Thursday, 31 January 2019
After his walk he settled well, but my mistake was to put the kong on top of the cupboard instead of back in the van. Around 7pm he decided he wanted it ...I said no! The kong is only for walks. It's perfect for keeping him from ragging and grabbing at Kaiah. It's very precious to him so it works a treat .. but he's not having it around the house as it would then loose it's value to him and also he swings it round by the rope making it a danger to all, including the fish tank! I gave him his blue chuckit ball, his usual household favourite toy .. he didn't want it! Ross has never easily accepted "No you can't" very well and I could see him staring up at the kong on top of cupboard and considering his next move. So then it was "Get your paws off the cupboard Ross!" By now he was also objecting vocally, and we all know he likes the sound of his own voice, but I was as determined as he was, he was not having it.
After about 30 mins of his winging, pacing and staring I threw him out .. Kaiah went too .. of course. I moved the kong to a different spot and called them in, they didn't want to come in, there was snow to play in and ice to eat, I left them a short while but with the continued munching of ice I decided they had to come in. Kaiah settled, he looked up to the top of the cupboard ... Oh it wasn't there .. so he started whinging again and now he was really getting on everyone's nerves. I told him to "down" (as in lie down) he stared at me his eyes simply said "No!" He then thought he could get on the sofa ... but Sammi was there, so he tried to literally dig her off, I said "No" and pushed him off. Again I said "Down" and he said "No!" Well that was it .. I grabbed a lead made him sit and told him down, he didn't. I tried to push him into the down but with all his strength fighting against me I just couldn't physically make him do it. But with all the work that's gone into him, I can not, I will not let him win. As I tried again a concerned Kaiah came over, of course her perfect friend was not misbehaving, in her eyes he never would. Steve called her away and I managed to catch Ross off guard and tipped him over into the down. I held him in the down until he relaxed and stopped fighting and then I let him go. Unfortunately Sammi had got off the sofa so he got his "seat" but he did also settle and didn't get his kong.
|Photo taken now as I try and type!|
We've had three "fights" in 18 months, that's me and Ross, and last night due to his determination and physical strength I came the closest ever to loosing a battle with one of my dogs. I've said previously that Ross was not an easy puppy, but generally he has become the most loving and obedient of adults, but the defiance and determination is still there obviously. I have struggled with him at times but if truth be known it has only made the bond stronger, I absolutely adore him and I think him me. For sure these days on a walk he is more incline to be with me than running riot with Kaiah. I can't easily put into words how close we've become, he makes me smile everyday and I well up with love and pride for him, watch out the person who dares criticise him now! I guess the harder the battle the more rewarding the outcome.
Wednesday, 30 January 2019
The snow came, though again there wasn't that much which left us a little shocked to discover we couldn't get home at lunch time! Ah well it's not the first time and won't be the last that we've carried the shopping up those hills!
Bye Bye Car!
Tuesday, 29 January 2019
Sammi may not carry it as Ziva to Nico produced 50% S/C who carry the gene, 25% L/C and 25% S/C who did not carry the gene. Sammi did not produce any in her litter but Merlot does carry the gene ... so half the "J" litter may carry it, half may not .. one and a half puppies ..lol Oh bloody hell £45 to find out ... I'll do it!!!
Ross' new coat is starting to come through at last. It's 5 or 6 weeks till the dreaded Crufts so that should give him a decent amount of time to improve.
This photo was taken 3 weeks ago on the 8th of January
And this today, to be honest there's a long way to go, but I'll try and get another photo, say in 3 weeks to compare how he looks by then. To be honest as long as he's looking at his best by the April/May Champ shows then I'll be happy!
Despite a promising weather forecast this was all we got!
Hammering it down ..
Nico doesn't look amused but believe you me he loved it
My Lovely Ladies
The Young Guns
I know there where only 2 Young Guns - Andrew and George but maybe Kaiah can be Pepsi or Shirley today!
We then went on to talk about DM, she had siblings that where tested. One was clear, one was a carrier. To know where the gene had come from she then tested the mum, she was clear so it had to have come from the sire of the litter. (as I said this test is new so the older generations could not have been tested) That made me realise that of course having one sibling as a carrier did not mean all the litter would be carriers, it would depend on the genes the siblings had inherited from the parents. That's why genetics can be so complicated. I will not be testing Asha, she's 10 and a half and has no clinical signs of DM. Mind you neither does her sister. DM is a slow progressing condition with no pain involved, Asha's sister went suddenly lame and bless her she has been in a lot of pain.
|Nikki - Lledfegin Camri|
I now need some nice names beginning with "K." Nikki's registered name was Camri and in tribute to her I may use Kamri which means "Very pretty and cute with a little spicy attitude." Kamry is a variant form of the name Kamri. Variant forms share the origin and meaning of the name so a choice on spelling too. Sounds good to me! My God look at me it's only January and I'm making plans for the Autumn!
Monday, 28 January 2019
Ross is blessed to have amazing friends. Thank you so much to Csinos the Vizsla for putting her gundog skills to practice - Ross thinks you are ace.
Kaiah could have gone down there, she's agile and light on her feet ...
but I bet she couldn't arse. I'd never let Ross go, he's far too much of a clumsy teenage boy, guaranteed he'd break something!
Ross dropped it from the top, so I thought with more sensible dogs for company I'd see if I could get it from the bottom. He couldn't have dropped it in a worse place, it's about half way down. I decided from here it was a no go. Look at the trees in the top photo .. I'll zoom in
Can you see it? Zooming in more
This really is a great camera!
