Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The view from here: at the farm

There is nothing my girls love to do more than visit the farm. I can't quite put it into words how much they enjoy themselves so I thought I'd do better, capture it on video. Molly truly lives every day in paradise.

Running until they turn into specs on the middle of the screen.

Us discovering that my Dad plowed our trail home so we had to turn around and go back the way we came. The alternate option? Mud up to our knees. The dogs wouldn't have cared!

We farm a combination of cash crops including wheat, barley, oats, and hay. Our specialty though? Potatoes. Lots and lots of specialty seed potatoes.

Right now just north of our farm, a giant quarry has been proposed. It will be the largest quarry in Canada and will encompass 2,300 acres. All of that 2,300 acres will be dug into a below water table, open pit limestone mine. 600 million litres of clean ground water will have to be pumped out of their mine a day. What is left will flow down and pollute major river systems and lakes. Isn't amazing what people will do for money?


Why is the region referred to as the Headwaters?

The region encompassing the Town of Caledon, the Town of Erin and the County of Dufferin including Orangeville and Shelburne, is called 'the Headwaters' because it is the birthplace of four of Ontario's major river systems: the Credit, the Nottawasaga, the Humber and the Grand. These four watersheds play an important role in shaping the local landscape and heritage. The Hills of Headwaters is a key groundwater recharge area, providing drinking water, wetland habitat, and water supply for all four rivers.


I will be starting to tweet a lot about this issue in attempts to help put a stop to it. If you live in Ontario and are wanting to learn more about the damage about to be caused to Ontario's richest farm land, and millions of peoples water supply in Ontario, you can find out more info at the following sites.

Melancthon Quarry
Mining for the Truth in Melancthon

Friday, April 22, 2011

Good Friday

The weather here still isn't very spring like but we're starting to see some hints of it coming. The grass is turning green, there are buds on the trees, and all the girls want to do is chow down on grass outside. This afternoon I ventured out with my camera. Its been awhile since i've had time to play with it. It is an overcast and somewhat dreary day. Perfect lighting for photos!

You'll notice that I have started to watermark my photos. Unfortunately I've been finding my photos and other content, in places I haven't given permission for them to be. If you are interested in using a photo or any other content from here, please ask.

I almost always will say yes as long as there is credit given back to my name or this site - Embee Cavaliers. Online content is automatically copyrighted to the individual it belongs to. You wouldn't want your personal photos spread all over without your permission, so please treat others the same way.

My beautiful Mylee
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Nothing makes Zozo more happy than playing frisbee
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Princess Molly
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You want me to pose? Sure!
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Gorgeous Zozo
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Molly is the definition of perpetual motion, most of my pictures of her look like this
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Happy Easter to everyone! Enjoy the long weekend. I know I will despite all the work that needs to be accomplished between now and Monday.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Oh spring, where are you?

April is almost finished and mother nature decides that we need another weekend of cold, snowy weather? Definitely a cruel joke.

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On the bright side the weather has made staying in all weekend to tackle school work very easy. Less than two weeks left to go of an incredibly intensive assignment based semester. I think every weekend since January has been dedicated to school work. I'm not even sure if I remember how to do other things! I'm so ready for our week off. Burnt out sums it up completely.

My week off will be less than relaxing but at least its for a good reason. Packing, organizing, unpacking, and reorganizing! I'm getting very excited about our new house. Lots of room inside, and a huge backyard.

My Zozo is almost 100% recovered from her ordeal with pyometra. It certainly hasn't slowed her down much, and i'm so thankful that she is back to being healthy. Her usual antics of barking obnoxiously at squirrel's, and chasing bunnies outside, don't seem so obnoxious anymore. She wasn't too keen on iphone pictures today. (My camera battery was of course dead again from leaving it plugged in to my computer)

Really? Get your phone out of my face
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Princess Molly is visiting for a few days. I'm getting her ready to show this summer, and more specifically for our annual Cavalier Fanciers of Southern Ontario specialty show at the end of June.

