Back To The Drawing Board Worked~Monday Mischief

After last weekends double AKC Master Hunter fails for Gambler we had to go back to the drawing board. The first pass Gambler got was while I was away with Glory and John was handling him alone. Since that seemed to work for Gambler and John I asked John if he wouldn’t run him again this weekend by himself as I would be staying home. John agreed. So off John, Gambler and Glory went to the hunt test. This was the first time in the whole 14 years of playing this game that John and I didn’t go together when we had the chance to. This was sad for me, sad that I couldn’t watch, sad that I couldn’t take pictures, sad that I couldn’t spend time with the other participants. Sad I must be if this is what it will take to have Gambler pass and receive his title. The sadness didn’t last very long as John called me after each run and told me how they did and that they were moving on to the next series. In master level tests you need to pass three series in two days. Sunday John and Gambler left again for one more series and hopes for a pass and a ribbon to bring home to me.

Gambler received his 2nd AKC Master Hunter test.

The pure joy wiped out any sadness I had. What a wonderful weekend for Gambler and John. MK decided she wanted to photobomb Gamblers picture. Guess she is wondering how she can get a pretty ribbon?

Glory was up to mischief this weekend. She was entered in a AKC Senior Hunter test. This was in hopes of her passing and receiving her Senior Hunter title before she has puppies (we still don’t know if she is pregnant or not). She really wasn’t on her game in training this past week. When she is all hormonal her brain turns to mush. I entered her because she has been doing really well in training and thought she could pull it off. She went out on the water blind and that is just what she had problems with in training. She is now done with testing for the summer unless she isn’t pregnant. If she is pregnant she is done until next year. If she isn’t pregnant back to training and will be able to compete later in the summer.

Two more weeks and we will know if Glory is pregnant or not.

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G$ Down The Drain~Monday Mischief

Yesterday you got to see Gamblers 1st AKC Master Hunter pass ribbon on Black And White Sunday. If you didn’t get to see it you can see it here. John ran him that day and he said he was a completely different dog than before when he ran him. He thought he finally got his stuff together and the tests were clicking with him. Little did we know that would all change this past Friday.

I entered Gambler in a double master hunter test. One test started on Friday if you got called back you got to finish the series on Saturday. The second test started on Saturday and finished on Sunday. I asked John if he would run him again since he did so well for him. I went along to cheer them on.

John and Gambler watching 3 marks go down. Now mind you I stayed back by the truck until Gambler was up at the line and then I came to watch but still stayed about 100 yards away.

Gambler running out to the mark (he already picked up the first mark that I couldn’t get a picture of).

Still working.

Gambler couldn’t find the mark so John tried to handle him to the mark. Here he is sitting and waiting for John’s hand signal but here is where the mischief comes in, he wasn’t watching John, he was smelling me.

Coming back to John without the bird. He couldn’t stop looking for me and kept ignoring John.

Back into the truck with you. Gambler only got to pick up one bird today.

We thought Gambler was over being a momma’s boy and thought he could run a test with John handling him and me in the gallery. I guess not, so I am back to running my boy.

This was a major money down the drain day for us. John took off a day of work, the entry fee and gas money to get to the test. All in all this day probably cost us close to $300 and no .50 cent ribbon to show for it. I guess you win some and you loss some and we don’t play this game to worry about money spent.

Saturday Gambler and I went by ourselves to the hunt test. We ran the first series, got called back to run the second series then got called back again to run the third series. During the third series Gambler decided to act up and not listen to me at the line right in front of the judges. He wouldn’t sit, he wouldn’t give me the birds when he did give me the bird he jumped up at me and the judges trying to get the bird back. He tipped over a bucket trying to look for a bird. When he ran the blind he really wasn’t listening to me and that is what they failed him on but told me he needs to clean up his line manners as that isn’t any way for a master dog to act. So now I’m back at the drawing board as to who will run Gambler. This was the problem last year I had with him and why I quit running him. He has no respect for me on test day.

