You know how dogs seem to love eating grass. Well, they also love eating fermented grass. This evening the dogs decided that the grass clipping pile had just reached the right fermentation and the dirty beggars have dug into the pile (as they have done before) to get to the grass that is at just the right fermented level for them, which also happens to have the stench of cow shit. So they stink. I've seen dogs happily eat Silage on farms and tomorrow I won't have dogs rough scatting the place, it actually causes the opposite effect in dogs and I will find lovely firm very dark green stools. It don't seem to do them any harm, other than them being rather fragrant smelling. The photos are of some of the pack with tell tale fermented grass stained faces, unashamed of their fermented grass eating habit.
The photos are of Henry showing total submission. He knows he is somewhere that he is rarely allowed to be and not sure he should be there. The inner sanctum of our home the bedroom, or to Henry where the leaders of the pack sleep on an amazingly big luxury dog bed.
I had just been putting some laundry away and had seen Henry sitting patiently at the threshold of the hallway (as someone had left the door open), awaiting my return. So I gestured for him to come forward and we stole a moment of rest together. Thomas caught the moment, as he was just passing with his camera to go outside and take some photos.
After three sharp morning frosts the end of April our Runner Beans have managed to survive. I thought I had lost most of them, but they look like the most of them are going to make it. Growing sweetcorn in our garden for the first time, so will be interested in how that does. Our Pumpkins did not far so well with the unseasonably cold start to May, but six plants are still going, which should be enough for each child to have a pumpkin at Halloween. We have carrots and parsnips yet to plant out. We are slowly trying to grow a bit more each year. Great for children to understand not only how stuff grows, but the work that goes in to growing stuff to eat.
We had a Big Breakfast for lunch. Chipping up and sauteing the Jersey Royal potatoes over from the salad the day before.
Then we went to Chittlehamholt woods with the children and four of the dogs sisters Blottie and Bumble, their Mum Smudge and their Grandmother Millie. Smudge and Blottie were kept on long lines, as together off lead they cannot be trusted to come back. The first bit of the video is of our son Alfie and me arriving at the stream before everyone else, as we had run with the dogs from where we had parked up at Chittlehamholt, around about a mile away.
Then back home for dessert, which was a White Chocolate and raspberry cheesecake I had made earlier.
Seven years ago Devon rugby club Exeter Chiefs finally got their foot in the door of the English Premiership and most thought they would struggle to keep their foot there, but seven years later they have more than kept their foot in the door Exeter Chiefs: Premiership title win ends long journey to success
Being Devonian and with one of my brother-in-laws nephew Ben Moon being part of the Exeter Chiefs squad since 2008, there is a little bit of interest in the club, and because we only have BBC and free-view on our telly, we only got to watch the highlights of the final late last night. It was well worth waiting up to watch. As expected a real hard game. Well done Chiefs!
the dogs plant theirs
The children laugh when I have ever play Hide and seek with them, as they only have to look to where the dogs are congregating and staring towards to find me.
It's been very warm here and eating salad weather. with boom, boom, bang arriving around 2.30am Saturday morning, when my husband David and I were awoken and watched Mother nature gives us a light display over the Taw Valley that would put any pyrotechnic display to shame. Amazingly the children slept through the thunder and lightening. The dogs barked once with the first crack, but then settled down.
A rather agricultural looking Treacle tart for dessert Sunday evening, which tasted very nice still warm from the oven with a dollop of vanilla ice cream.
Over at the gold mine for Cavalier health research Cavalierhealth.org they bring us conflicting veterinary views on when pimodendan aka vetmedin should be given to a dog with Mitrial Valve Degeneration (MVD). First we have Cardiologist Philip Fox claiming EPIC Study makes echocardiography optional in prescribing pimobendan before heart failure.
"In a Fall 2016 newsletter column, USA veterinary cardiologist Dr. Philip Fox (right) asserts that in determining when to start administering pimobendan to MVD-affected dogs under the EPIC Study, either x-rays orechocardiography may be used. Specifically, he writes:
The editor of Cavalierhealth.org notes that their greatest fear has happened after the EPIC Study report
"There you have it. Our greatest fear about the terribly flawed EPIC Study report is that it would encourage veterinarians to skip echos entirely and diagnose heart enlargement solely based upon x-rays. (See our March 2017 blog article, "Will general practice vets cut corners to prematurely prescribe pimobendan to MVD-affected cavaliers?", for more details.)"
