Happy 6th Birthday To Our Abby

Birthday cupcakes for our birthday girl, Abby, and her brother, Charlie.

The mess behind the cupcakes and flowers happen to be because those cupcakes were made by one of Abby’s moms, Cynthia, from scratch. Between you and me, I wanted to buy some from a store already made, but that’s just me.

Abby, “Mom, are you going to let me eat my cupcakes now or when? I am about to lose it mom!”

We are usually so busy during Abby’s birthday every year, but not this one. Abby’s birthday was on Saturday, 4/3/21, so that day we went for a long walk; Abby and Charlie both had some tacos for lunch; and for dinner they had chicken. Then, to continue the festivities, on Sunday after our usual walk, we just relaxed on our back porch. All in all, I’d venture to say that Abby had a pretty nice birthday weekend, don’t you think so?

Charlie’s Behavior Rehabilitation And Training – Part III

Abby and Charlie relaxing after a very busy day this past weekend. Guard dogs on a well-deserved time off.

Charlie is improving on some things, and on others, we still got a bit to go:

-Walking around where we live is getting better. I haven’t seen him do a Superman, airborne, recently. But, yes there is a but, when he is walking outside of our property Charlie is still a bit hesitant. We are working on that.

-Eating, our boy eats anything, is getting better. He is giving me space when I am about to feed him. Great job Charlie!

-Sleeping/napping in his bed is also better. He is staying on it longer and longer. Yay!

-Separation anxiety is something that most shelter dogs exhibit and Charlie is not the exception. This weekend we took him to do some shopping and when Cynthia exited the car to go to the supermarket, guess what happened? Charlie lost it. But, and this part is the good part, he did better and better as we when to different stores. I will write about separation anxiety on another post.

Is Charlie winking at me or not? I think he is. Charlie, “Mom, please write that I am a good boy, please!”

I want pet parents to know that getting a dog to be balanced is done slowly with tons of patience. For those pet parents that are frustrated I would say to them to take a moment and to keep working at it. Take my word for it, your canine companion is worth it. I know my Charlie certainly is so don’t give up. Stay safel

Relaxing At Home With My Pack

Charlie and Abby during one of our walks this week

We are continuing with Charlie’s rehab and training, but during the weekend we change a bit our schedule. Yes, they do still take a walk. By the way, walking is great for us humans too.

Abby and Charlie relaxing in their beds after a nice walk

The weather here in Annapolis, MD today, Saturday, is gorgeous so we will take walks, naps, watch TV, eat, and enjoy each other’s company this weekend without feeling guilty about it. What are you and your doggies up to this weekend? Stay safe.

Charlie’s Behavior Rehabilitation And Training – Part II

Abby, yours truly, and Charlie (L to R)

Charlie has been with us for a little over 2 weeks and slowly, emphasis on slowly, he is gaining weight, and he is starting to learn manners. Yeah! But, I want to tell you that behavior modification takes time, patience, and lots of persistence. One thing I tell my clients that they need to master is walking their dog. At the beginning, Charlie was impossible to walk with Abby, but as days went by he surprised us by walking beautifully like in the above picture.

Charlie, “Mom, what are you doing?”

And then Charlie saw a deer, and guess what? He went airborne. Yes, you read it right. He is a big dog so I never thought that could be possible, but Charlie proved me wrong. It took a few minutes for him to relax, and when he finally did we continued our walk. Is this unusual? No. All our dogs did the same, until they got used to seeing other animals without having any reaction.

For those pet parents that are scratching their heads not knowing what to do with their dogs, let me tell you that your dog will learn at his/her own pace, and you need to remember that. Find a dog trainer that you and your dog are comfortable working with and enjoy the ride. Also, when you are fed up, please do not work with your dog. Take a deep breath, put your doggie in his crate, and have a glass of wine. Once you are relaxed, continue working with your dog. By relaxed I mean balanced not buzzed. Stay safe!

Charlie’s Behavior Rehabilitation And Training – Part I

Charlie, “Please turn the lights off. Thanks.”

Today, Saturday, Charlie has been with us 7 days.  In that time, we’ve figure out a few things about him:

-He has separation anxiety, very common in dogs coming from shelters, and he is improving little by little.

