Likes: going to the doggy park, looking out the window, standing guard for birds that hide in the bushes, going on rabbit "hunts," giving big licks, trying to catch the crazy lizards, and chasing tennis balls!
Pet-Peeves: when dinner is late, dogs who don't want to play with me, when no one appreciates my big sloppy kisses!
Favorite Toy: tennis balls, anything that squeaks, big things I can chew on!
Favorite Food: Frosty Paws, bread, and cheese!
Favorite Walk: Around the neighborhood and anyplace I can run!
Best Tricks: I can sit, lay down, shake, do "other paw" (shake with other paw), and I am really good at down-stays (even when Mom drops the leash and walks away!). I graduated Basic Obedience!
Arrival Story: Mom and Dad had known for quite awhile that they wanted to get Herky a brother or sister someday. After hearing about some wonderful adoptable doggies and none of them working out, they decided to make a trip to the local animal shelter in search of a slightly older dog. They played with several of the dogs and none really fit our needs, but before they left my dad wanted to play with the lab mix who was named Curtis (me!). Mom thought I was much too big! But after playing fetch with me and realizing I was a big friendly goofball, they fell in love! I met Herky and we got along great! The rest is history...
Bio: Sticking with the University of Iowa Hawkeye theme, I am named after the Hawkeyes football field, Kinnick Stadium. (The stadium is named after Nile Kinnick, a football player from the 1930's who won the Heisman).
On Wednesday, Dad took me to the vet to get my stitches from the terrier bite out. They said it had healed very nicely, and that eventually the scab would fall off and it would be fine. But...Thursday morning when Mom and Dad woke up they noticed that it was wide open again. I must have scratched at it in the middle of the night and it opened up again. I already had an appointment with the vet to get my first allergy shot that afternoon, so she looked at the bite when I was there. She agreed that it wouldn't heal like that, and that it needed to be re-stitched again. She said that they could put me under and do it, or if Mom thought she could keep me distracted, they would just give me local lidocaine to numb the area and then clean it out and stitch it up. Mom asked if they had treats, and the vet tech returned with a bag of Bil Jac. I LOVE that stinky stuff. Sure enough, I sat very still and ate Bil Jac out of Mom's hand while the vet and vet tech re-shaved the area a bit, cleaned it out, cut new edges on the wound (because the edges had already healed and won't heal together unless there is a fresh blood supply), and sewed it together with four stitches. The vet was pretty quick, but I got a LOT of Bil Jac and praises from Mommy too!
Here's to hoping that these stitches do their job!
It was a long Easter Sunday for our family. Mom and Dad woke up and Mom noticed Dad had a funny rash on his forehead. They went to church and then to PromptCare because Mom was pretty sure it looked like shingles. Sure enough, after waiting an hour, they found out Dad has shingles. It is very odd for someone his age to have shingles, and it isn't very pleasant. He is okay, but it is pretty painful.
Then Mom decided to take us to the big dog park at the lake. Herky and I had a great time and got all muddy. When I was getting a bath at home, Mom noticed I had a pretty big hole on my left side behind my shoulder. She's not 100% sure, but she thinks a terrier accidentally got his tooth caught and ripped my skin. She remembers a terrier chasing me and jumping up on me, and then I yelped. But I didn't whine anymore and Mom didn't notice any blood (probably because I was swimming and dirty). But by the time I got to the emergency vet (which is about an hour away), I had blood all over my fur. I had to be sedated so the vet could clean the wound and give me three stitches. I am feeling fine, in fact Mom is not sure if I know that anything even happened to me. But I have a shaved patch on my side again... :(
The motto of this story...be aware of the little pups - they can be dangerous too :)
Sorry it's been so long since I've written! A lot has happened lately! I went to Florida with Mom and Dad on vacation, but more about that later.
Many of you know that I have been having problems with allergies. My vet wanted me to try a food trial to see if it was a food allergy. That means that I only ate one kind of food (no other scraps or treats at all) for almost three whole months! Unfortunately, this didn't seem to help. Mom did notice that I seemed to be less itchy in Florida and at Dad's parents house in Iowa. Both of these houses are much newer than our townhouse and have a lot of hardwood floors (we have a lot of carpet at our house). This mad her think that it might be some kind of allergy like dust mites. The vet agreed, and she drew some of my blood a few weeks ago for an allergy test. We got the results back this week and here is what I am allergic to:
Three kinds of dust mites (including storage mites)
Four kinds of grasses (two of which are the most common yard grasses in Indiana)
A weed called Yellow Dock
The vet gave lots of recommendations to reduce my allergy symptoms, but I am also going to start getting allergy shots. Luckily our pet insurance will help pay for the shots. Mom said she is also going to vacuum twice a week, and wash my bedding (and theirs too since I sometimes sleep in their bed) once a week. Our dog food bag is now in a rubbermaid storage container, because storage mites can live in open bags of dog food. Mom also ordered two air purifiers (one for the living room and one for the bedroom) which have HEPA filters to reduce dust mites and other allergens in the air. She says this will help her too since she has allergies.