Saga of a woman old enough to know better who lets her life be governed by the ridiculous hobby of breeding and showing dogs, musing on life, the twenty first century, Cameron and his mini-me, and the occasional sheep.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008


Not a lot happening here, folks

Merlin is at last working out the disciplines of showing, and his truly horrid screechy bark has echoed round a few showgrounds recently. Amazingly, he tends to do well.

Topaz has elected to stay in the stage of development described by a doggy friend as "hit really hard with the ugly stick." He is a male. so of course thinks he is wonderful.

Tamara, with two and a half weeks to go till the Happy Event, is eating everything but the carpet and grinning at me a lot.

Routine continues, and one part of it is the checking of anal glands.

I have recently learned from online forums that if they build up sufficient pressure, they can actually explode. I was appalled. A dog`s anal glands are situated....well, just where you would expect them to be situated, and have the habit of becoming congested. In that case you get out the latex gloves and squeeze. Hard. ( Yes, the dog really loves it. Of course he does. How could you doubt it?)

I have stood behind many a suffering dog and watched his eyes pop as I performed the ritual. One of the joys of dog owning. Never once did I suppose that the damn things could go off like grenades. In future during this procedure I shall use a police issue polycarbonate riot shield (another of the essentials of country living).

In fact, the next time I am troubled with aggressive Right to Roamers, I could do worse than threaten them with Marcus` bottom, aimed right at them at pointblank range.

There`s no law in Scotland against pointing a loaded dog at an intruder.
Not too happy about being the 'butt' of your humour Elizabeth. There were tumours i.e. lumps in and around the dog's anal glands. She was examined regularly by 3 different vets, but only biopsies can determine whether these lumps are malignant or benign and all the signs were that it was cancer. We were reluctant to go ahead with surgery as we had input from friends which suggested that the dog would almost certainly be incontinent afterwards and would require intensive care. Happily, thanks to a wonderful vet at the practice we decided to go ahead and the results are amazing. She is recovering really well. The tumours were analysed in the lab and no malignancy was found. I do think 'you should know better'
Not actually makikng fun of your bitch at all. I had understood that she had no tumours at all which would certainly have been good news.
However, I looked this up and discovered that anal glands which are overfull can actually explode their contents outwards unexpectedly - this is what I was imagining. As you saw, I transferred the image to my own dogs. I usually do that. I hope your girl hsa a speedy recovery.
hope the other little doggy is okay. Thought what you wrote was kind of witty.
The last sentance of your post is quite the "mental image" generator.

Thanks for the giggle.

And I'm glad the other dog is OK!
As a former Vet tech in the states that was usually my job, but most dogs don't have it done at home and then are brought for their annual vet visist and in stress and fright, let it blow right in the room, most usually when your taking their temp. We changed to some odd purple uniforms eventually because it hid the spray better. Can't do nothing about the smell though.
pawdua. Love your dogs, if I showed (I hate the AKC) it would be papillons, one of the best breeds in the world.
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