Wednesday, October 21, 2009

My manure-scented boy

So this is a partial photo of my boy. The rest of his body is temporarily censored. :(

For the past 2 weeks, my boy has been suffering from skin problem which is localised to his right side. We have deduced that it could not be from the change in diet (vegetarian or the Ayamas chicken). Rather, it was caused by me ...applying conditioner on him without rinsing it off...thinking I could get the same results as his grooming session. Guilty as charged.

I've been dabbling his red spots with soaked teabags for 2 days now. Today, mum applied the magic cow-dung cream on him. Hopefully the miracle cream can cure it by the weekend because him looking like a dalmation mongrel (brown manure spots on cream fur) is making me look like a bad mother.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Eat Drink Man Dog

I finally finished watching Food Inc this week. Had to pause after 10 minutes the first time because I couldn't get pass the chicken segment. I had to pace myself through the week to watch the rest. So, today I decided to pick up an organic grassfield chicken in the supermarket for my boy and maybe, me...if I have time to cook some of it. Isn't it nice to see that your food had a good life beforehand..

Hmmm...I wonder whether I could have something like this in my backyard.

...thinking....thinking...who's gonna kill the chicken when it's time?...hmmm...

The boy ate his first raw grassland chicken foot today. You should have seen his first reaction when I pass it to him. He had a "Yew...what-is-this" look on his face. The foot laid momentarily on the carpet until he figured it was edible. HAHAHA...

My boy was partial vegetarian for the past 2 weeks following raving recommendation from a fellow neighbourhood dog walker. Since switching his diet, he has developed skin itchiness (hot spots). I can't fully conclude whether it was due to the change in diet or the leave-in conditioner from his bath or the daily spoonful of yogurt. Otherwise, we are sort-of-eat the same food groups nowadays (except, I don't take his kibbles). Boy drinks chicken soup, gets my Udo oil, cod liver oil, carrots, pumpkins and yogurt (pro-biotics). After Food Inc, I guess I have to finish up the Ayamas antibotic chicken in the fridge, while he gets the fresh organic one.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Growing pains

Since the tail-cliping incident, my boy has not gotten into the dog mobile in the morning. I guess he doesn't trust me with car doors during the day.

Monday - pleadings did not work. Boy was picked up at 9.30 am. Half hour alone time.
Tuesday - pleadings + dog treats did not work. Boy was picked up for daycare at 2 pm. 6 hours alone time.
Wednesday - more pleading + dog treats + ball = fail. Boy was picked up for daycare at 4 pm. 8 hours alone time
Thursday - more pleading + yogurt tub + licking previews + ball = FAIL. Boy stayed home the whole day. 12 hours alone time!!

I wonder what's so fun at home. Is he still traumatised or he thinks guard duty is fun? Well, his grandparents drive by in the afternoons to spy on him. He has been caught sleeping on the job each time. At least, my garden and patio is still intact. He's taking his new duty in stride but I'd rather have in at daycare.

My boy is growing up too soon. *tear*

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Is your tail still working?

In my haste to bundle my boy into the dog mobile today, I clipped his tail with the car door ...for the first time ever. Poor boy squeeled.

Hope he's not traumatised by it....else, I'll have to get up ten minutes earlier everyday to allow for coaxing time.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Counting chickens before they hatch

This week, I've been busy understanding labrador genetics.

Ruki's a yellow boy. I've yet to fully understand his lineage in this MKA certificate at the moment. I know far along the line, there was some black blood. (Edit: well, actually not. He had black siblings in his litter) So, here are the possibilities...

If girl is brown and Yellow boy has black genes....babies are black (with yellow and choc genes). Real rojak!

If girl is brown (with yellow gene) and Yellow boy has black genes, 50-50 chance of getting black and yellow, with rojak genes.

If girl is brown (with yellow gene) and Yellow boy is pure, 50-50 chance of getting choc (with yellow gene) and pure yellow.

If girl is pure brown and my Yellow boy is pure, 100% chance all chocs!! ...with yellow genes though...

I suppose it's important what genes my boy carry, otherwise the litter would be like a box of never know what you're gonna get.

Full information here.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

It could happen to me

Haruki gets a brown gal pal....and then this...

It could just happen...yellow (my boy) + brown (my girl) = black (my grandchild) ...OMG OMG