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About Maz51

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  • Birthday 09/27/1951

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  • Real Name
    Marianne Cottee, nee Chambers, Mayes, (adopted) Mayhook (born Rasmussen)
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  • Occupation
    Retired: Theatre Nurse; Med/PA secretary; nearly 10 years as VR in Sea and Air Cadets;
  • Biography
    Born Denmark. Two siblings - recently discovered via DNA that we all have different fathers! both parents now passed. (I found at 58yrs five months after father's demise that I was adopted by him from children's home (born out of wedlock)aged nearly 4)and sister's father was also mine but...DNA genetic testing via 123andMe.com shot that down last year. NO worries - they were amazing parents.
    My husband looked at my striken face saying - 'You're not the woman I thought you were!' ROFL.... then
    Schooled in Oz. Grew up on a farm with eccentric mum/pioneer who introduced 5,000 new chicken stock into North Borneo.
    We also rescued several hundred dogs, cats - kittens & puppies out there and looked after orang-utans (48 over 8 years) otters, anteaters, mousedeer, gibbons, macaques, parrots, heron, African Grey, rats and bats (my pets) slow lorris', horse (retired young racehorse from Ireland/Singapore, rescued circus pony and other unusual animals. Rescued baby crocs from the pot too.
    Moved house 38 times.
    Moved to UK Dec 1969.
    School Ed. ended at 13.
    Nursing studies 1972-76 and Post grad nursing course in Theatre at Charing Cross following six months night duties at Guy's.
    Since then I studied and worked and hold about 8 'A' levels through my nursing, VR work (received my Diamond Jubilee medal)and private studies incl RSA course in Secretarial studies at Bracknell College and an Anaesthetic/Theatre perioperative practitioner (all rounder) Refresher Course at UWE.
    I hold Car, Motorbike and Coach licences. Also via VR Sea Cadets: RYA Day Skipper, Power Boat and safety certs, ME II, FAW Instr & Assessor (within MS-SC, music - snare drum and brass.
    Many varied jobs incl coach driving between divorces... No. 3 is brill. No 1 set precedence in divorce law lol - Mayes vs Mayes '83/'84 - was mentally ill. Has two grown children with whom I am still in touch albeit twice a year.
    Three kids - Daughter (32)is in top of DnB DJ - 'Missrepresent' - sadly we don't talk much - she is manic depressive like her father but I love her and am very proud of her.
    Two sons from No 2 - now 22 and 24 both settling with lovely girlfriends and in decent jobs - design engineering machinery. Also staying close by for extra cupboard food!!
    They get on very well with my Dave.
    Their father and step mum near too but not 'close' in true sense however loyal - and they have a younger half brother.
    You will see my background on dogs - via my WHW breeding etc...on forum posts.
    I mean well but know I can come across quite strong & opinionated - a chip off my mother's block!! Very determined strong woman.
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    Brass Band. Musher, Cruiser & caravan camper.

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  1. Yes. Try and research as much as possible.. I do! xx http://dogtime.com/dog-health/52995-autoimmune-disease-dogs-types-symptoms-treatments Sent from my [device_name] using http://Husky Owners mobile app
  2. Husky fur is supposed to be one of the lower hypoallergenic breeds. However regular grooming is a must regardless [emoji847] https://forum.champdogs.co.uk/topic_show.pl?tid=107982 Sent from my [device_name] using http://Husky Owners mobile app
  3. www.successdogs.com + free e-book download xx [emoji847] Sent from my [device_name] using http://Husky Owners mobile app
  4. It's a long one. Take it or leave it. Copy & paste to your memo pad or print [emoji16] ● !! Kefir is NOT advised if on blood THINNERS. You or Dogs http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/so-long-yeast-hello-kefir/ If you can get some Kefir do try this - great probiotic.. START one dssrtspoon > 2-3 tblspns after 7-10 days. Daily. Or as a treat 2-3 x a week. Excellent for you too! I feed mine - incl egg/crushed in shells (extra calcium!) 2 or 3 X/week + raw veg cooked sweet potato, allowed fruits - see below [emoji847] Coconut oil - see below.. I found, after four trials the right kibble my two love = empty bowls! XCEL. Online or your local animal pet shop should get it in for you @ £22.99 / 15kg sack. It is a small kibble suitable for weaning puppies right through to adulthood. Although designed for greyhound, it is certainly perfect for my two. It has sufficient protein %-age for running dogs, which is why I chose this.. not much higher but I researched & the levels indicated this would be (22-24% protein) which a pro trainer/runner of snow dogs & hounds recommended. My two 100% health check results from my vets' on their three monthly Vet Health Plan). Change portions: Add 1/4 kibble/1/8 wet raw portions if in regular running/exercise, or usual amount normal walks out to maintain their