Friday, December 12, 2014

Year End Blues

Working in a manufacturing facility, the end of the year is an incredibly busy time for me.  It is a lot of early mornings and late evenings (and less time to blog).  I used to work close to home, but after our company moved locations, I can no longer make my lunchtime treks home.

This leaves us with tired humans and cooped up dogs.  By the time we get home and get something going for dinner, we have time to relax for a TV episode or a walk around the neighborhood.  On days like this, snuggling with the pooches and an episode win out.  Plus, it is always dark.
Of course, we have pretty lazy dogs and Tess absolutely hates the cold and snow, so they are pretty content with the snuggling.

Which leaves us with dogs (and humans) that are not getting enough exercise, nor structured time.  And while this may not immediately impact us or the pooches, it likely will have effects on their behavior and health over the course of a few months.

One thing we always contemplate is getting someone to come walk the dogs during the day, even if just a few days a week, but the price really scares us!

Does anyone have a daily walker?  Thoughts?

Monday, December 8, 2014

PEDs: Pack Tshirts from Erie Apparel

One of the things that our members frequently note is how much of a community our group is.  We celebrate successes and lend encouragement on an off day.  We have taken friendships "beyond the pack."

To represent this, we decided to get pack tshirts.  I contacted Greg at Erie Apparel to see about getting a design created.  I sent him very loose design thoughts (with our name! something Erie-ish? definitely need a leash! and a blocky-headed dog?) and they nailed it.  After one minor tweak, we got a logo that is so representative of our group on a tshirt that is oh, so cozy!

Thanks a million Erie Apparel for the great tshirts!

Monday, November 24, 2014

PEDs: Progress is Progress

As we've said before, we love seeing the progress of our pack members.  We know that it can be overwhelming working with a reactive dog.

We see the progress of our pack members each week.  It may be something as simple as not barking as much.  It could be as big as walking calmly beside another dog.

 Whatever the progress, we love seeing our members succeed and grow.  And you know we live by our favorite mantra -- if you don't laugh, you cry!

How do you keep track of your pooch's progress?  How do you celebrate the little wins?

Friday, November 21, 2014

Cozy Canines

The comfort of our pooches is of our upmost importance.  It's the reason why we have floor pillows, rugs, and dog beds in every room.

 We've found that these many soft spots just aren't enough for our pampered pooches.

They require additional cozy spots for all their snoozing, including clean (and dirty!) laundry and our pillows.

And if one of these spots isn't available, they'll make do with whatever is nearest.

What is your pooch's favorite spot to cuddle?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Change in Weather, Change in Routine

With the recent winter weather we have been having, we've realized that winter is really here.

Not only does getting ready for walks take so much longer -- we have to layer up the pooches, and then do the same for ourselves --

-- nearly all of our walks are at night since it's dark when we go to work and dark when we get home.

How does your routine change with the weather?

Monday, November 17, 2014

PEDs: Staying Warm

With the weather getting colder, it's harder to stand still out in the elements.  This week, we skipped our usual break.

While this kept us warmer, there is a purpose to our breaks other than a rest.  Not only do they give me a chance to get photos of all our cute pooches, but they also challenge our dogs and give us a chance to connect with one another.  Hopefully once our group is more prepared, we can add our breaks back in.

What ways are you staying warm?

Friday, November 14, 2014

The Anti-Alarm

As the days get darker and darker, it gets harder to wake up.  It's pitch black out and our bedroom is cold. 

When the alarm goes off, the last thing I want to do in pull off the covers and step out into our cold room.

To make matters worse, as soon as my alarm goes off, Tesla nudges her way under the covers and snuggles against me.

Do you have an anti-alarm?