29 August 2008
The photo below was taken one day before he died. He was just one week short of his 13th birthday.
26 August 2008
Below are 2 recent photos of Jester (thanks to his owner Lorie Hrycuik) who lives on Vancouver Island, BC.
I can't yet decide which of these two pups to keep. Both have wonderful conformation and temperaments. Some days I lean to Green because I love the boys and of course, I want a boy who will be just like my Sasha (he's the maternal grandfather). On the other hand, I also love Yellow as she seems a lot like her mother, Miska, and is full of confidence and is likely to be a good hunter with even better conformation than Miska. She's smart, quiet in her crate, and just lovely. But I am not interested nor have the energy to do much more breeding in future (except perhaps 1 more litter from Miska), so why keep Yellow? I would like Yellow to remain intact because she represents three lovely lines coming together that are unique here in North America (Australian, British and American). And if I don't breed her, perhaps I could take one of her pups in future. Some people say keep both but neither is that a good idea for the pups nor for our family. Decisions, decisions, decisions.
25 August 2008
|Red departs for CA|
20 August 2008
In the meantime, one of the puppies had ventured near a wasp nest and came racing back with several yellow jacket wasps clinging to him. I hate wasps! Each year it seems one or more of our dogs gets stung but thankfully, no one has had any type of reaction. However, a puppy getting stung several times is no laughing matter in my books. Since my vet had left the office, I consulted one of my veterinay books which said to apply a baking soda taste to the stings to relieve pain and swelling and there would likely be no effect after 24 hours. Well that worked because 2 hours later, the swelling had subsided and he was racing around again.
Tyro was a different case however. More and more vomiting so I finally took him to the emergency vet clinic. The hives had almost disappeared by the time I got there. The vet gave him an injection for the allergens and for the vomiting and he was quite sleepy by the time we got home. He said to give him Benadryl for the next 24 hours. From time to time, my dogs have had an outbreak of hives and usually it never repeated itself. We never knew what caused those cases. Hope that's the case with Tyro too.
18 August 2008
16 August 2008
Blaze was scheduled to fly to Calgary, Alberta to his new home on August 15. I got to the airport cargo area at 6:30 AM for his 8:45 AM flight & after cuddles, kisses and tears, I had to say goodbye to him at 7:30. I hadn't been home 10 minutes when I got a call to say the 8:45 flight was cancelled due to mechanical problems and he was being put on the 11:30 flight. I quickly calculated that it would mean he'd be crated without water and food for over 8 hours and there's no way I wanted that to happen. So I booked him on the 3:15 PM flight and headed back to the airport to pick him up. He wasn't brought back to the cargo area until almost 10:45 AM.
I never thought I'd be seeing him again so soon but I was thrilled! I took him outdoors to pee and then packed him into the van to return home for a short while. But by the time I got home - after being delayed by yet another accident on the highway (3 that day that affected me) - I realized we'd only be home for about 20 minutes before having to take him back (cargo requires that anything being shipped by freight be checked in 2 hours in advance of the departure time). So I decided to reschedule him to Saturday morning. Later I learned that the 3:15 flight was delayed by 45 minutes - probably due to yet more bad thunderstorms and torrential rain. So I was really glad that I rescheduled to the next day. Poor little guy would have been very traumatized.
It was a lot quieter on Saturday morning and for once, the weather was sunny and dry. So, once again, I had to say my goodbyes and shed more tears when Blaze was taken away. No cancellations, no delays, no bad weather - smooth flying. When I finally got the message that he had arrived and all was well, I was happy.
Blaze's family is now thoroughly delighted and have fallen in love with him. They will be showing him in conformation and also doing field work/hunting and perhaps obedience and maybe even agility. I'm sure I'll be hearing a lot more about him in future.
14 August 2008
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|Bird work (Miska's pups)|
Anyway, almost 50 million people were without power, some for a couple of days and some for a week. Our outage lasted about 2.5 days. With 10 puppies to care for, it wasn't fun having no electricty or running water for so long. Plus, it was hot as can be that summer. My biggest concern was letting the pups outdoors late at night, with coyotes in the woods, and trying to keep track of our little critters by flashlight. They were almost 7 weeks old then so they were motoring around.
Fortunately nothing bad happened to our puppies but it was a very stressful, hot and sweaty 2.5 days.
The biggest thing I missed was not being able to take a shower or bath, especially since it was so hot. Just made everyone realize how totally dependent we are on electricity for everything, including water too in our case. Since then, we try to ensure we keep candles, flashlights, batteries and bottled water on hand in case of an emergency. But really, it was a wakeup call but little is being done to lesson our dependency on electricity. Hopefully, nothing like this will happen again.
