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General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: Camping with a Big Paw
« on: June 22, 2007, 06:16:40 am »
I don't know where exactly we are going.  Somewhere along the Snake River on the Idaho/Washington border, I think.  My husband is planning it and when he's talked about the location I've kind tuned him out (I know! I'm such a bad wife!!) He showed me pictures from the internet and it looks really pretty, though.

I think it will be kind of wilderness-ish but not like backpacking or anything.  Somewhere in between full service with showers & toilets  and in the middle of nowhere with no running water and squatting in the bushes.

Anything Non-Dog Related / Re: Update on my ugly Divorce
« on: June 22, 2007, 06:09:25 am »
I am so so sorry to hear what you are going through.  My heart is so sad for your pain especially since it was such a sneaky low blow.

I have nothing to add to what has been said.

Just wanted you to know that you aren't alone and that you will make it through this and my oh my what a woman you will be when it is all over.  You will be stronger, smarter and more capable than you ever though you could be and you will be unstoppable in whatever you put your mind to.  What a great role model for your girls!

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: Camping with a Big Paw
« on: June 22, 2007, 05:58:26 am »
Hmmm...I guess I had worried too much about the elements since she loves being outside with the exception being in the full on sun or when it rains and since I'd never ever leave her in her crate in the sun and we'd bring a tarp to throw over her crate if it rained I figured the elements wouldn't be a big deal.  I think I was more worried about an animal of some sort getting her..but it's not like she'd have much more protection in the tent with us.  Heck she'd probably have more since she'd actually have metal separately her from it and we'd just have some flimsy fabric!

One more question:  what makes you think you'll get good sleep while camping?  How are you gonna have any good stories to tell us when you get home? 
  Good question!!  I'm not! LOL But anything I can do to up my chances I will take.

I'll make sure to take lots of pictures but I'm hoping (fingers crossed) not to have TOO many stories to share (especially the variety that only becomes funny years later, you know...ones involving vomit or other bodily functions).

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: Camping with a Big Paw
« on: June 22, 2007, 05:17:26 am »
you could let her sleep in the vehicle with the windows cracked (weather permitting) that's the only idea that i can think of obviously haven't read my troubles with my naughty girl.  She turned one and then turned into a royal pain in the patootie.  So I definitely don't trust her to sleep in my car, I'd toss and turn all night wondering what damage she was doing! LOL!

Maybe I should get her a "pup tent"  HA HA!

OH, happiday,  what a horrible experience for everyone involved!  After hearing that I will take extra precautions to keep her away from wierdo food in the bushes!  yucka. 

Awh!!  Baby Mooses are so cute!!  I love how the mama looks all fierce protective one minute and then all nuzzley with her baby the next!

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Camping with a Big Paw
« on: June 22, 2007, 04:51:19 am »
My husband and I are going camping in a couple weeks and we are planning on taking Lucy (aka Stinker) with us.  It will be the first time we've gone camping in 4 years and the first time I've ever camped with a dog.

Any tips?

We were planning on bringing her crate with us and setting it up next to our tent for her to sleep in.  Is that ok?  I don't want her sleeping in the tent with us because I'm a super light sleeper and hubs snores so I don't need one more thing in my tent to keep me up!  We thought about tying her up outside while we slept but I didn't like that option much either.  What do you all do with your dogs at night when you camp?

Well, I'm feeling a bit better that she's just going through a phase.  It's nice to know there are other stinkers out there that got better.

It's just so frustrating because it was like "halleluiah! we can finally relax a little because she's potty trained and isn't teething any more".  Then she's like "SUCKERS!!"  LOL!

So now we are back to watching her like a hawk!  Every time she leaves the room we've been stealthy ninja's following her allover the place!  As soon as one of us sees her go, we are up and after her.  Of course, she's being a perfect angel!

*sigh* so we are back to phase 1 of training (and I HATE phase 1!)  We aren't umbilical leashing her to us but we are keeping her downstairs with us and baby gating off the stairs so she can't go upstairs where my shoes are and her newly initiated toilet room.

Well, now I have renewed hope that she will get better!  Thanks for the encouragement!


I can't even IMAGINE leaving Lu home alone and not in her crate.  She's doing everything I described while we are HOME! We think she's on the floor chewing on her bone - nope - my favorite new pair of cute kitten heel flats!  We think she ran upstairs to get a toy from her crate, well, yes, but also to pee.  ARGH!

