Monthly Archives: April 2016

My Love Affair With All My Canine Companions

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Alex, Sarris, and Dexter (Left to Right)

When I was a child living in Ecuador, dogs, as well as a menagerie of animals that belonged to my grandmother, were part of my every day life.  What I didn’t know then was how important dogs would be in my life and how much they would teach me about love, patience, determination, and so much more.

My love affair with dogs started with a funny looking dog that belonged to my mom.  His name was Bambino and although my sister said that he was ugly, to me he was a handsome dog.  I’d take him for walks; pick him up and cuddle him like a baby; and take him to the beach.  One day a dog attacked him and severed his spine so my mom had to put him down.  My whole family cried.  But, and this did surprised me, although he was not my dog I was heartbroken.  So much so that I made a promise to myself, “I will never get another dog because I don’t want to have my heart broken, period.”

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Alex, Sarris and Dexter, “Are we eating any time soon?”

10 long years went by and I kept my promise, but this changed on a trip to Ecuador.  Cynthia felt in love with a puppy that we named Casey, and although I tried to dissuade her from taking this tiny ball of fur with us she would not budge, and so my love affair with dogs resumed.  I am not going to lie, I’ve had my heart broken multiple times since then, and I’ve felt the loss of all those canine companions I met along the way, both the ones that were mine and those that belonged to my clients, but you know what?  The only thing I regret is waiting 10 years to get a dog.  Funny, or ironic, depending on how you look at it.  I’d rather go through the pain that I know I will face every time I lose a dog rather than not having one in my life.

Shopping At Home Depot With Abby

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Abby, “Excuse me. Could someone help us find some tools?”

Moving is always hectic and time consuming and we’ve been busy unpacking, cleaning, buying things for our new place and much more.  Home Depot is one of the places we’ve been going to lately a lot so we take Abby with us to expose her to new people, environment, sounds, etc.

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Abby, “Moms, someone is coming to help us in a minute.”

Abby got to work that day by trying to get someone to come and help us find a few items we needed to buy.  It was Saturday, so everybody was busy trying to help customers.  We had a secret weapon, Abby.  They all wanted to pet her.

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Abby, “Ok moms, tell me what you need so I can grab it for you.”

Abby is a pretty young pup, but I always tell pet parents that regardless of their dogs’ age, make sure that they expose them to as many things as possible.  She loved getting attention from employees and customers alike.

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Abby, “Moms, I found it.”

Taking Abby to Home Depot involved physical exercise as well as mental exercise.  How’s that?  We practiced behavior and training, along with being exposed to new smells.  If you pay attention to your dog, you’ll see that anytime you take him to a new place he comes home exhausted.  That’s because a new place for a dog is tiring even if he was only there for 10 to 15 minutes.

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Abby, “Mom, that’s the one. I told you I’d find it for you.”

Cynthia loves to go to Home Depot and I think Abby, her assistant, does too.  Once we got home, she slept for a couple of hours.  I love to take Abby everywhere, and right now I am trying to figure out where else I can take her.  Any suggestions?