Ozzy the Swissy

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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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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A first

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011 | Dogs, Ozzy | Comments Off

The gorgeous weather here over the past few days has meant lots of walks for the dogs. On Saturday, we experienced a first.

Not only did we have to stop every 15 feet for the “what type of dog is that” questions, but we had three separate instances of stalking. Well, sort of stalking. Cars pulled over and parked, people jumped out and called after us. They’d yell something along the lines of “OMG, is that a Swissy??”! And then we’d proceed to answer questions for 15 minutes.

This is a good thing. I’m glad to see that people are more interested in Swissies. And they seem to be coming prepared with the right questions. And yes, they seem to be doing their research. I just need to remember to bring my business cards with me so it’s easier to keep track of them.

And it’s a good thing that this always happens with Ozzy.

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There’s nothing better…

Sunday, September 18th, 2011 | Indigo, Ozzy | Comments Off

You may have guessed, or not, that I was traveling last week. It was not fun at all. It was work. The only good thing about the week was getting home on Friday night.

I will admit that I was worried the dogs had forgotten me. Or maybe they just didn’t miss me that much at all. But I was greeted at the door (I almost sneaked in because my ride was a hybrid and super quiet) by a very happy Indy and Ozzy. OK, so it was mainly Indy that was overjoyed to see me. Ozzy was happy in his normal chilled out sort of way. But the joy Indy displayed melted the ice from my heart.

(Hanging out with sales reps will make your heart ice over. It’s the only way to survive.)


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Sunday, September 4th, 2011 | Dogs, Indigo, Ozzy | 2 Comments

I’ve been wanting to do this for a while. Since Saturday was a bit too hot for either dog to take a decent hike, (and since walking was about all I could do since I hadn’t had any delicious carbs in 6 days) my walking companion was my camera. And you.

We have a few different routes we’ll take. I try not to take the dogs on the same route each time we go for a walk. I think it’s important for them to experience different smells, sounds and people. The one you are joining me for is one of the prettier walks that takes us through the woods and the downtown area of Downers Grove. It’s a good walk for Ozzy when it’s 60 to 80 degrees with no humidity. If it’s cooler, we’ll add at least a mile to it to make it the same as Indy’s standard walk.

Let’s get going.

Here’s a look down our street as we near our first park. The brick road makes it prettier than our block.

There tend to be lots of shady spots for Swissies at this time of year. It’s a good thing.

One of my favorite things about this walk.

It’s called Prince Pond.

Downers Grove has lots of parks and areas like this. This is probably the best one in the village, in my opinion.

OK, time to move on.

It was actually a lot of fun to walk around this way. I noticed so many things that I don’t normally when I’m walking the dogs. This was one of them.

This is an area outside an assisted living center. We’ve stopped here before because some of the residents like to pet Ozzy. (Indy, notsomuch.)

Even the bank area is pretty.

We have a train that runs from the western Chicago suburbs (that’s us!) into the the city. Of course, there are freight trains too. We got lucky and didn’t get stuck on this walk.

Townhomes – city living in the suburbs. About a block from the train.

Sometimes, I feel like I’m in the south. Not sure why.

I know where most of these are on our routes. This one happens to be a great family with a golden retriever. The fence is in the front yard too, but the dog never charges us when we walk by. And it doesn’t go all the way up to the sidewalk.

Ahh, another favorite part of this walk. This is the one area in my town that I’d love to move to. If I could afford it. And if I could take my neighborhood with me.

And yes, it’s the woods. Not just an area with a few extra trees.

Look – a creek! Or is that pronounced “crick”?

Never underestimate shade.

These people have the most gorgeous front yard. They love gardening. I do not.

A trail to the forest preserve. Too long for Ozzy at this time of year.

One of the exit routes from the woods (pedestrian only for this one) leads us to my mom’s church.

One of the best things is to walk by on a Sunday when there’s a service. If the weather is right and the windows are open, you can hear the congregation singing hymns. It’s one of the most peaceful and pleasant things. Otherwise, if we time it just right, we may go in and visit grandma. She is out of town now, but we ran into some of her friends and their kids outside today and they had fun with a very well behaved Ozzy.

