On 20th October 2012, HC noticed that Jack had an abnormal head tilt to the right. He seemed to suffer a loss of balance, and stumbled to his right frequently, much like a ‘drunken’ man.
The vet said Jack has a slight left ear infection, but ruled that out as the cause of his head tilt. He said that it is a common brain disease in older dogs, and it may or may not resolve on its own. There is also no medication for such disease.
HC is not overly anxious about Jack’s vestibular disease, as he shows no sign of discomfort and is eating well. He does not have the other symptoms of a vestibular disease such as jerky movements of the eye, vomiting or nausea. HC is hoping that his condition will heal on its own within the next few weeks. She does not like the idea of putting him on general anaesthetics unnecessarily to have a CT scan.
It has been 11 days since the onset of the head tilt, and Jack is doing better. He doesn’t stumble as often and the head tilt is less frequent. Let's hope he will recover fully from it.
HC was worried and asked if the owners are planning to leave I-tam here for good! For my sanity, I hope he goes back after 2 weeks.
Since this is our house, we had to stake a claim on I-tam's bed!
Me and my loyal subject.
Below is a very reluctant pic from both of us. I was giving I-tam the evil eye, and I-tam was naturally worried. Immediately after the picture was taken, I-tam jumped out of the bed to let me have on my own.
He is allowed to use his own bed only when I decide to sit on own (pink) king's throne!
Posted by Joey on Saturday, October 20, 2012
Dogs have super memory. The last time I brought them to my office was 5-6 years ago. This time, when I opened the main entrance to my office level, Jack ran all the way down the hallway and went into the last room. I had to recall him back as my room is in the middle of the hallway. It was much later that I realised that my previous room was the last room that Jack went. Amazing that Jack can still remembered which room I used to occupy after so long)
HC said she hoped Jack will be better behaved this time. The last holiday we had, Jack refused to let Scuba's caregiver put a leash on him, refused to go out for walks, refused showers, refused to do anything he was asked. The only thing he accepts is food!
Posted by Joey on Friday, August 03, 2012
Posted by Joey on Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Yesterday's was Jack's 13th Anniversary with HC. Read the story here on how Jack came into HC's life 13 years ago. Since HC does not know when is Jack's exact birthday, she decided that the anniversary date shall be his birthday.
When HC first adopted Jack, the vet said Jack should be about 2-3 years. So that makes him 15-16 years old!
Oh my... I am 11 years old now. We are all getting old :( but luckily still very healthy and active.
Anyway, HC came back yesterday holding a plastic bag of food. However, we didn't give get to see it properly as HC said it was for Jack to share with his friends later on!
I was resting on the comfy seat while watching HC get ready to bring us to Scuba's place for Jack's anniversary celebration.
When we reached Scuba's place, Scuba's and Helios' mum gave Jack a surprise - a cake.
So Jack had two cakes this year (probably to make up for his lack of anniversary celebration last year)
The one on the left was the cake complimentary from Scuba's & Helios' mum. Seems that they have a thing for cakes in blue :)
HC also bought meatballs and cheese tartlets.
Our human godsister was happily singing a birthday song for Jack and grinning as she thought the cake was for her too.
hahaha. We told her the cake was meant for dogs, but since it is human grade, she can eat alittle of it.
The 'birthday' boy gets to have the first bite.
HC : I cannot believe it has been 13 years since I first adopted Jack! It was an initially tough few months having him as he was a stubborn, aggressive dog who has no qualms about biting if he's not happy with you. My pride does not allow me to rehome him elsewhere, and I took the rough road to tame him through discipline, training and then love. I am glad we made it through.
Posted by Joey on Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Last Saturday, HC asked Itam (my new MS friend) and his owners to meet with Happy. I was really pleased at the thought of them meeting, for a very selfish reason.
You see, I have alot of admirers and Itam is one of them. He loves me soooo much that it irritates the hell out of me. He would tail me incessantly, even when I am busy playing fetch. Many a times, I got fed up and nipped him. He would stopped for like 5 minutes than continued to harrass me.
So I was hoping Happy and Itam would hit it off well, and leave me alone with my ball!
The two MS meeting each other for the first time. They were polite and sniffed each other a while. Unfortunately, there's about it! They didn't fall in love!
*The lighter fur is Happy and the darker, smaller dog is Itam
Happy was happier asking for treats.
and pats on the head.
(HC : There was a moment when Happy showed who his friends were, and treated Itam as a outsider. It happened when Joey yelled and nipped at Itam. Out of pain/shock, Itam screamed alittle. Happy, upon seeing this, went up to Itam with his body rigid and growled at Itam. It's as if Happy was saying "Leave my friend alone!". Luckily, I was beside them and said "HEY!!".. and that tense moment went away. )
An obligatory group photo.
