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Joint Problems And Walter

The last time Walter stayed with us, May of this year, Cynthia mentioned to me that Walter went up the stairs using his hind legs in unison and I agreed with her since I had seen it myself, therefore I did a bit of research and I found out that some dogs do that when they start having trouble with their joints and that to be on the safe side, since it may just be a dog’s quirk, is best to talk to the vet.  When Walter’s mom came to pick him up, I mentioned this to her and she said that she’ll take him to the vet.

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Walter’s mom told me that the vet advised them to watch him since he is only a little over 2 years old.  Two months later, Walter came back to stay with us, and his mom told me that the vet after seeing that Walter started to have more difficulty with his hind legs suggested to either start with supplements or surgery.  She said that the vet wanted to run some tests first before deciding what treatment would be best for Walter.  Because of that our walks that used to be from 40 to 60 minutes long twice a day were reduced to 15 minutes twice a day.

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Every time a dog stays with us, Cynthia and I talk about their behavior, quirks, likes, dislikes, etc., and if there is anything that seems out of the ordinary, I talk to the pet parent about it.  That is why when a pet parent is coming to pick up her dog, I do ask her to have a couple of minutes so we can talk.

Whether you pet sit, like I do, or have your own dog, please watch him and you’ll be surprised what you can find out about a dog.  One time I did go overboard with Alex though because, no I was not drunk, I noticed a “lump” on her rump so I took her to the vet and to my horror she told me that she had two “lumps” on her rump and they are called Muscles.  I was so embarrassed, my face was red like a tomato, but the vet was so amazing and understanding and she told me not to worry about it with a big smile on her face.  Between you and me, I think she was laughing at me.

Anyway, please send well wishes and positive energy and thoughts to Walter.  He is one of a kind.

Alex’s Furry Friends: Milo and Bella

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We had a couple of days off and I was determined to take Alex for an outing to Annapolis, but it just did not happen.  I’d have to say totally la mia culpa.  I promised to make it up to her the next time she is the only kid at home:)

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These 2 beautiful canine specimens are Milo and Bella.  Our walks with them are shorter because Pugs can overheat very easy, and because they have a short-muzzled face making it a bit harder to breathe.  By the way, I am not saying not to walk Pugs.  Au contraire, walk your pug, but be aware of the weather, your pug’s age, health, level of activity, etc., and if unsure about what to do, please contact your vet for guidance.

Going Back Home

Dexter, sitting pretty

Dexter, sitting pretty

Dexter was picked up by his mom this morning, and I finally remembered to ask her why does he like to sit pretty?  She said that he likes to sit pretty so he can get his belly rubbed.  The mystery was finally solved.

bckhome2Sarris will be picked up this evening.  She is one of the many dogs that I call, My Shadow, because she follows me everywhere.  But on her defense, I’d like to point out that Weimaraners are called Velcro Dogs because they love to be close to their human so I don’t hold it against her.  Actually, I find it funny because whenever I am doing chores she and my other shadow, Dexter, go up and down the stairs with me.  That is why when is time to go to sleep they are pretty tired.  Well, that and the walks/runs that they take with us during the day.

Sarris, Alex, and Dexter (L-R)

Sarris, Alex, and Dexter (L-R)

By the end of today, Alex, again, will be an only child, but she does not seem to mind at all.  Alex is the type of dog that can have other dogs living with her in peace, but can do just as well being the only canine kid.  That’s why I always say that she is perfect for me.  Enjoy your weekend.

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.

Introducing Dieter, A Cute Vizsla

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This is Dieter, a 2 1/2 year old Vizsla.  When he is in his bed, he looks smaller than Alex.  He was asleep, but woke up when he saw the flash.  I know, I know, I should have let him sleep, but he is too cute not to photograph.

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Alex is so used to us taking pictures that not even the flash of the camera faces her anymore.  This is what they look like after our morning walk, relaxed and a little tired.

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I guess Dieter lost interest in the flash from the camera so he is about to fall asleep.  In a couple of minutes, breakfast time.

Guard Dogs Sleeping On The Job?

After our morning walk, Alex, a pit bull/Dogo Argentine mix, and Dexter, a boxer mix, were brushed and wiped, and because the weather was so nice we stayed hanging out on the deck for a little while.

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I like to brush them and wipe them after our walk not only because I like my house and dogs clean, but also because it relaxes them as you can see in the above picture.  If they were guard dogs, check out Alex already asleep, my girl would have been the first one to be fired.  But, they are not guard dogs, but rather part of our family and for many of us our canine children.

