We packed our bags, as well as our Cavalier, and headed west to Denver. After checking into the dog-friendly Curtis Hotel, we began our Rocky Mountain adventure. Parker posed for a snapshot, which they posted on their K-9 Club welcome board. Meeting up with family and friends, with Parker in tow, we toured the vibrant downtown Denver scape, the red rocks of the Garden of the Gods, the cobble-stone streets of Vail and the scenic town of Boulder. On a scale from one to 10, we give Denver and the surrounding area a rating of 10. We loved the health-conscious, outdoor-focused, dog-inviting city/state. If you want to travel with your pet, I wholeheartedly recommend The Centennial State.
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On Easter Sunday, my husband’s mom suffered a stroke. After a week at the hospital she moved to a rehabilitation center, where she is receiving physical, speech and occupational therapy. Since we are frequent visitors, I asked if we could bring Parker. Now, he spends his weekends getting attention from staff and resident dog- and cat-people. But, he’s always willing to give Bob’s mom his brand of Cavalier nap therapy. In just a few weeks, she has already made progress. Is it due, in part, to Parker’s therapy? I bet he’d like to think so.
My husband posed the question “Why do dogs tilt their heads from side-to-side when you ask them a question?” Given the dismal economy, roller coaster-riding stock market and less than encouraging news all around, I was happy to delve into the deep-seated meaning of the doggy head cock. I thought it would be a Wiki-quick answer. Over 20 websites and blogs later, here’s what I found. Some dogs, such as Spaniel Parker, have pendulous (meaning hanging down loosely) ears that obstruct sounds. Short story: Sound waves get muffled by their thick ears. The dog has to cock his/her head so that sound waves can pass through their big, heavy ear flap before reaching their eardrums. I also learned that high-pitched sounds get their attention because they resemble the noises made by traditional prey such as rabbits or chipmunks. I believe all of this. But, I also believe that dogs quickly learn to interpret words that have meaning to them. Parker’s favorites are food, treats, cheese and bye-bye. Just say any one of these words and he is yours. Anyone have any other words that drive your dog or dogs to frenzied happiness?
Parker has reached his adult weight. He’s now 18 pounds, two pounds under American Airlines’ 20-pound pet weight restriction. I resurrected his travel bag from the storage closet to see how a full-grown Cavalier fits. He jumped right into the cushion-lined bag without hesitation. He just looked up at me, as if he was saying, “Where are we going? I’m ready.”
In this fast-paced, 24/7 world, who isn’t searching for inner peace and balance? After attending a meditation class, I stumbled upon this great $1.99 iPhone app, Relax & Rest. Night after night, I’ve been lulled to sleep by this 24-minute unwind-a-thon. One particular night, after a tough, stress-filled day at work, I listened and was wide-awake after the session. However, in the distance, I heard Parker happily snoring. The app might have been lost on me that night – but not my zen-filled Cavalier.
Does your dog provide therapeutic relief? Parker provides dual counseling to me and my husband. Check out this cute, for-sale tee that benefits a great organization, Therapy Dogs United. The group is selling “My Dog is My Therapist” tee shirts for $15 online: http://www.therapydogsunited.org/donate/
A must-see: “My Dog: An Unconditional Love Story.” The documentary explores the unique relationships between people and their pooches, featuring candid interviews with some of my favorite actors/actresses, such as Lynn Redgrave, Edie Falco, Richard Gere, Christopher Meloni, Glenn Close – not to mention designer Isaac Mizrahi. Do you love dogs and need a reason to smile? I bet you would enjoy this Netflix rental.