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Nylabone Exchange

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For her birthday, Alex got an off white Nylabone.

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Walter’s parents brought a brand new white Nylabone.  I gave Alex her off white Nylabone and the white one to Walter, but they both looked at their respective bones, and then went for the one that did not belong to them.  Go figure!

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Walter seemed delighted with Alex’s Nylabone so I just let them be.  Kids!  When you give your dog(s) anything to chew on make sure you are there to supervise that activity.

Walking In Annapolis, Maryland

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On Saturday, we, Cynthia and I, Alex is still on bed rest, met Ann Greene, dog trainer, pet parents, and their fury kids in Annapolis, MD.  I was quite shocked because Cynthia is not a morning person, but she was more than willing to go with me and walk for an hour with these beautiful doggies.

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All these dogs and pet parents have already worked with Ann and what she was doing is putting the dogs in an environment where there are a lot of distractions in order for them to get used to following commands even when there are a lot of things going on.

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Ann got the kid holding the leash to walk these two big dogs without being dragged all over the place.

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Cynthia was not able to take a picture of the entire group so she had to take two pictures.

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Ann is a really nice and funny person and she has her own company called A Tail Above, LLC.

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This is me talking with a pet parent.  I had a great time even though we got to Annapolis a little late.  I thought I’d died and gone to heaven.  I was surrounded by a bunch of doggies.  What a great Saturday.

Missy Award Nominated

Mandy,http://shoefulofdrool.com/ , was kind enough to nominate All My Canine Companions for the Missy Award.  Thanks from my pack to yours.

Three things are required of me, and that is to answer two questions and to link back to http://ivonnemontijo.wordpress.com/2013/02/23/the-missy-award/

The questions are:

What inspires me to write?  I write anytime I feel passionate about something, whatever it may be, and I need to vent.

Why do I love animals?  I love dogs above any other animal because when I am in the company of a dog, whether this dog is my Alex or any of the dogs staying with us, I feel happy, peaceful, and safe.  My first dog, Casey, taught me how to say, mi amor, my love, in Spanish.  This was something that I never thought I could ever say because to me, those two words in Spanish, have always had a tremendous amount of significance as well as a high degree of intimacy.  The first time I told Casey, “mi amor,” I had to make sure that those two words came out of my mouth.  Wow!  It was me.  He was my very first teacher.  How can I not love dogs?  They all, in one way or another, have taught me and continue to teach me so much about life, love, new beginnings, forgiveness, etc.

Thanks a million for the nomination.  Alex is getting a special treat tonight.

Do Dogs Watch TV?

Walter watching tv

Walter watching tv

Yes, some dogs do watch tv.  Today, Sunday, we were watching tv, The Little Rascals, and I could not believe that Walter was also watching tv with us.  He’d follow their movements and would bark when he saw something that, in my opinion, excited him.  Alex usually just sleeps and does not care for what’s going on on tv.

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Walter

Can you see how attentive he is specially now that he can see a dog?

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Alex

What was Alex doing?  Relaxing or I should say, just waking up from a nap.

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Roxy

Roxy decided that watching tv or napping was not for her, so she decided to look out the window and keep me informed about the comings and goings of our neighbors.  I told her not to worry because most of our neighbors happen to be military, ex-military or federal employees.  I don’t think I convinced her so she stayed by the window for a little while.

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A little while later she seemed to be asking, “do I need to continue to stand guard?”  I told her to relax and let the neighbors be.

Walter and Roxy

Walter and Roxy

Watching tv and guarding our home certainly seemed to have taken a toll on both Walter and Roxy so they decided to take a break and take a nap.  What a hard life my canine companions have, don’t you think?  Does your dog watch tv like Walter?  Have a great week.

Big Dogs And Little Dogs

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Roxy

I always thought that Roxy would always be the smallest dog I’d ever have the opportunity to pet sit, but boy was I wrong.  The new title goes to Gir, a min pin.

Gir and Alex

Gir and Alex

By the way, the reason why they are both sitting on that particular spot is because there is a vent to the side, and you get all the heat from it if you stand right where they are both posing.  Smart doggies.  Ok. Alex is posing, Gir is just eyeing that bone.

I had to convince Gir that after I took the pictures he could have that bone all to himself in order to get him to cooperate for this picture.

Gir and Alex

Gir and Alex

Aha!  I finally got both of them to look my way.  I’ve always thought of Alex as a medium-size dog except for today.  She looks huge next to Gir and Roxy.  I love to see dogs of different breeds, sizes, personalities, etc.  They are all so amazing.

Walking Your Dog In Cold Weather

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Alex

It was supposed to be 20 degrees today here in Maryland, but when we went out to walk with Alex it felt more like -5.  If you are planning to walk your dog in cold weather, please make sure you bundle her up, you too of course, and make the walk a little shorter than usual.

Alex, "I can't believe you took me out for a walk in this horrible cold weather."

Alex, “I can’t believe you took me out for a walk in this horrible cold weather.”

As the picture clearly shows, Alex was not very happy with our walk, but on my defense I’d like to say that we took a shorter walk than usual.  Talk about an ungrateful canine child.

