Raising a Toddler is like Training a Stubborn Bulldog

Raising a Toddler is like Training a Stubborn Bulldog
On a regular basis, I find myself telling my daughter, Little Miss, to “sit” — mainly when she’s eating. Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner. Snack time. You name it. And the other day, I realized just how much these directives are like commands. “If you listen to me, I’ll give you your food.” Seriously. I’ve used those... Read more »

Kafka Celebrates National Dog Day with a Nap (or Two)

Kafka Celebrates National Dog Day with a Nap (or Two)
Happy National Dog Day! Facebook and Twitter have been full of cute dogs ‘posing’ for the camera, or playing outside. But Kafka the bulldog? I got a picture of him sleeping. Because, really? That’s how he spends a majority of his days lately it seems. I had always heard that when bulldogs turn three or... Read more »

Kafka the Bulldog Doesn't Have a Short-Term Memory

Kafka the Bulldog Doesn't Have a Short-Term Memory
Whoever said dogs have short-term memory never met Kafka the bulldog. We’ve lived in our apartment for two years now, and on one of our very first walks on our block, we went by a condo building where a sweet, little innocent cat sat in the garden unit window. Kafka immediately stopped in his tracks…... Read more »
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Who’s Alpha? No Contest Between Kafka the Bulldog and Baby

Who’s Alpha? No Contest Between Kafka the Bulldog and Baby
Bulldogs are a stubborn breed, and Kafka is no exception. From the day we brought him home over three years ago, he’s fought us tooth and nail when we tried to establish ourselves as the alpha. And when people meet him (people who know we have both a bulldog and baby at home), one of... Read more »

What Happened When Kafka the Bulldog Ran Away on Christmas Day

What Happened When Kafka the Bulldog Ran Away on Christmas Day
I’ll be the first one to admit that Kafka the bulldog hasn’t been getting nearly as much attention as he used to. (The lack of posting on this blog lately is evidence of that). My patience for him too has incredibly lessened. In many ways, you could say that I haven’t been appreciating him as... Read more »

Creating a positive relationship between our bulldog and baby

From the moment my hubby and I found out we were pregnant, we knew we would do anything to make sure Kafka the bulldog and baby got along. Kafka, we have always said, was in his forever home. Even so, there was one exception to this. My husband once said that if, worse comes to... Read more »
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Kafka the bulldog takes a vacation

Kafka the bulldog takes a vacation
I’m not going to lie. I’m jealous of Kafka the bulldog sleeping away about 75% of the day. But I also know that the last four and a half months have been rough on him. With baby girl in our lives, he’s no longer “top dog.” Even so, within the last couple months, he’s adjusted... Read more »

Our Baby Giggles at Our English Bulldog

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So, it’s been awhile. Not surprisingly, baby girl has been keeping me busy, and life has, completely and utterly, changed for us.  I have thought about writing — about how Kafka the English bulldog has calmed down a ton (thanks, in large part, to some Animal Sense training), how we still have to work on... Read more »

Kafka The Bulldog Met Baby Girl Hall, And The Dog Training Continues

Kafka The Bulldog Met Baby Girl Hall, And The Dog Training Continues
I wish that a lot of my friends had been right… that we’d bring baby girl home and Kafka would surprise us and behave wonderfully when he, our fur baby, our bulldog, met baby girl Hall. That’s not to say that he’s been terrible. It’s clear that the dog training we did helped a little,... Read more »
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Milestones in Getting the Dog Ready for Baby

Milestones in Getting the Dog Ready for Baby
We’ve been busy. But, no, baby girl has not yet arrived unfortunately. Rather, we’ve been busy getting ready for her, and in turn, we’ve been getting the dog ready for baby, a.k.a. a whole world of change. Well that, and Kafka the bulldog had a full week of being sick, which was absolutely no fun... Read more »
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