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Sep 22, 2010 3:58PM

My Dog, My Running Buddy

His name is Marshal and he's a Shetland Sheepdog or Sheltie, for short. No, his name is not Lassie and he is not a Collie. Shelties are herd dogs like Collies but they're like the smaller version. I have four other dogs. A Shih-tzu, a Yorkshire Terrier, a Chihuahua, and a Mini Poodle. All of them are small breeds. A Sheltie is also considered a small breed but Marshall is the biggest among the 5 fur babes. Which makes him the best choice for a running buddy. Shelties make good running partners because they are herd dogs. So, today, I woke up early and took Marshall with me for my recovery run.

I don't really run in the morning but I thought this would be the best time to take my dog with me since there will be no cars at this time. It just finished raining when we stepped out so the weather and pavement was pretty cool. Perfect! Dogs are suppose to walk/run on our left side. That's how it's suppose to be and that's how he was trained.


On our first few meters, I could feel Marshal's excitement. He was 2 steps ahead of me. I tugged on the leash and said "heel". (Heeling is when your dog walks calmly on your left with his head next to your left heel. He will not be trying to run ahead or off to the side, and he will not be yanking as hard as he can at the leash to pull you along). I believe I had to do this twice only and he immediately remembered his training.


When we hit 1.5K, I felt he was getting tired already so I handed him back to our helper so he could rest and have his breakfast. I need to help him build his endurance; break him in slowly, just as I did when I started running. Will give it another go this weekend. I have to say, that was fun! And I'm pretty sure Marshall had a swell time too. Let me state the obvious. Dogs love to run. There is no doubt about that. I would suggest having a dog as a running partner to everyone who owns a canine. But before you grab his leash, here are some more tips for running with your dog:

  • Make sure that your dog is built for running. Dogs that are bred for work or sport are physically well suited to running.  Some examples are Golden Retrievers, Labradors, Dobermans, German Shepherd, Collies and Shelties. Dogs like Shih-tzus, pugs and bulldogs may have a hard time breathing and short-legged dogs like Basset Hounds and Dachshunds may have a hard time running. Make sure he is at least a year old or full grown. Running when he's still growing can do some damage to his bones and muscles.
  • Take him to the veterinarian and have him checked (his heart, lungs, joints, for other orthopedic problems, etc.); making sure there are no conditions that would limit him.
  • Even if your dog is obedient or trained to run unleashed, still, keep him leashed. If is for his protection (and yours). Your dog may suddenly want to "greet" another animal or person. In high traffic areas, your dog might get hit by a vehicle.
  • Start out slowly and build up endurance with short distances. Warm him up by walking first, followed by a short jog. Let him cool down with a walk at the end.
  • Mind the ground you're running on. Your dog can't wear Nikes or Mizunos like us humans. He is running on his own pads. His pads are part of his perspiration system. Your dog cools down by panting and sweating through the pads. He won't be able to cool down as much if the ground is too hot. Also, if he's been spending his time mostly indoors, the pads will most likely be soft. Let pads toughen up by gradually increasing his mileage per week. If you do too much too soon, his pads may crack and bleed. Ouch! =(
  • Keep a close eye on his level of fatigue. Dogs are eager to please. They'll ignore or even be unaware of pain. If he shows signs of excessive over-heating or discomfort, (excessive panting, vomiting, drooling) slow down and walk or stop and let him drink some water and pour cool or tepid (not cold) water on his body and pads.

Marshall: "My mommy knows what she's saying".

<p>Be sensitive to your dog's needs and comfort just as well as your own. Train him gradually just as you had to start slowly with short distances. Do this and both of you can share kilometers (or miles) of happy running together.


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Sep 18, 2010 9:07AM

Happy Birthday, Tiffany!

Our dearest white teacup chihuahua is celebrating her 5th birthday today. In dog years, she is actually 35 years old already!

Happy birthday our dear sweet, Tiffany! We love you sooooo much!



Sep 15, 2010 12:08PM

Pet Safety Pack

I received my free pet safety pack from the ASPCA yesterday.  It took a while (oh about 2 months) but better late than never, right?  I first learned about this pack in one of Pet Sugar's posts.  It's from last year, but thank goodness I chanced upon it.  Whenever I watch the news and see a home that caught on  fire, or an area affected by an earthquake or like lately, the gas leak explosion in San Bruno, I also wonder if they had pets in those homes.  What about them? =(

Being a stay-at-home mom, I'm almost always home.  But there are still some days when I would be out doing some errands or spending some quality time with the family.  So should something happen while we're not at home, though there are no guarantees, it's good to have this sticker/decal on my balcony sliding door  or window as a precaution in case of an emergency (earthquake, fire, etc). It contains info like what kind of pets you have at home and contact number.  I also plan to make one so I can stick it on my front door.

Just for picture purposes. Filled it out after.

Another thing that was included in the pack is an ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center Magnet.  It will come in handy in case your pet ingests something toxic. Trained veterinary toxicologists are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year should you need them.  This magnet has now earned a spot on my refrigerator.

God forbid these will be needed but it's best to be prepared.  Order yours now for free at the ASPCA site.

Sep 14, 2010 11:15AM

Doggie Dances Merengue

This HAS to be, by far, the cutest and most amazing doggie video I have ever seen!  This dog ought to be in show business!

