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Weekend på Rømø Weekend on Rømø

Latest news / Sidste nytPosted by Lis Kudsk [Webmaster] Wed, March 28, 2018 13:09:45

DK:
I begyndelsen af marts var vi inviteret i sommerhus på Rømø af Helle og Kim (og Troja og Cookie). Vi glædede os rigtig meget. Både til at komme lidt væk, til at være sammen med de sødeste mennesker (og hunde) og til at gå lange ture på stranden med hundene - uden snor.

Vejret var ikke det bedste; det var koldt og det regnede en del af tiden. Men hvad betyder det, når man har noget varmt og regntæt tøj?

Leif havde som sædvanligt sit kamera med og fik taget lidt billeder af de tre røde.

Det var skønt at komme lidt hjemmefra og blive blæst igennem. Og så gør det jo ikke noget, at det er sammen med gode venner, der også sætter pris på god mad, vin og en enkel drink eller to :-)

UK:
In the beginning of March, Helle and Kim invited us to come and stay with them in a rented summer cottage on Rømø (a small island in the waddensea at the west coast of Jutland). We were looking forward to getting away from home, being with the nicest people (and dogs) and taking walks at the Beach with the dogs - without lead.

The weather could be better; it was cold and it rained some of the time. But so what? We had warm and rainproof clothes.

As usual, Leif had brought his camera and took some pictures of the three redheads.

It was so great to get away from home and get some fresh air. And it makes it even better to spend the weekend with friends who also value a nice meal, good wine and one or two drinks :-)



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Av min røv / My arse hurts

Latest news / Sidste nytPosted by Lis Kudsk [Webmaster] Sat, February 17, 2018 18:05:38

DK
Søndag syntes jeg, at Vixen virkede lidt træt og indadvendt. Jeg lagde ikke så meget i det. Vi havde jo været afsted til udstilling det meste af lørdagen, og måske var hun bare træt af de mange indtryk. Desuden passede vi Martins to pølsepantere hele søndagen, så hun trængte nok bare til lidt alenetid.

Mandag var det dog blevet værre. Hun hang virkelig med hovedet. Ind i mellem kvikkede hun op, men hun virkede lidt "depressiv". Hun gik fra aftensmaden, og det er ikke normalt for hende. Vi tog derfor hendes temperatur, som var 39,3. Det er ikke alarmerende højt, men dog alligevel højt nok til, at man bør være lidt bekymret.

Tirsdag morgen ringede jeg til dyrlægen. Temperaturen var faldet til 39,1. Vi kunne få en tid efter frokost. Hun fik ingen morgenmad, da jeg jo ikke var klar over, om det ville ende med en tur i narkose. Jeg tænkte lidt over, hvad der kunne være galt med hende. Hun virkede primært øm i bagparten. Jeg tænkte, at det kunne være livmoderbetændelse, men det var ikke helt det rigtige tidspunkt. Jeg overvejede også watertail, men selv om hun hang med halen, så hang den ikke som ved watertail. Jeg tænkte også, om det kunne være analkirtlerne, der trængte til at blive tømt. Men..... hun var mere dårlig end fyldte analkirtler kunne retfærdiggøre, syntes jeg. Og hun har aldrig tidligere haft problemer med analkirtlerne.

Dyrlæge Stella fik en hurtig opdatering på mine observationer og tanker. Det tog hende ikke mange minutter at konkludere, at der var tale om fyldte analkirtler. Og de var ikke bare fyldte; der havde faktisk dannet sig en meget stor byld i den ene, og den var så øm, at hun overhovedet ikke kunne få lov til at røre den. Den anden var også fyldt, men her kunnen hun få lov til at tømme den. Det, der kom ud, var af samme konsistens som kit. Ikke så sært, at Vixen havde været utilpas.

Jeg efterlod Vixen hos dyrlægen, som lagde hende i narkose og fik tømt bylden, skyllet analkirtlerne og sprøjtet antibiotika ind. Jeg fik penicillin og smertestillende med hjem til en uges tid.

