Good morning beautiful sunshine! Kenai 3 yrs
The Big K and Little Bro BB are in boy heaven these days; in and out as they please, not too hot, not too cold (is it ever too cold when you have a fur coat?). I’ve gotten Mom to dine, achem, al fresco on the back deck a couple times, and have the windows et all opened up most of the day.
There is a bit of trouble in paradise though, with Kenai in particular. Three weeks of doxycycline for the tick diseases has resulted in the absolute worst, most distressing side effect of all: anorexia.
Big guy won’t eat. He won’t touch the raw food at all, and will only eat small amounts of kibble if I gussy it up some. Since he cannot digest kibble at all, he has to have enzymes with it, and his coat invariably goes to pot. But it’s that or…
So I’ve bit down on the bullet and ordered some elk, venison, and goat meat from an online company. It doesn’t contain bone, so I’ll have to scavange about for ground bone, but if they eat it and do well, I hope it’ll be worth it. www.elkusa.com
If I even get Kenai to eat half raw/half kibble, that would be a major improvement. He does need off the kibble though. He can’t digest it, it gives him tummy troubles, the works. It took months for the anorexia to wear off last time. Hope it’s shorter this time.
Being the big time outdoorsman that he is, Kenai is mentally pretty darn perky with the whole lotta extra fresh air and sunshine!
Morning or evening, he just loves to stretch those legs. And cold doesn’t bother him until it gets blistering frigid.
Thankfully our winters aren’t usually so chronically bad that the golden grizzly has to “hibernate”. You northern folks know what I mean: out to pee, in for the day.
My health hasn’t improved much, so the outside time doesn’t involve gardening, but such is life…I’m managing to keep the guys fed, exercised, and dinner for us. Sometimes the sweeper or carpet cleaner, but really, not much by way of activity for moi.
Mom made the mistake of letting both guys out together (Kenai! You dont’ run doors), so I had to go collar and fetch. Beebs was looking for rescue too. He’d made the mistake of thinkin that was gonna be fun, free together at last.
Kenai’s play is fairly vigorous, so Beebs got the thunk and wunk treatment, knocked down once before I got there. Droopy ears was happy to see me! Kenai collared up fine and walked very politely with me, and booby butt tagged along behind best as his sore spots could go…poor guy!
No harm done though, other than being a bit more sore and slow than usual. Some traumeel did the trick and he’s back to bouncy butt now. He still wants outside, just not with big bro. Alone isn’t fun either. Crazy auntie and a ball is his idea of the best!
last light, time to go in…BB 3 yrs old
Posted by greatdaneservicedog on September 28, 2011
8″ of comfort…plus the bone!
To help big K with his soreness, I broke down and ordered a orthopedic dog bed for him. BB will use the crib mattress, but Kenai won’t and I felt bad for him laying on a hard floor there in the living room.
It wasn’t too bad a budget buster, considering what some ortho beds cost, only $150 so I decided we could skimp on other stuff. He was in obvious discomfort, ya know? He’s back on doxy for the tick disease symptoms, and that helps some, too.
He liked his new bed right away, and had considerable entertainment sniffing the shearling cover. It holds scents pretty well, and I imagine he know every human that touched it by now!
He and BB are loose together most all the time again, and the only “challenge” is keeping BB off Kenai’s new bed. I put a new blanket over BB’s crib mattress, and they both flopped down, let out the “that’s better” sigh, and had naps. Awww, such good boys.
Naturally, a fella needs his outside time, and here he is checking the perimeter as usual. He’s not wanting to run as hard or as much, poor guy.
But he still has his jog, his fence check, and just out of doors fresh air time. He’s gotten cool about going in the kennel so BB can be outside with him.
He waits his turn pretty well. Getting BB in the kennel is a pipe dream though. He tries to dig his way out! Leave him unattended and BB will turn up somewhere in outer Mongolia…
I’m really looking around for a different raw food for the guys. The Bravo distributor is so unreliable…it doesn’t seem to matter how much extra I buy, I keep running out of their food since the distributor shorts orders, doesn’t show up with orders etc.
