Category Archives: senior dogs

Getting Ready For Thanksgiving 2021

Walter, a handsome Aussie, my Alex, a pit bull mix, and Dexter, a Boxer mix (from left to right)

Although we will be staying home this holiday, I was so glad to see on TV the amount of people traveling to see their loved ones which brought for me a sense of normalcy. What a difference a year makes!

This year we got everything needed for our Thanksgiving meal so we’ll let you know how it went. Travel safely. Hug your loved ones a bit longer than usual, even the family members that get on your nerves, and enjoy your holiday. Stay safe!

Roxie A Cute Yorkie

Roxie, “Please let me take a nap. Walks, mingling with other dogs and people is exhausting!”

The above cutie pie is Roxie, a Yorkshire Terrier often shortened as Yorkie, who is vacationing with us so I decided to highlight a few of her breed’s traits:

  • A Yorkie’s coat is said to be hypoallergenic
  • Very protective, active, and loving attention makes a Yorkie a great companion for an adult person
  • This breed is better suited for families with children over 10 years old
  • Excellent as a guard dog, yes you read it correctly, because they bark a lot
  • Separation anxiety is common because they were bred to be companion dogs

As days go by, we’ll see about the traits I mentioned in Roxie. Enjoy your weekend!

Charlie’s Weekend Outing

Charlie, “Wow! What is that?”

Let me start this post by saying that there is no such thing as a perfect dog.  I could see pet parents red with anger, but allow me to explain.  Just like humans, dogs are a work in progress, and that’s ok.  But I believe that there is such a thing as the perfect dog for you, the pet parent, and that is a completely other post for the future.   

I decided to post about Charlie’s progress, but it dawned on me that I should also post about Charlie’s antics.  Why?  I want pet parents to know that they are not the only ones feeling lost, frustrated, overwhelmed, etc. 

This past weekend we took Abby and Charlie to the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD for a nice long walk, and well this is where our odyssey started.

Abby, Charlie, and Cynthia (L to R) showing how to properly walk 2 dogs.

During our walk, we introduced Charlie to water, and being the Sheprador that he is he seemed to enjoy it.  We continued our walk, and brace yourself, he saw a squirrel, and although he is doing better when seeing squirrels, he lost it. He barked, pulled, whined, etc.  In other words, he put a whole Broadway production for us.  I had to hold on to that leash for dear life.  Then, after a short period of walking nicely, he saw a bird and wanted to go after it, but with less intensity than with the squirrel.  We finished our walk, almost an hour long, gave them water, and put them in the car.

Charlie is a little over 2 years old, and there are times when he walks beautifully even if a bird-he ignores birds for the most part-or squirrel show up, and there are other times like our outing this past weekend when he just goes bananas.  What I am trying to say is that your dog will drive you nuts and he will certainly keep your life interesting and unpredictable, but take my word for it when I tell you that this too shall pass.  One day, your crazy dog will be a well-behaved dog, and you would say to many people, “My Charlie is the perfect dog for me.”  Yes, you will!  When?  It depends on the dog.  Our Abby calmed down around 4-5 years old.  I’d say Charlie has another 1-2 more years of craziness in him. 

Dogs are not perfect, but who would want a perfect dog?  It would be boring.  Until your dog matures, he will-many times-misbehave and surprise you.  You are just going to have to have patience, be consistent, and remember that life is full of surprises, and so is your dog! 

Dogs And Separation Anxiety

Alex, “Mom, quit torturing me and give me some watermelon please!”

Our Alex, a pit bull mix, was one of the best dogs I’ve ever had as a pet and as my helper when working with other dogs to modify their behavior, but my girl, when we got her as a puppy, had bad separation anxiety so it took us a while to get her to be balanced. Let me tell you that she was worth it. We had her for 13 years, and even now I don’t think that it was long enough.

Dexter, Boxer mix; Bella, pit bull mix; and Alex, pit bull mix.

Our Charlie, the new addition to our family, has separation anxiety and he is getting better as time goes by:

-We couldn’t leave him in any room by himself because he would scream murder at the top of his lungs. Nowadays, he is able to stay by himself for a short period of time.

