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I guess I'm typing just to try and understand. I'm here at my home alone with Sassy my Big Girl. My husband just called to say Seamus is gone...... (my husband drove  him into another State this morning thinking he had a bowel problem) I just really don't understand, It just really can't be, I know I just must have nodded off or something and I'm mistaken and my husband will be coming back from the hospital in a few hours with "goofy boy" all better and happy.... I have to get this organized in my mind so I can make some sense of this.. If I try and think organized thoughts and figure out what happened I won't be thinking of how drastically my, our, Sassy's and my lives will be different without Seamus. He was only 18 months, that is so unfair to have such a whirlwind happy go lucky puppy wiggle into your lives at 8 weeks as a surprise Christmas present and be gone, two winters, this would have been his 2nd spring.
Sorry I'm a little off here. Have to think how happy he was, I have so many pictures....., have to think how happy he made all of us, how special We must be to have been able to share his buoyant enthusiasm. Yes have to think how lucky I was to share in Seamus's unique joy of life.. he loved mornings, from dawn and well I could go on , how very special Seamus is to the ST. Bernard 's everywhere he contributed HEART and Laughter

Very useful to know about the hydrogen peroxide!!!! Last night I a made a batch of low-carb marbled brownies and my hubby was so anxious to eat them I put them out in the snow to cool off faster. Now I knew that both of my babies were in the house but when I went out to get then 20 min. later something had eaten the entire center of the pan!! Hubby said it was probably a raccoon or possum, gross... but at least it wasn't one of my sweeties cuz I know chocolate can be lethal. I am very careful with it but you never know what they can get into. Worse that toddlers!!!! So glad every thing came out all right tee hee......

Treatment & Preventative Meds / Torn cruciate surgery
« on: March 08, 2006, 12:33:52 pm »
Just in case anyone with a big dog is facing torn cruciate surgery I'd thought I'd share.

Our Sassy is finally back out chasing the squirrels although I keep a sharp eye on her and limit her time outside.She is in the final stages of her second TPLO surgery and things look as good as new except for the hair growing out. Two winters ago she came up lame and our vet announced she had a torn cruciate in her hind leg. Basically it's a blown out knee like football players get.Because of her size she was a very tall slim looking 175 lbs, he said we should have TPLO surgery. To over simplify it, TPLO is a major surgery where they actually saw the bone in two and change the angle of the knee. Then they put a plate and screws in to hold it together while it heals. I was just freaked out, really a mess. I spent days talking to other vets and the two thing they all agreed on was if properly done and with slow therapeutic recovery her knee would be better than new and she was going to blow out the other one! Well we got through the surgery, taking her to a specialist in another state and by last summer she was up to the full throttle of her 3 years. Winter came, more snow and yep out went her other knee. At least this time we knew what we were in for and prepared for the expense. I can't say enough about this fantastic procedure. My last Saint at 13 developed spine deterioration and it was a very painful process in spite of his good heartedness and love of life. At only two I couldn't see Sassy facing years of knee trouble and arthritis when we decided to do the first surgery, I also had convinced myself it was a freak accident and the other knee would be fine, oops. I am now looking at Seamus and wondering if pet insurance isn't a good idea. I was told that the angle of the dogs tibia is a contributing factor in the torn cruciate in both legs so I may get him checked. Anyway I am forever thankful that veterinary medicine has followed the lines of  complex sports medicine.  Connolly

I'm pretty confident if I put a keg of Brandy around their necks and sent them out in the snow they could find someone.. Of course Seamus would manage to eat through thrandy barrel and drink it long before he got there... Irish name you know, and Sassy would lay on top of the poor victim hopefully keeping them warm like she sleeps with me at night till I'm soooo hot I have to use the squirt bottle to get her off the bed. As far as getting help? think not, although Sas might bark enough to draw attention....

Can't believe how much Bubba looks like my Sassy Girl, sounds like they have similar personalities except she does bark. Would not hurt a fly but loves to put on the show.
We live out in the woods and different ways people deliver packages just gets more creative. Federal Express just drives around our dirt loop fast and flings what ever on to the front lawn. Seamus our other Saint has eaten quite a few packages because of this. One delivery guy drove through then went down to the main road and just left the box and one time I head Sassy barking and barking and she had some guy trapped in his car looking like Cujo was after him, that movie really did a disservice to St's everywhere.
I asked him why he hadn't jus honked his horn and he just kept muttering couldn't, doubt I'll see him again. At least the UPS people have seemed to figure it out. They bring treats and when a new driver comes along they bring them out here to introduce them to my babies. LOL Sassy loves to ride and is forever trying to get into their truck!.
LOL Seamus the puppy? does the go through my leg thing, hard to keep your dignity when your straddling a dog. Sassy has gotten to big, her thing is standing on a foot then leaning on people she likes till they fall over. You get to know who your real friends are when you have Saints LOL   Connolly

Meet & Greet BPOers / Re: California get together
« on: July 15, 2005, 07:42:46 pm »
Hey I'm in Janesville outside of Susanville and go to Lake Almanor all the time, in fact I rented a cabin there last year so my son could go to work and still have a vacation. Was a little odd having a vacation only 40 minuets from home but I love the lake. Actually I get my hair cut there. It was 100 there today, my best friend works across from the golf course. Hope it cools off for you and the pups. My poor Saints are just dying.When are you coming up??? Connolly
feel free to email me!

