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Friday, April 2nd, 2010
3:06 am - Airy Elf's Greyhounds & Whippets Kennel

Airy Elf's Greyhounds and Whippets kennel.
Our Greyhounds first of all are companions, members of family and we'll never forget it. It is very important distinguishing feature of
Greyhounds: not only exterior but first of all character and temperament. Because most part of life Greyhound passes in family, with people and our principal task when mating is to save in our Greyhounds quiet, steady temperament, wonderful, lovely character and devotion and love of people, which inherent in this breed from time immemorial.
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Saturday, March 14th, 2009
5:57 pm - Rhett was found!

Hi everyone! I just wanted to let you all know that the Dakota Dachshund Rescue puppymill dog, Rhett, was found in Sioux Falls a week ago.  Thanks for allowing me to post the Lost flyer even though many of you aren't from the SD area.  Everyone is so relieved Rhett was found and is now safe at his foster's home. 

Speaking of foster dogs: I currently foster Luke Skywalker for DDR and just found out someone has applied to adopt him!  I have had the honor of fostering Luke in my home for the past 6 months and am happy to say that the scared, skinny puppymill boy has blossomed into a happy, playful, loving dog!  I am very sad that he will be leaving me soon, but I'm excited for him to continue on his journey here on Earth in his forever home!  Plus, with Luke moving on, it will open up another foster home spot for another dog in need.

I blog on the website for Luke, so feel free to check him and other dachshunds in need of homes on the DDR website: www.dakotadachshundrescue.org

Thanks everyone!



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Thursday, February 26th, 2009


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Tuesday, January 13th, 2009
8:12 am - PETA article mentioning working dogs.
lilsinger_95 This post was originally made by sophiahagia in theseeingeye, and I thought I'd copy it here since it applies.

In a post on the LA Times blog, the vice president of cruelty investigations at PETA was interviewed yesterday. The article mostly discusses PETA's work
to stop the broadcast of the Westminster dog show, but there are several concerning points that the VP makes about working dogs. You can read the article at the following link:
I'd encourage you to contact PETA with your thoughts on this matter, as pretty much everything this woman has to say about guide dogs isn't true. Her contact
info is:
Daphna Nachminovitch, at
757-622-7382, extension 1338, or via e-mail at DaphnaN@peta.org

current mood: flabbergasted

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Sunday, January 11th, 2009
7:10 am - Laura and Mollie's Intro post.
lilsinger_95 Hi, I'm Laura, and I just received my beautiful German Shepherd dog guide named Mollie from The Seeing Eye this past summer. She's 2.5 years old, and I've posted a picture of her behind the cut below for anyone who's interested. She's stubborn, strong-willed, smart, mischievous, and a great guide dg as far as I'm concerned. She's still got quite a bit of puppy in her despite her age, although for all I know it could be normal.

I joined this community because I'm interested in learning about other types of working dogs as well as learning any tips for caring for a working dog. I'm glad to be a part of this community!

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Friday, September 26th, 2008
10:59 pm - PET FOOD RECALL

Mars Petcare US Issues Voluntary Recall of Everson, PA Plant Dry Pet Food Product due to Potential Salmonella Contamination.


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Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008
9:47 pm - A Bad Summary of August

Not much to say here really, just wanted an excuse to post some photos uploaded from the last month that I've yet to do anything with, and thought I'd also give a quick update on Miss Maya, who had her spaying op. about two weeks ago. She has recovered very well; in fact her stitches are now out having healed rather nicely (though her coat is already starting to blow - damn hormonal fluctuations). She is, however, suffering from cabin fever and simply cannot comprehend why she has to be all boring and lazy; I cannot wait to get her back out on the rig with El CapiStan, who is very much missing his working partner.

And so on

Stan Relaxing

Maya Asleeping


And an apt demonstration that trying to take a picture of me on the rig, working the dogs, in the dark, from behind, is generally uncomplimentary and of definite low quality for all involved.

Yes, I really need to get practicing with them action photography skills, don't I? Haha!


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Wednesday, July 16th, 2008
4:58 pm - A word of warning regarding Promeris Spot-On flea treatment.

A word of warning regarding Promeris Spot-On flea treatment.

