Well, I bit the bullet and entered Jill in the Southhaven shows (Memphis). I think she has finally grown enough hair back to try to get the last 2 points. I have decided to not enter Atlanta the weekend after. Southaven is a smaller show and I always enjoy Memphis. I've missed showing and this will be my last chance to get Jill finished before Kate's litter arrives.
It's day 27 and I do believe I detect a slight baby bump! What do y'all think? As you can see by the look on her face poor Kate is still having bouts of morning sickness. If she is true to form, this will pass in anotherweek or so and she will be back to her bossy little self.
Spike is home and seems no worse for the wear, despite having a nasty looking hole on his right hock. Our wonderful Vet had trouble closing the hole and had to add some wire mesh to make up for missing skin. The best thing is - no cancer! Our Vet sent the wart off just to be sure, but he is 99% sure it was not cancer. Spike has been through the wringer today, all his shots, removal of the big wart and another smaller wart on his muzzle, teeth cleaned and he got what my Vet calls "a show cut" on his nails. I will not have to dremel his nails for weeks! He is doing amazingly well and, no e-collar for now...... thanks for all the well wishes. Funny how the silly, obsessive dogs worm they way into your heart. We never intended to get Spike. Our crazy neighbors had several Pit Bulls. One day the cutest little white puppy with blue merle spots just appeared at their home. It became apparent to us pretty fast, he was being raised for bait. Spike, despite his treatment, always ran to the fence for us to pet. The final straw came when he got hit by a car and they refused to take him to the vet. This threw me into what I call "probation officer mode". I headed next door and told them what I thought. An hour later they brought Spike to us and he hasn't left my side since. That was over 8 years ago and I still get furious when I talk about it!
Hi guys, here is a new Cardi Blog to follow - Everything Counts - http://twiggyr.blogspot.com/ Debra and her family got their puppy from us and boy is a corker. Lyberty's the Buck Stops Here (Truman) now called Mugen is from our presidential litter. This is the litter where our Bitch (Star) got an e-coli infection and her milk went bad. We lost half the litter and the surviving pups were raised by a pointer! The pointer milk did Mugen good and he is on his way to being an agility dog! Check out the video from his recent agility class on her blog.
I dropped Spike off early this morning for his surgery. True to form, he has licked and chewed on his bump until it is raw and bleeding. I am glad that it will be removed today. Although the thumb size bump is classified as a wart there is always a chance it may be cancer. I am a little worried since it tripled in size in a matter of weeks. My dear old Spike, you're just an old mixed breed mutt, but I do love you so....Keep your paws crossed.
Poor Spike has to have surgery on Friday. We inherited our crazy Jack Russell/Blue heeler mix from an abusive home about 9 years ago. To say he is an obsessive compulsive dog would be an understatement. He is a sweet boy who is totally and completely devoted to me. Whenever Spike gets a boo boo, he will not leave it alone. He has been known to chew a hole in his rear when his skin allergies are acting up. He has developed a huge wart (about the size of my thumb) on the back of his left hock and WILL NOT stop licking, chewing, gnawing, etc.....on it. As a result it has become quite inflamed. So...it is coming off on Friday. As an added bonus, his teeth will be cleaned and the Vet will clip his nails as short as he can while he is asleep. Until then, it's the E-collar for him (and I am sure for a few days after surgery). Poor thing - he looks so pitiful with it on.
A few days ago I posed this question to Kate - Are there babies growing in there? Well, Today I think she gave us a hint. Early this morning Kate started throwing up. We grew concerned when she started vomiting thick, foamy stuff so off to the vet we went. He ruled out bloat (whew) and determined the most likely diagnosis was morning sickness! Poor baby.... I know it's only been 10 days, but I think she answered my question. Of course, this is not a definite indicator so we will keep our paws crossed a while longer.
Oh boy, we get Kate bred and out of season - and in goes Jill. Wonder how long it will take Star to come in....they like to be in season together. Poor Lego......guess he will be a raving, hormonal, idiot for a few more weeks.
Janet S. and I are heading to Jeri's house tomorrow for a puppy fix. On our way, we are making a stop in Lynchburg, TN for a much anticipated lunch at Miss Mary BoBo's. This eatery is located in the original Miss Mary Bobo's Boarding house where Jack Daniels, himself, ate many a meal.
http://www.jackdaniels.co.uk/tennesseetable/boarding.htm The meals are distinctly southern and served family style, just like Miss Mary did when she was still with us. Oh and did I mention that at least one dish will be made with Jack Daniels...mmmmmmm. We will be "as full as ticks" when we leave and totally worthless for the rest of the day. Good day for snuggling puppies!
Tick Tock, Tick Tock, oh the waiting - Is she or isn't she? I look into Kate's soft brown eyes every morning and ask her - you got babies growing in there, girlfriend? She just stares back at me intently with eyes that say - I'm not telling - you just have to wait....the little stinker (GRIN).
It is sad when heroes fall. It appears that Steve McNair's death was a murder/suicide. McNair (age 36) was found sitting on the couch with multiple gunshot wounds to his body and head. His 20 year old "girlfriend" was found on the floor in front of him, with a single gunshot wound to her head. The gun was found beside her body. How sad - His image as a great football player, philanthropist and family man will be forever tarnished. McNair exhibited such strength and dignity on the playing field and he now he will be remembered for his tragic death while cheating on his wife. I feel so sorry for his wife and sons and for the family of this young lady.
It is truly a sad day for Titan's football fans and for Tennessee. Former quarterback Steve McNair was found shot to death at around 1:30 pm. The investigation is in full throttle so no further details are known. I was not a football fan until my husband and I bought season tickets to the Titan's when they came to Nashville, TN. That first year was so exciting as the team went undefeated at home and on to the Superbowl. The team was awesome with Steve McNair as the leader. Even after McNair left the Titans for the Ravens and then retirement, he kept a home in Nashville. He was know for his philanthropic work in the community and his free football camps with kids. McNair was 36 years old and left a wife and several kids. What a sad day.
The deed is done - Lots of active little swimmers! Now the waiting begins.... Shirley and I realized that Kate was bred on Shirley's birthday and day 63 will be my Birthday - too funny - It would be cool if it happens that way. Do I sense a Birthday theme......better not get the cart before the horse...... too soon to think of that!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO SHIRLEY HOBBS! Shirley is my other mentor in the breed. Sue took me to Shirley to get my foundation bitch. I chose 6 mth. old Kate and fell in love with 8 week old Lego. Shirley graciously let me have both. I am so lucky to have these dogs and the wonderful Grangefield line as my foundation. Shirley never tires of my breeding questions and is a wealth of information. I love to go stay at her lovey home in Maryland and pour over the handbooks she has (dating back to the 60's).