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 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:

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