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Mothers’ Day Gifts For The Dog Mom In Your Life

Taking care of a dog (Or two… or three) is hard work! Show the dog mom in your life how much you appreciate her this Mothers’ Day with some special treats.

1. Love And A Dog Mug,

Personalize with pictures of your pup!

Personalize with pictures of your pup!


2. Custom Dog Portrait Pillow By ShebboDesign

Dog moms on-the-go can snuggle with their pooch even when they can't be home.

Dog moms on-the-go can snuggle with their pooch even when they can’t be home.


3. ‘Rescue Mom’ Hand-Stamped Charm necklace


For the mom proud of her rescue pup.


4. A Bottle of Real Dogs Wine from A Dogs’ Life

Customize the bottle with  your own photo and caption.

Customize the bottle with your own photo and caption.


5. Custom Cookie Cutter From Name That Cookie

That treat's got your dog's name on it - literally! Choose from several different breed shapes.

That treat’s got your dog’s name on it – literally! Choose from several different breed shapes.


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Healthy Puppy Faces – Dental Health

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Just like in humans, a dog’s dental health can greatly affect their overall health. Here are some ways to keep your pup’s teeth and mouth clean and healthy.

1. Smell that puppy breath!

While dog mouths don’t usually smell like roses, if your pup’s breath is particularly gross, it could be a sign of a problem. If bad breath is accompanied by a loss in appetite or excessive drooling, a trip to your vet is a good idea.

2. Take a look!

Just a regular visual inspection of your dog’s teeth and gums at home can help you to catch problems early on. Look for red or inflamed gums, loose teeth, and any masses on the gums or under the tongue.

3. Brush those teeth!

Brushing your dog’s teeth may sound difficult, but with the right tools and some practice it can be an effective way to keep her mouth clean. You can get a toothbrush made especially for dogs from your vet, or just wrap a piece of clean, soft gauze around your finger to do the brushing. Use either a toothpaste made for dogs or a paste made of baking soda and water – never use human toothpaste, as it can irritate your pup’s stomach.

First time brushing canine chompers? Here’s what to do to make tooth brushing a low-stress activity for you and your pup:

  • First, get your dog used to having your fingers near her mouth – start by massaging her lips with your finger in a circular motion for 30 to 60 seconds every day for a few weeks.
  • Next move on to massaging her teeth and gums without toothpaste, and finally put a bit of dog-formulated toothpaste on her lips to let her get used to the taste.
  • After you’ve taken these steps, give brushing a try. Clean the teeth with small, circular motions, using either a brush or your gauze-wrapped finger. The side of the tooth that touches the gum accumulates the most tartar – if she will only let you brush for a short time, concentrate on these surfaces.

Do this two or three times a week to keep your pup’s teeth clean and her breath fresh.

4. A little more info to chew on!

Chew toys are great for lots of reasons, and a big one is dental health. Gnawing on a chew toy can help to strengthen teeth, massage gums, and scrape away soft tartar from the teeth.

These are only a few tips to help keep your dog’s mouth healthy – there is plenty more that can be said about dental care and teeth cleaning in dogs that couldn’t fit into this post. The most important thing you can do for your dog’s oral health is to look in their mouth. If you can catch a problem early on, you may prevent future disease and a lot of discomfort for your pup. As always, if you have questions or concerns, ask your vet!

Jackie D. is a dog walker for Running The Pack, a certified Vet Tech, and a graduate of the Veterinary Technology degree program at North Shore Community College.
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Meet The Pack: Erin B.

Erin & a satisfied customer enjoying a hike in the woods.

Erin & a satisfied customer enjoying a hike in the woods.

Name: Erin B.

With Running The Pack Since: Spring 2008

Current Position At Running The Pack: Dog Walker

Before I Joined The Pack, I… Went to school for graphic art and worked at Petco.

You Can Find Me… Hiking with dogs in Callahan state park in Framingham.

The Best Part Of Working With Dogs Is… Being able to be outdoors all day and always being greeted with a happy face. There is never a bad day or dull moment walking dogs.

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Introducing… Metropets Pet Boutique!

We are proud to announce the opening of RTP founder Jill’s newest venture, Metropets! Located at 2 West Central Street in Natick, MA, Metropets is your community pet boutique providing a fun, family-friendly environment – learn from trained staff and discover cool toys and activities!

The Metropets Super Snack Bar is always fully stocked.

The Metropets Super Snack Bar is always fully stocked.

