Changing Diets, Annoying Owners, an Award and I Finally Found out What That Bird is!

I’ve bitten the bullet and begun to move Flo off her dog biscuits and on to a raw diet. Although I’m confident that it’s not her food that is causing her skin spots, I am hoping that this diet might improve her immune system so that it can better cope with whatever it is that is causing it.  I have always been planning to move her to a raw diet, but wasn’t going to do it until she was about 2.  She already was getting a fair bit of raw meat and bones in her diet – a big meaty bone probably once a week as well as marrow bones, and she often has a turkey drumstick for dinner.  Her Kongs are also stuffed with either minced beef or chicken mince.  So far I don’t think the new diet has made an impact on her skin, but I did notice a difference in her coat within 3 days and she would outrun a cheetah to get to her food bowl in the evenings, which is a new thing.  I think it’s fair to say she’s enjoying this new feeding regime.  She still gets some dog biscuits too; apparently it’s not good to let them go cold turkey when they swap to cold turkey.  Paaaahaaaa!

Nose. too. big.

... 14 mins later

As for the v-e-ts, I have decided that enough is enough with the visits for her skin.  The v-e-t has said (and I believe him) that it is almost impossible to find out what is causing the problem.  Each time we go Flo is  prescribed medication that does the trick, but it’s not a long-term solution and the side effects (mainly incontinence) are getting worse.  This last time the rash cleared up really quickly and then came straight back once the drugs wore out of her system.  The skin rash doesn’t seem to bother her – she occasionally licks it when it is on a particular part of her leg – so I think on balance we will just manage it at home unless it gets particularly bad.  We do have some cream from the vet which does help when the spots are on her tummy.  The trick is getting the cream on and stopping her from licking it off!

Now to the annoying owners.  And beware, I’m about to go on a rant.  I live in a suburb which is plagued by dog-owners who are less than exemplary.  When I first brought Flo home at 8 weeks old I was absolutely paranoid about not letting her feet touch the ground outside our yard because I was sure many of the dogs wouldn’t be innoculated against parvo.  There are always dogs wandering around the streets, pooing on the strip of grass outside my house, and on more than one occasion they’ve come in to my yard.  The cheek of it.  A few days ago I spoke to a neighbour across the road about her dog (a very small thing, not sure which (if any) breed it is) which is out on the street a lot.  It runs around on the road and in front of cars, and it chases people.  The other thing that it does is that it gets in behind my car when I’m reversing out the driveway in the morning.  I am terrified I’m going to run it over.  It makes me so cross that its owners are so blase with its safety.  Anyway, after I spoke to them it’s been shut in the garden a little more, but it does still get left out to roam around on the street.  Grrrr.  The dogs at large annoy me as well because I try to do the right thing with Flo – thankfully she’s never taken off down the road chasing one of these dogs in an attempt to get it to play, she’s always been very well behaved and done what I’ve asked her as I’ve put her in and out of the car, but it does worry me that I’ll be reversing out one day and she’ll rush off her bed and out the gate after one of these dogs.

Anyway, today there was a dog fight outside my house with a whole lot of little kids around playing in the street.  The dogs involved were all serial wanderers – a big dark entire dog, my next door neighbours’ little fox terrier type dog and the little dog from across the road.  The big dog was the aggressor and my next door neighbours’ dog was on its back, in a submissive pose.  The little dog was just in there pouring fuel on the fire.  I phoned the local council’s animal control section and they eventually came out a few hours later.  When they drove up the street, they found the big dog and were about to pick it up when its owners drove past and behaved in an aggressive way towards the council worker, so he wisely just let them take their dog.  He says they’ll be receiving a fine in the post.  I hope this makes them take a bit more responsibility, and I hope that goes for my near neighbours too.  Double grrrr.  Annoyed.  Enough of my ranting.

