Monday, December 26, 2005

Bitten by the escallator

The boxing day crowds made for a good training opportunity so off we went to watch the frantic people looking for deals. After just mentioning to Kevin how fun it was to be able to take a dog onto escallators we reached the bottom. There is a trick to handling a dog on the escallator. As you reach the bottom you and the dog start walking so their feet don't get pinched. As we found out today, it can still happen if a foot is at the wrong place at the wrong time... Cyder yelped and pulled her back leg up, blood pooling on the floor. After a quick assessment we thought we were going to have to make a trip to the emergency vet, but first we had to get her out of the building without getting blood everywhere. We grabbed a poop bag and I pulled the elastic from my hair to hold it in place. Then I went to find a worker to let them know about the blood. We carry a clean-up kit but nothing that would be able to clean up that mess.

After a quick stop to pick up supplies we went home to clean up the wound and see how bad it was. While not very nice, there was nothing an emergency vet could do that we couldn't so we cleaned it up.

What I'm looking forward to seeing is how she reacts next time she goes on an escallator. I bet that she will be just fine :)

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Bullet the follower

Skijoring for the first time. Doesn't look too bad in this picture, does it? Hahaha.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Monday, December 12, 2005

Harry Impersonating a Gargoyle

Ceilidh in Orangeville

Credit Valley in Orangeville under Judge Mr. J. Frederickson, two more points.

Cyder chosen for CVC

Cyder has been evaluated by the trainers and has been chosen for Canine Vision Canada. They really liked her and how focused she is. Her hips & elbows will be x-rayed next Monday, and we get to bring her home for Christmas. I wasn't planning on taking her back, but how could I say no? ;)

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Hip Dysplasia

Quote of the day:
"Both the sire and the dam have excellent hips therefore your dog should too unless you stressed him/her as a puppy."

Is this true? It seems to put all the blame on the owner if there does turn out to be a problem with a dogs hips. Something about this didn't sit right with me so some research was in order. This is an overview of what I found, be sure to read Parts 1-8 in full for more information on CHD.

Conclusions from Part One of the article:
To understand this genetically transmitted disease, we must first understand the workings of the normal canine hip.
by John C. Cargill MA, MBA, MS and Susan Thorpe-Vargas, MS

Hip dysplasia is not something a dog acquires; a dog either is genetically dysplastic or it is not. Initially, the hips of affected and normal puppies are indistinguishable. Later in life, an affected animal can exhibit a wide range of phenotypes, all the way from normal to severely dysplastic and functionally crippled. You should take away from this article the idea that hip dysplasia is genetically inherited. Never believe a fellow breeder or fancier who claims there is no hip dysplasia in his or her line. Never believe breeders who claim that if their breeding lines carried the genes for hip dysplasia they would be able to see it in their animals' gaits. This just is not true.

Conclusions from Part Two of the article:
Causative Factors of Canine Hip Dysplasia
by John C. Cargill MA, MBA, MS

Conclusions: While environmental effects, to include nutrition and exercise, may play a part in mitigating or delaying the onset of clinical signs and clinical symptoms hip dysplasia remains a genetically transmitted disease. Only by rigorous genetic selection will the incidence rate be reduced. In the meantime, it makes sense to have lean puppies that are exercised regularly and to avoid breeding any animals from litters that showed signs of hip dysplasia. It is probable that even normal exercise levels may increase the phenotypic expression of CHD of a genetically predisposed dog. Stay away from calcium supplementation of any kind; all it can do is hurt. There is no conclusive evidence that vitamin C can prevent hip dysplasia, but there is some evidence that vitamin C may be useful in reducing pain and inflammation in the dysplastic dog. Let your conscience and your veterinarian be your guides in supplementing with vitamin C. Fortunately, large doses of vitamin C are readily excreted, but it is still possible to cause untoward side effects with megadoses.

Be sure to read Parts 1-8 for the complete story, and for more information on Canine Hip Dysplasia check out the OFA website:
Orthopedic Foundation for Animals

The peeing dog

When my brother and I were growing up we had a plastic dog with a special dish. You'd fill the dish with water and his tongue would soak it up. Then he'd pee it out. YES, IT'S TRUE, LOL! We had a peeing dog toy! While visiting my brother this weekend I saw it's head peaking out of a box in his basement - he still had it. I brought it upstairs to take pictures of it and my niece fell in love with it.

Unfortunately the dish is long gone, not to mention the fact that my brother and I stuck things up his tongue plugging it forever.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Say Cheese!

Christmas Antlers

There are some people who might consider the following petty, degrading and silly. Yes, you can view it like that I suppose. Personally, I prefer to see it as an excellent proofing opportunity when working on stays :)

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Cyder - First down

Cyder had her very last group class with her litter today. She was great as always, and it's nice to see how they are all progressing and the similarities/differences in look and characteristics.

Afterwards we all took a 10 minute drive to see an opthamologist where they had their first health test. Cyder's eyes passed! Whew! She was very calm on the table so the opthamologist used her to give a 4 year University of Guelph vet student a look with a lesson.

Her hips/elbows will be tested in the next couple of weeks. Even if the dogs pass this they can still be disqualified for health reasons - if they have chronic ear or eye infections for example.

Other than that, once her health testing is done they'll look at how well she handles kennel life and training.

Thai Ridgeback

The Thai Ridgeback is a dog not often seen outside it's country of origin, Thailand. They are used primarily for guarding homes and livestock. It is a primitive breed that has been kept pure in Thailand due to poor transportation systems.

Males average 22-24 inches and weigh 50-60 pounds. Females average 20-22 inches and weigh approximately 35-55 pounds as an adult.

Their short coat should have a ridge of hair growing up along their back. A lack of the ridge or a plush coat is considered a fault. Coat colours are black, blue, red and fawn. A black mask is acceptable on the red and fawn only, and there should be no white markings. Ears are pricked. Their tongues are spotted and some are even solid black/blue like a chow.

Life expectancy is from 12-15 years.

They are naturaly protective of their family and territory. They can be aggressive towards other dogs, even with lots of socialization at a young age. Females tend to be more aggressive with each other.

The Thai Ridgeback is fully recognized by the UKC and the FCI.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Ceilidh - 2 more points

Sunday November 13, 2005 at the Georgina Kennel Club under Judge Charles Trotter.

Afterwards Ceilidh and Bullet got to play in lake Simcoe :)

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Cyder's going to school

I spoke too soon. Last night I got the word that Cyder is being recalled, I can drop her off anytime between the 20th to the 27th of this month. Then she'll have her health tests, they will evaluate her too see which program she'll go into, and she'll start her official training.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Another hard day at work

Cyder is 10 months old now. I predict she'll be recalled by Dog Guides in December since she's not on the November list.

Everyone loves her at my work, she's got her routine down pat. First she says hi to everyone, tail cracking off the corner of desks, walls and people's legs. I'm surprised she hasn't split it open yet, it's like a whip and causes pain to those who get in it's way.

Next on her list is to find her rope toys so she can destroy them.

After I pick up all the pieces and take the toys away she rolls over trying to entice someone to give her a belly rub:

On this day I was called into a meeting and forgot I'd even brought her until I got back to my desk 45 minutes later. She stayed the whole time. Not bad for a 10 month old puppy.