Fifth Annual Walgreens Dog Rally on Saturday, May 30, from 10AM-2PM, at Walgreens on 86 Chelmsford St. in Chelmsford
Dog Models Wanted for the First Dog Pageant
Vendor Space still available
Want to do a demonstration?
Food will be available for purchase
Coloring Contest!

Santa Paws

Written By: on October 28, 2014
Posted in: Announcement, Event

Santa Paws Is Coming To Town!
Celebrate the Holiday Season with Santa and the Lowell Rotary

Rabies and Microchip Clinic

Written By: on
Posted in: Announcement

Rabies and Microchip Clinic
At the Chelmsford Dog Pound (Olde North Road, Next to the Chelmsford Police Station)
December 6, 2014, 10:00AM – 12:00PM

Walgreens Dog Rally – Raffle Winners

Written By: on May 10, 2014
Posted in: Announcement

The following folks won items from the raffle bags at the Fourth Annual CDA-Walgreens Dog Rally (on May 10, 2014).
If your name is listed and you did not already pick up your prize(s), please contact us via the CDA website to arrange for the pickup of your prize(s).

Walgreens’ Dog Rally

Written By: on May 9, 2014
Posted in: Blog Post

The Walgreens Dog Rally will go on tomorrow (May 10) as planned, 10AM-3PM.
Walgreens is located at 86 Chelmsford St., in Chelmsford, Ma 01824
We have vendors — Kids are Cool Stuff, Nutra-9 pet food, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Velata & Scentsy Candles, Pampered Chef, WelcomeDog, Rub My Belly Animal Massage, a sports vendor, and a couple of other kids’ vendors.
We’ll have lots of raffles — gift cards from Agway, Chelmsford Animal Hospital, Margarita’s Mexican Restaurant, Grooming emporium, Outback Restaurant, Flatbread Pizza, to name a few.