20 August 2007

More Doggy Bloggy-

That's Desi doin' a little showin' off during our last visit to Mesa.
He loves the hot weather there... will actually crawl between the vertical blinds and the sliding door to lie in the direct sunlight, when temps outside are close to 120 degrees!

But this post is a request for information, and not about Desi-
We need your input about a little mystery were are experiencing with Lucy:
Friends own a Shih Tzu, and have complained about an odor their dog has when she returns to the house after taking care of her business outside.
The unpleasant smell disappears quickly, but is always there when she comes back inside, even when she has only been outside for a very short period of time. Our"Luce-Goose", a Schnoodle... Schnauzer-Poodle mix, has the same problem.
She can smell like flowers after we bathe her, then take her outside to go potty and she'll come in the house with a foul odor, which goes away in less than 5 minutes. I've done minor searching online and have so far found nothing which explains the phenomenon. Any ideas on what causes it, and is there an easy way to avoid it?

One thing I did pick up in my research, from a site which may or may not be dependable-
They claim the Shih Tzu breed is the result of a cross between the Llhasa Apso and Pekingese. So Lucy can hope... all we have to do is continue to breed Schnauzers with miniature Poodles, and she also can be a "Blue-blood"!
(Think becoming a thoroughbred would change her personality?)


The Joker said...

She may need her anal glands cleaned. Some dogs need them cleaned more often then others. Some anal glands can become impacted and then you've got bigger problems.

A good groomer or vet can clean the glands for you, or they can teach you how to do it. I've had dogs all my life and I do not want to learn how to do this. If not done right, I think you do more harm then good. Best to have a pro do it for you.

k said...

Our 90-lb black lab has the same problem, except it doesn't go away so quickly. The issue for him is not anal glands; he gets his fish-crossed-with-doritos smell without "doing business"... My solution? Keep a spritzer of doggy cologne nearby.

I always figured it was just a matter of his coarse hair picking up camouflaging scents, being a hunting breed and all.

The Joker said...

you provide the schnauzer's and I've got the miniature poodles (blacks & reds) w/champ pedigree.
We cannot start a new breed because Schnoodle's (schnauzer & poodle) are already known as a breed, but I don't think it's an official AKC breed yet.
I do believe that Schnoodle's sell quickly.

Greybeard said...

Gonna be kinky here...
I squeeze Lucy's butt!
(And Joker, you're right... it's gross. Don't go there if you don't have to!)
Actually, it's not so bad as I thought it would be!

But this smell is not THAT smell...
this is unique to her just bein' outside.
And K- I had a Lab, and they will go immediately and find a dead toad or something else to roll on to camouflage their smell. This ain't that either... it's just IN HER FUR!

Greybeard said...

... Just one more thing, folks.
This a VERY exciting time for K.
Go look... you'll smile!