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

Seasons ending

7 11 2011

Deciding what to do

I still love my wolfdog. Regarding my last post.
But it has made me rethink our situation, and as it is almost the end of the season, we are considering not to attend obedience training next year. Agility on the other hand, we will definitely join, because the last two times we were there, Pandora did so well. Didn’t run away and did the rehearsals perfectly.

Now I consider trying to train Rally, which doesn’t demand a perfect obedience, but more intelligence and fun. Actually, I think Pandora would find Heelwork to Music funny, but I can’t find any courses near us. And somehow a wolfdog dancing sounds a little silly, but if she has fun, who am I to judge?
I still dream of building an action park for dogs.

Natural born leader

Two weekends ago we went to meet two Tamaskan dogs (Matsi and Sølve) and our Saarloos Wolfhound friend Loup (former mentioned here when he was a puppy) in the dog park in Odense.
Last year, Pandora would have submitted to any dog trying to dominate her. She doesn’t any more.
Among these dogs, no one else claimed the leading position, so Pandora took it her own very gentle way.

It was like she wanted the only male, Loup (the Saarloos) to join her in an alpha role, but he refused. He is young and still a little insecure.
Pandora seemed to really enjoy Matsi (the Tamaskan puppy) following her everywhere.
Oh, if Pandora and Matsi was together every day, Matsi could learn soooo many dirty trick from Pandora. Be aware, Hellan [Matsi’s daddy]. 🙂

Twice that day I saw Pandora go between first Matsi and another dog, then Loup and another dog. Like she was saying: This girl/guy is a part of my pack, don’t hurt them.
The other dogs respected that, and there were never any controversies of any kind.

I must say, I was very proud of Pandora’s ability to keep track of her own little pack and her gentle way to let the other dogs know, she was in charge.
If anything she is the smartest leader I’ve ever met. Dog or human.

It was a great day, I hope we get a lot more of those.

Here you can see a film from our trip.

Czechoslovakian wolfdog, Tamaskan dog and Saarloos wolfhound in dog park

World Beauty

30 06 2010

Facts: 13,5 month old. 32 kg. 63 cm.

We went home from The World Dog Show in Herning last Friday after much excitement and many new friends.

Wednesday evening we went to the Givskud Zoo together with 10-12 other Czechoslovakian Wolfdogs (CsW) and their owners.
A woman told about the gray wolfs (North American/Canadian) in Givskud Zoo.
She didn’t tell a lot though, but our primary goal to be there was to meet other CsWs and to see the dog’s reactions to the real wolf.
Well Pandora couldn’t care less.
Whether they were dogs or wolfs, she didn’t pay attention to them at all. The wolfs weren’t too interested in the dogs either.
As we were dining a woman asked:
– Is that Pandora?
– Yes, I replied.
– Oh, how nice to meet her. We are friends at Facebook.
(To those of you who doesn’t know, Pandora has her own Facebook profile. Sometimes I help her with the writing, though.)
And then I recognised the woman, Birgitte – and we had a long, good talk.
A very nice person who had been the very first owner of a CsW in Denmark back in the days.

Canadian grey wolf

Canadian grey wolf in Givskud Zoo

Back to the camping area and enjoy the evening before Thursday morning where Pandora should attend the real WDS-show.


Here we met a lot of CsWs but we only talked to a few owners.
(It seems like it’s the owners of these dogs that are shy and reserved, not the dogs.)

Both Morten (my husband) and I were wearing T-shirt with the print: ‘Pandora van Goverwelle’ and a woman came over, poked me on the shoulder and asked:
– Is that Pandora?
– Yes, I replied.
– Oh, how very funny. I am from Holland and I used to work in the van Goverwelle Kennel. I know Pandora’s mother Kahjah.
She was very pleased to meet one of Kahjahs puppies and it was very nice to speak with her.

Czechoslovakian wolfdogs everywhere

Czechoslovakian wolfdogs everywhere

After that we went in the ring and got ‘Excellent’, and no. 3 Junior (– out of three, so I don’t really know how she would rank if there had been others.)

We also saw the Saarloos Wolfhound which looks so much as the CsW that you have to look very carefully to spot the differences.
But a good trick would be to look at the tail. The CsW mostly have a straight down or happy lifted tail, while the Saarloos keeps its tail between the legs. A beautiful dog, almost as beautyful as the CsW :-).

