My people!! How I’ve missed you all. I’ve been trying so hard to reach all of you, but let’s just say I’ve been beyond busy trying to introduce a new addition to my ever growing family. This is…(drum roll please) BEAR.
Carlos’ big baby Saint Bernard-mix has quite the personality as this photo clearly shows. Easy-going and well-trained. Now let me allow Carlos’ daughter, Sara describe her dog to you. Take it away…Sara…
Bear is a tough dog and always has been and he sometimes has his moments but I love him even more than when I first got Bear. I got Bear when I was nine years old. I didn’t think that sweet little puppy would grow up into this. He’s a very loving dog but sometimes can be a pain in the ass but look at that face could you ever get that mad at him?
Very eloquent. The aforementioned is quite a character and it’s taken quite a bit of patience on all of our parts to care for the Marvelous Three. Just in case you were wondering just how do we do it? It isn’t easy, but it is strangely rewarding. As long as we follow these simple rules, the dogs can all “just get along”.
- Bear needs one person to take him out – While Chico and Lady can go out together, Bear is a bit of a challenge because he’s so big. If you’re not careful, he can drag you several blocks.
- Bear needs alone time – We have designated the bathroom as Bear’s “Me Time” spot. Hey, animals are people too!
- Serve all dogs their meals at the same time – In order for them to understand that they are equals, they need to have lunch served in the cafeteria altogether. “Lunch Lady” Sara can serve while I referree to make sure the dogs aren’t sneaking a snack from one of the other doggie bowls.
- Make sure the serving fits the dog – This may sound simple, but when you’re trying to serve the larger dogs in huge bowls and then you serve Lady, it’s easy to over-feed. Lady, since she’s the smallest, gets a Mighty Dog serving of soft food. The others get Camilla brand or Purina-size portions.
- Special Instructions Are Key – Just like humans, each pet has their own way of doing things. Lady, for example can’t have large kibbles–her teeth can’t chew them down anymore because of her age. Bear and Chico need kibbles mixed with canned food to help their digestive systems.
- Punishment For Their Misbehavior – Like children, dogs sometimes act up…a lot. In our case, Bear and Chico are males vying for dominance so it can get messy. Squabbling over attention and petting rights can be tricky. But let the punishment fit the crime. You wouldn’t deny a three-year-old meals, but you can time-out. The same goes for dogs.
Oh sure, there are times that I want to jump off the nearest cliff, but I wouldn’t trade any of these pooches for the world. I guess it’s the caregiver in me.