Sunday, April 29, 2012

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Monday, April 23, 2012

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Recycle Saturday!!

Today, we helped Dad take the recycle-ables!
Got them all loaded & ready to go!
Here we are at the bottle exchange!
When who do we see? Just the biggest wiener dog ever!!
And...paper dollars for all our hard work!! Why, that's enuf to buy a couple of roasted bones!!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

We Had a Busy Day!!

Someone better hold this darn deck down!!

I guess it had to be us!!  Exhausting work!


Green pool water!  Dad was busy cleaning out the leaves!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Happy 10th Birthday, Schatzi!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Easter Road Trip Photos!

My best "stink-eye"!

"We're going where???"

"Are we there yet??"

Your first clue that you have left PEI!!
(we don't have deer or mooses here!!)

Some of our Easter "stash"

"Huh?? She forecasted "snow" on Easter Sunday!!

And she was right!!!

Course, we spent the whole time keeping you know
who away!!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Allergy Test Results

Oskar's allergy test results are in & he tested positive to the following foods: (a list of outdoor allergies as well).

White Potato

His canned food contains eggs, venison & tomato! (promptly tossed away)
We will have an appt. with Dr. Condon to discuss treatment &

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Hoppy Easter!!!

We are motoring (in the comfort of our new car seats)to visit our beloved Nani for Easter!

Wishing everyone a very Hoppy Easter!!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Intervertebral Disk Disease (IVDD) in Dachshunds

This is such an important topic & since, four years after my original post, people are still is worthy of a re-post.

Also....for anyone having issues with IVDD please join
a very informative discussion group with members across Canada and the US. Having personally gone through IVDD and surgery with two of our dachshunds (Schatzi & Xena, who passed in January 2012).

Intervertebral Disk Disease (IVDD) in Dachshunds

What is It?

IVDD is a debilitating and costly disease that affects dachshunds (and other breeds as well, such as (but not limited to) Corgis, Papillions, Basset Hounds and Miniature Pinschers.) IVDD is particularly prevalent in Dachshunds, an estimated 1 in 5 dogs will suffer from IVDD. The increased risk in specific breeds demonstrates a very strong genetic component, which is worsened when irresponsible breeders do little in correcting this defect. The chance of a healthier dachshund is better when purchased from a responsible breeder. While it is extremely important to research any breed you may be interested in obtaining, it is equally important to reseach the breeder. For a list of responsible breeders in the Maritimes - under Atlantic is a great place to start. As is the Canadian Kennel Club website.

But back to IVDD. The dog's spine is made up of several small bones, called vertebrae. They extend from the base of the skull to the end of the tail. The vertebrae are connected by flexible discs made of cartilage called "intervertebral disc", which cushions between each bone and allow the neck, spine & tail to bend. Running through the vertebrae is the spinal cord - which is made up of nerves.

Restricting jumping, stairs and your dachshund's weight are all important factors in preventing an injury.

What are the symptoms of IVDD?

*Quiet, lethargic, stiff or hunched back
*Sensitive when touching the neck or back area
*Shivering or shaking
*Crying when moving
*Poor appetite
*Dragging rear legs
*Uncontrollable bladder and bowel movements

What to Do if your Dachshund Shows Signs of IVDD

-If your dachshund displays any of the above symptoms - crate him/her immediately to keep him still and quiet while seeking veterinary help immediately. (Cannot stress this strong enough!!)

-The longer the disc disease goes on without treatment, the worse the problem will become and the less chances for a recovery!

-If the problem has been diagnosed as disc disease, sometimes only crate rest is advised by the veterinarian. Strictly confine your dachshund to a crate for a peiod of at least 6 weeks or how long your veterinarian prescribes. This will allow the scar tissue to heal over the herniated outer portion of the disc. The only movement allowed should be to go to the bathroom - food, water, treats should be given in the crate.

-If your veterinarian advises putting your dachshund to sleep - you can seek alternative methods such as acupuncture or holistic veterinarian. Never give up! Too many dogs have and are still being un-necessarily euthanized.

-If permanent or partial paralysis is resulted from IVDD - dachshunds have been known to live long and healthy lives using wheelcarts. Paul Coover in Maine has not one, but two "cart" dogs. You can check out his blog at

-Join Dodgerlist - - a wonderful group devoted to helping those with dogs suffering from IVDD or want to learn more about the disease.

This is but a small over-view of IVDD. My personal experience with this disease has taught me to be on my guard and watchful of my dachshunds.