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Day 30 for Trupanion policies! Good to go on anything new from here on out. So, the way I see it, the odds are, the pups will be amazingly…

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Added by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on May 27, 2016 at 5:33pm — 1 Comment

Potassium bromide for Quinn

Quinn had his third seizure last week so tomorrow I am picking up potassium bromide. It's been tough to wrap my head around the idea of starting him on meds and even tougher to decide which one, but after reading and researching until my head was spinning, and also likely making my vet a little crazy, I have settled on the bromide. I am nervous about all of this but I'm nervous about the seizures too. Every twitch puts me on high alert (the poor boy can't even enjoy a good dream) and I wake up… Continue

Added by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on May 25, 2016 at 11:02pm — 8 Comments

Seizure Saga

Hi friends, Well we had our visit with the neurologist and the short story is, it was a waste of time and money. She recommended a spinal tap, prescribed phenobarbital, and gave very short, non-informative answers to my questions. After waiting over an hour, she spent about 15 minutes with us. I feel no more certain of our path than I did before seeing her. For the moment, we have shelved the phenobarbital, and are keeping Quinn on his current meds, and I am waiting for a call back from our…

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Added by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on May 11, 2016 at 7:12am — 9 Comments

Ships and Seizures

Hello doodle friends. Been away from here for awhile. We went on a cruise, which turned out to be awesome! I didn't want to leave the pups- first time we've gone away without them - but we had a pet-sitter that was a classmate of the hubby back in high school. She stayed at the house and was fabulous. The really hard part was that about 24 hours before we left, Quinn had another seizure. It was worse then the first one. Not much longer, but more intense. Definitely grand mal. He even lost his… Continue

Added by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on April 30, 2016 at 9:24pm — 10 Comments

Fromm Canned Food Recall

FYI - Here is the link for the recall:…

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Added by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on March 22, 2016 at 5:43pm — 2 Comments

Study ~ Tooth Fractures Caused by Antlers and other Hard Chews

Hello Doodle Friends - A member in my IW group posted this article about rising concerns with tooth fracture caused by hard chews--particularly antlers. Some of you may recall my personal, and very expensive, experience with Gracie's broken lower molar which was caused by chewing on an antler.

I think this article is worth a read. The links on the page also provide some interesting information and at the bottom of the page there is a link for "guide to safe toys" I read about…

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Added by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on March 6, 2016 at 10:06am — 9 Comments

Virbac C.E.T. dental chews

DonMarie's post on the Heimlich for dogs prompted me to start this post. I just last night gave my pups a Virbac C.E.T. dental chew. After Gracie's root canal, these were recommended by her dental vet. It seems they are often recommended by vets. They are like rawhides and do have a beef hide component to them, however, they seemed less tough. They got soft and pasty quickly and are supposed to be more digestible. I researched these before ordering, and didn't see anything alarming, yet when…

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Added by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on February 23, 2016 at 7:48am — 13 Comments

Quinn - A new twist

We are just back from the vet and overall, everything looks good, but at 4:00 AM Sunday morning, Quinn had a seizure. He was on our bed; it woke us up and sent Gracie running for cover. The convulsions were strong, and he foamed and drooled heavily, but he didn't lose bowel or bladder control, and it lasted only about a minute. He was of course quite confused and a bit dazed for awhile afterwards, but he rebounded quickly and was acting completely normal by mid-morning.

The blood-work…

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Added by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on February 15, 2016 at 4:43pm — 15 Comments

Interesting Holistic Chart for Pet Food Ingredients

This was posted on the IW fb page. I found it interesting and thought it was worth the share.

Added by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on February 7, 2016 at 9:53am — 12 Comments

Gracie and Quinn Enjoying Jonas!

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Added by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on January 24, 2016 at 10:29am — 4 Comments

Tipping the Scales!

Had Quinn to the vet the other day so was able to get him on the scale. He is now 109 pounds. That's a 30 pound weight gain since the beginning of August when he was brought to the shelter. The vet was very pleased with EVERYTHING and I think we can finally say that Quinn is one big HEALTHY…

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Added by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on January 21, 2016 at 8:36pm — 19 Comments

Grace and Pemon

Have been thinking of Grace and Pemon. Last post I see from her was a few months ago. Does anyone know how she is doing?

Added by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on January 16, 2016 at 6:33pm — 9 Comments

Little by Little

It's not that Gracie has ever DISLIKED her new brother, in fact it mostly seems just the opposite. His size however, has certainly been intimidating to her and she very quickly adopted evasive behaviors. When Quinn started jumping into our bed, Gracie stopped sleeping with us. I felt so guilty that I put a tall ottoman with a dog bed on top next to my side of the bed so she…

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Added by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on January 9, 2016 at 3:47pm — 6 Comments

Just chillin' on a chilly day...

Added by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on January 2, 2016 at 6:07pm — 7 Comments

Second - Chewing...

I'm needing suggestions, but I'll admit right off the bat that I have already rejected the most practical ones, which likely makes me seem a little crazy ;P

After being a stellar pup for more than two months, Quinn started to chew things when left alone. His favorite is magazines and newspapers, which believe it or not, I'm fine with. The problem is that little-by-little, he is expanding his tastes and today I came home, after being gone about 4 hours, to find a chewed edge in…

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Added by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on December 30, 2015 at 4:30pm — 10 Comments

First - Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

This was the least blurry of the bunch. My husband suggested it's me, but seriously, it's the lousy camera, honest. I need a good digital 35mm SLR; it's at the top of my wish list! Anyway, Quinn hasn't yet mastered the sit-stay so there was a lot of repositioning. Gracie stuck her stay which I think explains the expression on her face. Gracie's like, "Hoo Boy..." and Quinn is…

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Added by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on December 30, 2015 at 4:04pm — 5 Comments

Coconut Oil

So I was at Walmart today and while looking for rice flour, I came across coconut oil. Back when I was dealing with itchy pups, I remembered hearing from several that they add coconut oil to their pup's food, so I bought it. Now, for those of you who use it, can you share how much and how often you add it? Thanks!

Added by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on December 12, 2015 at 5:57pm — 5 Comments

Quinn...Then and Now...Lookin' Good! :)

The first pic is Quinn on Aug. 2, the day he was brought into the shelter. The second pic is Oct. 31, three months and 20 pounds later…

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Added by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on October 31, 2015 at 1:46pm — 9 Comments

It's a Doodle!!

Well the DNA results are in and Quinn is a Doodle!! He is first generation Irish Wolfhound/Standard Poodle. I had thought poodle from the beginning, but wasn't really expecting it to be pure on both sides. We're not sure how Gracie feels about there officially being another doodle in the house. She said she needs to sleep on it.

Stitches are out and his eyes look great. We're not done yet though, because now he has a bacterial infection in his ears. So we have a couple of weeks of…

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Added by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on October 27, 2015 at 7:08pm — 20 Comments

Lions, and Tigers, and Doodles--OH MY!

This is the costume contest photo I referred to in a previous post. It's from a couple of years ago when a dog park/club we belonged to had a Halloween puppy party. It was great fun!

Added by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on October 24, 2015 at 12:13pm — 9 Comments

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