Thursday, April 30, 2009

My Little Hot Head

While working on Jake, the holistic vet took photos of Sneek's head while she was sitting pretty in the chair .

They are pretty darn cute . Love to get one on a t-shirt.
Her blue nose cracks me up!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Sneek Attack!!!!!!!

At the last minute, I decided to go to Course A Lure to watch a friends dogs run , see Jake's fellow flyball team mates, and visit with human friends . The rain had stopped, the sun was peaking thru, and my meds were kicking in. I changed out of my PJ's and jumped into the E. I decided to take Sneek with me. I really questioned if she would have any interest in CAL.

Does the below photo answer the " interest"question?

That is right folks; first time at Course A Lure and little PITA Sneek, won a gold medal for her fastest course time of 11.6. I couldn't flipping believe it! She took to the course like a fish takes to water. I was full of wonder and amazement watching her run. She just kept getting faster and faster...I have a feeling, Sneek is going to give Jake some stiff competition on the CAL field. I can't wait until the next CAL and the battle between Jake and Sneek for the fastest dog in the house!

Congrats on your very first award! I was full of pride and joy placing the ribbon around your neck. It was a special moment for me, Sneek; a very special moment for us.
love, the mom lady

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Iz Sore Mom!

Don't you wish your animals could verbally tell you when they are in pain? I guess in a way they can but they also tell you a lot about pain thru body language - but you need to be able to read your dogs body language to see they are. Something I am not very good at. But the longer you have your dog, the more attune you become to normal and abnormal.

Jake's right hind leg has been off. When we saw our holistic vet yesterday, I told her that. But it wasn't his right, it was his left rear leg. She said I probably thought it was his right because he was over compensating on his right rear for the left being sore. On the thermo scan, his left rear was very hot. She also said his left rear was extremely tight and sore . So, she did an adjustment and then we did some acupuncture - which Jake just about fell asleep during - lol. She suggested 48 hours of rest (no CAL for you Jake - sorry) and lots of stretching. So glad we were able to get him in prior to a month of flyball tournaments.

Sneek made her debut at the office. I wanted to get a reading on her and an adjustment, especially after all the wall turns we have been doing. The doc was very very smitten with Sneek; and Sneek smitten with the vet. It was so darn cute! Sneek was an angel sitting in the chair as Jake was adjusted. Watching Sneek, we both agreed she if very observant - and very good at problem solving. We also discussed what breeds she might be. We spoke about Sneek's known history; which concerned the vet as she assumed Sneek's muscle system would be very out of whack and the toxins that could be in her system. The doc ran the thermo and it was clean - normal spots were there but nothing out of the ordinary! We were both very happy. The vet did say that because of her muscle structure, especially the size of the muscles in her back legs, if she has a strain or a pull, it will be a doozie. We have to make sure she is warmed up, stretched, and cooled down to prevent that from happening. She also gave Sneek a high does of Nux Vomice to help rid her body of the toxins. By the end of the visit, she was sure that Sneek's body and ears were that of a Whippet and she may have some Staffshire Terrier or Boxer in there.

I am so grateful to have the opportunity and the funds to be able to take my dogs to this vet. In the long run, I believe the benefits they receive from the visit and the knowledge she shares with me, is well worth the drive to Park City and the money I spend. But, as you might of assumed, I would drive to the ends of the earth and sell everything I have to make sure they are healthy and happy....

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Event filled weekend

There are many dog events this weekend in the Salt Lake City Area.

So, if you are in SLC, here are the events!

APA All Breed Weight Pull in American Fork -Yep, it is here!
Friday and Saturday 4/24 and 4/25 click above to read specific information.
This is a very cool event and hosted by a new all breed weight pull club in Utah County. One of the guys putting on the show, is a visitor at my store. They are so nice! Here is a photo of his Rosie: They practice on Saturday at 1:00.So if you are interested, check out the weight pull event and get more practice info from them. Again, the guys that run this club are awesome and very responsible breeders. Their dogs all come from Championship lines, health tested and they follow the Breeders Code of Ethics
Agility Trial 4/25 and 4/26 at the South Jordan Equestrian Center. I am hoping to go watch some of my favorite BC's and ACD's run..

