Category: Dog Mom

My puppy stopped peeing under the dining room table and 13 other little things I’m thankful for.

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With Thanksgiving just around the corner and the madness I’m about to encounter with prepping food, baking pies cleaning up and the bouncing between 2 households (mine and the boys), I am trying to stop myself and not only be grateful for the insanely large amounts of food my family always prepares or that we have a warm house filled with love to eat it all in. I am thankful to spend it with the people I love dearly. I am thankful for having good friends who listen to me vent and always have my back. I am thankful to have a job, although I may not like it, I am glad for all that I have learned and continue to learn. I am thankful for my Prius, which doesn’t cost me a day’s work of pay to fill up and is very reliable. I am thankful for my boyfriend and my puppy, who I get to spend every morning and night with.

All that thankfulness should be more than enough—and it is—but I also wanted to think of the little things that we take for granted. Well— because they occur all the time, like every day or so – we may not appreciate them. I know we aren’t the Pilgrims and don’t really look at Thanksgiving as a time to be thankful – it’s become more about the 3 F’s (food, family, football), but It’s good to realize some of the  day-to-day things going on that we may have become accustomed to without even realizing  until, well you make a list of thankfulness!

Here is my quick list I jotted down – (in no particular order)

I am thankful….

–that the dog stopped peeing under the dining room table – as our house has a small slant to it, that is most noticeable when he pees under there and it slides down to the other end of the room…

–for my amazing boyfriend: who sees me with no makeup, hair a mess, in my sweats and still loves me. And for how hard he works along with getting his MBA at Boston College (late nights) yet still remembers to give me a kiss when he walks in the door.

–for my mom and dad – especially for my mom who has done a complete 180 with Freddy and is not only accepting being a pet-gramma but embracing it. My dad has always been on my side =)

–for my cousin, Jaclyn who always makes sure we stay connected – and keeps calling- even if our conversations are via voicemails.

–that my friends have a group chat going about only things we would laugh at (Bridesmaid quotes, they never get old)

–for chocolate and my spontaneous baking that always comes out delicious. (thank you grandma for that skill)

–for the dog park (so I can have a few minutes to myself after without Freddy attacking me to play)

–that I tried to volunteer at 5 different shelters and they didn’t need my help because they were overwhelmed with the amount of volunteers helping! (It’s always good to know people care about people or about animals)

–that football season is half way over (My boyfriend is a huge fan, I am only because I want to win Fantasy  – but I would rather spend our Sundays doing other things together)

–that my mother likes to shop as much as me and that we have the same size foot!

–for Sunday morning acoustic radio

–that my brother is into golf and wants to go with me!  Also that even though he’s 16, I’m thankful that he still gives me a kiss goodbye in public.

–that my sister keeps our g-chat going with random fun stuff to get us both through those longggg days.

Writing this down- made me realize how many more things I could add to it- and how we tend to focus on what’s missing in our life instead of what’s already there in front of us.

Try it out for yourself – maybe when you finally get the pie in the oven – or you can put the recipe book away- takes a few minutes, but means the world to realize how good you actually have it.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Spoil Meter! The extreme levels some people are taking dog ownership to

How did I become one of those people I used to roll my eyes at!? The ones who buy their dogs clothes, shoes, socks, ice cream… things for humans! (maybe its because I got a puppy and it’s pretty hard to resist when you go into a store and the dog section is out of control- yes getting Freddy has opened up a whole new world to me -dog world)

But just like with everything in this world, there are extremes, there are levels of insanity- okay that’s harsh! I mean there are levels/degrees of practicality vs obsession?  Not sure if I am using the right words here – but I’m sure you get what I’m saying, but in case you have no idea what I’m talking about….

Let me present you with:

 Exhibit A:  dog houses, I mean mansions, no I’m talking palaces!

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I guess if you cant have kids and for some reason cant adopt? this is the alternative…yes? no?

Exhibit B: spa days,( wait- cucumbers on their eyes!?) What happened to simple belly rubs?
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You be the judge tho…

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Lesser degree of spoiled-ness:

APTOPIX Romania WeatherOk.. this is too adorable^^ and you know what it can make sense/be a very practical solution for a number of reasons: 1) cuteness factor of 100. 2) maybe the dog is older, has a broken leg, afraid of the snow… 3) the owners are older and can’t handle carrying a dog…originalThis is organized and concealed and I get it! I like it!

