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General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Does anyone know a place
« on: June 23, 2006, 01:39:29 pm »
that we can stay in LA preferably in the chinatown area that will allow our dog and not cost us a fortune?  I would really rather take her with us if we get to go.

 If your hubby has a fav hockey team..there are normal looking dog coats with logos on it too.   

Farley dosen't have much fur either but he enjoys playing an digging in the it was mentioned before--she will let you know when she has had enough time outside.  I think she will adjust fine

uuummmmm  Hubby won't be there so it doesn't really matter what he likes.  ;)  He doesn't have a fav team anyway.  He rarely watches sports.  Holly is such a princess about getting wet, I doubt she would find it amusing to be put out the backdoor with that cold wet stuff.  lol  i'm sure I'll hear alllllllllll about it the first few times at least.  She pouts if the sprinklers spray her.   ::)

Anything Non-Dog Related / Re: Need Opinions
« on: June 13, 2006, 04:30:28 pm »
¬  I've recently had to make a difficult decision about mine and the pup‚Äôs futures. Actually for me the decision wasn't hard at all but since I've made it I've been barraged by people (friends, family, co-workers) that think I've made a big mistake, that I don't have my priorities straight, etc. It would take forever to explain the whole situation but basically I just quit a job I absolutely love and moved away from the place I had planned on spending the rest of my life in order to be closer to the care that Max needs. I think I've done the right thing but nobody else seems to understand why I would do this for a "dog", even friends with dogs. It would be nice to hear someone tell me that I'm "NOT" being dumb, or too sentimental, or any of the many other thing that rhyme with "crazy"!

You're being a complete nutcase and you're in good company.¬  ;)¬  Most people don't "get it".¬  I get in "disagreements" with one of my older sisters who thinks dogs should never cost more than $200 and if they get sick with something expensive, then they should be PTS.¬  Actually most of my family is like that.¬  If that's normal, I say you should be proud to be crazy!¬  Who would want to be THAT kind of normal?¬  ¬ ::)

"NONSENSE.  Just get her a parka and some snow boots; she'll be perfectly fine in the weather.  That's what dog fashion is for, girlie-o!"

I told hubby that she'll look like a complete dork with a jacket, boots, and hat on.  Poor girl!  I feel sorry for her and it hasn't even happened yet!

You could also teach her to run on a treadmill.  My cousin Warren lives in Phoenix with an OE sheepdog, and they run him on the treadmill all summer while it's too hot to breathe!

I have considered doing that here because it's so hot during the summer but I can't afford one atm.  Right now I run her up and down the stairs chasing her toys all day and jumping over baby gates.  It helps.

How do you get your hyper dogs enough exercise when there are snow drifts everywhere?  I don't want to keep my dog locked up but if I don't find her the right home before I move, she'll be going with me and it's COLD in MN.  Not really the best place for a nearly hairless dog.

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: Need help again
« on: June 05, 2006, 02:55:58 pm »
I had one before moving here.¬  Hubby ranks them up there with yappy dogs and dalmations.¬  He's a total nut (and more than a little hard to please)!
BTW, do you mind saying what happened with the rotty you had before?¬ 

She died.  She was really old though we don't know exactly how old because we got her from a pound where she and her pups were dumped.  Pups didn't make it.

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: Need help again
« on: June 05, 2006, 02:49:11 pm »
I should just get a Pyr and let him run hubby out of the house.¬  He's the troublemaker anyway.¬  lol¬  Holly is, if possible, getting MORE clingy as time goes on.

I think you are on to something.¬  I really do think that our furpals pick up on all the stress we are feeling and they do cling tighter to try to 'help'.¬  I don't Holly is insecure; I think she senses that you are overwhelmed and she probably feels she ought to help.¬ 

Rehoming is one option; marriage counseling is another; therapy for just you so that you can get some help learning to juggle all the stuff you are obviously having to handle alone is a third.¬  Do you have any time to yourself?¬  Can you get out for an hour a day BY YOURSELF?¬  Even taking Holly out for a long ramble could improve things....the exercise helping you to feel better about things....Holl y feeling she had you all to herself for a bit...

Sorry, I'm rambling here, but I have been there.¬  Too many animals, too many kids, to many 'gentle requests' from dh, too many demands from the rest of the family.¬  I'm SOOOO glad to be the age I am....wrinkles, fat and all!!! ;)

Thank you for understanding.  It really means a lot.  I think I'm getting mushy and emotional thinking of her leaving.   :'(

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: Need help again
« on: June 05, 2006, 02:47:49 pm »
Oh wow! I hope that everything goes well with Holly, but in my experience, if one dog is too much, than two dogs are TWICE TOO MUCH!

