I’m off on an adventure (hubby will be home with the dogs) so will not be available for messages, phone calls, or emails until April 22nd.
We will be accepting applications for our waiting list again on May 1st!
We’ll be hanging up the “ON VACATION” sign tonight and not be available for emails or calls for about ten days.
But first, let’s recap the week and let you know what’s been going on! It’s been a bit busy, to say the least.
Allie is slowly feeling better and acting more like herself. She is resting lots and goes outside for breaks when she wants. From the reading and searching I did, a raw diet is the most beneficial for this condition (and for dogs in general IMO) so she is now on raw food. Our water is very “hard” so I bought her purified water to hopefully cut down on the mineral content in her water. I found a tincture at the health food store that is for humans (we checked the ingredients and they are okay for dogs also), so we did some figuring and cut the dose down for Allie’s size. It is supposed to help break up the stones (the vets tell me that dogs do not usually pass them and one vet said “they don’t usually cause problems”…..*scratches head). I’m hoping the natural remedy will help break them up so she can pass them. Time will tell. In the meantime, she is still on pain meds to make her more comfortable also.
She did go back into the vet on Thursday so we could do a bit more “work” on her. I was able to collect a urine sample (which they weren’t able to get last week when she was there) so the doctor could do a urinalysis. Then they drew blood and ran some lab work on her to see what her kidney functions were. Thankfully, the results were all normal!
You can see how excited she was to be back at the vet. Poor baby shook the whole time she was there. ☹️
I had some commercially prepared raw food in my freezer so that’s what I switched her to. But I didn’t have enough for when I’m gone, so out came the cookbook! Well, actually, I headed over to check out Rodney Habib’s (and Dr. Karen Becker’s) video on making a balanced homemade raw meal and followed that. Here’s the video for anyone interested.
So I made sure I had all the ingredients, gathered my equipment and got to work. (And for my vegetarian friends (we’re vegetarian too) freaking out about me making raw dog food at my house, I have a separate food processor, cutting board, knife, etc for the dog’s food) 😉
I didn’t get a picture of the process because it was kind of gross looking (pate’ for dogs anyone?) But here we have all the ingredients mixed thoroughly, being weighed and made into patties which I froze.
Once they were frozen, I pulled them off the paper and placed two (one for breakfast, one for dinner) in a container. Hubby can just pull one container out of the freezer the day before feeding it, place it in the refrigerator and let it thaw for the next day’s meals. (I”m trying to make this as easy on him as possible!)
Little Nugget turned seven weeks old and has been matched with his forever family! (Congrats Julia and Nugget! ) Thanks to everyone who reached out showing interest in him. ❤️
He still enjoys time with mom but is also learning to eat his “big boy” food and spend time away from her.
He’s had his first few adventures outside in the backyard and absolutely loved it!
There were numerous things to work on and get in order before vacation started, one being that “T” thing that’s due on April 15th. Ugg….I can’t even bring myself to say the word. 😉 The eye-opening part is figuring out how much I spent at the vet and for health tests during the year. 😮 I’m still waiting for the clinic to put a plaque with my name on it on one wing. 😜hehe (I’m seriously thankful for the great care my fur-kids get from the docs).
And then I had to start on detailed instructions for my poor husband so he knows what to do with each and every dog. He’s great at helping with the puppies and dogs in the house, but the adults that sleep in the dog house are my job. Each dog sleeps in a specific crate, some get puppy food, Aurora gets a different puppy food (for large breeds), the others get adults food. The girls that are in season and going to be or are being bred get NuVet and a folic acid supplement and the ones confirmed get NuVet and puppy food.
We have dog runs in the dog house so dogs can be housed inside when the weather’s bad, we’re not home, or someone is in season. The female stays inside while Sundae (the fence scaler goes out), or he’s in while the girl in season goes outside. We have enough runs where it’s usually a pair of dogs that get along are housed together with a bed and toys.
When dogs go outside to potty and play first thing in the morning, the boys (and a handful of girls) go out in one yard, then the other girls go in another yard. “Some” girls get a bit testy with the other girls so those hang out with the boys until they come into season.
Folks, it’s complicated……
And I’m leaving my husband in charge of all this and hoping for the best.
And that’s why all the dog crates now have names and descriptions on them plus the number of which run they are normally in (These are my dogs and he still doesn’t know who is who sometimes or that the “red and white” dog is actually called “Blenheim”. 🤦♀️
Each run has a clipboard hanging on the gate with a picture of the dogs that go in that particular run together, their description and particular needs; “IN HEAT”, “give NuVet”, “pregnant”, “gets puppy food”, etc.
Oh, and did I mentioned that there are four females in heat right now! 😳 No, they will not all be bred, but I have left hubby instructions because he will need to coordinate the “honeymoons” while I’m away.
The two girls that we did ultrasounds on and confirmed they were pregnant got scanned again to see how things are progressing. One has a BUNCH of little red/apricot babies in there! (No, the ultrasound does not show color..hehe. But I know what mom and dad produce together ❤️). The other confirmed “pregnancy” is iffy. She was not as obvious as her “sister” but might be hiding one or two in there. We’ll see how she looks when I return.
