Chocolate Is Tasty And Toxic~Tasty Tuesday

With Easter behind us and all the goodies that are to be enjoyed by humans remember your dog and keep the tasty chocolate treats out of their reach or you might end up with a picture like this:

A colorful and nasty picture that I bet tasted better going down then it did coming back up and coming back up is what needed to happen after a Weimaraner got into the Easter goods before Easter and ate 4# of various chocolate goodies. The Weimaraner weighed 91# when he first came in and weighed 87# when he left. Even at a weight of 91# all the chocolate he ingested was at a toxic level. Since his owner called us right after she discovered he had eaten the chocolate we were able to get him to vomit all the candy up and he didn’t need any further treatment.

Why is chocolate toxic to dogs? Chocolate is toxic to dogs (and cats) because of it’s active ingredient Theobromide.

Theobromide is a distant cousin to caffeine. 

Taken from Veterinary Partner.com

  • Chocolate liquor is the liquid that results from grinding the hulled cacao beans. 
  • Cocoa butter is the fat that is extracted from the chocolate liquor. 
  • Cocoa powder is the solid that remains after the cocoa butter is removed from the chocolate liquor. The powder can be treated with alkali in a process called Dutching or it can be left alone. Note the low-fat nature of cocoa powder, hence its use in low-fat baking. 
  • Unsweetened chocolate is chocolate liquor that is 50% to 60% cocoa butter. 
  • Semisweet chocolate is chocolate that is 35% chocolate liquor (the rest being sugar, vanilla, or lecithin). 
  • Milk chocolate is chocolate that is at least 10% chocolate liquor, the rest being milk solids, vanilla or lecithin.

The more chocolate liquor there is in a product, the more theobromine there is. This makes baking chocolate the worst for pets, followed by semisweet and dark chocolate, followed by milk chocolate, followed by chocolate flavored cakes or cookies. Signs of toxicity from theobromine causes:

  • Vomiting 
  • Diarrhea 
  • Hyperactivity 
  • Tremors 
  • Seizures 
  • Racing heart rhythm progressing to abnormal rhythms 
  • Death in severe cases

Toxic doses of theobromine are 9 mg per pound of dog for mild signs, up to 18 mg per pound of dog for severe signs. Milk chocolate contains 44 mg / ounce of theobromine while semisweet chocolate contains 150 mg per ounce, and baking chocolate contains 390 mg per ounce.

It takes nearly four days for the effects of chocolate to work its way out of a dog’s system. If the chocolate was only just eaten, it is possible to induce vomiting; otherwise, hospitalization and support are needed until the chocolate has worked its way out of the system.

Here is a Chocolate Toxicity Chart that is done by the weight of the dog to figure out if your dog has ingested a toxic amount.

Animal poison control (fees apply) can be reached at:

ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center: 888-426 4435
Pet Poison Helpline: 800-213-6680

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Superstar! Celebration And A Giveaway~Wordy Wednesday

Today is April’s Fool’s Day with a Wordless Wordy Wednesday. There’s no joke about it the SS gang is a SUPERSTAR with a hugh celebration and giveaway. Are you dying to find out why today is so special? Has anyone figured out what could possibly have us celebrating?

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Today marks 1000 post for the Sand Spring Gang!

Do ya believe it??? 1000 posts!

It all started back on November 17, 2011 when I started this blog to keep a diary of my last litter I had with Nellie which happened to be the litter I kept a precious girl from, The Gloryous one! I didn’t blog much in the beginning but now I am working on trying to blog once a day for the second year in a row.

If you would like to go back in time here is my very first blog post which you can read  here.

I think this is a big deal and since we are superstar’s the gang would like to have a giveaway. We are giving away 2 Easter Baskets.

The Easter Baskets will contain some Norman’s Kisses Hand To Paw Cream, Chapstick, a paracord collar and leash, some Jones Natural Chews along with some miscellaneous stuff.

The give away will be going on for one week click the rafflecopter below to enter.

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Remember to download the Pose A Pet App for your phone to help take great pictures, make flyers for animals in need and help support CRROW – Chesapeake Retriever Rescue Of Wisconsin as they will get half the proceeds from the downloads this week. Read my blog post here about this great App.

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I Wanna Be A Cowboy~Beef Hearts @Chewy.com

Chewy White Ding dong Chewy.com calling. We got our monthly sample from Chewy.com. Today we are sampling

Evanger’s Beef Hearts Freeze-Dried Dog & Cat Treats, 3.5-oz tub

Riding on the range, I’ve got my hat – on, I’ve got my boots – dusty. I wanna be a cowboy and you can be my cowgirl’s. Riding on the chuck wagon, Following my man. His name is Gman I wanna be a cowboy and you can be my cowgirl’s. Looking like a hero, Because I called Chewy.com, Chewing on my beef heart. Out on the horizon, I shared with my cowgirl’s. I wanna be a cowboy and you can be my cowgirl’s.

Some nice big pieces.

