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Old English Mastiff Discussions / Re: Sam, the OEM puppy
« on: January 27, 2009, 05:41:31 am »
Just a little update for you all - thank you again for all the help you provided.

Sam was moved over to the Eagle Holistic Giant Breed Puppy food and that, along with a week of frozen pumpkin squares, firmed up her poop.  It's never gotten to the hard, dense texture of our newer addition (a mini schnauzer) but at least we got well away from the chocolate pudding ;D

Sam is still sleeping with her tongue out - one of the many, many, many adorable characteristic s of this wonderful here's a new shot of her on the couch (she takes up much more room on it now when she stretches out) as well as a shot of her and her little brother having a nap.

Old English Mastiff Discussions / Re: Sam, the OEM puppy
« on: September 07, 2008, 10:37:28 pm »
Here are some pics:

Old English Mastiff Discussions / Re: Sam, the OEM puppy
« on: September 07, 2008, 09:10:00 pm »
Hiya, thanks for putting us in the right spot.

She did her first 8-9 weeks on Nutro, then spent the next 2 months getting weaned of that and onto Orijen large breed puppy.

Too rich, now there is a thought.  WTB a dog that can tell me what, how much and how often to feed :D!!!!

Pics are on the camera, hubby keeps promising to get them off, then I will get some posted~

Old English Mastiff Discussions / Re: Grooming help
« on: September 07, 2008, 07:33:29 pm »
Thank you for your feedback, that really helps.  We have Sam on Orijen, and other than loose poops (which the vet attributes to a generous hand at the feeding trough), her coat is shiny and silky and lovely ;D.  I was looking at the furminator (sp?) but wasn't sure how it would be on a short coat.  Right now we are using a rubber brush, similar to the zoom groom but with many more, and smaller, bristles, which seems to get a fairly small amount of hair off each grooming session.  I think we'll give the zoom groom a shot and save the furminator till she seems to be blowing her puppy coat.

We have so far wheedled our vet, the local pet store owner, the daycare ladies and the dog trainer into clipping her nails, so they have been clipped once every week or so, but we are pretty hesitant about trying it ourselves (scardy cats - don't want to hurt her and make her wary).

We've done her ears a couple times, with just a dry towel as there just seemed to be a small amount of wax and dust.

But thanks for the input - you all have been a great help!!

Old English Mastiff Discussions / Sam, the OEM puppy
« on: September 07, 2008, 07:26:12 pm »
We have a 4 month old OEM, she is around 30 lbs and is eating 4 cups of food a day, spread over 3 feedings.  Her stool is quite soft, and our vet swears that there is a direct correlation between amount of food served and stool consistency.  So we are cutting her back to 3 cups of food a day and will see how it goes.  She is on a really great kibble, so we are not really worried about her getting all the nutrients etc.

I think we are very prone to worry about underfeeding our Sam, every vet visit the one burning question we have is whether she looks too thin.  So far tho our vet has tried to keep us calm and says she looks fine.  We feed her after walking her for 10-20 mins, depending on the time of day and how much time we have.  She does wolf the food, but then has a nap, so I don't believe she is going without.  But who knows, kinda like babies, they can't tell you what they need.  But she is steadily gaining weight and you can feel the meat on her bones so we will stick to the current diet plan and see what kind of improvement we can make on the stool consistency, since it is no fun to try and pick up the loose poops :(

Old English Mastiff Discussions / Grooming help
« on: September 04, 2008, 09:06:13 pm »
Hello, I know there is a grooming forum, but I'm really just looking for some insight from fellow mastiff owners.  We are new owners of an OEM named Sam, she is 4 months old and so sweet :D  Once I figure out how to add an avatar, you can all have a gander.

Anyways, I was wondering how often you would recommend brushing, and what are your tools of choice?

Thanks in advance.

There are two doggy day cares quite close to us, and we had discussed that option.  My question would then be, has anyone had their saint puppy "raised" by a doggy day care?  Does the puppy get confused over who their family is?

Well the nice thing is Matt comes home at about 3pm (3:15pm I think) so he lets out the puppy, over the last few years the schnauzer hasnt been bad but hes 12 years old now and cant hold it as long so about once a month theres some presents when we get home!

Hi I'm a first time poster but I have learned quite a bit already from just reading your posts and looking at various sites on the net. My Girlfriend and I (Jenna and Dave) are thinking (quite seriously) about purchasing a saint puppy as a new addition to our family! we have a Gigantic dog already (miniature schnauzer about 5 LBS soaking wet AFTER feasting) and a 11 year old boy (Matt). Our concerns have nothing to do with size; cost, shedding, drooling (in fact Matt and I are looking forward to see how far the saint can fling his/her drool!). The only reason we did not purchase from one of the breeders we are looking at in the last month is because both Jenna and Myself hold 8 - 4:30 jobs (really we leave at about 7am and don’t return until 5pm - 5:30pm each day). So our idea was to hold off until the New Year to see if my job would allow me to work from home so I could be with the saint. That does not seem to be panning out as hoped, so my question is this: How long (realistically) can a saint be left alone at home? We have a decent sized backyard and a smaller back room also a detached garage where we could setup to be his "home away from home". But is that realistic? On the weekends wherever we go the puppy of course could come with us (got a nice big SUV that some dog drool and fur will really make it feel used!!  ;D ) Any advice would be super!! we are very enthusiastic about getting a puppy and having him/her as part of our family however, we also want to be super parents and give the puppy all the attention he/she needs and wants! so if we should wait we will wait until I get to work from home.

Thank in Advance!

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