Resten af dagen var Vixen virkelig utilpas, og det var ikke blevet bedre om onsdagen. Hun kunne ikke finde ro, og var helt hysterisk med at slikke sig bagi. For det første så syntes jeg ikke, at det var OK, at hun var så utilpas. For det andet så var jeg ikke så glad for denne konstante slikken sig bagi, da en hundetunge jo ikke er det mest sterile. Og hun kunne hurtigt gøre tingene værre, hvis der kom bakterier ind i analkirtlen. Jeg talte med Stella Dyrlæge, og vi blev enige om, at jeg skulle give hende binyrebarkhormon i stedet for smertestillende. Binyrebarkhormon er både smertestillende og kløe-/sviestillende. Der gik vel omkring en halv time efter de første 3 x 4 mg Medrol, så faldt roen over Vixen. Det var så dejligt at se hende være mere tilpas.

På tirsdag skal vi forbi dyrlægen til et tjek. Vixen får stadig både penicillin og binyrebarkhormon. Sidstnævnte trappes ned, så hun er nede på 1 x 4 mg, når vi kommer til tirsdag.

Man kan måske synes, at det er en overreaktion at være så bekymret over fyldte analkirtler. Men inden jeg vidste, hvad der var galt med hende, frygtede jeg det værste. Vi har lige oplevet Cookie være meget syg. I november sidste år mistede vi Daisy, og i marts sidste år måtte vi aflive Chili pga. livmoderbetændelse. Så ja, jeg var rigtig bange for, at dette kunne være rigtig slemt. Det viste sig dog heldigvis, at det ikke var slemt - og det er jeg taknemmelig for.

UK
On Sunday, I noticed that Vixen seemed tired and introverted. I didn't think much about it. We had been at the show most of Saturday, so I thought she was marked by the many expressions. Also, we were "babysitting" Martin's two Labs all Sunday so I was guessing she just needed some time alone.

However, on Monday she was worse. She was really not feeling well. Sometimes she cheered up, but mostly she seemed a bit "depressed". She didn't want her dinner and this is not normal for her. Her temperature was 39.3 which is somewhat elevated but not enough for us to be very worried.

On Tuesday morning I called the vet. Vixen's temperature had fallen to 39.1. We got an appointment after lunch. I didn't feed her breakfast as I thought she might have to have general anaesthesia. I was wondering what could be wrong with her. It seemed to be a problem in her hind part so I thought of pyometra but it really wasn't the right time in her cycle. I also considered water tail, but even if her tail was just hanging it didn't look as water tail. Then I considered that it could be her anal glands that were the problem. But then again - she seemed worse than what could be justified by filled anal glands.

I gave Stella the Vet a quick update on my observations and thoughts. She quickly concluded that the problem was the anal glands. They were not just filled; a huge abscess had formed in one of them and it was so sore that she wasn't allowed to touch it. The other one also needed to be emptied. What came out of it had the same consistency as putty. Not all all strange that Vixen didn't feel well.

I left Vixen at the vet's who put her in general anaesthesia to empty the abscess, rinse the glands and put antibiotic into them. I got some pain killers and penicillin for further treatment during the next week.

The rest of the day, Vixen was really uncomfortable and she hadn't improved by Wednesday. She wasn't able to settle down and was hystrically licking her behind. I wasn't comfortable with the fact that she felt this bad and I didn't like the constant licking her behind. A dog's tongue is not the most hygienic. And things could easily turn to the worse if bacteria found their way to her anal glands. So I talked to Stella the Vet and we agreed that I should try adrenocortical hormone instead of the pain killers. Half an hour later after the first 3 x 4 mg adrenocortical hormone she calmed down. It was so nice to see.

On Tuesday next week she will be checked by the vet. I still give her both penicillin and Cortison. I am phasing out the adrenocortical hormone so that she will only have 1 x 4 mg when I see the vet on Tuesday.

You might think that it is an overreaction to be this worried about problems with the anal glands. But before I knew what the problem was, I feared the worse. We have just seen Cookie become very ill. I November last year we lost Daisy, and i March last year we lost Chili. So yes, I was really scared that it could be something really bad. Fortunately, it turned out to be pretty harmless - and I am grateful for that.



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Årets første klubudstilling / First club show of the year

Latest news / Sidste nytPosted by Lis Kudsk [Webmaster] Mon, February 12, 2018 19:49:08

DK:

Da vi nu alligevel var i Vonge for at blive hædret som Årets Jagttoller 2017, kunne Vixen jo ligeså godt blive tilmeldt udstillingen. Jeg havde også lokket to af Poké-ungerne med. Cookie skulle også have deltaget men måtte melde fra pga. hendes sygdom og binyrebarkhormonkur.

