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Meet & Greet BPOers / Re: New England get together
« on: March 12, 2006, 05:44:23 am »
I have to say I can't come.  I don't know what triggered it, but Sanity has the runs insanely bad (Total liquid). You guys have a good time though!

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Meet & Greet BPOers / Re: New England get together
« on: March 09, 2006, 09:25:41 am »
OK my special guests aren't coming so 1 person 1 or 2 pups.

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Holy crap!... That's pretty messed up, glad you and dixie are doing ok.

I love the Honda Element for an economical dog vehicle. Rubber floors, lower to the ground than most suvs, the back seats fold up along the sides, etc. It just seems like a great dog-hauler. Smaller than a giant suv like the yukon xl or excursion, so no problems manuvering it into tight parking places.:)



I second that! The Element is awesome! Actually, with the new Elements, you can either fold the back seats up against the sides or you can take them all the way out! The rubber floors are great - no carpet in the whole vehicle to collect hair and easy to clean in case you take the dogs to the beach or lake, it's very roomy inside - definitely enough room for 2 pyrs, priced very economically and gets great gas mileage for an SUV.

The only thing is that the Element technically isn't an SUV.  It has a car frame and car suspension and car transmission, and every thing is car, so it's not going to handle or be able to be abused like a truck/utility vehicle.  AND NO I'M NOT SAYING THAT BECAUSE I DON'T LIKE THE ELEMENT JEANNE!  Matt gets alot of people who come into work because they made their Elements implode because they thought they were trucks, and were trying to have them haul stuff and tow things and one genius even took it off road. 

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Never heard of them.¬  I browsed their site a little bit and PERSONALLY I wouldn't get a dog from them.¬  #1 from the pics they have you can't get any idea of conformation, except for this one



And it's obviously not flattering.¬  Also the whole "We did do showing but now we feel we should stay at home", says TO ME (Not saying this is the case, just what pops into my head) that they showed and their dogs didn't do well.¬  They say that their dogs are OFA certified but don't say how the were graded (ie:¬  Good Excellent ect.)¬  They also dont say any other tests that they've done.¬  In essence, this whole paragraph.

"We know the problems with hips that abound in mastiffs. We work hard at choosing mastiffs which come from good lines without hip problems. So far as we know, none of the puppies we have sold have ever had hip problems. We are careful to feed them good quality feed and to provide appropriate vitamins at the right times.¬  We use up-to-date medical advice and our own experience to guide our work with our mastiffs. "

Also, the lines that they proudly brag about are what I like to call "Washed out".¬  They were once famous with great dogs, but they're so overused, and from such a long time ago, that it's like saying my great to the 2,395th power grand uncle was George Washington.¬  Does that make you anything like George Washington?¬  No.¬  Is there any likelyhood you will resemble him?¬  Probably not.¬  Also they say that they're IN their lines, not how recent they are.¬ 

Like I said, I don't know anything in particular about this breeder, these are just the things that popped out to me.¬  OH that and that there are no pics of their "Family raised" mastiffs in the house, and the dog in the pic I posted has elbow callouses, something that is USUALLY (I say usually because Tenchi has them and that dog hasn't slept on anything harsher than a couch his whole life) attributed to having to lie on hard surfaces, Ie, the ground or concrete, for extended periods of time.


Ang, they already have the dog...It is a 3 yr. old that was given to them by another party...not the origional breeder...paha rts is just looking to see if anyone has any personal knowlege of the breeder. :)

Yeah I caught that.  :)  I was just saying my personal observations of the breeders from what they show on their site.  Also they say they back their pups, so they should get back to you. 

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And I found them here, a puppy find ish type site.

http://sales.gutrumbles.com/mastiff-puppies-for-sale.htm

and this on a Mastiff forum. 

http://www.mastiffonline.com/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&p=12291

I didn't read the whole thread, but here is the part that pertains to that particular kennel.

