Missing The Warm Long Days of Summer

I know, it’s a bit early to be complaining about the cold weather since we’re still in the fall season, but that is not going to stop me from doing it anyway. I’ve realized that even Abby and Charlie tend to want to sleep longer once it starts getting cold.

What changes or activities do you do different with your dog once Summer is gone? I am trying to get some ideas so let me know. Stay safe and enjoy your weekend!

Bundle Up! It’s Starting To Get Cold Here

Let me start by saying that most of the time I feel cold. I see people wearing shorts and t-shirts during fall season and I am in awe of them because I’m already cold during this time.

Charlie, our GSD mix, was wearing a backpack, but no sweater, the same goes for Abby and Remy. The day was beautiful so there was no need for that. By the way, when it starts to get warm, Abby hates to walk with a backpack so I do not subject such a beautiful creature to such cruel and unusual punishment, but it took me a little bit of time to realize that. Sorry Abby!

I am a big advocate for walks regardless of the season, but please make sure that you and your dogs bundle up when the weather starts getting cold. Also, walk in different areas to make it interesting for you, and your doggies. Take care!

Adding A New Dog To Your Family/Pack

Abby, “Mom, what are you doing? Are you taking pictures of us again?!”

Bringing a new dog thru adoption or fostering is a wonderful idea, but you need to make sure that the new dog is compatible with you, pet parent, and your current dog.

When we were planning to get Charlie, from the SPCA in Annapolis, we got Abby to meet him before making any decision to make sure that they were a good fit. How did it go? Great. They played until their tongues were hanging out.

From experience I can tell you that having 2 or more dogs is a lot of work, but for those of you that are willing to adopt/foster your second or third dog, I commend you for doing so. And with that being said, let me ask you something. Would you adopt a second dog? Do you prefer having just one dog? Just curious. Stay safe.

It’s The First Day Of Fall 2022. Yay!

Abby, “Mom. Mom! Where’s Charlie? Did you forget Charlie again? Man!”

Today is the first day of Autumn and although lots of people enjoy Summer more, I prefer the former. It gives me more opportunities to be out with my dogs and do different things with them. Yes, that includes walking!

Anyway, enjoy this wonderful season with your canine companions and aside from walking, hiking, etc., what do you do with your dogs to keep them active? Stay safe!

Fall Season 2022 And Dogs

My Alex, a Pit Bull mix. A blast from the past.

I had to put, “Fall Season” as to not confuse people with the movie Fall. By the way, the movie is great! Watch it when you get a chance.

According to what I found out, Fall starts September 22, but I am already feeling the change in weather and I am loving it! Here in Maryland during Fall you could walk anytime of the day without sweating your butt off. Yeah! As you can clearly see, this may be my favorite season. I am known to change my mind though.

Pet parents, continue with walks, hikes, outings, etc. Go out and enjoy yourselves. Stay safe.

Maryland Renaissance Fair 2022

Maggie, an impressive Rottie.

This morning a man from the Maryland Renaissance Fair came by our house looking for a bird he lost recently. I felt bad for him because there is some wildlife around where we live and I told him so, but I do hope that he finds his bird.

I haven’t been to the fair yet. I know, excuses, excuses. But if you have the time to go, have fun! Stay safe and enjoy your weekend!

Multi-Dog Household And Energy

I’ve recently seen that shelters are struggling with the large intake of dogs that it is believed stems from the desire of people to adopt dogs during the pandemic, and this is yours truly trying to influence you to go out and adopt, but-and this is super important-make sure that your energy, that of your current dog, and new dog align together.

What do I mean by that? Well, this is what I mean:

  • You and your dog are for the most part sedentary – meaning that you go for a walk once in a while and both of you are ok with it. Do not adopt a dog-regardless of age-that is hyper or needs a huge amount of exercise because it will not work out
  • You and your dog are active – meaning that you walk/run/hike every day and thrive on being active. Adopt a dog that is active and have a wonderful time!
  • You are active, but your dog is getting old and requires less exercise – You could adopt an active dog that could run/hike/walk with you, always remembering to provide your senior dog with shorter walks and time to go potty
  • You are sedentary, but your dog is active – do not adopt a hyper dog to provide exercise for your current dog. It will be a huge headache having 2 active dogs

You are probably thinking, “Marcela, I thought you were trying to encourage us to adopt, but your post doesn’t seem to suggest that.” To what I’d respond by saying that having a multi-dog household is wonderful as long as the activity level matches that of the pet parent and current dog in order to be successful. With that being said, if you are thinking about adding a new doggie to your family, this may be the right time. Do you have a multi-dog household?

See You Later Dexter

Walter, my Alex, and Dexter (L to R)

This is a post that is hard for me to write, but I need to get it off my chest. There are clients with whom I still keep in touch with, even after years have gone by. They end up being friends and every so often we contact each other, and so last week, I found out that Dexter, a Boxer mix, passed away January 2022. I had to read the e-mail twice to make sure that what I was reading was right. After that, I just sat down and cried. I couldn’t respond to his mom right away. My heart was breaking, and I could only imagined how his mom was feeling. Later on, when I gained some of my composure I contacted her.

And so, this is for Dexter. My dear Dexter, yes my heart believed that you were mine, although my mind knew better. Thank you for being such an amazing dog. You were not trusting the first day you were with us, but after that it seemed as if you knew this was your second home. You made your mom very happy, the dogs that hung out with you, and yours truly as well. You were a handsome boy and you had a calmness that until now I haven’t found in any other dog. Thanks for the time we had with you, and the joy that you brought to us. We’ll always love you. See you later my handsome Dexter!

Abby And Charlie Swapping Beds

Charlie, “I like Abby’s bed better than my own bed! Could I keep it?”

I have absolutely no idea why Abby and Charlie swap beds. Do you know why your dogs swap beds? If you do, please share that information with me because I am quite curious about this unexplained phenomenon. Years ago, I made it a point that each dog would go to his/her bed, but now I look at it this way, if both dogs are ok swapping beds then so be it. Enjoy your week!

Dog Walking Tips During Summer

Alex, a Pitbull mix, and Walter, a handsome Australian Sheperd.

To say that I love to walk with my dogs would be an understatement, but when it’s hot I need to be aware and mindful of the following:

  1. Pick an appropriate time to walk – I do my best to walk them before 9am and after 7pm
  2. Dark or black color coats – dogs like Walter, Australian Shepherd in the above picture, tend to overheat faster than dogs with light or white coats like Alex, a Pitbull mix
  3. Know the breed of your dog – dogs with flat faces and short noses regardless of the color could overheat fast because they are unable to cool down like those with long noses
  4. Water – always, and I mean always, carry with you enough water for you and your dog
  5. Take a break – you could stop for a couple of minutes under some shade or find a store that allows dogs inside like Home Depot so both of you could get a break from the heat, sun, and humidity
  6. Limit your time – if you usually walk 1 hour, depending on how hot it is, you may have to walk 20 to 30 minutes instead

Summer is a great time to walk with your dog, but just be careful and mindful of the above tips. What time do you walk your dog when it’s hot? Enjoy your week!