So I don't know what is going on with her.  I want to ground her to her room - no tv, no phone, no tail chasing!!

Lucy turned one this week and we've discovered that she's been going upstairs and peeing in a room that we don't use all that often (well, her crate is in there but we don't spend a lot of time in that room) and she's started chewing on my shoes (which have always been safe before and of course she's picking my cutest and newest!!), and for the first time ever she started chewing on my furniture! 

We've recently been giving her a little more freedom and haven't been watching her as closely because she's been doing so well, but now we are bringing the baby gates back out because we just can't trust the little stinker.

Is this a phase she is going through?  Or will she never be able to be trusted with freedom in the house (and we don't have a big house, less than 1,000 sq ft so it's not like she's wander all along through some huge mansion!)

Thoughts?  Advice?

Discussions & Information on Grooming / Re: A question about fur
« on: June 20, 2007, 06:48:23 am »
hmmm...hadn't considered that it might be a food allergy. When her bag gets closer to running out, I'll slowly change it out to something else and see if that helps if it hasn't cleared up by then.

She had been scratching and itching in that area but hasn't been as much recently and the hair has been getting a bit better.  So maybe that it what it was...burr irritation.  I will take a closer look tonight and see what her skin looks like.

thanks for the input!  I appreciate it.

Discussions & Information on Grooming / Re: A question about fur
« on: June 20, 2007, 05:08:43 am »
hmmm.....maybe it is her grown up coat just coming in...but it's only in one spot and at 1 year old shouldn't she have her adult coat already?

Newfoundland Discussions / Re: NEWFIE OWNERS!! HELP!
« on: June 20, 2007, 05:03:49 am »
I know that my girl, Lucy, at 1 year is not "that" much taller some of the labs at the dog park  (maybe 2 or 3 inches) but she is way bigger than them in terms of bone structure and stuff like that.  She's about 100 pounds now.  So weight wise she's not too tiny.  And she looked pretty much like your girl when she was 5 months. 

Discussions & Information on Grooming / Re: A question about fur
« on: June 19, 2007, 06:21:28 am »
If it doesn't clear up soon, I'll contact my breeder.  She just had a huge litter (10 pups) and is a wee bit busy! So I haven't wanted to bug her. Plus, I know she'll want me to come see the pups and I'd give in and I know I'd end up bringing one home so I'm trying to stay away - lol!

I'm also going to call my vet to see if the burr could be the cause...even though that seems SO wierd.

I guess my biggest worry with the dry spot was that it was the start of mange or something icky like that but none of you seem to worried about that as a possibility.

As for the smell, I was worried that maybe I'd made her skin moldy.  Is that even possible?  I've been keeping her away from the water (she is NOT NOT NOT happy about that) and I've thrown the icky collar away. So I'm hoping that it will eventually go away.

Oy...She's like having a kid!  My cats have never stressed me out this much!

Discussions & Information on Grooming / Re: A question about fur
« on: June 19, 2007, 05:14:30 am »
I cut a big ole burr out of that area on her back about a month ago and then a couple weeks ago furminated all the undercoat thinking that the undercoat was the culprit but it hasn't gotten any better.  It isn't on the back of her legs where she'd pee on it or anything but on her back near the base of her tail.   Do you think the burr could have effected the hair?

I've been conditioning that area once a week and it helps for a couple days and then starts getting dry again.

Does conditioning help Rosie?

Discussions & Information on Grooming / A question about fur
« on: June 19, 2007, 04:15:29 am »
Hi all!  I haven't posted anything in months but Lucy (my newf) has a couple issues with her fur that I'm not sure what to do about.

The first one is that she has a dry brittle patch of fur on her lower back (near her tail).  The fur there is really thin and brittle and dry and doesn't feel nice at all.  The rest of her fur is really pretty and soft.  What is going on?  What can I do to fix it.  Is this the beginning of her "spay" coat?

The second thing is that I never took her fabric collar off her and she was getting wet a lot in an effort to keep her cool.  Well the collar got all gross and stinky (kind of mildewy smelling) so I took it off and now I can't get the smell out of her fur. I've bathed her twice and it smells ok for a couple days and then she starts stinking again. The only thing I know to do to get mildew out of anything is bleach and well, that's obviously not an option.  I've done a google search and it didn't yield anything useful.  Ideas??

oh, and I couldn't find any recent pictures of her on my work computer so I attached a baby picture!  Goodness, I can't believe she is a year this month! Time sure flies!


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