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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.

Decorating A Christmas Tree With Doggies

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Abby, “Mom, listen to me, move it a bit higher”.

This year – for the very first time – we decided to include Abby and Champagne in the decoration of our Christmas tree.  Abby, as you can see, took the job of decorator very serious and was micromanaging Cynthia’s every move.

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Champagne, “Excuse me, I need to see some ID”.

Champagne, the beautiful pit bull, was our security guard.  While on guard duty, she found an intruder.  Oh, never mind, that’s Abby.

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Being on guard duty really got Champagne tired.  Not to worry, both Abby and Champagne were handsomely rewarded with treats for a hard day’s work.

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Abby was exhausted too so it was lights out for her.

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And this was the end result.  I’d venture to say that decorating with doggies was a good idea after all.  What will you be doing to include your doggies during these holidays?

Happy 12th Birthday Alex

12years1Yesterday, my beautiful Alex turned 12 and we decided to celebrate her birthday by taking pictures and having some cake.  Alex wasn’t interested in posing for pictures because all she wanted to do was kiss her sister.  Look at Bella’s face.

12years2Bella decided to hide from Alex because she did not want to stop her lovefest.  Either that, or Bella just did not want to be photographed.

12years3Cynthia made that cake for Alex, and as you can see Alex was impatiently waiting for her piece of cake.  She was probably thinking, “Hurry up, please, and give me some cake.”  Happy birthday my beautiful girl.

CEFNI by Sara Jane

I usually don’t collaborate with other bloggers when it comes to writing a post because what I write is based on my experiences, education, and point of view, but this time I made an exception because this has to do with rescuing dogs, so here it goes:

My names is Sara Jane, I volunteer for a wonderful German Shepherd rescue charity called Cefni and Alex has been kind enough to let me tell her followers a little bit about our charity. We aim to prevent dogs from being taken to pounds where they face being put to sleep within seven days of entry. We work with a range of animal shelters to allow us to help dogs throughout the whole of the UK and Northern Ireland, but we need you.

To enable us to help as many dogs as possible we need dog lovers everywhere to spread the word. This is why I have started to write a blog for Cefni.  The page is in its early stages but will include top tips about keeping your dog happy and healthy, interesting snippets of information for fact junkies and most importantly regular updates on dogs that are currently look for homes. All we need you to do is follow the blog and share it with as many people as you can; post it on facebook, email it to all your friends or like Alex, ping me a comment and give me a chance to reach your blog readers with posts like this.

If you are really passionate about joining our ranks there are many ways you can get involved from fostering a dog while we look for its forever home, to designing products and merchandise we can sell to raise charity funds.

For more information please visit my blog:

 http://cefnigermanshepherdrescue.wordpress.com/how-can-you-get-involved/

To finish I’d like to tell you a few of our success stories. Duke’s pet parent, contacted Cefni because she was having major issues with him and was looking for Duke to be rehomed. German Shepherds are amazing creatures but without the correct guidance they are very often misunderstood. Duke’s owner agreed to join Cefni training classes with Duke while we looked for a new home for him, after some months training she decided to keep Duke at her home forever. This story illustrates one of the many ways Cefni can help German Shepherds stay in happy family homes.

Max came to us at just three years old, he was very adorable and hug, a big baby, everyone who came into contact with him instantly fell in love. However months later he was still in our care, this can happen when a dog is very large. Sometimes, like Max, dogs stay with us for many months out of no fault of their own. For this reason we try to put dogs in foster homes while we look for their permanent home, even the best kennels can be very stressful, if prolonged this can physiologically damage even the calmest dog. In the end Max charmed his way into the heart of his forever owner who now believes bigger is always better even when you’re talking about a large breed like German Shepherds.

Happy Holidays – 2013

xmas2013On Christmas eve, it started to snow, but it stopped after about 1/2 hour and it melted as soon as it made contact with the ground.  Even like that, I was happy because I had Cynthia and Alex at home with me.

xmas20132On Christmas day, Chrissy, Alex’s cousin, arrived with family and spent a couple of days with us.  Alex, to my dismay, was pretty active during that time, but on the day they were due to go back home my girl slept most of the day.  I think she was exhausted.

xmas20133What did she do the next day?  Slept some more.  Happy Holidays to you and your family and may the new year bring health, peace, love, happiness, and prosperity.

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.

The Aftermath of Introducing a New Dog to Our Pack

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We got Walter, Alex, and Dexter, (from left to right), to pose while I held a treat and Cynthia took this picture

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Walter and Dexter are getting along great.  The nice long walk I use to introduce a new dog to our pack is worth it, and I’d recommend it to any pet parent adding a new dog to her family.

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They got tired of posing for Cynthia and decided that their time was better spent sleeping.

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All my canine companions hanging out together in the dining room area.  Do you know what I still cannot figure out?  Why do they hang out around this area when they all have comfortable beds?  Go figure!

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By the way, Walter is Alex’s new boyfriend.  Regardless of the breed of dog, making the right introduction is paramount if you want a peaceful home.  Have a great weekend and enjoy your furry kids.