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M.L.

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  • Birthday 02/09/1979

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    Tucson, AZ
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    agility, herding, hiking, camping, traveling, yoga, reading, sewing, kayaking, volunteering
  1. We feed the KIrkland foods to our four dogs. With the exception of Ginger just being diagnosed with Valley Fever, they are all doing very well. Our husky is going to be 10 and he certainly looks and acts much younger. With four dogs we just had to stop feeding the super premium foods once the price started to rise so steeply. I did call Diamond and Costco before we started feeding it and I did get a lot of good answers, unfortunately I'm not exactly sure what the info is anymore! It took quite a few phone calls. I'm almost positive that I posted it in a thread somewhere on here a long time ago. I'll see if I can find the old thread.
  2. Hi all! Ginger was just diagnosed with Valley Fever with a titer of 1:32. She has been coughing and that's how we came to test for it. Our vet prescribed 200 mg of fluconazole, given twice daily. That is 10 mg/kg of body weight twice daily. From all of my research, this seems high. I questioned it and she referred me to the Valley Fever Center for Excellence here in Tucson because that is their recommended dosage. I called and they did verify that, but I still feel like it is a high dose. So, I'm curious what dosage your dog was prescribed if they had VF. Ginger is about 50 pounds. I won't go changing her dosage unless I go see another vet for a second opinion, I'm just curious. Thanks!
  3. Congratulations! Taiga Shay is adorable!
  4. I have this one made by Kurgo for Bailey. I like it and he doesn't seem to mind it at all. It is smaller than many others, but that was one of the reasons I chose it. It fits water, collapsible bowl, treats, ball and still has a bit of room for more. Kurgo Pack
  5. It is sad that the BC was killed. It is also sad that the woman wants to get rid of this horse so badly. I don't know much about horses, but do horses just go charging after a dog to kill it? Was the dog left unattended with the horse? Was the dog harassing the horse? It seems like the owner shouldn't have let the dog and horse enter a situation where this could occur in the first place. It is just a sad situation and I'm left wondering if it could have been avoided.
  6. The last time I gave the HG chewable to the dogs, Bailey threw up the next day and the HG chewable was still a huge chunk in his puke. It was the last one I had so I had to dig it out of his puke, rinse it off and give it back to him. Disgusting, I know. So how long does it take to get absorbed if it sat in his gut for a day? It hadn't softened up at all. Doesn't seem very absorbable. Should I break up the chewable before giving it to the dogs? Would that make a difference?
  7. It definitely gets ridiculously hot here. Generally, the dogs just don't get quite as much outdoor exercise during the summer as they do during the rest of the year. Here are some of our summer strategies. *We visit our friends with pools and let the dogs swim. *We go to the top of Mt. Lemmon and hike where it is much cooler and shadier. There is also a little creek with cool water for the dogs to cool off in. *We bring a lot of water with us for the dogs (and for us). *We take day trips with the dogs to shadier locations so we can actually stand to be outside. *We walk the dogs before the sun comes up and after the sun sets. *Lightweight booties help with the hot pavement, but we try to stay on the grass or dirt in the summer. *We take weekend trips with the dogs to San Diego, Flagstaff, Prescott and other places that aren't quite so hot. *Instead of a hard core fetch game, we just go out in the shade and I throw the ball a few feet. The dogs are happy with that. *During monsoon time, we go out when a storm is heading in or right after the rain. It usually cools off and gets nice and windy before the storm. You can squeeze in a decent little walk before the rain comes, or stay out in the rain! *Dogs are allowed in Bookman's, so you can head there and walk around the store. It's also a great time to practice manners and commands. *Take a trip to PetSmart, Petco, one of the feed stores or another pet store with the dogs. The Tucson Botanical Gardens has The Dog Days of Summer throughout the summer months. You can take your dog before opening hours one day during the week. It is cooler and shadier and makes a nice little morning walk. You can also join our Tucson Border Collie Meetup. Throughout the summer we will try to rent (provided everyone pitches in) an indoor location with AC for the dogs to play once a month. Tucson BC Meetup
  8. The same thing happens to Bailey when he gets excited or nervous.
  9. My cost saving strategy is that I have dogs instead of kids! I'm sure I'd spend much more on children than I do on the dogs.
  10. My advice would be to go to the bookstore and get a few dog books that have a lot of dog food recipes in them. There was even a recipe for dry kibble from Bark Magazine that looks pretty easy. Here is the link. Bark Kibble Recipe I have a lot of dog books with recipes, but my new favorite is this one Dr. Khalsa's Natural Dog. Dr. Khalsa was Kody (when he was alive) and Bailey's vet when we lived in NJ, so I trust her completely. The recipes are easy to follow and uncomplicated.
  11. Every now and then Costco will have beds that don't have the cedar shavings. They are a little fancier than the big round ones and a few bucks more, but still a great deal. You just have to keep checking. They arrive and sell out pretty quickly.
  12. I have tried the Plaque Off and I agree, it definitely works. It also takes care of stinky breath pretty quickly.
  13. I have used a product called PetzLife in the past for oral hygiene. PetzLife It has GSE in it. I've heard good reviews about the PetzLife products from people that used it consistently. I didn't use it long enough to give you a recommendation.
  14. Sending my prayers your way, hoping for the safe return of your dogs. My mom works at the Tobyhanna Army Depot. Did you put up anything there? If not, PM me something and I'll forward it to her and ask her to print it and hang it up. I know a lot of people commute there for work from all around the Poconos. Michele
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