Isaac vom Geistwasser

A BLOG about a DOG

Teeth and updates.

Isaac is losing teeth (not just starting). Finally we are getting to a point where his mouth isn’t full of needles, though what he is lacking in sharpness he is making up for with power.

Haven’t had any diarrhea issues since the weekend of July 19th.

Been spending most time on just playing with him with the KONG(s) and occasional obedience. Been playing ping pong with him between Noah and me which is getting his come when called a little more solid.

He’s gone for some car rides and seen more dogs and kids (socialization continues).

He has done some minor chewing on the new bed in the kennel, but it’s still functional and he uses it on a regular basis. On occasion when he goes out at 11:00 PM before bed he wants to sleep outside rather than in the crate (can’t trust him with that one). All I need with all my crazy neighbor issues is a dog howling at the moon all night.

Pretty sure the North Central Region’s site is complete.

Built Dog Bed

Isaac spends some time outside in his kennel and I noticed he was getting some rough spots on his elbows from laying on the brick. He didn’t seem to mind, but I figured I’d hook him up with some luxury.

I decided to build him a dog bed (they are kind of expensive to buy). Here are the instructions I kind of followed. He seems to love it, we’ll see how long the Duck Fabric lasts (couldn’t find Cordora). Since it’s 100% cotton I’m not sure how it will hold up. For $7.99 a yard it seems affordable enough to replace. Also when I replace it I might use straps to tighten it rather than screws. I actually glued the PVC instead of just pounding it together like the instructions suggest. Also I didn’t order the special furniture fittings and just used standard 1.5″ PVC fittings (didn’t use the 1.75″ PVC as suggested).

Here are some pictures.

So far so good

The plan is working thus far. Laid some nice logs @ 11:00 PM Monday night on the way home from Gus and Glory’s house. Just keeping the fingers crossed that he can make a successful transition to the new Canidae formula.

Hoping to get some more recent pictures of the pooch posted.

Getting very close to completing the North Central Regional website. Not terribly happy with the gallery and the forums, but I think I’m ahead of the curve compared to most of the other regions sites.

The Plan of attack

Here is the plan of attack after fasting Isaac for 24 hours (H2O was allowed). He was back to his normal self this AM, not lethargic like yesterday.

Monday will consist of three meals containing:

1/2 cup Rice cooked in beef broth
1/4 cup softened Canidae mix 50% old 50% new
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1 1/4 Cups total x 3

Tuesday will consist of three meals containing:

1 cup Rice cooked in beef broth
1/2 cup softened Canidae mix 50% old 50% new
1 heaping spoonful of canned pumpkin
1 1/2 Cups total x 3

Wednesday will consist of one meal containing:

1 cup Rice cooked in beef broth
1 cup softened Canidae mix 50% old 50% new
2 Cups total x 1

Wednesday will be finished with two meals containing:

1 cup softened Canidae mix 50% old 50% new
1 Cup total x 2

Could it be Canidae’s fault

So we went to the Wisconsin Dells Fri/Sat/Sun and left Marissa home with Isaac. 12:00 AM Saturday night/Sunday morning Isaac had diarrhea in the crate and then again at 7:00 AM. She called us at 8:00 AM to report there were problems. At about 1:00 she called her Grandma and Grandpa to check him out because he was lethargic. Bob reported he was playing with Stella and looked OK. I told them to pop an imodium down his gullet. He hasn’t had any stool loose or otherwise since I got home at 2:30 PM.

So what is it this time? Had his final round of shots on Wed. and then Thursday night started to transition him to Canidae’s new formula. There was a rawhide bone laying around and it looks like he ate a quarter of that on Friday.
He’s on a 24 hour fast (still gets water) and we’ll start him on rice tomorrow. Here are things that could have caused it.

  • Canidae switched his formula
  • Shots on Wed
  • Half a raw hide Friday
  • Teething
  • Ate a foreign object
  • To much time out in the heat (don’t think this was it)
  • Missed Kerry, Noah, and me (stress related)

Will report on the stool consistency tomorrow. Just hope imodium didn’t plug him up too much. I’m leaning towards the fact that Canidae changed it’s formula, we’ve been mixing the old 50/50 with the new (didn’t have enough to transition slower).

