About Sand Spring Chesapeakes

My husband and I have five "furry" children Nellie, Gambler, Glory, Guilty, MK the Cat and one furangel Norman. We breed Chesapeake Bay Retrievers. We are both avid hunters. We also enjoy competing with our dogs in hunt tests and field trials. That is where you can find us during the trial months which are April-September. We go snow goose hunting in Canada each year and do all the hunting that Wisconsin offers.

Gambler’s Toe Lump

Wednesday Gambler went to the pond jumped in and came back black of course this was all right before we needed to go to pet therapy. I gave him a bath and noticed a lump that was bleeding on his left rear paw.

Toe lump on left rear paw.

From the looks of it and how it cropped up very suddenly I knew I needed to take him to work with me the next day and have it checked and possibly removed. To me it looked like either a histiocytoma which is a benign tumor or a mast cell which can be a serious tumor.

I get to go to work with mom.

Thursday I loaded up Gambler and off to work we went. When I got to work I did a FNA which is a fine needle aspirate on the lump. When you do this you stick a needle into the lump and extract some cells, you then put the cells on a microscope slide, stain the slide and then look at it under the microscope.

Cells under microscope.

More cells.

These cells turned out to be histiocytoma cells so I was relieved. If the cells were mast cells I would of seen many dark granules through out the whole slide which I didn’t see. Because the lump was bleeding and Gambler took to licking it I decided to have my boss remove the lump because we are leaving for Canada in a week and I didn’t want anything to happen while hunting.

Using Laser to ablate the lump.

A histiocytoma is a benign skin growth that usually goes away by itself if given enough time. The typical histiocytoma patient is a young adult dog, usually less than 2 years of age, with a round eroded growth somewhere on the front half of its body. Of course, not every patient seems to have read the text book. Such growths can be found on rear legs or in older patients as well. Because there are other growths that can look just like a histiocytoma, it is important to get the right diagnosis as the other conditions may not be as benign.

The histiocytoma is a tumor originating from what is called a Langerhans cell. This Langerhans cells live in the skin and serve as part of the immune system by processing incoming antigens and presenting them to other immunologic cells. It is especially common in Labrador retrievers, Staffordshire terriers, Boxers, and Dachshunds. It is not related to the malignant process called histiocytosis. Veterinary Partner

More ablating to get the whole lump off.

We have a laser surgery unit at Harmony Pet Clinic, it was what my boss uses for each surgery instead of a scalpel blade. It cuts and cauterizes at the same time so there is less bleeding. For this procedure she did a local block around the lump then ablated the lump and got the underlying tissue. No sutures were necessary as the ablation didn’t go that deep. A scab will form, it will heal up and he will be no worse for wear.

Lump removed, now the healing process begins.

Since the lump has been removed he doesn’t even lick his paw. He shouldn’t be affected at all for hunting and should be able to perform just like he always does.

 

Josey’s 2 Year CERF Exam

Josey (Glory and Thunder 2015 pup) went to the UW Veterinary School in Madison, WI on Monday September 18, 2017 to have her second year CERF exam done on her eyes. This was a worrisome day for me as a breeder because if you have been following along you know that Preacher who is Josey’s sister came down with cataracts when she was CERF’ed at 8 months of age. If you didn’t see the post you can read about it here. After we found out about Preacher we took Josey for her first CERF exam in which she passed, she had no signs of cataracts. So the wait began to see if any would develop as she got older as juvenile cataracts can appear between 6-18 months of age.

Outside the UW Vet School in Madison, WI.

Waiting for her appointment.

Waiting for the ophthalmologist.

Josey got a clean bill of heath on her CERF exam, a weight has been lifted off of my shoulders as she should be out of the woods for developing juvenile cataracts as she is nearing 27 months of age. This was the best news I got. Tom had a great experience at the UW Veterinary School. Josey needed sun glasses when she left the building not only because the sun was shining bright but because Tom was as well.

Riggs New Camera Subject

Finally I got myself a new camera after my old one decided it didn’t want to work anymore. I didn’t want to buy a new camera but wanted a bigger better camera so I bit the bullet and got one just in time for my annual trip to Saskatchewan. I of course had to try out the camera and Riggs was my first new camera subject. I got a Nikon D5300 with a new 18-200mm lens. The camera has different settings on it than my old Nikon and has higher iso settings so hopefully I can take some early morning pictures when hunting. Riggs was eager to have his photo taken, he is a pro.

