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Medical Conditions & Diseases / Nola's getting the big snip today
« on: September 29, 2006, 04:10:51 am »
I dropped Nola at the vet's on the way to the office today for his neuter.  Poor guy.  He didn't want to go to the "back room" of the vet's office at all.  We had to coax him down the hallway with treats. My little baby is going to have a rough weekend.  Maybe I'll get some fun pictures of him with an e-collar :)

Collars, crates, & other cool things / Big Paws Merchandise
« on: July 20, 2006, 02:00:59 pm »

I had to share this site of big dog merchandise with all of you.  The mastiff stuff made me smile but the Newfoundland in the Whistler Mother painting almost made me wet my pants. 

The only thing they are missing are slippers.  I think I should send them a suggestion.

I saw this and just had to post it

1187316- Dog:Great Dane
Pinckney,MI 7344988603 Diana 7-13-2006
Name: Keeda
Age:5 months

Keeda, is a Merle/Harlequin Great Dane. She is 5 months old and has all her current shots except rabies and heartworm pill. I am in the middle of a divorce and I cannot find an apartment that will let me have her there. She has grown up around my two children who are 3 and 5 and has no aggression what so ever. She is housebroken and just a great friend. I really hate to have to find her a new home but I know I need to right now. She needs a home where there is someone with Great Dane knowledge, another dog would be great for her also. She gets along with cats too. She has to be an indoor dog at all times. Please give Keeda a forever home. Adoption Fee Required 

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Million Dollar Legs
« on: June 26, 2006, 08:46:34 am »
Kristi, We cannot thank you enough for introducing us to Million Dollar Legs! 

A little background for everyone - We met up with Kristi and her family on Saturday at Montrose Dog Beach then went to lunch (Nola was being a psycho bone-head so he was sent home).  Kristi ordered a drink called Million Dollar Legs which is just about the most refreshing cocktail ever! 

Kristi, It was great meeting you and your family.  We all had such a blast at lunch and during our shopping expedition.  Let Gabby know that her drawing is on the fridge as promised.

We had to stop on the way home for the drink ingredients and proceeded to have too many on Saturday evening. 

Anyone up for a playdate at Chicago's Montrose Dog Beach on Saturday, June 24th?  Nola, the b/f and I plan to be there about 10 am or so then we will head to Daily Bar & Grill in Lincoln Square for lunch.  They have a large patio that is giant dog friendly and a good menu.

Food Discussion & Information / Grading Dog Food
« on: June 09, 2006, 09:46:48 am »
This is really interesting and educational.  This was posted to another board that I am on and I had to share it.

How to grade your dog's food: (Some brands are done at the very bottom]

Start with a grade of 100:

1) For every listing of "by-product", subtract 10 points

2) For every non-specific animal source ("meat" or "poultry", meat, meal or
fat) reference, subtract 10 points

3) If the food contains BHA, BHT, or ethoxyquin, subtract 10 points

4) For every grain "mill run" or non-specific grain source,subtract 5 points

5) If the same grain ingredient is used 2 or more times in the first five
ingredients (i.e. "ground brown rice", "brewer's rice", "rice flour" are
all the same grain), subtract 5 points

6) If the protein sources are not meat meal and there are less than 2 meats
in the top 3 ingredients, subtract 3 points

7) If it contains any artificial colorants, subtract 3 points

8 ) If it contains ground corn or whole grain corn, subtract 3 points

9) If corn is listed in the top 5 ingredients, subtract 2 more points

10) If the food contains any animal fat other than fish oil, subtract 2

11) If lamb is the only animal protein source (unless your dog is allergic
to other protein sources), subtract 2 points

12) If it contains soy or soybeans, subtract 2 points

13) If it contains wheat (unless you know that your dog isn't allergic to
wheat), subtract 2 points

14) If it contains beef (unless you know that your dog isn't allergic to
beef), subtract 1 point

15) If it contains salt, subtract 1 point

Extra Credit:

1) If any of the meat sources are organic, add 5 points

2) If the food is endorsed by any major breed group or
nutritionist, add 5 points

