Yesterday was Myrtle’s 6th Birthday. As we head towards official veteran status (not that I think 7 years is old enough to be classed as a veteran) wolfhound birthdays become ever more precious. I don’t think though that anyone told Myrtle she was approaching the age of the veteran! Lol!
Here’s a link to her pedigree, Achnacon Banbha at Malinkey on IWDB.org
Here she is enjoying a day in the snow and the sunshine at work with Keith in the fields of the James Hutton Institute in Invergowrie, overlooking the Tay estuary.
Florrie chases Myrtle
Myrtle with hair blob
Myrtle teases Florrie
Myrtle rolling in the stubble
Myrtle in front of the Tay
Myrtle chasing Florrie
Myrtle and Florrie
Myrtle and Florrie stare at a gravy bone
Myrtle and Florrie sniff the air
Myrtle and Florrie in the stubble
Poor Haggis to be precise. This is my friends dog, Haggis, in the early stages of pneumonia – this can come on really quickly and it is very important that owners and vets recognise the signs and start treatment immediately. Please watch the video and familiarise yourself with the typical stance of a wolfhound suffering with pneumonia…
The Typical Stance of Pneumonia in an Irish Wolfhound
Pneumonia in an irish wolfhound from Per Arne Flatberg on Vimeo.
This video shows the typical stance of an irish wolfhound with pneumonia. If you see this in your Irish wolfhound, go straight to the vet and demand immediate treatment with antibiotics. The dog may or may not have fever, the blood samples may well be normal, and the lungs may or may not be congested on x-rays.
If not taken seriously, this condition will almost certainly be fatal for your dog. Please read the leaflet from the Irish Wolfhound Health Group for further info: http://www.iwhealthgroup.co.uk/files/GUIDE-pneumonia.pdf
IW Health Group Guide to Pneumonia
Cutting your dogs nails
I must admit I am not good at cutting my wolfhounds nails, but it is an important job and one that I should keep on top of. This diagram is very useful, showing how to cut the nail and avoid the quick. Though I always make sure I have something close by to stop the bleeding quickly if it does happen, because there can be a lot of blood! Myrtle has back and front dew claws so they get even longer and need more attention because they do not get worn down in the same way with outdoor walks.
Myrtle and Florrie both hate getting their nails cut, and always scarper as soon as they see the nail-clippers. It really is a nightmare job, but one that must be done.
I found the diagram online, it was doing the rounds on Facebook, so I’m afraid I don’t know who to credit – I only know it’s not mine. Anyway, whoever you are – thank you for making this useful tool freely available – it’s much appreciated by all of us.
Jake died last week, he was only 11 yrs old. He had been ill for a short time and an x-ray at the vet revealed lots of small tumours. We chose to put him to sleep rather than let him slowly starve to death as he had already lost a lot of weight and stopped eating. We found out last night he had mast cell tumours. You can read about it here… Vet Times – Feline Mast Cell Tumours
Jake and Florrie asleep together
How cute is a ragdoll kitten? The first time we saw Jake we could not resist him.
Just back at work after a lunchtime walk with the girls. My feet are soaking.
Still trying to work everything out for the new Malinkey Irish Wolfhound website! Might take me a while 🙂