A couple of weeks ago, we took Abby with us to Martha’s Vineyard and as you can see by the above picture, she was more interested in the food she managed to find in my bag than the beautiful scenery around her.
We got lucky because the day turned out to be beautiful and we had a chance to walk around and enjoy the weather. When we got home, we were all exhausted, but happy.
Who said Harvard is only for humans? We took Abby this past weekend to Harvard to walk, do some sightseeing, take pictures and, of course, continue working on her commands and behavior. How did she do? Not bad.
The day was beautiful but because Abby is dark and part Bulldog, I had to stop for breaks so she wouldn’t overheat. This is very important specially for those pet parents that have dogs with dark fur:-)
We were hanging around the library, and after a break Abby got her second wind and decided to run around like a looney, of course, attracting the stares of those passing by. As you can see, she didn’t have a care in the world. A lesson for us, humans, to learn from our doggies.
After all that running, it was time to hydrate and relax for a bit. We then headed home for a late lunch and a nap. What a hard life we have.
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Tagged Beagle, behavior modification, Bulldog, Harvard, hydrate, Massachusetts, Stoughton, traveling
Champagne, “Could I help?”
One thing I’ve realized, and many of you probably would agree with me, is that the kitchen is the most popular and used room in a house. All of Abby’s friends love to hang out in the kitchen specially when Cynthia is cooking.
Champagne, “I am so tired.”
After Champagne helped Cynthia prepare a delicious meal, she was very tired so she took a nap. She is probably dreaming about food.
Champagne, “What? Time to eat? Yay!”
How interesting, and funny, that once it was time to eat the above beautiful girl woke up right away. I think that both, dogs and humans, enjoy hanging out in the kitchen. What room is the most popular/used in your house?
Posted in Breeds, Dog Equipment, Dogs, Humor, Nutrition, senior dogs, Training, Walking
Tagged Anxiety, behavior modification, Cooking, Food, Pit bulls, Training
Abby, “Mom, do I really have to pay my bills on time?”
Abby was pretty surprised when I told her that she needed to go in person and pay her water/sewage/garbage bill. As you can see, she was so bothered by it that she was giving me the cold shoulder. What a brat! I wanted to be mad at her, but she looked so cute wearing that sweater that all I did was smile.
Abby, “Ok mom, let’s go home. I dropped off the check.”
And so Abby paid her utility bill, posed for this picture, and we headed back home. Abby goes every where I am able to take her. That’s the only way your canine companion can get used to different noises, people, cars, etc. What places are you able to take your dog to?
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Tagged Anger, behavior modification, dog behavior, dog sweaters, dog walking, ma, Stoughton
Let me start by saying, thanks to all the veterans, their families and the dogs that served this country. Cynthia and I were in the Navy years ago, and we both met amazing people and learned a lot from them.
We were planning to go out with the kids, but after a short walk, about 1/2 hour, Abby and Emmie both seemed tired so we decided to forgo our outing today and do it sometime this week.
Anyway, Emmie showed us what she wanted to do today, vegetate, and we decided to follow her lead. Enjoy your weekend.
Posted in ACL Injury, Breeds, Dog Equipment, Dogs, foster dogs, Humor, Nutrition, Outings, senior dogs, Training, Walking
Tagged Beagle, Bulldog, dog behavior, dog boarding, dog walking, veterans day, yellow lab
Yesterday, Saturday, was a gorgeous day so we decided to go to Little Italy, also know as the North End, in Boston, MA. Cynthia and I agreed that we are going to do our best to see as much of Massachusetts as we possibly can while we live here. When we lived in Maryland, DC was a 20 minute drive from home and we failed to see a lot of it and so we don’t want to make the same mistake again.
Abby, “I am posing, therefore I want a treat.”
We took Abby and Emmie for a nice walk around Little Italy, and Cynthia found 2 bakeries, forgot the names, where she got some delicious bread. I am sure we’ll be heading that way many more times in the future.
Abby and Emmie, “No more pictures. We are tired.”
Our trip was about 3 hours long, let’s not forget the traffic coming and going, and afterwards everybody was tired, thirsty, hungry and sleepy. After we all had a nice lunch, we took a well deserved nap. And that’s what I call a well spent Saturday.
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Tagged basic training, behavior modification, Boston MA, dog behavior, Recreation, walk, yellow lab
“Take my picture already.”
When I lived in Maryland, I would wake up early, around 6am, to walk my dogs every single day. Once I moved to Massachusetts, I was able to walk my dog a bit later, around 8am, but even like that I always have to remember the following:
- I need to walk Abby early in the morning. I will probably have to start waking up at 6am again because the weather is hitting 90 degrees as of late.
- I have to make sure to take water with me.
- I need to pay attention to Abby’s body language. If she starts panting too much, I will stop the walk, find a shaded area, give her water, not cold water for this can shock her instead of helping her, and wet her chest and head.
- Once we come back, I always check her paws, brush her, and wipe her off. This way I keep her clean but at the same time I check to make sure that she is ok.
My last 3 dogs, pit bull mixes, were mostly white therefore they were able to handle the heat better than other dogs. In the above picture, the white pit bull will probably handle the heat and humidity better than the dark one. Please keep in mind that dogs of dark color overheat very easy. Abby is a perfect example of that and that is why I need to pay attention to her body language.
Go out and enjoy a nice walk with your dog, but try to make your walks early in the morning and/or late in the afternoon and pay attention to your dog’s body language.
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Tagged Beagle, dog trainer, Heat stroke, Massachusetts, pit bull, summer, walking