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Congrats to Stump! February 12, 2009

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The 2009 Best In Show Trophy was awarded to Ch Clussexx Three D Grinchy Glee, a.k.a. Stump, a Sussex Spaniel

The 2009 Best In Show Trophy was awarded to "Ch Clussexx Three D Grinchy Glee," a.k.a. "Stump," a Sussex Spaniel

Just in case there were any doubts that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks….oh yes you can! And to prove my point, I extend a hefty congratulations to this years Best in Show Winner at Westminster, Stump. I must admit that my family and I are quite addicted to watching dog shows on television. We all packed around our TV to watch the excitement of Westminster unfold. We always root for the Newfoundlands and this years contestant was a very handsome male. If you would like to see the Newfoundland Best of Breed contest, you can watch the video on Westminster’s site. But the real hooting and barking were saved for the last five minutes of the show. How fabulous when Stump the Sussex Spaniel was chosen the winner. What makes Stump so remarkable is that he is 10 years old. He left the show ring in 2004 and almost died from a myterious illness.  Thanks to the work of the vets at Texas A&M, Stump pulled through. But he didn’t go back to the show ring, he went home to be a normal dog. He’s been your average Sussex Spaniel until this week when he entered Westminster. Now, he’s the oldest dog ever to win Best in Show at Westminster. So here’s a hefty Newfie bark to Stump!

Bread Thief Busted! January 23, 2009

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Holly The Newf and Royal Bread Thieves

Holly The Newf and Royal - Bread Thieves Busted

Well now I’ve really done it! It was bad enough when Kim’s sister, Jenn, and her three Australian Shepherds came for Thanksgiving and I gave them all fleas. I thought I’d never live that one down. (Even though it was really the cat’s fault!) Then at Christmas when Jenn and the dogs were here again, I was telling my good buddy Royal the Aussie how delicious loaves of bread are. I told him that every once in a while, someone in my family will leave a loaf of bread on the kitchen counter. Being a big dog really has its advantages when it comes to stealing tasty snacks. When no one is looking, I swipe those loaves of bread. I especially like the fancy artisan breads that Jim pays $5 a loaf for. They’re the best! I never leave any crumbs, but I do leave the bag on the floor. Who wants to eat yucky old plastic? I was reading Royal’s blog today and now there is a bread thief in Jenn’s house. Yikes! If Jenn finds out that I’m the one that clued Royal in on how to scarf a loaf of bread when Eric wasn’t looking…I’ll never be invited to their house again. Heck, they won’t even let me over for a play date with Royal. Royal better be on his best behavior. I’m going to have to have a little bark and chat session with him about how to be a bit more inconspicuous.

Raw Food Diet for Dogs January 12, 2009

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Raw food diet for dogs

Raw food diet for dogs

Kim finally got her act together and started to feed me a raw diet. Her sister Jenn has been raw feeding her three dogs for two years. Jenn has told Kim of all the health benefits associated with raw feeding. Kim went to a local butcher and bought all his leftover chicken necks and chicken frames. The frame is the left over part of the chicken that people don’t eat. Dogs, however, love the chicken frames. Kim bought 120 lbs. of meat.  I was so excited, I licked one of the boxes when she brought it home. She even bought me a few pigs feet as a treat. Jenn says her dogs love pigs feet. Jenn suggested several books for Kim to read on the subject of raw feeding your pet. She suggested Dr. Pitcairn’s New Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats
, Natural Nutrition for Dogs and Cats
by Kymythy Schultze, The Holistic Health Guide: Natural Care for the Whole Dog (Terra-Nova Series)
by Dr. Doug Knueven DVM. There are also books written for cats. Kim’s favorite is The New Natural Cat: A Complete Guide for Finicky Owners by Anitra Frazier. Kim has a list of supplements to add to my raw food that Dr. Doug Knueven, DVM gave her last week during my holistic vet appointment. My first meal was so delicious, I didn’t even mind eating it outside. It was much more filling than the Nutro dog food I had been eating. Kim is still keeping a dry dog food around for times when we travel and for treats. Jenn suggested Flint River Ranch dog food. It’s been voted as one of the top ten dog foods in the country by the Whole Dog Journal. I really like the Lamb, Millet, and Rice flavor.  Kim became a distributor of Flint River Ranch so she could get it for me. She is also going to supply my  other dog friends who are interested in a healthy diet, but may not want to go the raw food route. They also make cat food that Mr. Kitten Britches really likes. (I like it too. I steal it when he’s not looking.) Well..it’s dinner time. You can bet I’m not going to be late.”