It’s not good business for customers to spend that much money and still have the endless worry of running out of the dogfood. So frustrating. The 5 cases of beef I ordered is going to be only 3 cases today and is 4th order in a row that was late or only partially filled.
That has the boys down to the leftover chicken that makes them shed and itch. I’m gonna have to talk seriously to the pet store owner. At least they’ll have the beef today, but still.
The weather has be absolutely wonderful, cool, and finally, raining every few days. The yards are greening up, though I doubt we’ll have much if any fall color thanks to the drought. It’s nice enough to leave the AC off, and even have a touch of heat in the mornings.
So much better than summer!
Posted by greatdaneservicedog on September 23, 2011
lovely weather for a fella to be outside in! Kenai 3 yrs.
I think fall is here (unless saying so jinxed it)! Monday we were 1 degree shy of triple digits, and the next day we barely made it out of the 50′s F! The Brothers feel PERKY! The drastic change isn’t playing well with my fibromyalgia, but it is with the boys for sure.
I’ve been worryin a bit about BB–his abdomen seemed too full last weekend, and I could feel the segments of colon, so I’ve been giving him small amounts of mineral oil as a stool softener. It’s seemed to do the job, and he’s not as restless and uncomfie.
Kenai’s been in a hidey hole or outside while I deep clean the carpets. I only do small areas at a time, like one bedroom which took 4 hours, but I wouldn’t quit until the rinse water was clear. It’s hard work so I hope I make myself keep up with it rather than let it all get so grungy again.
With the boy’s and my skin being so sensitive, rather than use the chemical-laden solutions for the machine I soak the carpet with All Free n Clear sensitive skin laundry detergent solution and sprinkle Borax on it. Then I use the shampooer like a shop vac to get all the dirty water out, and rinse, rinse, rinse.
No body’s had any rashes or itches, so the idea worked.
Kenai’s been showing more pain, being in his second week of treatment for Rocky Mountain Spotted fever. And when BB starting spiking fevers too, he got slapped on doxycycline too.
Poor guys, the extra pain means the antibiotics are working but I hate to see them nibble their legs. I know they’re hurting, so I’ve added a homeopathic pain reliever called Traumeel to their medicine “cabinet”. It helps at least.
One thing they are both enjoying is the cooking frenzy all this cold weather’s set off: beef stew, lasagna, homemade mac n cheese, roast beef…oh the smells of winter comfort food! The noses are in the air, and I think they seem to understand a little about seasons.
At least as much as what gets cooked when will stick as an association for them. Cool = yummy stuff.
Just you wait little boys, till I cook my first corned beef and cabbage of fall! They love that stuff, would willingly take their scoldings for mooching it too!
A funny (sorta) trivia about corned beef is the preservative, potassium nitrate, is also used in fertilizers, stump killers, and gun powder…Still love corned beef, even if I’m eating stump killler.
Come tomorrow, I’ll have 5 cases of Bravo Raw Beef Blend for the fellas. It’s essentially the ingredients for a beef stew plus bone and liver, all ground up. It’s got the carrots, and the veggies all in there, just like mine only raw.
It does tend to give them loose stools, so I occasionally add a tiny bit of digestive enzymes too take care of that. Their coats and muscle tone just plain do best on red meats. I still miss that discontinued elk they did so well on, though.
BB’s harrasment of Kenai had stopped for a long time, but now he’s at it again. I wonder if his feeling poorly has made him more insecure so he’s gone hyper again? They do need more exercise, which means I need to spend time outside with them. Maybe that’d do the trick?
Here’s the back view of a BB gallopol…what a funny butt.
I got my lovely wool blend sweaters out, so I don’t have an excuse outside of lazy I guess. I’m being treated for tick diseases too, and mine’s brutal.
I have this tendency to malaise when I really feel rotten. Still, it’d be fun to play get your tush and see the zoomies.
Maybe that’s going up in the to-do list?
Posted by greatdaneservicedog on September 15, 2011
things’ll be getting clean now…
I finally have a carpet shampooer! I spent a day last week getting all the carpets in the house clean-er, rested a couple days, then spent a whole day in the 2 bedrooms getting the carpets clean clean. 4 hours for each, after 5 mo of grunge accumulation.
