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!
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!
We are currently looking to add another canine companion to our family, but we are being patient about it because it has to be the right fit for us specially for our Abby.
If you decide to add another dog to your family, make sure that you consider the following: age, gender, breed, and temperament. As long as the introduction of the new dog is done properly, you will enjoy having multiple dogs at home. Wish us luck on our search of another canine companion and stay safe!
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.
When I was a child living in Ecuador, dogs, as well as a menagerie of animals that belonged to my grandmother, were part of my every day life. What I didn’t know then was how important dogs would be in my life and how much they would teach me about love, patience, determination, and so much more.
My love affair with dogs started with a funny looking dog that belonged to my mom. His name was Bambino and although my sister said that he was ugly, to me he was a handsome dog. I’d take him for walks; pick him up and cuddle him like a baby; and take him to the beach. One day a dog attacked him and severed his spine so my mom had to put him down. My whole family cried. But, and this did surprised me, although he was not my dog I was heartbroken. So much so that I made a promise to myself, “I will never get another dog because I don’t want to have my heart broken, period.”
Alex, Sarris and Dexter, “Are we eating any time soon?”
10 long years went by and I kept my promise, but this changed on a trip to Ecuador. Cynthia felt in love with a puppy that we named Casey, and although I tried to dissuade her from taking this tiny ball of fur with us she would not budge, and so my love affair with dogs resumed. I am not going to lie, I’ve had my heart broken multiple times since then, and I’ve felt the loss of all those canine companions I met along the way, both the ones that were mine and those that belonged to my clients, but you know what? The only thing I regret is waiting 10 years to get a dog. Funny, or ironic, depending on how you look at it. I’d rather go through the pain that I know I will face every time I lose a dog rather than not having one in my life.
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.
Dexter, Bella, and Alex (L to R). This was the last time Dexter stayed with us.
We met Dexter, a very handsome Boxer mix, about 2 years ago during a pack walk in Annapolis, MD and the impression I got of him was that he was a quiet and gentle boy and you know what? I was right.
Dexter stayed with us for almost 3 weeks this time, and I was glad that we had all that time with him before he and his mom moved to Phoenix. Will I miss him? Yes, I will miss him dearly, but I hope that he does not miss us at all. Leave that to us. I want him to be happy. That is what I want and wish for all the dogs that stay with us.
I don’t board a lot of dogs at one time because I want to provide the care, attention, love, exercise, and so many other things that a kennel facility is not able to do. The only bad thing about it is that I end up falling in love with all these beautiful dogs, but I don’t regret it. Have a wonderful life our sweet, handsome, gentle Dexter and may your life be full of love, peace, and a lot of treats. We love you, always.
Bella, Alex, and Dexter (L – R) Alex and Dexter to Bella, “Wow! Something smells delicious.”
I had no idea what Alex and Dexter were smelling, but Bella was certainly not using her cute little nose.
Alex, “I’d love to eat whatever is that that smells amazing. Bella, “I still can’t smell anything.”
On Bella’s defense, she supposedly is part bull dog and they have a hard time using their nose.
Bella, “Oh, ok., now I can smell it.”
I wanted to lighten up the mood a little bit since my last post, See You Bailey, made a few people cry, and that was not my intention, but a million thanks to those that took the time to read it and empathize with we. Happy Hump Day!
When we first met Dexter, a handsome boxer mix, I thought that he was a high energy dog, but I was wrong. Dexter is actually a medium-level energy dog. Why am I talking about this? Because your level of energy and that of your future or current dog is very important in order to make the right match. Dexter does well, during Summer, with a 30-40 minute walk in the morning, and evening, and a small break around noon for 15 minutes. But, when Winter comes, he needs longer walks. The first few days, when he comes to stay with us, I walk Dexter the most because he has an abundance of energy, but as days go by I have to use Bella for longer walksn because this handsome boy starts to walk behind me rather than next to me.
Also, remember that as dogs age their level of energy will decrease. Alex, my pit mix, so far has been the dog with the highest energy level. If she were a human being, she’d probably be classified as hyperactive in her younger years. Well, it only took 10 years for Alex to calm down. How would you classify your dog’s energy level? Have a great week.