De første fra familien, der skulle i ringen var Tessa (Wildmountain Tollers Eevee) og Alba (Wildmountain Tollers Mew). De blev begge stillet i juniorklassen.

Begge tøser klarede sig så fint. Der er kommet så meget mere styr over deres løb, og begge hunde stod rigtig fint. De fik begge Very Good og blev placeret som hhv. nr. 3 og 4 i en klasse med fire tæver.

Tessa’s kritik lød:

14 mdr. gammel, god størrelse, velproportioneret, udmærket hoved, næseparti smaller passende til, tilstrækkelig bredde på skalle, kønne mørke øjne, prima højtansatte ører, god halslængde, overlinie ønskes lidt strammere, falder lidt bag skulder, stiger til lænden, godt frontparti, velvinklet skulder, korrekt svømmehud mellem tæerne, kunne ønske en tanke kraftigere benstammer for hendes størrelse, halen er for lavt ansat, krydset lidt for faldende, ønsker mere vinkling i bagpart, udmærket vejrbeskyttende pels, dejligt temperament, lidt trange bagbensbevægelse, kommer godt imod, god skridtlængde i fronten, tilstrækkelig drive bag.

Alba’s kritik lød:

14 mdr. gammel, god størrelse, velproportioneret, feminint hoved, kunne godt ønske lidt mere bredde på skallen, en tanke mere udviklet næseparti, korrekt højt ansatte ører men kunne godt lægge tættere til hovedet, kønne mørke øjne, korrektbid, korrekt halslængde, overlinie ønskes bedre, falder lidt bag skulder, stiger til lænden, krydset er for faldende, halen er for lavt ansat, korrekt med svømmehud mellem tæerne, benstammer er lidt for fine til hendes størrelse, udmærket pels, bevæger sig sundt og godt. god skridtlængde, kommer og går parallelt, godt temperament,

Alba var så tilpas uimponeret, at hun sked i ringen. Det skal lige siges, at hun var blevet luftet og havde skidt, lige inden de gik i ringen.

Vixen blev stillet i brugshundekklassen, hvor der var to hunde. Til min store overraskelse vandt hun klassen med Excellent og et CK (champion kvalitet). Det betød så, at hun skulle konkurrere om titlen som bedste tæve. Her kom hun dog til kort. Der var fem tæver i klassen. Championtæven blev ikke placeret, og Vixen blev fjerde bedste tæve.


Vixens kritik lød:

6 årig tæve i flot kondition, god størrelse, veludviklet og feminin, rigtig godt skåret hoved, prima udtryk, korrekt bid, passende udviklet næseparti, god bredde på skallen, velansatte ører, tilstrækkelig lang hals, prima ryglinie, velvinklet fremme, tilstrækkelig vinklet bag, prima pelskvalitet, godt temperament, godt med svømmehud mellem tæerne, lidt trange bagbensbevægelser, fint set fra siden, kommer godt imod.


Dommeren var Kresten Scheel. Han har meget behagelig og meget hensynfuld overfor hundene. Han gav en åben kritik af alle hundene, hvilket jeg elsker, da jeg altid lærer lidt nyt.

Jeg må indrømme, at jeg var temmelig overrasket. Udstillinger er jo ikke vores force, så det var desto meget mere fantastisk at vi kom derfra med så godt et resultat. Alt i alt en rigtig god dag i Vonge.



UK:

Now that we were in Vonge to be awarded with the trophy for Hunting Toller of the Year 2017, I might as well enter Vixen to the show. So I did. I also managed to persuade two of the Poké-kids to participate. Cookie was supposed to have participated also, but due to her illness and the cortisone treatment she had to stay home.

The first family member to enter the ring was Tessa (Wildmountain Tollers Eevee) and Alba (Wildmountain Tollers Mew). They were both entered in the Junior Class.

Both girls did so well. Their running had improved a lot and they were both doing well standing. Both were awarded a Very Good and were placed as no. 3 and 4 in a class of four bitches.

Tessa’s critique:

14 months old, good size, well-proportioned, excellent head, nose narrows as required, enough width of skull, nice dark eyes, excellent set ears, good length of neck, upper line could be stronger, descends a little behind shoulders and rises towards croup, nice front, well-angled shoulders, correct web between toes, a bit stronger legs would be desirable for her size, tail is set too low, loin too sloping, more angulation in rear part is desirable, excellent weather-proof coat, lovely temperament, hind leg movement a bit tight, moves well when running towards you, nice length of pace in the front, enough drive back.

