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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!

It’s Raining Dogs

dogs1When we lived in Maryland, I thought to myself, “Wow!  There are a lot of dogs.”  Dogs always put a smile on my face, and when I realized that there seem to be even more dogs in Massachusetts,as you can imagine, I was ecstatic.

dogs2So, where did we go to see so many dogs, you are probably thinking, right? We went to Pinebank Promontory, Jamaica Pond, located in Jamaica Plain, MA. The day was beautiful, cold, but sunny.  Cynthia told me that I had the wrong place so I corrected that.  I am the kind of person that can get lost in a small parking lot of McDonald’s, which really happened to me years ago.  My sense of directions is awful.

dogs4One thing I saw and loved was pet parents keeping their dogs fit and healthy.  Not to worry, Alex did not run.  We walked with her and took breaks in order not to over do it.  She’ll turn 13 in May and Cynthia and I have to figure out what to do for her birthday.  Any ideas?