Archive for May, 2009

Car Ride

Posted on May 28, 2009. Filed under: 3. Trainer On Call | Tags: , , |

Car ride

This picture were taken by Dylan when he was driving behind Moose and I on our way to Physical Therapy.   Moose loves to stick his head out the window, and I love watching his lips flap in the wind.

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Moose’s Underwater Treadmill Therapy Session

Posted on May 28, 2009. Filed under: 3. Trainer On Call | Tags: , , |

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Last Friday Moose had his first physical rehabilition.  We worked on a few different exercises and then hit the underwater treadmill for 10  minutes. It only took him about a minute to get the hang of it.  His next appointment is tomorrow.  He will do underwater treadmill again for 15 minutes.

See Moose in action at

http://blip.tv/file/2226368

and

http://blip.tv/file/2226380

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Moose Continues His Recovery

Posted on May 28, 2009. Filed under: 3. Trainer On Call | Tags: , , , |

Moose Recovery

He is so excited to get out and see the world again.  Moose continues to improve from his TTA surgery.  It has now been about 6 weeks since his surgery.  We are doing anywhere from 1 to 2 walks a day up to 40+ minutes.  He seems to be walking great.  We have our first set of follow up xrays on thursday, I will try to get a copy of them so I can post them.  Then if all looks well on thursday, Friday he will have his first physical therapy appointment where he will use the underwater treadmill.  Moose LOVES the water.  I dont think I could stress that enough.  When we gave  him a bath 2 weeks ago he almost lost it.  Once he has mastered the treadmill, into the pool we go.

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Ten Days After Surgery

Posted on May 28, 2009. Filed under: 3. Trainer On Call | Tags: , , , |

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Moose’s recovery seems to be going great.  There are a couple times he has gotten away from us and walked up the couple of stairs we have to our dining room or jumped up quickly.  Of course we freak out when it happens, but it doesn’t seem that any of our little moments have effected the surgery.  Lets hope it stays that way.  He is now laying and sitting on that leg, so I am assuming it is not hurting as much.  His fluid seems to have gone away and it no longer looks swollen.  Stitches get to come out this weekend.  That will be nice then he doesn’t have to wear the ecollar when he is in the kennel while we are at work.

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Three Days After Surgery

Posted on May 28, 2009. Filed under: 3. Trainer On Call |

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It’s been 3 days since Moose came home from his surgery.  Yesterday we sedated him for awhile because he was getting antsy laying on the same side all the time.
The most important thing for him right now is to not let him put a lot of weight on his knee.  If he does, he could break the bone and then the whole thing is shot and there is nothing much we can do at that point.  Moose is allowed to walk on it to go to the bathroom, but that is basically it.  At night we have been sleeping in our family room with a leash wrapped around our wrist so if he gets up we wake up.  I gave him the benefit of the doubt at about 3 am, and let him have a little more leash…he decided to jump up on the couch.  I almost had a heart attack.
I was about to take his bandage off tonight and noticed some fluid build up on his thigh.   I took him back to the vet to have them assess the situation and everything is fine.  (Let me tell you how interesting it is traveling with him in the back of a convertible.)  They said to start massaging the area and warm compress it to help the fluid go down.  We also started our first physical therapy session with range of motion exercises.
The pics are Moose with his droopy eyes and me starting his physical therapy.
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4/1/09 Day After Moose’s Surgery

Posted on May 28, 2009. Filed under: 3. Trainer On Call |

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Michael Vick to work with HSUS

Posted on May 28, 2009. Filed under: 1. Daily Life |

Today I received the e-mail below from Wayne Pacelle, President & CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, regarding Michael Vick working with the HSUS in their anti-dogfighting outreach programs. I’m curious what your thoughts are on this? I do think the HSUS’ mission is with good intention, but I’m skeptical on if it will really change Vick’s behavior and attitude towards animals. My first reaction was to say don’t let that man near any animal, but for the sake of all the pets he will now be in contact with, I do hope this partnership will change him for the better as a man and animal advocate and prevent other young men from following in his footsteps.

Michelle Brubaker

“Dear Michelle — You may have seen the news that Michael Vick has been released from prison, and that The Humane Society of the United States is going to provide an opportunity for him to get involved in some of our anti-dogfighting outreach programs. Animal advocates might be skeptical, as I was, about whether a man who committed such horrible acts to dogs could do anything positive to help animals. But I want to give him the chance to be part of the solution, rather than part of the problem. If he is serious — and we’ll soon find out — then Vick can help HSUS reach young men in urban communities and tell his story about dogfighting being a dead end. Our on-the-street programs teach at-risk kids that pit bulls are friends, not fighters. I wanted to share with you my blog which I’ve just posted today, which elaborates on my thinking.”

Sincerely,
Wayne Pacelle
Wayne Pacelle
President & CEO
The Humane Society of the United States

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Food Aggression

Posted on May 28, 2009. Filed under: 3. Trainer On Call | Tags: , , |

Before feeding your dog, have them “sit” and “wait.”  This provides a control point.  Not only does it allow you to put the food down without being knocked over, it helps to avoid food aggression.  If your pet sees his “brother or sister” rushing to the food that may be their own, they can become possessive of the food, creating an aggressive situation.  By having your dog “sit,” “wait,” and then release them with an “OK” or “good dog,” you create a calm, positive control point and help to reduce aggression that may occur.
This tip is very important when bringing new pets into the household.
For questions or ideas on how to train this behavior contact me at dbozlinski@petopia.tv
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