Glory taste testing, it’s a hit! She took it and ran.

Nellie laid right there and enjoyed her tasty snack.

Gambler chewing that nice big beef heart piece.

Evanger’s Beef Hearts Freeze-Dried Dog & Cat Treats, 3.5-oz tub

Because of the palatability and wholesomeness of these treats, they are excellent for finicky pets or pets with food sensitivities, as well as for use as a training reward or food mixer. Key Benefits

  • Grain and Gluten Free
  • Only 1 ingredient
  • Nutrient dense

Evanger’s Beef Hearts Freeze-Dried Dog & Cat Treats, 3.5-oz tub on sale now at Chewy.com for $6.61 a 45% savings. What’s not to love about a one ingredient treat that the dogs go gaga over? 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 200 SW 1st Avenue Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 1-800-67-CHEWY I was compensated (1) 3.5 oz tub of Evanger’s Beef Hearts for a honest review from Chewy.com. chewy untitled

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Tuesdays Tail’s~Ben The Chessie At CRROW

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Pictures and information taken from CRROW’s website.

My name is Ben the Chessie  and I am an active Chesapeake Bay Retriever who is approximately 2 years old. I was a stray in central Illinois and came into rescue at the end of December, 2014  Here are some of the facts:

  • I love people! I love adults and older children. I’m so excited to see them and be pet! I should not be around small children or infants because I am too energetic.
  • I have so much energy that I can go for a 2 mile run and I only look slightly winded when we are done!
  • I am fine with cats and dogs.
  • I walk well on a leash and do not react to noise or odd things happening around me.
  • I will require a fenced yard since I was found as a stray.

I need some work on my manners as I am a bit of a grabber. I love to play fetch but am over zealous and try to get the toy before it is thrown. I am not good at dropping my toys or my treasurers. I am learning that “finder, keeper” does not always apply. My house manners are not great. I am very curious and like to get into everything so I am learning how to behave and what is appropriate. I am a quick learner but I need a patient and consistent teacher.

I am the happiest sweetest boy who would be happy with an active family!

Please contact CRROW and help find this boy his forever home.

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Chesapeake Retriever Rescue of WI.
1318 S. Kernan Ave
Appleton, WI 54915

Office hours are

  • Monday thru Friday 8 am to 8 pm Central time.
  • Saturday  and Sunday 8 am to 5 pm.
  • Please call, email or fax us your request for communication and we will return your call as soon as we possibly can.
  • Even though we appreciate you giving us a little free time we will of course take emergency calls after hours.

Email: Sue
Phone 920-954-0796

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Nothing But Norman #77

Happy Saturday All and Happy 2015 of Nothing But Norman!

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I was looking for a New Year’s picture of Norman and I couldn’t find any. I need to get better at organizing my pictures so I can find ones to go along with time frames. While searching I came across a photo where my chessie’s brought two people from many miles away together and a special friendship formed, this was taken in May of 2012 when Amy a facebook friend I never met before flew into WI to visit relatives and met me at a hunt test. It makes me smile that she got to meet Norman before he left this world. Without Norman, I wouldn’t have “my lines” or “my pups” nor would I have the great friendships that arose from the brown curly dogs. The friendships that develop between people who love dogs is something that can’t be replaced.

Chessie’s creating friendships Norman & Nellie with Amy & I.

Sisterhood

If you should feel sorrow or pain,
Let me share it with you,
And hold you close,
If you should feel happiness or joy
I will rejoice, and we will dance and sway,
laughter our song of praise

Every tear that you weep,
I shall catch, and turn them into rainbow gems,
Place them in Mother Earth
Where they shall grow and bloom,

Every smile that you smile,
Ten thousand of like kind,
Will lighten many a load,
And travelling at the speed of light,
Will return to you threefold,

We are joined through sisterhood.
And generations of women gone before,
We are as individual as the sun and moon,
But tempered of the same fire,
Therefore we are as one,

For as surely as the Wheel does turn,
We cannot shed this ‘knowing’,
Our power is in our strengths combined,
We are Woman…

And in that word,
Are the ties with which we’re bound.

Arthur Unknown

Here’s to another year of meeting friends through our pets.

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Wordless Wednesday~A Good Luck Kiss For Miss Glory

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{This Moment} See Beautiful~Successful Hunt Test Season

“The true measure of a man is not what he dreams, but what he aspires to be; a dream is nothing without action. Whether one fails or succeeds is irrelevant; all that matters is that there was motion in his life. That alone affects the world.”
― Mike NortonWhite Mountain

Last Saturday the Sand Spring hunt test season came to a end. Our season began in May and went through the beginning of September. The season is made up of training our two Chesapeake Bay Retrievers Gambler and Glory to compete in AKC – American Kennel Club and UKC – United Kennel Club tests. They are similar but then again so different so you have to train for two different styles. This made for a full summer of many highs and lows as you all may know from following my posts on my blog and on facebook.