Practical:

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I mean, especially for Freddy and all his hair – It’s a pain to have to wipe his paws EVERY time he goes outside in the rain or soon to be snow.  He runs around and gets everything wet and muddy in the house, so I’d rather just take off his shoes and not deal with it

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For hiking and especially for puppies in the winter time with the ice-melter (salt) poured all over the city streets. It can burn their paws, so actually the Vet recommended getting some type of shoe for them to wear.

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Adorable- I just cant! ^

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Great alternative to having a bulky crate in the house-  its concealed, its the dogs “den”, It’s not obnoxious.doghousesofa_seungjimun_3-750x529 DOG-BED-UNDER-STAIRCASELoving these dog dens!tumblr_m7k0kdlqiL1qbi1f7o1_500

At the end of the day, whatever makes you and your pooch happy is ALL that matters. Let the haters hate. Enjoy your life however you want and don’t let anyone judge or tell you you cant live your life the way you want even if it involves building a mansion with a bone shaped Jacuzzi and a walk in closet for your dog? Hey, If that makes you light up every day- so be it!

Just DO remember the pups in shelters – be sure to spread the love to them!! here  are some  links to shelters and rescue leagues where you can donate – whether its your time, money, food, or some of those clothes! I’m sure it would all be appreciated. (They have a wish list on their site)

* *Great idea for all you out there getting married, or having a baby aka setting up a registry. ADD a section that people can donate to shelters on your behalf! (ask the shelter of choice to create a registry page for you) – you don’t really NEED those china plates- but one of these animals does need love.**

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Have a Pawesome weekend! Go Patriots!

 IMG_0020In my defense- those toys were given to Freddy as gifts. And his dad is a big football fan, sooooo that’s my level of extreme-like I said everyone has a level from -0 to +10 and hey! at least he doesn’t have a walk in closet!….. (yet)

On behalf of Freddy, the money spent for his puppy school goes directly to local shelters in Boston. I also have 2 dog walking apps (Walk for a Dog and Wooftrax), which donate money to the shelter of my choice for every walk we go on ( which of course is at least 2x daily) AND during the holidays, we will be donating some of Freddy’s favorite treats and some favorite toys to a few local shelters. 

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Puppy Socialization- Is it really necessary?

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6 month old goldendoodle and 3 month old Freddy!

Freddy has been going to Puppy Play time on Wednesday nights from 7:30-8:30 at his vet’s office! Last night, he was out of his mind excited and ran straight into the glass door before I could open it!

He is even excited when we go for his shots because he remembers it being a “happy place”- how genius of the staff to organize this puppy program at the animal hospital.

So as he is approaching his last play time (it ends when the puppy is 16 weeks- as they begin to play differently), have I noticed a difference from his first class to now?  Well what actually is puppy socialization?

Socialization is very important when your dog is between 8-16 weeks old. This is when they learn important skills that they will remember as they get older.

Here is a clip of the hand out from one of his first classes:

 What Is Puppy Socialization?

Socialization is the learning process through which a puppy becomes accustomed to being near various people, animals, and environments. By exposing puppies to different stimuli in a positive or neutral way, before they can develop a fear of these things, owners can reduce the likelihood of behavior problems in the future and help build a stronger bond between pets and the rest of the family. The critical time to socialize a puppy is during the first 3 to 4 months of its life.

Why Is Puppy Socialization Important?

Unfortunately, behavior problems remain the top reason that pets are relinquished to animal shelters. Proper socialization will help make puppies more tolerant of changes in their environment and help prevent common behavior problems in the future.

A quick breakdown of his progress:

Play 1: Freddy hiding from the Wheaten Terrier puppy – He was very scared, defensive, in a way,  aggressive. He played “OK” with the other puppies -had a few time outs as the Wheaten and him did not get along! I guess it meant they both were very unsure of who would be the more dominant one. Also, the pups did not look like his litter mates! I was a little discouraged and was worried that I might traumatize him around other dogs! I was a scared mommma :/

Play 2/Take 2: He seemed more comfortable, but still had 1 or 2 time outs when play got too aggressive. The nurses that monitored the play were great! so encouraging and informative and helped the puppies get adjusted to one another.