12 August 2008
11 August 2008
Kristi and Rowan came to visit our pups last week. The pups were exploring with their mouths so that didn't make Rowan all that happy and he cried a little but later Rowan splashed in the puppy wading pool and got all wet so that made up for those awful biting machines.
|Rowan meets Vizsla puppies|
10 August 2008
Only dog show people are crazy enough to show outdoors in the pouring rain and mud which it was both days at the show. Saturday was worse with thunder, lightening and torrential downpours at times. When we arrived at the show, it was merely raining but the rings and areas surrounding the rings were ankle deep in water and mud. There were delays because of the lightening but the show still went on. On Saturday, Tyro was merely "Best of Opposite Sex", meaning he was runner-up to the Best of Breed and because there were no other males, he didn't pick up any points on Saturday. But we had another chance on Sunday.
On Sunday, the rings were an absolute mess and I couldn't believe the hosting club didn't bring straw bales to scratter on the wet and muddy ground. There are many great things about owning a Vizsla and the fact that they have very short hair and are rust coloured, means they don't look too bad when they get muddy, unlike the coated breeds or any dog that is light-coloured. There was no way on earth that those fluffy, furry, clipped and groomed foo-foo breeds like the shitzus and pomeranians or even the golden retrievers or samoyeds were going to stay dry and clean. I saw 2 pristine white, poodles being carried from the car to the ring in the arms of its owner. Problem was, the ring it was about to enter was a mud bath and so I couldn't help but chuckle. Anyway, Sunday's judge picked Tyro as his Best of Breed over the other Winners Female and that gave him his final 2 points. Way to go Tyro!
It was a sad day for us and for some other potential owners and other people who fell in love with her, but a joyful one for her new humans. Reports from her new family were that the 45-minute trip home was quiet (a rawhide chewy did the trick to occupy her attention) and the first night at home was also pretty quiet too. So all in all, a great start for her new life with a new family. Thanks to Greg Howell for some of the photos in this album.
8 August 2008
7 August 2008
I yelled to Michael, "I need your help NOW. Puppies are peeing and pooping inside and 2 are missing outdoors. Come quickly!" Michael leaped out of bed and we both went outdoors in the teeming rain. Our garden is so large and those pups could be anywhere. We searched and yelled and then finally found them hiding under the giant hostas by the side of the house. They had followed me when I raced back for the umbrella but didn't come all the way to the patio door to come indoors. Needless to say, they were soaked and shivery but safe, thank goodness! This rain is just getting to be a royal pain in the you-know-what. It's sure not doing my house-training program any good. I'm sure we're going to set another rainfall record for the month of August!
Here are some photos and video of the puppies playing indoors (warm, dry and safe!).Here's the link to the Picasa album for larger pics.
|Pups, wk 7 indoors|
6 August 2008
5 August 2008
- on a Vizsla it's legible and visible, if done well, because they have little hair on their bellies
- microchips can & do 'migrate' to other parts of the body
- chips that move are not always found with scanners
- dogs with chips have been known to develop tumours near the chip site and sometimes these are malignant
The tattoo process is quick and doesn't hurt them at all (in contrast to the ear crimp which is extremely painful; my first Vizsla, imported from the US was tattooed this way and she screamed bloody murder; I vowed never to use that process again on any of my dogs).
Since I have them tattooed inside the L flank, they are laid on their backs out on a soft cushion with their feet held while the person tattoos. For the past three years I've taken my puppies to the Graham Animal Hospital in Hillsburgh Ontario where the technicians/vets have done a superb job and they are just great with the puppies. Our puppies were rated 'very good' by the two technicians involved in this process. The listed off several other breeds that are terrible for having their tattoos done, the PVGV breed topping their list as the 'worst-ever'. Again, it's probably due to lack of sufficient handling, which is not the case with our puppies! :0)
Just as we left the clinic to visit one of the families who is getting a puppy, a thunderstorm rolled in. No - not more rain! Well, it just teemed and poured and poured and poured. Of course the puppies didn't want to go outside and between me and them, I just got drenched taking them out for pees. We had so much rain that afternoon that farmers' fields had flood. When we got home, another storm moved in. Not fun at all.
Again, here are the same photos in our Picasa album.
Click on the link below for the same pics in our Picasa album. Feel free to download and create prints for your personal use.
|Mainly outdoors, agility, etc|
4 August 2008
Later I dragged out my regulation-sized teeter board and set it up on some a low pipe underneath so it would tip up/down a few inches. These puppies adapted so quickly and weren't at all frightened of the teeter moving! They just love this equipment.
2 August 2008
Mr Blue below
Mr Black below
Mr Green below