Saturday, January 28, 2006

Cyder's free!

Free of the cone and free of the bandage. Her foot's looking great! She's back in the kennel and has started her training :)

The goal

Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. All of us who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. Only let us live up to what we have already attained.

Philippians 3:13-16 NIV

Monday, January 23, 2006

Ground Control to Major Tom

Cyder's cone has been upgraded to a larger size yet! She was still managing to get her bandage off with the last size, I swear it's the sugar :) Almost looks she can communicate with space, and I have to wonder how everything sounds in there...

When I'm working I'll take her cone off for a while and give her a frozen bone to chew on, or do some stationary obedience with her, like food refusal.

I see that her foot IS healing when I compare the pictures, just very slowly. It's been nearly a month already and I'm sure she can't wait to be free of the cone and go for a run.

Coda & Ceilidh

I found an old picture in my files that I didn't realize I had. Ceilidh would never sleep with any other dog like this, she likes her space and doesn't like other dogs disturbing her...

Friday, January 20, 2006

Ceilidh's new tow bar

Ceilidh isn't the most confident puller, but I had her out a few times this year and she did okay I suppose. I had her attached to my skijoring belt. Problem is, I'm still not the strongest skier and I'm afraid that when Ceilidh DOES start to pull better that my insecurities will travel down the line and I'll discourage her. Exactly opposite of what I want to do.

SO.... I decided to make a tow-bar to attach my line to. That way I can let go at any time and still encourage her. I really think this will work in this situation, now I want it to snow so I can test it out. It's the middle of January in Ontario and we have no snow!

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Bullet meets Big Bird...

Whistling the theme song to "Hockey Night in Canada" and crooning "Come-Here", Coco, an African Grey Parrot, introduced himself to Bullet. He even gave him a kiss!

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Grooming crazy-eyes

Ahhhhhh.... that feels nice.

Why is my nose so long?



Monday, January 09, 2006

Ceilidh's conundrum

Ceilidh had some lamb heart with her food the other day. She ate everything but the lamb. When I went to let her out she grabbed the heart and stood there frozen. She didn't want it, but she didn't want any one else getting it either. I had time to grab my camera and come and take a picture, she was still standing in place.

What was a girl to do? What were her options?

1. Eat the lamb heart. Ewwwwww.

2. Drop the lamb and risk having someone else get it instead. That's as bad as eating it...

3. Hold the heart by the smallest piece possible. YES! That's the answer! Now what?

4. Give the lamb up when asked. Whew! The stress of the first three options was mind boggling, glad that's over with.

MY lamb heart:

Cyder's foot injury

Cyder's been back at Dog Guides since just after New Years. She's got to wear the cone since she will rip off her bandage and eat it.

Her foot is healing slowly since the injury was deep and it's on the foot. They are packing it with sugar to draw out any infection. I bet this would probably make the bandages even tastier. :)

She's spending all her time in a crate in the kitchen waiting for it to heal. She gets lots of attention from the trainers and kennel staff, so it's not too bad. She's discovered that her cone makes a great pillow:

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Official word on Cyder's X-rays

Her hips and elbows are great!

"This dog is a good candidate for the training program."