Category Archives: Breeds

Shelter Or Breeder?

A blast from the past. Dozer, Sarris, and Alex (L to R). A beautiful day in DC.

I, personally, prefer to foster and/or adopt from a shelter. There are so many dogs of different ages, breeds, sizes, temperament, etc., so you really have a lot to choose from, and also you will be giving a dog a new home with you and your family.

Now, although I do prefer to go with a shelter dog, I also know and understand that sometimes a pet parent has his heart set on a particular breed of dog as well as temperament. If you happen to be one of those, make sure that you ask a lot of questions, ask for references, and physically see the puppy’s parents. A reputable breeder will be glad to oblige, and she will also ask you to sign a contract. Read it slowly and ask questions before you sign it.

My heart, as I write this, is set on a French bull dog. Why? Because a lovely couple in Massachusetts, clients, had two of them and I fell in love with them. One loved to walk, he was my favorite, while the other one loved to be a couch potato. I did some research and found out that because of their beautiful flat face, well, they snore. Also, the overheat very easy. Now, that is the dog I want, but I ended up getting the dogs I needed and still need in my life and I am grateful for that. My Abby and Charlie, a Beagle Bulldog mix, and a German Shepherd Labrador mix respectively, are quite a pair.

Regardless of whether you get your dog from a shelter or a breeder, make sure that your life style and energy is compatible with the dog you will be getting. Stay safe!

My Contortionist Abby And Her Foochie Paws

Abby, “Good night mom.”

Have you paid attention to your dog’s sleeping positions? I have, and based on my extensive research I will venture to say that dogs are contortionists. I mean, look at the above picture. Even when I was a kid I was not as flexible as Abby seems to be.

Ok, now that we’ve established that dogs are contortionists, let’s address their foochie paws. I clean Abby and Charlie’s paws every day and they still are a bit smelly. Do you have the same experience with your dogs? Let me know. I’m curious about it. Btw, their smelly paws don’t bother me.

Here’s another question for you. Do you think Abby fell asleep because she was tired and sleepy, or was it her smelly paws that rendered my beautiful girl out? Let me know what you think. Enjoy your weekend!

Life + Dogs = Balance

Our canine companions do change our lives in so many ways. For some pet parents-like me- dogs bring joy, laughter, more exercise, and even more interaction with other pet parents. Then, there are those pet parents that are stressed out and tired because of their dogs’ antics, but that is easy to fix. Easy? Yes, get a dog trainer and make a commitment to help your dog improve his behavior.

For me, dogs bring a lot of exercise, laughter, and living in the moment mindset. Dogs are amazing, don’t you think?

Looking Forward To 2023

A blast from the past. Walter, Dexter, and Alex.

How was your Christmas? I hope you had a wonderful time. I felt exactly like the above picture, tired and content after eating a delicious meal, but grateful for all the blessings in my life.

Now, who is impatiently waiting for the new year? I just hope I make it to 12AM so I can say, Happy New Year!” I don’t know about you, but I start to get sleepy around 10pm. Wishing you, your furry kids and family an amazing New Year!

Are You Ready For Xmas?

Charlie and Abby, “Mom, is all that for us? Please say yes!”

I haven’t met anybody that has said that they are ready for Xmas. Have you? I’d venture to say that most of us are concern about food, traveling, our dogs, presents, etc., but that’s fine. Just remember that although holidays tend to be a bit stressful, if you take sometime for yourself, you just might enjoy getting together with your family. Yes, even that aunt, uncle, cousin, etc., that drives you up the wall. Merry Xmas to all of you! Stay safe.

Happy Thanksgiving 2022

Alex and Bella (L to R)

Happy Belated Thanksgiving! Were you waiting for loved ones to get home like these two cuties in the picture? Or did you spend it quietly and peacefully with one or two people? However you decided to spend this past holiday, I wish you had a wonderful, uneventful, happy time.

By the way, you thought I was going to forget to ask this, right?, did you remember to walk your dogs? Take care.

Missing The Warm Long Days of Summer

I know, it’s a bit early to be complaining about the cold weather since we’re still in the fall season, but that is not going to stop me from doing it anyway. I’ve realized that even Abby and Charlie tend to want to sleep longer once it starts getting cold.

What changes or activities do you do different with your dog once Summer is gone? I am trying to get some ideas so let me know. Stay safe and enjoy your weekend!

Bundle Up! It’s Starting To Get Cold Here

Let me start by saying that most of the time I feel cold. I see people wearing shorts and t-shirts during fall season and I am in awe of them because I’m already cold during this time.

Charlie, our GSD mix, was wearing a backpack, but no sweater, the same goes for Abby and Remy. The day was beautiful so there was no need for that. By the way, when it starts to get warm, Abby hates to walk with a backpack so I do not subject such a beautiful creature to such cruel and unusual punishment, but it took me a little bit of time to realize that. Sorry Abby!

I am a big advocate for walks regardless of the season, but please make sure that you and your dogs bundle up when the weather starts getting cold. Also, walk in different areas to make it interesting for you, and your doggies. Take care!

Adding A New Dog To Your Family/Pack

Abby, “Mom, what are you doing? Are you taking pictures of us again?!”

Bringing a new dog thru adoption or fostering is a wonderful idea, but you need to make sure that the new dog is compatible with you, pet parent, and your current dog.

When we were planning to get Charlie, from the SPCA in Annapolis, we got Abby to meet him before making any decision to make sure that they were a good fit. How did it go? Great. They played until their tongues were hanging out.

From experience I can tell you that having 2 or more dogs is a lot of work, but for those of you that are willing to adopt/foster your second or third dog, I commend you for doing so. And with that being said, let me ask you something. Would you adopt a second dog? Do you prefer having just one dog? Just curious. Stay safe.

Multi-Dog Household And Energy

I’ve recently seen that shelters are struggling with the large intake of dogs that it is believed stems from the desire of people to adopt dogs during the pandemic, and this is yours truly trying to influence you to go out and adopt, but-and this is super important-make sure that your energy, that of your current dog, and new dog align together.

What do I mean by that? Well, this is what I mean:

  • You and your dog are for the most part sedentary – meaning that you go for a walk once in a while and both of you are ok with it. Do not adopt a dog-regardless of age-that is hyper or needs a huge amount of exercise because it will not work out
  • You and your dog are active – meaning that you walk/run/hike every day and thrive on being active. Adopt a dog that is active and have a wonderful time!
  • You are active, but your dog is getting old and requires less exercise – You could adopt an active dog that could run/hike/walk with you, always remembering to provide your senior dog with shorter walks and time to go potty
  • You are sedentary, but your dog is active – do not adopt a hyper dog to provide exercise for your current dog. It will be a huge headache having 2 active dogs

You are probably thinking, “Marcela, I thought you were trying to encourage us to adopt, but your post doesn’t seem to suggest that.” To what I’d respond by saying that having a multi-dog household is wonderful as long as the activity level matches that of the pet parent and current dog in order to be successful. With that being said, if you are thinking about adding a new doggie to your family, this may be the right time. Do you have a multi-dog household?