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Dear Diary

Dear Diary Posted on Fri, September 19, 2014 16:29:20

Its with a sad heart we inform you that Kira Lost her battle after a long illness with Bronchitis. She took ill in January 2014 and over the past 9 months her breathing became worse. She had to give up the long walks she enjoyed and could only manage short walks which she has still been on daily. This week she had a short cause of sickness and Diarrhoea but this was a step too far and she just didn’t have any more fight in her. We let her fall asleep in Wayne’s arms at 8pm Thursday 18th September 2014 aged 13years 7months. She was an amazing dog, a huge character and the top dog of our family. We are heartbroken at the loss but know with time happy memories will fill the grief.

The following photos where taken in Spring this year just after her 13th Birthday she loved day trips out and really enjoyed going to the coast. Happy memories of her sticking her head and most of her body in the grab a toy machine whilst waiting for Daddy to win a teddy which she was allowed to take out the machine and she would carry it around the shops as proud as punch with her new toy, only putting it down to consume a sausage from the chip shop.



Dear Diary

Dear Diary Posted on Sat, December 24, 2011 17:39:18

Kira and everyone at Meinweg would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year.



Dear Diary

Dear Diary Posted on Sun, November 13, 2011 14:10:28

Licking!

Well Kira even though she is now 11 years old is in good healthy condition, so when she started to lick at her hind legs especially after exercise I knew there must be a problem. She has started to slow on her walks and take a bit longer getting up in the morning but as we all know this is just part of older age. I have put her onto cartophen injections which help with the old age pain of stiffening joints and as far as I can tell she is feeling the benefits. She had licked a patch of sore skin just over her joints and since being on the injections this has now cleared up. So hopefully she needs one more injection next week then one every three months she will be back to her normal comfortable self, though she has spread across the middle a little she tells me this is also normal and food helps!!!!!!!



Dear Diary

Dear Diary Posted on Sun, November 13, 2011 14:10:24

Licking!

Well Kira even though she is now 11 years old is in good healthy condition, so when she started to lick at her hind legs especially after exercise I knew there must be a problem. She has started to slow on her walks and take a bit longer getting up in the morning but as we all know this is just part of older age. I have put her onto cartophen injections which help with the old age pain of stiffening joints and as far as I can tell she is feeling the benefits. She had licked a patch of sore skin just over her joints and since being on the injections this has now cleared up. So hopefully she needs one more injection next week then one every three months she will be back to her normal comfortable self, though she has spread across the middle a little she tells me this is also normal and food helps!!!!!!!



Fund raising and book sale

Dear Diary Posted on Wed, July 27, 2011 11:19:46

You may or may not know that both myself and Bev from In Line Dog Training (www.inlinedogtraining.co.uk) have just completed a 5 day training, instructing and handling course at the Darlington Dogs Trust where we worked with a rescue dog each. The point of the course was to help the rescue dogs which have spent a long period of time in kennels to achieve the required elements of the British kennel club good citizen test to the bronze level. This will hopefully help make the dogs more attractive to the public but more importantly it gave the dogs some individual contact with a person and let them bond and above all made life a little more interesting from the kennel walls they normally spend most of their time. Unfortunately they now have to just hope a new owner is soon to be found. Both the dogs we worked with passed 10 out of 10 of the elements.
If you want to help or support the dogs trust you can contact them at http://www.dogstrust.org.uk/rehoming/searchcentres/darlington/default.aspx
The dogs looking for new homes are on the website if you want to see if they have found new homes yet. I had Holly a black collie cross GSD and Bev had Alfie a Collie cross

We have been offered a place and a chance to go to India to do a similar thing, we would be working with and advising people who work with animals to help improve welfare in rescue and welfare of street dogs in India. This is a once in a life time chance and it would mean leaving my girls and Wayne for a month but I can’t turn down the chance. The course is being run by John Rogerson( http://www.johnrogerson.com)
John Rogerson is the founder and principal lecturer of the Northern Centre for Canine Behaviour is now widely acclaimed as the world’s leading dog trainer and behaviourist, having pioneered the majority of techniques that have now become standard practice in behaviour therapy and training. John is the author of no fewer than eight books, has produced two DVDs and has run courses on training and behaviour

John has kindly offered support in the raising of funds for the trip and I am happy to be able to offer one of his books which has been a must have on my shelf for many years and I still refer to it on a regular basis
John Rogerson book ” In Tune With Your Dog”
An owners guide to training and improving behaviour.

From the inside jacket cover:
From the choice of a puppy and its early training, John Rogerson moves on to dog behaviour and the common problems that can arise – from jumping up and barking for attention to more serious problems like fighting and biting. He shows how, by understanding the cause of the problem, and learning to re-channel natural instincts, even the most anti-social behaviour can, with patience, be reversed. He shows how the most humane methods are also the most effective and how the process of training itself can be a pleasurable experience, strengthening the bond between owner and dog.
Offering a fascinating insight into the mind of a dog, and a wealth of sound practical advice, this is an essential book for every dog owner – whether the animal is a family pet or a high-bred competition dog. IN TUNE WITH YOUR DOG will make for wiser owners and better behaved dogs – and a richer relationship between the two.

