Raspberries~Wordless Wednesday

Stop back tomorrow on Thursday Barks And Bytes to find out why I’m giving the raspberries.

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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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Damaged Puppy Teeth=Trip To UW Vet School

Last week for February is National Pet Dental month I wrote a post about products you can get at your Veterinary Clinic to keep your pets teeth healthy, if you missed it you can read it here. I spoke in the post that I had a lot of work done on Gamblers teeth when he was young that cost me a lot of money so I need to keep his teeth healthy. I said I would write about it later and later is today.

When I got Gambler at 7 weeks of age he was just a little bitty thing that just wanted the love of his daddy Norman. Norman was having no part of the loving bit so each time Gambler came near him, he growled to tell him to back away and Gambler not listening went in closer. A couple times in two weeks was too close for Norman and he bit him each time in the head. They were some pretty bad bites and I can’t believe Gambler isn’t anymore touched than he already is.

I got to close to my daddy’s teeth.

Mom didn’t have peas so I got a ice pack.

Little did I know at the time that Gambler would be in for dental work when he was older. Gambler healed up from his bites and never learned to stay away from Norman. When Gambler was 8 months old I had him in the clinic for a exam and the doctor noticed the enamel on his adult teeth was coming off. He had enamel hypoplasia. His teeth were a brown color and you could see groves (last of enamel) in his teeth. Time to go see a dental specialist. I chose to go to the Veterinary School in Madison for his exam and dental work.

They examined his teeth, took radiographs, extracted one, restored the others and come to find out when Norman bit him one time, he displaced his adult pre molar one and it was in the back of his mouth above his pre molar four.

Top arrow is the displaced tooth, bottom arrow is the broken tooth.

Broken molar.

The broken upper left molar needed to be extracted. They wanted to do a cat scan of his head to see exactly where that displaced tooth was and then go in and extract it because if left in it could cause a bony cyst that would need to be removed at a later date. I chose to not do the cat scan and to wait and see what happened. He had enough done to him this day.

They restored his damaged teeth which consisted of cleaning his teeth and prepping them to put a sealer on the teeth to prevent the enamel left on from coming off and because the enamel was off in spots that meant there were tiny microscopic holes in the teeth and that was cause for future infections as well as the teeth could be sensitive.

Enamel defect by arrow.

Enamel defect by arrow.

Enamel defect by arrow.

Restoration complete.

Restoration complete.

Restoration complete.

The doctors at the vet school told me that when their is trauma to the baby teeth when the adult teeth come it it can cause them to have enamel hypoplasia. I never knew this before and know now to really be careful with puppy mouths.

Gambler had to spend one night at the vet school and I had to may a $1200.00 bill to fix his teeth. That first year I was very compliant on brushing his teeth everyday as I spent a lot of money to fix them I wanted him to keep them. I must admit thou I’m not as good about brushing them.

More on enamel hypoplasia by clicking here.

I leave you with this adorable picture of baby Gamblers little toes taken the day he was bitten.



Have a great day and go brush those chompers. 

Class Is In Session~Chewy.com

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Ding dong Chewy.com calling. We got our monthly sample from Chewy.com.

Class is in session today. Students Gambler, Glory, Nellie and MK have something to learn and share with you all.

Class in in session, where are our students?

Don’t be a dunce, listen to your teacher and eat healthy.

Does giving your dog real rawhides scare you?

There is an alternative, SmartBones by SmartChips~Peanut Butter Chews.

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Key Benefits

  • SmartChips Chew Packs are perfect for small to large dog breeds – each chip measures approximately 3 inches long
  • Nine out of 10 dogs prefer SmartBones over rawhide treats
  • Safe – rawhide-free
  • Made with real, dried chicken breast
  • Chewing activity promotes healthy dental care
  • Fortified with vitamins and minerals
  • Great taste dogs love – available in chicken and peanut butter

MK please stop disrupting the students, class is going on right now.

Ok students you can eat your treats now.

Nom, Nom, Nom

Gambler taste testing.

Glory taste testing.

Nellie taste testing.

The chews are somewhat hard, it took the dogs a fair amount of time to chew them up. They couldn’t just eat it down, they had to work at it which was nice. They loved the taste and wanted more right away.

