🐾 Arlen & Kristina πŸ‘£

🌠 Golden Retriever Service Dog 2/21/16 and 21 yo Handler 🐢 He has his own way of doing things! 😜 Utah 🌲 ArlenTheDog@gmail.com

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"What creepy robot thing? Why are you making me sit here anyway?" -Arlen probably 🐾

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Here's an Arlen if you need one. ❀️

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🀣Oh no!!πŸ˜‚ Swipe➑️Even Arlen couldn't restrain himself when it came to these salmon treats by @kronch_usa! ❀️ He loves them. According to their website they only use fresh Norwegian salmon that is processed within 24 hours of being caught. Free of unnatural additives and preservatives, and the salmon oil is cold pressed for maximum nutrients and flavor. The original treats are 100% salmon, baked with natural vitamins E and C, and they have a "pocket" version that isn't as messy, which just has potato added to dry them out a bit. The oil is 100% salmon oil too. Simple, natural, fresh, tasty, these are treats we all love! Thanks for letting us try them, @kronch_usa!

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πŸŒ¨οΈοΈβ„οΈπŸŽΆ It's the first snowfall of the winter! πŸŽΆβ„οΈπŸŒ¨οΈοΈ Watch closely for when Arlen tastes his first snowflake of this winter! I'm not looking forward to the cold and snow, but it's Arlen's favorite! I'm excited for him to enjoy it. πŸΆβ€οΈβ„οΈ

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This has always been one of my favorite memories of Arlen as a puppy. He was SO eager to learn and have fun! "Wait" was his absolute favorite. I love to look back at these pictures! Sorry not sorry for sharing this one again, it makes me happy and I hope it makes you happy too! 🐾❀️

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Happy Saturday, everyone! πŸ˜ƒ Are there any other pups out there that beg for face-squishes? I don't think Arlen could live without them! πŸΆπŸΎβ€οΈπŸ˜‚

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A couple nights ago we went to a dance thing in a barn🚜 and I learned something terrible: Arlen is a better dancer than I am! πŸ˜‚ We just danced in a few of the line dances and Arlen was right there heeling beside me, turning and backing up and side stepping perfectly while I was stumbling and missing steps. He had WAY too much fun with it and I had to remind him not to get too bouncy several times! πŸ˜‚β€οΈ Regardless of his excitement he was still very focused on tasking for me, which I really needed in such a loud crowded disorienting scenario. I really paid for the dancing later, but it was so wonderful to get out and do something! 😊🐢 I took this picture in the middle of "YMCA"

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🐾It's been a while since I've shared more about why I need a service dog! This is why I need Arlen.❀️ He has been trained to perform specific tasks to help with each of these things. He knows a lot of tasks and helps me in so many ways! He'll be able to help me even more after his birthday in February, when he'll be old enough to start doing more mobility tasks for me. While it would take too long to explain how each of these affects me, I'll be sharing more about all the tasks Arlen does in coming posts! I kind of backed off talking about this stuff a while ago because of how judgemental some people can be, but I've decided that I'd rather be able to tell you all everything, the good and the bad! ❀️🐾❀️🐾

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πŸ‚The best part about fall!πŸƒ Leaves are raining down, and Arlen is having the time of his life!πŸ‚πŸΆπŸπŸ‚πŸΎ
#fall #autumn #leaves #dog

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A few Halloween pics we forgot to post, enjoy! (In the third picture there's a big animatronic witch behind him, it was too tall to fit!)🐾

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🐾The fluffiest Jedi🐾 Arlen's costume this year! Happy Halloween! Swipe!➑️
@disneypets #starwarsdog #disneydog #starwars #jedi #halloween #halloweencostume #dogcostume #disney

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We also tried this awesome Zignature dog food!πŸ˜‹β€οΈ #chewyinfluencer @zignaturedog You might remember the video we made at the beginning of the month where Arlen and his two siblings tried it for the first time, and Rinna the pickiest dog in the world stuck her head into the bag and started eating it without us noticing! The flavor we tried was Zignature venison limited ingredient formula grain-free dry dog food. We love it! It smells like a great quality food and all the dogs are still crazy for it after a month. I've been sprinkling it on their other food to make it last, and they get so excited when I get the bag out. I love the ingredients! Lots of meat and good stuff. I've been searching for foods to rotate for Arlen and Zignature is definitely added to the list! 🐾
I received these goodies free of charge from Chewy.com in an exchange for my honest review. Thanks @chewy!