For sale £10.50 + P&P
Contact bev@inlinedogtraining.co.uk or marie@inlinedogtraining.co.uk to purchase your copy

If you just want to support or offer help then all donations greatly (but humbly) received.



Dear Diary

Dear Diary Posted on Sun, May 08, 2011 10:11:59

Finally!

We seem to have been pre occupied by a few little grey things for the past few months so the blogs have been put on a side burner.

What has Kira been up too?

Well I’m pleased to say her eyes are good, she has to have drops twice a day everyday but they have all settled down and look great. I’m sorry to say that I don’t think she has the eyesight that she should, she does miss things and things make her jump a lot more than usual, is this worse than before we had her eyes done? I can only guess but feel she has more sight and better quality after her operation than if we had done it, but don’t think she has 100% vision especially in low light.

She is enjoying going out and even playing with Fen, ok only for a few minutes before she gets worried and starts to snarl but at least she has started to accept that Fen is here to stay……sorry Kira!

I have to say to people who are reading this that if you have linked to my site because you are looking for a Vizsla puppy please read the blogs before you ring me….I make no secret of the fact that Kira is:

1. Aggressive

2. Epileptic

3. Has had cataract surgery to correct bilateral cataracts

4. Ten years old

5. Spayed

But I get at least one or two phone contacts a month asking if I am planning a litter from my Vizsla, and they normally start the call/email by “I have been on your website and think your dogs are great are you planning a litter from the Viz”?

Surely if you are looking to find your next dog, you would hope that it came from the best stock possible and I’m sure 1 – 4 above doesn’t equal good quality and I’m pretty sure 5 kind of finalises it!

The summer is Kira’s favourite months, she loves the heat and loves going out on day trips with the rest of the family so keep an eye out for us at shows and game fairs but remember number 1 when you come to say hello.



Dear Diary

Dear Diary Posted on Sun, October 03, 2010 12:56:36

Over the summer:

Kira has gone from strength to strength over the past few months. Her eyesight has improved so much that I feel she has a new drive behind her that we haven’t seen in years. She has been with us to most of the working tests and whilst myself and Moss have been competing Kira, Bronte and Wayne have sat at the car and wondered around the grounds. She has enjoyed the trips out and the bacon cobs Wayne has become a master chef at cooking from the camp stove. She has enjoyed day trips out to the game fares around the country, getting very excited at some of the stands especially the ones with the live birds in, which she spots from a mile away. She has sat patiently waiting for Moss and Bronte on the events, often standing on her back legs to get a better few of the ground. I have to admit, I have been very naughty when it comes to her eye appointments and contacting the vets, I have emailed a couple of times but I have not had chance to get her back for a check up, but that being said she is still taking her eye drops daily and I am monitoring the pressure with the equipment from work, and I check her eye’s weekly. I am very happy that we had the chance to offer Kira the cataract surgery and even more pleased that she seems to be a happier dog because of it. One of her best moments happened just a couple of weeks ago; I had entered Moss in a working test in Wales. The distance was too great to travel in just one day and my suggestion of a B&B went down like a lead balloon with Wayne who a year previously he had brought a tent for just an occasion. Luckily we have not had to use it as I am the first to admit that I do outdoors but I don’t do cold and no hot running water. The night in the tent was horrid and I promise we will not be repeating the exercise BUT Kira took to it, she even seemed to enjoy it. As you know I can never trust Kira with other dogs because of her temperament and medical problems but the campsite was secure and there was only us and Kelly a friend with her GWP Podge. Kira had her muzzle on so we decided to let the dogs just mingle, Kira kept her cool and even had a little sniff and play with Podge which is amazing for her, I feel her eyesight recovery gave her the confidence to keep calm where as normally she would go off and panic if a dog came near her. I was so pleased.



Dear Diary

Dear Diary Posted on Tue, April 27, 2010 16:44:38

Signed off for two months.

Kira has been checked over by the vets and I’m pleased to say that even though her eyes are ever so slightly inflamed (I think that’s what the vet said??) and her eye drops have to be increased to three a day, SHE’s HEALING WELL AND DOESNT HAVE TO GO BACK FOR TWO MONTHS. Yeah it’s been a long hard struggle but Kira is so happy with her new eyes it defiantly been worth it. She’s now only on one type of drops three times a day and the other two drops have been stopped (well all but once a week for one of them just to check her pupil)

It’s a relief to come through the whole experience and say yes I’m glad we have done it now, as Kira has a much better quality of life.



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