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A Letter To “My” Departed Dozer

Let me start by saying that Dozer was not mine, but although my brain keeps telling my heart that, my stubborn heart will never be able to comprehend that, therefore I say that he is “my” Dozer.

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My dear Dozer,

When I first met you, during a meet and greet, I was in awe of your size.  You, so far, are the biggest dog I’ve been fortunate and lucky enough to board, know, and love.  You were impressive, to say the least.  As I got to know you, I realized that what was more impressive than your size was the fact that you were sweet, loving, docile, and so easy to fall in love with.

Forgive me for not writing right away, but I was filled with anger and I did not think that that would have been the right time to write this letter to you.  Why angry?  Because you are gone, it is that simple.  While dwelling in my anger, I remembered reading somewhere that the reason why a dog happens to be in our lives is to teach us the many things we are unable to learn from other humans, and that a dog’s life is short because if it were to be long, we, humans, would not be able to cope with such a loss.  It actually made sense to me.

Before I had that epiphany, I was just sad, period.  At night, I could not stop thinking about you and so I started to cry.  Cynthia saw me and comforted me and told me the following:  “Dozer will be sorely missed, that is for sure,” then she said, “He farted when we were sitting at the table.  Didn’t you smell it?” I don’t know why, but for some odd reason I just laughed my butt off.  I truly needed that, but in all honesty, I did not smell your farts.  Thank you for that.

Cynthia, Alex and I are going to miss you dearly, and we hope the best to your pet parents while dealing with your loss.  I am not going to say good-bye to you, but rather I’ll see you later for I know we will see each other in the future.  Until then, a big hug and kiss from all of us.

Yours always,

Marcela

My Weekend Pack – Alex, Josie, Dozer and Sarris

Josie, Marcela, Alex, Sarris, and Dozer

Josie, Marcela, Alex, Sarris, and Dozer (L to R)

This weekend, I’ll be in good company with Josie, Alex, Sarris and Dozer.  Relaxing in the morning.

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Josie was the first one to arrive early in the morning.  I was glad when her mom said that she took my advice and took Josie to the vet.  The growth I pointed out on Josie’s last visit, according to the vet, needs to be monitored but so far there is nothing to be concerned about.  I was so glad to hear that.

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The second ones to arrive were Dozer and Sarris.  It took them a couple of minutes to get settle, and this is what they looked like after they sniffed Alex and Josie.  The novelty wore off for all of them in a matter of 5 to 10 minutes.  When I introduce dogs to one another, I always take them for a walk, let them sniff each other during our walk and after about 40-60 minutes we come home.

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Although that is my routine for introducing dogs to one another, I was not able to do it this time because it was raining very hard today.  So, what did I do?  I put all of them on a leash and allowed them to sniff each other while watching their body language: relaxed, curious, but calm.  After a couple of minutes I removed their leashes and collars, as you can see in the picture, and they were off to sniff our kitchen while I was watching them.  I do prefer to walk them as a way of introducing them to a new dog, but when the weather does not cooperate I have to improvise.  Always, and this is very important, look at the body language of the dog.  If he is tense, fixated on one dog, does not move, etc., chances are that he is ready to strike.  My best recommendation is: if you are bringing a new dog home, go for a long walk with all of them, 40-60 minutes, and then go home.  Living with dogs should not be stressful, but rather enjoyable and rewarding, but it’s up to you to make this happen.  Enjoy your weekend with your pack.

Josie Is Going Home Today

Josie is usually very energetic, loves, loves our walks and to say that she is a bundle of energy certainly does not do her justice, but that is all that comes to mind now.  When I walk with her is usually for an hour or longer and she enjoys our walks, but this time that she stayed with us is the first time that I’ve seen that she prefers shorter walks and she does not seem to be her usual self.

