MK’s Yearly Vet Visit

Since MK has been roaming around outside all summer I decided it was time to take her to work with me and have her weighed so I can deworm her from intestinal parasites that she could of picked up from being outside. I was most concerned with tapeworms. I found out MK is the all mighty huntress and kills moles and mice so I wanted to keep her safe if she by chance ingests them. Rodents harbor tapeworms so when another animal eats them they get the tapeworm. Tapeworms are gross so it’s best to prevent than to treat.

Our trip started with a hour and half car ride, when I got to the clinic and took MK out of her cage I was greeted by this:

Vomit with a hairball in it.

Since MK vomited up a hairball it is some thing I have to address so it doesn’t happen in the future. Right now I am feeding MK Purina Pro Plan Focus Weight Management, when this bag of food is done she will be switched to Purina Pro Plan Focus Hairball Management to help prevent her hairballs. You can also give a hairball remedy/laxative  as needed to help prevent hairballs.

After your greeted by the front office staff a lovely technician like me starts by getting the patients weight.

The weigh in.

And the results are 9#.

You should weigh your pet through out the year to make sure they aren’t gaining any excess weight. If your cat is overweight you can follow along with SlimKitty they have all kinds of resources to help your kitty stay fit. It is also a good idea to weigh them more often as they get older to make sure they aren’t loosing weight because of  some older kitty diseases that cause weight loss: Kidney and Thyroid disease. 9# is a ok weight for MK, she shouldn’t get any heavier than that and it wouldn’t hurt her to loose a few pounds. Since the vet visit and her going out more often I do think she has loss a pound.

Next the lovely technician will put you in a examination room, get a history and then the doctor will come in to do a nose to tail physical exam, they will talk about the exam and what they found as well as ask questions about your pets health and life style. They will answer any concerns you may have. The only concern I had this day was how often to deworm MK during the summer to prevent the tapeworms. Dr. Hartay told me I should deworm her each month while she is going outside. The dewormer is safe to be given that often and will catch the tapeworm life cycle if indeed she gets infected with them.

Nose to tail physical exam.

Once the physical exam is done and your pet is deemed healthy enough to be vaccinated the doctor will give the appropriate vaccinations for your pet’s life style.There are core vaccinations and non core vaccinations.

It’s vaccination time.

Core vaccinations are vaccines that each animal should get as they are airborne viruses that your cat can get through the air or off of inanimate surfaces  like people, dishes, ect.  MK gets FVRCP and Rabies each year as her core vaccinations. FVRCP consists of 3 different viruses in one vaccination, she will be protected against Feline Rhinotracheitis (herpesvirus), Calcivirus and Panleukopenia (distemper). In a year or two MK’s FVRCP vaccination will be good for 2-3 years. After a series of vaccinations as a kitten and yearly vaccinations for a few years the doctor can push out the expiration date of the FVRCP vaccination so it doesn’t have to be given as often. She gets Rabies each year as the vaccination she is given is Purevax Rabies by Merial. This is the only non-adjuvanted Rabies on the market it is only good for one year and needs to be boosted each year. Up until a month ago it was labeled for one year use, Merial has now come out with a 3 year non-adjuvanted vaccine. You want to have your Veterinarian use Non-adjuvanted vaccines as those are less likely to cause vaccine induced sarcoma’s.

Non core vaccinations are vaccines that are appropriate for your cat’s life style. Not every cat needs the non core vaccinations. MK get’s one non core vaccine. She is given Feline Leukemia vaccination since she goes outside. Feline Leukemia is a deadly virus that is spread by cat bites/saliva and scratches. Since we have feral cats in the area and our neighbors have barn cats that could come in contact with MK I vaccinate her. If your cat is a indoor cat and doesn’t come in contact with unknown cats that may have the disease they don’t need to be vaccinated against Feline Leukemia.

You can find the complete guidelines from the American Association of Feline Practitioners here.

That wasn’t so bad.

MK had a great physical, her vaccinations and was no worse for wear. She is now current on her vaccinations for one more year.


