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Found in the guest room the other day.

Remembering those no longer with us. / Re: Greta is gone
« on: October 23, 2006, 06:19:54 pm »
We are sorry for your loss.

I dont think any breed is 'aggressive' some are more protective than others but aggressive to me = unstable, lack of training and socialization etc...

Sorry to disagree but, the standard for a Fila is "total dislike for strangers and strange animals". They even do Temperment Tests and score on how aggressive they react to a stranger. Being as large, agile and powerful as they are , it may not be a good "family" dog for people who have alot of visitors. Though each dog is different, you can expect some level of aggressiveness from them. We had a Rottie for 6 years before Halo. There is just no comparasion between the protective nature and willingness to defend at all costs.I've heard some Neo's have a very hard "temperment" twords strangers and other animals, even their own. This is just my opinion.

Rare Breed Mastiff Pictures / Re: Halo at 1 Year old and 140+ Lbs.
« on: May 12, 2006, 09:33:05 pm »
Thanks. He's 165# now. 18 months. Such a good boy though.

To relay our expierence. When we got Halo at 5 and a half months he was very underweight. Only 50 lbs. Very skinny looking. I spoke with a breeder who recommended a certain diet that worked great. It was 2 TBS yogurt a day. 1 TBS a day. 5 cups kibble(eukanuba adult) a day. And pasta and veggies. No gassy veggies. I stuck with carrots and potatos. About a can of each a day. And boiled chicken, browned beef or browned ground turkey. He ate everything and put on weight and started growing after a week or two of this. It was split into teo meals a day. No treats, rawhide etc. The yogurt helped his digestion greatly and he never had gas. No he eats 6 cus kibble a day and 4 boiled chicken breasts. He's up to 165 now at 17 months. where he should be. The pasta really helped and he loved it. I boiled it plain, no oil or salt. And plain non fat yogurt. May be worth a try. Good luck.

Rare Breed Mastiff Pictures / Under the collar
« on: April 02, 2006, 08:11:42 am »
Halo's dew lap formed like a funnel from his chin down his neck under his collar. The skin got wet and now its all red and stinks! You can see how much skin he has under his neck. I can fit my hand under his collar.
He tries to lick under his chin but can't reach. Just passing it on incase it happens to anyones dog.

Great Pyrenees Pictures / Re: Double dews
« on: April 01, 2006, 02:10:53 pm »
Penny has 3 dews on one foot and 2 on the other. :o

Sorry to hear Nigel did that again. In my opinion it sounds like territory issues. Nigel may think the house and all of the people are his and Zoot needs to back off. Zoot thinks the same thing therefore a brawl. My frined has a female pit about 35 lbs and male Rottie about 150 lbs. She has the same problem. Terrible fights to near death. The Rottie actually broke his canine teeth off in the pits jaw. And the pit tore him from his neck through his shoulder. Its territory. Not dominance. It may never change for Nigel and Zoot. Nigel's getting older and knows he can back up his opinions. Good luck with the behaviorist. If it was me, they would never see eachother at all. That's how it is here with Halo and Brindle. Halo's in his crate, Brindle's loose. Halo's loose, Brindle's in the bedroom. They are much happier now.

Behavior, Housebreaking, Obedience / Re: Has Anyone Heard Of This?
« on: February 27, 2006, 01:26:30 pm »
He should be hung. Thats abusive in my opinion. Let him come here and try hanging Halo like that. He should be arrested.

Nigel is at that "adolescent" age. Halo grew up with Brindle and loved him. Let Brindle chew his ears and eat first etc. If Halo got out of line , in Brindles mind, Brindle would give the "look" and show his teeth. Never attacked him at all. All was fine until Halo hit 1 year old. The both met at the couch. Brindle showed his teeth. Halo answered back and a scuffle ensued. No one got hurt, but Brindle did not want to be around Halo at all. He would be very tense, not laying, ears back. Halo is 155 # and Brindles 75 #. Both are males. I called Fila "experts". The consenous was that Halo matured. Had enough bullying and stood up for himself. The reason I keep them seperated now is to spare Brindle. He is much happier with only Penny. And Halo is happier getting one on one attention from us. It's just my 2 cents, but IF Nigel is a Fila or partly, you will not train this out of him. Rolling a Fila can be a bad idea. Them are not known to turn on owners but are still very powerful. Please, do research on Fila and see if he is fitting the criteria?
Just trying to help.

Your dog is older now. You can't go by his actions as a puppy. If he's Fila, you will not be able to change it. It will get worse as he gets older.

He looks more like a Fila than he does the other breeds you mentioned. If he is, they generally do not accept "strange" dogs. They can be same sex aggressive. They may not give much warning about their intentions either. He can become extremely possesive of his family and property.
I can not let Halo around Brindle and Penny anyomre. Halo and Brindle had a scrap in December though no one got hurt. Halo managed to pull Brindles collar over his head and off of him. I can't do it. Just my wife was home at the time. Somehow she got Halo into another room and closed the door which he tried to break and chew out of. There were no signs. They ate from the same bowl, Brindle always first, drank the same water, Brindle first. Halo got old enough to test the boundaries. Halo stays in his crate while brindle and Penny are out in the living room. Theres still some tense looks and posturing. But the biggest change is in Brindle. He's happier now. He used to just sit with his ears back when they were together. Now him and Penny are best friends again and Halo gets the one on one attention he wants. So they will remain seperated. My fear is Halo will kill one of them literally. No to hype, but not to many dogs would be able to survive an attack from a Fila. They are just too powerful and agile.
If he is Fila, you will not be able to "train" it out of him. It is his natural instinct like a retriever retrieves. If you want to learn more about Fila's let me know. There's alot of excellent sites with correct info.

What kind of dog is Nigel? How old is he? Just curious.

Helpful Groups & Dogs in Need / Re: Help! My Newf Needs A New Home
« on: February 18, 2006, 08:53:45 pm »
Maybe you could pay the mean husband to let the dogs stay. Money talks sometimes. If not , I can call him. LOL.

Remembering those no longer with us. / Re: Diesel passed away
« on: February 08, 2006, 07:27:05 pm »
We are very sorry for your loss.

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