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Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Pop Corn Doggie

Hi there,

this is me doing some of my old tricks for some pop corn. Lurve pop-corn!!!

Sunday, 16 November 2008

Hiking Doggie

Hello friends,

I was super excited when mom decided to take me on a hike with her today up a place called Lions Head, which is next to Table Mountain.



This is uncle Pete and aunty Dani... they were really nice to me all the way, helping me up and down places that were too hard for me to climb.



It became very hot...



and shady spots came in very handy...



That is a place known as Camps Bay at the bottom!



More shade and a welcome break for us...





This spot is known as Clifton beach... mom sez it get super busy down there on warm days.



The hill behind me is known as Signal Hill. I live on the other side of that ocean that you see in this pic below.






The place behind uncle Peter is known as Sea Point



This was me enjoying the shade of a flowery bush.



there were so many flowers here... way more than in mom's garden. If I could spend more time here, I would love to dig them up a little too and see whats underneath them!



almost at the top... we turned around here, it was just a little too hot for me mom sed.



on our way down...



boy, was I glad to be back in the cool car!



Mom promised to bring me back and take me to the top on a cooler day. I cant wait for that day.

Love,
Normie
xxx


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Wednesday, 05 November 2008

Apple doggie

I love fruit and this is me enjoying some more of mom's apple...



Lots of wire hugs
Normie
xxx

Friday, 31 October 2008

Boogie and me ...

Hope you like my wire fox terrier video...

Monday, 20 October 2008

mOm aND mE, the Wire fOx teRrIeR

Wire Fox Terrier or Cute Cuddly Teddy Bear?


I must say, my little curls look way curlier in the sea air :-)

Summer is on its way, so Im lookin fwd to lots of beach walks again.

See u soon.

Love
Normie
xxx

Tuesday, 23 September 2008

My favourite hang out spots (inside the house)

Hi there,

These are my favourite places at which I enjoy hanging out at in the house (when mom is home).

When mom has a bath, I get to sit on the edge of the bath and chill out like humans do in steam rooms.
The Bath


A really good spot for me to hand out is in the window whilst mom is havin' a shower. I normally jump onto the back of the loo and then with a well balanced leap myself onto the windowsill.

The Shower (-window)


This is what it looks like from outside ...



Whilst mom is eating, I like to sit squashed up behind mom on the chair. And if she sits there for long, I sometimes fall asleep on the chair behind her too.

On the Chair




Watching TV will make me very sleepy...

TV


My head does not fit on the chair, and it often falls off when I am sleeping on it. Mom sez she feels sorry for me and holds my head up like a nice pillow! I think she is messing with me here!

The Study


Boogie's bed is the good for daytime cuddles. This is me and boogie takin a nap on her bed.

Boogie's Bed



Sometimes late at night, when mom is working, I like to sit on her lap and chat to her.

On Moms lap


Bedtime is playtime. This is my Rogz Doggie that I love playing with before I go to bed. He's been patched up a few times, but he's a tough one. I dont like sleeping without my teddie!

Bed time


I have also been very sick lately and I still get lots of seizures. This is me at the doctor last week.

hmmm... the doctor :(




Im ok now again, but mom has to keep a close eye on me all the time now.

The couch


Thanks for reading my blog!

Lots of love
Normie
xxx

Tuesday, 10 June 2008

Weekend walks for a wire fox terrier

Hello everyone,



now that winter is setting the pace we get to visit the beach much less than we normally do in summer.


(right click on the image above and save as a wall paper if you like to)



An outing to the beach is always so much fun for us Boogie and me.




We often meet lots of friends who like to smell our bums...


Boogie also likes to enjoy the view of Table Mountain!

(right click on the image above and save as a wall paper if you like to)

This is when I made a wish when I saw the rainbow over Table Mountain! I cant tell you what I wished for or else mom sez it will not come true... :-(






Till next time...
lots of puppy love
Normie
xxx

Monday, 26 May 2008

Dogs are like People

Being a very typical Wire Fox Terrier that I am, I did some reading and came across something I can relate to :


Dogs want to be people. That's what their lives are about. They don't like being a dog. They're with people all the time, they want to graduate. My dog would sit there all day, he would watch me walk by, he would think to himself, "I could do that! He's not that good." Jerry Seinfeld



Hope this clears much confusion going forward.

much love,
Normie
xxx

Saturday, 24 May 2008

Going for a Drive



I absolutely totally undeniably love going for a drive in the car.