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Wordless Wednesday~Corn Nibbler



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A Pool Party Chewy Thank You

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Summer time is coming to a close but that doesn’t stop the Sand Spring gang from having a pool party Chewy style.

Thanks Mr. Andrew & Staff for some snorkeling good treats.

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Glory decided to join in on the pool party fun. staff is so cool we have to wear shades.


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Another big thanks goes out to our pals Frankie and Ernie who put together this surprise thank you blog post for our wonderful friends at Chewy.


The Results

So you all know from my Black And White Sunday post yesterday that Glory passed her second AKC Senior test. Here is the official photo of us with her ribbon.

From Sunday’s post you read that Gambler got to advance to the third series. In AKC Master level tests there are three series you have to finish. You need to pass the first one to move onto the second one and then pass the second one to move onto the third one. Gambler did well his first two series and was called back to the third. Here are the only pictures I have for the weekend. They were taken by my friend during the first series.

Getting ready to run, next in line. We are both happy and confident.

Almost up and the nerves strike and I think I am going to puke.

The walk up and the test begins.

Watching the marks go down.

Retrieving the first mark.

Retrieving the second mark.

Retrieving the third mark.

Taking a moment while they plant the blind.

Lining up for the blind.

Casting to the blind.

Sunday we went back to run the third series. It was a water double with a land and a water blind. The first mark went down then the second one. He cheated the bank on the way to the go bird jumped in the water and retrieved the duck from behind a point, swam back to me. Set him up and sent him on the second mark, he got to the shore and then was going to cheat the shore around to that mark, I stopped him and gave him a cast into the water and then casted him to the bird which was through the water over the land through water and on the next shore. He came back and I lined him up for his land blind which wasn’t too far away and he lined it needing no handles to get there. Now the dreaded water blind. I lined him up and he took a poopy off to the left of the blind line I tried to straighten him out and then he got to the shore and I cast him into the water and he wouldn’t go in, I had to cast him twice then the got in and went after the blind and got it and brought it back. I knew the water blind wasn’t the best but I really thought overall he did well and that we were going to get a ribbon. Now the waiting game.

Went back to the club house listened to them call the numbers that passed 1-58 and there was no #48! WTH really why not? The hunt test emotional roller coaster is upon me. I went up to the judges and asked them why we failed and they explained the water blind was the reason and they couldn’t add up the numbers enough to give us a passing score. What a disappointment. So close but yet so far away. John was upset to, he thought as our friend thought too that we pulled it off this time. Nope, back to the drawing board and more water blinds. John and I didn’t talk the whole way home and every time I thought of the test I cried.

When we finally talked it was about how even know people say their isn’t politics in hunt tests games since you are going against yourself in a pass fail manner there really IMO politics. How come a pro trainer that has a truck full of dogs passes each dog after it has bad line manners and they are hollering at it to sit, sit, sit, heel, heel, heel which to me is intimidation and then the dogs have long hunts and have to be handled and they still pass. They pass IMO because the club needs the pros with all their dogs so they have to pass them and not piss them off so they keep coming back and spending more money. But then you got little ole Jo Smoo me with my one dog that they fail because they have to fill their quota on their pass/fail ratio. I also think they play the race card on Chesapeakes and don’t turn their head so to speak and are quick to fail them. I could be all wrong but this is my theory and I’m sticking to it. I know your dog has to be at Master level to enter these tests and they have to be almost perfect but I tell you I wasn’t seeing perfection on the dogs that passed. I believe Gambler has what it takes to pass a Master level test and I hope like hell he can pull it off with the next three tests coming up or I might have to check my self into the insane asylum. It’s tough to be on this high and low roller coaster. My eyes don’t like it and my heart doesn’t like it.


Monday Mischief~Pawicure

During the summer I am always running around the farm in bare feet or in flip flops. My toenails are always gaked up with some time of muck so I decided my toes deserved a soaking in some warm water and soap. Gambler thought he was missing out and that he needed a pawicure of his own.

What do we have here?

Why are there toes in the bucket?

You got some stinky toes going on mom?

I better take a closer look.

I think I want my toes in the water.

My toes stink too!

I almost got my toes in.

Score! My very first pawicure.