Alba’s critique:

14 months old, good size, well-proportioned, feminine head, would prefer more width of skull, a bit more developed nose, correct set ears but would prefer them set closer to the head, beautiful dark eyes, correct bite, correct length of neck, upper line could be better, descends behind shoulder and rises towards croup, croup is too sloping, tail is set too low, correct web between toes, bones a bit too thin for her size, excellent coat, moves sound and good, nice length of pace, come and goes in a parallel , good temperament.

Alba was not at all impressed and decided to poo in the show ring. I have to stress, that she had been walked and had pooed just before they went into the ring.

Vixen was competing in the working class and there were only two dogs in this class. To my surprise she received an Excellent and a CK (champion quality). This meant that she had to compete for best bitch. She competed against five bitches and became 4th best bitch as the champion bitch wasn’t placed.

Vixen’s critique:

6 year old bitch in excellent condition, good size, well-developed and feminine, really nice shaped head, excellent expression, correct bite, appropriate developed nose, good width of skull, well-set ears, adequate long neck, excellent upper line, well-angulated in front, appropriate angulated behind, excellent quality of coat, nice temperament, correct web between toes, moves a little narrow behind, nice from the side and moves well towards.

Judge was Kresten Scheel. He was very pleasant and very considerate towards the dogs. He gave an open critique which I like as I always lean something.

I must admit that I was pretty surprised by the show results. Show is not our force so it was even more amazing that we did it with a good result. All in all, it was a very nice day in Vonge.



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Årets Jagttoller 2017 / Hunting Toller of the Year 2017

Latest news / Sidste nytPosted by Lis Kudsk [Webmaster] Mon, February 12, 2018 11:07:08

DK:
I lørdags var Vixen og jeg i Vonge til årets første klubudstilling for at få overrakt pokalen for Årets Jagttoller 2017.

Titlen som Årets Jagttoller får man ved at deltage på klubbens tollerjagtprøver. De enkelte præmieringer i de enkelte klasser giver et antal point – og de to bedste resultater tæller. For Vixens vedkommende var det en 1. præmie i begynderklassen (20 point) og en 2. præmie i åben klasse (21 point). Sammenlagt gav det 41 point, hvilket var et eneste point mere end de tre, der fik en samlet 2. plads. En af dem, der fik en 2. plads var Helle og Cookie. De fik deres point fra 2 x 1. præmie i begynderklassen.

Jeg er utrolig glad og stolt af at vinde titlen for andet år i træk. Vixen og jeg har haft vores udfordringer (mest mig, da Vixen er stort set perfekt), og vi kom egentlig lidt sent i gang med seriøst at gå til prøver. Jeg havde lidt stressproblemer med hende og dermed lidt lydproblemer. Der er stadig stress, og der kan også være lyd, og nu er vi der, hvor jeg har lært at acceptere det. Det betyder ikke, at jeg ikke stadig arbejder på at mindske begge dele, men det er nok urealistisk, at nogen af delene forsvinder fuldstændig.

Jeg er lige så glad og stolt over Helle og Cookies resultat. De to kan bare arbejde sammen, og Helle har fået styr på så mange ting ved Cookie, som jeg ikke har formået at få styr på med Vixen. Nu håber jeg bare, at Cookie kommer godt ud af sin sygdom og binyrebarkhormon, så de to igen kan få gang i jagttræningen og jagtprøverne.

UK:
This Saturday, Vixen and I went to the Toller club’s first show this year to be presented with the trophy for Hunting Toller of the Year 2017.

You are eligible for this titel by participating in the Toller club’s toller hunting tests. Every prize at every level (beginner, open, and winner) gives a number of points – and the two best results counts. As to Vixen, these results were a 1. prize in beginners’ class (20 points) and a 2. prize in open class (21 points). This amounted to 41 points – only 1 single point ahead of the three that were places second. One of those was Helle and Cookie (Wildmountain Tollers Clever Cookie). Their highest points were 2 x 1. prizes in beginners’ class.

