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#1 razz

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Posted 27 February 2009 - 07:03 AM

Shelley,

And the beat goes on...and the beat goes on...

I had one of those if anything could go wrong day, it would yesterday. I woke up bright and early to take my dog to the groomers which is a good 1/2 hour drive. He has motion sickness, so I dread these grooming visits. I have to stop at least 2 to 3 times for him to puke out my driver side door. I finally make it there and while checking him in find out the visit is going to cost much more than I had planned on paying, because of some extra de-matting. I figure I can do the job myself and save a substantial amount. When I get to the parking lot, my battery is dead because I left the headlights on. Thankfully one of the employees gave me a jump start and I was on my way home again.

Now I arrive home, my jacket I had just washed smelling like puke ready to groom my dog Tito. My daughter Megan arrived home from school and as a team we take up the grooming challenge. We start out all lighthearted, ambitious and motivated. Clumps of dog fur start piling up like it would at a sheep shearing gathering. Underneath all that fur a dog starts emerging. But it's hard work and tiring. After an hour, maybe more, I ask my daughter to put the cat upstairs since she was curious what we were doing to her partner in crime and was walking through the pile of fur. She leaves and disappears for quite sometime forgetting I'm downstairs with a halfshaved dog. To make a long story short...he survived the grooming, only now I wish I could take a picture for you all to see because he looks like a new breed of dog or like something chewed his fur off.

I'm still happy because after a bath, he slept good and I saved myself a good chunk. Now, hopefully after a month he'll start looking like his ole self.

Shelley, I finally sat down to catch up here but I'm considering making a Happy Dance video. We'll see, I would ask my nieces to join in with me of course, because the more the merrier and I wouldn't look as silly by myself. :P


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#2 Jeannie McClelland

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Posted 27 February 2009 - 07:15 AM

Oooh Razz, I have 3 border collies and have been there and done that. One was a rescue who puked the whole 1800 miles or so from where I got her to home~ That is, when she wasn't filling the car with the scent of doggie-do in the form of fairly explosive diarrhea. :blink: It was mid-January and no way I could open the car windows. This now 3 years ago, so if you got a whiff of something horrible around then, it was Christy and me as we went past Chicago.

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Posted 27 February 2009 - 07:32 AM

Jeannie,

What we do for the love of our pets a/k/a family. Oh nooo, poor Christy. I guess my trip wasn't so bad after all.

I forgot to add, at the end of my day I was so relieved I did a tired version of the Scleroderma Happy Dance! Yeaaa!!


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Posted 27 February 2009 - 08:55 AM

Hi Razz,

My feet are already tapping to the beat of your dancing!!
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#5 Jeannie McClelland

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Posted 27 February 2009 - 02:45 PM

Christy and I are doing the slipper shuffle. Is that OK? The other 2 are doing their equivalent of laughing (barking like mad!).

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Posted 27 February 2009 - 03:09 PM

You girls are WILD ~I tell you ~ WILD!!!

You've got me dancing now...

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Posted 27 February 2009 - 03:13 PM

Razz,

Oh my goodness, it sounds like you and Tito had quite a day!

Loki is also a poor traveler, which is not a good thing considering he is my service dog and we make monthly trips of 356 miles to visit my family then back again a day or two later.

My vet told us to try a children's allergy medicine (there is a children's form that comes in meltaway strips so no pill shoving and once it is in their mouth it melts and they can't spit it out.) It did not work for Loki but works for my parents dogs for short trips great.

Dogs get motion sick because they are constantly trying to focus on the quickly passing outside world. Think of it as trying to watch waves while riding on a boat, eventually your eyes convince your mind that you are moving much more than you really are and your body tries to compensate for motion that is not happening.

Loki now rides exclusively in a crate that we cover with a light cloth that allows air flow but breaks up visual input from the outside and that has pretty much stopped his travel sickness. We also withhold food and water the morning of any car ride and carry a bag of kibble to give him a few pieces every once in a while during the trip so he does not have a completely empty stomach but at the same time not enough in there to 'slosh around'.

One thing that I want to toss out there is that everyone who owns a dog needs to keep a soft cloth muzzle that fits their dog in the glove box at all times. If you are ever traveling with your dog and are in an accident the muzzle will be essential for your dogs safety because even the most loving dog will be stressed and might act out in fear, pain or protectiveness. A muzzle would protect strangers and first responder trying to help you as well as your dog. To get your dog to accept the muzzle with no fuss, you will need to make it a wonderful thing. Start by getting a treat that your dog loves and hold it on top of the muzzle. Your dog must touch the muzzle to get the treat. The next step is strapping on the muzzle without putting it over their nose, just let it dangle around their neck and make a fuss and give the treat. Your dog will soon associate the muzzle with the wonderful treat and now comes the time to put the muzzle on completely. Place the muzzle on your dog and leave it on for only a few seconds, they will not like it much, but the moment you take it off praise and give the treat. Repeat this only once or twice a day leaving it on a little longer each time until your dog gets used to the sensation of the cloth around his muzzle. Once he fully accepts it and associates it with only good things you will be able to muzzle him at any time without a fuss. Just remember to put it on every month or so with the treats and praise to keep the training fresh.

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Posted 28 February 2009 - 04:59 AM

Jeannie,

I'm familiar with the slipper shuffle, I live in slippers. That's perfectly fine and will do. Don't let the other two dogs get too jealous!

I had to go back and re-read your post with the 1800 miles. I thought it was a typo, you know an extra zero. Then I realized how far you had to go to get Christy. Wowww now that's what I call true love for border collies. I do recall smelling something in the air back then but I thought it was the oil refineries across the stateline.

Nina,

I agree we are a WILD bunch here! I think in my case it's a result of the med's and scleroderma. Only we can undestand this crazy sense of humor. I say if we can't scare scleroderma away then let's laugh it away with dancing and music! :lol:

Penny,

Thanks for the great suggestions. I did at one point put Tito in a crate and he did okay. I always imagined having a dog who could ride in the back of my car with his head out the window enjoying every minute. I like your idea of giving him the meltaway strips. I will try that on the next dog outing. I also don't feed Tito or give him treats on the morning of his outing. I just can't get over how much he can retch out of his little belly. I didn't know they made muzzles out of cloth. It's definitely something to consider having. Even though my Tito is very super affectionate, like any normal scared dog, he tried nipping at me once.

I hope everyone had a good laugh at my venture with Tito. Can't wait for the next one!! :(


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Razz
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