After he spilled the water all over the living room area rug I decided he best play in the water outside. Here is a video of him playing in the foot bath water.

Little did he know that the next day he would be getting a pawicure of his own with the real live nail trimmer. He hates his nails being trimmed so that is mischief for another day.

monday mischief

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Black & White Sunday~A Pass And An Advancement

This weekend we are at yet again another hunt test. Glory ran a AKC Senior level test yesterday and passed her second test with me handling her.

A better picture to follow, had to do a quick shot for today’s post. Gambler ran a AKC Master level test with me handling him. In Masters there are three series you need to pass. The first two series are held on Saturday and if you are lucky enough to get called back you run the last one on Sunday. We were lucky enough to get called back and are headed to the hunt test right now.


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Nothing But Norman #57

Happy Saturday Everyone!

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Since summer is almost coming to a close I thought I should post up some pictures of one of Norman’s favorite summertime activities. When we used to fish with Norman he LOVED it. He loved boat rides, he loved hanging out in the boat while we were anchored but his ultimate fun thing to do was to pull the fish out of the live well after we put them in it. He would pull them out and put them in the bottom of the boat so he could then squeeze them. Trying to make them squeak like his squeaky toys. He had a ball and we had a ball watching him. Today’s photo’s were of us in the canoe on the grand river marsh. No motors or boats are allowed out there since it is a refuge so canoe time it was. Never once did we ever flip the canoe over with any of the dogs in it and sometimes we would have two at a time.

On a side note, John and I don’t talk about the passing of Norman much. We will compare the other dogs to him but that is about it until the other night when we were sitting at the kitchen island eating supper and John was looking at the 2014 Blogville calendar with Normans picture so proudly shown and he said ” August needs to be over with so I don’t have to look at that picture anymore, every time I look at it all I remember is the times I scolded him and don’t remember all the good times, it makes me sad”. My response to him because you know me I am all about clowning around just like Norman I said ” not me, I never spanked him so I don’t have any bad times, it doesn’t make me sad”. So that is probably a lie, I must of spanked him once in his 13 years but I don’t let that get me down. The good times outweigh the bad times so all I have are happy memories up until the sad memory of his passing. After the fact I felt bad that I didn’t comfort John at that time when he was opening up to me on how he felt about Norman being gone. What a poop I am. I’m sure Norman isn’t holding a grudge and was thankful for the stuff John taught him on how to be the best dog and hunter around.


I am joining Ruckus The Eskie for Sepia Saturday.


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I am also joining The Pet Parade today also.



FitDog Friday~Banks And Inclines

When we go to our friends pond the pond is surrounded by deep banks which means inclines when the dogs have to come out of the water and get back up on shore. By having the dogs do inclines it helps strengthen their upper body and well as their lower body as they need to use their back legs to really push them up the incline to the top. They also have to have strength in their neck to be able to hold the duck or bumper in their mouth. Great exercise all around.


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Printcopia Canvas Print Right To Your Door

Looking for  Canvas Print to add to your home’s decor? I have just the place for you, a place that delivers quality photo Canvas Print’s right to your door in a timely manner, with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

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Printcopia’s website is user friendly, it’s crisp clean and easy to follow. From start to finish it took me less than 10 minutes to build my Canvas Print from start to shopping cart. It took me longer to decide on what photo to use for my masterpiece.

I then went to to start my project. There are many selections that you can choose from to make masterpieces. You can choose Canvas, Basic Photo, Acrylic, Framed Prints, Panoramic and Decals.

For my project I chose Canvas and here is the photo I chose to use.

First you need to choose a size, the sizes range from 8 x 8 up to 30 x 40 with a total of 9 different sizes. I chose their most popular size of 16 x 20.


Second you need to choose an image, you can upload a photo right from your computer or you can import from Instagram or Facebook.

Having different options makes it so easy to get your photo on the canvas.

Third you choose a style. The styles are mirror image, image wrap and border color. I chose mirror image for my project.

You then choose standard wall hanger or you can add a wall mount for $1.49. I chose the standard wall hanger.

