Renelle update

We got her lastest blood work back and she is still stable.  With that…..

Renelle at breakfast was weird, I set her bowl down and she wouldn’t eat it. So I tried hand feeding her her kibble she ate happily, I put green beans in her bowl, she ate happily, tried to give her her pill in a pill pocket, out it came. so coated it in peanut butter, happily ate it, put another pill in cheese, ate it.

keeping an eye on her today…..

Its been a rough year for her.  2 anal gland infections (currently on antibiotics for the 2nd).  An issue with her liver when she stopped eating, within a week of vet care she was much better.

a year ago she has a seizure type issue…..

Sigh.  Feel better my love.



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Clan Cameron

Clan Cameron
Clann Camshron, Na Camshronaich[1]

Crest: (old): A dexter arm embowed in armour, the hand grasping a sword, all proper, encircled by a belt and buckle.[2]
(current): A sheaf of five arrows, proper, tied with a band, gules, encircled by a belt and buckle.[2]

Motto: old): Mo Righ ‘s Mo Dhuchaich (For King and Country).[2]
(current): Aonaibh Ri Chéile (Let Us Unite).[2]

War cry: Chlanna nan con thigibh a so’s gheibh sibh feoil (Sons Of The Hounds, Come Hither And Get Flesh)[3]

Region – Highlands
District – Lochaber
Plant badge – crowberry, or oak

Donald Angus Cameron of Lochiel
The 27th Chief of Clan Cameron (Mac Dhòmhnaill Dubh[1] [maxkˈɣõː.əl̪ˠtuh])
Seat – Achnacarry Castle[4]
Historic seat – Tor Castle[4]

Septs of Clan Cameron:
Chambers, Chalmers, Clark, Clarke, Clarkson, Cleary, Clerk, Dowie, Gibbon, Grimesey, Kennedy, Krywonis, Leary, Lokcick, Lonbie, Lonie, MacAldowie, MacAlonie, MacChlerich, MacChlery, MacClair, MacClerie, MacElhaney, MacGillery, MacGillonie, MacIldowie, MacKail, MacKell, MacLear, MacLeary,
MacLerie, MacMartin, MacOnie, MacOstrich, MacOurlic, MacPhail, MacSorley, MacUlric, MacUlrig, MacVail, MacWalrick, Martin, Paul, Sorley, Sorlie, Taylor

The above similar surnames are “anglicized” versions of the Gaelic “Mac a’ Chlerich/Cleireach”; son of the cleric or, sometimes, clerk. Those of Irish origins are usually of the surname Clarke, which is “Cleary” when anglicized, or Laoghaire, which is “Leary” when anglicized. This sept is considered to have an ecclesiastical origin, as the name denotes. Outside of Lochaber this sept is “claimed” as part of Clan Chattan, more specifically, Clan Mackintosh.

Near Lundavra, east of Loch Linnhe and south-west of Ben Nevis in Nether Lochaber is a place named Blar nan Chleireach, otherwise known as “The Field of the Clerks.” This place name is known to have existed prior to the mid-sixteenth century, when Donald “The Taillear Dubh” Cameron was brought up here by his foster parents. The Gaelic version of the surname, Mac a’ Chlerich/Mac a’ Cleireach, supports this theory, in that they are strikingly similar to the place name. In recent years there have been similar claims of place name-surname “connections” within Clan Cameron. Only recently was it brought to light that the surname Stronach, taken from the Camerons of Strone, is a valid Cameron sept.
Curiously, Blar nan Chleireach is not part of the disputed lands between Clan Cameron and Clan Mackintosh. It may be that the Mac a’ Chlerichs, who are known to be adherents to both Lochiel and Mackintosh, split internally within their ranks. Those who remained loyal to Lochiel may have left the disputed lands near Glen Loy, settling further from potential retribution from the Mackintoshes, yet within Lochiel’s sphere of protection. There is precedent to suggest that this may have been possible, in that during this era these “splits” within a clan were not uncommon.

There is evidence to suggest that segments of both Clan Cameron and Clan Mackintosh remained loyal to the Lord of the Isles during the early-mid fifteenth century. If the Mac a’ Chlerichs “split” in a similar fashion, then this would explain the “claim” of the sept by both clans. If these residents of the “field of clerks” were “of Lundavra,” then they were among the most staunch supporters and adherents of the Camerons of Lochiel. In 1613, when the Camerons of Erracht and Glen Nevis revolted against Allan MacDonald Dubh Cameron, Sixteenth Chief, the Camerons of Lundavra, Callart and Culchenna were among Lochiel’s firmest supporters.

