Thanksgiving 2017

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And this is how we started our Thanksgiving day, with an uncooled turkey.  Cynthia started to cook right after breakfast.

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Abby, “Where’s the cooked turkey? I am already hungry”.

We, of course, explained to Abby that the turkey doesn’t magically turn up cooked, but as you can see in the above picture Abby wasn’t buying our story.  Let’s remember she just finished having breakfast.

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Once everything was cooked, we set up the table and showed it to Abby.  She was very happy, to say the least.  She got a nice helping of turkey, potatoes, and carrots.  It all worked out perfectly.

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Abby, “Mom, let me kiss you”.

Abby was beyond grateful for the food she inhaled.  Yes, inhaled.  We had a great Thanksgiving day, and at least for me, what I was the most grateful for was having Cynthia and Abby with me.  I hope you had a great Thanksgiving day

Holidays = Chaos?

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I know, chaos may be an exaggeration, but for most people holidays tend to be pretty busy and somewhat stressful.  What I like about holidays, of course, happen to be the food “we” cook,  I am using we very loosely since Cynthia is the one that cooks, while Abby and I end up being the “critics”.  I know, what a hard life we have, but hey, someone’s got to do it.  Right?

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Along with all the food we are planning to enjoy, comes plenty of relaxation and/or sleeping, which Champagne gladly demonstrates for us all the time.

 

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Abby, “Mom, did you remember to pack my food?”

And then we have those that will be traveling to visit family.  That won’t be us this year, but for those that are traveling my suggestion would be: have patience; carry food and water; take your dog with you; and above all, enjoy your family.  What plans do you have for these upcoming holidays?

 

Veterans Day 2017

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Whether you are going to explore new places like Abby…

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Or making new friends, take a moment to remember this special day.  Thanks to all those who served and their families.

Is Dog Behavior Modification Fast, Easy, And Simple?

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If anybody tells you that dog behavior modification is fast, easy and simple to do, that person would be lying to you.  In order to modify the behavior of a dog, you really need, at a minimum, 3 weeks.  Whenever I am going to work with a dog, I do a meet and greet to make an assessment of the dog and the expectations of the pet parent.  Abby, a 2 1/2 year old Beabull, ate so fast that she would toss her cookies right after she inhaled her food.  I tried a lot of different things, including a funny looking dish and at the beginning it worked, but later on she went back to puking on and off.  Because of that, I changed the way I did things with her: she started by eating in her kennel; I did not talk to her at all, no commands, nothing; I was the only one feeding her; and all I asked from her was to give me eye contact right before I put her dish down.

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So, how is Abby doing right now?  She hasn’t tossed her cookies in a long time and I no longer have to use the funny looking dish I got for her unless I want to.  What I was doing with Abby was behavior modification, and I can tell you from experience that it takes time, consistency, patience, repetition, and a thorough knowledge of dog body language that most pet parents lack.  For that reason, I’d recommend that you find the right person to help you.  Ask a lot of questions, and don’t buy the, “I can fix your dog in 1 week for only $1,800”.  If you find someone like that, don’t walk, run, and run fast.  Behavior modification takes time and depending on what you are trying to change it can be quite complex.

South End, Boston, MA (Woofstock)

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I thought I died and went to heaven when I saw so many dogs and their pet parents this past weekend in a fair appropriately named Woofstock.  To say that Abby and I loved it would be an understatement.

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A few dogs were ready for Halloween, and so they were socializing with others while showing off their costumes like this cutie pie.

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Whoever thought about putting this event together did a great job.  By the way, there was very little barking although there were lots of dogs so I’d venture to say that we all had a good time.

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I had to take this picture.  When I was a kid, I used to see women carry their children like the above picture, but never a puppy.  So adorable.  Have a great week.

Abby Relaxing This Weekend

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In the majority of pictures I post, you see Abby working, but does she ever take some time off?  Yes, she does and I have plenty of pictures to prove that.

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See what I mean?  My girl works hard, but she also takes plenty of naps in her favorite bed.  Yes, she has a few beds.

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Abby is relaxing this weekend and whenever she has friends over they follow her lead.  Of course, this is after we have taken a nice long walk.  Enjoy your weekend.

Walking With Abby

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If there’s one thing Abby and I – Ok sometimes some of Abby’s friends as well – do is walk.  The above picture was taken in Plymouth, MA.  I go through shoes really fast, as you can imagine, but I enjoy walking with dogs.

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Walking is a great exercise for you, pet parent, and your canine companion, therefore lace up your shoes and go for a nice long walk.  The above picture was taken in Provincetown, MA.  Yes, we take Abby everywhere we can with us.  Have a great week.