๐Ÿพ Arlen & Kristina ๐Ÿ‘ฃ

๐ŸŒ  Golden Retriever Service Dog 2/21/16 and 21 yo Handler ๐Ÿถ He has his own way of doing things! ๐Ÿ˜œ Utah ๐ŸŒฒ ArlenTheDog@gmail.com

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๐ŸถWaking up to this big sweet fluffy face๐Ÿพโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜‚

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Hi everyone! ๐ŸพWe're so sorry we haven't posted in a few days! I've been facing some more difficult health challenges and just haven't had the energy to even take pictures. We're back and I'm going to try to make sure we start posting regularly again cause we love all of you! โค๏ธ Here's Arlen in his new harness by @purplepoodles inside Costco a few weeks ago. Totally our perfect custom colors and everything! Arlen likes it too!

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I fell down at the store today. ๐Ÿพ We're completely fine, ๐Ÿ‘ it was just one of my normal falls. But it was a bit of a wake-up call. I hadn't done anything lately other than doctors appointments and resting, but I really wanted chips so I figured a quick trip to the store wouldn't be too bad (I wasn't driving! ๐Ÿ˜‚). But I didn't listen enough to Arlen or myself. It's so hard not to push yourself a bit too far when you just want to be a little bit "normal". As things change, we adjust, but sometimes it takes a while to accept. โค๏ธ Arlen had a great time working and that always makes me so happy! It was rainy so he wore his jacket to stay a *bit* dry. And then after I took his jacket off at home he rolled around in the wet grass. Thanks buddy. ๐Ÿ˜‚โค๏ธ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿพ

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๐ŸถA balanced meal!๐Ÿพ We loved this Victor canned dog food! @victorpetfood I've been using it as a topper for the dogs' regular food. I love giving them variety and adding some excitement to their day, and they love this! They can barely sit still as I get it ready. This was the only recipe without chicken which is a bit sad, but it's great so I canโ€™t complain too much! โค๏ธ I hope they make more flavors in the future for even more great options! It was very easy to serve and smells like canned dog food, but wasnโ€™t as strong as some others we've tried. (Yay!) They all love it and their stomachs love it too! #chewyinfluencer
I received these goodies free of charge from Chewy.com in an exchange for my honest review. Thanks @chewy!

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When I tell Arlen we're going outside for a treat but then I ask him to hold the bag firstโ€ฆ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿถโค๏ธ Aww buddy, just a second! I didnโ€™t know dogs could love treats this much! Thatโ€™s saying something about these piranhas. You know Arlen, food is his favorite. ๐Ÿพ These are Ziwi Good Dog Rewards Dog Treats,@ziwipets and theyโ€™re amazing! Theyโ€™re pretty much dry and not messy, and thereโ€™s much more than I expected in the package! Theyโ€™re made with amazing trustworthy ingredients, just what we like! True quality. And theyโ€™re air dried! Arlen tried the New Zealand Venison, yum! As a side note, but it counts for something, their packaging is really strong! The dogs ran around outside with the bag and even played tug with it while I was trying to get a photo. ๐Ÿ˜‚ Not one hole! If the quality of the packaging is this good, imagine how good the actual treats are! #chewyinfluencer
I received these goodies free of charge from Chewy.com in an exchange for my honest review. Thanks @chewy!

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Wow! This was a good year. Thanks for sharing it with us! Let's see what adventures are waiting for us in 2018! 8 is my favorite number, so I'm a little bit extra excited for this next year just because of that. โ˜บ๏ธ Some things we can't change, but some things we can- try to make life an adventure and find hope and excitement in the small things around! โค๏ธ๐Ÿพ

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๐Ÿ“Ignoring ping-pong balls bouncing everywhere!๐Ÿ“ This was a hard one for Arlen, he loves chasing things like this. But a bit of practice and he was a pro! Service dogs get a lot of time to play, but when they're working (which they really enjoy too!) they need to have solid self-control! Arlen enjoyed this challenge. ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿ“โœ…

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๐ŸWe tagged along to a different grocery store today. Arlen was very attentive and I needed his help a lot by the time we were done! ๐Ÿพ The produce was so perfectly stacked and fresh, I couldn't believe it was real! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ I tried to tell Arlen about it, but swipeโžก๏ธto the third picture to see how much he cared. ๐Ÿ˜‚โค๏ธ๐Ÿพ

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! ๐ŸฆŒโค๏ธ๐Ÿพ We're so thankful for all of you!!

