Winding down …

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Dinky

… for the year and, yet, here we sit, still trying to figure out what happened to March!  The last four months of 2016 were a whirlwind with dog shows in Minnesota, more shows in Colorado, the American Lhasa Apso Club’s National specialty held in Loveland, Colorado the end of October, yet another dog show and then the holidays. Whew!  No wonder I didn’t get my usual holiday preparations and cards done.

Unfortunately, I also received word that two of our fosters passed away in December. Dinky, the little dog that blew kisses and Mae-Mae, our little puppy mill survivor.  That on top of Boo passing away in September.  All had long lives in loving homes and one certainly can’t ask for more than that in the grand scheme.  Still, the loss is felt deeply.

We have a page on Facebook … https://www.facebook.com/LhasaApsoRescueColorado/ … it’s a public page so one does not have to have a Facebook account to access it.  A large variety of content there for the fancier.  Visit, like and get updated postings!

Bringing this post up again … Night Tigers … to remind everyone that raptors pose a real and deadly threat to our little ones.  A cat was taken in a neighboring subdivision a couple weeks ago by a large hawk.  Last night, something woke me up at 2:30 a.m.  Not sure if it was one of the dogs stirring in its crate or the house settling with a creak.  What I heard after that, however, was the hooting of a Great Horned Owl (GHO).  It was either on the roof above our bedroom or in the tree right outside the bedroom.  December/January is mating season for the GHO  with February/March being the hatch … which means they will be looking for easy prey to feed the baby owls.  It is estimated that up to 40% of raptors’ diets are household pets, depending on the area.  Check out this information … Great Horned Owl.  Fair warning!

Night Tigers …

Bet you’re wondering what fits that definition.  And I’ll bet you’ve probably had one (or more) in your area whether suburban or rural.  While you may not be aware of their presence, they are definitely aware of you and what’s wandering around in your yard at dusk, midnight and dawn.

The Night Tiger … also known as  the Great Horned Owl … is common and the second most widely distributed owl in the Americas.  With its six-foot wingspread, it is capable of hunting and carrying off a great variety of animals including porcupines, dogs and cats.  In some areas of the country, dogs and cats are used as a readily convenient food source.owlperched

Hubby found owl pellets in our yard about a month ago … a sobering find as we had two small foster Tzus in residence at the time.  Weighing in eight and nine pounds, they are prime prey for the winged predators in our neighborhood.  Both owls and hawks have been spotted flying low over the yards; last year a hawk family was fledged in a neighbor’s trees.

For more information, please tune into this YouTube video prepared by East Mountain Pet Alert in New Mexico and friend and artist, Katy Widger

Birds of Prey Attack Small Pets

Be safe, be aware!  And keep those small pets under your direct supervision.

 

Short Dogs and Blizzards

Colorado was slammed with a spring blizzard on Wednesday … not unusual for Colorado but certainly not welcomed by humans or dogs alike.  To be sure, we need the moisture so won’t complain there. However, the driving snow and 50-mph winds did little for dogs or trees in our neighborhood.  Four of our trees sustained significant damage from the snow caking on branches.  The weight eventually snapped the limbs off completely or split the trunks.  A maple, two crabapples and a hawthorne all lost limbs … time will tell as to if the trees will make it or not.  The top of one crabapple was completely snapped off.  Bummer.

We set up a dog run of sorts in the winter for a couple of reasons … one, it makes a smaller footprint to have to scoop for the dogs and, two, it keeps the dogs from accessing areas which have not been scooped so they don’t come back in looking like a giant snow ball (see last photo).  Unfortunately, even having a dog run that had been scooped twice didn’t help with this blizzard.  The potty run filled up quickly and it’s hard to potty in 6+ inches of snow when one is less than 11-inches tall at the shoulder!  All told, we got 18+-inches of snow out of this storm in less than 12 hours.

Dog yard 2016

Soooo, what’s a small dog to do?!?!?  Thankfully, I’ve trained my three to potty in an exercise pen (x-pen) from the time they were small puppies.  Dante and Jentry are old hands at it … Teller was a bit confused by it all.  I set up a small x-pen in the garage, lined it with potty pads and everyone was able to relieve themselves until we could dig out.

Let’s talk about equipment … in my book, x-pens are a “must have” for the dog owner. They come in different heights and I use 24″ or 30″ depending on the application. Definitely prefer the 24″ as I can actually step over that one.  At 5’3″ and a 28″ inseam, a 30″ pen is out of my reach, both to step over and to lean over to pick up a dog.  Those of us who are height challenged have to consider all the angles, literally.  If you have a dog that can jump/climb 24″ you’ll probably want a 30″ pen.

