Monday, November 28, 2011


Minus a few days in Boston, I'm home for a few weeks before the big move.  Since Maisie isn't going to daycare, I've re-hired Chicago Dog Runner to take her out for a run once a week.  This morning was the first session and Maisie was super excited to see our runner Claudia again.  Claudia's initial comment upon seeing Maisie was "I forgot she was so little!"  I later received this summary email from her:

The run with Maisie today went really well. It's like we just picked up where we left off and Maisie seemed to be having a blast. We ran about 5.3 miles together and I hope to run even further with her next Thursday.

All that activity has resulted in a full day of canine slumber.  Maisie was so quiet that I actually forgot she was here...I didn't walk her all afternoon and she never even woke up to remind me!
 still sleepy-eyed 12 hours after the run

The dog runner is definitely money well-spent.  I haven't found anything exactly like that service in the Boston area, but there are some companies that offer hiking and outdoor playgroups so I will be investigating those further.  In the meantime, I was relieved to find a daycare for Maisie right by the new office.  It's run out of a house with a yard and is small with lots of personal attention...of course,  I still have to check it out in person.  It has good reviews and the owner seems like she really loves dogs.  On the downside, while she does accept mixes she doesn't take "purebred" pitties (whatever that means), which is a policy that obviously violates my usual "pit bull power" position.  But the only alternative open past 6pm in that part of MA is a facility that routinely has 130 dogs a day, all together in a big warehouse and I knew that would be an awful and terrifying environment for Maisie.  I realized in this case I need to set aside my pit bull activist persona in order to ensure the best possible situation for my little I am choosing the smaller daycare.  I strongly believe Maisie will be much happier there and that's the most important thing.  Forgive me, readers!

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Unknown said...

No apology required, Maisie has to come first. And anyway "pure breed" pitbull???? There are not many of us PB lovers out there that are living with what could be discribed as a pure breed dog. At least not in my house hold of 5 pit bull doggies.

Maisie's Mom said...

I agree Diane, that's why I put it in quotes! ;)

Two Grad Students and a Pittie said...

Im sure none of know what a purebred pittie is. She is, of course, purebred Maisie and def appreciates your decision!

Dachshund Nola said...

What is her definition of a "purebred pit bull''? Anyway, glad Maisie had fun!
Kisses and Tail Wags,
Dachshund Nola

Of Pit Bulls and Patience said...

My pit bull doesn't have papers and isn't registered with the UKC... so they aren't pure bred, right?

And I live about 45 minutes north of Boston, but work about 20 minutes away (to the North). In general, you are better off with a small daycare than the massive ones, but the hiking adventures seem fun too!

sprinkles said...

I really want to get my boys into a daycare once I start working and can afford it. I feel so bad being gone all day at work and school.