a January 22nd, 2011

  1. Turquoise is Nola’s Color

    January 22, 2011 by myeye

    I promised that if Nola’s ears were not up by this weekend, I would tape them.  So sad for little Nola.  She apparently was too busy doing other things to bother getting those ears up.  Everyone has a different method so I thought I’d share how I do it to add to your collection.

    Step 1:  Assemble the supplies.  A sharp scissors, moleskin with padding, foam hair rollers, duct tape (in an attractive color, please), and skin adhesive.  This is Stomahesive.  It is used to attach medical devices (like catheters) to the skin.  It can be removed gently with acetone (nail polish remover) and cotton balls.

    Cut out the inside ear shape — do not go down into the ear canal and leave no points — round each turn.  Then use the skin adhesive to attach the rollers (note plastic clips are gone) to the center of the moleskin.  Also cut several strips of duct tape that are short enough to handle without them sticking to themselves — about a foot long is the max.

    Turn the moleskin over and remove the backing.  The adhesive that is on the moleskin will NOT hold it to the ear.  So, add some of the handy skin adhesive around the edges and down the middle.

    Carefully place the bottom center of the moleskin shape at the lower center of the ear, then gently press up the center and around the edges until you have lined the inside of the ear.  Hmmm — she doesn’t look all that happy, does she?

    This is really a two-person job.  Since I did it alone, I could not stop and take photos as I added each strip of tape.  Begin on the inside bottom of one ear and bring the tape around the back of that ear across to the bottom of the second ear.  With the second piece of tape, start at the inside bottom of the second ear and bring the tape across that ear and across the front of the first ear.  Place the third strip of tape higher on the inside of the first ear and bring the tape around that ear and across the back to the second ear.  Repeat, moving up for each strip.  It should take three rounds of tape to cover the ear.  Try not to pull the ears together on top of the puppy’s head — that’s not the proper earset for a Cardi.  If that happens, however, simply cut down the center between the ears and retape leaving a bit more distance between the ears.

    I think treats and praise are essential to accomplish this task without the puppy learning to hate me.

    So, wouldn’t you agree that turquoise is Nola’s color?

  2. Sun’s Up, Let’s play

    January 22, 2011 by myeye

    Another New Mexico sunrise cloud reflection

    Grandma Inca and Little Red

    Hail, Hail, the gang’s all here (of course, Holmes has a stick in his mouth)

  3. Oodles of Labradors

    January 22, 2011 by myeye

    Some of you may recall me mentioning my friend Bonnie Kellner from time to time.  Bonnie has been breeding Labrador Retrievers for more than 30 years under the Kennel Name Aristes.  It was Bonnie who showed Chase his first show weekend (for 5 points, including his first major), she’s helped me with breedings, talked her vet into doing Phoebe’s midnight C-Section.  She does our conformation handling class and has always helped tame the wildest coat.

    Bonnie has litter sisters that will be seven before long.  She decided she had better breed them if she wanted their puppies (there had been some misses along the way and a litter of only three).  So, throwing caution to the wind, she bred both Ginger and Fresca.  Last Tuesday and Wednesday each girl provided her with 9 puppies.  That is a conglomeration of 18 black and yellow lab puppies.  They are only a few days old, with great mothers, so pretty easy to care for.  I’m thinking ahead to six and nine week old lab puppies frolicking through the house, eating everything in sight . . . oh, man!  My four little babies took over the place — EIGHTEEN!!!

    If you’ve been meaning to add a lab puppy (or two) to your household, I think Bonnie aristeslabs @ gmail . com is taking reservations.