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Run like the Wind!

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Date: Dec 22, 2009 - 3:12:25 pm
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Finally, Tala's right arm has healed from the operation enough that she no longer limps and may enjoy long walks. She is happy and we are happy too as it was definitely no fun spending the past 4 months holding her back and limiting her activity. Now she is able to frolic to her heart's content and earn a long nap afterward as a result.

We are using this time to enjoy some long awaited activity before going under the knife again in January. Run Tala Run!

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Roots

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BC


Date: Dec 22, 2009 - 3:12:09 pm
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For Tala's birthday (1 yr), we visited the home of Frau Baumann - our breeder, and Shieva - Tala's mother. I doubt that either one could sense their biological connection and Tala spent most of the time playing with Baumann's other dog Raja. Nevertheless, the three had a good time playing and stealing each other's toys. It was also nice for us to visit again with Frau Baumann and remember our weekly visits last year as we struggled to decide which one to bring home.

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Trip to the Beach

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BC


Date: Oct 19, 2009 - 10:04:52 am
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Just spent a week in Romo, Denmark with Tala. We planned the trip long ago with the idea of letting her run on the beach and swim in the ocean for the first time. That was long before the idea of surgery.

In the end, we decided to make the trip even though she would not be able to run freely. We still need to restrict her activity so she would need to be on the leash much of the time. Nevertheless, she had a blast running at the waves and digging up the yard of our rented beach house. We strung up a goat fence around the yard so we could let her out without the leash - a real break for us considering we do not have that luxury at home.

Although it was not the ideal I had in mind, we still had a nice vacation. We all look forward to the time when Tala may run and jump for as long as she likes.

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Right-side Finished

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BC


Date: Sep 21, 2009 - 9:54:49 am
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Home and resting after surgery. As expected, they removed part of the bone, but additionally removed a piece of loose cartilage and cut one of the bones to allow more room in the elbow joint. Now we must restrict her activity for several weeks and allow time for healing. That will be the hard part!

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Elbow Dysplasia

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BC


Date: Sep 22, 2009 - 8:38:12 am
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For the pasty couple months, we've noticed that after a lot of activity, Tala would show a slight limp just for her first few steps after resting. We took her back to the Chiropractor and, after a set of X-rays, determined that she may be showing signs of a genetic defect of the elbows. Yesterday, a second and third opinion from surgeons concurred and her first of two surgeries was begun.

The typical procedure is to chisel off a piece of the joint, however, during surgery, they found a loose flap of cartilage and that the Ulna (outer non-weight-bearing bone of the arm) was too short causing compression of the other bones in the joint. Therefore, they cut the Ulna allowing more space.

Tala is now at home and recovering sleeping most of the day yesterday but more like her energetic self today. She's expected to gimp around for a week and then slowly return to normal activity. However, only up to 4 weeks when we do the same thing to the other elbow. And that just at the time we planned to take a vacation to the beach in Denmark. Poor girl just can't get a break!

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Sleep Over

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BC


Date: Aug 27, 2009 - 10:43:40 am
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Tala's had a guest for 3 days as we dog sit Gitonga - a Rhodesian Ridgeback. The roughhousing rarely stops. Each time one takes a nap, the other goes to investigate thus instigating the next wrestling match. Gitonga is a pleasure to walk - never pulling. Tala should take notes. Now in the last day and nothing broken! We've enjoyed it.

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The Bloodline Ends

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BC


Date: May 27, 2009 - 12:28:26 pm
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Just home from the vet after Tala's big operation. There'll be no little Tala's - the bloodline ends here.

She is resting in her little body suit though noticeably in some pain. It's heartbreaking to listen to her crying knowing there is nothing I can to do help. I'll keep her comfortable in my office today and do some reading on the floor by her side. Poor little pup!

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Home Alone

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BC


Date: May 13, 2009 - 11:47:05 am
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Spring is the season for social engagements and birthday parties therefore Tala must now learn to be alone at home.

In an effort to reduce the repercussions of abandoning her, we first run off as much energy as possible by making a long play session with her friend Getanga, then puppy-proof the house and empty her bladder. Lastly, we get ready in a relaxed manner and exit without saying much of anything.

We act very nonchalant, but inside we are a quite anxious about how she'll get on and what she may do when we are far away. Until now, she has only been alone for an hour at a time. We've been making test walks to prepare her and she's done very well resting most of the time. But we wondered what will she do when she wakes up and gets board or lonely.

Luckily, I long ago installed a surveillance camera that uploads snapshots to a web server. With this webcam we can check up on her in real time and view a history of her movements throughout the night. This really comes in handy and helps to set our minds at ease when we're out for a long evening. All I need is an internet connection to see her on my iPod.

So... after 2 parties I can report that she has done very well. No crying - no damage. Just a longing whimper on our return that says "Please don't ever do that again!"

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1st Vacation

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BC


Date: Apr 14, 2009 - 12:14:21 pm
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We just returned from our first trip to the mountains with Tala. For one week we rented a house with plenty of green hills to wander around. In addition to our many walks, she learned to swim at a nearby lake. Although cautious, she swam out several times to retrieve her water toy. Over the next few days we tried again at different locations, but the first day was the most successful. Tala loves the water but still prefers the shallow end.

This trip would also be her first experience riding a ski lift. The noise and moving machinery made her nervous but soon she relaxed and enjoyed the ride for a day in the snow.

We considered ending our great trip with a visit to the home of our breeder, Mrs. Baumann so that Tala could see her mother (Shieva). Unfortunately, one of Baumann's dogs was sick so this will have to wait for another day.

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TV Junkie

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BC


Date: Apr 14, 2009 - 11:57:22 am
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Tala is very interested in watching TV. Although this is very amusing to us, it can also be a problem. She can clearly identify herself and her litter mates in movies and pictures and may become so exited that we are not able to watch our home movies. Even with the sound off, she begins whining and peering behind the TV wondering where everyone is. She also responds to regular shows and movies and often offers her toys to children on the screen. Perhaps when she's older we can kick back with a beer and watch the game together.

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