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Crave The Wild Side #ChewyInfluencer

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Hank is craving the wild side with: Crave Turkey Pate & Salmon Pate Multipack High-Protein Grain-Free Cat Food Trays, 2.6-oz, case of 12 twin-packs

Description:

Satisfy your cat’s wild nature with Crave Turkey Pate & Salmon Pate Multipack High-Protein Grain-Free Cat Food Trays. Your best friend shares an instinctual need and desire to eat like his wildcat ancestors and that means consuming a diet that’s rich in animal protein. Real salmon or turkey is the very first ingredient and the food contains no by-product meal, soy, corn or wheat and no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. This savory pate is also formulated with added vitamins, minerals and nutrients to meet all his nutrition needs. It can be fed as a complete meal or crumbled over dry kibble as an enticing topper to add variety to his diet.

Hank trying to tame his wild side.

Multi packs makes meal time no so boring.

Key Benefits:

  • This multipack contains six trays of Turkey Pate and six trays of Salmon Pate; real salmon or turkey is the very first ingredient in this protein-rich, grain-free food.
  • Contains no by-product meal, soy, corn or wheat and no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives.
  • Formulated with added vitamins, minerals and nutrients to meet all his nutrition needs.
  • Can be fed as a complete meal or crumbled over dry kibble as an enticing topper to add variety to his diet.
  • Cooked and processed in U.S. facilities using the finest ingredients from around the world.

Cleaning up every morsel.

Hank was loving living on the wild side with Crave. He had no problem digging right into the tasty morsels. He cleaned up every last bit. The packages are easy to splint in half and easy to open. You can take out a bit or give the whole side to your cat. If only use a little bit you can put the seal back down and the food still stays moist in the refrigerator until next feeding.

Lip Smacking good.

Crave Turkey Pate & Salmon Pate Multipack High-Protein Grain-Free Cat Food Trays, 2.6-oz, case of 12 twin-packs is on sale right now at  Chewy.com for $10.99.

Why Chewy.com

Because: Chewy.com has more than 300 brands to choose from and is ready to fetch it and ship it, direct to your doorstep, anytime of the day. Have a question regarding the best food for your pet? Call us 24/7 and our helpful customer service team at Chewy.com is ready to listen.

Chewy.com lives and breathes pets. Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Chewy.com’s dedicated staff is committed to providing quality pet products to our customers in a fast and easy way. That’s why we have warehouses located throughout the country – so the products are delivered quickly and efficiently. Bottom line, Chewy.com delivers pet happiness – and there’s nothing really better than that. Their products are 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed (if your not happy call them and they pay for shipping the item back), they have expert pet care and product advice, over 200 of the best pet brands and 24/7 customer care. Another great benefit of Chewy.com is they have autoship for your pet food needs and orders under $49.00 are a flat rate shipping cost of $4.95.

Chewy.com 200 SW 1st Avenue Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 1-800-67-CHEWY

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I was given one box of Crave Multipack in exchange for a honest review from Chewy.com.

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Junior Handlers Sophia And Willow

When we were at the Central Wisconsin Kennel Club UKC conformation show held September 9-10, 2017 in Amherst, WI Tom and Irene signed their two girls Sophia and Willow up to be junior handlers for each show which happened to be two shows each day.

When we go to competitions you can bet some props will be pulled out and some fun being had.

Saturday’s fun:

Captain Poopie Pants.

The poop hat was brought out for some laughs. The girls are such good sports and go along with anything that they encounter (adults being crazy).

Willow and Glory.

This club’s order of showing was different than other clubs we have been at, usually the junior handlers compete first followed by puppies and then the regular group classes. Puppies were first then it was the junior handlers. There wasn’t a ring steward or line up list so it was a bit confusing to know when you were suppose to be in the ring. The judge called the numbers out for the ones that were suppose to be showing in the ring. Willow who was showing Glory was in Novice Junior Handler (8-13 yrs) so she entered the ring first along with a gal that was showing a Aussie. After they showed it was now Sophia’s turn with Guilty in Novice Senior Junior Handler (13-18 yrs) class. The judge called one girl into the ring and started watching her handle her dog while Sophia stood by the entrance to the ring awaiting her turn. We were wondering why Sophia wasn’t called into the ring but there was no ring steward to ask. After the judge was done judging the other girl and when she came back to the table Tom asked her when Sophia was going into the ring. The judge looked in her book and said she wasn’t entered, when in fact she was entered. After searching it was found out that her name and number was listed in small print above a line which was hard to see. Since the judge already judged the class she couldn’t judge Sophia. The look on Sophia’s face was heartbreaking to her parents and to Sophia herself. This was her first dog show and she was super excited to do something new. Usually when we are at dog shows the adults show and the kids hang out and be our pit crew so this time it was their time to have some fun and have us be the pit crew. The judge was very apologetic and felt bad that the error occurred but  it was out of her hands. It was now up to us to make sure she wasn’t missed for the second show.