Fourth you choose options, which are optional color finishing of none, B&W or Sepia for additional $11.49. You can then choose optional image retouching of none, minor for additional $22.50 or major for $75.00. I didn’t choose any additional options.

Fifth is add to cart and checkout.

Printcopia has a production and shipping time frame of 10-12 business days. I received my project in 11 business days. You can also track your shipment to follow along the shipment and know right when it is going to be delivered.

Glory thinks this package might just be for her. It isn’t for her but it is of her. Here is the final project.

This is where I hung the masterpiece.

Fit’s right in with our decor don’t you think? When my canvas print came in the mail I let John open it up and told him it was for him (I think I only have one picture of John on our walls and none of him with “his dog Glory”). John was surprise to see this canvas print and thought it turned out really nice. He right away said what day that was hunting last year. I had to work the next day and when I came home he told me he took the print up to his parents house to show them and then our friend came over and he had to show it to them right away. It takes a lot to impress John and he defiantly was impressed and so happy to show off our masterpiece. Thank you Printcopia, we couldn’t be happier with the results. I give this canvas print 4 Glory paws up!

So why Printcopia? Printcopia because:

1. Their art team ensures great results every time.

2. They use non-toxic, eco-friendly inks.

3. All canvas prints are made in the USA.

4. You can print directly from social networks.

5. They have the lowest prices and fast, free delivery.

6. 100% satisfaction guarantee.

You can follow Printcopia on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest

I was compensated one 16 x 20 canvas print for a honest review of Printcopia.

Thursday Barks And Bytes~Are Chesapeakes Mean

Are Chesapeakes Mean?

I get this asked quite often while at hunt tests where it is a Labrador dominating sport. My response is….

Does Glory look mean?

Since I get so many people asking me about the temperament of our Chesapeakes I decided to participate in the annual American Temperament Test Society test hosted by Canine Solutions LLC in Beaver Dam, WI on Saturday August 9, 2014. Canine Solutions LLC is the same training facility that Gambler and Glory do their therapy work through.

What is the American Temperament Test Society?

From the ATTS website-

The American Temperament Test Society, Inc. (ATTS) is a national not-for-profit organization (registered in the state of Missouri) for the promotion of uniform temperament evaluation of purebred and spayed/neutered mixed-breed dogs.

ATTS was established to:

  • Provide for a uniform national program of temperament testing of purebred and spayed/neutered mixed-breed dogs.
  • Conduct seminars to disseminate information to dog owners, dog breeders and evaluators (testers) concerning dog psychology, motivation, reaction and other aspects of temperament testing.
  • Recognize and award certificates to dogs that pass the requirements of the temperament evaluation.
  • Work for the betterment of all breeds of dogs.
  • Select, train, prepare and register temperament evaluators.

Our motto says all:


This is how the test went.

First Canine Solutions LLC announced they were putting on the ATTS test. It was recommended to sign up ahead of the day so you could fill out the paperwork and bring along plus set up a morning or afternoon appointment. I chose to do the am time frame. All the handlers and their dogs met at The Golden Eagles Baseball field where the test was being held. Canine Solutions LLC has been using this spot for the past three years. It really worked out nicely having the 10 stations spread around the diamond and having a dug out at the beginning to register and sit under for shade and a dug out at the end so you can talk to the chief tester and find out your scores. The fence around the whole field kept other people out and made it so only one handler and dog was on the field at one time so they didn’t have distractions.

The chief tester for today’s test was Polly Dake-Jones owner of Canine Solutions LLC. She has been involved with ATTS for over 20 years.Polly is a certified trainer through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers and is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. She owns and breeds American Bulldogs.

Polly started out by having all the handlers on the field without their dogs and went over the test. She walked us through each stations and let us ask questions as we went along. She explained everything very well. There were volunteers at each station that did a excellent job at their part of the test. They were there all day long in the great sun shine so I thank them all very much. Without the helpers the test could not of been done.

Chief Tester Polly going over the test.

The handlers.

The ATTS Temperament Test consists of ten tests.

The first station. Neutral stranger.

1. Neutral stranger

You walk up and shake hands while saying hi to the stranger.

Second station: Friendly stranger.