I am so happy and proud to win this title for the second year. Vixen and I have had our challenges (mostly me as Vixen is an almost perfect dog) and we started a bit late doing hunting training and hunting tests in a serious way. Vixen had some stress issues and thus some noise issues. There still is some stress and sometimes a bit of noise. But now I have learned to accept it. This doesn’t mean that I don’t still try to reduce both but I realize that it is unrealistic to expect that both stress and noise will disappear completely.

I am just as happy and proud of Helle and Cookie. They are just such a great team and Helle has managed to get some of the things that I struggle with under control. Now I just hope that Cookie recovers well from the IMRD and the cortisone treatment so that they can continue their hunting training and hunting tests.



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Udstilling næste weekend / Club show next weekend

Latest news / Sidste nytPosted by Lis Kudsk [Webmaster] Mon, February 05, 2018 13:07:46

DK:
På lørdag skal Vixen udstilles på årets første klubudstilling. Hun skal også have overrakt prisen for "Årets Jagttoller 2017".

Der skete det, som altid sker når jeg melder hende til en udstilling: Hun går i gang med at fælde! Så lige nu er hun ca. halvt så pelsrig, som hun er, når hun har mest pels.

Det er lang tid siden, at jeg har soigneret hende. Og da hun ikke skal se alt for nyklippet ud til udstillingen, besluttede jeg, at hun skulle have den helt store tur søndag. Så poter, ører, faner på forben og "røvskæg" blev trimmet.

Det skal lige rettes lidt til. Det gør vi sidst på ugen.

UK:
On Saturday, Vixen will be attending this years' first Club show. She will also be presented with the Award "Hunting Toller of the Year 2017".

As always when I enter her to a show she starts to shed! So right now she has only half the coat as when she is in full coat.

I haven't trimmed her for a very long time. As I don't want her to look to newly trimmed at the show, I spent an hour yesterday trimming her. So now her paws, ears, the long hairs on her front legs and her "ass beard" were trimmed.

However, I need to do a Little adjusting later in the week.



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Tollertræning Haunstrup

TræningPosted by Lis Kudsk [Webmaster] Mon, February 05, 2018 12:59:19

DK:
For et par uger siden var Leif og jeg i Middelfart for at besøge Helle og Kim og se, hvordan Cookie havde det. Helle og jeg sidder i sofaen, da hun pludselig siger: "Nu kan jeg jo ikke træne med Cookie i meget lang tid, så jeg har tid til overs. Hvad siger du til at lave noget træning sammen for andre tollerejere?" Jeg vil meget gerne være med til at hjælpe tollerfolk frem til første prøve, men jeg har ikke helt følt mig klædt på til det. Med Helle ved min side er det dog en helt anden sag, så jeg sagde: "Den er jeg med på!"

Indenfor en time havde vi lagt en "annonce" flere steder på Facebook, og i løbet af rimelig kort tid var holdet fyldt op (8 hunde). Fantastisk!

Træningen foregår i Haunstrup ca. hver 3. uge og løber over 6 gange. Vi fik oprettet en FB-gruppe for deltagerne, så vi her kan dele informationer m.m.

Lørdag var det så første træningsgang. Helle og jeg havde brugt lidt tid på at aftale, hvordan den første træning skulle foregå, og hun og Kim kom herop til morgenmad, så vi kunne nå at få de sidste detaljer på plads.

Kl. 13.00 stod vi så ude i Haunstrup i bidende kulde. Alle 8 hunde var mødt op. De fire af dem er mine egne Poké-kids. De ejer er bare så fantastiske og bakker op om alt, hvad jeg udsætter dem for. Det er så skønt.

Første træningsgang handlede mest om at se, hvor de enkelte hunde er rent træningsmæssigt. Vi kørte en del lydighed igennem, og skulle se, om de kunne samle op etc. De var faktisk alle på et ganske fint niveau, og nu kan vi mere detaljeret planlægge de næste træningsgange.

Vi sluttede - selvfølgelig - af med kage :-)

Søndag aften fik vi lagt detaljerede lektier op i FB-gruppen, så de alle har noget at arbejde på til næste gang. Vi glæder os til at se fremskridt :-)

UK:
A few weeks ago, Leif and I went to see Helle and Kim - and to check up on Cookie. Helle and I are sitting in the sofa talking when she suddenly says: "Now that I can't train with Cookie, I have a some extra time. What do you think about arranging some training for other Toller owners?". I would love to help other Toller owners being "dressed" for their first Toller hunting test, but I haven't felt I was fully equipped to do it. However, with Helle by my side I felt safe, so I said: "Sure!"

