Deliquent on updating pictures here, but have enjoyed lots of activities lately with the dogs.
Gigi and Heidi
Heidi and Gigi
Play time with all three girls and our best Cocker Spaniel buddy, Walter:
Gigi and Walter
Before the water fun, we explored Ledges State Park:
L-R: Kizzy, Heidi, Gigi
Photo session fun:
Kizzy at 8 1/2 years old; Heidi (standing) and Gigi at 2 years old
Immediately following that picture:
The chase is on!
Kizzy still has it!
When I work from home I get to see how my pets (note cat on the couch) spend their days. They have it rough!
Always enjoy our Dane club’s shows. We had a great turn out this year. Gigi picked up a reserve win one day of the show, but no points.
Some pictures from the weekend:
Kizzy at 8 1/2 years old in the Parade of Veterans – she still looks great!
Neil with Gigi
Neil with Gigi
Gigi (on left) and Heidi – sisters from our Kizzy x Fender litter
My sons with Gigi and Heidi
If you are in the Des Moines area, check out this upcoming Puppy Up! event. Puppy Up is a great organization that raises money for canine cancer research. I am looking forward to participating!
Join me at the Great Iowa Pet Expo Sat-Sun Oct 21-22, 2016! I will be giving a presentation about raw diets and how to get started Sunday at 10:30. Looking forward to it!
When feeding raw, bone is a critical component. Finding the right balance of bone is easy – just watch the dog’s stool. Too little bone, the stools will be loose. Too much bone and the stools will become hard and dry. Any raw feeder knows the importance of watching the dog’s stools!
Because I prefer to feed ground foods lately, I have started using ground bone. I’ve tried various options, but have found simply buying bone meal powder online works well. I add about a teaspoon full per pound of raw meat. From there, again, just watch to see what the dog needs. (Organ meat will also affect stools as it is richer than muscle meat.)
The Great Dane Club of America Charitable Trust supports Great Dane welfare and rescue efforts, educational programs, Scholarship Programs for junior handlers, initiatives to create great awareness of breed-specific health problems and medical research efforts to improve the quality of life of the Great Dane.
An easy way to support the Charitable Trust is when shopping on Amazon, simply access the normal Amazon website via this link: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/36-4436942. The Smile program contributes 0.5% of sales through that link to the registered charitable organization. It’s as easy as that! Once you log on through that link, you can shop like normal, knowing that you are making a contribution for our breed at the same time!
Gigi passed her CGC (Canine Good Citizen) test this week! We have thoroughly enjoyed our CGC class these past 6 weeks. My oldest son, Wade, took my mom’s Lab, Isla, through training and they also passed their test. Proud mom!
Wade with Isla, me with Gigi, and CGC elevator Gayle Curtis.
Beautiful, albeit muddy, evening today, after several days of rain. The girls and I enjoyed a walk in the fields and woods behind the house.
Gigi at 22 months old
Kizzy at 8 years old