The carpet formulas don’t work very well, I found. So I soaked/scrubbed with a bucket and rag the bedroom carpets with laundry detergent and borax. Then I sucked that all up with the machine and used plain water to rinse until it came all clean. Wow do the bedrooms look better!
Next will be the living room, which means staying up until I can run Mom off to bed. I’m hoping for 11 pm. It will take most of the night to do and dry the rest of the way so the boys can be on it the next day.
Kenai reacts to the machine as expected: hunts a hidey hole! Silly boy.
The weather has definitely turned fall like, so boys o boys are outside alot. Kenai invariably barks, so I’m making him wait until a decent hour to go out, ie not before 6:30 am. Who wants that noise first thing in the morning?
But the 40′s at night and 70′s in the afternoon are prime doggie car ride weather! Kenai went just last night to gas up the car and stop at Braums for a burger and milkshake. One thing he hasn’t done is the lawn mower games, since we haven’t had rain in forever.
Ahhh, a lovely afternoon to be outside for a boy! We’ve not done any garden work, but with the nice weather, the air is off and doors are open.
So its in and out as he wishes! He like that. That’s cool for a golden boy.
A trip to the store is in our future, just for groceries, but he’ll like seeing our bag loading lady. They like each other quite a bit.
Kenai’s been okay without his elk meat, though I wouldn’t call it great. The doxy has at least stopped the break outs of his skin, but the buffalo and the chicken Bravo formulas just aren’t as good. He did better on the beef blend but I’m out until next Friday.
Not to neglect the other half of the Brothers Grin, BB also has his happy weather time! He’s such a goofy gus, and wants nothing more than attention.
Since starting him on the doxy, he too has been better and worse. His fevers are fewer, but at the same time I can tell the RMS tick fever is aggravated by the medicine; he chews at his hock joints like big bro.
Two weeks isn’t going to resolve the infections, that’s for sure. So I’ll be switching my antibiotic to another one and keep refilling my own doxycycline script for him and Kenai.
I’ll leave them on it until the symptoms resolve and give another couple weeks after that. I’ll like to come as close to eradicating the tick bacteria as possible. It’s almost impossible to get rid of it totally, but I’m gonna try.
Don’t want to do this again in a couple months, ya know?
Also since starting the antibiotics, the boys have calmed down about each other! They are rarely seperated by the baby gate anymore, just chillin in the living room, or following me around. The butt sniffing, ding dong smelling gross stuff is dramatically reduced. Whew. I was ready to duct tape their noses!!
I suppose they are just aware of infections in each other before symptoms show up? The nose knows…
Here is a fine good laugh to end with:
Posted by greatdaneservicedog on September 9, 2011
daybreak boy…Kenai 3 yrs
The tick titer’s back, and Kenai’s positive for Rocky Mountain spotted fever. That’s the bad news. But no ehrlichia! That’s the good news. So he’s back on doxycycline like me for as long as his tum can take it. We’re shooting for 14 days, or longer–a couple weeks after symptoms disappear if he can make it.
Hopefully he’ll bounce right back if we caught it early enough, huh?
We’re having what might be the last blast of high heat, so he and little bro both are bored indoor boys. But this weekend and beyond is supposed to be normal weather, and that will mean more outings for them.
Having switched to the beef blend slowly (Bravo raw), BB’s coat has improved alot, and Kenai’s has some. It was a surprise, since they’d had trouble with it in the past. I’ve looked into buying bulk elk meat and it’s pricey, but at least now I know I can if we come to need it again.
So…semi-stable once more, finally.
Being on Facebook so much, naturally I’ve found Dane places. http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/190601924310411/ is the Dane yard, and it’s lots of fun. Some Dane sites can get really combative about things, but not this one. Lots of good laughs and some funny but questionable Dane antics!
I’ve slowly started removing the baby gate between the guys again, now that BB seems to have calmed down again. He was harrassing Kenai like crazy–wonder if he could tell his brother was sick again before the symptoms became obvious to me. His own kind of alerting?
