photo by Anita

I think Sissy wants a job as a quality control inspector for Lupine.  (Here’s she’s practicing inspecting tree bark.)

Those two VERY short, frayed pieces used to meet in the middle to form the chest strap on Gretchen’s harness.  I’ve already started the process to make good on the guarantee, which does include chewing, thank goodness!

That’s Gretchen attacking Shadow’s bunny yesterday.  It’s also the last shot of the harness before its untimely demise.  They don’t guarantee that I’ll get the same pattern in return, and this one was recently discontinued, so I think I’m going to order one more, just in case. 

Gretchen went to the vet yesterday for her 3rd round of shots.  It was kind of a mixed bag, as visits go.  Our vet proclaimed Gretchen nearly the most perfect Jack Russell Terrier ever, excepting her allergies.  Sigh.  No wonder Gretchen’s head is so big!  (You can’t tell in the photos, but there’s no way a collar that fits her slender neck can pass over her melon of a head.)

Some of you are aware of Gretchen’s struggle with pyiderma, also know as “puppy rash.”  Well, it’s so much more than that.  The girl has contact dermatitis.  The vet is suspecting either grass, as the rash came on almost immediately upon Gretchen’s arrival at our house (we’re not sure she’d ever been in grass at the breeder’s), or a fiber, most likely nylon or something similar.  If it is grass, she should continue to clear up as the stuff dies for the winter.  If it’s an indoor allergen, the struggle will continue.

So, for now, she gets regular baths and sprays with Mugsy’s leftover Relief.  I also get to spend some time today figuring out which over the counter antihistamine comes in a liquid, so that I can get the tiny dose my little 5.5 pound girl needs.  Her dosage is so small that I’ve yet to find a tablet I could split into even quarters and be close.  ARGH.

But, she’s cute, sweet, and all around-delightful, so it’s worth the trouble to make her comfortable and happy.  I’m just glad she landed with us, dog lovers with plenty of experience with JRT skin issues, and the patience and funds to try to find the right drugs for her.  (Good thing she isn’t diabetic and doesn’t have a nut allergy.  MJ thought it was cute to let Gretchen serve herself from her candied popcorn and nut bucket.)

Again, I’m left wondering how to help others keep their pets and provide food, medicine and veterinary care in these tough times.  I hate that some are forced to surrender pets they can no longer afford, or to give up a pet because foreclosure means no home for the pet too.  Do any of you know of a program in place to help, or do you have a great idea?

Don’t forget my contest either.  The ideas aren’t just for the Knight, but for any of us looking for spare-the-bank gifts.

I’ll post tomorrow, as we’re having a very quiet, we hate turkey non-traditional meal together at home tomorrow, just the Knight, the girl-pups and me, but I realize many of you in the States will be deep in your own Thanksgiving celebrations and you might not be checking blogs.  So, happy Thanksgiving, happy early Dogs on Thursday, and happy not even little Friday yet!

12 comments on “Testing?

  1. Barbara says:

    So did Sissy chew though it, trying to protect her Gretchen-Puppy? Or did Gretchen manage to chew it up?
    If she is allergic to nylon, will she have to switch to leather collars/harnesses?Will you have to get rid of your carpeting? Will you have to make sure she has extra special blankets to protect her delicate tummy-skin? Oh, the mysteries of figuring out contact allergies.
    (DTE had a serious allergy to rubber as a wee one and thus could only wear leather sneakers from age 18 months up. She also really needed to be in all cotton socks. Yep, all that was easy to find 20 years ago. Not to mention the general excema, allergies to a lot of laundry soaps, etc. Lately I seem to be developing allergies to shampoos that I have been able to use; either that or I am seasonally allergic to our water.)

  2. Dawn says:

    My aunt has a dog that has to have allergy shots. She has food allergies too. Poor Gretchen!

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  3. Nancy says:

    I hope you find a cure for Gretchen’s allergies!
    Happy non-traditional Thanksgiving to you! Enjoy your day. My traditions are not happening this year. And I’m OK with that.

  4. Sue says:

    Poor Gretchen. Monty sends his sympathies. Monty takes anti-histamines twice and sometimes three times a day and Sky has started taking Benedryl twice a day.

    I’ll be posting tomorrow, too. We stay home with the pack on Thanksgiving.

  5. gaylen says:

    Sissy certainly does look like she’s inspecting the tree’s bark. Lucy does that too – stands in one spot sniffing a half a square inch for hours!

    Poor Gretchen – I can relate to the allergies too, Again it’s Miss Lucy – she’s allergic to grass. We’re currently trying her on Claritin – but she takes 3 tables a day!!!

    Enjoy your non-traditional turkey day. g

  6. nichole says:

    Our shelters are getting inundated with owner surrenders this year… the MSPCA was on the news last week to “remind” people that they not only have cats & dogs, but horses, cows, pigs, rabbits, birds, ferrets, etc. They have twice as many horses as usual because of surrenders due to finances… so sad.

  7. AlisonH says:

    I’d take an animal in in a second, if my hubby would agree. The human allergies are the issue here.

  8. Natalie says:

    I’ve replaced a couple at my local Animal House. They will let you just grab another one. My designs are retired too..I like Jackjack’s a lot. Good luck!!

  9. It is a good thing your little pup got you for her person! Allergies, whether peoples or pups can be frustrating to try to deal with. I’ve been wondering about here size…thanks for the poundage report.

  10. Kathy says:

    Whew! A blogger doesn’t keep up with blogs for a few days and wow I have a lot to catch up on.
    So…who chewed the collar? Is Mr. Bettis rubbing off on one of them? LOL
    Poor little Gretchen. Hope she’s okay. I see Sissy is checking out the sweater as if to say, where’s mine? Great pictures.

  11. Anita says:

    Hmmm…. could you send it away for dna testing to see who chewed the harness? LOL

    Ok, so you know that Jazzy has super sensitive skin, and is alergic to just about everything, including herself I believe! She will scratch until she has sores & lick, lick, lick, which causes fur balls, those are fun, NOT! Here is a link to the shampoo that I use for her…. it works!

    Super cute photos of course!!! Is Gretch on the desk there??? You gals teach them bad habbits at work! SNOL

  12. Bubblesknits says:

    Fluffy says hi. (She’s swatting at my fingers as I’m typing this. lol)

    Poor Gretchen. Stevie always gets some sort of allergy this time of year. She does the same thing as Jazzy. Licks and licks…

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