Sunday, August 18, 2019

BONNIE NEWS

Coffee time almost over this morning, dogs are being good. So a few minutes to write before they decide that it is time for breakfast. I don't dare say that word or they will all be up and telling me that it is time. No way would they even think about missing a meal.
Bonnie's appointment at the Chiropractor went very well. It turns out that her right shoulder and right side of her neck are tight and probably due to an injury. They do play rough and as a young pup I do remember Topaz knocking her over in the kitchen. She seemed fine at the time though she did cry out. The vet did some manipulations and then acupuncture. It was really amazing to see Bonnie with all the little needles and totally relaxed. They stayed in about four or five minutes. I also have an exercise for her neck. It is really amazing that she looks much better, her head is barely tilting. We go back next week for another session and I hope that will be it for her. The neck exercise seems to be working. I have never taken a dog for acupuncture before but it is amazing how it works. It corrects what is not working and slows down what is going to fast. She compensated by tilting her head left and the vet said now it is partially a learned behavior. The right side has weakened and we are working to make it stronger.
I am so thankful that Bonnie's problem is not something so serious as a central nervous system disease.  Sometimes it does pay to look into alternative methods. Dogs are so stoic and often do not show any signs of pain when it may be there. I have found that Shelties are very stoic and handle things so well. So get to know your dogs really well, know the expression in their eyes. Their eyes can tell you so much. It is easy to really get to know your dog and will help you to determine if they hurt or not. 
I am so pleased that Bonnie will be well, although she acts perfectly normal and happy.
They are being so good this morning and have not asked for breakfast yet. So all for now, as I really to need to feed them and get this day going.
BONNIE

Monday, August 12, 2019

WRITERS BLOCK OR WHAT

It seems that I am having a little trouble deciding on what to write. Sometimes the words just flow. I have been worried about my knee but finally had the Orthopedic appointment today. I could have a torn meniscus or just muscle sprain. We decided to just go with the shot for now and if it is muscle or a little arthritis it should be a huge help. I would have to have an MRI to see if the meniscus is torn. I have a bunch of exercises to do at home. This is such a relief. If I had to have surgery it would take a lot of planning because I would be on crutches for a week and that will not work with the dogs. I could just see them trying to attack the crutches. I can't even poop scoop without some of them attacking the scooper. It is the movement of the tool and their herding instinct. 
Sammy is very happy with Kathleen and there is no more competition between the boys. Which makes for a little more peace in the house. Topaz is doing well with her class. She seems to enjoy the training. She loves learning. She is an easy girl to work with. For quite awhile she has not wanted to go into her crate at night. Now she listens and goes right in for me, of course there is a cookie involved, but there was a cookie before.She loves the attention. 
The weather this weekend was perfect and I spent a lot of time playing with the dogs. Some of them will chase a ball as long as you want to throw it. Walter is one of those, it is such good exercise for him. Topaz will go for the ball but once she has it she wants to peel the cover off of it. She has had destroyed so many tennis balls. I guess for her birthday in November I will buy her a bag of tennis balls and try to keep them intact.
Bonnie goes to the Chiropractor on Thursday and I am hopeful for good results. Her head tilt definitely has improved some. It will be interesting to see what an adjustment might do for her.
I would love to be able to see her train for herding, her instinct is so strong. If the winters were not so harsh here I would get some sheep but I really don't want to go out in sub zero temperatures, to feed and water sheep. I did that years ago and I loved having them. Just don't want the work now. It is so neat to train a dog that truly has the instinct to herd. Maybe I will find her a class. All for now!
BONNIE

Sunday, August 4, 2019

A HARD DECISION

I have not written in a few days as I had some serious thinking to do.I have had Sammy here for a little more than six months and I could not get him house trained. He and Walter would come in and it seemed like a male competition. Walter has always been the number one boy and was having a hard time dealing with another intact boy.When Sammy first came we had a few scuffles, nothing serious but they did not like each other. After a couple of months this died down and they got along, or so I thought. Sammy had not been trained as a pup and that makes a big difference. I have been raising Shelties for 40 years and I was beating myself up as I thought with all the years with the dogs I certainly could house train one 20 month old boy. I did not need the stress and Walter was starting to mark and he definitely knows better, he had been house trained since he was a baby. I was so torn. Many times I decided to take him back to his breeder and then would change my mind and try again. I was getting frustrated. And I was concerned about Walter regressing with the male competition. So a week ago I made the decision to take him back. My friend was very gracious and wanted to take him back. He will be used for breeding and maybe he will be shown. He was happy to see Kathleen and that really made me feel good. He will be well cared for and used for breeding.Now Walter and I can relax. Walter has not marked once since Sammy left. I was so pleased, he had not forgotten his early training.When I am more relaxed the dogs sense it and they are more relaxed too. It broke my heart to take him back, but seeing how Walter is behaving and with my frustration gone it was the right thing to do. I will see Sammy from time to time when I visit my friend. There are times when no matter what you try things just don't work and it is best for the dog to make changes where he will be happier. Every time a dog leaves a piece of my heart goes with him or her.I don't let my dogs go lightly, but when a new person or home will give them better than I can then it is only fair for the dog to be happy.
I believe things are under control now and every one is happy and doing well.
Topaz did really well with her first obedience class, she is so smart and very tuned in. I really enjoy working with her. Maybe some day she will get to an obedience trial.
SAMMY