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Meet Lou

Guess what I did? Yup, I adopted a second dog.  I have an obsession with browsing the adoption galleries of Animal Shelters near me, and since I had been thinking about getting a second dog, I had been looking for one similar to Jackie in size and age.  I happened upon a handsome Border Collie mix that was estimated to be about Jackie’s age, so I took the plunge and went to go meet him. They picked him up as a stray, so they named him Manning for the time he was there. He was all over the place while I walked him outside, making me wonder how long he’d been cooped up in that place.  He was sweet as can be, so I took him home without a second thought.  The first thing I did with him was name him Lou. The shelter I adopted Lou from was a low cost branch of the county’s Public Health department, so they didn’t have the resources to have in house veterinary care.  I took him to …

Dog Park Situations

I’ve written a blog post on how to behave at the dog park, but there are some situations I’ve come across that just don’t have a precedent.  Here are some stories of dog park issues and how I handled them.*   Someone Refuses to Let Their Dog Off the Leash Sheesh.  Some people.  The whole point of an off-leash dog park is for your dog to run wild and free of the restraint of a harness and leash.  Some people just can’t bring themselves to unlatch their pup, though.  Here’s a hint at who these people are: people who are worried about their dog misbehaving, people who are worried about all the other dogs misbehaving, and those who want their precious pup to stay attached at their hip forever and ever and never make any friends. These people are nuts if you ask me.  I wish I could bring myself to let them know that leashes aren’t allowed, but I’m sure they’d argue that to the death.  I just feel so bad for their choking …

How to Behave at the Dog Park

If you have an active, social dog, you probably bring her (or should bring her) to the local dog park.  Here’s what you need to know before showing up. Leash Your Dog – Your pup is expected to stay fully leashed until you are in fact INSIDE the dog park.  A lot of times there is a small fenced in enter/exit area where you can unleash your dog, then fully enter the dog park area.  Make sure you keep her leashed until you’re in there or you could get in some trouble with the frequent patrons of the park.  Also, it’s sort of dangerous because no matter how well behaved our dogs are, they seem to forget the rules when they see their best friend or mortal enemy peeing on their favorite tree in the park. ACTUALLY UNLEASH your dog before entering the main fenced area.  I guarantee your dog will get choked or start pulling when a crowd of dogs is sniffing and nipping at them. I can recount many times a poor pup was bombarded …

Feeding Your Dog Human Food

We all have done it.  Maybe you were eating some Chicken nuggets and couldn’t quite finish them or maybe you walked in on your pooch atop the kitchen counter.  Whatever way it happened, we’ve all been in a situation where our dog has had human food. When I first fed Jackie human food, it was a Chik-fil-A nugget that was about to be thrown away anyway.  Then she helped me eat some apple slices I had smothered in peanut butter.  Before I could say “hey are you allowed to have this?” I had given her something else off my plate. The thing is, it can be pretty dangerous for you to feed your dog human food.  We have all heard that you shouldn’t be giving your dogs chocolate, but here is a list of 7 human foods you should NOT be feeding your pup at home: chocolate – Chocolate is toxic to dogs because of a chemical called methylxanthines.  This chemical causes diarrhea, vomiting, and can even lead to seizures and sudden death of dogs who consume …

5 Essentials for Hiking with your Dog

I love hiking.  Especially on mountain trails that lead to gorgeous views. After I adopted Jackie, I started walking, exploring, and hiking way more.  I even started traveling across the state to see new places in North Carolina.  I’ve got a bit of experience when it comes to hiking with my pup, and I’ve collected a list of 5 essentials you need to gather before heading out. *disclaimer: Jackie is just over a year old, so we haven’t been camping overnight or hiking extreme trails just yet.  This list is for up to about 5 miles of mild weather walking on well beaten paths. 1. Harness This list is probably looking pretty common sense to those of you who are experienced dog owners, but I want to make sure to be thorough.  I started walking Jackie on a collar and leash when I first got her and quickly realized that it might be a good idea to get a harness. A harness is much more comfortable (and plain old less dangerous) to your dog, especially …

Meet the Family

Hi there.  Now that you’ve met Jackie and me, we can show you some of our adventures we have together.  Here’s the big girl on her first canoe ride. Now, let’s meet the rest of the family. Here’s Chipper, Jackie’s “big” brother.  He’s the most handsome Dachshund I’ve ever seen.   And there’s also Big George, our newest family member.  His owner died about a month ago, and we were happy to take him in.  He’s a big black 8 year old German Shepherd, and he loves my dad.  He’s been getting a lot of attention at my parent’s house, and he’s a pretty good looking addition to our pack. After college, I moved back in with my parents, but over the Holiday Break, I’ve moved into my very own house!  Stay tuned for updates.

Snow Day

It rarely snows where I live in North Carolina.  And when it does, it’s mostly muddy ice after a few hours anyway.  This year, we got a surprisingly beautiful little snow storm that lasted about a week and kept us from working (that’s the best part). Since Jackie was born sometime in January of 2016 (that’s all the info the shelter had), this was her first snow!  I had high hopes for her, but the first lazy day off, she just sniffed at it, and peed on the front porch so she wouldn’t have to get her feet cold.   After that first day, I bundled up and demanded that we have some fun.  Once she realized how fluffy and fun it was, Jackie had a blast running around in the snow!  I especially loved playing fetch with her.  It was a little more complicated, but a lot funnier.   I can’t wait for next winter.  Hopefully we get this fluffy beautiful snow again.  In the meantime, we’ll enjoy the springtime rain and heat.

Bark Collars and Drama

So, after moving in with my parents after graduation along with a new puppy, things got weird. I brought Jackie home and she was doing pretty well for a while.  She would play with Chipper, my mom’s adorable Dachshund, and sleep under our backyard shed every night.  When I started work, however, things changed. She started to find the most intriguing things in the backyard, and destroy them. This wasn’t just the sticks and toys she was supposed to be playing with.  I’m talking about the lattice on the underside of the shed where she sleeps, the actual siding to our house, and anything else she could get her paws on.  So, she had to be stopped.   We got her a fenced in area kennel for times when no one could keep an eye on her, and she went nuts.  She would cry and bark when she was put up, and the worst was her little wake up call howling at 5:30am every morning.  She kept waking up my dad, so after an ultimatum was …

Meet Jackie

Hey you! I’m glad you’re here because I am not at peace until everyone has met my puppy, Jackie.  Here she is!     Of course, she wasn’t always this big. In late March of 2016, I adopted this little booger from the Orange County Animal Shelter in Chapel Hill, where I went to college.  Here is her first car ride photo.   At the time of the adoption, I was living on campus and didn’t exactly get permission from my parents to adopt a dog and drop her off at home.  She lived with a friend off campus in a sort of co-parenting situation where I visited daily and spent most of my time teaching her not to chew fingers.  After I graduated, she moved in with me and my parents, and we all make up a happy family! This is Jackie with my friend Alex.  Alex says that I was being very irresponsible when I went to adopt her.  But look how happy he is!   My mom has a Dachshund named Chipper, …