"any way on to my new pup. i am very certain that he is pure bred as in he wasn't cross bred on premisis as they only have mastiffs and there mastiffs are kept on a small farm like property and the stay inside these enourmous pins that if a stray did wonder by there was no way it could have gotten a female. there property is fenced and the dogs have kennels (1 for each dog) inside of a bigger encloser. the breeder them selves are called euchee creek mastiffs and can be found at http://www.eucheecreekmastiffs.com "

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Never heard of them.¬  I browsed their site a little bit and PERSONALLY I wouldn't get a dog from them.¬  #1 from the pics they have you can't get any idea of conformation, except for this one



And it's obviously not flattering.¬  Also the whole "We did do showing but now we feel we should stay at home", says TO ME (Not saying this is the case, just what pops into my head) that they showed and their dogs didn't do well.¬  They say that their dogs are OFA certified but don't say how the were graded (ie:¬  Good Excellent ect.)¬  They also dont say any other tests that they've done.¬  In essence, this whole paragraph.

"We know the problems with hips that abound in mastiffs. We work hard at choosing mastiffs which come from good lines without hip problems. So far as we know, none of the puppies we have sold have ever had hip problems. We are careful to feed them good quality feed and to provide appropriate vitamins at the right times.¬  We use up-to-date medical advice and our own experience to guide our work with our mastiffs. "

Also, the lines that they proudly brag about are what I like to call "Washed out".¬  They were once famous with great dogs, but they're so overused, and from such a long time ago, that it's like saying my great to the 2,395th power grand uncle was George Washington.¬  Does that make you anything like George Washington?¬  No.¬  Is there any likelyhood you will resemble him?¬  Probably not.¬  Also they say that they're IN their lines, not how recent they are.¬ 

Like I said, I don't know anything in particular about this breeder, these are just the things that popped out to me.¬  OH that and that there are no pics of their "Family raised" mastiffs in the house, and the dog in the pic I posted has elbow callouses, something that is USUALLY (I say usually because Tenchi has them and that dog hasn't slept on anything harsher than a couch his whole life) attributed to having to lie on hard surfaces, Ie, the ground or concrete, for extended periods of time.


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Medical Conditions & Diseases / Osteo problem
« on: March 07, 2006, 10:54:35 pm »
I know because I'm a horrid mommy and I almost never post pics of my other two babies, alot of you don't know much about my little ray of sunshine Hobo.  I found him wantering the highway, we found out late he was 7 weeks old and when he got lost his family (Of 2 days) assumed he'd find his way back home.  Anyways, we took him to the vet all was pronounced fine.  Well a while ago we noticed that one of his back legs turned in.  I don't have a good pic so I'm going to try and describe it.  If you're behind him, instead of both legs going straight down, his right one goes straight down, and his left one turns in at an angle of about 15 - 20 degrees.  Like instead of a direct line from his hip to his foot, his foot is closer to the other foot (I'm just going to have to take a pic) anyways, we took him to the vet then and they x rayed him, finding that his hip had been broken and healed crooked.  The only thing to do was break it and re set it.  It didn't hamper him at all, so we left it alone.  Well today he fell down the stairs and he's limping really bad on that leg.  He lets me touch it, push it, pinch it and rotate it, but there's a def limp.  (Then again this is the angel dog you can do anything to.)

Are there any suggestions?  Anyone gone through a surgery like this?

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All of our local dog parks are part of the children's park/play area so even if the kids aren't going into the fenced area, they are still at risk of being biten just walking around the playground or sidewalks.¬  If a dog can't get along with kids and/or¬  bites them "just playing" then they shouldn't be allowed at the dog park.¬  It is/was the kid's park first.¬  Personally, I would never tolerate that kind of behavior from any pet of mine and I see no reason for others to do so.¬  I don't allow my kids to harrass the dogs, the dogs shouldn't harrass my kids.

I understand what you're saying about the biting.  Totally understand, however what if a dog is otherwise fine, just scared of children?  They can't go to the park?  Plus, it's for their safety, as kids might get in the middle of two dogs playing or running and get trampled.  Or even though you don't let your kids harrass dogs, other parents might not keep a tight rein on their kids, or (As I've seen at my dog park alot) a kid who's been told they "Have a way with animals" goes up to any dog and tries to pet it or have it follow them, or "Teach it a trick."  Plus kids trying to play with strange dogs, strange dogs playing back and the kid gets hurt.  I just don't think that it's a good idea.

