The SS Girls Are Taking Their Show On The Road

The SS Girls Are Taking Their Show On The Road

Josey and Guilty Sand Spring step sister’s are going to the Dodge County Canine Club UKC conformation show in May and then going to the UKC Premier in June. They both are UKC show champions looking to get legs towards their UKC grand champion title (Josey has a head start as she already has some legs)25. They also do R.E.A.D together at Fall River School and will be running hunt tests this summer.

HIYA we’re best friends.

You think these girls are going to get into any trouble with their show?

Many fun events are planned for these girls. Stay tuned for all the events and results.

Prevent Lyme Disease In Dogs Month

April is Prevent Lyme Disease In Dogs Month. The Sand Spring gang is up on the current ways to prevent Lyme Disease. Being hunting dogs and dogs that live out in the country with property that is nestled in a field surrounded by marshes, woods, water and of course many deer the main host for deer ticks they need to be protected.

Ticks are bad news!

The gang at Sand Spring gets their annual Lyme vaccination as well as their monthly flea and tick treatment. Three of them are on Vectra 3D topical and one is on Bravecto chewable tablet.

Bravecto chews give 12 weeks of protection with just one chew. Starts killing fleas within 2 hours and 98% of fleas within 12 hours. Ticks are killed 100% within 12 hours before they have a chance to transmit Lyme disease. Bravecto is safe for breeding, pregnant and lactating dogs. Safe for dogs weighing less than 4.4# and puppies over 6 months of age.


It is important to us that you have a great experience with Bravecto. If you feel you are not achieving the level of flea and tick control that was desired, speak to your veterinarian to learn about the Bravecto Satisfaction Guarantee. Merck Animal Health will work with your veterinarian to ensure you are refunded for your purchase. *Bravecto

Double Defense.

I just love Vectra 3D, it does such a great job killing fleas and ticks as well repelling and killing mosquitoes. I use it for the flea and tick killing properties but I love the fact it repels and kills mosquitoes. When sitting in the marsh when the weather is still warm the mosquitoes just keep on flying by, if the dogs didn’t have any Vectra 3D on them the mosquitoes would be landing on them. It works really well against biting flys too, I put a couple dots on their head and ears to add extra protection to those area’s. I had a rescue dog that came with fly bites on the ears really bad and I put Vectra 3D on him and the bites healed up and wasn’t a problem again.

Fast-acting, long-lasting Vectra 3D® repels six types of dangerous parasites. Frontline repels none. Don’t settle for inadequate protection for your dog. Stop parasites before they have a chance to bite and spread disease. Ask your veterinarian about Vectra 3D®. *Vectra

Help protect your dog against tick borne diseases.

For added protection against Lyme disease have your pet vaccinated annually.


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RECOMBITEK® Lyme is recommended for the vaccination of healthy dogs 9 weeks of age and older as an aid in the prevention of disease associated caused by Borrelia burgdorferi.

Lyme Disease (Borreliosis)
Borreliosis is the most common tick-borne disease in Canada.1 The signs of Lyme disease can take months to develop, and symptoms may include recurring lameness, fever, anorexia and depression. Lameness due to arthritis and joint pain is the most common symptom, but dogs with Lyme disease can also present with clinical signs of kidney disease.

Areas of Risk for Your Pet
Deer ticks (Ixodes scapularis) are the vectors for Lyme disease transmission in animals and people. These ticks are found in grassy areas (including lawns), brush, shrubs, and woodlands – particularly along trails. They prefer moist humid areas. If you take your dog camping, to the cottage, or for walks in parks and wooded areas, they are at increased risk. Advise your veterinarian of these types of activities, and ask about Lyme disease vaccination to protect your pet. *Merial

With permission from one of our clients at Harmony Pet clinic I’m going to tell her story.

A bag of ticks taken off one dog.