Her coat is coming in beautifully and I think she is doing excellent at handling classes. It will be fun to show again this year. Hopefully Molly feels the same way!

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This year also marks my first year of donating a perpetual trophy to the Cavalier Fanciers of Southern Ontario. I picked a beautiful print by Ken and Laura Ottinger for the 12-18 month bitch class. From the pictures above you might be able to tell why it appealed to me so much!

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I hope everyone is enjoying their cold, snowy, yucky spring weekend.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Pyometra: From feeling fine to gravely ill in 24 hours

Pyo - dervied from Latin meaning pus. Metra - derived from Latin meaning uterus.

In its more complicated form pyometra is a term that all owners of intact female dogs need to know. After every cycle the thought needs to be there, to be watchful of, to be mindful of.

As many of you are aware Zoey underwent an emergency spay due to pyometra on Tuesday. The pictures were taken by our amazing Veterinarian during her surgery. They are graphic, but they are real.

If you own an intact female dog, you need to educate yourself regarding the signs and symptoms of pyometra. It is an emergency situation that will lead to the death of your bitch if not treated immediately.

Zoey's 24 hour progression

Sunday

6:00pm - Zoey scarfed her dinner.

8:00pm - Someone peed in the house.

Monday

2:00am - Zo wanted out to pee. (red flag #1)

4:15am - Both dogs up, and wanting out. This is somewhat normal at our house. My little hunter has a preference for the early morning hours.

7:30am - Zoey refuses her morning cookie. (red flag #2)

8:00am - Zoey refuses breakfast. (red flag #3)

At this point I am concerned but hopeful. Being that we had bred Zoey 3 weeks ago, one of the signs of canine pregnancy is a bitch going off their food.

5:30pm - Return home from school. Zoey was quiet most of the day.

Let dogs out, Zo has diarrhea. Clean her up, and notice brownish discharge. *FREAK*
Take her temperature. 39.5 C, fever. *FREAK* Call my Vet.

6:15pm - Zoey's ultrasound shows that she has pyometra. Emergency spay scheduled for the morning.

9:oopm - Zoey is extremely lethargic, and feverish. Her discharge has increased. She is a *very* sick dog.

Tuesday

6:00am- Zoey is a mess in the morning. Her hind is covered in disgusting reddish brown discharge. She has trouble walking, and doesn't want to move. She is extremely feverish, and gravely ill.

12:00pm - Zoey is awake and recovering from her surgery.

Symptoms to recognize
  • Lethargy
  • Increased thirst and urine production
  • Loss of appetite
  • Possible discharge
  • Possible fever
  • Symptoms can vary a lot between girls
Treatment

The best thing you can do? Educate yourself through some wonderful resources. Observe your girls carefully, and do not hesitate in calling your Veterinarian if you are concerned.

Have you ever had an emergency with your dog? What did you do?

Resources
  • Pyometra - Dr. Daniel A. Degner, Board-certified Veterinary Surgeon (DACVS)
  • Canine Pyometra - New Approaches to an Old Disease, Madeleine Hubler, Dr. med. vet.,DECAR, Clinic for Reproductive Medicine Vetsuisse-Faculty, University of Zurich
  • Canine Pyometra - Pathogenesis, Therapy and Clinical Cases, Prof. Stefano Romagnoli, DVM, MS, PhD, Dipl ECAR
  • Canine Pyometra - Seattle Veterinary Services
A quickly healing tummy and back to stalking the cookie jar.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Somewhat wordless Wednesday


One of my all time favourite pictures of my Zozo. It captures her sweet expression beautifully.

Last night Zoey was diagnosed with pyometra, and underwent an emergency spay this morning. After a scary ordeal and a very sick doggy, Zoey is home tonight and recovering well.

My hopes of breeding her have been taken away but I am very thankful for a wonderful Veterinarian, in Dr. Gary Noorlander, and the staff at Campbellville Animal Hospital for getting my girl fixed up and on the road to recovery.

My next more in depth post will be on pyometra.