Laurie is somebody I’ve followed for awhile now, http://smartdog.typepad.com/smart_dog/ and she’s an amazing trainer. She was Talos’ puppy raiser, a now placed Great Dane service dog. If I had half her energy…there’s almost aways something good on her blog or facebook page.
Today will be a big exercise day for my two boys, with the Orkin guy coming between 3 and 5 pm. One will go outside, to reduce the goofy and noisy underfoot action. I’m usually feeling pretty rotten about that time of day, so out with ya boy, whichever is the most unruly (usually BB).
They prefer a good romp outside anyway!
Posted by greatdaneservicedog on September 2, 2011
surveying the sunrise domain…Kenai 3 yrs
Oh the mornings have been so lovely and cool! Kenai’s had lots more car rides because of it, and outside time too. He’s also had a bit of love from the neighbors, and tried his best to get them to play! But they had yard work to do, boo hoo.
I’m a little worried now: Bravo has discontinued the elk Kenai was doing best on. His skin breaks out on the buffalo, the gets die in the rears from beef, and those were the three options for red meat. I may try venison again, and see if he likes it better now.
BB has suddenly started being a pest late at night: wake ya up, whine, fuss. The first night I thought he maybe had an icky tum, so I put him out to relieve himself. No dice. Last night was night 3 and he woke me up in Kenai and I’s bedroom 4 times before 1:30 am when I got good an mad at him.
He got a good scolding, and I got all of 4 hours of sleep. Nobody was happy with that.
So boy’s breakfast and supper is going to have a Cortisol Control supplement in addition to the Kandidaplex. Maybe he’s just having an anxiety issue? Sometimes these guys are a ‘puzzlement’.
Today someone’s supposed to come fix the living room fan. I haven’t been able to steam the carpet in the mornings because it won’t dry before the guys get on it. It’s in bad need of a disinfecting bleach steam. Wait for it: I really do need to get a shampooer…
Been saying that since May, but now the mower’s in the shop…
http://www.theotherendoftheleash.com/ has an interesting article about blocking boards, which can be used both on dogs that get into it with each other and dogs that get overly excited and anxious around strangers. Appearantly the breaking of eye contact is what calms them.
I’d be interested to see what she says about blocking boards and barrier frustration–BB would only get louder and more frustrated. They’re used to people coming into the garage, but the front door is still an issue and now being treated for borrelia (lyme) again, I sure don’t have the gumption to work on it.
One of Kenai’s rides was to the grocery Sunday morning…
“charcoal?…na, na, that other bag had pork chops and sirloin in it…”
He likes the lady that always seems to take our groceries out for us, and they’ve developed quite the funny relationship.
She’s the only person I know besides Mom that he’ll “talk” to–whar whars, and funny noises.
She teases him some more and he talks some more, then he gets a pat n rub before she closes the hatch.
And he always seems to be in an “expressive” mood after a visit to the store. Some of the funniest faces I see are on grocery store mornings. Like this one after I told him the pork chops weren’t for him:
ha! He can whip out a face when he’s in the mood, can’t he?
Monday was flea and tick liquid day, so he was a bit blah. BB too for the most part, or at least as blah as BB gets, this side of comatose.
Tuesday though was a gorgeous day, in the 70′s most all morning, and cooled off quickly in the evening.
They both had lots of outside time in the morning, which brought on an afternoon of naps.
But they were ready for outside again when it was fire up the grill supper time. While this was going on
this was too
Some days are just good all over.
Posted by greatdaneservicedog on August 16, 2011
wake up time!!
Yet another cool morning run for big Brown, there, and car rides galore. He had to stay home with Mom yesterday when I drove to Columbia Missouri, but he got a nap on the bed with me and a ride to the pharmacy to make up for it.
The mornings have been so nice, almost chilly, down in the 60′s that my golden grizzly can’t resist a sunrise run. Then later in the mornings it’s still comfortable enough for him to go places. Yay, he says!
Now that the remodel is all done, there shouldn’t be any more spooky pooky puppy hiding in corners.
They were slowly getting better about the mad barking at every sound, but Sir BraveAlot was seen only when shooting from one hidey hole to another…
BB was just BB; underfoot n in the way.
