Australian Cattle Dog/Akita
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Age: 24 Years   Sex: Male   Weight: 51-100 lbs

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Patchie Boy

Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

Quick Bio:
-mutt-pound dog

Barking (unfortunately!)

People, children in particular

Favorite Toy:
Toy monkey with rope arms and legs

Favorite Food:
Natural Choice canned food

Favorite Walk:
About two miles along our country road - even though he has to be on leash

Best Tricks:
Begging for treats, lap sitting, and dancing

Arrival Story:
Patches was chained along a highway every day while his owners were at work for over a year (the police could not discover who the owners were). Finally he bit a child who was teasing him and could then be picked up and taken to the pound. He was adopted but bit a child again and was to be put down. The manager of a local rescue group instead took him to a foster home in the mountains where he was chained with 20 other dogs for two years while he was advertised. It took me six months to connect with the right person to find him and adopt him.

He loves to lap sit - all 80 pounds of him - the rescue group manager said that was her fault as he was so unhappy in the pound that she took him on her lap to comfort him. One of his photos shows him trying to sneak up on a lap sit. He had to go to a home where there would be no children (ever) so was hard to get adopted but is a totally lovable dog and very well adjusted for all his hardships. He is an excellent watch dog! I don't know why I persisted so in finding him but the rescue manager said she had prayed for him every day since she first saw him so maybe that had something to do with it! (2/2009)Ran into this lady at the grocery store one day and she was so happy Patches is still alive and well - she remembered him still!

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Just chillin

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Australian Cattle Dogs

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August 7th 2004 More than 12 years!

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Patches Exercise Program

May 29th 2010 7:38 am
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May 2010 Update
Was reading through the diary entries and saw that in 2006 I thought Patches was done for! Well he is still here and in about the same shape as in 2006. He has been eating a product called "happy hips" which has glucosamine and chondroitin in it and he has much less pain when he walks and gets around pretty well. He goes on an on leash walk for about half a mile every morning with blind Brandy while Sasha and Alli run loose along with us. I took Patches recently for his three year rabies shot and had to lift him into the car (thank goodness he only weighs 65 pounds now) - it was a struggle but we made it and he was very good while waiting in line for the shot. Didn't have to have his muzzle on until the vet actually took him. Looks like he may be with us for awhile yet! Patches has three places that are his - he has a pillow on top of my back door deck where he can look out over quite a large area and it is his favorite place unless the sun gets too hot. Then he has a pillow underneath a table on the patio which is in full shade. He also has a shaded spot with pillows right by the back gate so he can look out and watchdog the whole place which he considers his very own job!


Patches is Such a Good Boy

June 5th 2008 6:20 am
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Patches licking granuloma is very nearly totally healed - hair has grown back and there is just a tiny line to fill in. The technique we finally used was to put the Benadryl anti-itch cream on the granuloma and then immediately take patches on a 20 minute on leash walk. We walked quickly and he couldn't take time to reach and lick on the granuloma. By the time we had returned home the anti-itch had taken effect and he had forgotten about licking off the Benadryl - we did this faithfully since my last entry and it worked very well.

Patches caught kennel cough from Sasha and/or Brandy. I knew what it was and started him on anti-biotics right away. Of course it was Saturday so couldn't get to the vet until Tuesday after the Memorial Day Holiday. But there was no doubt what it was so just swiped some of Sasha's antibiotics and got him started. So he has had a far easier case than the others. Went to the vet without him Tuesday and of course the vet agreed that is what he had and gave him his own course of antibiotics and we paid back Sasha's pills. His coughing is very minimal by now.


Some Success with Licky Spot

April 28th 2008 1:38 pm
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I bought some Benadryl Itch cream and put it on Patches before taking him for an on leash walk each morning for about 20 minutes. By the time we get back the anti-itch has taken effect and he doesn't try to lick the sore. It has reduced in size to about 1/3 of what it was and none of it is open. Have my fingers crossed that nothing happens to interfere with the success!

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