This ‘N That Thursday~Howl-o-ween

Today we are joining 2 Brown Dawgs & co-host Ruckus the Eskie for their This ‘N That Thursday’s blog hop!

This weeks edition is tnt-halloween

Today is a Spooktacular day. 

Sand Spring Chesapeakes would like to wish everyone a safe and Happy Howl-o-ween……..MK would like to wish everyone a safe and Happy Meow-o-ween. 

Let the fun begin!

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Who are these crazy characters on Howl-o-ween you ask?

It’s Bozo The Clown Gman.

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Here he is in his spooky setting.

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Gman’s Pet Safety Tip:

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It’s Hula Girl Glory.

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Here Glory is in the Hawaiian setting. 

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Glory’s Pet Safety Tip:

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Nellie as Bugs Bunny.

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Bugs Nellie in the Howl-o-ween setting.

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Nellie’s Pet Safety Tip:

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Witching Norman.

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Witching Norman in his spooky setting.

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A little of that:

MK as a beautiful butterfly.

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Spooky MK.

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MK says:

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Wordless Wednesday~Stink Eye

Why can't you hit $hit mom?

Why can’t you hit $hit mom?

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Tuesday’s Tails ~Lilly

This is the Blog Hop that features shelter animals. Find a cat, dog, rabbit, etc. at your local animal shelter or rescue and feature them on this Blog Hop! Come join the fun and help a furry friend find a forever home! And while you’re at it, don’t forget to visit the other blogs and share their doggies, cats, rabbits, and all the other animals that need forever homes on your social media sites. Please spread the word!
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Lilly

Labrador Retriever & Chesapeake Bay Retriever • Young • Female • Large

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Not Forgotten Bully Rescue Fox Valley, WI

ABOUT LILLY

Lilly is an active young girl. Very fun LOVES people, dogs seems a little to active for the cat, but loves all the dogs..When adopted she will be up to date on all shots, and spayed

adoption fee $250

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Monday Mischief

Gambler was a little ticked off that John took Glory hunting and even more so that he had the nerve to walk across the field where Gambler could watch them go. He was being mischievous and jumped up on the back of the couch again to watch them leave. Can you see John in the field? Glory is next to him.

Hey why does she get to go and not me?

Hey why does she get to go and not me?

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Nothing But Norman #15

Happy Saturday Everyone!

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You will be happy to know you won’t read a sappy crying post this week. No melt downs as Norman had a great week! He is doing great on his pain meds and feeling good. He still has a limp but he is managing to get around just fine. Stairs are still a hassle and it might be time for me to move down to the couch with him. Even if I do move down to the couch I will need to put up a baby gate to keep Norman from going up the steps. Whenever I go up stairs he feels the need to follow me up there as he always has to be where ever I am. I tell him I will be right back but he doesn’t listen and he follows me up. I love him so much that he loves me so much he always wants to be by me.

I didn’t go on any outing with him this week. I did give him a crown knuckle bone from Jones Naturals Chews. He loved it!

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I'm giving you the Sampson yoda ear since my friend did it the other day.

I’m giving you the Sampson yoda ear since my friend did it the other day.

We take it one day at a time, cherishing every moment.

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Follow-Up Friday along with FitDog Friday

We are joining Jodi at Heart Like A Dog for Follow-Up Friday.
Welcome to this week’s edition of Follow-Up Friday, the blog hop that lets you wrap up your week and leads you right into the weekend.

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Nothing But Norman #14

My favorite pic from our walk.

My favorite pic from our walk.

Thank you all again for your thoughts, prayers and kind words during this difficult time of knowing when to say goodbye to a loved one.

SLIMDOGGY (@MYSLIMDOGGY) says:

Here’s what my vet said to me that helped me make the decision about Becca…”when your dog is terminal (as Becca was), and in pain, you can’t be too early…but you can be too late”. That was hard to hear, but it helped me do what was right for Becca, not what was right for me.

Thank you SlimDoggy for letting me know what your vet told you, it is so true and I need to listen to it so I thought I would share it with everyone else. 

Black And White Sunday

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DOGS N PAWZ says:

Love the picture! So I’m thinking it has to be one of your babies when they were a puppy! Which one is it?

It is Gambler.

See something interesting in the tall grass?

He was wishing he would see some ducks!

