Jan 092016
 
Stevie Ray

Stevie Ray started training for Dog Agility early on with two goals in mind. Making the Canadian Agility Team, in order to attend the FCI World Dog Agility Championships and also winning the AAC Canadian Championship. This would likely require running clean for 6 rounds, 2 Standard Agility, 2 Gamblers and 2 Jumpers rounds, for all AAC Regionals and National Championship Events. In 2005 Stevie Ray had just turned 18 months before the National Championship and had only run at one agility [More…]

Sep 192015
 
Stevie Ray - AGMCH Runablaze Warrior Princess, CGN (2004-2015)

Stevie Ray – AGMCH Runablaze Warrior Princess, CGN (January 18, 2004- September 8, 2015) It is with the deepest sadness imaginable that I have to tell you all that Stevie Ray is gone now. Shortly after 11 AM Tuesday, September 8 2015,  I said goodbye peacefully and with all my love :'( Stevie Ray’s Gallery On Tuesday, September 1st, Stevie Ray showed up for bedtime with a swollen belly that sent shivers through me. Since then we established that there is no [More…]

Sep 192015
 
Dog Dylan (January 8, 2001 - March 28, 2015)

Previously posted on http://dogdylan.com Rest in Peace Dog Dylan: January 8, 2001 – march 28, 2015! Dylan was a fighter! She fought for her life! She fought to be happy! And as long as she had fresh air, friends and a bowl full of great food; she was happy! People were not always in her corner, but from day one I have been in her corner! I have always cared for her, I have fought both with her and for her for [More…]

Jun 202015
 
Stevie Ray; Spinal Injury and the Value of Great Veterinary Care

Yesterday was what I would call a terrifying day for someone such as myself who loves their dogs, in this case Stevie Ray, as much as they love any person in their life. And this does not mean that I think of my dogs like they are people. Just to be clear; I know they are not people nor children and when I call them my kids, I am not confused by what and who they are. They are dogs and that [More…]

Mar 192015
 
Dog Dylan Today, March 19 2015, 4 years with IMHA!

Four years and six attacks later (diagnosed March 19, 2011), Dylan at the age of 14 is still hanging in there and loving life. I have learned a lot about treating her IMHA attacks quickly and efficiently, with the least impact on her possible. And I have learned a great deal about preventing them and what I believe is the cause of her attacks. Since January 8, 2014 Dylan has been free from medication. She has been isolated in my back yard [More…]

Sep 262014
 
Do we live in "The Matrix?"

So straight out, lets say I’m not happy about my toxic world! Below is a link to an article that started my day in my world of Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia (IMHA) and the death and destruction it causes on a great number of lives! http://www.wric.com/story/26632077/8news-investigates-owners-believe-popular-pet-pill-killed-dogs These are my thoughts that followed on a post in a group of people with dogs suffering through IMHA. Richard Ford: I don’t believe the coincidence crap and I don’t believe the producer can say with [More…]

May 032013
 
Immunity and IMHA - Just another normal?

Let’s start with an assumption, mother nature never designed the immune system to protect us from chemicals or even to work under these toxic conditions. This has occurred over just the last 50 years or so and this can hardly be called a normal time line for the adaptation of the immune system. Rather than calling Dylan’s immune response abnormal, I am calling it normal and it is the toxic man made chemicals on the ground and in the air that are [More…]

Mar 302013
 
Rehabilitation of a Serious Canine MCL Injury!

Recovery from a serious soft tissue injury, such as a ligament tear/strain, or maybe a meniscus tear can be a long process, but in some cases using rest and slow rehabilitation without surgical intervention is much better than the surgical alternative. Recently a study in people demonstrated the long term process can be better in fact than using a surgical procedure. In some cases it is easy to get through a minor injury, but on the other hand there is a lot [More…]

Feb 112013
 
Wanna Play? Play Fighting is Constant Communication

Wanna Play? Poke, poke, poke! Stevie Ray being prodded into play fighting with her pup Joey. So cool to watch him as he pokes her pretty hard with his nose, attempting to goad her into a game. Down he goes immediately to his back, tail wagging an scratching it as he wiggles about exposing his neck and chest to Stevie Ray. He is so gentle with her, giving her absolute control. He even knows he needs to be gentle and is far [More…]

Feb 112013
 
Fighting For Dylan - Surviving Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia / Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia 2013

Feb 11/2012 Last update on this fight for Dylan’s life. I do believe she has used up a couple more lives in this battle. At first I was not sure she would survive the anemia, then the frantic reductions in prednisone to save her from paralysis. I did way too much planning on ending her life, including arranging a last vet visit. I hope this is the last I will see of this ugly disease. It really takes a lot out of [More…]