Holly The Newf at the LaVale 4-H Club January 5, 2009

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Holly The Newf at the LaVale 4-H Club

Holly The Newf at the LaVale 4-H Club

Today I was the featured presentation at the LaVale 4-H Club monthly meeting. Kim and the kids gave a presentation about the history of Newfoundlands, information on the breed, and showed movies of the work Newfoundlands do. Kim showed video from my water rescue training, the Williamsburg Christmas Parade when I pulled my cart, and a movie on therapy dog work with Therapy Dogs International (TDI).  Kim talked to the kids about the responsibility of owning a dog and what its like to have a big dog.  Then I gave a carting demonstration and showed the kids how I get hitched up to my cart and how I pull. The kids really had a good time. After the presentation we did an arts and craft project and made dog house picture frames. Kim took a picture of each child with me and they put that in their frames.  The kids got to pet me and talk to me. Kim said I was very well behaved and that she was very proud of me. What fun! I can’t wait to go and meet more kids.

A Visit to Dr. Doug Knueven, DVM December 31, 2008

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Dr. Doug Knueven, DVM

Dr. Doug Knueven, DVM

Today Big Sandy and I went to our holistic vet appointments at the Beaver Animal Clinic in Beaver, PA, with Dr. Doug Knueven. Kim’s sister Jenn of Blue Dog Creature Coaching saw Dr. Doug speak at the Association of Pet Dog Trainers Convention in October. Jenn was very impressed with Dr. Doug and his holistic philosophies in pet health care. In the past few months I have had a problem with hot spots. They hurt and make me miserable. Jenn has suggested that the dog food I was eating could have a lot to do with it and she suggested that we all go see Dr. Doug together. Jenn’s dog Big Sandy only has three legs and is starting to get old. Jenn took Big Sandy for Dr. Doug’s suggestions for keeping her comfortable and vibrant in her older years. Dr. Doug spent three hours with us. He started our appointment with a general exam. Then he reviewed our complete medical records. Years worth! In my case, Dr. Doug suggested that Kim switch me to a raw diet. Dr. Doug believes very strongly in raw feeding. YEAH!!! I am so thrilled. I finally get to eat all that yummy stuff Kim has been feeding Mr. Kitten Britches. Dr. Doug also suggested several supplements be added to my diet, including fish oil, Standard Process Catalyn, Dr. Pitcairn’s Healthy Powder, and glucosomine and chryodroiton. He also told Kim to give me a probiotic for two to three weeks now and for two to three weeks when the seasons change. He also prescribed a Chinese Herb – Shou Wu. Dr. Doug is also a strong advocate of not over vaccinating animals. He told Kim that rabies shots should only be done every 3 years and that I have had enough Distemper and Parvo vaccinations. He told Kim my right ear was infected and she should flush it with green tea. Dr. Doug will also work with my local vet so I can keep my trips to Beaver at a minimum.  Jenn has scheduled Dr. Doug to give a Holistic Care workshop on March 21 and 22 at the APS of Orange County in the Chapel Hill, NC area. Kim and I are going and I get to be one of the demo dogs. If you would like to read more about Dr. Doug, I would highly suggest his book The Holistic Health Guide: Natural Care for the Whole Dog (Terra-Nova Series)

A Holistic Vet for Holly The Newf December 30, 2008

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The Holistic Health Guide by Dr. Doug Knueven, DVM

The Holistic Health Guide by Dr. Doug Knueven, DVM

Tomorrow Kim and I are going to see Dr. Doug Knueven at the Beaver Animal Clinic in Beaver, PA.  Dr. Knueven is a holistic vet that has written a book called, The Holistic Health Guide: Natural Care for the Whole Dog
. He practices homeopathy, acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, chiropractic, and regular vet services. Dr. Knueven is a big supporter of feeding raw diets. Maybe he can finally convince Kim to raw feed me like she does Mr. Kitten Britches. I certainly do like the taste of his food. (I steal it when no one is looking.) Kim’s sister Jenn came all the way from Chapel Hill, NC, with her dog, Big Sandy, to see Dr. Knueven. Big Sandy only has three legs and is suffering from a spine disorder that is common in older dogs. Jenn is hoping Dr. Knueven came help Big Sandy with pain management to make her more comfortable. Time for bed…we have to get up at 4:30 AM to be at Dr. Knueven’s on time. Yawn!

Dogs Love Christmas! December 25, 2008

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Holly The Newf's Tuffie's Sport Tug-O-War

Holly The Newf's Tuffie's Sport Tug-O-War

Who ever said Christmas was just for people? We animals had a fabulous Christmas day today with our family. I must have been a very good Newfoundland this year because Santa brought me some really great gifts. I got a Squirell Dude, just like my friend Royal has. His owner Jenn fills it with great treats when she leaves him at home alone. I can’t wait till the next time my people leave and fill my Squirell Dude with my favorite treats. I also got a Tuffie’s Sport Tug-O-War Toy. This is the  indestructible toy that they test on circus lions to make sure they won’t fall apart. Big dogs need big, strong toys!

