Archive for March, 2010

Pawdicure

Mommy hopes this video will encourage anyone who has a hard time trimming their dog’s nails to keep trying eventhough it might seem like an impossible task.
Preston used to be terrified of nail trimming. Visits to the groomer were quite traumatizing for him. Mommy tried Peticure┬« but Preston ran away on the buzzing sound of the electric filer. Nail trimming was such a dreadful activity for both Mommy and Preston. For more than two years, Mommy had given up on trimming Preston’s nails. Luckily, his active lifestyle kept his nails naturally short. His dew claws were removed by the breeder so Mommy never has to worry about them.
This past winter was Preston’s first winter living in a place where there was a lot of snow. The de-icers on the ground made it hard to go for long walks. Running in the snow or grassy parks was just not enough to wear down his nails. Nail trimming became necessary again and Mommy wasn’t looking forward to doing it at all.
To Mommy’s surprise, nail clipping was so much easier this time around. Preston has become quite comfortable with his pawdicure, sometimes, he even falls alseep in the midst of it.

Preston’s pawdicure kit:
Preston's Pawdicure kit!
How does Preston learn to enjoy the nail clipping?
1. Growing up Preston is used to having his paws handled. Mommy likes holding his paws and wiggling his toes when cuddling.
2. Preston got two cheerios and a big praise if he let Mommy touch his toes with a nail clipper (without clipping). Repeat this many many times.
3. Then, move on to real clipping, Preston got two cheerios for each snap sound the clipper makes.

And many many cheerios later…

FYI: Nail clipping instructions

Maine Coast

There are not many 70 degree days in New England this time of the year so when the weather was this nice on Saturday, Mommy and Daddy couldn’t pass up the chance taking Preston to the beach. Mommy and Daddy drove along the scenic Maine coast and visited Portland, Maine.
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Maine coast is beautiful and full of characters.
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Can’t go home without tasting Maine lobster!
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Say Hi to Daddy!

Daddy has been traveling a lot lately. Preston has learned to say hi to daddy through the webcam.

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Cross-country Skiing

Mommy and Daddy enjoy downhill skiing but always feel sad that they can’t take Preston along. This weekend Mommy and Daddy decided to try cross-country skiing where Preston can enjoy some skiing fun too.
Preston went to Bretton Woods Nordic Center located in the beautiful Mt. Washington Resort in New Hampshire. There are designated trails for skiers with dogs.
It is a gorgeous day for skiing!
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Here is Preston and Mommy’s attempt for skijoring (a winter sport where a person on skis is pulled by a horse, a dog (or dogs) or a motor vehicle)