sff_corgi_lj: (WUB!)
(It's really only the first half of the video.)

I want to point out what a mensch this guy is - it was his neighbour's dog. How many other people do you know besides me and him who would jump into a situation like that instead of just calling the cops?

In other critter news: Little Pig Farm run by Jane Croft sells micropig pets to only carefully-screened adopters. You will die of the cute.

Dog food

Apr. 6th, 2009 02:17 pm
sff_corgi_lj: (Twa corgwn)
Help! Our dog exploded! Part 1
Help! My dog exploded! Part 2

Poor Zeus! D'Argo's kind of like that, bless him. My main question is... why the blazes did they latch the crate door closed at night?? Tchah.

[livejournal.com profile] stormrunner is a BARF diet devotee; [livejournal.com profile] myfanwy does a mixed diet following some of Stormrunner's suggestions, and for the life of me I can't remember what [livejournal.com profile] xianghua feeds her pack.

Mine get kibble once a day, a blend of the rather expensive Hund-n-Flocken by Solid Gold (recommended to me by a breeder in Indiana), slightly less expensive Wellness Super5Mix Lamb, Barley & Salmon Meal Recipe, and a little less expensive again Prairie Lamb Meal & Oatmeal MedleyNutro Natural Choice Lamb & Rice is last choice on the list when I'm that low on kibble as to need a fourth bag (wish they were 40 lb. bags instead of 30-odd).

Why the mix? Because Solid Gold alone is too expensive to feed all these guys, but the quality of the food has been really beneficial in ways you really don't want details on. The lamb and rice is due to D'Argo's irritable bowel - something else you don't want to know about. He has to be on a single-protein food, and I don't want to get, say, cheap stuff with mixed ingredients for everybody else, with the bother of separate storage et alia, and have to stand and watch everybody eat to make sure the special diet goes where it's supposed to. Why punish the other dogs, too?

I don't have the freezer storage for a raw diet, unfortunately - it was harrowing enough when Meissa was on liver and spinach to try to keep her blood elements built up.

I do have to say that tinned pumpkin is great for fiber, and the dogs seem to like it just fine. I saw this story about a ferret who ate an eraser once....

Anyway, here's:

Incandescent Dog Loaf


  • 2lbs ground beef (Beef, lamb, turkey, chicken, or buffalo in any combo)
  • 1 Cup Cooked Whole Grains - Brown rice, oatmeal, quinoa, etc
  • 1 Cup Ground Flax Seed or Flax Meal
  • 1 Cup Dried Parsley * (I will explain this)
  • 1/2 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 6 Whole Eggs
  • 2 Cups Fresh or Frozen Veggies - NO GARLIC OR ONION - (I use the mix of peas, carrots, corn & green beans from the freezer section)

Instructions & Info: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
  2. Mix all ingredients together by hand very well in a large mixing bowl. 
  3. Place in greased Pyrex meatloaf dish and bake for 1 hour.  Let cool for 45 minutes before serving. 

You may double (or triple) this recipe if you have multiple dogs to feed - the loaves freeze and keep well in zip-lock freezer bags.  We like to take one loaf out, leave it in the refrigerator to cut off pieces as we need for Zeus, and freeze the rest.  We make loaf about once a week.  As for feeding instructions, we feed three times a day, just enough to keep Zeus as his optimum weight.  If the dog loses weight, we increase food...  and if he gains weight, we cut back a bit.

That's it.  About as simple a recipe as it gets.  I've tasted the stuff myself - it's completely edible and made from human grade ingredients, but it is very, very bland.  Dogs seem to like it without spice or salt, though.  (I suppose you could add ketchup if you wanted to eat it yourself.)


Oh... the parsley.  I promised to explain the entire cup of dried parsley in the loaf, didn't I?  Well, suffice to say that including an entire cup of dried parsley in the loaf is more for us humans than the dog.  It freshens his breath and has the added bonus of neutralizing that scourge of dog owners everywhere - dog gas.

(No, he didn't say how much goes into each meal.)
sff_corgi_lj: (Default)

Same thing happened with a stray who wandered into my yard once. She was a beautiful American Bulldog (they look a lot like boxers on steroids) but she was stuck in Biter Quarantine as a pitbull, despite the fact that she was very submissive. Thankfully, one of the officers at Animal Control knew perfectly well what she was... but I still had to pay $90 to spring her.

However, if one major American city is seeing there's a problem, it's a chink which might turn into precedent.
sff_corgi_lj: (Perplexed boxer)
Licking Your Wounds May Help Them Heal Faster

File under: 'Everything I need to know, I learned from my dog'
sff_corgi_lj: (Creativity)

He's good!

