All Things In Moderation


I am a firm believer that we can all do things in moderation rather than abstaining from them, and as such we find balance in life.

Sarris, Alex, and Dexter (L - R)
Sarris, Alex, and Dexter (L – R)

Let me start by giving you an idea about our morning routine, and it goes something like this:

  1. Morning walk/run
  2. Morning ablution: brush hair and wipe and inspect paws
  3. Breakfast for humans followed by breakfast for canine children
  4. Treats – I look at it as dessert.  That is why Dexter is licking his lips
  5. Sunbathing – 5 minutes,  by my watch, during the Summer.  Longer during the rest of the year
  6. Nap time

Alex could sunbathe the entire day if I let her, and some pet parents have told me the same about their dogs, but letting dogs stay out in the sun for too long is dangerous, therefore I limit the time we are out on the deck to no more than 5 minutes in the morning during the Summer.


Alex is always the first one to fall asleep.  Sarris looks like she is about to follow Alex to dreamland, but Dexter, between you and me he thinks he is a guard dog, is still awake.

Alex and Dexter love to sunbathe while Sarris only prefers to do it for a couple of minutes.  By the way, never leave your dog/s unattended anywhere and that includes your deck regardless of the time of day or season of the year.


Right after we come in, Sarris relaxes in the kitchen on top of these cool tiles while Alex and Dexter go to their bed.  There are times when all 3 of them end up in the kitchen and those are the times when I am so glad that my kitchen is not small.  Because our morning routine takes a while, I always tell pet parents that if they call me or text me I will return their inquiries after I am finished with our morning routine.

Let your canine companions enjoy being out sunbathing, but make sure that you are there to supervise and do it in moderation.

12 Comments Add yours

  1. kellygetthin says:

    The first dog looks like my pit

    1. Marcela says:

      Then your Bella is adorable too:)

  2. My dogs would like to come live at your house 😉
    Seriously this is a great way to start the day and not all that different from my house-I agree dogs love their routine-it helps keep them happy and secure to be sure!

    1. Marcela says:

      Lol. Thanks. That is the best compliment ever:) Yes, dogs like their routine:)

  3. The cool floor tiles are my summer place too :o)

    1. Marcela says:

      For the same reason that is dangerous to humans: can cause cancer, heatstroke, etc.

  4. Will and Eko says:

    I swear Eko would sleep directly on the sun itself if that were possible – definitely have to keep an eye out for that knucklehead!

    1. Marcela says:

      You too:) Omg, these kids of ours are so so bad, but so so cute.

  5. Routines are so good for dgos (and children!) and Ruby certainly seems unsettled if we do things differently so we try and keep to early long walk/shower/grooming/food then flop 🙂

    1. Marcela says:

      Yes, dogs love their own routine and they do better when we keep their routine intact:)

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