Newfoundland Pictures / Re: If you think your dog sheds...
« on: May 22, 2005, 10:02:34 am »
Love the story about the bird nest. I or should I say Sassy supplys all of our birds with housing marerial. We have 5 nests in our rain gutters. One outside my bedroom window that houses a family every year. With all the activity I think they should be hatching soon. Brushed Sassy yesterday because we had a breeze and I could stand down wind as the hair went flying and she is short hair. Tried brushing Seamus, noticed the word tried because at 6 months he is more interested in eating the brush that letting me brush him and he wasn't shedding at all. This is my first experience with a rough coat, he looks a mess, his hair is long and curly and he has this crazy wild look, not to mention he usually has mud up to his elbows because water is his favorite thing. I'm hoping this week will get warm enough to give these guys a bath it's way over due.

Great Dane Discussions / Re: Leash training???
« on: May 22, 2005, 09:28:39 am »
"Dog Training for Dummies" too funny. I have to go find a copy because at this point my dogs have trained me. My life seems to revolve around their schedule. 5:30am the sun comes up and they have to go out and play and I'm staggering around making coffee weather I wanted to get up or not. 7am they come in and nap till 10am. Then it's go out and play time again.. And at 4:00pm it's dinner time no matter what I'm doing. I swear Sassy has a watch because at 4 she wants to eat, I thought when we switched to day light savings time it would throw her off but no she didn't miss a beat.

Specific Website Information / Re: Paw Print Profiles
« on: May 03, 2005, 10:35:07 pm »
Did my puppy's profile but it would not let me put in her weight. She is a big girl at 175 lb but it kept reverting to 127 lbs whenever I hit change profile. ???? Also what if we have more than one baby?
Just switch from month to month? Thanks connolly
Love seeing all these Big Paws!!!!!!!!!

Anything Non-Dog Related / Re: This has got to stop!!!
« on: April 21, 2005, 01:14:00 pm »
Probably shoulld not have posted that. Just ignore the idiot. Sorry about that, it's just that puppy's little face with the gun at it's head flipped me out. And the lister has "people who love animals peta" on the site. Aren't they the ones trying to get rid of "vicious" dogs? Can't imagine why a dog would be vicious if it has guns pointed at it's head!!!

Anything Non-Dog Related / This has got to stop!!!
« on: April 21, 2005, 01:04:24 pm »
What is it with the threatening animals lately??? Sick Sick Sick. This is on eBay and I really hope they can arrest the guy.  What is wrong with people? That thing with the bunny was bad enough. It is not funny but very upsetting. I think I will go out and garden and leave my lap top for awhile. The Saint Bernards group is getting ebay to cancell it but really someone should step on the owner of the dog!

Meet & Greet BPOers / Re: California get together
« on: April 21, 2005, 10:27:14 am »
We live in No.Cal. the real north near the Oregon border. My youngest son goes to school an lives in Sacramento. Have been planning a visit now that Donner pass should be clearing up although it snowed here yesterday. Would love to know the time and place and meet some of these great puppies and people I've been reading about. We have very few Giant Breeds up here. Mostly herding and hunting dogs. I think Sas and Seamus are 2 of the 4 St.s in Lassen County. Just have to say how much I love your web site. I was a member of a few St. groups but they were so political and got really nasty about breeding. The pictures are the best and the fact that these puppies all seem to be as spoiled as mine. I know about the "not put together to tight" My couch is disgusting with hair and doggie dirt on the arms from Sas's head and the fact that they sleep with me just horrifies some people lol. Oh well, they don't get the love I do from these babies. Thanks for the invite. connolly, (really Marifrances)
We are in Janesville, outside of Susanville about 1 1/2 hrs from Reno. 

Wolfhound Discussions & Pictures / Re: Dog Beds.... what kind?
« on: April 21, 2005, 09:53:10 am »
LOL I'm with you on the pillow and blanket thing. I have a queen bed and Sassy sleeps right in the middle. She waits till I'm asleep of course but I always wake up saying move, move, move trying to pull some covers out from under 170lbs. Then I give up and find whatever corner I can and scrunch under it. Seamus can't get on the bed yet but when his time comes I'll have to seriously consider some different sleeping arrangements. I don't think I could sleep with out their snoring I'm so use to it. Maybe a California King size? connolly

Newfoundland Pictures / Re: Springtime Newfie
« on: April 18, 2005, 11:24:43 pm »
Oh my Gosh your garden is beautiful!!! (of course so is your Newfie) I am so jealous, where do you live? We have had the most severe winter in 11 years. I have spent the last 3 days raking oak and pine needles now that the snow has finally melted and then it started snowing again tonight just as my daffodils  finally bloomed. Your Newfie must just love all the smells. The new pup follows me around the garden and manages to step or sit on ever plant trying to come up. Lol he also thinks my flowering shrubs are something fun to attack and chew up, even my roses with the thorns.Give Drake a hug and tell him what a lucky boy we think he is. Connolly in California lol 

Kuvasz Pictures / Re: Here is a picture of my 2 yr old Kuvasz...
« on: April 18, 2005, 10:54:26 pm »
Very beautiful dog! I was not familiar with the breed so I went to the Kuvasz Club of America. Really neat I can't imagine I missed them. I especially liked the part about Count Dracula receiving one as a gift. thanks for sharing, connolly

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