In other news, thanks to Heidi, I went to the Good Morning America job fair up in Hollywood yesterday. It started so early, I just napped for an hour and didn't actually sleep before leaving. It didn't make much difference, though - even if I'd left the house earlier than when I actually managed, the line was still starting to wrap around to the pavement outside of the Diplomat when I queued up, and I parked on the next-to-last level before they started shuffling people into the empty lot next to the car park. Huge, huge crowd. I think it took me nearly two hours just to get inside the lobby (fixed up my mobile phone's messed-up contact list), and then I spent at least 90 minutes inside, wading through people. I had a twinge or two of I-hate-crowds, but managed to keep it buttoned down.

Two best things... no, three: The federal tables had the best freebies (Customs had a display of BUGS with them! Not a freebie, just a display); the two staffing companies there both seemed quite interested by my resume; and just a few blocks after I left, I saw a corgi being walked along the street! Naturally, I stopped and her human and I had a very nice chat. The Pemmie is just about the exact age of my girls, and her human and I drive the same car!

...yes, the dog was more exciting than the job fair. Deal. ;)

NO, Gemma!

Dec. 7th, 2008 01:05 am
sff_corgi_lj: (Eeek!)
Bubblegum is NOT for corgis!
sff_corgi_lj: (Twa corgwn)
THE PUPPY SONG - Harry Nilsson

Dreams are nothing more than wishes
And a wish's just a dream you wish to come true

If only I could have a puppy
I'd call myself so very lucky
Just to have some company
To share a cup of tea with me
I'd take my puppy everywhere
La la la la I wouldn't care
Then we'll stay away from crowds
With signs that say no dogs allowed
Oh we... I know he'd never bite me
We... I know he'd never bite me

If only I could have a friend
Who sticks with me until the end
And walk along beside the sea
To share a bit of moon with me
I'd take my friend most everywhere
La la la la I wouldn't care
And we'll stay away from crowds
With signs that say no friends allowed
Oh we...we'd be so happy to be...
We...we'd be so happy to be together

But dreams are nothing more than wishes
And a wish's just a dream you wish to come true
Dreams are nothing more than wishes
(Your wish will come true)
And a wish's just a dream (Your wish will come true)
You wish to come true (Your wish will come true)

sff_corgi_lj: (Dyfed map)
sff_corgi_lj: (Comics - Hawkwoman: tetchy)
http://thechaistory.blogspot.com/2008/08/chai-story.html (and followup posts)

The Four Paws toy 'Pimple Ball with Bell' has been known by the manufacturer since 2005 at least to have a possible danger of trapping a dog's tongue in the toy by vacuum created by inadequate ventilation design. This has caused at least one dog sufficient injury that he had to be put to sleep, and the Labrador in the link above to have his tongue amputated.

That's two dogs too many. Please check for and remove this toy, and pass word to your friends.

ETA: They DO have a recall ongoing; they have corrected both the ball mould and the packaging so the vent hole can be examined before purchase. However, that does NOT excuse an unhandled incident from 2005, and that does NOT explain what reparations, if any, will be made to the suffering families.
sff_corgi_lj: (Caribbean)
Yes, I have successfully taken five dogs to an unsecured (i.e., no fence between it and road) beach and worn them out! Without any incidents!

Well, the point was to get Truly Nolen to spray in peace and let it dry, which also happened. My car, on the other hand... eeek.
sff_corgi_lj: (Twa corgwn)
I'm getting the house sprayed and I'm going to take most of the dogs to the beach beause we have to get out of the way. Anybody around to help me handle five dogs in an unfenced area?
sff_corgi_lj: (Eeek!)
I mean it. We're going to get this corgi spayed this time if it kills one of the homo sapiens ones of us.

sff_corgi_lj: (Comics - Hawkwoman: tetchy)
To my eternal mortification, I find that I actually have to muzzle two of my dogs - The Stupid Boys, of course, a/k/a Sirius and Sesame. Sirius got a #3 size soft muzzle, whereas Sesame's big head forced me to getting him a cage muzzle, which Mary still had to stretch so it wouldn't dig into the sides of his face.

Got the boys set up and outside, there was some posturing but no actual attacking. I provoked a situation, and sure enough, Stupid reigned but all they really did was hit each other with their heads as I had hoped (Sirius had enough room to snarl but not get a grip. Sesame even dumped him into the 8-gallon waterbucket, which seemed to take some of the inclination out of him -- Sesame, however, I clocked repeatedly with the vermin-spray bottle without getting my point across.

Bruises, maybe - bleeding, none. I'm reasonably satisfied.

Meanwhile, I just had to reset my wireless router as well to get my connectivity back. At least I got some dishes washed as a side-effect.
sff_corgi_lj: (Default)
Snerk. Thanks for putting up with my brain having moved neighbourhoods, largely.

In no particular order:
  • 'Barra Barra' by Hans Zimmer for Blackhawk Down is a kickin' piece of music.