Within the next hour, we had posted an advert several places on Facebook, and it didn't take long before we had enough participants (8 dogs). Fantastic!

The training is held in Haunstrup approx. every three weeks with six lessons. We established a FB froup for the participants to share info etc.

This Saturday, we had the first training. Helle and I had spent some time planning the first training and she and Kim joined us for breakfast to agree on the last details.

At 13.00 we were ready for the first lesson. It was extremely Cold. All 8 dogs showed up for the first training. Four of them are my own Poké-kids. Those owners are just so amazing. The embrace everything that I expose them to. It is so great.

The first lesson was mostly about getting an idea how trained they were. So we did a lot of obedience, checking if they would retrieve etc. They were all at a nice level so now it is possible for us to plan the next lessons.

Of course, we ended the training with cake :-)

On Sunday evening, we uploaded detailed homework to the FB group so that everyone has some work to do until next time. We are looking forward to see their progress :-)





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Weekendtur med tøserne / Weekend trip with the girls

Latest news / Sidste nytPosted by Lis Kudsk [Webmaster] Tue, January 30, 2018 22:37:55

DK:
Denne weekend blev tilbragt sammen med Helle, Majbrit og Jeanette i Mosevrå ved Blåvand i Jeanette og Oves lækre, nye sommerhus.

Vi mødtes lørdag formiddag til en gang morgenmad. Vi havde alle hunde med, så efter morgenmaden brugte vi et par timer eller tre på at træne hund i de fantastiske arealer, der omgiver sommerhuset. Resten af dagen blev brugt på at spille Partners, spise lækker indisk mad og drikke rosévin og Aperol Spritzer. Det bør lige nævnes, at Helle og jeg vandt fire ud af fire spil Partners smiley

Søndag valgte vi en tur til Vejers strand efter morgenmaden. Der blæste en stiv kuling fra vest, så det kunne ikke være bedre.

Efter en sen frokost gik turen hjem igen. Det er skønt sådan at kunne tage et par dage ud af kalenderen for at være sammen med gode venner og snakke, træne hund, spise og drikke. What's not to like?

UK:
This weekend was spent with Helle, Majbrit and Jeanette in Mosevrå (at the westcoast of Jutland) in Jeanette's and Ove's wonderful, new weekend cottage.

We met Saturday for breakfast. We had brought our dogs so after breakfast we spent 2-3 hours training the dogs in the fantastic terrain that surrounds the house. The res of the day was spent playing Partners, eating a delicous Indian dinner, drinking rosé and Aperol Spritzer. I should mention that Helle and I won 4 out of 4 times in Partners smiley

On Sunday, we went for a walk at the Beach in Vejers. There was a strong breeze from west so I couldn't be bette.

After a late lunch we went our separate ways. It is great to be able to spend two days with good friends to talk, train dogs, eat and dring. What's not to like?



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Cookie er syg / Cookie is ill

Ben & Jerry kuldPosted by Lis Kudsk [Webmaster] Tue, January 30, 2018 19:32:18

DK:
Det er ikke alle indlæg, der er lige sjove at skrive - og dette er et af dem.

Torsdag den 11. januar var jeg til træning hos Pernille Lillevang sammen med Vixen. Helle og Cookie går også på holdet. Denne aften var Cookie dog ikke i sin sædvanlige gode form. Hun luntede retur med dummyen, hvilket bestemt ikke ligner hende, og hvilket straks bekymrede os.

Dagen efter havde hun det værre, og Helle bestilte tid hos dyrlægen - og så bestilte Helle og Cookie stort set ikke andet de næste knap 2 uger med at køre fra deres egen dyrlæge til en specialist i Århus og retur samt vente på diverse prøvesvar. Helle har skrevet et lang og detaljeret indlæg på sin blog, så det vil jeg ikke gøre her. Men jeg kan anbefale alle, at læse indlægget, som kan findes her: http://clevercookiescorner.blogspot.dk.

Efter et utal af undersøgelser, flere gange i fuld narkose, blodprøver, prøver af ledvæske og rygmarvsvæske, en masse ventetid og en masse bekymringer, fik Helle og Kim den 24. januar det endelige svar på, hvad Cookie fejler: IMRD (Immunemediated Rheumatic Disease) eller på dansk: Immun Medieret Reumatoid Sygdom.

