Sunday, December 27, 2009
It's been a busy, interesting Christmas week - with family visiting and feasting. The Dog Woods Pack have been included in the festivities - with many yummy treats going around (much to Snoopy's glee ... for some reason she's been one perpetually hungry dog since she returned from the Vet!) and new toys.
It's interesting to note how the dogs know the difference between their new toys and old ones even though they look exactly alike. It's funny ... like Joe and Trixie. They would wrestle for the one TuffTire everytime we play 'Fetch' but when I produce a new one - thinking it would be nice that they each have one to carry about, they ditch the old Tufftire in favour of the new one and wrestle each other for new Tire.
Then there's their individual colour preference. Tuffy likes blue - give him the black and blue, you can actually see his eyes light up at the blue ... and he'd go runing after blue ball instead of black. Joe on the other hand prefers either black or red.
So before the next round of busy-ness sets in and I won't have time to sit down and write, I'd like to wish each and everyone of you good readers and your adorable furry members of the family a very Happy New Year. Here's to good health and peace!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
I am please to report that Snoopy's back home at Dog Woods and is up and about. The great news is that her liver is back to 'normal' - (some cell count which I fail to grasp) and she's been constantly asking for treats - which is very normal Snoopy. She's lost some weight because of her liver issues - which is good for her because she's alot more active being a lighter basset. It could be that she's alot hungrier since she's now recovered, hence the hopping and prancing about - trying to get our attention so she'll get fed a treat or two.
Am glad she didn't have to stay at the Vet's for very long. Infact in a mere couple of days, the Vet called to say she was ready to come home. Missing home sure worked wonders on Poopy girl who had to be put on a drip for a couple of days.
We're not exactly certain what caused her liver problems so we're monitoring the environment to keep an eye out on possible things that may cause liver problems. The Vet said something about bacteria that rats carry that may cause liver to react. Admittedly, I've seen a couple rats scuttling about ... so maybe that could just be the problem. Kill the rat and save the dogs! Easier said than done since rats (which I gather is related to squirrels) are equally cunning ... our traps don't seem to be working for some reason.
A feline addition to Dog Woods would be a helpful alternative but unfortunately no cat would ever come near Dog Woods (what more consider to stay) - for obvious reasons.
Ratty thoughts aside, I'd like to wish everyone of you good furry and fur-less readers a very happy Christmas and a Wonderful new year!
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
My bad. I've been away... only to return with alot more to do and organize! Putting that aside, am happy to report that Anna's out of her 'cone of shame', her stitches removed and she's looking like her old self. Am really amazed how fast her wound has healed. Dogs truly have tremedous healing prowess!
Thursday, December 3, 2009
While I feel somewhat regretful over what I've just done ... (All that history on the sidebars! Gone at one silly, uninformed click. Is there a way of reverting to my old page? Does somebody out there know?) I suppose on the the bright side, this minimized page is a blank canvas for make-over. Hopefully, this time I won't mess up the page tamplates and widgets. So Op Pack, Martha Bailey (you've got fantastic looking blogs)... anyone who's got some idea about personalizing blog pages pray enlighten this blur human ...
Putting my editing mishaps aside, Anna has just gone in for her biopsy. We'll see how that turns out. I hope to be able to collect her home by this evening. Alwas feel so sorry for the dogs when more invasive procedures have to be taken - just because of one suspicious looking lump. Speaking of which Tuffy boy has a lump on his side too - after being snapped at by Joe. Joe has this thing about NOT sharing his toys - The TUFFTIRE is official the Rottweiller's, and the Rottweiller's alone.
The other dogs only get to play with TUFFTIRE only after Joe goes into his pent to snooze. As for the wee mesh ball (in previous post where Tuffy was chewing on it) ... it's not quite as robust as they put out to be. They've given the mesh a good chew and it's looking decidedly too fragile for another episode of Dog Woods rough and tumbles ... I've since retired the ball for fear of some pup (Joe particularly ...) greedily deciding to swallow the rubber bits.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Happy December! It's amazing as well as somewhat disconcerting how fast time goes by. Soon it'll be Christmas and then another new year - 2010 - wow ...it's been a decade since we celebrated the millenium! Yet it doesn't feel too long ago since that happened! It's when the realisation hits you, that so much time has passed, I'm always confronted with that question - did i use that time well? How much have I achieved? That question almost always leaves me somewhat anxious - how do you actually measure achievements? Objectively you could use types of material yardstick,but not all accomplishments can be accurately measured that way.
I reckon the dogs are not quite as concerned (as we humans are) about accomplishments, effective use of time and the concerns of againg ... they live life and enjoy every moment of it, more so the mischevious ones and have no regrets. I've always thought we could learn a thing or two about living life from our four legged friends - at least about savouring the moment and worrying less.