Josie

Josie

She does not seem to be in any pain for I brush her every day and she does not exhibit any signs of being in pain.  She eats all her food and treats and her #2 is normal.  Yes, I look at her #2 to make sure that she is fine.  I know, I know, I am gross.  Anyway, I’ll talk to her mom today when she picks her up so she can take her to the vet.  Why?  Her energy level went from 100% to 50% in a matter of a month or two.  I don’t think that is normal.

If you have a dog walker or a pet sitter you take your dog to, she should be able to notice different things and/or changes in your dog.  I always talk to pet parents for a couple of minutes the day they pick up not only to let them know how their “furry kid” did while staying with us, but also because if I notice anything unusual on their doggie I’d like to let them know so they can follow-up with their vet.

At least once a week, take a close look at your dog and you’ll be surprised how easy you can spot changes on your furry kid.  They rely on us, and we need to be vigilant and proactive in order to nip any problem in the bud, don’t you think?

Walter Is Going Home Tomorrow

Walter

Walter

 

Tomorrow, Wednesday, Walter will be going back home to his parents, and to say that I’ll miss him would be an understatement.  He is such a loving boy.

Alex, so far, was the only dog that could sense my moods, but I was surprised when Walter did something quite unexpected.

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One day while we were on one of our walks, a car went by going really fast.  Now, the speed limit around this area is 25 mph so I got angry thinking, “irresponsible, careless person.”  Walter looked up at me with a big smile on his face and he even tried to jump, but I told him, “no,” so he stopped, but he continued to look up at me and nudge my left knee with his mouth so I don’t stop looking at him.  Seeing how funny and goofy he looked, I had no other choice but to laugh.  I could not believe it.  He actually sensed my mood change and tried to appease my anger.  Wow!  I was so surprised because the only dog that has done that is Alex.

Walter is an amazing dog and I hope to see him in the near future again.  Dogs are truly amazing beings.

Rainy/Snowy Day – Still A Wonderful Day

There are a few things I truly dislike, and one of those happens to be rainy/snowy days like the one we had today in Maryland.  I always tell my girlfriend, “I hate this kind of weather,” but to my surprise this was one of the few times I did not feel like that.

Alex

Alex

I looked at Alex, who seemed to be enjoying her bed rest, and I was grateful for having her in my life and for all the laughter and joy she brings to my pack.

Walter

Walter

I, then, took a look at Walter, my current walking partner and saw how content he was just hanging out in the kitchen with us.  I think he believes he was helping with dinner and to be honest, who am I to tell him otherwise, right?

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Cynthia, as always, was busy cooking something very delicious: chicken breast.  Ok., now I am really grateful.  Why?  She always cooks delicious meals.  I hate to cook.

rainy4This is our deck.  In the morning it was snowing, but after a few hours the little bit of snow we had was melted by the rain.

Walter

Walter

Walter decided that patrolling the kitchen for “intruders” would be better than just watching Cynthia cook.

Walter, our sous chef and guard dog

Walter, our sous chef and guard dog

After patrolling the kitchen, Walter got a little tired and decided to take a break in the dining room.  Walter is a great sous chef, walking partner and guard dog.  He barks at anything and anybody he believes to be a threat.  Australian Shepherds are working dogs with a strong herding and guarding instincts.  Walter fits that profile, but he is also amazingly sweet and loves hugs.  With all these amazing beings around me, how can I not be happy and grateful for having them in my life?  Yes, even a rainy/snowy day can be a wonderful day.  It all depends on how you look at it.

This Past Weekend With 3 K-9 Companions

Alex asleep

Alex asleep

This weekend I was trying to see if I could take some pictures, but I had to wait until Alex woke up.  Can you see the Nylabone right on top of her paw?

Gir

Gir

Gir was ready for his photo shoot, but first he wanted to play a bit.  The things these models request from me.  Unbelievable.

Roxy

Roxy

Roxy, on the other hand, did not want anything at all from me and was more than ready and willing to pose for pictures.

Roxy, Alex, and Gir

Roxy, Alex, and Gir

Cynthia finally got them all together and took this picture while I stood behind her with a treat in my hand.  Gir must’ve been very happy for he was the only boy in the bunch.  He played with Roxy for a little while until she told her enough, and being the gentleman that he is, of course, he obliged and let her be.