One x-pen will make a four-by-four pen (I prefer the Midwest brand of pens, without a door).  The pens are open ended so you can add extra panels to make a larger pen or connect two pens together for a substantial space.  We use several pens connected together for a dog run during the winter as we have a large patio to cover to get to the grass. The pens make good markers as to snow fall since the sections are set up in vertical increments of six inches.  We’ve used the pens when camping as an area for the dogs to hang out so they’re not constantly on a leash.  Throw in a bed, toys, coop cups for food/water and they’re all set.  Drag up a comfortable chair, an adult beverage and you’re all set.

As all of my pens were out in the yard, I used a small fold-up pen that I keep in the grooming room and/or take to dog shows.  Dog shows typically have outside areas for potty runs (this works if a small venue and one can easily get to “outside”).  However, if the weather outside is bad, toileting can be an issue.   In the case of the large Denver shows, they set up penned-off areas inside, full of sawdust.  Not good for dogs in full coat … and can be a source of disease/germs.  So, we use a lightweight six-panel pen made by Mardel that’s easily transported and set up (scroll down to find the mini-exercise pens).

Potty pads … given that I don’t use them all that often, I buy Assurance underpads  from Wal-Mart. While they cost more than the pet-specific pads, they absorb more and come in a 30 x 36 size (two will cover a small x-pen nicely, for about .52 cents each). The boys are sent out first with belly bands so they’re not peeing out the sides of the pen, solid wastes are bagged and set outside (use of the belly bands also keeps the pads clean so the boys are not walking in urine).  Jentry is then “exercised” in a basically clean pen.  Depending on what’s going on and where we’re at, I may cover her pee spot with newspapers so she’s not walking in urine and the pads are good for a second use.  When done, it all gets bagged up and put in the trash bin outside so we don’t have to worry about odors.  I have also used this set up in a hotel room — a heavy-duty sheet of plastic is unrolled in an area and then the pen and potty pads are set up.

Flying with a dog and can’t get to the potty area?  Pack along a potty pad and then take the dog to the restroom (easier if the dog is a male so you can use a belly band as well). All good reasons to train your dog to:  (1) potty on command and (2) potty in an x-pen as it gives you and the dog more options when nature calls.

Belly bands … having used several different types over the years, I’ve found Playapup to be the most comfortable for the boys.  They are narrower on the ends and the neoprene material has some stretch to it.  This brand doesn’t tend to bunch up because of excess material as with other bands. Line it with an incontinence pad and it can be used for potty runs as noted above or used in conjunction with training for males that mark indoors.  They wash up easy/dry quickly and I always have at least two on hand so they can be changed out on wash days.

So there you have it … tricks of nature, nature calls and traveling with small dogs.  What tricks have you utilized for inclement weather or while traveling?

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Sabbatical …

After a year off the blog, it’s time to return.  Suffice it to say that a herniated cervical disc drastically limited after work computer time for most of 2014.  By a stroke of luck, acceptance in an FDA study for an artificial disc and a surgery in September finally stopped the chronic neck pain/arm numbness when nothing else worked.  So, here we are again.

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Daisy n/k/a Piper

Last year was slow for rescue with only one intake, Daisy.  Daisy came from a shelter in Aurora, Colorado via a family who quickly realized their lifestyle didn’t mesh with dog ownership.  Thankfully, they took the time to search out rescue to ensure she would be placed appropriately and find a good home.  A darling little thing at only eight pounds, she made up for her petite size with a big personality.  Daisy was placed with a family in Casper, WY who adopted Kersey from us many years ago.  Promptly named “Piper,” I have it on good authority that she’s spoiled rotten by Jan and Neal.

Christmas brought news of Lucy doing well in Westminster … Bubba n/k/a Max is living the good life … Murphy, our long-legged boy is enjoying life with his family.  Mary reported that we’d lost Kalsang to age … I know with certainty that the best years of his life were spent with Mary.  John, Neil and “the boys” are doing well in their new home in Oregon; Andy, our puppy mill survivor, has positively blossomed in their care.  As a foster home for rescue, their presence is greatly missed here in Colorado!  PippyDo and BellaToo were getting ready for a move to Covington, Louisiana to become real southern belles.  Judy advised that Magoo is doing remarkably well despite his blindness and advanced age.  Katu and Emmy are keeping Trudy amused with their antics.

