Friday, August 22, 2014

It's Been a LONG time

First of all I'm so sorry for abandoning this blog.  Life has been so hectic that I haven't been able to do much to even report on the blog.  I ended up becoming President of my Search and Rescue team,  Volunteering my time with my local CERT (Community Emergency Response Team), becoming a trainer for that, doing lots of trainings outside of the dogs, then personal family issues that I barely have time to even think anymore.  I've started a few blogs but never had time to post them.  I'm going to try to make a point to post once a month but bear with me.  Times are tough!

What is up with the Nuts you ask?  We not a lot.

Nubs:
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Nubs turned 7 this year and while improved drastically, had a small set back this past week with his knee.  He was off of pain killers completely since June up until last week and was doing fantastic over all.  Some nights he felt his age but he's been tearing around the yard like a nut that he is.  He's still my cuddle buddy and while he's showing his age ever so slightly he's still a pup that can keep up with Peanut.

Nubs
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Peanut:
While we've been doing a lot, we haven't really done a lot.  That makes sense doesn't it?  This year I decided since it's about impossible to find anyone to hide for me for tracking that I would make use of her nose and start cadaver work.  Yes this means I have blood, bones, and teeth in my house which is kinda creepy but it's a lot of fun to watch Peanut do the work.  With us becoming a big part of our Emergency Services department (Someone has even been elected as the team mascot!), Peanut got herself a nice fancy new search vest for working.
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We also did the big Cereal Festival downtown, and for the first time ever we got to be in the parade!  Peanut did FANTASTIC in that parade with dogs freaking out around us as we walked down town.  We even made the local newspaper online.  That was awesome.
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And here are some photos of her first time out in the field doing cadaver work.  She's come a LONG ways and is doing fantastic.  That night I took her 6 tubes and threw them in a large field (so that way she can't track my scent to find the tubes).  3 tubes had scent in them and 3 tubes were dummy, empty tubes to insure that she wasn't looking for the tubes but for the scent.  Well I can confirm she was on the scent.  She located the 3 tubes of scent, ran past 2 empty tube with no indications on them.  Then I spent the next 30 mins searching the field for the last empty tube because she wouldn't alert on an empty tube.  That was hard to find and made me respect her nose even more.  WTG Peanut and keep up the hard work!

"I found it!"
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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Photo HEAVY. A Trip Over Time

Not much to say about this post, the photos speak for themselves.
June 26th, 2011
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July 18th, 2011
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July 29th, 2011
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August 21, 2011
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September 4th, 2011
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September 27th, 2011
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October 23rd, 2011
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November 27th, 2011
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February 24th, 2012
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March 21, 2012
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July 1st, 2012
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August 22nd, 2012
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September 30th, 2012
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October 23rd, 2012
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Around this time, Nubs started having issues sitting so these photos became fewer and far in between, so for one year I was unable to get him to sit next to Peanut at all.  With his decline of health so went my passion of photography. However this finally happened...

October 7th, 2013
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November 30th, 2013
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 And that is how my dogs have grown over the past 2 and 1/2 years. 

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Working With Peanut

It hasn't been such a great year for our SAR work.  My local SAR team kind of fell apart on me so I haven't had anyone to hide for me in a while.  I've been instead doing tracking of my own scent instead which helps to sharpen her nose skills.

Heres the map from tonight.  It doesn't look like much, but that's just shy of a half mile track. Took us about 15mins to do the whole thing.


View 2800-2898 7th Ave in a larger map

Tonight was a perfect night, calm winds, cooler temps, and Peanut was in the mood to work.  I held nothing back tonight.  There was cross tracks, back tracks and I even crossed the street.  As you can see, she was very confused on the crossing of the street but worked it out well and picked up my scent again as she came pass it.  The loops and back tracks she really had no troubles with, and at the end she was starting to get tired (still quite warm when we were doing this) but she found her toy and treats in the end.  So tonight was a success!  I love my little rescue dog.  She may drive me bonkers, but she's a great dog!

One happy, hot dog

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Working on long distance down stays.  Needs work
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And just her watching across the field
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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Something Positive For Once


I didn't post this because, well I didn't want to really think it could be true.  Early this spring, Nubs was in the worse shape I had seen him in.  Both ACL's gone and his back starting to go out. He was so bad that sometimes he'd pee on himself because he was in too much pain to move to go outside.  I was carrying him up and down stairs, lifting him on the couch and bed, and just trying to make him as comfortable as I could.  It was a really sad sight.  I thought that this would be my last summer with my best friend.  I couldn't see him getting any better and I was not going to be one of those owners that keep their dogs, obviously in tons of pain, alive just for themselves.

At the end of summer, I can honestly say that with pain killers for Nubs, he's done a complete turn around.  I've now got him on an every other day alternating pain dose and I'm actually knocking it down here soon to every three days.  I'm hoping I can fade them out to the point where the only time he needs pain pills is if he over does it.  He's become the nut that he use to be back before he hurt himself.  I mean I haven't seen this side of him in such a long time.  It's so heartwarming to see his sassy self back. 

I know it's just the pain killers masking his pain but if it allows me a few more years of him enjoying life to his fullest, so be it.  I'm loving this so much.  Two sassy terriers terrors in my home, driving me bonkers.  Constant breaking up playing that's getting too much, snark fests over who has the best bones, and yelling at two dogs getting into things they shouldn't.  This is how the past 3 years should have been. 

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Long Awated Update

Sorry folks!  I know it's been a while since I updated this blog. I recently started working a full time job and in between that, working with Peanut, and spending far too much time at the vets with Nubs, this has just been at the back of my priority list.

So some updates:
Nubs:


Nubs is doing really well now that we finally have his pain medicine figured out.  He's still favoring his knee that he had the surgeries on, but he's his happy-go-lucky self anymore.  I've been holding my breath, making sure before I said something that it wasn't just short term, but he's been doing great on an every other day dose of Previcox and Tramadol combo.  We had him on a third medicine called Gabapentin but he ended up having a reaction to it (which involved 2 more vet visits to figure out what was going on) where his gums suddenly started swelling up to the point where you could no longer see some of his teeth!  Seems the reaction caused gingivitis to take hold in his mouth, even though his teeth were still beautiful at 6 1/2 years old, and he'll likely need surgery this winter to take care of the gums.

Besides that He's been great.  Better then he's been doing in the past two years. Hoping that this winter he does well and we can have a few more years with my boy!

For those of you who aren't FB followers, Make sure to stop here and see the Prissy Pit Bull Nubs in action:



Peanut:
Have I mentioned how much I LOVE this dog?   She's an amazing little dog.  We've taken a while off of SAR practicing because she was just getting burned out.  A few weeks ago we decided to do a few short tracks with her and the other dog Blue the Bloodhound just to get them back into it.  Peanut blew me away with how well she did.  That dog if she could do it like she did this day every time, well she'd be unstoppable.  If anyone is interested in the southern Michigan area in teaming up and doing some tracking (I'll be more then willing to help you learn) for fun and some other training, let me know!  I'm always looking for people who want to do a weekly training and can actually stick with it! 


So, I get a lot of questions about the type of equipment I use with Peanut in the field or even what I use in my SAR pack (which anyone can use in just a basic hiking kit), so I am going to start doing some basic reviews of some of the stuff I use and things like that.  If you have ANY questions, feel free to ask me!  Might also do some Q&A on ACL's and things I went through with Nubs.  So toss me a question you'd like answered and I'll do my best to answer them!

Take care!
The Nut House