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Dinner – Chicken, Rice, and Mashed Potatoes

mp1After reading about what goes in the making of kibble, I decided that it’d be best to feed Alex a combination of human food and kibble with the former making up most of her diet.  In Ecuador, where I am originally from, when I was a kid our pets were fed scraps and I don’t ever remember anybody saying, “My dog has allergies,” but that is a topic for another post.

Anyway, tonight I cooked some chicken in the oven for us.  I did season my portion, 1 chicken leg with Adobo, while leaving Alex’s portion unseasoned.

mp2 I mixed 1/4 cup of kibble, white rice, mashed potatoes, and chicken with no bones.  The mashed potatoes did have a little bit of salt.  When she saw me putting this together she was in the kitchen with me as if asking, “Is that for me?”  Yes, this is for you Alex.

mp3Once all the ingredients were mixed, I served it to Alex.  She, to my delight, inhaled the food.  I love when she eats.  Once she finished, she did what she does every single night.

mp4She waited for me to finish doing dishes so I can brush her teeth, which is followed by Alex getting a dental treat.  Between you and me, I think she hangs around the kitchen just so she can get that treat.  The good thing about this routine of hers is that it reminds me that I have to brush her teeth.  Smart girl.

Blizzard 2015 – Really?

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Well, I really thought that Maryland was going to get hit pretty bad with this storm, but we dodged the bullet, and I am so glad.  I was worried to be quiet honest, but Alex, on the other hand, was cool like a cucumber.  When I took her out, I think she was just happy to be out and did not seem to have a care in the world.

blizzard20152Aside from taking Alex for short walks, during Winter I do my best to make sure that I always have chicken soup cooked and ready for my girl.  She seems to enjoy it specially when she gets it as part of her morning and evening meal.  Don’t forget to exercise your canine companions, but please bundle up, both you and your furry kid, make the walks short, and be safe.

Alex’s Visit to The Vet And Dealing With Stress

Last week, I took Alex to the vet so she can get some vaccines and since I know my girl gets very stressed out every time we go I decided to approach this visit a little different than usual.

This is how Alex and I approached this vet’s visit:

  • I asked for the first appointment at 9am as to minimize the amount of barking dogs Alex would be able to hear
  • I gave her breakfast after the vet visit was done.  Some dogs toss their cookies when they are fed and not long after that are exposed to too much excitement, stimulus, people, etc.
  • Once we got to the vet’s office, I parked my clunker and took her for a 1/2 hr. walk.  This helped decrease some of her anxiety
  • Before the vet saw Alex, she got on a scale to get her weight.  I used treats and training commands such as, sit, stay, wait to get her to stay on the scale
  • Once the vet and vet tech came in, I saw that Alex was anxious so I started by getting her attention by calling her name and giving her treats

vetvisit1I was really surprised and quite pleased with our last vet visit because although she showed signs of being stressed, they were on a lower scale, and it was easier for the vet and her vet tech to do their job.

Once we got home, I took her to the back, our deck, brushed and wiped her, and after that she went straight to her bed while I was making breakfast.  Cynthia took the above and below pictures a couple of minutes after Alex went to bed.

So tired

So tired

Something else that surprised me was that she ate a big breakfast: chicken soup, 1/2 cup, and kibble, 1 cup.  For Alex, my picky girl, that is a lot, but she ate everything.  All our previous visits to the vet were followed by Alex eating very little if nothing at all.  What did my girl do after having such a big breakfast?  She went back to bed.  Lights out moms.

The 3 Musketeers On The Road To Michigan

Cynthia, Alex, and I haven’t been on a road trip for what feels like a long time, so we decided to take some time off and go to visit family in Michigan.

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We left from Maryland around noon and unlike other times I was not stressed out for I told myself that this would be a trip that I’d truly enjoy with my 2 amazing girls.  Alex wore a seat belt made for dogs, not seen in this picture, since it is never a good idea to travel with a dog unrestrained.  Does she look tired?

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Were you expecting to see picture of people?  I know, me too, but dogs are always much more interesting to me than any other being so with that in mind let me introduce to you Alex’s cousin, Hazel.  Hazel is a Shepherd mix of almost 3 years old.  She is very loving with people and dogs and she was madly in love with Alex.

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Ok., now here’s the picture of our family.  Alex got tired of posing so she decided to leave.  I think we were a little too loud for her.  What a picky girl.  Hazel got scared of the camera and since we wanted a picture of all of us together we went outside to take another picture.  This time with Hazel in it, of course.

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All right, now we are all together, except that Alex did not care to pose for this picture.  My daughter is a bit of a diva I guess.

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It was fun visiting family and we hope to see them in the near future.  Oh, before I forget, Alex, my picky eater, decided not to eat any kibble and only had the chicken soup I took with us.  She lost some weight, but you know what?  The same night we got home she ate 1 cup of her kibble, yes, the same kibble she did not touch during our trip, and 1/2 cup of chicken soup.  Yes, she likes her routine along with her own bed and human food.  Oh my beautiful picky daughter.