Tuesday 30 January
In 2013 we sent Trapper to Jo and her family in the UK. Trapper is from our Sorrento - Chukkie litter and Jo bred Chukkie's father so she wanted his bloodlines again. Trapper has been diagnosed with tetanus which is very unusual for a dog as they are relatively resistant to tetanus toxins. Fingers crossed that Trapper pulls through this awful infection.
Royal Vet College phoned last night to say there has been no change - no better, no worse. They decided not to administer the anti-toxin as it would likely make him MUCH worse (and can also have side effects) so at the moment he is still under observations. It is unusual for dogs to contract tetanus.
The vet has only seen 3 cases in 36 years, the Royal Vet College has had 53 cases in 12 years. Trapper has been tested for strychnine poisoning which causes similar symptoms, but he is clear. They cannot do blood tests for tetanus to formally diagnose it and can only observe the symptoms. He is on metronidazole and now it is a matter of waiting. If he remains the same, he will be released in 2-3 days and then has to be kept in a quiet and stress free environment.
Trapper has got tetanus. He cut his paw badly just before Christmas and had to have stitches but it all healed up fine. He's been out of sorts for about ten days - a bit fidgety, couldn't settle anywhere, seemed uncomfortable. Seemed to have conjunctivitis last weekend. He had sore eyes, his third eyelid was very obvious. We noticed on Tuesday that he wasn't able to catch treats, didn't seem to be seeing properly. He started to whine for no apparent reason most of the time. His tail set changed. Then his walk changed. We thought he'd had a stroke, as did the vet.
I then noticed that he wasn't breathing properly and his tongue was protruding and slightly blue. They admitted him Wednesday evening and administered antibiotics, but not the anti-toxin as it can cause other problems. He's not out of the woods by a long shot but his facial expression has relaxed quite a bit and the tail is in a better place. It's all been very scary.
Trapper came home Saturday morning, but had two seizures in the afternoon, so was admitted to intensive care at the Royal Vet College. He is stable and under observation. They decided not to administer anti-toxin as it would likely make him worse and can have unpleasant side effects. So now we watch and wait
Thankfully 'Summer' continues to settle in well in Tokyo. It is always a worry sending a puppy overseas. I received this email from Daniela today
"Hello Rosemary, Sorry, I received your mail today and this has been in my draft for the last couple of days as I never seemed to get the time to finish it up! It's a busy house hold these days but things are going really well. We ended up sticking with "Summer", it really suits her and we finally all agreed.
First night went pretty smoothly. She happily went into her crate and fell asleep without any fuss (we got a nice big wood crate for her) She typically wakes up once a night to go for a wee and then sleeps until 6.30-7. I'm surprised how well she's adapting.
House training is also on track with very rare accidents inside. Initially she wasn't so keen on stepping out in the garden because of the cold but she seem to have gotten used to it now and when we go out for a walk I always put her sweater on. They say it hasn't been this cold in Japan for the last 40 years so go figure! She's been exploring in the park, making lots of new friends and she walks incredibly well on a leash.
She learns so quickly and is not afraid of anything. My friend came to see us with her golden retriever, Daisy yesterday and they had their first play date. What a success, they both loved each other! We had our first session with a dog trainer on Sunday with great success. He was surprised with how clever she is and she really enjoyed the session. We all took part end learned lots.
Thank you for telling me about the pork, we ate it ourselves! She's not a fussy eater at all and seem to be happy with anything I put in front of her. She even eats whole little fish, great for omega 3 and loves the roo. Sometimes I even add some wild blueberries. I keep giving her chicken wings as she was already used to getting those.
She seem to be chewing them quite well now as supposed to when she was so hungry after the long journey. The BARF diet definitely makes a lot of sense so will stick with it. She'll have her second vaccination on Wednesday and rabies shot in March to follow the Japanese calendar. Summer is an absolutely amazing dog and we are all completely in love with her!! My husband had a very hard time leaving on his business trip this morning as he didn't want to be away from her.
Warmest regards, Daniela and family"
An Australia Day swim for Heini! Heini lives with Ben and Lesley in Brisbane and he is from our Kimba - Enya litter born January 2011.
The end of a very long journey for our little orange ribbon puppy from Tikki and Solar. She arrived in Japan today to live with Daniela and Heinrik and their family and we have all been anxious that she made the long journey with no problems.
Thankfully I received this message from Daniela " Hello Rosemary, We got home around midday and everything went smoothly. She was lying in my lap on the way home and hasn't stopped playing and kissing us since we got back. She's extremely affectionate. We took her to the garden and she absolutely loved the snow! She made her business outside and has already learned the command sit! Our daughter Bianca is home sick today so they've already had their cuddles. ;)
She seems to have already forgotten the ordeal of her long travel and exploring her new home. Is it ok to give her a big raw bone (has been previously frozen) to pass time with?
Will send more updates soon. All the best, Daniela "
Many thanks to Michael Davis at Dogtainers, Sydney for once again providing such a reliable service, organising flights and making sure all the export/import paperwork was correct for this puppy.
Lovely to get updates on puppies we have sold. This is Ember sharing the bed with Josie in Perth. Ember is from our Tikki - Chukkie litter born November 2015. Glad to see she is not being spoilt much!!
This is Matt and Billi having fun in the sun in Western Australia. Billi is from our Tessa and Solar litter born 14 July 2017.
A few weeks ago Kirsten sent this pic of Roxy who is from Minty and Cracker litter born June 2014. Love getting messages from people with our puppies!
" Hi Rosemary, Hope you're well. Here's a picture of Roxy. She's a bit spoilt! Kirsten"
How cute is this little boy, Ares, who lives with Luisa and Ben in Cairns? I think he has just been naughty and chewed something he should not chew but with that look, he will never get into trouble! Ares is from our Tikki and Solar litter.
Received this email and pics today from another happy puppy buyer. Sophie and her family bought a girl from Solar and Tikki who has 3 crowns on her ridge and this is Sophie's email
" Dear Rosemary, Scout has had a very busy week and has settled perfectly into our family. She's the favourite with all the 2 legged members and starting to make some headway with the 4 legged! Have attached a few photos- her first trip to the beach today was very cute! Thanks again for our lovely girl. Sophie"
Today Chatter had 11 gorgeous puppies to Nikki. These are the first Nikki puppies in Australia and indeed the first ridgeback litter in Australia to be sired by a Russian imported dog so we are very excited to see how these babies grow and develop.
Chatter had the puppies by herself with no veterinary intervention and the puppies were born strong and fat. She has plenty of milk for them and has settled down very well.
Nikki's half brother (both sired by Atuin) wins Runner Up Best in Show in Italy at a big International show last weekend. Congratulations to his breeder and handler!