Posts Tagged dogs

Vote for Tequila!

Oct 28th, 2011 Posted in Chihuahuas | no comment »

Tequila is entered in a Halloween Costume Contest at Ask Away.   She would love your vote.   She is offering cyber puppy wags and kisses and future cute pictures for your trouble 😉

You can vote once every 24 hours at the link above.  She is the 3rd one down.

Here is a preview of her costume.  This was sent to us by my friend’s mom.  I had bought her a orange/black dress that could be used after Halloween as well rather than a costume per se, so I was really thrilled with this one.   She wore it to her vet visit yesterday and it was a huge hit with everyone there 🙂

Is a Papillon the Right Breed For Me?

Aug 24th, 2011 Posted in Papillons | no comment »

A funny title for someone that has a bunch of Papillons, eh?   I know Papillons are right for me, but a lot of people come to my page with questions about Paps, so I decided to make a Squidoo lens to try and help answer some of those questions.

We spent a lot of years doing Papillon rescue and have/had many of our permanent resident dogs become residents because they were “unadoptable” rescues.   We love the little guys here, but they are not right for everyone.

A couple other things before you go, if you agree and want to expand on something I said or disagree with something I have said and want to offer a differing point of view, please feel free to post your perspective in the comments at the bottom of the page.   I’m happy to have other perspectives for potential Papillon owners to read.   I just want informed folks out there so Papillons are getting into good homes that are prepared to take care of them.

There is a poll where you can weigh in on the side of the Papillon or the Phalene.

Finally, if you buy anything recommended on my lens a portion of the proceeds automatically go to the National Wildlife Federation Alaska Regional Center.   They are a group dedicated to Alaska conservation issues, including clean and renewable energy solutions, sustainable tourism, global warming solutions, the cultivation of youth conservation leaders, green jobs, and getting kids outdoors. (You will notice that this can be verified at the very top of the page near the ranking that is automatically done by the system.  I have no control over it).

If you wonder if they are right for you or you just want to see what I had to say, head on over to my Squidoo lens Is a Papillon the Right Breed for Me?

Bed-A-Palooza!

May 20th, 2011 Posted in Crafts, Papillons | no comment »

Mooshey and Teq loved the beds I made them so much that I decided to make some beds for a couple of my friends.    I spent a couple weeks sewing beds (because I am a s l o w sewer lol) and finally I sent them all off.  I was rewarded with these great pictures of Papillon Bed-A-Palooza!    There are a couple pics I took of just beds included here too.   Click on the pictures to view them larger.

New Coat Part 2

May 16th, 2011 Posted in Chihuahuas, Crafts | no comment »

As I mentioned in my previous post, I adjusted the pattern originally made.   I wanted to make it a bit longer on her back and I did not like how the neck piece was.   On the first coat, I sewed the neck part, rather than using velco.   On the second coat, I did decide to go with velcro closure rather than sewing it (and I didn’t like it any better lol).

Here are pictures of the second attempt at the longer coat (click images to enlarge):

As you can see, it is longer, but unfortunately, I ended up enlarging the entire coat way too much as well and the neck strap is just all kind of messy for a dog Teq’s size.   On the positive size, for a slightly larger dog, this coat will be fine.

Keeping in mind what I needed to change, I drew up yet another pattern and gave it another go.   This was my next result (click the images to enlarge):

You can see this one is a marked improvement in sizing, but it’s still just a shade too long and I think that it could be tapered a bit more where it comes up on her hind legs.   I changed that on the newest pattern, but I haven’t cut a new one out yet because I’ve been sidetracked by mini dresses!   That is Anna’s fault.   So I will be trying out the newest pattern in the next few days and post the results when I get one made.

One last thing about these 2 coats, I am super happy with the way the neck strap is working out now.   I made it more narrow on this pattern and that helped a lot.  I really like how it’s hitting on her neck now.  It’s not up high and pushing right on her throat like many of the coats/harnesses do, which is important on these little dogs, the pressure is more on her shoulders.