Only a couple more days to enter Gambler’s 4th Birthday Giveaway. You can enter here.

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Early Birthday Prezzie~Monday Mischief

Gambler turns 4 this Wednesday, stop back then to wish him a Happy Birthday and enter his Birthday Prezzie Pack giveaway. Since I won’t be able to spend time with him on his Birthday we had a little party before I left.

Birthday treats.

Oh look I got a mustache, I’m a man now that I am 4 years old.

Do you think there will be less mischief in Gamblers life now that he will be turning 4?

On a side note I wanted to let you all know that even know I don’t have any pictures yet but was told I have some coming, Gambler passed his first AKC Master Hunter test this weekend with John handling him. He finally broke the ice so hopefully he will continue to pass and achieve that title. What a great early Birthday prezzie to himself even know he doesn’t know it. Big treat’s for him when I get home.

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Jail Break X 2 ~Monday Mischief

This week Gambler was on a roll, a whole lot of mischief was being had.

First Grandma stopped over to visit so instead of the dogs knocking into her I snuck outside to talk to her leaving all three dogs in the house alone. I was chatting with her in the driveway that is about 25 yards away from the house. We were chatting then all of a sudden I heard the Gambler rip! I ran as I was telling grandma I had to get in the house as Gambler was wrecking something. When I came in this is what I saw.

It was a package I had re packaged twice because the postal service sent it back to me wrecked and now it was wrecked again. I should of learned my lesson as a couple of weeks ago the same damn think happened.

Hopefully one day soon I will learn.

Second there was a jail break, not only once but twice in the same day. Gambler of course still needs to be crated when I leave the house, if you wonder why just look up. I locked him in his crate, left and came back to him greeting me at the door. WTF? He managed to get the lower latch undone and squeezed his skinny body out a 3 inch opening bending the heck out of the crate.

Glory is wondering why he is such a knob and can’t just stay in his crate.

Some how he managed to pull that red sweatshirt into the crate and rip it up.

While out and about he kicked the closet door open and pulled out my boot and jackets.

I thought Gambler was playing favorite and only bringing out my clothes but then I seen he ripped up Johns sweatshirt and hauled out his pants and other sweatshirt too.

Third was the mischievous of them all! Since the weather is nice now I leave the front door open so the dogs can come and go as they please. I was cleaning the house and here comes Gambler with something in his mouth, he spits it out on the pet bed and this little bugger goes hopping off.

He found a baby bunny and decided he wanted to show it to me. The bunny seemed fine as it was hopping all over so I took it back outside and put it in the line fence where I see the big bunnies. It wasn’t in the spot I set it a hour later so hopefully it just hopped off and didn’t hop off to die.

It was a full week of mischief for sure. Never a dull moment with Gambler in the house.

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Bundled Up~Monday Mischief

When it’s cold outside be sure to bundle up! Bundled up is what I did on Saturday morning at the American Chesapeake Clubs Chesapeake Fun Day.

Yup it’s cold out here, I’m dressed for the weather.

The Michelin girl!

Gambler is nekkid.

He doesn’t care one bit that it is cloudy, windy and cold! As long as he is retrieving he is warm.

The mischief here is that these are the only 4 photo’s I got of Gambler and I training this day. I gave my camera to John and he isn’t a photo freak like me and only takes a few pictures. Have to give him lessons that more is better!

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What’s In Nellie’s Belly~Mischief Monday

Today Nellie is causing the mischief. Since January she’s been causing a mystery with what might or might not be in her belly. You can read about Nellie’s Senior Wellness series here. I talked about how I thought she had something (lump) in belly. The doctors at work palpated her abdomen and couldn’t palpate anything. We took radiographs of her abdomen and they were inclusive. Now I know Nellie is 10# overweight but I just don’t feel this is excess weight. Last week she had some GI upset from eating a bunch of gak outside and that is when I saw the alien (lump) in her belly. So off to work we went again. This time when the doctors palpated her abdomen they couldn’t say “yes we feel something obvious” but all three doctors said she “felt full” that they couldn’t pin point what might be going on but something was off. Off to radiology again for more xrays of her abdomen. This time one doctor said everything looked fine, the other doctor thought she could see something. I also think Nellie has been panting and drinking more weather this has anything to go along with what is going on is beyond me.

