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Run Free, Hunter

Monday, August 6th, 2012 | Random Stuff | Comments Off

It’s a sad day on my block. Hunter the Vizsla, who was one of Gryffin’s best buds, went to the Bridge today. Please keep his family, including his Vizsla sister, Sadie, in your thoughts.

Run Free, Hunter. I’m sure Gryffin met you with a play bow and a Baroooo.

And we’re back!

Monday, June 18th, 2012 | Random Stuff | 1 Comment

Sort of. I hope.

So, truth be told, I took a little break and it went longer than I intended. I ran out of things to say, then I had things to say, but I got out of the habit and, well, you know…

So I’m going to work on posting regularly again. There’s been a lot going on. I have pictures. And cookies.

Let’s hope I didn’t lose all 6 readers.

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We’re getting close to that time again!

Friday, August 26th, 2011 | Dogs, Indigo, Obedience Training, Ozzy, Random Stuff | 6 Comments

Yup, we’re almost 3 years old! Which means there will be some give away. I just haven’t decided exactly what yet. Although I do have one thing already.

I’ve been thinking about the last year of blogging recently. It’s definitely become harder to keep up the pace, especially since I haven’t really been doing much in the way of dog events. I hate to say it, but there are a few things that have happened in the Swissy community since a little before we got Ozzy that have kind of put me off of being involved. So we’ve been hanging on our own, doing stuff with friends and not clubs. I’m not sure if that will change or not.

One of the great things that has happened in the last year (other than Ozzy in general) is finding an obedience school (Wiggles-n-Wags) that we can call home. I’ve taken Ozzy through 3 separate classes there, and Indy has 1 week left of her first class. It’s been difficult over the last several years trying to find a place that I was comfortable. Someplace that didn’t use methods I wasn’t comfy with (correction only), and with trainers that could actually teach me something. And it’s nice not to feel judged for my choices or my shy dog. It’s such a great thing for all of us.

So there you have it – my babblings for the day. Please check back next week for the announcement about our anniversary giveaway!

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Naperville Dog – the Magazine

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011 | Random Stuff | Comments Off

Sometimes Facebook is a wonderful thing. For example, I found out about this new publication, called Naperville Dog, on Monday. I would probably not have learned about it for months without Facebook.

Their current magazine can be found online here, but it is also available in print. It’s kind of small right now, but I really hope to see it grow.

Good luck to them!

Floats for Dogs?

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011 | Random Stuff | Comments Off

Of course I find this a few weeks after we spend a week at the beach with a private pool.

Ultra Floats has a Poochie Pool and Deck float that can be used as a pool side lounger or a in-pool float for your dog. Granted, the large is supposedly only good for dogs up to 80 pounds, but it still looks kind of fun.

Maybe I should go back to the beach for a week with a 80 pound dog.

Wordless Wednesday

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011 | Indigo, Random Stuff | Comments Off

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Diary of a Lazy (Dog) Blogger

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011 | Random Stuff | Comments Off

(In case you aren’t aware, that’s me.)

Saturday morning
Hmm, I should probably write something on the blog. I have things to write. And I have an awesome guest post I need to proof and format. But it’s so comfy here on the couch. I’ll get to it in a bit.

Saturday afternoon
I could take some pictures of the dogs. But they’re being so cute and cuddly. It’s supposed to be sunny tomorrow, so I’ll get pics of them outside when there’s sun instead.

Sunday morning
Indy really loves this part of the day. She likes to cuddle between Dan and me on the couch while we’re watching “It’s Me Or the Dog.” Our dogs are so much better than those dogs. Ok, show’s over. I should really go workout and then take pictures of the dogs outside.

Sunday afternoon
Oh, I was going to go take pictures of the dogs outside and post them on the blog. Maybe even write something witty. But this fire is so nice and warm, and both dogs are cuddly. I wouldn’t want to disturb them. And what it the fire dies down and I have to start over again? I have no idea what time Dan is coming home.

Sunday evening
Oh – there’s no more sun! And now I have to make dinner. Oh well, I’ll write something tomorrow.

Monday evening
Oh crap. Forgot to blog again. I’ll do it tomorrow.

Tuesday evening
I should probably start writing about the stuff I was thinking up while I was walking Indy in her new reflective coat. I took pictures too. Oh, but I need to start working on the contest for my dog forum.

Wednesday morning
Wow, I’m lazy. And unmotivated. Need more coffee.

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Drugs and Your Dog

Thursday, January 20th, 2011 | Random Stuff | 1 Comment

Hi – I’m back!

In the past, I’ve mentioned human medications that are considered safe for your dog, but I don’t believe I’ve ever really gone over some that are toxic. This list is readily available in other locations online, such as the ASPCA website, but I figured I’d share here too.