Ah well Ross will have to just be happy with his new Kong. I'll do mostly anything for my dogs, but not that! If I broke something there would be no more walks would there! .
Sunday, 27 January 2019
It was bloody cold in the biting strong wind today, but peaceful walks they were not to be. A typical Sunday the mountain was full of walkers, joggers and cyclists (Pushing their bikes as it was too windy to ride them .. and they had shorts on .. fecking idiots!!!) The shooting range was full and noisy and one of my parking spots had 6 cars in it! (there's usually only me and if I'm unlucky the odd other one .."odd" being the operative word!!) Still there was no hassle and we had a great time being blown about the mountain. Today was definitely the right clothes kind of day!
Just to prove I went out with them and didn't send them out on their own.
|Precious Asha still fighting fit|
This has confused me greatly as the DM test is new to us all and absolutely worth doing but I was under the impressions there where only three results possible, clear, carrier and affected. Clear and affected are self explanatory but that a carrier had one gene from one parent and is at low risk of developing the condition. Indeed a carrier can be bred from providing the partner has tested clear. This contradicts the results given to the bitches owner.
Last night I went on The KC site and found this ... "DM is a progressive disease of the spinal cord in older dogs. A recessive mutation that is linked with this disease has been identified. There is evidence that having two copies of this gene (one inherited from the mother and one from its father) is strongly associated with the development of DM. However, having two copies of the recessive mutant gene does not necessarily result in clinical disease and similarly an absence of the gene is not a guarantee that the condition will not occur.
• Two copies of the normal gene (“Clear”/ homozygous normal) – likely to be free of DM
• One copy of the mutant gene (“carrier”/ heterozygous) – low chance of developing the disease
• Two copies of the mutant gene (“affected”/homozygous affected) – high risk of developing DM"
That also confirms what I had been told but I looked further going onto Fitzpatrickreferrals page ..if you don't know who he is then shame on you .. lol
"Genetic testing is available through laboratories and breeding guidelines are available to identify dogs at risk of degenerative myelopathy. Test results identify dogs that are ‘clear’ i.e. the dog who is extremely unlikely to develop DM; those who are ‘carriers’ and are less likely to develop the disease and those who are ‘at risk’ of developing DM. It is important to understand this genetic test does NOT confirm degenerative myelopathy. In addition, some dogs that might be destined to develop the disease do not do so in their lifetime and pass away before getting degenerative myelopathy."
Here is a link to that page as it's well worth a read https://www.fitzpatrickreferrals.co.uk/neurology/canine-degenerative-myelopathy/?fbclid=IwAR2Wke7QFI-z0RYyZyvYCiWB1LRX8FggkT2bduPTJQPjnEmdxOYSH-jKd3A
|An Old Finlay showing weakness in his hindquarters|
The test is so new that Sammi was not tested for it ... and neither was Merlot. But being used regularly Merlot has now been tested and is clear, so theoretically Kaiah and her brothers should not be affected .. they can only be clear or carriers. Kaiah will be tested before I breed from her, If Kaiah is a carrier then she must be mated to a clear dog .. and Zalu, the dog on the top of my list for her has been tested and is clear. I think I will also test Ross as it will give me an idea for the future.
|Blade at the front - 1997|
I wish Asha sister all the luck in the world and hope the conservative pain management and hydrotherapy give her the quality of life she deserves in the Autumn of her years and I thank her owners from the bottom of my heart for loving her so much and doing the very best by her.
Edited to add - A post on this blog about Finlay on the 30th of July 2015 I wrote ... "As we suspected Finlay has CDRM, which is a pain free, but degenerative and paralyzing condition of the nerve endings of the spine. The condition progresses at different speeds in different dogs, sometimes taking years, sometimes months to cause any real difficulty. Sadly I have come across it before, and watched Blade loose his mobility with it over his twilight years. Anyway Vet Jill stressed that we must carry on with the walking, she said do what your doing and then do a little more! Stopping is the worse thing you can do for CDRM, though the progression of the condition can not be stopped, it can be slowed down. Thankfully everything else is in good working order for his age so now we plod on and enjoy every day that we share together!"
It was only 13 months later that we lost a 13 year old Finlay - and though the condition was progressing as I said we lost him to an unrelated condition.
Saturday, 26 January 2019
If the weather forecast is accurate then tomorrow it will be too windy to walk so we made the most of our morning today. Yes we had a bit of horizontal drizzle which affected some photos, but generally we had a great time. Lots of people heading towards Talysarn lake, not a soul on the footpath by the river or in Cwm Dulyn. Happy Days
And Some More Photos Of Everyone
My favourite photo of the day - love Ziva's expression
The girls on the track following the river from Talysarn towards Penygroes
Jezi and Nico on the path back from Tanyrallt to Talysarn
Cwm Dulyn with The Young Guns
Friday, 25 January 2019
A very very precious Kong was dropped down a thirty foot drop today. It looks less steep than it actually is and there was no way I could get to it from the top or the bottom. Ross considered going down himself, but thankfully he doesn't like drops so he didn't go. I swear he looked heartbroken ... He doesn't ask a lot in life but a Kong is a priority .. I came home and instantly ordered him another ...
Bye Bye Kong
Bye Bye Ross ..
My poor boy didn't want to leave without his Kong, but there was nothing I could do.