Saturday, 21 October 2017

Tali's Not Well

This morning, probably for the first time ever Tali has not eaten her breakfast. I had commented to friends last week that she looked a little bloated, but she was OK. We discussed it at club on Thursday and I asked people if they'd noticed in the photo I published on Facebook mid week? No one had. So after coming home I double checked and she felt Ok really, as she did yesterday ... but today she is definitely bloated and quite flat in herself. She was also drinking a lot first thing as she did one day earlier in the week, but that has stopped now and she's sleeping. I replaced her breakfast with a piece of fish which she ate, so at least she's had her medication for the morning.
All I can hope is that this is part of her IBS and that maybe she's got trapped wind which is giving her stomach cramps. I have some Omeprazole and some Zitac, but I'm not sure which if any are what she needs so I'm wary of giving them to her. I guess the next step is to do some googling and then see if she'll eat at lunch time and if she is less distended by then.
I really hate it when my dogs are getting old, or as the case may be are old!

Dog Show Day

Sadly for WNC Canine Society everything has been going wrong. The show originally in May in Eirias Park had to be cancelled. It was rescheduled for today in Mona showground. It's bloody cold there but it's one of the best venues for the dogs with a concrete non slip floor, so of course we were going! But in the middle of this week the show organisers were informed that the venue had been double booked, that gave days to reorganise and they stated "cancelling was not an option!" As this was the showgrounds fault at their cost 4 marquees were ordered and put up ready for the show to go ahead, but with the weather forecast most of us felt a show in a tent, be it a posh tent, was not safe or sensible!
Like many other exhibitors I was prepared and got up this morning to make a last minute decision on whether to travel to Anglesey or not. I contacted a friend on the island who told me it was dark, raining and very windy, I then contacted another (Incase the first one was lying..haha) who told me it was really windy with strong gusts. I contacted Ian to discuss what we were going to do, I just couldn't decide. I so wanted to go, but living here has taught me to both fear and respect the powerful destruction of the wind. Steve was saying nothing, but had made his feelings clear last night, not only was he concerned about the marquees but also about us crossing the bridge and whether it would be closed during the day as it had been on Monday. Just as we were about to come to a decision a post came up on the societies Facebook page ..."Today's show is cancelled due to high winds and the marquee is insecure, the marquee people have not come back to fix it, roof is off and poles are out of ground."
For the safety of all definitely the right decision but I do think the showground have let the society down badly and should allow them to reorganise the show as soon as possible without any costs to pay! Flying pig time maybe?

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Grammar Correction .. Not!

I have been told that I should be writing Ross's and not Ross' when writing the possessive form. Well I always wrote Louis' not Louis's. Anyway what you find on google is amazing ..

"Even if the name ends in “s,” it is still correct to add an “'s” to create the possessive form. It is also acceptable to add only an apostrophe to the end of singular nouns that end in “s” to make them possessive. In this case, that means Ross' would have the same meaning as Ross's.”

Acceptable, correct, I will continue to do it .. Stick that then!
Ross' tongue sticking out on a walk!!!! lol

Ross' Limp ...

.. or no limp as the case may be. At the moment I just can't tell. He's running round like a mad man with Kaiah. I guess I'll just have to wait for them to cool down before trying to assess the situation. I did go for metacam for him so he's also had that for 2 days, today will be the third day so a proper evaluation will really not be possible for about a week. I do think he's better, but you can still see that he's not right .. time will tell.
I am in contact with the owners of Teddy, the first sable pup I had interest in, and poor Teddy is suffering badly with panosteitis. Panosteitis or Pano is basically growing pains which affects the long bones of large breed dogs. It is extremely painful and often affects more than one leg at a time. It is said to be self limiting by 24 months but often pain killers, rest and a change of diet to a low protein diet are essential.
Blanik Billi-Lee - Lia
We have only experienced it once here, and that was with Lia about 20 years ago. It started in one front leg and then moved into one back leg. She was in so much pain that I almost cried with her. We did send her for Xrays, and lovely vet Jim who was there then spotted the signs of pano which appear as dark patches within the long bones.  Luckily for us and Lia it only affected her for a couple of months and by the time she was entering the show ring there was no signs of a limp.
A few people have asked if Ross has Pano, well no ... to start off with he was too young. Pano usually affects puppies over 5 months old, Ross was lame at 4 months. (a month is a long time in a puppy's growth) Also he has no pain in his long bones, the pain was without doubt in his right elbow. Growing pains do not affect joints. That does not mean he won't get it, the possibilities with his half brother having it are higher as it does tend to carry in families. The most important thing to remember with pano is, no matter how painful it is for the puppy at the time, treat the symptoms to make life more comfortable for them, because they will grow out of it with time it will go away.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Twelve Months To The Day


Back On Line

 Jezi and Nico modeling the view
 Ross, Sammi, Ziva and Asha
Poor Ziva a little squished
Kaiah, Loki and Tali
A little bit of tweaking for the walks today. I wanted Ross to have a run so I could see how his leg would be, but didn't want to chance him with the madness that is Loki and Kaiah. So he got out with the ladies, leg updates tomorrow. I took Tali with the madness, her walk is the same distances but it always takes us longer as she's busy, that in turn gave them more running time!

