Thursday, August 21, 2014

A Big Step

Have you ever taken a photograph and found it too funny to not share?  One of those that you just have to show somebody?

I know some people think it probably isn't nice to laugh at a little blind and partly deaf dog happens. You have to. Our vet suggested it when Hiker was adopted. "If you don't laugh you'll feel sorry for her and she won't do anything. As long as she is no danger, find the humor and treat her as a normal dog."  That is how both Brook and Hiker have been treated and as you know, they do almost everything a "normal" and sighted dog does.

The look on (blind and partly deaf) Brook's face as she contemplates heading outside from the barn is too funny to not share.  In fairness to her, it IS a big step. One which she can easily navigate.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Monday Mischief

When the weather is nice, there is no better place to dry laundry than outside.  Unless you have an inquisitive and boisterous black lab named Molly like we do. 

While hanging laundry yesterday, Molly grabbed a t-shirt out of the basket and ran. The freshly laundered and damp t-shirt was no longer clean.

Molly of course thought this was great fun. A new toy (in her opinion) and a game of chase with a human! She is learning the command "drop it" and with a little help opened her jaws and let it go. 

Trail watched the whole episode with interest and then checked on the condition of the shirt. 

No harm done, the shirt is, as I type this, in the washing machine again.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Broken and Cracked Teeth

Bill was at the vet yesterday to have his broken canine tooth removed and I was told that I could check in with them around 3:00 pm to see how he was.  Before I had a chance to call the clinic, they called me. When they were cleaning Bill's teeth they discovered that he also had two cracked teeth, one with the pulp showing.  

I had wondered if his bug catching was a possible cause of the broken canine tooth since his teeth come together with such force as he chases and catches bugs.  Now with the addition of two other teeth being damaged, I suspected there was another cause.  In speaking with the veterinarian, we determined that it is likely from chewing on antlers.  Since the antlers are so hard they could damage teeth. Like humans, some dogs have softer teeth.  

We will now be trying softer chew items, so a trip to town and the big store is planned soon.

Meanwhile, Bill is home, being kept quiet and recovering. (just another excuse to lay outside in the sunshine)

Friday, August 15, 2014

Chuck and Molly

Our deaf boy Trail found the blue "chuck-it" ball when he arrived and it has become his most favorite toy. No other ball will do, it has to be the ball now known as Chuck.  Then along came Molly. She also found Chuck and they have become almost inseparable. Uh-oh. Two Chuck obsessed dogs and only one Chuck.

Yes, we went and found another Chuck.

Now we have two Chucks and two happy dogs.

Monday, August 11, 2014

A toothache

Our Bill has a toothache.

Here is why -

See what is missing?

Yes, Bill has broken off one of his canine teeth.  Not sure how.  The only contributing factor is that he is a bug catcher and a noise often heard outside is his teeth clicking as he catches bugs.  Possibly he had cracked the tooth after repeated snaps and it finally broke off.  We don't know. What we do know is that he is having the remainder removed tomorrow.