Monthly Archives: February 2013

Alex At The Vet – X-Rays And Dental Cleaning

Yesterday, while on a walk with Alex, Walter and Gir, I noticed that she started to limp.  We went straight home and I got her to go to bed right away.  I looked at her right front leg and it seemed fine, but I made an appt. with the vet to get it checked out.

Today, at 7:30am I dropped her off at the vet’s office for x-rays along with a dental cleaning.  The vet called and said that she probably has what it’s called a soft tissue injury which requires 4-6 weeks or longer to completely heal.

Alex

Alex

He also said that although she is almost 11 years old, everything looks good on her ekg, blood work, and the x-rays do not show arthritis.  In other words, my girl, Alex, for her age is in really good shape, but he recommended the following:

  • Very limited movement for the next 10 days
  • After that, walking to a minimal for 4-6 weeks or longer
  • Start her on omega-3 capsules
  • Rejuvenate – some sort of supplement I need to get from the vet

I can’t wait to pick her up this afternoon.  I am so glad I have Walter and Gir staying with us to make me company.  I don’t know about you, but my home seems empty without a dog, specially without my Alex.

This Past Weekend With 3 K-9 Companions

Alex asleep

Alex asleep

This weekend I was trying to see if I could take some pictures, but I had to wait until Alex woke up.  Can you see the Nylabone right on top of her paw?

Gir

Gir

Gir was ready for his photo shoot, but first he wanted to play a bit.  The things these models request from me.  Unbelievable.

Roxy

Roxy

Roxy, on the other hand, did not want anything at all from me and was more than ready and willing to pose for pictures.

Roxy, Alex, and Gir

Roxy, Alex, and Gir

Cynthia finally got them all together and took this picture while I stood behind her with a treat in my hand.  Gir must’ve been very happy for he was the only boy in the bunch.  He played with Roxy for a little while until she told her enough, and being the gentleman that he is, of course, he obliged and let her be.

Big Dogs And Little Dogs

Roxy

Roxy

I always thought that Roxy would always be the smallest dog I’d ever have the opportunity to pet sit, but boy was I wrong.  The new title goes to Gir, a min pin.

Gir and Alex

Gir and Alex

By the way, the reason why they are both sitting on that particular spot is because there is a vent to the side, and you get all the heat from it if you stand right where they are both posing.  Smart doggies.  Ok. Alex is posing, Gir is just eyeing that bone.

I had to convince Gir that after I took the pictures he could have that bone all to himself in order to get him to cooperate for this picture.

Gir and Alex

Gir and Alex

Aha!  I finally got both of them to look my way.  I’ve always thought of Alex as a medium-size dog except for today.  She looks huge next to Gir and Roxy.  I love to see dogs of different breeds, sizes, personalities, etc.  They are all so amazing.

Gir, A Cute Miniature Pinschers

Gir

Gir

We have Gir staying with us for a couple of days.  Gir is a min pin of about 7-8 lbs. and almost 2 years old.  His breed is supposed to be independent, good-natured, curious, energetic, and headstrong, but very eager to learn.  Gir certainly fits that description.

Alex and Gir

Alex and Gir

As you can see, my girl, Alex, is so used to getting her picture taken that she’d rather sleep than pose, but Gir was a good sport and did pose for Cynthia.  He loves to go for walks, but he prefers to walk on the grass rather than on the sidewalk.

Now he is just playing shy or maybe he just wants to go to sleep and that is his way of saying, “let me nap.”

Any dog, regardless of its size, when properly trained and exercised is truly a wonderful addition to any family.  For those future pet parents that are considering adopting a small dog, do it, but remember that a small dog just like a medium or big dog needs to walk.  From experience, I can say that small dogs actually need longer walks than larger dogs, but if you are committed to do what is right for your dog then you should have many enjoyable years with your canine companions.

Josie And Alex This Weekend

Josie

Josie

Josie is staying with us this weekend, and this is how she looks after our nice long walks during the day.

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Sleep was a lot more tempting than posing for pictures for my blog.  Oh well, models are supposed to be prima donnas.

Alex

Alex

Alex joined Josie and went to sleep as well.  One of the pet parents asked me once, “is it loud when you have more than just Alex staying with you?”  No, the only time it gets loud is when someone rings the bell and during drop off/pick up time.  Other than that, all you can hear is the tv or radio along with our conversations and that is why this environment is not stressful for dogs.

If you want to get your dog tired and be able to do some chores or just watch a movie and relax, exercise your dog so you can do that.  This way, both you and your dog companion are happy.  Take care.

Roxy, On Her Way To Visit Her Grandparents

Roxy

Roxy

Let me start by saying that Roxy got a haircut and she looks adorable.  She is flying out tonight to see her grandparents therefore she needs to look her best.

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In order to diminish any anxiety she may feel due to her trip, I took her for an extra long walk in the morning, and she’ll get another one in the afternoon.  This is how she looked after our walk.  Roxy is really my shadow, but she was so tired that when I went upstairs to get something, she did not follow me.  Now that is unbelievable and not common for her at all.  Translation: She was tired!

gps3Now that Roxy is in the arms of Morpheus I can sit down and finish this post.  Anytime you are planning to have your pet fly with you, please remember a couple of things such as:

  • Walk/run with her in order to get her tired and avoid or diminish anxiety.
  • Do not feed her close to the time you are due to catch your flight.
  • Make sure she is properly hydrated.
  • Make sure, and this is important, that she does #1 and #2 before boarding the plane.
  • Do your best to take a direct flight.

The above are just some suggestions you may want to take into account if you are planning to take your canine companion with you.  What do you do to prepare for a trip with your doggie?

Mom, I Need More Exercise Please

Alex will be 11 years old in May 5 of this year.  I’ve had her since she was 2 1/2 months and even though she is a senior, my girl still has a lot of energy.