Though I am relating this post in the most main to Northern breeds, I suggest anybody who flea treats their dogs to give it a read.

On Monday, I treated my Malamute, Stan (pictured in my icon) with the aforementioned flea treatment. Followed the instructions - very similar to frontline, for those familiar with it, but apparnetly less dramatic (no major warnings over skin contact, licking from animals etc.)
Within 1 hour of treatment he experienced obvious stomach pains complete with crying, followed by violent uncontrollable diaoreah.
Within 4 hours he had become lethergic, not lifting his ears or tail while walking and seeming stiff in movement.
Within 8 hours the stiffness had turned to complete paralysis in his back legs. He was refusing to drink water or eat by this point, and appeared to have visibly lost weight, his hip bones and ribs clearly visible.
Within 12 hours he was acting completely drugged, unresponsive to touch or to calling his name, unwilling to make any movement and his breathing slow and shallow. He got up twice to violently vomit, the result of which smelt absolutely toxic and perfumed.
We took him to the vets within 18 hours of the initial treatment. He was running a temperature and given an anti-inflamatory to help ease his hind legs, but the vet seemed dismissive of our concerns over the flea treatment and suggested we keep an eye on him and keep him well hydrated.
In the mean time we had contacted our breeder, who later came back to us with the findings that this was not an isolated case, and in fact many people had reported similar symptons - amidst other unpleasantries - after using this treatment, particularly amidst Northern breeds. To quote from This Article here are some other accounts that I'm sure the authors wouldn't mind me sharing:

This is a new product designed to be a more effective product than other flea/tick treatments that was just released this year. It is available thru a vet and not currently on-line. I got ProMeris this week for my 7 dogs (6 Huskies & 1 Golden-Airedale), and the results were debilitating for nearly all of them including me. Since my incident this week, my vet has pulled it from distribution and alerted the manufacturer, Fort Dodge .
Here are my results:
Within less than 2 hours after applying, 4 of my dogs had vomited from 2-4 times, 3 were disoriented and stumbling, 1
was dragging his back leg, 1 was salivating. I had very similar symptoms like an allergic reaction and my lips were swollen, eyes very red, mucous membranes such as eyes, nose, and mouth were stinging. I was very disoriented and dizzy equilibrium and not able to drive. To make this a short story, all 7 of my dogs were admitted to thhe hospital for
veterinarian care, and 3 of them remained for care, IV fluids and observation for 24 hours. I was in the emergency room.
I’m home now and so are the dogs. We’re all feeling much better. Vet bills were over $2,500 and Fort Dodge is paying for these. Not only can the product cause this reaction, it has a highly noxious odor that permeated the house and
is just starting to dissipate after 3 days.

My 9 mo old 26 lb. mixed breed is currently in the ER for IV fluids and antedote after a reaction to Promeris. This a.m. she was very lethargic. I checked her vitals and got a heart rate of 48. This was 12 hrs after the dose was applied. She saw her regular vet and he gave her an injection of Antesedan, and she perked up. But three hours later she relapsed with a heart rate of 40 and ended up in ER. I am still awaiting an update. My regular vet said he is seeing many cases of Promeris toxicity and is not going to carry it anymore. I had been a faithful Frontline user for decades, wish I had stayed with it.

I just left my 4-yr-old Basenji mix at the all-night emergency clinic with an apparent Promeris toxicity. She presented with lethargy, bradycardia, depression, hypothermia, and ataxia within 12 hours after administration of Promeris. This was her first dose of Promeris - we used Frontline in the past, but our veterinarian preferred Promeris. We’re praying that she’ll recover with no long-term health issues.

The vet staff called Fort Dodge to report the case and to obtain information on how to treat her. I plan on following up on their call in the morning (left the clinic at 1 AM).

Both myself and my breeder have since contacted our vets to inform them of our findings, and suggest that they bear this in mind in distributing this product, or indeed if any other dogs come in with similar reactions.

It's now over 48 hours later, and Stan still isn't back to normal. He hasn't eaten since Monday morning and is still seeming lethargic and strangely disorientated, but his ears are back up, his eyes more open and his legs back to stiff rather than paralysed. And his fur still stinks of the stuff.

