Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Meet Jake Mc Nab - Jack Russel Mix

Jake is 10 weeks old and he is actually too young to be out where many other dogs play because he has not had his complete series of vaccines. His owners was on a road trip and they stopped in Morro Bay along the way. Jake was so cute and he liked hanging with the big dogs. Jake is a mix of Mc Nab and Jack Russell Terrier. Jack Russell Terriers orignated in the United Kingdom. The Jack Russell was used as a small game hunting dog particularly for red fox, digging the quarry of of its den in the mid-1800s. On English hunts, the dogs needed to be long-legged enough to keep up with the hounds. Breeders emphasized its working ability, so the standard was very broad, allowing a wide range of accepted body types.

The Jack Russell Terriers are loyal, and will defend their home to their death. As a rule they are good with children and other animals. The Jack Russell will stand its ground and will not be pushed around by other dogs. They need no encouragement to defend themselves. Without exercise they will get into a lot of trouble. They need both physical and mental stimulation daily. They are extremely tough little dogs. They are good in rocky terrain. They can jump from ledge to ledge. They will burrow through rat's and weasel's dens.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Mc Nab Meeting At Bay

Last weekend I had the pleasure of watching Bud swim and I saw three new dogs I have not seen before. It was the first time I have ever seen McNabs in action. They were very active, one of the dogs stole the ball and swam faster than Bud. One McNab was two, another McNab/Border Collie mix was one and a half and there was a 9 week old McNab/Jack Russell Terrier.

The McNabs are working herding dogs. Some of the traits of this bread are very protective, loyal, obedient, smart and natural athletes. The younger dog swam faster than Bud who is almost eight. Bud did not care he swam with the dogs. Bud got fired up with all the action and Bud acted like a pup......until we came home and he slept until dinner and then layed around on his love seat all evening.

The McNab originated in Scotland from a smooth-coated dog typically reported to be the Scotch Collie or Fox Collie, which was also the ancestor of  the Border Collie. The McNab can also be an excellent deer and boar hunting dog even though they were bred for sheep herding. The McNab is also less 'high strung' or obsessive than the Border Collie. They were bred to have more "backbone" than the original Border Collie and are more protective. It is common for a McNab to bark while they herd. They should exercise physically but also mentally by learning new activities or 'tricks' and being allowed to explore and learn new environments. This breed is sociable with other dogs and humans.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Hannah's First Bone

I am a fool for dogs, I love to watch them play and enjoy being a dog. One pleasure for dogs is chewing and when a dog is chewing a bone they are in dog heaven. Holly my staff has three dogs and she works very hard for Second Chance Dog Rescue. But she has never given her dog, Hannah   a bone so of course I had to give her one. She watched Bud enjoy his and she got into it and I of course had to blog about it.
Dog are so easy to please just look at these dogs.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Mom's Down Time

Last week I cut my finger on a broken coffee cup and had to have stitches. Bud knows that his life can't be affected because of me not being able to go to the beach with him and not swimming at Cal Poly..............I am still playing with him but not the way I did before............. I still take him to the beach on my scooter but I don't go down the stairs to the sand. At the top of stairs I give him his ball and he runs down to the beach and he finds folks to throw the ball for him and then he digs. He loves to dig. This morning he looked up at me as if to ask," Mom's why aren't down here with me?" 
"Soon, Buddy next week the stitches come out. I know not soon enough for me too!"

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

A Word About Parvo

Parvo is a deadly disease for your puppy. On a serious note, I held a Boxer pup one month old. He was too cute for words! I told the owner that the puppy was too young to be out where so many dogs are present. Parvo thrives in dirt. Parvo is a horrtible death for puppies and is a real concern for puppies that have not had all their vaccines. The owner told me that his pup had two vaccines and I told him that the puppy wasn't fully protected until all the vaccines in the series are completed. A puppy is not protected from Parvo until the 16th week after the vaccines have been completed. At that time it is safe for them to be around other dogs. Before that time period you are taking a risk exposing your puppy to possibly catching a fatal disease. I tried to no avail to warn him, but he still insisted on having the puppy on the ground in the dirt. While it is important to socialize your puppy you have plenty of time to do this.

Many breeders will not let you see their puppies until all the vaccines are given. Parvo can wipe out a litter of puppies within a short period of time. Many breeders will have you step in bleach before entering their kennel and wash your hands beforehand, because they are afraid of  Parvo hitting their kennels and killing their puppies. Vet offices will do the same thing, their protocol is to disinfect the area if a puppy that is known to have Parvo enters their hospital.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Dog's in Need of Homes

Wood's Humane Society was at the Morro Bay park K-9 event on May 30, of course I had to hold a couple of dogs that are in need of their forever homes! The Chihuahua that I am holding is 11 years old and is missing some of her teeth. She is so very SWEET and would love to be in someone's lap. Other dogs were present that also need homes. If you can open your heart and home to one of these dogs, please contact Wood's Humane Society in San LuisObispo if you want to find your next love.