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Tali, Weather and Internet

Yesterday morning I got up to the strangest sounds, sights and smells. It was approaching 8am but so dark, I questioned my clock, I questioned that my eyes were reading it correctly, yep it really was 7.50am. I went to let Nico out, I could hear the wind before I opened the door and as I opened it the warm air that hit me was not something I was expecting. Then there was the smell, someone must have a fire going somewhere I thought. I went out and stood on the bench to look down towards Caernarfon, I fully expected to see smoke, there was none! It was later when I noticed the broadband was not working which lead to a frustratingly long but funny conversation with George in Bulgaria!!! I’m now writing this on Word hoping to copy and paste it into blog before the end of the day. Nothing like a bit of positive thinking is there? But of course Open Reach are now on the case so it may be a while!!!!
 Tali, well she was my reason for wanting to update really. She’s doing ok so far on the pills, 3 days on and 3 days off. The only cause for concern yesterday and today is the fact that she got into Ross’ cage yesterday morning and grabbed mouthfuls of puppy food. She so defiant and I had to drag her out. This morning she tried it again but I was waiting for her. Sadly she’s drinking a lot today and that usually happens before she get diarrhea. I’ll monitor her today and if I feel she needs a couple of days of extra pills then I’ll give them to her. (Today is day 3 of having them) What tends to happen is, unlike all the others Ross does not rush into his crate for his breakfast, and goes meandering about the place. As there is no breakfast for Tali she’s now looking for alternatives. Tali has to wait 30 mins for her breakfast as vivitonin has to be given a minimum of 30 mins before food. Tali does not agree with this delay!
I guess the storm is over for us now, the wind was horrendous late afternoon into early evening but they young dogs loved it and I had great difficulty in getting them to stay indoors.
 My god .. Open Reach have just been, the hub is knackered again, so now I’ll have to wait for another. I’ll just borrow Linda’s dongle to post this then ….

Sunday, 15 October 2017

All Out

Little Success

Yesterday the GSD entries were very poor in LLandudno with Loki standing alone in Open and Kaiah standing alone in graduate. Thankfully there was more competition from the other two classes, but BOB was not to be for Blanik yesterday. Unlike last weekend I have no problem at all about being beaten to BOB, to be beaten by a nice dog is never a problem. Well done to young Marco on his first BOB with puppy group 2 as well. Really chuffed for Jackie, the boy looked great.
The camera was in the bag and due to the excess crowding around the ring, it stayed there. Though I used the phone to take one photo of Ross resting his leg on Tracy's lap,  and of course we had to get a lovely photo of Marco and his proud owner to go on Facebook!

Friday, 13 October 2017

So who is Blanik Jeevana?

 Kaiah was the sweetest easiest bitch puppy ever, she has no hang ups about life and takes every day and every situation as it comes. There is no doubt Kaiah loves life, she bounces her way happily through every day, usually with a chuckit ball in her mouth. (Space hoppers are now banned) She is sweet, affectionate and cuddly but can be as determined and head strong as her great great granny Tali, (but thankfully with a greater need to be with me than Tali has.) On walks she has one of the best recalls I could ask for, and she never strays far from the pack.If Kaiah is not hiding ready to pounce on someone on a walk, her favourite game, then she's found something to climb .. the higher the better.
Kaiah loves her dog show days and can't contain her excitement in the mornings, screaming like a banshee and bouncing like a kangaroo till she gets in the van. (I blame her mother who's equally as excited about shows)  At the show she always gives of her all and has never let me down in or out of the ring. (though recently I considered maybe I have let her down) Kaiah loves her food, and from weaning it was obvious she was the greedy one of her litter, but I'll never forgive the nightmares she gave me when she swallowed a whole carrot to stop Kyle for getting a piece!
Ok I confess, at times she is probably the noisiest "Blanik" ever ... though Kai, Jay and Storm would have given her a run for her money, and we have had some terrible teenager moments recently.
I so look forward to watching my beautiful puppy blossom into the beautiful adult she will surely be ...

