Category Archives: dog

Enough hair for five dogs

One thing I fail to understand about Collies (well, hairy dogs in general), is how I can brush out enough hair to make a whole ‘nother dog, yet the dog is still covered in hair and probably has enough to make three more dogs (we’re up to enough hair for five dogs now, in case you’ve lost count).  I could brush the Collie for hours, be standing in six inches of dog hair, and still have a whole dog full of hair.

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Notice all that hair sitting on the dog.  I brush her and the hair sticks to her, sticks to me, and flies around.  And gets in my mouth.  Blech.

(I was going to show you a picture of the pile of hair I brushed out of this dog, but my photo-cropping program was locking up so I shut it down.  Just imagine a big pile of soft, fluffy dog hair that flies around and sticks to everything.  Or, you can just look at this picture of my big, fluffy Collie:

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That’s the Collie, watching the world go by from our balcony.  She loves to sit (or stand) out there and just watch everything – the birds, the bunnies, the people, the dogs.  She’ll sit out there even if we’re in the house (as long as we’re not too far away).

(Part of) My Day in Pictures

I snapped a few pictures at work today and then after work when I took the dog for a short walk.

Out behind the kennels at work we have this gorgeous tree (click on the pictures to see them bigger).  It was difficult to get a good shot of it because of all the other trees around it.  It’s a big tree, with spreading branches.

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A few close-ups of the flowers:

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After work, The Collie and I went out for a quick walk.  On our way down the stairs, we saw this lovely view out the window:

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Once we got outside, we saw a few deer (not one of my better pictures):

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The sunset tonight was gorgeous:

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I love “trees against sky” pictures:

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We continued on our walk.  I know this next one is a little blurry, but I still think it looks sort of neat.  Kind of “artsy”, like I did one of those fancy edits to it:

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Some Aspen/Poplar leaves:

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When we were almost back home, I decided it would be nice to get a shot of the grass.  At the same time, The Collie decided to sniff the exact grass I wanted to photograph.  This happens a lot with things I’m photographing.  Many of my pictures have a Collie nose, ears, or other body parts in them.

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I moved the Collie and tried again:

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Those are the only parts of my day I have in pictures.  I didn’t take pictures of feeding dogs, checking dogs in and out, cleaning up after dogs, my scheduling meeting, the baby giraffe I saw, or doing an interview with a high school student (Which was quite fun!  She had to interview me about my job, the qualifications and training required, etc.).

A Few Pet Nutrition Facts

We’re reading about nutrition in my small animal medicine class.  A few interesting facts:

  • Vitamin K is provided to dogs and cats by intestinal bacteria.
  • Egg protein is 100% utilized by dogs and cats.  All other proteins are compared to eggs.
  • Dogs can synthesize their own arachidonic acid from linoleic acid and therefore do not need arachidonic acid supplementation in their food.  Cats cannot synthesize it and therefore do need supplementation.
  • Improperly utilized protein can cause the pet’s waste to have an offensive odor (my note: as opposed to the rosy smell it usually has?).

That’s all for now.  I’m off to take my long-nosed dog outside and then to get some sleep before work tomorrow.

Stay tuned and a few pictures of The Collie

Stay tuned.  I have some posts planned and have been editing some pictures to upload.  I’ve been sick this week, so between work and school, I haven’t been doing a whole lot else.  I have the next two days off, though, and I’m hoping to get at least a little bit of time to work on this blog.  Until then, here are a couple pictures of The Collie.  Enjoy!





The Collie keeps a close watch for any crumbs that may fall to the floor.





A close-up of The Collie’s left ear. Her right ear stands straight up (as you can see in the above picture).