The surname Gilbert means “Bright Pledge”; with Gilbertson implying “Son of the Bright Pledge.” Gibbon is a double diminutive of Gilbert.

Clan branches:
ameron of Lochiel (chiefs)
Cameron of Erracht (senior cadets)
Cameron of Callart
Cameron of Clunes
Cameron of Glen Nevis
Cameron of Fassifern
See also:
Cameron baronets
Allied clans:
lan Donald
Clan MacMillan

There are four basic tartans which are utilized by the Clan Cameron, each of which is usually found available in “modern” (bright and lively colors), “weathered” (softer hues) and “ancient” (supposedly more authentic colors) variations:

1) Basic Clan Cameron: This sixteen green squares upon a red background sett, with a bright yellow bordering, is for general use by all members of Clan Cameron. If one tartan had to be singled out for general use by Camerons worldwide, Basic Clan Cameron would be the one. As is the case with most clan tartans, this is one from the Vestiarium of Scoticum in 1834, which was accepted by the then Lochiel. It very much resembles an old red and green square sett in the West Highlands Museum in Fort William, although there are some variations.

2) Cameron of Lochiel: This red and blue tartan is similar to that worn by the 18th Chief, Donald “The Gentle Lochiel” Cameron in a portrait hanging at Achnacarry. It was first illustrated in 1810 in Wilson’s Collection. This is the personal tartan of the Chief and his immediate family; as a rule it should not be worn by clansfolk.

3) Cameron of Erracht: Said to have been designed by the wife of Donald, 7th of Erracht in 1793 (there are many theories as to its origin, none of which seem entirely satisfactory). This combination of the Cameron and MacDonald tartans uses a deep red, dark blue, green and a fine gold line. It was created for the use of the original 79th Regiment, later known as The Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders, raised in 1793 by their eldest son, General Sir Allan Cameron, K.C.B. Regardless of its origin, this tartan has been in use by The Cameron Highlanders since their late-eighteenth century inception. It is often used as a day or “hunting” tartan, because of its “serviceable” colors. At times it has been strictly reserved for use among the regiment, but is now in wide use among Clan Cameron. This tartan was not created as a tribal clothing specifically for the Erracht Camerons. Therefore, if any Cameron ancestors owned this tartan, it does not mean that they were Camerons of Erracht. Quite the contrary, it probably indicates a regimental affiliation or even a school uniform, as some Highland academic institutions required students to dress in this tartan.

4) Hunting Cameron (of Lochiel): With its soft shades of green and blue, this tartan is not listed as being restricted in its use. It was devised because the Basic Clan Cameron tartan was considered too bright for shootings, stalking and hiking. Designed in 1956, it was based on a description of the tartan worn by the clansmen who fought under Sir Ewen Cameron, 17th Chief, at the battle of Killiecrankie.


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Clan Buchanan

Clan Buchanan
Na Cananaich

Crest: A hand coupee holding a ducal cap, or duke’s cornet, proper, with two laurel branches wreathed surrounding the crest, disposed orleways proper.[1][2]
Motto Clarior hinc honos or “Henceforth forward the honour shall grow ever brighter”
War cry Clar Innes[3]

Origins of the Clan

Clan Buchanan has occupied the lands surrounding the shores of Loch Lomond since 1225 as a result of a grant by the Earl of Lennox to Sir Absalon of Buchanan in which he is referred to as ‘clericus meus’, meaning ‘my clergyman’.

Furthermore, Clan Buchanan can trace its origin back to Anselan O Kyan who was a son of the King of Ulster who landed in Argyll in 1016. For his services against the Danes he received the lands of Buchanan, which lie to the east of Loch Lomond.

Wars of Scottish Independence

During the Wars of Scottish Independence the Clan Buchanan supported King Robert the Bruce fighting at the Battle of Bannockburn and securing their lands

15th Century & Clan Conflicts

The Sir Alexander Buchanan, Chief of Clan Buchanan led men of the clan in support of the French against the English at the Battle of Baugé in 1421. It is said that Alexander Buchanan came face to face with the Duke of Clarence and, escaping his thrust, pierced the Duke through the left eye, killing him.

Sir Alexander Buchanan however was later killed leading the clan against the English at the Battle of Verneuil in 1424.

