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Saturday, May 30, 2015

It's been a long time

And many years down the road with Honey. We went through two TPLOs, the second one about five years after the first one I chronicled. We adopted in another dog we loved who also needed two TPLOs and then ended up with nose cancer. He almost bankrupted us and we lost him way too soon.
We've seen things get drastically better for pit bulls - people's attitudes seem to be so much more positive. I think it started with the Vick pits and it's really wonderful. That said, we tried to find a home or a rescue for a neighbor's pit and all of the rescues are packed to the gills with pits. DO NOT BUY A PIT FROM SOME IRRESPONSIBLE "BREEDER"! There are puppies, young pits, senior pits - all kinds and colors available at wonderful rescues everywhere.

I swear - half of the human race is constantly cleaning up after the other half - in this case the greedy backyard breeders of pits who are in it for the money and should not be supported. Pits have large litters and shelters are still overrun with them (Chihuahuas, too).  What do you think happens to the puppies these neighborhood people think they will breed for money? The answer is, you don't want to know. Sorry, Yes, it is better for pits but there still is a LONG way to go. If pits were more difficult to find, people wouldn't treat them like garbage.

But, I am not starting to write to get up on a soapbox. I wanted to write because Honey is now going through a lot and I don't know how much longer I will have her and she is dealing with some things I can't find enough information on.

She gets mast cyst tumors, she leaks urine so is inclined toward bladder infections and now, the latest, and the hardest on her: she has serious arthritis. The worst is her right hip which is so misshapen, it doesn't sit in the socket anymore. (I'm going to try and put up her x-rays here - I'll have to get them). Her back disks are also bad and she has arthritis in her elbows and I'm starting to wonder about her wrists.

She is always such a stoic girl, I didn't take her minor aches and pains seriously but, she woke up two weeks ago around 3 in the morning moaning and it broke my heart. I took her in to emergency and they thought it was her stomach. I took her to my local vet and she was going to xray her stomach but...I just knew, so I took her back to her ortho-surgeon, Dr. Schulman. He took xrays showing her stomach was fine but....he ran through the list of degenerative skeletal issues I mentioned above. we are and I'm trying to figure out the right things to do for her. I thought I would blog about her again and what I'm trying and what hopefully works. Honey turned "11" (since she's a found dog, it's a little shaky but seems to be about right) in April. I want her to enjoy her golden years.

Here is a picture of Honey from the middle of this month. She went on beach field trips every other month (it used to be weekly) but, I believe those trips are over.  I have the feeling this trip is what set off her most recent pain. :( She's a really good girl and trusts me to do right by her and that's what I'm going to try and do.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

I'm kind of bad at this now

You get out of the habit, and it's very hard to get back. And then, you see something you want to share....

I do want to share this encounter with a polar bear and a husky. It's kind of great.

The pictures are by a photographer - Norbert Rosing and his photos are just beautiful.

Saturday, August 11, 2007


Funny how some people have no idea how to treat dogs (see post about Michael Vick) and then there's others who show how wonderful a bond between mankind and the animal kingdom can be...

Now, these are my peeps :)

Jessica, the Hippo

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Dog Breeds

It's interesting how people get attached to different breeds of dogs. I suppose there are many reasons for it - some of them good, solid reasons (the right temperament for the owner, kid friendly), some of them - not so much (wanting the same dog as Paris Hilton, comes to mind).

I have a friend who loves Irish Wolfhounds - in fact, I have two friends who love Irish Wolfhounds but, right now I'm talking about MC who just got a puppy. A puppy that is 105 pounds at a little over six months old.This is a picture of Hudson at four months when he only weighed 53 pounds.

Because they are a rarer breed (unlike some, ahem, other dogs we could name if they weren't sitting next to us), MC drove a round trip total of 1200 miles - solo - to pick up a male pup. The breeder put the four male pups of the litter into an enclosed area and asked MC "If you were able to pick from these four, which one would it be?" She said they were all so cute...running around, playing with sticks, an old carpet, jumping on each other, chasing each other and then one stopped, turned around, looked her right in the eyes and she fell in love...and named him Hudson.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Michael Vick

I haven't written in so long - working full time, moved, non-profit work, writing a book, etc., but - Michael Vick has made me feel like I have to do what little I can to stand up for pits.

The best I can do right now is point you to some of the pit bull sites Honey and I like and see how they have been responding:

Smilin' Pit Bull Rescue ( has a page where they link to the Humane Society of the United States's petition against Vick, some very nice T-shirts and great photos throughout the site, as always (like the photo below).

Jigga and Venus (very cute pups!) mention some Cafe Press stuff you can buy to show your anti-Vick stance.

The Poodle and dog blog have a good Michael Vick cartoon (and lots of other weird, funny, unusual, interesting dog news.)