It’s a warm kitchen, and a very effecient, functional one now. I guess whoever lived there last never made much, but now a girl could do some serious cooking. The storage space has doubled or better with nothing but new cabinets, the appliances are new too.
There was no way Thanksgiving dinner could have come out of that old kitchen, but boy could it now.
And with that ultra dark blood red paint gone, ya might actually want to eat there! Jonquill and Exciting Orange was all it took to give it zing.
Same square footage, whole lot more room and usefulness…
Now that all that’s over, the hope is to return to the usual summertime schedule: up and out to garden with special K, in for a break and breakfast for all, back out to finish the gardening, then rest before lunch.
The trip to Columbia confirmed it: my bizzarely intractable insomnia and worsened pain is due to a recurrence of tick disease. The borrelia is back, as is the babesia, but this time I’ve managed to add Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and systemic candida overgrowth to the list. Thanks for the tip and motivation to check, Denise.
So I’ve got scripts out the wazoo now. Antibiotics 2 x day, antifungal 4 x day then lessening each week. There’s eye drops, a new thyroid med, and a replacement for that awful expensive Lyrica. And it’s back to the low carb diet.
I go back in 4 months to see if we need to make any changes in the list of 5 antibiotics I’ll be rotating each month. I came home with a huge packet of information, about diet, detoxing from the toxins the cooties give off, adrenal stress etc.
There’s tons to read, and I’m debating about where to place my e-journal–unless it’s written down, it’s lost, ya know? So keeping track of what works, what doesn’t, how the diet changes are going and the like becomes essential for me.
But where? Here on K’s blog? The gardening blog? Do I really want to start a new blog? With 6 mo or more of treatment minimum, it’ll get big.
The battle with the stinky dirty carpet is being lost…There isn’t hair and dander down in it, not with all the vacuming I do and the steaming too. It’s the oils from their coats on the surface. It’s dog stink city in the living room, so yuk, time to do something!
I really must buy a shampoo machine. Those big rug doctors ya rent are just too big and awkward for me, not to mention the results are kinda iffy sometimes.
Grass, grass, glorious grass for a boy to trample. With the rain we’re finally getting, it’s starting once more to grow. Out came the mower and 3 passes into a yard chop, the belt broke. Now why couldn’t it’ve done that the last time I cut? There’d been a month to get it fixed since the heat meant no cutting.
Kenai was heartbroke, all ready for his race to that side of the back yard then back to the other. That’s his game while I cut the front: there I seed you, ha I was waitin! Awww phooey, droopy dog shuffled back inside. He’ll have to wait some more for a cut the grass chase-ems…
Posted by greatdaneservicedog on August 12, 2011
the sunsrise sentry photoshopped to an oil painting…Kenai 3 yrs
Thursday Kenai had a most lovely fun gardening time; out before the sun was up, run about, chase a rabbit, pee on things…
While I piddled about in the garden, Kenai revelled in OUTSIDE, like it was chocolate brownies with hot fudge. And the rabbit chase was the scoop of ice cream! I swear that dog grinned as he trotted back to me for a neck scratch and smooch on the head.
Kenai makes a big 1/2 acre circuit when he wants to stretch his legs. Now that he’s got a fenced yard, he can do that again!
Here is the powerstroke puppy, building a head of steam.He likes to whiz by just missing me, which actually is a “get my tushie if you can” game.Having started over there near the garden…
now along the west fence…
having rounded the south fence, n goin north…
Big Brown made the most of his 45 minutes of outside time, then the thermometer his 85F just after sunrise, and it was time to come inside. Poor BB didn’t get a real outside time, since it was too hot.
He did get a run about mid afternoon when I had to go pick some veggies for supper, though, so the bent bottoms got a little fresh air.
He rounds corners too, just not as fast or graceful as big bro. Beebs don’t care, so long as he gets to play!
Both are doing well back on their Bravo food, though for some reason Kenai breaks out in a skin staph on the buffalo. Put him back on elk and it goes away. Hum.