  • Meissa's bloodcount was borderline AGAIN and therefore her spay has been put off another month, only this time we're going to whack her with antibiotics, worming meds and more liver to Get This Done.

  • I remembered where I left my cellphone. It's charging now.

  • The cops were doing a hard search about 15-20 blocks north of here; I don't hear the news 'copters now, so it must have resolved already. However, they had Miami, Dade and Hialeah all surrounding an area from around NW 17th to NW 15th Avenue or so, and about... 40th to 48th Streets or so. One of the Hialeah cops was actually standing at his unit's door with his shotgun out, and I saw them working some K-9s. Quite a stir.

  • Still no e-mail replies to job apps - I sent stuff to on-line services, the county (government's pretty safe, yeah?) and my friend Debbie's place of work. Argh.
sff_corgi_lj: (Default)
[wakes up slowly until a dog steps on her] Augh. [creaks] Oh, thank you for leaving me that to clean up, puppies.

Anyway, I have been duly chided for not having updated in Forever, although trying to get something written for yesterday seemed somewhat... self-defeating somehow. I have, however, managed to miss everything involved with March 1 (in my defence there, my internet WAS out for a week around then until I got a good tech to come to the house), Herself's birthday, St. Patrick's day, Rozberk's birthday, the Equinox and Goddess knows what-all's been on my Flist.

[hangs head]

I'm sorry.

May I offer, to start, this interesting essay from J-List (mostly the first and last paras, although the chimp proves that it's not just celebrities and the rich who're doing this:) )

Let's see... ah! OMG MARTIANS! )

Through complex and torturous means (it's a good thing I'm still kinda stuck on eating Japanese rice and edamame, although the dogs don't eat cheap), I have a second computer, a desktop whose name is '17 Tauri' but is called 'Electra' (spelling optional). Because of Elektra, I can bring you a couple pictures from my 'adventures' in Second Life' which are much, much nicer than before:

Pictures behind the cut, alt-tagged without being reminded *grin*! )

Dogs: Everybody's OK and doing much better with the housebreaking stuff and the chewing stuff, for the most part. Annie managed to wriggle out of her harness; I refused to chase her, so eventually she got bored or anxious enough to come home on her own. Gemma has found a new way out of the yard, said portal not having been located yet (obviously). If it weren't for cars and utter gits, I wouldn't worry so much about them being out. Sirius is still in his denatured Azkaban until he realises he is NOT in charge of domestic security issues - he decided Sesame needed beating on, and I was pre-tired of cleaning up dogblood, so Cait's been coaching me on this problem I've never had to deal with previously. Meissa's platelets are finally back up to normal range, so cross your fingers, and hope she's finally spayed at the end of the month. D'Argo is itchy. Would you believe just about everybody's grown up already? Sirius is the only one still under two years for sure, as I'm still really vague on Sesame's age.

Still looking for a job. I am bad at this, by which I mean I look at the listings and NOTHING seems to fit, so then I get depressed and everything grinds to a halt.

But my LAST CAR PAYMENT is on the verge of getting mailed, so that's one less worry!

And with that, I think that's enough babble for now.


Feb. 7th, 2008 09:28 pm
sff_corgi_lj: (Comics - Hawkwoman: tetchy)
What is wrong with this quote?
The Humane Society of the United States and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wanted the dogs euthanized. But rescue operations won their fight to give these animals a second chance at life.
Bolding mine. (from this article about Michael Vick's pit bulls)

PETA have always been a sort of bunch of whack-job illogical terrorists -- when did they become genocidal maniacs, too?

(And can't we just get them to take out Vicks after he's released?)

In other news, I have really truly Gemma-proofed the driveway gate. No, no, stop laughing, I have! It took me far-too-long to get it done, but I dug a couple pieces of scrap lumber out of the garage, bought some wood screws, charged up the cordless Black&Decker, and fastened that, plus the board I had ineffectively across the gate, into a sort of 'H' shape. The middle of the 'H' will fill the gap between the gates, and the boards will keep it from being pushed open.

Let her just try to escape to find more dead rodents out on the street now! [queasily removes unidentifiable glob of meat-like carrion into the garbage]
sff_corgi_lj: (Corgi mask)
From a Second Life friend:

'Dog of Beer'
sff_corgi_lj: (Twa corgwn)
Carefully nailing up plastic mesh over a storm-damaged fence to keep Gemma in the yard while she blithely and effortlessly takes her sister out for a jaunt about the neighbourhood at the same time.
sff_corgi_lj: (Default)
Puppy just showed up. Sans collar and any sign of brujero or dog-fighting sacrifice, torture, etc.

I... blink in amazement. I haveno clue as to what's going on around me, do I.

(You think 'Sesame' might be a good name for him?)


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