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The happiest boy ๐Ÿพโค๏ธ๐Ÿถ

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It's hat weather this morning! Brrr! โ„๏ธ Off to an appointment. ๐Ÿš—๐Ÿ’จ

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๐Ÿ˜‚โค๏ธ๐ŸพThere was a whole bunch of dog food spilled in the aisle at Costco and I was filming Arlen a touch as we were walking around. As we were about to walk over all the dog food a lady said "There's plenty of dog food for him!" But I chuckled confidently as Arlen walked over it without a second thought. ๐Ÿ˜‚ What I thought was so funny was my laugh. I was so confident in him! I didn't realize it until I was watching the video back. Sometimes we don't even realize the confidence that we ourselves have in our dogs! (Or ourselves, or others, etc.) It was interesting for me to realize. Arlen was such a pro, so perfect today. I don't say that to brag, but to realize, wow, he really has come so far, does so much that I don't even really think about anymore! I'm so thankful to get that moment to step back and see from a bigger picture how much confidence we've gained as a team.

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๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ ๐ŸŒจ๏ธ๏ธ๐Ÿ• Arlen begged for a walk. โค๏ธ

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โ˜๏ธBig brushing before his bath, enough fur for a lovely wig. ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿคฃโ˜๏ธ๐Ÿพ (Sorry for the bad bathroom lighting!)

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๐ŸพAm I the only one obsessed with Costco's photogenic floors? Yes? Ok. ๐Ÿ˜‚ I think if I ever got a photoshoot done of me and Arlen it would be right there in the middle of Costco. I just love the color against his fur! ๐Ÿ˜‹ We went there today and Arlen was an amazingly attentive boy. We haven't been able to go places as much lately due to some health and med challenges and changes, and so when we get to go Arlen gets SO happy and excited to work. It makes me so happy to see him so happy and "in the zone" and he gives me thank you kisses the whole way home because he's so happy. I love him so much. โค๏ธ๐Ÿพ

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#tbt to when Arlen discovered he could play in the water dish ๐Ÿ’ฆ The floor was soaked! ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’ฆ

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Happy Friday! ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿพโค๏ธ

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๐ŸพHe's SO happy to help!โค๏ธ First time out in a while and Arlen was so overjoyed to help out on a simple trip to Walmart. Service dogs live for their job. Arlen does a lot at home for me too, but he really shines when we're out in public and I need a lot more from him! ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿถโค๏ธ

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A wonderful snack, treat, mixer, or meal. It was fun to try out this Wellness Trufood Make It Fresh Raw Freeze Dried Dog Food!๐Ÿ˜‹ #chewyinfluencer It has awesome ingredients that you can watch โ€œappearโ€ as it soaks for a few minutes before serving. Itโ€™s a complete and balanced diet, but itโ€™s great for healthy snacks too! All the dogs went crazy as soon as I tore open the top of the bag. As it soaked they all sat pacing in the kitchen, they knew they were in for a treat without me even telling them it was theirs! It was definitely a special meal. It arrived more powdered than expected, but there were still many large pieces of great stuff! This is food where you can identify the exact things you're feeding, whole cranberries too. I'm all about simplicity, and when it comes to a special meal for my pups, this is a great option! Highly recommended!
I received these goodies free of charge from Chewy.com in an exchange for my honest review. Thanks @chewy!

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We found a treasure!๐Ÿ„ USDA inspected meats, straight from Wisconsin. Freeze-dried and nothing else. Dr. Tim's Dog and Cat Treats are awesome! I love pure and simple treats like this, and so does Arlen! We tried the Beef Liver ones for our #chewyinfluencer review this month. Beef liver is high in protein, B vitamins, vitamin A, iron, copper, zinc, coq10, purinesโ€ฆ are you sure weโ€™re just talking about delicious yummy treats here? I'll feed these to my dog any day! They come chopped in wonderful big pieces and werenโ€™t broken at all. Theyโ€™re easy enough to break that you can use one piece for a whole training session if you want! These get an A+ from Arlen and me!
I received these goodies free of charge from Chewy.com in an exchange for my honest review. Thanks @chewy!

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New team photo! โค๏ธ I got my hair buzzed, almost shaved, and I love it! It's so much easier to deal with, and will take so much less energy to take care of. Every bit of energy is precious, and now I can spend a bit more of it on this crazy Arlen boy! ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿพ

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๐Ÿฅ“BACON!!๐Ÿฅ“ Good boy Arlen โค๏ธ He got a good big bite afterwards! Self control, always a work in progress but ignoring bacon is ๐Ÿ’ช hard work! ๐Ÿพ

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The dreaded doctor's office...๐Ÿ˜ฑ Don't worry Arlen, it's for me, not you!๐Ÿ‘โค๏ธ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿพ

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"What creepy robot thing? Why are you making me sit here anyway?" -Arlen probably ๐Ÿพ

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Here's an Arlen if you need one. โค๏ธ

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๐ŸคฃOh no!!๐Ÿ˜‚ Swipeโžก๏ธEven Arlen couldn't restrain himself when it came to these salmon treats by @kronch_usa! โค๏ธ 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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