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About Krambambuli

  • Birthday 02/16/1959

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    Buchanan, Michigan
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    Dogs, cats (still miss our 2!), planted freshwater aquariums + the fish, of course. Guinea pigs. Horses! <br />Photography. <br />Reading, just about anything, my favorites are mysteries and American Indian culture, food (both cookbooks and food politics), environmental issues.<br />Love being outdoors, the beach, the woods. Best if enjoyed with my favorite person, my husband! <br />Music, movies. So many favorites, hard to list them all.<br />Good food, wine, scotch, rum and great company.<br />Last, but never least, my daughter ... she's the best! (I don't know if this counts as an interest ....).

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  1. Yeah, I'm sighing right along with you, Maralynn! Sky had no problem with the vaccine by the way, but I understand your caution. And if I dream of ticks tonight, it's Mark's fault ... interesting articles, though.
  2. Maralynn, Since the Frontline seemed to work great, I hadn't considered any other topical protection ... I hate to expose my dog and us to even more chemicals all the time. Also, I thought in combination with the vaccine, she'd be "safe". Oh well, there goes that theory. The Snap test was positive, and then they sent in blood to IDEXX lab for the quantative C6 test -- it cost $70 for the first time, I guess if you need additional tests it's cheaper. The high cost makes it not really a test you would just do routinely, especially if you had several dogs .... The test can differentiate between simply exposure or actual, active infection. The Snap test doesn't, if I understood correctly. And if your dog doesn't show any symptoms, you're none the wiser. They also now seem to think that the ticks don't have to be attached as long as they used to believe to transmit diseases. Plus there is the ongoing debate over the vaccines and their effectiveness and safety. I'm getting more confused about this issue the more I read or talk to my vet. Also a lot of dogs get infected, fight it off, and never get sick. I guess that's the best we can hope for after you did everything else.
  3. I'd be interested to hear about that, too. My dog Sky has had Lyme vaccinations every year since we got her, which means twice now. I don't know which one, but it's $35 at our vet, have to ask next time which of those 3 they use. We use Frontline Plus religiously, and still, at the last heartworm/lyme disease snaptest she tested positive for the lyme. So the vet did the other, more conclusive test, to see if it was just a false positive reaction to the vaccine, but no, she tested positive for actual lyme. I had found exactly 3 ticks on her late last fall, and promptly removed them. Sky never showed any symptoms at all. The test results were in the very, very low numbers, and the vet said, most doctors wouldn't even treat, but we did a round of antibiotics to be on the safe side. Our vet seemed to think that the vaccine protected Sky from getting a worse case of lyme, and thinks we should continue with the routine vaccination every year. I hate ticks. Of course we live in an area now considered a hot bed for Lyme (Southwest Michigan-Berrien County)... only a few years back there were hardly any cases, now the vet says they see tons of dogs that have been infected.
  4. I feel for you! I have allergies to numerous kinds of plants and dust mites, wool too, and cats, horses, and dogs. And who knows what else, we stopped testing as the list got longer ... I did allergy shots for 5 years, weekly, 2 shots, 1 per arm. Just against the worst offenders. Did diddle squat in the end, and I was tired of it. So based on my experience I wouldn't put too much trust in immunotherapy treatment. It might work well if the dog only has one or two specific allergies. The more substances one is allergic to, the harder it is to treat. I am controlling my allergies with Claritin and Flonase nasal spray relatively well. I've read that Claritin doesn't work for animals and is not recommended. Benadryl is one of the drugs suggested, but make sure to check with your vet always! Our cat Lene was allergic to the proteins in flea saliva. She would scratch herself to pieces if she was bitten by even one flea. She was an indoor cat, so most of the time we were able to keep the fleas out. She had to be on steroids and wear the cone of shame for the few times a flea made his way inside. Steroids wouldn't be my first choice, but they do help when problems really flare up! You're right, it would be impossible to keep your dog of grass or away from trees. Most of those allergies appear during bloom time, though. So maybe wash her feet after an outing, and a regular quick bath/shower rinse might help at those times. Unless she licks the sheep or spends hours really close to them, I don't think that would be too bad of a problem. As soon as she is away from that source the symptoms should stop. Dust mites are the worst. Vaccuuming does help, but it's virtually impossible to get rid of them that way. You might have to encase the bedding in dust mite proof covers, and wash them often. Keeping windows closed during pollen time, and using air conditioning (with a good filter) does help, but I'm not fond of doing that personally. Might be worth a try though ... Maybe if you make her wear socks at home, she can't scratch as hard. But she might not like that ... It's usually a combination of things that help with allergies. I sure wished there was a miracle cure, but I'm afraid there isn't one (yet). Hang in there and don't let it keep you and your dog from enjoying the things you like. A positive attitude goes a long way too.
