Category Archives: senior dogs

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?

See You Later Dexter

Walter, my Alex, and Dexter (L to R)

This is a post that is hard for me to write, but I need to get it off my chest. There are clients with whom I still keep in touch with, even after years have gone by. They end up being friends and every so often we contact each other, and so last week, I found out that Dexter, a Boxer mix, passed away January 2022. I had to read the e-mail twice to make sure that what I was reading was right. After that, I just sat down and cried. I couldn’t respond to his mom right away. My heart was breaking, and I could only imagined how his mom was feeling. Later on, when I gained some of my composure I contacted her.

And so, this is for Dexter. My dear Dexter, yes my heart believed that you were mine, although my mind knew better. Thank you for being such an amazing dog. You were not trusting the first day you were with us, but after that it seemed as if you knew this was your second home. You made your mom very happy, the dogs that hung out with you, and yours truly as well. You were a handsome boy and you had a calmness that until now I haven’t found in any other dog. Thanks for the time we had with you, and the joy that you brought to us. We’ll always love you. See you later my handsome Dexter!

Dog Walking Tips During Summer

Alex, a Pitbull mix, and Walter, a handsome Australian Sheperd.

To say that I love to walk with my dogs would be an understatement, but when it’s hot I need to be aware and mindful of the following:

  1. Pick an appropriate time to walk – I do my best to walk them before 9am and after 7pm
  2. Dark or black color coats – dogs like Walter, Australian Shepherd in the above picture, tend to overheat faster than dogs with light or white coats like Alex, a Pitbull mix
  3. Know the breed of your dog – dogs with flat faces and short noses regardless of the color could overheat fast because they are unable to cool down like those with long noses
  4. Water – always, and I mean always, carry with you enough water for you and your dog
  5. Take a break – you could stop for a couple of minutes under some shade or find a store that allows dogs inside like Home Depot so both of you could get a break from the heat, sun, and humidity
  6. Limit your time – if you usually walk 1 hour, depending on how hot it is, you may have to walk 20 to 30 minutes instead

Summer is a great time to walk with your dog, but just be careful and mindful of the above tips. What time do you walk your dog when it’s hot? Enjoy your week!

Rest And Relax Like Your Dogs Do, Without Guilt

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

We, humans, tend to take too many projects/jobs/chores on that leave us exhausted, overwhelmed, and fed up, to say the least. I believe our dogs are not only our companions, but our teachers. Have you ever seen a dog look guilty because he was napping? I haven’t. And with that in mind, we, humans, should follow that example and do our best to carve out some time to relax and enjoy a good book, movie, or even a walk. Yes, walks are relaxing for me. And with that being said, how do you relax?

Abby’s Vet Visit: She Did Great!

Abby, “Mom, please let me sleep and stop taking pictures of me!”

Taking Abby to the vet is-I know a lot of pet parents will no believe me-wonderful. She is calm, friendly, curious, and cooperative. When she was younger, she was hyperactive so I had to take her for a long walk before her vet’s appointment, and although I no longer have to do that, I still walk her.

If you have a dog like Abby, going to the vet should be a walk in the park, but if you have one like Charlie, well, that is another post for another day. Enjoy your week and stay safe.

Happy Valentine’s Day 2022

Bella and Dexter, “Could we have some privacy please mom! Aren’t we adorable?”

Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you pet parents and your canine kids! Although the day started cloudy with some flurries, as time went by it turned out to be sunny and nice enough to take a long walk. Aside from celebrating this day about love, we also celebrate it because Charlie, yesterday, has been with us for one year. Could you believe that? Time goes by so fast.

Enjoy this beautiful day with your family, give them extra hugs and kisses, and don’t forget to walk. Stay safe!

Thanksgiving 2021

Remy, Abby, and Charlie, left to right, on Thanksgiving day. Ready for a nap!

I hope you had a wonderful, uneventful Thanksgiving! We enjoyed our food, the company of our canine kids, and the visit of handsome Remy. Look at that face! Stay safe.

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!