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Rottweiler Discussions / more Daisy updates...
« on: October 05, 2005, 09:23:23 am »
ahhhh!! As if life wasn't tough enough with going to chemo, Daisy started to limp a few weeks ago on the leg she had ACL surgury
on last winter.  The vet took an x-ray and he suspects that she has bone spurs.  How painful it must be for her.  I gave in and started
giving her Deramaxx.  She took her first pill today and her mood lightened up.  I think it brought her some relief.  I really wanted to do
everything natural and holistic for her but sometimes you just have to do what you have to do.  I added more gluco and chrondroitin
to her growing list of supplements too.  Daisy takes such good supplements it would keep a person alive until 100!!  Which if she lives
to be 10 years old she would actually be 100 in people years!  I hope everyone is doing good here at Big Paws.  Where would
we all be without our four-legged buddies?  I'm so glad that I have my little yellow lab to soak up all my tears one day after Daisy passes
over the rainbow bridge.  I keep asking at my vet's office to get a support group started.  :)

Rottweiler Discussions / Daisy doing great!
« on: September 24, 2005, 08:40:14 pm »
Hello!  It's been quite some time since I've lasted posted here!  We've been busy going to chemo once a week, researching home-cooked diets,
and just overall enjoying the time we have together.  Daisy decided she wanted to swim with our yellow lab this past month too.
She has always AVOIDED water at all costs except for drinking it.  After her diagnosis she made the leap and now every other day
she enjoys a good long swim.  The chemo hasn't affected her much except for some digestive upset.  She is up to 103 pounds and
she is the image of good health.  Thanks for all of your puppy prayers and keep them coming!

Rottweiler Discussions / nippy terrier
« on: September 16, 2005, 09:28:27 pm »
ha, I had a good laugh the other day, This lady was outside of a restaurent with her terrier-maybe Parson's mix??  He was cute and had one eye missing. She told my husband that our 3 year old son could pet him.  I walked up at this point and thanked her, took my son by the hand to walk away, as we did-the dog bit my husband on the back of his leg!! It didn't break the skin, but it sure did startle him!!  I told the lady that she ought to be thankful that it wasn't my son and to have a nice evening.  I laughed so hard as we all walked away.  -thankful myself that it wasn't our son.  Then on the way home my husband got the lecture about approaching strangers to have our son pet their dog.
He was thrilled to listen as you can imagine.  He thinks he knows it all
and so do I. 

Rottweiler Discussions / Anyone had a dog go thru chemo?
« on: August 05, 2005, 08:41:10 pm »
Hi,  Daisy started chemotherapy on Tuesday this week.  Has anyone gone thru this with their dog?  I just don't know
what to expect and I'm pretty scared.  I'm working up the nerve to switch her to a raw diet, but I got weirded out
and heated up the mix I made for on the stove.  I guess I have two questions, one about chemo, and the other
if anyone has any tips on raw diets while their dog is going to chemo.  I saw a holistic vet on Thursday and I've
got Daisy on some great supplements to go along with the raw diet and to help her support her immune system.
Gosh, I have been so upset about this that I am not able to eat and I'm crying and frustrated that the
best friend of my life has stinking cancer!  There is just no simple answer I know, everything from the treatment
to her food, to the supplements to her side effects from this crap is so overwhelming!  I'm the type of person
who works hard to fix stuff and there is no "fix" here.  I am trying to do all I can so that I won't have to say to myself
that I didn't do enough or I didn't try it.   Then I'm trying to stay focused on being positive around Daisy and keeping
life as normal as possible for her.  She is just the greatest little rottie ever.  I'm sorry for being so irrational.
Some of my posts I'm plain nuts.  I love my dog too much. 

Rottweiler Discussions / Dog portraits
« on: July 29, 2005, 08:26:00 pm »
I remember seeing a picture of a Schnauzer hanging over my best friend's aunt's sofa when I was a kid.  The dog had long passed and the Aunt
still had teary eyes when she recalled the special dog that he was.  We had a friend of ours who does art for a living paint a picture of Daisy.
It hangs up high on our wall and what a painting it is!  At night when the lights are low, it really comes to life.  I am so glad that
we have Daisy to watch over us for all time.  I would love to be able to paint like that.  Dogs would be my favorite subject.
ha, what do I mean would??  Dogs are my favorite part of life!!!

Rottweiler Discussions / I have two dogs already, why do I want #3?
« on: July 29, 2005, 08:16:17 pm »
what the heck, I get up at 5:30 am -walk the girls, brush them-wait a bit then feed them.
pick up numerous piles of you know what -once in the wintertime-I counted to 84!  It had snowed a
bunch so they had layers to work with!  That sounds bad when I read back to myself.  I have a big yard thank goodness
for them!   These two knock me down the stairs, take up all my sleeping space, shed all over the carpet, curtains, and walls.
I kiss them all day long, hug'em, play ball, -what makes me think about #3?  I check for puppies from all my local breeders on
websites all the time!  I look on constantly to see who is out there and what can I do?  I saw pet hoarders
on Oprah and I worry that this could be me!  After 3, then why not 4?  I hope I live long enough to rescue at least 3 rotties,
have a german shepard, a bullmastiff, a black lab, a mutt, a bermese mountain dog, oh and a greater swiss mountain dog!,
 a Leonberger (oh aren't they handsome!)  Oh, and the breed that I most
secretly one knows this but me, a bull terrier!    I talk to dogs on the street from out my car window!  I don't even wave
to the person on the other end of the leash!  Maybe I will start saying hello now because it could very well be one of you!
I am so happy knowing that when I am an old lady I'll have a tea cup poodle growling
at salespeople and waiters from inside my bag!! I'm in a mood tonight huh? must be a full moon!  Or maybe it's the rythmic breathing
of two very content doggies sleeping at my feet.  I just love this place and seeing all the wonderful pictures of everyones baby!
Say, I think I have an idea for a poll........

