Dogs are welcome in Canada

Hello everyone, it’s me, Makena, your favorite dog blogger.

Keeping my peeps informed!

While my parents are busy playing tourists, I thought I would get you updated on my life. For the past eight summers, my parents have always worked. So I’m not sure what to expect this summer, since they will be playing tourists. I’m hoping they will be around more, and that I will have more places to sniff and pee. I’ll probably be spending a lot more time in my kennel with all the traveling. I’ve gotten pretty good at napping while they drive.

How I roll

Traveling to Canada with a dog

My parents wrote about the requirements of traveling into Canada as a human, so I thought I would do the same for us four legged folks. We don’t need any special apps like the humans do, but we do need to be current on our rabies vaccination. Here is a link for more information.

https://travel.gc.ca/returning/customs/bringing-your-pet-to-canada

As with the humans, there are also food restrictions for pets. You can only bring a maximum of 20 kilograms of dog food into the country. The equates to a whopping 44 pounds of dog food. Well, I say whopping, because my dog food comes in 4.5 pound bags. But for those big dogs, like my friend Cody, that could be an issue. My mom stocked up on three bags of food for me, which should last me all summer, plus a large container of treats. I’m well under the 20 kilogram requirements. This is just something to be aware of if you have bigger dogs.

When we crossed over the border, the border officer did not inquire if I was on board. I slept through the crossing!

Hanging out with my peeps

I haven’t seen my buddy Cody since last October when we left Teton Cabins in Wyoming. Apparently he has been taking steroids or something, because he has gotten huge! But he also went to doggie obedience school, so he’s very well behaved now – except for that butt sniffing thing!

This was Cody and I when we first met last summer, after Cody adopted Karen and Al.

Now look at him!

Our first stop in Canada was High River, Alberta, where my friend Buddy lives. Even though Buddy and I are neighbors in Yuma, we like our space. My parents always force us to pose together.

But this is really how we like to be – socially distanced!

Now if only Cody can learn this – I will have all summer to teach him! Hopefully he is a fast learner.

Stuck in the corner!

Quote of the Day: “My fashion philosophy is, if you are not covered in dog hair, your life is empty.” – Elayne Boosler

Happy tails from Yuma

Hello everyone, it’s me, Makena, your favorite dog blogger!

Keeping my peeps informed!

I’ve had a pretty busy social schedule these past few months, so let’s get caught up! First up was meeting my new cousin, Winnifred. She was a little too wild for me, so I let my other cousin Reagan keep her busy while I watched from a safe distance.

Winnie and Reagan sharing a bone

I stayed safely behind the pet gates that are in place at Aunt Madge’s and Uncle Pudge’s house to keep their cats safe from the dogs. Given my petite figure, I can fit through the gates, but the dogs can’t. Winnie couldn’t figure this out!

When it was time for my 5:00 pm canned food time, my mom kept my plate in the dining room. The other dogs were not happy watching me eat. Yes, I can be a “big tease!”

My parents went to visit their friends Dave and Angie (with a surprise visit by Jeanine!), but they decided to leave me home. Usually I tag along as Angie always has good dog treats, but after the weekend with my cousins, they decided more “dog time” might overwhelm me. No one will ever break into their house, as they have their own triple alarm system! Angie did give my mom a special treat bag to take home for me, much to the dismay of her own dogs. Thanks Angie for the chicken treats. They were stinky and delicious!

Three dog night

After we left Wisconsin, we visited with Aunt LuAnn in Texas. There was no escaping her animal kingdom. Three dogs, two cats and a guinea pig! I enjoyed walking in the woods, at the appropriate social distance, with my cousins, and a friends dog.

I even stopped and posed for a photo, but the big dogs crowded me out (actually, I’m just hiding in the back on my new purple leash).

I was trying to hide from my cousins at Aunt LuAnn’s house, and ran into the closet to escape. Only to run into one of the cats, doing the same thing. The cat was not too happy to see me.

Hello kitty!

The other cat seemed to like me, and wanted to sniff my face, not my butt like the dogs do.

And speaking of butt sniffing, my aunt had a pet carrier that she thought I would like. All her dogs have outgrown it. My mom and I tried it out, and I liked it at first.

But it didn’t prevent the dogs from sniffing…sigh.

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I really wasn’t sure what to do with the guinea pig. I just ducked down and hoped it didn’t see me.

We are back in Yuma, Arizona this winter. I’m enjoying the warm weather and sunshine. Occasionally strange people knock on our door and drop off packages. I always make sure to inspect each box, in case there is a treat or two inside!

After a two year absence, I am happy to see my Canadian friend, Buddy, back here in Yuma! My parents said we will stop and visit with him on the way to Alaska in May. Yay!

Buddy and I

Well that gets you caught up with me! I hope everyone is doing well and staying healthy! Take care everyone!