In addition to toys and treats for both dogs and cats, Metropets also offers top-of-the-line pet food from Weruva and Fromm, collars from Paco Collars, Hogan Custom Leather, and Cody’s Creations, travel & training accessories, a self-wash tub and more! Visit for more info.


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Reporting Animal Cruelty? There’s An App For That

April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Awareness Month. The ARL recommends contacting your local or regional authorities immediately if you suspect animal cruelty, but what if you don’t know the phone number for the animal control department? Or what if you’re not sure who’s jurisdiction you’re under? Well, there’s an app for that. Two, actually.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund launched the LiveSafe app last fall. The app marks your audio, video, or text tip with a GPS location, then channels the info you reported to a call center where it is forwarded to the appropriate authorities.

In 2014, The Humane Society of The United States partnered with the National Sheriff’s Association on ICE Black Box, an app with similar functionality.

Hopefully, these apps and others like them will help to bring us one step closer to ending cruelty to animals. And of course, you can always call your local animal control officer or police non-emergency number. Remember: If you see something, say something.

Click HERE for instructions on how to use LiveSafe to report animal cruelty.

Find out more about the ICE Black Box app HERE.

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Healthy Puppy Faces – Ears

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Your dog’s ears will hopefully not need a lot of maintenance to stay clean and healthy, but sometimes problems like infections and parasites can occur. Here’s some info on routine ear cleaning, the reasons why dogs can be prone to ear issues, and some signs that you should talk to your vet.

1. Routine care

If your dog’s ears appear dirty, you can clean them with a cotton ball dampened with mineral oil, hydrogen peroxide, or a solution formulated especially for ear cleaning. The skin inside a dog’s ears is delicate – take care not to cause irritation by cleaning them too frequently. Also, never insert anything into your dog’s ear canal – this can cause damage to the inner structures of the ear.

2. Anatomy

Dogs have ear anatomy that’s different from ours – their ear canal has a vertical section leading to the outside, making it easy for parasites, bacteria, and yeast to hide and thrive deeper in their ears. Dogs with floppy ears, like cocker spaniels, basset hounds, and poodles are especially vulnerable to infections. Their ears can trap excess moisture inside the ear canal, creating an ideal environment for unwelcome guests to take up residence.

3. Signs and symptoms

Signs of ear problems in dogs can include a bad odor, discharge in the ears, and redness or swelling. If your dog’s ears are uncomfortable, she might shake her head or tilt it to one side, or rub/scratch one or both ears. If she is particularly uncomfortable, she may shy away when you try to touch her ears. If you notice any of these signs, a visit to the vet is in order – ear infections can be very painful for dogs, and early detection can keep them from getting worse.

Ear problems are common in dogs, but with some vigilance you can catch small problems before they get out of control. If you have questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to ask your vet!

Jackie D. is a dog walker for Running The Pack, a certified Veterinary Technician, and a graduate of the Veterinary Technology degree program at North Shore Community College.
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Meet The Pack: Sara H.


Sara and a happy client strike a pose.

Name: Sara H.

With Running The Pack Since: January 2013

Current Position At Running The Pack: Dog Walker, Pet Sitter

Before I Joined The Pack, I… Worked in print music sales for a mom and pop in Northern California (where I am from). After moving to Boston to find work in 2012 and failing to fall in love with corporate retail selling shoes, a friend suggested I join the team at Running the Pack. I’ve been hooked ever since!

You Can Find Me… On the Somerville/Cambridge line around Davis Square, though I help out in Cambridge from time to time.

The Best Part Of Working With Dogs Is… Their everyday reminder to live in the moment and find joy in even the smallest things. Sometimes dogs take issue with a particular moment, but they are right back to a “glass half full” attitude once the next moment rolls around! Even the yuckiest things can sometimes bring them great excitement and that can sometimes be the reason we are needed to help out with a client: their joie de vivre is just too much! Their lack of conversation can sometimes be trying for a talker like myself, but there’s no denying their enthusiasm for life and it’s catching! The client pictured with me here, Sandy, is one of my most joyful clients who bounces through every walk as though we’d never walked there before.

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Healthy Puppy Faces: Eye Care

The eyes are the windows to the puppy soul – here are some potential issues, and tips to make sure those big, beautiful puppy dog eyes stay clean and healthy.