There is always just one problem:

We cant get where we are going fast enough!



I firmly believe that if I stand as far forward as my wire fox terrier body possibly can in the car, that I will get there sooner... wherever that is which we are planning on going to...

ok, gotta keep moving.
until next time my friends!

love,
Normie
xxx

Thursday, 01 May 2008

Wet Doggie



Hi everyone,

I know its been a while, but mom finally managed to figure out the software for my camera. We have been very busy doing lots of stuff, but there was just too little time to upload and comment in my blog-diary.

These pictures were taken just after I was caught in the sprinklers outside.

My biggest problem with the sprinklers is the fact that I never know they are on until its just way too late and Im soaked! I think it must be my fluffy fur that is just too thick for me to realise that they are spraying water all over the place. I will have to keep my eyes open for these things next time.

Anyway, thanks to mom and her thick soft towels, Im always saved from getting too cold.



Untill next time
Lots of wet wirey hugs,
Normie xxx

Thursday, 03 April 2008

Goodbye Rambo (Pluto)



Tears poured down my cheeks as I received and read this message from Courtney about our mutual friend...

On Wed, Apr 2, 2008, Courtney Patrick wrote:

Dear Juanita

Its Pluto's mom, it's a very sad time for my family and me because at 6 tonight Pluto will be put to sleep, the vet believes that Pluto has a Brain tumour that might have started when he was hit by the car and has slowly grown.

This is still my loving Pluto but he has terrible mood swings - he can change at any second and has bitten my sister and then attacks people which the vet tell us that it is not actually him because he is not a mean dog it's the "other" Pluto.

Pluto slept on my bed last night and has been spoilt today!

I have sent some pictures. Pluto is a poser of note!

Love Courtney

P.S Thank you, for giving me this amazing opportunity of loving this little monkey! ;-(

Courtney Patrick
Ryedale Meadow, Hout Bay, South Africa mobile: 073 268 2275




Hi Courtney,

Im really sorry to hear this and thank you for letting me know. Thank you for taking so well care of Pluto in his short little life that he was on earth. He was obviously not meant to be here for a long time, and touched so many people with his courage and wagging smile. He is still a happy doggy in doggy-heaven and I know he will always love you for taking so well care of him.

lots of love
Juanita, Norman & Begeurah
xxx



Click here to read more stories about the history of Rambo, who was re-named by his new family as Pluto.
1. Our first experience
2. Recovering Doggie
3. New Home

Sunday, 24 February 2008

Norman had an Epileptic Seizure

Hi all,

just to let you know, on Friday night (22 Feb) Normie had an Epileptic Seizure. Im happy to report that he is 100% fine now, but I'm sad to know that this has happened to him.

This is what happened: On Friday night he woke me up because he was shaking so much. I though he was having a bad dream, so I tried to wake him gently. When I touched his little body, it was rock hard. I immediately realised he was not dreaming and became hysterical, to which I then calmed down instantly. I calmly held him in my arms while he was shaking like mad and foam coming out of his mouth, telling him in a calm voice that everything will be ok. It lasted for not more than 5 minutes. I waited for him to get strong enough and took him outside for some fresh air and water. He did not drink the water from his bowl, so I took him to his favourite spot (the basin in the bathroom), opened the tap, picked him up, and let him drink direct from the tap out of the basin... he loved that! He has been fine since then.

I will believe that this will not happen to him again and I would like to share with you some interesting information about Epilepsy in Animals.

Norman's Mom
xxx

Source: Peteducation.com

Epilepsy & Seizures

Race Foster, DVM
Marty Smith, DVM
Holly Nash, DVM, MS
Drs. Foster & Smith, Inc.



What is epilepsy?
Epilepsy generally starts in dogs 6 months to 5 years of age, usually at 2-3 years.