Quote of the day: “Everyone thinks they have the best dog. And none of them are wrong.” – W. R. Purche

Just chillin

Hello everyone, it’s me, Makena!

Keeping my peeps informed!

My parents have been busy with work, work and more work. They have two more months to go here at Luton’s Teton Cabins. The cabins are still booked solid, into mid-October. They close for the season on October 10th. The weather has been perfect, mid 70’s during the day, and mid 40’s at night, with no humidity.

When we arrived here in Wyoming, I went to see my doctor for my annual visit. My mom mentioned that I have been having incontinence issues. The doctor asked a lot of questions, and put me on a medication, Diethylstilbesterol Compounded. Whew! That’s a long name for a drug. Basically, it’s a synthetic estrogen. For 5 days, I took one pill every day. They are pretty tasty, so my mom didn’t have to wrap them up in cheese. After the first 5 days, I now take one pill, once a week.

During the first week, I woke my mom up (my dad pretended to be asleep!) in the middle of the night several nights in a row to go outside and pee. She didn’t mind though, because it’s easier to take me out at 3 am, then to get up at 5 am and wash pee-soaked sheets every morning.

After the first week, I have been sleeping all night long, without any problems! My parents are calling my medicine the “fountain of youth” pills, because I have a lot more energy, play more, and take longer walks! I feel great! My mom wants to get a prescription for herself, so she can sleep through the night without having to pee. I guess I better count the number of pills left in the bottle, so she doesn’t start taking mine!

I really enjoyed having family visit a few weeks ago, even though there are no photos of me with Uncle Brian, Aunt LuAnn and my cousins. They came over several times to my house to watch the Milwaukee Bucks play during the basketball playoffs. Good thing I’m deaf now, since I didn’t hear their yelling at the television. Congrats to the Bucks for winning the championship!!

One day I noticed that my neighbor, Karen and Al, put up a doggie jail outside their fifth wheel. I was a little confused by this, so I checked it out, and looked around for a dog.

At first I didn’t like the jail, but now I would like my parents to get one of these for me, so I can sit outside all day in the sunshine.

I keep inspecting all the boxes that arrive for my parents, for my own outdoor pad. So far no luck.

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One day, this cute little guy appeared over at Karen and Al’s house. Introducing Cody, a 10 week old Irish Setter.

At first, Cody was my size, and a little shy. So I had some “control” over him, as you can see by my left paw in the picture below. Just keeping him in his place!

But then Karen and Al started feeding Cody Miracle Grow or something, because he just keeps getting bigger and bigger. And he has a lot more confidence and energy. Plus he picked up that pesky habit about wanting to sniff my butt. As you can see, I just have no more control over him! My left paw is no longer effective. Back to social distancing for me!

I can’t wait to get on the road again. My parents are thinking about heading back to Wisconsin when they finish up the season here. And then possibly on to warm and sunny Yuma in December for the winter. Take care everyone! Stay safe!

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Somebody has to update the blog!

Hello everyone, it’s your favorite dog blogger, Makena!

Keeping my peeps informed!

My parents haven’t posted for a while, so I thought it’s time for me to take over and give you an update. We have been in Yuma, Arizona since mid December. My parents have done very little since they arrived (hence the reason for no updates). They are just trying to stay safe, and there is not much going on in the area. All the activities in the park have been cancelled. There have been a few COVID outbreaks in the park, and sadly a few people in the park have died. My grandparents (Dan’s parents) arrived on January 1, for two months, so my parents are being extra careful for their sake.

My big news, as you are all aware from my mom’s last post, is that I have a new house! I love the extra room, bigger bed, and a new way of traveling, for me. When we had the fifth wheel and then the truck camper, I always rode in my kennel, in the back seat of the truck. I didn’t have much of a view, and when we arrived at a new place, I was stuck in my kennel until my parents had set up the RV and opened up the slides. I never knew what was going on. And if it was raining, or cold, I had to go outside, just to get inside our RV. Not fun.

Now, I get to ride in style! The couch has seatbelts, so my kennel is right up front!

I can easily see what is going on, and even look out the front window from my kennel.  My mom doesn’t put me in my kennel until just before we leave – my dad is buckled up before I am.  When we arrive at a new place, I don’t have to go outside, as I’m already “home.”  I have the life of leisure while they work to get things set up, like my food and toys. 

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I’m really enjoying having a king size bed again, as it gives me more room at night.

51ecd643-1b7f-4b0d-b841-4018219d9b7bMy parents bought a “new to them”  Honda CR-V to tow behind the motorhome.  I stood in the doorway and barked at it for three days before they finally put me in the car (with my kennel, of course) and took me for a ride.  Once I finally realized that was my new car, I stopped barking at it.  

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When it was cold in Colorado, where we bought the RV, my parents had the furnace on.  I discovered that my new favorite place to stay when the heat is on…the bathroom.  I have a rug to lay on, and there is a furnace outlet right under the shower. The heat blows right into my face.  It’s like a spa for dogs!