Needless to say no training took place this weekend, though there was progress on the North Central Region USA website.

info on the canidae change (not sure how valid any of it is)

Canidae-All-Life-Stage-Dry-New-Formula-Healthy-Dog-Food-Pet-Food-Danger-Guage

Seefido.com dog discussion forum

consumeraffairs.com/pet/canidae

germanshepherds.com

Could it be Canidae's fault

So we went to the Wisconsin Dells Fri/Sat/Sun and left Marissa home with Isaac. 12:00 AM Saturday night/Sunday morning Isaac had diarrhea in the crate and then again at 7:00 AM. She called us at 8:00 AM to report there were problems. At about 1:00 she called her Grandma and Grandpa to check him out because he was lethargic. Bob reported he was playing with Stella and looked OK. I told them to pop an imodium down his gullet. He hasn’t had any stool loose or otherwise since I got home at 2:30 PM.

So what is it this time? Had his final round of shots on Wed. and then Thursday night started to transition him to Canidae’s new formula. There was a rawhide bone laying around and it looks like he ate a quarter of that on Friday.
He’s on a 24 hour fast (still gets water) and we’ll start him on rice tomorrow. Here are things that could have caused it.

  • Canidae switched his formula
  • Shots on Wed
  • Half a raw hide Friday
  • Teething
  • Ate a foreign object
  • To much time out in the heat (don’t think this was it)
  • Missed Kerry, Noah, and me (stress related)

Will report on the stool consistency tomorrow. Just hope imodium didn’t plug him up too much. I’m leaning towards the fact that Canidae changed it’s formula, we’ve been mixing the old 50/50 with the new (didn’t have enough to transition slower).

Needless to say no training took place this weekend, though there was progress on the North Central Region USA website.

info on the canidae change (not sure how valid any of it is)

Canidae-All-Life-Stage-Dry-New-Formula-Healthy-Dog-Food-Pet-Food-Danger-Guage

Seefido.com dog discussion forum

consumeraffairs.com/pet/canidae

germanshepherds.com

General News

Isaac had his picture published in the July/August issue of the official Schutzhund USA Magazine. OK I’ll admit that they only used it because one of the editors happens to be the wife of the Breeder I got the dog from and they needed a puppy picture, but either way it was pretty interesting.

I’ve been working on the site for the North Central Region of the United Schutzhund Clubs of America. It’s not beautiful, but it’s something and it’s up so feel free to check it out. Info, Blog, Gallery, and forums….maybe I’ll toss a site meter on it and see how much traffic it gets. Just keep in mind I don’t iron my clothes and wear white socks with everything so the ‘design’ isn’t award winning or anything.

Isaac had his last set of shots today and the vet was happy with how well behaved Isaac was. He told me to watch the chipped tooth and he claims that Isaac will weigh 100 lbs. Says they are at 40% of their body weight at 16 weeks of age, we’ll see. Since they couldn’t even tell me what was causing the shits (failed to even mention teething) this simply adds credence to my claim it’s all voodoo! Don’t get me wrong the guy was nice and helpful, but so are a lot of people. It kind of reminded me of the carnival guy with the scale….

Knock on an old growth tree we’ve had solid stool for a long time (that’s no shits in lame men terms).

Weekend Update

Sat

Took Isaac and Bethany out in the morning. Bethany got to call Isaac, click, and reward him for awhile. She got a bunch of Platz out of him. He ran one track (footstep about 100′). Played with the Kong in the front yard. Most of all I think Bethany felt more comfortable around him and Isaac was responsive to her.

Sun

Trip to the Schutzhund Club. Isaac spent the majority of the time in the crate, the only work he did was actually playing. Jen schooled me on how to play with my dog, I know you’d think it would be easy. Noah made the trip out with us and caught frogs and critiqued barking (I think Buster made him Shart).

Interesting Youtube video

Found this video interesting (claim is that it’s from 1936). I think it’s all the beer at the end that peaked my interest.

Here are some more links

http://es.youtube.com/watch?v=NsBi0PehfAM
http://es.youtube.com/watch?v=KgVpKKqA49A&feature=related
http://es.youtube.com/watch?v=42mR2vLSekQ&feature=related
http://es.youtube.com/watch?v=nlnpHbjbrAg&feature=related

Tracking Progress

Tracked Isaac in the early evening (was beyond wet this AM). Was about 78 degrees, no breeze, and the ground was was kind of sticky from the humidity. I believe the ground was warmer than the air temperature.

Once he gets to the third track he is settled in nicely, the first one is a rushed free for all, and the second is not much better. Part of that could be focus part of it could be that he is hungry, need to find the balance between wanting food and his attitude of ‘needing’ food. He tends to skip almost all the bait in the first two tracks and only concerns himself with the jackpot. On the third track he tends to spend more time searching out the bait.

