Thursday, November 19, 2009

Wes update - Babesia....

OK - so back in October I had Wes and Jerry both 'Tick Tested' through GPI ... They had a panel of 6 tests done each (Babesia Canis, Ehrlichia Canis, Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Valley Fever and E Equi (Anaplasmosis). Although - Valley Fever is not a 'tick disease' but a fungus ... it is one of the tests that could be included in the panel. I wanted to have the whole panel done because the fact that they could have been bitten by a tick before I got them earlier this year (May / June respectively). Also, when Al-E (my previous greyhound) was sick and we were trying to figure out what the growths were in her lungs - it was either cancer or Valley Fever. Oh what torture it was waiting to find out which it was. Thus, if Wes and/or Jerry were positive for any of the above - I was going to be able to treat them right away rather than waiting until any signs or symptoms surfaced.

So .... test results came back all negative except for Babesia. Wes was a definite positive and Jerry was a 'suspect' with a titre of 1:40. Wes' titre was 1:320. Difficulty being that Imizol is not available in Canada for treatment. Also, my vet nor my previous vet was / is able to treat for Babesia .... So 'road trip'! to Lynden, Washington. The treatment with Imizol is 2 injections (1 injection 2 weeks apart) with the vet monitoring the patient for 4-5 hours after the injection. Wes' threw up and was salivating quite a bit after his first injection - and later that night. Nothing major .... and then 2 weeks later after our return for his section injection he had a little more salivating but no throwing up that time. Done ... treatment 'finito' for now. We will test both the boys again at the next Tick Testing Clinic that GPI does.

A few notes about the Imizol shots off the top of my head ...
- best to have the injection intramuscular (rather than subcutaneous). It does hurt more but less chance of skin lesion at the injection site
- the vet administered something (can't remember right now but will include when I check the paperwork) to ease Wes' effects of the injection
- after drawing up the required amount of Imizol in the syringe - the needle should be changed with a new one for administering to the dog

Note on Jerry's 'suspect' - with such a low titre - he could have that titre if their Mom had Babesia. So, this is something I will monitor and retest to see how his numbers are...

There's the update on Babesia ...

Next post - shall I update on the 'black-bellies' ... yeah!! Stay tuned to see how the boys bellies are looking!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Steveston Farmer's and Artisan's Market - Aug 30/09 ...

Just a quick note and I will write more but wanted to get information up that we had a booth at the Steveston Farmer's and Artisan's Market on August 30th and it was fabulous. Booth report sent in to Greyhound Pets, Inc I have included below. Also - today Mary Anne brought into the office the Richmond News for September 2nd. Check it out! Our booth featuring a picture of Catie and Patricia made it into the Photo Feature!

Overwhelming!! and we mean that in the most positive way! The Steveston Farmer's and Artisan's Market (Steveston/Richmond, BC) opened up their arms to Greyhound Pets and set us up with a booth and a fantastic location! They took care of us - above and beyond - providing a location with great shade, grass, away from the music stage and with a water source near by (and this was all their doing! - as we were just ecstatic to be given just a booth location at this busy market). The location allowed for us to spread out into a walkway when things got super busy - I even think there were quite a few times we were covering the area of 3 booths! It was 'the' place to be at the market -- I think pretty much all the Farmer's Market staff stopped to meet the pups. They are soo excited to have us and asked us to come back whenever we want to!

I brought along my twins - Wes and Jerry (adopted May / June - respectively this year) and Cilla and Terry showed up shortly thereafter with Aspen and Missy. Steve and Michelle rounded out the set-up crew with Koda and Karma. Not long after the market opened, Patricia and Dave started working the aisle greeting crew with Doozer and Kate. So, were were off to a great start with the 8 pups! Bill and Pat came by with Pharaoh and Jedi (formerly Porsche - adopted in early July). It didn't take long until Jedi was 'belly up' on one of the 5 beds showing the 'marketeers' exactly how a greyhound roaches. Karma was out showing off her pink pearl necklace and many of the elderly ladies were clearly envious. Wes and Jerry had a full day beforehand and were definitely giving folks a great example how a greyhound spends most of their day - catching up on most valuable sleep! Koda offered a fantastic demonstration of how greyhounds are not afraid of little condo life - and dozed in his portable kennel a few times throughout the day - out of the sunshine and in the cool. It was great to see Emmy (Bella Emeline adopted late February this year) stop by for a quick visit - greatly appreciated. Denzi brought along Dad - Jeff to be the representation of one of the 'big boys' along with Cilla and Terry's Aspen.

