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General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Detective Work!
« on: February 27, 2009, 05:54:20 am »
This is so exciting, y'all. I'm finding out about the breeder of my grandma's lhasa from his AKC registration papers (which are very sketchy).

So far I know who bred him, and that they were USDA certified and the litter was registered, that they sold him to ****'s kennel, and that that man sold him to Lynnhaven mall's pet store two days later. That man died in a fire on his farm. I also know that his sire was 7 years old, and his dam was only 1 year old when the litter was born in 1999.  >:(

Basically this has opened my eyes to what goes on in a puppymill. They breed as many litters as they can, ship the puppies off to someone who then ships them off to pet stores, to be sold to whoever thinks they're cute. My grandma got him from someone later, not from the pet store. This is fascinating. The dog came from Missouri, origonally.

I know I'm just ranting, but this fascinates me.

Food Discussion & Information / Best cheapy food for itchy dog
« on: February 26, 2009, 02:04:11 pm »
The Lhasa I'm living with has skin allergies, and is allergic to flea bites (not that he gets those often) and he itches a lot. He's not on any meds right now, but is eating I think Iams (yuck) so I suggested finding a better food. His owner (my Grandma) can't afford to put him on anything super fancy, but he's a little dog and doesn't eat much. What should I recommend?

Anything Non-Dog Related / Leaving the family behind.. Ever done it?
« on: February 08, 2009, 04:17:21 am »
So, some of you know how worried I was about leaving the "kids" for a week or so. Well, my Grandmother asked me to stay here and live with her for a couple months. So the dogs (along with all the other animals) will be cared for by my parents. I'm scared crapless!

I know their basic needs will be met (food, water, shelter) I'm just worried they won't get the physical and mental stimulation they need to thrive. Especially Sky! I've told my Flyball coach she's more than welcome to keep working with him, or just letting him run around with the other dogs but I don't think she'll have time with her 5 month old BC keeping her on her toes. My step-dad may take them for the occasional fair-weather walk, which Sam is content with but I need some ideas on easy ways to keep Sky busy and thinking during the day.

Gosh, I am totally in worried mom mode right now. But I know that people, especially family, have to take priority over dogs. But I feel guilty because these are animals that I have taken responability for, and I feel like I am abandoning them.


Anything Non-Dog Related / Zoo Crew, BritnyLe, Rosalba. Rat Pics!
« on: January 29, 2009, 08:59:47 am »
Presenting Ruby, Mambo, and Charlotte!

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Picture problems.
« on: January 29, 2009, 07:39:29 am »
Ok, so I re-sized them all in Photobucket. How do I get them from there to here?

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Protein Powder?
« on: January 26, 2009, 10:44:53 am »
Has anyone used this to supplement their dogs diet?

Food Discussion & Information / Dog food, with a twist
« on: January 26, 2009, 10:15:48 am »
Okay, so I know y'all must get sick of hearing about my rats... but I couldn't think of a better place to turn to for advice about their food. Right now they are on the same dog food that my dogs are on (with many other things in their diet, of course) which is Blue Buffalo (fish and sweet potato formula). It contains 22% Protein and 12% Fat. The recommended levels for a RAT is 14-16% protein, and 4-5% fat. Now, Sky is a very active performance dog and I want to keep him on something with at least 18% protein. My idea is that I can keep 2 dogs and 3 rats all on the same food, but I'm beginning to lose hope that that will ever happen! Also, Sky has some sort of intolerance to dry foods with Chicken as the main protein source, yet eating a whole raw chicken has no effect on him.  ::) Hence the Fish formula he's currently on. Sammie is a large-breed (border collie/newfoundland) dog and will be 9 years old this spring. I've noticed that some senior formulas are lower in protein and fat. The Blue Senior formula has Protein 18.0% and Fat 8.0%. I could put him on this, and make him share with the ratties, and keep Sky on his food. I guess the point of all this rambling is:

What foods do y'all know of that are lower in prot/fat and what is a good protein level for a very active adult dog like Sky?

