Just like us humans, dogs also wait for their presents when Christmas is approaching, as you can see in the above picture. The bad thing about it is that I don’t know yet what to get for them. Any ideas? I think an orthopedic bed. They all go to the front window when they hear the doorbell ring expecting goodies for them. Brats! And this is what most people end up seeing once I open the door. Two adorable furry kids waiting for presents. Talk about not having any patience. Have a great weekend.
As a pet sitter, I am always introducing a new dog to my pack, and I was recently asked by a pet parent how do I go about doing such introduction, so I decided to share this information and experience with other pet parents and perhaps get some feedback as well.
This evening, after dinner, Cynthia and I took Alex, our dog, Walter and Dexter, furry boarders, for a nice walk. Walter stays with us very often so he is used to Alex, but Dexter, a Boxer mix, is the new kid on the block, therefore we needed to do a proper introduction.
I started by taking Dexter for a long walk as soon as his mom dropped him off. I walked him for about 10 minutes, and I then asked Cynthia to bring out Walter to join our walk. After about 25 minutes, during this time they were not allowed to interact with each other for all I wanted was to walk as one pack, we went to a grassy area so they can sniff each other and observe their body language while they are both on a leash. They were both relaxed and curious about each other which is what you want to see. I asked Cynthia to now bring Alex out while I walked Walter and Dexter. Once Alex and Cynthia joined us, we walked for another 20 minutes. Before heading home, we let them go to a grassy area to do their “business” and sniff each other again, and then proceeded to go straight home.
Alex, Dexter and Walter (from left to right)
The walk we do as a pack is extremely important when I am introducing a new dog to my pack and this is what I do every time a new dog joins us. I also like to observe their body language during our walk and while they are interacting with each other for any signs of aggression.
They were all tired after our walk and decided to take a well-deserved nap. What a hard live my canine companions have, don’t you think?
Posted in Breeds, Dog Equipment, Dogs, Humor, Nutrition, Outings, Walking
Tagged aggression, Animal, Body language, Dog, Leash, Pack Walk, Pets
Mandy,http://shoefulofdrool.com/ , was kind enough to nominate All My Canine Companions for the Missy Award. Thanks from my pack to yours.
Three things are required of me, and that is to answer two questions and to link back to http://ivonnemontijo.wordpress.com/2013/02/23/the-missy-award/
The questions are:
What inspires me to write? I write anytime I feel passionate about something, whatever it may be, and I need to vent.
Why do I love animals? I love dogs above any other animal because when I am in the company of a dog, whether this dog is my Alex or any of the dogs staying with us, I feel happy, peaceful, and safe. My first dog, Casey, taught me how to say, mi amor, my love, in Spanish. This was something that I never thought I could ever say because to me, those two words in Spanish, have always had a tremendous amount of significance as well as a high degree of intimacy. The first time I told Casey, “mi amor,” I had to make sure that those two words came out of my mouth. Wow! It was me. He was my very first teacher. How can I not love dogs? They all, in one way or another, have taught me and continue to teach me so much about life, love, new beginnings, forgiveness, etc.
Thanks a million for the nomination. Alex is getting a special treat tonight.
Posted in Breeds, Dogs, Humor, Outings, Walking
Tagged Animal, Dog, Pet, Recreation, spanish, teacher, United States
I always thought that Roxy would always be the smallest dog I’d ever have the opportunity to pet sit, but boy was I wrong. The new title goes to Gir, a min pin.
Gir and Alex
By the way, the reason why they are both sitting on that particular spot is because there is a vent to the side, and you get all the heat from it if you stand right where they are both posing. Smart doggies. Ok. Alex is posing, Gir is just eyeing that bone.
I had to convince Gir that after I took the pictures he could have that bone all to himself in order to get him to cooperate for this picture.
Gir and Alex
Aha! I finally got both of them to look my way. I’ve always thought of Alex as a medium-size dog except for today. She looks huge next to Gir and Roxy. I love to see dogs of different breeds, sizes, personalities, etc. They are all so amazing.