Monday, August 30, 2010
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Yesterday was a wash for Legend. She apparently forgot all her listening skills and was doing her own thing left and right. But having fun. Too much. But the crowd enjoyed it!
Lyric had a nice standard run. She had one wrong course (wrong end of the tunnel-I told her she better not pick up her sister's bad habits!) and then I guess touched the broad jump on the way down. So she got an NQ for that but otherwise good. Her Jumpers run was perfect-course time was 52 seconds and she did it in 28!
Today was a bit better. Legend NQ'd on the jumpers course, but to her credit, it was tough. She did redeem herself and get a standard Q though. Just one more leg for her MX! Lyric had a pretty good day today. She had another table fault today and then it took me 3 times to get her in the chute where yesterday it only took once. But she did it so that was good. But then she bailed off the teeter. Granted a lot of dogs had trouble with this teeter but I really wish that wasn't her last impression of the teeter in a trial setting. I'm hoping to get to do some teeters other than ours before the next trial. But the rest of the run was great. In jumpers she had one refusal-she didn't want me to cross behind her when I sent her in the tunnel so that is something we can easily work on. She also ran past the weaves but then came back and did them perfect. So she got another Q. That's 4 Qs and 4 firsts for her this weekend. I'm really pleased with her and now we know what to work on. And she seemed to adapt to the 24 inch weaves very well.
And if you are keeping track, yes she did get 3 jumpers legs this weekend. But no title because it was all the same judge. Darn one ring trials!
Friday, August 27, 2010
Lyric was a star! I know that's a shocker huh? But really, for a dog trained almost exclusively in my backyard, she was amazing. Being an AKC trial she was exposed to things like winged jumps that she had never seen before. I didn't even think about that but she didn't care. She had a clean run in jumpers and a first place! Then on to standard. She had a few bobbles with the tire and chute, plus a table fault but ran the rest like a pro-no fear! Ended up with another Q and a first place.
Legend pretty much rocked too. She got MX leg #8 and 15 points. She got about halfway through her jumpers run before she stubbornly took an off course. And I say stubborn because I was very clearly yelling (actually sort of screaming) "here" and she never thought about turning. But hey, she was running fast and you won't get far if you don't have that going for you.
Still have two more days of fun!
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Saturday, August 21, 2010
You know you are a veterinarian when...
1) you have had anal glands sprayed in your face
2) you have had dewormer sprayed in your face
3) you have had bordetella vaccine (you guessed it) sprayed in your face
4) you have tasted one or more liquid medications because they smell good
5) you have accidentally vaccinated yourself for rabies, distemper, parvo, feline leukemia...
6) you have contracted one or more zoonotic diseases
7) you have sniffed bodily fluids in a cage in order to find out if it's urine or vomit (this can be important information!)
8) you can't sew on a button or repair a hole in clothing without a needle drivers and thumb forceps
9) you think a/d smells good, especially when you are hungry
10) you often bring up inappropriate topics at the dinner table
11) a perfect stranger (aka client) shows you their wound or rash, and also shares with you the story of their colonoscopy
12) you have a greater fear of chihuahuas than pit bulls
13) you choose a breed of dog to own based on how accessible it's veins are
14) you have an overwhelming desire to look in the mouth of every animal you meet to check it's teeth
15)you have yelled angry things at a uterus while trying locate it during a spay
Friday, August 20, 2010
This week at work the other doctor in the clinic was seeing a vomiting dog. Radiographs showed a possible foreign body in the intestines. When the doctor showed the radiographs to the owner, she embarrassingly admitted she thought she knew what it was. Apparently she has several boob shaped eraser/pencil toppers left over from a bachelorette party (and this is not even the best part!). She happened to have one in her car (???) so she brought it in for us to see. We compared it to the radiograph and it was a perfect match.
So I'm thinking if said object was indeed stuck in the intestines does that make it a "boobie trap"
Admit it, you're laughing aren't you?
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Lyric rocked at agility practice the other night, despite an unfortunate incident involving a jump still set at 20 inches. Oops.
Zodiac got sprayed by a skunk while I was gone last week. Jerry did a great job bathing him but he's still a bit stinky when wet. I bathed him again this weekend so he LOOKS great, but smells a little skunky.
Legend would prefer to spend all day playing ball and swimming, so no real change there.
Friday, August 13, 2010
So starting soon I'm looking forward to more time at home which means more time to train and more to blog about!
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Anyway we got the rest of our supplied at Lowe's and everything went great. The wood lining on the walls was already there so all we really needed was to do a little prep work and anchor the panels to the wall and connect them to each other. It was more convenient on the installation to use the panels that hook together than to use gates. But it's a little more trouble to open and shut the panels because they rest on the ground so they don't swing freely. But we won't be using them too often. They are having dinner in there tonight and spending a few hours getting used to the idea of being so confined. They seem to be taking it well.
What do you thing-do they look comfy and cozy?
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Dog (and cat) hair grows in three phases: Anagen-the growing phase, Catagen-the in between phase, and Telogen-the resting phase. Telogen hairs are the ones that are falling out, or shedding. The individual hairs are not on the same cycle and thus some hair will always be in the Telogen phase. Occasionally a severe illness will push all hairs into the telogen phase and they will all fall out, but this is not a desirable way to end shedding.
Your best bet is to brush regularly and collect all the Telogen hairs in one spot. Then you can dispose of it before it gets dropped off all over the house!
Obviously some dogs (typically those that require routing grooming or clipping) such as poodles, bichons, and certain terriers don't shed as much. Their hair cycle and biology is a bit different but don't expect these breeds to never lose any hair. Remember, people don't "shed" but we still lose hairs just from regular "grooming!"
Shaving your dog (and I'm talking about the dog that are not meant to be shaved) does not make your dog shed less. It makes them shed shorter hairs. These hairs are often them embed themselves in clothing, furniture, etc and are near impossible to get out!
Now if you want to shave your dog for other reasons that is your prerogative. But I'm going to come right out and say it (and I don't mean to offend anyone) but I hate, hate, hate when people shave dogs not meant to be shaved. Think Goldens, Shelties, Border collie, Collie, Aussie, Pyrenees, Husky, Malamute, Lab, German Shepherd, etc. Yes, I have seen people shave short haired dogs like labs. I don't understand it, but I see it. Be aware-repeated shaving of these dogs often causes the hair to eventually fail to regrow like normal. It will be fuzzy, short, dull, patchy and irregular in length. It's easy to spot a dog that has been repeatedly shaved-in my opinion, they look terrible. Sort of like what you would expect a hypothyroid dog on cheap dog food to look like. So consider yourself warned!
As far as shaving your dog to keep them cool the jury is out. I have read lots of threads on shaving on a well known veterinary forum and the opinions vary widely. I will stick with recommending not to shave and encourage use of the good old AC but others will likely have another opinion.
Sunday, August 1, 2010
That's it for us today but big congrats go out to Lori and Maggie, from the Border Collie Mom blog on finishing their MACH today! Maggie was adopted from MOKAN Border Collie Rescue! Way to go guys!