Holly The Newf in her Jingle Bell Collar

Holly The Newf in her Jingle Bell Collar

I got two jingle bell Christmas collars. The cat chases me when I jingle. Mr. Kitten Britches got several great cat toys too. Tomorrow, my good friend Royal is coming to visit with Kim’s sister Jenn. Hopefully, we’re over the flea thing.

Flea Bath Day December 16, 2008

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Holly The Newf in her Booster Bath

Holly The Newf in her Booster Bath

Today was flea bath day for both Mr. Kitten Britches and I. Kim put me in my Paws for Thought Booster Bath ()
to give me a bath to get rid of any fleas that may be hanging around. This is a great way to give dogs a bath and Kim and I highly recommend it. It was really cold out, so Jim helped us out. When we were all done, Kim and Jim soaked me down in a Rosemary rinse that will help keep the fleas off. Kim added 1 tsp of dried rosemary or 1 tbsp of fresh rosemary to a pint of boiling water and steep for 10 minutes. After it cooled, she poured 14 pints of Rosemary rinse over me and let me shake it off. It made me smell wonderful. She did the same to Mr.Kitten Britches (1 pint covered him). I think he was less fond of getting wet than I was. My boy took me for a walk after my bath.

Holly The Newf with icicles

Holly The Newf with icicles

By the time we got back, I had icicles hanging from me.  Kim washed all our bedding again, mopped the wood floors, and vacuumed all the carpet and furniture while I dried off in my pen. Kim got a super duper dryer to help in the long drying process for Newfoundlands. Today went pretty quick. It was very dry out. Hopefully we’ve seen the last of the fleas. I’m continuing to take my Bug Off Garlic and so is Mr. Kitten Britches. I’ll keep you posted.

Fleas! Oh No! December 15, 2008

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Mr. Kitten Britches has fleas! If he has fleas…I probably have them too! This is not a good thing for a large, black, very hairy dog. Not only do we have fleas, but it appears we may have passed them along to Jenn’s dog Royal when he was here playing over Thanksgiving. Now their whole family has fleas too. This is quite embarassing. I feel horrible about the whole thing. They could be all over my house! Fleas carry tapeworms. Yuck!  Kim started doing research when she found fleas on Mr. Kitten Britches. She doesn’t want to use Frontline or any harsh chemical products because of all the negative health effects on not only animals but people too. I’ve been taking Springtime Bug-Off Garlic for over a year. I’ve never had a problem with fleas or ticks. Kim emailed the folks at Springtime and they said you could give Bug-Off Garlic to cats too. Kim started giving Mr. Kitten Britches garlic today. Kim really liked the information she found on WikiHow To Kill or Repel Fleas Naturally.  She’s been using a Finishing Touch Flea Comb for Dogs () on Mr. Kitten Britches to find the fleas. She always has a glass of warm soapy water nearby when she combs him. Fleas will die in soapy water so she sticks the comb in the glass after each brush through his coat. It gets the live fleas off, but doesn’t do anything for the flea eggs. She is washing all our cat and dog bedding several times a week in the washing machine on the hot setting. That kills all the fleas and flea eggs. She just has to be careful not to shake any of the bedding out on the way to the washing machine. She also read that sprinkling Rosemary on our bedding helps repel fleas and it smells great. She is also using her Dyson Absolute DC17 Animal Upright Vacuum . Kim says it’s the absolute best vaccum she has ever used. Vaccums are an important part of flea control. Kim says that vaccuming daily will catch not only any fleas that may be in the carpet, but also flea eggs. Kim found out that regular table salt will kill flea eggs and fleas by drying them out. She sprinkled salt over all our carpet and furniture, let it sit overnight, then vaccumed it up. With the Dyson, she can empty the canister outside, so no fleas get deposited anywhere else in the house. I think Mr. Kitten Britches and I are scheduled for baths tomorrow. Check back to see how our natural flea fight is going.

A Visit to Jamestown Settlement December 7, 2008

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Holly The Newf and Family at Jamestown Settlement

Holly The Newf and Family at Jamestown Settlement

Kim couldn’t find the directions to go to the Newfoundland Draft test today, so instead, we went to the Jamestown Settlement. It turned into another great day of dog and family fun. Jamestown Settlement National Park was also very dog friendly. The nice DNR lady at the front desk made arrangements for me to go in all the buildings. I even got to watch a wonderful movie on the Jamestown Settlement with my family. Kim put me in a down stay in a space that is usually reserved for wheelchairs and I was very quiet through the entire movie. Then we got to go outside and tour the settlement area. It was very interesting. They also let me go in the museum. Our pass allowed us to also go to the Yorktown Battlefield, but we had to head for home. Again, the whole family agreed this was a wonderful place to not only learn about history but include everyone in a great day of fun, including me.