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How To Live With A High Energy Dog

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Many of the pictures I post of Abby happened to be of her sleeping the day away, but what I failed to mention is that my sweet Abby is a high energy dog, and in order to get her tired I have to do different things.  Ironic, after my Alex was gone, I was seriously thinking about getting a senior dog.  Instead, I got Abby.

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These are some of the things I do to get her tired:

  • Walking – depending on the dog’s age, weight, health, etc., it could be anything from 30+ minutes.  When the weather gets too cold we do shorter walks
  • Running – I get on my bike and she runs right alongside me.  It takes time to teach a dog how to do this, but it’s worth it
  • Kayaking – when the weather gets warm, we take her with us kayaking.  And yes, she does wear a flotation device
  • Shopping – yes, you read it right.  There are stores that do allow dogs.  The ones we usually visit are: Home Depot, PetSmart, Pets Unlimited, Christmas Tree Shop, etc.  This is great when the weather is either too hot or too cold to walk outside
  • Behavior and Training – I am starting to teach her how to sit without saying anything or making any hand signals.  Only eye contact

If you do not fulfill your dog’s needs, he will drive you crazy, and chances are that he will end up back in a shelter and/or a breeder.  Having a canine companion is a lot of responsibility, but who says it can’t be fun too!

Merry Christmas 2018

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Prince, “I am so tired. Please turn off the light for me.  Thanks!”

We waited until after midnight to go to bed in order to wish each other Merry Christmas, but our canine companions were ready to go to bed already so we followed Prince’s example, and it was lights out for my pack.

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Abby, “Moms, could we our breakfast and presents already?  Please!”

This morning, my impatient girl, Abby, was eagerly waiting for breakfast and presents in the form of treats.  Prince, on the other hand, was a lot more casual about it.  We wish you a Merry Christmas to all of you!

Spring And 4th Nor’easter – Stoughton, MA

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Abby, “Moms, I love the snow.  I am using my ears as wings.  Weeee!”

Today, Tuesday, is the first day of Spring, but you wouldn’t know it since we still have snow on the ground, and tomorrow we’re expecting our 4th nor’easter.  What will Abby be doing?  Playing in the snow, of course!

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While Abby will be having a blast playing in the snow tomorrow, other dogs prefer to nap in a comfortable bed with a blanket or two.

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Abby and Champagne (L to R).  Champagne, “Will I be getting a treat any time soon?”

And then there are those, like Abby and Champagne, that prefer to “help” in the kitchen and be Cynthia’s sous chefs.  Regardless of what you decide to do tomorrow, please be safe and keep yourself and your furry kids warm.

Massachusetts And Our Furry Kids Bracing For Another Nor’easter

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Jack, “Keep up with me”.

Since we have a storm coming to MA today, we got our morning walk done, and of course Jack seemed to be in a hurry to do so.

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Jack and Louis, “This is how we wait for another Nor’easter”.

Yes, Jack and Louis certainly do not seem worried at all.  If only we could be more like our canine companions, right?  If you need to be outside, be safe.

Our Night Time Oral Care Routine

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Champagne and Abby (Left to Right)

Brushing your dog’s teeth is very important for your overall canine companion’s health.  Because of that I do my best – I do forget once in a while – to brush her teeth every night.

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My tools.

Yes, each doggie has her own toothbrush and toothpaste.

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Abby, “Am I first?”

I always make sure that I place them in a spot that they are not to move from in order to maintain order in my pack and safeguard my sanity.  Abby, next to me, since she will be my first “patient”, and Champagne, patiently waiting for her turn.

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Abby, “Mom, wait”.

Abby is already used to getting her teeth brushed in the morning, and before going to bed.  Although you’d never know it from looking at the above picture.

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My next victim, I mean patient was Champagne, a beautiful Pit Bull.  She is very comfortable having me put my fingers in her mouth.

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If you are asking yourself, “How did she get such compliant doggies?”  Well, magic.  No, really, I used treats.  At the beginning, most dogs will take some time to adjust to you brushing his teeth, but as time goes by you’ll be able to do it in a matter of minutes.  With that in mind, do you brush your dog’s teeth?

Abby And Her First Northeastern

Abby, “Mom, did you hear that?”

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Since the weather was terrible, to say the least, Abby volunteered to help me put our laundry away.  Oh, she was also on guard duty, as you can see.

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Abby, “Mom, this is not folded properly”.

To be quite honest, I don’t know how much help Abby really was, but I know that she always tries her best to help me out with chores at home.

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Abby, “Mom, I am so tired.  Helping you takes a lot out of me”.

I know, I know.  I shouldn’t work Abby so hard.  Let’s keep in mind that she volunteered to help me out.  Enjoy your weekend!

 

Happy Holidays 2017

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Abby, “Mom, you are doing it wrong!”

I can’t believe 2017 is almost over.  Time certainly flies and December is usually a blur.  Some of us, ok some of them, like Abby and Cynthia will be busy decorating.

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Others will be traveling to spend these holidays with family.

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Abby, “Moms, stop hugging me”.

We, like many others, will be spending our time with cute but ungrateful children like Abby.  Why ungrateful?  She wanted to pose for the picture without being hugged.

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Abby, “Mom, hurry up!”

Some, those with adventurous souls, will be traveling with their furry kids.  Why not?  Let’s add a little more stress to the trip.  Isn’t that what makes life interesting?

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Abby, “I am posing and looking straight at the camera. Do I get more treats than Champagne?”

Yes, then there are those that prefer to hang out with friends rather than family like our Abby.  But I can’t blame her.  Champagne is an amazing pit bull.  Regardless of how you plan to celebrate these holidays, enjoy yourself and the time you have with your loved us.  That time is priceless.