View Full Version : Happy Birthday /Adoption Anniversary Jack!

10-13-2009, 09:47 PM
One year ago today, we scooped up Jack from the local SPCA and took this crazy boy home. :p


And since they estimated him to be about a year old, we designated October 13 as his birthday too!

So Mr. Jack is officially 2 years old too!! :)

Poor guy - we are getting the leftovers of a typhoon and it's poured rain and howled wind all day here today and Jack hasn't gotten to do much of anything fun... I did give him a new frog toy with a fresh squeaker but I owe him a more serious celebration.

Love you Jack,


We Hope
10-13-2009, 10:02 PM
Toodles does the same thing re: rolling on the floor!

Jack will be glad to have a big time when the weather's better, that's for sure, but another toy or two wouldn't hurt either! :D


10-14-2009, 08:57 AM


Jo-Ann & my Dollydog angel :)

10-14-2009, 11:51 AM
He is adorable!!! Beautiful coloring.

10-15-2009, 12:45 AM
Happy birthday
Happy anniversary
Jack must think he has won the lottery.


Margaret Boyle
10-15-2009, 07:14 AM
Happy Birthday Jack You look so cute and you got a nice new toy.

Hugs to you all[/COLOR]

10-16-2009, 05:30 AM

Hope your enjoying your new toy. Hugs to you and your mom.

10-17-2009, 09:21 AM
Happy Belated Birthday Jack!

10-25-2009, 01:28 AM
Happy Belated Birthday, he's a cutie.;)

11-02-2009, 05:31 PM
Jack had to go to the vet today. Last time he went it was for rectal exam... :o so he was scared.

He got a pretty nasty tick bite - we found the tick on Wednesday evening and it had obviously been there at least four to five days judging by the size. I think it was a black-legged deer tick that we probably picked up at the Georgetown Nature Area... which is a nice spot so I want to take him back once we have the Advantix applied.

So the tick did not come out easily. I finally had to drive all over the place to find a tick pulling device. And the bite area has been red and inflamed ever since. Then this weekend Jack seemed somewhat lethargic. We had a busy weekend so it was hard to know for sure but we decided not to chance it. He's going on a course of doxycycline just in case he got infected with Lyme or Ehrlichia.

Though it's very scary, the following page provides really good information about tick-borne diseases: http://blackgsd.googlepages.com/home

One thing I didn't realize is that this is prime season for deer ticks - they are worse in the winter than in the spring and summer... great....

Jack also has had some hair loss around his left eye that started a month or more ago and has been very slowly spreading. Mites are one possiblity but it's almost impossible to verify it in that area. Friction is another. We might try ProMeris, which is a flea and tick treatment that also treats demodex mites.

Anyone have any experience with ProMeris?

I think it's fairly new.

So far, I like Jack's new lady vet. She's easy to talk to and seems knowledgeable. She's in the same office as Chris' vet but Jack's worries about men made us decide to change to a female vet for him.


11-02-2009, 06:03 PM
Urrgghh! Ticks!

We are just about tick central here. Tick-borne disease isn't much of a problem here - our biggest worry is the dreaded paralysis tick which can be lethal for dogs and very expensive to treat. (http://www.qm.qld.gov.au/inquiry/factsheets/aus_paralysis_tick_20080709.pdf http://www.vetstop.com.au/info/tick.asp) Zac hates having Advantix applied but it's a necessity of life (applied fortnightly) for about 9 months of the year in our area. We use the word "Advantix" around him all the time so that we don't spook him by mentioning it when it is "Advantix day". We often say, in his hearing, "Isn't it a good thing that Zac doesn't need his Advantix today."

One quick way remove a tick is to use a piece of sewing cotton. You make a simple overhand knot and lasoo the tick with that, tighten it around its head as close to the animal's skin as possible and pull gently. I always do this in a bathroom if I can just in case the tick goes astray. This is my favorite method of removing ticks. I once had to remove a small tick from the eyelid of a baby emu and couldn't imagine doing it safely in any other way in that situation.

I hope Jack is feeling better soon and that he hasn't picked up any tick-borne infection.


11-02-2009, 07:02 PM
We got a couple of these, which did the trick nicely.



We have usually just used a tweezers but this one wouldn't budge with them. The head of the deer tick is really tiny and I couldn't get under the body with a regular tweezers... plus Jack does NOT hold still. So I needed something I didn't have to aim too much. With Chris, we could take our time but Jackie boy is squirmy as heck!