Sunday, August 31, 2008

Seidye Jayne settles in

Today marks Seidye's fifth day here at Chez Monkeypups. Yesterday she met Meemaw and Pawpaw (we do live in the south), her auntie and doggie cousin. Of course everyone thought she was absolutely beautiful. How could they not? :-)

She has adjusted very well, has shown no aversion to dietary changes and has been romping and playing with the others. She will be attending her first public event on September 6th as Monkeypups heads to downtown Cocoa Village for this month's Yappy Hour to benefit Greyhound Rescue.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Deadly Dog Toy

Photo credit 2008 Chai


A horrific story of a dog's suffering, all caused by a common rubber ball toy. Please read and check your doggie toy baskets.

http://www.thechaistory.blogspot.com/

Recall information can be found here: http://www.fourpaws.com/news/press-room/four-paws-rough-rugged-pimple-ball-with-bell.htm

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Seidye's Journey Home

Since we've gotten so many requests for more pictures of Seidye, we put together a little slideshow of her journey home as well as her first day with us. Hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Miss Seidye Arrives

We are very happy to report that Miss Seidye has completed her journey from Ohio to Florida and is resting comfortably after a very tiring day full of delay after delay in the wake of the FAA fiasco yesterday. We were unlucky enough to get caught up in it and instead of being able to enjoy the day with Seidye's breeder, they had to drive to the airport to bring her to me after I was stranded in Atlanta for 6 hours. We had enough time for a quick visit and then we were back inside, going through Security and getting ready to wait again. Flight delayed. Flight delayed again. And again. Eventually we made it back to Florida early this am and we are catching up on our sleep. Many MANY thanks to Gracey Burger of Couture Chinese Cresteds as well as Deb Lacy of Debonair Yorkshire Terriers and Chinese Cresteds. More to come...

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Miss Seidye Jayne prepares for her first plane flight by getting used to being in the carry bag. She is doing very well and doesn't mind it at all, according to her breeder Gracey. :-)

Saturday, August 23, 2008



We are very proud to announce the latest member of the Monkeypups family, Couture's Our Elaborate Plans (Royal Flush N'Co X Stardust From N'CO), call name Seidye (pronounced "Say-dee"). After searching for over a year for just the right puff gal with which to step back into the ring, we found Seidye. Infinite thanks to her breeders, Deb Lacy (Debonair Yorkshire Terriers and Chinese Cresteds) and Gracey Burger (Couture Chinese Cresteds), for entrusting me with this lovely girl.

Many thanks to everyone who assisted me in my search and provided me with information, advice and leads while on the lookout for the perfect puff for me. Special thanks to Chelsey Combs (Klearly Chinese Cresteds), who was of invaluable help to me and answered all my many questions, taking the time out of her busy schedule to answer email after email, assuring and reassuring me despite my concerns about getting back into Conformation after a 13-year absence. Chelsey's good people!

Seidye will be coming home in a few days, and will begin her show career in the fall.


Monday, August 18, 2008

Pedigree Pet Food Recall

Mars Petcare US Issues Voluntary Recall of Limited Bags of PEDIGREE® Complete Nutrition Small Crunchy Bites at Albertsons in Southern California and Las Vegas due to Potential Salmonella Contamination

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- FRANKLIN, Tenn. – August 08, 2008 – Mars Petcare US today announced a voluntary recall of limited bags of PEDIGREE® Complete Nutrition Small Crunchy Bites sold in Albertsons stores in Southern California and Las Vegas, Nevada. The pet food is being voluntarily recalled because of potential contamination with Salmonella. There have been no complaints or reports of injury resulting from consumption or handling of the recalled product.

The product should not be sold or fed to pets. Pet owners should dispose of product in a safe manner (example, a securely covered trash receptacle) and return the empty bag to the store where purchased for a full refund.