Alex

Alex

When she has a lot of energy she runs around me over and over again until I am almost dizzy.  She runs so fast that I still cannot believe my girl is a senior.

me2Now, if we are at home, she likes to run the entire third level, back and forth until she is completely exhausted and her tongue is hanging out.  With that being said, as a pet parent you should look for cues your dog is giving you regarding her energy level.  Some pet parents, me included, sometimes miss the following signs:

  • Running back and forth inside the house.  This screams, “please walk me more.”
  • Chewing things such as: socks, shoes, linoleum.  My first dog, Casey, chewed off the linoleum in the first apartment I rented when I moved to Maryland.  He took it upon himself to redecorate without consulting me or asking permission from the landlord.
  • Pacing around the house.  Actually, this is more of a nervous sign but it can be caused by lack of exercise.
  • Chewing on her paws.  Check with your vet first because it could also be allergies.

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After she ran for a couple of minutes, she decided to sniff around trying to find who knows what.  I let her do this for a while and then we started to walk again.

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Ok. I said walk, not continue sniffing.  Regardless of your dog’s age, do your best to pay attention to the signs she is giving you regarding her energy level so you can avoid getting your place redecorated or having to run to the vet.

Alex, Celebrating With The Ravens

Alex

Alex

On Tuesday, the Ravens came home to Baltimore, Maryland to celebrate their victory and Alex decided to join them by watching them on tv.  Her excitement is oozing out of her body.

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We did not have enough time to find a Ravens t-shirt for Alex so Cynthia put those little rings on her handkerchief to show Alex’s solidarity to the Ravens.

My Pack And Super Bowl XLVII

Me, Alex, and Cynthia.

My Pack

This was the very first time for my pack to watch the Super Bowl so we had to make it special.  Now, Alex, could have cared less and she did not even want us to take her picture.  Can you see her “happy” face?

Alex

Alex

Alex decided to take a nap during the game because the excitement was just too much for her.

Alex finally awake.

Alex finally awake.

Since we live in Maryland, yes you guessed it, we were rooting for the Ravens.  Even Alex was supporting the Ravens while sporting a little ring attached to her handkerchief with the team’s logo.  She woke up because she smelled food.

Food!

Food!

Now comes the good part.  We had: chicken wings, pizza, salad, rice, I am Spanish and Cynthia is Filipino therefore if there is no rice then that is not a meal for us, and cupcakes for dessert.  Yummy!

Half time show

Half time show

During Beyoncé’s performance at half time, we did a little cuddling and kissing.  Alex seemed to be in a better mood.  Does it show?  FYI, this is how much I know about football:

  • I once asked my girlfriend how many teams in total play in the Super Bowl.  While I was asking her this question she had a big smile on her face.  Now I know why.
  • I asked her if the Ravens was a football team or a baseball team.  In order to remember which is which, I tell myself that the Orioles are like Oreo cookies.  An oreo cookie looks like a tiny baseball.

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We were so happy that The Ravens won, even though I ended up going to do dishes while listening to music during part of the game.  Hey, I showed my solidarity to them by wearing this jersey, and I am also just learning about football.  So there.  I hope you had a great time during Super Bowl XLVII.  Have a great week.

Should I Feed My Dog Wet Food?

Well, that depends on a couple of factors such as: frequency, quality, and dog’s sensitivity to wet food to name a few.

3 different brands

3 different brands

Alex will be 11 years old in May of this year and I’ve noticed that the older she got the more flavor she seemed to want in her food so I ended up buying wet food and mixing it with her dry food.  How often?  Everyday, but, and this part is important, the amount I use is 1 tablespoon that is why once I open the can I freeze it.  Why only 1 tablespoon?  Because if I give her more than that, she farts so bad that I have to walk out of the room.

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There is a great variety of wet food out there, so you need to be careful and not buy wet food just because that particular brand is cheap.  Alex loves the above brand, Evanger‘s, and she inhales her food, dry kibble and wet food, and eats fast.  Alex usually eats slowly.  Sometimes it makes me think that she is asking for permission to eat from some unknown being.  Therefore, when she eats fast is because she is really enjoying the food.

Ingredients

Ingredients

You need to pay close attention to the ingredients in wet food.  Duck is the first ingredient in this particular brand and no by-products.

Alex's second choice.

Alex’s second choice.

The above brand, Nature‘s Recipe, is Alex’s second choice.  Again, I only mix 1 tablespoon with her dry food once a day.

canfood5Lamb is the second ingredient and I don’t see any by-products.  Before you start feeding your dog wet food, make sure that you only add a small portion of it to her dry food.  Consult your vet if she has any allergies or sensitive stomach before feeding her wet food.

Not my choice at all.

Not my choice at all.

My girlfriend, Cynthia, went to the supermarket and bought me this brand since she knows that I add wet food to Alex’s food.  Yes, I know, she had the best of intentions, and I am glad and grateful that she remembered Alex, but I cannot feed her this.  You are probably thinking, “ungrateful person.”  Forgive me but Alex’s food needs to be one of good quality if not best quality.  I know, I am picky.  She told me that.  That was a while ago and I don’t plan to use it but rather dispose of it.

Check the ingredients.

Check the ingredients.

The first time I see the word meat is where it says, “meat by-products.”  Alex is a pretty healthy dog even now that she is almost 11 years old and I believe that a lot of it has to do with her diet and excercise.

Alex seems to enjoy the mix of dry food, wet food, and my cooking.  My girl loves and enjoys variety.  Whatever you decide to feed your dog is really up to you.  I am not trying to change anybody’s mind, but rather share my experiences, concerns, and perhaps get other pet parents to give me some feedback.