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Hanging Out With Alex, Our Senior Dog, in Malibu Beach, MA

malibu beach ma1This weekend we went to Malibu Beach, Dorchester Shore Reservation, to enjoy the beautiful day we were having on Saturday.  One thing we didn’t do while living in Maryland was explore the area and we don’t want to make the same mistake again, therefore little by little we’ll be exploring Massachusetts.  My two models didn’t seem interested in posing for me, then again, maybe they were striking a pose for the camera and I thought otherwise.

Alex, "Moms, look at the water."

Alex, “Moms, look at the water.”

Alex seemed to be enjoying herself while looking at this beautiful view.  Cynthia, on the other hand, had a different idea about fun.

malibu beach ma3Cynthia was doing her best to engage Alex on a game of chasing, but Alex just walked behind Cynthia as if saying, “Mom, what are you doing?  I don’t want to run.”

Cynthia, "Alex, chase me."  Alex, "Ok., but I am not having fun."

Cynthia, “Alex, chase me.” Alex, “Ok., but I am not having fun.”

Did Alex’s body language deter Cynthia?  Of course not.  She kept trying until I told her to let her be since I don’t want Alex to run because of her ACL injury.  We removed the brace so it wouldn’t get wet if Alex got in the water, and she only wears it for support.  She doesn’t limp any longer.

malibu beach ma7Anyway, after all that excitement, we put the brace back on, and Alex took a nap while we sat down and talked.  One thing you need to remember, if you have a senior dog, is to not over do it.  Alex can easily walk 30 straight minutes, but we take frequent breaks.  We also carried water, treats, poop bags, etc.  You can still have a good time with your senior dog, Alex just turned 13 this May, but keep in mind that your dog needs to go at a slower pace.  Enjoy your weekend!

See You Later Maryland

bye md1Let me start by saying that writing this post is very difficult for me so please bear with me if I get very sentimental.  I have lived in many places throughout the US, but there are two places in this country that really feel like home to me and they are: New York, where I spent a great deal of time with my aunts and cousins; and Maryland. where I figured out my passion for dogs.  Because Cynthia got a job in Boston we had to move.  Well, Cynthia moved late last year, I, on the other hand, just got here.  Yes, I was doing my best not to move, but here I am in Boston.

bye md2I’ve been going back and forth from MD to MA because I had to put our house for sale and I’ll probably have to do a little more traveling until we sell it.  The last time I was in MD, I went to Crofton, a neighborhood where I used to walk a gorgeous GSD named Luca.  I took Alex with me and while she explored her surroundings all I felt was a great sense of loss and sadness.  Yes, I was about to start crying, but then I saw Alex’s face.

bye md3I think, no, let me rephrase that, I know Alex sensed how I felt and she gave me this amazing look as if saying, “It’s ok mom.  I know you don’t want to leave MD, but you know what?  We may be back in the future.  Please don’t look so sad.”  Alex is a very special dog, I know all pet parents say that about their dogs, so add me to that list.  But seriously, she is a special dog because she is very in tune with my moods.  She knows when I am angry, many times before I do, sad or not feeling well.

bye md4Anyway, after our walk in Crofton, we went back home and continued to pack.  As you can see, Alex was a lot of help.  She was busy supervising my work and playing with her toy.

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While I was loading our things in the car, Alex got all excited.  To her a trip in the car is always fun.  Seeing her enthusiasm made me think a lot while I was driving.  Yes, I am going to miss the amazing pet parents and furry kids I met, the walks in the neighborhoods around Odenton, our house, the delicious pizza from Boli’s, and so much more, but there is a lot that we, as a family, will encounter in this new place and that is what I have to keep in mind every time I am homesick.

bye md6Don’t take me wrong, Boston is a beautiful place and I do like it, but I think it will take a bit of time getting used to it.  I can’t and won’t say goodbye to Maryland.  I’ll rather say, “See you later Maryland,” and leave it at that.  Thanks to all the pet parents that trusted me with their furry kids and the best to all of you.  Until I see you again, please take care of yourself and your canine companions.

