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PostSubject: Re: The Desert Pack   Wed Mar 08, 2017 3:17 pm

Happy Gotcha Day, Sasha! Hope that old fart gives you a good treat (but NOT his fingers Razz )
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PostSubject: Re: The Desert Pack   Thu Mar 09, 2017 3:18 pm

After 5yrs she has to calm down right!?!?! Happy Drive Al to drink day Sasha!

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PostSubject: Re: The Desert Pack   Tue Mar 28, 2017 9:15 pm

Silly dog day!

We've got some heavy winds blowing outside - 30 gusting to40+ - and Sasha doesn't want to go out and the other two don't want to come in! Too bad there's no rain with this wind, that'd bring Avalanche in in a heartbeat!

Since everyone has commented on how much their dogs like squeaky toys I figured I'd buy one from the grocer while I was in town. Sasha ignores it completely, Avalanche ignores it completely, and - you guessed it - Sky ignores it. I've tossed it to see if that would get their attention - nope. I've squeezed it to make it squeak - Avalanche cocks his head at it but 'not interested', Sasha looks at it as does Sky ... but no one wants to play with it ...

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PostSubject: Re: The Desert Pack   Tue Mar 28, 2017 11:01 pm

Don't ya just hate it when you spend good money on a toy and they ignore it! I'm still reeling from 2 split antlers that they half-heartedly chewed for half a day and that was it. They were NOT cheap!!!
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PostSubject: Re: The Desert Pack   Tue Mar 28, 2017 11:59 pm

I don't know how I missed Sasha's Gotcha Day...so Happy belated Gotcha Day!
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PostSubject: Re: The Desert Pack   Tue Apr 25, 2017 8:24 pm

Silly puppies! I seem to always have one dog or another under my chair.
Avalanche hears "Watch it ..." and he moves. Sky's a little slower but a foot coming down beside her gets her to move. Sasha normally doesn't move, so I have to step over her; not sure whether she moved her head or I just mis-stepped but when I got up a few minutes ago and went to step over her I came down on her ear --- OUCH!!
She yelped and moved, the main reason I'm writing this is that she didn't try to bite the thing that hurt her ... and of course, where is she now? Same place, right under foot!

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PostSubject: Re: The Desert Pack   Wed Apr 26, 2017 2:54 am

LOL Al, well, that is certainly progress. She learns YAY! Glad all is good with your pack Smile
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PostSubject: Re: The Desert Pack   Mon May 01, 2017 12:27 pm

Dang dog has got me confused.

Both vets thought Sasha was 2-3 years old when I brought her home - that would make her about 7-8 now.  There are times when she acts more like 12-14 today being one of those days.

She sleeps in the corner - on tile - at the head of the couch where I sleep.  She woke me up last night with a sharp piercing whine<?>.  Talked to her a bit, no further whines and we both<?> went back to sleep.

Woke up this morning and she's normally standing beside the couch - "Good Morning, it's time to get up!" - but not this morning, curled up tight in the corner.  When she got up she cried but I couldn't see why - she was behind the arm of the couch - kinda limped out of the corner with an occasional whimper as she brought her right foot down.  Add to that her head was cocked off to her right.  Kinda like I feel when I 'sleep wrong'.

She and Sky got into a tussle last evening - first in a month or so - so I'm wondering she pulled something but as the morning has gone along she's moving easier just not very "alert", wants to just lay under my chair, of course.

She's on a glucosamine 'treat' every day since I've felt like she acting older for the last couple of years.

I've got four tires in the back of my Jeep or I'd be inclined to run her up to the vet to let Mary take a look at her ... and on that note I have to call Firestone to see about getting those tires put on.

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PostSubject: Re: The Desert Pack   Mon May 01, 2017 12:39 pm

Kenzi is around 8 but there are days where her arthritis flairs up (often with weather changes or a change in routine like hard hike or rougher than normal play) and you would swear she was 20. Doesn't want to get up in the morning and is grumpy acting. She will lay too long and then will limp out of stiffness. She will sit up and just give me this look like "it's hell to get old". She's usually over it in a day or two with rest or if the weather gets itself figured out. All of mine are on Glucosamine as well. She's actually on that and fish oil w/ vitamin E. If I know a flair is coming she will also get an aspirin dose.

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PostSubject: Re: The Desert Pack   Mon May 01, 2017 8:20 pm

Al, Mishka was doing that whine/whimper when getting up just a little while back when she was having all her UTI issues. While I didn't really connect it with her uti, I wondered afterwards if her kidneys or something were hurting. Her and Kohdi play hard though too so like Sasha, maybe she had pulled something. Mishka doesn't do it anymore but I thought I'd mention it in case Sasha might be having a uti and not showing symptoms that are obvious. From what I learned, often UTI's can go unnoticed as the dog may not show signs.
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PostSubject: Re: The Desert Pack   Tue May 02, 2017 5:17 pm

Any updates on Sasha?
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PostSubject: Re: The Desert Pack   Tue May 02, 2017 6:16 pm

I was watching her last night / this morning.  She played with Avalanche for a bit last night but she gives up quickly normally.  Today everything appears as normal.
My guess is that she / Sky bent something that shouldn't have been bent.

