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Helpful Groups & Dogs in Need / Re: Fresno, CA Saint in need of a home!
« on: December 04, 2007, 01:30:01 am »
I have an update on Jesse. He's been adopted!  :) I hope he'll get lots of love and tummy scratches in his new home.

Helpful Groups & Dogs in Need / Fresno, CA Saint in need of a home!
« on: December 03, 2007, 12:07:58 am »
Hi Everyone,

There is a big, beautiful Saint named Jesse who's in need of a home! He's currently at the Fresno SPCA, and you can see him on here:

I would take him,  but we have 2 dogs, and we've just adopted 2 sick kittens with URI complications.  These little guys are taking lots of care and time!

I contacted the SPCA educational department, and here's what they said about Jesse:

  "Regarding Jesse, he came in as a stray so we have no information on him. He seems to be fine with everyone and is a very nice boy.  He is in a kennel alone because of size.  He was given a behavioral test before he was put up for adoption and did pass it. There are never any guarantees but I think he is a great candidate for more wonderful homes."

I hope someone can help find a home for this boy!


General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: Hubby cooked dinner.....
« on: October 26, 2005, 10:50:04 am »
Lol this thread makes me chuckle.  Being married to a chef, if I ever have a question about kitchen stuff, I go to him first!  :D  I am a very happy and lucky wife indeed.

Oh, poor Zoey!  ::Big hugs to you both::

Great Pyrenees Pictures / Re: I can't decide....
« on: October 22, 2005, 07:09:02 am »
I love them all, but I'd pick the first one too.  (The last pic is my second choice.)  :)

Saint Bernard General Discussions / Re: Question for Saint owners
« on: October 22, 2005, 06:49:48 am »
It's hard to control what happens out in the world, but keeping negative experiences to a minimum with Saint puppies is crucial.   With Rebecca, it literally takes only one bad experience, and she behaves as if she is permanently traumatized.

For example, she has had many, many positive experiences with the vet (treats, attention, etc.).  Then something goes wrong with her spaying (much pain for her), and literally I can barely get her through the door now.  The behavior has continued with the new vet as well.  Or, she had many fun car rides.  Hundreds literally.  She gets hurt once jumping in, and now I can not get her to jump into that particular car without coaxing, and it has been months since the experience.

I look at the Saint rescues and see dogs that aren't good with kids, aren't good with other animals, not good with strangers.  I am starting to wonder if what I'm describing is a breed trait...since I am seeing so many non-Saint traits described in these poor rescue babies. Rebecca is naturally good with everyone and all the animals she has met.  But I fear that one very bad experience with a child or at the dog park would change that in her. Consequently I have turned into a mamma bear when guarding my girl against traumas hehe...worse than I would normally be I think.  :D

Here are other things I've noticed about her. 

She literally trained herself.  As a small puppy she had natural decorum. She walked nicely on a leash, never approached strangers without my ok. 

She will not take food from someone she doesn't know. I take her to a trendy pet store in SLO, and they sometimes have chicken jerky.  If the person there keeps shoving treats at 'Becca, she will finally take it then spit it out. This doesn't impress me too much with the dry biscuits at the vet's...but chicken jerky??  Oh wow, lol.

She is very, very reserved around strangers.  She would prefer not to meet anyone new at all.  Last time at the vet's, a girl saw 'Becca and fell in love. The girl came and sat by her, respectfully, just talking to her and saying how pretty, etc.  Rebecca moved herself as far away from the girl as possible and put her head in my lap as if to say "Oh please make it stop!"  On the other hand, if people come to the house a couple of times or more, they are treated as part of the family with much love given.

She is a needy girl.  So needy I can hardly believe it.  I think this may be a Saint thing, because I've had other former Saint owners ask me about this trait, saying their dogs had it too.  Rebecca is never left for more than 3 or 4 hours at a time, but when I come home, the greeting goes on for 10 mins at least.  This is if I'm gone for only 15 mins or 4 hours.  If she needs to go outside, she will hold it till the greeting is over.  I always open up the back door first thing, and she'll race out, then back to me for more love, then start outside, then back to me. She acts as if she can't bear to be more than a couple feet away for those first few minutes after I get home.  Wow, that girl makes me feel loved.  :D 


Anything Non-Dog Related / Re: :'( I'm becoming a house frau!!! :'(
« on: October 22, 2005, 03:10:00 am »
This thread made me chuckle...and it's true, the cooking and cleaning will pass.  :D

I've been on a baking kick lately too.  Probably because of the holidays coming up.  This morning, Rick said he was in a bummed mood, so I made him whole wheat pancakes with butter, apple syrup, and toasted walnuts on top.  He's full and happy right now, but poor guy, this just doesn't happen often!

