What a great way to spend the day. Agility this morning = fun, and now chillin in sunny White Rock. Who needs the Easter Bunny?
Wow, what beautiful weather we are having in B.C. this weekend. In Surrey it's 16 C right now, that's 60.8 F for my american cousins.
Needless to say it's a good day for our four legged friends to chill at home instead of going for a ride in the car where they may have to wait while errands are run. Quincy will not be impressed. She was seeking shade on the deck earlier. She's only half through her BIG spring shed.
Enjoy the long weekend everyone!
Spring Break is well under way for a lot of people. For anyone having a low key time perhaps it's a good time to learn about Canine Safety and First Aid. Check out Dogsafe. There's a class in Langley on March 24th.
Spring Thaw has begun. A very watchful eye on where your dog(s) is during your walk is very important whether you're near thinning ice or just the higher than normal water levels. Sometimes the water level is so high that it doesn't appear fast due to lack of rapids, very misleading. As for playing fetch in the water there is high risk for sticks or water sodden logs hiding beneath the surface that can impale a running/swimming or diving dog. There's so much to share on this topic, please be aware and if you insist on having your dog around unsafe areas consider a dog life jacket.
Meet Angel, a young girl who lives up to her name. Angel is a mere four years old, full of life and love. Unfortunately, being as energetic as she is Angel has torn both her ACL's (Anterior Cruciate Ligament's).
Now, there are all different ideas and opinions of what one should do with their dog in such a situation with many factor's involved with the decision. I.e. age of the dog; other medical conditions; cost; other family financial needs; etc.. Angel's family love her and they made the decision that works for them. They did a lot of research and discovered that braces were available for dogs just like for people. Molds were made and sent to California (I believe they said) and voila! One year later and Angel is still enjoying life complete with trips to the off leash park and her loving family.
I only met Angel and her family today. I found her story very inspiring and I thank them for letting me share it. I do so not to invite opinions on their choice of treatment but to applaud them on thinking outside the box. They to want to spread the word that there are options out there, sometimes it just takes some work researching. I hope to meet you again soon Angel.
"I attended the March 06, 2021 K9ABCs first aid course run by Laurie. Excellent presentation of the material - Laurie is an amazing teacher combining the book material with personal experience both as a paramedic and as a dog lover. What stood out for me was the dog 'Annie': a rubber dog to practice all the handling skills needed for an emergency - CPR, assisted breathing, pulse check. Class was run in a highly professional manner with love an care for animals exuding at all times. All of it with COVID restrictions in place and well observed. Thank you Laurie, I'll be back for refreshers when time comes." Violeta Toma, 2021