Oh, and this isn't my dog.  It's just blog-worthy, that's all. =)

Sep 13, 2010 3:52PM

Meet Our Fur Babies

We have 5! =)  Here they are! From oldest to the youngest...

WARNING: Cuteness Overload!


Name: Boogie

Nicknames: Boogie Boy Bibajijang, Bugaboo, Boogie Bear

Breed: Shih-Tzu  Color: Tri-color

Date of Birth: July 23, 2005

Likes: walks, mommy singing to him, tummy rubs, sleeping on our bed, electric fans, and Bananas

Dislikes: He dislikes the other male doggie, Marshal, when he gets all the attention.  Get really angry when his ears  are being cleaned.

Boogie boy is our eldest. He's the boss in the house and he makes that clear to all his siblings. He's very friendly but can be really grumpy when his patience is tested.  He doesn't bite though.  Boogie is also the first to greet us when we arrive from work and the one who sneaks out and runs straight to the elevator because he wants to go with us. A really sweet boy! Oh, and he really LOVES bananas! He can smell one being peeled a mile away!



Name: Marshall

Nicknames: Marsh, Marshy, Marshy Marsh

Breed: Shetland Sheepdog  Color: Sable and White

Date of Birth: August 13, 2005

Likes: walks, knibbling on wood,  jumping, playing with Chanel, electric fan, running laps around the house, waking us up every morning.

Dislikes: He usually fights with Boogie whenever he gets jealous.  He hates loud noises like thunder.  He will actually bark back. Silly boy!

Marshall is the handsome one in the family. He's started competing in dog shows since he was a pup and has won numerous trophies and awards.  Marshall loves to wake us up in the morning by jumping on the bed and kissing our face. If he really wants us up, he will bark or step on us.



Name: Tiffany

Nicknames: Tiff, Tiffy

Breed: Teacup Chihuahua  Color: White

Date of Birth: September 18, 2005

Likes: sleeping, wrestling with sister (Chanel), sleeping, neck rubs, and let's not forget...sleeping.

Dislikes: strangers and loud kids.

Tiffany was originally for sale at our pet store before but Michael fell in love with her and wouldn't let her go. She is all white and very small so most people think she's a rat. Haha! But a pretty and regal one, ergo, her name. She loves to sleep. She devotes around 80% of her day to sleep. We think she's narcoleptic! She loves burying her little self in pillows. Tiffany hides herself so well, you'd hardly notice her when you come into our bedroom. Tiffany is the sweetest of the four dogs. She might bark (that cute little bark of hers) at an unfamiliar face at first but it will just take minutes before she lounges on your lap.




Name: Chanel

Nicknames: Sweet Cakes, Chanelee, Nelly

Breed: Yorkshire Terrier  Color: Black and Tan

Date of Birth: October 19, 2005

Likes: tummy rubs, wrestling her sisters Tiffany and Mimi , doggie biscuits, jumping, playing with mom, meeting new people, massages, lying down beside mommy.

Dislikes: Boggie trying to get her bone or mango, being left all alone.

Chanel is the second to the youngest of our four fur babies. We just love spoiling her! It's a good thing she didn't turn into a brat. She sleeps and stays on our bed all day and only leaves when it's time for her meal, daily obedience training classes or her afternoon stroll. She has beautiful black and tan hair which can make any human girl envious. It's so nice you think she has it ironed flat or gets a daily hot oil treatment or something. Chanel has a very small face and her eyes...oh...so beautiful. Family and friends say that she has Japanese eyes. She looks at you so lovingly and then tilts her head to one side. That move of hers drives us crazy!



Name: Mimi

Nicknames: Mimi girl,  Mimi chica

Breed: Mini Poodle Color: Red

Date of Birth: December 18, 2006

Likes: Her bone toy, following my daughter around, sticking her head out the car window, being carried like a baby, snuggling

Dislikes: She doesn't like it when Marshall and Boogie fight.  When you blow on her face.

Mimi is the youngest and she knows it. She loves being cuddled and carried like a baby. She is also the most loyal and most protective of the bunch. She loves following me wherever I go. Even if I go to the bathroom, she's there by my side! She was originally for sale  also at out pet store. We were closed for 3 days during this year's Holy Week. So we took her home...and we never returned her. She was super sweet and had this puppy dog look on her face, as if to say, "please keep me". And we did! We have no regrets. Everyone who meets Mimi, loves her to pieces!


So, there you go. All 5 of our fur babies.  Cute, aren't they? =)

Sep 11, 2010 10:51AM

Poor Mimi Being Wrestled

Heeeeeylp! I'm being crushed! I don't do UFC, daddy!
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Sep 10, 2010 2:14PM

What About Me?

Tiffany (Chihuahua), seated behind Chanel (Yorkie), patiently waits for her turn to be groomed. But I had to remind Tiffany that she doesn't have any hair. Hehe! ;p

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Oct 20, 2007 7:47AM

My Sunbathing Chihuahua

Her name is Tiffany. She is a white teacup chihuahua. I caught her sunbathing on our balcony. Maybe she thinks she's too white, so she decided to get a tan. Haha!

Cute, huh?My Sunbathing ChihuahuaMy Sunbathing Chihuahua

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