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Dog Backpack And Its Benefits

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I’ve been asked many times by pet parents, “What can I do to drain some of my dog’s energy?”  One of the things, there are a few, that I recommend to use is a dog backpack.  Here are some of my reasons:

  • A backpack will give your dog a job to do
  • It will drain your dog’s energy faster than just walking
  • It can hold treats, bags, water, etc.  (Please don’t over load it)
  • Your dog will look adorable

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Before you go out and get a backpack, please remember the following:

  1. Ask your vet if your dog should wear a backpack.  Senior, puppies, sick and dogs that are recuperating from an illness or surgery should Not wear one until your vet gives you her ok.
  2. Do not overload the backpack.  Start with nothing in it and then add light objects.
  3. Make the walk shorter until your dog gets used to walking with a loaded backpack.

Abby, in my opinion, looks adorable, but then I am her mom.  Does your dog wear a backpack?

Veterans Day 2016

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.

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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.

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Anyway, Emmie showed us what she wanted to do today, vegetate, and we decided to follow her lead. Enjoy your weekend.

 

Memorial Day 2016 -South Boston, MA

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Abby, “Hello stranger. Pet me please. I could be your best friend.”

Abby, just like Alex, is very people and dog friendly, and of course she was not going to pass up the opportunity of meeting this nice man.  Abby has come a long way in regards to meeting people.  At the beginning, let’s remember she was a puppy, she’d pee every time she’d meet someone new, but that is no longer the case.

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Abby, “Moms, I don’t think that this is a bus stop.”

This past Memorial day weekend, we took Abby to South Boston, MA to expose her to a new environment and to my surprise she did well.  She was relaxed while Cynthia took this picture.  She needs to learn to be relaxed even when we are not right next to her.

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Abby, “Moms, are we going bike riding?”

Abby usually wears a Gentle Leader, but there are times when I change her leash and collar specially when she is so nicely behaved.  A Gentle Leader gives me more control with very little effort.

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Abby, “Mom, more water please.”

A couple of minutes after we started walking I gave Abby some water.  See the Gentle Leader?  This is my second Summer in New England and I love it.  Winter is another story, of course.  Even though the weather here is not as hot nor humid as in Maryland, I still do our outings during the morning in order to make sure that Abby does not overheat.

A million thanks to all those who served and their families for their sacrifices.

Malibu Beach, Abby, & New Memories

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Abby, “Yay.  I could go and explore, right?”

We enjoy going to Malibu beach because we see lots of pet parents with their furry kids walking around, people with kids, and so much more.  I want us to make new memories with Abby so I thought this was a good place to start.  Abby certainly seemed to enjoy it.

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Abby, “Hello. Is anybody there?”

Being that she is part Beagle, it was funny to see her use her nose although on the above picture I am sure she was using mostly her eyes.

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Abby, “Moms, I think Alex was right when she said that she saw a sea monster. I think I found one of my own.”

Abby was curious and wanted to explore everything including what she saw in the water.  But as curious as she was Abby didn’t leave our sight.

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Abby, “Moms, I think I caught a fish for dinner tonight.”

We still miss Alex and there are times when Cynthia and I remember something funny she did and we start laughing and end up crying, but then we remember that we did have Alex for 13 amazing years and that little by little we’ll have to start making memories with our new furry kid.  Abby is a year old and there is so much for her to learn and enjoy so we’ll continue our journey with this feisty Beabull girl and make new memories.

Kitchen Help Wanted

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Roxie and Abby, “Could we help you get lunch ready?”

For those of us that have furry kids, preparing a meal – heck, even making a sandwich- feels like someone put up a sign that says, “Kitchen help wanted,” and our canine companions never fail to answer such ad.  Look at the attention they are paying Cynthia.

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Abby, “Mom left the food unattended. Not to worry, I’ll guard it closely. Roxie, “I’ll make sure nobody goes beyond this point.”

Cynthia moved to get something from the fridge, and her two helpers quickly moved into place to “guard” our food.  Abby seems to be the more serious out of the two, don’t you think?

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Abby to Roxie, “Let me help you. I think you have a little bit of food around this side of your face. Why do you have to be so tall?”

I don’t know, but perhaps Roxie started to smell like something Cynthia was cooking because Abby took a lot of interest in Roxie’s face and ear.  It’s always fun to see what our furry kids do when we are cooking.  They certainly make life more interesting.

Missing Alex – Happy 14th Birthday

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Siesta Time

It’s been a couple of months since Alex passed away and we still miss her very much.  Today, May 5th, would have been her 14th birthday.  I do wish we had more time together, but I am grateful for the time we spent with her.  What Alex enjoyed the most was sunbathing.  There were times when I had to tell her to come in or move away from the sliding doors because she was already panting.  Funny how you miss the little things about those you love and are no longer with us.

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Happy birthday my amazing girl.  We love you dearly.  Till we see each other again.

Your moms,

Marcela and Cynthia

Excessive Pacing & Your Canine Companion

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I’ve had a few clients ask me, “My dog paces excessively in the house and I don’t know what to do.  What would you recommend to get rid of this annoying habit?”  The first thing I always tell them is to have their vet check their dog for it may be something related to his health.  Once the vet has cleared your dog and everything, health wise, is fine then you need to look elsewhere for an answer.

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Oliver, “I think I need a bigger bed.”

The answer could be one or all of the following:

  1. Are you providing adequate exercise to your dog?  A puppy or young dog needs at least a 1/2 hour brisk walk twice a day and this is the very minimum.
  2. Does your dog have a bed or crate?  Most dogs enjoy having a place where they know they can rest without being disturbed.
  3. How many times did you take your dog to potty?  Puppies and seniors need to go potty more often than adult dogs, but it also depends on the size of the dog.  Small dogs need to go potty more often than large ones.

IMG_4993Now, there is always that exception.  The handsome Aussie, Walter, most of the time preferred to hang out under our table, but in the evenings and night time he did go to his bed.

Also, please know that for dogs that you are adopting and/or fostering as well as those that are nervous, sensitive or were abused in the past, pacing will take a while to disappear.  Have patience and continue working with your dog.  As time goes by, you’ll see positive results.