June 13 th


Rambeau arrives/ Tessie meets our vet

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The people who own the little store where we get our mail had a Barbados ram (wether) to give away. Poor Wilbur lives alone, so we said “yes”. We tied the ram in the back of my truck this morning and he made the 4 mile trip home without a problem. We are calling him “Rambeau”, because he is a beautiful ram, with curly horns.

At first, he was afraid of Wilbur, but soon they were getting along. Rambeau was even gently playfully butting Wilbur. I also managed to cut about 2 inches of tusk off  Wilbur, as it was rubbing against his cheek. I have to do that every 2 years or so. One tusk grows in and the other curls outward and is no problem. Wilbur is currently going through his yearly “moulting” and has lost most of his hair, except a “Mohawk” ridge down his back.  He is a sight!


Wilbur and his new buddy

I decided to have a thyroid panel done on Tessie as she is so hyper. Dr. Jean Dodds says:

“The typical history starts out with a quite, well-mannered and sweet-natured puppy or young adult dog. The animal was outgoing, attended training classes for obedience, working, or dog show events, and came from a reputable breeder whose kennel has had no prior history of producing animals with behavioral problems. At the onset of puberty or thereafter, however, sudden changes in personality are observed. Typical signs can be incessant whining, nervousness, schizoid behavior, fear in the presence of strangers, hyperventilating and undue sweating, disorientation, and failure to be attentive (canine cognitive dysfunction). These changes can progress to sudden unprovoked aggressiveness in unfamiliar situations with other animals, people and especially with children.

In adult dogs, moodiness, erratic temperament, periods of hyperactivity, lack of concentration, depression, mental dullness, lethargy, malaise, fearfulness and phobias, anxiety, submissiveness, passivity, compulsiveness, and irritability may be observed. After the episodes, most of the animals behave as though they were coming out of a trance like state, and are unaware of their previous behavior.”

Low thyroid might also explain why she fell ill at the shelter, despite being vaccinated. Low thyroid =poor immune function. Tessie was very sweet and our vet really liked her. We do not want to send her off to her new home until we are sure her possible health issues have been resolved.


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