-Charlie would bark/whine when Abby went out to do her business. Recently, he only makes a funny sound, yes sometimes he still whines, but the intensity and length of time is but a couple of seconds.

-When we placed Abby in the car first, Charlie would go berserk. As time went by, he understood that he would get in the car too so he does get excited, but it’s manageable.

The above is just a few of the things we’re working on with Charlie and his separation anxiety. To those pet parents that are probably asking themselves, “How long will it take for that separation anxiety to disappear?” Let me tell you that it depends on the dog, the activities you are doing with him, the behavior and training you are working on, and the consistency and commitment on your part. Work hard, but also remember to take a break every so often. Stay safe.

Dogs And Kayaking

Alex, “Mom, I am falling asleep. Could we get on the kayak already?”

It’s funny what you miss as time goes by. Kayaking with Alex is something I truly miss although our first time was certainly an odyssey, but it got better and better the more we did it. Alex has been gone a little over 5 years, and my heart still aches for her, but I am also thankful for the time we had with her.

With that being said, let’s cross our fingers, we hope that next year we are able to go kayaking with Abby and some of her canine friends. Have a great weekend and stay safe.

Enjoying Our Weekend At Home With Our Dogs

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Walter, “Did you say treat?  I hope so because I am not doing this for my health”

Just like many pet parents out there, we are spending our weekend at home, although we did go to the supermarket for a few things we needed yesterday, but other than that we are relaxing at home.

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Dexter, “Is the food ready?  I hope so because I am starving!”

Some dogs along with their humans are sleeping, walking, eating, etc.  whatever you are doing this weekend, enjoy it!

Dogs, Aging, And Carpe Diem

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Walter, Australian Shepherd, and Dexter, Boxer mix.  (L to R)

I got a video from Dexter’s mom this week in which he was playing with a toy without a care in the world.  When we met Dexter he was 5 years old.  He is a little over 10 years old now, and he looked so happy and much older that I remembered.  That video made me think.  Why we, humans, are so worried about getting old?  I know we have to plan for the future, that’s a given, but many of us worry for no particular reason.  I do think that dogs live in the moment, something we humans find somewhat difficult to do, and so I’d say to you, do what makes you happy, and learn from your dogs.  Carpe Diem people!

Keeping Our Dogs, House, And Ourselves Clean

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Walter, Alex, and Dexter (Left to Right)

Because of the Coronavirus pandemic we are taking more precautions in order to stay safe, and that-of course-includes our dogs and home.  These are the things I’d recommend you do to keep your dogs clean:

  • Brush your dog’s hair (long and short-haired dogs) after a walk.  Always!
  • Wipe off your dog’s paws (get baby wipes from the Dollar Store) and check her pads for any foreign object in them
  • Change her bedding frequently (every couple of days or daily)
  • Brush her teeth before going to bed

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Nap time!

When it comes to our house, I dust, vacuum, and sweep often because as you pet parents well know, our doggies shed a lot.  What about yours truly?  I wash my hands constantly and I carry hand wipes with me always.  Keeping our dogs clean does not require a lot of money or time so let’s get in the habit of doing so in order to keep us all safe.  Take care.

A Little R & R For Your Dog

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I know, I know. I am always a big advocate on walking your dog, but you also need to give her enough time to relax and recuperate.  Add to that a nice comfortable bed and a blanket, and your dog will be in doggie heaven.  Enjoy your weekend!

Reasons Why You Should Foster A Dog

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Nap Time!

These are just a few of the reasons why you should foster a dog:

  • A dog will enrich and make your life much more fun and interesting
  • You will give this dog the opportunity to socialize with people, and perhaps even other dogs and animals in your home
  • By providing a temporary home, you’ll ease his transition to, hopefully, his forever home in the future

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Fostering a dog has many challenges, but the difference you’ll make on that dog’s life will be priceless!  Talk to a few organizations in your area and find out more about what fostering a dog entails.