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Saint Bernard General Discussions / Re: Saints and Stairs....
« on: December 24, 2007, 11:30:53 pm »
Mallory still has issues with steps. It's not so much a fear issue as it is her big ole' legs and paws getting tangled up and hindering her coordination. Thankfully, we have a wooden wheelchair ramp outside our home and we've been walking up that until she grows into her legs  ;D

Holiday Things / Re: 2007 Christmas Card & Present Exchange Information
« on: December 17, 2007, 11:07:36 pm »
Mallory and I wanted to thank Cooper and Isis for the wonderful gifts and gift card. I took pictures of her opening her Christmas package, but my computer is acting up so I'll have to upload them later.

Thank you so much for everything! She loves it all and is looking forward to going to Petsmart to buy her treat. :)

Book Club & Noteworthy Reads / Re: HOW COULD YOU ?
« on: November 25, 2007, 05:03:55 am »
It's times like this I wish my glasses had windshield wipers to wipe away all these tears. Thanks for posting that- it held an important lesson and it was beautiful.

Introduce Yourself to the Forum / Re: Hi, I'm new here!
« on: November 25, 2007, 04:38:26 am »
Welcome, welcome! I'm Mary, proud mommy to a nine week old Saint Bernard pup, Mallory. I actually went to my first hockey game a few weeks ago and turned into a Carolina Hurricanes fan. You'll love it here.  ;D

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: ~*Your Top Ten*~
« on: November 25, 2007, 04:36:26 am »
1. Saint Bernard
2. Newfoundland
3. Great Pyrs
4. Greyhounds (what a difference, huh?  :D)
5. Leonbergers
6. Tibetan Mastiff
7. Great Dane
8.  Siberian Huskies
9.  Boxer
10. Keeshond

Great Dane Pictures / Re: Introducing, Lexi!
« on: November 25, 2007, 04:32:37 am »
What beautiful girls!  ;D

Anything Non-Dog Related / Re: Tomorrow is the Big Day and I'm Nervous!!
« on: November 25, 2007, 04:31:32 am »
Congratulation s on the new job! You know, my hours got changed last week because my coteacher was on vacation. I had to open the classroom, instead of closing as I normally do. I was concerned that it was going to throw Mallory for a loop but all it actually ended up effecting was my sleep.

It never ceases to amaze me how well pets adjust. My mom comes by to walk her and play with her a few times a day, but I made sure when she was crated that she had a blanket that smelled like me and her favorite toys. She did great!

Best of luck tomorrow! 

Great Pyrenees Pictures / Re: Now known as......
« on: November 24, 2007, 10:00:59 am »
Congratulation s! I don't know much about showing but that sounds like quite an accomplishment ;D

What cuties! I remember when Mallory was that little. :o

Spaniel Discussions & Pictures / Re: Lady
« on: November 23, 2007, 04:30:11 am »
She is beautiful!  ;D

Group Discussions & Photos / Re: Some new pics of my girls...finally!
« on: November 23, 2007, 04:28:22 am »
I'm late responding to this, but your girls are absolutely adorable!  ;D

Mallory went on an all expenses paid shopping trip this afternoon, her very first, paid for by me. She was such a great ambassador for the breed and I couldn’t be prouder of her. ;D

On the drive to the store she peeked out of the window at the family in the minivan behind us; I’ve never had so much fun being stared at in all my life. Then an elderly couple pulled up beside us at a stoplight, he looked over, saw Mallory, nudged his wife so she’d look, and waved at us.

Between Mallory deciding to flop down in the midst of the parking lot and the people that stopped to talk to us on the way inside the store, it took us ten minutes to get from where we parked to the automatic doors. Then, we were barraged with compliments and people wanting to pet her. A little girl and future big dog owner I suspect, followed us around the store.

