This ‘N That Thursday

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Titans Junior Hunt Test

Well last weekend was Titan’s first AKC Hunt Test, and I have to tell you I was a bit nervous. Since it was his first time I didn’t know if all the people and other dogs would throw him off but he did great! My friend and trainer, Dave, handled him so I was able to enjoy watching and snapping pictures. Since he was entered in Juniors that meant he would do two land retrieves, one live flyer and one dead bird, and then if he passed that series he would be called back to do two water retrieves, one live flyer and one dead bird. I am so pleased to say he passed both days and now has two legs towards his four to earn his Junior Hunter (JH) title. Dave said while they were on their way to the line he told Titan that if he did good he would get to visit his momma Winking smile On Sunday after his water series I treated Titan to a turkey sandwich and of course he received a lot of lovin.

Saturday land series…

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Water series…

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Sunday land series…

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Water series…

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This ‘N That Thursday

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I did not get a post up last week for This ‘N That Thursday and Follow-up Friday, some of you know because of that wonderful social media facebook that Cheyenne has been very sick.

It started with her not eating, this all by itself for a meal or two is not uncommon for Cheyenne but to refuse canned dog food is highly unusual. So after a day and a half of this I put her on a bland diet of white rice and strained baby food meat to see if I could get something in her. She did eat this but I could tell she was just not herself, she didn’t get up on the bed with me at all and when Maia would fly by her she seemed very unsteady on her feet. Her temp was slightly elevated, she was drinking profuse amounts of water and urinating A LOT, even to the point of having accidents in the house, and she was not her clingy self.

Monday I took her to my vet, Dr McAllister, we weighed her and she has lost 12 pounds since last year, which is a lot since she was not over weight in the first place. She did a CBC, which showed her white blood count was very high, sodium was very low, as well as her electrolytes. She suspected she may have one of two things, Pyometra or Addison’s Disease. She ruled out the pyometra with an ultrasound and x-ray so she then took more blood to specifically check for Addison’s. This test had to be sent out to a lab, the first half of the blood test result came back today and is negative; I am still waiting to hear on the second half.

Dr McAllister said normally she would hospitalize a dog in Cheyenne’s condition but she said since I was good at nursing the dogs (that made me feel very good) she would leave it up to me if I wanted to do that. If I chose to take her home I had to try to get chicken broth into her so her sodium would come up. I did opt for bringing her home, Cheyenne does not do well being away from me and to do that to her when she was feeling poorly and in a strange place overnight without me I felt would have been more detrimental to her health.

So I brought her home with Amoxicillin, Prednisone and Fludrocortisone Acetate to treat her for Addison’s pending the results of the blood test. I was able to get plenty of chicken broth along with her bland diet in her and I could get her to take her medication by wrapping it in a piece of meat. She slowly started to show improvement by the second day, and last night she was perky and wanting to eat so I started to reintroduce her kibble in to the rice diet. The drinking and urination have returned to almost normal and she is her usual mouthy self. Hopefully we will be able to find out why things got so out of whack and get weight back on her. She said no photos until she is looking herself again Winking smile

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This ‘N That Thursday

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Well same excuse as last week and probably the week before, just barley getting some posts up, super busy week again. But thought I would share some fair photos today, just a few of the hundreds I have taken Winking smile

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This ‘N That Thursday

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Can I just say CRAP! It has been a lonnnggg mentally exhausting week and I am so ready for a day off so I can spend some time with my dogs.

My county fair starts this weekend and I do not have all my stuff ready yet. I entered a whole bunch of categories but I am only going to be able to get my photos ready and hopefully my jewelry. These are the photos I have decided to go with, keep in mind this is for the amateur photography category and I am doing all framed 8X10 size.

Bird, Fowl or Poultry

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Black and White Enlargement

Cheyenne ~ Chesapeake Bay Retriever (4)

Color Enlargement

Training Shiawassee River July 11, 2013 (1)

Landscape

Four Legged Animal

Now I’m still not sure about some of these so help me out and let me know what you think. I should not have procrastinated so long Winking smile

My jewelry…well I haven’t even started that yet, but I have my supplies, beads and a vision in my head so hopefully Saturday I will be able to sit down and get it done.

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I will back track a bit to the weekend before the kids went home; it was about 10:30ish Saturday night when Hailee ran to the basement to get me and said “Aunt TT come quick I think Maia is having an allergic reaction”. I followed her to my room to discover Maia with huge welts all over her muzzle and her left eye looking a bit funny. So immediately I started her on Diphenhydramine commonly known as Benadryl; in case anyone is wondering about dosage, it is 1mg per pound of dog every 8 hours. Maia is about 60 pounds so I erred on the side of caution and only gave her 50mg (tabs are 25mg each). I checked her all over thinking she may have been stung by something, the only thing I found were a couple of small hard lumps on the top of her head. My biggest fear was “I hope she doesn’t start to have trouble breathing” so I ended up staying up all night with her…she slept. About half way through the night her face started to really swell up, so I gave 25mg more, she seemed comfortable and was not having any breathing issues. During this time I had also sent a photo and texted my friend Michelle to see what she thought and she said the same thing, watch for breathing difficulties.

By morning she was quite swollen and her eye was almost swelled shut but it didn’t curb her appetite and she acted perfectly normal. I continued the Diphenhydramine every 8 hours, alternating between 50-75mg until I could see the swelling go down; by Monday evening she was completely normal. I spoke to a friend who is a Vet and she said that dogs are much more tolerable of Diphenhydramine so a 60 pound dog could safely take 75mg-100mg.

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This was that night.

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This was the next day.

Maia has a bad habit of trying to catch flying insects out of the air so I suspect she may have angered a Yellow Jacket with the way she swelled up. I checked inside her mouth for any signs of being stung but the only thing I found were the small hard lumps on top of her head. I only have these photos of her, don’t know why I didn’t think to take more…oh yea I was to worried about her to be thinking about pictures Winking smile I was thankful she showed signs of improvement pretty quickly and is back to normal now.

I thought I would share a few photos from the trip last Thursday, most of them were taken through the dirty windows of my brothers truck so don’t mind the spots, going 50-70 mph Open-mouthed smile

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This was Maia’s position most of the trip.

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Finally crossing the bridge to Kentucky.

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I bet I took a dozen pictures of this building before I finally got this half way decent shot. Going that fast every time I would shoot a tree, another building or a bridge truss would be in the way.

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We got off the freeway here to find a place to use the restroom and air Maia. There was quite a stretch of tourist attractions, caves, shops and this place. Next year we are going to try to leave a couple days sooner so we can check this place out with the kids.

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Leaving Tennessee.

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A barge we saw on the way home.

I thought when the kids went home I would get some more free time…NOT! I don’t know where all the time goes but I do not have enough of it. I am falling way behind again on getting to everyone’s blogs and commenting. Hoping this weekend I will have some free time to sit down and do some reading.

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