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Last week I gave Sunka a much needed haircut. The weather still keeps flip flopping but I figured would just give her head, feet, and buns a bit of a shave to make her feel better. Cahokia has been groomed but I didn't give her a haircut yet, I'll wait I think until next month for warmer temps.

I thought I would do a little side by side before and after comparison of Sunka's semi-haircut. She still needs a lot more work to get her coat back into shape, I'll probably will do a little each week. You wouldn't believe the amount of fur that came off her head alone. It is times like this that I begin to wonder if for my next dog I should get a breed with shorter hair or one that doesn't require clippers.
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Are you ok Linda? Haven't heard from you for a while ☺
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The story of how I almost suffocated to death
Recently I did some grooming on Sunka, I didn't do a full hair cut yet but I brushed her out and what-not. I also started stripping her coat getting it ready for when the warmer weather comes. The weather keeps wavering bouncing from cold, cool, and nice temps so I'm holding off on giving the girls a full blown summer cut. (I don't have any new photos of the girls but I promise I'll get some to show you as soon as I can.)

Now it is Cahokia's turn to get some grooming done so the two of use head downstairs to the grooming room. This should be a piece of cake as Cahokia's coat barely ever knots and is always is so quick to groom. Cahokia runs over to the table and puts her front feet on it waiting for me to help her up. I get her on the table and I pull out my pin brush. There was a little bit of hair in the brush that I didn't get all out from when I groomed Sunka, it was no big deal so I started to brush Cahokia. After the second stroke of the hair brush I realized hair was flying everywhere! Not thinking much of it the moment I just thought maybe I had more hair in the brush then I realized, I stopped and cleaned the brush out. Again I brushed and fur was floating all over, the stuff was coming down like ash from a volcano. And like volcano ash it was choking me. Before I knew it the table was covered in fur, my face very hairy feeling, I could barely tell what color my shirt was because all I could see was black dog hair. I think I ended up using every grooming tool for getting out every bit of loose fur. I thought for sure I would suffocate before I would finally see no more loose fuzz coming out of the hairy volcano monster. Poor Cahokia probably thought I was brushing her raw, I on the other hand was thinking I was going to get buried like Pompeii.

I brushed and brushed until my arm felt like it was going to fall off, my shoulder still feels a bit sore. There was so much coming off Cahokia that it sucked up all my time I had to groom her, I'll need to take her back down another day to finish and I bet there still are pockets of fur that need to come out. Why is nothing ever simple?

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Too funny and cute, so glad our kids loved to get brushed, I get the brush out and say "who wants to get brushed" lol chew is usually the first to run to me. Happy brushing +Linda Barlee​ 😁
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Update on Beethoven's condition.

The vet gave him an x-ray and some iron did show up on it. The vet said that this usually causes more of a concern with smaller dogs, ....so at least Beethoven has that going for him, BUT he has other health issues so his comprised health could be a problem. At one point Beethoven almost fainted so he was put on fluids for being dehydrated.

Right now he is on his way back home. The fluids seem to have helped him as he is now looking better and smiling again. The results from the test will take a day, so it is now just wait and see.
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+Mary Delaney With all the vomiting he had done I guess it wasn't a big surprise that he had been dehydrated.
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Every year at Easter time I always tell everyone that live (living) rabbits and baby chicks should never ever be given as Easter gifts! After Easter rescues often are inundated with these poor discarded pets. Rabbits and Chickens do make great pets (I've owned rabbits) but make horrible gifts, and worst yet .... Easter "decorations".

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Well Easter is coming soon and I just thought I should remind you all that RABBITS DO NOT MAKE GOOD EASTER GIFTS!
Rabbit are a 10 year commitment and on average cost $1,000 a year! They are not a low maintenance pet, they require as much care as a dog or cat! Most rabbits bought as Easter gifts end up dead or in a shelter before their first birthday.

Save a life and stick to chocolate!
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Could not agree more!
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"Perfect! Now don't move." click! "Sunka? Did you close your eyes? Dang it dog!"
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+Mary Delaney Haha! Yeah I get some of those as well.
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Ack! Taking a photo at this angle makes Sunka look like bazaar rug of a dog.
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+Jayne Lytle It is a big hose reel. I should look into getting a composter.
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Midwest Canine Influenza


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BREAKING NEWS: Cornell University issued a press release today that states that the ongoing canine influenza in the Chicago area is due to the H3N2 strain, not the H3N8 strain. This is the first identification of the H3N2 strain outside of Asia.
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ITHACA, N.Y. – The canine influenza outbreak afflicting more than 1000 dogs in Chicago and other parts of the Midwest is caused by a different strain of the virus than was earlier assumed, according to laboratory scientists at Cornell University and the University of Wisconsin.
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It is crazy how fast time flies. Yikes, it went by so fast this time I didn't realize just how long I'd been away.  Spent time with family for the Easter holiday so we've been in an out, and when I was in I've been filling orders and trying to get the gardens cleaned up. The on and off rains have been impeding my progress with the clean up outside. Hmm.....sounds like more thunder and lighting is coming this way again so I'm going to cut this short. I'll have to come back later to do my posts about Cahokia and Sunka later when the electricity wont be dodgy.

I hope I didn't miss anything exciting on G+ while I've been away. I'll probably will be poking around on here later in the evening if the weather gets better. Catch you all later!
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I can relate in every way +Linda Barlee except the garden part...I moved into a condo and solved that problem! Enjoy the fresh air with the hounds, we'll all be right here to check out pictures of the blooms!
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Easter is coming! The Rabbit is not.

Sorry, but I just find this really funny.

#happyeaster #doghumor   #doglovers  
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+Eric Merchant Nothing gets a dog's attention better then a small bouncing furry critter. ;-)
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Prayers and well wish are greatly appreciated. My aunt's dog Beethoven got a hold of a bag of dog treats and ate the whole thing... but that's not quite the big concern. In the bag of treats was one of those "do not eat" packs to keep the treats dry. It is hard to tell if he ate any of the contents or just ripped up the packet. If he did eat any of it he could possibly have iron poisoning. (We've contacted the treat company but they have no clue what the ingredients of the packet is because they buy it from a Japanese company. A search on the internet yielded information about another dog who had eaten the same packet and iron poisoning is what he was treated for.) Beethoven is on his way to the vet. When I heard anything I'll let you all know how he is doing.
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Still waiting on the results, should hear something by tomorrow. 
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My girls, Sunka and Cahokia.
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+Mary Delaney Thank you very much :)
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"Ok girls, now look over here so I can see your faces. Girls. Look over here. Hey! Over here! Sunka? Cahokia? GIRLS! Forget it, I'll just take the picture."

Ah, my dogs, they are so obedient.
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