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Happy Halloween!

Luke and Scooby are taking a break from dressing up this year.

They rocked some costumes earlier in October and Scooby even put on his old rooster outfit for the Bow Wow Ween party at Queen of Paws Boutique.

However, he slipped out of that and into something a little more comfortable (i.e. his Beer Paws t-shirt) for a festive Team Beer Paws photo with me and our friends Roxy and Sevy.

Beer Paws family photo

Credit: Kristen Saluto Photography

Technically, our photo is up for an award in a contest over on the Queen of Paws Facebook page.

We’d love your vote, but since we’re the only entrant in our category, I really want you to vote on another picture.

Former foster Minnie and her sister Pan are in the running for the title of Cutest Halloween Costumes. If they win, they’ll get an array of goodies from Queen of Paws – and affirmation that they are adorable girls in their outfits.

husky mix and schnauzer in halloween costumes

Credit: Kristen Saluto Photography

To help Minnie and Pan win, simply LIKE the photo album called Bow Wow Ween Costume Contest 2013 and then LIKE their photo.

Are your dogs dressing up this year? Let me know in the comments and feel free to post a picture on the Wayward Dogs Facebook page!

Festive Nostalgia

Better get your green out, it’s almost St. Patrick’s Day.

Courtesy: Fido Fetch Photography

Dr. Minerva

Last year on the Saturday before the leprechaun’s favorite holiday, Minnie the husky mix accompanied me in a parade through the Brookside neighborhood of Kansas City.

Emily from Our Waldo Bungie was there, too, with her foster-dog-of-the-moment Lucy.

Lucy Liu - st. pat

The lovely Lucy Liu

I remember the day very clearly. The sun was bright, and the air was warm.

Minnie was wearing a green t-shirt, but we soon had to strip that off to keep her cool and comfortable.

Lucy Liu got lots of looks thanks to her festive green skirt, in which she strutted for the whole parade.

It’s hard to believe that a whole year has passed.

Both of these sweet dogs have now been in their forever homes for several months.

The pre-St. Patrick’s Day parade is happening without us all this year, in just a few hours.

However, I will definitely break out that green bandana Minnie wore to help Luke or Charlie Machete get festive sometime this weekend.

Check out this video I took of her after last year’s parade:

Will you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year? Will you be dressing up your dog?

A Christmas Fit for Husky Dogs

Kansas City woke up this morning to white stuff and blustery wind.

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My fingers are crossed that we might actually have a white Christmas.

For at least two households I know in this metro area, it will be the first Christmas celebrated in the company of a beautiful husky mix with heterogenous eyes.

Could you stop Facebooking and pet me, please?

I’m not only referring to Minnie, my lovely former foster dog who now enjoys a pampered existence with my friend Holly.

There’s also Mia.

Several months ago, my friend Nicole, the Kansas City animal advocate I introduced you to last week, forwarded me this picture.

beagle husky mix

The beagle husky mix belonged to some people in Nicole’s family who were moving and could not take the dog with them.

I helped Nicole spread the word. As luck would have it a family I knew was on the hunt for their first dog. And the dad had a soft spot for huskies.

Come back tomorrow to learn more about Mia’s happy ending!

Message from Minnie

This ain’t a booty call.

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It’s a belly call.

9:19 PM
Hi other Mom. Just wanted to let you know I’m available for belly rubs. Tell Lucas “hello” and ;)

Ain’t that former foster cute?

Holiday Dog Date

We haven’t yet begun decorating our house for the holidays. But last Saturday, Scooby and I went on a tree-decorating date.

small dog with christmas tree

We didn’t tell Luke the date was with his sweetheart, former foster dog Minnie.

He doesn’t like it when others move in on his girl.

husky mix near christmas tree

She still loves belly rubs.

Minnie was happy to see her old friend Scooby, even though he leaked on the rug within five minutes of arriving.

He didn’t seem as embarrassed as I did 10 minutes later when I knocked over a wine glass. (For the record, it was my first glass of the evening.)

miniature pinscher under a blanket

Can’t promise it won’t happen again.

Lucky for us both, Minnie and her mama Holly are laid back, easygoing folks. They had recently entertained another canine houseguest – Minnie’s new cousin dog, a one-eyed Great Dane puppy named Baby.

I had a great time helping Holly decide where to put all of the pretty birds and other creature ornaments she bought for her tree.

christmas ornaments

In the end, the tree looked great, especially with the dogs in front of it.

dogs in front of xmas tree

What kind of holiday preparations happen at your house?

dog christmas meme

Do not actually give a dog egg nog.

