The above picture was taken a couple of days after we got Charlie from the SPCA in Annapolis, MD almost a year ago, and-I am going to come clean-I forgot that his birthday was the 16th of this month. Could you believe that?
Since I’m guilt-ridden about it, I’d like to make it up to Charlie this weekend by celebrating his birthday so I need ideas. Thanks!
I enjoy going to downtown Annapolis, and that’s what we did this past weekend not knowing that it was time for the annual sailboat show. To say that there was a lot of people would be an understatement, and because of that I asked Cynthia to wear her mask, and only remove it for this picture. Safety first pet parents!
How did Charlie do? Surprisingly well. Abby and Charlie barked at a dog while we were walking because such dog barked at them first, but other than that we had a nice time walking around and taking pictures. We are trying to expose Charlie to as many different things as possible just like we did with all our other doggies. Sharing your life with dogs is quite an adventure so let’s enjoy the ride! Stay safe.
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 went to different stores. I will write about separation anxiety on another post.
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
By the way, the reason why I picked pit bulls as part of my title is because of the bad, perhaps terrible, reputation they have. In the above picture, there are two pit bulls: the grey one is Kingston; and my girl, Alex a pit mix, is behind Kingston. Any dog, regardless of his breed can be a balanced dog or a horrible dog. Many times the choice is up to the pet parent.
Yes, for the most part, a dog’s behavior is greatly determined and affected by the pet parent. Also, remember that there is always that exception. Whether you have a pit bull or a lab, make sure that you find the right person to help you have a balanced dog. Dogs are amazing teachers, and I can tell you from personal experience that they will teach you many things, patience being at the very top of my list.
It’s been a couple of months since Alex passed away and we still miss her very much. Today, May 5th, would have been her 14th birthday. I do wish we had more time together, but I am grateful for the time we spent with her. What Alex enjoyed the most was sunbathing. There were times when I had to tell her to come in or move away from the sliding doors because she was already panting. Funny how you miss the little things about those you love and are no longer with us.
Happy birthday my amazing girl. We love you dearly. Till we see each other again.
Bella, Alex, and Dexter (L – R) Alex and Dexter to Bella, “Wow! Something smells delicious.”
I had no idea what Alex and Dexter were smelling, but Bella was certainly not using her cute little nose.
Alex, “I’d love to eat whatever is that that smells amazing. Bella, “I still can’t smell anything.”
On Bella’s defense, she supposedly is part bull dog and they have a hard time using their nose.
Bella, “Oh, ok., now I can smell it.”
I wanted to lighten up the mood a little bit since my last post, See You Bailey, made a few people cry, and that was not my intention, but a million thanks to those that took the time to read it and empathize with we. Happy Hump Day!