A Day in the Life of Poppy: A Tail-Wagging Adventure

Woof! Hello, fellow furry friends and human pals! I’m Poppy, a spirited and curious canine, here to take you on a pawsome journey through my typical day. Trust me; it’s a dog’s life full of adventure, fun, and lots of love. It’s New Years Eve, but this is just an ordinary day for me. I’m spoilt and loved, but also a handful. My human tells me these are the activities I need so I’m not so anxious, and she tells me you can have a chill dog, too. Here’s what I do to relax and stimulate my mind in a day.

As the first rays of sunlight creep through the curtains, I stretch my paws and give a big yawn. Ah, another day of exciting adventures awaits! After a quick tinkle and a sniff in the garden to make sure no intruders have been about, my tummy rumbles with anticipation as I head over to my snuffle mat. Breakfast is served! I love using my snout to search for those hidden kibbles—it’s like a treasure hunt every morning.

After filling my belly, it’s time for the highlight of my morning: my mentally stimulating walk. Oh boy, do I love exploring the world with my nose! My human knows just how to make our walks exciting. We embark on trails where I can sniff to my heart’s content, deciphering the invisible stories left by fellow furry creatures. Every bush, tree, and patch of grass holds a secret waiting to be discovered, and sometimes I find a particularly interesting scent which I follow for ages (this is really tiring! My human says 15 minutes of sniffing is as mentally stimulating as an hour’s walk!).

And it’s not just about sniffing! My human often hides treats or toys for me to find, turning our walk into a thrilling game of search and seek. The adrenaline rush I get from chasing after a toy or tracking down a hidden treat is simply exhilarating! Plus, there’s nothing like a good sprint across an open field to get my tail wagging or even a good dig in a hole. That’s tiring, too.

Once we’re back home, it’s playtime! My absolute favourite game? Tug-of-war with my beloved human. We pull and tug, each determined to claim victory. The tugging rope feels sturdy between my teeth, and the playful growls we exchange are music to my ears. It’s not about winning or losing; it’s about the bond we share and the joy of play.

All that sniffing, searching, and playing can be quite exhausting! I find my favourite cosy spot, curl up into a ball, and drift into a deep slumber. Ah, sleep—a vital part of my day to recharge and reset. It’s essential to prevent any unwanted feelings from building up, a concept my human calls “trigger stacking.” I don’t fully understand it, but I know a good nap sets me up for more tail-wagging adventures.

As the sun dips below the horizon, signalling another exciting day’s end, my tummy again reminds me of its presence. Dinner time! My human serves my evening meal in the snuffle mat again, making sure I work for my food. It’s a fun challenge, and it keeps my mind sharp.

With a satisfied belly, the evening winds down into my favourite part of the day: snuggle time on the sofa with my human. We cuddle, we relax, and we share quiet moments that speak volumes. As I nestle close, feeling the warmth of my human’s embrace, I realize how truly blessed I am.

And there you have it, a glimpse into a day in my life as Poppy. From mentally stimulating walks to exhilarating playtimes and cosy snuggles, every moment is a precious memory waiting to be made. Until next time, keep those tails wagging and those hearts full. Woof woof! 🐾

Hi, Sue here. Thank you for reading about Poppy’s adventures. She sure knows how to fit a lot into her day! I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for joining us on our journey. I hope you’ve learned a lot over the year about keeping your dog mentally as well as physically stimulated; I know I still learn every day!

We would both like to wish you all a Happy & Healthy New Year; here’s to even more learning in 2024!

Links to any products shown below:

Snuffle mats – I made this one (new blog post coming soon on how to do it), but in the meantime, here’s a link if you cannot wait or are not crafty – click here

Tug e nuff bungee tug toy – there are a whole host of different ones here or on the Tug e nuff site.

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