I’m taking part in BlogHer’s December 2012 NaBloPoMo blogging challenge!

NaBloPoMo December 2012

Sunday Dog Date: The Roasterie

I start pretty much every morning with a cup of Roasterie coffee.

Roasterie coffee

Fair trade Guatemalan is my favorite.

Usually we homegrind and French press our own coffee from the locally air roasted whole beans available throughout Kansas City.

But last Sunday, Luke and I headed to the dog-friendly patio at The Roasterie coffee company’s Brookside neighborhood location.

In the heart of the Brookside shopping district, The Roasterie is a magnet for caffeine-addicted people and their dogs. Braver folks than me tie their pups to the bike rack while they run in for coffee. Others let their pups refresh with a drink from the community water bowl.

On nice days, the patio is often host to multiple dogs and their people. While we were there last Sunday, Luke was one of three canines at our table.

Much to Luke’s disappointment, his beloved Minnie had invited another fellow to our second Sunday Dog Date.

hunting spaniel

Teddy was tracking a bird.

Luke, always suspicious of other male dogs, took an immediate dislike to handsome hunting dog Teddy.

Fortunately for Luke, Teddy did not join us on the walk along the Trolley Trail that followed coffee.

Minnie, Holly and Luke

Luke just can’t take his eyes of his girl.

Don’t worry, Luke. Even though you no longer live together, you will always be Minnie’s husband. Holly says so.

Readers: What’s your favorite thing to do with your dog on a Sunday?

Sunday Dog Date

Luke and I got to see one of our favorite faces today.

Minnie the husky mix

Still enchanting.

Former foster dog Minnie and her mom Holly met us for fresh-squeezed juice and a pumpkin spice latte (for the people) on the dog-friendly patio of Coffee Girl’s Cafe

Located next door to Remedy, Coffee Girls is another favorite spot in my Waldo neighborhood to chill over tasty food and beverages.

I should have photographed the herbs growing out of mason jars on the inside tables.

But I was too giddy overseeing the reunion of lovebugs Luke and Minnie.

Luke and Minnie reunion

Street watchers.

The sweet little husky mix with one blue eye started singing as soon as she saw Luke and me round the corner. She seemed equally excited to see both of us after the past few months apart. She also seems very bonded to her mama, which makes me happy.

Between Luke and Minnie, the emotion was so high that Holly and I actually had to walk the dogs around the block to calm down before we settled into our table.

We didn’t want the amorous golden retriever and his sassy lady to disturb the other diners too much.

There were kisses, high pitched whines, kisses, happy jumping, kisses, yips and more kisses. Minnie gave Luke lots of licks across his nose and forehead. He seemed to enjoy that.

Back at the cafe, they eventually acted like they’d never been separated and were satisfied to observe the world while laying quietly and close to each other.

Minnie the husky mix sniffs the air and smiles.

Best. Smile. Ever.

After brunch we took the dogs to a nearby swath of unused property where they could run around off-leash like they did before Minnie moved out.

It was awesome – and interaction that these two dogs, who are able to play nice with each other, really need.

Luke and Minnie might not live together anymore, but they are still in love.

They insist on more dates. Soon!

Does your dog have a boyfriend or girlfriend that does not live with you?

Ask the Vet: What is the tick-borne disease Ehrlichiosis?

Do you worry about your dogs and ticks? As it turns out, Lyme disease is not the only tick-borne illness we need to be concerned about (for our pets and ourselves).

Minnie smiles

Courtesy Fido Fetch Photography

A while back, former foster dog Minnie’s momma informed me that the sweet husky mix had been diagnosed with something called Ehrlichia canis, a tick-related problem neither of us had heard of before. Figuring that many Wayward Dogs readers also don’t know much about Ehrlichia canis and the disease it causes. So, I asked my vet, who provided the following exhaustive report.

Ehrlichiosis is a tick-borne disease of dogs caused by the intracellular organism Ehrlichia canis.  Both the Brown Dog Tick and the American Dog Tick can pass the organism into the blood when they bite a dog.  It requires 24-48 hours of feeding for the organism to pass from the tick to the dog.  The organism enters white blood cells where they multiply and disseminate throughout the dog.  Dogs with the disease caused by the infection of E. canis commonly present with fever, lethargy, anorexia, acute lameness or polyarthritis, enlarged lymph nodes, or weight loss.

The inflammatory process caused by the infection can also result in thrombocytopenia (low platelet production), which results in petechial hemorrhages, nose bleeds, and other bleeding abnormalities.  Occasionally dogs may present with neurologic disease, vomiting or diarrhea, or ocular lesions.