-He loves food, therefore we are teaching him that when a person/dog approaches he has to ignore it.

-Toys, he took a pair of my socks as a toy, and I asked him to leave it.  He did.

-He doesn’t know how to walk properly, but he is improving.

Charlie is very smart and we are surprised at how fast he is adapting to our schedule, food, and way of life, but one thing is for sure, our boy has no manners and this is something we are working very hard on from day one.

Abby, “I love my blanket mom!”

If you are able to foster or adopt a shelter dog, please do so.  Understand that many of them will be a handful at the beginning-their caretakers do the best that they can, but a shelter/kennel environment will always be stressful for a dog-but if you are committed to his rehabilitation, you will have a dog that will be a pleasure to have in the future. 

Regardless of whether you adopt, foster, or buy a dog, it is paramount that you get your canine companion rehabilitated by making sure that he gets behavior and training under his belt.  With behavior being the one that takes more time to accomplish, but we’ll get there.

We have a long road to go with our Charlie, but he’s worth it.  Stay safe!

And The Search Goes On For Our Next Canine Companion – Part II (Search Is Over)

Abby, “What? I got a new brother? I got to share my food and goodies with him? Fine!”

I thought that our search for a canine companion was going to be long, but I was wrong. Although, I did put an application months ago, but I never followed up on it, so that’s on me. This time, I put the application, but we did a few inquiries about it, and it paid off because we were fortunate enough to get a handsome Shepherd/Lab mix known as Lokie.

Charlie, “Hello. My family will be documenting my progress so please check in on me whenever you have a chance.”

We decided to rename him Charlie. He is a young dog, full of energy and very smart. Abby finally has a younger brother. By the way, they liked each other from the first time they met. Thanks a million to the SPCA of Anne Arundel County for taking care of Charlie and for making the process of adoption easy. Special thanks to Kristen, Nick, Jamie, and Gabby. You are the best!

And The Search Goes On For Our Next Canine Companion – Part I

Walter, a very handsome Australian Shepherd

I decided to document our search for our new addition to the family since it seems like others are going through the same thing. Anyway, I filled out the first application on August 2020; then in September 2020; and finally in January 2021; the applications were to foster and adopt a doggie.

When it comes to breed , I’d like a Pit Bull, Rottweiler, German Shepherd, Australian Shepherd or Dogo Argentino. Watch and see, we might end up with the smallest Chihuahua ever!

One thing I am really not looking for is to adopt a puppy. Puppies get adopted very fast while older dogs linger in shelters for a long time. I will write about senior dogs on another post. With that being said, I’d love to get a dog that is, at the youngest, 3 years old. Watch and see, we might end up with a rambunctious puppy. No!!

Well, let’s see what’s in store for us. Stay safe and warm.

How To Keep Your Dogs Warm During Winter

A blast from the past. Dexter sleeping like a baby.

There are a few things I recommend, you probably have more, pet parents to do and use in order to keep their doggies nice and warm such as: bed, blanket, sweater, jacket, pajamas etc.

I look at it this way; if I am cold so is my dog. What do you do keep your canine companion warm during Winter? I’d love to hear from you. Stay safe.

Multiple Dogs In One Household

A Pit bull mix (female), a Weimaraner (female), and Boxer mix (male).

We are currently looking to add another canine companion to our family, but we are being patient about it because it has to be the right fit for us specially for our Abby.

If you decide to add another dog to your family, make sure that you consider the following: age, gender, breed, and temperament. As long as the introduction of the new dog is done properly, you will enjoy having multiple dogs at home. Wish us luck on our search of another canine companion and stay safe!

Happy New Year 2021

Abby, yours truly, and Lincoln

Walking with my pack is something I do every day. It’s good for your canine companions and for pet parents as well and-for those who’ve met me-this is something I recommend all the time.

Abby and Lincoln tired after our walk

Aside from walking, another activity that my pack is quite fond of is napping. We wish you all a Happy New Year and may 2021 bring us all health, prosperity, and the ability to go back to what our world used to be in the past. Stay safe.