May 26, 2009
I am doing my best to ensure that Luther’s immune system is strengthened as much as possible. First priority is to ensure that he has high quality food. All the Ridley Cesky Terriers are fed on Markus-Muhle which I am very happy with, and in addition he has free range eggs, unpasteurised goat’s milk (and yoghurt made from the milk), as well as meat and fish. He also has Fit and Fertile’s ‘Protect & Rebuild’ which is designed to strengthen the immune system.
He has now finished the initial course of homeopathic nosodes, and goes for a final check up with Cath, my vet, tomorrow. We will talk about orthodox vaccination – I think I would like to be well clear of the antibiotics before we take that step, but I still think that it’s important that he is vaccinated against the killer diseases – especially parvovirus. In time I’d like to take him over to the Czech Republic, but whether I dare risk the Rabies vaccine is another question entirely!
December 14, 2008
An easy way to remember
I’ve left the girls at home this weekend, and jetted off to (not so sunny) California for the AKC/Eukanuba National Championships and the Eukanuba World Challenge. There is an American version of Discover Dogs, called Meet the Breeds. The Cesky Terrier booth had this sign well to the fore -what an excellent way of reminding people how the breed’s name is pronounced.
September 26, 2008
Our regular walk
Well, we’ve had our fair share of good weather this week, and today we had another lovely walk along the bridleway.
For some time I’ve been feeding the girls on a German food called Markus-Mühle, which I am very pleased with. Delivery is reliable, and they love it, even though it looks rather boring and unappetising. This is because it is cold-pressed unlike most complete foods that are extruded (sort of deep-fried, a bit like crisps or breakfast cereals). That gives such foods an appetising smell and slightly oily finish, but there have been studies showing that, in humans at least, such cooking methods may be carcinogenic. It’s probably only a minute risk, but with cancer being one of the main killers of dogs today, and most dogs being fed on extruded foods, that isn’t a risk I want to take.
However, Carol Winfrow recently persuaded me to try a bag of CSJ Command Performance. It has a nice smell, and went down very quickly (but what food isn’t eaten with enthusiasm by a Cesky Terrier?), so we’ll see how we go with it for a little while. Three or four times a week the girls all have raw chicken wings for breakfast. These are a big favourite, and keep their teeth strong and sparkling white.