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We got to try the Solid Gold SeaMeal nutritional supplement this month!🐾 #chewyinfluencer @solidgoldpets It has seaweed, flaxseed, and digestive enzymes, which provide vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants, Omega 3 fatty acid, and assists in the digestion of essential nutrients. This is some good stuff! 😍 Arlen likes it, and so do our other dogs who finish licking out his bowl for him. It's a powder and comes with a scoop so it’s easy to measure. You sprinkle it on their food and then pour warm water on it and stir. Because of the extra steps I didn’t find myself using it as much as I wanted to (and especially not as often as the directions say) but I still think some is better than none! I put it on his food whenever I have enough energy. ❀️ I think this is an amazing product, and we’ll continue using it for sure!
I received these goodies free of charge from Chewy.com in an exchange for my honest review. Thanks @chewy!

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πŸŽƒ Everyone needs a pumpkin carving supervisor! Arlen did a wonderful job making sure the pumpkin smelled and tasted right.πŸ˜‹ He even helped clean up🍴(oops!). Bonus if you know what our carving is of!

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🐾Uh-oh! Someone needs their nails done! πŸ”ŠSound on! πŸ˜‚ Does your dog have any favorite words?Β 
Arlen knows a lot of words, but any words that sound like "nail" make him make this face! He doesn't mind getting his nails done, it's just not his favorite activity.πŸ˜‚ When I tell him we need to go get the mail he gets very confused! πŸ€”πŸ˜‰β€οΈπŸΎ *Yes some of you already saw this, but something made it glitch and so I'm trying it again so more of you can enjoy it!
#dailydog #bestwoof #servicedog #happydog #workingdog #dogtraining #servicedogsofinstagram #invisibleillness #spoonie #cute #woof #notalldisabilitiesarevisible #puppy #instapuppy #gloriousgoldens #welovegoldens #goldenretriever #goldenoftheday #goldensofinstagram #goldenretrievers #goldenretrieverworld #thedailygolden #retrieversgram #retrieversofinstagram #ilovemydog #goldenretrieverlove #psychiatricservicedog #ilovegolden_retrievers

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πŸ€” I've been a little bit lost about what to post lately! Arlen and I would like to know what kind of posts you like the best! Our account is a little bit of everything... But what do you like best? Pictures or videos? Random cute stuff, Service dog stuff, my health updates (do you want to hear more about appointments, new diagnoses, meds, etc?), Would you like to hear what Arlen does for me specifically, or more general service dog stuff? Training, and if training, regular dog training or service dog training? Do you like the cute random pics of Arlen sleeping or playing, or should I always have more of a story, do you like more regular dog stuff or service dog stuff? Or do you like a bit of everything? πŸ€”β˜ΊοΈ Are there any posts you don't like? There's so much more I could post! Let me know what you like, and what you'd like to see more of! ❀️ Also, would you like us to do stories and live videos? Let us know!
If you've read his far, here's the story with the picture: On the way home from our appointment we stopped by Petco, and I decided to get Arlen a new toy. While I was busy deciding between a few different options a simple tennis ball caught Arlen's eye. He knew what he wanted! Thanks for picking a cheap one, buddy! πŸ˜‚

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Service dogs... Sometimes they tell you that you need to sit down in the middle of the store so you don't fall over and you have to listen to them.(Or fall over, I suppose πŸ˜‰) Then they lay down on your lap and you drink a Gatorade and wait a while. When you feel better you ask them to get off and start to stand up, but they put their head on top of you and hold you down. Guess I wasn't ready to get up yet. πŸ˜… He is so cute. I often try to stand up too soon but he knows better! I can ask him "can I get up yet?" as many times as I like but he just ignores me. When he decides I'm better he just sits down and patiently waits for me to stand.❀️ (Every time I try to get a picture of Arlen like this I realize too late that I have a very sad/angry expression in all the pictures. I give up! Enjoy Arlen. πŸ˜‚)

