Sunday, March 15, 2009
I had Tess spayed on Thursday. Dropped her off in the morning and picked her up around 7p.m. The vet's office said she did good(they had a coon hound in there that drove them crazy howling) but she was still a little sore. So I took her home and layed her on the couch and covered her with the freshly washed blankie. Poor Tess just layed there, motionless and quiet, the total opposite of a Vizsla. It is sooo weird not having an active Tess around, weird beyond words!
I let Tess sleep on the couch all night, and in the morning she ambled up the stairs to greet me. But it wasn't the Vizsla butt-waggle greeting that is so normal to her. By Friday afternoon I could tell she was feeling better, she had a little more pep in her step. I am happy to say she is almost 100% this morning. She jumped up on the bed all by herself last night(yes I am babying her and letting her sleep with me, although she is like a brick and nothing can move her). I had to saw lumber yesterday, and when I got home she was happy-go-lucky...her tail told me so.
I also want to give Kudos to my vet, Dr. Flanders. My old vet Doc Greer passed away the fall before I got Tess. Doc Greer was my Grandpa's vet, my Dad's vet, and my vet. When I was in college for pre-vet I spent one summer shadowing Doc Greer and learned a lot(he was a large and small animal practitioner). So when I got Tess, I had to get a new vet. I went to school with Dr. Flanders(he graduated one year before me), was in FFA with him, we were both in Band, and went to the same college. He is a great vet, which is an understatement. Thanks Dr. Flanders.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
My wonderful girlfriend decided to make Tess a fleece coat(something about she felt sorry for my poor little doggie with the short coat...ever hear of a Vizsla Thermal Unit?). Tess wasn't impressed, and tried to jump out of it immediately. Obviously it will take some time to get her used to it. I'll get some pictures to share...as soon as she stands still.LOL
Friday, December 5, 2008
We will be going out tomorrow to do what's called clean-up, looking for released birds that are still out there. My brother and Chip will be going also, hope the weather cooperates.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Tess turned One year old on October 30. She also started her first heat cycle, thus the fancy pants. I was starting to wonder when she would go in cycle, and figured with my luck it would be the week before Indiana's put-n-take pheasant season. Looks like I was wrong. And thanks to my wonderful girlfriend, Tess has some new fancypants(sorry, I just like saying fancypants). She did the sewing and figuring out where the velcro should go and all that good stuff. Here's another pic, which makes it look like Tess isn't too impressed with her fancypants:
I must appologize for not keeping updated, no excuses...I've just been a little slacking.
I've been trying to get Tess ready for pheasants. My wonderful girlfriend got me the Perfect Start dvd for my birthday in June, Thanks Jenni! I was also able to catch a couple pigeons, but had to buy a bunch more. In the yard, Tess likes to run around the pigeon like it's a game(not good). But in the field, she shows a genuine interest in finding the bird and pointing. So to help her along I bought a few DT bird launchers. I got the manual launchers and am making my own receivers as shown on gundogforum.com . I'm just waiting for the final parts to get in and I can finish the assembly and put them to use. The one thing I'm confident about is Tess' ability to retrieve. She loves retrieving her bumper, and when I introduced her to a pigeon, she retrieved that pretty well. Another goodie Tess got was a training collar(maybe that was a goodie for me.LOL), and she has taken to it very well.
I am looking forward to December because Tess and I will be going to South Dakota. In August I took my annual trip to the Black Hills. On the way out, I stopped a couple days and helped a farmer in the middle of the state in exchange for hunting pheasants on his land. I am sooooo loking forward to hunting some wild pheasants. Ya see, in Indiana I only go to the put-n-take hunts where they release pen-raised birds. It's good hunting, but probably nothing like wild birds.
Heres a couple more shots I took last week when we had a cold snap. I hadn't gotten my new woodstove installed yet, so Tess made use of the blankie on the couch.
Amazingly, she would actually stay on the couch when I got up to take the pics. Any other time, the minute I move to get up, she is off the couch and right beside me.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
Friday, March 7, 2008
What? You want me to bring it all the way to you?
Hey, is that a bird over there?
Oh, we're supposed to be posing. Sorry Dad.