I agree!

Actually, we (I) got Holly to save her from being PTS because she's an absolute sweetheart.¬  I wasn't planning to keep her but found out how many issues she has and have been trying to fix them so she won't end up on death row again.¬  I'm having a hard time giving her up because I DO love her but need to do it anyway because I think there are better homes for her type of dog than ours.¬  The dog I am trying to find would be the one we keep so I'm trying to be extra picky about it.¬  It's hard on my son to have a dog going in and back out as it is on all of us.¬  If I thought Holly would be happy here just because I got a second dog, I'd do it, but I'm being honest about what I'm capable of hamdling for her sake.¬  I'm trying to do what is best for her.¬  I am considering taking a break after she finds her forever home and getting things here a little more under control as well as an SUV to haul the family around in and then jumping back in with another rescue.¬  I just have to find the perfect home for Holly before I can bring another dog into the family. ;)

Maybe I'm just not coming across clearly.  I tend to fumble around when I'm trying to explain something.  ???

Wow!  They seriously need some ESL classes!  Perhaps they should work on that before trying to sell mutts on a website.  ;)

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: Need help again
« on: June 05, 2006, 11:40:06 am »
Newfs are *very* social and people-orientated. They're not a dog that's going to stay in the background...t hey want to be right where you are...usually trying to involve themselves in whatever you're doing. They, for the most part, (there are always exceptions to the rule) want to be with their humans whenever possible, and they love to be loved on, and give love in return.

Yep!¬  ALL true!¬  And that's what makes them so great!¬  Stuffed dog, gold fish, getting special, special dog gifts from all over so that it FEELS like you have a dog¬  ;): all good options!

Let us know what you decide!¬  Holly will hopefully out-grow this stage and get more confident.¬  I know what it's like being needed by kids, needed by dog, needed by husband and having NOOOO personal space to call your own.¬  A gold fish would be good!!! ;D

Is running away from home an option?¬  I've been wanting to do that for months now.

I should just get a Pyr and let him run hubby out of the house.¬  He's the troublemaker anyway.¬  lol¬  Holly is, if possible, getting MORE clingy as time goes on.¬  I just think that she isn't getting all that she needs here and I feel bad for her.¬  I'm overwhelmed trying to take care of her and I'm sure she feels it. There's got to be a dog that is easier to care for than her AND that hubby can handle.¬  Ssshhhhh!¬  Don't tell him I said so, but I think he's a little afraid of our big paws.¬  ¬ ;)¬  I know he was scared of my Rottie in the past. ::)¬  Fat old lady that could hardly move but never did trust him, or he her.¬  I swear he seemed to think she would get a sudden burst of puppy energy and come after him when he least expected it.¬  lol¬  Funny, but sad.

Oh, and for the dog "gifts", I think I'll pass if you don't mind. ;)

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: Need help again
« on: June 05, 2006, 10:48:29 am »
*sigh!*  Maybe I'll just keep Holly and teach her to be fat and lazy like her mommy. :D  Can you even teach a Dobie to do that?  As smart as she can be sometimes, I just don't think she would be able to master that one. ;)

They put in brand new wood floors for $1,500 and didn't want the dogs nails to scratch it up. ::)

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: Need help again
« on: June 04, 2006, 09:41:09 pm »
sounds like you need a

or to trade my hubby in for a new model.¬  ;)

I don't mind the dog being a part of the family.  After all, what's the point of having one otherwise.  I just don't want another Holly.  She needs to be physically touching one of us (usually me) constantly.  when I jog/run anywhere she's got the side of her face planted on my leg or is tangling her feet in mine.  It makes it hard to move.  When I sit she's got her face resting on me or is trying to crawl in my lap.  I don't mine a dog wanting attention once in a while, but it's driving me nuts to be touched constantly.  I also don't want my kids to have to compete with her for attention.  SHe tends to get jealous of them and push for even more attention for herself.  She would have physical contact with me 24/7 if I didn't put a stop to it once in a while.  I already have 2 sons and a hubby that are demanding,  I'd rather have a dog that is a friend instead of one more needy child.  Does that make sense?

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: Strange Visitor
« on: June 04, 2006, 04:36:30 pm »
Now that sort of thing is exactly why I want a big scary dog!  I don't want anything coming in my house uninvited!

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: Need help again
« on: June 04, 2006, 04:33:46 pm »
I had one before moving here.  Hubby ranks them up there with yappy dogs and dalmations.  He's a total nut (and more than a little hard to please)!

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