Tag Archives: Pit bulls

I Need Ideas For Charlie’s 3rd Birthday!

Charlie, “Where’s my cake and food?”

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!

Do Dogs Need Sweaters And Blankets In Winter?

Abby, “Mom, please keep up with me, ok?”

Yes, dogs need sweaters and blankets once the weather starts turning cold specially if your dog has short hair, she is a puppy or senior, and also if she is recuperating from injury/illness.

Abby and Charlie both wear a sweater and sometimes jacket when we go out, they both have short hair, and a sweater or t-shirt when they are indoors. By the way, and this may just be me, but I like to touch their ears. If their ears are cold, then they are cold.

Sweaters and jackets for dogs, if you are looking for quality items, tend to be a bit expensive, but I’ve learned from trial and error that they are worth it. Blankets, on the other hand, I get them from a thrift shop. They have inexpensive, beautiful thick blankets in all sizes and colors.

Take a walk with your canine companion, weather permitting, but remember to bundle up and do the same for your canine companions. Enjoy your weekend.

Charlie’s Behavior Rehabilitation And Training – Part II

Abby, yours truly, and Charlie (L to R)

Charlie has been with us for a little over 2 weeks and slowly, emphasis on slowly, he is gaining weight, and he is starting to learn manners. Yeah! But, I want to tell you that behavior modification takes time, patience, and lots of persistence. One thing I tell my clients that they need to master is walking their dog. At the beginning, Charlie was impossible to walk with Abby, but as days went by he surprised us by walking beautifully like in the above picture.

Charlie, “Mom, what are you doing?”

And then Charlie saw a deer, and guess what? He went airborne. Yes, you read it right. He is a big dog so I never thought that could be possible, but Charlie proved me wrong. It took a few minutes for him to relax, and when he finally did we continued our walk. Is this unusual? No. All our dogs did the same, until they got used to seeing other animals without having any reaction.

For those pet parents that are scratching their heads not knowing what to do with their dogs, let me tell you that your dog will learn at his/her own pace, and you need to remember that. Find a dog trainer that you and your dog are comfortable working with and enjoy the ride. Also, when you are fed up, please do not work with your dog. Take a deep breath, put your doggie in his crate, and have a glass of wine. Once you are relaxed, continue working with your dog. By relaxed I mean balanced not buzzed. Stay safe!

On A Search For Our Next Canine Companion

Maggie, the best behaved dog I’ve ever met.

Maggie belonged to a client of mine, and I was fortunate enough to care for her multiple times years ago. She was imposing, to say the least, but she was also very loving with her humans and other dogs.

We are going to start looking for an addition to our family in the near future, and these are the breeds we like: Pit bull, Rottweiler, German Shepherd, and Australian Shepherd.

Wish us luck! The funny thing about it is that many times you don’t get the dog you want, but rather the dog you need. Stay safe.

COVID-19, Dogs, Family And Being Grateful

Walter and Alex (L to R)

The pandemic is wreaking havoc in the world, and if you listen to the news the number of infected and deaths because of it is rising. Although it does feel gloomy and scary, I am grateful to have our dogs and family with me. I choose to focus on the positive, and I hope you do too. Stay safe!

Dogs And Kayaking

Alex, “Mom, I am falling asleep. Could we get on the kayak already?”

It’s funny what you miss as time goes by. Kayaking with Alex is something I truly miss although our first time was certainly an odyssey, but it got better and better the more we did it. Alex has been gone a little over 5 years, and my heart still aches for her, but I am also thankful for the time we had with her.

With that being said, let’s cross our fingers, we hope that next year we are able to go kayaking with Abby and some of her canine friends. Have a great weekend and stay safe.

Dog + Walking = Weight Loss

Staying at home is wonderful, but you have to admit that it is also a very easy way to gain unwanted pounds, right? Some people started going back to the gym, others have personal trainers-virtual trainers-or joined a group to do a particular activity, but all of it costs money to do. So, keeping in mind weight loss, frugality and enjoyment, the one activity you could do for free is-drumroll please-walk your dog. Yes, walking your dog would do wonders for you and your canine companion so let’s lace up your shoes and go out there! Not when is raining though. Stay safe.

Dogs And Our Moods And Behavior

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There’s research that shows that dogs do sense our moods and behavior, even smell our emotional state.  I’ve learned this from personal experience from our dogs: Casey, Alex, Bella and Abby.

Casey, a Staffie, would sit perfectly still next to me when I got angry.  Funny, one time I told Cynthia that I wasn’t angry, but Casey sold me out.  Traitor!  Alex, a pit bull mix, would get close to me and shiver.  Bella, a pit bull mix, would try to make herself small.  And Abby, a Beagle/Bulldog mix, runs toward me and with a concern look on her face looks me in the eyes.

Dogs are amazing teachers, and living with them gives us the opportunity to live a balanced and healthy life.  Do you think your dog senses your moods/emotions?

Abby’s Trip To Canada – Part 2 of 2 (Quebec)

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Abby, “Mom, I am 100% sure that we’re lost. Could we please ask for direction? Please!!!

Yes, we were totally lost when we visited Quebec, but it didn’t matter to us.  How come?  We had a good time exploring this beautiful city, and eating along the way.

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Abby, “Moms, do you need help packing? One suitcase = 2 cookies. What do you think?”

We were all ready to go back to Massachusetts after visiting Canada, but I think Abby a bit more because she watched us carefully while we packed our things.

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Abby, “Moms, did you remember to pack my food and treats?”

I had to take the above picture.  Abby looked so adorable that it was hard to resist.  Anyway, we were ready to leave Quebec after a nice vacation, and yes, Abby did get treats and food along the way.

Reasons Why You Should Foster A Dog

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Nap Time!

These are just a few of the reasons why you should foster a dog:

  • A dog will enrich and make your life much more fun and interesting
  • You will give this dog the opportunity to socialize with people, and perhaps even other dogs and animals in your home
  • By providing a temporary home, you’ll ease his transition to, hopefully, his forever home in the future

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Fostering a dog has many challenges, but the difference you’ll make on that dog’s life will be priceless!  Talk to a few organizations in your area and find out more about what fostering a dog entails.