Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Toothless Wonder

This is Nutmeg. He lost most of his teeth and had to have the remaining ones removed this month. They were only able to save his four canine teeth. It is a mystery why all his teeth went rotten at only three years of age. The vet said that his jawbone is perfectly sound. His sister Cloves also had all her teeth go rotten at the same time and likewise had to have them removed except for the four canines. The other two dogs from that litter are okay so far. Interestingly, both Nutmeg and Cloves are piebalds (white with black or brown patches) while the other two littermates are solid colored.

Nutmeg and Cloves can still eat just fine since kibble is not normally chewed anyway. It is rather amusing to watch Nutmeg tackle a biscuit, though. He basically gums it until it turns soft enough to break into pieces that he can swallow.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Fall Rains

Fall starts the wet season again. First rain and then snow until next May when the dry season starts again. Fall rains bring mountain snows, as this picture of Sawtelle Peak shows.

Helium is doing well. His stitches have been removed, so he is ready to get back into training again. His hair must be growing back some because the patch around his eye already looks less dark.