  5. Yeah!!!!!!!! I've been keeping my fingers crossed -- this is wonderful! So happy for you and the doggies!
  6. Oh, my -- just saw this. So glad Kenzi was found!!! What a nightmare. You'll be sleeping much better tonight! ))
  7. Some people just want to split hairs over how to use certain words, I think. I wouldn't worry about it. Deutscher Schaeferhund means German Shepherd Dog, and they were originally used and bred for herding, or maybe more accurately guiding/moving, and guarding sheep. The main focus of course has shifted to working in other areas, like police work, search dog, guard dog etc.. I found a website that shows a GSD rounding up/guiding sheep. They work differently than Border Collies. But it looks like the dog knows what to do and he seems very confident and happy to do his job. The article is interesting, too, if you care to read it. German Shepherdherding If a dog works with sheep, it's a sheepdog, at least in my dictionary.
  8. I kind of have a similar problem in reverse. When we go to my brother-in-laws house, my nieces' dog is confrontational with our dog. Chloe is a hound/doberman mix or some such thing, and is at least twice as tall and almost 3x as heavy as little Sky. When Chloe was a pup they got along fine, but since she is fully grown (she's been spayed, so I don't think that is the problem), there is a lot of tense behavior, and if we don't watch them like hawks, they get in fights. Now, ever since that became clear, I keep Sky away from Chloe and my niece is doing the same. But these visits are often family celebrations of one kind or another, and there are a lot of people milling about, and a lot of stuff going on, and once in a great while it does happen by accident, that Chloe gets away, and of course she comes running over to jump on Sky, literally. Sky is by now quite scared of her, but if pushed she will defend herself. We haven't ever had a serious incident, and we've both been even more vigilant -- so this is really not a problem. But -- and this makes me mad: my brother-in-law acts like it's all Sky's fault (even though she stays away from the other dog on her own accord), because Sky is the one who will start warning Chloe off, and then gets snarky, because Chloe doesn't understand or doesn't want to understand. Again, let me emphasize, this hardly ever happens, and I have Sky on a leash by my feet, unless Chloe is outside or in her crate. But then I get to hear comments like, "maybe Sky should be in the crate if she can't behave", or "this is Chloe's house, why should she be on a leash or in a crate" ... well, you get the drift. This is not coming from my niece, who frankly is sad and embarrassed about her dog's behavior, and really does her part to make the visits successful. I'm getting frustrated with Sky getting blamed and I feel there is resentment building up on both sides, about us bringing our dog. I have considered leaving Sky at home, but that means that we cannot stay very long. It's an almost 1 hour drive there, and then back again, and I really dont like to leave Sky alone for hours on end. She's a good dog, she doesn't get into anything, but ironically she loves going to their house. They live on 50 wooded acres, and visiting them also has been helpful as far as her fear of people and especially kids is concerned. She is happy to see them, and even interacts with them, which is a huge step forward for her. I'd hate to miss out on that part of the visiting. But if the comments continue, I might change my mind and not bring her, for peace's sake. I don't want to get in a fight with my brother-in-law over this ... but I'm starting to have a hard time holding my tongue. I am not angry at Chloe. She is a nice dog otherwise, and I know that females often don't get along. Also she has basically no contact with other dogs ever. Sometimes, after we've been there for a while the dogs relax enough to actually want to play with each other, and do without aggression of any sort. But it's always hit or miss, so we are careful. Family stuff is never easy!
