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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.

Belated Happy New Year 2015

2015This was the first year we were not home.  Instead we went to Boston to visit family and did a little sightseeing while there.  As you can see, Alex could care less about the ducks around her.

20152It was funny to see Alex totally uninterested in all the real ducks around her, but once she saw these “fake” ducks she couldn’t help herself and she had to go and meet them.  As you can see, she is meeting them the polite way, the doggie way.  How?  By sniffing the tush.

20153Alex even posed with them.  She was such a good girl.  By the way, because it was so cold that day, we were out for about 20-30 minutes only.  We parked very close so we went back to the car and headed to get some food.

20154We could take Alex pretty much anywhere dogs are allowed because she is used to so many things, including horses.  We saw a policeman on a horse, but I was hesitant about asking him for a picture so we kept walking.  When Alex was a puppy I took her everywhere so that as an adult dog she would be comfortable in different situations and areas.  Belated happy new year 2015!

Chinatown – Toronto, Canada

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After taking pictures in Downtown Toronto, we headed for Chinatown.  Can you see the bike lane?  I wish that more places here in the US would follow suit.

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I was amazed at how well Alex did while sightseeing in Toronto, but we took breaks for I wanted to make sure that she did not over do it.  When I am not sure about whether or not a person is comfortable with dogs, I prefer to put Alex on one side so she can still see that person, but she is not so close that he’d be uncomfortable like in this case.

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We did a bit of shopping while in Chinatown and my 2 girls posed for this picture.  To be able to shop, Cynthia went to the stores and gave me a “report” on what was good or not while Alex and I waited for her outside, but even like that I had a great time with them.

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Our girl, Alex, was pretty tired so we stopped and let her relax for a while.  As soon as she put her head on my lap she fell asleep.

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What did Alex do once we got back to the hotel?  She fell asleep, of course.  The next day, after we all had breakfast we were back on the road heading for Niagara Falls.  By the way, crossing the border from Canada to the US was interesting, to say the least.  We had the misfortune of dealing with a very tired, according to his co-worker, and quite unprofessional border patrol man.  He made us stopped in order to inspect our car, but because of that we met a very funny, polite, and nice man from the agriculture department, so something positive came out of it.

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Cynthia and I took a tour in Niagara Falls and we had a great time while Alex stayed at the hotel sleeping.  After a day of fun, we packed our things and headed back home.  I was surprised, why?  Because Cynthia wanted to go home a couple of days before our trip was over while Alex, our picky daughter, was eating no kibble and chicken soup only.  My 2 companion travelers were wonderful, and I’d take a trip with them anytime, but for our next trip Cynthia and I decided to pick one place to visit rather than going from one place to another for it made us pretty tired.  All in all, I am glad we took this trip.  I think we all needed it.  Once we got home, late in the evening, Alex finally ate 1 cup of kibble and her appetite came back.  We were all happy to be in our own beds back in Maryland.

The Outing That Was Never To Be

For the last couple of months I’ve been planning a trip up north with my dogs.  I even had the cities I wanted to go to in a chronological order, could you believe that?  By the way, I love to plan things, and if they don’t work out, that is just another opportunity for me to plan again.  Anyway, for reasons beyond my control, my plans were put on hold and I was feeling bad about it even though I kept saying that it was fine.  Anyway, I took Alex and Kingston for a walk in the morning, as usual, and I saw that they were happy to be heading out for a walk.  Their bodies would wiggle and their tails looked more like fans than actual tails.  In other words, they were happy even though we did not go on our trip.

This made me think.  How easy it is for them to appreciate what they have rather than dwelling on what might have been.  With that in mind, I made another plan, yes people I love to plan things, and borrowed some Maryland and DC travel guide books to help us explore and go sightseeing the many areas we have not been able to see so far.  Now I am looking forward to our outings, but in case we are not able to go, let’s cross our fingers that we do especially with this hot weather, no problem because I’ll be ready with?  Yes, another plan.