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Yoshi is our Virginia farm boy (born 7/28/03) he has told us that
his passion is herding and that he self identifies as a ranch dog.
This page is very old now but still has some information on it.
Nicky, one of Yoshi's littermates (pictured
in the puppy photos),
died completely unexpectedly from an anesthesia
reaction during a routine dental cleaning. Which has made finding a way to keep Yoshi's teeth clean without having to put him under rather imperative. This has inspired us to find every novel way to keep those teeth healthy.
There are many good approaches to doggy dental health.
Oxyfresh dental rinse, Foster Smith dental rinse (both have enzymes and
are quite effective), Greenies (there is a risk of them gulping these),
feeding Raw Foods (I don't do it
because of time considerations and other health risks), Bones,
Rawhides, Scaling (a definite skill) and toothbrushing!
I heard from a couple of folks about using a children's electric
toothbrush as a good approach as you can concentrate on just placing
the toothbrush rather than also doing the brushing motion (tough with a
moving dog). Given that the children's brushes are now only about
$6 from the grocery store it seemed like a good thing to try.
He loves it, more so that I thought possible. We use a peanut
enzymatic toothpaste that he adores, and he's used to the dremmel so
sound doesn't bother him that much. These photos are his first
introduction to it, and for more of the photos the toothbrush is
off. He was initially a little hesitant about the vibration of it
(now he's not at all), but the
peanut butter taste is a powerful draw so I alternated turning it off
and on. Even when it's off you can use it like a regular
toothbrush so it's fine having it off too, especially because he chews
the brush - which is a good thing!
Toothbrush is on here. Hmm, not so sure about that, but there's still peanut butter which is worth tolerating a little buzzing for.
Some Movies (Quicktime format)
speed is forever surprising folks. On a whim I took a camera to
the dog park. These are the ones where I could actually get all
of him in the frame. While I have contol of the shutter speed on
this camera I just left it on automatic (consider this a first
draft). Next time I'll set the shutter speed to a high value (if
I can catch him.)
Did you just say Bil Jac?
I'm too cute for my own good.
[Ed. note. No Yoshi's were hurt in the making of this photo.]
(who sadly passed away 8/8/05)