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Dogs And Our Moods And Behavior

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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?

Fall 2018 And Your Canine Companions

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The above picture of Champagne is exactly how I felt this past Summer: hot, bothered, and anxiously waiting for better weather.  And you know what?  My wish came true and here’s Fall!  We’ve had rain and a lot of cloudy days lately here in Stoughton, MA but I can’t complain about the weather because it’s been very pleasant with a few sunny days.

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So, what’s Abby been up to?  She’s been taking her usual walks – no longer very early in the morning – and lots of sleeping in her comfortable and warm bed.  What a hard life my girl has, right?  Anyway, enjoy this weather and don’t forget to walk your doggies.

TGIF – Siesta Time

tgif1Around 1pm, I took Alex and her canine companions out for a short walk around the neighborhood.  When we were a couple of minutes away from home, it started to rain so we had to hurry up since I did not want them to get wet.  After I dried them, they had a nice snack and went to bed.

tgif2Even Bella, who has boundless energy, was tired after our walk so she decided to follow suit and take a well deserved nap.  What a great way to start this weekend.

Thanksgiving 2013

txs2013For some odd reason I keep typing 2014 rather than 2013.  Boy, talk about being ahead of time.  Anyway, I hope all of you had a great Thanksgiving along with your furry children and family.

txs20133One thing we always do during Thanksgiving is take a lot of pictures.  One year we failed to do so and the following year was not a very good one.  We took so many pictures and only one came out pretty good.  Most of them looked like the above photo.

txs20134After we finished our Thanksgiving dinner, we fed Alex a nice portion of turkey, Cynthia took the most inner part of the turkey that did not have any seasoning, and mixed it with her kibble, and you know what?  That girl inhaled her food.  By the way, do not feed your dog turkey, chicken, pork, etc., in large quantities.  The only reason Alex got a nice helping of turkey is because I mix her kibble with human food on a regular basis, lately 1/2 kibble 1/2 human food so she is used to it and I always make sure that there is no seasoning added to her food.  Alex, in the above picture, got inpatient and was leaving because Cynthia was taking too long to put the turkey away.

txs20135Of course she made a U-turn when she saw Cynthia getting ready to put away the turkey for she wanted to “help” her with this task.  What a helpful child.  Can you see how attentive she is?  We had a great Thanksgiving because we were all toghether and we hope all of you did the same.

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.

Happy 11th Birthday Our Beautiful Alex

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Alex turned 11 on May 5th, but because we had company we had to celebrate it on Monday.  In the morning, for breakfast, I made Alex some stir-fry which she inhaled mixed with her kibble.  In the afternoon, after she napped, we went to Petco and got some cupcakes, and a Nylabone.

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Once we got home, Cynthia was trying to place Alex and the cupcakes properly for a picture, and since I am the worst photographer ever, as you can see when you see this picture, I just took picture after picture while Cynthia was sighing with desperation.

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I don’t think Alex cared to pose for pictures so I sat next to her and the first thing she wanted to do, of course, was eat all the cupcakes.

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We, then, agreed that Alex could be trusted with the cupcakes, although between you and me if we had turned our backs to her she’d probably would have eaten all of them, and so Cynthia took this picture.

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For some reason, Alex found the lighter quite interesting as you can see by the way she is looking at it.  No, Alex, this lighter is not food.

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We finished by taking a family portrait.  Alex’s torture was over, and she finally got to eat some cupcakes to her heart’s content.  Happy Birthday Alex!

Roxy, My Little Shadow

Roxy, a beautiful Pomeranian, is staying with us this weekend.  To say that she is my little shadow would be an understatement.  Remember Frasier, the TV show?  Frasier was living with his father, Martin, and his father’s dog, Eddie.  For some odd, crazy reason Eddie was fascinated with Frasier and would stare at him for long periods of time.  Well, Roxy also does that.  Sometimes she just sits close to me and stares at me.  I wonder, just like Frasier did, do I look like a giant kibble?

Roxy, "where are you going?"

Roxy, “where are you going?”

Can you see the leash?  The last time she was here, I had to go and run some errands so she stayed with Cynthia and Alex at home and we had to put a leash on her so she would not bolt out the door after me.  Cynthia took this picture.

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According to Cynthia, Roxy stayed waiting for me for a while on this spot.  When I got back home she greeted me with her usual barking, running around me, and jumping.  I had to laugh because she is so tiny and adorable.  What a wonderful welcome I received from Roxy.

My Original Pack

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We’ve had different dogs for the past 5 weeks stay with us without a break, and during that time Alex had to share her two moms with all of them.  Something very funny, ok., I found it funny you probably will not, was that once Walter left, she right away came to me and looked at the couch.  Translation: “mom, can I sleep on the couch now that we have no dogs except for me?”  I told her that I’d pamper her in the evening because I had some work to do.  She went back to her bed not too happy, I might add.

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Yes, you are probably thinking, “not fair.”  I told Alex that I’d spend more time with her the next couple of days that is just us, my original pack, and that she’ll get some extra treats.  I think that face says it all, don’t you?

Rainy/Snowy Day – Still A Wonderful Day

There are a few things I truly dislike, and one of those happens to be rainy/snowy days like the one we had today in Maryland.  I always tell my girlfriend, “I hate this kind of weather,” but to my surprise this was one of the few times I did not feel like that.

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Alex

I looked at Alex, who seemed to be enjoying her bed rest, and I was grateful for having her in my life and for all the laughter and joy she brings to my pack.

Walter

Walter

I, then, took a look at Walter, my current walking partner and saw how content he was just hanging out in the kitchen with us.  I think he believes he was helping with dinner and to be honest, who am I to tell him otherwise, right?

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Cynthia, as always, was busy cooking something very delicious: chicken breast.  Ok., now I am really grateful.  Why?  She always cooks delicious meals.  I hate to cook.

rainy4This is our deck.  In the morning it was snowing, but after a few hours the little bit of snow we had was melted by the rain.

Walter

Walter

Walter decided that patrolling the kitchen for “intruders” would be better than just watching Cynthia cook.

Walter, our sous chef and guard dog

Walter, our sous chef and guard dog

After patrolling the kitchen, Walter got a little tired and decided to take a break in the dining room.  Walter is a great sous chef, walking partner and guard dog.  He barks at anything and anybody he believes to be a threat.  Australian Shepherds are working dogs with a strong herding and guarding instincts.  Walter fits that profile, but he is also amazingly sweet and loves hugs.  With all these amazing beings around me, how can I not be happy and grateful for having them in my life?  Yes, even a rainy/snowy day can be a wonderful day.  It all depends on how you look at it.

Bye Kingston, Good Looking Pit Bull

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Unbelievable, but four months have gone by, and Kingston’s mom came this week to pick him up and take him back home.  He was so happy to see his mom that his whole body was in motion, wiggling and trying to jump, it was beautiful to watch this display of affection from him to his mom.

I always believe that I am fortunate for having different dogs come into my life because they are amazing companions and teachers.  What did I learn from Kingston?  That you usually remember the little things or quirks about others and that those are the ones that stay with you and later on realize that those “things” are the ones that make that being so unique.  With that in mind, here are some of Kingston’s quirks:

  • He does not bark during the day, but when he is sleeping and dreaming he barks loud enough to wake me up
  • You’d know that it’s 10pm because he is asleep and does not care to do anything else unless he is offered food
  • He grunts while waiting for me to put his food down as if saying, “Please, hurry up”
  • He sounds like a bird when he is getting impatient

Those are just some of the things that make Kingston so unique and wonderful and for that and much more we love him.