Oh!!  What an adorable kitten and the mamma is beautiful too.  Good luck with the babies.  It sounds like they will be just fine.

I hope your daughter enjoys her birthday party!   

Saint Bernard General Discussions / Re: Ramps / Steps
« on: October 16, 2005, 11:47:46 pm »
I've seen those ramps you mention at our local feed store. They look like a great thing.

I'm not sure if this would work, but here's an idea.  Could you build a small platform out of 2x4's or somesuch for the end of your bed? I'm imagining a sturdy, rectangular box type thing that would sit at the foot of the bed and support the ramp you already have.   I'm thinking it might work since it would give the ramp a hard, immobile surface for support.  Depending on how handy you feel, it could even be stained/painted to match the room and be extra storage inside. Or you could just throw a matching cover over it to camouflage.   :D

Whoa! I didn't know there was such a thing.  Oooooh, I think I'm about to acquire another addiction.  :D

Anything Non-Dog Related / Re: I am re-registered but..
« on: October 12, 2005, 03:35:07 am »
Welcome back.  :)

Wow.  Just wow. It's ironic, but I'd stayed away for a bit because I was sure I had offended folks here :(

I am sad to see that Red has gone.  I found her utterly inflexible, abrasive, and brilliant when it came to the training of dogs.  I do believe that she had a genuine desire to help people and gave of her time tirelessly. Perhaps it is her inflexibility which makes her so wonderful at what she does.

I think Newf Lover said it best when he talked about the difference between show folks and pet owners.  It really is a matter of two different mind sets.  While we love to post our goofy pics, they seem to focus on the "end game" so to speak.  (Please forgive me for lapsing into gamer talk lol.) Their pictures are of form and shows and wins.  I suppose it is natural that the two groups would have trouble communicating smoothly.  Still, it makes me sad.

It is my hope that folks will reconsider Red's dismissal.  We are adults here, and surely we can tell someone directly to back off when needed. 

I would also like to say I'm sorry if I have offended anyone here.  I truly value our differences here...and the insights and knowledge those differences bring.


(edited to make it more clearly reflect what I meant.  :))


I'm always open to new trains of though, so I followed your link. It's a PETA site!!! I don't know if any on the stuff about Iams in true, but the people saying all of these things are PETA people.

Yes, I am aware it is a Peta website.

Please don't be her unwitting pawn.

I have never been, nor do I intend to be, anyone's unwitting pawn.  :D

Note:  I do not contribute to PETA nor do I endorse a majority of their actions.

My purpose in making that post was to show that while their methods are bizarre (and evil, if that is  the word you prefer), they are still a useful tool for discovering what goes on in the world where issues of animal abuse come up.  An example is when one of our members posted a PETA response on what we can do about the dog riding site.  She is not a PETA supporter, yet her message was still lost in the furor.

However I now see that, people on this board understandably feel very strongly against PETA. I feel I was mistaken for making the post in this thread, and  I will now respectfully bow out of this conversation.


Anything Non-Dog Related / Re: New Update on Ang
« on: October 02, 2005, 10:10:16 pm »
Wow, poor Ang! I'll be thinking of her and hoping the docs get to the bottom of this soon.

Anything Non-Dog Related / Re: ARGGGHHHH I hate old senile people!
« on: October 01, 2005, 04:39:46 am »
Oh Ang, I'm so sorry to hear that.  All I can say is that it takes time, but if your grandmother  realizes you won't be pulled into unpleasant discussions, she will have to adjust.  If the alternatives are being civil or having you out of the house when she's not, then your grandmother will have to make a choice and adjust her behavior.

It sounds like some of her behavior comes from her health problems?  You mentioned you two used to be close.  It's understandable that she would be angry and maybe frightened, but still that doesn't give her the right to use you for a verbal punching bag.  You are only 22 and should not have to be dealing with this!

::big hugs::


P.S.  I saw that Jacksmom mentioned Alzheimers and also the title of your post...if this is her problem,  there's probably not a whole lot you can do to help your grandma adjust her behavior.  You should talk to her doctor, explain everything that's going on, and see if he has any advice for you on how to make the situation better.

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