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Socializing Your Dog With Other Dogs

social1As a child growing up in Ecuador with a menagerie of animals, dogs were our constant companions.  I grew up in a small village by the sea and for us to see a dog being walked on a leash was something very weird.  Socializing dogs?  We didn’t know what that meant.

Once I got my first dog, a challenging handsome staffie, and started to go to training classes, I realized that dogs getting along with other dogs, socializing, was something a lot of dogs have difficulty doing.  I also figured out that many pet parents didn’t know how to properly socialize their dogs.

social2When a dog stays with us, I send pictures to the pet parent so he can see his furry kid.  A couple of years ago I had a pet parent say to me, “You sent me a picture of my dog sitting right next to another dog.  How did you do that?  She doesn’t like to sit next to other dogs.”  I was surprised by what she said.  A couple of other pet parents also said similar things.

How did I do it?  I made sure that they had plenty of exercise, structure, discipline, and boundaries.  For some dogs, being next to another dog, like the above picture is close to impossible.  If you don’t know how to work with your dog, do what I did years and years ago, find a trainer that can help you understand and learn about dogs.  Living with a dog should be enjoyable, not stressful.

Belated Happy New Year 2015

2015This was the first year we were not home.  Instead we went to Boston to visit family and did a little sightseeing while there.  As you can see, Alex could care less about the ducks around her.

20152It was funny to see Alex totally uninterested in all the real ducks around her, but once she saw these “fake” ducks she couldn’t help herself and she had to go and meet them.  As you can see, she is meeting them the polite way, the doggie way.  How?  By sniffing the tush.

20153Alex even posed with them.  She was such a good girl.  By the way, because it was so cold that day, we were out for about 20-30 minutes only.  We parked very close so we went back to the car and headed to get some food.

20154We could take Alex pretty much anywhere dogs are allowed because she is used to so many things, including horses.  We saw a policeman on a horse, but I was hesitant about asking him for a picture so we kept walking.  When Alex was a puppy I took her everywhere so that as an adult dog she would be comfortable in different situations and areas.  Belated happy new year 2015!

Packing With The Help Of My Canine Companions

IMG_6671This is Alex contibution to our move: sleep like a baby.  Since I know that dogs love routine, I am doing my best to keep things as usual specially when it comes to walks.

2tired1Bella also enjoys her bed, but many times she hangs out by the sliding doors in our eat-in kitchen.  Bella’s contribution: guard dog.

Our move to Boston is getting closer and closer, therefore I am going to enjoy the time I have here in Maryland.  I am certainly going to miss our house, and the amazing dogs and pet parents I met during the past few years.

Introducing Dieter, A Cute Vizsla


This is Dieter, a 2 1/2 year old Vizsla.  When he is in his bed, he looks smaller than Alex.  He was asleep, but woke up when he saw the flash.  I know, I know, I should have let him sleep, but he is too cute not to photograph.


Alex is so used to us taking pictures that not even the flash of the camera faces her anymore.  This is what they look like after our morning walk, relaxed and a little tired.


I guess Dieter lost interest in the flash from the camera so he is about to fall asleep.  In a couple of minutes, breakfast time.

A Lazy Sunday Afternoon


Alex, enjoying a well deserved nap.  I envy her.  I have very sensitive ears and even though I am asleep I can hear almost everything that is going on around me.  But look at Alex.  She is out like a light.


Oliver, a Lhasa Apso, is our guard dog.  He is the first one to bark when he hears something going on around the house.


Walter, an Aussie, was the only one awake, but within 5 minutes he was also out like a light.  Enjoy this beautiful Sunday afternoon with your loved ones.

Walking Your Dog In Cold Weather



It was supposed to be 20 degrees today here in Maryland, but when we went out to walk with Alex it felt more like -5.  If you are planning to walk your dog in cold weather, please make sure you bundle her up, you too of course, and make the walk a little shorter than usual.

Alex, "I can't believe you took me out for a walk in this horrible cold weather."

Alex, “I can’t believe you took me out for a walk in this horrible cold weather.”

As the picture clearly shows, Alex was not very happy with our walk, but on my defense I’d like to say that we took a shorter walk than usual.  Talk about an ungrateful canine child.

Alex, "Fine, I'll pose for the picture since I feel more like a popsicle than a dog."

Alex, “Fine, I’ll pose for the picture since I feel more like a popsicle than a dog.”

To my amazement, Alex actually posed for this picture.  But I was thinking that it was because she was so cold that she did not want to move at all.  I took all these pictures as soon as we got back home.

Alex, "Mom, I know what you are going to say to me, I am your mother, I command you."

Alex, “Mom, I know what you are going to say to me, I am your mother, I command you.”

Wow!  A total of 4 pictures and I did not have to chase after her for that.  Do take your dog for a walk, but please remember that they also need a sweater or jacket in this unforgiving cold weather.  My suggestion for both human and canine alike would be the following: bundle up, walk fast, ok., walk really fast, shorter walks, hydrate after the walk and turn up that heater full blast once you get home.  Enjoy your walks.

Roxy, A Beautiful Pomeranian

Roxy stayed with us this past weekend and Cynthia did her best to take pictures of them, but as many of you pet parents know many times our subjects are not very cooperative.

Roxy falling asleep

Roxy falling asleep

Sienna about to fall asleep

Sienna about to fall asleep

The above two pictures is a perfect example of what happens after a nice long walk and feeding.  No cooperation from these canine kids.

Sienna n Roxy3

Do you know how I got them to look awake and alert?  I showed them a treat and that helped.  Yes, I know I had to bribe them, but I wanted to take a picture of both of them.

Sienna aka Super Girl

Sienna aka Super Girl