Sunday, December 27, 2009
Christmas has come and gone and what do I have to show for it?...A shiny new camera, that's what!! Among many other fabulous gifts I recieved this year was a little blue "Olympus Stylus Tough" so I can take much better pics of the gang!
At first Cooper was bored with my new toy...
Then, he got veeery suspicious...
But, when I explained to him that this meant I could take much nicer pictures of him to display to his adoring public, he approved...
7 just appreciates shiny things...
"Can I puts it in my mouf?"
Friday, December 11, 2009
Well, I'm very happy to say that Kobe did indeed have an absess...yippee! He got attacked by the resident dog in his last foster home and the vet thinks that maybe he had a small puncture under his jawline which could have gone through to his lymph node which is what caused that absess and swelling to be so huge. He is through with his antibiotics now and is looking like a happy, distinguished gentleman again.
This weekend I'm off with Jazz, Cooper, and 7 to visit some family on Vancouver Island and Kobe went to stay with another foster home so as not to overwhelm my not-so-dog-nerdy relatives. I think 2 dogs and a 7 month old puppy are quite enough for them :-)
I'll leave you with some pics of Kobe and my brother having fun and saying goodbye...
Did I mention Kobe REALLY likes his ball?
Friday, November 27, 2009
Kobe is about ten years old which is a completely unacceptable age for a dog to find themselves homeless. He should be curled up right now with the family he's known all his life, secure in the knowledge that he's safe. Instead he is on his second foster home and feeling like death in a strange house with strange dogs, strange beds and unfamiliar routines. I picked Kobe up at the airport last Thursday night and promptly fell in love. This is a true gentleman of a dog! He is very sweet, loving and well mannered and has fit quite nicely into the house. Then, Tuesday after coming on a hike with me I noticed that he looked a bit "puffy" around his lymph node area and felt a hard, non-moving lump. I know enough about anatomy to know that, that is not a particularly good place to find a lump so I contacted Hug-a-bull's vet and made an apointment for him. The vet was quite concerned when we got him, he actually said the words "this has to come out, whatever it is we need to do surgery...invasive surgery." Then after sticking a needle in it for tests and finding some pus he backtracked and said that maybe it's an infection. Since then his lump has grown tenfold, it now spans almost the whole width of his jaw and is making it's way into his cheek. Last night once we got hom from the first vet visit he started showing the first signs of being uncomfortable. He was breathing in shallow puffs and didn't want to move any more than he had to. This morning he still seemed very uncomfortable so I took him back to the vet. I've now got a medicine cabinet full of doggy drugs for his pain and possible infection and we're waiting on the results of the tests to tell us where to go next. Having a sick dog is probably one of the most heartwrenching experiences. He is just so unhappy and there's nothing I can do to help him. I spent today, the first rainless day in a long time curled up on the floor with him scritching all his favourite places.
This is the face of an unhappy dog...
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
7 has learned to blow bubbles with his nose in a bowl of water on cue...yeah, I know early on in this blog I mentioned trying to teach this to Cooper but that just never really worked out and now that I've got a new super operant puppy who has no problem shoving his schnoz into water...I just gave up and let the new guy have it.
Here is this little gem...
Meanwhile Cooper has been perfecting his "get in a suitcase and be adorable" trick. He jumps in to a suitcase with the lid closed and when I say "ready" he pokes his nose out of the lid...you know, 'cause it's adorable!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Here is a vid of 7 checking out his new digs...
Sunday, October 25, 2009
"Baby Killer!? Where!?"
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Here's everybody posing at the trailhead.
Ever wonder where the "Engergizer Bunny" went? I know... I'll give you a clue: He was reincarnated and he has a funny name...
I know I've mentioned Cooper's rock obsession before, well here's an example of one of his passionate encounters...
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Saturday, August 8, 2009
"look at me, I SOOO sleepy, I can barely keep my eyes open, let alone go swimming...why don't you have a little faith in me?"
"Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming, swimming, swimming..."
Cooper tried teaching Seven the proper way to obsess over water...But found his student lacking and went on to pursue bigger, better bubbles...
Next came the big tent fight sequence...
Eventually peace was restored...well, sorta. If you look carefully, you'll see that Seven is the only peaceful one here. Cooper is tensed up and on his toes, waiting for his release word. At the quietest "okay" He'll be off like a rocket into that sweet, sweet water.
In closing, I leave you with a short clip of Cooper and the effects of prolonged exposure to freezing cold lakes without an ouce of self-preservation.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Tonigh, the dog I saw looked like this...
Okay, maybe not quite...but she HAS grown! She was about 10 months when she left me and she was a bit skinny and gangly. Now, her muscles have developed and her head isn't peanut sized any more...she looks like a real, adult dog :-)
It was so good seeing her again, but it definetely brought back some of the feelings I'd been just starting to get over. I can tell I'm going to dream about this little jem tonight. I've already started thinking about trying another foster again in a little while :-) Pit Bull fosters...you never can have just one!
I'm going to leave you with the sweet results of puppy class
A tired puppy is a GOOD puppy
Monday, July 20, 2009
Seven gets his ass kicked for this particular sneak attack...
Friday, July 17, 2009
I did get a quick training session in with Seven when a small patch of shade apppeared in the yard. We started a little body-awareness excersize of putting different sets of paws into a bowl. Typical of an 11 week old puppy, Seven is marginally aware that he has 2 front legs and that he needs to control them, but he is completely ignorant to the fact that he also has two BACK legs and that they can move independantly of his fronts. We started off easy with me just clicking him for putting his front feet into the bowl and once this is on cue I will start with the backs. I figure I'll call his front feet "paws" and his back "feet" which could come in handy later down the road.
Cooper is hitting a little roadblock with our latest project: blowing bubbles with his nose in a bowl of water. I've seen a number of people take on this challenge and post their results on youtube so I thought I'd give it a try. He is pretty solid on his nose touch on the base of the bowl with the additional criteria of duration (before this, any nose targetting I had him doing was hard, repeated touches) but when I add the water he is psyching himself out a bit. I have to add more water than I'd like because if I just add a bit he laps it up and then proceeds to perfectly touch the now dry bottom. He "stalls out" frequently if I raise his criteria and just can't seem to get past a light touch to the top of the water. I will continue to work on this and post his results...if we ever get any!