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Summer Safety Tips For Walking Your Dog

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“Take my picture already.”

When I lived in Maryland, I would wake up early, around 6am, to walk my dogs every single day.  Once I moved to Massachusetts, I was able to walk my dog a bit later, around 8am, but even like that I always have to remember the following:

  1. I need to walk Abby early in the morning.  I will probably have to start waking up at 6am again because the weather is hitting 90 degrees as of late.
  2. I have to make sure to take water with me.
  3. I need to pay attention to Abby’s body language.  If she starts panting too much, I will stop the walk, find a shaded area, give her water, not cold water for this can shock her instead of helping her, and wet her chest and head.
  4. Once we come back, I always check her paws, brush her, and wipe her off.  This way I keep her clean but at the same time I check to make sure that she is ok.
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Gorgeous dogs.

My last 3 dogs, pit bull mixes, were mostly white therefore they were able to handle the heat better than other dogs.  In the above picture, the white pit bull will probably handle the heat and humidity better than the dark one.  Please keep in mind that dogs of dark color overheat very easy.  Abby is a perfect example of that and that is why I need to pay attention to her body language.

Go out and enjoy a nice walk with your dog, but try to make your walks early in the morning and/or late in the afternoon and pay attention to your dog’s body language.

Seminar in Plymouth, MA

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Beautiful day for sightseeing.

Yesterday, I conducted a seminar in Plymouth, MA and we were able to do some sightseeing prior to it.  This was my first time in this area and it was beautiful to say the least.

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Abby, “Mom, that looks like a giant kibble”

Before starting my seminar, I took Abby for a walk so she can socialize with people, and see new things.  Yes, she was very interested in the giant kibble.

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Abby, “Hello everybody.” Abby greeted everybody with lots of enthusiasm.

I conduct seminars mostly from home, but I also choose outdoor places depending on: subject matter, weather, amount of people, etc.  The day was gorgeous.

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Abby, “This is how a dog should meet people, with all paws on terra firma.”

The four people in my seminar had specific questions, therefore I tailored our time together to answer questions that pertained to barking, walking, meeting a dog properly and avoiding a bite from such dog, senior dogs, etc.  Abby, of course, was my assistant.  After I finished my session with them, we walked back to our car, we were getting hungry, to head home and rewarded ourselves by having a delicious dinner.  How was your weekend?

Blue Hills Ski Area in Canton, MA

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Abby, “Mom, tell me the truth. Are we lost?”

On Sunday, we went to Blue Hills Ski Area located in Canton, MA to do a little hiking and sightseeing but also to see how Abby would behave or in her case misbehave.

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Picture courtesy of Cynthia, our own photographer:-)

We did a lot of walking, but the day was quite conducive to being outdoors, a bit cloudy with a nice breeze and with an amazing view.

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Abby, “Mom, am I supposed to pose for this picture? Where’s my treat?”

We all enjoyed our outing, but I think Abby enjoyed it the most.  She met a lot of people, dogs, and scents that would bring the Beagle out of her.  How did she do?  She did well.  But, we still need to continue working on behavior.  Before I forget, she tried to eat a french fry she found on the floor.  I said she tried because I was able to get it out of her mouth before she ate it.

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Abby, “Mom, let me kiss you.” Cynthia, “No!”

Abby is a handful, but she is a really nice puppy.  Just like our Alex, Abby is friendly to all dogs and people.  One thing surprised me though, Abby greeted all the humans she met along our hiking path with all paws on terra firma.  Yay!  As you can see, Abby is improving.

Snow Storm in Massachusetts – 2/5/16

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Marcela, “This is what we woke up to on Saturday 2/6/16”

To say that it snowed in Massachusetts last Friday would be an understatement.  Well, we had to make the best out of all that snow, so on Saturday morning we ventured out with Abby to let her do her business, play and take some pictures.

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Abby, “What? We are going to go out now? There’s way too much snow moms. Do we have to?”

Abby was a little hesitant about going out and getting those beautiful white paws wet.  Can you see the hesitation in those eyes?

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Abby, “Moms, why didn’t you tell me playing in the snow was so much fun?”

Once we were out, Abby ran and played like crazy in the snow.  She was just a little bit confused about the paparazzo, aka Cynthia, following her and intruding in her privacy.  As you can see, take a look at Abby’s face in the above picture, she wasn’t too crazy about it.

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Abby, “Mom, what is wrong with you? Why are you laughing and crying all at the same time? You are confusing me”

Abby was having the time of her life, when all of a sudden she turned and I saw her face full of snow.  I laughed so hard that, of course, I confused the hell out of our poor puppy.  How could you keep a straight face when looking at that face?

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Abby, “Moms, I found it”

I was wondering why Abby had so much snow on her face, and before I could ask Cynthia about it she told me, “I throw treats in the snow and then ask Abby to get it.”  And so the mystery was solved.  By the way, since Abby is part Beagle we need to make sure that she uses her nose more than her eyes.  She found every single treat.  You go Abby!

