Patrick Was Home For A Whole Week!

With a public holiday last Tuesday, Patrick was going to have a four-day weekend, and then our car broke down and we couldn’t get him back in time so he ended up spending the whole week at home with us.

one night he was very restless at bedtime, so I covered him with a blanket and he went straight to sleep

I was cutting chicken viennas for our supper – not theirs

“What do you mean, stop chewing the comforter!?

waiting with his head on my knee as suppertime creeps closer

this is how I get woken up most mornings, when Patrick is home

How cute is this face!

Here he is waiting patiently for Twister to vacate his bed.

Riddick and Patrick playing tug-o-war with a bottle. Riddick is allowed on the bed, Patrick isn’t.

using the forever ball as a pillow

He’s been on a couple of outings with SA Guide-dogs as well. We attended the Outdoor Adventure Expo and we went to a church market in Pretoria. He was very well behaved, as always.

 

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Twister Has Grown Into His Ears… Sort Of…

I think he thinks he’s a dog! And he’s so affectionate and cuddly!

He spends most of his time on our bed, where the dogs usually are too, or on top of one of us. And when its near supper or breakfast time he runs down the passage to the kitchen along with the dogs! He sleeps nights curled between my hubby and I on our bed, and he loves the faux fur throw that we use in winter.


He’s not at all intimidated by the dogs, even though our blind Labbie, Riddick, regularly stands on him when he jumps up onto the bed!

As he’s grown, his one eye seems to have opened more than the other, so now he really lives up to his name – twisted tail, malformed feet, and now odd-sized eyes! I can eve see a little of the iris in his right eye and they look like they may be a beautiful shade of green.

Sadly I think his gums are inflamed and sore again. His breath smells a bit – although not as badly as before the vet sorted him out last time – and when he yawns I can see his gums are very red. It doesn’t seem to affect his appetite in the slightest thank goodness, and I have yet to find evidence of an upset tummy in the litterbox.
:(

 

In a week’s time we’ll be bringing home our new Guide Dog puppy – a little female black Lab named Nimble – and I am very curious as to how Twister is going to get on with a little pup.

SA Guide-dogs Is Having A Winter Festival!

You don’t want to miss the GDA Winter Festival and Market on Sunday June 28th — R20 gets you in the gate for market stalls, kids entertainment and lots more!

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To enquire about market stalls, please give Alson in their marketing department a call on 0117053512, or email him on AlsonM@guidedog.org.za

Patrick Is Visiting

Patrick has been staying with us while his trainer Percy does “after care” with his recent graduates.

 

 

We also attended a few fundraising events while Patrick was with us, and these are always good opportunities for the puppies to socialise with people of all races and ages and with other dogs.
And Patrick has such a sweet face and nature that he always gets lots of attention.

 

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Magic Cat

A picture of Magic for you to admire, ‘coz he’s cute.

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Another Weekend With Patrick

Patrick was with us for the weekend!

Because we were away last weekend we didn’t have him come and stay, and it was really nice to see him again.

He’s as snuggly and wiggle-bummed as ever, and he, Riddick and Penny play each other into exhaustion!

 

We got an email update from Patrick’s trainer too: Patrick is improving with the training after last time we met, so far we have done bonding and assessment all went well. Patrick is playful which is because of his immaturity. He has barked a few times at black ladies but we are working on it with exposure. He’s really cute always showing me some affection. Until next time.

 

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Twister Had His Surgery

I dropped off a very hungry little Twister at the vet this morning, for his castration surgery.

Last week I blogged about how they couldn’t do a regular neuter op ‘coz one of his testicles hadn’t descended and they had to do an op similar to a spaying in order to find the “missing” ball, as well as fix his teeth (his baby teeth hadn’t fallen out properly, making his breath stink something awful).
Today was the day.

I went to collect him at 5pm, and the vet told me they had fixed his teeth and given him a long-term antibiotic to help with the gum irritation where his baby teeth had been, and she gave me eye drops for when his eyes weep a little (in case I didn’t mention it before, his eyes aren’t properly formed either).
And she told me that the testicle that hadn’t dropped had never formed at all, so there hadn’t been one to find!

