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Deck Restoration By All My Canine Companions – Part I

deckresto1Cynthia and I have been meaning to do our deck for the last couple of weeks, but the weather and our schedule did not permit us to tackle this job until this weekend.  We told the kids, Alex and Bella, about it and as you can see Bella was ready to help out, but Alex needed a bit of convincing.

deckresto2Bella started by surveying and accessing our deck’s damage in order to come up with a game plan.

deckresto3This is how Alex did her evaluation of our deck’s damage.

deckresto4Alex, then, decided to talk to Cynthia about this project, but midway through their planning Alex fell asleep.  Way to tackle this job!

deckresto5Once we had a plan in place, Bella made sure that we knew the areas where the most attention was needed by pointing with her little nose.  She was such a big help to this project.

deckresto6We try to include Alex and Bella in as many things as we possibly can in order to get them used to different things.  Once we started working on the deck, they fell asleep in the kitchen by the sliding doors.  What does that teach them?  Self-control.  Training your dog should be part of your every day life, and this is a perfect example of that.  How does your canine companion help you tackle chores?  Have a great Sunday!

Alex, Still On Bedrest

Alex

Alex

It’s been a month since Alex, as per her vet’s instructions, has been on bedrest.  I thought that she was going to drive me nuts because she is a very active dog even now that she is almost 11 years old.  To my surprise, and delight, she has taken this time off from walking quite well.  I take her for a walk, twice a day, for about 15 minutes each time, but no longer than that.

stllbedrst1She can walk around the house, but she is not allowed to run up and down the stairs which she loves to do.  I taught her to go up and down the stairs slowly.  How?  I started by walking with her on a leash while telling her “slowly,” and extending my left arm so she understands that she cannot go beyond my arm.  Within a couple of days I was able to do this without using a leash. 

She has another month to go and I know she enjoys her long walks, but I want her to recuperate therefore we’ll stick with short walks.  I still can’t believe that my beautiful girl will turn 11 in May 5th.  I hope to share many, many more walks with her.