1. Tear Overflow

On some dogs, especially miniature and toy breeds, you may notice brown or pink staining

around the eyes – this is caused by an overflow of tears onto the fur. Much of the time, this

is caused by structural differences in these breeds that blocks the drainage of tears, and is a

purely cosmetic issue that doesn’t need treatment.

Sometimes, tear overflow can be caused by excess tear production due to eye irritation – a

foreign particle, allergy, or hair rubbing against the eye. If excess tearing is accompanied by

signs of discomfort like squinting, scratching/rubbing, or redness, give your vet a call!


2. Fur

With long-haired breeds, fur can sometimes cause problems, blocking vision or poking

into the eye. This fur can be carefully trimmed using scissors with rounded tips. If you’re

uncomfortable doing this, ask your favorite vet, vet tech, or groomer to show you how to do

it safely.


3. Debris – No More Puppy Heads Sticking Out The Window!

If you’re driving with your pup, it’s best not to let her stick her head out the window. I know

she thinks it’s fun, but if debris or an insect gets in her eyes it could cause irritation or injury.

Let her enjoy the fresh air with the windows only partially down, from safely inside the car.


4. Eye Goo

Finally, if your dog is prone to eye gunk, keep her eyes clean by wiping with a damp cotton

ball from the corner outward, being careful not to touch the eyeball. Your vet can also

recommend a sterile eye wash if necessary. Keeping the eyes clear of gunk and debris can

help to present infection.


The most important tools you have to keep your dog’s eyes clean and healthy are your own attention and awareness. Keeping an eye out (no pun intended) for signs of discomfort can help you and your vet to catch any issues early on, before they turn into larger problems. Stay aware, stay safe, and keep having fun with your doggy friends!


Jackie D. is a dog walker for Running The Pack and a certified Vet Tech.
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How To Layer Like A Dog Walker

“What do you do in the winter?” is a question we often get in the dog walking world. The answer? Layer. The key is to maximize the number of layers you wear without hindering your movement – you do, after all, still need to be able to walk. Below are some tips on how to stay warm without ending up like a character in ‘A Christmas Story.’

 How To Layer Like A Dog Walker

Layers On The Bottom – It Takes Two

You will soon realize that, when paired with waist-high snow banks, one pair of pants is not enough. Silk long underwear is your best base layer option – it’s light, breathable, and can be worn under jeans or snow pants without causing you to sweat up a storm. Unfortunately, it is also the most expensive option.

Less pricey options: thermal long johns, fleece-lined leggings, flannel pajama pants, stockings, running tights – get creative!

Layers On Top – Four Is The Magic Number

Like the best base layer for your bottom, your best choice for the fabric closest to your skin is silk or another type of light-weight, wicking material. A simple tank top or sleeveless shirt will do the trick though, as long as you remember to tuck it in to your bottom base layer so as not to loose any precious body heat.

Next, put on a tee shirt, a long-sleeved shirt, and a sweatshirt in your preferred order. Two layers of long sleeves under your jacket really helps keep your arms warm, even in the biting wind. A sweatshirt with a hood will provide an extra layer of protection for your ears as well as keep heat from escaping through the top of your head.


Optional: If you are a person who gets cold easily, invest in a fleece or wind-proof vest to wear over your sweatshirt and under your jacket.


Now, throw on your wool socks, waterproof boots, hat, scarf, mittens and coat and you’re ready to walk your dog like a pro!









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Meet The Pack: Kenny I.

Two roads diverged in a wood and Kenny I. & friend took the one with a bench.

Two roads diverged in a wood and Kenny I. & friend took the one with a bench.

Name: Kenny I.

With Running The Pack Since: July 2014

Current Position At Running The Pack: Dog Walker, Pet Sitter, Dog Runner

Before I Joined The Pack, I…  Worked as a performer, event organizer and permaculture designer.

You Can Find Me… Walking dogs in the mornings/afternoons in Natick.

The Best Part Of Working With Dogs Is… The love shared between animal and human. Simple as that.

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Dog Running

Running The Pack offers a variety of services for animals of all ages and abilities. A Maximum of two dogs will be run at one time.

Dog Walking

Your dog's not able to run or just needs extra walking services? Running The Pack's staff are also available as dog walkers.

Pet Sitting

While you are away, Running The Pack offers pet sitting services so that you can feel safe & secure that your beloved pet is with a pet professional.

New Puppy Sessions

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Jill, the owner, has great instincts in hiring people… We boarded our dog with her several times while we were away.  He didn’t want to come home!!
Cora J.