Monday, October 31, 2005


NO! Please don't make me go see Eeyore, he's hideous and I'm scared!

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Coda won!

I came home today to find my 2006 Dogs In Canada Annual in the mailbox. Coda won second place in the City Dog category of the photo contest! It was a pleasant surprise. The picture was taken last fall during a windy but typical Saturday training session. We were at the school tracking and Coda was voicing his displeasure at being in the van instead of out with me.

Judge's comments: This is clearly a dog happy to be living in the city. The mussed hair, the ears and tongue flapping in the breeze, all serve to give the image a sense of joy. In spite of the hidden eyes, the curve of the car leads the eye to the dog. The black Schnauzer also shows off nicely against a clear blue sky.

Puppy scent pads

Is it time to track yet!?


I'm so handsome.

Watch your drink!

Unless you like sharing with a cat, if you are in my house it's a good idea to watch your drink at all times!

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

I had a dream...

My bipolar Tervuren separated last night and her happy side came out to spend some quality time with me on the bed. Turns out she gets locked in the attic at night.

Nasty Ceilidh saw her and flew out from behind the bed with a blood-curling snarl, attacking her with fur flying, forcing her back into the attic.

Oh how I wanted nasty Cei to die, leaving nothing but peace, but I knew that wasn't possible. I couldn't have one without the other, they are forever entwined in the same body.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Bullet - 4.5 months old



..............inggggggggggggg! Throw it again!

Bullet - gumming it at 4.5 months old. Weight: A lean 39lbs, give or take a few blades of grass.

Monday, October 17, 2005

Standard Poodle Abscess

An abscess is a localized collection of pus in any part of the body, caused by an infection. Here this poodle has a head injury that abscessed and swelled in a matter of a few hours.

"Abscesses occur when an area of tissue becomes infected and the body is able to "wall off" the infection to keep it from spreading. White blood cells, the body's defense against some types of infection, migrate through the walls of the blood vessels into the area of the infection and collect within the damaged tissue. During this process "pus" forms, which is an accumulation of fluid, living and dead white blood cells, dead tissue, and bacteria or other foreign invaders or materials."

By morning his abscess had ruptured on it's own and the swelling was down. He went for surgery, they drained it, took a sample and made sure there were no foreign bodies. They put him on antibiotics and he now looks, not to mention feels, much better!

Friday, October 14, 2005

Do not worry

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?

And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Matthew 6:25-34 NIV

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Thanksgiving romp.

Dirt? Who said we were playing in dirt? They must be lying.

HEY! Don't yell at me!


Tuesday, October 04, 2005

First impressions - Coda & Travis

Kevin and I have been matched with a little brother through the Big Brothers & Sisters program for over two years now.

For our first outing we had Travis, his older brother and his mother over for a BBQ, mainly so Travis could get to know us better and so his mother could as well. This was also so they could meet Coda - I stressed from the beginning that the child we were matched with couldn't be allergic to animals, and must not be afraid of big dogs.

I really wanted Coda to make a good impression... to be honest I was a little worried because he wasn't accustomed to or comfortable with kids.

Coda got very excited when they came, but he wouldn't let them pet him and he kept shying away while barking. He usually loves when people come to the house and this is not how I wanted him to be acting. I put him on leash and kept him with me until he calmed down then I had Travis feed him some treats. Everything was fine for a while until Coda saw my cat heading towards the Timbit box on the mothers lap. He decided to get possessive over it and snapped at the cat. Great I thought to myself, just what I want him doing!

We then took it outside where Kevin started BBQing while I played fetch & tug with Coda & Travis. Coda was very conscious of where my hands were when we played tug, but accidents still happened. Of course it had to happen in front of Travis and his mom! His teeth slammed the top of my knuckle and blood started pouring down my hand. Thankfully they never saw it so I put my hand behind my back and sopped up the blood with the back of my shirt. I casually suggested that we go inside and I would be there in a minute, I just had to put my bike away. The last thing I wanted was them thinking Coda bit me.

After that everything went smoothly - that is until I saw Coda rolling on the ground. I didn't think anything of it until someone mentioned the STINK. Turns out the flavour of the day was a rotten robins egg. Yum, yum!

Coda warmed up to Travis' family and they fell in love with him. Travis played fetch with Coda and they both loved every minute of it. We showed off all Coda's tricks and he was a huge goof, show off and suck for the rest of the day. Travis didn't want to go home and was upset that he wasn't able to help give Coda a bath. As they got in their car to go home, Coda stood silently at the door and watched them until they drove down the street.

Coda & Travis became best friends.

Cyder 'n friends

Black & gold

Crazy hose-dog:

Cyder here!

Monday, October 03, 2005

Texas roadkill

Roadkill? Yes, roadkill.

Driving the country side-roads of Ontario has caused me to start noticing trends in roadkill. One year I'll notice an abundance in groundhogs, another year raccoons, etc. On some roads you'll see fox, deer, or skunk, on another it will be squirrel or rabbit. No, I'm not being morbid, consider it a not-so-scientific interest of mine.

On our recent trip to Texas I had the opportunity to observe roadkill of an exotic nature:

#1 - Armadillo.
Unfortunately I never had the opportunity to meet a live armadillo as much as I wanted to.
A few interesting facts:
The nine-banded armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus) is the only armadillo found in North America. Adults weigh between 12 - 17 pounds. They have few natural enemies; hunters, dogs, coyotes and automobiles are their biggest killers. They can be eaten. It's thought that people who handle the armadillo are increasing their chances of contracting leprosy. In 1981 it became the official state mascot of Texas.

#2 - "Wild" boar.
Wild? From what I was told the boar that roam Texas are not naturally wild, more feral than anything. We only saw one boar, but it was a very large one.

#3 - Dog.
This is what shocked me the most. I was horrified and sad at the first dog we passed. After our second, third, fourth and fifth sighting, and after almost hitting two myself, I started to realize that Ontario and Texas were different in how they view dogs. In Texas, canines run the countryside free, if one doesn't come home you just get another one. It's not like that in Southern Ontario, even outside the cities. I'm sure if I lived in Texas it would become commonplace, but I wonder how long it would take for me to shake being disturbed by the sight of man's best friend on the roads?

Hanna Banana