Yesterday (Play 6): like I said above, out of his mind excited to go inside! Some new puppies were there and Freddy made an attempt to play with them although they were at “play 1 phase”. He would bring toys over and slowly nudge them to the younger puppies. Him and the Wheaten would cross paths and play a little but decided to avoid each other for the most part- He played with Hunter, his German Shepard brother from another mother! Those 2 are inseparable and its so cute to watch them play – so cute that I had to take a video:

 

 

BONUS!!: He sleeps all the way home because he is so tired out – a win win!

So, is puppy socialization necessary?  YES, I recommend to all new puppy moms and dads. I can’t talk long term yet – but I have noticed such a difference in Freddy’s behavior even when we play at home. His biting has tamed down and he will only playfully bite lightly. Every dog he meets, he will attempt to play and is gentle, observant and excited!

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Wedding outfit #6 + Fall Festival

As promised, my outfit to the wedding! (and my handsome guy)
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The dress is by Gypsy 05  sweater material, long sleeved, above the knee paired with dark nude closed toe pumps. It was perfect – I wasn’t cold or hot – I was just the right temp all night.

Gorgeous wedding and a gorgeous young couple at the Seaport in Boston 🙂 Love Love.

We used the Uber car service to pick us up and bring us back home after the wedding – so smart as it was open bar ALL night. We defiantly enjoyed ourselves.

On Sunday, Nico went to play Kickball and I took Freddy to brunch with my girlfriends.. He met little Bella – my friends rescue dog – so precious. She took some time to warm up to Freddy, but eventually came around. Freddy was so cute, slowly nudging a toy over to her so she would play with him.

We went to Newburyport for the annual Fall Festival. Ok, I know in some way, I “signed up for this”, (as my friends pointed out) but I’m sorry if I get a little annoyed that the majority of my time out, I need to stop and answer questions about Freddy: yes, hes a goldendoodle, his name is Freddy, he is a he, he is X weeks old.. he is a mini-size…. I mean, don’t I get to enjoy my day out too? I know I’m being selfish?- maybe  little, but is it bad I just want to hand out biography cards to  people so I can enjoy making memories with my friends?

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 I DID NOT sign up for that!  .. I know I’ll warm up eventually and get used to it….right?

Well, now that I’m done with my little rant -(Sorry!) the time I got to enjoy the festival was great –warm bread bowls, fried chicken and ribbon fries, fried dough, candy apples, hot cider.. the works!!

I hope everyone got to enjoy some gorgeous fall activity out there!  I can’t get enough 🙂 There is a Halloween Pumpkin Stroll this weekend! I hope we end up going

Xo,

KPM

 

 

Apple-Cheddar Dog Biscuits

I’m excited to have gone Apple picking with my friends and family. We have made it a tradition for 6 years now! Not only is it great to get together with everyone and to be outdoors, but the reward of baking something delicious after is the BEST!

Now that I have a pooch in the family, I need to make sure he is included! so I was stoked when I discovered this recipe from Martha Stewart!

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Apple Cheddar Dog Treats
Serves 16
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cups brown rice flour (plus more for dusting)
  2. 1/2 cup old-fashioned oatmeal
  3. 1/3 cup shredded cheddar
  4. 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  5. 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  6. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  7. 3 tablespoons water
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a nonstick baking mat or parchment paper; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients to form a dough. Roll out mixture between two sheets of plastic wrap dusted with brown rice flour to 1/4-inch thick; remove plastic wrap and cut out biscuits with your favorite cookie cutter, I used a 2 1/2″ scalloped edge round cutter. Reroll scraps and continue cutting out biscuits.
  3. Space biscuits 1 inch apart on prepared baking sheet. With your pinky finger and thumb, create indentations to resemble paw prints.
  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes until nicely browned and firm.
  5. Transfer biscuits to a wire rack.
Notes
  1. Keep refrigerated in an airtight container up to 2 weeks.
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