Getting Ready For Thanksgiving 2021

Walter, a handsome Aussie, my Alex, a pit bull mix, and Dexter, a Boxer mix (from left to right)

Although we will be staying home this holiday, I was so glad to see on TV the amount of people traveling to see their loved ones which brought for me a sense of normalcy. What a difference a year makes!

This year we got everything needed for our Thanksgiving meal so we’ll let you know how it went. Travel safely. Hug your loved ones a bit longer than usual, even the family members that get on your nerves, and enjoy your holiday. Stay safe!

Do Dogs Need Sweaters And Blankets In Winter?

Abby, “Mom, please keep up with me, ok?”

Yes, dogs need sweaters and blankets once the weather starts turning cold specially if your dog has short hair, she is a puppy or senior, and also if she is recuperating from injury/illness.

Abby and Charlie both wear a sweater and sometimes jacket when we go out, they both have short hair, and a sweater or t-shirt when they are indoors. By the way, and this may just be me, but I like to touch their ears. If their ears are cold, then they are cold.

Sweaters and jackets for dogs, if you are looking for quality items, tend to be a bit expensive, but I’ve learned from trial and error that they are worth it. Blankets, on the other hand, I get them from a thrift shop. They have inexpensive, beautiful thick blankets in all sizes and colors.

Take a walk with your canine companion, weather permitting, but remember to bundle up and do the same for your canine companions. Enjoy your weekend.

Annapolis, MD Sailboat Show

Charlie to Cynthia, “I will pose for this picture, but I need to be compensated for it mom.”

I enjoy going to downtown Annapolis, and that’s what we did this past weekend not knowing that it was time for the annual sailboat show. To say that there was a lot of people would be an understatement, and because of that I asked Cynthia to wear her mask, and only remove it for this picture. Safety first pet parents!

How did Charlie do? Surprisingly well. Abby and Charlie barked at a dog while we were walking because such dog barked at them first, but other than that we had a nice time walking around and taking pictures. We are trying to expose Charlie to as many different things as possible just like we did with all our other doggies. Sharing your life with dogs is quite an adventure so let’s enjoy the ride! Stay safe.

Charlie’s Progress – Part VI

The left doggie dish is Abby’s and the right one is Charlie’s

All dogs, just like us people, have quirks and issues, and our Charlie is not the exception. Early on, we figured out that Charlie disliked having his paws handled so we try to handle his paws, gently, every single day. Some pet parents would say to let it be, but if the time comes when I have to get something out of his paw; trim his nails, clean his feet, etc., he would lose it because he is not used to it therefore we’re working on desensitizing him and this is where we are so far:

  • Wiping his paws every time he goes out for a walk and to do his business. Keep in mind that he goes out at least 6 times a day. When we are about to pick up his paw, we touch it so he knows that we are about to pick it up and he could switch his weight. He is about 71lbs. so he is a big boy. By his body language, he is getting more comfortable when we handle his paws.
  • Trimming his nails is a huge endeavor that takes two (2) people, yes you read it right, to accomplish. One of us does the trimming while the other one is brushing and massaging him, and making sure that he is not able to see this horrible nail cutter. On this one, we still got a long way to go.
  • Food is what we are using to help us desensitize Charlie to handling his paw therefore right before we put his dish down we ask him to give us his paw. This way he connects food, something he enjoys and loves, with having his paw handled.

Dogs hate having their paws handled as many of you pet parents know so if you have a Charlie of your own, I would suggest for you to work with an experienced trainer to avoid hurting your dog or yourself. Keep working with your dog and stay safe!

Enjoy Your Labor Day 2021

Abby, “So tired. I am planning to eat a lot, relax, and enjoy this holiday weekend.”

My pack is planning to do what we’ve been doing for a while, enjoy our staycation, so there! Abby got a shot for allergies yesterday, yes my girl has allergies, so that’s just another reason or excuse, however you want to look at it, to stay at home.

