Thursday, December 20, 2012
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Drummer has become a lapdog, more needy that other hounds we've had. Here he is with Caleb, one of the regulars he sponges pets off of.
Drummer was a very sick boy this week. He got an abscess on his rump. He also lost eight pounds. The vet drained 12 oz. of fluid from his rump, and he was on an IV to hydrate him for two days. Total vet bill: $900.
After five days of antibiotics he is back to his old self, chomping at the bit to get off the leash and run again.
Friday, December 7, 2012
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Every year we get more and more trick or treaters. This year it was 614! We went through 21 pounds of candy, and ran out before they stopped coming, and we turned out our porch light. That was in three hours from 4:30-7:30pm. Drummer found it all very fun, and wasn't scared of any of the wierd looking creatures who came to our porch. His size initimidated many of the little kids, but he was a sensation for most. After about 400, he lost interest and barely lifted his head when they took their candy.
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Drummer's budding puberty has gotten him suspended from doggie daycare: humping unreceptive dogs lead to a fight. He was within hours of being neutered, but Judie the breeder at Laloba, heavily lobbied for him to keep his cajones for reasons of his longevity and long-term health. The tipping point was Brogan, his half brother's owners Wendy & Andrew offering to take him when I need backup.
Friday, July 20, 2012
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Friday, April 27, 2012
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Drummer is now 109 pounds and 30" at the shoulder, a full 18 pounds more than Fraser at the same age. Fraser was only half Irish Wolfhound, and also Scottish Deerhound (a closely related, but lighter breed - that won Best of Show at the 2011 Westminster Dog Show). When full grown Fraser weighed 140 pounds, so its likely the stockier Drummer will weigh more. Although Fraser was quite tall (37" when fully grown), and at 7 months was probably taller than Drummer.
Drummer's getting too big for his crate, and as of last weekend, is being allowed to spend the night roaming the house. He has also been left alone in the house with no incidents of chewing or spotting for a few weeks now. Unfortunately, the last two nights has included a bout of diarrhea without my waking up. Until Fraser was over a year old his digestion was equally as unstable.
Drummer went through two weeks of being afraid to walk on the wood floors. I believe this followed slipping with snow covered paws. Judy cured his neurosis by exposure therapy combined with treat rewards. He's now back to normal: still a puppy yearning to play with every dog in sight, an affable greeter of visitors at the office (who then will lay down and not be a pest), and an agreeable constant companion.
Saturday, January 21, 2012
This is Drummer with his favorite playmate, a golden doodle named "Jiggs". Jiggs initially intimidated Drummer, but as he continues to gain five pounds a week the tables have turned. At six months Drummer is now 97 pounds and 28" at the shoulder.