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Mental Health, Self-Quarantine And Dogs

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Dexter, “Please turn the lights off!”

A few of you, I can imagine, are experiencing cabin fever, but I may be one of those lucky few that don’t feel that way.  Yes, your mental health could and may be affected due to the executive order by Governor Larry Hogan to stay at home, but having a dog can make the difference between keeping your sanity or going bonkers.

So with that being said, aside from my usual advice of going for walks, I’d also recommend taking naps.  Lots of naps!  Stay home, stay safe!

Abby’s Trip To Canada – Part 1 of 2 (Montreal)

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Abby, “Mom, hurry up!  We need to get on the road before it gets dark!”

It’s been a while since I’ve posted on this blog, but lots of things happened the last few months that kept me busy: my mom fell down and had to have surgery; Cynthia’s mom passed away; my mom stayed with us for a while; a few doggies stayed vacationing with us; and Abby, of course, helped out big time.  Because of that, we decided to take a well deserved vacation.  Where did Abby go?  Montreal, Canada.  By the way, we left at 1pm so I don’t know why she was so concerned about leaving before it got dark.  Drama queen!

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Abby, “Mom, let’s cross the street now.  Come on!”

So, where was Abby, in the above picture? The Latin Quarter, Montreal.  After breakfast, we headed out the door to do some sightseeing, take pictures, and enjoy ourselves.

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Abby, “Mom, I am so tired!  Thanks for dinner.  Good night.”

Our days in Canada were certainly enjoyable, but by the end of the day we were all really tired, and Abby was the first one to get in bed.  Smart girl.

 

 

Memorial Day 2019

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Today we honor those who died in military service, but I also want to remember those dogs that so bravely served our country, and the families that made the ultimate sacrifice and that still remember those long gone, but never forgotten.  Thank you.

Happy Thanksgiving 2018

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Abby, “Moms, I will guard our food with my life!”

Abby looked so serious sitting by our table, that I couldn’t resist taking her picture.

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Yes, Abby had a nice helping of our food and she inhaled it.  Because most of Abby’s diet is made up of human food, there was not danger of her getting an upset stomach.  Happy Thanksgiving to all of you, your furry kids, and family!

Siesta Time And Dogs

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Alex, Bella, and Josie (L to R)

Regardless of the size or breed of dog I’ve taken care of, one thing I’ve realized they all love to do is nap.  We, humans, sometimes feel guilty of taking a nap, yours truly is one of those, but as time goes by I am starting to feel less and less guilty.

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Some dogs like Josie, the one by the sliding dogs, love to nap while getting a bit of sun, while others, like Bella, prefer a mix of a carpet and a cool floor.  My point is, let’s learn from our canine companions and take a nap without any guilt!

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!

 

By The Sweat of Your Brow You Will Eat

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Abby, “Mom, give my food now.”

When I was a kid, my mom used to say over and over again, “By the sweat of your brow you will eat,” and I had absolutely no clue what she was talking about.  In my defense, I was 6 years old at that time.  Anyway, now I understand what she meant and this is something that also applies to our canine companions.  By the way, do you see that pair of socks on the floor?  I left them there on purpose.  Why?  So Abby can go and play with them and I can correct her.  She won’t learn unless she makes mistakes.

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Abby, “Mom, you have my undivided attention.”

Notice the distance between Abby and me, but remember that she has been with us for almost 2 months so this was not an overnight thing.  I started with very little distance and now I’ve increased it.  The hand signal is for her to stay and this is why Basic Training is important.  Look at Abby’s eye contact.  Perfect!

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Abby, “Oh boy, when will I eat?”

Now is a good time to feed her.  I started by feeding her in her kennel and then outside the kennel.  Next time I’ll post what she does prior to sitting pretty like that.  Why?  Because she goes bananas and she has learned that she will not eat until she is calm.  As you can see, Abby does work for her food, or should I say sweat?  And just so we are clear, this is a combination of behavior and training.  We still have a lot of work ahead of us, but little by little we are getting there.  Do you make your dog work for his food?  If so, how?  Enjoy your weekend.