I find it cool that people with students at Downers Grove North High School in athletics will frequently display these in their front yards.

It’s sad that the village actually has to post this.

The new band shelter.

There’s been a band shelter here as long as I can remember. This one was built over the last year to replace one that was about 30 years old. On Tuesday nights in the summer (weather permitting), they hold free concerts.



More interesting stuff for you. Downers Grove is one of the few cities in the US that has a cemetary on the main street.

We walk by, but never through with dogs. I don’t think it’s respectful. You know Ozzy would pee on every one of those graves.

The wine store. Ozzy got drunk here (kidding!), as a puppy.

A cool store.

One of my favorite places.

And every dog in Downers Grove’s favorite store.

The Barkery was having an adoption event for the West Suburban Humane Society on Saturday. So we spent a few minutes there. Polly, a Border Collie/Sneaky Neighbor Dog puppy was there and available. She was quite calm.

Inside, there was a gorgeous puppy (Beth, one of the Barkery’s owners is fostering). I am bad and cannot remember the pup’s name.

This is Shiloh. We actually met him last year at a dog park when he was a wee little puppy.

There were a few kittens available for adoption as well. Too bad I’m allergic.

Moving on…

I love that Downers Grove still has a book store.

And we have a gorgeous movie theater. Second run.

Everyone’s favorite vet. We love that they are walking distance – just about 4 blocks away.

Check out the wildlife!

And Dobby, the adorable dog around the corner.

Which means we’re home! Are you tired?

Thanks for reading!

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Happy Anniversary? Birthday?

Friday, September 2nd, 2011 | Alex, Beowulf, Dogs, Gryffindor, Indigo, Ozzy | 3 Comments

Or maybe it’s Happy Blogiversary?

Either way, Indy, Ozzy and I (plus Alex, Gryffin and Beowulf) have been doing this for three whole years. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading, as I have definitely enjoyed writing.

To celebrate, we’re doing a giveaway. It’s not the same as the past two years – it will not be based on comments. I haven’t been blogging enough to do that, methinks, and I want it to be different. So, we’re doing a trivia contest! Which means one lucky person will receive some gifts from Indy and Ozzy!

I’ll bet you’re wondering what gifts Indy and Ozzy could possible give you that aren’t bio hazards, right? But never fear, I monitored their online shopping, and I think we’re good. The winner will receive a couple of things, but some are not determined yet. I will wait to see the size of the winner’s dog so they don’t end up with something bigger than their dog. Suffice it to say that those prizes will be Indy’s and Ozzy’s “favorite things”. (Ozzy is a HUGE Oprah fan…)

The one prize I know for sure is a Mountain Smith K-9 Cube, valued at $60.

It’s quite neat. It includes:

Drop down food tray
Collapsible water bowl with PEVA waterproof liner
Collapsible food bowl with cinch cord
Removable PEVA lined Food container for overnight stays
Removable interior divider
Unique top pocket access to plastic baggies
Two side mesh pockets for tennis ball carry
Soft sided Frisbee

Hmm, maybe I should keep it for myself. But the dogs really want one of YOU to get it, so I guess not.

So, on to that trivia contest thing. Here are your questions.

Why are we called “Swiss Lick” Swissies?
What particularly gross thing of Indy’s did Gryffin eat? (Yes, it made him sick.)
Who won our first anniversary giveaway? What did they win?
Who was visiting on Indy’s second birthday?
Name one thing I learned from Gryffin?
What did Beowulf receive for the Christmas of 2010?
Where did Ozzy take his “Puppy 2″ class?
What did the 2010 anniversary contest winners receive?
Name one thing I wish breeders did with puppies before they go to their new homes.
When did Indy get fixed?

Submit your answers to me via email at contests@swisslickswissies.com. All entries must be received by 10am central time on Wednesday, September 7th. In there is a tie, the winner will be chosen at random from the group of those with the same number of correct entries. All the answers can be found in blog posts over the past 3 years.

Good luck, and thanks for reading!

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