Monday, September 26, 2016

Down In The Dumps.......Literally.

So Nova and I are still battling Giardia.  None of us humans have gotten it, but she still has it, and I had hoped for better results.  We are going to do another round of Panacur, and I am going to try some natural remedies as well.  I am going to try probiotics, diatomaceous earth, and pumpkin seeds.  The probiotics will keep the good things in her gut, since the Panacur strips everything, and the diatomaceous earth and pumpkin seeds are supposed to aid in the deworming.  I am getting pretty discouraged from everything I have read, and the results of her test.  I feel so helpless because it is so hard to get rid of, and you don't know if anything you are doing is helping at all.  I am angry for her, and angry at the breeders I bought her from.  I feel deeply for the people who have the three of her siblings with it as well, if they kept them.  I wish there were a complete cure for Giardia, there is not a positive purpose for it at all, it is a completely bad little bug.  It needs to go extinct......like, yesterday.

Peace out puppy snout,
-Ky and Nova

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Learn From My Mistakes

Potty training is becoming an issue, but it's my fault.  I have given my little Nova too much free reign far too soon.  I started crate training her the first night I got her, and there were no accidents anywhere in the house.  The second night, she wasn't super happy to be in her crate, and instead of giving tough love, I gave in and let her sleep in my bed with me.  I have been trying to slowly introduce her to her crate again since it became such an unpleasant thing for her.  A few days ago, I set her food bowl right in the front of the crate.  Yesterday, she started going all the way into the crate, and I figured there had been enough of a positive association with the crate that she would lay down in it an eat.  Well, I wasn't watching closely enough because today I found out that it had become her potty spot as well as where she was eating her food.  The more I read about puppies and dogs, the more I kick myself for not taking the time to do more research before I got her.  Reading what I have now read, I am beginning to think that she was raised in a puppy mill.  She goes potty next to her food, even before I put her food in the crate, has accidents, had Giardia before I got her, and she is fairly skittish.  I am kicking up my A-Game and working harder on being a better fur mom.  So if anyone who reads this is thinking of getting a puppy, I urge you to do your research, and make sure if you are getting your puppy from a breeder, it is a reputable one.  I have learned that any good breeder will not let the puppy go home with you until they are at least two months of age.  This is a very important thing because when they are taken away from their mother and siblings too early, behavioral problems will arise in the future.  They learn a lot in their first two months of life.  Clearly it is not impossible to get a puppy younger than two months, and to raise them to be exactly how you want, but it just takes longer and more patience.  And a lot of confusion will happen on the puppy's part too.  It will be harder for them to learn what you want when their mother and siblings haven't taught them basic instincts.  So I have learned some valuable lessons, and will do better tomorrow.

Peace out puppy snout!
-Ky and Nova

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Ma, I'm hangry!!

After consulting with some folks, it was decided that Nova was being so crazy at night because she was hungry.  She is a very sassy puppy already, so when she gets mad at me, she is super duper sassy.  I'm starting to think the only reason she is starting to love me is because I give her food, other than that, I think she would be perfectly happy if I just left her alone.  However, this is only the seventh day I have had her, but I love her so much!  I think she will grow to love me as much as I love her, I see a bit of progress already.  I kind of feel like I'm constantly chasing her around like  why don't you love me?!?!"  Does anybody else have these problems?  A puppy who is always hungry and not sure that it loves you?  As for the Giardia, tonight I will give her the third dose of medicine.  I haven't seen any improvement yet, but I have a total of five doses of medicine to give her, so I am still hopeful.  We dug up where she pooped in the yard and sprayed a diluted bleach mixture in order to kill the parasites.  For being microscopic, it sure is a hardy parasite.  My family and I are doing everything we can to prevent the survival of the Giardia, and hopefully we will have it all taken care of by the time she is better.  I really don't want her to go through this again because the poor thing is miserable and only weighs five pounds.  For a while I was concerned that if she didn't get better, she would die from dehydration, so we really need this to work.  The vet is going to recheck her in about a month, but I think if she isn't better within two weeks, I will take her in again and hopefully get it fixed for good.  My heart goes out to those who have dealt with Giardia or worse.

Peace out puppy snout,
-Ky and Nova

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Being A Parent Is "Ruff"

Six days ago, I bought my Norwegian Elkhound, Nova.  She is my first puppy, and I must admit, I had expectations.  First of all, I was expecting she would love me, but she's still considering that one. She is almost two months old, and way more stubborn than I thought a puppy could ever be.  If she doesn't like something she will sure let you know by throwing a fit.  Whether it be jumping around and pulling at the end of her leash while I stand there and wait, or staying up all night barking and running around while I'm pulling out my hair.  Did I mention that on my way home with her, the breeder texted me saying they just got results from the vet saying she has Giardia?  Yup, that happened too.  So right now, I'm sitting in my room exhausted and eyes swollen from tears while Nova naps peacefully.  Let me tell you what disaster awaited me last night.  I took her to the vet yesterday to get medication for her, which I gave to her last night.  For some reason, she was completely crazy all night long.  I thought it may have been the medicine, but apparently being a little fart isn't a side effect at all.  I'm just praying hard that it doesn't happen again tonight.  She would bark and cry like she needed to go potty, so I would take her to her spot, but she would immediately run to the front door and up the steps.  When I brought her inside, she would run into the kitchen, run back out, chew on some toys, and repeat.  She wouldn't sleep or even sit in her bed, and I got so frustrated that I cried my eyes out.  It may not have been so bad if we weren't battling Giardia right now.  It's nearly impossible to get rid of in the yard when she has had diarrhea because of it.  This means that if the dry heat doesn't kill it, it could reinfect her.  Did I mention that people can get it from animals?  So as well as worrying about her, my family and I are channeling our inner OCD to make sure we don't contract it as well.  I'm ready to take a bottle of bleach and a blow torch to just about everything.  Along with all of this, I'm also having to parent and discipline her.  It's dandy I tell ya.  If you're reading this, please cross your fingers and pray that tonght goes better for us.

Peace out puppy snout,
-Ky and Nova