Our Twister certainly has the right name!

And the vet was very apologetic that neutering our Twister had ended up costing so much – we adopted him from the same vet, where he had been raised after being dropped there as a tiny 2 week old foundling!

Now he’s home, and a little sorry for himself, but he ate all his supper and I’ve put a water bowl on the floor for him ‘coz jumping up is still uncomfortable with the stitches in his tummy.

Little Mister Twister

Our little Twister is almost 6 months old so I dropped him at the vet this morning for his castration appointment.
I asked them to look at his mouth while he was under anesthetic as his breath smells too TERRIBLE! This is never a good sign with a cat – and he battles to eat even cooked chicken unless I break it up for him so I know something’s up.
And depending on whether the vet who raised him had already tested him or not, I was considering asking them to do a FeLV test too.

I was really hope his stinky mouth was nothing serious… His toes, tail and eyes are deformed so I am sort of bracing myself for other issues as he grows up…

And I was going to wait another month before castrating him so he could grow a bit more, but his smelly breath is getting worse and he’s growing so nicely, I don’t want him to start losing weight.

 

Our poor Twister… He really is twisted! The vet called me this afternoon.
She doesn’t feel an FeLV test is necessary, but our kitty’s one testicle hasn’t descended and they will have to go looking for it as its not even in the canal where they would have expected to find it at this stage!
As for his smelly breath, it seems some of his baby teeth haven’t fallen out pro
perly and are loose but still in his gums, so they have to take them out for him. They are full of old food and irritating his gums a bit, which is where the smell is coming from. Thank goodness this means he’s not in pain!

They’ve rescheduled his surgery for Monday as they will need a longer lasting anesthetic to do a bigger op than was planned for today. As a result of his “missing” testicle his castration will be a bigger surgery as they have to open him up to find it, and they will fix his teeth at the same time.
At least its not serious gingivitis and removing the baby teeth should sort the problem out, and she gave him an anti-inflammatory shot for the little bit of gum irritation.

As for the rest of him, his foster mommy is thrilled with how much he’s grown  and how well he’s doing.

He’s getting on better and better with the other cats. Magic still growls at him but he doesn’t run away. He has no problem with the dogs, often sharing a bed with them.
And he’s responding well to training too. He’s already learned “off”, which comes in useful since he’s lately taken to lying on top of my microwave when its warm after being used, and I can’t have cats on my kitchen counters. He’s also learning “no” which I use when he tries to climb on our laptops, and I’ve started teaching him “sit”! Its interesting to see him learn since my other cats have learned from my hand signals and my voice, Twister is responding mainly to my voice command.

Could Penny Be The Ambassadoggy?

We’ve entered our Penny into Mnet’s channel 105 Ambassadoggy competition!

A Weekend With Patrick

We got to fetch guide-dog-in-training Patrick for this long weekend just past.
When I went to fetch Patrick, trainer Hayley went to fetch him from his kennel for me.
When she came back to the kennel office with him she wasn’t entirely sure if she had fetched Patrick or his brother Pedro as they are hard to tell apart – but when he saw me he did a galloping, bouncing run across the office straight to me!
It was so adorable!
Then I showed her a couple of ways to tell Pedro and Patrick apart if she needs to – Patrick’s eyes droop more than Pedro’s do, giving him the ultimate “puppy eyes” expression, and Patrick is pigeon-toed!

a sleepy Patrick

Patrick’s Guide Dog training is progressing well. There is a little suspicion and some dog distraction, but those aren’t news to us and they are working on it. His trainers are positive they can deal with these little issues.

Its always wonderful to have our puppies visit, but this weekend we weren’t home much…

And even though poor Patrick came home with kennel cough (all the dogs including Patrick are being dosed with Moducare and Viral Choice), he didn’t let it get him down.
Here he is, pretending not to be at all interested in my slipper…

And then I caught him red-pawed!

He’s so funny – he picks it up and shakes it and trots around trying to get the other dogs to play too, and then he flops down onto his back, holding the slipper in his front feet as he chews on it!

And here’s Patrick, Riddick and Penny, fast asleep on Saturday night.

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