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PostSubject: Re: The Desert Pack   Sun Jul 16, 2017 1:07 pm

Most of my follow up was in the "pool" thread but I don't know about these dogs.

First, Sasha's had an open sore beside the pressure callous on her right front leg, I can't convince her that a pad (and I have several that none use!) would be more comfortable than the floor - "But dad, the tile's cooler!"  Alright, I get that.
Didn't like the looks of that sore so we went up to see Dr Mary.  ¾ of the way through a 'cillin regimen and it's looking a lot better.  (I thought I had done a write up on the sore, but I can't find it ...)

Sky's been on my list for the last few days and as a result she's been spending a lot of time on lead in the house or on the lead off the front porch.  If I tie her to me she just lays down beside the chair ... If I let her roam then she counter surfs / pisses in the kitchen ... getting tired that!  So if I see her counter surf she goes out front; if I see a puddle from her she goes outside - and it isn't that I don't know she's there when she scratches to come in, it's that I've gotten frustrated enough that it comes out as a "that's too friggin bad!" attitude from me.

Last night it was bed time and she normally goes into her crate with no problem - so, of course, she didn't want to go in the crate or outside.  With a little guidance she went into her crate (not too much, she knew that that's where she was going to go, one way or another) so this morning I open the crate, she comes out, stretches and goes back into her crate.  I've got a bag of cows feet in my Jeep and if she'd go outside she'd get one and I'll give Sasha one when she goes out this afternoon - - Avalanche will get his when he decides to go out, we've had some real good thunder storms go through and he's scared to death of them, so he's not interested in going out either!

In the meantime - where's my brandy bottle?????

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PostSubject: Re: The Desert Pack   Thu Jul 20, 2017 1:09 am

Now I'm getting concerned, we're having a repeat of May 1st but it's been most of the day today.

We took a nap about midday and I was awakened to Sasha whining/whimpering.  Again when she got up and came out of her corner it was like she is shaky and again she's holding her head to the right.  Her neck muscles are tight - real tight.  

I'm pretty well broke after the vet visit earlier this month and then buying pump/pressure tank for the house so a vet visit isn't practical financially.  I suppose Mary would let me write a check for them to hold but I really hate doing that - we'll see how tomorrow goes then I may give her a ring.

The symptoms presented don't fit a stroke nor geriatric vestibular disease (nor anything else I can find)

Finished off the medicine for the sore on her leg today and that's looking better ...

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PostSubject: Re: The Desert Pack   Thu Jul 20, 2017 11:53 am

Kenzi will stiff up pretty hard when weather fronts are coming in. We are due for a cold front to come in Sunday. Not that it will be that cold. She will grunt and groan and hobble around like she's been beat up but it's arthritis. I give her asprin and massage her then take her for a walk and she will shake the rust loose and get better. It doesn't happen all the time. Usually with weather patterns.

Have you considered degenerative disc disease? Not sure what other symptoms she might have. It will cause muscle spasms that could make her neck tight.

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PostSubject: Re: The Desert Pack   Thu Jul 20, 2017 12:23 pm

Everything I've looked at suggests that it shouldn't "go away" though your comment makes sense and I wasn't thinking weather. This round started a couple of days ago (each session seems to last from 24-48 hours and then we're back to normal) - and we've been having some real rough weather go through - wind / rain / hail north of us - so it could simply be "old age" ("uncle Arthur")
Called my favourite vet (I have one who's much closer but he doesn't like Huskies) who said I should bring her in (80 miles one way) but since she's feeling better today, I told Mary that I'd bring her in on the next occurrence - so she can see it on the first day.

I broke my arm / wrist (more than) a few years ago when I was motorcycling and it doesn't bother me except when we get an extreme change in pressure - I haven't had any pain with that, but I'm not sure that I'd recognize the coincidence of my pain and hers - I'll have to keep that in a memory slot.

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PostSubject: Re: The Desert Pack   Thu Jul 20, 2017 12:35 pm

You may keep a journal of your weather pains and of her pains. Keep track of when they happen, the moon cycle, and the barometric pressure at the time as well. You may only hurt if it drops below 29 (when the fish are biting) but she might have issues if the pressure drops below 32.

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PostSubject: Re: The Desert Pack   Thu Jul 20, 2017 2:16 pm

I do but I do it here. I sometimes will "tag" a post, like I do with this one where it's "Sasha_pain". Now all I have to do is wait for Google to index us again and I'll be able to find them.


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PostSubject: Re: The Desert Pack   Thu Jul 20, 2017 10:18 pm

Al, Jenn mentioned degenerative disc. My Malamute had that. And like Sasha, it would last exactly 48hours, and he'd be fine again. During that time, walking was a bit slower, but not super noticeable, but walking up hill, and /or downhill, seemed to bother him tremendously. He also couldn't do things like jump up (like onto the bed for example) for obvious reasons. But it'd be for 48 hours exactly.
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