Monthly Archives: October 2015

Letting Go And Starting All Over Again – Introducing Abby

Alex

Alex

Letting go is not easy, and if you ask most pet parents they’ll tell you the same.  It’s funny, in a way, how things work out.  Alex left a little over 2 months ago and I don’t miss her any less today than I did that first day she was no longer with us and because of that Cynthia and I decided to wait for a bit before getting a new furry kid.  I heard somewhere that, “We make plans and God laughs.”  Well, that is certainly true in this case.

Abby

Abby

Abby, formerly known as Harlow, was actually a client’s furry kid.  Abby’s mom did the right thing by getting help in the form of training and behavior, but sometimes the dog and its prospective family are not compatible like in this case so Abby came to us as an unexpected gift.  See what I mean by making plans and God having a good laugh at our expense?

new3Funny, I didn’t see myself raising another puppy.  I actually told Cynthia we should adopt a senior dog, but I guess that was not meant to be.  I’ve realized, after many years, that there is no point in fighting what’s put on your path for all you are going to do is get frustrated.  Instead you should embrace it and make the best out of it.  So with that being said, Abby a 6 month old Beabull is our new addition to the family and member of our club, the 3 musketeers.

Out And About in Seaport District, Boston, MA

Harlow, "I think we should eat here."

Harlow, “I think we should eat here.”

One of the things I recommend pet parents to do with their canine companions is go out and explore different areas in order to acclimate their dog/puppy to a variety of environments.  I trained Harlow a couple of weeks ago, Level II Basic Training and Behavior, so every time she stays with us she brushes up on what she learned and we go out to practice in the real world.

Harlow, " I think we are lost."

Harlow, ” I think we are lost.”

My sense of direction is so bad that even Harlow knew that we were lost.  No problem, we went and asked for help.

Harlow, "Help.  This human is showering me with hugs and kisses."

Harlow, “Help. This human is showering me with hugs and kisses.”

I recommend a lot of things to pet parents and one of them is to get their dogs used to being hugged.  Why?  Because being hugged is not something most dogs enjoy.  Harlow enjoys it as long as you give her a treat.

Harlow, "Am I getting paid to pose for this picture?"

Harlow, “Am I getting paid to pose for this picture?”

Harlow did wonderful during our outing.  She did get startled twice when someone dropped some dishes, we were walking by a restaurant, but she was getting used to the noises better than I expected.  You have to remember that Harlow is only 6 months old.

Harlow, "Wow!  Look at all the people here"

Harlow, “Wow! Look at all the people here”

Harlow was very curious seeing so many people around, but she was not nervous about it.  This is why training and behavior need to go hand in hand.  A balanced dog is a pleasure to have and to take out with you every time you get a chance.

Harlow, "Is that the menu for the restaurant we'll be eating at?  I am hungry."

Harlow, “Is that the menu for the restaurant we’ll be eating at? I am hungry.”

Expecting your dog to behave like a good canine citizen is really up to you.  Dogs are amazing teachers, but they need us to guide them and get them to be balanced.  Go out with your dog and enjoy the outdoors.