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Snow Storm in Massachusetts – 2/5/16

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Marcela, “This is what we woke up to on Saturday 2/6/16”

To say that it snowed in Massachusetts last Friday would be an understatement.  Well, we had to make the best out of all that snow, so on Saturday morning we ventured out with Abby to let her do her business, play and take some pictures.

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Abby, “What? We are going to go out now? There’s way too much snow moms. Do we have to?”

Abby was a little hesitant about going out and getting those beautiful white paws wet.  Can you see the hesitation in those eyes?

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Abby, “Moms, why didn’t you tell me playing in the snow was so much fun?”

Once we were out, Abby ran and played like crazy in the snow.  She was just a little bit confused about the paparazzo, aka Cynthia, following her and intruding in her privacy.  As you can see, take a look at Abby’s face in the above picture, she wasn’t too crazy about it.

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Abby, “Mom, what is wrong with you? Why are you laughing and crying all at the same time? You are confusing me”

Abby was having the time of her life, when all of a sudden she turned and I saw her face full of snow.  I laughed so hard that, of course, I confused the hell out of our poor puppy.  How could you keep a straight face when looking at that face?

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Abby, “Moms, I found it”

I was wondering why Abby had so much snow on her face, and before I could ask Cynthia about it she told me, “I throw treats in the snow and then ask Abby to get it.”  And so the mystery was solved.  By the way, since Abby is part Beagle we need to make sure that she uses her nose more than her eyes.  She found every single treat.  You go Abby!

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Abby, “I am tired. Let’s go home.”

Abby ran around for about 40 minutes.  I don’t recommend pet parents doing this unless you frequently check on your dog.  Even though Abby has short hair, she is nice and stocky therefore she is better equipped to handle cold weather.  She also wears a jacket to keep her warm.  Not all dogs can do this.  Alex, our pit bull mix, never stayed out playing in the snow longer than 3 to 5 minutes.  Even with a sweater and jacket she’d shiver like crazy.  She was not a big fan of snow and preferred to have a nice short walk instead.  Abby is the complete opposite, as soon as she sees snow she wants to go and run.  And this is why I say that dogs are individuals.

We have more snow coming today, Monday, and so we’ll try and capture more pictures with Cynthia and Abby.  Bundle up and don’t forget to keep your canine companions and yourself warm, dry and well hydrated.

Memorial Day 2014

Odenton, MD

Odenton, MD

When Alex, my 12-year-old pit mix, was not able to walk because of her ACL injury last November, I told myself, “I’ll walk by myself while I enjoy listening to some music for a change.”  Ha!  Do you know how many times I went out walking by myself?  Once.  Yes, once.  I hated it, and I was bored half to death.

Alex, Bella, and Walter (L to R).  The smiling human is your truly, Marcela

Alex, Bella, and Walter (L to R). The smiling human is your truly, Marcela

What saved me from boredom were the doggies that came to stay with us while Alex was recuperating from her injury.  Nowadays, Alex is doing better and she is able to walk with us, but not for too long.  I still have to be careful with her.  On this holiday, just like any other day, please remember to walk your dog.

Alex and Walter (L to R)

Alex and Walter (L to R)

And, make sure you add a little extra food if your walks are longer than usual.  Have a great Memorial Day from my pack to yours!

Grey Muzzle? I Don’t Think So

senior1The cute lab in the above picture is Bingo.  Would you believe me if I told you that he is 14 years old?  Probably not.  Usually dogs with dark hair show very easy, as they age, grey muzzles, but Bingo is one of those rare exceptions because most of his hair is black and shiny.

Bingo is the oldest dog to date that I’ve taken care of and the needs of a senior dog are different from that of a puppy or mature dog.  With that in mind, walks are shorter, rest is plentiful, no loud noises, etc.  Have a great week.

Alex’s ACL Injury

brace1I thought that Alex sprained her leg like she has done a few times in the past, but after taking her to the vet for a consult, x-rays, blood work, etc., she was diagnosed with having an injury to the anterior cruciate ligament, ACL, also known as cranial cruciate ligament.  According to what the vet told me and what I read, this is one of the most common injuries in dogs.  I had no idea since Alex, although a senior dog, never had such an injury.

brace2I asked Cynthia to go with us to the vet because honestly I was really worried about Alex.  The vet referred us to a surgeon, and the next day I made an appointment for them to see her and schedule her for surgery.  Unlike other times when she starts eating in about 1/2  a day, this time she did not want to eat at all for 3 days.  We went back to the vet for an upset stomach, but I asked for them not to sedate her anymore.  With the medication given to her for her tummy, she finally ate, but I was really frantic and was ready to take her to have surgery, but Cynthia said, “Let her recuperate first and then we’ll do whatever is best for her.”

brace3We thought about it and considered all possibilities and we decided, ok., Cynthia convinced me, that it was best to start with the least intrusive way to address her injury.  With that in mind, we did some research and ordered an A Track Dynamic Brace.  We got it within 3 working days and it took us longer to measure Alex for the brace than it took Cynthia to put it on her.  Before the brace, she walked on 3 legs, but as soon as she had the brace on she started to put weight on her injured leg, hind left leg, and I was amazed. She has a long, long way to go, but this is, at least for Alex, a good start.  In a couple of weeks, when the knee gets better and stronger I’ll be looking into hydrotherapy and acupuncture.

brace4For the next couple of weeks, I have to get her to walk inside the house for no longer than 5 minutes at a time about 4 to 5 times a day, and increase time little by little.  She wears the brace during the day, but when is time to go to sleep, the brace is removed and Alex sleeps inside her kennel which she loves, but rarely ever uses in order to limit her movements.

IMG_6434Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and now more than ever, specially after this crazy and worrisome last week with Alex, what I am most thankful for happens to be my girlfriend, Cynthia, for getting me to see things clear when I am panicking, and my Alex, ok. fine I’ll share, our Alex, for making me appreciate the things that many times I overlook.  Doesn’t Alex looks like a cute dominatrix?  I know, I know, that is probably an oxymoron, but that is just my opinion.  Anyway, I’ll continue writing about Alex’s progress, but for now let us wish you and your family a wonderful, happy, and healthy Thanksgiving.

Alex, Still On Bedrest

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Alex

It’s been a month since Alex, as per her vet’s instructions, has been on bedrest.  I thought that she was going to drive me nuts because she is a very active dog even now that she is almost 11 years old.  To my surprise, and delight, she has taken this time off from walking quite well.  I take her for a walk, twice a day, for about 15 minutes each time, but no longer than that.

stllbedrst1She can walk around the house, but she is not allowed to run up and down the stairs which she loves to do.  I taught her to go up and down the stairs slowly.  How?  I started by walking with her on a leash while telling her “slowly,” and extending my left arm so she understands that she cannot go beyond my arm.  Within a couple of days I was able to do this without using a leash. 

She has another month to go and I know she enjoys her long walks, but I want her to recuperate therefore we’ll stick with short walks.  I still can’t believe that my beautiful girl will turn 11 in May 5th.  I hope to share many, many more walks with her.