(Did u see how Itam irritated me even when we were posing!!! Arrrgggghhhh)
After an hour, HC decided to go home and unfortunately she invited Itam's owners back to her place to have dinner!
(HC : Joey played in Happy's garden for an hour, yet he seemed to have so much energy that day. When we were packing to go home, he held on to his ball and jumped into the car. When we reached the car park, he brought the ball down on his own, carried it all the way, took the lift and finally reached our apartment... never once did he leave the ball out of his sight.)
After the human had dinner, I played tug and fetch with Itam's owner. Of course, that irritating Itam never left me alone.
Posted by Joey on Monday, March 26, 2012
Auntie SK is away for a trip, and asked HC to visit her dog - Happy once in a while to make sure everything is alright.
Auntie SK has a house-sitter to take care of Happy and the plants, but she is still worried as the house-sitter is not an experienced dog handler/owner.
So we went with HC to make sure the house-sitter didn't murdered/lost Happy while the owner is away :)
We went to Happy's garden to chill out.
First, Happy has to mark the garden stool as 'his'..
Impolite Jack marked over Happy's mark.
Luckily I had some manners and decided to mark another stool.
After much marking, I started playing fetch. Happy was trying to chase me initially but he was tired soon after.
After 10 mins in the warm weather, I almost fainted and HC made all of us sat on the bench to pose for pictures.
Posted by Joey on Tuesday, March 20, 2012
A couple of months ago, HC's friend mentioned that he is interested in adopting a dog, preferably young and either a cairn terrier or a schnauzer breed.
Coincidentally, HC happened to chance upon a facebook's posting about a young couple who are looking to give away their dog to a good home.
On the viewing day itself, Jack and I were invited to visit the adopters and the dog. This is because HC's friend had never had dogs, and the adopters were worried about his inexperiences. So HC's friend roped in us to help to 'convince' the adopters that we could help him (the inexperienced new owner). HC's friend kept mentioning me as the 'search dog' (although I am already retrenched LOL), and how well-behaved and trained we are.
I guess our manners and HC's friend sincerity moved the adopters because they agreed within an hour of viewing even though they have other people keen to view the dog.
The dog was named 'hitam' as he was almost black as a puppy. (Hitam in malay means black). He was renamed 'I-Tam' by HC's friend later.
According to the first owner, I-tam has only been taken for walks 2-3x in his life. (he's 1.5 years old). He was mainly taken care by the couple's elderly mum - who finds it a struggle to take care of a young dog.
At first, HC's friend was worried that as the dog was not properly socialised, there may be troubles ahead. But their fears were unfounded, as I-tam proved to be very obedient and easy going.
I am happy to say that I-tam now gets at least 2 long walks daily, and on weekends, he gets to visit new doggy friend - us.
Ok, we are not as excited as I-tam. As some of you may know, we don't play with other dogs easily, and Jack is extremely grouchy towards strange dogs.
Even after 3-4 visits, we still have not warmed up to him.
Here's the proof.
I was sitting on I-tam owner's lap, and giving the owner kisses but I-tam has to come in-between us. Jack didn't like I-tam too and we both ganged up against him.
After almost 2 hours of trying to get us to play with him, he failed miserably and went to sleep.
Even though I don't like I-tam, I am glad he found an owner who is willing to spend time on him and showered him to lots of love.
HC is now trying to convince her friend to switch I-tam to raw food.
Posted by Joey on Thursday, February 09, 2012
Happy Chinese New Year to everyone!
We started the year with good news!
HC sent Jack and I for a comprehensive blood test.
The test results came up with good readings on our liver, kidney, red blood cells, white blood cells etc.. and a physical check comes with no adnormality too.
HC intended to let Jack and I go for a dental scaling as well. But kind Dr. Chua said it is not necessarily as there is not much tartar to clean for Jack's teeth (considering that Jack is now 14-15 years - that is good dental news). As for me, only two of my back teeth requires scaling. But HC decided to go ahead and let me have the dental scaling done now as I am still in good health. She didn't want to wait a few more years as I am already 10 years old now.
(HC : Jack has very good teeth with very little tartar as he keeps it in good condition by constanting gnawing on raw bones and dental chews daily. As for Joey, he does not gnaw as often as Jack, but he does get his raw bones once a month. However, he lost his upper back teeth a while back and he doesn't use that side of his mouth to gnaw bones, hence the build up in tartar.)
At the end of a long day (9a.m. to 3 p.m) we went home happy and exhausted, except for HC who spent more than $600 on us. hahaha
We were so happy to be home that we started playing with each other (HC : they hardly play together in this manner. Usually they let each other do their own thing at home)
Posted by Joey on Monday, January 02, 2012