Maggie got a new hawaiian shirt this week and we are testing it out with some California sun. If my cousin comes to visit this fall from Honolulu, we’ll be all set-up with our fashions!
My little dog Maggie doesn’t really like toys, but she loves hanging out with adult humans. It’s her favorite to walk around greeting people or just lying down at the park and watching people walk by. Corgis are known to be social dogs and she fits the stereotype completely.
Thus, when we get her “toys”, these are never the typical dog toys like stuffed animals or bones. This month, we got a cover for the front seat of my car to protect the seat from her dog hair. Although she doesn’t shed very much, it’s still enough to notice after a few weeks.
Now that she has her new item, it’s much easier to take her around town with me and for her to interact with people. Toys are meant to bring enjoyment and this bucket seat protector is for sure doing it’s job!
Sometimes Maggie can get very focused on a task or activity. Here, she’s not only in the car, but also with her leash. She is ready for the next adventure and with these tools, she knows it’s going to be good!
The weather in California, as well as in Europe, has been so warm recently. I’ve been enjoying it by going to yoga and using the heat to more easily open up my muscles and joints. Maggie and I have taken our walks either in the morning or in the evening which has also been a nice change of pace.
I often speak to the benefit of the heat for our bodies. I feel it’s important to sweat at least once a day for detox reasons. By nature, I don’t sweat easily so it’s important for me to do things that create that energy such as yoga and spin.
Here I am getting ready to wash my car with my new chenille gloves that are great. Washing the car is more meditative than sweaty, but if the heat keeps up, it might be different!
— Ingrid Greene (@IngridWellness) July 2, 2015
Maggie likes to get rest despite wanting to go for a walk almost every minute of everyday. I put these cool eye shades on her last week and although she thinks they are a little strange for a dog, she is most often happy to stay lying on the floor.
I feel very fortunate that I have a dog that is calm most times of the day. She gets excited when she sees her leash or when one of us come home from being away, but for the most part, she’s mellow and peaceful. For this reason, I enjoy bringing her with me to many destinations/appointments because I know that she’ll most likely just relax while I accomplish my tasks.
As I tell most people, “she chose me”. I got her from a friend of a friend whose family was getting divorced and no one could take her into their new homes. I was all set to get another dog from the shelter, but 24 hours before I was scheduled to go get that dog, Maggie appeared from her foster mother. They say that it’s important to identify the temperament of a dog before you choose them per Cesar Milan, but I didn’t have a choice in this situation. It was just pure luck. After just spending a few hours with her, I knew she was meant for me.
Maggie and I are having a snack today. I made homemade apple crisp, homemade frozen yogurt, and even bought new ramekin dishes to serve it in. This is Sunday afternoon at our house…great liquid Vitamin C included for top notch immunity!
Not all treats are the same and I think she has a good instinct on which ones are good for her. She trusts her instincts on many foods and always stays away from basic dog “no-nos” like onions and chocolate. If we are walking on the street and she finds such an item before I can identify it, she consistently sniffs it, but then walks away.
I’m glad that Maggie is liking her turkey liver treats in this photo. They are all-natural and pure liver. Since she doesn’t get liver for dinner very often, this is a great way to get the nutrients in an easy way. I’m all for her trusting her instincts!
In my house, it’s two against one when it comes to eating vegetables. My husband and my dogs both agree that vegetables, including broccoli “is what food eats”. It’s difficult to get them to eat anything green. My husband tries to make an effort, but Maggie just pushes it aside. Here is a video of my husband’s testimonial:
But, don’t you just love my red tongs?
My mother-in-law doesn’t do Facebook or have a computer. She sends us hard copy 4×6″ photos every few months to update us on what is going on in her life. She lives 3000 miles away so keeping her up to date on our end has created a new process for me. I now also print photos, write on the back, and put them in the U.S. mailbox. I haven’t done this since college.
Below is the one of the latest that we’re sending to her…a photo of our dog, her new friend, and these awesome new travel dog bowls that we got for them. The nice part is that she can put the photos up around her apartment and see them when she accomplishes tasks around the house. We are hoping Maggie, Millie, and their travel bowls bring a smile to her face in Boston, as they do our ours!
The groomer where we take Maggie is so great. Not only does she look after our little dog like it’s her own, but she posts on Facebook everyday with photos of all the cute little doggies who come into her shop. I feel so grateful to have found someone who really cares about the health of dogs everywhere. If you live near Playa del Rey, I highly recommend WAGZ!
If you don’t live near LA, then I recommend Dancing Pet Best Groomer’s Natural Pet Shampoo. It’s great. It’s so important to use only natural ingredients for our pets’ skin. All the chemicals make the skin dry and have potentially bad reactions. Let’s keep our pets all healthy and happy!