On Tuesday Penny and I walked with our new dog group - and I am ashamed to say that I still don’t know this particular groups name, but they either call themselves the ‘Tuesday Trekkers’ or ‘Pipers Parade’. Today’s walk included a lunch at a nearby dog friendly patio, and knowing this would be taking place I opted to leave Luna at home. I knew that managing a bouncy Golden, an Iditarod racer, and a camera was going to be a bit much. Here are a few photos of the group – and let’s just say that I am totally envious of you professional dog photographers out there!
I am a thirty something year old Military Wife who gets to move all of the time. I am mom to two precious dogs - Luna our Golden Retriever, and Penny our tween-size Dachshund. I love learning about photography and watching the Food Network. My Life in Blog Years is my photo diary and these photos tell my story of living with two dogs and one husband.
Hello friends. I hope you have lots of fun plans set for the Fourth of July celebration. Penny particularly doesn’t look forward to this day as she has a fear of fireworks; a fairly common phobia for dogs. She always finds the loud, unpredictable noise and bright displays of light truly frightening.
The good news is that there are a few things that I do to help her get through the festivities –
I make sure she gets plenty of exercise the morning of the fireworks.
I don’t change my behavior; I just go about my day like always.
I make sure Penny uses the potty outside (plenty of times) before the festivities begin.
I don’t react to the fireworks at all and I certainly don’t call attention to them.
David and I will stick in a good movie and turn up the volume to try and drown out the sounds of the fireworks.
I will sometimes have her wear a nice body wrap called the Thundershirt to help relax her.
I don’t push her past her comfort zone and I leave her be whether it’s in her crate or curled up under a blanket on the couch.
Being scared is stressful and stress is not a girl’s best friend. I certainly don’t put Penny in the category of having a high-level of stress when it comes to fireworks, but I like to think of myself as a responsible caregiver and try to do whatever it takes to make me her feel better.
Hope you have a wonderful Fourth of July!