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Little Italy, Boston, MA -Abby & Emmie

north-end-boston-sept-17-20161Yesterday, Saturday, was a gorgeous day so we decided to go to Little Italy, also know as the North End, in Boston, MA.  Cynthia and I agreed that we are going to do our best to see as much of Massachusetts as we possibly can while we live here.  When we lived in Maryland, DC was a 20 minute drive from home and we failed to see a lot of it and so we don’t want to make the same mistake again.

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Abby, “I am posing, therefore I want a treat.”

We took Abby and Emmie for a nice walk around Little Italy, and Cynthia found 2 bakeries, forgot the names, where she got some delicious bread.  I am sure we’ll be heading that way many more times in the future.

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Abby and Emmie, “No more pictures. We are tired.”

Our trip was about 3 hours long, let’s not forget the traffic coming and going, and afterwards everybody was tired, thirsty, hungry and sleepy.  After we all had a nice lunch, we took a well deserved nap.  And that’s what I call a well spent Saturday.

I am Sooo Tired – TGIF

2tired1Because the weather is so nice today here in Odenton, MD, we took a nice walk and once I cleaned them up, each furry kid took a spot to hang out and/or fall asleep.  Bella is the youngest one, 3 years old, therefore she was relaxing by the sliding doors and found herself in the arms of Morpheus within minutes.

2tired2Alex, on the other hand, decided that the dining room was a better spot to relax after our walk.  By the way, she still uses her brace during our walks, but not at home.

2tired3Roxy, a beautiful pom, kind of blends with my wood floors, don’t you think?  While they were all recuperating from our walk, I stayed in the kitchen putting away dishes, freezing food I cooked for Alex and Bella recently, and taking pictures of them while they were asleep.  What a nice way to start this weekend.

TGIF – Siesta Time

tgif1Around 1pm, I took Alex and her canine companions out for a short walk around the neighborhood.  When we were a couple of minutes away from home, it started to rain so we had to hurry up since I did not want them to get wet.  After I dried them, they had a nice snack and went to bed.

tgif2Even Bella, who has boundless energy, was tired after our walk so she decided to follow suit and take a well deserved nap.  What a great way to start this weekend.

Alex’s ACL Injury – Part 2

acl21It’s been about 2 1/2 months since Alex started to wear a brace from Woundwear, and this is her progress so far:

  • Alex was only able to walk for 3 straight minutes while wearing the brace and was so exhausted that she slept for hours after that short walk
  • Nowadays, when the day is not too cold I take her to walk for about 20 minutes in the morning, and about 10 minutes late afternoon or vice versa.  Even after taking those walks, she likes to walk around the house
  • She is still on bed rest, and she is not allowed to run up and down the stairs which she still loves to do
  • She does not wear the brace when she goes to bed.  I put a heating pad around her injured leg and back when is time to go to sleep
  • In the morning, once she sees one of us get up, to our amazement and delight, she walks without limping and no brace for a couple of minutes
  • She seems to have gained some of the flexibility and agility she had before she got injured

acl22By the way, I don’t get any monetary compensation from Woundwear.  What I like to do is share the experiences I have with different products.  Why?  In the hope that you get an unbiased opinion, and I get feedback from you.

The only two things I found negative about the brace were the price, $386.75 including shipping, and having to pay about $120 for someone to take the measurements for the brace.  I did not pay for the latter because Cynthia took the measurements, but a lot of people, for what I read online, had difficulty with this part so the total for them would have been a little over $500.

Was it worth it for Alex?  Yes, it was.  I am hoping that in a couple of months from now she’ll be only wearing that brace once in a while.

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?

Snowing in Odenton, Maryland

snowdex1This is how my neighborhood looked a couple of days ago.

snowdex2This is how it looked this morning when I took Dexter for a walk.  It was still snowing.  When we got back home I dried him, turn the heater on, and got him to go to his bed.  We walked for about 1/2 hour and he seemed to enjoy the snow.

snowdex31And this is how Dexter looked after our walk followed by breakfast.  Yes, he was tired.  What a hard life this good-looking doggie has, don’t you think?

snowdex4Alex stayed with Cynthia at home since she is to be on bed rest for a while.  I miss walking with her, but I don’t want to push it for I want her to get better.  For those of you that had to go out in this crazy weather, please be careful, and for those of us that stayed home, eat, sleep, read, watch tv, etc., in other words, vegetate.  I hope the weather improves soon.  Take care.

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.

Monday Morning – Alex And Dexter

Dexter, a handsome boxer mix, will be staying with us for a couple of days and we started with our usual morning walk, followed by grooming, brush and wipe, and a nice breakfast.

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After that, they were both ready to take a nap and sunbathe, but Cynthia wanted to take a picture of them before they fell asleep.  Alex is almost in dreamland.

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Well, Cynthia’s “models” quit and went ahead to take their naps.  Take a look at the proximity between each other.  Just like humans, dogs also have to have manners.  Some dogs sleep in the same bed, while others prefer to have a little bit of room like in this case with Alex and Dexter.  Every dog is different, therefore don’t force your dog to share her bed with another dog if that is not what she likes or is used to doing at home.  Have a great week.

The 3 Musketeers On The Road: From Michigan to Toronto, Canada

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Well, as much as we liked visiting family, it was time for us to get going so we took some more pictures and headed to Toronto, Canada.

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It took us a couple of hours to get to the border and although, so far, all the Canadians I’ve met have been polite, friendly, nice, etc., the border patrol woman who took care of us was pretty rude.  I told Cynthia, “Let’s look at it as something we can laugh about it later on.”  I am not too sure she bought that.

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We finally got to Toronto, Canada and we were all glad to find a hotel that accepted dogs.  We were given a room on the 7th floor with a nice view that Alex just could not wait to check out for herself, as you can see in this picture.

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We were hungry and tired so we had dinner and then headed for our comfortable bed.

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The next day, after dinner and good night sleep, we all headed to Toronto, and Cynthia caught a glimpse of water so I drove towards it and we found this beautiful place, Lake Crescent Park.

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Our daughter, Alex, was nice enough to pose for this picture.  By the way, she was still only having chicken soup, but no kibble as a meal.

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After taking a couple of pictures, we headed for downtown Toronto.

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We did a lot of walking, and I was a little hesitant since Alex usually walks 30 minutes twice a day and no more than that.  But you know what?  I think Cynthia and I were more tired than Alex.

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I thought DC would be the only place with the most bikes ever, but I was wrong.  Toronto has a huge amount of bikes.  No wonder they look so fit.

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We walked all over and there was some sort of convention going on, so we tried to find places where there was less traffic and people.

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With all the walking we did, we had to take breaks here and there.  I don’t remember what Cynthia was telling me at the time when she took this picture, for all I remember is that I was happy.  Happy to be with my life partner, Cynthia, and Alex, our picky girl.

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Cynthia loves to take pictures of us, but I got this one of the two of them.  We had an amazing time in Toronto, Canada.  Perhaps one day, in the future, we’ll go back and stay a little longer.  Enjoy your pack.

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.