Today I ran a straight trenched for the first track. The second track was a trenched arc right from the scent pad. Third and final track was a just a straight footstep (bait in each footstep). He looked the nicest on the third track. Here a diagram a tossed together so you can see what today’s tracks looked like.

Chipped Canine Tooth

During the daily going over I notice that Isaac has chipped/broke his right canine tooth. How he did it I have no idea, haven’t seen blood anywhere or noticed anything during play. He hasn’t had any bones or chew toys since the diarrhea episodes we were having. My guess is that a rock did i

He has slowed down substantially on the rock carrying, chewing, and searching for but I can’t guarantee he didn’t get a hold of one. The tooth hasn’t slowed down his eating, mouthing on stuff, or chasing down the Kong or other balls.

He wasn’t to cooperative for the portrait

Puppies are usually born without any teeth. The temporary (or deciduous = “fall out”) teeth begin to erupt around 3 weeks of age. By 8 weeks of age most breeds of dogs will have their full complement of deciduous teeth – 28 in all. These are comprised of 6 incisors (the small front teeth), 2 canines (the “fangs”) and 6 premolars (3 on each side) on both the top and bottom jaws. These deciduous teeth are quite brittle (hence they can break easily) and they have very long roots compared with the size of the tooth.

The adult or permanent teeth begin to erupt (with the loss of the associated deciduous tooth) at about 3 months of age starting with the central incisors. All of the permanent teeth should have erupted by 6 months of age and no deciduous teeth should be left. Some of the toy breeds can be a little slower than other breeds as far as eruption goes. (source)

Curves not Corners

Isaac ran three tracks this AM (check here for why 3 tracks). It is quite entertaining that he knows as soon as he goes in his Kennel without breakfast and then comes out on a leash we’re going to sniff the ground for some food.

First two tracks were laid like all previous tracks, this time the third had a curve in it (not a corner). I didn’t bait before or after the corner any different than normal since it was a gentle radius. As he entered the curve he overshot by maybe 3 inches, but recovered quickly and stayed in the groove then until the end.

Again because of the stomach issues I just used the kibble that he normally would get for breakfast. Since he skips a lot along the way it doesn’t seem to cause him to pause/slowdown to chew (it’s kind of hard), plus the majority of his breakfast in spread across the jackpots at the end of 3 tracks. He also doesn’t seem to be moving to quickly (IMO), we’ll see what the experts say. Again I was able to stay out of the way, essentially if I could trust him to walk to the field by himself I think he’d do fine, well except for the backtracking he likes to do when he’s finished.

OB followed with the remainder of the kibble in the driveway. He’s learning but the kibble isn’t the best motivator for this activity. Last night I worked with the tug and that seemed to work better than the Kongs.

Healthy Happy and Tracking

Isaac worked for his 2 cups of kibble this morning. He ran three tracks (short, double the short, triple the short) and he new what was going down as soon as he saw the flag(s). Kept his nose down and moved forward. Was very very eager to track….

For my part I kept the lead loose and gave him a click when he got to the jackpot at the end. Other than those two things I wasn’t part of the equation (which is progress for me).

I had .5 cup of kibble left over so we did some OB in the driveway, tossed in a couple of KONGS for good measure. He worked well for the kibble, just slowed things down a little because of required chewing time.

Schutzhund Training

I am beginning to wonder if Isaac and I will ever get down to the business of Schutzhund training. Now that the stomach seems to be cooperating (fingers crossed) I am a little hesitant to introduce summer sausage back into the equation until I get a week of regular stool out of the pooch. (I’ve never figured out what the issue was)

Though we haven’t done any tracking or official obedience training in quite some time, Isaac has had the opportunity to develop his prey drive (since the only reward is just more fun for him). I’m still not sure that ‘prey drive’ alone will be enough for obedience work though I may have to give it a go until this time next week (July 8, 2008). I’ve thought about mixing in some food with some two ball or tug for a reward. He’s not as ‘on’ for play as he is for food.

With regards to tracking I think the amount of bait required (minus any normally used during OB) might be an acceptable risk. Though I have to admit I’m a little gun shy.

It’s not all bad, he’s had tons of just plain down time bonding with the wife and kids and getting more socialization time (which is good). When I got home from work today he was laying on the floor of my room next to Bethany which is a plus because for awhile she wasn’t too keen on him (that’s changed). Plus he had the wonderful smell of big dog in the sun and she didn’t seem to mind!

