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tired Momma [Friday
March 7th, 2008 at 8:44pm]

Ollie was neutered today. He is not pleased. For one, he's probably never had an e-collar on, so he is quite fussy and vocal about that. The vet asked how old he was, and we said we didn't know, but that the rescue estimated his age around 1½ to 2 years. She asked if we wanted them to have a look at his teeth and make an estimate, so we agreed that was probably a good idea. She thinks he is closer to 16 months, which isn't too far off from what we thought. They did a complete blood screen before the surgery, and not knowing anything about him (and having no vet records since he'd never been before) I was worried they'd find something bad. They didn't.. he is very healthy and the surgery went well. They used gas anesthetic, rather than the standard intravenous because he is a brachyocephalic (short-nosed) breed, and they can have difficulty waking up from anesthesia. The gas is also metabolized by the lungs (rather than the liver) so it is safer, and patients are 'under' for a shorter period of time. It cost quite a bit more than a regular neuter, but it is important to me to do whatever is necessary for his comfort and safety.

My parents are very excited to meet him. My Dad was a bit worried about us getting another Griffon, as Gizmo has been a little complicated on the health front, but we've (finally) gotten all of that sorted out.. turns out he had a lot of food and other allergies, and once we made some dietary changes (and I changed the perfume I'd been wearing off and on for the past few years) all of his digestive and sinus issues have cleared up, so it was never that he was unhealthy, just sensitive. The guy at the Solid Gold booth at the dog show was actually more helpful than the vets we've seen as far as determining what the likely causes were, and it appears he was right, as there have not been further issues since we followed his advice.

I am very happy to have two healthy boys =)
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More Griffy pics =) [Wednesday
March 5th, 2008 at 2:09pm]

Just some more pics... I love my boys!!

So cute!!!Collapse )

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introducing Oliver! [Sunday
March 2nd, 2008 at 7:46pm]

Oliver is my third Griffon, and a rescue dog. He was liberated in a puppy mill bust, along with Shih-Tzus and other Brussels Griffons, presumably bred together to make the 'designer' hybrid, the 'Shiffon'. Oliver had never walked on a leash, been to a regular vet, or to a pet store until today. He is learning new things everyday, and he is the sweetest little guy. Amazingly, even through the neglect and abuse in his previous situation, he retained many of the classic Brussels Griffon traits that make this breed so endearing to all who meet them. We drove five hours to pick Oliver up in northern Washington state, and though he is very lucky to have gotten out of his prior situation alive, we are the luckiest ones, because we get to share our lives with this incredible little creature.

Please remember to spay and neuter your pets, and that when you buy a 'designer' breed or buy from a puppy mill you are supporting animal cruelty. Do not fool yourself into thinking that 'just one puppy' won't matter, because to a million other puppies, it will.

x-posted various places

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Gizmo pics =) [Tuesday
February 26th, 2008 at 3:53am]

Sporting the Xmas sweater Grandma & Grandpa gave him...

Helping Mom study...

That's it! Have a good week =)

x-posted to my journal

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all I want for Xmas is... [Monday
December 3rd, 2007 at 10:42am]

While goofing off on the internet, I found this website and I want one of these!!

It's a Brussels Griffon stuffy!  =)

How cute, huh?
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Human and Pet Food Safety Act of 2007 [Saturday
June 16th, 2007 at 5:58am]

In response to growing concerns across the nation, U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) recently introduced the Human and Pet Food Safety Act (H.R. 2108). This bill would establish critically needed mandatory federal standards to ensure the safety of the nation's food supply.

Specifically, the bill would:
* give the FDA the power to order mandatory food recalls;
* establish mandatory processing and ingredient standards;
* require more inspections of domestic and international food processing plants;
* create a warning system to identify contaminants early on;
* enable the FDA to work with veterinarians and public health officials to uniformly disseminate information about food contamination and update recall lists on the FDA website; and * require food processing companies to maintain records and make the records immediately accessible to the FDA upon inspection.

Most importantly, the bill would also allow the FDA to fine companies that neglect to report possible contamination.

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wonder dog [Sunday
December 17th, 2006 at 9:51am]


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Season's Greetings
from MoMo, the Wonder Dog

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December 17th, 2006 at 11:38am]


Monkey and Peanut

wish you a happy holiday season!

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hahahahaaha [Sunday
October 22nd, 2006 at 7:44pm]

I had to trick the dogs and put the new $6 clearance doggie bed on the couch.

Maybe they will use it on the floor tomorrow :)

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October 6th, 2006 at 1:17am]

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