Mallory happily obliged everyone, tail wagging, tongue hanging out, wowing everyone with her Saint Bernard cuteness. It took us fifteen minutes to get to the back of the store where the beds were. Once we were there I threw out a few beds on the floor figuring Mallory would choose the one she wanted. She settled on a blue snuggle nest, the cheapest of all the beds. We have a bargain shopper! :-*

Once she plopped down in the aisle and settled on her bed it took another fifteen minutes of conversations and doting before we could switch aisles. Mallory, however, did not want to budge from her bed so we picked up the bed with her still on it, wedged it in the cart, and she napped for the rest of her shopping trip. I bought her apple deodorizing spray and she wasn’t even awake to appreciate it!

She met thirty people today, was barraged by five children, was called cute thirty times, fluffy ten times. An analogy was drawn between her and a horse once, I was warned that she was going to eat me out of house and home by seven different people, and I heard Beethoven referenced six different times. I even heard, “Look Mommy- Beethoven!”

The trainer at the store complimented her on what a low key puppy she is. Hardly anything startles her and she’s friendly to everyone, human and canine. She further reinforced my therapy dog hopes after puppy kindergarten and canine good citizen.

Now that we're home, I've brushed her, deodorized her, and found time to apply for a credit card with her picture on it already. I'll need it for all those future shopping excursions.  :D

Great Pyrenees Discussions / Re: Any Puppy Training Advice?
« on: November 16, 2007, 12:54:32 pm »
It sounds like you're doing great! :)

With Mallory, she is crated for about two hours at a time during the day when she is alone. My mother comes by three times a day to walk her and play with her for a little while. Otherwise, when I am at home or in my room on the computer she is out and about. She does great, lying on new bed, chewing on her toys.

I have a sturdy baby gate at the door and she already knows to paw at it when she needs to go outside and will do that most of the time.

Potty training is going very well. She drinks quite a bit of water so right now it's a matter of her not being able to physically hold it and we go on frequent walks. I tell her to "do your business" and she knows what that means now.

We've only had a few accidents and I contribute those to me. Even if she doesn't paw at the gate she sends me cues that she's getting ready to have an accident and it's just a matter of me understanding them and getting her outside.

You sound like you're pointed in the right direction! Good luck with your fur baby.

FAQs about puppies / Re: Exuberant Chewer
« on: November 16, 2007, 01:43:58 am »
Thanks for the empathy and suggestions! ;D I feel better now; I thought maybe I was doing something wrong that was encouraging her to do this, but it sounds like it's just a phase we're going through.

She played for an hour outside this morning, so she's currently too tuckered out to bite anything. As far as having your lip pierced goes, I've asked her to give me kisses on occassion and the jaws of death come straight for my chin.  :D I've said "no bite, kisses" and she seems to be getting the point now.

We're off to Petsmart today to get a new (chewable and washable) bed (and probably some more toys I can't afford).

FAQs about puppies / Exuberant Chewer
« on: November 15, 2007, 11:56:26 am »
So, Mallory is the most well behaved, smartest puppy I’ve honestly ever came across and I’m not just saying that because she’s mine. That being said, Mallory in all her puppy fabulousness has developed a vice, so I came here for suggestions. ;D

A few weeks ago her breeder told me that she really didn’t have a favorite toy, that she liked chewing on her littermates. That should have been my first indication that she was a chewer. She has plenty of hard and plush toys and she could spend hours chewing on her teddy bear and ladybug. I praise her for playing with those and she understands that those are the only things she should chew in the house.

The issue is she now thinks it’s alright to chew on our hands, feet, and pant legs, and no matter how many times I scold her, or redirect her to her toys she doesn’t seem to get the point. Is this a puppy phase? Any ideas on how to discipline her when she does this?

I’ve tried redirecting her and changing my tone of voice with her, but she seems to be ignoring both. She is being enrolled in puppy kindergarten soon, but I’m trying to set some ground rules now. I don’t want her to grow up thinking it’s alright to use her mouth to play!

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