In the 15th century a feud broke out between the Clan Buchanan and the Clan MacLaren resulting in a full scale battle. At first the Buchanans were faring better and drove the MacLarens back. Legend has it that the Chief of MacLarens saw one of his sons cut down and being suddenly seized with battle madness turned and shouted the MacLaren battle cry “Craig Turic” and whirling his Claymore rushed furiously at the enemy. His clansmen followed him and the Buchanans were cut down like corn. Only two escaped by swimming the River Balvaig but even they were followed. One was cut down at Gartnafuaran and the second was cut down at a place since known by the circumstance as Sron Laine.

16th Century & Anglo-Scottish Wars:

During the Anglo-Scottish Wars the Clan Buchanan fought against the English at the Battle of Flodden Field in 1513 where the chief’s elder son Patrick was killed. However Patrick had already married a daughter of the Earl of Argyll and had two sons and daughters.

Later the Clan Buchanan fought against the English at the Battle of Pinkie Cleugh in 1547 where their chief was killed. Clan chiefs from Clan Colquhoun, Clan Hunter, Clan MacFarlane and Clan Farquharson also died. A good clan chief was expected to lead by example and this meant being first into battle.

17th Century & Civil War

During the Civil Wars Clan Buchanan supported the Royalist cause of King Charles. Sir George Buchanan commanded the Stirlingshire Regiment and led the clan at the Battle of Dunbar (1650) on the side of the Scottish Covenanters.

He later led the clan at the Battle of Inverkeithing but here he was captured.

The Buchanans fought on the side of the Covenanters at the Battle of Bothwell Brig in 1679.

18th Century & Jacobite Uprisings

The Clan Buchanan took no part in the Jacobite Uprisings of 1715 to 1716 or the 1745 to 1746 uprising. This was probably due to several reasons including their proximity to the land of the more powerful Campbells who fought with the English and a break in the line of the chieftainship of the clan.

Clan Castles

Castles and seats of the Clan Buchanan have included: Buchanan auld House, Buchanan Castle, Buchanan Monument at Killearn, Craigend Castle, Dunglass Castle (Dunbartonshire), Northbar House, and Wolfshire Manor

District Stirling
Plant badge Bilberry[4]
Buchanan of that Ilk Arms.svg
Clan Buchanan has no chief, and is an armigerous clan
Buchanan of Buchanan
Historic seat Buchanan Auld House
Last Chief John Buchanan of Buchanan. Description of arms: Or, a lion rampant Sable, armed and langued Gules, within a double tressure flory counterflory of the Second[1]
Died c Aug 1680[5]

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Dál Riata aka Dalriada

Dál Riata or Dál Riada (also Dalriada) (/dælˈrədə/) was a Gaelic overkingdom that included parts of western Scotland and northeastern Ireland, on each side of the North Channel. At its height in the late 6th–early 7th centuries, it encompassed roughly what is now Argyll in Scotland and part of County Antrim in the Irish province of Ulster.[1][2]

In Argyll, it consisted of four main kindreds each with their own chief:

Latin sources often referred to the inhabitants of Dál Riata as Scots (Scoti), a name originally used by Roman and Greek writers for the Irish who raided Roman Britain. Later, it came to refer to Gaelic-speakers, whether from Ireland or elsewhere.[3] They are referred to herein as Gaels, an unambiguous term, or as Dál Riatans.[4]

The hillfort of Dunadd is believed to have been its capital. Other royal forts included Dunollie, Dunaverty and Dunseverick. Within Dál Riata was the important monastery of Iona, which played a key role in the spread of Celtic Christianity throughout northern Britain, and in the development of Insular art. Iona was a centre of learning and produced many important manuscripts. Dál Riata had a strong seafaring culture and a large naval fleet.

Dál Riata is said to have been founded by the legendary king Fergus Mór (Fergus the Great) in the 5th century. The kingdom reached its height under Áedán mac Gabráin (r. 574–608). During his reign Dál Riata’s power and influence grew; it carried out naval expeditions to Orkney and the Isle of Man, and assaults on the Brittonic kingdom of Strathclyde and Anglian kingdom of Bernicia. However, King Æthelfrith of Bernicia checked its growth at the Battle of Degsastan in 603. Serious defeats in Ireland and Scotland during the reign of Domnall Brecc (d. 642) ended Dál Riata’s “golden age”, and the kingdom became a client of Northumbria for a time. In the 730s the Pictish king Óengus I led campaigns against Dál Riata and brought it under Pictish overlordship by 741. There is disagreement over the fate of the kingdom from the late 8th century onwards. Some scholars have seen no revival of Dál Riatan power after the long period of foreign domination (c.637 to c.750 or 760), while others have seen a revival under Áed Find (736–778). Some even claim that the Dál Riata usurped the kingship of Fortriu. From 795 onward there were sporadic Viking raids in Dál Riata. In the following century, there may have been a merger of the Dál Riatan and Pictish crowns. Some sources say Cináed mac Ailpín (Kenneth MacAlpin) was king of Dál Riata before becoming king of the Picts in 843, following a disastrous defeat of the Picts by Vikings.[5] The kingdom’s independence ended sometime after, as it merged with Pictland to form the Kingdom of Alba.