Our client owns a Shepherd who was rescued and a bit shy, she took her with to go grocery shopping last fall. She left her in the car with the windows down part way, little did she know that the windows were down enough that her dog jumped out and ran off. She looked and looked for her with no avail. Each day for a week she went back to the area and looked for her. She was spotted in a marsh, the owner went to the marsh and tried to get her and she wasn’t having anything to do with that even when she brought her food. A few days later the owner took the neighbor and their dogs to the marsh and she finally came to the neighbors dogs so they could catch her. She immediately brought her to us for an exam. She was a bit thinner and was covered with ticks. We started picking them off of her and realized there were way to many that it wasn’t fair to the dog to have her awake for all of this so we sedated her and began taking ticks off of her. There were all different species and different stages of growth on her. After we took all the visible ticks off her we applied Vectra 3D. We then a couple weeks later drew blood to run a 4 DX test to test for tick borne diseases. She was negative and we checked again a few months later which she was negative again thank the lord. The owner had informed us that she hadn’t used any flea and tick medication with her. She changed her way of thinking and now uses a product faithfully. She was very lucky that she didn’t get any diseases from this ordeal. Not all dogs are lucky.

A article about Lyme Disease can be viewed here.

Have you protected your pooch this month?

Happy Earth Day ~ Tribute To My Dad

Happy Earth Day Everyone. Every Earth Day since 1994 is the Anniversary of my dad’s passing. Each year I plant a tree for Earth day and in memory of my dad. My grandparents owned a 24 acre wooded piece of property that they gave to my dad and now my brother and I own it. It is called Bradley Branches and the Bradley’s that have passed rest there. Grandpa, Grandma, Dad, Mom, many of my parents pets as well as my pets rest there as well. Nellie will be the next pet of mine to be laid to rest with the other loved ones.

Go out and enjoy this Earth Day and please respect it, it’s the only one we have and if we don’t take care of it we won’t have it.

Fall River R.E.A.D Dogs

Since the beginning of April the SS dogs have had children of the Fall River School District read to them after school on Wednesday’s. My dogs Gambler and Guilty have been read to and one of my puppies Josey is being read to as well through the R.E.A.D program.

Gambler’s first day at Fall River School.

Hi Uncle Tom I see you taking a picture of me.

Teacher Tom, Josey and Kendra

The joy the dogs bring to a child’s face bring’s so much more joy to the handlers face. It’s a win win situation in my book!

Pierce reading to Guilty.

Thank you Tom for setting these sessions up and for doing therapy work with Josey.

Happy First Birthday To The Gamchops

Gambler and Choptanks puppies are 1 year old today. Happy Birthday little ones. I’m super excited because in a couple weeks I will be seeing Red. She will be attending WI Chessie Fun Day. Red is owned by Choptanks owner Rick who bred this litter from Sauerkraut Chesapeakes.

Choptank and Gamblers puppies.

Little Red

Little Red grown up thinking she is little again.

Little Buck who lives in Michigan who I get to hear about all his Gambler antics.

He has the same traits as Gambler.

All grown up.

Happy Birthday all, I hope you have a fun filled kisses and biscuits day!

Dueling Cannon Balls

Everyone jump!

Everyone hit the water!

Gambler and Preacher are partners in crime, they both love the water, they both have to make big splashes to try and beat the other one to the bumper. Preacher is a fish in the water and can really swim fast. She will beat Gambler to the bumper but he always takes it away from her because he is a big meanie.

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Heartworm Disease In The Canine

Heartworm Disease In The Canine


Time for my annual heartworm test.

The American Heartworm Society recommends annual heartworm  antigen and microfilaria testing, they recommend year round administration of chemoprophylactic drugs to prevent heartworm disease and control other zoonotic parasites like roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and tapeworms in some preventatives.

Heartworms are nasty!