Anyway, whether you are traveling to visit family and friends or staying at home, enjoy your Labor day weekend and stay safe!

What Is The Best Toothbrush For My Dog?

The toothbrush on the left is Charlie’s, and the one on the right was Abby’s

Let me start by saying that if you don’t brush your dog’s teeth he could have periodontal disease and plaque that could lead to painful tooth loss.

At the beginning, I bought a toothbrush made for dogs, but as time went by I realized that I needed to look at my dog’s mouth size, her sensitivity to that particular toothbrush, how easy or hard it was to use it and much more so after a while, and this is personal preference, I realized that I liked a human toothbrush and so that is what I’ve used for the last couple of years.

By the way, Abby’s toothbrush, the one on the right side was a bit too hard/firm for her so I replaced it for a softer toothbrush that she seems to like better. Before I forget, Do Not Use human toothpaste!! Stay safe.

Revisiting Roxie A Cutie Yorkie

Roxie, “I am on guard duty. Do Not Trespass. I mean it!”

Roxie stayed with us for a bit of time, and based on what I wrote in my post about her before this is what I noticed:

  • Hypoallergenic coat – I think so because she did not seem to shed much.
  • Protective, active, loving attention and perfect for grown ups – 100% true. Excellent tiny guard dog, loved to be active, and be the center of attention.
  • Best for adults.
  • Guard dog – Yes! She was always the first one to notice a sound, movement, etc.
  • Separation anxiety – Very little.

Roxie is back with her family, and we miss her dearly, but hopefully we’ll get to see her again in the near future. Enjoy being back home Roxie, and come back any time you want to. Stay safe!

Do You Speak Dog?

Roxie, Abby, yours truly, and Charlie (from left to right) taking our morning walk and avoiding the paparazzi:)

I believe that all pet parents speak dog-some are quite fluent while others are just learning-even if you think otherwise. Once we have lived with a dog for a while, we figure out her likes, dislikes, and quirks. In the above picture, all of them are in the traveling mode. Easy to see and figure out.

Roxie and Charlie (from left to right) wearing a Gentle Leader or Halti.

What do you think about the above picture? Come on, give it a try! They are both alert and relaxed. This is the body language and state of mind that you want to see in your dog. Anyway, dogs do not come with a manual, and even if they did, dogs are individuals so that manual will only get you so far. My advice to you is to enjoy your dog. Celebrate the little victories when you can, and don’t be too hard on her and yourself when she is not at her best behavior. And when you really don’t know what to do with her, hire professional help. Stay safe.

Roxie A Cute Yorkie

Roxie, “Please let me take a nap. Walks, mingling with other dogs and people is exhausting!”

The above cutie pie is Roxie, a Yorkshire Terrier often shortened as Yorkie, who is vacationing with us so I decided to highlight a few of her breed’s traits:

  • A Yorkie’s coat is said to be hypoallergenic
  • Very protective, active, and loving attention makes a Yorkie a great companion for an adult person
  • This breed is better suited for families with children over 10 years old
  • Excellent as a guard dog, yes you read it correctly, because they bark a lot
  • Separation anxiety is common because they were bred to be companion dogs

As days go by, we’ll see about the traits I mentioned in Roxie. Enjoy your weekend!

Abby And Hot Weather Safety Tips

Abby, yours truly and Charlie taking a walk in downtown Annapolis, MD.

Hot weather seems to affect Abby more than Charlie:

  • Abby is able to walk without any problem as long as we walk very early in the morning
  • She seems to get tired faster during Summer than Winter
  • Because Abby is a Beagle Bulldog mix, BeaBull, she makes a funny noise with her nose when she is getting hot so I know that it is time to stop
  • Also, because of the Bulldog in her, Abby snores sometimes. Yes, she does!
  • Abby’s dark color, and dogs that are black, can easily get overheated

I love living in Maryland, but I am always mindful that Summers here are very hot and humid so I need to be careful when we venture out with my kids. Enjoy your Summer and stay safe!