List of kings of Dál Riata

This is a List of the kings of Dál Riata, a kingdom of Irish origin which was located in Scotland and Ireland. Most kings of Dál Riata, along with later rulers of Alba and of Scotland, traced their descent from Fergus Mór mac Eirc, and even in the 16th century, James VI of Scotland called himself the “happie monarch sprung of Ferguse race”.

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Surname:  Gibson
Branch:  Gibson
Origins:  Scottish
More Info:  Scotland

Background:  The Gibsons were a sept, or division, of Clan Buchanan and Clan Cameron. From very early times, the family was seated in Galloway in southwestern Scotland, which is part of the council area of Dumfries and Galloway. Although Gibson is believed to be of Scotish origin, the surname Gibson appears in many old English records, dating back to 1379. It is a patronymic form of the common mediaeval personal name Gib, which is a short form of Gilbert. The name Gilbert was very popular in England in the Middle Ages. It is derived from Giselbert, which was introduced into England by the Normans. This name is composed of the Germanic elements gisil (“pledge”, “hostage”, “noble youth”) and berht (“bright”, “famous”).

Motto:  Recte et Fideliter, Just and Faithful.
Arms:  Gu. three keys, barwise, in pale, or, within a bordure vair.
Plant:  Mayflower.

On the Scottish westcoast, the Gibson family was born among the ancient Dalriadans clans. Their names comes from the given name Gibb, which is the diminutive form of the name Gilbert.

Historical recordings of the name Gibson include many spelling variations. They are the result of repeated translations of the name of Gaelic to English and inconsistencies in spelling rules. Gibson, Gibsone, Gibsons, Gipson, Gibsoun, Gibbson, and many more.

First found in Galloway in south west Scotland where they were seated from very early times.

Descendents of Dalriadan-Scottish families still populate many communities across North America. They are particularly common in Canada, since many went north as United Empire Loyalists at the time of America War of Independence. Much later in the late 19th and earlier 20th century the Highlands games and clan societies that now dot north America sprang out, allowing many Scotts to recover their lost national heritage.

The most known Gibson : Mel Gibson

Name Variations:  Gibson, Gibsone, Gibsons, Gipson, Gibsoun, Gipsone, Gibbson, Gibbsone, Gippson, Gibby, Gilson, Gibbs, Gibbes.

One or more of the following publications has been referenced for this article.
The General Armory; Sir Bernard Burke – 1842.
A Handbook of Mottoes; C.N. Elvin – 1860.
Scottish Clans and Tartans; Neil Grant – 2000.
Scottish Clan and Family Encyclopedia; George Way of Plean and Romilly Squire – 1994.
Scottish Clans and Tartans; Ian Grimble – 1973.
World Tartans; Iain Zaczek – 2001.
Clans and Families of Scotland; Alexander Fulton – 1991.


Tartan Details – Gibbs/GibsonThe information held within The Scottish Register of Tartans for the “Gibbs/Gibson” tartan is shown below.

STA ref: 2164
STWR ref: 2164
Designer: ‘Smith Jnr, Dr Philip D
Tartan date: 01/01/1994
Registration date: This tartan was recorded prior to the launch of The Scottish Register of Tartans.
Category: Clan/Family
Registration notes: Design for the descendants of Benjamin Gibbs 1759-1831 (based on Buchanan) and can be used by all of the name and its spelling variations. Count changed from that at 6045 on advice from Phil Smith (Nov. 2003).


 Tartan image: Gibbs/Gibson. Click on this image to see a more detailed version.

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Short and quick.

Renelle is fine and has not had another episode.  THANK YOU GOD!

Both girls had their booster for the Canine Influenza Vaccination.  So far neither have had reactions.

Renelle has been very restless this weekend.  She kept wanting to go outside. Hopefully we can do that this weekend more. All depends if we have any rain.

The cat.  Oh good grief!  Never again.  However that is a whole different post.

Peace reigns in the house!

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Seizure? Allergy Reaction? What the.. is wrong!

