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My Love Affair With All My Canine Companions

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Alex, Sarris, and Dexter (Left to Right)

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.”

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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.

Christmas is Coming – Is That The Mailman?

presents2014Just 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! presents2014 (2)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.

Have A Great Life Handsome Dexter

Dexter, Bella, and Alex (L to R)

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.

chao2I 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.

Happy Hump Day

Bella, Alex, and Dexter (L - R) Alex and Dexter to Bella, "Wow!  Something smells delicious."

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."

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."

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!

Dexter’s Energy Level

Dexter, Bella, and Alex (L to R)

Dexter, Bella, and Alex (L to R)

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. 

dexenergy2Also, 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.  

 

Guard Dogs Sleeping On The Job?

After our morning walk, Alex, a pit bull/Dogo Argentine mix, and Dexter, a boxer mix, were brushed and wiped, and because the weather was so nice we stayed hanging out on the deck for a little while.

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I like to brush them and wipe them after our walk not only because I like my house and dogs clean, but also because it relaxes them as you can see in the above picture.  If they were guard dogs, check out Alex already asleep, my girl would have been the first one to be fired.  But, they are not guard dogs, but rather part of our family and for many of us our canine children.

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I did have high hopes for Dexter since he was the only one awake, but within minutes, though honestly speaking I think it was seconds, he was out like a light just like my girl, Alex.  These two beautiful specimens are the perfect example of what guard dogs should not be doing: sleeping on the job.

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Our Canine Christmas Eve Guests

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Jupiter, a good-looking boxer is staying with us for a couple of days and he was kind enough to pose for some of these pictures.  All of them, Alex, Jupiter, and Roxy, of course, did this because we promised to … Continue reading