The gang gives the SmartChips a A+ and 16 paws up.

Gambler loved them so much he had to help himself to more.

MK thinking these should be made for kitties.

SmartBones SmartChips are on sale right now with Chewy.com 12 pk bag $6.99 which is a 26% savings.

Why Chewy.com?

Because: Chewy.com has more than 300 brands to choose from and is ready to fetch it and ship it, direct to your doorstep, anytime of the day. Have a question regarding the best food for your pet? Call us 24/7 and our helpful customer service team at Chewy.com is ready to listen.

Chewy.com lives and breathes pets. Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Chewy.com’s dedicated staff is committed to providing quality pet products to our customers in a fast and easy way. That’s why we have warehouses located throughout the country – so the products are delivered quickly and efficiently. Bottom line, Chewy.com delivers pet happiness – and there’s nothing really better than that.

Their products are 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed (if your not happy call them and they pay for shipping the item back), they have expert pet care and product advice, over 200 of the best pet brands and 24/7 customer care. Another great benefit of Chewy.com is they have autoship for your pet food needs and orders under $49.00 are a flat rate shipping cost of $4.95.

Chewy.com

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1-800-67-CHEWY

I was compensated 1 bag of SmartBones SmartChips for a honest review from Chewy.com.

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Chef Gambler’s King Cake~Tasty Tuesday

Happy Fat Tuesday! Today Chef Gambler will be making King Cake. He would like to thank his buddy Miss Harper Lee for making this yummy cake in January and was happy she shared her recipe with us all. You can view Miss Lee’s fun post and recipe here.

Check it out it’s Miss Lee.

The ingredients.

Ingredients: (I modified Miss Lee’s a little bit)

2/3 cup bananas, mashed

1/2 butter, softened

3/4 cup water

3 large eggs

2 cups whole wheat flour (I used regular flour)

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon dried ginger

2 teaspoons cinnamon

Frosting: instead of using Miss Lee’s yogurt and honey frosting, we made really runny powered sugar and water frosting and we couldn’t make the cool purple color instead did dark green, green and yellow.

Glory thinking she needs to help out since Chef Gambler gets to make the cake.

MK not missing out on the fun.

Before we start I best taste the butter and make sure it is ok.

Chef Gambler here, checking to make sure the ingredients are correct.

Lets get down to business.

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 F. Whisk the dry ingredients together in a large bowl and set aside. Beat together the bananas and butter in a medium bowl until creamy. Beat in water and then eggs one at a time. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and combine. Pour the batter into a prepared Bundt pan and bake for 35 minutes.  (per Miss Lee)

Beater licking time.

Miss Lee says we should hide a treat instead of a plastic baby in the cake.

Nellie stepping in to make sure I’m doing it right.

Yup I agree Nellie, it is done right.

This cooking is hard work, I best sit a spell.

Ta Da, time to frost.

I think you missed a spot with frosting.

It’s ready for the taste test.

Are we ever going to get out of these giddy ups and eat the cake?

Nom, nom, nom.

More nom, nom, nom.

Cousin Oakley trying it out.

Cousin Chloe eating her share.

Thank you Miss Lee for your recipe again. We had fun making this cake and so far it is 3/4 the way gone and no one has gotten the “treat” yet. What would make this even better is if we were down visiting you during Fat Tuesday and all the festivities.

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Valentine Pheasant Cut Out Cookies~Tasty Tuesday

Today’s Valentine themed week post is Valentine Pheasant Cut Out Cookies.

The supplies and ingredients.

Chef Gambler in the kitchen.

Glory didn’t want to be left out.

Ingredients:

2 1/2 C Flour

1 Tsp Salt
1 Egg
1/2 C Pheasant broth
Mix all ingredients together, kneed, roll out and cut out shapes.

Kneed the dough and roll out.

Cut out the cookies.

Chef Gambler approves.

Maybe I should taste test them now.

Don’t mind if I do.

Bake in oven 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Nellie guarding the kitchen so no shenanigans go on.

Ta Da let the taste testing begin.

Hey why isn’t Glory waiting.

Finally we get to taste test them.

Nom Nom Nom

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Funny Faces~Black And White Sunday

Gman squinty eyes.

Shake it off Glory, shake it off.

Zombie Glory.

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