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And speaking of pets and cold, my cousins in Texas had a rough week.  Several days without heat…ugh.  My Aunt LuAnn put sweaters on all three of her dogs, and two cats.  I’m glad they made it through safely, and hope everyone that had to endure that brutal week of cold, without electricity, is doing better.

SENIOR MOMENTS

Next month I will turn 14, and getting old sucks.  First I was losing my hearing and now I’m having issues making it through the night without wetting the bed.  I have no issues during the day, as my parents take me out every few hours.  This past week has not been a good one for my parents and I.  Every night I had a very small accident, and every morning my parents are washing the sheets and mattress pad.   My parents ordered some doggie diapers for me.  After measuring my waist, my mom bought XS female diapers.  Dog diapers have a hole built in for the tail, in case you’re wondering.

2cc7ef3b-5c29-49a8-8547-a41ee55b15f7 I do not like wearing them.  This was my first night with them on. The first night was a disaster, by the way.  Here is my “look of shame.”  

I don’t want my picture taken

I spend half the night on top of the comforter, and the other half under the covers. My parents put down a pee pad under the cover, in case the diaper leaked. The next morning my mom picked me up to take me outside, and said ‘where is your diaper?’ Well, it fell off on the pee pad. The diaper was dry, the pee pad was dry, but not the bed…sorry mom.

The next night (last night), my parents put a new diaper on me, and then added extra tape. As you can see, the diaper is pretty small. The second night was a failure as well. I still ended up peeing on the bed, as the diaper fell off, and I avoided the multiple pee pads my parents put down.

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As I said, it’s tough getting old!  Hopefully they can figure this out, so we can all get a good night’s sleep.  (and they don’t have to wash the sheets every day!).

 

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Still chillin’ in Wisconsin

Hello everyone, it’s me, Makena, keeping my peeps updated!  We are still in Wisconsin, hanging out at my grandparents (Dan’s parents) house.  I’m always happy to be hanging out at their house, as I’m the “Queen Bee!”

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I’ve had a busy time here, with two trips to the doctor.  One was just a check-up and a confirmation that I have lost most of my hearing.  My parents were hoping that I just had clogged ears, but no such luck.  At least I don’t get scared anymore when my grandparents yell at the television during Packer football games, since I can’t hear them!  I wonder if there are hearing aids for dogs?

On my first visit to the doctor, I did stop over and visit with my cousin Reagan, while my parents were finally cleaning out stuff stored in my Aunt Madge and Uncle Greg’s attic for the last seven years.  It’s all Christmas decorations and some knick-knacks that they can’t figure out what to do with, so they went into my grandparents basement for now.  Just moving junk from one place to the next, in my opinion!

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On my second visit to the doctor, I had my teeth cleaned, for the first time.  I had labs drawn first, and Dr Alex said they were great, especially for my age (13 1/2).  For dogs, you have to be put under anesthesia to get a dental cleaning.  After the procedure, I was pretty woozy, stumbling around for the rest of the day.  Even though I was super hungry, I was only allowed half of my food, which apparently was too much, because I threw up twice during the night.  My parents took turns sleeping with me on the floor, as I didn’t want to stay in bed, since I was not feeling well.  By the next day, I was doing much better.  And my teeth are sparkling and my mom says my breath doesn’t stink anymore!

My grandma felt sorry for me, so she spent some time playing with me.  All I have to do is pick up a toy and stare at her.  Works like a charm!

The weather improved in November, for the first ten days, but now it’s starting to get too cold for me. And it made me really jealous when my buddies Molly and Lilly texted me a picture of them lounging on the beach in Maui at sunset. I met them a few years back at Luton’s, as my parents worked with their mom, Melissa. She’s currently in Hawaii for a year. Not a bad place to be stuck under quarantine!

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Oh, how I wish for warmer weather so I can be lounging outside! My parents did say we would be in Yuma starting January 1, for two months. It looks like they are going to try and stay here until Thanksgiving, although the weather can change quickly in Wisconsin. Thanksgiving will just be the five of us this year. Although I wouldn’t mind getting belly rubs from everyone, only having four adults means there will be more “turkey fairy” opportunities for me!! (and it keeps grandma and grandpa safe, which is the most important thing.)

And speaking of the “food fairy” where snacks magically appear in my dish, I make sure I routinely check under grandpa’s recliner in case he drops some food. Gotta do my part in helping keep their house clean! (you can see where the doctor shaved my left paw to start the IV when they did the cleaning)

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My parents are still busy doing chores.  When the weather was really nice, they rented a steam cleaning machine, and did all the carpets.  I was busy laying in the sunshine, so I made my dad go around me.  I was not going to let some stinking machine move me out of my spot in the sun, but eventually I was kicked out.  But I held out as long as I could!

Well that’s it for now. We hope everyone has a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving. Until next time!

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