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Discombobulated

The only thing that I can think of to explain my crazy little Joe’s behavior is that he’s discombobulated. Either that or he’s just plain old stoopid. Har.

Seriously….my Bubba never gave me this much trouble. In the last three weeks or so look what he’s chewed on:

Let’s not forget the pair of Havianas, the red shoes, and x number of pencils he has chewed on. Oh…and my leggings that I went to school with that had holes in them apparently. Duh.

Today he bit of Baby Jesus’ head from our little altar. Sigh. Hehe.

I got to thinking why he seems so hard to train, or perhaps where in the process I am going wrong in housebreaking him. Up to now, he still is minimally housebroken and he chews on EVERYTHING.

My mom says I have to discipline him more consistently. The thing is, I DO! Every time I catch him doing something like chew on my phone or nibble on wires, I spank him and punish him. The thing is I think I give him mixed signals. After I scold him, I give him a bit of a punishment and then later on, I give him something to chew on, like a chew toy or the like. Maybe he’s not getting the idea that there are some things that CAN be chewed on and others that CANNOT be chewed on.

Maybe because I allow him to chew on them in the first place, he thinks the act is okay.Thus I place him in a state of discombobulation…on one hand I say no but on the other, I say yes. Ewan. Basta all I know is that I don’t know what to do right now :(  Send me Cesar Milan please.

My Teacher Says Woof

I was online earlier searching for cheap car insurance quotes (well, waiting to hear from my friends hubby who attends to my insurance to be more succinct haha) when I got tagged twice for the same photo in Facebook:

Sigh.

It got me to thinking about how much Bubba really has changed my life in so many ways. He has enriched it, challenged it, and at times, made it a hell of a lot more difficult but despite all that, he has made it so much better as well. I have said this time and again: I never imagined falling for a four-legged furball ever in my whole entire life, but he sure changed my mind.

In many ways, he was really taught me life’s most important lessons. The points listed in the photo just reminded me of all that…and today I am reminded of how to be a better person.

Yes, my teacher says woof. And because of him, I think I am a better friend, teacher and overall, a better me.

Life, Love and Laughter through the Eyes of my Bugoy

In one of my other blogs, I once wrote a post about how Bubba has been my teacher of life’s most important lessons. Today, I am reminded of it. I’ve been struggling these past few days with so many overwhelming tasks and things to do which have left me overtired and stressed beyond imagination. Add to that the fact that I am missing people and things around me a little too much. One of the few things that have kept me afloat is Bubba and for that, I’m truly grateful. He is truly a bright ray of sunshine no matter how dismal my day may be.

I really have learned so much from him, as I stated in my post before, but today I am reminded of this note from my Facebook page that I was tagged in by my friends at Project Lightning Kennel :)

A dog teaches us a lot of things, but we never seem to take notice.

These are some of the lessons you might learn… Read the rest of this entry »

Mommy Guilt :-(

I feel so bad….

These past two weeks have been so hectic I haven’t had time to spend with Bubba. With the exception of our day out together, I haven’t really been able to attend to him much. Even our daily walks are rushed, at times, like today, completely forgone. Instead of being able to be a good mommy to him when I get home, I still have to rush reports, work on articles and make slide show after slide show for my classes. Don’t get me wrong: I love my work but I guess I am not doing very well with time management, hence the pile up of tasks that is overwhelming me.

I hope by this weekend I sort things out. Scratch that: THIS WEEKEND I WILL WORK ON SORTING OUT MY SCHEDULE!!!!

Now I understand the guilt mommies say they feel when they have to go to work and leave their kids at home. Just last week I was talking to a friend who is abroad and she was telling me how difficult it was making the sacrifice of being away because she’s trying to work on a better future for the family. *sigh*

Bubba’s Day Out!

I finally was able to fulfill a long-standing dream of mine, which is to take Bubba to Bonifacio High Street. I’ve always been hesitant to do so because he tends to pee on whatever bush or post he sees, which is typical since he’s a male dog. I’ve always used a poop bucket for him, so that’s never been a problem, but the peeing….well…

Anyway, last Sunday there was a Pet Club event hosted by Hobbes and Landes and I figured it would be the best time to take him. I was a little bit iffy because of the weather but I didn’t wanna dissapoint Bubba because he seemed excited about our trip. So I ended up going and I’m glad I did! He was smitten by this 10 month old lab named Misha! Besides that he got to play around with other dogs and also tried some agility training exercises, although he kinda got a bit nervous at first and had a bout of stage fright!

During the event I got to talk to the obedience and agitlity trainer, Domingo Juan, and he told me that despite Bubba’s age, he can still be trained to get rid of that peeing behavior. One way, he said, was to not feed and limit water intake the day before to the day i take him out. Also, behavior modification can help. I am quite interested in enrolling Bubba in his training classes but he requires 3-4 sessions a week, and I can’t commit to that schedule because of work.

After the tiring exercises, I treated Bubba and my brothers to Fridays. Of course we ordered ribs because of him!!!!

One thing I noticed, however, is despite how massive Bubba looks, he’s tiny compared to purebred labs :-(

Cassandra Care Animal Home

BF Homes, Parañaque just keeps getting better!

In my village newsletter recently I found a flyer for the Cassandra Care Animal Home. At the time I got it, they were offering (if I read it right!) free rabies vaccinations for dogs in our village. Unfortunately (or should I say fortunately) I had already gotten Bubba’s shots updated. However, because they offered ambulance and emergency services for pets, I tacked the flyer to my refrigerator.

Today, as I waited for my lunch to heat up in the microwave, I stood by the ref and read it. And the magic words popped out: “Pet Studio” and “Master & Pet Suite”.

For those who are my friends in Facebook, you may recall that just the other day I posted a shout-out that I was hoping for a “My Pet and Me” photo shoot. However, given my limited funds right now, it’s not a priority.

Also, if you have been reading my

blog, you know how important Bubba is to me, right? I have been longing to find a hotel where pets are allowed, so seeing the Master and Pet Suite in the flyer was interesting to me.

However, as I read their website I think it’s more for confinement purposes (i.e. pet operation) rather than a hotel, although their website describes the facility as “a place for your pets to recover from illness and surgery, as well as a second home for your pets while you are away” . Nonetheless, it’s great to know there is a dog hospital nearby where I can stay with him if necessary.

Browsing the website some more led me to this:

PET GROOMING, SPA AND MASSAGE
Every pet needs a thorough cleansing/bath and a haircut, and occasionally, a relaxing massage.  Our pet Jacuzzi will pamper your pet even more.

• Breed-specific hair styling treatment
• Medicated bath
• Nail clipping, tooth brushing, ear cleaning
• Anal sac draining
• Pet acupressure and hydromasssage
• Only the finest salon and spa products are used
Talk about timing! Just two weeks ago when I went to Nurture spa, I joked about wishing Bubba could also have a spa treatment with me. Pang bonding ba! (For momma and me bonding!)

I’m really curious about this center. Lucky for me (or is it really? hehe) the animal home is near my place. I haven’t gotten myself to inquire, however, about how much services will cost because I really can’t afford it right now. I’d love to have our photo taken and to let Bubba try out that pet jacuzzi thingy, especially since our last beach trip to Punta Fuego was an epic fail! *sigh* If only I had a couple of gold bullion at my disposal, I’d convert it to cash and splurge on an all-out spa treatment plus overnight stay at their master and pet suite :-)

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