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Remembering those no longer with us. / Oreo is no longer with us
« on: June 14, 2007, 11:27:07 am »
This past weekend, it became evident that Oreo was nearing the end. The past few weeks were trying on him. His mobility became very compromised, his hair continued to fall out in clumps and he started losing control of his bodily functions. On Monday night, it was with great sadness that I had my good friend put to sleep. Now, I dread coming home to an empty house after work and getting up in the morning without him next to me. He was there every day with me for almost 9 years. The longest and best roommate I've ever had.

I know in my heart it was the best thing for him. But I don't know if my life will ever be the same.


Great Dane Pictures / Then and Now Pics
« on: April 12, 2007, 11:32:11 am »
I was asked by a few people why I haven't posted any pics of Oreo in awhile. My answer is usually that he is camera shy, but I decided to take one this evening. Out of curiosity, I decided to look back on all the pics I had of him, and I found out 2 things. 1) Digital photography has advanced dramatically over the past 8 years and 2) Oreo looks like an old man.

The first pic is when Oreo was 2, the second picture is Oreo now at 10.


Food Discussion & Information / Pet Food Recall
« on: March 17, 2007, 01:15:36 am »
I just wanted to post this in case someone didn't see this news article. Menu Foods is recalling all of their pet foods sold under a variety of names. The first link is the article. The second link is for the Menu Food recall list.

Hope everyone's pups and cats are safe.


Collars, crates, & other cool things / Dog ramps and such
« on: December 06, 2006, 05:12:26 am »
It's that time of year again when we load up the truck and head 700 miles north for Christmas. I think Oreo loves to go on this annual trip because he gets to lay in front of the fireplace at my parents' house and roast his bottom. My dilemna this year is that he is increasingly having problems getting in and out of my truck. He seems to be reluctant to jump in or out and I think it is hurting his joints. If it is only once in a while, he can usually do it, but on a long trip like this, he will be in and out of the truck at least 6 or 7 times.

So I think it is time to get a ramp or other device to give him a little help. I constructed one from wood a few years ago that sort of work, but it proved to be very heavy and awkward to handle so I ditched it. Does anyone out there have a suggestion for a ramp suitable for large breeds. It doesn't even need to be a ramp... a 6-8 inch high platform would probably help tremedously. Oreo is a bit skittish, so my criteria is that if I would feel unsure/unsafe on it, he will hate it. Also, portability and economy are important too.

Thanks for any advice.

Transporting & Traveling With Dogs / Traveling without your dog
« on: August 27, 2006, 09:30:52 am »
I'm not sure if this topic has been discussed recently or not, but it is something I wrestle with every time I leave town. My wife and I are planning a trip abroad and unfortunately we have to leave Oreo at home. In the past, I have preferred to have friends stay at my house and watch him and the house together. Well, the closer the vacation gets, the less likely it seems that will happen. I have also in the past taken Oreo to a friend's house for a week or so to hang out with her pups. She now has a 9 month old skin kid and I'd rather not impose on her this time.

So it now looks like I have two options 1) board him, or 2) hire a professional sitter to visit 3 times a day to feed, exercise, and love him. As far as boarding is concerned, I've had a bad experience before. As for a pro sitter, I am afraid 3 times a day will not satisfy Oreo's emotional need for human interaction.

So I must ask all you BPO'ers for opinions and comments. What do you all do when travel forces you to leave your pets at home? Do you think they prefer familar surroundings over more supervision/interaction? Wh do you trust to take care of your family member? And, if anyone in the Atlanta area has a specific person or boarding facility that they can share opinions on, I would love to hear from you. If you don't want to publicly state it, you can email me directly.


Medical Conditions & Diseases / Ear Problems
« on: September 15, 2005, 09:09:47 pm »
Hey everyone. It's been a while since I've posted here, and I apologize for staying away so long. Sometimes life gets in the way of my Big Paws time.

So Oreo has been doing OK, other than a skin infection a few weeks ago, but he has been shaking his head alot. No scratching or rubbing against things, but just shaking. I clean his ears weekly with OptiFoam, OptiRinse, cotton balls and Q-tips, but I suspect some type of ear infection. Even though his ears are clean and dry as far as I can see, there is a sloshy sound if I massage them below the base (even several hours after I've cleaned them). Actually, it is only his right ear, and it seems to be messing with his balance too. He's shaking his head enough now that his outer ears are taking a pretty good beating so I plan to take him to the vet tomorrow. Just thought I'd get some opinions from my BPO friends.


Bills & Other Legislative Acts / canine automotive leash laws
« on: July 06, 2005, 07:33:51 pm »
I was in Pennsylvania this past weekend and heard about a law they are trying to pass that requires owners to restrain or leash dogs riding in cars. I'm not really sure exactly how they worded the bill, but thought someone in PA could fill us in with the details. Are there any other states that require dogs to be strapped in while in transit?


Great Dane Pictures / Hey y'all. Yet another Newbie.
« on: May 19, 2005, 03:01:16 pm »
I ran across this site last week and think it is just great. Just wanted to introduce my little big boy, Oreo. This picture is a few years old as he is turning whiter by the day, but I'll try to post some recent shots soon.

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