Happy First Birthday

Yes the old cliche .. where has the time gone?
Happy First Birthday to Sammi B's kids. Kyle, Jethro and Kaiah. Thank you for a wonderful if somewhat noisy year in and out of the ring little Kaiah .. looking forward to the future together.
The boys feeding and my soggy surprise package had just arrived.
Kaiah at the back
Jethro and Kyle

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Poor Ross

Sadly the anti inflammatory's are making Ross sick so I've had to take him off them. The vet says I have to give him a few days to get them out of his system before we can consider an alternative. Ross is still lame but keeping him quite is impossible. I try and give him long periods in the crate, but then when I let him out he's mental, so I feel that defeats the object. I've bought him some rawhide chews today with the hope that some chewing time will help over the next few days. The forecast is awful for tomorrow and I find him worse when he doesn't get to go out for a walk. The vet had said walk him, but don't let him run. Anyone who has been here on a wet and windy day will know how unpleasant it can be, but I guess I could go an find a woodland walk somewhere.
Anyway I now have till Monday to try and keep him calm before he can get more medication. I can deny that I'm worried about this, as is my nature of course.

Don't You Piss On My Parade

So this morning I woke up to a negative comment on my critiques online. Not negative about my dogs but about the breed's health in general. This is a person who has made inappropriate comments on my posts previously and I've just let it pass, but this time I was less forgiving. I've answered her on the post, as has the judge, then I've sent her a private message and unfriended her. There is no doubt she has valid points that need discussing, but maybe a post on healthy happy dogs is not the time or the place for her views!
This is what I sent ...
"S***** you've known me long enough to know that the breed is my life. Dog show people who occasionally breed do everything they can to ensure this breed is healthy. Hip scores, elbow scores and now through the support of "show people" they have found the gene that carries CDRM. All dogs bred by responsible breeders are tested for at least these three things, as well as PD. I know you dislike shows and show people but take on board that the majority of us have the health and welfare of this breed in the forefront of our lives. Further more if you think dog shows are no fun for dogs then I invite you here on a show morning to see the excitement from the dogs going and to feel the disappointment of those staying home."

Dog Show days - Not just about being exhibited 
Lots of fun too!

WKC Critiques

Over the moon with Kaiah and Loki's critiques from WKC - couldn't ask for better for my baby girl who was BPIB on the day - thanks to judge Di Stirling .. so maybe I'm not wearing rose tinted glasses after all!
Stanley's Lokean Of Blanik ShCM. 22 months and another excellent exhibit. Very good head good eye, excellent angles fore and aft, good overline and croup. Sound going a little close coming. Very good side gait but another who needed the bigger ring his handler had to keep catching him up to keep him balanced.
 Stanley's Blanik Jeevana. 10 months old, lovely young lady. So feminine. Lovely head, correct dentition. Good shoulder. Excellent topline and croup. Angles correct fore and aft. Very sound coming and going with a lovey light side gait. She was for me all I was looking for and a very good prospect. BPIB

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Vets And New Colorful Walk

 With Ross still limping a vet check was called for. Beth the vet gave him a thorough examination and discovered that there was pain in his right elbow. As best as she can tell without x rays the joint seems OK, so here's hoping he's knocked or pulled something. Rest and anti-inflammatory's have been prescribed, giving him the pills will be easy, convincing him not to charge around may be more difficult! She agreed that it was best to keep him walking daily, but not running. 
Who's going to tell him?
Ross was weighed to accurately determine the dose of anti -inflammatory's needed,
he was 21.40kg today.  
 On the way home we went to a new place for us to walk. Sharon had suggested it, and we loved it there. Kaiah couldn't help but play her favourite game, even though Ross was on the lead at the time! Can you see her?  The walk is called "Lon Goed" a well know walk in that area translated to "Tree's Lane," Or I guess a direct translation would be Tree's Road!
 Little Man had 5 mins off the lead as Kaiah had her turn on the lead.
If Kaiah is not hiding she's found something to climb .. and there she is on the left on top of slate mound! (Click on the photo to enlarge)
I did see two women walking collies today, both separately. I put the dogs on the lead as the first came towards me, she did the same. I moved to the side and as she past Kaiah barked. I kind of didn't want to stop her, I was in a secluded wood on my own and it made me feel a little safer really. The second woman drove in and parked as I got near my van. She let her dog out, so I called out. "Please can you give me a minute to just get these in the van?" She looked at me like I was a piece of shit and said, "Josie wouldn't want to come near 'them' anyway." I explained that Kaiah had been a little uncharacteristically gobby and I was just being careful. Again I got a stare of displeasure. I put mine in the van and she walked off. I watched as she walk up the tack and the other lady came towards her with the other collie. Neither called their dog back, neither put them on the lead, and within seconds a fight broke out between the collie, neither owner did anything other than stare at their fighting dogs. Had it been mine I'd have been in there sorting it out straight away. The fight stopped and both walked away. God what is it with people? Call your dogs back, put them on leads, give each other space, not all dogs get on. Keep your dogs safe! Though I have no evidence I'd blame the second lady, her attitude if nothing else was unsavory! 

