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1  BPO General Forum / General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Weird and Funny things our fur kids like to pick up on: June 01, 2009, 08:44:59 PM
I'll bet you are all thinking of smelly or gross things and so sure they do that..but William has put a new twist on picking things up..

So I thought I would start a post about unusal things that our furry friends like to carry away

William started counter surfing..start ing with the coffe table and graduating to the kitchen counter..

We or most of us have had counter surfers and usually it is for food left out..

William I am sure would go for the food but he seems to have a liking for my dishware..

I have found my coffee mugs in the dog bed in the computer room..and we have even found a bowl on the kitchen floor.

they aren't broken or even scratched..alt hough I must admit very clean..

He does like carrying things especially with handles..his 1st was an empty gallon vingar container..tha t blew off the roof..

So proud he found it all by himself

So lets here what kinds of things your fur kids like to carry around..and hide..

TATFK
PS this is what my dishware looks like and I have the whole set and then some..and they are heavy to top it off..
2  BPO General Forum / General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / REQUEST on: June 01, 2009, 08:00:20 PM

 
To all of you that have (any old Polaroid) film I make my plea..
Polarorid is no longer making this film..they call it progress..
I am a volunteer.. and will be  working at UMC with my therapy dog in January ..and the pictures are for the kids..Their smiles are priceless

I know that once all the film is gone it will be gone..so I am trying to stock up while I can..
Yes it can still be found online..ebay.. amazon ..etc..but the prices have skyrocketed..
Being on a fixed income I won't be able to get much..and lots of it on line is outdated and I have no idea how long it is good for..I'm aiming for ex.dates in 09..

Anyone interested in donating (their unused Polaroid film)to SMILES in Pedeactrics and ICU I am willing to give you contacts at the hospital as well as I am a member in good standing in TDInc..(Therapy Dogs Incorporated..)and if contacted will show my TDInc ID as well as info to contact them..

I know it is hard times for everyone now..and you could sell this film and get whatever you can for it..I am asking that you think of all the good KARMA coming back your way providing SMILES to sick children..and their families in the hospital..all dealing with more than just hard $$$ times..

I look forward to hearing from anyone ...I am not looking for $$$$ only the film that you probably don't use any longer anyway..

Thanks for reading my request

Tricia and the fur kids
3  Rottweilers / Rottweiler Pictures / Re: I'm so proud of my pup! on: May 31, 2009, 03:48:31 PM
These are the days we live for ..aren't they just great..sounds like you both had fun..and it was all positive..what more could you ask for..

TATFK
4  BPO Grooming Forum / Discussions & Information on Grooming / Re: Grooming advice - looks awful! on: May 25, 2009, 01:19:00 PM
Well that worked out nicely..and if this is how you want yours to look..it may help you in finding a groomer..

I love the fact you want to learn to do it yourself..and finding a groomer willing to teach you will be the challenge..but worth it..

Let me know what ya think..
TATFK
PS once you pull up the picture of the instructions give it a min.and click on the sm box in lower right corner and it will inlarge enough to be able to read if not let me know and I will PM them to you
5  BPO Grooming Forum / Discussions & Information on Grooming / Re: Grooming advice - looks awful! on: May 25, 2009, 01:04:52 PM
 Grin Grin  a 10 blade refers to the amount of hair that is cut off..I haven't used combs for a long long time on my clippers..

I have the Oster 5A and only two blades a 10 and a 4

the higher the blade# the shorter the cut..
As I said my suggestion is to find a groomer willing to teach you how to do your dog..the easiest way to learn is to watch and ask lots of questions..

I have an instrustion page if I can get them thru the scanner I will post them..

In the pics of William his body is done with a 4 blade and his tummy a 10..the feet I just sissor even..
Also his head I only used a 4 as well..
I like them short but not all people do..

I will try to scan the instructions and a pic..

TATFK
6  BPO Grooming Forum / Discussions & Information on Grooming / Re: Grooming advice - looks awful! on: May 24, 2009, 01:05:04 PM
Patience is a very necessary tool doing anything with a Bouv..they don't like to be rushed..and grooming one requires patience..so she has come into your life to teach patience..

I have had many comments about William and Magic before him..and the cut I do isn't really a Bouv style..but living in Az it is the clip I use all year long..And being that both are therapy dogs and need frequent baths it just makes things a lot easier to get ready for visits.