While the Furkids, I can deal with (been supplementing their diet with high concentrated vitamins), I had the good Doctor to have a look at Anna's lump. She's due for a biopsy tomorrow. So we're keeping our fingers crossed - paws too (if the dogs worried as much as their human) that its merely a hardened 'fat lump' ... :p
Will report again when she gets back after the Doctor's done tests on her lump.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
While the pet shop do sell some toys, but at the rate the Dog Woods Pack goes through them - shredding 'em before you can holler 'Nooooo!' ... you think it's simply not worth even the buy. The problem starts when they decide to swallow the bits that ends up blocking their digestive system ....
So far, it's only been Joe who'had his digestive system blocked and unblocked (via surgery) ... although he recovers soon enough and is always game for a game of fetch, having to go through the experience of surgeries and recovery with Joe is enough for us to be wary and more selective of toys for the pack.
While ideally I would have liked to get hold on a few more of them Holey Moley balls - they being suited for both big and small dogs. The selection of robust looking toys that arrived in the Dog Woods Pack toy was met with much enthusiasm. Joe's been happily snorting with approval with his TuffTire. It's since replaced his Holey Moley Ball in his game of fetch. Being a Rottie, he's not let Trixie even near his precious new tyre - not if he can help it!
Saturday, November 7, 2009
I meant to write about rehoming Donny but as you can tell I've been slacking the last couple months in my blog postings.
Yes, Donny and the rest of the pack had some issues. Once nursed back to health, he had the tendency to bully the lot into subservience. It was not only dominant posturing but snarly show of teeth, intimidating growls which usually end in major fights.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
I suppose now that Brandi is back in the pink she has the energy to be up too all sorts of mischief. While am glad she's recovered, am not too thrilled she's managed to find her way out - yet again. Quite glad that Tubby's in the confined to his play pen area.
As i write this, I've just discovered that Tubby's now gone with Dexter as his sidekick... *sigh* The puppies or rather 'teenagers' are simply bent on going out. At this age, I reckon the boys are looking for 'girlfriends' ...honestly dealing with sick lethargic pups is possibly less worrying than adventurous ones - who disappear into the bushes the minute they find a weakness in the fence!
Monday, October 26, 2009
Their appetite has gradually returning. Dexter is actually eating something after refusing food for a couple of days. Out of the three sick pups Dexter's got it the worst. He was actually drooling when the Vet came to give him his shots. With him not eating , I had him swollowing liquid vitamins instead - to boost up his immune system. Needless to say, Dexter is looking a little skinnier and longer than usual.
As for Brandi and Tubby, I suspect may have gotten off mildly mainly because they've been exposed to what bad things ticks bring being out and about more. It so happen that on that evening a couple weeks back, Dexter decided to follow suit (usually he's quite happy yapping from the inside of Dog Woods alerting us that his delinquent siblings are out where they are not supposed to).
Thankfully, Wally's spared from the fever. He's the only pup out of the four that stays within the boundary fences - with his mom. So we're keeping them - the sick and health separated for a while. Have taken tick prevention measures - bathe the entire nine canines (it's a good thing they're rather fond of showers) and fumigated the lot!
Hopefully with them being on the mend, Brandi, Dexter and Tubby will learn (like their brother Wally) that it pays to stay inside the spaciousness of Dog Woods and not try to make a mad dash outside. They've actually been fairly good after that long outing a couple weeks ago. With hindsight, maybe they were already not really feeling so well after their 'adventures'. Tubby - the usual ring leader who leads the mad dash out has been as good as gold since. I hope he's finally learnt some self control! I've observed, being pack animals, once there's no a ring leader with a bent on going outside, the rest are quite contented to do their own thing and stay within the grounds of Dog Woods.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
I do agree, the Fur kids were adorably cute! Had I been less realistic I would have kept all nine! Having to decide which to give away was possibly the most agonizing of experiences. You can't help but love them all and each of them had furry unique characters of their own.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Yes, Anna and Tuffy were an odd couple. And yes they did produce some pretty cute puppies - 3 females and 6 males. Most who first saw the pups said it was Joe that did the job - since he too was black and brown ... but Joe was 'fixed' and there were no other whole male in the vicinity except for Tuffy...
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
The bassets - Snoopy and Tuffy took to her almost instantly. Tuffy was the more curious of the two. Being male he simply had to make sure that the new dog would not be a potential threat to his already precarious underdog status (Joe was alpha male then and would occassional give Tuffy a hard time). Little did we nor Tuffy know then that Anna would be instrumental to his rise to TOP DOG of Dog Woods.
Joe and Trixie being the bigger and rougher of the then Dog Woods pack were gradually introduced to Anna. Joe would the bully of an Alpha Dog then was constantly surprised by Anna's tenacity. She would not have him shoving her about and being slimmer and longer than Joe was she had an advantage of nipping him in spots where he couldn't get back - like holding on to his forehead while he snapped into the air. For once, I worried about Joe than for the new comer!
