The weather is starting to get hot so that means that I have to be up by 6am in order to walk my furry kids. Why? Well, some dogs, like Walter, the handsome Aussie, can easily overheat and burn his pads/paws, and even dogs like Bella and Alex with short white hair can get hurt.
The most attention and care need to be directed to dogs that have long, dark hair, seniors, and flat-faced breeds.
Once we got back from our walk, we went to the deck to get cleaned up. Walter did not want to pose for this picture, but my girls were game. I always clean him up first in order to get him back inside right away.
Once inside, Walter enjoys hanging out in the kitchen where he can find cool tiles to relax on. Is it too hot to walk? Yes, it is if you decide to take your morning walk after 9am. But you can still safely walk your dog as long as you make some changes to your schedule. Enjoy your walks with your furry kids.
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Alex, Bella, me, and Kalimba
I still cannot believe that we are at the end of March and yesterday, Wednesday, was so windy and cold, but to my surprise when we went to the deck it was pretty nice so I went ahead and cleaned all “my” furry kids and asked Cynthia to take some pictures.
I like my home clean, therefore “my” dogs also need to be clean that is why after our walks I wipe them off. Kalimba is actually pretty good and just lets me do what I need to do.
Now is time for brushing Kalimba’s hair. I think Alex is starting to get bored. I had to tell Alex, “I am almost done.” Bella, on the other hand, is watching the birds and squirrels that like to hang out on the trees.
Once Kalimba was wiped and brushed, it was Alex’s job to do an inspection and let me know if I did a good job. She gave me a big, “good job mom.” I do this with all the dogs that stay with me, and that includes my two girls, Alex and Bella. Wiping and brushing only takes a couple of minutes, and even if you only do it once a day, preferably before they go to bed, you’ll see the difference on your dog and your floors.
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Every year, just like many other people, I make a list of my new year’s resolution to tackle, but this year, surprisingly even to me, I failed to do so. Instead, I decided to do things I’ve been meaning to do for a while and unlike past years, 2014, although today is only January 4th, is proving to be quite fulfilling. The first thing I addressed was continuing with Alex’s training and small walks. How’s she doing? Better every day.
The second thing I’ve been meaning to do is to take care of a plant and not kill it like I’ve done in the past. With that in mind, Cynthia gave me a beautiful white Orchid for my birthday that I named Snowflake. Yes, I name them because in my mind it makes me more responsible, and between you and me, I think its working. A week later, we went and got another Orchid, the one featured in the above picture, that I named Lilly. A month has gone by and they are both doing great and thriving.
And the last thing I’ve been meaning to do for a while was to foster a dog. Cynthia and I finally went to the shelter in Baltimore, BARCS, yesterday, Friday, and picked a dog to foster. This picture I took yesterday, a couple of minutes after we got home, but I stopped right away because she seemed afraid of a lot of things and I did not want to frighten her. To our surprise she slept soundly, actually she snored, and ate all her dinner last night, followed by a breakfast I could have sworn she inhaled this morning.
I’d venture to say that this is a nice way to start 2014, don’t you think? Have a great weekend.
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This week has been pretty busy and we’ve had 2 new furry companions: Bear and Bingo. Our first one is this handsome 2 1/2-year-old boy, Bear. I think he might be the biggest dog we’ve taken care of so far. Because of his size, he is quite impressive, but he is very affectionate and playful.
To give you an idea of how big Bear really is, I asked Cynthia to take a picture of his paw next to my hand. Could you believe the size of his paw?
Our second new comer is a cute 14 year old lab named Bingo. He is not playful, but he is an amazing dog. He reminds me of my Alex a lot, therefore I’d have to say that my opinion is one that is not truly fair but rather biased.
Bear with a frequent visitor, Roxy. She usually likes small male dogs, but for some odd reason she warmed up to Bear pretty fast. Cute couple.
Even though this was a pretty busy week, I enjoyed it because I got to see how much dogs differ from one another, and I got to spend time with them. I’d like to call them my peeps, but that is for humans. What word could I use to call them my peeps? What would you suggest?
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Tagged Dog, Labrador Retriever, Pet, Pomeranian, Recreation, temperament, treats, walks
Josie is usually very energetic, loves, loves our walks and to say that she is a bundle of energy certainly does not do her justice, but that is all that comes to mind now. When I walk with her is usually for an hour or longer and she enjoys our walks, but this time that she stayed with us is the first time that I’ve seen that she prefers shorter walks and she does not seem to be her usual self.
She does not seem to be in any pain for I brush her every day and she does not exhibit any signs of being in pain. She eats all her food and treats and her #2 is normal. Yes, I look at her #2 to make sure that she is fine. I know, I know, I am gross. Anyway, I’ll talk to her mom today when she picks her up so she can take her to the vet. Why? Her energy level went from 100% to 50% in a matter of a month or two. I don’t think that is normal.
If you have a dog walker or a pet sitter you take your dog to, she should be able to notice different things and/or changes in your dog. I always talk to pet parents for a couple of minutes the day they pick up not only to let them know how their “furry kid” did while staying with us, but also because if I notice anything unusual on their doggie I’d like to let them know so they can follow-up with their vet.
At least once a week, take a close look at your dog and you’ll be surprised how easy you can spot changes on your furry kid. They rely on us, and we need to be vigilant and proactive in order to nip any problem in the bud, don’t you think?
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