Thank you Basset Momma for awarding us the Liebster Award!  We are chuffed, especially coming from such a fantastic blogster… you really do crack us up! If you haven’t visited Fred and Gloria (c’mon, with names like that they’ve got to have a sense of humour…) then I highly recommend you pop over.

Liebster means “dearest” in German, and the award is intended to help up-and-coming blogs get the attention they deserve. As with any award there is a bit of ceremony involved. In order to accept the award we must do the following:

1. Copy and paste the award on our blog.
2. Link back to the blogger who gave us the award.
3. Pick our five favourite blogs, with less than 200 followers and leave a comment on their blog to let them know they have received the award.
4. Hope that the five blogs chosen will keep spreading the love and pass it on to five more blogs.

I am fairly certain that all my fave blogs have already received this award… but I thought it would be nice just to recognise a few of them.  No pressure to do anything with it.  🙂

Romping and Rolling in the Rockies
Dachshund Nola
The Poupounette
From Sophie’s View

And finally… during the wet season there is a bird with a really distinctive call which I have been trying to get a glimpse of for months years.  FINALLY, this evening I saw it – it’s a pheasant coucal.  It was sitting on the track before us, then it moved up to a tree for a while where it showed us its beautiful long tail, before it flew off in a flurry of russet.  Here is a link to it if you want to see what it looks like or sounds like.

Pheasant Coucal information

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28 Responses to Changing Diets, Annoying Owners, an Award and I Finally Found out What That Bird is!

  1. It is so nice to hear Flo’s coat is getting better and it looks and sounds like she loves her raw diet!! Go Flo!! Congrats on your award and getting to see the pheasant coucal too– woohoo!

  2. Glad he coat is better! Thank you for the award!
    There are a couple of dogs in my neighborhood that don’t stay in their yards. They’ll be out in the yard with their owners and run at owners walking their dogs (on leash) and snap and growl and either pin down the submissive ones or fight the ones that don’t back down. The owners of these dogs don’t do anything it’s so infuriating!
    Dachshund Nola

    • Flo says:

      You’re welcome. Glad you found it on your own – sorry I didn’t msg you to let you know but I posted that after midnight and couldn’t keep my eyes open!

  3. Bassas Blog says:

    Congratulations on the award – it is lovely. I do hope the new diet helps clear up Flo’s skin condition. With regards to annoying dogs – my neighborhood is full of them. They are either homeless dogs or dogs that have homes but are allowed to roam the streets. The tall person and I are reguarly ambushed by these animals, who are often in packs. We always have to be on our guard when we walk through our neighborhood.

    • Flo says:

      It’s not so bad here – the dogs do all have homes – I don’t know if that makes it better or worse. I would be frightened if we got ambushed by packs of dogs every time we went for a walk…

  4. Declan says:

    Mum has really struggled to get me on a diet that suits. We haven’t tried raw – a bit nervous about my delicate tum, but perhaps we should be brave! Don’t get us going on stupid dog owners either. Where we live is chocca with ar**ho*es! Well done on the award. Deccy x

    • Flo says:

      I hate arhoes. Good luck with the food change… it was always going to be fairly easy with Flo because even though she has the skin of a princess, she’s got the stomach of a crocodile and seems to be able to eat anything. If I wasn’t sure I’d’ve just introduced things reaaaally slowly, one food at a time!

  5. You are a deary….thanks so much….I humbly accept and continue on with my doodle discoveries and nudges! Love…Sophie

    • Flo says:

      You are v welcome. As I said to Nola, sorry for not letting you know it was there straight away… had. to. go. to. sleeeeeeeep. 🙂

  6. Hey there Flo,
    I am so sorry about all the problems you are having with your skin. I am sure that your momma has pulled out a fair share of her hair in an attempt to get to the bottom of it all. Holding thumbs that your new diet helps you in a big way.
    I’m also sorry to hear about all the dog issues in your neighbourhood. I suppose that is one good thing about our life here in SA – all properties are sealed off (in middle class suburbia). Usually dogs don’t roam (unless they escape from their property), but this confinement also adds to their aggression – unless the dogs are trained and walked. Many owners don’t do this, so there are negatives to this arrangement too. Hope things settle for your.
    Sending lotsaluv
    MM in SA

