Abby, “Mom, hurry up! We need to get on the road before it gets dark!”
It’s been a while since I’ve posted on this blog, but lots of things happened the last few months that kept me busy: my mom fell down and had to have surgery; Cynthia’s mom passed away; my mom stayed with us for a while; a few doggies stayed vacationing with us; and Abby, of course, helped out big time. Because of that, we decided to take a well deserved vacation. Where did Abby go? Montreal, Canada. By the way, we left at 1pm so I don’t know why she was so concerned about leaving before it got dark. Drama queen!
Abby, “Mom, let’s cross the street now. Come on!”
So, where was Abby, in the above picture? The Latin Quarter, Montreal. After breakfast, we headed out the door to do some sightseeing, take pictures, and enjoy ourselves.
Abby, “Mom, I am so tired! Thanks for dinner. Good night.”
Our days in Canada were certainly enjoyable, but by the end of the day we were all really tired, and Abby was the first one to get in bed. Smart girl.
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Today we honor those who died in military service, but I also want to remember those dogs that so bravely served our country, and the families that made the ultimate sacrifice and that still remember those long gone, but never forgotten. Thank you.
And this is how we started our Thanksgiving day, with an uncooled turkey. Cynthia started to cook right after breakfast.
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.
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.
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
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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.
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.
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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.
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:-)
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.
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.
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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:
- 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.
- I have to make sure to take water with me.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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