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Happy 6th Birthday To Our Abby

Birthday cupcakes for our birthday girl, Abby, and her brother, Charlie.

The mess behind the cupcakes and flowers happen to be because those cupcakes were made by one of Abby’s moms, Cynthia, from scratch. Between you and me, I wanted to buy some from a store already made, but that’s just me.

Abby, “Mom, are you going to let me eat my cupcakes now or when? I am about to lose it mom!”

We are usually so busy during Abby’s birthday every year, but not this one. Abby’s birthday was on Saturday, 4/3/21, so that day we went for a long walk; Abby and Charlie both had some tacos for lunch; and for dinner they had chicken. Then, to continue the festivities, on Sunday after our usual walk, we just relaxed on our back porch. All in all, I’d venture to say that Abby had a pretty nice birthday weekend, don’t you think so?

And The Search Goes On For Our Next Canine Companion – Part II (Search Is Over)

Abby, “What? I got a new brother? I got to share my food and goodies with him? Fine!”

I thought that our search for a canine companion was going to be long, but I was wrong. Although, I did put an application months ago, but I never followed up on it, so that’s on me. This time, I put the application, but we did a few inquiries about it, and it paid off because we were fortunate enough to get a handsome Shepherd/Lab mix known as Lokie.

Charlie, “Hello. My family will be documenting my progress so please check in on me whenever you have a chance.”

We decided to rename him Charlie. He is a young dog, full of energy and very smart. Abby finally has a younger brother. By the way, they liked each other from the first time they met. Thanks a million to the SPCA of Anne Arundel County for taking care of Charlie and for making the process of adoption easy. Special thanks to Kristen, Nick, Jamie, and Gabby. You are the best!

Happy New Year 2021

Abby, yours truly, and Lincoln

Walking with my pack is something I do every day. It’s good for your canine companions and for pet parents as well and-for those who’ve met me-this is something I recommend all the time.

Abby and Lincoln tired after our walk

Aside from walking, another activity that my pack is quite fond of is napping. We wish you all a Happy New Year and may 2021 bring us all health, prosperity, and the ability to go back to what our world used to be in the past. Stay safe.

Are Dog Owners Healthier People?

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Yes, I do believe that most, not all, dog owners are healthier people than those without dogs.  I remember a couple of years ago when my Alex was injured and unable to walk with me, I went out by myself to walk, and I still remember how boring it was.

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I never did it again.  What was the solution?  I started to offer dog walking as one of my services.  Regardless of your dog’s breed, go out and take him for a walk.  A dog will keep you active, and – this is the best part – he or she will surely enrich your life.

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If you don’t believe me, ask any pet parent about it, and they will be glad to talk your ear off, and show you an amazing amount of pictures of their fur babies.  For those without dogs, give it a try and foster a dog and see how much your life will change.

Loose Leash Walking & Behavior Modification

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I’ve met countless of pet parents that are unable to walk their dogs regardless of the dog’s weight, age, breed, etc.  My most popular behavior modification class is, Loose Leash Walking with Your Dog.  Depending on the dog and handler, getting a dog to walk properly could take one session or a few sessions.  Why?  Because we will be working on changing a dog’s old bad behavior – pulling on leash – by modifying his behavior and doing so takes time, patience, consistency, and repetition.

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Champagne, Abby, and Bentley (L to R)

The cuties in the above picture range from 31lbs., to 119lbs.,  and they’re all walking with me.  If I can do it, so can you!  Walking is a great exercise for you and your dog, therefore if you can’t walk your dog properly, find a professional that can help you with this.

Grey Muzzle? I Don’t Think So

senior1The cute lab in the above picture is Bingo.  Would you believe me if I told you that he is 14 years old?  Probably not.  Usually dogs with dark hair show very easy, as they age, grey muzzles, but Bingo is one of those rare exceptions because most of his hair is black and shiny.

Bingo is the oldest dog to date that I’ve taken care of and the needs of a senior dog are different from that of a puppy or mature dog.  With that in mind, walks are shorter, rest is plentiful, no loud noises, etc.  Have a great week.

Busy Week at Alex’s Place

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This week has been pretty busy and we’ve had 2 new furry companions: Bear and Bingo.  Our first one is this handsome 2 1/2-year-old boy, Bear.  I think he might be the biggest dog we’ve taken care of so far.  Because of his size, he is quite impressive, but he is very affectionate and playful.

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To give you an idea of how big Bear really is, I asked Cynthia to take a picture of his paw next to my hand.  Could you believe the size of his paw?

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Our second new comer is a cute 14 year old lab named Bingo.  He is not playful, but he is an amazing dog.  He reminds me of my Alex a lot, therefore I’d have to say that my opinion is one that is not truly fair but rather biased.

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Bear with a frequent visitor, Roxy.  She usually likes small male dogs, but for some odd reason she warmed up to Bear pretty fast.  Cute couple.

Even though this was a pretty busy week, I enjoyed it because I got to see how much dogs differ from one another, and I got to spend time with them.  I’d like to call them my peeps, but that is for humans.  What word could I use to call them my peeps?  What would you suggest?

Saturday Morning After Our Walk

satmorning1Right after we got back from our walk this morning, Alex, Gir, and Ellie, not featured in the above picture, decided to relax while Cynthia cooked us breakfast.  Alex and Gir love to sunbathe as you can see here.  Ellie, on the other hand, preferred to be away from the sun since she is a black Labrador.

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Right after breakfast, I took all of them out on the deck to relax for a bit.  Ellie, being that this is her first time with us, was very curious about our deck and explored, sniffed, and looked at everything she found on it.  After that, she decided to act as a guard dog, although I told her that there was no need for this is a very quiet place, but she insisted and now I know why.

satmorning3Alex and Gir were about to take a nap and someone had to be on guard, right?  Let me rephrase that, Alex was asleep and Gir was on its way to dream land as well.

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Alex decided to move to the shaded area to continue her nap while Ellie, being the only responsible one of the bunch, continued to guard our home.

satmorning5Where is Gir?  Falling asleep again.  No wonder Ellie had to be awake.  The weather was beautiful this Saturday morning so spending some time on the deck was quite enjoyable.  Once we came in, they got some water and each one found their place or bed and took a nap.