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I did have high hopes for Dexter since he was the only one awake, but within minutes, though honestly speaking I think it was seconds, he was out like a light just like my girl, Alex.  These two beautiful specimens are the perfect example of what guard dogs should not be doing: sleeping on the job.

My Weekend Pack – Alex, Josie, Dozer and Sarris

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Josie, Marcela, Alex, Sarris, and Dozer (L to R)

This weekend, I’ll be in good company with Josie, Alex, Sarris and Dozer.  Relaxing in the morning.

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Josie was the first one to arrive early in the morning.  I was glad when her mom said that she took my advice and took Josie to the vet.  The growth I pointed out on Josie’s last visit, according to the vet, needs to be monitored but so far there is nothing to be concerned about.  I was so glad to hear that.

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The second ones to arrive were Dozer and Sarris.  It took them a couple of minutes to get settle, and this is what they looked like after they sniffed Alex and Josie.  The novelty wore off for all of them in a matter of 5 to 10 minutes.  When I introduce dogs to one another, I always take them for a walk, let them sniff each other during our walk and after about 40-60 minutes we come home.

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Although that is my routine for introducing dogs to one another, I was not able to do it this time because it was raining very hard today.  So, what did I do?  I put all of them on a leash and allowed them to sniff each other while watching their body language: relaxed, curious, but calm.  After a couple of minutes I removed their leashes and collars, as you can see in the picture, and they were off to sniff our kitchen while I was watching them.  I do prefer to walk them as a way of introducing them to a new dog, but when the weather does not cooperate I have to improvise.  Always, and this is very important, look at the body language of the dog.  If he is tense, fixated on one dog, does not move, etc., chances are that he is ready to strike.  My best recommendation is: if you are bringing a new dog home, go for a long walk with all of them, 40-60 minutes, and then go home.  Living with dogs should not be stressful, but rather enjoyable and rewarding, but it’s up to you to make this happen.  Enjoy your weekend with your pack.

Walking In Annapolis, Maryland

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On Saturday, we, Cynthia and I, Alex is still on bed rest, met Ann Greene, dog trainer, pet parents, and their fury kids in Annapolis, MD.  I was quite shocked because Cynthia is not a morning person, but she was more than willing to go with me and walk for an hour with these beautiful doggies.

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All these dogs and pet parents have already worked with Ann and what she was doing is putting the dogs in an environment where there are a lot of distractions in order for them to get used to following commands even when there are a lot of things going on.

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Ann got the kid holding the leash to walk these two big dogs without being dragged all over the place.

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Cynthia was not able to take a picture of the entire group so she had to take two pictures.

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Ann is a really nice and funny person and she has her own company called A Tail Above, LLC.

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This is me talking with a pet parent.  I had a great time even though we got to Annapolis a little late.  I thought I’d died and gone to heaven.  I was surrounded by a bunch of doggies.  What a great Saturday.

Staycation With My Pack

 

Well, our staycation started on Tuesday of this week and will be ending today, Thursday, and I’ll be honest with you when I say that Alex really enjoyed and milked it for all it was worth.  We took very short walks since Alex is not allowed to walk very long, I did some reading and writing and enjoyed some naps here and there.  I can’t complain.

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But then, I thought about it a little longer and I remembered that Alex was allowed to sleep on the couch while I watched a movie, treat in hand, of course because God forbid I forget her treat.  If I were to forget, she’ll look at me with those beautiful brown eyes until I get up to get it.  I do forget sometimes, but my daughter is quite good at reminding me about different things specially treats.  Alex was walked, brushed, wiped, and pampered.  Uh!  I think it was Alex’s staycation and not mine.

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I think she knew what I was thinking and so she decided to make herself all angelic looking.  Did it work?  Yes, it always does.

Hanging Out With My Pack

Alex, Cynthia, and Walter (from left to right)

Alex, Cynthia, and Walter (from left to right)

This is my pack for this weekend.  Alex can walk around the house, as long as she does not run, and go outside to do her business for no longer than 15 minutes.  Cynthia is busy with school, therefore Walter is my constant and fun walking companion.

fri2Cynthia is very affectionate, and Alex already knows, or should I say, puts up with all the hugging and kissing that Cynthia bestows on her and Walter.

Walter and Alex

Walter and Alex

I am hoping that this weekend is really nice so I can take some pictures outside and explore our neighborhood a little more.  Enjoy your weekend.