weight. Less in summer where exercise is at a min. although some evenings are cool enough. I can get weight down /up within a fortnight. ● Northern breeds cannot break down or digest wheat or gluten. They do not carry an enzyme for this. Nor for lactose, grape family fruit, (raisins, currants, prunes etc) nor onions whether raw or cooked. ●Chocolate is poisonous. Check lists below. Here are my choices : Xcel, Kefir, Lovejoy & Forthglade, (multiple meat choices incl FISH/SEAFOOD & for pups too!) Coconut Oil, Albion (incl with tripe other etc (frozen raw). With reward treats BEWARE these can add weight on.. so adjust your kibble [emoji16] Chester (M)18.09.2012. Eski (F) 14.02.2012. My local (five minutes away) ANIMALS ONLY shop gets in anything I request; I let Nigel know when/what to order & I can collect (he'll do deliveries too). He has all the treats they like & I also update him on any new feed/allergy for dogs' warnings I find. Changing over any new foods: Use 1:3 /1:4 new for old, gradually increasing new food for old (reducing) over ten days. Halt & backtrack if problems or change in stools, ie, loose. [emoji847] Also coconut oil (start pea size -> then to half flat tspn. I don't have enough freezer storage for only raw - the Forthglade & Lovejoy Vacpacs are wet raw and store dry on shelf until opened - great for travel and husky camps! [emoji16][emoji847] ALL feed is wheat and Gluten free. I'm personally wary of only raw diet: Chicken neck, (see below) animal livers, heart, kidneys etc have had reported warnings occasionally regarding the following: So, varying WHAT raw one feeds is important and knowing your sources too. .... Plus, some important minerals are not present, including zinc. In the wild dogs have been known to eat roots, fruits and vegetatation/vegetables. (Sweet potato should be cooked) and mine love broccoli stalks, kale, carrots, parsnips, no seed apple (so avoid! these contain cyanide dangerous in constant feeding). Banana ok but fresh not over-ripe as more sugar. Good for potassium.. Mine get a couple of slice sections- sharing mine! http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/raw-diets-for-dogs-getting-enough-vitamins-and-minerals/ Useful to know : [emoji847] see below.. More on Kefir: it also breaks down lactose intolerance Try Kefir - multiple benefits http://dogaware.com/articles/wdjdiabetesdiets.html http://www.benefitsofkefir.com/how-drinking-kefir-can-help-diabetics/ http://www.mimfit.net/kefir-for-you-and-your-dog/ https://www.whole-dog-journal.com/issues/15_5/features/Canine-Diabetes-Diagnosis-and-Treatment_20521-1.html Coconut Oil & Vit D https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-coconut-oil http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/the-health-benefits-of-coconut-oil/ ● But don't over dose this Vitamin D content. https://m.petmd.com/dog/nutrition/coconut-oil-dogs-understanding-benefits Sent from my [device_name] using http://Husky Owners mobile app Also ACC http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/3-simple-ways-apple-cider-vinegar-can-help-your-dog/ [emoji847][emoji10] Sent from my [device_name] using http://Husky Owners mobile app Sent from my [device_name] using http://Husky Owners mobile app
  5. Pancreatitis is really uncomfortable for them.. My Eski was off colour after they both ate an nearly whole 8lb old Xmas fruit cake with marzipan & fondeau icing. I reckon she took first helping as she would over food.. and she had raised pancreatic levels. I was told to expect them in for five days. Because I gave them a larger helping of Kefir as soon as I knew about the cake - next day.. this prompted a bout vomitingcand evacuation and emptied them fast.. vet reckoned that's what got them home within 30 hours... Kefir has been found to stabilise insulin levels in pancreas upsets.. where diabetes may be an issue or early cause.... not saying this is in Amy's case... I do hope She's feeling better soon and back home. https://www.pethealthnetwork.com/dog-health/dog-diseases-conditions-a-z/acute-pancreatitis-dogs https://m.petmd.com/dog/conditions/endocrine/c_multi_pancreatitis https://m.petmd.com/dog/conditions/endocrine/c_multi_pancreatitis?page=2 I also kept these links for info.:- http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/so-long-yeast-hello-kefir/ Please try Kefir - multiple benefits http://dogaware.com/articles/wdjdiabetesdiets.html http://www.benefitsofkefir.com/how-drinking-kefir-can-help-diabetics/ http://www.mimfit.net/kefir-for-you-and-your-dog/ https://www.whole-dog-journal.com/issues/15_5/features/Canine-Diabetes-Diagnosis-and-Treatment_20521-1.html Sent from my SM-G930F using Tapatalk
  6. Hugs and good wishes. What's been occurring over past few days in your routine with her.. been out? My neighbour's dog became very quiet & lethargic; he thought she was dying... turned out to be pyorrhea.. on the mend now with antibiotics. Not a husky.. he also has French Bulldogs. Roxy is 11 I think.. Sent from my SM-G930F using Tapatalk
  7. Yes.. no matter what I'm doing they keep me in sight, unless in bed.. then join me! Sent from my [device_name] using http://Husky Owners mobile app