BB was getting to shedding pretty good after several weeks of chicken and turkey, so I switched him to the duck (oh the price), and next will be the buffalo–we’ll see if his skin goes to pot or not. The two boys react differently to many if not most foods so I’ll be glad if BB can have the buffalo for his red meat.
Neither, though, can eat the beef without loose stools. Boy am I glad Kenai can eat the elk since they do need some sort of red meat. Kenai won’t eat the chicken or turkey, and I don’t blame him: it’s sloppy soggy wet, even after draining in a collander in the fridge. The elk and buffalo break into chunks so he doesn’t object to the texture.
The intense heat is going to break! We’ve been 15 degrees or more above normal since the beginning of July, setting records like the rest of the midwest. Our all time record high is 113F and we nearly beat it last week.
But the end of the week we’ll be back down to the 80′s! Low of 68F–heavenly. So the boys will have their garden time again! Just a few more days of triple digits. Good thing too, since my golden grizzly is getting extremely stressed by the remodel work.
Yes it’s still going on, as slow and drug out as death by starvation. But getting there in drips in drabs. K is so skittish by the end of the week that even a trip to the puppy store doesn’t happy him up. And it’s just been too hot to let him out to run safely.
So Saturdays are play days with the boys–soda pop bottle games, find me funs, toy times. Trying to help them de-stress, like a doggie spa boy style. Today will also involve a run to the hardware store and the gas station, if K seems relaxed enough. Need gas for the mowers and a 2 gallon watering can.
Saturday is also sleep in day for Mom (and BB), until he can’t stand the hungries anymore and starts crying “lemme out”, “gotta pee”, or “HUNGRY” from the back bedroom. Poor poops, he don’t like sleep in day.
But he gets over it soon enough, and settles into his play and follow Mom day. That’s the chocolate brownie and hot fudge for him; follow you around and get lots of attention. What a sweetie.
Posted by greatdaneservicedog on August 6, 2011
Kenai voicing his opinion about the late lunch!
August is comin’ in like a blast furnace here, as it is in most of the Midwest: 104F or there abouts all week. Finding entertainment for “dwinkle” n “pinkle” is going to start becoming important soon…the baby gate is back up to seperate them, since they’re determined to go charging through the house and harrass each other.
They need exercise. I need them to have exercise!
A good 12 hour nap every day wouldn’t do me any harm either…
I got a tip from Denise at “Hearing Elmo” blog that a Chronic Lyme flare up can set off sleep problems. Smart lady–I’ve been wondering if it was trying to rear its ugly head with the hurting hands and joints, but wouldn’t have put the insomnia in that corner without it being mentioned.
This bout of bugged-eyed sleeplessness has been especially bad, with no end in sight. A bing search turned up a doc in Columbia MO specializing in Lyme and recurrent Lyme. Much closer than the doc in Cleveland I was using when I could make the drive. Columbia is just 2-3 hours away.
So Monday’s list of must do was a trip to the grocery at first light, Kenai in tow naturally, followed by a call to the new doc’s office for a near 911. Big Brown would do well to have a nice outing, bored as he is, and I leave the car running for the AC so he doesn’t overheat.
”Maybe he’ll sleep through the phone call rather than bark at the neighbors” was the hope.
Either he’s not getting the idea of restricting his bark at the neighbor time to outside, or he doesn’t give a fig, can’t decide which (grin). Any car coming or going in the neighborhood sets off the “hounds of Harmonville”.
Truthfully they’ve gotten better about the carrying on when someone comes, so long as they don’t come to the front door. Then it’s a free for all: imagine zoomies with barking and you know. Once somebody’s inside though, they chill out, and often just give a single woof if people come through the garage.
Sometimes I wonder if they just like to hear themselves “talk”? Should Brown run for Congress? (Could he do worse or be noisier than the current litter in DC?) He’d wear a tie without objection, but I have my doubts about the rest of the suit. I’d have to follow him into the men’s room, which might cause a stir, too.
He’d vote for driver’s liscences for dogs, tax any and all cat products, ban “do not walk on the grass” signs, and Service Animals would have carte blanche. He’d also vote for free hamburger, and demand the Senate cafeteria serve everything with real butter. I’d vote for him.
