Hanging with Natick
Hi! Thanks for walking my pup! She is very cute and her name is Natick (pronounced Nay-tick). Here she is!
She shouldn't be a difficult dog to watch or hang out with, but there are some things you should know.
The first is how to find her in my home.
My address is 22 Arlington Place, Brooklyn, NY 11216. Near the Nostrand A/C stop. It's a townhouse (no apartment number because we have the whole thing). Looking at it from the front, it looks like this. The lockbox (the SILVER lockbox, code is 612 and the numbers are under the black top cover thing) with the keys is on the gate, but to get in you'll use those keys on the main door. So...
Then, once you have the keys, go up the stairs to the main door. There are two doors to open - we only lock the top lock on both of them. One key will open one door, the other the second door.
Please *lock* the doors when you enter, as they won't relock automatically (just the top locks, not the bottom ones - the bolt locks). If any of my roommates are around you can just explain you are there for Natick (Clayton's dog).
Once you are inside, go past the living room. There will then be two ways to get to Natick's room, which is downstairs. The first is the inside way. See the poster on the right with the tiger that says "Trust Me"? There are stairs going down there. Go down one flight and then go to your right.
Once you are in that (very short) hallway, just go through the door at the end of it and that's my room. Natick will be in there. Feel free to use the bathroom you pass by.
Natick will likely be in a crate next to my bed (I leave it open, but she likes to sleep there sometimes), or in the office in the back of the room.
Okay, so hopefully you've found her.
By the way, the other way of getting to my room involves going straight through the door at the back of the kitchen (that you walked by on the main floor) to the outside, walking down the stairs, and then going inside on the ground level entrance.
For walks: She has a light blue harness and a red leash. They should be in the office (hopefully I remember to leave them in an obvious place! Likely on one of the chairs). Always walk with the harness; I recommend clipping the leash on the front (under her chin on her chest to avoid her pulling. The part of the harness that says "voyager" should go on top on her back - please double check this as sometimes people will put the harness on upside down. Then, go out through the main doors that you came in to go on the walk (you may need to carry her up the stairs, but most of the time she is good about following you if you put on her leash and harness). Please lock the doors when you head out. Natick is not amazing at walks yet - she can get distracted pretty easily or be stubborn. Keep encouraging her and she'll make it! She knows "leave it" decently well and if you can get her to look at you and give the leash a tug and say "Naytick!" or "come on!" she'll usually follow. Sometimes she's really into the walk. She should go to the bathroom on the walk no problem. I'll leave plastic bags in the office.
Cold weather: if it's cold, put on Natick's sweatshirt or jacket, which I'll leave by the harness and leash.
Really bad weather: if it's raining or really frigid, Natick probably won't want to do an actual walk. In that case, you can play with her in the backyard, and keep playing with her in my room if she wants to come inside. The main thing is to keep her active as best you can. If she goes poop in the yard, please pick it up with a bag and put it in the trashcan out back under the stairs (always best if you can try to "catch" the poop if you realize she's gonna go).
Bags: Plastic bags will either be to the right of the dog food on the mini shelves, or to the right of the desk in the office.
Treats: If you see a bag of treats in the office (no guarantees I'll have them out, but I might), feel free to take a few to use as motivation.
If she's supposed to be fed, I'll let you know and I'll leave the food out for you to add to her bowl.
After you are done, you can leave her in the office, just make sure the gate is closed.
Please lock the front doors when you leave and put the keys back in the lockbox. Thanks!
Let me know if you have any questions - 508-944-0151. Feel free to text/send pics/etc.