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Portuguese Water Dog

Bye-Bye, Martha Stewart

Myra Sideris | Posted 08.09.2013 | Green
Myra Sideris

When my husband and I first got married 17 years ago, we had fact we had less than nothing!! Mind you, it could be argued that we had 2 t...


Myra Sideris | Posted 07.24.2013 | Green
Myra Sideris

I love to dance. Ever since I was a little girl, I'd listen to my sister's Beatles' albums and move my little feet. As I got older, still too young ...

I'm Putting My Foot Down!

Myra Sideris | Posted 07.13.2013 | Green
Myra Sideris

There are not too many things in life I hate. I dislike a few things (traffic jams, obnoxious people, sour milk after it's been poured into my coffee...

The Sound of Grinding, Crunching Metal

Myra Sideris | Posted 06.28.2013 | Green
Myra Sideris

Each time I looked at him, his mouth was opened but the mystery object was not about to come out.

I Saw That Look!

Myra Sideris | Posted 06.22.2013 | Green
Myra Sideris

So, anyone that has been following my blog since July will know that I have not had an easy time walking my little PWD. I've had good periods...which consist of maybe 2 good walks in a row (out of about 1 trillion), but for the most part, it's been a nightmare.

The Birthday Boy

Myra Sideris | Posted 04.07.2013 | Good News
Myra Sideris

So, my little terror turned 1 today! The irony of my little guy being born on April Fool's Day is not lost on me. From the second we got him, I knew m...

Down, Boy, Down!

Myra Sideris | Posted 03.30.2013 | Green
Myra Sideris

Portuguese Water Dogs are an active breed. Before we got him, hubby and I did lots and lots of research. We got him, primarily because it was one of t...

A Dog's Life

Jay Scott | Posted 05.14.2013 | Impact
Jay Scott

Evidence of her enduring loyalty followed Shammy from the beginning of her time with us. Shammy joined our family when Alex was battling cancer. All along Shammy was teaching us an important lesson about life -- to be excited about the little things that life had to offer.

The Kennel

Myra Sideris | Posted 03.07.2013 | Green
Myra Sideris

So there I was... partly looking forward to leaving my 11-month-old pup at the kennel for a week... but partly missing him like nuts. He and I have a...

I'm at the End of My Leash

Myra Sideris | Posted 02.05.2013 | Green
Myra Sideris

So here I am again, hapless puppy owner... ooh sorry, I meant clueless puppy owner. We've had our 9-month-old for seven months now. He's gone from bei...

My PWD... Sadly Not the Sharpest Tool in the Shed

Myra Sideris | Posted 03.29.2013 | Green
Myra Sideris

You can imagine my frustration when, at every turn, this pup constantly outwits me. We've gone through 8 leashes, hundreds of dollars worth of toys, shoes, clothes, bed comforters, sofa seats and cushions.

Bo Obama: Every Dog Needs a Job

Lisa Rogak | Posted 03.24.2013 | Green
Lisa Rogak

While the confetti is still being swept up from the streets of Washington following the inauguration, and President Barack Obama begins his second term, it's clear that one of his most valuable companions -- Bo -- also knows that it's time to buckle down and get to work.

My Dog Hates Me!

Myra Sideris | Posted 03.17.2013 | Green
Myra Sideris

Now I'm at five days of ignoring him. Our walks aren't perfect but they have gotten better. Time can only tell. The only thing I am looking forward to now, is that bonding sensation so many people have told me about.

My Christmas Sweetheart

Myra Sideris | Posted 03.09.2013 | Green
Myra Sideris

After 7 months of putting up with his biting, pulling, growling, jumping, leash-biting habits, this was the first time that pup really felt like the family pet. He was just wonderful. A real pleasure!

The Allure of the Wood

Myra Sideris | Posted 02.09.2013 | Green
Myra Sideris

My 8 month old Portuguese Water Dog loves WOOD!!! Lots and lots of WOOD!!! He doesn't care how big, small, rough, smooth wet, brittle, treated it is... he just can't get enough WOOD!!

The 10-Minute Demolition

Myra Sideris | Posted 02.05.2013 | Green
Myra Sideris

10 minutes! That's all it takes for anything to last in my home once pup's been at it. Before we got our Portuguese Water Dog, hubby and I did lots a...

My Dog Is Trying to Kill Me!

Myra Sideris | Posted 01.26.2013 | Green
Myra Sideris

Yes, it's true. My loving seven-month-old pup, the one I feed, walk, pet, play with, and enjoy is trying to kill me. Last week, as I was walking down...

The Phantom Poop!

Myra Sideris | Posted 01.19.2013 | Green
Myra Sideris

I am a very conscientious dog owner. I've had my 7 month old pup for 5 months now. In this time, he's been professionally groomed 2ce. He gets monthly pedicures. We've home bathed him half a dozen short, we've done everything by the book.

Kleenex: The Final Frontier

Myra Sideris | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Myra Sideris

Besides footwear, pup loves Bounce sheets, toilet paper, lint, straws...but above all...he loves Kleenex (especially the used variety found on the street).

Ah Harness: I've Found You! Happiness at Last

Myra Sideris | Posted 12.25.2012 | Green
Myra Sideris

A full fledged puppy owner for just under five months now, I've taken pup to training classes, I've tried positive reinforcement, I've ignored the dog, I've tried to be dominant, but every single time, the "walk" has always been a nightmare.

My Portuguese Water Dog: The Ultimate Turkey!

Myra Sideris | Posted 12.10.2012 | Green
Myra Sideris

I was very excited this weekend. Excited because we would be hosting 15 people for Thanksgiving Dinner. Excited because my (out-of-town) sister and h...

The Leash: Public Enemy #1

Myra Sideris | Posted 09.09.2012 | Green
Myra Sideris

So here's the scoop. My dog walks four times a day. Lots and lots of exercise. One would think that after almost four months of daily walks, pup would be used to his leash by now ... sadly, no!

My Portuguese Water Dog : The Walk!!

Myra Sideris | Posted 09.02.2012 | Green
Myra Sideris

Believe me, if you are the type of person that likes to relax at the end of a long stressful day, kick back, put your feet up and turn on the TV or read a book, then a Portuguese Water Dog is not for you.

My PWD: His Bite Is Worse Than His Bark

Myra Sideris | Posted 08.28.2012 | Green
Myra Sideris

So here I am, week 13 of being a full fledged puppy owner.

The Dog Park

Myra Sideris | Posted 08.19.2012 | Green
Myra Sideris

That's when it all clicked. Training isn't just about commands. That's only 50 percent. The other 50 percent is training via your body language. Training yourself to remain calm.