Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

2013 Rescue Fundraiser!

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 | GSMD Rescue Fundraiser | Comments Off

It’s that time of year again! The Swiss Lick Swissies (and friends) 2013 Rescue Fundraiser Calendar is once again up for sale!


It’s the perfect holiday gift for everyone on your list, so go ahead and buy 10 or 20. All proceeds from the calendar will be donated to the GSMD Rescue.

Heck, buy 50. You know you need them.

Thanks to all my Swissy friends for sending in pictures. It’s so much fun getting pictures from people across the country!

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Thank Dog I’m a Country Girl

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012 | Galena Dog Park, Indigo, Ozzy | Comments Off

The move is done! Actually, it’s been done for about five weeks now, I’m just a bit slow to get back to things.

So far, things are going well. Indy and Ozzy are enjoying their new yard quite a bit. It’s likely that they find the frequent walks on new paths (we new sells) even better!

I joined a group that is doing fundraising to get a dog park setup Galena. The location is already set, but we need to raise a big chunk of money to get things done. We had our first fundraiser (as far as I know, at least) two weekends ago at a local dog grooming facility that is near the park location. No, I did not get the dogs washed. Instead, I helped. It was a yucky day (rain, wind, rain, wind), but I worked inside. After a few hours, the wet dogs reminded me that I am actually allergic to dogs. It took a few days to recover, but it was for a good cause.

So, that’s it for now. I suppose I could be persuaded to take a few pictures of dogs or something. Stay tuned!

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Time for a change

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012 | Dogs, Indigo, Ozzy | Comments Off

After tomorrow, the header of this blog will change. (At least it should when I actually take the time to do it.) The fabulous Swissies of Downers Grove are moving! Yup, that’s right. We will soon be the fabulous Swissies of Galena, or something like it.

We decided it was time. We’d like to add more Swissies. We’d like to be out in the country where there’s space, hills, etc. Heck, the humans would like to retire before we are dead. So a job was procured (for me), a house was found, and the move is scheduled for tomorrow. What was initially something that would happen in 3 to 5 years is happening now. It took just over a month to plan.

Anyone want to buy a house in Downers Grove? I happen to know of one, and it looks really good with Swiss dogs.

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RIP, Cole

Friday, August 17th, 2012 | Litter Mates and Swissy Friends | Comments Off

I hate that I’m doing another run free post. And I hate that the world has lost another Swissy to epilepsy.

Cole, who owned one of the humans on my dog forum, went to the Rainbow Bridge on Thursday. He was only 4. If Natalie lived anywhere near me, she’d hear me crying for a Swissy I’ve never met. My heart breaks for her and her husband, and I know there is nothing I can say or do that will help in the slightest. But let’s all send them love and healing thoughts (all 4 of you) to Natalie and her family.

Run free, Cole. You were loved.

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Wordless Wednesday

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012 | Litter Mates and Swissy Friends | Comments Off

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Did you know…

Monday, July 23rd, 2012 | Indigo | 1 Comment

…that dark chocolate “flavored” dog vomit smells like fresh baked brownies? Sadly, I did.

Last Friday, the husband person decided to bring a nice chunk of it home from the fun grocery store. I’d been low carb all week, and he thought I could eat it. Well, I couldn’t really, but I tried a small sliver. He tried a bite before and after my sliver, then apparently left it out on the counter for that counter-surfing champ, Indy to get.

The moral of the story is – always make sure you have a bottle of hydrogen peroxide on hand. And perhaps some activated charcoal as well.

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Happy 4th!

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012 | Gryffindor, Indigo, Ozzy | Comments Off

July 4th used to be one of my favorite holidays. I have such great memories of family, friends, parades, etc. But right now, for the sake of Indy, I just want it to be done.

The poor girl is not having a great week. We’re having fireworks galore, it’s consistently in the mid-to-upper 90s, and she’s stressed. And lets not forget – heat means we turn on her dreaded nemesis – the ceiling fan!

So while I still do love the holiday, I beg of you – please think of the dogs. Don’t blow off the quarter stick of dynamite. Don’t setup unsafe fireworks in your back (or front) yard. Not just because of the safety of the humans around you, but because of the dogs. Many of them freak out with that noise, and whatever else goes with it that humans just can’t detect.

