Latest update 21 Aug 2019
Mandy ran first. She was running "clean" (no mistakes), but towards the end I heard her tick a bar when she was going over a jump. I thought the bar had fallen to the ground - which would mean we would not qualify - but instead the bar fell back down into the cups that normally hold the bar. So no call by the judge! We finished clean and qualified. Boo, handled by Keith, ran a few dogs later. Keith and Boo ran very smoothly, with no mistakes. So they also qualified. So now the question - for bragging rights only - was who ran faster, Mandy or Boo. When the results were posted, we found that Mandy had run six seconds faster than Boo. Mandy of course is very experienced. I am sure that as Boo gets more experience, he will run faster.
Boo (on left) and Mandy (on right) with their Premier ribbons. Mandy got second place (red) and Boo fourth place (white).
I also heard today that Tavi ("Shaksper Octavia Minor"), owned by Helen, had her OFA eye exam. The veterinary ophthalmologist reported no problems. Yeah! The OFA eye exam was the last thing that Tavi needed to get her CHIC number. As soon as the eye exam results are recorded, Tavi should be awarded her CHIC number.
Mandy had a great day at the trial today. In addition to qualifying on a very difficult Premier Jumpers course, Mandy also qualified on both the Master Standard and the Master Jumpers courses. Qualifying on both Master Standard and Master Jumpers on the same day gives Mandy another "Double-Q". Double-Qs are difficult to earn, and lead to titles.
Jennifer handled Boo to a qualifying run in Master Jumpers today. But the big news of the day is that Keith handled Boo to a his third qualifying run in Excellent Standard, thus earning Boo his Excellent Standard title! Go Team Boo! Here is (from left to right) judge Rhonda Bermke, Keith holding Boo, and Jennifer.
In other news, Mandy got a double-Q; her third towards her next title. (She needs 20 to get the title.)
Hi Papa Blair! Look how much I'm growing! I love to chew the buttons off of Daddy Edmunds trousers, but he is not too fond of that. Love you. Percy ("Shaksper Thane Of Lennox")
The bottom line is that the FDA is investigating, but no definitive conclusions have been made yet - although the news headlines seem to indicate otherwise. My advice continues to be to feed a good quality kibble, supplement with appropriate cooked or raw food, occasionally switch brands of kibble, and watch the dog's weight. Obesity in dogs (as well as humans) is a known risk factor for illness, and a higher risk - given what we currently know - than any particular dog food.
Hope Mom and the Aunts are doing well! It's been a hectic couple of weeks at my new house, so sorry for not writing.
Life in the new house is pretty fun. I'm pretty much the center of all attention (as it should be!). I've trained the humans to wake at the right time (5:30am), give me treats and play with me when I want. Sometimes I bark and try to get their attention, but they just ignore me. I think they are a little stubborn at times.
The bigger human tries to race me around the house - not sure what he's doing but I'm soooo much faster! I can run from room to room, under the dining room chairs, around the couches, over and over - it's not even a contest!
Last weekend, we went back to the playground [editor's note - puppy class] and I got to go through the tunnel, over the teeter and up and down this big hill! I'm still not sure about the down part of the hill - if they'd just put a big steak at the bottom, I'd be there in a heartbeat!! Oh, yeah, and I got to go over the playground without a leash! I followed the humans and we went through all the steps and I got a big piece of cheese at the end. BTW ... just sayin ... the golden, a shepard, and some skinny brown dog just kept running off to the woods - do they not know how to play on a playground?? This week was pretty exciting - we went see the doctor. I'm not really sure I like that place because they poked me, but the doctor thought I was just the cutest!! In fact, after she finished and left, she came back and introduced herself to the humans (apparently, she forgot the humans were in the room when she saw how, yes, adorable, I am!). While she thought I was cute, she did think I was a smidge chunky and suggested (how could she!!) that I cut back slightly on the food. The doc did say, though, that I could have celery whenever I want - Yay!!
The humans are taking me on walks and trying to keep me on a schedule, but sometimes, I just don't want to pee when I go outside. Then, after playing for a while, you know, you gotta do what you gotta do and the rugs are just like grass! I don't think I'm supposed to do that, but it is kinda fun watching the humans get all red and frustrated! I think they are catching on b/c I'm having more trouble sneaking away when nature calls.
So, today, one of the humans had me chase this ball and when I brought it back to her, she gave me a treat! See, all I have to do now is go get the ball, bring it to her and I get a treat! They are soooo trainable - although I can't seem to find the ball anymore - huh!
Oh, yeah, and I got my weekly shower today - the humans have to shower everyday (which I supervise, of course, and jump in when they are done) but I'm so cute, I only have to do it once/week.