  9. Just shows you that bringing up kids who don't listen and dogs that don't listen isn't really very different .. )) I hate meeting loose dogs -- Sky has gotten mauled several times. She's gone from a dog who was super excited to meet any dog, and very, very submissive towards them and friendly, to a dog who assumes the worst, unless she happens to already know the dog well. It's kinda sad. I often cross the street when possible, or wait at some distance. This is not how I had imagined walking my dog! Luckily most people are too busy or lazy to walk their dogs, so often we are alone on our trips around town.
  10. So sorry to read this about your beautiful dog ... what a terrible thing to happen. May she rest in peace! It's one of my worst nightmares, because I walk on many roads that have no side walk, and people just drive way to fast and carelessly. Not that it would help, but I wished I could tell that guy a thing or two about the dent in his car ... Take care!
  11. Funny! Sky is really good about not chewing/playing with anything but her dog things. BUT, if you leave certain items on the floor by mistake, there are a few she cannot resist: boxes of tissues, pencils and pens. If those are on the coffee table, which she can easily reach despite being so small, they are completely safe from her. She won't even touch the pizza or fried chicken on the coffee table, if we eat in the living room -- and yes, you can leave the room, she won't touch anything. Pizza on the floor .. another story. Don't know if anyone trained her, or if she was just born polite. Our cat Lene, she would knock things of shelves to get your attention, or chew on indoor plants or lick plastic bags .. all very deliberate acts, that she would stop as soon as you did whatever she wanted (get up at 3 am for the fun of it, play with her, feed her). I miss that little devil.
  12. Congrats Mary, on your new little friend! Vala looks really cute, and it sounds like she is very happy already to be with you. It's always a gamble of sorts to take in a new pet, but from your description of her I think you have every reason to be able to expect a wonderful outcome this time around. My dog had kennel cough when I brought her home, slight coughing and runny nose, but it never really slowed her down, and after the vet visit and vaccination, it went way very quickly. I have no experience with heartworm, but from everything I've heard and read, it too is curable. I understand your worries, though, I am myself a worrier -- especially about my husband and daughter and our pets. Keeping my fingers crossed that Vala is ok. Good luck, and more pictures please!
  13. So sorry to hear about Bandit and the attack on both of you. I hope you are both ok soon! When I initially got my dog, I had this notion that my dog should have dog friends -- not really sure why I thought this. ... Anywho, it became very clear to me that dogs see this issue quite differently in many cases. We've been attacked several times on walks, and Sky now assumes the worst about most dogs we meet. Some who we see regularly in passing, she hates with a passion even from afar. Of course I don't ever let this escalate, but I tend to avoid dogs we don't know, and I don't think I would ever set foot in a dog park. I know many people do, and their dogs have a wonderful time, but all you need is one bad experience and you are at the vet and hospital or worse. Plus you have to deal with the psychological aftermath. As far as paying for the vet etc., I have no idea what the law is on that, since it did not happen in somebody's home. However, if it were my dog, who attacked, I would most certainly offer to pay the bills. I realize that some people simply cannot do that lacking the finances, but I would try to offer something as both compensation and apology. That would be the decent thing to do! Again, I'm sorry this happened to you!
  14. I would second that, Mary. You need time to digest what happened and come to grips with your sadness and guilt feelings. I understand that you have a big hole in your life right now, but I would enjoy or try to enjoy some time off from dealing with anything potentially stressful. Going on a trip sounds like a great idea. Going to the shelter to volunteer is nice, just take it easy with that too. You don't need any more heartache right this moment. Take care of yourself, and keep posting here!
  15. I hate going to the dentist, too! Fast recovery and happy chewing afterwards!
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