Mom, your a hypochondriac quit looking at my belly there is nothing wrong with me!

What are we going to do now? Well…..as you are reading this Nellie is having a abdominal ultrasound done. We have another clients dog that needed a ultrasound so we booked a board certified internal medicine doctor to come to the clinic and preform these two ultrasounds. Besides opening Nellie up and doing surgery to get a look at what might be going on inside of her this is the next best way which isn’t so invasive and needing her to recover from a surgery. Not to say once we have the results of the ultrasound that she won’t need surgery but at least we will have a report and know what might be going on.

  1. ultrasound

    • n.noun
      1. Ultrasonic sound.

      2. The use of ultrasonic waves for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes, specifically to image an internal body structure, monitor a developing fetus, or generate localized deep heat to the tissues.

      3. An image produced by ultrasound.

The only time(s) Nellie has had a ultrasound was to diagnosis her past three pregnancy’s. That was for something fun, this time not so fun unless there is nothing wrong then it was a little tummy massage.

A fun ultrasound, looking for puppies.

I will let you know what the results of the ultrasound are. At her age 10.5 years this is a good thing to do, just to make sure nothing is wrong with her.

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Canine Influenza~Causing Mischief In The Midwest

You’ve probably heard by now about the outbreak of the Canine Influenza Virus, mainly it hit the Chicago, IL area hard with over 1000 dogs sick and 5 that have died, Chicago has been the first outbreak in the US from the H3N2 strain. They are calling this a outbreak that may last several weeks. There has been one case diagnosed in Madison, WI last week, a dog that traveled to Chicago as well as cases in Indiana and Iowa. CIV is a highly contagious virus which was discovered in 2004, the CIV strains have been identified as H3N8 and H3N2. The disease also has a higher mortatlity rate in young and  older or immunosuppressed dogs.

Merck Animal Heath sent out this helpful sheet to our vet clinic.

Tips to Protect Your Dog from Dog Flu (Canine Influenza)                             

Between March 16 and April 1, 2015, Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) has been positively diagnosed in 89 dogs in the Chicago area. Canine influenza virus causes a respiratory infection in dogs that is often referred to as canine influenza or “dog flu.” Canine influenza virus was first isolated in Florida in 2004 at a Greyhound racing facility. Since then, the virus has been confirmed in dogs across 40 states and the District of Columbia. Since it is a relatively new virus, almost all dogs are susceptible to infection when they are newly exposed because they have not built up natural immunity.

Most infected dogs show only mild symptoms, but some dogs become very sick and require veterinary treatment. Most common clinical signs include lethargy, anorexia, low-grade fever, nasal discharge, and cough. Dogs with more severe disease can present with a high fever and pneumonia.

What You Need to Know and Do

  • CIV is not the same as Bordetella and Bordetella is not the only pathogen that causes kennel cough.
  • Canine influenza is highly infectious and the virus spreads very quickly from dog to dog.
  • Canine influenza virus can be spread by direct contact with respiratory discharge from infected dogs, through the air via a cough, bark, or sneeze, and by contact with contaminated objects such as dog bowls and clothing.
  • To prevent the spread of disease, wash your hands with soap and water or disinfect them with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer after contact with dogs.
  • Dog owners whose dogs are coughing or showing other signs of respiratory disease should not participate in activities or bring their dogs to facilities where other dogs can be exposed to the virus.
  • Call your veterinarian immediately if your dog has the following symptoms:
    • Coughing
    • Discharge from the nose or eyes
    • Loss of appetite
    • Lethargy/lack of energy
  • Canine influenza can be prevented through vaccination. Talk to your veterinarian about whether or not your pet is at risk. Merck Animal Health offers a Canine influenza vaccine which is available through veterinarians.
  • Information on Merck Novibac Canine Influenza Vaccine can be viewed here.