I was genuinely fearing for my dogs life 24 hours ago, and I'd hate for other people to go through the same. So please, pass this on to anybody you think may benefit from this warning. Tough I include quotes from others, this is a firsthand account, not a news article passed around the rumour mill, and I can only hope it will help prevent further distress and suffering to both owners and animals. I know I'll be sticking to spray from now on.

X-Posted to all communities I feel would benefit. Feel free to do the same

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Monday, June 23rd, 2008

Please pass along to anyone or any group/list that may need this information or who may feed/handle pet food bought at or from a PETCO store.

FDA Requests Seizure of Animal Food Products at PETCO Distribution Center

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Monday, February 18th, 2008
8:55 pm - Dog profile help.

Hello Everyone! It's been forever since I wrote on here. I have been back to writing and I started writing little breed profiles! Dogs are my passion and it's been fun getting back to this! I have no plans on publishing but thought instead it would be fun for family and friends. So what I was hoping for is... I am going to post up to 5 breeds of dogs that I am writing about, what I would like is pictures of that breed and maybe a little insight of the breed with your experiences, facts, fun things about them. I want to print pictures of your dogs for my profiles (not an online thing) it will be printed on paper, laminated and put into a binder for people to view. If you post a picture please give me permission to use them and your name, (last name is not needed) pets name, and a state, country would be nice. Nothing to personal! Remember this is just something fun for me to put together and show family and friends. Maybe it will help educate people too ( I would like a couple pictures of mix breeds too as I will add a sheet of pictures of mixes.) But mainly pics of purebreds. Thanks!I forgot to mention the breeds! haha oops!
Akita, Alaskan Malamute, Anatolian, Black Russian Terrier, Bernese Mountain dog.
I figured I would start with the working group.

current mood: chipper

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Tuesday, February 5th, 2008
3:14 pm - Royal Mail launches working dogs stamps

I am in no way affiliated with Royal Mail, but I thought this was neat:

"The Royal Mail has launched a series of stamps to celebrate the roles performed by working dogs in the UK."

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Monday, January 28th, 2008
10:48 am - schutzhund puppy?

About a week ago, I brought home a GSD puppy. She is from german working lines. Her sire is VA Gusto vom Mittelwest SchH3. I am considering training her in schutzhund. Is there anything I should or should not be doing in this early puppy phase? She will be 9 weeks old tomorrow.

If I do train her for schutzhund, does that mean she needs to be more of a "kennel dog" and less of a "family dog"?

Any information would be appreciated.

*cross posted*

current mood: curious

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Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008
7:52 am - Puppy Health Questions

I just brought home my GSD puppy, Brynja, on Saturday. She is my fourth GSD, and I got all of them as puppies. I took her to the vet on Monday, and yesterday morning I found out that she does not have worms "yay," but she does have giardia and coccidia. I have never had to deal with either of those. I know it is not uncommon for puppies to have one or both of those, but it is new to me. Have any of you had a puppy with giardia, coccidia or both? If so, any tips on how to deal with keeping your other dogs from getting them and your kids or other human family members from getting the giardia?

We started her on antibiotics for the coccidia, and yesterday she got her first of five doses of Panacur for the giardia.

She has a lot of energy and seems to be dealing with all of it just fine. She isn't eating quite as much as I would like, but she is adjusting from having food down all the time at the breeders to being on a feeding schedule here.

I couldn't resist posting a pic.


current mood: drained

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Friday, January 11th, 2008
12:42 pm - Diamond's Lamb & Rice

 In the search for a new brand of dog food, which is affordable (less than a dollar a pound), I am also considering Diamond's Lamb & Rice.

Thoughts, suggestions, advice?

There is no corn in that product.

*cross posted*

current mood: curious

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11:14 am - Beef 'n More


Have any of you fed your dogs Beef 'n More dry dog food?  It is a Merrick product.  I am thinking of switching my dogs from Iams (yes I know Iams is evil...Iams sucks...blah blah blah) Lamb & Rice to Merrick's Beef 'n More.  Any thoughts?  

*cross posted*

current mood: curious

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Sunday, January 6th, 2008
9:55 am - Mandatory spay/neuter law passed ...


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