3) If the food is baked not extruded, add 5 points

4) If the food contains probiotics, add 3 points

5) If the food contains fruit, add 3 points

6) If the food contains vegetables (NOT corn or other grains), add 3 points

7) If the animal sources are hormone-free and antibiotic-free, add 2 points

8 ) If the food contains barley, add 2 points

9) If the food contains flax seed oil (not just the seeds), add 2 points

10) If the food contains oats or oatmeal, add 1 point

11) If the food contains sunflower oil, add 1 point

12) For every different specific animal protein source (other than

the first one; count "chicken" and "chicken meal" as only one protein source
but "chicken" and "" as 2 different sources), add 1 point

13) If it contains glucosamine and chondroitin, add 1 point

14) If the vegetables have been tested for pesticides and are pesticide-free
add 1 point

94-100+ = A
86-93 = B
78-85 = C
70-77 = D
69 = F

Here are some foods that have already been scored.
Dog Food scores:

Authority Harvest Baked / Score 116 A+
Bil-Jac Select / Score 68 F
Canidae / Score 112 A+
Chicken Soup Senior / Score 115 A+
Diamond Maintenance / Score 64 F
Diamond Lamb Meal & Rice / Score 92 B
Diamond Large Breed 60+ Formula / Score 99 A
Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Ultra Premium / Score 122 A+
Dick Van Patten's Duck and Potato / Score 106 A+
Foundations / Score 106 A+
Hund-n-Flocken Adult Dog (lamb) by Solid Gold / Score 93 D
Iams Lamb Meal & Rice Formula Premium / Score 73 D
Innova Dog / Score 114 A+
Innova Evo / Score 114 A+
Kirkland Signature Chicken, Rice, and Vegetables / Score 110 A+
Nutrisource Lamb and Rice / Score 87 B
Nutro Natural Choice Large Breed Puppy / Score 87 B
Pet Gold Adult with Lamb & Rice / Score 23 F
ProPlan Natural Turkey & Barley / Score 103 A+
Purina Beneful / Score 17 F
Purina Dog / Score 62 F
Purina Come-n-Get It / Score 16 F
Royal Canin Bulldog / Score 100 A+
Royal Canin Natural Blend Adult / Score 106 A+
Sensible Choice Chicken and Rice / Score 97 A
Science Diet Advanced Protein Senior 7+ / Score 63 F
Science Diet for Large Breed Puppies / Score 69 F
Wellness Super5 Mix Chicken / Score 110 A+
Wolfking Adult Dog (bison) by Solid Gold / Score 97 A

There are a couple 1 year old male newfs that need a new home in MO.  The picture of the one is just adorable.

I really need to get back to work but I am compelled to continue looking.

Just the other day there was talk on a thread about Beta fish.  Last night I get home and Red Moby Dick was looking a little worse for wear.  So, I asked the b/f what happened.  Boyfriend decided to transfer Dick to a clean bowl of water but dropped him into a soapy sink.  He washed him off then put him in the new bowl (I don't think he would have mentioned it if I hadn't noticed him looking ill).  Dick made a valiant effort to overcome soap poisoning but succumbed at approximately 9 pm last night.  Nola and I hummed Taps while the b/f flushed him down the toilet.  I don't think the b/f will be allowed anywhere near a new fish or the net ever again!

Is anyone involved in the Neo Mastiff Rescue? There is a 1 year old 100 lb neo listed on the Chicago Craigslist I have not contacted the poster since I have been on a lengthy conference call so I thought I would get the information out here.

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Westminster
« on: February 12, 2006, 04:03:05 pm »
If you have some time to kill, you can check out the videos of your favorite big paws (working), terrier, toy and non-sporting group results from Westminster.

I just watched 10 minutes of the mastiff judging and it was a sight to behold.

Introduce Yourself to the Forum / I'm New
« on: November 10, 2005, 04:43:22 pm »
Hi, I have been lurking for a while and decided that I really need to introduce myself. 

I live on the northside of Chicago with my b/f-partner-SO (so many labels) and our 8.5 month male OEM.  The name is confusing for many people but who is going to make fun of a 200 lb. dog??  We picked him up in May and have had such a great summer.  The little guy is 120+lbs. and only had 80 lbs to go.

I have really enjoyed lurking and I hope that I have something interesting to contribute. 

The avatar photo is from his puppy shower in June.  I tried to add some newer photos but, since the files are too big, I was receiving error messages. 

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