Tuesday, August 26, 2014

PEDs: My First Walk

When we first started our dog walking group, we would cancel if I couldn't be there. Since this summer has been so crazy, there have been many Sundays we have been out of town.  Luckily, we have been starting to share some of the responsibilities of the walks.

One of our members (thanks, Karen!!) has been leading the walks -- and even taking the photos! -- while we've been gone.  This week, she offered to attend the walk dog-less and take photos so that I could bring one of the pooches.

That's how I attended my very first pack walk!  Edison did fantastic and I had a great time enjoying a beautiful view and fantastic company.  I could never imagined when we started last May that this group would turn into such a supportive community!

Thank you to everyone who has made each of our walks successful!  And a special thanks to Karen  for keeping us going!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Family Walk Friday: Two Dogs at Once

As much as we think we sometimes want another dog, it really is nice having one human for every pooch.  While Sam & I don't travel much for work, there are occasions where it's one human and two dogs.

 In that case, one of us is responsible for walking both dogs.  Often, I'll take each dog for a shorter walk.  But there are sometimes I want to take the dogs for a longer walk, or I don't have time for two walks.

 For those times, I walk the dogs together.  While Edison and Tesla are pretty good walkers on their own, it seems that they lose all manners when walked together.  I've found keeping the walks shorter, having plenty of treats, and frequent check-ins help create a successful walk with two pooches.

Do you have to walk two pooches?  What are some tricks you use to make it successful?

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Stranger Danger!

Edison has been watching too many After-School Specials.  He thinks anyone else on the street is there to abduct him and he has to scare them off.  He does so by barking "Stranger!" very loudly for all to hear.

We've been trying to explain to him that he is fine as long as he's with us.

Luckily, he seems to be understanding as his stranger bubble has gotten a bit bigger - now it isn't every person/dog/bicycle in a 2 block radius.

Is your dog aware of strangers?

Monday, August 18, 2014

PEDs: Pack Order

For our walks, we generally let them unfold naturally.  As pooches and their humans find their stride, they fall into the pack line up.

Sure, every once in a while we'll get two dogs who don't mesh well next to each other and need to rearrange, but our members pretty much take care of it.

This week, however, we had many new faces and several "yellow" dogs.  With so many different personalities, we did a quick line up order to get us going.

We knew that our members would still find their order, but we want to make sure that all our pooches are set up for success - and that our human members don't get defeated before they get started!  We may not do this every week, but we definitely found it helpful!

How do you set your pooches up for success?

Friday, July 25, 2014

Dog Friendly Friday: Shakespeare in the Park

Every summer, Gannon University (my alma mater!) puts on Shakespeare Summer Nights - productions of two Shakespeare plays.  One show of each of these plays is done at the Aboretum at Frontier Park.

This week, we loaded up the pooches and a picnic dinner and headed to the park for the production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead ( a tale of Hamlet as told from the view of Rozencrantz and Guildenstern, two minor characters in Shakespeare's play).

The pups had a great time at the park - although I have a sneaking suspicion that they were more interested in our picnic dinner than the play!

It was great to support our local arts, Gannon's Schuster Theater, and enjoy an evening in the park!

What are your favorite things to do with your pooches in the summer?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Ed & Tess's Favorite Things: Jolly Egg

With a dog like Ed, we're always looking for ways to keep him entertained.  Since most stuffies we get him meet a tragic demise, we also want to find things that will hold up.

We recently got to test drive the Jolly Egg from our friends at Fit for a Pit.  I've heard good things about this toy, but wasn't sure how the pooches would take to it.

Tess was...well, Tess was thoroughly unamused.  Edison was, however, intrigued.  We ended up playing in the yard together for almost a half hour.

We're digging this toy.  It's so far held up really well and has been a great interactive toy for us to play with the pooches.

What's your dog's favorite toy?

Monday, July 21, 2014

PEDs: Sharing Responsibilities

It has been a super busy summer for us.  With so much less free-time, it has been hard keeping up with everything.

Our weekly pack walks take planning - setting up a location, checking the weather, notifying our members.  And once that is complete, there's getting to the walks, taking photos, and posting the pictures.

I love doing it all, but sometimes not every week!  It has been so nice to hand over some of that responsibility this month.

Releasing the reigns isn't always easy for me, but it has paid off!  We've had beautiful walks this month in a location I didn't even know about!

Thanks to everyone who has helped with the walks this summer!