Memorial Day 2019

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Today we honor those who died in military service, but I also want to remember those dogs that so bravely served our country, and the families that made the ultimate sacrifice and that still remember those long gone, but never forgotten.  Thank you.

Abby, A Cute Working Dog

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Abby, “Mom, did you put some cookies in my back pack?”

Abby is a working dog, and if you ask her she’ll probably tell you that she needs a raise in the form of more cookies and human food.  One of Abby’s task is to carry her own gear.  Yes, people, there were a few cookies in that backpack.

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Walking with my pack. Prince, yours truly, Champagne, and Abby. (L to R)

Abby also helps me walk dogs.  The funny thing about it is that she gets a little confused when the weekend comes around because that’s when we are off.  Yes, she is a hard working girl!  In order to fulfill your dog’s needs give her a job, she’ll thank you for it.

A Little R & R For Your Dog

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I know, I know. I am always a big advocate on walking your dog, but you also need to give her enough time to relax and recuperate.  Add to that a nice comfortable bed and a blanket, and your dog will be in doggie heaven.  Enjoy your weekend!

Reasons Why You Should Foster A Dog

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These are just a few of the reasons why you should foster a dog:

  • A dog will enrich and make your life much more fun and interesting
  • You will give this dog the opportunity to socialize with people, and perhaps even other dogs and animals in your home
  • By providing a temporary home, you’ll ease his transition to, hopefully, his forever home in the future

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Fostering a dog has many challenges, but the difference you’ll make on that dog’s life will be priceless!  Talk to a few organizations in your area and find out more about what fostering a dog entails.

How To Prevent Dry Skin On Your Dog

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Dogs, just like us humans, tend to get dry skin specially during Winter.  There are many things that I could recommend such as: changing his food, running a humidifier, making sure he is drinking enough water, etc. to avoid dry skin, but do you know what?  This is the one thing, above all, that will keep your dog from having dry skin: brushing him once a day, at least.  Yes, that’s it!  Brushing him once a day.  Very simple.

Our First Snow Storm In New England

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Abby, “Moms, I am loving all this snow!”

We got our first snow storm this past Sunday, and when Abby went out and saw all that snow, do you know what I think she was thinking, “Yay!  Play time!”  Do you know what I was thinking? “Oh boy, time to shovel all that snow.  Again!”

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Abby, “I am exhausted!”

Yes, Abby took a nice long nap after playing outside.  She certainly has a hard life!  Before I forget, she also watched the game, Patriots vs. Chiefs, and we all were glad to see the Pats win!  Waiting anxiously to see the Patriots play in Super Bowl LIII.  Go Pats!

How To Live With A High Energy Dog

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Many of the pictures I post of Abby happened to be of her sleeping the day away, but what I failed to mention is that my sweet Abby is a high energy dog, and in order to get her tired I have to do different things.  Ironic, after my Alex was gone, I was seriously thinking about getting a senior dog.  Instead, I got Abby.

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These are some of the things I do to get her tired:

  • Walking – depending on the dog’s age, weight, health, etc., it could be anything from 30+ minutes.  When the weather gets too cold we do shorter walks
  • Running – I get on my bike and she runs right alongside me.  It takes time to teach a dog how to do this, but it’s worth it
  • Kayaking – when the weather gets warm, we take her with us kayaking.  And yes, she does wear a flotation device
  • Shopping – yes, you read it right.  There are stores that do allow dogs.  The ones we usually visit are: Home Depot, PetSmart, Pets Unlimited, Christmas Tree Shop, etc.  This is great when the weather is either too hot or too cold to walk outside
  • Behavior and Training – I am starting to teach her how to sit without saying anything or making any hand signals.  Only eye contact

If you do not fulfill your dog’s needs, he will drive you crazy, and chances are that he will end up back in a shelter and/or a breeder.  Having a canine companion is a lot of responsibility, but who says it can’t be fun too!