Blizzard 2015 – Really?

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Well, I really thought that Maryland was going to get hit pretty bad with this storm, but we dodged the bullet, and I am so glad.  I was worried to be quiet honest, but Alex, on the other hand, was cool like a cucumber.  When I took her out, I think she was just happy to be out and did not seem to have a care in the world.

blizzard20152Aside from taking Alex for short walks, during Winter I do my best to make sure that I always have chicken soup cooked and ready for my girl.  She seems to enjoy it specially when she gets it as part of her morning and evening meal.  Don’t forget to exercise your canine companions, but please bundle up, both you and your furry kid, make the walks short, and be safe.

Keep Your Senior Dog Active

During our last visit to Alex’s vet, one thing that resonated with me was the vet’s advice to keep my senior canine companion active.  I told the vet that since she put Alex on supplements for joints, Alex does not limp at all and walks without a problem.  There are times when she has so much energy, yes at 11 1/2 years old, that she runs back and forth inside the house.  This is my cue to increase the walks.

activesenior1But, I am also very vigilant regarding signs/cues that on occasions she displays that tells me that I need to make the walks shorter and perhaps more frequent.  Alex was only walking a maximum of  about 30 minutes right after she was put on supplements, but now she can easily walk as much and as long as she used to do before, but I don’t let her over do it.

activesenior2Today, Saturday, Alex and I went to a pet store in Annapolis, MD and after that we went to PetSmart to get her food and some treats which kept us out for a couple of hours.  She had her morning walk, but not her evening walk because she looked tired.  I had her pose for this picture with one condition.

activesenior3The condition was that she would have some time to “explore” the area without having me rush her.

Keep your senior dog active, but don’t over do it.  The key is, like in almost everything in life, moderation.  If ever in doubt, ask your dog’s vet.

Happy 11th Birthday Our Beautiful Alex

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Alex turned 11 on May 5th, but because we had company we had to celebrate it on Monday.  In the morning, for breakfast, I made Alex some stir-fry which she inhaled mixed with her kibble.  In the afternoon, after she napped, we went to Petco and got some cupcakes, and a Nylabone.

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Once we got home, Cynthia was trying to place Alex and the cupcakes properly for a picture, and since I am the worst photographer ever, as you can see when you see this picture, I just took picture after picture while Cynthia was sighing with desperation.

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I don’t think Alex cared to pose for pictures so I sat next to her and the first thing she wanted to do, of course, was eat all the cupcakes.

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We, then, agreed that Alex could be trusted with the cupcakes, although between you and me if we had turned our backs to her she’d probably would have eaten all of them, and so Cynthia took this picture.

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For some reason, Alex found the lighter quite interesting as you can see by the way she is looking at it.  No, Alex, this lighter is not food.

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We finished by taking a family portrait.  Alex’s torture was over, and she finally got to eat some cupcakes to her heart’s content.  Happy Birthday Alex!

Caring For My Alex, a Senior Dog

My Alex

The brown patch on her face is starting to turn white

Alex, my beautiful girl, is a little over 10 years old and I am so glad that I’ve had her in my life since she was 2 months old.  Because I had her since she was a puppy, I can easily see the changes in her behavior and eating habits now she is a senior dog.  Here are some of them:

  • In the Winter, she prefers to walk after 8:30am and her last walk to be taken by 7pm
  • She prefers to have 3 smaller meals rather than 2 big meals
  • I believe she lost some of her taste buds, therefore I mix chicken, rice, yogurt, etc., to her kibble to entice her to eat
  • She sleeps more than she did before and always looks for her bed
  • There are times when we are walking and she walks behind me rather than next to me so I cut the walk short
  • She seems to enjoy having her teeth brushed at night time more than when she was a puppy
  • She walks slowly
  • She still plays, but the sessions are shorter and gentler

One thing, we, pet parents, must keep in mind when our dog is a senior dog and that is that we must adapt to the changes that she will go through in the future and change our routine accordingly.  Enjoy your dog companion, but please be aware that a senior dog has limitations so be gentle with her.