Last night I hope never, never, EVER to repeat itself again! I have never been so panicked about Renelle.  Everything was fine.  Renelle was sitting next to Jay at the front door as he was about to take the girls outside for a little play time and all of the sudden Renelle started tearing about in circles. Jay thought she was just excited to go play and had the zooomies.  Me? I knew something was wrong.  There was panic in her actions.

Everything happened so fast. As I realized something was wrong and started to head towards her, her right side just collapsed under her and she was rubbing the right side of her face into the carpet. She tried to get up and collapsed again sliding herself into the wall.  She again got up and frantically fought her way up the stairs, right side still collapsing under her and rubbing her face into the carpet again. She stopped about half way up, breathing hard with her heart racing. I was by her side at that point. All the while Renelle was doing all this I was calling her asking what was wrong, chasing after her and explaining to Jay what was happening.

Once I was by her side I checked to be sure she was actually breathing, she was, quite hard. Felt her heart racing so fast.  I kept petting her and talking to her. I tried to pick her up to hold her and she tried very hard to stay right where she was. I finally got her into my lap after a lot of petting and softly talking to her.  I butt scooted down the stairs with her in my arms and found Kennedy right at the bottom of the stairs. Told Jay Kennedy needed to get out of the way.  Stubborn girl, she wouldn’t get on the couch so Jay picked her up, Kennedy is very sensitive under her front legs (arm pits) area and I head her cry out as he put her on the couch.  She stayed this time. While that was happening Renelle got out of my lap and stumbled towards the door with her right side collapsing under her violently shaking. I called her specialist’s office, Vista Veterinary Specialist, they are an emergency veterinary office as well.  Told them what happened and they said bring her in.

I grabbed my bag and Renelle’s vest while Jay picked her up to carry her to the car.  She fought being in his arms. I got around to her to face her and held her head in my hands and told her it was okay and to calm down.  She did until I was out of sight and she panicked again and Jay almost dropped her as a result. I had gone to close the front door as we were outside and saw that she had pooped on the floor while she was laying there shaking and I was on the phone with the vet. I grabbed the poop up in a bag, got her leash and turned around to find she was laying on the ground with her right side under her again. I saw Kennedy still on the couch watching with worry.  I told Jay was running to our neighbor to get some help.

Thank God for Johnny and Erica!  Johnny ran to get Renelle and carried her to the car with Jay right behind him. He go her in and she collapsed onto the seat. Jay wanted to come and I asked about Kennedy, Johnny and Erica said they could watch her.  While we sped to the vet office, they got Kennedy locked up the apartment for us. I am so thankful, grateful and relieved to have such awesome neighbors!

We got to the vet office and Jay had to lift her out of the car as she wasn’t willing to jump down, which was fine with me!  She did walk into the office and she was immediately taken back for triage. Her internist Dr. Christine Bradbury was there as was her assistant.  She immediately came out and saw her and asked if she was walking. As soon as I saw Dr. B I was so relieved.  She knows Renelle and could tell if she was acting normally.  I knew Renelle was in excellent hands.  Dr. B consulted with the doctor on call Dr Ross, and they were able to rule out liver issues.  Dr. B came out and gave me a big hug and talked about what her and Dr. Ross talked about. Then I saw Renelle through the frosted glass and they brought her out.  Acting so normal, tired, but normal.

Oh the relief!

We were then brought back to a room and I was on the floor petting Renelle and snuggling with her.  Dr. Ross came in and we went over the events again and with all the information she said the highest on her list was a severe reaction to an insect bite or sting.  The rubbing her face on the ground is a normal reaction to an insect bite or sting. Second on the list was a small seizure. She gave us the option of taking her home and keeping an eye on her or having her stay there for 24 hours for a seizure watch.  We opted to take her home. She was pretty weak so jumping in the car was difficult, luckily I had gotten into the habit of having my hands on her behind as she jumps in.  Before the joint supplements she was having difficulty jumping up. So I was able to assist her.  Jay got in the back and off we went home.

Got Renelle inside with Jay hanging out with her while I went to gather Kennedy and update Johnny and Erica and profusely thank them for their help.  We got to do something for them. Kennedy spent the couple hours with them snuggling and sleeping while wondering where we were.

We spent the rest of the evening staying close to Renelle and keeping an eye on her.  She spent time on the couch and in her crate, not daring to go up stairs.  I finally felt comfortable enough to get ready for bed.  Miraculously fell asleep, couple hours later Renelle joined me for a couple hours of snuggling under blankets and sleeping.

