Watch a puppy grow...

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Yes, thanks for this great post Dr. Sara!
 

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6 MONTHS!
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60 pounds.
Murphy and his liter-mates turned 6 months old yesterday. If you follow Dr. Sara on FaceBook, she posted pictures of all 10 of the pups :dog2::dog2::dog2::dog2::dog2::dog2::dog2::dog2::dog2::dog2:

We traveled a bit this month... Vermont in August where Murphy enjoyed his first boat rides and then down to Maryland earlier this month for the birth of Murphy's niece (my new grand-daughter). He had a great time with my son's dog Finn.
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Murphy continues with his training. We just started Foundations 1 (obedience) at a local training center. This was a bit of a trick because Murphy is not vaccinated. After speaking with the facilities manager, she agreed to him taking classes (not boarding or day care which is fine by me) PROGRESS! :)
We have started to do short visits to the hospital. He will not visit patients until he is a "certified" therapy dog but Murphy is already making many people very happy.
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While he is not swimming per se, Murphy does love to dive into the mud and splash in the stream on our hikes. He was not afraid to get his feet wet on the top step of a local country club pool.... They allowed dogs to have a puppy play date on the last day that the pool was open - so much fun!
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Murphy has lots of great friends. He sees his sister Siren a lot 🥰IMG_3676.jpgIMG_3701.jpgIMG_3992.jpg



BEAM...
Behavior:
Murphy has really come out of his shell. He is polite and loving to everyone he meets both 2 legged and 4.
Energy: Murphy's energy is up. He will chase nuts all over the driveway and is great on a 2 mile hike. When we sit down to dinner, he goes to bed.
Appetite: Loves his food and treats.... but who wouldn't... Murphy gets some really good stuff! He still loves to play with and then chew on a celery puck from the base of my celery stalk when I juice in the morning. We are giving him 13 oz per meal 3X per day = about 2.5 lbs of RAW
Mood: Happy puppy!

Symptoms: Continues to shake his head vigorously in the mornings. He has small sleepys in his eyes in the morning. Teething seems to be done.
 

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Fantastic Dana! 😁 Thanks for sharing the great pics.
 

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7 Months yesterday
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69 pounds

Where does the time go? We continue with our training and socializing ... The play-pen got put away this month and Murphy now has full run of the house. I gave him Small Batch rabbit and he was very ill... I am trying a different brand of rabbit and he seems fine with it. I found a tick on his neck last Sunday. When I took it off it left a nasty scab for a few days. I give him Apis 30c - 2 pellets. Some of you may have seem Murphy's stunning performance featured in last weeks empower hour on Vitality. We were at a local dog fair and when we walked by the "Lure Agility" course I swear Murphy was saying to me "please Mom please please PLEASE!!!" The video was his very first time. No, he had never done it before... I was a VERY proud Mom!
I will let the pictures tell the rest of the story.
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with the neighbors kids


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at my son's art opening

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a stranger wanted a picture of her kid with my dog

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with his sister, Siren
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posing
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first cat encounter
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BEAM...
Behavior:
Very well behaved... most of the time. He can occasionally be a bit rough with smaller dogs... we are working on it
Energy: Murphy's energy is GREAT!
Appetite: As you can see from the first picture, Murphy is the poster child for a raw diet. He has not turned away from anything, although he was a little reluctant with the rabbit that disagreed with him. We have tried chicken, turkey, beef, bison, venison, rabbit, salmon, white fish, a whole large sardine. I have only been giving him commercial food that gets 5 stars from the Dog Food Advisor. He also gets organic chicken and wild caught fish with vegetables that I cook in the insta pot... it is more work but its kind of fun.
Mood: Happy Happy puppy!

Symptoms: the head shaking is only occasional now. There are small sleepies in his eyes some mornings. Murphy likes to "hug" my feet... I think he might be getting some hormones.
 