    • Flo says:

      I’m sure everything will settle with Flo’s skin, in the meantime she sure is enjoying this new diet! With the other dogs in the neighbourhood, it’s not THAT bad, but there are the ones whose owners make no effort to confine them adequately. Legally they must be confined to a yard or under their owner’s control, but the pound van rarely drives through looking for dogs to pick up. It’s not cheap to get your dog out of the Pound and that in itself often means that dogs that are picked up are rehomed with less rubbish owners!

  7. rumpydog says:

    Hi guys! I hate that you’re having such problems with the roamers…. well, with their humans. Calling the council is a good thing, because dogs that are left to roam can harm cats or even children.

    • Flo says:

      Yup, you’re right. In this case it went for another dog. Although it wasn’t such an easy decision to call the Council as it should’ve been – I have to live next to these owners… I think the thing that made it easy was the fact that there were 6 or 7 little children standing right where it happened and it could just have easily been one of them as they zipped up and down the street on their scooters.

      We’ve passed the Liebster on to you Rumpy… I know you’ve had it before, but that’s coz you deserve it!


  8. Bongo says:

    Flo your new food looks yummy. I want some too. I hope it helps your skin get better. And congratulations on your award.

  9. What horrible neighbours you have. Council should really pick the lot up and fine them.

    I have a new neighbour across the road who lets her dog out every day for a poop and pee. She doesn’t watch it. We’ve told her there are parks everywhere where her dog could play with other dogs instead of running into the path of cars. So one day she turns up at the park round the corner with the dog AND HER CAT! Which promptly drove all the dogs and the dog owners there nuts. How exactly stupid can some people be?

    Flos new diet sounds scrumptious. We definitely have the same chronic skin issues. I found a natural home cooked diet did help settle but not 100% solve the problem. I’ve never thought of turkey! I should try that too. I like variety. Has Flo ever had roo? We’ve never tried that either mainly because we were told never to give it to Rufus and that sort of stuck.

    • Flo says:

      No, I haven’t tried Flo on roo yet. Were you given a reason why you shouldn’t give it to Rufus? I have to say that Flo loves her turkey drumsticks. I usually give them to her frozen so they take a little longer than 14 minutes to demolish!

  10. Pamela says:

    I hope the raw diet continues to benefit Flo. It is amazing what a good diet can do. I found when I was making homemade meals for my dogs they never got fleas. Apparently, fleas are more likely to attack animals with weaker immune systems. Maybe you’ll find the same thing for Flo’s skin buggy things.

    I certainly understand your frustration with your neighbors. Unfortunately it will be the dogs who pay the price for their carelessness. Be safe.

    • Flo says:

      Part of me wants their dogs to be picked up and taken to the pound because they’ll more than likely be rehomed with families who will take better care of them. The little one across the road particularly because it is on the road so much and it’s small and black – a bad combination at dusk. 😦

      As for the skin thing – a friend of mine changed her dogs’ diets and they now almost never get any ticks – before she had an awful tick ‘issue’, even though they were vaccinated every month. One also had awful skin problems and they cleared up really quickly. Like I say, I don’t think her food was what was causing her skin rashes, but I am hoping it will do something to boost her immunity and ability to fight allergens.

  11. Jodi Stone says:

    Congratulations on your award!! It is wonderful you are being recognized for your efforts.

    Sampson and Delilah have been on the raw full time for over a year now, they both love it and Sampson (like Flo) will now take you out at the knees to get to his meal which he never did before. They both have beautiful coats, and get many compliments on it. Are you giving the fabulous one any oils with her foods? I’ve been told that Salmon oil is very beneficial for them and I was thinking that she might do well with a tablespoon of coconut oil once per day. My trainer had her dogs tested for allergies and found out a whole bunch of things they are allergic to, you may be surprised to find it was something in the kibble that just didn’t sit well with her.