The humans played some sounds yesterday- really loud popping sounds, sizzling sounds, etc. I'm not sure why they wanted me to hear those sounds - I just ignored them and kept chewing my chew stick. They did say something about a holiday next week, but not sure what that's about?!
Anyway, I miss you guys - I need to come see you, soon.
The Thane of Fife (aka Duffy)
In sad news, we heard from Johanna about the prognosis for Ben ("Shaksper Ben Miller"). Ben has chondrosarcoma - a form of bone cancer. To my knowledge, cancer is rare in Norwich terriers - unlike in some dog breeds where certain cancers are particularly common. A while ago, Johanna found a lump on Ben's side, which her vet thought was suspicious. A surgeon removed the tumor (and part of two ribs). Here is Ben after he came home. Unfortunately the pathology report came back with a diagnosis of chondrosarcoma. Now the oncologist who was consulted says that there is no treatment and expects that Ben has nine months to a year to live. My heart just goes out to Johanna and Ben. Ben is only eight years old. (His birthday is in September.)
Johanna plans to keep Ben comfortable for as long as possible. She tells me that Ben is recovered from his surgery (except for a large shaved spot), and recently went on his first long walk - which he loved! - since his surgery.
And Lynn T. sent me these pictures of Duffy ("Shaksper Thane Of Fife") entitled what not to chew on and what to chew on.
Here is a photo of Boo looking at a photo of ... Boo!
Jennifer, owner of Boo ("Shaksper Guiderius") and Lynn T., owner of Duffy ("Shaksper Thane Of Fife"), got toether for a "play date" and Jennifer sent me the following pictures:
Today was road-trip day. I first returned Boo to Jennifer and Keith, and then dropped off two of my dogs with my petsitter. Then Mandy, Tami ("Shaksper Tamora Queen Of The Goths"), Sayer ("Shaksper Soothsayer Of The Ides"), Polly, and I began a two-day drive to Michigan State University in Lansing, Michigan.
I heard from Garry that Argus ("Shaksper Arvirargus") had his airway scoped at Texas A&M University, as part of the longitudinal study of Norwich airways. This was the second time that Argus was scoped. According to Garry, there were minimal changes in Argus's airway and no surgery was necessary.
Mandy and Tami were scoped today. The good news is that their airway had changed very little since being scoped two years ago. And neither needed any surgery. Yeah!
Tomorrow we will start the drive home back to North Carolina. Then I will return Polly back to Lynn S. and Sayer back to Carolyn.
Afterwards, we went to visit Tami's son from her previous litter, Duffy ("Shaksper Thane Of Fife"), now owned by Lynn T. This was the first time that I had seen Duffy since he left me at the beginning of June. As a young puppy, I had wondered if Duffy had a "fluffy" coat. His coat color and texture were different than his littermates. A DNA test (and fellow breeders) said Duffy was not a "fluffy" ... and they were correct. Now it looks like Duffy is going to have a nice red coat.
We let Tami and Duffy play for a few moments. (Duffy still has some of his dark "guard" hairs.) Tami is not ready to be bred and Duffy is not yet (at almost six months) sexually mature, so it was safe ... but to be extra cautious, Tami spent the rest of the visit in her crate in a quiet room. I have fun playing with Duffy and talking with Lynn and her daughter Kaetlyn about Duffy. Lynn took this picture of me holding Duffy. Kaetlyn has done a great job of teaching Duffy several commands: sit, down, and stay.
Joe sent me this picture of Olivia ("Jerusalem Olivia Lenox"), now twelve years old. With the exception of my first litter (who are now all dead and who did not have any progency) Olivia is the maternal ancestor of all Shaksper dogs. Olivia was my second MACH Norwich. I fully expected that Olivia would spend her entire life with me .. but then Joe came along and made a better offer (only dog, winters in Florida, summers in Maine). I still miss Olivia and think of her often.
But before Tami could be inseminated, I was asked if Tami could be a "teaser bitch". NC State was trying to collect sperm from a light-colored Irish wolfhound. Letting a dog smell a bitch in season increases the dog's libido, which helps in the collection of sperm. So Tami got to be a tease!
The idea of a a transcervical insemination is to directly deposit the sperm past the cervix directly into the uterus (where the egss are). This is done using a long hollow probe which has a camera at its tip. The camera allows the vet to pass the probe past the cervix into the uterus. Here are serveral pictures:
And now we wait. There is no pregnancy pee test for dogs, like there is for humans. In about a month, Tami will have an ultrasound and we will see if she is pregnant.