This last Saturday I had a major melt down. I went to the hunt test by myself and handled both dogs. It was the last test of the season and I really wanted to get that final Senior Hunter pass on Glory so she could earn her Senior Hunter Title before I breed her this winter. Needless to say Glory was dog one in the group and we failed. Being upset I had to go and handle Gambler now in his test. That didn’t go well either and we failed too. After I was done this is what I posted up on facebook on my Sand Spring Chesapeake page: If success was measured by how many tears were shed this hunt test season I would be a very successful woman. Till next year all it’s hunting time now!

I was feeling a bit sorry for myself and now that some time has passed I have realized that we indeed did have A Successful Hunt Test Season and with that comes See Beautiful!

What is success & failure?

The definition of ‘success’  & ‘failure’ from dictionary.com is:

success
–noun
1.the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors.
2.the attainment of wealth, position, honors, or the like.
3.a successful performance or achievement: The play was an instant success.
4.a person or thing that is successful: She was a great success on the talk show. 

This summer I was chasing the wrong meaning of success. I was chasing the hunt test passes and in the end the hunt test title. I got caught up in wanting to pass a test to “show” that my dogs could do it, that they could pass a test without fails. For some reason I had it in my head that fails were toxic and if people knew my dogs and I failed that we would be marked as failures and people would think less of us. My standards were set so high that when the fails came I didn’t know how to handle them and forgot about the real reason and success I was gaining with my dogs.

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                                                                                                                                -noun

1. an act or instance of failing or proving unsuccessful; lack of success:

His effort ended in failure. The campaign was a failure.

2. nonperformance of something due, required, or expected:

a failure to do what one has promised; a failure to appear.

3. a subnormal quantity or quality; an insufficiency:

the failure of crops.

4. deterioration or decay, especially of vigor, strength, etc.:

The failure of her health made retirement necessary.
5. a condition of being bankrupt by reason of insolvency.

6. a becoming insolvent or bankrupt:

the failure of a bank.

                                                                                         7. a person or thing that proves unsuccessful:

He is a failure in his career. The cake is a failure.

It seems for some reason society can’t measure one’s “success” by the deeds one does without gaining an award.

“What is a Title, Really?”

“Not just a brag, Not just a stepping stone to a higher title, “What is a Title, Really?”

“Not just a brag, Not just a stepping stone to a higher title,
Not just an adjunct to competitive scores.”

“A Title is a tribute to the dog that bears it, a way to honor that
dog, an ultimate memorial. It will remain in the record and in the memory for about as long as anything in this world can remain. Few humans will do as well or better in that regard. And though the dog himself doesn’t know or care that his achievements have been noted, a Title says many things in the world of humans, where such things count.”

“A title says your dog was intelligent, and adaptable, and good-
natured. It says that your dog loved you enough to do the things that
please you, however crazy they may have sometimes seemed.”

“And a Title says that you loved your dog, that you loved to spend
time with him because he was a good dog, and that you believed in him enough to give him yet another chance when he failed (or you did), and that in the end your faith was justified.”

“A Title proves that your dog inspired you to have the special
relationship enjoyed by so few; that in a world of disposable
creatures, this dog with a Title was greatly loved, and loved greatly in
return.”

“And when that dear short life is over, the Title remains as a memorial of the finest kind, the best you can give to a deserving friend, volumes of praise in one small set of initials before or after the name.”

“A Title is nothing less than love and respect, given and received permanently.”

Author Unknown

I think everyone competing in an event should read this article: The Art of Losing

JoAnn’s definition of a Successful Hunt Test Season:

– Time spent with your dog(s)

– Time spent with your family and friend(s)

– Lessons learned

– All the See Beautiful moments that come your way

Things JoAnn has to remember:

– Rome wasn’t built in a day

– If someone thinks less of me and my dog for failing they can pound sand and are no friends of mine

– I am a novice trainer and handler

– Gambler is my first dog that *I* trained & handled by *myself*

– The end of last year was the first time I ran a Senior test

– This year was the first time I ran a Master test

– These kinds of tests are by no means a walk in the park and when I win the more accomplished I will feel that I did it alone just me and my dog

– Chesapeakes are not machines and need more than one day of training to run tests

– Gambler and I succeeded in passing one UKC Finished test this year

– Gambler, Glory and I received our CGC (Canine Good Citizen) & TT (Temperment Test) certificates

– Glory received her UKC HRC Hunting Retriever Title

– Glory received three out of four AKC Senior Hunter passes

– Gambler was the #1 Chesapeake in the UKC Top Ten Dog and Breed Standings for two years in a row

– My dogs don’t think any less of me when we fail, they think more of me for getting out there and training, running tests and doing what they were bred to do

– Win or loss their emotions are always the same, they lick my face, wag their tail and let me know they still love me

“Your passion is measured by the difference between your willingness to take actions and your desire to quit. When your desire to quit outweighs your willingness to persist, you are ripe for failure!”
― Israelmore AyivorThe Great Hand Book of Quotes

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