German Wirehaired Pointer

A Public Service Announcement

What is going on I asked?  Why am I experiencing baldness at such a young age as 2 years old?  It was quite the shock to suddenly have my hair falling out as you can imagine.   I’m a handsome dog, but this loss of hair is making me uncomfortable!

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So off I go to the doggy doctor to be checked out.  Could it be allergies? Could it be premature aging? No, that would be silly! Could I be sick? The doctor examines me, thinks maybe I need more vitamins or something,  and home we go with bottle of oil type pills and a gentle shampoo. Hoping for this to be the end of it and hoping my awesome coat grows back.

Nope, nothing changes after a few weeks, and it looks like it’s getting worse. Back to the doctor we go.  She does some blood work, maybe it’s  a thyroid issue she says, whatever that means.  I’ll just lay around sulking, waiting for answers, looking silly and balding! No, I’m not too vain!

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Nope, nothing shows up in the blood work. That’s good, I’m otherwise healthy! And it’s back to the doctor we go, and by the way, who pays for all this??  She does a skin scraping, nothing there, no bugs of any kind. Good! She then takes a tool and proceeds to punch out some of my skin for a biopsy. “OUCH” she says!!  Yep, she might want to have someone hold me a little tighter if she plans anything like that again. No, I didn’t bite her, just a little warning grab. My eyes, they say “I’m sorry”! I think she knows that!

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And then the call comes.  Third time’s a charm, finally an answer! She says it’s called “Seasonal Flank Alopecia”, such big words which mean balding on both sides of my body. Yes, we know that, but why? And how do we fix this? She recommends melatonin, twice a day to help. It may be due to not enough outside time during the winter months with less sun being out, it could affect the hair growth. Maybe this, maybe that, here’s to hoping I get my wiry coat back on track.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get used to that melatonin, made me a little too sleepy and unable to wake easily in the morning.  So we’ll just sit back and hope it only needs some time in the sun!  Sunning myself is easy enough, I like it outside! Tomorrow is another day, and each day it looks a little better!

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For all of my dog families out there, stuff like this happens sometimes.  Not all dogs get it, and Wirehair Pups like myself aren’t the usual breed affected by this condition. So get your puppies and doggies to the doctor to be sure why they may be losing their hair. This has been a Pubic Service Announcement from yours truly, Drax!

2017 New Year Resolutions

Christmas is almost here, there are decorations everywhere and in every room. A beautiful tree in the house is always exciting to see. Then there are these owls I spotted in the yard and they’re pretty cool all lit up at night!

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Well, decorations are in almost every room. Here in the kitchen where Diesel and I hang out, not too much decorating going on. I have a feeling there isn’t much trust in us to leave all the awesome looking, glittering and bright ornaments and trimmings alone. Even Gunnar gets stuck in the kitchen occasionally with us when all the hustle and bustle of Christmas decorating is happening!

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And of course, there’s that Naughty and Nice list going on again this year. I’ve been trying every chance I get to share my toys with Diesel. At least most of the time! Sometimes it’s just too tempting when new toys are bought and to not want them all for myself. Diesel just has to wait while I check them out!  Your turn’s coming, promise!  Just let me gnaw on them a little longer.

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Helping in the kitchen is always one of my favorite things to do. Just to let Santa Claus know I’ve been trying to change my ways, I won’t be jumping up on the counter stealing the toast today. Help whip those eggs for you?? It would be my pleasure!

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I do have a New Year’s resolution to do better at listening to “commands” and “requests”. And I will be working on that in 2017, because that paper towel on the counter was just taunting me today.  The naughty corner, yes, I hear you……let me know when my two minutes are up.

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Let’s all have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  By the way, who’s hat is this and why all the fuss to give it back?

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Weekend Warrior

The Weekend!  It’s that time again to get some pheasants, chukers and serious flushing done.  Getting ready on Saturday for my much needed hunt the next day!  I need to get myself some sufficient protein for energy, some exercise to stretch those muscles, I must get some sleep, too, and then I will be ready for sure!

Early morning running is great, playing keep away is better!

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Finally, lunch time and I found myself checking out a tuna fish sandwich someone carelessly left unattended for just a short time, but long enough…BAM!  Seriously I am quick!!

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Afterwards, it was time to go outside for some exercise, some running in circles, tossing a stick, a little tug of war with Diesel. But the best part was enjoying the sunshine and some sleep!

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Dinner time came, and oops,turned your back for a second!  BAM, a piece of T-Bone left on your plate was mine!  Protein is awesome when it’s done medium rare, so delicious! I’m always looking for those moments I can sneak some people food off a plate.

