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What’s That Smell? April 21, 2010

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That was the question we asked of our friends this past Friday night, we knew the answer but were in a strange sort of denial.  Our little white Boxer crawled and ran at the same time into the carport, she was sort of whimpering but was still able to jump on the door handle to open it.  We were all certain as Pepsi passed by that she had indeed been sprayed by a skunk…..

We laughed.  What else can you do?

Later that night I dug into my dwindling assortment of dog supplies.  Eventually I grabbed a spray bottle containing all natural green tea and mint waterless pet shampoo.  This job required water no matter what the bottle claimed.

Pepsi is only about 60 lbs. so I easily tossed her in the shower with me.  The rancid skunk fumes were overwhelming in the confined space of the shower.  I pointed the shower head directly at her because her head was down and her ears were protecting themselves.  Not a good idea at all to spray water into a dogs ears.

I had my doubts about this shampoo but Pepsi enjoyed the motions I made with my hands on her body so I continued and soon there was a nice lather.  Worked like a charm.

A week ago this past Sunday Molson left town for his responsibly planned date.  Wink wink, nudge nudge.  We’ve all been missing him terribly.  Tonight we got him back.  When he first saw us he just ran in circles looking like a mechanical carousel horse.  By the time Andy, Bec, Molson, and myself were confined in the space of our vehicle we were all certain that he enjoyed his roll in the hay, so to speak.  I didn’t even want to consider the original source of the various ‘stains’ on his body!

This was also a job big enough to need water but I am not physically able to toss him in the shower.  Nearly out of the other shampoo so I dug up some pure tea tree oil and diluted it in a bucket of warm water.  We went outside.  I put a dish towel into the bucket and placed the dripping towel onto his back first and gently rubbed his body, rinsing the towel often.  Of course he was dripping wet so I took a shedding tool and removed the excess water while cleaning his sleek coat on an even deeper level.  I say this because it stimulates the skin which promotes the secretion – I think that’s the right word- of natural oils.  Then I rubbed him vigorously with a towel.  Worked like a charm.

Surely there will be more offensive smells in the future but for now all unwanted odors have been dealt with.

 

Just Another Adventure January 25, 2010

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On Saturday, January 23, I drove my daughter to join her Dad and the others for baseball practice. It was a perfect opportunity to get the boys out. Upon our arrival we were greeted by the other ‘baseball dogs’. It was beautiful to see such a variety of dog breeds having so much fun together. That day there was: My two Great Danes, a Bishon x Multipoo, a Timberwolf x Malimute, a Mexican rescue dog, and eventually a Border Collie. At one point somebody came biking up from the river with a German Shepard trotting happily beside him. Torque and Molson spotted this new dog and loped over to him to say :)Hello:) The poor fellow on the bike was alarmed at first, either at the dogs or at people playing BASEBALL in January!

 

Quick Update: November 11, 2009

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Molson’s seed has been spread! Around Christmas Sadie, the bitch, will be giving birth to what I hope will be a stellar litter. She is a large black dane and Molson is a large harlequin so I think the pups will be nicely colored but I have learned to expect only the unexpected when it comes to breeding animals. This breeding happened for the main reason of securing a healthier, longer life for the resulting pups and their offspring. Great Danes are a beautiful breed of dog and should only be bred under controlled circumstances.

 

More Adventures October 26, 2009

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Late this morning I took Molson, Torque and Pepsi out for a reasonably familiar walk, or so we all thought. About five minutes into the walk I started leading the dogs along a route different from our usual. Where is Mom taking us? Maybe to play? Maybe new friends? Surely something great!! The dogs were prancing with anticipation.
I was taking them to meet and play with a new friend, a female Great Dane named Sky. Sky, in earlier times, had been attacked by two large dogs so I thought it might be nice for her to meet my two, and I say this proudly, Gentlemen.
Sky and Molson ran laps around the back yard at speeds typically reserved for cheetahs and when they tired, Torque would nuzzle his muzzle against her glimmering black exterior. She would return the favor.
Pepsi was just happy to be out, paying no heed to the other massive dogs, she ran aimlessly.
Following their playtime, we all went into the kitchen of the home where Sky lives. Her Mom asked me if she could hand my dogs treats at which point I chuckled and said, you can try. They don’t usually take treats from strangers. All four dogs sat patiently as the healthy treats were doled out one at a time. Each of them took a treat, chewed it up, and then they all rotated to the right and cleaned up the crumbs from the previous dog. It was a perfect outing and so we are planning to get together more often.

 

Homemade Dog Food October 24, 2009

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When I want to make my dog food a little more nutritious and also to change things up a bit, I like to create my own concoctions.

I picked up a big bag of long grain rice and about once a week I buy packages of three or four beef soup bones from the grocery store. I boil the bones for about 10 – 15 min., creating a nice beef broth and softening the marrow within the bones. The bones come out at that point and are set aside to cool. In the broth, still boiling, I pour about 4 cups of rice and cover. At this point the bones have cooled enough to let the dogs have as an appetizer. Once most of the broth has been absorbed by the rice I remove it from the heat to cool. At this point I either add kibble to the rice mixture or I add the rice to fresh kibble so it doesn’t sit in the moisture and become soggy.

 

Character Development October 23, 2009

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TORQUE:

An intact male Great Dane, he is mostly white with dapples of black scattered unevenly over his body – this coloring is known as harlequin. He is tall and sleek with cropped ears. Not really energetic unless his leash is involved and even when we’re out on a walk he will shy away from any vehicle that is loud. He lives a pretty cushy life with his brother and sister in our small home. While many people come and go from our home the only time he gets upset is when there is a confrontation between people.

 

More about The Meeting of The Danes September 28, 2009

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When Molson first saw the beautiful  female Great Dane dog he assumed the play position with his front legs outstretched.  Molson pranced around and sniffed at her.  The female soon started  backing into him and eventually was mounted properly, locking for about 20 minutes.  //later//I snapped the leash back on Molson’s collar while preparing to leave, once fastened I merely draped the leash over my fingers.  Suddenly the bitch came between my dog’s neck and my hand with her mouth open.  She snatched the leash from my hand but Molson dug in his heels, so to speak, when she tried to lead him away.  Finally the younger, more tenacious  Great Dane would have her way and Molson would follow.