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Great job, Dana, and lovely pictures! You are doing a wonderful job of raising the 'little' boy!
If you are feeding any boneless meat, do remember to add calcium carbonate or calcium citrate at a rate of 250 mg per 4 ounces of boneless meat. The only time we add calcium to the food is when feeding boneless meat.
Hugs to the pumpkin,
Sara
 

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Great job, Dana, and lovely pictures! You are doing a wonderful job of raising the 'little' boy!
If you are feeding any boneless meat, do remember to add calcium carbonate or calcium citrate at a rate of 250 mg per 4 ounces of boneless meat. The only time we add calcium to the food is when feeding boneless meat.
Hugs to the pumpkin,
Sara
Thank you! The only meat I have given him so far that is not a commercial food is chicken and fish which both include the bones.
 

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8 Months!
76 pounds
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We are having so much fun!
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The Berner Walk was Columbus Day Weekend. We met 70+ Bernese Mountain Dogs! and Murphy won his new favorite toy, a stuffed Berner :)
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We continue to attend a "manners" class and did sign up for an Agility class BUT... we got sent home the first day for not having our rabies vaccine ;( I really want to hold off as long as possible ... am I being unreasonable?
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We love our long walks in the park where we meet joggers and bikers and fishermen and dogs and we can swim in the stream
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For Halloween Dana dressed up as Murphy and we went visiting.
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Life is good!
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BEAM...
Behavior:
Learning to be gentle, even with other dogs :)
Energy: Murphy could out energize the energizer bunny.
Appetite: Bottom round plus liver and beef heart from the local farmers market WITH calcium added, organic whole chicken both combined with organic veggies cooked in an insta pot are 2 of Murphy's regular meals. I offered lamb heart and he turned his nose up at it. When I snuck a little of it in his meal, he proceeded to throw up his entire dinner AND his lunch... I wont do that again. Murphy is no longer a fan of whole fish? I was giving him sardines and mackerel. He seemed to like it. Then 1 morning he would not touch it?? He is still happy to eat Northwest Naturals white fish & salmon. Other meals are Small Batch beef patties, Oma's Pride turkey & vegetables, Primal Raw dick, venison and turkey & sardine. Murphy is eating 2.8 lbs per day divided over 3 meals.
Mood: Very Happy!

Symptoms: The head shaking continues and now there is quite a lot of green eye goo in both eyes. I have pulled 5 tick off of Murphy in the last month ;( ... our wonderful walks have a cost. Each time I have given him Ledum and put a little of the Be Gone Kids salve on the location.
 

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9 Months!
80 pounds
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We got a new car! :) and it is the same colors as Murphy :)
We even put a big white stripe down its black nose :)
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The Holidays are VERY busy around here! I was a little worried that Murphy might be overwhelmed but he was a fabulous host...
Not only did we have 31 humans at our table but many of them brought their dogs.
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While some of the family stuck around, it was sad to see the others leave
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it was all so much fun for but exhausting!!!
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FIRST SNOW!
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more training
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Siren (Murphy's sister) makes a good pillow
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BEAM...
Behavior:
Murphy was FANTASTIC with all the craziness and upset in daily routine. He has started to lift his leg. Occasionally he falls over :)
Energy: continues to be high, except when he is done.... around 7:30 pm... then he is out.
Appetite: 3 pounds of food divided over 3 meals per day. 75% meat & bone, 25% vegetables.... sometimes he gets the commercial raw food - fish, venison and duck. Richard shot pheasant last weekend which Murphy has been enjoying.
Mood: Happy! Happy!!

Symptoms: The head shaking is less but still continues mostly in the mornings. We went to Dr. Lewis in Westport for ozone therapy in the ears. Dr. Lewis usually works on people but she was willing to try. Murphy was a good patient and sat with the stethoscope device in his ears for a good 10 minutes. I think it may have helped a little but there was no dramatic difference. He still (even after the frost) has a good amount of eye goo throughout the day. I found 2 more tick this month ;( hopefully we are done for the winter.
 

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10 Months! and 1 day
84 pounds
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Graduation from Middle School! 👨‍🎓

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friend Teddy came to play

CHRISTMAS!
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the family

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Murphy, Finnley & Alivia

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Silence of the lambs..... we got a few
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I am sure most of you have seen "the tree fainted" posts... this is our version
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sister, Siren is a bit more adventurous.

