Monthly Archives: December 2013

Happy Holidays – 2013

xmas2013On Christmas eve, it started to snow, but it stopped after about 1/2 hour and it melted as soon as it made contact with the ground.  Even like that, I was happy because I had Cynthia and Alex at home with me.

xmas20132On Christmas day, Chrissy, Alex’s cousin, arrived with family and spent a couple of days with us.  Alex, to my dismay, was pretty active during that time, but on the day they were due to go back home my girl slept most of the day.  I think she was exhausted.

xmas20133What did she do the next day?  Slept some more.  Happy Holidays to you and your family and may the new year bring health, peace, love, happiness, and prosperity.

Alex On Sabbatical Leave

add1I’ve had Alex since she was about 3 months old, and I still can’t believe that she is on her way to be 12 years old next year.  Thanks to Alex I have been able to help other dogs be more balanced and manageable, and as a result their pet parents were able to enjoy their canine companions and not find the need to rehome them.

Please, understand this, although Alex is perfect for me, she is not perfect, but then again, why would I want her that way?  It’d be boring, don’t you think?  Anyway, since she will be on bed rest for a while I was thinking about fostering a dog.  I’ve been thinking about it for a while, about 2 years, and I think that this is the right time to do it.  With that in mind, I put an application and it was approved so we’ll be going to pick up our foster dog within the next couple of days.  I am really excited about it.

add2By the way, I’ll continue to keep Alex engaged by introducing and reenforcing commands so my girl is not bored half to death.  Right now I am working on teaching her how to walk towards me slowly using voice and signal commands.  Why?  Because now that she is feeling better she wants to run towards me at full speed.  I don’t ask her to sit anymore for I fear it may hurt or cause her pain, but she is able to do a lot of other things without discomfort.

Have a great weekend, and thanks to the many bloggers that foster and served as an example for me to follow, and I hope that others would follow suit.

Alex’s ACL Injury – Update 1

update1Three weeks ago, we received the brace featured in the above picture for Alex and Cynthia took this picture minutes after we put it on her.

We got this brace for Alex because we wanted to use the least invasive method to treat her injury and so far this is what we do and have noticed:

  • During the first week she was only able to walk 3 minutes inside the house after which she was exhausted
  • Now, 3 weeks later, she is walking twice a day for 5-6 minutes and she still has energy afterwards
  • We’ve taken her out twice, but the cold weather seems to make her limp more so we stopped doing it
  • I started, since last night, to apply a warm compress after I removed her brace and put her to bed, and this morning she seemed to be more flexible
  • I have to use a leash to prevent her from running up and down the stairs when I take her to do her business
  • She is getting a lot of bed rest, along with a warm compress, small walks, and supplements
  • She has been trying to play with her Nylabone, but I had to stop her for she throws it in the air and runs after it

update2Alex is doing better, but Cynthia and I know that she has a long road to recovery, and we’ll do our best to help her get back to her old hyper self.  Have a great week and enjoy your canine companions.

Snowing in Odenton, Maryland

snowdex1This is how my neighborhood looked a couple of days ago.

snowdex2This is how it looked this morning when I took Dexter for a walk.  It was still snowing.  When we got back home I dried him, turn the heater on, and got him to go to his bed.  We walked for about 1/2 hour and he seemed to enjoy the snow.

snowdex31And this is how Dexter looked after our walk followed by breakfast.  Yes, he was tired.  What a hard life this good-looking doggie has, don’t you think?

snowdex4Alex stayed with Cynthia at home since she is to be on bed rest for a while.  I miss walking with her, but I don’t want to push it for I want her to get better.  For those of you that had to go out in this crazy weather, please be careful, and for those of us that stayed home, eat, sleep, read, watch tv, etc., in other words, vegetate.  I hope the weather improves soon.  Take care.

In Home Dog Boarding vs. Dog Kennels

boarding1Soon, it’ll be two weeks since Alex started wearing a brace for her ACL injury and so far she is doing fine.  She is putting pressure on both legs, although still favoring her right leg, and she is resting a lot.  This is her favorite spot when the sun is out, by the sliding doors.

boarding2In order to get her to look at me I had to bribe her with a treat, and it worked.  While looking at her, I remembered the last time, years ago, when I had to travel out of the US and leave her in a kennel facility, and how I told myself and Alex that that was the last time I’d do that.  Please, do not misunderstand me, there are kennel facilities that are run by experienced, competent, dog loving individuals that do their very best to take care of the dogs they are entrusted with, but a kennel environment for many dogs can put a great amount of stress on them.  Years ago, I was the manager of a PetsHotel and I can honestly say that the staff that worked alongside me truly loved dogs and did a great job caring for them, but I also realized that the majority of the dogs were stressed out so with that in mind I decided to quit that job and I started offering In Home Dog Boarding.

boarding3Years went by and I still love what I am able to offer to pet parents and their dogs and that is a stress free environment, similar to the one they have at home.  I’ve had dogs that had a variety of issues such as: separation anxiety, fear of being crated, incessant chewing, etc., and they all have done well staying with us.  At the end of their stay I talk to the pet parents for a couple of minutes to let them know how their furry kid did and to mention anything unusual that I noticed about their doggie.

boarding4 Dexter, the handsome boxer mix in the above picture, is one of my regulars and although he may look a little intimidating he is really a sweetheart.  For the most part, I don’t crate dogs unless necessary, but, and this is something I do want to stress to all pet parents, a crate should be used as a tool for training your dog and never as punishment nor the answer to solve all your dog’s problems or issues.

boarding5Recently, I read a post in dogsmakeeverythingbetter.com/‎ about a shelter for dogs run differently than the ones here in the US.  This shelter outside of Tehran allows dogs to live freely with each other and they are even able to eat next to each other.  She posted some amazing pictures and it really made me think about what she said about dogs being social animals.  I am a firm believer that we all can learn from one another, and perhaps this shelter in such a far away place can teach us all a thing or two.

boarding6Because the dogs that stay with me literally hang out with me, I always ask pet parents to text me an hour prior to picking up their furry kid in order to have their doggie ready and to make sure that all the other dogs will not disturb us when they get to my place.

Whatever your choice for your dog may be, when it comes to boarding, my advice would be to ask a lot of questions, ask to see where your dog will be staying, do a search and see what comments are posted about this facility or pet sitter, and weigh all your options before making your decision.  Always remember that you are your dog’s advocate and that if you are not comfortable with a particular place or person, follow your gut and keep looking.