Friday, May 30, 2008

New vet.

I've been looking for a new vet for Loki since I moved from NC. Well, when I say looking, I mean thinking about whether I wanted to drive the 2 hours down to Red Bank, NJ to see a holistic vet or whether I wanted to stick with a regular animal hospital. Unfortunately, it became apparent that Loki would need to see a vet on Wednesday after I found a tick crawling on him (not latched yet) and when I started noticing these little red rashes and bumps on his belly.

I finally decided to use the local Banfield hospital because they were cheap and I only wanted to determine whether the bites on him were ticks or not.

By some weird stroke of luck, one of the vets (and the one that we happened to see), turned out to be a holistic vet. We spent a while talking about natural flea & tick prevention because I was frustrated with the ineffectiveness of Revolution. Also spent a while talking about how to best feed Loki and how to best administer his boosters (and which ones are necessary!).

Needless to say, I'm thrilled that now I only have to drive 30 minutes to see a good vet (that supports raw!). Hopefully we don't land ourselves in the vet office again any time soon, but it's a relief knowing that there's someone there for us that actually understands where I come from (and that I can trust) when I ask whether Loki really needs all the pills each time he gets stress diarrhea.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Yummo Chicken Hearts

Quick plug because I love love love this product.

Our trainer introduced us to Oma's Pride dehydrated treats at our second lesson. Loki is in love with these treats and will do just about anything to score a piece of chicken heart. As I mentioned in the last post about agility, I never thought I'd be okay with walking around all day with chicken hearts in my pocket. They don't even feel or smell like chicken hearts! Actually, the best part about them is that they don't cause any sort of belly upsets during the day which means no more farting in my face!

Okay, well. Update on agility. We've conquered every piece of equipment but the doggie walk. Loki has been decent off leash considering the abundance of horse poop all along the side of the barn. The stallion seems to either be really fond of Loki or really just wants to protect his hay. I swear, I've never seen such expressive faces from a horse before.

Loki hasn't picked up on the concept of patterns yet. Oh well. We tried getting him to do a jump then the tunnel, but that didn't work out too well. Most likely because I kept yelling "come'ere Loki!" while he was midway through, causing him to somehow turn around inside the tunnel and coming back to the entrance.

I swear. I don't know who's getting trained here. Me or Loki.