The best advise I could give you if you want to do it yourself is to find someone who does Bouv's on a regular basis and ask for a few lessons..the face and head take the longest to grow back for some reason..but I think that is what you want to concentrate on ..for that Bouv look..

It is well worth it..

And get professional clippers if you are going to invest in some..they will pay for themselves..

On William I used a 10 blade on his tummy and private area..
and a 4 blade everywhere else..

the best explaination is that I carve a dog out of the hair ..and I use the clippers Sissoring is not my best skill..the only dogs I was ever good at were poodles..

Blowing a Bouv dry they have straight hair and I just am no good at sissoring it..

It is pretty amazing what you can do with a 4 blade..and I made lots of mistakes even after a few lessons from a groomer that I got some lessons from for a Bouv.

Just remember that the difference between a good haircut and a bad one is...a couple of weeks.. Grin

TATFK

7  BPO Grooming Forum / Discussions & Information on Grooming / Re: Grooming advice - looks awful! on: May 23, 2009, 05:58:19 PM
Actually I don't think it looks that bad..and it will grow back quickly..Willi am is getting a hair cut once a month from me..

I would not hesitate to take her back and complain..

Speaking as a former groomer..they mostly want people to be happy with what they do..

Always try to speak to the groomer who is going to be doing the work on your dog..

In fact when people with specific beeds would come to me and vaguely suggest what they want I would ask them to show me on their dog ..

On the Bouv face I agree..but it will grow back..and whether you take her back to this groomer or another ...my advise is to speak to the groomer doing the job on YOUR dog and explain what you want..if they are not familar with Bouv's ...many aren't..pull out some pictures..

For the most part they do want to please ...it means repeat business at the least..

I think she is adorable..
TATFK
PS Here is William after I did him..
8  BPO General Forum / General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / *Sir William* finally new pictures!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! on: May 22, 2009, 03:26:24 PM
Happy holiday weekend everyone..stay safe and have fun..

I have finally got new pictures of William..he is growing like we are force feeding him miracle grow...

He has passed his puppy class with flying colors..
 
He is now 52 lbs. 21 1/2 inches tall and from chest to rump the same.
 
He is happy and healthy..and has even gone back to the hospital to visit with staff this past week and did remarkably well..the volunteer coordinator told me he looks ready to start now..but as I told her..he is still a baby..at 5 mths old and I can't register him as a therapy dog till he is a year old..
 
I really think he was born for this..as he was strutting down the halls he was keeping his eyes on me..making eye contact,,with no cue from me to do it..although getting lots of verbal praise..and a very happy me when he did..
 
Time seems to be flying by and I swear I could sit and watch him grow...he is gonna be a very big boy when he gets there..
 
My goal is to register him when he is a year old..by then I am sure he will be ready as long as I keep taking him out and about..and not burn him out in the process..
 
We are real happy with him..
TATFK
PS next post more pictures that I can't fit on this one..
9  BPO General Forum / General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: Need Advice...mother wants to BB on: May 11, 2009, 09:39:40 PM
I don't think legally you can do much..
But if she can't afford to get her spayed..then she certiantly can't afford puppies..

I used to raise Collies..and then Lhasa Apso's

I did not show them..I could by most people be considered a BB...but I had very high standards..in my own defense...

And if anyone does it right you really don't make money..

With pre natal care..puppy vet cks..shots ..worming..etc

And if your not going to bother with those things your nuts..

Maybe you could point this out to her..in black and white and remind her if she wants to sell them..buyers are going to want to see proof of these things..as well as a written guantee of health..

There are many things she could do with this dog if it is as gentle and maternal as she thinks..

Therapy work comes to mind..working with children..or the elderly..

I hope you can get thru to her..

10  BPO Training Forum / Behavior, Housebreaking, Obedience / Re: therapy visits: advice? on: May 08, 2009, 02:24:20 PM
Amy ....quick tip...when teaching to have them put their front feet on the chair..

MAKE SURE THAT THE CHAIR IS SECURE

In the hospital we visited there seemed to be different types of chairs..so start with a secure one that wont' colapse on them..

and the work on differnt ones with you supporting or ankering the others in place with your body..

also that tip for a cue to visit is a great one..I'm gonna try that too..

keep us informed..