And last, but not least, Course A Lure is at the HS of Utah Saturday 4/25 and Sunday 4/26 starting at 10:00 am each day. Jake is very excited, and well so am I. I would love to try Sneek on the course. Lord knows, she has prey drive. It became very apparent, when I fell on my @ss in the back yard and almost lost my arm, while she whipped into prey drive chasing one of the outdoor cats (stop laughing!) Thank God for my leather leash and prior gymnastic training on the proper way to fall - lol

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Monday, April 20, 2009

What isn't a wall?????

So Sneek is doing very well on her wall turns. I am working on making them tighter and with more lunge.

But, now I have created a monster! No seriously, she is now doing the wall turn on anything she can - chair, couch, window ledge, and the front window...Yep, I said it - the front window...I came home and saw her do it . I thought maybe I was wrong; and I told Billy what I saw. He said - oh yea she does it when she is really excited. It's usually the window ledge, but sometimes I see her have all four feet on the front window....

WTH??!! Praying she doesn't hurt herself. Glad she enjoys her new trick so much. Hopefully, it will transfer to the box.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Sneek gets the Evil Green Snake

Sneek got to play with the evil snake last night. We wondered if she would like water or not.

She looked like a wet rat by time her play was done.
Billy loves to egg her and Maddie on.....(check out her muscles in her back legs on this photo...BABY GOT BACK!)
The ability to swim is yet to be seen. I can't wait until it warms up so I can see if she can actually swim...

Jake and Zoe were out there too. They just watched her like she was absolutely crazy and saying to themselves, "You terrier's are NUTS".

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Monday, April 13, 2009

I have buds!

I planted lilac and snowball bushes last year. I was a little worried that they would not bloom this year. I don't exactly have a green thumb...But to my pleasant surprise, my lilac bushes have buds. I was so excited when I saw them yesterday.

I love the smell of the lilac. Growing up, we had a huge huge lilac bush by the drive way. I loved smelling the lilacs when I would come home and open the car door. My mother loved it also. My father did too, except when it got so big and crowded the garage door. He did get in trouble a few times for cutting it too short. Imagine that - I can remember those arguments!

I think that is part of the reason I planted so many lilac bushes - not only the smell, but as a way to remember home, a way to honor our Mom...

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Changes for Bust Dog Survivors

The HSUS and pro pit bull groups met in Vegas earlier this month to discuss Bust Dog Survivors. This was such a necessary Summit, especially after what happened to the Westside Kennel dogs.

To read about the outcome, please visit this post on the Bad Rap Blog.

It is good news!

Thanks to all the groups who went to bat for the dogs confiscated during fight bust raids.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

I splurged!

So, I was able to get out of my contract with Qwest wireless with no charge - finally. And since I did not want to switch to Verizon, who is now the carrier for Qwest wireless, I canceled my contract.

I decided to go with T-mobile so Billy and I can do the family plan. Monday, I went to get a phone and, oh boy, did I splurge. I am now a member of the crackberry club!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I purchased a Blackberry Curve 8900. I can't stop playing with with my new toy! I am able to check all my email accounts, FB, twitter, blogs, forums, etc right from the phone. I also downloaded Vlingo. I can just talk into the phone and it will type whatever I am saying to whatever application I choose (text, email, google maps, etc). I can also sycronize my contacts, tasks, and calender from my microsoft outlook to my crackberry. How useful is that??!!

So, I am now having way too much fun. The camera on the BB isn't the best, but it is so much better than I had before...

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

WW - Wonderwall

note to self: move the TV!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Iz Get You - Evilz Greez Znake

Maddie will save her Daddy from the green monster! Leave my Daddy's truck alone!