Monday Mischief~Rehab Warrior

Ruh Roo it's x-ray time.

Ruh Roo it’s x-ray time.

Gambler is off of injured reserve and is back in action running all over the place. Can’t keep him down for long. 

Scoop That Poop~ Poop Poetry

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I have to clarify. I think The Fifth Paw is a awesome contraption, I just don’t think it works will when walking multiple dogs with multiple leashes hooked up to a very large caribeaner. The leashes got all tangled up from the dogs moving back and forth and then the poop bags got tangled in the leashes.  

Tuesday’s Tails

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LAST DAY DOG RESCUE

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Crafty Tuesday~Paracord Dog Collar

Some of the collars I made.

Some of the collars I made.

AMYWERN says:

The collars look GREAT! The paracord is fun because of all the color options. I need to learn how to make the thin leashes. Love those because they fit so nicely in a pocket.

Leashes are next Amy, I love them too and your right, so many color options.

GIZMOGEODOG says:

I remember F & F from when I lived in Madison…

You lived in Madison, wow! Were you raised there or just lived there for a while. Small world!

Wordless Wednesday~Rain Jacket

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GOLDENWOOFS says:

Even though its raining you guys still go out. Do you have a Snow Jacket?

Yes even know it rains we still go out or should I say John and the dogs go out. Ducks love the water so some of the best hunting is in the rain. I am a fair weather hunter and if it is raining I usually don’t go. No snow jackets, just vests to keep them warm. I on the other hand have enough clothes to look like a Eskimo.

I bet a Chessie’s coat is pretty water repellent even w/o the camo-jacket!

You are so right. Chessie’s are one of the oiliest dogs out there for that reason to repel water. They were breed to be able to withstand the harsh elements of weather, in order to do that their coats need to repel water. They have a oil gland in their tail that supply’s the oil. Some male dogs will have a bare spot on their tail about 1/4 the way down from the base of the tail and that is the gland, for some reason they loose the hair over that gland. It is often called stud tail. 

 This ‘N That Thursday

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Photo Boobie Bloopers

I think my boob is falling off.

I think my boob is falling off.

Can someone fetch my boobie?

Can someone fetch my boobie?

We got 'em Nellie.

We got ’em Nellie.

I think I will take it down to the lawn.

I think I will take it down to the lawn.

Give me my mom's boob.

Give me my mom’s boob.

I need to get this back to Nellie.

I need to get this back to Nellie.

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Gambler, Glory and Nellie are getting fit each day I have off. You see it is hunting season now so when I am off I take them hunting. Sometimes we go duck hunting, sometimes we go pheasant hunting yesterday Glory went goose hunting, Gambler and Nellie went pheasant hunting. Poor Gambler and Nellie walked and ran for 1 hr and 45 mins and didn’t get any birds. They got a nice workout thou and that will help Nellie burn calories and hopefully loose some weight. Glory got plenty of retrieves in a corn field this morning so she got her quota of exercise today also.

Bringing in the duck.

Bringing in the duck.

I did mostly all these retrieves so I was getting fit today.

I did mostly all these retrieves so I was getting fit today.

 

Please enjoy our FitDog Friday Blog Hop brought to you by SlimDoggy and our co-hostsPeggy’s Pet Place and To Dog With Love. Join the Hop or just enjoy the links below – lots of fun fitness tips and advice!

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This ‘N That Thursday

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Today we are joining 2 Brown Dawgs & co-host Ruckus the Eskie  for their This ‘N That Thursday’s blog hop!
This is what she has to say about the hop,

A little of this and a little of that and everything in between…

“This ‘N That Thursday is for anything you want!  Maybe you want to post about unrelated topics, or each topic isn’t quite long enough to make up a whole post, or you have awards to share, or you have one long post…anything goes!  So grab the button and join the hop!”
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month which we talked about on last TNT post, you can read about it here. We wanted to mention the awareness again as you can never hear to much about Breast Cancer awareness in humans and in pets. Dog’s and Cat’s can get breast cancer too! 
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Here is what Veterinary Partners says about Breast Cancer in Dogs, you can read the full article here.
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We’ve all heard of breast cancer in women. With approximately one woman in eight or nine falling victim to this form of cancer, there are awareness campaigns from numerous health care agencies. and research continues. What many pet owners do not know is that the incidence of mammary tumor development in dogs is higher yet with one in four unspayed female dogs affected. This is a huge incidence, yet awareness among owners of female dogs is lacking.Here is what Veterinary Partners says about Breast Cancer in Cats, you can read the full article here.Mammary Cancer in Cats

We have all heard of breast cancer in women. With approximately one woman in eight or nine falling victim to this form of cancer, there are awareness campaigns from numerous health care agencies and research continues. In cats, mammary cancer is the third most common cancer, with the most common victim being a senior female cat around age 10 to 12 years.