There were some initial posturing when it come to introducing Anna to Trixie but Anna being the newcomer smartly realised that it would be wise to tow the line. And towed the line she did until she become a mother to Tuffy's puppies. Now that the puppies are grown, they - the remaining four automatically form Anna's pack which possibly explains the fights between Trixie and Anna.
It was a month later - noticing Anna's increasing girth and appetite that we begun to suspect. Was she or was she not pregnant? If she was who can the father be? (Not Joe, he's fixed too!) - we didn't think Tuffy was capable of the job - being much shorter and slower than she was. It was only after the good vet's visit (Joe's best friend other than us) that confirmed that Anna is indeed pregnant and she was due soon judging by her size - which made us panick a little. I for one had no clue about whelping puppies. Although once upon a time ago, my dog did have puppies but I was but a child then.
But the puppies arrived one moon-less Saturday night. All nine of 'em. And Anna was the best mommy ever who fed, cleaned and didn't leave their side (except for when she need to do her business) until they were waddling chubby 3 weeks old.
So that was how Anna came to stay - which made the pack of five and along came the Furkids and for a while there were fourteen canines tearing about Dog Woods. But five have since found loving homes of their own and we decided to keep the four - which makes up the present Dog WOods Pack of nine.
Monday, September 28, 2009
With now Joe, Snoopy and Tuffy - the pack felt a little incomplete. There was Snoopy and Tuffy who got on well and played at basset's pace and Joe who sometimes wanted to join in the fray didn't quite get on as well as we hoped ... the Bassets felt he was too rambuctious and would loudly protest - esp. Snoopy. Although low, she had the loudest protest when Joe did something she didn't agree (like mischeviously sitting on her) and surprisingly he'd back off. He would however pick on Tuffy - and Tuffy for a while was terrified of Joe - not daring to move a twitch when Joe was up and about.
So Joe needed a playmate - as robust and rambuctious as he ... and along came Trixie - who's first deed was to nip us all in the butt (Joe included) when she first arrive. She was a wee little thing then but oh so much spirit ... too much infact! Which explains why today most cuts, bruises and grazes are Trixie inflicted :p (Joe and Anna getting the brunt of it all).
She's the only dog at Dogwoods that came with formal papers. Registered as the masculine Rohan Jupiter ... from the Land Under the Winds (yes, there is such a state next to us), the breeders that her to us claimed she came from a lineage of champion Malinois. But since we're not into showdogs nor breeding, she's since been fixed (too bad) and spents hier time guarding Dog Woods and wrestling Joe out of his favourite toy.
"Tic-tic" or 'Tiiiiiiiiicccccc!!' - is what we call her at Dog Woods who thankfully have outgrown her nipping habits - at least when it comes to us humans. But when it comes to her canine buddies, in a frenzy of competitiveness, she sometimes forgets and nips to get ahead (which explains Joe and Anna's wounds). Trixie, as I've already mentioned has loads of spirit. She simply must win - at everything ... even at running. Must always outrun the pack! If they do one length, she'd do two!Pe rhaps it's part of her Sheepie lineage, her herding instincts, Trixie likes circling the Furkids or Joe and I while we're playing the game of 'fetch'.
There were also a few other of her bad habits which we're glad she's outgrown, one of which is her 'flying hug' which would never fail to knock the wind out of anyone (that's if we're prepared) ... on some occassions she'd come from behind and well, someone usually goes off balance :P
With the exception of Trixie, the Dog WOods Pack are home-schooled (at least in the obedience sector). Trixie on the other hand needed some extra firmer help ... So Saturday mornings, Trixie's 'teacher' would come to visit and teach Trixie and yours truly a thing or two about handling a wilful Malinois. Trixie seemed honestly awed by him and would do anything he'd tell her to while she'd pause whenever yours truly tried. Her teacher said something about my being too soft spoken need to sound meaner so the dog would understand this human mean business!
Out of all the dogs put together, Trixie is possibly the fastest, fearless and most determined. It's a good thing she keeps her chasing within the perimeter fences of Dog Woods. We've seen her chase an intruder right up to the top of his van once ... bet he since learn to leave Dog Woods out of break-in list! ;)
The only thing that Tic is afraid of are firecrackers. You'd see her scrambling for cover - even climbing the house grill just to get inside house to cower next to yours truly begging that I stop all that dreadful noise ... not that I can help it. It's part of the festive culture (which happens more than twice a hear) in our neck of the woods. I don't suppose ear plugs work on dogs ...
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Another activity that our Tub (of lard) does with relish is to remarking his territory - esp. the all the lamp posts out side of Dog Woods. He's not allowed outside unsupervised since the ol' boy, inspite of his cuteness can be quite an intimidating force. Imagine short furry bulky dog with flapping ears running towards you, growling menacingly ... it's really all fake bravado (since he does that to Joe and his Fur kids all the time!) But it's enough to set any stranger running - which makes him want to give chase even more!