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blankie love 💕

BEAM...
Behavior:
The holidays were nuts but lots of fun. We had the whole family here for the better part of 3 weeks. Murphy loved having Finn around and was very sad when he left.
We had a scare on New Years Eve while visiting Grandma in her Sr. living home. Murphy was being social and I was focused on my 2 1/2 year old grandson. All of a sudden Murphy started to gag and cough. He seemed to be having a hard time breathing. We got him water and I did a little Jin Shin Jyutsu on him and the episode passed within 10 minutes. I have no idea what happend... it could have been something he sniffed or ate off the floor.... scared the bejesus out of me! 😱
Found another tick under his jaw on 1/2 :banghead: I gave him Ledum 30c and treated the area with Be Gone Kids healing cream.
I thought he had an upset tummy on 1/8. I had given him leftover pork roast for breakfast. It was cooked and he has never had pork. I gave him 1 Arcenicum 30c and he seemed to respond well.
Murphy has had 2 encounters with females in heat. VERY interested!! Now he will try to wander over to the neighbors on our morning walks... need to watch him closer.
Energy: is good.
Appetite: remains great. Loves his food!
Mood: Recently Murphy has been more clingy... always at my feet, sitting under my desk... perhaps we are all coming down off the holidays?

Symptoms: head shaking and eye goo continue. I had a phone consult with Dr. Jeff on 1/7. He suggested we try Calc carb 30c 10/1 on a q-tip 1X. He also sent me Path Away spray to be followed by CAS options mushrooms for any future tick bites. I just received his remedies in the mail yesterday.... I will let you all know how it goes next month.

Happy New Year!! 🥳
 
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Thanks for sharing Dana. 🙏

Beautiful pics!📷
 

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11 Months!
87 pounds
A Very frustrating month!!!

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Go Mike!!

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meeting Milo, the Healing Hound @ The Stamford Hospital

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de-stressing staff at the Hospital

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with look alike friend and sister

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Love Grandma!

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waiting for Mom

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a new toy

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new friends at the nursing home
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a new obsession

Why was this month so frustrating??
Dr. Jeff recommending trying a Calc carb remedy. I gave him a 30c 10/1 q-tip dose at 8:00 on 1/12. At 10:00 he started to behave as if he were terrified... hiding under the desk, tail between the legs. We waited. He was very stressed, and pooped a soft serve stool daily in the house all week. He started to get picky about his food. Chewing with his mouth wide open. 1/14 when he would not touch a piece of sockeye salmon. He will no longer eat any type of fish, not even his skin treats. On 1/17 (Fri) he threw up his chicken lunch BUT he was not shaking his head. By Sunday Murphy was back to his old self... happy but shaking his head. Wednesday, 1/22 we tried the Sanawave. I did not notice any improvement. On Friday, 1/24 Murphy yelped when I touched his head.... he seemed to be in pain. I had to hand feed him breakfast. Started to wonder if it is his teeth or jaw? I was away for the weekend but my husband reported that he seemed better. 1/29 threw up turkey dinner, 1/30 won't eat turkey. 1/31 won't eat any veggies or yogurt. 2/1 won't eat raw chicken. 2/2 poop in house. 2/3 Nux vomica 3 30c 10/q-tip. 2/4 Dr. Lazarus for a sedated mouth exam. He was an emotional mess for most of the day and it messed up his poop for 3 days. Today, 2/11 will NOT eat broccoli even if it is served with steak.
This is worse than a 2 year old child!

BEAM...
Behavior:
we have had some very stressful days where Murphy spends a lot of time under my desk and running to his bed. He has a new behavior... sucking on his blanket.
Energy: Murphy's energy is still great ... he loves to zoom, play and wrestle
Appetite: He is becoming increasingly picky. NO fish of any kind (not even fish oil), No turkey, raw chicken, rabbit, vegetables except carrots and sweet potatoes... trying green beans tomorrow.
Mood: eager to please with reservation

Symptoms: head shaking is still the same. Eye goo is better
 
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Hi Dana. Did you see any change after the Nux?
 

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Hi Dana. Did you see any change after the Nux?
It was difficult to tell if the Nux had any effect as he had his mouth exam under sedation early the next day which really threw him for a loop.
 

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