Sophia and Guilty.

The second show was a new judge and again no ring steward. The one gal got called into the ring with her St. Bernard then it was time for Sophia to get called in and we waited and waited and nothing happened so Tom spoke up and the judge finally saw her name and called her in. She got to take Guilty around the ring and she did a great job!

The girls and their ribbons.

Sophia received a  second place in the second show. Willow received a first, second and a reserve winner in one of the shows. They were happy, I was so proud to see the girls handling my girls in the ring. They did an excellent job with only one day of practice with my dogs.

Just hanging.

Sunday’s fun:

The baby head made an appearance.

For Sunday’s show the baby head made an appearance, there were some American Flags, hats and craw-fish hats that came along too. The best hat was the Mexican cheese hat that Irene got at a gas station along the way.

Group photo.

Don’t we look like a fun group of people to be around? One thing that happened at this show which I couldn’t believe happened was that when Willow was wearing her crab hat she got told by an adult that she shouldn’t be wearing that as it could scare the dogs! Willow was crush as she had no idea nor did we that she would get told that. She was about having fun and her fun got shot down. The dogs at the dog shows should be taught proper socialization but I guess there are some show dogs that the owners don’t ever let them leave their crates in fear that their fur will get damaged or messed up so those dogs aren’t used to the surrounding things. That’s those peoples problem not ours and it shouldn’t infringe on our fun.This world would be a better place if people would just relax and have fun.

Willow and Glory.

Sophia and Riggs.

The second day of showing wasn’t any more organized then the first day. There was a list telling the order of the show but there was still no ring steward and a different junior handler got missed this day. Willow showed Glory again they are in-sync with each other now and Sophia showed Riggs. Riggs was a handful and had a bee in his bonnet this day, thinking it was because the hurry up and wait on getting into the ring and he was just plain bored and of course a young dog so he wanted to do something instead of just wait.

When you are a junior handler the judge asks you questions about the breed of dog you are showing so Willow and Sophia had to be up on the traits of the Chesapeake. They also were asked where different body parts were on the dogs. The girls were also asked this weekend to show other breeds in the regular classes. They showed Toy Fox Terriers and American Bulldog. They got different handling of dog techniques this weekend.

The judge asked Willow where the Chesapeake originated, she answered America, the judge said “your wrong it originated in Canada”. Will gave her a strange look and said “I don’t think so” and then the judge said “oh yea your right, I’m getting my dogs confused”. It was a laugh for the day!

 

Sophia received a first and second for showing Riggs while Willow received a first and a reserve again for showing Glory.

Despite the disorganized show and ring disappointment it turned out to be a great weekend. You have to look past the small stuff and focus on the big picture, we all learned something during this show and hanging out with friends was the best part.

Just wear a Mexican cheese hat and keep calm.

 

UKC Gun Dog Group 4

UKC Gun Dog Group 4, what does that all mean you ask?

It means Guilty was awarded a 4th place ribbon in the Gun Dog group at the UKC Conformation show we attended this past weekend. Guilty is a champion in Conformation already, I entered her in the dog show so Riggs would have competition if he ended up winning the show. There are two shows each day when a club is hosting a show weekend. The second show went like this: Guilty was entered in the champion class, she was the only dog entered so she took the champion ribbon. Riggs was entered as a class dog meaning he doesn’t have his champion title. He was the only dog entered so he got first. Guilty and Riggs then needed to go in the ring together so the judge could judge them together and pick her Best Of Breed winner. The judge chose Guilty as her Best Of Breed winner so that meant Guilty moved into the Gun Dog Group ring and was judged against the other Best Of Breed dogs in that group. When you get first in the group you then move into the Best In Show ring to find out who will win the whole show. In the group ring they award first through fourth place. Guilty was awarded fourth place out of 7 Gun Dogs.

I was super proud of Guilty! This was her first placing in a group ring, and I was the one that showed her!

It was a great weekend. I even took Glory so my friends daughters could show her in the Junior Handler class. Since she was already there I entered her in the champion class on Sunday. She was the only dog in her class so she won the champion title. We didn’t beat out another dog but it was nice to get back in the ring with her and get some ring time in.

It was a great weekend at the Central Wisconsin Kennel Club UKC dog show.

School Therapy Starts

With the start of the 2017 school year Sand Spring Chesapeakes therapy visits start as well. The kids went back to school last week the dogs go back this week. They got to take the summer off now it’s time to visit with the kids, I know I missed it so I can imagine the dogs missed it too.

