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Anything Non-Dog Related / Re: Question for those who've quit smoking
« on: November 25, 2005, 11:13:10 pm »
Well, everybody is different.  Patch did not work for me but the gum does.  Mostly I love sticking the emptied, chewed stuff around the house so everybody knows how good I have been.  I hate quitting but I hate not quitting worse.  Food does not taste better, it just smells better.  Then again, I smell more and that includes things I do not want to smell.  I am very unhappy.

Helpful Groups & Dogs in Need / Re: Gentle Giants Rescue File Suit
« on: November 22, 2005, 03:41:24 pm »
What a great story and great rescue group you have.  Yes, I know there are many, many great rescue groups out there by people who give and give and give time and money.  I just wonder if there is a way that some of the no so great groups can or should be monitored.  I am not sure. Who draws the line?  This lady does not take the dogs in, just calls and makes placements.  hmm.  Like I say, I am not complaining about the reasonable fee, just curious about other groups or what may be emerging. 

Helpful Groups & Dogs in Need / Re: Gentle Giants Rescue File Suit
« on: November 22, 2005, 02:44:21 am »
I have been following the Gentle Giants thing for awhile now just because it is very interesting.  I am curious about rescue organizations.  Some, it seems, start out with very good hearts and work hard to keep many dogs from being euthanized.  Some, it seems get buried along the way also.  Some seem to use foster people and then take advantage of them because they have such big hearts and put their money where their mouth is. 

I recently adopted a dog from a rescue organization that I found on Petfinders.  Now I have no complaints.  She charge me $200 and I was able to deduct my fees for neurtering, rabies and the Merced Pound also microchipped the dog for no charge.  Now, I found out that the rescue people never even saw this dog.  The rescue people called a foster volunteer who drove three hours to pick the dog up and care for it until adoption.  The rescue people only saw a photo.  I sent the remainder of the fee to the rescue people, so was that a profit?  They had no expenses except phone work.  Does that not make the rescue people brokers? It does in my book. 

This is a far cry from what GG is charging but I am beginning to believe that there might be strange things in rescue groups, like all human endeavors seem to become.

Any other thoughts?

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: Sticky sheets?
« on: October 24, 2005, 01:14:10 pm »
hmm, what gutter will you be in in your twilight ears.  ???


General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Night time manners
« on: October 24, 2005, 10:59:10 am »
Well getting a new dog for me is a very big event because I had to do a lot of research realizing this is lifetime commitment. 

Our naming process is complete HOBO WILLIAM.  All is well but at 5 am last night I was freezing.  I looked over and on the floor next to me were my two blankets under Hobo.  He did not even bother to jump in bed with me, just took my blankets.  HaHa, at least he is not dumb, just figures things out. 

I think all will be well.


Helpful Groups & Dogs in Need / Re: Who lives in California?
« on: October 22, 2005, 04:19:47 am »
Just out of curiosity, do any of you know who manufactures the dog food Gentle Giants is peddling?  Are they in the dog food business?  Are they using their own labels?  Only wondering.


Anything Non-Dog Related / Re: :'( I'm becoming a house frau!!! :'(
« on: October 22, 2005, 04:07:34 am »
I think the reason that it freaks me out so bad is because I am usually the anti-housefrau.  I think I would Swiffer dog hair up like once a week.  I'd sweep crumbs off the counter onto the floor because the dogs would eat it and I didn't have to walk all the way to the trash can.  We have a bedroom (We kind of gave it to the dogs because no one wanted to sleep there) where I would throw EVERYTHING when people came over.  There were always dishes in the sink and we never washed anything till we needed it, and then we would do a load of dishes and by the time they were done we'd forget why we wanted them.  Dinner consisted of if we wanted frozen pizza or take out pizza.   I told Matt of my concerns (Before he fell asleep) and he said it's not my fault I was bred to be a domestic pack mule and I could only fight it for so long.  (And no he's not making a dig about women.  He's making a dig about my family, where all the women are trained to be perfect makers of the home.)   Hopefully this will go away.  Please dear GOD I hope this goes away.
Did you ever hide the dirty dishes in the oven because company was coming on little notice?!

HaHa I remember throwing the dirty dishes in the oven when company was a coming.  Then I forgot they were there and preheated the oven to cook a roast.  Guess was goes around comes around.

Transporting & Traveling With Dogs / Re: Airline Crate suggestions
« on: October 21, 2005, 03:32:53 am »
Are there animal quaranteens in Germany?  I know there are for cats but not sure on dogs. Each country is different.  ???

Glad to see you can still post after such an awful loss.  My thoughts are with you as a friend in this time of need.  Go ahead and cry all you wish.  :'(

Great Pyrenees Discussions / Re: Samson & Pippin & someone elses sheep?
« on: October 18, 2005, 02:35:32 pm »
1 sheep, 2 sheep, 3 sheep, 4

no no

1 tequila, 2 tequila, 3 tequila, floor

nighty night

Great Pyrenees Discussions / Re: Samson & Pippin & someone elses sheep?
« on: October 18, 2005, 02:04:04 pm »
Sorry, Gyps, I did not mean to sound cold, just had this funny picture in my mind of dog and sheep on a playdate.  (bounding up and down on springs, having a good time) ain't gonna happen that is why sheep are livestock.  I like watching sheep trials but you have to remember these sheep know right where the pen is and what is required as well as being herded to follow the shepard's every move so a lot of it is staged.  When you really are out there working the dogs are often following a tractor with headlights on and using their own experienced judgements as to what needs to be done next more than the shepard's directions. I have seen many mixed breed dogs do a better job than those that were particularly bred for a specific job.  I know you always use the best judgement and, again, did not mean to offend.  I am sometimes too compassionate about working dogs.



Great Pyrenees Discussions / Re: Samson & Pippin & someone elses sheep?
« on: October 18, 2005, 12:46:41 pm »
Ok, I must defend myself, a sheep raiser.  First of all sheep do not smell.  I work with them and find my hands in very good shape because of their wool.  They are very gentle and trusting creatures.  My dog works them and they are not afraid of her, but if a strange dog comes in, they get upset and stomp their feet while huddling in a circle for protection.  It takes time before they can all proceed to accomplish something together becuase, it takes trust on all sides. These animals have provided the human race with warm clothing, food and comfort on many cold, cold nights - give them a little more respect.  They are not play toys for dogs.   :)

We have always named them after movies.  The one I remember most "Canabalistic Human Underground Dewler" or also known as CHUD.  My favorite dog of all times. 

Anything Non-Dog Related / Re: Uh oh... Am I becoming a petfinder addict?
« on: October 18, 2005, 10:41:42 am »
Once an addict, always an addict.  This one is laying on my living rug right now.  ::)

Anything Non-Dog Related / Re: Yippie Skippie! I got my ranch!
« on: October 17, 2005, 12:47:13 am »
You will be very happy there all your life.  You wil create some very lasting memories that your kids will talk about forever.  Congratulation s. ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

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