Many a great stories I can easily recall from folks stopping by the booth - from one couple who only thought there was one section of the market and when they left that section and noticed another - they were discussing adopting a greyhound. They did not have a clue that we were there and when they rounded the corner --- BAM!! --- there were 10 greyhounds (our number at that time). What a coincidence! 'When will you guys be here again?' was a common question asked by 'marketeers' stopping by. Folks are putting this down on their calendar and spreading the word that Greyhounds have made it to the Steveston Market and are FAB-U-LOUS!

All in all a great time was had - the booth was never empty of folks stopping by to pet the pups, ask questions or pick up information. At one point I lost count at over 14 folks either petting the dogs, asking questions or 'waiting in line' for a chance!

We are very much looking forward to next month's Steveston Farmer's and Artisan's Market.


PS - A special 'Thank You' to Jeff Bough for the image of the booth.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Ohh ... what will the neighbors think?!!!!

Well, exciting few weeks for Jerry ... and a little adventuresome for Wes ....

It all started with the broken toe ... It has been so long since my last blog and I didn't re-read what I have written so I can't remember if I mentioned it before. It sounds vaguely familiar but I could be wrong - as I am always talking about my boys to anyone who will sit down and want to listen.

OK, back to the story! ... We were out running (well, maybe just Wes and Jerry ... I stood around and supervised) and Jerry went running behind some trees so I began to walk over so I could get him in my sights again. I wasn't super concerned as this was a fully enclosed area with the fence being over 5' tall. When I found the boys, Jerry was stopped with his paw held up a little and he walked towards me with a little limp. I knew right away .... likely a broken toe. Sigh ... poor thing. We left and went home. Ice for my pup on his paw and it was very tender. Doing research I knew as it was not a weight bearing toe - that there wasn't much that could be done that would allow for it to heal faster ... other than to take it easy with him and NO RUNNING!! Short walks it was going to be for the next 4-6 weeks. Jerry was a real trooper at the Tisol meet and greet as he limped in spent most of the time lying down. Wes was there for support ... or was that Jerry was there to support Wes' head as a pillow?!!

Anyways ... back to the 'Jerry - happenings' ... so, Jerry is taking it easy and 3 weeks ago he is lying down on the couch and had an elbow that is just huge!!! All puffy like a dough of bread that you can push it in like the Pillsbury Doughboy. Not tender to touch ... so I figure I will monitor and assess. The day goes on and that evening we go out for our nightly pee and poop. Nothing special just a walk around the area and along Scott Road as well. We get back into the house and the boys go over to the food area for some water. I notice a red blotch on the carpet infront of their bowl and I curse them for spilling their food on the carpet.

I turn around and notice more on another carpet ... and turn to my side and notice some red marks on the kitchen laminate floor. I swipe my finger through it and notice it is wet! Blood?!! Yikes! I stop Jerry pronto and begin checking him over. Drat ... a gash on the bottom of his back right paw that is about 1.5cm long and 3mm deep. Thank goodness for my dog emergency kit. Fully stocked with gauze, cleaning solution and my favorite - VET WRAP.
I think the person who invented VET WRAP should be given a special prize! The stuff is just unbelieveable! So, I clean and wrap his paw and we settle down for the night (after then noticing and cleaning up the 'red' path from the front door, up the stairs, into the kitchen...). Next day, early afternoon I take a peek at Jerry's paw because I am the obsessive-compulsive type and am just not too comfy with how it looks to heal on its' own. To the vet we go the next day ...

At the vet ... boy did I feel like a nincompoop!! Yes Dr., we are in so you can look at Jerry's back paw - as it has a large gash. Can you also check his front left elbow - it is really swollen. Oh, whilst looking at his front paws, can you check out his front right 'pointy' finger ... as I think he broke that about 4 weeks ago. Yeah, his one back left paw seems ok at this time! .... grimace. Really Dr., the dogs are with me all the time and I am super careful with them! Really!!