Epilepsy is a disorder of recurring seizures. Seizures are described as an uncoordinated firing of the neurons usually within a portion of the brain called the cerebrum. The mechanisms of why these neurons do not function normally is not understood, but is similar if not identical to the causes in humans. Probably certain substances called neurotransmitters are not in the proper chemical balance, so the nerves do not behave in the normal coordinated fashion. A patient with epilepsy will exhibit periodic bouts of uncoordinated firing of the neurons within the brain. These episodes are called seizures and occasionally referred to as convulsions or "fits."

Causes of seizures

When we are first presented with a patient that has had a seizure, we initially attempt to find the cause. Seizures can be caused by many conditions:

* Congenital defects
* Blood glucose levels that are too high (e.g.; diabetes mellitus) or too low (hypoglycemia)
* Low oxygen levels in the blood that could be caused by anemia, heart problems, or difficulties with breathing
* Kidney disorders
* Liver disorders
* Infections such as canine distemper
* Tumors
* Toxins, like antifreeze, lead, or chocolate
* Fevers and hyperthermia
* Brain damage resulting from trauma or poor blood flow to the brain
* Certain medications
* Low calcium in females that are nursing young (eclampsia)
* Primary or idiopathic epilepsy

Types of seizures

Partial seizures affect only a small part or one side of the body. These are often caused by a brain lesion.

Generalized seizures affect the whole body and can be divided into two types, grand mal and petit mal. Grand mal seizures are the most common. A patient experiencing a grand mal seizure usually falls on her side and has uncontrollable muscle activity such as kicking her legs as if swimming or paddling. Salivation is profuse and often the patient involuntarily urinates and defecates. The patient is unaware of you, her surroundings, or her own actions. Petit mal seizures do not result in convulsions, but the animal loses consciousness. It may look like the animal just collapsed.

The worst form of seizure is one in which the patient exhibits one or more grand mal episodes without recovering from the first. This patient may actually be in a seizure for hours. This is termed Status Epilepticus and is usually referred to simply as Status. Seizures by themselves are not life threatening unless they progress into Status, in which case medical attention should be sought immediately.

What are the phases in a seizure?

If you observe closely, you can often recognize three phases to a seizure.

Pre-Seizure Phase: The pre-seizure phase is commonly called the aura. Your pet may appear restless, pace, seek affection, salivate, whine, or hide. These signs occur just minutes before the actual seizure begins.

Ictus: The seizure itself is called ictus. Your pet may appear excited, vomit, salivate, run in circles, collapse, and have uncoordinated muscle activity. This stage generally lasts less than 5 minutes.

Post-Ictal Phase: After the seizure, the recovery (post-ictal) period begins. Your pet may seem disoriented, uncoordinated, and occasionally blind (temporary). This may last several minutes to days.

Rarely does a patient become vicious during a seizure. In fact, most patients will actually feel the seizure coming on and seek out the owner for comfort. During the actual seizure, a patient is unaware of his surroundings so it does little good for the owner to try to comfort the seizuring patient. It is best to be there for comfort when the pet recovers.

What triggers a seizure?

The actual triggering of a seizure is unknown, but most patients tend to seizure during periods of excitability. Often, the owner will state that the patient seizures while playing ball or when the children returned home from school. We had one patient who seizured the day after visiting our veterinary hospital, no matter what the reason for the visit. Some patients have been known to seizure while sleeping. Please do not confuse this with dreaming, where it is common for the patient to bark or shake while sleeping. A dreaming patient can be awakened, but a seizuring patient cannot.

How is epilepsy diagnosed?

First, a detailed history is needed. A physical and neurologic exam are performed by your veterinarian, a panel of laboratory tests are run, and sometimes x-rays (radiographs) are taken. If a cause of the seizure can not be identified, the condition is diagnosed as idiopathic or primary epilepsy. There is no test to diagnose epilepsy per se, our tests simply rule out other causes of seizures.

What type of information can the owner provide to help the veterinarian make the diagnosis?

It is helpful if you, the owner, can give your veterinarian answers to the following questions:

* What does your pet look like when he is having seizures?
* What is the duration of each seizure and how often do they occur?
* Are there signs that only appear on one side of your pet (is one side worse than the other)?
* Has your pet had a high fever?
* Has your pet been exposed to any toxins?
* Has your pet experienced any trauma recently or years ago?
* Is your pet current on vaccinations?
* Has your pet been recently boarded or with other dogs?
* Has your pet had any other signs of illness?
* Has your pet been running loose in the last several weeks?
* What and when does your pet eat?
* Has your pet had any behavior changes?
* Do the seizures occur in a pattern related to exercise, eating, sleeping, or certain activities?
* Does your pet show different signs right before or right after the seizures?