Saarloos wolfhound

Saarloos wolfhound

We bought some goodies for the girl in some of the uncountable shops for dogs, amongst other things a big rubber ball – it was so big that she couldn’t bite in it … until we heard the well know sound psszzzee after 3 minutes. That’s how long it lasted.

Here Pandora tried a treadmill (running machine for dogs).

Czechoslovakian wolfdog in treadmill

Czechoslovakian wolfdog in treadmill

Then we went back to the campsite and enjoyed the evening.

Next morning we went to the special exhibition for Pandoras Club (cattledogs and shepherds).

Pandora attended the exhibition and the judge was very meticulous which was nice.
It was less nice that she said that Pandora were too fat and needed to loose weight.

Exhibition in KHKG, czechoslovakian wolfdog

Exhibition in KHKG

In all other descriptions she was close to perfect. That made me very happy as the judge is a CsW breeder herself, and though we only (and for the first time) got ’Very Good’, I could use this statement so much more than the one for the day before at the ‘real’ WDS.

After we had attended the ring, a woman came over and poked me on the shoulder and asked:
– Is that Pandora?
– Yes, I replied.
– Oh, how very funny. I often read her Blog.
And I was very happy and proud. How great it is that people came to see exactly her and meet the CsW.
A lot of people came just to see this breed as they had heard about it, but never seen it.

After the show we went back to the campsite, packed down and returned home.

And the weekend offered a very lovely weather and the tired Wolfdog, filled with impressions.
Her need for socialization with other dogs was covered the next few days.
She had met Divo from Germany, Azar from Sweden (whom she fell in love with), and her good friends: Cember, Xtreme and Uno.

Pandora and her new friend Azar

Pandora and her new friend Azar

Well home, the summer came and with the summer, the opportunity to swim.
But more about that in the next blog.


13 11 2009

Facts: 60 cm, 24 kg.

The BARF-page has been updated with Pandoras notes.

Barfing  for a month – Status
Last weekend it was 1 month ago since Pandora stated BARFing. We went to a 1 month-check with a vet. Not the same vet as first time, but with a guy who, himself have a Saarloos (a wolfdog originated from a Eurasian wolf and a German shepherd, but breeded in Holland).
It was nice to meet a vet who understood and knew the wolfdog breed. He said Pandora was very beautiful, no longer too thin, great temper (trustful and sweet) and the lack of muscles that had a comment the first time was all right, she is still young.
Her fur was a little dry so we increased the amount of lamb fat in her food. Everything else was fine.
“Remember, he said, you’ll have to have one more before Pandora gets 22 month old.”
We told him that she is socialized a lot and have other very good friends to play with, but the vet said that it would be good for her to have one of her own breed to be with.
I think that this rule is more important to the Saarloos Wolfhound than to the Czechoslovakian Wolfdog who has a different temper and better socialization skills.
“Also remember, he pointed out, you have two month left to teach her to go by train and bus and all the rest of the things she has to get to know.”
All righty then … we’ll have a train ride and a bus ride next weekend.

Swimming again
After last weeks disastrous experience in the swimming pool it was with a certain kind of scepticism we went to the pool again yesterday. But hey! She swam!
After one more try and without anyone in the basin as we thought was needed, she began to swim.
She only panicked for a few seconds.
Still we were all to busy to take pictures, but soon she’ll be calm enough I think. We’ll go swimming next Thursday, too, and then I think she’ll be more self confident, and she might even begin to like it.
It’s going to be nice to have a dog that can swim next year when the water in the lake and the sea gets warm enough.

Safety in the dark
As winter comes closer and the days get shorter, the need of safety increases. Pandora now wears a safety waistcoat with reflectors and also a collar with blinking red lamps when we go out at night. The latter makes her look like a UFO or a selfmoving Christmas tree, but it is nice to be able to locate her in the dark as she is set free to run in the fields.

The Ripper
This last week she has been destroying a lot of paper. Paper is her favourite and boxes, magazines, kitchen paper – you name it – are torn to little pieces. She is also still biting our hands if she is excited or plays. She doesn’t bite hard but her grown-up teeth don’t give one a lot of pleasure.

Otherwise she is just plain beautiful and teenager crazy.

Pandora ripping paper

Pandora ripping paper

Pandora in the eveningsun

Pandora in the eveningsun

Pandora mornings

Pandora mornings