DOGS WITH TWO DIFFERENT EYE COLOUR

0B2A3132.CR2 6

I took a picture of this dog because I found he had such beautiful colouring.  It wasn’t until I got home and loaded the picture into my computer that I realized he had one blue eye and one brown.  This condition is known as Heterochromia iridis.

Melanin is the substance that gives our skin colour.  In dogs (and people) with eyes that are a two different colours, there is an excess or deficiency of melanin mostly due to genetics, though it may develop over time.  The dogs breeds that are most likely to have one blue eye are Australian sheepdogs, Siberian huskies, American foxhounds, Alaskan malamutes and shih tzus.

Heterochromia iridis is not exclusive to dogs and can be seen in other animals and even people.  Jane Seymour, Mila Kunis, Keifer Sutherland, Demi Moore, and Alice Eve all have this condition. David Bowie’s eyes were of two colours but it was due to an injury.

 

The Long Winter of 2017-18

It has been a long time since I have blogged.

I envy this skater as, unfortunately, my arthritic knee has kept me inside all winter.  There is no negotiating the ice surface for those of us with osteoarthritis.  One slip and it could change your life.  I do miss skating though I never was very good at it.

Lucky for me my dogs love winter and they do not need for me to stand precariously on blades to enjoy it with them.

2nd skater.JPG

0B2A0932 (2)

NEW DOG SITE

Am sharing a site the dog lovers among you might find interesting.  I haven’t had a chance to check it out.  I’ve been very busy with my own health (osteoarthritis = physiotherapy) and Sinatra’s as he is suffering from seizures.  The vet thinks it might be from a brain tumour.   He is now on medication and doing so well.  I’m so proud of him.  That dog doesn’t let anything take him down.  While he was getting used to his medication he was falling down a lot, but he would just pick himself up and get up at it again.

 

IMG_1825

 

Here’s the website

https://raising-a-good-dog.com/

 

RETURNING FROM VACATION

Sinatra and I have had such a great summer.  We visited several lakes during day trips and then we took a vacation up to Temiskaming Shores in Ontario Canada.  We stopped in Temagami, a unique place where the old growth forest provides for beautiful vistas.

Here is a picture taken atop of the Temagami fire tower.

viewing platorm Temagami

 

Most people get to know other people by chatting about the weather. But we tend to talk with dog owners about their dogs, and we remember them by their dog’s name, such as “There’s Hunter” or “Diesel is going for a walk”.  So when a cute dog walked by our hotel we naturally took a picture of the dog and not the owner.

 

little dog in Temagami

 

 

 

WHY THESE DOGS WILL BE MY LAST

I have tried to keep this site on the light side but recently I read in the local paper that  my veterinarian just got a CAT-Scan.  I know I should be thrilled but to be honest I am concerned.   For sure this will be another expensive procedure I cannot afford.  It is certain it will be an option offered to me.   After all, the vet must recover his investment.

Recently, I heard that a dog was taken away by the SPCA because the person was not taking care of its medical problems.  These were not your run-of-the-mill medical problems:  the dog had a huge growth on its face.   I feel for the dog, but the SPCA made no effort to assist the owner with the medical expenses which would have required at the very least an operation to the dog’s face.

I could not bare to have something like that happen to me.   My dogs have lumps and my veterinarian assures me that they are “just” fat lumps.  But what if they weren’t?  What if they had to be removed?

Many people hold the opinion that if you can’t pay for your dog’s care then you should not own one.  But the cost of ownership goes up yearly.  Every new medical discovery brings with it new expenses.  It used to be that an owner who brought his dog in for neutering and vaccination was considered a responsible pet owner.  Not so anymore. Now, when your canine has “something”, the guilt trip begins.

“We need to do X-rays,” the vet tells you and quotes you a price that would pay for your child’s first semester of college.  Will that be the end of it?  No!  The X-Rays will maybe, but maybe not, provide an answer.  Blood tests will also have to be done.  And it goes on.

Veterinarians are special people.  The schooling required is incredible.  A doctor must know about people and only people.  A veterinarian most know about reptiles, birds, mammals and I don’t claim to know the all of it.    A veterinarian must deal with his patient and the patients owners.  I suppose it happens, but I have never heard of a human patient biting a doctor or nurse.  Yet the patient biting staff is not an infrequent occurrence at the veterinary hospital.

However, veterinarians may be pricing themselves out of business.  Or at least pricing themselves so that only the rich can afford to own pets.  Of course, there is insurance, but I am unsure of the regulations around these agencies.  I don’t know anyone who has had insurance.

I’m thinking that it’s high time that I reconsider pet ownership.  Just last week I paid $25 per dog to have them stay with me at a hotel.  And still I cannot claim any of their expenses on my income tax.  Dogs may be sentient beings, but they are not “part of the family”, not according to the government.

 

 

DON’T TAKE OFFENSE IF I PROTECT DOG

Recently one of my neighbors was walking her beautiful German Shepherd and another dog came out of nowhere and attacked her dog.  The attacking dog ran off and she was unable to identify the owner.  She spent a small fortunate on vet bills but to no avail.  Eventually, her dog had to be put down.

You can imagine that I am a bit nervous since I think this vicious dog is still in the neighborhood.  So, the other day  when a dog came running towards my dog,   I scooped my smaller Sheltie up into my arms.  The owner was upset with me.  She accused me of babying my dog and of being paranoid.  She didn’t give me the chance to tell her why I was so cautious and why she should not let her dog run amuck in case he should come up against the vicious dog.

I can’t understand why anyone would be upset about the fact that I pick up my small Sheltie when a bigger dog down comes running down on him.  If I had been able to I would have protected my bigger Sheltie too.

I am at a loss to explain that woman’s attitude.  I always make my dogs give way to other dogs by pulling my dogs to the side and making them sit while the other dog walks by.  This way little dogs don’t feel so threatened.