So, a few stitches to the back right paw, the Dr. took out 4cc's of a bloody fluid in the elbow (a hygroma - if I remember correctly - likely from banging his elbow somewhere) and an injection of a slow-acting 'something' (can't remember) and a 'yup, you did what I would have done with the fractured toe' ... and off we were on our merry way.
That was the Monday and on the Friday I was heading east to Osoyoos for a week's vacation. With the hot weather - the boys were staying in town ... Their first visit to a kennel. The boys did well ... (got rave reviews from the kennel folks') but came away with a few more injuries. Understandably I knew they wouldn't come back with a clean slate .... Jerry fared the worst with a 4cm scratch on his neck, scab on the back of his ear and top of his head. Tough guy Wes only had a scab under his chin. I had the leg bandaged whilst he was there and when we got home I had a look and was going to re-wrap. Still a little bit of oozing 'stuff' mixture of blood and fluid likely with him not staying off of his feet but also what I figured was due to needing lots of 'fresh air' to heal.
So off came the bandage and within a few hours I could already see the difference. Yes, the area is still tender 3 weeks later - but I am can see things 80% mended now. We are still careful and put on a 'bootie' with any 4x4ing walking action or if wet or gravelly surfaces. The boot makes it much more comfortable for him to walk with.

OK ... yes, a rambly one .. and now time to look what recent pictures I can put up to make this post a little more interesting .... This last one was tonight where Wes' decided to try Winston's bed ...

Adios for now,
the 3 Amigos.

(picture to right is Winston!)

Monday, July 20, 2009

Are Greyhounds related to Kangaroos?!!!

Well, a few weeks ago (I know for a fact that it wasn't last week - as 
I am pretty sure that Jerry broke his toe a week ago on Friday - so he is on running rest!) ... the boys went for a
 little run in Steveston (at the softball diamond behind the Steveston Community Centre). It is a great park as it is fully enclosed and the fencing is super high! Although, my boys have difficulties with a 1.5' chain link 'fence' - too high for them to go over! and I have to lift up the chain so they can go under!! Before I go further into detail - I wanted to discuss the muzzles as the boys are great together but when running - they can get excited and because their skin is quite thin - what could be a play bite between the brothers could quickly cause some trouble. Plus, the boys don't care whether or not they have the muzzles on. It is too bad that muzzles are synonymous with dangerous dogs. 

On to the reason for today's post ... I am pretty darn sure that Wes' paperwork says that he is a greyhound .... He barks, he has a brother who is a greyhound (Jerry), he looks exactly like the form that is on the side of a greyhound bus ... I have included a few pictures of that day ... looks like a greyhound dog correct??

Well .... upon closer investigation .... 

we see ...

a kangaroo??  Reminder - Wes is always in blue ...

What is really cute about the story of kangaroo Wes looking backwards whilst running full speed is that he is checking to see where his little brother is. They love running together.

So, your thoughts? Dog or kangaroo?? .... I am waiting for the DNA test results to come back.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Fuzz Update - Stop the Press - Jerry's losing his fuzz...

Hmm ... was walking the boys together this morning and saw a red 'patch' on my little boy Jerry coming through. It was exciting and sad at the same time. Wes' coat is just beautiful but I love Jerry's fuzzy coat as well. So I am torn....  

And then there is the 'obsessive, compulsive' part of me that wants the 'moult' done and over .... so we hung out at the park and got rid of a little extra fur. You may state: 'I thought greyhounds don't shed?' Well, to clear this up - pretty much all dogs shed .. it is just the fact that greyhounds do not have an undercoat which means they do not shed that much. But, I am trying to figure out why my boys have this puppy fur as they recently turned 2.

one day ... and I woke up Saturday morning to the sight of Wes huddled behind Jerry (protecting him from the fan of cool air!!). Awww, the brotherly love! Or, was Wes trying to use some of Jerry's heat because Jerry still has his fuzz? 
 (image to the right is of Wes' smooth backside)

Anyways, I love my boys no matter how they look! 

Next topic: discussion on how closely related greyhounds are to kangaroos .... Stay tuned!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Dog 'black-bellies' .... aka Blackheads on the belly of a dog!

To start this post ... I have a dilemma? Do I gross folks out with images or gross folks out with text first and then show the images ... so there is a warning for folks to figure out if their stomach will be tough enough to handle it? 

I was re-reading all my greyhound books a few months ago as a refresher since I was adopting a new greyhound. It was back in September/October 2006 that I adopted Al-E (from the top of my head I can't remember exactly when) and thus it had been a few years since a good read of those  fabulous books! (Adopting the Racing Greyhound by Cynthia Branigan and Retired Racing Greyhounds for Dummies by Lee Livingood)

Anyways ... back to the point! I adopted Wes and ... wait ... oh, I will spare the pictures just yet. I was tempted to insert here but will leave folks in eager anticipation of what the heck I am talking about if they don't know already!! Wes had quite a bundle of blackheads on his little bare belly (meaning - little bare patch on his belly - he doesn't have a little belly!!). I remembered reading a section about this somewhere ... and also -- as my dear Mom taught me when I was younger (she is a nurse!)  - how to properly clear up blackheads!! Squirt!!  So, I took a picture and started! OK, I think it is now time to insert pictures!! Yay (some will say).

