Cricket is 10 months old

Cricket is 10 months old and still growing.

I have not had a chance to get her weighed people seem intimidated by her so I ordered a $50.00 muzzle so I can take her to PetSmart and weigh her. This should make people feel safer but honestly, she is on alert at home but does not seem bothered in public. My guess is somewhere between 130#s and 140#s she is eating about 7 cups dry plus a few tablespoons of canned.

The first pic is her sitting for her treat, the second pic Jack was showing her size by having her walking next to him. In the third pic after being let out of the pen she was headed straight for me talk about intimidation. The last pic is showing off her big head.

I love photographing pets and trying to capture their personality.

Watching airplanes

One of Crickets favorite things to do is watch the airplanes fly over our house.

We are about 16 miles from one of Houston’s major airports William P. Hobby.

They change the flight patterns a few different ways every so often the planes fly low over the house. I mean low enough to read what plane it is.

Cricket watches the planes in the sky like she is amazed. I visualize her saying “Da Plane Da Plane” like on the show Love Boat many years ago.

It brings me joy watching our dogs reactions to different things. Life is good!

Birthdays and Anniversaries

Cricket turned 9 months on November 2 she has finally started jumping and lets just say I feel her power when the ground shakes beneath me.

Our daughter Jeanelle thinks she is about 135#s I am thinking 120#s. Either way this is one big girl. Hopefully this week we can get a weight on her.

She had a training session at the park with people playing basketball, kids playing soccer, Tennis lessons going on and lots of people walking and running and nothing seemed to bother her. That was a lot of distractions and the trainer and I were both surprised she did so well.

Hopefully I can get some new pics this week.

Our wedding anniversary is today and its been 42 years. We have lived in the same house for almost 42 years its crazy when I think about it.

This week we got to put a new upstairs unit in for our central ac and heat that was $4500.00. I am very grateful we had the cash to pay for this. We did not have to replace the outside unit thank goodness that would have been another $5000.00.

I guess this was our anniversary present to each other.

There is 24 acres behind us and the far 12 acres is for sale and is pending sale for $660,000.00.

A cousins house down the road is for sale for $465,000.00 it is on 4.65 acres.

This area is very hot in the real estate market right now which is a good thing if we decide to sell.

Life is GOOD we are very blessed and thankful.

Cricket is 8 months old

Cricket was 8 months on October 2nd.

I am still guessing her weight to be about 115#s. Hopefully we can get by the vet or Petsmarts scale soon.

She is still growing and her appetite is increasing.

We wake up around 4 -5:00 a.m. and its doggie potty time. By 5:30 a.m. Crickets whining and moaning for breakfast. Daisy and Zoee do not do this but Cricket is very vocal with her opinions.

Cricket gets 3 cups dry food plus one heaping tablespoon of canned mixed up with 1/8 cup water 2 x a day. She does the same moaning and whining for evening food around 4:00 p.m.

Zoee and Daisy get 1 1/2 cups 2 x a day mixed with water and the heaping tablespoon of canned food.

Daisy had to go back on her Iiams dog food but now she is on healthy weight version. She was getting to be square no curves lol. I think the other food is to high or protein for her at her age. She is easy going so the transition went just fine.

Jeanelle and I read about dry food causing bloat so now our dogs get it mixed with a little water usually about 1/8 cup water seems to be working out well for everyone.

The dogs have been enjoying the cooler weather and seem to be spending more time outdoors that is a good thing for Cricket and Zoee who are always rowdy and wrestling.

Daisy is calmer and prefers to be where we are she likes keeping an eye on us.

We take turns letting the dogs walk down the road with us and they all enjoy that. It is a disaster to take all 3 at the same time.

We switched everyone to the martingale collars I like the design it slips over their head and tightens if they are pulling on a leash. Since our dogs do not wear collars full time they get so excited to see the collar and leash and start doing jumping flips. The collars come in different widths and Crickets is the wider one the boxers the narrow one. I found ours on Amazon they had some nice aztec patterns.

Life is good in our 3 dog family we just go through a lot of dog food with Crickets appetite.

Crickets trainer

This is Amanda who is crickets trainer from Pearland K 9 Training. She is a CPDT-KA certified trainer with three years experience.

She and Cricket get a long great. Cricket has learned sit, stay, come on, down, leave it ( such as a treat etc). She will be learning let go this next week.

Then Cricket will be moving to socialization at the park. We have not been to the park since we have been isolating so this will be interesting for us both.

Walking down our street your not going to run into any people that are walking so there is no socializing her that way.

