Australian Cattle Dog
Picture of Brandy, a female Australian Cattle Dog

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Home:Hereford, AZ  [I have a diary!]  
Age: 13 Years   Sex: Female

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   Leave a bone for Brandy

Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

Quick Bio:
-purebred-pound dog-blind
-dog rescue

food in any shape or form - have to watch her diet for sure

None noted

Favorite Toy:
Not interested in toys (yet)

Favorite Food:
Anything she can chew up and swallow

Favorite Walk:
Around my four acre property with Patches every morning

Best Tricks:
We aren't into tricks yet!

Arrival Story:
Brandy had resided for over a month in the local shelter. I had been trying to adopt a heeler since the death of my precious Annie. Brandy had been a bad girl and nipping at other dogs at the shelter and she nipped at Patches and Sasha when I took them in to meet her - having known heelers before the nipping did not appear serious to me and the shelter agreed to the adoption since I had places in my yard where I could keep her separated from the other dogs while we got her acquainted with everyone. When I brought her home we walked through the gate and every9one sniffed everyone else and everyone then went about their business - no problem. Second day they all lined up to eat together so no problems of introduction whatsoever. The cats have been suspicious and careful but by the third day were making their way past Brandy to get to their meals so that is working fine as well. Brandy is a Stumpy-Tail Cattle Dog as was Annie and she is about the same size and shape so would guess that since dogs are color blind they just think Annie is back. Brandy is a wonderful dog. She has been velcroed to my leg for a couple of days but is venturing away from me to explore by the third day. She likes me a lot and I already love her so we are doing great - she is going to be a wonderful dog - she has the sweetest eyes in the world and is so good. She has learned three obedience commands (sit, wait, and leave it) in these three days so is extremely intelligent. She will start obedience training next Saturday (5/24/2008) for five weeks. I apologize for the photos - she doesn't photograph well in the harsh sunlight so have been snapping her in the shade resulting in dark photos - may have better luck when and if we get a cloudy day?

Forums Motto:
Miss Hyperactivity and then big nap

I've Been On Dogster Since:
May 18th 2008 More than 8 years!

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Brandy's World

May 29th 2010 7:46 am
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May 2010 Update
Brandy has got to be the sweetest dog that ever lived. She went to obedience training but had evidently already been trained as she knew everything so only went once and has been wonderfully behaved ever since. Her cataracts took over and she is totally blind but as I learned with blind Goldie that doesn't make much difference to a dog as they don't see well anyway and operate practically totally by smell. Brandy does everything that the other dogs do - the only difference is that she can only go outside the yard on leash as cactus are low growing and she cannot sense when she is going to run into one so has to be on leash to protect her from cactus. Inside the 3/4 acres yard she runs totally free so gets plenty of good exercise. Her diabetes is well controlled with insulin. We did find out that she had been blood tested so much that we could not get blood out of her to check her glucose level so I test her urine at home with Diastix and don't take her to the vet any more except for an annual checkup. She has a bed on the couch at home (the only spoiled one in that respect) but it gives her a quiet place to rest when she gets tired.


Correction for Brandy

September 10th 2009 8:41 am
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I notice in my April posting I said that when Brandy's glucose reading was low I skipped her insulin shot. That only happened for a short time as I learned from a doggie diabetic group I belong to that at least a half shot should be given with a low glucose reading (actually makes sense when you think about it as the half shot will cover her glucose coming back up as she eats food throughout the day). I have been doing that and it works wonderfully. She is doing very well and is a very happy doggie. She is always amazing as she is the second blind doggie I have had and you would never know they are blind because they operate from sense of smell and run around like the wind and very, very seldom run into anything. Usually my fault when Brandy does run into something as I have usually left a pail or something sitting somewhere in one of her usual paths. Her sense of smell is pretty long distance - I am about a quarter of a mile from the road and she is always first to know someone is walking along that road and runs to bark at them.


Brandy is Doing Well

April 1st 2009 8:26 am
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Brandy had a spate of trouble with her diabetes - testing negative for glucose both at the vet and at home (urine testing). Since in the current economy we can't really afford the vet testing anymore I took her home and started testing with Diastyxx. I stopped the insulin for a day and her glucose came back up and have since monitored the amount of glucose daily and give her insulin doses as suggested by the urine tests. She is pretty stable now and on the occasion where she tests very low I skip an insulin shot and she comes right back on schedule. So, so far, so good. Will make a visit to the vet this month to report how it is going and see what the vet says but won't have them do a day long test. My vet is very good - she is fresh out of vet school but seems to know a lot about diabetes.

I have suspected that extra exercise has triggered the low glucose and need to follow up on that more. Don't think I had mentioned below that Brandy had gone blind shortly after I got her (a side effect of diabetes) but I have been teaching her to play ball. My Goldie had played ball during the last two years of her life while she was blind but of course she had learned while still sighted. I use one of the balls that has a rope through it as I can put a bit of liverwurst where the hole for the rope is. Brandy hears the ball hit the ground and runs to the area where it fell and then quickly finds it from the smell of the liverwurst. She hasn't learned to bring it back to me yet but I'm sure she will. We have postponed ball playing for the time being but after I talk to the vet will continue again.

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