Alex, "Fine, I'll pose for the picture since I feel more like a popsicle than a dog."

Alex, “Fine, I’ll pose for the picture since I feel more like a popsicle than a dog.”

To my amazement, Alex actually posed for this picture.  But I was thinking that it was because she was so cold that she did not want to move at all.  I took all these pictures as soon as we got back home.

Alex, "Mom, I know what you are going to say to me, I am your mother, I command you."

Alex, “Mom, I know what you are going to say to me, I am your mother, I command you.”

Wow!  A total of 4 pictures and I did not have to chase after her for that.  Do take your dog for a walk, but please remember that they also need a sweater or jacket in this unforgiving cold weather.  My suggestion for both human and canine alike would be the following: bundle up, walk fast, ok., walk really fast, shorter walks, hydrate after the walk and turn up that heater full blast once you get home.  Enjoy your walks.

A Love Affair Between A Human And A Canine

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Jupiter

Time really goes fast for me when we have dogs staying with us.  Why?  Who knows.  Anyway, Jupiter will be going back home tomorrow and to say that we’ll miss him would be an understatement.  He is an excellent dog.  Docile, friendly, and very loving.

Cynthia and Jupiter

Cynthia and Jupiter

Now, what I was unaware of, of course, was that there was a love affair in full bloom between Cynthia and Jupiter.  Cynthia enjoys having dogs stay with us, but there is always those that she just fall in love with.  And all this was going on right under my nose, and I did not realize it until I caught these two re-handed.

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Jupiter, “Oh, oh.  I think someone is watching us”.

He was right.  I was watching them.

Cynthia, "Oh boy.  We did get caught".

Cynthia, “Oh boy. We did get caught”.

Aha!  Yes, you did.  But in all fairness, how can you not fall in love with such a handsome boy like Jupiter.

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Jupiter

He is so handsome and such a heartbreaker.  We hope that he’ll be back in the future to share our home, love and walks with us.

Alex Sprained Her Leg

This week I went to run some errands and when I came back, Alex greeted me with so much enthusiasm that she ended up hurting her front right leg.  We usually walk for about 40-60 minutes twice a day, but since Thursday she is on bed rest.

Alex resting

Alex resting

Alex’s favorite pastime is sleeping, but I don’t think she is very happy with the amount of bed rest she has been subjected to since Thursday.  Today, Friday, she was not limping, but when she came back in after peeing in my backyard she ran going up the stairs and by the afternoon she started to limp a bit.  That’s it.  She will be on bed rest until her leg heals completely.

I love my girl, but sometimes her enthusiasm gets out of hand and she ends up hurting herself.  Alex will be staying at home with Cynthia so she can recuperate while I walk and continue exploring our neighborhood with Sienna and Roxy.

Yes, Dogs Also Get Cold

My girl, Alex, and Sienna, both seem to get cold very easy.  Whenever they are cold, they look directly at me or Cynthia as if to say, “I am cold”, and this is our cue for us to bundle up both of them.

Sienna wrapped in a blanket

Sienna wrapped in a blanket

Sienna loves when we wrap her in a blanket.  If you decide to do this with your dog, make sure not to wrap her too tight.

Sienna, wrapped up in a blanket like a burrito?

Sienna, wrapped up in a blanket like a burrito?

Burrito?  Now I am getting hungry.

Sienna asleep

Sienna asleep

I guess Sienna got tired of posing and decided to take a nap.

Sienna and Alex

Sienna and Alex

What I’ve noticed with dogs is that those dogs that have very short hair like Sienna and Alex do tend to get cold very easy.  People without pets usually ask, “Why make a dog wear a sweater?  They don’t get cold”.  That is not true, specially for those dogs with short hair like my two girls on the above picture.  If your dog is shivering, and you are outside with her on a cold day, believe me, chances are that she is really cold, not just cold.  A lot of dogs do not like to wear sweaters, like my Alex, but I make her wear it anyway because the minute we stop walking she shivers a lot.  Take your dog for a walk, but make sure you outfit her properly during this time of the year.

Nylabones For Dogs

Alex enjoying a Nylabone

Alex enjoying a Nylabone

My girl, Alex, loves to chew on nylabones.  I usually buy nylabones of different sizes and flavors and leave them all over the house so she and the dogs that stay with us can enjoy them.

Alex is a chewer and she’ll probably be like that for the rest of her life since she is already 10 1/2 years old.  My first dog, Casey, on the other hand only cared to chew on bones until he was about 3 years old.  It really depends on the dog.  Some are chewers and others are not.

Sienna with a Nylabone

Sienna with a Nylabone

Sienna, just like Alex, is a chewer.  She tends to favor the bones that are almost her size.

I like nylabones because they: help maintain teeth clean; drain some energy; and serve as another toy.

Right after our walk, Sienna loves to grab one of the bones and chew on it.  After she has done this for awhile she is out like a light.

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Sienna

Make sure that regardless of wether you get bones, toys, rawhide, etc., for your dog you supervise her to make sure you avoid any accidents that could lead to a visit to the vet.