You know sometimes you post about something and you need an update but it doesn’t warrant a whole blog. Or sometimes someone made a comment that really resonated with you. Yup, Follow-Up Friday baby!
Thunder had his recheck with the vet yesterday and he came home with his cast. The vet wanted to leave it on one more week if possible. His reasoning is that Thunder is a big active dog and he would like to get the maximum benefit from the cast. We have instructions that if it starts to have a bad odor or if he is trying to bother with it a lot we should bring him in and have it removed sooner.
Once the cast comes off, Thunder will need two weeks rest so that his leg stretches out gradually. This means taking him out on lead and not letting him jump around. Good luck with the no jumping part.
Misty Shores Chesapeakes wanted to know if it was cartilage rather than a nail growing out from where Freighter’s dewclaw was removed. Yes, basically that is what it is.
Here is what it looks like:
As you can see, it is quite small. We trimmed the “nail”. If Freighter was not going to be out working in brush all of the time, we might not have bothered with it. The vet felt a little bit of bone when he examined the area so that is why we are having the orthopedic vet deal with it. Probably the original vet did not get it totally off the first time. It happens. Freighter will have a couple of stitches and should be good to go in a couple of weeks. His breeder has offered to take care of this for us and we are very grateful to her.
Many commented on Freighter’s taste for pine needles and whether they get stuck in his throat. He tries to chew them, but occasionally they do get a bit stuck. Of course if I see him munching, I reach in and grab them out. We discourage the eating of pine needles, and grass, especially long blades of grass which also get stuck. Storm is queen of long-blades-of-grass eating.
Bassetmomma commented on the Storm and Freighter’s recall.
When they are heading off on the opposite direction, you hope they have a decent recall.
We work on recall all of the time. They also wear e-collars just in case they decide that what ever they are chasing is more important than coming back when called. We have two e-collars that work off of one controller. If we had three dogs out, Thunder would probably be the one to go without an e-collar because he usually doesn’t need a reminder to come when called.
The dogs’ good recall came in very handy during our walk because just after I took those pictures, we noticed that the neighbor had his German Shepard out. That dog does not have a good recall and does not listen. Sure enough, the unfriendly GSD charged onto the road, but luckily we had already called the dogs. We quickly leashed them and turned around. No e-collar correction needed.
The secret is that I had my husband help and he was standing behind me with cookies. Brown dawgs love cookies, but sometimes they cannot control the drool and it becomes part of the photo.
This weekend is our Chessie Club’s annual duck hunting tournament. It is a great way to get members and their dogs out doing what the dogs were bred to do. The rules are simple:
You can hunt anywhere in Bay, Saginaw, Tuscola, or Huron Counties.
You can use any legal method of taking waterfowl.
Party size can be of any number but there must be at least one club member
in the hunting party.
This is a Tournament, so he with the mostest wins!! Actually, you must
follow the limit rules set by the DNR in the 2012 Waterfowl Hunting
That’s it for the rules of the tournament. If you are going to hunt, to
be legal you are going to need all of your licenses, which are the Federal
Waterfowl Stamp, Michigan Small Game License, and Michigan Waterfowl
Good luck to all hunting and be safe!
I am holding down the fort with Thunder and Storm as Freighter was tapped for this weekend’s hunt. I realize that I forgot to
nag remind my husband to get pictures, so I hope he does.
Have a good weekend!