Sunday, 4 February 2018

Ziggy is going to Crufts!

We are very excited that on Gun Dog Day, Sunday 11th March, Ziggy will be following in Wiggle's footsteps and representing LRSE&C at Crufts!

Once again, the Kennel Club Charitable Trust have invited LRSE&C to attend and represent Labrador Rescue at the world famous dog show at the NEC in Birmingham.  It's a great day to be able to promote the rescue and chat to people who may not realise that Britain's favourite breed also needs the support of a rescue.

There will be other LRSE&C Labbies there and it will be a good day for Ziggy to experience something completely different and just like Wiggle, I'm sure he will take it all in his stride! 

Sunday, 28 January 2018

No more tasty snacks....

To try and get Ziggy's skin problems under control we have had to go through a process of trying different things and ruling out allergens whether environmental or due to food.

So, much to Ziggy's dismay and sadness, he is now on a restrictive veterinary prescription diet and nothing else:

Over the past week and a bit he has been swapping over from his previous kibble to the prescription diet.  He eats it because he is true to his Labrador breeding.  But it does look boring!

He is happy as ever though and was especially excited to try out his new sweater that his grandma knitted for him: 

Sunday, 21 January 2018

All About Ziggy

I thought I would go back to the beginning with Ziggy.  He arrived here in the summer, back in August as his owners were unable to take care for him and his medical needs and he had lost a lot of fur due to allergies.

Ziggy was very sore and itchy and desperately needed to see a vet.  Labrador Rescue South East & Central had been contacted and asked to take Ziggy and after he had been assessed the charity kindly agreed to take him on and provide financial support for his medical care.

When I was asked to foster "another Wiggle" I couldn't say no so Ziggy arrived with us and I was shocked to see how bad he was.

Poor Ziggy was worse than Wiggle had been and his skin was so sore and itchy but he was a happy boy and just wanted to be loved.

As soon as we could, he saw the vet and it's been a slow process due to the severity of his skin problems but he's now a lot less itchy and a lot happier!

Ziggy has been having Cytopoint injections each month as well as steroids and Malaseb baths.  He has been seeing our vet regularly and is always excited to go there.

He's a very laid back dog and loves to shred tennis balls, just like Wiggle did.

Ziggy is enjoying new adventures, like going to the pub:

He really is a sweet boy and demands little.  He would love to have some new fur grow, but that might never happen, we shall have to wait and see.

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Ziggy's weekend

It's fair to say that Ziggy is completely at home here now.  After having very little in his life he now has a routine, lots of love, walks, proper care and me and Sofy.

Ziggy likes his home comforts, especially if it means he can have a lie-in:

He is having his Malaseb baths every 3 or 4 days and despite the woeful look, he does enjoy his bath and gets in by himself when I ask him:

He likes being rubbed down with warm towels before getting into Wiggle's drying coat:

Ziggy takes to new things well and is enjoying coming out with me, especially when it includes stopping for coffee: 

And after coffee, a quick paddle in the river:

On lead though as it was a bit cold to go too deep!

And after a busy weekend, what better than to practise his relaxation positioning? 

Sunday, 7 January 2018

It's no fun being half bald in this weather!

Poor Ziggy does not like the cold weather which is hardly surprising with the amount of fur he has missing.  Thankfully, he likes his extensive wardrobe, in particular his fleecey hand-me-down:

We made the most of the sunny day and both wrapped up warm as there was a biting cold wind up on the Downs.  Ziggy was keeping on the move:

Happy boy:

Ziggy is a dog of many expressions, including a combination of outrage and innocence when I told him I could hear the noises his bottom was making.  He didn't care though.

Monday, 1 January 2018

Hello, 2018!

A new year and its time to re-start Wiggle's blog.  There's not a day that goes by when I don't think of my darling boy but he's with me and looking down on me, from heaven and from his handsome portrait:

His legacy is Ziggy, now staying for good, baldy but happy:

Sofy spends more time sleeping but then she is 12 now.  She is especially happy with her new fleece blanky that she received as a Christmas present:

And Ziggy got his own new blanky too and likes to be wrapped up so he's all snuggly:

Ziggy got to play in some snow, keeping warm in his woolly jumper:

Our one and only resolution is that we will once again update Wiggle's blog, keeping his memory alive while we try and get Ziggy better again.

Happy New Year from us xx

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Ziggy - W/E 22nd October 2017

Another week goes by and Ziggy is still bald and itchy.  He's been back to the vets this week for skin scrapings and tests as he hasn't been responding to the current medication and by now he should be growing more fur.

We have antibiotics for a week to make sure there is no underlying infection and then back to see the vet at the end of next week to decide what treatment is next for Ziggy.  In himself, he is a happy, affectionate boy but despite being bathed every 3 days and medication, he chews and scratches a lot still.

This weekend though he has been busy trying to woo the Labbie he has decided is the girl of his dreams - Lilly:

Ziggy has met Lilly before when he has been to work with me but this weekend she is staying with us and he has decided that he loves her very much.  Despite his best efforts, she isn't falling for his charms but he keeps trying to win her affection, giving her little kisses and following her around.

After very muddy and windy walks yesterday this morning we made the most of the sunny morning and went up to the Downs.  


Ziggy will be quite sad when Lilly goes back to her family on Tuesday but I'm sure they will see each other again soon.