    As for the neighborhood wanderers, well you know how I feel. Our town has leash laws and dogs should be on leash at all times, they are also required to be registered with the town. Sadly some people just aren’t responsible with their animals.

    • Flo says:

      Glad to hear Sampson and Delilah both love their raw diet. Any tips will be gratefully received! Since you mentioned it last week I’ve tried to find coconut oil and can’t… we only have coconut milk and coconut cream here. Being so geographically isolated means that we can’t always get everything that’s available in big cities! I will keep my eyes open for it though.

  12. Anna says:

    Very cool you went to raw. How old is your V?? I have one as well and have dealt with the skin issues early on… with little real help from vets. Thankfully she seems to have grown out of whatever it was. She has been on high end kibble of various varieties all her life, and we started some raw supplement early on as well. My freezer is now half full of bones and meat for my dogs lol. I hope to one day totally switch her, but just do not have the time and convincing-of-the-husband power just yet.

    I have been lurking on this facebook page for a while now, that is all about raw prey model feeding.
    They are of the idea that dogs are purely carnivores and should be fed 2-3% of their body weight… and 80% of that should be meat 10% bone and 10% organ (with at least 5% of that 10% being liver). Sounds simple enough right? I will warn you they tend to be rather purist, hating anything carb related or ground. But I have learned a ton by joining the group. May give you more ideas on what you can feed your pup.

    I won’t start in about annoying dog owners as I may never stop. I deal with my fair share as well, and thus have to do even more work with my dogs to compensate for their lack of caring.
    Take care

    • Flo says:

      Thanks for stopping by. Flo is a liver nosed rhodesian ridgeback – the two breeds look really similar; Vizla’s have bigger ears though! I hear what you’re saying about the freezer – mine is FULL of hunks of meat and bone, minced beef, Kongs, you name it. I took some frozen veg out this evening and Flo came running – she’s under the impression that everything that comes out of the freezer has got her name on it. She’s nearly right. Thanks for the tip on the FB group. I’ve heard about that diet… I don’t disagree for the most part, but I tend to be wary of any group that is too over the top or inflexible when it comes to opinions! I haven’t moved Flo off dog biscuits completely yet, I’m still testing the waters with raw. So far so good in terms of Flo’s enjoyment, but it’s not making any miraculous difference to her skin spots.

      • Anna says:

        I feel so retarded… I normally know my breeds but have never seen a liver nosed ridgeback… or heard of even. That is why i did not recognize it. The nose, eye lids, and some other darker highlights are the easy way to tell the breed apart (same is the case with the redbones). And since yours have more Vizsla colors with the blending of nose etc I was fooled lol. Guess I shoulda looked at more pics to spot the ridge too. Well all the same, I am still a red dog fan. Some interesting stuff to learn with that FB group for sure, they have all sorts of documents to read that back up what they say. But I still think some raw is better than none. So that’s kinda what we have been doing now too. Still give some biscuits, but find dried meat is an easy treat to make for them too.
        Have a great weekend

  13. Hey Flo, Jet here. Sorry to hear about the skin itchies. I’m having them too. Started about 2 weeks ago… (Mom’s started on the same day.) We think it’s one of the million icky insects we have here…. or something that comes out this time of year.

    • Flo says:

      Oh that doesn’t sound like fun. Hopefully whatever is causing it will go away quite quickly. I think Flo’s is something to do with grass. She always breaks out after we go to one place in particular, but unfortunately it’s one of our favourite walks and it’s where we meet up with our gang, so we’ll just manage the spots… she loves her play time there so much I’d hate for her not to be able to keep going.

      • We know the feeling… Mom and I get this itchy stuff for about half the year down here, she says it’s something to do with living in the tropics! We do our best!

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