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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?

Burn Off Pent-Up Energy With A Backpack

Alex to Bella, "I know you are shy, but you'll get used to them taking pictures all the time.  I promise."

Alex to Bella, “I know you are shy, but you’ll get used to them taking pictures all the time. I promise.”

If you happen to have a high-energy dog like Alex used to be, and nowadays Bella, you certainly have to look for ways to drain their energy.  In order to keep my sanity, I had to make sure that Alex walked, 1 – 1 1/2 hour twice a day, ran, twice a week, and do some training.  Because of her injury, Alex now walks around 20 minutes once or twice a day when the weather is not too cold, but just when I thought I was about to get a break, Bella joined our family.

As you can see in the picture, Bella, like many siblings, gets her hand me downs from Alex which includes a backpack.  Why do I use a backpack?  For some dogs like Bella, a regular walk will just not do, therefore adding a backpack can give her a job to do and she will be tired by the time we get home.

Some dogs have to be eased into wearing a backpack.  You can use treats to do that.  Let her wear it for a couple of minutes while rewarding her.  With Alex and Bella, it seemed like they’ve done this all their life.  Go figure.

backpack2What do I put in her backpack?  In order to make it even, I put the same amount of weigh on each side.  Do Not make your dog wear a backpack while she is running.  Some people put a bottle of water, wipes, keys, etc., in the backpack so the dog is really working by carrying her pet parents things.

backpack3What do I get from making Bella wear a backpack?  A tired, relaxed dog, as you can see in the above picture.  If you happen to have a high-energy dog like Bella, you need to drain that energy and fulfill her needs in order to enjoy her company rather than having a dog that can easily drive you crazy and frustrate you beyond words.  What do you do with your dog to drain his/her energy?

Going Back Home

Dexter, sitting pretty

Dexter, sitting pretty

Dexter was picked up by his mom this morning, and I finally remembered to ask her why does he like to sit pretty?  She said that he likes to sit pretty so he can get his belly rubbed.  The mystery was finally solved.

bckhome2Sarris will be picked up this evening.  She is one of the many dogs that I call, My Shadow, because she follows me everywhere.  But on her defense, I’d like to point out that Weimaraners are called Velcro Dogs because they love to be close to their human so I don’t hold it against her.  Actually, I find it funny because whenever I am doing chores she and my other shadow, Dexter, go up and down the stairs with me.  That is why when is time to go to sleep they are pretty tired.  Well, that and the walks/runs that they take with us during the day.

Sarris, Alex, and Dexter (L-R)

Sarris, Alex, and Dexter (L-R)

By the end of today, Alex, again, will be an only child, but she does not seem to mind at all.  Alex is the type of dog that can have other dogs living with her in peace, but can do just as well being the only canine kid.  That’s why I always say that she is perfect for me.  Enjoy your weekend.

Hanging Out With My Pack

Alex, Cynthia, and Walter (from left to right)

Alex, Cynthia, and Walter (from left to right)

This is my pack for this weekend.  Alex can walk around the house, as long as she does not run, and go outside to do her business for no longer than 15 minutes.  Cynthia is busy with school, therefore Walter is my constant and fun walking companion.

fri2Cynthia is very affectionate, and Alex already knows, or should I say, puts up with all the hugging and kissing that Cynthia bestows on her and Walter.

Walter and Alex

Walter and Alex

I am hoping that this weekend is really nice so I can take some pictures outside and explore our neighborhood a little more.  Enjoy your weekend.