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A Dog’s Eye View

A Dog’s Eye View: You Ate What???

Written By: on June 22, 2017

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

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.

The Many Faces of Loki

Written By: on November 9, 2015

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

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

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

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.

A Dog’s Eye View: What’s up with the Chelmsford Dog Park?

Written By: on April 12, 2013

Please thank Anna B. for getting me off my butt to tend to my blog. There are many things happening around Town (as always). Some days I feel like a squirrel and all the nuts are across the busy street.

But back to Anna’s inquiry…”so how’s the Dog Park Plan coming?”

After four years of looking at multiple sites all over Town, I am happy to report that at this spring’s Town Meeting, Warrant Article 23 will seek to designate a two acre area of 54 Richardson Rd. for use as a Dog Park.

A Dog’s Eye View: The latest in Local Dog News

Written By: on March 6, 2013

In spite of Mother Nature’s latest shenanigans, the Chelmsford Dog Association is preparing for Spring.

First up, is the Chelmsford Spring Town Meeting, which starts on April 29. The Spring Town Meeting Warrant is now signed by the Board of Selectmen. Article 23 will designate an area of 54 Richardson Rd to be used as a dog park. Article 29 will allow off-leash dogs in an area designated by the Town. The Chelmsford Dog Association is asking supporters for a dog park in Chelmsford to let their Town Meeting Representatives know that having a public dog park is a desired project, and to ask them to vote in favor of these two articles. Once these steps are complete, the group can finally work on building the park. They’ll be asking for lots of help then. Thanks to all of you for getting the word out. Please feel free to ask questions-if I don’t know, I’ll find out! Thank you-on behalf of the Chelmsford Dog Association.

A Dog’s Eye View looks at: The Dog Days of Summer

Written By: on August 20, 2012

Several weeks ago (yes, the end of July), I went out feed the rabbits and I noticed one of them had started to shed his summer coat. This usually happens around now (the middle to the end of August), so I was surprised to see this starting so early. About a week after that, I noticed the huskies were starting to plop their summer tufts, and the goose has started his semi-annual molt early as well. I’ve noticed an inordinate amount of leaves on the ground, but I’ll just blame that on the torrential rain we’ve had recently. Fall is in the air. Already? It’s eighty degrees out!

A Dog’s Eye View: A Plethora of Information for You

Written By: on May 15, 2012

I’ve spent the last two weeks making notes on various things I could write about and it looks something like this:

Why don’t squirrels get rabies, what is mange, how can I attend the CDA Flea Market at Countryside Vet Hospital this weekend and still grab a burger at the Military Community Covenant Barbeque at Agway happening at the same time. What the devil happened to my keys this time? What’s up with the yellow chain gate at Agway? Where did my money go? Isn’t there a chocolate cat event on the 18th? Look up moose migration patterns. Pay car insurance.

A Dog’s Eye View: The Mysterious Fisher “Cat”

Written By: on April 19, 2012

The fisher (Martes pennanti), is relatively common in many areas despite the fact that it was once eliminated from Massachusetts. Considered by many to be a strictly wilderness species, the fisher is now appearing in more populated areas. Alert, secretive, and solitary, there is no question the fisher has made an amazing comeback in the commonwealth. As with other wildlife species, problems with fishers may sometimes arise.

A Dog’s Eye View: What to Do With All This Stuff

Written By: on March 25, 2012

You’re looking around your house because you’ve just vacuumed and that’s about as far as this Spring Cleaning Project is gonna get today. Where did all this stuff come from? Who put it here? This is akin to asking: Who are these kids, and why are they calling me “Mom”?

A Dog’s Eye View looks at Bears in the Spring

Written By: on March 6, 2012

One of the side effects of modern living is that there are a lot of homes where there used to be woods and scrubby fields. This has led to a steady increase in wildlife sightings in many areas. Deer are seen trying to cross the road more often. Folks in the Westlands have seen moose. Wild turkeys are everywhere, and last Halloween, there was a bear on the loose.

A Dog’s Eye View: It’s Chicken Season

Written By: on February 29, 2012

Tis the season for ordering chicks. I’ve already received my chick catalog, and Agway’s got their sign out, too. Tractor Supply Store gets them by the bucketload. And they are so adorable when they weigh 1.5 ounces-the little peeps bring out the sappy side of you from the cockles of your twisted heart. They make you say, awwwww, and they aren’t expensive to buy. It’s incredibly easy to fall into the trap I call “owning chickens.”

A Dog’s Eye View: Congratulations to Malacky

Written By: on February 15, 2012

Best wishes to the little Pekingnese dog that won this year’s Westminster Dog Show. None of my dogs looked impressed by his victory. I, on the other hand was ecstatic. I need one these dogs. Right now, in my house. This is the most awesome dustcatcher I have ever seen. Looks like he can move pretty fast, too. I like it.