Cookie er i øvrigt blevet en del af et svensk forskningsprojekt omkring SRMA og IMRD. Vi har tilbudt at sende blod til Sverige fra Vixen og Frick, ligesom vi har bedt ejerne til Cookies kuldsøskende om at gøre det samme, hvis svenskerne ønsker det.

Helle og Kim har været helt fantastiske i hele dette helvede. De har været dybt bekymrede og kede af det. Men de har holdt fast i, at de ville have en diagnose, så de vidste, hvad det var, de havde at gøre med og kunne finde den bedste behandling til Cookie. Som man kan læse på Cookies blog, så har det været noget af en kamp at få nogle af dyrlægerne til at lytte til dem om deres bud på, hvad det var, Cookie fejlede. Vi skylder dem en stor tak for at være så standhaftige og stædige, så de fik hevet en endelig diagnose hjem.

IMRD er én af de autoimmune sygdomme, som vi kender i tolleren. Arvegangen kendes ikke, så det er desværre ikke noget, man kan teste sig ud af. Det kan pludselig dukke op. Det har desværre vist sig, at der er autoimmune sygdomme i Vixens linjer. Efter Cookie blev syg, har jeg også fundet ud af, at der er et enkelt tilfælde i Fricks linjer.

Som bekendt havde vi planlagt Vixen's 3. kuld her til sommer. Vi har nu besluttet, at Vixen ikke skal have flere hvalpe. Nogle erfarne opdrættere mener, at det er en overreaktion; andre mener, at det er det rigtige at gøre. Det, der betyder noget, er hvordan vi har det med det. Det var en svær beslutning - og så alligevel ikke. Vi synes, at Vixen har så meget godt at tilbyde racen, men vi er ikke interesseret i at lave flere hvalpe med risiko for en af de autoimmune sygdomme. Vi skulle jo selv have beholdt en hvalp fra næste kuld, så nu er vi gået på jagt efter en hvalp fra en anden opdrætter.

UK:
Not all entries are fun to write – and this is one of those.

On Thursday 11th January, I was training Vixen at Pernille Lillevang. Helle and Cookie is in my “class”. However, this evening Cookie was not in her usual superb shape. She was really slow when she returned with the dummy and this is so not like her, so we were instantly worried.

The next day she was worse and Helle went to her vet – and the next two weeks they spent almost all their time driving back and forth between they own vet and a specialist in Århus as well as wait for test results. Helle has published a thorough entry on her blog so I will not go into detail here. However, I will recommend you to read the entry (only in Danish) that you can find here: http://clevercookiescorner.blogspot.dk.

After countless examinations, several general anaesthesia, extraction of fluids from Cookie's joints and spinal cord, a lot of waiting time and a lot of worries, Helle and Kim finally got the diagnosis: IMRD (Immunemidiated Rheumatick Disease).

Cookie has become part of the Swedish research project on autoimmune diseases (SRMA and IMRD). We have offered to send them blood from Vixen and Frick and we have asked the owners of Cookie’s siblings to do the needed.

Helle and Kim have been fantastic during this. They have been so worried and sad. But they insisted on getting a diagnosis so that they knew what they were dealing with and what the best treatment for Cookie would be. As can be read on Cookies blog it has been quite a struggle for them to get some of the vets to listen to them and their suspicion about it being IMRD. We owe them big time for being so persevering and stubborn and get a final diagnosis.

IRMD is one of the autoimmune diseases we see in Tollers. The heredity is unknown so it is impossible to test for it. It can suddenly appear in a bloodline. Unfortunately, we have seen autoimmune diseases (SRMA) in Vixen’s lines. After Cookie was ill, I have found out that there is one case of autoimmune diseases (SRMA) in Frick’s line (Cookie’s father).

We had planned Vixen’s third litter this spring. However, we have now decided that she will not be bred anymore. Some experienced breeders think we overreact; others think it is the right thing to do. What really matters is how we fell about it. But it was a hard decision – and then again it wasn’t. We think that Vixen has so much positive to offer the breed, but we are not interested in producing puppies with a risk of an autoimmune disease. We were going to keep a pup from the next litter, so now we have started looking for a new pup from another breeder.



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