Sunday, 30 April 2017
Saturday, 29 April 2017
This building is so great! So easy to clean! Lots of windows for natural light and when the pups get older a covered deck on the South side. Keeps them off the cold ground. Keeps them dry if it should rain and gives them the option of sun or shade. I'm so grateful to my kids who put in all the labour to build it. Especially Scott who did the majority of the work, provided a huge majority of recycled materials and helped me design the perfect building. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Friday, 28 April 2017
Monday, 24 April 2017
I've made a new discovery! A chew treat that actually lasts a full grown German Shepherd for more than 5 minutes! It's called "everlasting dog treat" and it's made in the Himalayas! Out of yak milk! The dogs love it and so far there's been 15 minutes of chewing and it's only 1/3 gone. Amazing. I bought it at PetSmart for about $4 I think. I remember thinking it sounded expensive but the "pet specialist " (good grief!) said they were flying off the shelves so I thought I'd try it. And I like it!
Sunday, 23 April 2017
Some of you have asked me about puppies and carsickness. Most of the time puppies will get over being carsick. If you take them on short rides to start with, go on an empty stomach and not make a big issue out of it. Just put the dog in, drive a short distance, bring the dog out, the dog will end up getting used to the motion. However, there is the odd dog (I have one of them) that that doesn't work for. Cruz is and always has been a dog who gets carsick. Six years ago I thought that if I made short trips that she would get used to it. I was wrong. What happened in her case was that she stressed so much that it really didn't have anything to do with the car anymore it just had to do with the "thought" of the car. Just thinking that she had to go inside the car was enough stress to actually cause her to physically get sick. So to make sure that this never happens again, I do preventative measures. I still only take the puppies on short trips and on empty stomachs. But I also add to the equation something called Rescue Remedy. It is a natural stress reliever made for people. It is made with flowers and herbs and natural products. I've often suggested it for people who have dogs that flip out about going to the vets. It seems to work wonders. A spray in the mouth 20-30 minutes before you leave or if you prefer you can buy bottles with droppers and you put two drops on the tongue. it just helps the dog relax and they don't end up getting sick. If they don't end up getting sick they don't end up getting stressed if they don't end up getting stressed they don't end up getting sick etc. etc. I've even been giving it to Cruz the last couple of trips and it seems to even have helped her. Good luck with your puppies and below is a picture of the box that Rescue Remedy comes in. You can buy it at most health food stores.
Saturday, 22 April 2017
Thursday, 20 April 2017
Tuesday, 18 April 2017
Saturday, 15 April 2017
Here is a wonderful and funny update I received from the owner of Miss Purple (Zulu) last week. This is so cool!
Hi Mary Ann, I thought I would send you an update on how Zulu (miss purple) is doing. She's gotten settled in very well and loves to play with the bulldog and go on walks. She was 28 pounds on the day she had her second set of shots and the vet thinks that she will break 40 pounds by the time her third set comes around, we've been increasing her food little by little in order to keep up to her growing. Little Zulu has also been making lots of friends around the neighborhood with both other dogs and people that she runs in to on her walks, today we took her to a dog show that we had heard about from another lady in our neighborhood. We took her there solely to expose her to an environment with lots of people and dogs where she can socialize. A group of people from the local kennel club took a lot of interest in her, and after a while one of the ladies walks over, puts a leash on Zulu, and says "I'm taking your puppy in to the exhibition ring" where she was given the best puppy in breed ribbon for what was in her mind, running in a circle. There are a couple pictures here, one of her and our bulldog sitting together and another of her with her first ribbon beside her. We didn't even get her with the intent to show her but she ended up doing it today and really enjoyed it.
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Friday, 14 April 2017
Monday, 10 April 2017
Wednesday, 5 April 2017
Monday, 3 April 2017
Sunday, 2 April 2017
Congratulations to our newest approved puppy owner! That leaves only one Nova puppy left to find the perfect match for.
Cruz/Rommel puppy owners - your pups are now starting to teeth. Their mouth will be very sore and times and you need to be careful if you are playing tug with your pup. You may find his/her enthusiasm for the game has diminished temporarily. And those ears! When they are teething they are likely to droop again. Maya's ears were up over the centre of her head but now her right one has drooped. Not to worry. This is normal and any droopy ears will come back up.
I've been asked what I feed Maya - I have increased her food to a cup three times per day. She was getting too thin so I upped it. I add 500mg of ascorbic acid (vitamin c) and 1 teaspoon of Missing Link to one of her meals. I will expand on the Missing Link and Vitamin C in another post.
Bye for now.