She is still pretty tired and slow today, however she is eating and happy to be at work and looking forward to seeing her buddy Hussain.

Me?  Still worried and anxious.  Keeping a close eye on her and hoping that this type of event will never happen again.

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Update on Renelle and Canine Influenza Vaccination

Hi All!

First up is Canine Influenza Vaccination:

Dr Bradbury gave her okay for this, so I scheduled an appointment with the Doctor for next week.  The Technicians first available appointment isn’t until February 14th, we are not waiting that long!

So this will be a check on lumps that are on both girls, nails and the vaccination.  Addition for Kennedy is her anal glands expression, she is really doing the butt scoot lately!

Next is Renelle:

About a month ago I noticed that she will really having a field day licking her rear.  So after a few days I decided to take a look at what was so tasty back there. I discovered hot spots around her anal area and under her tail, so Neosporin was lathered on for about 4 days. I noticed this metallic smell coming from her rear and some blood trickling down from her rear. I wiped it and decided to keep an eye on it for a couple days to see if it went away. Needless to say it didn’t

I took her in to Vista Veterinary Specialist about 4 days later and they expressed her anal glands and there was plenty of blood and pus. I thought I over heard the vet we saw speaking with Dr. Bradbury (she actually had another patient at that time). So she was on antibiotics for about 10 days.

Her 10 day follow up coincided with her bi-annual appointment with Dr. Bradbury, so it worked out there. I noticed that as the antibiotic progressed her anal gland sent became stronger and it was a thin liquid that was coming out.  At the follow up the expression showed that there was a lot of thin liquid along with thick chunks.  It looked like the infection was gone. Not so.

4 days later she was still having the thin liquid with the smell, I also noticed some blood.  So back we went a week and a half later.  Sure enough, there was blood and infection.

Poor Renelle, she has to have more expression of the fluid followed by a lot of poking and prodding to see if there was any unusually masses.  There was one.  So an aspiration took place and as the fluid from the lump was removed the lump flattened out. Dr. Bradbury thinks it was a thick lump of fluid however she is having it cultured to be sure. Anyway Renelle gland got flushed out and then inject with steroids and antibiotics.

Apparently this is normal to occur after 10 days of antibiotics.  Dr. B said she has seen way worse, where they had to sedate dogs and give pain killer shots.  Renelle needed neither (although it was obvious she wasn’t happy, she tolerated the whole event with her normal style and attitude – so proud of my girl). Dr. B gives me credit for being so on top of Renelle’s health and get her the assistance and attention she needs to get well quickly. I credit to having awesome doctors who love their patients and makes sure their humans understand what they need to do and watch for. So it is a team effort.

Anyway that is where we are at the moment.

On to something sweet….here is Renelle being a facility dog (rather than a hearing dog) at work LOL:

Renelle and Vivian Chu 1.24.2018

Peace C & R

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Winter 2018 Canine Influenza Outbreak in Northern California

Got an email yesterday from Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) in regard to the Canine Influenza Outbreak in Northern California:

CCI Letter

After calling my local vet office, Sacramento Animal Hospital (SAH), the front desk tech said that they are recommending the vaccination as a precaution. Different local CCI puppy raisers are saying that SAH told them something different, disregarding the fact that my response to the email thread has to do with an ASSISTANCE DOG, not a Puppy-in-Training.  That annoys me.

Anyway after talking to SAH, I called CCI to talk about Renelle specifically and my concerns related to her overall health, which included liver disease and currently an anal gland infection, it was suggested that I talk to Renelle’s Internist at Vista Veterinary Specialist, Dr. Christine Bradbury, to address these specific concerns.  We have an appointment tomorrow as I found more blood coming from her butt. Nothing for the last couple days though, but that scent!

Anyway, I did contact Guide Dogs of American (GDA) regarding Kennedy and they are strongly recommending that their dogs get the vaccination. Since this is Kennedy we are talking about, our little Hoover/John Deer, and her trekking all over CSU Sacramento, I am taking this to heart! We will schedule an appointment for her.  We are waiting until Renelle’s appointment tomorrow so we can do both of them.



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Happy 10th Birthday Renelle!

Wow!  Hard to believe Renelle is 10 as of 1/13/2018!  She is doing very well with her liver issues, however she is starting to show her age.


The gray!  I am blessed that she is with me and working hard to be sure I hear those pesky noises I need to know about.  The joy she shows in her work!  or is it the kibble she gets….. LOL!

Love my girl!

Peace! C & R

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