Should you be worried and what should you do about it?

If your dog(s) don’t come in contact with other dogs especially in close confinement (dog performance events, groomer, doggy daycare, boarding, training class, dog shows) then you probably don’t have much to worry about unless you work  in any of these area’s where an infectious  dog  may be and you bring the virus home on your hands or clothing. If you work in any of these area’s or your dog(s) will be in these area’s or staying for any length of time then I suggest you talk to your Veterinarian about getting the CIV vaccine. Since I train with a training group, bring my dog’s to work when needed and participate in performance events I did vaccinate my dog’s this week. Now remember when you do get the vaccination done for your dog it doesn’t work immediately, after the first shot the body is building up immunity but until you get that second vaccination and until two weeks later your dog won’t be protected so you still need to stay away from high risk areas. The vaccine currently offers protection against the H3N8 strain, the Midwest outbreak is the H3N2 Asian strain. They are hoping there will be some crossover protection but can’t be certain.

Canine Influenza FAQ ~ AVMA

Canine Influenza ~ AVMA

Dog Flu: Canine Influenza ~ Huffington Post

Key points from this link if you don’t have a chance to view it:

Morbidity: 20-50 percent of the dogs exposed to this virus will make antibodies against this virus and will successfully clear the infection. These pets will not show overt signs of their infection.

50-80 percent of the dogs exposed to the virus will show flu like symptoms — like fever, lethargy, coughing and purulent nasal discharge. A small percentage of these pets will develop pneumonia and it is this population that is at risk for death.

Mortality: 5-8 percent.
Most pets will recover with supportive care only.

Incubation Period: 2-5 days.

Length of Infection: 2 weeks.

Immunity: Dogs that recover from Canine Influenza are believed to be protective for 2 years. A Canine Influenza (H3N8) vaccine exists and aids in reducing the shedding and severity of the infection. This vaccine does NOT prevent the disease. The vaccine is given in two doses separated by 2-3 weeks. Yearly re-vaccination is recommended for high-risk dogs.

Hopefully this outbreak will subside soon and no more dogs become sick or die. Be proactive on keeping your gang safe.

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Supervisor MK Get’s Fired~Monday Mischief

MK only has one job to earn her keep. She is to supervise the gang Gambler while I take a shower each morning.

Doing my job, keeping a eye on everything.

MK – “did I hear something?”

Back to taking my cat nap, must of been nothing.

Oh look chewies!

I hit the mother load.

Chewies for all!

Glory is hogging the chewies.

I’ll just chew on my chewie.

Glory and Nellie enjoying all the chewies.

Gambler enjoying his stolen goods.

Hi Mom, ain’t I cute.

Going back to the scene of the crime.

This all happened on April Fool’s day, it was for sure no April Fool’s, the only fool was me thinking MK could supervise the gang while I took a shower, instead she takes a cat nap! Gambler told me when I woke up that he was going to not kick the closet open and steal chewies again, then he said “April Fool’s”.

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Cleaning The Pipes~Monday Mischief

Last week I got a inquiry about using Gambler as a stud. Gambler is going to be four years old this coming May and hasn’t had any hanky panky  so I’m assuming there might be some rust in the pipes. Who wants to pay for rust? Not I if I was buying so this was a good time to make sure that he also had swimmers, no sense doing a breeding waiting a month for a confirmed pregnancy to find out there are no puppies and it’s because the stud dog is sterile. I didn’t want that happening to me and Gambler so off to the clinic we went for a Brucellosis test, pipe cleaning and a semen check.

They tell me to go into a room and grab a magazine….what’s up with that?

Gambler was a willing fast participant. We got the goods and surprising no rust!

Time to look under the microscope to see if any swimmers.