Sunday morning, finally, and it couldn’t come soon enough.  I was up and about early, so very, very early as a matter of fact.   Where are you, when are we going?  I’m ready, WHERE ARE YOU??

8:00 am and off we went to the K-R Ranch and everything was wonderful. I flushed, I pointed and I retrieved.  Then I got tired.  It was a quick and frenzied kind of day, and I really wasn’t as agile and prepared as I thought I was.  We called it a day after about an hour, and back home we went.

Cleaning up the mornings worth of birds, and BAM, I’m out like a light, ZZZZZZZ!

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Next weekend isn’t that far off, you can bet I’ll be better prepared!

Trust

 

Well, well, well. They apparently have started to let their guard down. Silly people! TRUST they call it.   I have after all been on my “best behavior”. However, that is up to interpretation depending on who you talk to!!  TRUST, I’m liking that word!  It’s like an all Access Pass! Silly people!

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I  tell you this because I  recently found a bag of bagels left out on the counter. TRUST. Nope, never expected that, and yes, all four of them were delicious!  Yep, I said four, no sharing here! They jokingly asked me why I didn’t wait for the Lox, not sure what they meant?

I can also tell you this is true because of the package of chicken cutlets I found on the counter.   Again, it must be TRUST. Somebody walked out of the room for just a little too long!  I took them into the backyard, but I just couldn’t get them open fast enough, the wrapper was on way too tight!!  Sadly, no chicken dinner for me!

Which brings me to today.  Everything was quiet, so I ventured into the kitchen sink. I’m thinking maybe I would find food left on a plate or something.  Nope, no leftovers, but I did find a plastic container in the sink.  It was clean but I still grabbed it and ran.

I apparently alerted someone with all that clanking sound.   Not to mention that small clue I left behind, so they knew that’s where the noise came from!

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 What fun I was having, tossing that plastic container around in the yard. Diesel wanted to get in on it but alas it was taken away shortly after they found us outside. Something about foam not being good for my digestive system and other stuff like that, but I didn’t understand or care!

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I guess I’ll be seeing a lot more of that laundry room again….It’s really not that bad, kinda cozy, always food and water available.  Here’s to TRUST, and trying to get it back!! 

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Que the Beach Boys, “In my Room”

There’s a world where
I can go and
Tell my secrets to
In my room
In my room

Do my dreaming and my scheming
Lie awake and pray
Do my crying and my sighing
Laugh at yesterday

In my Room….

 

 

The Incident

I’m sad, so sad to know that doggy daycare is over. No more running with the pack, playing hide and go seek, or tug of war. And no more afternoon snacks!

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Now that my “Dad” and hunting buddy has recuperated from surgery, it really isn’t necessary for me to be sent to the ranch.   It was so much fun getting to run freely with the other hunting dogs. However, there were a couple of pups that really weren’t very fond of me being there.  You know how it goes, the new kid makes friends, but the popular kids don’t like you taking over their territory!!

And then there was “The Incident”, the moment that I got carried away when there was all this barking and taunting from another dog. I was barking back, trying to stand my ground.  Then suddenly, not knowing who or what  came up behind me, I turned and grabbed something, (some call it biting) and it turned out to be the arm of my young human!!  I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I had no idea what was going on. Oh,no!!  Is that blood??  I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I didn’t know in the heat of the moment if I was being attacked!

It was all too crazy after that with some loud yelling for me to get in the truck.   Off we went back home.  I’m not really sure but that may be the real reason I wasn’t going back to the doggy daycare ranch. I’m sure it didn’t help anyway.

I’m happy to report that the bite didn’t leave too much of a mark on his arm and that he still loves me!  He doesn’t blame me either, it was an honest mistake after all.

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Doggy Daycare

I’m Baaaaack …. I didn’t disappear, but knowing that my days are pretty much filled with the same old stories and misadventures I didn’t want to bore anyone. There is the continuous jumping up on the counters, still!!  Stealing the knob off the washing machine, again,   but this time it is really broken!  There was the time I got the SECOND set of weather stripping off from around the door …not happy people at all!

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I got out of the kitchen gate, twice in one day, stole some socks (almost swallowed one), grabbed a buckwheat pillow and dragged it outside…… don’t know what that filling was, but now it’s all in the grass!!  Yep, I seem to get these moments of crazy, not as often anymore, but when I do, LOOK OUT!!

 

Recently my hunting partner, master and good buddy had  double knee surgeries done, and would be unable to play and exercise with me for awhile. I missed him when he was gone. We did have some quiet moments together before he left for a week though.

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Now that he is home recuperating, I seem to get a little too active around him.  The K-R Ranch has allowed me to visit them during the day, and run with their hunting dogs and play and play and play!!  It is super fun, and at the end of the day, I’m exhausted……

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We all get what we need, I get to play at doggy daycare, and my family gets a little break!