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Abby, “I am tired. Let’s go home.”

Abby ran around for about 40 minutes.  I don’t recommend pet parents doing this unless you frequently check on your dog.  Even though Abby has short hair, she is nice and stocky therefore she is better equipped to handle cold weather.  She also wears a jacket to keep her warm.  Not all dogs can do this.  Alex, our pit bull mix, never stayed out playing in the snow longer than 3 to 5 minutes.  Even with a sweater and jacket she’d shiver like crazy.  She was not a big fan of snow and preferred to have a nice short walk instead.  Abby is the complete opposite, as soon as she sees snow she wants to go and run.  And this is why I say that dogs are individuals.

We have more snow coming today, Monday, and so we’ll try and capture more pictures with Cynthia and Abby.  Bundle up and don’t forget to keep your canine companions and yourself warm, dry and well hydrated.

Do You Paddle With Your Dog?

Alex, "Mom, do you need help?  You are taking too long.  Please hurry up."

Alex, “Mom, do you need help? You are taking too long. Please hurry up.”

We try to include our canine companion, Alex, in as many activities as possible in order for her to enjoy herself, spend time with us, and be a balanced dog.  While in Maryland, we went kayaking in Annapolis and we really enjoyed ourselves.  Before I forget, make sure your dog is wearing a life jacket.

Alex, "Mom, I am really tired.  What's for dinner?"

Alex, “Mom, I am really tired. What’s for dinner?”

The above picture was taken after we finished kayaking and Alex was falling asleep.  She looked so tired that you would have thought that Alex was the one doing all the paddling.  No ladies and gentlemen, I was the one paddling with a cute cargo, Alex, of 45lbs.  She did better than any other time.  I was glad because that day the water was choppy and a little windy so we got wet when a couple of waves hit us head on.  Not to worry, the waves were very small.

Alex, "Will I get treats for posing?"

Alex, “Will I get treats for posing?”

Kayaking with Alex is always fun, and if we are ever back in Maryland we’ll make sure to kayak early in the morning or late afternoon in order to avoid excessive heat.  Have a great weekend!

Back From Maryland – Wrapping Things Up

back frm md1Our recent trip took us back to Maryland for a couple of days, and while wrapping things up we decided to go and have some fun.  We went to a beach near Annapolis, MD.  It was beautiful and Cynthia was able to take a lot of pictures.

back frm md2For the last couple of months, we have been going back and forth from Maryland to Massachusetts and although I enjoy driving, I think all of us are ready for some quiet time.  Alex travels well, but I’ve realized that once we get to our destination her appetite goes away for about a day or two.  Dogs thrive on having a routine and when it gets disrupted, for some dogs like Alex, appetite diminishes.

back frm md3Although it was early evening when we got to the beach, we were surprised to find a few people still enjoying the view and each others company.

back frm md4 Do you know what else we did while in MD?  We bbqed.  Well, to be quite honest, Cynthia prepared everything, and I was just the helper while Alex was taking a nap.  We have wonderful memories of our time living in MD and this was our way of celebrating being together and looking forward to a new life in Boston, MA.

Hanging Out With Alex, Our Senior Dog, in Malibu Beach, MA

malibu beach ma1This weekend we went to Malibu Beach, Dorchester Shore Reservation, to enjoy the beautiful day we were having on Saturday.  One thing we didn’t do while living in Maryland was explore the area and we don’t want to make the same mistake again, therefore little by little we’ll be exploring Massachusetts.  My two models didn’t seem interested in posing for me, then again, maybe they were striking a pose for the camera and I thought otherwise.

Alex, "Moms, look at the water."

Alex, “Moms, look at the water.”

Alex seemed to be enjoying herself while looking at this beautiful view.  Cynthia, on the other hand, had a different idea about fun.

malibu beach ma3Cynthia was doing her best to engage Alex on a game of chasing, but Alex just walked behind Cynthia as if saying, “Mom, what are you doing?  I don’t want to run.”

Cynthia, "Alex, chase me."  Alex, "Ok., but I am not having fun."

Cynthia, “Alex, chase me.” Alex, “Ok., but I am not having fun.”

Did Alex’s body language deter Cynthia?  Of course not.  She kept trying until I told her to let her be since I don’t want Alex to run because of her ACL injury.  We removed the brace so it wouldn’t get wet if Alex got in the water, and she only wears it for support.  She doesn’t limp any longer.

malibu beach ma7Anyway, after all that excitement, we put the brace back on, and Alex took a nap while we sat down and talked.  One thing you need to remember, if you have a senior dog, is to not over do it.  Alex can easily walk 30 straight minutes, but we take frequent breaks.  We also carried water, treats, poop bags, etc.  You can still have a good time with your senior dog, Alex just turned 13 this May, but keep in mind that your dog needs to go at a slower pace.  Enjoy your weekend!