Monday, June 10, 2013

Athena Meets Some Farmers

One of my favorite things to do during the summer is to visit the farmer's market on the weekends to pick out fresh produce.  Although many of the local markets in Portland have been open for a few weekends now, we have been so busy that we haven't made a trip to one yet.  Seeing as this summer is our first with Athena, I've been excited to find dog-friendly markets where we can take her along with us.


This weekend was the perfect time to hit up not one, but TWO local markets!  On Saturday we visited the very dog-friendly Gresham Farmer's Market where Athena got more loot than the humans.  She ended up getting a new 2' leash from BeBop USA which manufactures pet products in Gresham, Oregon and has a booth at the market.  We bought the super short leash specifically for outings like those to the farmer's market because it allows us more control in a busy environment where lots of people and dogs are all around.  Athena also got some yummy treats from Kiss My Biscuit who makes grain-free, corn-free, soy-free, salt-free, sugar-free, color-free treats.  Actually, every treat made from Kiss My Biscuit only has three ingredients!  Athena thought that these treats we absolutely scrumptious and has been enjoying them as her training rewards throughout the weekend.



On Sunday we went to the Montavilla Farmer's Market which is another dog-friendly market in the area right up the street from our favorite pet store where Athena has class.  Athena got some puppy smooches and enjoyed smelling all of the flowers that she passed by.




Surprisingly, Athena was on her very best behavior at both markets that we went to.  Although the markets were very crowded and full of people, strollers, and lots of other dogs, Athena kept her cool the entire time.  We practiced lots of "leave it" when closely passing other dogs in the aisles and even had to practice one "off" when Athena put her paws up on a table selling homemade pies...oops!  At least we only had that one incident...


We will definitely be bringing Athena to the market more often throughout the summer and having her wear her backpack so that she can carry her own goodies (and ours too if there's any room).  Do you ever take your dog to the local market?

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  1. I haven't taken Ray yet, but I really want to. I doubt he'd be as well behaved as Athena but we keep plugging away at it.

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  2. The only market I know of is during the work day, so I can never go! My goal is to find a few this summer on weekends so more importantly I can go, but I would LOOVE to take Tess to one -- maybe even Edison if it isn't too busy of a market!

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  3. We love to go to the market. Ours are Wednesday and Saturday mornings. I've only gotten to go twice this year though, because I keep having to work on those mornings. It looks like Athena had a lot of fun at the markets. I think it is a great place to go to work on social skills, get a walk in, and get the dogs mentally tired from all the stuff happening around them.

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  4. We have that backpack - I think weight limits are going to be more of an issue than room! The saddlebags on it are crazy roomy.

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  5. Oh I so need to go to a farmer's market this summer... looks like a great time!

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  6. Diggory and I are regulars at the local market every Saturday. He has the same backpack as Athena (though in green), which is a huuuge magnet for people to smile and ask to pet him; though not before asking first if he's a service dog. But when I explain that he's working for his keep, they always exclaim, "That's a GREAT idea!" Love it! He's food and tennis ball motivated, so the market is a great opportunity to step up the training routine.

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  7. How nice that Athena can carry things too! I've brought Kaya & Norman to the farmer's market a few times. It's a great place for training and socializing:D

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  8. This is my favorite thing to do with the pups. Miss M and I started it as a bachelorette tradition when I first adopted her 6(!!) years ago. The farmers always remember her.

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  9. Nice backpack, Athena! And I totally would have tried to sneak at least a good sniff of some tasty pies too :)

    I only went to a Farmer's Market once so far. It was by accident! Mom and dad just took me for a walk in a town nearby with some good window shopping and the market was a surprise! It was only a couple of months after they adopted me and I still had lots of basic stuff to learn, but I did pretty good. Not as good as Athena though; what a star puppy she is!

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  10. That is so cool that Athena can go to the markets with you, all of ours here in Wichita won't let dogs in... they don't know what they are missing!

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