Salmonella can cause serious infections in dogs and cats, and, if there is cross contamination caused by handling of the pet food, in people as well, especially children, the aged, and people with compromised immune systems. Healthy people potentially infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. On rare occasions, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Animals can be carriers with no visible symptoms and potentially infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

Recalled Pet Food
Product: PEDIGREE® Complete Nutrition Small Crunchy Bites
Size: 20-pound bags
UPC Code: 23100 14719
Lot Code: 830BFCAT02
Best Buy Date: 07/2009
Best Buy Date Location: Back of bag
Affected Stores: Albertsons locations in Southern California and Las Vegas.

In an effort to prevent the transmission of Salmonella from pets to family members and care givers, the FDA recommends that everyone follow appropriate pet food handling guidelines when feeding their pets. A list of safe pet food handling tips can be found at: www.fda.gov/consumer/updates/petfoodtips080307.html

Pet owners who have questions about the recall should call 1-877-568-4463 or visit www.petcare.mars.com.

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From www.fda.gov

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

[I posted this on a forum I belong to, and it was requested that I post it here as well. ;-)]

Well, as many of you know, we are moving. Oh so much fun, right? Yeah, I hear ya. A resounding "No!" Especially when the animals get all freaked at the sight of boxes swallowing up all their familiar surroundings. I can predict how it's going to go, much to the hubby's chagrin, especially when my prohecies come true and I am moping while cleaning rivers of pee and bathing dogs constantly, all the while listening to a chorus of YIP YIP YOOOOOOWWWWWWLLLL YIP YIP SQUUUUEEEEEEEAAAAAAAK SQUEAK-SQUEAK-SQUEAK-SQUEAK YOOOOOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWLLLLLLLLL.

So the dogs are crated as we begin packing and moving things, for their own safety and ours. It began as I figured it would, with a resounding ((insert falling water sound here)). Wolfie lifted his leg (something he has only done 3 times in his whole life) onto the wall behind his crate, while he was in it. So I clean it up, then its back to packing boxes. Then I turn around and Isy has peed in her crate. She has developed quite the dislike for her new crate and for any type of training in general. Her favorite thing to do is her impression of a toddler--she just digs in her feet and refuses to move. If she doesn't want to budge, nothing will move her. No silly voices, no treats, no toys, nothing. Can you say "Diva?"

So we clean up her crate, and of course we now need to get in the tub. After she is squeaky clean and doing her best pitiful face and trying to snuggle into my neck ("Oh Mommy, don't put little cold, shivering me back into that cold, hard, terrible crate! I shall surely die!"), we pass by Wolfie, who is looking up at me quite defiantly, from among a puddle of pee. I SWEAR he looked defiant. So, muttering expletives under my breath, I put Miss Isy back into her crate. Mommy doesn't fall for the pitiful look. Wolfie HATES baths with the hose, so that's precisely where I take him, figuring it might deter him from doing it again. We clean the crate again, come inside, and I SWEAR to everything that is holy Isy was standing in pee. @#$%!&! ("Oh my goodness, I seem to have soiled myself, Mommy! Help me! Help!") Um yeah I think perhaps we need to deal with the unpleasantness of soiling our crate for just a few minutes longer. This displeases Her Royal Highness. She begins barking.

"Hey! Hey! HELLOOOOO! I'm in pee here! Hey!"

Long story short this has been going on since day 1 of the move. Isy and Wolfie are tag-teaming with the pee, and Isy decided she would throw in some poop for good measure. So I grab a newborn Pampers, cut a hole for her tail, and slap one on Little Miss Pottys-A-Lot's little naked heiney, put on some jammies, and shoot her the "Ah ha!" look in triumph. I go off to pack some more boxes. My victory was short-lived. On my next pass her diapers were hanging out from beneath her jammies. @#$%&!

I fix them, put her in some tighter-fitting clothes, and get back to business. Mommy is SO going to win. Of course those diapers are bone dry the next time I check. And the next time, and the next time. Oh and did I mention, Wolfie pees in the crate 2 more times that day and Isy decided to get mouthy while I put her diaper back on her prior to putting her to bed for the night? When a loud "AH!" came out of my mouth she gave me a backward glance as if to say, "But Mommy, I was just kiddding..." Uh-huh. Mommy doesn't play! Little turd!

I will be SO glad when we are done moving and everyone settles down.

((sigh))

Gotta love moving!

 

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