Monthly Archives: December 2012

A Love Affair Between A Human And A Canine

Jupiter

Jupiter

Time really goes fast for me when we have dogs staying with us.  Why?  Who knows.  Anyway, Jupiter will be going back home tomorrow and to say that we’ll miss him would be an understatement.  He is an excellent dog.  Docile, friendly, and very loving.

Cynthia and Jupiter

Cynthia and Jupiter

Now, what I was unaware of, of course, was that there was a love affair in full bloom between Cynthia and Jupiter.  Cynthia enjoys having dogs stay with us, but there is always those that she just fall in love with.  And all this was going on right under my nose, and I did not realize it until I caught these two re-handed.

Cynthia and Jupiter

Jupiter, “Oh, oh.  I think someone is watching us”.

He was right.  I was watching them.

Cynthia, "Oh boy.  We did get caught".

Cynthia, “Oh boy. We did get caught”.

Aha!  Yes, you did.  But in all fairness, how can you not fall in love with such a handsome boy like Jupiter.

Jupiter

Jupiter

He is so handsome and such a heartbreaker.  We hope that he’ll be back in the future to share our home, love and walks with us.

Merry Christmas From All Of Us

Roxy

Roxy

We took a nice long morning walk on Christmas day, and before I took their coats off and brushed them, I had to take pictures of them wearing their coats.  Roxy was delighted wearing this sweater even though it is a little small for her.

Roxy and Jupiter

Roxy and Jupiter

Then, it was Jupiter’s turn.  He actually does not mind wearing a coat even though his face says otherwise.

Alex, Roxy and Jupiter

Alex, Roxy and Jupiter

We took all the canine kids out on the deck for a photo shoot, but as you can see they were not really in the mood to pose, but rather ready to go to sleep.

Alex, Roxy and Jupiter (from L to R)

Alex, Roxy and Jupiter (from L to R)

But then, I showed them a treat, and Voila!  They are all ready to pose.

Alex

Alex

Oh, oh.  Hurry up taking the picture.  I am losing Alex already!

Jupiter, Alex and Roxy. (from L to R)

Jupiter, Alex and Roxy. (from L to R)

Since Christmas here in Odenton, MD was a nice day, I removed their jackets to take this picture before going back inside.

Roxy and Jupiter

Roxy and Jupiter

Once inside, it was time to go to sleep.  Jupiter was exhausted, but I think Roxy really liked posing for all those pictures.  We bundled her up and got her ready for a nap.  As you can see, our Christmas day was uneventful, but fun because we shared it with our Alex, and our two canine guests, Roxy and Jupiter.  We hope you had a great time as well.

Christmas Eve Dinner With Our Canine Guests

Cynthia Cooking

Cynthia Cooking

Cynthia was in a cooking frenzy on Christmas eve, and as you can see she was so into it that she did not even have time to turn around for this picture.

Jupiter was extremely adamant that Christmas eve dinner needed to be guarded properly so he took that job himself and held watch while Cynthia was cooking.

Roxy and Jupiter

Roxy and Jupiter

As customary, Roxy and Jupiter stayed in the kitchen with Cynthia, “helping” her prepare dinner.

Alex

Alex

Alex had a completely different idea than Roxy and Jupiter.  Alex did not guard the food nor help cook dinner.  She preferred to go to her bed and fall asleep.  Our little princess.

Christmas eve dinner

Christmas eve dinner

We finally sat down to eat and Cynthia cooked what I requested, plantains, pork, and salad, along with wine.  Delicious.  We had a peaceful and uneventful Christmas eve with our Alex and canine guests.  We hope you had a wonderful Christmas as well.

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Our Canine Christmas Eve Guests

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Jupiter, a good-looking boxer is staying with us for a couple of days and he was kind enough to pose for some of these pictures.  All of them, Alex, Jupiter, and Roxy, of course, did this because we promised to … Continue reading

Bye Sienna

Sienna

Sienna

I can’t believe 30 days went by so fast and it was time for Sienna to go back home last week.  We’ll miss her a lot, that is for sure, and here are some of her cute quirks that we’d like to share with all of you:

  • She did not bark during the day, but she did it at night time while she was dreaming
  • She was Cynthia’s sous chef and as such she’d hang out in the kitchen with all of us
  • She’d go to sleep once we wrapped her up in a blanket like a burrito
  • She’d pick the biggest Nylabone to chew on, which by the way was just a little smaller than she was

Every dog is different, and each one has his/her own quirks and that is what makes them even more endearing to us.  We’ll miss her very much, but I know that she is very happy to be back home.

Alex Sprained Her Leg

This week I went to run some errands and when I came back, Alex greeted me with so much enthusiasm that she ended up hurting her front right leg.  We usually walk for about 40-60 minutes twice a day, but since Thursday she is on bed rest.

Alex resting

Alex resting

Alex’s favorite pastime is sleeping, but I don’t think she is very happy with the amount of bed rest she has been subjected to since Thursday.  Today, Friday, she was not limping, but when she came back in after peeing in my backyard she ran going up the stairs and by the afternoon she started to limp a bit.  That’s it.  She will be on bed rest until her leg heals completely.

I love my girl, but sometimes her enthusiasm gets out of hand and she ends up hurting herself.  Alex will be staying at home with Cynthia so she can recuperate while I walk and continue exploring our neighborhood with Sienna and Roxy.

Walter, a Handsome Australian Shepherd

Today, Tuesday, we had Walter, an Australian Shepherd stay with us for two days.  I always do research on the dog’s breed that stay with me to better understand the dog and to be honest Walter is a typical Australian Shepherd.

Alex, Walter and Sienna (from left to right)

Alex, Walter and Sienna (from left to right)

This is what I found out about Walter’s breed: highly energetic, but sometimes can be easy-going, may show guarding behaviors, intelligent, learns quickly, enjoys working, often called velcro-dogs for their intense desire to be close to their owners, barks mostly as a warning, but not inclined to obsessive barking.

Handsome Walter

Handsome Walter

Now the description of Walter is very accurate, but you also have to remember that training and patience also make his traits shine.  His mom took him for a few courses in obedience and even one to learn tricks.  In other words, she took the time to train Walter and I could tell he was trained by the way he behaved on our first meeting.  He was a little excited, which is normal, but he listened to his mom.

Walter, posing for this picture.

Walter, posing for this picture.

Regardless of your dog’s breed, at the very least, either take an Obedience Class with your dog or hire a dog trainer to help you bring out the best in your dog.  I took 3 classes with Casey, my first dog, Obedience I, Obedience II, and Canine Good Citizen.  And one class with Alex, Obedience I.  Now if money is a little tight, you can always go to the library and get books about dog training that may be helpful to you and your dog.  Look at it this way, and I am saying this from experience, living with a dog that at a minimum has basic obedience is a pleasure rather than living with one unruly dog that in the end might end up in a shelter.  Enjoy your dog and you can start training him with treats.  They all love treats.