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by mkilcz
Mon Nov 09, 2009 6:14 pm
Forum: Health/Medical
Topic: Severe skin condition
Replies: 17
Views: 10036

Re: Severe skin condition

Poor baby! Jack is hyper-sensitive to "something" that grows out in the field this time of year and his belly sometimes becomes red, scabby, itchy, etc., much like Kristi's. I don't know what it is exactly that he's allergic to, and Rocket covers the exact same ground and never has any problems. So,...
by mkilcz
Thu Nov 05, 2009 3:28 pm
Forum: Other Breeds
Topic: 21 Puppies
Replies: 2
Views: 2397

21 Puppies

Wow! I just saw a news clip about an American Bulldog in Illinois that had a litter of 21 puppies! Apparently they lost 4 during the birth, but still.... I can't even imagine!
by mkilcz
Wed Nov 04, 2009 8:33 am
Forum: General
Topic: Getting first male Brittany!
Replies: 29
Views: 7718

Re: Getting first male Brittany!

Helen E. wrote:Wish I'd had the camera ready when Shamrock started talking and telling him he was a good boy!
That is just TOO funny!
I'm glad things have gotten off to a good start!
by mkilcz
Tue Nov 03, 2009 10:09 am
Forum: General
Topic: Getting first male Brittany!
Replies: 29
Views: 7718

Re: Getting first male Brittany!

Congratulations on your new addition! I'll admit to having had a definite preference for female dogs, but once we got Rocket (and later Jack), I quickly revised my opinion. My boys are just as sweet, funny, loving, and sensitive as Rebel (our first Britt) ever was. Each dog is an individual and shou...
by mkilcz
Thu Oct 29, 2009 10:01 am
Forum: Behavior
Topic: Free Running My Rescue Brittany
Replies: 24
Views: 18267

Re: Free Running My Rescue Brittany

Rocket always wears a bell when running out in the field. I prefer the cow bell style. Something about the pitch of the swiss bell is harder for my aging ears to hear! His bell is medium sized and attaches with a nylon loop. I've never had any trouble with the bell coming off in the field, but it wi...
by mkilcz
Mon Oct 26, 2009 8:38 am
Forum: Health/Medical
Topic: Cracked Pad
Replies: 5
Views: 4459

Re: Cracked Pad

Hmmm... that's funny. We actually have Bag Balm sitting on the shelf already and I didn't even think about it. Thanks!
by mkilcz
Sun Oct 25, 2009 6:00 pm
Forum: Health/Medical
Topic: Cracked Pad
Replies: 5
Views: 4459

Cracked Pad

Today I noticed that a pad on one of Rocket's back feet is cracked. I'm not really sure what to do about it. Does anybody have suggestions on how to promote healing? Thanks!
by mkilcz
Sun Oct 25, 2009 5:46 pm
Forum: General
Topic: How do your Brittanies greet you
Replies: 16
Views: 7437

Re: How do your Brittanies greet you

I always see noses in the dining room window as I walk up to the house every day after work. Once I open the door, Rocket and Jack jockey for position, trying to get the as close to me as they can, with their little tails wagging a mile a minute. Once I have acknowledged them and shared hugs and kis...
by mkilcz
Thu Oct 22, 2009 11:09 am
Forum: Behavior
Topic: Free Running Britts w/o an e-collar?
Replies: 17
Views: 10316

Re: Free Running Britts w/o an e-collar?

Rocket has been off-leash w/out an e-collar, but I'm not really comfortable with it. Although he has good recall, he is also extremely prey-driven. And fast. I don't trust him completely to obey when he's hot on the trail of some hapless bird or rabbit. Lately, the deer have been a problem too... th...
by mkilcz
Tue Oct 20, 2009 7:58 am
Forum: Other Breeds
Topic: What's your State dog? Update
Replies: 20
Views: 23556

Re: What's your State dog?

Maryland's is the Chesapeake Bay Retriever. No big surprise there!
by mkilcz
Mon Oct 19, 2009 10:52 am
Forum: General
Topic: Leena 11/11/08-9/17/09 RIP
Replies: 67
Views: 15416

Re: Leena 11/11/08-9/17/09 RIP

I think that it's a good idea to go ahead and get the wheels turning. That's what we did when we wanted a second dog. In fact, Jack never even made it onto the ABR Board... we got a call from the State Coordinator about an owner surrender, and since everything was already in place, he was ours withi...
by mkilcz
Wed Oct 14, 2009 11:03 am
Forum: General
Topic: Tummy protector?
Replies: 2
Views: 1482

Re: Tummy protector?

We have a vest for Jack. Something out in the field really irritates his belly, especially in the Fall. So if it starts looking irritated, I pull out the vest (which he tolerates, but doesn't much like). This one has velcro closures, but I haven't had a problem with it yet. I was looking at gundogsu...
by mkilcz
Thu Oct 08, 2009 10:52 am
Forum: Health/Medical
Topic: Senior pooch falls down unexpectedly
Replies: 12
Views: 4862

Re: Senior pooch falls down unexpectedly

I could be way off base, but when Rebel (our first dog) was about 12 she had an episode of "Canine Vestibular Syndrome" that sounds similar to what you are describing. After a few days of uncertainty, she recovered and never had an issue again. Rebel didn't have any heart issues, and apparently the ...
by mkilcz
Wed Oct 07, 2009 10:35 am
Forum: General
Topic: Leena 11/11/08-9/17/09 RIP
Replies: 67
Views: 15416

Re: Leena 11/11/08-9/17/09 RIP

Beautiful words and a nice tribute to Leena (and all the animals we love). Hope your heart is healing.
by mkilcz
Sun Oct 04, 2009 4:37 pm
Forum: Health/Medical
Topic: Loose adult tooth
Replies: 3
Views: 2296

Re: Loose adult tooth

I agree that a trip to the emergency vet is probably unwarranted, but the regular vet might want to do an x-ray. In people, a loosened tooth can strengthen and re-attach on its own if the trauma isn't too severe. If the tooth becomes discolored, that can mean that the nerve has been affected. At any...