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πŸ”Focus is the key! πŸ˜‚ Arlen is trained to nose-bump doorknobs as a signal that he wants the door opened, but I don't know where that silly focus is coming from! It makes me wonder, is he focusing so I'll know what he wants and open it, or does he think if he tries hard enough the door will open itself? πŸ€”πŸΎ

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"Mom, why are you eating wood?" We went out to lunch for my sister's birthday and Arlen was so concerned and confused when I started using a pair of chopsticks. πŸ˜‚ Once he was satisfied that I knew what I was doing he went right back to sleeping. Silly boy! Usually I'm the one telling HIM not to eat wood. 😜

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Keeping Arlen busy at Grandma's ❀️🐢

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Tuck level: Expert πŸ˜‚πŸΎ Swipe➑️In this office Arlen is allowed to sprawl out under as many chairs as he wants, but he still tucks under just mine. Until he gets bored and stretches out. (He knows he can here!) Service dogs are required to fit and tuck into all kinds of tight places to stay out of the way! 🐢

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πŸ’™The blue tail is back!πŸ’™ I put it on differently so it already looks purple but I like it. Regardless of the purpleness, it's #dysautonomiaawarenessmonth and the Dysautonomia awareness color is blue (turquoise specifically) so Arlen's doing his best to get involved with that. πŸ’™ (*Dog-safe dye, completely harmless, don't worry!*)

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🐾🌊Bath time!πŸ’¦πŸΎ Swipe to see more! Arlen loves baths, and his favorite part is when I spray right under his chin. The best massage ever! πŸ’¦πŸΆ It's hard to get the rest of him clean because he spins around, flops down, and does whatever he can to get the water to scratch his neck instead of wherever I'm trying to reach. πŸ˜‚ I love being able to see his muscles and build when there's not all that fluffy fur in the way! 😍

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Just the cutest boy falling asleep while sitting up. πŸžοΈοΈπŸš— Car rides make everyone tired! He usually lays down across my lap to sleep, but watching out the window was too important.

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I just can't get over this 😭❀️ When Arlen was a puppy I took the pictures of him in the 'gigantic' SD vest with the plan to take new ones when he grew up. Yesterday I realized I had forgotten to ever put them together! These are two of my favorite pictures of Arlen and I've shared them separately before, but putting them side by side really puts them into a new perspective. ❀️❀️❀️

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πŸ‚On the hay ride with no hay at the pumpkin patch the other day!πŸŽƒ I am so far behind on pictures, you guys! πŸ˜… I never have this much stuff to post. I got a few more fun ones at the pumpkin patch that I'll post during the month, and I have a few other fun things... And we just found out that we're going on a Harry Potter train ride this weekend! ⚑️ I'm excited for that! Any ideas how to dress up Arlen?

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We love this paw and nose butter by @goingforgolden! ❀️🐾🐢 Especially with the weather changing, dry noses and paws are not fun! @goingforgolden's hand and paw butter is all natural and unscented, making it an easy addition to our routine. I like to put it on Arlen's paws before bed so that it has time to soak in. 🐾❀️ It's very soft and almost melts in your fingers, so a little goes a long way! 🐢

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Wait for it... πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ We got our #chewyinfluencer goodies today and I decided to make a little video of our first taste test of the Zignature @zignaturedog Venison Formula dog food, including Arlen's siblings because they deserve some too. ☺️ I didn't make it to post, but it makes me laugh too hard not to!
Rinna is the PICKIEST dog on the planet. She refuses most food or treats, and she eats her meals like a princess, one piece at a time, and tosses and plays with it before eating too. This is crazy!
I think it's clear Arlen and both his siblings love Zignature!
I'll still be doing a more in-depth review near the end of the month, stay tuned!
I received this item free of charge from Chewy.com in exchange for my honest review. Thanks @chewy!
#zignature #dogfood #funnyvideos

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We're going on a hay ride to a corn maze and pumpkin patch! Arlen is so excited, he remembers this from last year! I'll try to get pictures even though it's already getting dark. πŸ˜€

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