As a side note, after 3 years with no tail issues - this morning Maddie had her first bloody Happy Tail incident. It's not too bad - just scared me when I saw blood all over the kitchen pantry door. Her and her Daddy were playing a little too ruff this morning..

Let's Review

When I first started this blog, one of my posts was "Ten Commandments of Pit Bull Ownership".

Let's review that list and then I will post 10 Tips to Remember for Responsible Pit Bull Ownership.

1. Thou shalt NEVER trust thy Pit Bull not to fight

2. Thou shalt contain thy Pit Bull securely when not supervised by an adult

3. Thou shalt NEVER leave thy adult Pit Bull alone and unsupervised with another dog

4. Thou SHALT attend obedience classes most faithfully with thy Pit Bull

5. Thou SHALT keep thy Pit Bull socialized with ALL KINDS of people

6. Thy Pit Bull wilt NEVER be allowed off-leash in a public place

7. Thy Pit Bull wilt NEVER be allowed to roam free in thy neighborhood, EVER!

8. Thou SHALT take thy well trained Pit Bull out in public and show him/her off - on leash for good breed PR!

9. Thy Pit Bull shalt go forth into the world as an ambassador of the pit bull breed


And here are 10 Tips to Remember for Responsible Pit Bull ownership

1. Exercise your dog everyday.

2. Never leave pit bulls alone with other dogs (or any animal).

3. Always have your dog on a leash in public.

4. Always supervise your dogs and never allow them to roam free.

5. Supervise your dog with small children.

6. Spay or Neuter your dog.

7. Train your dog.

8. Avoid dog parks.

9. Socialize your dog.

10. Keep your dog properly confined.

Responsible ownership starts from the time your Pit Bull comes to live with you. Irresponsible owner's are one of the major causes for all the problems the breed faces today. It's our hope here at Pit Bull Lovers we can spread the word and educate more owners to take responsibility for their dogs actions.

In order for things to change, we must change the way we look at our own actions and how they effect the world around us. Until we do that, things will simply stay the way they are right now.

What brought on the above rant, you ask? Once again, and the whole story isn't out, but due to irresponsible ownership, two PB lost their life this past weekend and once again Pit Bulls are in the news - and not in a positive light. The comments by citizens on the breed have me upset. I truly believe the situation could have been avoided if the dogs weren't out roaming. Again, I don't know the whole story, but from what I gather, the dogs weren't on the owners property.

Maybe it just isn't the above story that has prompted the friendly reminder. Everyday, all over our country, I hear or read stories about irresponsible PB ownership and it makes me sad. Sad for the dogs, and sad for the future of the Breed. These stories just add more fuel to the fire to pass BSL and give the people at Dog more juice for their cause.

As a disclaimer, I know I am not the perfect owner. I had no clue about Responible Pit Bull ownership when Maddie first came into our lives. I probably broke everyone single one of the things listed above. I know accidents happen, fences break, lines break etc.

And just so this isn't a total rant post, Check out At Home with the Vick Dogs.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Will Mother Nature be kind today?

I sure hope so.

I awake to sun coming thru the blinds. Is this a joke or will Mother Nature actually shine her rays of light onto our area today? I sure hope she will. If we actually have a sunny, warm Sunday, it would be so uplifting for my mental state, and good for my bored rowdy pack .

I should probably start walking the dogs now - just in case Mother Nature changes her mind. You know how us women are ;)

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Experiment Video

So, I videoed the tug experiment.

If you are interested, you can view what she does in the crate while waiting her turn. I notice she is biting the crate - great.... I will warn you it is 4 minutes long. I still can't figure out how to edit and cut clips out of videos to make them shorter.

And it's best to turn your volume down. There is A LOT of barking going on in the background. I don't tell the others to stop - it's good for distraction and to get her prepared for dogs that bark in a line up.

And here is my tug machine.... We will see if this holds up outside.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009