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Let’s get you up-to-date!

Thursday, June 28th, 2012 | Indigo, Obedience Training, Ozzy | Comments Off

While I’ve been slacking off, there’s been a bit going on. It might be nice if I got you up to date on a couple of things…

First thing – Ozzy got his neuter and gastropexy back in November. The super-excessive marking and annoying dominant tendencies have stopped for the most part since then, but he’s still a teenager. His recovery wasn’t as smooth as I’d hoped, but there was nothing major. He was hard to keep quiet, and he popped a stitch or two. And there was a wee bit of infection, but it seemed to be only on the exterior incision. I remember Indy’s going so much better (as far as healing is concerned), but then she had a 13 year old basset hound as a housemate, not another young-ish Swissy. Seven months later and all is well.

I enrolled Ozzy in a few classes at our favorite dog training facility starting in February (I think). First, he took his CGC class. It was a 6 week course, and at the end (week 7) we took the test. I was very pleased that Ozzy passed on the first try. After that, we rolled right into another 6 week course for his Therapy Dog certification. It was about this time that Ozzy started becoming a teenage punk again, so while he did pretty well in the class, I don’t think we’re ready for the certification yet. Plus, we need to pick an organization for certification…

After those classes finished, I started Ozzy in his “ring ready obedience” class again, hoping to get him back on track to get his CD or RN title. Or both. However, Ozzy got very stressed during the first class, so I opted to give him some time off, with training at home only for a little while. Heck, he went for 3 months – he deserves a break.

Last Saturday, I took Indy to the RRO class. She still doesn’t want to be touched by strangers, so I will avoid that at all costs. However, the Rally Novice title could work well for her since it doesn’t involve a stand for exam. She did pretty well in the class, so I’m going to continue down that path with her, and teach her the rally commands. And the automatic sit, which she doesn’t do too frequently. :)

That’s it for now. Thanks for reading!

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Wordless Wednesday

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012 | Ozzy | Comments Off

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And We’re Raw! (Again)

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012 | Dogs, Indigo, Ozzy | Comments Off

Before I get started, I would like credit. Yes, I’m posting again today. That makes it two days in a row! I guess the good thing about taking 7 months off from posting is that I’ve got a lot of saved material that I can use.

I believe the last time I was posting with any amount of regularity, we were trying to find a good food that worked for both dogs. Well, Ozzy in particular, seeing that Indy can eat almost anything. Ozzy’s excessive flatulence only got worse after he got fixed (November), and we’ve struggled with it a bit since then.

We moved them over to Taste of the Wild High Prairie formula. It worked well for a while. Ozzy was still gassy, but his poops were (mostly) solid, and his coat looked great. And Indy looked wonderful, for a change. Then all the Diamond-produced food recalls started. At first, Taste of the Wild wasn’t included, but then, of course, it was. Our bags were not affected, but I was determined to move off of a Diamond-produced food. I considered Fromm (again), Acana, and a few other brands. I got smaller bags. But the whole time, I was mentioning to Dan that I really thought raw would be the way to go. After a few weeks of mushy poops and gassy Ozzy, he finally agreed.

The initial plan was to ease into the raw feeding. We intended to split the feedings (one raw, one kibble) for a few weeks, and then move them onto full-time raw. At that point, I started traveling again, so Indy and Ozzy went raw almost cold turkey after 4 days of partial.

The intent was to start them on chicken backs, then add other chicken parts in. Well, I couldn’t get chicken backs, so they started on skin-free, bone in chicken breasts. I cut them into slightly smaller pieces of Ozzy but left them as-is for Indy. It took a couple of days for Ozzy to get used to it, and then we stopped cutting his food. We tried leg quarters too, but they didn’t seem to sit too well with Ozzy right off the bat, so I was able to procure some backs. At each meal, they get a chicken back, yogurt, and a few tablespoons of Olewo (carrot formula).

They are now two and a half weeks in, and I’m glad to report they are doing very well. Ozzy’s gas is almost completely gone, and his poops are much better. The amount of poop in the yard has drastically reduced as well – go figure. And let’s not forget that Ozzy’s water consumption is way down due to the water content of his food.

And even better, they’re both happy.

Stay tuned!

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