  8. Whoo.. . That was lucky... I've mentioned this off lead thing again.. but you're one of only a few rare peeps who have researched.. keep doing it xxx ie, Nome village husky run Ten facts on Huskies.. Kefir for dogs & you ACC.. Double coated dogs and how/why/purpose Coconut oil - this IS good.. in moderate amounts.. but do start pea size for your woof; increase to half teaspoon over 10 to 14 days esp for us too.. or the tuns ... slightly lower in [bad] saturated fats BUT way higher in HDL fats which REMOVE the bad fats (on tv last night 'Trust Me I'm a Doctor'). Unique attributes /purpose to Huskies: Google.. Head, eyes, ears, muzzle, coat, leg circulation, fur/paws, retractable claws, tail.. stamina, cautions in heat/humidity/extreme cold (ie adaptation/acclimatising to these), dietary habits way back but not so now...digestion & the still not understood 'reserve energy 'switch' that allows them to run and run and in survival mode... on the Yukon Quest and Iditarod runs. (Rob & Louise Cooke). Happy reading! Sent from my [device_name] using http://Husky Owners mobile app
  9. Welcome! Handsome looking boy there! Loads of support on here. Husky Camp in May? 12-19 @ Ty Mawr Camping : Tents, caravans, motorhomes, static ones ( some pet friendly) to rent. EHU; Showers & loos. Long walks, off lead, pitstops ++, drinkholes++, fun'n'games, good evengings round the campfire... and great company. Late brekky mornings.. lazy starts or ... do your own thing. Marc /Duncan / anyone! can tell you. And: www.successdogs.com for you - free e-book too. Worth starting asap... Extreme intelligence, subterfuge, outwitting you, opportunists, bossiness/dominance. And houdinis .. this breed is tops. They are now THE most abandoned breed through poor research and lack of training. But also the most rewarding with the right (& positive reward re-enforcement) guidance and training. If you don't know already.. beware : ● never off-lead after 7-8 months unless in secure 6' - 7' fenced area... ● they also have lousy recall (in 97% of this breed)... ● they're prey drive is high and 3,500 yrs genetics give them nomadic tendencies... Be safe, not sorry [emoji8][emoji847] oh.. and fur fur fur when they blow ... anytime after six months or temp changes...[emoji848] ? [emoji44] (never shave a husky lol) Wouldn't change anything with my two .... (strangling or gagging maybe (occasionally) but their love wins over always). [emoji847] Below : various - Husky Camp last year.. .. yes & no foods, grooming gear, (what my food choice is for mine. The raw wet Vacpacs are fab for dry storage ie, camping!) TJ Wolf on fb & Dave Lowe have good Intel on trng/dietary tips too. End Sent from my [device_name] using http://Husky Owners mobile app
  10. I know.. but the guide is useful... lol Sent from my [device_name] using http://Husky Owners mobile app
  11. My vet gave me this as a guide. Sharing. [emoji847] Sent from my [device_name] using http://Husky Owners mobile app
  12. www.successdogs.com The sooner you start the easier the teenage challenges [emoji6][emoji10][emoji847] Sent from my [device_name] using http://Husky Owners mobile app
  13. Only just seen this and I was so upset... although the dates read 2015 it is still raw... I miss my Westies still who passed within six months of each other (my girl #13++ with pancreatic Ca my older boy @15++ with lameness, confusion and incontinence, which really upset him.) Hugs... Sent from my [device_name] using http://Husky Owners mobile app
  14. They tried. Desperately. It was lodged behind the back teeth. The swelling didn't help. Sent from my [device_name] using http://Husky Owners mobile app Yes I thought so too and the vet tried.. Sent from my [device_name] using http://Husky Owners mobile app
  15. Tennis balls - danger note. Morning all. My neighbour told me of a very scary occurrence - her 2yo GSD died after playing catch/fetch. It got past her back teeth and locked in. Despite frantic efforts she could not remove the object even trying to puncture it ... jammed solid. Her dog suffocated. It was horrendous for both. She trains GSD's in agility etc and this was just through playtime. The vet made it out to her but couldn't remove it and swelling didn't help either. Tennis balls don't last ten minutes with my girl Eski if left with her but, when I do bring them out to play throw/fetch (not catch), Chester returns to my hand, Eski drops them at my feet ... I thought I'd let you know of the potential risk. If anyone has a solution I'd be interested to know. Short of an emergency tracheostomy (and where exactly is the best place to do this on a dog) I cannot figure. (However I'm researching and have also ordered a First Aid for dogs info. pack from RSPCA.) In humans between the collar bone and 'Adam's apple' lump one can make a sharp knife nick and insert a biro sheath into the trachea should the airway be blocked in trauma .. - I've seen this done with immediate success, and learnt this in RN Level ll First Aid (combatant field). Knowledge is Power - but only if you know how to apply it. [emoji847] Sent from my SM-G900F using Husky Owners mobile app Sent from my [device_name] using http://Husky Owners mobile app