Fingers crossed may try a little tracking in the AM, the OB doesn’t concern me too much since I figure he can always be taught that if he’s got the drive (food or prey)…tracking I’d rather have gotten a better foundation laid before having to take a break.

–As I typed a note to someone who knows more than me, I came to the realization that maybe he’ll work for his kibble (maybe not as much drive as ham, but more than the ball). She will remain nameless so that she doesn’t get anymore insane email than she already does…..(OK I gave her some credit)

Dog fine, Noah OK, Bethany not so good

  • Dog is onto boiled chicken mixed with Pumpkin, low fat plain yogurt, and low fat cottage cheese. Laid some logs this evening.
  • Noah is onto a piece of white toast, pedialite, and a popsicle. Stopped tossing his cookies about 9:00 AM or so.
  • Bethany got a suppository and some pedialite. Just stopped vomiting after getting the magic bullet.

I’m eating crackers and Jello though I’m thinking about going big and just cooking a pizza. Might as well eat well if your going to feel like crap anyway.

Dog fine Noah Vomiting 3:51 AM

So after cleaning crap off of Isaac and out of his crate last night I cleaned up strawberry milk, a ham sandwich with cheese, and a few other odds and ends out of the carpet after Noah emptied his stomach! Bodily fluids are flowing in the Duffey household, meals will be easier if everyone ends up on rice and beef broth!

Rice and Water

3 meals of Rice and beef broth (breakfast, dinner, late night snack); his coat looks good, he’s drinking enough water, urinating clear (dark yellow this AM), hasn’t lost weight (39 lbs), not lethargic, and he’s maintaining weight.

Isaac had a touch of loose stool still this AM (not horrible) so I’ve kept him on rice. Seems that everything I’ve read says to either fast him for 24 hours or put him on a bland diet. If I didn’t give him ANY food I think he’d eat Noah and/or Bethany. Since the stool is loose (not constant out of control liquid), he’s hydrated, not lethargic, and his fecal flotation came back clean I’m going to stick with bland over complete fast.

There will be no Schutzhund training Sunday morning and hope to have him on half rice half Canidae by lunch tomorrow (we’ll see). If he’s not cleaned up by Monday evening I suppose I need to go back to the Vet (though I think their diagnosis of Colitis is broad enough that they are guessing just like I am (other than the fecal float). OK maybe not guessing, but just like people doctors I this it’s a lot closer to voodoo than actual science. I mean we aren’t talking E=MC^2 or F=MA!

Here’s a pic of Isaac chowing some white rice cooked in beef broth. Oh and no exercise when he gets the rice…seems like with a heavy sticky substance sitting in his belly the last thing we need to deal with right now is bloat…..

Isaac celbrates the 4th of July with a BANG

While we were at Chad’s 4th of July party celebrating our countries independence Isaac was at home in his crate protesting his captivity. Kerry said we should have taken him and after an hour of cleaning the crate, dog room floor, and a smelly dog I have to admit she was probably correct. While Noah burned his finger on a smoke bomb Isaac was letting off his own bomb at home. If your interested here is a closeup of the floor, the good news is that it seems he doesn’t have diarrhea (it looked like it might have been solid at one point).

Also so much for Noah ever picking up dog poo in the yard. He came down stairs before the crate was removed and the floor cleaned up and he dashed up the stairs gaging holding back vomit. This wasn’t fake gag gag that’s gross this was chunks are coming up I’m heading for the bathroom. Bethany in a quest for her blanket walked down the stairs across the crap covered floor and questioned me when I told her to go upstairs, she’s picked poop up in the yard.

Frog rhymes with Dog

Since frog rhymes with dog, this thing is giant, and it was caught in our backyard I figured I’d post a picture for your viewing pleasure.

Here are the rest of the frogs, small, medium, and extra large! The rest of the frog pictures can be found here.

Diarrhea ‘Part deux’

A 2:20 AM this morning in the county of Kane there was a substantial explosion. There were no injuries reported, but the dog room was evacuated due to contaminants in the atmosphere. Again at 7:20 there was an aftershock reported in the backyard of the Duffey residence.

Rescue workers prepared a breakfast of boiled hamburger and rice (there was enough left for dinner). After the initial aftershock there has been no activity. It appears the flow in the sewer has slowed to a crawl.

UPDATE: 24 hours since it last flowed at 10:15 AM on the Forth of July the sewer spewed forth a little waste. Brown gold rolled out in decent form and shape, not 14K but we’ll take what we can get.