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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?

Charlie’s Behavior Rehabilitation And Training – Part III

Abby and Charlie relaxing after a very busy day this past weekend. Guard dogs on a well-deserved time off.

Charlie is improving on some things, and on others, we still got a bit to go:

-Walking around where we live is getting better. I haven’t seen him do a Superman, airborne, recently. But, yes there is a but, when he is walking outside of our property Charlie is still a bit hesitant. We are working on that.

-Eating, our boy eats anything, is getting better. He is giving me space when I am about to feed him. Great job Charlie!

-Sleeping/napping in his bed is also better. He is staying on it longer and longer. Yay!

-Separation anxiety is something that most shelter dogs exhibit and Charlie is not the exception. This weekend we took him to do some shopping and when Cynthia exited the car to go to the supermarket, guess what happened? Charlie lost it. But, and this part is the good part, he did better and better as we when to different stores. I will write about separation anxiety on another post.

Is Charlie winking at me or not? I think he is. Charlie, “Mom, please write that I am a good boy, please!”

I want pet parents to know that getting a dog to be balanced is done slowly with tons of patience. For those pet parents that are frustrated I would say to them to take a moment and to keep working at it. Take my word for it, your canine companion is worth it. I know my Charlie certainly is so don’t give up. Stay safel

Relaxing At Home With My Pack

Charlie and Abby during one of our walks this week

We are continuing with Charlie’s rehab and training, but during the weekend we change a bit our schedule. Yes, they do still take a walk. By the way, walking is great for us humans too.

Abby and Charlie relaxing in their beds after a nice walk

The weather here in Annapolis, MD today, Saturday, is gorgeous so we will take walks, naps, watch TV, eat, and enjoy each other’s company this weekend without feeling guilty about it. What are you and your doggies up to this weekend? Stay safe.

Charlie’s Behavior Rehabilitation And Training – Part II

Abby, yours truly, and Charlie (L to R)

Charlie has been with us for a little over 2 weeks and slowly, emphasis on slowly, he is gaining weight, and he is starting to learn manners. Yeah! But, I want to tell you that behavior modification takes time, patience, and lots of persistence. One thing I tell my clients that they need to master is walking their dog. At the beginning, Charlie was impossible to walk with Abby, but as days went by he surprised us by walking beautifully like in the above picture.

Charlie, “Mom, what are you doing?”

And then Charlie saw a deer, and guess what? He went airborne. Yes, you read it right. He is a big dog so I never thought that could be possible, but Charlie proved me wrong. It took a few minutes for him to relax, and when he finally did we continued our walk. Is this unusual? No. All our dogs did the same, until they got used to seeing other animals without having any reaction.

For those pet parents that are scratching their heads not knowing what to do with their dogs, let me tell you that your dog will learn at his/her own pace, and you need to remember that. Find a dog trainer that you and your dog are comfortable working with and enjoy the ride. Also, when you are fed up, please do not work with your dog. Take a deep breath, put your doggie in his crate, and have a glass of wine. Once you are relaxed, continue working with your dog. By relaxed I mean balanced not buzzed. Stay safe!

Charlie’s Behavior Rehabilitation And Training – Part I

Charlie, “Please turn the lights off. Thanks.”

Today, Saturday, Charlie has been with us 7 days.  In that time, we’ve figure out a few things about him:

-He has separation anxiety, very common in dogs coming from shelters, and he is improving little by little.

-He loves food, therefore we are teaching him that when a person/dog approaches he has to ignore it.

-Toys, he took a pair of my socks as a toy, and I asked him to leave it.  He did.

-He doesn’t know how to walk properly, but he is improving.

Charlie is very smart and we are surprised at how fast he is adapting to our schedule, food, and way of life, but one thing is for sure, our boy has no manners and this is something we are working very hard on from day one.

Abby, “I love my blanket mom!”

If you are able to foster or adopt a shelter dog, please do so.  Understand that many of them will be a handful at the beginning-their caretakers do the best that they can, but a shelter/kennel environment will always be stressful for a dog-but if you are committed to his rehabilitation, you will have a dog that will be a pleasure to have in the future. 

Regardless of whether you adopt, foster, or buy a dog, it is paramount that you get your canine companion rehabilitated by making sure that he gets behavior and training under his belt.  With behavior being the one that takes more time to accomplish, but we’ll get there.

We have a long road to go with our Charlie, but he’s worth it.  Stay safe!

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!

Merry Belated Xmas 2020

Abby, “Grandma, is that present for you or for me? Please double check the label”

Sorry for the late post, but we do hope that you enjoyed this past Christmas with your loved ones. We celebrated with our support bubble because we are being careful and doing our best to stay safe during this pandemic.

I hope that next year we start to see a bit of a resemblance of what life used to be before this pandemic showed up. Merry belated Christmas to you, your furry kids, and family. Stay safe.

Keeping Our Dogs, House, And Ourselves Clean

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Walter, Alex, and Dexter (Left to Right)

Because of the Coronavirus pandemic we are taking more precautions in order to stay safe, and that-of course-includes our dogs and home.  These are the things I’d recommend you do to keep your dogs clean:

  • Brush your dog’s hair (long and short-haired dogs) after a walk.  Always!
  • Wipe off your dog’s paws (get baby wipes from the Dollar Store) and check her pads for any foreign object in them
  • Change her bedding frequently (every couple of days or daily)
  • Brush her teeth before going to bed

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Nap time!

When it comes to our house, I dust, vacuum, and sweep often because as you pet parents well know, our doggies shed a lot.  What about yours truly?  I wash my hands constantly and I carry hand wipes with me always.  Keeping our dogs clean does not require a lot of money or time so let’s get in the habit of doing so in order to keep us all safe.  Take care.

Back Home – Maryland

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Abby, “Mom, I like the new smells I am picking up from here!”

Yes, we’re finally back home.  Home is really where your heart is, and a long time ago I realized that that place was Maryland.  For the last 5 years, we lived in Stoughton, MA and although it was a nice place, and we met amazing people and dogs, I always hoped that we had the opportunity to come back to Maryland and it finally came true.

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Abby, “Mom, I picked up an amazing new smell.  It smells like chicken!”

We were really busy moving for the last couple of weeks, but finally things are less hectic, and I have been able to take Abby for nice walks around the neighborhood lately.  Thanks to all the pet parents in Massachusetts that trusted us with their canine kids, we’ll miss you all, and looking forward to meeting amazing dogs and their pet parents in Crofton, MD.  It feels great to be back home!

John F Kennedy Library in Boston, MA

jfk2This past weekend was the first weekend we did not have to do something or be somewhere so we decided to continue exploring Boston, MA and took Alex with us to the JFK Library.  No, we were not able to go inside with Alex, but that was fine.

jfk1We walked around and took some pictures, but we didn’t stay very long because it was hot and we didn’t want Alex to over do it.  As you can see, she wasn’t very interested in posing for Cynthia.

jfk3All of a sudden, Alex decided to be shy, and on top of that I forgot to bring treats so she really didn’t want to cooperate.  Boy, what a diva.

jfk4Although I still miss Maryland, I’ve realized that I am very fortunate to have my family with me.  A fellow blogger said something like this, “Home is where your dogs are,” and that made me think a lot.  Seriously, a lot.  Thanks to all of you for your kind words and input.  I am excited about all the possibilities that are to come our way.  See you later Maryland.  Hello Boston!