My little Podenca Andaluz Bebe is now 17 going on 18 and age is starting to catch up with her. She's already very grey in her face, on her legs and behind her ears. Cataracts are developing in her eyes and her hearing - in her gorgeous pointy ears - is failing.
'Please help us spread the word about this. We are seeing more and more Sago Palm's for sale as house plants. We were very disappointed to see that the Sago Palm plants in some stores still have no warning label. These plants are very toxic to pets. It takes a very small dose to cause liver failure. Many dogs don't survive, even with treatment. We took the picture on the left at Home Depot (warning tag). Walmart in the US are also selling them and none of the Sago's at Walmart had warning tags. These have also been seen at Target and Ikea.
Familiarize yourself with its distinctive appearance, because often they are just called "palm plants" (technically they are not palms, but cycads) or not labeled at all.
Edited to ad: The seeds are the most toxic part of the plant, but these small versions usually are not big enough to produce seeds. However, the entire plant is toxic, so please be careful.'
If like me you have a few hounds, I've had 5 at one time, down to 2 now and a podenca, then disposing of their poop can be a problem. A friend of mine with kennels uses a stack of old tyres, building them up one at a time to a tower. She covers the poop with soil and leaves and it eventually breaks down into compost.
Tilly was Bev Farmer's first podenco - from small beginnings come Podenco Friends and the hundreds of podencos Bev and her late partner Warren have rescued, rehabilitated and rehomed.
'Tilly was such a naughty dog this came up in FB memories and made me smile thinking of what she did. Especially chewing the dials off the washing machine so we had no clue what cycle it was on and ended up having to buy a new one.
Tilly Tea-Leaf syndrome - (Liberatio bonorum suorum) is a condition commonly known has the liberation of personal possessions. It was first officially named in 2003 after a Podenco called Tilly. This condition has been reported worldwide and effects all breeds of dogs, some more than others
Symptoms: The stealing of various items and running around the garden showing them off to everyone. In particular shoes, underwear, tea towels, cushions and in extreme cases mobile phones, TV controls and at times destruction of such items.
Recently our galgo Bracken has been off his breakfast, losing hair on his tail and feeling the cold weather more. So a trip to the vet was booked. After an examination and a blood test, he was discovered to have a low thyroid problem. He's now on medication, Forthyron, probably for life. He's 11. Read about hypoththyroidism on this weblink