Pixel continues to wear me out. She is just so so naughty and on the go. I thought Boo and Fozzie were really naughty but she wins the prize for being the most naughty , destructive, Manic, Stroppy puppy ever. However she is ultra cute and I have never had such a clean puppy. She always takes her self off into the garden through the dog flap to do what she needs to do. She has NEVER wet or messed in her crate and this makes her badness a little easier to bear.
She has turned 4 mths now and I have to say her temper tantrums are diminishing a little. I have clamped down on her a little. She can come into the lounge but only if she settles and I am stopping some of the playtime with the boys although they instigate a lot of it. I also give her ore time out in her crate.
She has started to lose her baby teeth and her adult ones are coming through now.
At the end of July I went to visit my best friend in Devon. It was Pixels first trip to see Janes 9 dogs and she was totally amazing and took it all in her stride. We went to the beach which she adored, until she was pounced on by Tiffany whilst in the sea and pushed under..she bounced back but was a little concerned after that and was dubious about going back into the water.
The following day we went on Janes local walk and once again she was really good and happily introduced herself to other dogs..she has little fear at the moment.
For the last 2 weeks we have been away on a 2 week Agility tour. Once again she took it all in her stride, but wore me out. Then to cap it all she decided to eat my headlining along with a bed in my car. I have to say at that point I broke down into tears and really thought I would have to re home her.
I had all 6 dogs with me and having to keep Disney separate from her and Chip in a tiny caravan had already been stressing me out ,and this was the final straw. The fact she never ever sleeps in the day to give me any reprieve also wasn't helping.
I was really pleased with how she was around the rings however, she played Tuggy happily and was really into me even with all the other dogs around. She met other puppies and adult dogs and didnt show any fear at all.
So she is still here and hasn't been sent to Battersea and I am sure she will be brilliant eventually :-)
I have been deliberating the vaccine issue again relentlessly. People that know me know that I HATE vaccines with a passion. I have heard of a few peoples dogs that have had reactions and that has scared me.
She has been having Nosodes and I have been giving her several different supplements to boost her immune system..She's had Transfer Factor, Yum Puppy and Vibracta Plus.
I have been to several shows with her, visited my friend Jane in Devon with the trip to the beach and Woods, and she has mixed a lot with other dogs, but I have yet to take her to heavily populated dog parks locally.
Her socialisation hasn't suffered, but I now feel at 18 weeks I should give her her one and only vaccine. It is booked for tomorrow....GULP. However she will never have a Lepto vaccine. Its been linked with some terrible side effects and even deaths and is the vaccine with the highest risk and the lowest benefit . The latest guidelines from the WSAVA have now said that Lepto vaccine should NOT be given to young puppies and should NOT be mixed with the other vaccines. They recommend that if its given its given 4 weeks after the second vaccination and that shouldn't be given till 16 weeks anyway. So the earliest to have a Lepto vaccine is 20 weeks..NOT 8 weeks as is happening at the moment :-(
Well Boo is now Grade 6. Amazing that it is. She will never set the world alight and I dont think she will go much further, but I am sort of enjoying the agility with her again now.
We still have awful runs and I feel like I'm dragging a dead horse around . We still have runs where she just doesn't listen or care, but then she pulls a real stunner out of the bag.
Her first Grade 5 win was at a good sized show in a good sized class. This was at the Agility Club. It was a tricky course and sadly as is typical I didnt get it on video. But it was a class of 60 odd dogs so I was extremely pleased about this.
Her other 2 wins were at Adams which is a much smaller show with lower entries. However one was in a combined grade 4-7 class and the entries were higher because of this, and she did beat several dogs from higher Grades :-) Her 3rd win was in a smaller class...once again a tricky course and not many clears. Funnily enough it was the same Judge that she won under at the Agility club , so she must have been my lucky charm :-)
To be honest I would rather she had stayed Grade 5 , but I knew at a smaller show there was always a chance she could win again if she went clear.
We went to the KC Festival the week before and this is HUGE. Most of her classes were big and she managed a few good places even there :-) She also had loads of "if only" runs.
|Win No 1 at Agility Club|
|Win Number 2 at Adams|
|Win 3 at Adams.|
Just to finish of my August post with a lovely picture I took of all 6 of my dogs and me just before we went away. So nice to have them all together :-)