Dogs are lucky as only about 50% of mammary tumors are malignant for them. For cats, approximately 90% are malignant with rapid spread to adjacent glands and the nearest set of lymph nodes. Cats generally have eight mammary glands (thoracic, cranial abdominal, caudal abdominal, and inguinal – see illustration). The most commonly affected glands are the thoracic and inguinal glands. An owner should be accustomed to feeling for even small lumps in these areas. Because veins connect both the right and left sets of glands, it is easy for tumor cells to cross from one side to the other though usually the glands on the same side as the original tumor are seeded first.

At first the tumor is small and may feel like a pebble or dried pea. The tumor should be removed as soon as possible in hope of removing it completely. If left alone, mammary tumors get larger and harder and ultimately burst through the skin creating a smelly, infected ulcer.

Tumors removed when they are less than0.8 inches (2cm) in diameter have a median survival time of 4.5 years.

Tumors removed that are greater than 1.2 inches (3cm) in diameter have a 6-month median survival time.

Tumors spread from the mammary glands to local lymph nodes and then on to the chest, brain, bone, and even spleen. Expect chest radiographs to assess tumor spread to the lung to be needed before surgery can proceed. Basic blood tests will also be needed.

The Sand Spring gang wanted to help out with spreading Breast Cancer Awareness, this is what they say about it.

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Glory loves her Pink Whistle Society Pink gear.

Glory loves her Pink Whistle Society Pink gear.

Gambler is proud to wear pink at hunt tests, he's proud to support the PWS and breast cancer awareness.

Gambler is proud to wear pink at hunt tests, he’s proud to support the PWS and breast cancer awareness.

 

On to hunting.

We did a little hunting this weekend. It was opening weekend for pheasants. Took Nellie and Glory on Saturday. Nellie, Dick and I hunted and hunted and she kicked up one but Dick missed. John, Brock and Glory headed to the river to see if they could find some ducks, they didn’t find any ducks but on the way back they saw a pheasant on the bank of the river. John and Glory headed over that way Glory winded it and she was off. The guys heard it cackle so they thought it would be getting up but no here comes Glory running back with it in her mouth. If you can believe this I forgot to take a picture of it. 😦

We went back out hunting on Sunday then I went out on Wed and no luck just exercise and a couple pictures of the dogs working.

Sunday afternoon in the rain John and Glory went duck hunting, this is what they got.

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Gman off of rehab list and back out looking for birds.

Gman off of rehab list and back out looking for birds.

John, Glory and Gambler.

John, Glory and Gambler.

Taking a moment to get a picture of beautiful.

Taking a moment to get a picture of beautiful.

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MK enjoying her time with Gpa Norman.

MK enjoying her time with Gpa Norman.

So that wraps it up for today, why don’t you hop on over to 2 Brown Dawgs & co-host Ruckus the Eskie see what their up to and grab the badge and join the hopping fun!

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Wordless Wednesday~Rain Jacket

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Crafty Tuesday~Paracord Dog Collar

I just love the looks of paracord anything. One day while paging through pinterest I found a pin on paracord dog collars so I ran out and bought all the supplies including paracord in not just one color but many. It took a bit of figuring and with the help of friends I think I got collars down pat. I will be interchanging tying and braiding in this illustration.

Here is my attempt to try and teach you how to make a collar.

The supplies.

The supplies.

Buckle, D Ring, Tape Measure, Paracord, Sissors and Lighter.

I bought my supplies at Michaels Craft Store, Hobby Lobby and Farm and Fleet. Each place had different color and lengths that I needed. Paracord is usually sold in 16 ft, 50 ft or 100 ft bundles.  There are many places online to purchase bulk paracord for a reasonable price.