2. Friendly stranger

You walk up and the friendly stranger gets down to dogs level and says hi to them and starts petting them and talking to them.

Third Station: Hidden noise.

3. Hidden noise

Person is hiding behind a tent, when you approach they shake a bucket with rocks in it then sets the bucket outside the tent for the dog to investigate.

Fourth Station: Gun shot noise.

4. Gun shot noise

Person hiding behind a tent you walk up and stand with your back to the tent, gun shots go off three times.

Fifth Station: Umbrella.

5. Umbrella

Person is sitting in a chair and as you approach they open up the umbrella.

Sixth Station: Plastic footing.

6. Plastic footing

You and your dog walks across the plastic footing.

Seventh Station: Wire footing.

7. Wire footing

Your dog walks across the wire footing while you walk along side.

Eight, Nine & Tenth Station: Non-threatening, threatening and aggressive person.

8, 9 & 10. Non-threatening, threatening and aggressive person. 

First the non-threatening person comes out from behind a tent making all kinds of non-threatening noise while talking nice to the dog, then the person turns threatening and starts shouting at the dog then he waves a whip around and cracks it while talking aggressive to the dog.

At the conclusion of the test, the handler will receive a critique about the dog’s performance. If you pass a certificate will be mailed to the handler.

The whole test takes about 3-4 mins to complete. You can not talk to your dog at all except when at stations 3 & 5. If the dog is unsure of the bucket or umbrella you can go up to those items and touch them yourself and say things like “what do we have here”? “This is a nice umbrella, don’t you want to look at it”? You can reassure your dog that it is ok without actually talking to your dog. For stations 6 & 7 you are given 3 tries to get your dog to walk across the surfaces. Station 8,9 & 10 there is a long line attached to a stake in the ground for you to hook your dog up to if you think you can’t hold onto the dog when the non-threatening-aggressive person comes out.

You can read the purpose to all these tests on the ATTS website.

So now you want to know how Gambler and Glory did. Gambler and Glory both passed. They passed with different scores meaning they each are their own individual and have their own personalities and temperaments.

First I had Glory did the test. During the test you can not talk to your dog at all or do any type of leash corrections. You just walk along and your dog follows. The second station she was all happy that someone was talking to her and wanted to pet her, she wiggled her little butt up to the stranger and then gave her a kiss. The fifth station with the umbrella took her by surprise, when the umbrella opened up she was startled and bolted sideways taking me out at the knees and I landed on my butt which took me by surprise. After I got up I grabbed Glory and we walked up to the umbrella and she checked it out and wasn’t fazed my it after that. When we got to station 8,9 and 10 she was happy when the non threatening person came out but when he became threatening she barked at him when he got aggressive she hid behind me. She received the lowest scores on these two stations, she received scores of 3. The ideal scores are 4-6.

Now it was Gamblers turn. He just walked along so nonchalantly. When we got to station two he could of cared less about the stranger wanting to meet him. He sniffed around then finally went over to her and gave her a kiss but it was a quick one. He then continued without being fazed by any of the stations. When he came to 8, 9 and 10 he just stool out in front of me the whole time and watched the stranger and didn’t move a muscle. He scored all 4-6 which is what you want in this test. It shows they are even tempered and they don’t have high’s or low’s when it comes to different situations.

I was very happy with both of them and thought this test was well done. Everyone handled themselves in a professional manner and the test went really smoothly. All 11 dogs from the morning test passed. There were a mix of dog’s from my Chesapeakes to Pugs, Greater Swiss Mountain, Pit Bull, Terriers, Mastiff and a Rhodesian Ridgeback.

Caesar The Fabulous (click on picture to go to Caesars FB page)

As of February 2014, there have been 115 Chesapeakes tested with 100 passing and 15 failing. 87%

So now when someone asks me if Chesapeakes are mean I can say that my Chesapeakes have their Therapy Inc title,  CGC title and their TT certificate.

Thank you again to Canine Solutions LLC for hosting this event and for all the volunteers to helped out.


The co-hosts for Barks And Bytes are Linda from 2browndawgs and Jodi from Heart Like A Dog.

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