Cats and humans can also be infected by E. canis from the bite of an infected tick.

I, Gary Alpert [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC-BY-2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons

Dog tick, image courtesy Gary Albert via Wiki Creative Commons.

In cats the disease is similar to dogs.  In humans, infection by E. canis is not as common as other tick-borne diseases and causes flu-like symptoms which may progress to varying symptoms caused by immune dysregulation.

Veterinarians have been diagnosing E. canis infection increasingly due to the addition of the 4 common tick disease antibody tests to the IDEXX Heatworm Snap Test in recent years.  The increasing incidence of positive tick disease tests at Aid Animal Hospital is similar to other clinics in areas of the country where the disease-carrying ticks are commonly found.

Some dogs testing positive in our practice are showing symptoms at the time of diagnosis, some are without symptoms and are found to be positive on routine screening.  Because of the different symptoms caused by E. canis infection based on whether it is an acute, sub-clinical, or chronic infection, it is almost impossible to diagnose a pet based on symptoms alone.

husky mix with legs crossed

Minnie thinks ticks are dumb.

Any pet owner who removes an attached tick from a pet should watch for signs of illness such as fever, lethargy, anorexia or acute lameness.

The treatment for E. canis is usually doxycycline, for 4-6 weeks, but may be longer.  Treatment for the disease caused by E. canis is based on the symptoms exhibited by the dog and can include intravenous fluids, anti-inflammatories, antibiotics, blood transfusions, or other treatments specific to the organs affected.

Other tick-borne disease include: Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Lyme Disease, Q-Fever, and infections caused by other Ehrlichia species such as Human Granulocytic and Human Monocytic Ehrlichiosis.

The best way to prevent infection by E. canis is by protecting your pet from ticks using effective flea and tick products regularly.

Always inspect your pet’s hair and skin after being in areas potentially infested by ticks.  Frequent brushing and combing can expose ticks hiding in areas like face, ears, underarms, groin, and around the peri-anal area.  If an embedded tick is found, use gloves and tweezers to remove the body and head of the tick, followed by thorough handwashing.  Because tick activity can occur year round due to mild weather conditions, pets should be maintained on tick control products year round.

References:

1)      Companion Animal Parasite Council- capcvet.org

2)      Wikipedia- Ehrlichiosis, canine and human infection

 Thanks to Dr. Smith at Aid Animal Hospital in Kansas City for preparing this report.

Minnie the husky mix standing in water

Minnie’s mama says she’s doing fine now.

Have the ticks been bad where you live this year? Have you ever heard of Ehrlichiosis?

Minnie finds a forever home

Guess who’s been grazing greener pastures?

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Mmm, grass!

That’s right. Minnie, the enchanting husky mix with heterogenous eyes and the sweetest smile you’ve ever seen, has gone and found herself a new home.

We are so happy for her!

Considering what a catch Minnie is — housebroken, good with kids and other animals, leash-trained, obedient and so stinkin’ cute — maybe I shouldn’t have been surprised that we received immediate interest about her as soon as I re-ignited the campaign to get her adopted.

Two parties stepped up, and Minnie spent a weekend with both of them.

She wowed everybody, but the ideal match turned out to be my good friend Holly.

That’s the spot!

The bonus about Minnie being adopted by someone I already know and like to hang out with: I’ll still get to see the old girl.

In fact, Minnie recently stayed a few days with our pack while Holly was out of town on business.

Knowing that Holly, who used to volunteer at a shelter in California, would be an awesome dog mom, I actually suggested months ago that she consider adopting Minnie.

She wasn’t ready for a dog then, but I’m so glad she is now. These two gals make a pretty pair.

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Best friends

As Holly’s only dog, Minnie gets to bask in so much more attention than she received at the Wayward House. She also now lives right across the street from a park, where she’ll no doubt get to play with some of the children she so enjoys.

I’m so happy with this arrangement that I didn’t even cry when Minnie moved out!

Thanks to everyone for supporting us on our journey with Minnie. Please keep passing the good vibes in Holly’s direction!

In regal pose

From petite sophisticate to womanly class, the canine residents of Wayward House reflect smart style without even trying.

Guardian of the fig tree

Frontyard lookout

Posture of a lady

One of these dogs has important news to share tomorrow. Can you guess which one?

There’s still time to win a regal accessory for your dog. Leave a comment on the Euro Dog Designs post by midnight CST tonight (Wednesday, April 25, 2012) for a chance to win a brand new leather collar.

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