TATFK
11  BPO Training Forum / Behavior, Housebreaking, Obedience / Re: therapy visits: advice? on: May 07, 2009, 06:28:11 PM
Amy thanks for doing such important work..I miss is terribly and have high hopes for William..at the start of the new year..

Since your dogs are Pyrs??? I think...and are so big..two things come to mind..

1 their size might frighten the kids..especial ly if they are injured and not sick if they were to get in the bed..

2 they may not be allowed in the beds..ck with the nurses and volunteer co-ordinator..

If they are allowed in the beds and the kids want to visit with them..and aren't afraid..then see if they will get up on the foot of the bed..that way there is room for the dogs to be comfortable and the kids sitting up can pet them and cuddle with them all they want..

Also..you can redirect the attention to the kids in the beds by asking their name and seeing if they would like to have the dogs do some tricks..

Don't know if your guys take commands from others or not..but with Magic I used to situate myself so that I could give hand signals while the kids gave verbal ones and so the kids thought they were doing all this themselves..

Now tricks..to kids..especial ly with the big dogs ...sit..down.. shake..simple obedience commands are like magic..althoug h with very small kids..shake can be a problem..just help a little with that one..

Also a chair is a great idea..especial ly if they can't sit up..they can pet them and feel them..

That's all I can think of off the top of my head..if I think of any more I'll repost..

Good luck..and keep them all smiling..and before long when you arrive as you turn the corners you will soon hear
Appolo abd Zeus are here...!!!!!! and you will become invisible..
TATFK
12  BPO General Forum / General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: Getting My First Dog... Breed Selection? on: April 14, 2009, 02:29:11 PM
How exciting begining a whole new chapter in your life..
I have to put my vote here for Bouvier's
I have nothing against any of the breeds mentioned including *mutts*  I may have my favorites but I must admitt that I am most non predjuice when it comes to dog breeds..
Bouv's are a great choice for what you describe you want..'They do need grooming..but like a poodle can be kept clipped short..
I've had two now the second a four mth old pup..and funny enough I keep them in a schauzner clip of sorts..
But grooming is something you need to consider..sinc e I was a groomer in my youth it is not for me..

Bouv's are highly trainable..bon d strongly with their people ..aren't known as barkers...prot ective of their family..and adaptable to whatever the situtation seems to be..

I am sure that you will find or they will find you..when the time comes..and the fact that you are researching and looking into breeds is a very good thing..bravo..
Keep us posted on how things go..and any  questions you may have..

Tricia and the fur kids
13  BPO General Forum / General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / AMAZING PICS!!!!!!!! on: April 03, 2009, 05:10:42 PM
I got this in an email and just had to share with all my animal loving friends here on BPO this is what the email said

I have the photos hereI hope it works cause the pics are great////TATFK

http://s364.photobucket.com/albums/oo90/furkidsmom/moose/?albumview=slideshow&direction=reverse


Not one, but two !  Truly amazing !  These animals were photographed just north of the Wisconsin border
on a highway near Marenisco , MI .
  
Once in awhile there is an opportunity to take in a piece of nature that you may never see. In these days of
unrest and turmoil it is great to see that Mother Nature can still produce some wondrous beauty.


The odds of seeing an albino moose are astronomical and to see this in the upper peninsula of  Michigan ,
near Wisconsin , is even greater than astronomical. To see two of them together is nearly impossible.
 
We wanted to share these photos with as many people as possible because you will probably never have
a chance to see this rare sight again.

This is a really special treat, so enjoy the shot of a lifetime.
14  BPO General Forum / General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / William Falkor and Emma PICS on: April 03, 2009, 08:39:03 AM
I promise I will take more of William especially since he got another haircut ..yes a *Magic haircut only now he has eye brows and you can really see those pretty brown eyes..

But I remembered I had these two and they were from last week..out in the yard..

Enjoy..
the 1st one is Emma tackling William..which happens everytime he runs..and then he pops up and runs again..always with Nanny watching

hense the next picture..Falko r finds something to distract the whole situtation and saves the day..

15  BPO General Forum / General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / How bad is the economy??? picture on: April 02, 2009, 06:02:49 PM
I got a great laugh out of this one..and wanted to share it..
the caption that came with this was

*Cats are so dramatic*

I just really thought this picture was worth sharing..

TATFK
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