Gee whiz, I stress myself out.  :D

Anything Non-Dog Related / Animal Cages
« on: January 13, 2009, 12:07:51 pm »
As y'all know, I have three female rats. The cage I have them in is a squeeze, and I know the older girls get in each others way a lot. Before the baby gets too much bigger I want to get them a nice new spacey cage. The one I am looking at is from "Martin's Cages" and is the Rat Tower (R-690). I know SO many of the members here have tons of other critters, and I was wondering if anyone has tried these cages, (for any type of animal) and what you thought of them. They seem like nice sturdy cages, and well priced.

Anything Non-Dog Related / New family members!
« on: January 08, 2009, 03:52:33 pm »
Yup yup, it's happened again. Expanding beyond the world of dogs and cats... I'm a new mommy to three RATS! Hairless ones, at that.  ;D

Ruby is a ruby eyed white hairless rat, 4 or 5 months old.

May is a black hooded dumbo hairless rat, 3 months old.

Charlotte is a tan-ish gray furry rat, and only about 3 weeks old.

The dogs ADORE them, as do I. Has anyone else here had rats?

Mixed Breed Pictures / kealoha812-Timber
« on: July 27, 2008, 04:11:22 pm »
I'd be really interested in seeing pictures of your newf/bc cross. I've got one (probably) and he's the love of my life. It's cool to see mixes of the same breeds, yet they are so different.


Anything Non-Dog Related / Rescue Remedy
« on: July 24, 2008, 02:17:44 pm »
Ok, so I've been asked to watch "Tippy" (I really despise her name) for two months while her owner does some traveling and moves. Our cat, Rose, doesn't really like the idea. Lol Tippy has been over to the house a couple times to be groomed, and Rose has thrown her usual hissy fit (literally!). I am hoping they'll get used to each other after a week or two, but I need a plan B if they don't. Has anyone had luck with Rescue Remedy or a pheromone spray? Any other suggestions?


Australian Shepherd Discussions & Pictures / Help! Sky's nose!!!
« on: December 30, 2007, 03:46:47 pm »
I may be able to update this with pictures later, but for now, I'll just try to explain. Sky's nose has always had changing pigment. He had a "butterfly" nose for most of his puppy days, and now most of it has filled in so that there is only one small pink spot. Recently, however the sides of his nose have "faded" or something. There are teensy little pink spots along the sides of his nose. What could this be caused by? The only thing I can think of is the change in weather, and him wanting to spend more time outside (caused by the sun?) We also took a trip up to the mountains and he played in the snow for HOURS (yes, I have pictures) and I kinda started it right after that. I'm just shooting out ideas, has this ever happened to anyones pups noses?

Anything Non-Dog Related / Need help-Bailey's video!
« on: December 28, 2007, 09:03:41 pm »
I want to make a slide show for Bailey with all his pictures. I finished all of it, but I want to put it to music. How can I attach a song? It's in Microsoft power point.

Anything Non-Dog Related / Chat???
« on: November 22, 2007, 03:55:29 am »
I'm lonely!

Smaller Sibling Discussion & Pictures / Shih Tzu or Lhasa Apso?
« on: November 22, 2007, 03:50:17 am »
Ok, so we have this beautiful little house guest for the Holidays. He is an un-altered male (who pees on everything!). He is mostly white, with a black head and grey-ish black patches on his body. He makes the funniest little snorting sounds and kicks his back feet when he's excited. My step-dad saw him out by our front gate almost a week ago, but couldn't catch him. I was working Sky in the front yard, when he came trotting up. He was absolutely FILTHY, but I didn't want to offend anyone by bathing him if he was only going to go home an hour later. He's been here since yesterday afternoon, and today we went and put up signs, and took a little side trip to the dog park. So I guess I'm mostly just curious what breed he is! I really don't know much about small dogs, but I think he is either a Lhasa or a Shih Tzu. Someone at the dog park said maybe Japanese Chin, but i'm doubtful. I just took a couple crappy pictures, but i'm not sure if my computer will let me load them.

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