A Happy New Year With My Canine Family And Human Family

Tatiana, Alex, and Karol. (from left to right)

Tatiana, Alex, and Karol. (from left to right)

We ended up visiting family in North Carolina for New Year’s.  Alex, loved all the extra attention she got from everybody.  Can you tell by her face?

Karol, my cousin, and her boy, Stryker.

Karol, my cousin, and her boy, Stryker.

Aside from human companionship, Alex was able to see her cousin, Stryker, again.  Stryker is a Jack Russell Terrier.  It was funny and interesting to see them together because whenever the kids would run around the house, both Alex and Stryker would bark at them, with Stryker being the more adamant about ending their running and/or playing.

2013 is here!

2013 is here!

We got lucky that Cynthia, my partner, was able to capture this picture of all of us before Stryker and Alex moved.  Happy New Year to all of you.  May you have health, prosperity, love, and peace in this new year.

Walter, a Handsome Australian Shepherd

Today, Tuesday, we had Walter, an Australian Shepherd stay with us for two days.  I always do research on the dog’s breed that stay with me to better understand the dog and to be honest Walter is a typical Australian Shepherd.

Alex, Walter and Sienna (from left to right)

Alex, Walter and Sienna (from left to right)

This is what I found out about Walter’s breed: highly energetic, but sometimes can be easy-going, may show guarding behaviors, intelligent, learns quickly, enjoys working, often called velcro-dogs for their intense desire to be close to their owners, barks mostly as a warning, but not inclined to obsessive barking.

Handsome Walter

Handsome Walter

Now the description of Walter is very accurate, but you also have to remember that training and patience also make his traits shine.  His mom took him for a few courses in obedience and even one to learn tricks.  In other words, she took the time to train Walter and I could tell he was trained by the way he behaved on our first meeting.  He was a little excited, which is normal, but he listened to his mom.

Walter, posing for this picture.

Walter, posing for this picture.

Regardless of your dog’s breed, at the very least, either take an Obedience Class with your dog or hire a dog trainer to help you bring out the best in your dog.  I took 3 classes with Casey, my first dog, Obedience I, Obedience II, and Canine Good Citizen.  And one class with Alex, Obedience I.  Now if money is a little tight, you can always go to the library and get books about dog training that may be helpful to you and your dog.  Look at it this way, and I am saying this from experience, living with a dog that at a minimum has basic obedience is a pleasure rather than living with one unruly dog that in the end might end up in a shelter.  Enjoy your dog and you can start training him with treats.  They all love treats.

Roxy, A Beautiful Pomeranian

Roxy stayed with us this past weekend and Cynthia did her best to take pictures of them, but as many of you pet parents know many times our subjects are not very cooperative.

Roxy falling asleep

Roxy falling asleep

Sienna about to fall asleep

Sienna about to fall asleep

The above two pictures is a perfect example of what happens after a nice long walk and feeding.  No cooperation from these canine kids.

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Do you know how I got them to look awake and alert?  I showed them a treat and that helped.  Yes, I know I had to bribe them, but I wanted to take a picture of both of them.

Sienna aka Super Girl

Sienna aka Super Girl

Sienna, A Beautiful Beagle/Chihuahua Mix

Let me start by introducing Sienna, a Beagle/Chihuahua mix.

Sienna

Sienna will be staying with us for a couple of weeks, and so far these are the things I’ve noticed she likes to do:

Sienna, rubbing her back on her bed

Sunbathing

Sienna teaching Alex new “tricks”

Chewing on a Nylabone

Of all the things Sienna likes to do, I’d venture to say that the most enjoyable for her is chewing on the nylabones I leave around the house.

The first thing I did the day she came over to stay with us was to take her and Alex for a really nice long walk in order for both of them to understand that we are a pack and by doing this avoid any conflict between them.