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None of our dog parks allow people under 18 unsupervised, and NO CHILDREN UNDER 8 AT ALL.  Personally I think it's a wonderful policy, not only to protect children, but to protect the dogs.

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That charm alone on the green one cost her $25.  Plus that's real velvet ($5 a yard) on the collar and it's all made by hand.  Not saying this to be snotty but try and find a pretty collar that size and you'll be paying ALOT more.

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Collars, crates, & other cool things / Need a pretty girl dog collar?
« on: March 03, 2006, 04:09:22 pm »
Even though I don't have a girl BPO, I know how hard it is to find pretty collars big enough to fit our princesses.¬  Well a friend of mine is making dog collars now.¬  She asked if I would be willing to post a pic of some of her collars.¬  I LOVE these collars and if I had a girly dog (Araby doesn't count) I would get one in a heart beat.¬  The pink one is already taken (Just posting it to show her work), but the green one is still up for sale, and the link is here.  I think they're the perfect mix of elegant understated glamour, still functional and not at all tacky.

http://thezoodle.com/store/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=12_13_19

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Anything Non-Dog Related / Re: Passion taking over?
« on: March 02, 2006, 10:49:50 am »
My fiance Matt got a full drum scholarship to Berklee (Along with an athletic scholarship to Syracuse, both of which he turned down to stay at home and help his mom, but that's another story :P )  Anyways, he works full time during the day and as much as he'd LOVE to make his music his career, he knows that it isnt feasible.  He has a "Family" to take care of now and that comes first.  He does gigs, music lessons, and plays in a jazz band (Although grunge is his first love).  Maybe if I ever start making enough money to support both of us he'd consider it more.  It's up to you.

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The biggest thing for me is make sure your trainer knows all kinds of training techniques and is will ing to use them.  SO many trainers out there will only use one method, and lots of times that won't work for all dogs.  Sometimes your dog is too stubborn, or sensitive or just doesn't mesh with what the trainer is trying.  A good trainer will keep trying till they find something that works.  A bad trainer will either give up on your dog, just waste your money, or worse.

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Great Dane Discussions / Re: Best GD book you've read?
« on: March 02, 2006, 10:36:09 am »
A great fiction book is "The Guardian" by Nicholas Sparks.  Here's a link to a reading list made by Dane owners.

http://groups.msn.com/THEGREATDANEROOM/recommendedbooks1.msnw

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Bernese Mountain Dog Discussions / Re: Bernese Mountain Chowpherds
« on: March 02, 2006, 10:16:26 am »
The problem with Recessive genes is that they lie dormant, and pop up when you have two carriers.  By then it's too late.  You can't possibly know who has what until it's too late.  And when mixing breeds, they aren't all going to carry the same testing info.  One of the few genetic maladies that isn't prevalent in Danes is Central Progressive Retinal Atrophy.  They don't get tested for it, because it isn't a problem in the breed.  However, cross a carrier Dane with a Golden who's passed the test (But is still a carrier), and a larger percentage (if not all the pups) will either have it or be carriers. 

Personally I loathe designer mixes.  I think that they are the utmost selfish act.  To create a puppy cocktail so you get exactly what you want, leaving a litter of puppies (if you're lucky) or hundreds of puppies (if you're not) in the wake.  I don't think people with a lack of in deppth genetics knmowledge should ever breed, show or no show, work dog or no work dog.  With all the recognized breeds (NOT just AKC and UKC) out there, there is probably something that will fit you anyways.  This is all just MY PERSONAL OPINION.

Honestly though have you thoroughly researched all the bad (along with the good) that could come from breedings like this?  Have you thought of the temperament issues (Chows and shepherds are notorious for "iffy" temperaments), or the fact that genetic black and tan dogs typically have immunity issues (One of the reasons that they're more apt to contract parvo than another colored dog).  These are things that have to be considered and weighed if they're worth the risk.  Does anyone else have your "Vision"?  Do you really have the forethought and follow through to create an all new breed?  Or will they just stop with you? 

If you want a website to support you wholeheartedly I can give you a link. 

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