Bitter sweet doggy days

31 01 2012

Happy New Year to all of you and your dogs

New Years Eve
As I told in the last entry, Pandora spent her New Years Eve together with two of her best friends. Neither one of them showed any fear or anxiety when the clock turned midnight. The two friends were asleep and Pandora went outside with me staring at the fireworks, and if she could have shrugged she would have. It was perfect for all three dogs.

Visiting the wolf boy
Some weeks ago we went to Saarloos Wolfhound Loup and his family’s house in Jutland together with the Tamaskan Matsi.
It was great fun. Loup lives together with 7 Husky’s.
It was so funny as we arrived and turned around the corner, Loup stood there with the seven Husky’s behind him. And though they were behind a fence, he knew he was cool and superior in dog power compared to his two visitors, Pandora and Matsi.
It was a wonderful day. The seven Husky’s had their own area for the day so only Loup, Matsi and Pandora played together.
And I must say, Pandora fell completely in love with Loup, and this time he was not uninterested in her. He had got so much self-confidence since last time we met him and as he was feeling at home and comfortable he had a lot of energy. It was really great.
Pandora on the other hand, was not very comfortable near the seven Husky’s. It was a little more than she could handle.
Matsi, as always was playfull and crazy-happy and she has grown into a beautiful girl.
A warm thank you to Loups family for having us that day. We hope to see you again in the summer time so we can enjoy the dogs outside for more than one freezing hour 🙂

Loup Saarloos_wolfhound

Loup bragging about his Husky friends

Infected womb
Pandora went into heat in the end of November.
In the beginning of December she was quite tired and seemed a little sad. Then I smelled a certain odour from her. I went to the veterinarian and she had a blood test. Then a scanning.
She had a beginning infection in the womb. It is one of my most feared illnesses as it kills several dogs every year if it isn’t treated very fast.
Luckily it was a small infection and Pandora had penicillin for 10 days, and then she was okay.
But I wonder what would have happened had I waited till Monday the following week.
Always pay attention to you female dog’s odour, even though it’s very rare that a young dog get this infection.

Czechoslovakian_wolfdog_Pandora smiling

Pandora smiling

Training season
We started training the 7th of January. And I must say that there is a major difference from last year even though it was in November.
Pandora did all, and I mean ALL of her tasks.
Of course she walked fine in her leash, she can do that pretty well now, but she also did the jump and did NOT run away on the other side but returned on my command (or begging).
She DID the ‘fetch’ thing three times. Not with enthusiasm but she did it, and she DID come back with the object every time.
I was thrilled at first.
Then I was surprised.
Then I got a little scared.
I know, I was an unthankful bastard, but really. Was my little girl done with the fun?
One night she returned to me three times, when I called. One of the times we heard a dog bark, but she chose me and not the barking dog. Fascinating, but it worried me.
I didn’t know whether it was because or the ending heat, the former infection in the womb or just plain maturity.
It turned out to possibly be something completely different.

She started scratching herself all the time. I woke up at night because she was scratching herself.
We went to the vet and had blood test and pills to calm the iching skin.
Now I’ve got an answer:
She is allergic to house dust mites and flour mites.
The pills worked and last Sunday the snow had fallen and that med Pandora so crazy-happy at training, that she ran away a few times, but she also did her tasks, so I was okay with that.
Now she doesn’t get any kind of flour or corn, gluten and stupid fillings in conventional dog food, event goodies. No problem as she is BARFing, but we also have to do something seriously about the dust. For starters I bought two anti-allergy duvets.
A got a scary scenario from the vet explaining that the treatment might be prednisolone and that the affection could wear off over time and then there would be only one way. Death!
This gives me the bad feeling, but hopefully that’ll never be the consequence of the allergy. We’ll try everything before that.

BARF and the killer food
Before Pandora was diagnosed allergic I started to search for things in her food that could be cause her tiredness. Perhaps too little Carbohydrate?
I never considered that as she is a BARF dog, but a friend of mine said: Oh but she needs carbohydrates or she’ll get very ill!
It turned out to be wrong. I knew, I just forgot.
The less carbohydrate there is in your dog’s food the better the quality.
Less than 20 % Carbohydrate is recommended and it should never come from:
Corn, maize, wheat or soy.
Preferable from potatoes, fruit and greengrocers.

Oh why do we spend money on such bad quality food for our dogs!
All these so called quality brands with a little mark on the bag saying:
Now with fresh maize and wheat for you dogs health!
Get out of here. Why pay for it?
It is known that especially maize, corn and Gluten, are the main reasons for food allergic dogs.
Is it completely rubbish to think, that if a dog doesn’t need these substances in their body, they get allergic? And fat?
The body has to do something with these unusable things that enter the system and the dog cannot process carbohydrates very well. A reaction must come, and then it comes in the form of allergy.

I get more and more anti ‘processed food’ as the only ones who really get something out of processed food are the dealers. Not the dogs.
Well that was my religious input for today 🙂

Czechoslovakian_wolfdog Pandora between oak trees

Pandora camouflaged between trees