But then Cardiologist Mark Rishniw says "Not so fast!" in prescribing pimobendan to all heart-enlarged MVD dogs. The editor of Cavalierhealth.org tells us that Cardiologist Mark Rishniw "questions the basis for the EPIC Study authors' optimism about starting all heart-enlarged MVD-affected dogs on pimobendan, regardless of the extent and/or rapidity of the enlargement. From the EPIC Study authors' viewpoint, he writes"
"Essentially, the risk of developing Chronic Heart Failure (CHF) or dying was almost halved, regardless of how bad the dog’s disease was going into the study. On the face of it, this sounds great. Based on this information alone, every dog with MMVD and left atrial enlargement (correctly identified!) would benefit from pimobendan treatment. Not so fast! The decision to treat a dog requires additional information to be considered. First, the baseline risk of developing CHF needs to be determined, i.e., what is the chance that this dog will actually develop CHF at some point in the future?" (Emphasis added.)
"He then takes into account the statistics from the study and asks this ultimate question:"
"Is 'earlier' treatment better than 'later' treatment? The survival curves provide clues to this answer. ... Now, if there was a clear benefit of 'earlier' rather than 'later,' we might expect the survival curves to diverge, ie., continue to move further and further apart. But they don’t. For the majority of the study, they remain parallel. So, the benefit with more severely affected dogs is about 300 days, and the benefit with the least severely affected dogs is about 300 days. This suggests that taking the more measured approach of waiting until a dog exhibits evidence of disease progression before instituting therapy is not compromising that dog nor reducing the benefit of the drug. And, dogs that were never going to progress to more severe disease and never develop CHF would not be subjected to needless drug administration (and needless expenses)." (Emphasis added.)
A significant number of Cavaliers that are diagnosed with a murmur do not progress to CHF and with suggesting as Cardiologist Phillip Fox does, that just an x-ray can be used for determining when to prescribe pimobendan with heart enlargement in all dogs, regardless of breed, using a VHS value of 10.5+, is a measurement so low that most Cavaliers that don't have MVD could be considered a candidate for being prescribed pimobendan. I think the more measured approach of Cardiologist Mark Rishniw of the dog exhibiting evidence of disease progression, which "is not compromising that dog nor reducing the benefit of the drugs" is certainly a better option than dogs being "subjected to needless drug administration (and needless expense)."
"The hunter-gatherers of Zhokhov Island were a hardy folk. Nine thousand years ago, they survived frigid year-round temperatures in animal-skin tents some 500 kilometers north of what is now the Russian mainland, and they were the only people ever known to hunt large numbers of polar bears without firearms. Now it appears these ancient Arctic dwellers did something even more remarkable: They may have been among the first humans to breed dogs for a particular purpose. An analysis of canine bones from Zhokhov suggests the dogs there were bred to pull sleds, making this the first evidence—by thousands of years—for dog breeding in the archaeological record."
Last night Sasha found a toad. He/she was unscathed and I put Toad back were the dogs could not find Toad again.
We watched this as a family last night on BBC4 and we were transfixed. Is available now to watch on BBC iPlayer - Jago: A Life Underwater
Sasha shows us in this video that she is certainly Henry's daughter.
The Royal Veterinary College, RVC have just published an article New study highlights concerns over the purchasing of flat-faced dogs on research I highlighted on the blog Coming to the same conclusion. They tell you, "Flat-faced dogs often suffer from lifelong respiratory, eye and skin problems, and a reduced lifespan compared with longer faced breeds." They forget though to mention the awful denture problems flat faced breeds also suffer with, as Canadian Veterinary Dentist Fraser Hale points out in his essay Stop brachycephalism, now!
Looking at how most people go about getting a brachycephalic dog, does make for sad reading.
"The study raised concerns over how the owners of brachycephalic dogs purchase their desired breed, with owners of flat-faced dogs:
They do set out recommendations,
"Recommendations from the study include:
The "Dogs Trust urges anyone thinking of getting a puppy to look beyond the appearance of a breed, understand the impact on health, research the seller and buy responsibly.” Personally, I think the only way forward to stop the suffering of dogs being bred with Brachycephaly will be legislation against breeding dogs to suffer. Qualzucht or “torture breeding” should be a crime.
“The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you,but he will make a fool of himself, too.”
― Samuel Butler
Me (Jane) with Puddin' and Teagol, waiting patiently to flush a patch of kale, December 2019
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