Monday, April 20, 2009

Elle Gets Her 1st HCT Leg

Judy Meggitt's Briardale's Camille Lebec "Elle" passes the 1st leg of her AHBA-Herding Capability Test (HCT) on Sunday April 19 at PackLeader Farm. Elle is handled by Barbara Davenport and evaluated by Judge Shelley Fritzke. Shelley is GSD breeder who lives in the BC lower mainland and offers tending instruction and clinics. Since Nash and Gabrielle were stock handling for this event they got to practice with Shelley on the C-course the previous evening.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Ranger's Upset Tummy

Ranger Meggitt's interest in counter tops and their delicious contents recently resulted in an upset tummy and a trip to the vet. Ranger devoured an entire loaf of raisin bread. Some foods which are edible for humans, and even other species of animals, can pose hazards for dogs because of their different metabolism. Some may cause only mild digestive upsets, whereas, others can cause severe illness, and even death. Grapes and raisins contain a toxin, which can damage the kidneys. However, there have been no problems associated with grape seed extract. Coffee, tea, and chocolate contain caffeine, theobromine, or theophylline, which can be toxic and affect the heart and nervous systems. Onions and garlic (raw, cooked or powder) contain sulfoxides and disulfides, which can damage red blood cells, although garlic is less toxic than onions. There are many more common foods that can cause problems and there is a great deal of informaion on the web if you have questions or concerns. Fortunately for Ranger, his parents took him for a quick trip to the vet, so the consequences were not dire.