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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Ridgeback Rescue Fundraiser

From now until March 31, 2011, Pacific Northwest Soaps is donating a portion of their sales to one of three Ridgeback Rescues (Ridgeback Rescue of the US, Rhodesian Ridgeback Rescue, Inc and Ridgeback Rescue of Northern California).  Before you start shopping, make sure you choose from the drop-down menu which Rescue you wish your purchase to go towards.  So, you not only get some great soaps but you get to help Ridgebacks in need too!  What could be better?

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

never forget the love

Aka Stoney's lion around , he was one of a group of 9' that was rescued from Alabama . To North Carolina his foster mom Carol .. I couldn't wait to see what he do on the farm in Pa. That was 2 years and 2 months ago . He is ripping my heart apart for this short time of having him and I knew it might happen ,cause of most of his life in puppy mill . Any of his off springs out there you got a good one.. Stoney was smart ran with me all over the land free and never left my side . Had a week in a resort and showed off and even walked for paws for cancer .He got up to 110 lbs and his age ha ! that boy could run .. Every night when I would get into bed he would even come up to my face and smell me and press down on my cheek. he made you love him... There is no great pet then a rescue .. Need to says thanks to Allyn ,Amanda an R.R .. I love and miss my boy I even had it put in STONE . tina

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Bloat Symptoms, close call

TJ went out to play too soon after eating. I was distracted and let him do his rough housing with Taylor. He came into the house and tried to dry heave for 20 minutes. I checked him, thinking he was choking and tried to help. He looked 'anxious' and almost frantic. I felt his stomach - it was taut - not bloated. I called vet. We decided to take no chances and went in for x-ray to check for gas in stomach and to see if twisted. After we got there I noted his stomach was softer and he'd quit dry heaving. Vet gave him peroxide and he finally vomited. My regular vet said in her mind (she is brilliant) he had a resolved 'bloat/torsion', which could have been life threatening.

Ridgebacks are lean, deep chested and because TJ is high strung, he is even more prone. So don't take any chances if you see these symptoms. You have as little as two hours to permanent damage or death. Usually surgery is the only answer after decompressing and then they often suture the gut to the abdominal wall.

Just so you'll be aware if you see similar symptoms. Now we do not allow major horse play and no running until nearly three hours after meals and now he gets three small meals a day and is not allowed to inhale water - he has often thrown up following ingesting too much water too fast.