Since I have three therapy dog I will be rotating them out with the visits. Today Gambler and Glory will be going to the visit. We will be going to Fall River Middle School, Tom will be using Gambler as his R.E.A.D dog for the visit as his dog Josey is in heat and can’t visit.

I’ve got their bags pack with their new book marks so we are ready to put some smiles on the kids faces.

I’m proud to have a mother daughter team and another daughter from another litter also doing therapy work. It makes my heart smile.

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Spa And Treat Day #chewyinfluencer

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Gambler thought he would have a spa day to get ready for his girlfriend. Josey will be visiting Gambler soon so he wanted to look his best and when you have a spa day you must have treats too. The treats he picked out were Stella & Chewy’s Carnivore Crunch Cage-Free Duck Recipe Freeze-Dried Dog Treats 3.25 oz bag ordered from Chewy.com.

A guys gotta look good for his gal!

Description:

Give your dog the ultimate reward with Stella & Chewy’s Carnivore Crunch Cage-Free Duck Recipe Freeze-Dried Dog Treats. Based on the philosophy that pets thrive on the same diet they would eat in the wild, these treats give your dog what he naturally craves. Made from sustainably-sourced ingredients and raw protein, this recipe starts with 98% duck, organs, and bone—offering the benefits of raw food nutrition with the convenience of freeze-dried preparation. And to ensure the highest quality, each batch is made with care in the USA in Stella & Chewy’s own kitchen.

Ohhh I can smell the duck goodness from a crack of the bag.

Key Benefits:

  • Real raw nutrition in the convenience of freeze-dried. Serve whole as a reward or crumbled over food at mealtimes for added flavor and nutrition.
  • Made in Stella & Chewy’s own USA kitchen with cage-free duck.
  • Never contains grains, gluten, fillers, artificial preservatives, or colorings.
  • Simple, pristine recipe with limited ingredients and rich in protein.
  • Less than 3 calories per morsel.

Easy open and resealable bag.

Ingredients:

Duck with Ground Bone, Turkey, Turkey Liver, Goose, Turkey Gizzard, Tocopherols (Preservative).

98% Poultry organs and ground bone, just the things I love!

Caloric Content:

2.3 kcal/nugget, 6,240 kcal/kg – less than 3 calories per treat.

Oh boy this is the best spa day!

Every day low price at Chewy.com  $9.99 per bag.

Gambler snarfed up these treats with no hesitation. He gives them 4 paws up!

Why Chewy.com

Because: Chewy.com has more than 300 brands to choose from and is ready to fetch it and ship it, direct to your doorstep, anytime of the day. Have a question regarding the best food for your pet? Call us 24/7 and our helpful customer service team at Chewy.com is ready to listen.

Chewy.com lives and breathes pets. Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Chewy.com’s dedicated staff is committed to providing quality pet products to our customers in a fast and easy way. That’s why we have warehouses located throughout the country – so the products are delivered quickly and efficiently. Bottom line, Chewy.com delivers pet happiness – and there’s nothing really better than that. Their products are 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed (if your not happy call them and they pay for shipping the item back), they have expert pet care and product advice, over 200 of the best pet brands and 24/7 customer care. Another great benefit of Chewy.com is they have autoship for your pet food needs and orders under $49.00 are a flat rate shipping cost of $4.95.

Chewy.com 200 SW 1st Avenue Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 1-800-67-CHEWY

What’s new at Chewy.com? They now have autoship.

I was given one bag of Stella & Chewy’s Carnivore Crucnh in exchange for a honest review from Chewy.com.

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We would like to thank out hosts Sugar The Golden Retriever and Oz The Terrier for this Chewy Hop.

 

Sand Springs Newest UKC Champion

Let me introduce you to our newest UKC Champion: SHR U-CH Sand Spring Lethal Weapon JH CGC “Riggs” finished his championship yesterday at the Central Wisconsin Kennel Club, he also placed 4th in the Gun Dog group with 7 dogs. Handler was Tom Pawlisch owners Roger Glasgow and JoAnn Stancer

A huge thanks to Tom for handling Riggs for each of his Best Of Breed wins to complete his UKC Show Championship.

Riggs is out of our Glory and 2browndawgs Thunder 2015 litter.

Peace and love to the families of 9/11.

Sorry I’ve Been Gone

I’ve been studying real hard (can’t you tell) for my hunt tests and dog shows. I shall be around your blog’s soon and will be back with mine as well. I ordered a new big camera so I can take real photos so stay tuned.

These paper glasses were sitting on the ledge at the show so I put them on Guilty she actuall left them on and looked around like she was a brainiac.

Have a great Sunday!