And, then, of course, this has also meant discovering a new site. KC Dog Blog has a great round-up of articles.

Monday, April 09, 2007

A lot going on but no time to blog

Right now so - some animal things people have sent me lately:

a cat with a bus route

a hamster eating broccoli

Pit Bulls being trained as Narcotic Search Dogs
I never thought about how the Police force imports dogs from Germany (at a lot of expense) to be drug search dogs and Law Dogs USA encourages them to use rescued pit bulls instead - very hopeful!

A couple of dog jokes that make me think I know what Honey's up to when I'm not around:

And finally, one of the latest PIN (pets in need) dogs on OSLF - the Orthodogs Silver Lining Foundation where I try to volunteer as often as possible.
This is the cutest Shar-Pei named Shiloh who had to have a leg amputated because of owner neglect. Sad but he was rescued and things are now looking bright for the sweet little pup and tripod dogs get around really well. This picture was sent after Shiloh receiving a boxful of dog goodies from the OSLF founders. Gotta love that face!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Canine Good Citizen

From the American Kennel Club

CGC is a certification program that is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community.

Test 1: Accepting a Friendly Stranger

This test demonstrates that the dog will allow a friendly stranger to approach it and speak to the handler in a natural, everyday situation. The evaluator and handler shake hands and exchange pleasantries. The dog must show no sign of resentment or shyness and must not break position or try to go to the evaluator.

Test 2: Sitting Politely for Petting

This test demonstrates that the dog will allow a friendly stranger to touch it while it is out with its handler. While the dog is sitting at the handler's side, the evaluator pets the dog on head and body only, then circles the dog and handler, completing the test. The dog must not show shyness or resentment.

Test 3: Appearance and Grooming

This practical test demonstrates that the dog will welcome being groomed and examined and will permit a stranger, such as a veterinarian, groomer or friend of the owner, to do so. It also demonstrates the owner's care, concern and responsibility. The evaluator inspects the dog, then combs or brushes the dog and lightly examines the ears and each front foot.

Test 4: Out for a Walk (Walking on a loose leash)

This test demonstrates that the handler is in control of the dog. The dog may be on either side of the handler, whichever the handler prefers. There must be a left turn, a right turn and an about turn, with at least one stop in between and another at the end. The dog need not be perfectly aligned with the handler and need not sit when the handler stops.

Test 5: Walking Through a Crowd

This test demonstrates that the dog can move about politely in pedestrian traffic and is under control in public places. The dog and handler walk around and pass close to several people (at least three). The dog may show some interest in the strangers, without appearing over exuberant, shy or resentful. The handler may talk to the dog and encourage or praise the dog throughout the test. The dog should not be straining at the leash.

Test 6: Sit and Down on Command/Staying in Place

This test demonstrates that the dog has training, will respond to the handler's command to sit and down and will remain in place commanded by the handler (sit or down position, whichever the handler prefers). The handler may take a reasonable amount of time and use more than one command to make the dog sit and then down. When instructed by the evaluator, the handler tells the dog to stay and walks forward the length of a 20-foot line. The dog must remain in place, but may change positions.

Test 7: Coming When Called

This test demonstrates that the dog will come when called by the handler. The Handler will walk 10 feet from the dog, turn to face the dog, and will call the dog. The handler may use body language and encouragement to get the dog to come. handlers may choose to tell dogs to "stay" or "wait" or they may simply walk away, giving no instructions to the dog as the evaluator provides mild distractions (e.g. petting).

Test 8: Reaction to Another Dog

This test demonstrates that the dog can behave politely around other dogs. Two handlers and their dogs approach each other from a distance of about 10 yards, stop, shake hands and exchange pleasantries, and continue on for about 5 yards. The dogs should show no more than a casual interest in each other.

Test 9: Reactions to Distractions

This test demonstrates that the dog is confident at all times when faced with common distracting situations, such as the dropping of a large book or a jogger running in front of the dog. The dog may express a natural interest and curiosity and may appear slightly startled, but should not panic, try to run away, show aggressiveness or bark.
(To test this, a woman walked up to Honey who was lying down and abruptly opened an umbrella in her face. Honey literally did a back flip and came up with a very startled look on her face like "what was THAT?"- then she went over and sniffed it so she passed this with flying colors after everyone stopped laughing. I wish I had had it on tape...)

Test 10: Supervised Separation

This test demonstrates that a dog can be left alone, if necessary, and will maintain its training and good manners. Evaluators are encourage to say something like, "Would you like me to watch your dog?" and a person will hold the leash of the dog. The dog will be held for three minutes and does not have to stay in position, but should not continually bark, whine, howl, pace unnecessarily or show anything other than mild agitation or nervousness.

Honey - Canine Good Citizen/March 2007 :)