Monday, 9 October 2017

If You Go Down To The Woods Today ..

..You'll find Kaiah climbing a log, or a rock, or a bank or anything she can find .. 
I had no camera with me, but couldn't resist taking a few shots with my phone. 
For Ross' safety I did two walks .. girls then boys.
Such a beautiful place, especially in Autumn 

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Just Jezi and Nico

 Didn't take the camera, but a super phone pic of these two.
Didn't take anymore pics was too busy putting the world to rights with Linda
On the way back down from my walk, 
I think I need to start charging for parking!

Kaiah Yesterday

Super pic taken by Tony, even with his super duper lens the pics are dark, but I love this one.
 Look at her go!

This Weeks Success And Disappointment

I decided not to take Loki to this years Autumn club match. His wins elsewhere have made him  ineligible for some events, but strangely not a small club match. Still I felt it unfair to take him and opted to just take young and old instead. I was delighted with the positive comments from the judge on Asha who was Best veteran, she said she could be 5 years younger. Wow. Baby Kaiah also shone by going Best puppy. Ross hobbled his was around in the puppy walk, no idea what he's done but he went well. A lovely evening and all the results are on the increasingly popular club page and blog. 

Yesterday was the last of the year for us, and with a bitch judge that would suit my girls I had high hopes for the day. The dog judge was an unknown quantity and I was not surprised that Loki was third out of four. Still could have been worse! The atmosphere in the morning was pretty flat, but it did improved as we relaxed and I think I at least forgot we were being watched by the KC who had one officers each side of the ring. The really know how to dampen a day!
Little Kaiah won her class, she hammered it round the ring and I must admit I struggled to keep up with her. I thought she did an amazing job but the minor puppy went on to beat Kaiah for Best Puppy In Show.  Sammi again missed out on that elusive stud book number by coming second in limit .. a first in limit is needed for the award. I was disappointed that Asha was last in a class of 5 veteran bitch. She stood well and moved well, I can only think that yet again her colour went against her.
Now the last time I wrote my thoughts down about judging at this show, a so called friend carried tales back to the owner of a dog I had mentioned in my post. My post was taken out of context and parts of it appeared on social media. Had it all been put there together it would have been balanced, but the second half was not added until later when I questioned it, and as it was previously it made me look like I was in the villain. Still that is water under the bridge .. but it makes me cautious so I'm making no reference to any class or challenge when I make the next remarks...
I'm usually very critical of my own, too critical some may say. I love them unconditionally, but I also
see the constructional faults, that is who I am. But yesterday I feel one of my animals was well and truly robbed of a higher award. I can't think of many more occasions when I've actually thought, "well this is in the bag!" How wrong I was, but I still have no idea why. My animal gave a faultless performance and in my opinion was constructionaly the better animal with the better movement. Honestly my heart sank, I can't say I've felt such disappointment in the show ring in years, I only just managed to keep my composure. Still serves me right for becoming complacent I guess! Really how can I complain I took 4 dogs to a breed Championship show and came away with a 1st, 2nd and 3rd!
Little Ross is still hobbling a little, but he had a great day. He was his usual vocal, cheeky self, and though he was third out of four in the puppy walk (which really should not have been judged) I was happy with how it all went. The judge who gave Nico his first at Crufts came over and said he was a cracking puppy, only the slight raise in his croup was distracting. Not sure what means as I can't see it myself, maybe just his tail set? Coat should improve that I guess? 
Due to the poor lighting in the hall the quality of the photos taken in the ring are really poor and most have been deleted. Still I managed to get one decent one of each to remember the day. The one of Ross was taken at the far side of the hall where the light was so much better. I guess a show society doesn't really need to think of such things as lighting for exhibitors with mediocre cameras to take pics .. shame! 

Thursday, 5 October 2017

All At Cwm Dulyn - Edit - Ooops No LLyn Cop!

 Nico and Jezi
 Tali, Sammi, Asha and Ziva in front
Loki and Kaiah
Ross has toddled off, but I don't blame him, 
getting Kaiah to behave was a full time job.
 Ross taking off on his first swim
 Someone moved the floor
Soggy sable