There’s research that shows that dogs do sense our moods and behavior, even smell our emotional state. I’ve learned this from personal experience from our dogs: Casey, Alex, Bella and Abby.
Casey, a Staffie, would sit perfectly still next to me when I got angry. Funny, one time I told Cynthia that I wasn’t angry, but Casey sold me out. Traitor! Alex, a pit bull mix, would get close to me and shiver. Bella, a pit bull mix, would try to make herself small. And Abby, a Beagle/Bulldog mix, runs toward me and with a concern look on her face looks me in the eyes.
Dogs are amazing teachers, and living with them gives us the opportunity to live a balanced and healthy life. Do you think your dog senses your moods/emotions?
Posted in Annapolis, MD, Breeds, Crofton, MD, dog trainer, Dogs
Tagged Anxiety, behavior modification, Family, Health, home, life, Pit bulls
My Alex. A Pitbull mix.
Looking at pictures of my Alex and the dogs that we’ve taken care of throughout the years filled me with nostalgia and gratitude. Alex lived 13 years and she was the most amazing dog ever, and although when we lost her we were devastated, I wouldn’t trade the time we had with her for anything in this world.
Maggie and Alex (Left to Right). A Rottweiler and a Pitbull
When I look at the pictures of Alex, Maggie and so many other dogs, yes I feel a little sad because they are no longer with us, but more than anything I feel joy. Some pictures also make me laugh because they bring back funny memories. And with that being said, I would ask you, who said nostalgia is a bad thing?
Posted in Breeds, Crofton, MD, dog trainer, Dogs, Outings, Walking
Tagged Annapolis Maryland, canine companions, Crofton, MD, dog behavior, Family, pitbull, rottweiler
I know, I know. I am always a big advocate on walking your dog, but you also need to give her enough time to relax and recuperate. Add to that a nice comfortable bed and a blanket, and your dog will be in doggie heaven. Enjoy your weekend!
Posted in Breeds, dog trainer, Dogs, senior dogs, Training, Walking
Tagged asleep, Beabull, Beagle, Bulldog, dog bed, dog boarding, Family, pit bull
These are just a few of the reasons why you should foster a dog:
- A dog will enrich and make your life much more fun and interesting
- You will give this dog the opportunity to socialize with people, and perhaps even other dogs and animals in your home
- By providing a temporary home, you’ll ease his transition to, hopefully, his forever home in the future
Fostering a dog has many challenges, but the difference you’ll make on that dog’s life will be priceless! Talk to a few organizations in your area and find out more about what fostering a dog entails.
Posted in Breeds, dog trainer, Dogs, foster dogs, senior dogs, Training
Tagged behavior modification, Family, foster dogs, foster parents, french bulldogs, Pit bulls, shelter dogs
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.
Others will be traveling to spend these holidays with family.
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.
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?
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.
Posted in Breeds, Dogs, Humor, senior dogs, Training
Tagged Beagle, Christmas, dog behavior, dog boarding, Family, Holidays, Pit bulls
Yesterday, 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.
Bella 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.
Cynthia 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.
Posted in Breeds, Dog Equipment, Dogs, foster dogs, Humor, Nutrition, Training, Walking
Tagged Birthday, cake, canines, celebration, Family, lovefest, photos, senior dogs
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:
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.
Posted in Breeds, Dog Equipment, Dogs, foster dogs, Humor, Nutrition, Training, Walking
Tagged basic training, cefni, Family, foster dogs, GSD
On 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.
On 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.
What 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.
Posted in Breeds, Dog Equipment, Dogs, Humor, Nutrition, Outings, senior dogs, Walking
Tagged Christmas, Christmas and holiday season, dogs, Family, Holidays, Home Alone, newyear
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Posted in Breeds, Dog Equipment, Dogs, Humor, Nutrition, Outings, Walking
Tagged Chicken soup, diva, dogs, Family, Maryland, Michigan, road trip, seatbealt