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Old 11-08-2013, 10:35 AM
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Mia has awful diarrhea today. She was very subdued this morning and wouldn't eat her food from her treat ball. Just kept lying down and going back to sleep. Gonna keep a close eye on her.
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Old 11-08-2013, 10:40 AM
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I am in such a painful delimma today with Zander. As most know he has been miserable this year with itching and scratching and biting. His coat is yuck, he stinks, he's ripping out his coat chunks at a time. He has dropped weight I assume because he's just so darn tired of scratching and then that makes him anxious, and then that stresses him out more...

It wasn't fleas, skin scraping is clear. Isn't food unless it is recent and new and either eggs or pea/potato. So we went ahead with a cortisol shot and week and a half steroids/cortisol.

It is an immediate change. He isn't itchy, he slept well, he is so full of himself and happy and dorky as he used to be. I'm THRILLED he feels better. But I hate to think of this as a cure. I don't like the idea of this being his treatment. I don't want to know long term side effects. But I don't want him miserable either.

Sigh. I wish there was something better I could do. I wish it was a simple food allergy and I could such switch him. But when he is allergic to the WORLD, it isn't as simple or easy or guilt free.
It must be something having to do with the season, because I have been having to give Bear, the JRT Benadryl twice a day for his itching or else he is miserable. his skin gets all red and you can tell he just isn't comfortable in it its hard to watch, having sensitive skin myself, I know what it feels like to have itchiness and allergy to something.

I also looked at the food I was feeding and noticed that the beef version I was feeding had yeast extract and rosemary in it, so thinking it was that, I switched to another formula (same brand) that didn't have either and it seemed to help some but he was still itching and was generally still uncomfortable, so I had to break down and give him Benadryl.
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Old 11-08-2013, 12:26 PM
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Went for a little hike this morning with Romeo and Fiona. Romeo of course appreciated climbing on all the boulders and has a blast. Fiona was getting into it too...she really likes climbing and being up on stuff.

Come around the bend, and I can see someone walking ahead-Fiona was leashed already, I called Romeo and put his leash on. A woman starts walking towards me, she is saying something, and then a GSD comes barreling out of the woods and into my dogs . The woman finally gets within earshot, she's saying her husband took her pitbull around the corner, and could I wait until they get out of eyesight because he is aggressive, but it is OK if my dogs attack her GSD, he won't do anything. Wtf?
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Old 11-08-2013, 12:36 PM
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Just scheduled Penny's spay surgery. Super nervous. I know they do spays on much smaller animals than her but she's so tiny. Maybe 2.5 lbs. She turned six months old today.
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Old 11-08-2013, 12:50 PM
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Just scheduled Penny's spay surgery. Super nervous. I know they do spays on much smaller animals than her but she's so tiny. Maybe 2.5 lbs. She turned six months old today.
They do, ALL THE TIME! Just think about all the cats that go in When Siri came to work with me for her spay, at 10.5 pounds she was the second largest animal they did that day, lol. She will be fine! (which I know is easy to say when it's not your pet )
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Old 11-08-2013, 12:51 PM
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Hello winter, hello again allergies. Frodo is back to licking/scratching and I know it's not food because nothing has changed for months with regard to his diet.

Also Siri is driving the whole household crazy, we started working on agility stuff again today because otherwise I'm going to kill her.
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Old 11-08-2013, 02:42 PM
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Feist came home allergic to retrieving. Like, lol no never would she ever bring anything near me. She'll now retrieve most of her toys. I didn't train it at all. Thank you, puppy.
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Old 11-08-2013, 02:45 PM
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Hello winter, hello again allergies. Frodo is back to licking/scratching and I know it's not food because nothing has changed for months with regard to his diet.

Also Siri is driving the whole household crazy, we started working on agility stuff again today because otherwise I'm going to kill her.
I know I am going to sound like a very terrible person for it but the allergy licking / scratching gets HIGHLY annoying. I can't stand the sound >_<. I know they can't help it but I always tell bear to stop lol
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Old 11-08-2013, 02:54 PM
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I woke up SO COLD this morning despite having a heating blanket and the heating blanket turned on. Guess what I found? Gavroche had taken the blanket, bunched it all up into a dog-sized nest, and was sleeping on it. THE ENTIRE ****ING BLANKET. Thanks, dog >.>
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Old 11-08-2013, 03:15 PM
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Writing this book has me thinking about things it shouldn't.
Auggie is retired. I really should just let it go.

But I can't. Why? When I retired him I knew I made the right decision. Most days I still feel like it was the right decision.
But I also know he loves to play. I know he was furious in Springfield when I took Payton and left him in the crate. He could hear me running Payton and he barked angrily in his crate the entire time. When it came time to let him out so I could take him out to pee, he was excited and rambunctious because he thought he was going to get a turn.

And now I just don't know. Maybe I didn't make the right decision. Maybe I should still be running Auggie. My friends said I should just run him in jumpers every now and then just for fun. And while writing this book, there's a tiny voice in the back of my head: You're a better trainer than this. Why did you throw in the towel? You can beat this. You just have to be more creative. You have to try harder. You need to train better.


My biggest concern is that Auggie is not physically well suited to agility. His short toe anomaly means his feet just aren't totally flat to the ground. VMOs have looked him over and seen his feet and never said "This dog really shouldn't be running." His breeder is a CVT and never told me "it's probably best for him if he doesn't run." His holistic vet knows ALL my concerns about his feet, probably more than anybody else, and has never told me he can't play or shouldn't.
If NONE of these people have told me he shouldn't be playing... why do I think he shouldn't? I know it's a contributing factor to his movement - but does that really mean he shouldn't play?

I don't know what to do.


All complicated by the fact that more than anything I just really, really want to run Auggie again.
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