You might be wondering what time it was when I started writing this post, as it’s gettin a little goofy…he he he. Goofy is a way of life when you have Danes!
If this kitchen doesn’t get finished soon I’m gonna be cranky. All but the hood over the range is in and working, but the guys just went off to finish another job. The paint job’s half done, no backsplash, no linen closet, no shelves/lights for seed starting, no lights in the china hutch, no tile behind the range. Grrr.
Uh, Kenny, remember me? Would like to unpack now, since we moved 4 months ago.
I’ve been slowly reducing K’s kibble, making it up with Bravo Raw Elk meat in hopes of slowing the shed n scratch. Dang but I wanted them back on a kibble, for the budget and the ease. They’re doing pretty good, holding weight and until yesterday had normal “leave-behinds”.
But they’re fighting yeast in the ears and toes, and acting like they have bladder infections again. I’ve ordered some oregano oil and colloidal silver, their Kandidaplex yeast killer, and some detoxifying glutathione from http://www.vrp.com/antioxidants/lipoceutical-glutathione
With any luck that will get all the cooties gone.
Their coats are okay, but shedding. Not thinning but shedding, and I’d like to stop that so they are getting an Omega 3, 6, 9 to their Bravo raw each day. I’ll had just a touch of kibble for Kenai since boy likes his crunchies.
Overall, they’re not in bad shape at all, considering what chronic Ehrlichiosis can look like.
Kenai is getting mouthy, the poop. He’s taken to complaining fairly often, and insisting on his love time. Here’s how the “train a human” session goes: he gets Mom first told, then provides her the opportunity to love and rub. Silly guy!
That’s my golden grizzly, wanting his “grammy love”.
He’s a good fella, and awfully tolerant of the heat-induced boredom. Not much outside time, even in the mornings, not when it’s 80F at 7am. So Monday morning’s car ride really scratched his itch!
Posted by greatdaneservicedog on August 1, 2011
if only THIS could scare off the squash bugs….Kenai 3 yrs
Boy…this heat is remarkable. It’s been the hottest, driest July on record in 80 years. No change of weather patterns in sight, either. The boys are mostly stuck in the house, with little change in that pattern too.
But Friday I did take Kenai to the local Ace Hardware, and he got out to wander the parking lot. Until a truck pulled in, then his curious was over. Still, he got a car ride, and a walk about for the first time really in a month. He was excited too–’Car, Car, me in the Car!’
I’m gonna have to come up with some kind of cooling off games for my water princessess. One of my past loves, Brazos, enjoyed running through the sprinkler; for the most part it was how fast could he go by. Brown ain’t gonna go for that, no way.
Friday evening, the AC finally blew itself out. It’s not been very effective of late, but we were 85F and climbing by sundown. I only gave BB half a meal, given his propensity to barf of late, with plans to feed him the remainder before bed or if the AC was fixed, whichever came first.
While taking a cool shower (oh to feel clean…) once the AC was running again, I decided to make a raspberry iced tea from some jam. ‘Course chronic complainer Mom didn’t want that, (grrr) so it was just sugared iced tea. But it was cold and sweet and that’s good enough.
We have a functioning sink, dishwasher, microwave, wall oven, and fridge now, and I started putting stuff in the cabinets early Saturday morning. I was up at 2:30 am durn it. The range won’t work until the gas guy gets the line right Tuesday, though.
I don’t know when this remodel will be all done. The guys are talking about coming back to finish in 2 weeks? After almost 4 months of waiting, I’m sick of the dragging it out. But at least we have a sink now!
Sometime over the weekend, Kenai should have his early morning garden time–I’m gettin the itch to start building and filling the raised beds again. There’s boxes of kitchen and bath stuff everywhere, some of which, maybe most of it, the boys can “help” us put away.
BB’s a follower: he’ll walk right along with you, getting in the way when he can, and sniff what you’re putting away. Tell him what the object is, and he’ll remember it too.
Kenai’ more of a watcher, then sniff it when it’s done kinda guy. He’s the “supervisor”, you see, and lets little bro be the worker bee. Funny how entirely different these two littermates of mine are.
Posted by greatdaneservicedog on July 16, 2011