Sunday, May 27, 2007
Saturday, May 26, 2007
Holly and Mikey say 'Hi'.
I don't know what kind of wild flowers these are, but we have thousands of them on the bayou. And I don't know what I was thinking. . . I promise to get pictures of the kids in the flowers this weekend! Oh, and some other flowers, 'cause once I start, I can't seem to stop.
Ready or Not, Here We Come!!
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Mikey was awesome, as usual, at agility class on Thursday. We had a 16 obstacle course that was very tight and technical. Mikey is soooo repsonsive to my signals and voice commands, and sooo fast. I have got to haul @ss to keep up with him. That's really the only problem with handling Mikey. It's just soooo hard to keep up with him, and he kills my knees every time!
Thursday also was handler fall night. All three of us busted our butts, but thank goodness no one got hurt. It's so great to watch not just Mikey's progress, but the progress of my classmates too. There is an adorable yorky that has been in our class ever since we started with J; she has come so far since we have started, and her handler has improved even more! They are awesome to watch together, but when we first started, not so much.
Holly didn't get to play since she has been lame on and off for the past couple of weeks; hoping that she will be able to go next week. And J, proving again how great dog people are, is going to work with me as far as paying for classes so that I can continue to go to classes even with the dental/Enbrel expenses.
Holly, Meg, my dad and I had our second Rally-O class yesterday. None of us were 'on' like we were at the last class. But on the other hand, we didn't do badly either. I think the courses this time had more stations, making them seem a little bit more choppy and making it a little more difficult to get in the 'groove'.
Holly also was a little more full of herself this time, and definitely had her sassypants on! She told me off several times when she got frustrated with me; either when she couldn't understand what I wanted, or when I asked her for something she didn't want to do. Technically at a show she might have been penalized for excessive barking, but she just tickles me so much that it's hard to correct her. I'm sure it's not the effect she's going for, but she is adorable when she's being sassy. She didn't bark at the last class, and I suspect that at an actual show, in a place she's not familiar with, she won't be so sassy. I'm planning on showing her at least a little at the big Reliant Shows cluster. Money is tight, but hey! the dogs are my only extravagence.
Cardigrandma and I took a walk around her 'Heron Lake' this morning. I got lots of pictures of the baby ducks, and a few of the herons. The heron nests were high in the trees with the morning sun behind them, so I wasn't able to get any decent shots of them. It is a beautiful lake, and was a beautiful morning.
And then we took the kids for a walk on the bayou over by her house, which they thought was awesome 'cause it's always great to smell new smells. Cardigrandma got some great shots of Holly and Mikey.
Oh, and keep your fingers crossed that farking Unicare cooperates so that I can get my next refill on Enbrel this week and continue my course of treatment. I can't begin to say how much better I feel. The joint pain is lots better, not gone, but much better. The huge difference is in my energy level! There are just not words to describe how much better I feel! I actually felt up to agility class this week for the first time in months! And then rally class yesterday, and the lake walk this morning. Just a few weeks ago all I wanted to do was sleep all the time on weekends; and making it through the work week was pure toture! Think good thoughts!
Holly and Mikey say 'Hi'.
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Feed contaminated with an industrial chemical was distributed to 57 fish hatcheries and fish farms in Canada, according to the federal food watchdog.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency confirmed Friday that Vancouver-based Skretting Canada supplied the fish feed, tainted with the same contaminated Chinese wheat flour linked to the recent poisonings of cats and dogs in Canada and the United States.
Canada’s food watchdog says 57 fish hatcheries and fish farms bought melamine-contaminated food pellets.
CFIA officials said it’s unlikely the contamination would spread to the human food supply since the feed was given to young fish.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Skretting distributes its fish feed to 198 U.S. companies — 60 of which are estimated to have received the tainted product. FDA officials noted two of the American customers produce fish for human consumption.
CFIA is holding at the border and testing all shipments from China of wheat, rice, soy and corn gluten and protein concentrates.
Oh, and dont' let all the toys and stuff in these pictures give you the wrong idea, Holly and Mikey are NOT spoiled!
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
This is in stark contrast to
From the official transcript, FDA-USDA Update on Recall of Pet Foods , April 26, 2007:
REPORTER: Could I follow up that question? The parts per billion that you found in the urine, is there an acceptable level? You told me what the level is. But how much higher is that than what’s acceptable, or is there no acceptable level?
DR. MCCHESNEY: This is Dan McChesney. I’ll try that one. Currently there’s no tolerance for any of these compounds, either melamine or cyanuric acid. So because of that we really cannot, the likelihood of this leads from very low likelihood of any problems resulting in food that contained these as Dr. Acheson said is really extremely low. However, we just don’t know when we get these mixtures together. So there is no acceptable level.
We are on our own. I don’t care what the label says or doesn’t say, or who “endorses” what, or which hour of which day the FDA gives the all clear, or the USDA’s pitful attempts at job security promising me the moon with NAIS.
Whatever these other groups, organizations, govt. agencies or my great Aunt Minnie says will from now on be merely “advisory” to me. I will it take under consideration. I won’t take it as a guarantee that someone actually DID the job I thought they were hired to do. Or trust what is said without seeing if I can verify it myself. I will reject out of hand anything that just doesn’t make sense, I am not even going to TRY to make sense of nonsense anymore.
Mikey says 'Errrp' and Holly says 'Hi'.
Monday, May 7, 2007
Gina Spadafori and Christie Keith of PetConnection.com
Ben Huh of Itchmo.com
Therese Kopiwoda of PetSitUSA.com and ThePetFoodList.com
Kim Duke of PetFoodTracker