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.
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!
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
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.
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!
Many of the pictures I post of Abby happened to be of her sleeping the day away, but what I failed to mention is that my sweet Abby is a high energy dog, and in order to get her tired I have to do different things. Ironic, after my Alex was gone, I was seriously thinking about getting a senior dog. Instead, I got Abby.
These are some of the things I do to get her tired:
Walking – depending on the dog’s age, weight, health, etc., it could be anything from 30+ minutes. When the weather gets too cold we do shorter walks
Running – I get on my bike and she runs right alongside me. It takes time to teach a dog how to do this, but it’s worth it
Kayaking – when the weather gets warm, we take her with us kayaking. And yes, she does wear a flotation device
Shopping – yes, you read it right. There are stores that do allow dogs. The ones we usually visit are: Home Depot, PetSmart, Pets Unlimited, Christmas Tree Shop, etc. This is great when the weather is either too hot or too cold to walk outside
Behavior and Training – I am starting to teach her how to sit without saying anything or making any hand signals. Only eye contact
If you do not fulfill your dog’s needs, he will drive you crazy, and chances are that he will end up back in a shelter and/or a breeder. Having a canine companion is a lot of responsibility, but who says it can’t be fun too!
I love to walk, that is no surprise to those who know me, but when the weather gets really cold I keep in mind, and you should too, the following:
Puppies and senior dogs should take short walks
If your dog is shivering, doesn’t want to leave the house, etc., this is a clue for you Not to take him for a walk. Yes, you heard me right
Short-haired dogs like Abby need a sweater and/or jacket when outdoors
Always check your dog’s pads and nails
In extreme cold weather, take your dog to do his business and bring him right back
Once you are back home with your dog, remember to provide him with a comfortable warm bed, and a sweater. Abby always wears a sweater when we are home otherwise I’d have to take her out to pee once every 2 hours!
When a dog gets sufficient mental and physical stimulation, she will be well behaved and balanced. The majority of the “issues” pet parents encounter with their canine companions is due to a lack or inappropriate amount of mental and physical activity.
There are many ways to exercise your dog, these are just some suggestions: running, walking, swimming, kayaking, etc. However you decide to exercise and stimulate your dog with, please start slowly. How do you exercise/stimulate your dog?