Best of Opposite Sex
Best of Opposite Sex

On the show front, Teller completed his championship in August and went on to pick up Best of Opposite Sex in the Maturity classes at the American Lhasa Apso Club’s National Specialty in St. Louis this past October.  While there, we visited the Missouri Botanical Garden, the oldest botanic garden west of the Mississippi.  We could have spent the entire week wandering the grounds!  Teller is now retired from the ring, preferring to ride the couch rather than the show circuit.

Rescue is ramping up with an intake here very shortly.  Unfortunately, due to a death in the family and other circumstances, Sammy, our little black Tzu, is coming back into rescue.  And he’s bringing a friend with him … Budha, another little black Tzu!  Ideally, we’d like them to go together but are all too aware of the realities of placing a pair in the same home.  In any event, we’re off and running for 2015.

Spicewood SaltAs if all that wasn’t enough, we recently launched our e-business, SpicewoodSalt.com.  Some of you know the product as “Little Lion Dog Master Salt Blend.”  With a new name, new logo, new packaging, two new products, a website and a Facebook page, we’re officially open for business!  As part of the global community, a portion of our proceeds will be donated to rescue.  Visit the Facebook page and say hello or just browse the website.

 

Cookin’ Something Up for Rescue …

pampered-chef-logoALAC Rescue is holding an online rescue fundraiser.  As many of you know, the past year for Rescue has been difficult for the national organization with health issues that impacted Rescue’s fundraising activities.

Here’s your chance to donate to a worthy cause and stock up on kitchen essentials.  “What do rescue and the kitchen have in common?!?!?” you might ask.  Good question … and we have a great answer for you!  ALAC Rescue and one of the Pampered Chef associates have partnered up to hold an online “party.”  Order from the Pampered Chef site at the following link and the net proceeds go directly to ALAC Rescue … Pampered Chef / ALAC Rescue Fundraiser.

Love to make/bake pizza … Pampered Chef has a great pizza stone.  Cocktails … Pampered Chef has a fabulous little bar cutting board with non-slip grips.  Baking … Pampered Chef’s stoneware is top of the line.  Love salads … Pampered Chef has a handy-dandy mix-n-pour salad dressing maker.  Even comes with the recipes and measurements printed right on the side.

Cruise on over and check out the many products available.  Orders will be taken through Friday, February 14th … get yourself something special for Valentine’s Day!  Spread some of the love around!

To ensure your order is shipped directly to you:  When ordering, make sure you click so the items are shipped directly to you:  (1) Pick the item you want, it says quantity, then unit price, then total price. (2) At the end of the row for each item, there is a column that says “host” …  click on that and it drops down and says “guest” or “other.”  (3) Click on “guest” and it will send to your address.  At the end of each item, you have to do that so it is all shipped to your address.  After you update cart, your address will come up instead of the Lhasa Apso Rescue host; then hit “save shipping info” and it automatically calculates shipping for your order.

You can call Linda 412-377-8963 or email her at: Llrn57@yahoo.com if you have questions during the order process.

From the Frozen Hinterland …

… comes a warm and loving heart all wrapped up in a happy boy by the name of Toby!

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Toby

So here’s the deal … Toby is located in Minnesota, around the Twin Cities area.  The local specialty club up there —  Twin Cities Lhasa Apso Club  (TCLAC) — was approached by a vet clinic to take him on when his family couldn’t cover treatment costs for a fractured leg.  The club found a foster home, paid for his extensive treatment and now he’s ready to find a new family.

Toby is a three-year old neutered male, weighing 14-15 pounds.  More information about Toby can be found at this link:  http://www.twincitieslhasaapsoclub.org/#!adoption.  I was told by one of the club members that he’s a great little dog with no negatives … and that if she didn’t have a houseful of dogs, she’d keep him.  That’s saying quite a lot, folks!

If you have questions about Toby, the adoption process or anything else, TCLAC can be contacted at:  TCLAC2@gmail.com.  I suspect they’ll want to keep his adoption fairly “local” so keep that in mind if you’re not in the area by a 300-mile radius.

Let’s help Toby find his forever home to start out the New Year!

For the Apso Afficionado …

… there’s nothing cuter than a passel of puppies!!  And these are about as cute as they come.  Please meet the newest little Canadians (l to r):  Harvey, Vinny, Gossip, Scandal and Flirt.

Harvey, Vinny, Gossip, Scandal and Flirt