 

 

“The Struggle is Real”

 

That’s laughter in the other room!  I hear jokes and stories being told, I hear they’re sharing their stories on Facebook now ,and you know what? It’s all about us!! That’s right, us as in German Wire haired Pointers.  The best thing since white bread in my opinion. Those new owners of puppies who weren’t quite ready for the joyful, active, and non-stop chaos being delivered each day, well they’re looking for a little help on these sites, and in such need of some answers.

“Hi, I have a 12 week old GWP puppy who is jumping up and knocking over my 2 year old child, how can I stop this?”  Answer: ” You MUST pick up the 2 year old child!”

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“Hi, How do I keep my puppy, very large puppy, from stealing food off the counters?”   Answer: “Never, EVER keep food on your counter, or anything else on there for that matter.  Counter surfing is never ending, sorry!”

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“Hi, I have a GWP puppy with separation anxiety, how can I keep her from destroying things while I’m at work?”  Answer: “You must quit your job and live to keep your puppy happy!”

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“Hi, my GWP puppy just ripped open his bed for the third time, and destroys every toy I buy. How can I stop this behavior?” Answer: “HAHAHAHA, not a chance, they live for the thrill of seeing you clean up, they will stop at nothing!”

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It does seem as though the outcome is usually the same, change the way you live, keep training the puppy the best you can, and learn to LAUGH, really laugh alot.  Because you are not alone, horror stories will be told, but there will be some peace, eventually. Not sure when, but I’m starting to calm down…

“The Struggle is Real!”

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Draxcapades

 

I’m thinking  the shenanigans of the past year are definitely and appropriately being called Draxcapades!

I’ve been told not to grab the roll of  paper towels, or eat napkins and begged not to attack and rip open my bed!   I guess these events are proof I’ve been giving it my puppy all! Even after putting everyone through the Draxcapades,  I find  my people must really, truly love me!!  And after all the counter-surfing I’ve done alone, I’m still getting lots of hugs! Counter surfing, a way to make “stealing food” sound kinda cool and fun!

Seriously, who wouldn’t love this face!

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There are Facebook sites I’ve heard of called “I Love German Wirehaired Pointers” and “German Wirehaired Pointers” that let many, many people compare their adventures, share pictures and of course share their love of their pups! They have over 4500 members from all over the world!  We are an awesome breed and they know it!

We can make you laugh, we can show you love, we are great hunting dogs, and we are loyal family members.  We are smart, we are clowns and we are devilishly active.

So, remember, if you want a dog who is….
Large, and athletic ( kinda rowdy with great jumping skills)..
Has a wiry coat and whiskery beard ( that drips water)…
Thrives on vigorous exercise ( all day in between meals)..
Is steady-tempered & dependable (yep!)…
Makes a keen watchdog and hunting partner ( no debating that!)…
Than I am what you are looking for in a best friend!

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Bored, Bored, Bored

And really confused!

What is wrong with this picture??

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What is wrong with these people??

Well I’ll tell you!  Apparently there is something called “target shooting”, which makes  absolutely, positively NO SENSE! Why  are you all wasting  time, effort, and shells on an event that doesn’t include me, or provide me with a chance to retrieve a bird? I don’t think they can adequately answer that question, do you?

So, here I am, stuck in the house while all the fun is happening outside. Bang, bang, bang…..yep, that’s it, that’s all I can do is stand here and listen. So many opportunities lost.

Bang, bang, bang…

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I guess I’ll just take a nap, have some sweet dreams of flushing and retrieving birds. And, well, Diesel doesn’t seem to mind me hanging with him.  He’s not a fan of all that noise outside. He just doesn’t get it!

Bored, bored, bored…

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A Hunting We Will Go…

Yes, it’s true, after several practice runs with the long leash, the day is finally here and now I can start to fulfill my destiny of being a hunting dog!

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I’m so excited, I’m so excited, I’m so excited.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!!  Did you hear, I’m going HUNTING !!

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IT WAS GLORIOUS!  I heard words of praise and received so much attention for all my hard work.  I think there may be plans to let me join the  Deutsch-Drahthaar Association, you know, if there is one!

I was so confident and I followed most commands.  I flushed, I pointed and I retrieved.  I jumped into the pond, I got dirty, wet and smelly.  It was a GREAT DAY all around!!

The good people of KR Ranch were impressed, so I hear, of my abilities and good instincts for such a young pup.  I rather like them very much too!!

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I was bathed after my long day and came home exhausted and smelling pretty.   Maybe I should mention to them I prefer a more manly smell, you know, something like Old Spice or Musk?

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