Here is a comparison shot of the 2 coats to show the difference between the 2 patterns:

Meet Tequila!

Mar 3rd, 2011 Posted in Chihuahuas | no comment »

Tequila joined us a couple weeks ago.  She is a long haired Chihuahua, which is a bit different for us!  I was (am) not handling the loss of Cajun very well and even though John was not thrilled about getting another dog right now, he decided that perhaps, I did, in fact, need one when I was sobbing over not having a dog to share my oatmeal and hard boiled eggs with.

She is the waggiest (I just made up a word there) puppy I have ever seen.  She just wags her way everywhere.   Even if she is scared/unsure, she wags.  She may be positive whatever the big, scary thing she is confronting is going to kill her, but she wags at it!   She is quite good…so far.   However, since she lives with us now, I’m sure it is only a matter of time before the evil rears it’s head 😉

Ruthie Painting

Feb 28th, 2011 Posted in Papillons | no comment »

I had Nancy Pinke do another painting for John.  This time for Valentine’s Day.  This one was a bit tough because I didn’t have a whole lot of pictures and the ones I had were not very good because we didn’t have a digital camera for much of the time we had Ruthie.   Nancy, did a great job and really captured Ruthie’s expression in the painting.    I called it “dim”, but she was not a dumb dog at all.  She just did not have a “bright” look about her.   In her defense, she was almost 17 years old!

Ruthie has a somewhat interesting story, in that she is one of the few dogs that came into rescue for what I considered to be a pretty legit reason and her owner did what people who surrender their dogs, while crying always say they are going to do, but *never* do. She kept in touch with us to see how Ruthie was doing.

Ruthie was turned in to rescue at the age of 11 because her owner was going to Siberia to be a missionary.   This is clearly not something that a Papillon would survive doing and it wasn’t a case of her not matching the furniture or a new baby coming or the dog just being too old now.   Her owner really wanted her to be stable in her last few years because she had been leaving her with people for periods of time while she was doing missionary work and now she was going to do this long-term time in Siberia.

Ruthie fell in love with John at first site.  I think it actually hurt her owners feelings a little bit because once she saw John she never even looked back at the owner.  She was ready to go with him and that was that.   We didn’t even bother trying to place her, given her advanced age and the fact that she thought the sun rose and set over John.   Her prior owner wanted to keep in contact and that worked out for her as well.    She and John did communicate up until Ruthie’s death and John took Ruthie to visit her at least once when she was back in the area to visit family a few years after we adopted her.

Ruthie did not care for me very much.   She did not dislike me.  I just wasn’t John.   If you were not John she did not care for you.  If you talked to her and you were not John, she had no time for you.   She would look at him like “it’s talking to me again..can’t you make it stop that?”   She would actually turn her head when I talked to her.   I did not take it personally.  I understood, I was not John 😉

She would tell him when it was time to go to bed.  If he was late, she would stand in the hallway and bark at him to let him know it was past his bedtime!   She would continue to bark until he went to bed.  Weekends included, usually.   I’m not really certain how she determined what time his bedtime was, but I’m pretty sure it coincided with *her* bedtime 😉

Ruthie was our first Papillon to cross the Rainbow Bridge in 2006.   She was there to meet Zach, Otter  and now Cajun.   We didn’t meet her until she was 11 years old, but she was a good dog and we loved her and we still miss her.

Cajun’s Memorial

Feb 23rd, 2011 Posted in Papillons | no comment »

We got Cajun’s memorial stone from the same place we have gotten Ruthie’s, Zach’s and Otter’s.  Adirondack Stone Works

Our vet clinic also did something different for us this time that we have not had done before, but I really appreciated it.    When you board your dog/cat you have the option to sign them up for “arts and crafts.”   The thought of this was so funny to me, so even though we have never boarded any of our guys I asked what that was and was told you could get a paw print made and stuff like that.   So when John went to pick up Cajun’s ashes, they always had done a paw print of him for us.