1. NSAIDs such as ibuprofen or naproxen

According to the ASPCA site, these are the most common cause of pet poisoning in small animals. I remember getting a call from my dog walker one day mentioning that Indy got at an ibuprofen container and ate the pills. Luckily, I knew that there was only one pill in the container. There are reports that say 10 to 20mg per pound of body weight is safe. Other reports say only 2 to 4 grams per pound of body weight. Indy is just shy of 100 pounds. The pill she consumed was not an immediate cause for concern, but it definitely would have been in a small dog. Dogs may develop intestinal ulcers from ibuprofen.

2. Antidepressants

Now, I’m not willing going to share the happy pills with anyone, human or dog. But if you are not careful where you leave your medications and have a weird dog (like Indy or my mother-in-laws old beagles) that will eat them, you may run into issues. They can cause vomiting and lethargy. Or possibly serotonin syndrome, which is marked by agitation, elevated body temp, heart rate and blood pressure, disorientation, vocalization, temors and seizures.

3. Acetaminophen

Yup, this is bad for your pup too. This is more commonly known as the brand name Tylenol. Like ibuprofen, there is sometimes a little wiggle room if your dog has ingested it, and they are way less sensitive to it than cats. A 50 pound dog would need to ingest over seven 500mg tablets for toxicity to occur. Cats would need one 250mg tablet for a potentially fatal reaction. It can cause liver and red blood cell damage.

4. ADHD drugs

The ASPCA website specifically mention a drug called Methylphenidate, abut my research says that there are other potentially dangerous ADHD drugs. Well, dangerous for your dogs. They act as stimulants in pets and can elevate heart rate, blood pressure and body temperature and can cause seizures.

5. Anti-cancer drugs

Again, a specific drug is mentioned – Fluorouracil – but I’m guessing it’s not the only one. This one in particular is used topically to treat minor skin cancers. It can be very fatal to dogs, causing severe vomiting, seizures and cardiac arrest, even those that have ingested a cotton ball used to apply the drug.

6. Isoniazid

This is a tuberculosis drug. Maybe it’s not something you keep around your house – right? But it’s extremely toxic to dogs. It can cause severe and sudden seizures.

7. Pseudoephedrine

This can probably be found in many houses. Not mine though – it gives me the jitters. It’s a popular decongestant and is many OTC cold, sinus and allergy products. Go figure, it can be a major stimulant in pets and can cause elevated heart rate, blood pressure and body temps, and has been known to induce seizures. I actually know someone that assumed that since Benadryl was ok for their dog, this would be too and they had it sitting around the house. Rather than call their vet, they used it. It did not end well.

8. Anti-diabetics

We don’t use these in my house, so I’ve never really thought aobut this before. Oral medicates for diabetes can cause a sudden drop in blood sugar levels. You’d see disorientation, lack of coordination, and seizures. Bad stuff.

9. Vitamin D derivatives

I’m feeling glad right now that my fruity-tasting vitamin D supplements are on my desk in the office, not in my house. Ingesting small levels of derivatives can cause potentially fatal spike in blood calcium levels in pets. Signs include vomiting, loss of appetite, increased urination and thirst. Basically kidney failure. Signs may take over 24 hours to occur.

10. Baclofen

This is a muscle relaxant. I would think that it would be a category, not a specific drug, that is the issue, but I could be wrong. If I had these in my house, there’s no way I’d share, intentionally or otherwise. It can impair the central nervous system of dogs. (If you’ve ever taken one yourself, doesn’t it do the same to you?) But it also can result in depression, disorientation, seizures and coma if you’re a dog (or cat), all of which can lead to your rather untimely demise.

So, bottom line is – keep your drugs (and cotton balls) away from your animals. Be aware of what you or your guests have in your house, and be careful. Don’t try to medicate your dogs without first checking with your vet for guidance. For dog’s sake, be safe!

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RIP, Buckwheat!

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010 | Random Stuff | Comments Off

Buckwheat was a horse. He was a very, very old horse. And he was kind of ugly. Yup, ugly.

There he is, on the right. The one with the funky coat.

But we loved him anyway.

He’s been kind of touch and go for a few years now, but my father-in-law had to let him go today. He tore a tendon, and the vet said the recuperation would take a long time, and with his health, it was iffy. He was an old horse – in his mid-to-late thirties, I believe. So the decision was made…and I’m sure it was not easy.

Run free, Buckwheat. Go so hi to Gryffin, Alex, and all the other dogs and horses that went before you!

RIP, Basja

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010 | Canine Cancer, Random Stuff, Swiss Lick Swissies Canine Cancer Fund | 1 Comment

This is almost as hard for me to write as it was when we lost Gryffin in January. But the gorgeous Basja went to the Bridge this morning. It was time.

Basja developed lymphoma a little while back. Her human worked to build up her immunity, as chemo wasn’t really an option. The time came today for her to say goodbye…

I loved Basja as if she was my own. I know Dan felt the same. Indy was probably convinced she was a Swissy, and Ozzy seemed extremely attached to her when they met for the second time a couple of weeks ago. Even the old curmudgeon, Beowulf, seemed to love her.

Please send your good thoughts and prayers to those Basja left behind. They will need them.

I’ll miss you, Basja.

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