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woof [Feb. 26th, 2008|01:23 am]
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Tuesday finally had her last round of shots today. Which means, thankfully, that she can actually go out into the wide world now. In fact, Kaci and I made use of her new found freedom almost immediately by bringing her to the new Torchy's Tacos location.

Being an Australian Shepherd, she has an extraordinary amount of energy each day. So I've been aching to be able to take her for walks. I'm happy to report that her first walk this evening, which lasted about 20 minutes, went pretty well. She was rambunctious, and wanted to walk a bit faster than me, but still I managed to keep her under control with the leash. I made sure we stopped at every intersection, where I made her sit. Every so often we'd be walking really fast, and I'd say to hell with it, and we'd run together. She loved that.

And whaddya know? When we got home, she was docile, and laid by my side on the futon for several hours. Of course, that could have been some of the vaccinations making her drowsy, but still... so far so good.

We also got her microchipped today. Basically they inject a microchip in her back, just behind the head, so that if she's ever lost, a simple scan will reveal who she belongs to. Cool stuff, except that the needle they use is larger than the ones used for vaccinations, and everyone expected her to scream. She actually only whimpered a small bit, and everyone was very impressed.

On a bad note, I found out that the heartworm pills we've been giving her can have a potentially toxic reaction in collie-type dogs, which can cause them to have spasms or go into comas. Fortunately, Tuesday never showed any negative signs, and now we know the brand to use going forward.

Next week she'll get spayed, and that'll be it for big things. After that, it's just a matter of obedience training, potty training, and improv training.

From: shannonlucas
2008-02-26 03:01 pm (UTC)
I have an aussie too (Australian Koolie actually). It's larger doses of ivermectin that can cause problems. I've had her for about 4 years now, and she's never had a problem with the dosage in the heart worm pills.

They're very mentally active dogs, so you're going to need to do some training type stuff as well as physical exercise. Twilight (that's mine's name) has invented new tricks on occasion. One of the things I do with Twilight sometimes is to get an empty clean plastic bottle (needs a wide mouth), put a few dog biscuits in it, and let her move the bottle around to make them fall out. It's entertaining to watch. There are toys at the pet store that offer the same effect, but I can't remember what they're called.

Oh, and in case the trait hasn't shown up yet, they're also rather vocal. Although I met a guy at the dog park once who owned two, and he told me this story about his and a robber breaking into his house. He said apparently the dogs stayed quiet during the break in and then attacked the robber after he broke in -- he said there was blood on the carpet, but neither of the dogs was injured.
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[User Picture]From: ripresa
2008-02-26 03:05 pm (UTC)
vaccinations always make my cats drowsy, limp or throw up.
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