This is the view under low power, lots and lots of swimmers very active little buggers.

Looking at the swimmers under high power now to check for double heads, bent tails, dead ones.

If you would like to see the active swimmers you can by watching this video.

ahhh where’s my cigarette?

At some point I do plan on collecting and freezing Gamblers semen. At that time they will do a proper semen analysis on him with numbers to tell me how much sperm he is producing, how motile they are and percentage of abnormal ones. This day I just wanted to make sure he had swimmers that were alive and he did so if he does have a breeding he should get the deed done on his end.

If you are planning a natural breeding each party should have a Brucellosis test done.

Taken from the AKC Canine Health Foundation webpage:

Brucellosis: An Overview

Brucellosis is a bacterial infection which affects the reproductive organs of both male and female dogs. The disease is spread by body fluids, with the main route of transmission being by sexual means. In addition to sexual means the disease can be transmitted by ingesting contaminated fluids such as vaginal discharge or urine. Airborne transmission is very rare but has been reported. The disease spreads quickly among dogs that are kept in closely confined areas especially during breeding times and when abortions occur. You can read the rest of the article here.

Basically Brucellosis is a disease that can cause litters to abort and cause sterility in both the stud and bitches it can also be spread to humans so for sure don’t want that in my kennel, it’s a breeders nightmare so best to take all precautions.

I will keep you posted on Gamblers inquiry.

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Bad Mom No Biscuit~Gambler Blows A Moccasin

Bad Mom No Biscuit~Gambler Blows A Moccasin

A couple weeks ago Gamblers brother Easy from across the pond tore his toenail off you can read about it here. Gambler not wanting to have his brother feeling like he was the only one to blow a moccasin decided to blow one of his own the first day of spring training at the Sandspring ranch. On my day off I set up some blinds for G & G, we ran our blinds, set up camp for the evening and John asked why Gambler was holding his leg up…..ahhhh that would be because he broke his toenail. This would be the third toenail that Gambler has broken off. Second time while out training, the other time while attacking the vacuum.

Rut roo not good to go for a ride with mom on a work day.

This was totally my fault, I noticed over the weekend that his nails were getting long and that they needed to be trimmed but of course I ran out of time and didn’t get to it now poor Gambler had to suffer. 😦

Broken back toenail.

He just took off the top part of the nail.

Other toenails very long. Bad Mom!

The toenail on the right is the one he broke off over a year ago, it still hasn’t decided to grow back like a regular nail. The toenail with the arrow by it is showing the quik (blood vein in the toenail- pink area) and the white tip of the toenail that is over grown and should be cut off so it doesn’t break off.

How I trim toenails.

Trimming equipment.

There are different types of nail trimmers, I like those big orange ones. You should also have on hand kwik stop to stop bleeding if you cut one too short, styptic pencils can be used too but will sting.

Gambler laying on his side.

Since I had help I had Gambler lay on his side. The holder put her elbow across his neck and used her left hand to hold his lower front leg and then put her right arm across his stomach right in front of his back legs and held his lower back leg. With those legs held if he struggles he can’t get up. I then trim the tips off the nails, I trim the skinny area right before it gets to the thick part of the nail shown above by the arrow. If they are light nails you can see the quik in the nail which is pink so you want to cut right before the quik.

Starting in the middle.

I start taking the middle of the nail off then I rotate the clippers to take some off of each side and then go back to the middle and take more off the top.

Rotating to the sides.

Opps I cut one to short.

If you happen to cut one to short, you can use kwik stop powder or corn starch to stop the bleeding. Styptic pencils can be used too but do sting so we use those on asleep animals.

Bleeding stopped.

A dremel can be used to smooth out the rough edges.

Trimmed up.

Don’t be like me and wait for your dog to break a toenail before you trim them. Granted they can still break a toenail that is trimmed up but most likely it happens when they are long. This was a minor break once it was trimmed up and cleaned up Gambler was good as new and back training. Can’t keep this hard running dog down at all.

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