Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Run Free, Our Beloved China.

Sorry I wasn't able to come to your blogs these past couple of days. Last Saturday, June 15, 2013, we received the news that China had passed away at 5:30 am in the morning.

This was my last picture of him. I miss him badly.
He had Erlichia and I was confident that he would survive the the confinement because when we took him to the vet, he was still able to stand and he even drank water before we left. The vet even said that he might be dismissed the next day- as soon as he's replenished his fluids. However, that night, the veterinarian called us to say that his condition had gotten worst and she was just preparing our minds for what may happen.

I feel awful...

We still don't know the details because this was the vet who I disliked and I just feel awful because I didn't give him the proper burial myself and I wasn't there when it happened.

Even when the vet said we did our best to save him, I still blame myself for what happened to him. What if the reason his body gave up was because I wasn't there? What if his body gave up because his pack brothers weren't there?

So many questions...

China was a fighter and he battled Parvo with PJ without veterinary care! Is it my fault I decided to take him to the vet? Is it my fault that I allowed myself to entrust his life to the vet I disliked so much? Was it wrong for the vet to inject him with a heart-rate-increasing medicine when he was in a weakened state? Was this the reason why his body couldn't take the stress? 

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Friday, June 14, 2013

Going to the Beach and Meeting New Animal Friends

Chooey Update: Chooey's healing well. Unfortunately, China's quite under the weather! He tested positive for Ehrlichia and we had to leave him confined at the vets with an intravenous drip. 

Please send us some POTP for China. The doctor just called to inform us that China's condition is critical. They had to inject him with a medicine that makes the heart pump blood faster. He's also on oxygen.

A couple of weeks ago, Chooey was being fed soft diet composed of Cerelac and Royal Canin Recovery Food for 3 weeks straight. When I checked, it didn't have any rating so I decided to switch Chooey's canned food to Solid Gold (with Cerelac) and Go! Natural. Both are grain-free and rated pretty well.

So you must be wondering where we guys are. We're just preoccupied with my sister's arrival. She hasn't come home for 14 years and it's a big deal that we spend as much time as we could with her. Sorry if we haven't visited your blogs. We know we owe you guys big time!

Marui was kept in "bars" while our rented van entered the resort because he likes running out of the gates and through the streets. 
We went to the beach this weekend and stayed in a very nice place. It was a private establishment. The owners had two dogs- a Shih Tzu and Chocolate Lab. The Lab was such a friendly gentle giant. He reminded me of the sea lion we watched that day.

This is one happy sea lion!
While talking to his caretaker, we asked what dog food they were feeding him. He said it was Purina. The first thing that came to my mind was Pro Plan Chicken and Rice because it used to be recommended by my old vet (back in the province). It's definitely a lot better than feeding the dogs leftovers or human food.

This is Hachi. The owners derived his name from the dog named Hachiko. 
We played with Marui the entire night. He loved being stroked. We also played with the little puffball. Not to mention the cat...

This is Bob (or so we named him). He is also a beach resident.
So that's the rest of the beach crew. 

Hope China gets better. The vet says that the medicine for Erlichia is highly effective and they're just keeping an eye on him tonight.
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Monday, June 3, 2013

If Your Dog Could Dr. Bruce Fogle (Dog Book Review)

I've never counted the number of dog books I've collected throughout the months. To my surprise, I've accumulated more than a handful. So I'm making June my dog book reviews month.

It's been more than a year since I took blogging seriously. I also wanted to participate in dog forums to be able to contribute to our community. It wasn't just right to share my experiences, I also wanted to help others in any way I could. In order for me to do this, I thought it was essential for me to learn the basics of dog behavior.

This page explains why dogs defend their territory. It's "subbed" in human perspective.
Terms like dominance, territorial aggression, boredom, spaying, neutering, potty training, puppy parenting, and other dog-related terms are just some of the topics I love reading about. So with no further ado, I'd like to share my very first book.

This is my first dog book. It has been with me for more than a year now.
This is Dr. Bruce Fogle's If Your Dog Could Talk... A training guide for humans. I also found this same book sold in one of the major bookstores in our country. I guess it's a good buy.

Who could resist puppy pictures?!?
I have to admit that the most important reason why I love this book is because of the pictures. The first time I read it, I only scanned the pages while reading the caption of each picture. That alone was very informative.

Amazingly enough, I learned a lot of dog behaviors and body languages by reading If Your Dog Could Talk. 

Look! There's a Snoopy-looking fellow at the bottom right corner.
If I was asked whether it was a great find for me, I would certainly say yes. The dog pictures helped me in identifying the signs of certain dog traits while the worded explanations expanded what those pictures said.

This is also one of the books that taught me about the history of dogs. What scientist believe their origin is, how they evolved and how they were domesticated.

Would it be a good starter book for a novice dog owner? Yes!

One of my favorite lines in this book happens to come from Dr. Fogle's foreword.
"In that sense, let me say right now, before I go any farther, that if you want an obedient, responsive, and well-mannered dog, do as I say (in the following pages), not as I do."
Dr. Fogle says this because he can't resist Macy's googly eyes. As quoted,
"... I look at her pleading eyes and can't help but let her behave as her canine abilities compel her to." 
So there you have it. Oh, I wasn't paid nor sent a copy of this book to review. I just wanted to share it with you.

P.S. Chooey wasn't injured again. That's a freshly bandaged muzzle because we brought her to the vet to have it changed. She charged us about $7 for it.

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