Heartworm infection in dogs has been diagnosed around the globe, including all 50 of the United States. In the United States, its territories, and protectorates, heartworm is considered at least regionally endemic in each of the contiguous 48 states, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam (Bowman et al, 2009; Kozek et al, 1995; Ludlam et al, 1970). Heartworm transmission has not been documented in Alaska; however, there are regions in central Alaska that have mosquito vectors and climate conditions to support the transmission of heartworms for brief periods (Darsie and Ward, 2005; Slocombe et al, 1995; Terrell, 1998). ~American Heartworm Society

Glory was a trooper for her blood draw.

A blood sample is needed for the annual heartworm test. Some clinics will run the test in their clinics while other clinics will send out the blood to a laboratory for testing and get the results back the following day. Hopefully all tests will come back negative and then you can give the monthly heartworm medication of your vet clinic’s choice and prevent heartworm disease.

Sentinel Spectrum

There are many types of heartworm medication that may or may not control other intestinal parasites as well as prevent heartworm disease. All I will say on the topic of heartworm medication spend the money and get your pet’s medication from your Veterinary Clinic. When you get your medication from the clinic you have a relationship with them and you know you are getting the correct medication from the actual manufacturer of the medication. If you get your medication from an online pharmacy you aren’t guaranteed that this is  the correct medication. If your pet has an reaction or worse comes down with heartworm disease the manufacturer of the medication will not help out at all as in paying for any treatment if bought online. If bought at the vet clinic the manufacture will reimburse for adverse reactions and for heartworm treatment. Some online medications have been found out to be fraudulent. Buying from the vet clinic puts your mind at ease if something happens you will get some help with it. For this piece of mind I will always by my medication at the vets.

Double Defense.

Vectra 3D is used in conjunction with heartworm monthly medication to add a double defense heartworm protocol. I use Vectra 3D on my dogs. It works super on mosquitoes.

Go out and get your pooch tested and put on monthly heartworm preventative medication.

Glory’s Annual Veterinary Visit

Last week was Glory’s Annual Veterinary Visit. She’s been quite healthy this past year I don’t think I needed to take her to the vet for much of anything. Last fall she needed an exam for a health certificate to travel to Canada but that was about it besides her having puppies last February.

Glory was welcomed by Harmony Pet Care.

Time to weigh in.

Weigh in was not good!

Weigh in was not good at all, I knew it wasn’t going to be. She put on some extra weight after having the puppies as I didn’t want her to get skinny feeding them so then I fed and she decided to keep it on. We didn’t get out much during the winter to work it off so now we will need to concentrate on not feeding as much and more exercise. Overweight dogs have more health problems and we don’t want that.

Time for my annual heartworm test.

Each month I give Glory a monthly heartworm preventative Sentinel Spectrum.

Sentinel Spectrum

I give her it annually and test her blood each year to make sure she is indeed negative for heartworm disease as this is what the American Heartworm Society states.

Heartworms are nasty!

The message in clear Heartworm’s kill. With such a easy disease to prevent by giving a monthly pill why wouldn’t you want to take care of your loved fur friend and prevent heartworm disease?

Glory was a trooper for her blood draw.

Glory got a complete physical exam.

What does a complete physical include?

Glory got a complete physical exam including everything from her nose to her tail. No abnormalities were found.

Microchip still working.

Glory’s microchip was scanned to make sure it was still working, a fecal sample was tested for internal parasites which was negative. She was then given her vaccinations that were needed for this year. She is on a rotation for some of her vaccinations but still needs the ones that only last one year which were Leptospirosis, Lyme and Bordetella.

Glory has Nationwide Pet insurance.

I signed Glory up for Nationwide Pet Insurance back in October of 2015. I have been very happy with the great coverage and customer service. I submit a claim and I get reimbursed within two weeks. It’s nice to know that if Glory has routine care or an emergency the pet insurance is there for me to use and I don’t have to deny her any treatment because I can’t afford the treatment.  I have a $100 deductible a year and then they pay 90%.

Hopefully Glory will continue to do good the rest of the year!