New case history – Pyothorax

by admin on February 1, 2013

I’m sad to say that we have another pyothorax case from our kennel in progress. It seemed to make more sense to create a page to track the history:

All good thoughts for XL’s full recovery are much appreciated . . .

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Congratulations, Grady!

by admin on June 27, 2011

New NAFC, FC-AFC Cody Cut a Lean Grade, “Grady,” owned and handled by Chad Baker, won the 2011 National Amateur Retriever Championship which concluded June 25 in Ronan, Montana.  Grady has had multiple incidents of grass awn infection, with treatment requiring major surgery.  Not even grass awn infection can keep a great dog down. 

Congratulations as well to another grass awn survivor, Finalist FC-AFC Trumarc’s L’il Ms Pogo, owned by Martha and John Russell and handled by Martha.  Pogo lost two lung lobes to a grass awn infection two years ago, and recovered to contend strongly for the NARC title thanks to Martha’s nursing skills and dedication to her recovery.

For great detail on the event, check out the Retriever Report and Retriever Blog courtesy of Retriever News, and .

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Foxtail barley

June 15, 2011

We’ve had a cold “spring”in southern WI, so plants may be behind schedule here.  The foxtail barley is emerging and it’s easy to spot in the roadside medians right now as the feathery tops are a very pale gold against all the green.  Given that for years we were told that we don’t have the [...]

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Nocardia Infection in Bird Dogs

June 13, 2011

I was fortunate to present on grass awn infection to the Purina Pointing Dog Awards gathering in Kansas City this past weekend with Dr. Pat McInteer.  Dr. McInteer shared an article that he wrote with Dr. James Mills on diagnosing and treating nocardia and associated infections, and was amenable to hosting that article here, as [...]

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April 18, 2011

Thanks to the technical expertise of Nathan Briggs (the WordPress guru who keeps this site running and the nasties at bay) , Dr. Matt Rooney’s excellent presentation to the ESSFTA two years ago can be accessed here: Many thanks once again to Dr. Rooney (  for sharing his time and expertise.

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In Memory – CNFC FC AFC CFC Cedar Bough’s Slipshot

October 5, 2010

The Springer field trial community lost a great competitor this morning.  Slip placed second in the 2006 and 2009 National Open, and won the 2008 Canadian National along with a myriad of other placements and accomplishments.  Slip died from complications associated with grass awn infection.  It is a true tragedy for the Springer field trial [...]

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Foxtail photos added

August 9, 2010

Thanks to Cindy Tulpa, who sent some photos of foxtail (aka foxtail barley) from California.  These were taken in May, and I had uploaded them once but then had some issues with the site and just realized that these images went missing. Sad to say that I saw large quantities of foxtail growing along the [...]

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New Page added – the ‘bad’ grass list

May 7, 2010

See link to the right.  Many thanks to Kevin Noon for his help in providing the initial list and the technical detail! If you have had any personal experience with any of these particular species and have helpful information on reducing the hazards, please post your information in the comments.  For example, folks living in [...]

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PLEASE submit case histories

May 6, 2010

What’s most needed for the project right now are case history submissions.  Please either print off the case history for mailing with any support documents or records you are willing to send, or you can now submit your case history on the site.  I understand well how time consuming it can be to assemble a [...]

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Cheatgrass photos added

May 6, 2010

I was in Dallas last weekend and noticed a stand of cheatgrass on the side of the road in front of the hotel where I was staying, so I grabbed some samples and took some photos which I have added to the gallery.  This closeup of the awn is especially interesting, I think , as [...]

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