Health Issues

The life of a dog owner is very blessed. Lots of love, wiggling tails, and a bond that is difficult to describe. From the “gotcha” day, until the last breath in your arms at the end of a long life, they bring amazing happiness, and companionship to you.

Alas, they also have health issues to deal with, and fortunately there are veterinarians who are there to work with you (although sometimes it is best not to ask the price). Both Lizzie and Cerbie have needed some care in their time with us.

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The Cousins are Back!

Prior to Cerbie’s arrival, we had the joy of my sister’s hounds staying with us. She lives near Lake Shasta, and the Carr fire was threatening her homestead, so we took in her pooches.

After they left (and the fire was control), we quickly snarfed up Cerbie.

Fast forward to September 4th, and the Delta Fire is once again threatening her neighborhood in Shasta. So, you guessed it, we have the cousins back. And Cerbie. Fortunately Griz was able to stay with my other sister, so we just have the four of them.

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Cerbie at Two Weeks

It is beginning to get difficult to write about Cerbie, as he is just so damn chill all the time. I swear the Island life really turned out a low drama hound. He has some minor health issues that we are working on (the infected anal gland – eww) but his behavior is exemplary.

He is a hugger. Like “I’m going to put my forepaws on your shoulders” hugger. He is almost tall enough to do it while you are standing, but definitely while sitting. It is a darling trait.

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Cerbie goes to skool

On Tuesday, Cerbie had his first training class. Honestly, Cerbie already knows the basics, sit, stay, down, come, and others, so this is as much to train Barbara, as it is to train Cerbie.

Of course, there are some things he could use. He does pull (hard) on the leash, and he is a bit of a squirrel chaser. But those are hardly horrible behaviors (except he is very strong.)

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Rescuing Dogs

This post has been rattling around my head for literally years, since long before we moved back from Arizona. At the genesis I was volunteering at Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption, and before that I did a stint at AGR (Arizona Greyhound Rescue). I learned a lot about the mechanics of rescue organizations, and the hounds that they work tirelessly to place. My recent pair of hounds came from a different group, an all breed rescue, Copper’s Dream a wonderful local group that works to place hounds in loving families.

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Cerbie goes to the Vet

As mentioned in yesterday’s post, we have had Cerbie for a full week. At about 12:45 yesterday afternoon, we logged 1 week as the stewards of this wonderful dog.

How to celebrate that? Yep, you guessed it, it is time for a vet visit.

Fortunately the Kauai humane society provided extensive records of his care, and the vaccinations/tests etc. that he had before getting on the plane, so some of the preliminaries were streamlined.

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