TamborArtGalleryCanine Companions puppy Tambor is now seven months old and is beginning to do more work in public situations. When a CCI puppy is six months old, the puppy raiser begins the slow and steady process of acclimating the puppy to all types of social situations. It is important that service dog puppies are comfortable and well behaved in public. So far, Tambor has been to a few restaurants, supermarkets and retail stores. He has done very well. In this photo, he accompanied me to an art exhibition reception. He was well received by everyone and was a calm and happy addition to the festivities. As Tambor matures, so will the intensity of his public outings. 

I am so lucky to be able to bring Tambor to work with me where he gets to enjoy playtime in our new Day School in Sudbury. He loves to 'party' with his class mates! Tambor is particularly good at adjusting his play style to any dog. He loves to rough it with the big guys but is also a gentle friend to a three pound Yorkie.

It gives us great pleasure in honoring two 2016 employees of the year, Shannon Casey and Niheeta Dalvi!

ShannonEOTYShannon Casey in Sudbury has been an esteemed employee of Especially for Pets for three years and has continually shown sincere dedication to the company and our customers. Last spring she took on great responsibility by running day-to-day operations while management was on leave. Shannon enthusiastically took on important tasks such as ordering and scheduling and payroll while maintaining outstanding customer service and strong leadership for fellow employees.

carol newtonCongratulations to Carol Soeldner and her puppy, Holystone Ode To Joix Of Kincora, CGC (call name Sponge). Under a breeder judge and at the age of just under seven and a half months, Sponge took Reserve Winners Bitch at the Montgomery County Dog Show. As the largest terrier show in the country, to the terrier group, it is the equivalent to what Westminster is to all groups! Sponge earned her Canine Good Citizen (CGC) at six and a half months old. Carol bred Sponge’s mother and she is a granddaughter of Carol's other dog Fox, who earned her CGC under Christine MacDonald at our Acton location. Carol and Sponge share the same birthday and are quite the team!

Bogie snowExposure to winter's dry, cold air and chilly rain, sleet and snow can cause chapped paws and itchy, flaking skin, but these aren't the only discomforts pets can suffer. Winter walks can become downright dangerous if chemicals from ice-melting agents are licked off of bare paws.

To help prevent cold weather dangers from affecting your pet's paws and skin, please heed the following advice from the experts of the ASPCA.

DaySchoolCome to our open house on Saturday, December 10 from 11:00am to 2:00pm in Sudbury and see what the excitement is all about! Our director of Dog Training, Leslie Zelamsky, will be available to answer all of your questions and show you our wonderful new facility. All open house visitors will receive a complimentary raffle ticket for a FREE half-day stay in our Day School. Click here for more information about or call 978/443-7682 to schedule your free evaluation.