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Cold Weather Is On Its Way

I used to love tropical weather for many years, on my defense I’d like to say that I grew up about 10 minutes from the beach so hot weather and fun went hand in hand, but now I prefer any season except for Summer.  Could you believe that?

justalex2This is what Alex wears when the weather starts to get chilly, but once it starts to get cold she wears 2 sweaters because she gets cold very easy.  When she was a puppy I took her out so she can see snow for the first time and play with our other dog, Casey.  She played for about 2 minutes or less, and then she started to shiver uncontrollably while looking at me as if trying to tell me, “Mom, I am freezing.”  I took her inside and she placed herself right next to a heating vent.

coldI love this time of the year when the days are sunny and a bit chilly.  Take your furry kids for walks, cold weather should not be a reason not to go out for a walk, but make sure that you and your canine companion are properly clothed.

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.

Exploring Annapolis, MD With Your Furry Friends

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We haven’t been to Annapolis in a while, and some things have changed of course.  Years ago, you could walk and visit the Naval Academy with your dog without a problem.  But this time, we had to wait for Cynthia to go and check if Alex could go in with us.  This is Alex, patiently waiting for Cynthia.

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Since Cynthia always takes longer than she should doing almost anything, yes, I am complaining, Alex and I went around the neighborhood to explore and take pictures.

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As you can see, Alex was quite curious about this big piece of wood moving in the water.  Like I said, we haven’t been to Annapolis in a while.

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This is what we were looking at.  Annapolis is a really beautiful city and one worth exploring with your dog.

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Cynthia finally came out and told us that we could not take Alex to the Naval Academy so we decided to go around Annapolis to walk, shop, and just do some sightseeing.

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Cynthia and Alex walking in Annapolis, MD.  Alex is used to cars, people, bikes, etc., that is why taking her with us is a pleasant and enjoyable experience.  Even though she is used to so many things, we still take her with us whenever we can so she does not forget.  All right, all right, I’ll come clean: it’s fun to walk around with her.

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I could not help but take a picture of this cute dog.  Notice how well this dog is walking even though the one holding the leash is a kid.  Yes, when kids are taught how to walk a dog they do a pretty good job.

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I got Alex to pose for this picture by asking her to sit and stay for me.  Like I’ve told many pet parents, training your dog should be something that you incorporate in your life, and this is a perfect example.  Do I train Alex at home?  Yes, but I do it as part of her every day routine.  Before she eats, I ask her to sit.  Or, if she is going to get a treat, she has to sit for me.  Did I take 5-10 minutes to specifically train her?  No.  At the beginning, yes I had to in order to teach her what I wanted from her, but after a couple of sessions she was good to go.

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Walking a dog should be something that you enjoy, but you need to train your dog to do so.  Take your dog and explore different neighborhoods.  Once we got home, Alex went out like a light.  She was tired not only because of the walk, but also because of the amount of new smells she encountered while walking in Annapolis.  This is a great way to fulfill your dog’s need for exercise.

July 4th Weekend With My Furry Companions

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I took this picture while Dieter and Alex were asleep, but the flash woke up Dieter.  Alex is so used to it that she can sleep right through it.  This 4th of July was uneventful and enjoyable.  Uneventful because nothing out of the ordinary happened, and enjoyable because even though we were able to hear the fireworks from Ft. Meade, Alex and Dieter only barked once and after that they went to their beds to sleep.

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Bella and Milo, from left to right, were not as cooperative for this photo shoot as Dieter and Alex were, therefore I had to put a collar and leash on Milo.  Because the temperature will be pretty high this weekend, we’ll take Bella and Milo for some mini-walks rather than 2 long walks.  Make sure that you adjust your walks based on your dog’s age, activity level, weight, and of course, weather.  Happy 4th of July weekend to all pet parents and their canine companions.

Dogs Exchanging Beds

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Can you see Dexter on his big, comfortable bed?  When I started pet sitting, a couple of years ago, I was obsessed with making the dogs that stayed with us use only their bed, but as time went by, I realized that they many times exchanged beds.

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Now, can you see Dexter on this little bed?  That bed was for Roxy to use, but I guess Dexter decided that this would be a better fit for him.  I think Roxy is just in shock.

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Now, Sarris is, for the most part, in her bed, the one she is occupying in the picture or Dexter’s big bed.  She does not care for that little bed.  Smart girl.  If you have multiple dogs, do they exchange beds too?

Siesta Time On a Really Lazy Afternoon

There are many things that the dogs that stay with us and Alex teach me, but there is one thing I had, and still have, a really terrible time doing for the longest time ever and that was, this is such a shameful confession since we Spanish are known for our siestas, taking a nap.  As a child growing up in Ecuador, naps were the norm rather than the exception, but I was never able to take a nap.

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Time went by and I found myself living in the US enjoying my time with Alex and furry kids like Sarris and Dexter, and I’d take a look at them and see how peacefully they sleep so, what do you think I did?

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I quickly followed suit and I was out like a light.  Yes, that is me under that blanket.  About a decade ago, I lived in Naples, Italy for 2 years and I noticed that Italians ate a lot of sweets and pasta, but I rarely saw people overweight.  They also drank a lot of wine and took naps.  I’ve been thinking lately that Spanish and Italians have the right combination of food, recreation, and relaxation, therefore I am going to try to learn from Spanish, Italians, and my canine companions and do my best to take a nap.

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After we woke up from our nap, Cynthia and I took them out for our usual short outing, anytime between 12pm – 4pm, depending on the weather, so they can stretch their legs and do their business followed by dinner.  Since I had the AC on, they all seemed to want to go out to the deck to warm up a little bit so we stayed out for about 10 minutes, and then we all came in.  We’ll be going for our evening walk later on, but I can certainly say that this was one really lazy afternoon I truly enjoyed.

Nylabone Exchange

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For her birthday, Alex got an off white Nylabone.

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Walter’s parents brought a brand new white Nylabone.  I gave Alex her off white Nylabone and the white one to Walter, but they both looked at their respective bones, and then went for the one that did not belong to them.  Go figure!

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Walter seemed delighted with Alex’s Nylabone so I just let them be.  Kids!  When you give your dog(s) anything to chew on make sure you are there to supervise that activity.