Zack was a sickly puppy on and off and the veterinary specialist in Calgary wrote on her report that Zack was anorexic along with all his other issues. I felt awful. It has always been a challenge to get Zack to eat on a daily basis since he was a puppy - he just doesn't eat. There were times he wouldn't eat hamburger, steak or anything. However, earlier this summer we were in Montana and Zack did not eat for 2 days. A friend of ours had their dog down there too and by chance I decided to give Zack some of his food (Orijin) instead of Zack's usual prescription food just to see if he would eat. He gobbled it and didn't get sick. Ever since then Zack has eaten this food everyday and loves it. He loves his treats and he has a new found love of food of all kinds which is a great feeling. I don't know what changed, whether his immune system kicked in or what, but I am so happy Zack is eating the way he is and is like a totally normal, healthy dog.
I never thought I would say these words but I think Zack has even become a "chunky monkey" as his ribs are well covered now. He is not fat, but I don't want him to gain any more weight especially if we are going to pursue our agility training (seriously, I can't believe I am talking about watching Zack's weight - it is brilliant!!! ahahah LOL) Healthwise, I am just so happy Zack is where he is today considering where he came from when he was younger.
Yesterday the weather was perfect so we decided to go fishing, probably for the last time this season. Even though it got up to +10 degrees it felt like - 10 on the water, but it was beautiful. We all wore our thermals and Zack even wore his makeshift thermals and woolies to keep him warm for the day, especially seeing his coat has just been "plucked". A flock of migrating snow geese flew overhead it was quite the sight, although I had the wrong lens on my camera so you can't see them too clearly but they had the perfect "V" formation. The fishing was amazing. After the first 1/2 an hour we had lost count of how many fish we had caught. As soon as you put your line back in another one would bite - we must have caught a hundred. All the fish we catch we release. Funny enough Zack is actually scared of the fish but he always watches when they are put back in the water. He is so cute.
When Zack goes for a run in the fields he is just fine if he stays in the "tracks". If he goes off track a bit he starts to jump like a kangaroo so he can see over the long grass. When he stops jumping this happens. Poor Zacky - this time of year it is a challenge to find a place for Zack to run free where the grass isn't five times higher than he is!!!
This is Jingles, she lives next door and she is really tiny weighing only about 3 pounds. What she lacks in size she makes up for in attitude LOL!!!! Zack just loves her but I don't think the feeling is mutual :)
Today was the Humane Society Bare Bones Run/Walk. It is great as in this race you are allowed and encouraged to bring your dogs with you. There was a 1/2 marathon, a 9km run/walk and a 4km walk. My husband did the 1/2 marathon and Zack and I did the 9km. It was a frosty -5 morning but we were all ready to go...
Before the race started Zack couldn't help himself and played with a little Jack Russell friend who was also doing the 9km run.
The pictures are not the best as it was hard to hold the dog on a lead while he was playing and trying to get a picture at the same time.
Then we were off. The 1/2 marathoners went first and then the people doing the 9km (Zack and I) and then the 4km. We were one of the few walkers in the 9km but we motored along and still didn't finish last - which was my goal!! Zack was a trooper - he could have done the 1/2 marathon for sure - may be next year. After the race there was juice and cookies for the people and water and milkbones for the dogs. Here is a picture of Zack with Murphy another doggy participant we met during the race. He was only young and full of Labrador bounce LOL!!
My husband finished another 1/2 marathon today - he did really great. This is him on his sprint to the finish. Way to go Pete!!! Zack is always glad when Pete finishes - more scratches behind the ears. Dylan decided to have a bit of a rest after his 9km run. Zack was tired, but not tired enough to refuse a belly scratch from all the children. It was perfect weather, lots of fun and a great day. I hope the Humane Society raised lots of money.
Earlier this year I couldn't find a nice collar for Zack anywhere in Lethbridge and finally found one at the dog show in Calgary where Zack did his Rally trial in July. Since then, every store in Lethbridge has had collars for him that I love - why did they not have one when I was looking before? Typical. I have resisted up until now but couldn't resist buying this one - with the lead to match of course.
I am going to save it until his other "new" collar from July wears out a little more. Maybe LOL!!
Today is Thanksgiving in Canada and a long weekend - Yay. My husband took Zack for a 7 mile run this morning and after a rest and eating a little turkey and veg with his supper Zacky was thankful for a hug and snuggle from Fat Cat. His bestest feline friend.
There is a fly in our house which caused all sorts of excitement for Zack and Fat Cat. They have been chasing and trying to catch it all day. I even saw Fat Cat break into a trot - which is saying something LOL.
The fly then went between the patio door and the screen door and Zack thought he could catch it for sure...
He didn't realize it is easier going in than coming out!!! The pesky fly is still at large.
I was walking Zack along the top of the coulees last night which back up behind a subdivision near the High Level Bridge. There was a man tending to his lovely vegetable garden which he had grown outside of his back yard on the actual coulee top (which was a bit unusual) when Zack ran over to say hello in his usual way and after getting many rubs and pats from the kind man - what does Zack do but turn around and cock his leg and pee all over this man's prize pumpkin!!! Luckily the man was a "dog person" and thought it was hilarious. Thank God.
Zack is always chuffed to bits when my husband gives him his Starbucks cup. This time tho Pete had a Venti size drink and no matter how hard Zack tried he couldn't reach the tasty leftovers at the bottom....
Then he squished it and ultimately lost it under the back gate..... but I got it back for him and he tried again to get to the bottom but to no avail.
My name is Lisa and my husband and I share our home with White's Wiggly Zack our border terror (I mean terrier). We named him Wiggly Zack as ever since we got him at 9 weeks old he always wiggled his bum sideways and still does!!! He has another furry friend he shares our house with our cat Asia (aka fat cat). I have a passion for anything to do with animals and their welfare. I also love to paint when I get a chance.
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Zack is a Border Terrier. He is Grizzle & Tan in colour and is full of fun. He is such a happy little guy who loves everyone. He has such a zest for life and loves, loves, loves other dogs. From being a little terror of a puppy, Zack has grown into a wonderful dog. We can do anything with him, from stripping his coat to clipping his nails - he loves it all (weird but true)!
Zack has earned his Rally Novice A Obedience Title and has now become a Certified Pet Therapy Dog.
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Asia (aka "Fat Cat")
Asia was a rescue cat. I got her from my friend who is a vet. She is a grey tortoiseshell. I have had her for approximately 11 years and we don't know for sure how old she was when I got her. She had been abused and was very emaciated in the beginning. After a couple of months of recovery from her wounds and a respiratory problem she blossomed. Considering what she went through she is the sweetest little thing and very affectionate with us (not so much with strangers ahaha). She is definitely not thin anymore and is overweight I am afraid, hence the name "fat cat". She is Zack's good buddy and is more like a dog than a cat. She comes when called and always greets you at the door when you come in.
We adopted Molly our little rescue dog on June 7, 2013. They figure she is about 2 years old. We don't know what breed she is and was very scared when we took her in. She came from a hoarder/puppy mill situation and we were told she was almost feral when the rescue group took her in. Zack has helped her come out of her shell so much and now she is so sweet and loveable and way more trusting than she was. She is such a happy little girl and is enjoying the "outside world" I think. We are glad she has joined our family and will update her progress from time to time.
Gone, but never forgotten. My Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and old cat.