Saturday, April 22, 2017

Bloodhounds Walk Before It Rains


They predicted this and they were right .... it's cold !!!! Nothing like going from the high 70's on Thursday to the high 40's earlier this morning as we stepped outside. By the time we started our walk it had edged up over 50°.
That didn't bother Sadie at all, in fact she seemed a little more energized than normal but it might have been those new scents that were filling her nose instead of cooler temps. She did not even escort me to the field this morning and took off running from the very start.


With Wunderground being right on with their rain prediction time yesterday I decided I would believe them today. We needed to get outside and walk before 1pm when it was suppose to start raining.

Sadie spent the majority of the walk way ahead of Stella and I. We were cruising the path together, on a slower pace than I am used to.


By the time we hit the first turn, Sadie was almost to the far right hand corner of the field. I don't know what scent she picked up but she went from her head buried in the grass to sprinting around the turn. The pictures did not capture her speed.





Stella did not attempt to chase her. I have a feeling that Stella is feeling the effects of an annual rabies shot and a dose of NexGard yesterday. The vet office had the same offer as last year with a coupon, one that I did not bring with me. Nancy at the front desk fixed me up with free NexGard chews for all three hounds.


Last year after picking off over 100 ticks in the month of April from the three hounds and myself, a dose of one NexGard for the hounds only (LOL) eliminated the ticks for the rest of the summer. I decided as long as I didn't see any on the hounds, there was no reason to give them anymore doses.


As usual Stella was more than happy to eat breakfast as it was served about an hour earlier at 7:15am. Too early for a Saturday or any day for that matter but we were wide awake and coffee sound too good to pass up on a day that looked as if I was in Seattle, overcast cold and rainy.


Sadie cannot figure out where the deer are. By this time last year she and Stella had a couple of deer chases under their belt but so far in 2017 they are being shutout. It would be a good test to see Stella's response if any deer showed up on the horizon.


When Sadie has her head buried that deep into the grass, she gives off that strange sound that only a bloodhound makes with her jowls making a sound moving while Sadie is sniffing as deep as she can into the earth.


This wasn't a morning that Stella was interested in exploring. She walked at the same pace throughout the walk but did have time to check and see if I would catch her veering off to look at the neighbor's house where the mystery dog showed up last Christmas.


While Stella was doing that, Sadie was back on another adventure way ahead of us.



Once I yelled at Stella "over here" she slowly turned and started the slow walk toward my direction. It's her personality more than anything. She is just laidback and obviously has her thoughts on other stuff besides doing this walk.


Sadie was wondering what our problem was and why weren't we up to where she was. She waited and waited, then took off running for the house as soon as I caught up with her.


Stella did pick up her pace the closer she got to the backyard. I didn't have to call her to do that but she seemed anxious to end the walk and get back inside ... where she was back to sleep within minutes ... her normal activity until lunch is served.


I am not sure how long that nice blue 2017-18 rabies tag will last on her collar. It doesn't matter how tight I crimp them to the collar they always find a way to come off and get lost. In stead of scanning the vet receipts and rabies certification this year I decided to just use my iPhone camera. It's easier and faster than scanning plus gives you the same file as a scanner does ... a file that you will probably never use.


After talking to the vet yesterday I decided that I would give Stella even more food than the extra I was giving her the past few weeks to a month. It will double her quantity I gave her in the past and will end up 33% more than what a larger Sadie eats. Of course if I let her, Sadie would eat the 40lb bag in one setting.

As with any large breed dog, you have to be aware of them getting bloat. In all the years I have had a bloodhound, since 1997, I've been very fortunate not to have to experience that with any of the bloodhounds I've owned.

With the weather outside, all of us hid inside. The hounds slept, I watched baseball and read out of different books. It's too quiet for a Saturday.

BTW ... for those of you that read this far .... it didn't rain today and by that 2pm prediction time, it was nice and sunny outside.

It's been a good day here in 'the tropics' of southern Indiana.

4 comments:

  1. Check your mighty-fine hounds for ticks :( Here where I live in California, I always find ticks on my little dogs after they run through green grass in Spring. In the Southern Tropics of Indiana, situation might be different.

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    1. Good to hear from you. I sent you an email yesterday but don't know if still have your same address. I check for ticks after every walk or each time they come in from outside. Not as bad as last year during this month but have pulled over 4-5 from each bloodhound. I gave them a dose of NexGard yesterday so the tick's days may be numbered. It worked well last summer.

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  2. That's a good idea about using the phone camera for receipts. I used to scan all receipts with a scanner, but it was kind of a pain, so I limit what's scanned now. Hope the food change helps with Stella's condition. It's nice to see that Heidi is putting on some poundage. Had no idea that changing protein sources from time to time could be so important...

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    1. I like using the phone to scan docs. There is an app for it but I don't use that, I just use the camera that comes with the phone. You and I both hope it helps but the more I have thought about it today I am going to take her to a different vet for a 2nd opinion. I think at least bloodwork should have been done besides the test for heartworm/ticks.

      Heidi has not looked this good since the day I brought her home, although I believe her coat is better now than ever. I noticed tonight she has new hair growing back on her neck and stomach.

      I have always changed foods, sometimes different brans but mostly different proteins sources between chicken, lamb, seafood or beef. I might have to give Stella her own kind of food like I did Heidi the past two years. Although the food has worked for Heidi, that doesn't mean it will work for Stella. I'd like to get more fat and protein for her.

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