I want to be able to take Cricket on walks to the park and even to Petsmart or Petco without worry. With three dogs we would have to take turns going to the park.

We took this picture to show off Crickets size I think you all can tell she is just a tiny little 7 month old puppy.

It has been great working with Amanda I highly recommend her if you live in our area.

Cricket is 7 months old

Cricket is our 7 months old Cane Corso puppy who weighs about 115#’s.

The boys from this litter are around 125 – 130#s.

She is a very big girl who is very smart and very protective of me.

Shady Acres Rosharon does a wonderful job with the quality of their pups and picking out really good matches for breeding purposes. Our daughter has it figured out which colors of pups you will get with the colors of the male and females you breed.

The sunflowers on her head was something I wanted to do for fun. I love dog photography sessions and I love to capture the unexpected with a large dog.

Cricket loves the grand kids and tries to sit on them she wants so badly to be a lap puppy. She does not realize her size she just knows she is a puppy that drools a lot.

Every morning around 5 a.m. she whines and cries for her breakfast she does the same thing in the afternoon around 4 p.m. She is very verbal and is not ashamed to show you.

All three of the dogs get a long great and play well together.

Every dog has a unique personality and they all do little things to show off who they really are.

Cricket is 6 months old

Cricket our Cane Corso pup turned 6 months old on August 2nd.

She is starting obedience training on August 10th. This lady will come to our home 2 x per week and work on all her commands and teach her to act like a well-behaved lady.

She is very smart and seems to pick up stuff really fast so I really think this training should work out well for her.

She starts training indoors, then we move to the yard where there are some distractions. As the weeks go on we will move to the park where there are lots of people & distractions. A dog has to be able to focus on commands in all situations.

I feel like she’s probably a 100#s now she grows really fast.

I ordered her an XL kennel and she can stand up in it and sprawl out so this one should be the perfect size for her to sleep in at night. Her collars are 23″ I just bought two new ones for her.

The plastic kiddie pools are not lasting so I think its time we get a galvanized stock tank. I found one that is 2 ft wide x 4 ft long x 1 ft deep for $90.00. Sometimes I catch her in the pool sitting up cooling off and asleep lol.

I will post an update on Cricket’s training during the next month.

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The girls

I wanted a picture of the 3 girls together & this was the best I could get it is hard posing 3 dogs at the same time.

They all know the sit command quite well and in this picture, they were waiting for a treat looking like little soldiers. I did not pose them in size order they did that.

The second picture I like the way they posed themselves but Crickets ear is inside out lol but Daisy and Zoee are grinning.

Seeing the dog’s faces when a Chewy Order comes in is priceless. I think they smell the snacks. Daisy always wants to open the box. Last week I had a chewy order for $65.00 and it was just treats and toys.

Dogs make our lives better and the more you have the better you’ll feel.

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Cricket’s Cherry Eyes

Cricket our Cane Corso pup developed Cherry Eye on Monday.

Two days prior to this her eyes were draining some I thought she had an allergy but that was only until she woke up with her eyes looking like this.

Two of Zelda’s pups have developed this disorder the other one Crickets sibling only has one eye so far and they prefer to do surgery when it’s both.

It looks terrible, her eyes are draining constantly and she can not see looking down very well. I took these pictures on Tuesday of this week. I have been using warm paper towels to wipe her eyes 4 – 5 times a day.

This is very common in the Mastiff breed, Cane Corso, or any dog with loose skin baggy eyes such as a basset hound. They cut and clip to remove the third eyelid that causes this.

A big thank you to Suburbia North Animal Hospital in Houston off FM 1960. She had her surgey on Friday. It was worth the hour drive to find someone who specializes in this.

Cricket is not a fan of strangers so she barked and slightly growled at these people in mask and gloves.  She has a bark that would keep anyone from entering our house and that is a good thing.

So much for curbside pick up I ended up taking her into the vet and putting her in the kennel then I had to go in and get her. My mean puppy.

She whined all the way home feeling sorry for herself we are home now and shes under the desk which is her norm.

She will be 6 months on August 2nd and weighs in at 87#s she towers over Daisy and Zoee.  She runs like a galloping horse she is very mighty just not very fast but she thinks she is.

Our poor little puppy looked so bad with her eyes like this.

Surgery Update:

Surgery went well and she does not have to wear a C Collar YES!

They said eat and drink slowly today due to the anesthesia.

I am enclosing pics of after surgery so you can see how much this was bothering her and how much better she looks. She has stitches in both eyes and they are swollen a little. The eyes are bleeding some but its a very vascular area so this is to be expected and should only last today..

Pet emergencys happen and the fur babies count on us to help them.

 

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