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Amish puppies
« on: July 28, 2005, 05:42:35 am »
Has anyone else seen the ad for Amish puppies on this site?
They have every breed imaginable.  I hope it's not a puppy mill.
It looked sort of strange to me. 

Rottweiler Discussions / Lymph node update
« on: July 24, 2005, 06:15:41 am »
Daisy saw her usual vet Saturday and we are going in Monday morning to have it removed.
We'll know in 5 days what this stubborn node is made of.  Daisy is such a brave girl.
I know she is tougher than any ol' problematic node!  I'll keep you all informed on
how she does.   Your big dog thoughts and prayers are appreciated!
mitchie & Daisy

Rottweiler Discussions / swollen lymph node
« on: July 19, 2005, 05:40:22 pm »
hey all,
Daisy has a very swollen lymph node on the back of her hind right leg.  It's the same leg she had ACL surgury on in January.
The vet said that it probably is a local infection around the repair area that has caused it.  He sent me home with
amoxicillan and an uneasy heart.  She whines when she moves her leg a certain way.  It has to be sore.
Has anyone had this happen?  I am so down in the dumps about it and I didn't find much info in my
books or online.  I hope it disappears.
any advice graciously welcome.

Rottweiler Discussions / a little bit of dinner swiping!
« on: June 22, 2005, 08:47:03 pm »
Hey all,
My little yellow lab almost didn't get to eat her dinner tonight.
I have been so diligent about my dogs eating together -about 3 feet
apart in peace.  Tonight my rottie finished her meal first and lunged
at my lab to take hers.  I caught her by the collar and my yellow
gulped the rest of her food down (all labs gulp I guess-she hardly
chews a piece of kibble) I always stay somewhere nearby when they
eat and I always put Daisy's food down first.  I am re-playing the scene
in my head to find the glitch in today's meal time.  I can reach into
both dogs bowls at anytime -even remove them and put them back.
Maybe they were just really hungery tonight.  Both dogs have to do some
sitting, shaking, and speaking before the food bowl put down.
My yellow lays down and waits for me to say "ok" before she will eat.
I try to use other words and she waits for the ok.  It's fun.
I guess I'm serving good meals!  We'll see how the morning goes!

Rottweiler Discussions / Personal protection dogs
« on: June 19, 2005, 09:28:22 pm »
I was reading thru Aug. 05 dog fancy mag & noticed quite a
few ads for personal protection dogs.  I checked some of them
out online- I'm not sure what I think about it.  Some ads list
Giant Rotts, dobes, shepards, -what the heck?  I wonder what
it would be like to have a dog trained to attack?  When I put on
ski gloves-those ones that go up to your elbows-my rottie goes
nuts and we box.  She usually ends up "winning a glove" :)
I bet you couldn't play that with a protection dog! 
What kind of training methods do most of them use-I wonder??
Would there be an unknown trigger that could set them off?
My rottie attacks the vacuum like there is no tomorrow!
She has destroyed 3 plastic ones and now is trying to defeat
the metal one we bought.  I've had too much coffee tonight
and I should go to bed.
I love this website!

Rottweiler Pictures / who's guarding who?
« on: June 18, 2005, 09:21:30 pm »
My son loves to "guard" with our rottie.  He barks just like her!  It's so cute to see him
growing up with dogs and learning to care for them!

Rottweiler Discussions / Walking
« on: June 14, 2005, 06:04:49 am »
I love to walk with my dogs first thing in the morning when
the sun is just coming up and the birds are singing.
We enjoy this time of fresh air and company with each other.
I was just wondering how often people walk their dogs.
Mine are much better behaved when they get to spend
some good energy. Plus it's a nice way to bond.
We skip rainy days and sleep in!
Thanks for your postings!

Labrador Retriever Discussions / fetching
« on: June 10, 2005, 06:38:52 pm »
Hi!  How do I bring out that retreive instinct? My one year old lab runs after the ball, picks it up, drops it about 6 feet from me
than comes to me for a treat.  I started treating her when she dropped the ball at my feet but now she doesn't!
She still thinks the treat is coming.  Will she pick it up if I get her together with some other labs that fetch well?
I would love for my 3 year old son to be able to play fetch with her.  Thanks!

Rottweiler Discussions / tartar!
« on: May 21, 2005, 08:17:08 pm »
my 6 year old baby is developing some tartar near the gumline on her canine teeth!
I brush her teeth and she chews greenies!  I worked in dental for 10 years and this
makes me crazy!  I can't decide whether to send her to get her teeth cleaned-is it worth
it to sedate her to get her teeth cleaned?  Do those tartar control liquids to add to their drinking
water help? We have a lot of iron in our water and I always give my ladies filtered. 
Can I teach her to rinse and spit?? ha-ha!

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