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Hello fans and friends -
Sorry this December edition is coming a little late, but you know how crazy this time of year can be! It's going to be a great holiday - I've already been getting some great new toys (sometimes Tracy just can't say NO to me!). New Years is probably going to be a quiet one this year. I will sometimes compete in an agility trial at New Years but since I'm still rehabing from knee surgery, the doc says no agility until February. So maybe Wes and I will just party with our cousin Maddie for New Years! Hope you have a great holiday season and a safe, Happy New Year 2009!
Best wishes for a very happy holiday from your two Westie friends, Bianca & Wesley
I'm Thankful for...
You may recall in last month's edition of The Terrier Tattler I asked you to share about what you're thankful for this year. It's clear first and foremost we are thankful for the good health of those of we love - it's what keeps them close to us and part of our lives today... Thank you to everyone who shared...
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From my sister Sparky:
What I am thankful for this year is my family... my brother Skippy, who can be a pest at times but is fun to have around; my mom, who takes care of me; my dad who plays with me at times; and all the people who come to visit and show me love! I'm thankful for everything I have, as you probably can tell. And I like snow, which I hope we'll have some soon and not just these snow flurries. Skippy won't be very happy about it as he doesn't like the cold weather. But I love to jump around in the snow and roll in it and have someone throw snowballs for me to catch and eat. Have a HAPPY THANKSGIVING everyone!
From my friend Tara D:
We're all very thankful that our Pomeranian Sammy got a clean bill of health. Sammy went for his 6 month check up and the Doctor said his kidney levels were elevated and he had to come back in 3 weeks. Well after all that worry it turns out he's fine. I think even Duffy (the cockerpoo) his brother was happy!
From my friend Joan:
I am also thankful that we have a new dog and cat to help fill the void in our family after losing a dog and two cats this year. We had already decided on a (Jasper) before we suddenly lost our German shepherd, Clover, to cancer. We took a stray cat (Riley) into our barn earlier this year and this fall lost our original barn cat, Toby, and a house cat, Bentley, who were 15 and 16 years old, respectively.
From one of my old friends Linda:
I'm thankful that Cider is still alive. For the past
5 months she has been battling billiary
cirrhosis of the liver,
cause unknown, but after
liver biopsies and input from various vets around the country she
is now finally stable although will never be quite normal and healthy to
the point of competition again. She hardly eats, I have only found her
to accept raw venison right now. She's skinny as a rail but still wants
to chase every squirrel who dares come into her yard. So this
Thanksgiving....I'm just fortunate that I haven't had to put Cider down.
Yet. Still not out of the woods.
Willow is fat and sassy....says hello to her old friends.
Safe Holidays are Happy Holidays
The holidays are such a hectic time, it's easy to get away with things that you normally wouldn't. but just because your humans may not be paying attention, all pups, kitties and and other critters need to be extra careful since there are some new hazards around this time of year.
New plants - I live in a house that only has dead plants indoors! But many homes have living plants indoors and during the holiday season some new and very interesting types of plants may be in our environment. Holly and mistletoe may invite kissing but are extremely poisonous if eaten. While poinsettias are not actually poisonous, they will cause severe gastric distress. Best suggestion is for your owner to keep plants out of the pets' reach since we are just so curious!
More food - Let's face it, when we celebrate we love to eat! Watch out that you or your guests are slipping the pets something they shouldn't be having. Wesley is the king of begging with those big brown eyes - few can refuse to share their food with him. But since he's allergic to wheat, corn, yeast, milk.... anyone sharing could be giving him itchy, red skin and puffy eyes tomorrow. Also, many foods like chicken or fish can have bones that are dangerous.
Special surprises wrapped in pretty paper and ribbons - There may be presents wrapped within a pet's reach that may offer tempting ribbons to tug on or interesting scents within it's pretty covering. Many a kitty has been unable to resist chewing and swallowing lengths of curling ribbon. Pups have been known to prematurely open candies intended for someone else, just because their sensitive noses couldn't resist the temptation.
The TREE - If you put up a tree to celebrate the season, be sure it's secure enough to withstand any climbing cat or the swipe of a large dog tail wag! Also, if it's a natural tree watch that your pet doesn't ingest any pine needles. They can be sharp and could puncture intestine walls. Beware of any preservatives for the tree water as well. Many pets will drink the tree water, so be sure you are not putting anything in the water that could be harmful.
Stress and visitors - With all the guests coming and going, that open door may be a chance for a quick escape. Be sure everyone has on collars and tags just in case they get out. Also, if your pet gets stressed by lots of attention from strangers, you may want to move them to a quiet area of the home where they will be less likely to be disturbed.
Best wishes for a fun, happy, healthy holiday season!
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Skippy in Duluth with a critter that has 'ears' bigger than his!
Love those holiday photos
Here are a few of my favorite holiday photos from my friends, Max, Tara and Ryn. Please feel free to send me your holiday photos too!
How cute is this?!?! Tara is the supermodel of the Kuby family - she loves posing for the camera!
Max on the other hand, hates the camera, but you'd never know it looking at his cute pose! And Ryn the border collie is always a cutie!
Our friend Jill who has taught us some great grooming tricks!
Absolutely Fabulous Canine Accomplishments!
Please send your accomplishments to Bianca@2westies.com.
Riccelli Girls Take Time for Others! (200 times!)
Those Riccelli labs are really special. I'm not talking about their obedience and agility skills, but the way they take time to brighten the days of the people at Miller Merry Manor in Portage, Indiana. Shadow and DB have earned their Therapy Dog International Activity Outstanding Volunteer (TDIAOV) award for over 200 visits. Here they are with their 'sister' Bella, who just celebrated her third birthday!
Magnificent MACH 9 for Murray
Murray got his ninth MACH (AKC Master Agility Championship) title at the Hounds for the Holidays agility trial in Milwaukee. I wish I would have been there. Wow - check out that pretty ribbon they won!! Congratulations to Scott and Murray for this incredible accomplishment!
Mach 4 Bunny
My friend Bunny and her cool mom Penny got their 4th MACH in November. Right now they are competing at the AKC Agility Invitational in Long Beach, CA. Last year, Bunny and Penny were in Long Beach with Tracy and I. It was so fun to spend some time with them in Long Beach last year (even if I did get yelled at when I tried to remind Bunny of my Alpha status!). But I do congratulate her on her MACH!!!