Pictures above I made the mistake of having Wes' head on the left (in the left picture taken May 18th) and his head on the right in the right picture (taken July 8th). Above pictures were just taken with my iPhone so up-close detail isn't there. Sorry ... This was over a timespan of just over a month and a half and me not being super-diligent of working on it in bits and pieces at a time.

Now, for Jerry's time in the limelight! Below left was taken June 15th and the image on the right was taken on July 8th. Sorry for the bad lighting / bad pictures ... but the images were not taken for any scientific purposes - just for me to gauge the difference. *smile*

Well, that's all for today's post. What to discuss for tomorrow?? .... We will see what the boys get up to and see if they can inspire me!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Uh-oh ... Wes is losing his fuzz ... almost all gone!

My big boy Wes was VERY fuzzy when I first brought him home. When his coat got wet it and  you looked close enough - you could see a little curl in it. Well, after almost 2 months now of him being with me, sadly, most of the fuzzy coat is gone and he has his 'red fawn' coat. Last night, hanging out with Jerry in the backyard I started giving his back a good rub and it seems as though he is starting to lose his soft, lighter coat now ... as I almost made a little mouse with the hair I brushed off.

Tomorrow ... hmm.... shall we talk 'black-tummies' ... or would that be 'tummy blackheads'?? This is one of those things I should have discussed at the BBQ I was at last week .... Just call me someone happy to discuss any topic.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

What can / could be discussed

Hmmm, just thinking about potential topics .... down the road there could be discussions on health for various items like what types of flea control that greyhound savvy veterinarians are recommending, what to watch out for (e.g. times of the year when folks start playing with fireworks ... what we can do best to make our greys more comfortable when fireworks are going off).

But hey ... as this is my play blog ... let's put in a few fun pictures for folks to see! *smile*

One shot of the 'hammock' in my car so 2 dogs can be separated and spread out to get comfy ... Here's a shot of Joe so comfy he did not want to get out of the car! Another shot of my boys at the softball park going to a little jaunt to stretch out their legs. Al-E taking it easy on my bed as well as an image of her sleeping! I just love it when their tongues hang out!! 

Eye Boogers!!!

OK ... so, was at a BBQ the other night and the topic came up about 'eye boogers' ... Well, I asked what folks did with the dry, krusty bits that are in their dogs eyes. I started by volunteering what I do (and how I like to gross my brother out and actually make him retch!) .... by pulling out the krusty bit and the oozy bit seems to follow pretty easy. Then, where to put it?!! Well, my most efficient and clean method is to let my dog choose if they wish to take care of that! ... This grossed quite a few people at the dinner table out .... but laughter ensued ... and others started to volunteer their actions. (OK, high class dinner here! *smile* ... oh my stomach still aches from the amount of laughter that evening!!) Well, next offer up was the class act of after it is wiped out of one dinner guest dog's eyes .. that the very respectful gentleman shakes his hand feverishly and lets the 'goopy mess' land where it may!! Hmmm... shall we take a vote? ... 

The images in this post are from my last greyhound: Al-E. I miss her dearly as we pretty much spent all our time together. I am one of those lucky dog owners who gets to take their dog (well - now it is dogs!!) to work. How lucky am I?! 

So, to end this blog ... when taking pictures that will possibly mean the world to you at a later date ... make sure to check for eye boogers! ... or if you have a brother bugging you and you want him to leave you alone - you know what to do.... 

Monday, June 22, 2009

Picnic / Play Time!

Woo hoo!! Picnic day!! What fun ... we played, we napped and Wes had a quick bath! Great meeting new friends ... and today Jerry officially became part of the family!

Hmm, what next fun and adventurous things shall we get up to? Just wait and see!!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

WB Wonderful Wes

OK ... May 17, 2009 - My new adventure begins... I brought home WB Wonderful Wes! We call him 'Wes' ... just because! What a joy - this almost 2-year old (DOB: June 9, 2007) is such a treat! He's pretty darn fuzzy - almost like a bear. I will keep you posted...