You can’t tell in the picture, but the words on the dog house are “good dog.”    This turned out to be kind of funny and have special meaning for us.   We got Cajun and another foster on the same day.   The other foster was…difficult and Cajun was a very easy going dog, so I took to calling him the good dog (as opposed to the nono bad dog)  and it stuck so pretty soon he became Cajun Good Dog.

This is one of my favorite pictures of Cajun.  It looks like it’s sideways, but it’s actually the right way. He was sitting directly below my chair and I called his name and when he looked up I snapped the shot and got this one.

I miss him so much 🙁

Cajun at the Rainbow Bridge

Feb 23rd, 2011 Posted in Papillons | no comment »

It has taken me a while to be able to write this post.   On February 11, 2011, Cajun crossed over the Rainbow Bridge.   As some people know, he had a bad incident several weeks ago and we almost lost him.   At that time, we initially thought that he was finally in heart failure, but he rallied over night in the ICU and we took him to a cardiologist for a consult and an echocardiogram and they discovered that he actually had a tear in the heart muscle.

It was not really related to his enlarged heart, it was just a flukey thing that can happen.   The tear was already starting to heal and the vets felt that his prognosis was good given his recovery from it at that point.  He was given some new meds and would be treated as a CHF (Congestive Heart Failure) dog from that point on, something we had been trying hard to keep him out of AND were succeeding at thus far!

He was sent home with instructions for no activity for 2 weeks.   At 12 years old and with an enlarged heart, Cajun was not an overly active dog to begin with, so this wasn’t a big deal for him.   The first couple days he was a bit sluggish, but after that he was back to his old self and you would never have known he almost died a few days before.

He went almost a week without his trademark coughing something we (and I’m sure he) were very grateful for.   He started coughing again 1 week, to the day, of the incident and it was getting progressively worse, though not any worse than it usually was.  However, I made a vet appointment for him just to make sure he was not having any fluid build up.

On the 10th, we went to his vet appt and he had a great check up.  He was really happy and had a great day.   He did is signature trick, sneezing on command,  for Dr. Julie, our vet, which she was absolutely thrilled with.  She said she had never seen that before in all her years as a vet.    She was really happy with how he looked and how his heart and lungs sounded.    We got his meds refilled and left, happy with his progress and prognosis.

We went to Petco to pick up a few things and he got a new toy and got to walk around a bit in the parking lot, which he had great fun doing.  Then we drove through Wendy’s and he got his very own hamburger, which the dogs always enjoy as a special treat when we go out.    He was fine and happy the rest of the day at home.

When we got up the next day, he was clearly distressed about something.   I counted his respiration and it was no where near the danger zone and his gums were nice and pink.  I put a call in to my vet on her cell phone which I *never* do, but I was a bit panicky.   He seemed a bit nauseated so we gave him some pepto and he did settle down after that.   I told John to go ahead and go to work since everything seemed ok at that point.     He woke up in the afternoon and seemed better.  He was interested in having treats and I was able to give him his meds in some squeeze cheese, but almost as soon has he took them he became clearly nauseated and distressed again.

He also started coughing, but that was normal after having anything to eat.  He coughed off and on for about 90 minutes and finally settled down again on my bed.   I checked on him and he was laying near my pillows on his side.  His respiration was again not near the danger zone, so I left him there to rest, knowing he must be exhausted after the coughing episode.

When I went to check on him the next time, I found him passed away right where I had left him 🙁     I was (and still am) completely devastated 🙁    He had such a good day the day before, which is a blessing, but it’s SO hard to lose him the very next day.

Our vet thinks it was probably the “cord” in one of the values in the heart that snapped (which they suspected with the first incident that turned out to be the tear) or that he threw a clot.   We will never know for sure, but she says that fact that his respiration never went into the danger zone and his gums stayed pink is a good sign that he did not suffer (ie: suffocate/die painfully) and he probably just kind of faded away.

Cajun was loved and he is very deeply missed.