To figure out how much paracord you need for a single color collar you need to measure your dogs neck not pulling the tape measure tight, just measure loosely around the neck and then add a inch to the measurement. Once you have your measurement you need to convert that to feet. One inch will equal one foot, then you need to add one foot. Gambler was 17 inch neck measurement so that would be 18 feet of paracord he would need for a collar.

Get the length you need.

Get the length you need.

Once you figure out the length you need, when you cut the paracord you need to take the lighter and burn all the ends that are cut. The white cord inside will pull out easily if not melted back together. You will then take that 18 ft of paracord and fold it in half so you have a loop at one end and the two open ends at the other end.

Buckle end.

Buckle end.

Put the closed end through one of the buckle ends and then loop over the buckle to hold the paracord in place.

Like this.

Like this.

Pull tight.

Pull tight.

Thread the open end of paracord through other end of buckle.

Thread the open end of paracord through other end of buckle.

Make sure your paracord isn’t twisted and thread the two open ends through the other end of the buckle.

Open the buckle.

Open the buckle.

Open the buckle and slide it down to the end where the other buckle is with the closed loop on it. This is where you need to make the length of the collar to fit the dog. Since Gambler measured 17 inches you then need to measure buckle end to buckle end to be 17 inches. You then take the buckle end that has the open strains and but the buckle under something heavy or tape it to the table so you can tie your first knots and get them tight, you want to be tying with the open ended strands. After you get a couple of knots you can hold it in your hand and do it until it is done.

Start doing your square knots.

Start doing your square knots.

This is basically a square knot which you keep switching sides as you knot. I numbered the cords to help with this illustration. I am going to start my square knot on the right side taking #1 and making a loop and going under #3 & 4 (3 & 4 are the two middle strands of paracord that are in the buckle) then over #2.

Finishing the knot.

Finishing the knot.

You then take #2 strand and go over #3 & 4 then under or through the loop of #1, you then pull it tight and snug it up against the buckle. After you make one knot on the right you then do this whole step the opposite way starting on the left side.

Starting from the left now.

Starting from the left now.

Make your loop with #2 and go under #3 & 4 and over #1. Take #1 and go over #3 & 4 and through the loop of #2 and pull tight.

Take #1 and put though loop of #2.

Take #1 and put though loop of #2.

This is what the knot looks like as your tying it.

This is what the knot looks like as your tying it.

Pull tight.

Pull tight.

Keep switching off going right to left. If you loose tract of what way you are going just look where the braid on the edge of the collar is, if it is bigger on the right then you need to braid from the left.

Picture how it looks holding in hand.

Picture how it looks holding in hand.

See the right side of the collar the braid is bigger that means you need to braid from the left like shown.

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Pull tight and you will have a bigger braid on the left.

Braiding.

Braiding.

As you are braiding put your finger and thumb around the top and bottom of cord 3 & 4 and push up the braided part so it is snug. This will make your collar stiffer.

Add D ring.

Add D ring.

Either in the beginning or when near the end you need to put the D ring in and braid that in.

Tie the D ring in place when braiding.

Tie the D ring in place when braiding.

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Cut the extra ends off and burn ends.

Cut the extra ends off and burn ends.

Burning the ends.

Burning the ends.

Finished collar.

Finished collar.

Some of the collars I made.

Some of the collars I made.

You can see on the lime green one I got some letters from the craft store and spelled out Gamblers name.

Gambler.

Gambler.

Glory modeling.

Glory modeling.

Gambler modeling.

Gambler modeling.

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On my way to Saskatchewan I tried making 2 color collars. I made two different types. The first type I made was like the collar above then I took another color I wanted and did the same braid over the top of the collar I just made. This will make a thick sturdier collar.

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The outer color is about 2 feet shorter than the original collar. You fold the cord in half just like the starter collar and then put the folded end through one of the buckle ends and use the original collar as your #3 & 4 strands and start braiding like before. Don’t pull the knots tight as you want spaces between these braids so you can see the underneath collar come through. Once to the end tie the ends and burn the ends so they melt into the other paracord so it does’t unravel.

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Thanks to my blog friend Gizmo who emailed me these instructions.

Thanks to my blog friend Gizmo who emailed me these instructions.

For those of you who can’t understand my instructions you might be able to under stand the above illustration better. I can email it to anyone that might want it.

Stay tuned on how to make a tab for training and how to make a another 2 color collar.

Another 2 color collar.

Another 2 color collar.