And we confirmed one more pregnancy! This should be a more “colorful” litter. ❤️
Oh, and did I mention those two pregnant girls are due right about the time I return home? So, everything had to be prepared and set up for the grand event ahead of time (or if someone decides to deliver a bit early and hubby has to play midwife!)😬
So I’ll sign off for now! I’m off on an adventure…Adios! Arrivederci! Au revoir! Sayonara! Shalom!
Weaning continues for Nugget and Allie. She seems to enjoy her alone time and is resting a lot. But if she hears him fussing, she gets upset so I usually bring him to her so she can check on him herself. He also enjoys snuggles with mom (and nursing still, of course).
The other day I asked hubby if he could go poop scoop the back yard while the “boys”‘ (Surprise and Happy) ran around and played. It wouldn’t take him long, but would give the pups a chance to potty and stretch their legs a bit while I was busy with something else.
I looked out a bit later and saw he was diligently raking pine needles. Yep, most people think of raking leaves, but here in the pine forest, raking pine needles a couple times a year is a thing. It sure makes the yard look nice when it’s done and also clears the way for the grass to grow.
Raking pile after pile of pine needles was a much more time absorbing (and energy consuming) job so he was out there working for quite a while.
I peeked out the kitchen door later to see how things were going and caught him red-handed!
My big ol’ husband taking a break with three dogs in his lap vying for attention (Hope, Surprise and Happy).
(Check Happy out! I caught him mid-jump and he looks like he’s doing a handstand)
Oops! Now he caught me red-handed! He’s got that “Jen, stop taking pictures” look on his face. 😉
I know that little Nugget wants to hang onto mom as long as he can, but because she’s not feeling well and we want her body to concentrate on getting well instead of feeding him, we’re going to wean him a bit quicker than usual.
He’s eating his soaked food and really not nursing that much, plus she is feeling the need to have more and more “mom only” time. (You moms will understand) 😉 And since she rests better in her puppy pen than just out loose in the house, we’ve moved him into his own “house” in the puppy room and letting her keep her comfy space. We’ve moved a space heater next door to make sure she is toasty warm. You know how it is when you don’t feel well? You just want to be comfy and warm.
(please excuse the spilled kibble underneath)
So here’s his new, spacious house. He’s in a big puppy pen, but the back right corner is blocked off at this point so he doesn’t get “lost” in the space and has a better chance of using his litter box properly. I gave him a big stuffed animal to snuggle up to in his cozy bed, toys to play with and his food and water handy.
Happy and Surprise are right next to him so he has company and someone to “talk” to. Plus he’ll be hanging out with us and still get to visit mom. He’s a really happy, friendly pup so I have no doubt he will make this transition easily.
Hubby and I were heading off to Spokane on Friday to get some shopping done before vacation. But I was a bit concerned with Allie.
She had just been a big “off” this week. Nothing that I could put my finger on, but just not herself. And to make it more confusing, it wasn’t all the time. One day she’d be raring to get out of the puppy pen in the morning and go outside with the other girls, and the next day she didn’t even want to come out, so I’d have to pick her from the pen and take her out to potty.
One day she would hungrily finish her food and other times it would take a day+ for her to eat a whole bowl of food.
There was no vomiting, no change in stools. Her temperature was normal. But she just wasn’t herself sometimes. Friday morning she was off again.
I needed to get her looked at and figure out why she wasn’t herself before I headed out in a week for my vacation. As I mentioned, we were just getting ready to leave but I was able to call the vet’s and they said to drop her off on the way to Spokane and they’d fit her in when they could. We could pick her up as we headed back home from Spokane later. So that’s what we did.
The doctor called later in the day to say she had examined her. She was a big sensitive along her back so we suspected an issue there. So the next step was an x-ray.
Her spine looked normal (and her hips look great by the way in the other view) 😉 but the x-ray did show another problem.
I’ve heard doctors describe humans trying to pass kidney stones as similar to having a baby. My husband has actually had more babies than I have if that’s the case. 😛 (Poor guy, his “labor” was not pretty).
So we can now understand why Miss Allie has not been feeling herself. Unfortunately, she would not cooperate with a urine sample so the vet was not able to check for a UTI in case she needed antibiotics. So she is home now on pain meds that she can safely take while still nursing.
By the way, little Nugget had a big break from mom while she was away, but he was a trooper. He’s very attached to her as you can imagine being an “only”. So it was the longest time he’d had away from mom. He’d still rather nurse than eat puppy food. But by the evidence in the litter box when we got home, he did fine and ate plenty!
The doctor didn’t sound hopeful that the stones would pass on their own and she even mentioned a possible surgery.
Since my vets are not holistic vets, I’ve started doing some research on alternative treatments to see if you can help reduce or get rid of the stones naturally, without having to put her through surgery.
Prayers and good thoughts appreciated for our “Allie-Girl”. ❤️
I’ve had a lot of people pass on our last few litters because they wanted “a summer puppy”.
Nugget is not a summer puppy since he is going home at the end of April.
So if you’ve already told me you wanted a summer pup or you wouldn’t be ready until May, June, etc, I won’t be contacting you about him. If your plans and timing have changed and you are interested in him, you will need to let me know that you’re interested and contact me asap!
And here’s our little Nugget at six weeks ❤️