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Puppy Puppy Puppy!

He’s finally here!

We Brought Grizz home on Wednesday, he was good as gold in the car and jumped straight into his crate when we introduced him to it. I had given the breeder a blanket and toy so that he had something with a familiar smell on it and it seemed to do the trick.

Boy does he take up a lot of time, it’s very hard to get any work done with a puppy around. I’ve been trying to write this post for three days! He is very wonderful though, everything he does is unbelievably cute. Well, nearly everything, peeing on the floor and waking me at 5am isn’t that cute, but I forgive him! He has settled in pretty well and even Tigger has started to come around a little bit. She is still very wary of him but they have been within about 2 feet of one another without anyone losing an eye.

He has been scratching a lot so I got some Stronghold flea treatment from the vet on Thursday. This didn’t make a difference so I gave him a bath (very cute!) but again this didn’t help. The vet recommended a bath in Baking soda (aka sodium bicarbonate or bicarbonate of soda- not baking powder!) so the poor thing got 2 baths in one day! He’s much softer and less dusty feeling, although he is still scratching a bit, so I brought him to the vet this morning.

The vet thinks he’s ‘the best puppy you could get’, and agrees he was worth the wait, which is very complimentary for someone who sees tons of dogs every day! He squeezed out his anal glands- lovely, and wormed him with Milbemax (the rolls royce of wormers so he says) and put drops in his ears, so he’s well and truly covered. He said not to worry too much about the scratching as long as he’s not loosing any hair, but I’ll keep an eye on it.

The new camera is brilliant and I’m so glad I got it now so I can capture his puppy days, as I’m sure they will go very fast.

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Sugar and Surprises

This morning was hectic. I was in charge of our scout’s Cake Sale to raise money for our summer trip. I guess I could now call it our annual cake sale as this is the second year we have done it! Yesterday I spent the day baking- 3 batches of cupcakes, a lemon drizzle cake, and dolling-up some shop-bought muffins that a parent donated. Unfortunately I was too busy for photos and my brothers camera was nowhere to be found. All in all the cake sale was great- oddly we made the Exact Same amount of money as last year, €640, very strange!! We probably would have made a little more had the scouts not helped themselves to lollipops and a few cupcakes! They were over the moon when I told them this would be enough to add a theme park to our agenda for the summer camp.

This afternoon I was puppy-proofing the house for the new arrival on Wednesday. Tigger was too busy sunning herself in the hot weather to be concerned with what I was up to, taking down curtains and putting away ornaments and rugs! The weather here has been unbelivable the last few days, around 25ºC which is practically unheard of in Ireland. I sat outside for about 20 minutes eating lunch and my arms started to get sunburnt, that is how fair-skinned I am!

This evening I had a big surprise, I knew it was coming, but not in the quantity that it did. I finally got my overpaid tax back! I’ll tell you that it is enough to buy myself that new camera I’ve been drooling over for the last while, the Pentax Optio W90; waterproof, shockproof and most importantly sandproof, as thats how my last camera ‘bit the dust’! Hopefully this will mean lots more photos to post up here.

I’m also going to order Grizz’s name tags from here http://www.indigocollartags.com. The tags slide onto the collar so they don’t jangle and there is less chance of loosing them, I think they look great!

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A Good Start

This morning I started a weeks work experience in my local vet.  I have done work experience there before, but not since i’ve started veterinary, so I was a little apprehensive that I would be asked all kinds of questions and not know the answers. The first thing I saw as I walked in the door this morning calmed my nerves, a gorgeous little border terrier female in for her spay. I got to watch the spay and the vet was really good at telling me exactly what he was doing, no awkward questions for me. As well as a few xrays, a little wild bird came in for a check over, and there is an ex-lap this evening which should be interesting, I’ll let you know how it goes!

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Ahh…

At last, finished the exams, finished second year. Back to normal with some cupcake baking.

Praline Cupcakes, a mish-mash of recipes from Rachel Allen’s ‘Bake’ book. I haven’t tasted them yet, I’m waiting to sit down with a cup of tea to watch the Leinster vs Munster Rugby Match, I hope Leinster win!

It hasn’t yet sunk in that I have a whole FOUR months off college. I’m sure it will go by pretty fast though all the same. I have lots of things planned like work experience in my local small animal vet, teaching sailing in West Cork, and going on annual camp to Essex with my scouts, oh and not forgetting house training a puppy. That should be fun! He arrives in 11 days time, It can’t come soon enough!

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Little does she know…

This morning I was talking to my mum about all things dog related (Read: she was just about humoring my gushing about the dog, again) and she suggested that I should write a blog about it, heehee.

Well, back to the study, urgh…

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Introducing…

Here is Tigger, my 14 year old moggy.

Her hobbies include sunbathing, giving evil looks and waking us up at unholy hours of the morning. I thought i’d better introduce her as she’d probably be jealous that I mentioned the puppy first. She’s a real character and an integral part of the family.

The dog breeder sent me another photo of Grizz today, he’s 5 1/2 weeks old now. I love his little wrinkly nose!

We’re all a bit concerned about how Tigger is going to take to having a bouncy puppy in the house. She’s had the place to herself from day one, and any encounters she has had with dogs have ended up with her hiding under a bed. I’m going to introduce them very slowly, let her get used to his scent first and then show her the pup while he is sleeping in his crate, although I think Tigger will still react like this…

'What the hell is that?!'

We’ll just have to wait and see. 3 more weeks ’till puppy time!


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Well, hello there

Hello new blog, pleased to meet you. I am a busy vet student and I probably, no, I definitely, have more important thing to do than make a blog, but I’m doing it anyway. I’m a procrastinator. If anyone knows how to cure this, please let me know.

At the moment I’m in 2nd year veterinary. I’m in the middle of my exams, 4 more to go. One of the exams we had was practical animal handling. I got shat on by a hamster!

When my exams are finally finished I’m getting a puppy, a little border terrier guy who we’ve named Grizz…

We went to visit him a few weekends ago, he’s about 3 weeks old in this picture. I’m hoping his escapades will provide lots of material for this blog. We’ll be bringing him home some time around the end of May. I’m Very Very VERY excited!

So excited in fact that today I made some doggy treats, just to practice, y’know? I based them on this recipe http://sharedsugar.com/2009/12/oatmeal-peanut-butter-dog-treats/

Oaty Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits


Ingredients – makes about 40 biscuits

2 tbsp peanut butter

2 tbsp honey

1/2 tbsp olive oil

120ml chicken stock

75g porridge oats

150g Wholewheat flour/plain flour or a mixture of both

Directions

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. mix together the wet ingredients- peanut butter, honey, oil and chicken stock. In a separate bowl, combine flour and oats. Mix the dry ingredients into wet ingredients to form a dough, add more flour if the mixture is too sticky. Place dough on a floured surface and roll the dough out to about 1cm thick. Use a small bone shaped cookie cutter to cut out biscuits. Put the biscuits on a lined baking tray. Bake for about 14-16 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack. Feed to well behaved (or not so well behaved) doggies!

They have gone down really well with the two dogs I tested them out on.

Enjoy!