A Tip About Frontline

We had a bit of a scare with Pippi a few weeks ago and I wanted to share the learned lesson. We use Frontline to protect her from those nastily little critters. I have always been happy with the results and use every 30 days as instructed. Well Frontline is not infallible and it also not as toxic as I thought. After a hike we found that Pippi had a tick problem, WHAT!!! We use Frontline!! Well we were at the very end of the cycle and it was at its weak point when the ticks were at their strongest. A frantic call to the vet later and we learned that you can apply Frontline early with not harm to your pooch. If you know you are going to be in a tick area you can apply early and prevent issues.

I am thrilled with Frontline and to know that I have this extra option to treat Pippi.



Furry Like Fala

In honor of the new FDR movie coming out we have decided to let Pippi’s grooming go this month, so that she can be furry like Fala. I am aware that the film is set before Fala was born but what the heck. Pippi is usually very well groomed, we actually try different looks from time to time. She has even had a mohawk before. I don’t plan to keep her fuzzy for long but while she is in Illinois (and the cold) she will have some extra furs.


Dock Dog

For the next three years Josh’s hometown is host to the Dock Dog world championships.  By chance we were home for the inaugural show at Dubuque’s Five Flags Center.  There was no admission fee and they only charged for some of the seating during the finals.

We have been lucky enough to watch a Dock Dog exhibition at the Minnesota State Fair before and have watched the championship on Animal Planet, but being there to see these elite athletes shine was something else.
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We took a ton of photos, every single jump was exciting.  We stayed there for a few hours, I don’t think anyone really knew how much fun this would be.

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There were four different categories to compete in; speed, height and distance with an option for all-around called Iron Dog.  Josh’s nephews came with; enjoyed not only the dogs but also the face-painting and crafts.

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In the past I had only seen retrievers and a few border collies compete, but this show was full of other breeds.  A record-breaking whippet and of course we found a terrier.

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Looks at him fly

Looks at him fly

Watching the owners was just as much fun as the dogs at times.  Some of the handlers would pump of the crowd or were just so into their pooch it made for a more exciting run.  We thought this young handler was a hoot.  He was hardly taller than his dog but you could tell me was already an old pro.  He would bring his hound up to the dock and have to hang onto the railing to keep the excited pooch from pulling him into the water.  After a moment he would kneel down next to the dog and in his high-pitched voice shout “Get it for me”.  I tell you that dog would start going crazy, barking and not taking his eyes off the prize.  They may not have been the top team out there but they were by far the most entertaining.  I can’t wait for next year.

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What about Pippi?

On Tuesday I shared our travel plans for our upcoming trip to New Zealand, some wonderful follows asked where Pippi was going to be. She is going to spend three lovely weeks with Josh’s folks and her bestie Chancho. I’m certain there will penalty of stories from that trip alone.