Are some animals more prone to epilepsy?

Epilepsy generally starts in animals 6 months to 5 years of age, usually at 2-3 years.

adult collie and pupEpilepsy occurs in all breeds, including mixed breeds. Epilepsy can be a genetic trait. It can even be familial where the epileptic disorder can pass down through generations within one family. Beagles, German Shepherds, Irish Setters, Poodles, Saint Bernards, Springers, Malamutes and Huskies, Cockers, Collies, Dachshunds, and Golden and Labrador Retrievers are some of the breeds which have a higher tendency to develop epilepsy. It is recommended that dogs with epilepsy should not be used for breeding, since this tendency can be inherited.

How is epilepsy treated?

Treatment for epilepsy is usually not begun until a seizure is severe or multiple seizures have occurred and a pattern is observed. It is very important to know the pattern of seizures in your pet so your veterinarian can determine if the treatment is helping.

TREATMENT IS NEVER CURATIVE.The goal is to decrease the frequency, severity, and duration of the seizures.

Medications used to treat epilepsy are given orally. Each animal reacts differently to the medications. Your veterinarian may need to try different types or combinations to find what will be right for your pet. Many pets will become sleepy when they first start medication, but this soon wears off after several weeks.

The drug most commonly used to control epilepsy is Phenobarbital. Dilantin and Primidone are other drugs used in veterinary medicine. All are phenobarbital-related drugs. These medications must be given every day. These medications are classified as sedatives in which case the objective is to sedate the neurons of the brain, but not to the point where the patient becomes obviously sedated or "dopey." In the normal patient receiving these drugs, you can seldom detect that the dog is on any medication. These are the same medications used in humans with epilepsy and the goal of treatment is the same. Other medications, such as potassium bromide (KBr), clorazepate, phenytoin and clonazepam, dimethylglycine, and felbamate may be used alone or in combination with phenobarbital, if phenobarbital alone is not effective. Once medication has started it is IMPORTANT to NOT suddenly discontinue or 'skip' a dose of medication. Severe seizures could result.

If a patient experiences prolonged seizures referred to as Status, injectable drugs such as valium are administered intravenous for rapid effect.

Phenobarbitol and related anti-epileptic drugs can have side effects on the liver, especially if high dosages are required. We usually suggest liver function tests before we adjust dosages upward. Although this is a good practice, it is very rare to see liver damage even at high levels.

It is common for one dosage level of medication to work for a period of time, then have the seizures increase in length or frequency. In these cases, the drug dosages may be adjusted. If the treated patient goes months with no seizures, then we may try a lower dosage, which may still control the seizures. We might add here that we have all of our clients keep a calendar or log of the seizures, recording the date and length of time they lasted. This makes it easier for us to determine if adjustments are necessary. Obviously, the owner may miss some episodes, since they can not watch their dog every minute, but the calendar is beneficial.

What should I do if my pet has a seizure?

1. Remain calm.
2. Do not put your hand in your pet's mouth. This will not help your pet and you may be bitten. (Contrary to popular belief, a dog will not swallow his tongue.)
3. To prevent injury to your pet, remove nearby sharp or hard objects (e.g.; tables and chairs).
4. Observe your pet closely. Call your veterinarian if the seizure lasts more than 20 minutes, or if your pet has one seizure right after another. Severe and long seizures are a medical emergency and can be fatal.

A single, mild seizure is not an emergency and rarely indicates the need for long-term treatment. But at a convenient time, you should call your veterinarian and report what occurred. Be sure to record the date, time, and duration of any seizure.

Sunday, 27 January 2008

Model Doggie

Hi everyone,


I have been chosen to model in a photo-shoot, and they asked this very pretty kind lady to be an added prop. She seemed very keen.


Pictures by: Carlo van Wyk
Hope you like these pics.

Lots of puppy love
Normie
xxx