Tag Archives: Massachusetts

Decorating A Christmas Tree With Doggies

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Abby, “Mom, listen to me, move it a bit higher”.

This year – for the very first time – we decided to include Abby and Champagne in the decoration of our Christmas tree.  Abby, as you can see, took the job of decorator very serious and was micromanaging Cynthia’s every move.

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Champagne, “Excuse me, I need to see some ID”.

Champagne, the beautiful pit bull, was our security guard.  While on guard duty, she found an intruder.  Oh, never mind, that’s Abby.

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Being on guard duty really got Champagne tired.  Not to worry, both Abby and Champagne were handsomely rewarded with treats for a hard day’s work.

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Abby was exhausted too so it was lights out for her.

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And this was the end result.  I’d venture to say that decorating with doggies was a good idea after all.  What will you be doing to include your doggies during these holidays?

Thanksgiving 2017

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And this is how we started our Thanksgiving day, with an uncooled turkey.  Cynthia started to cook right after breakfast.

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Abby, “Where’s the cooked turkey? I am already hungry”.

We, of course, explained to Abby that the turkey doesn’t magically turn up cooked, but as you can see in the above picture Abby wasn’t buying our story.  Let’s remember she just finished having breakfast.

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Once everything was cooked, we set up the table and showed it to Abby.  She was very happy, to say the least.  She got a nice helping of turkey, potatoes, and carrots.  It all worked out perfectly.

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Abby, “Mom, let me kiss you”.

Abby was beyond grateful for the food she inhaled.  Yes, inhaled.  We had a great Thanksgiving day, and at least for me, what I was the most grateful for was having Cynthia and Abby with me.  I hope you had a great Thanksgiving day

Walking With Abby

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If there’s one thing Abby and I – Ok sometimes some of Abby’s friends as well – do is walk.  The above picture was taken in Plymouth, MA.  I go through shoes really fast, as you can imagine, but I enjoy walking with dogs.

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Walking is a great exercise for you, pet parent, and your canine companion, therefore lace up your shoes and go for a nice long walk.  The above picture was taken in Provincetown, MA.  Yes, we take Abby everywhere we can with us.  Have a great week.

Abby Went to Harvard

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Who said Harvard is only for humans?  We took Abby this past weekend to Harvard to walk, do some sightseeing, take pictures and, of course, continue working on her commands and behavior.  How did she do?  Not bad.

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The day was beautiful but because Abby is dark and part Bulldog, I had to stop for breaks so she wouldn’t overheat.  This is very important specially for those pet parents that have dogs with dark fur:-)

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We were hanging around the library, and after a break Abby got her second wind and decided to run around like a looney, of course, attracting the stares of those passing by.  As you can see, she didn’t have a care in the world.  A lesson for us, humans, to learn from our doggies.

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After all that running, it was time to hydrate and relax for a bit.  We then headed home for a late lunch and a nap.  What a hard life we have.

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.