Welcome to the Blog of Rosie Ison & her Scruffy Hairy Mutts.

I do hope you enjoy reading about all the various exploits of the Hairy Gang !

Friday, January 30, 2009

Proud Mum & Clever Dogs + Fozzies new trick

Disney with his 2007 & 2008 Awards
Woody with his 2007 & 2008 Awards
Chip with his First 2 years of competing Awards

Well I eventually did it. I sorted out all my boys rosettes and trophies that they had won during the years 2007 & 2008. I had the help of my older minded school children,they thought it was great helping me sort all the rosettes into places and colours and then helping me pin them on the backdrop (hence they are not quite perfect !) However I drew the line to them helping me with the glass trophies,they are very special and very fragile. So here are the pics of Disney,Woody & Chip with their awards..what clever boys.

Little Fozzie learns a new trick.

My best friend reckons I have too much time on my hands..lol. Fozzie is very active and quite mad in the evenings so I tend to use this time to train him and teach him new tricks,otherwise he just runs round causing havoc and mayhem by either chewing or stealing things,charging round bouncing on & off the sofa or annoying the other dogs. So this is the latest trick I taught the other night..Ride the Skateboard. Well within 5-10 minutes I had him doing what you see on the Video below..what a little star. Its still needs perfecting and extending but this is for starters.
How can such a bright lad be so hard to housetrain ??

Sunday, January 25, 2009

I've been tagged too !

Karen Tagged me

Open a document or file folder

Click on the fifth folder and then the fifth photo

Post the photo and describe it

Then tag 5 other bloggers

Oh deary deary me,who started this tagging thing !!!!! I only had these photos on my PC because I had scanned them to make a disc for my parents 60th wedding anniversary.

Well this is a picture of me when I was about 8 or 9 years old I guess, with our blue merle Border Collie called " Shep". Shep would have been a fantastic dog for Agility but unfortunately it hadn't been invented then.

Now I'm going to tag


Friday, January 23, 2009

Fozzie 14 wk update,Vaccination dilemma & news

Firstly had to include this lovely photo of the whole Ison Hairy Gang (including my daughters 2 dogs) I just love this picture,but I feel I should dye Wispa the poodle,she's totally the wrong colour ..ha ha ;-)


Well...Fozzie has had his second Jab . I had him titre tested last week after his first vaccination and the results came back that he had extremely low antibodies to Parvo but his Distemper was OK. I phoned my Vet for advice and she said had it been the other way round she'd have left well alone because distemper is virtually eradicated now, but as it was the Parvo that was low she suggested I just have the single parvo jab and the 2nd lepto. She phoned every where for me to get the single vaccine but no-one had it !!! So I had to do some real soul searching on this issue and decided to have the complete vaccine done.
If he was an adult and his titre had been low I would have left alone, because as long as there is some antibodies there they are protected and just haven't been challenged by the virus,but with a puppy I wasn't prepared to take that chance.At the same time I had Chips booster done as he hasn't been boosted for over 3 years and Woody & Disney just had their Lepto vaccine. Once again I had to put a great deal of thought into whether to give them this or not. We have actually seen rats both near the river near where we live and also on the fields where I walk.Lepto is a very short lived vaccine..anywhere from between 6-9 mths(maybe a year) and only covers a couple of strains,however it does cover the most prevalent strain L. icterohaemorrhagiae.So I decided to go ahead with vaccination this year and I shall re evaluate next year. So far all the boys seem fine ,but I am watching them like a hawk.

Training update

Fozzies training is coming on really well. I have included an update video below which includes a couple of new tricks. He is very responsive now to the clicker and as soon as I get it out ,I have his full attention. He had his first proper Obedience lesson with my trainer on Wednesday & we were both very pleased with his attitude and attention span, yes he is still very young and has moments when he likes to have a little wander off,but its only for a very short time and then he's right back waiting for the next thing to do. I am also pleased that even if he's playing with Woody or Chip I can get a toy out and he will happily play with me instead.
He is still one very naughty puppy and house training is still a bit of a nightmare and boy does he chew !!!!!!!!!!! Everything and everything is stolen and chewed. My handbag has now been re designed with teeth marks .. Grrrr.
His hair is still taking a time to come through but I can now see the start of a beard. His under coat is quite pale so I think he will be very pale when he's fully grown.
Touch wood his diarrhea is completely gone. He was on a diet of Fish & Potato kibble for 2 and half weeks and then this week I started him on on raw food. Just one meal a day of Chicken & Tripe to start and he's been 100% fine.Next week I will add some more variety & increasing to 2 meals of raw a day.
I have a brand new bigger dog food freezer arriving on Sunday so at long last I can order more stuff from my supplier.
So that's my news for this week.Here is the Fozzie Video

Little Fozzie doing his clicker work aged 14 weeks from Rosie Ison on Vimeo.

Friday, January 09, 2009

Video of Fozzie clicker training

Well I thought I would add this little video I did of Fozzie doing some clicker work. He is certainly not up to the standard of some of the puppies on other blogs ,but I am still pleased with him. Unfortunately I had to stop throwing the tit bits on the floor so I have had to reward from my hand,which isn't always so good.Because of Fozzies tummy troubles I have had to stick with using his normal food ,which is very very small kibble,when I threw it for him after I clicked he would spend ages hunting for the treat and it rather defeated the purpose and he'd lose interest.

So whats on the Video...well there is the basic sit,down and the start of the stand for obedience.A give paw(just for fun) Coming into heelwork position and present, also for obedience and the start of a wait (obedience and Agility).Then theres hand touch,which is useful for several things. I have also started teaching him go to a mark for his media work. How this is trained is by using a large object and getting him to go to that and placing 2 feet on it,then gradually making the mark smaller and smaller until you get to a small piece of wood etc about 3" square by approx 1.2 " thick,you then also add distance to this. Eventually you can use anything for a mark .So on a TV/Film set a piece of gaffer tape would even do. On one job with Disney we were out on a shoot in a field and we ended up using just a big leaf for his mark.
So here is the Video of Fozzie. I hope you like the Music ! I thought it was very apt because of his name :-)

Fozzie 12 weeks Clicker work from Rosie Ison on Vimeo.

Monday, January 05, 2009


Woke up this morning to a lovely blanket of snow. It was 7 am and still dark. It was Fozzies first outing and boy did he love the snow. Here are a few pics of him having fun.I had to use flash so the pics aren't great.