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General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Please say a prayer for Katie!
« on: October 21, 2006, 03:19:59 am »
We've had an inquiry for Katie that looks awesome!  They just had a German Shepherd PTS (old age).  The only problem is that they have a cat and Katie eats cats.  The question is whether or not the two would ever meet.  Katie doesn't like to be indoors.  We'll see.  She's really feeling lonely and needs to be in a loving situation.  She still growls whenever Carter comes near her so I don't see that she could ever be reintroduced.

Great Pyrenees Pictures / Carter is thriving
« on: October 09, 2006, 03:36:18 am »
I had thought Carter was just really high energy and a little hyper which was why he was so thin.  I was wrong!  I think he was just so stressed from Katie attacking him all the time (after coming to us so stressed out from being crated in rescue).  She's been separated for a few months now and he's actually had to go on a diet!  Carter, the dog who was probably 75 lbs when he came, is now Carter the plump.  I'm guessing he's probably about 125 lbs now.  He's a lot calmer now too and seems to be a lot happier and more content.  I had thought we might consider trying to find someone to keep him company if I could find another home for Katie but now I'm thinking we won't.  He's quite happy being by himself.  He's not unhappy to be around Eider or Jesse but he's not that happy with them either.  Eider and Carter both think mom is theirs exclusively and get rather jealous and pushy about the other being near me.  Anyway, just figured I'd share my excitement that Carter the skinny has turned into Carter the plump!  He's a happy boy!

Labrador Retriever Discussions / Do you think he'll learn????
« on: September 22, 2006, 07:13:12 am »
I'm glad I saw what happened or I'd probably have freaked out and rushed to the vet.  Eider caught a toad and then pretty quickly spit it out.  Pretty soon he was foaming at the mouth!  Last time he foamed at the mouth we rushed to the vet PRONTO!  It ended up that it was a real live poisoning emergency last time.  This time it was just a toad.  Poor Eider has had an upset tummy and lots of drool for a while though.  He did take another sniff of the toad a while after he dropped it.  I wonder if he'll remember next time around?  ::)

Anatolian Shepherd Discussions & Pictures / Katie - what to do
« on: September 06, 2006, 02:51:31 am »
Ok, I'm getting a bit desparate with Katie.  She keeps trying to kill dogs.  Separation has not mellowed her.  We can't keep her.  Prior owners tell us to put her to sleep.  The rescue group won't take her because they don't have anyone who can keep her separate from other dogs.  Postings to rehome her are not yielding any bites.  Carter is really getting to be difficult up at the house - with this cooler weather he's feeling his oats and keeps bashing at the glass door with his paws - he wants Eider to come out and play ::)  Anyone have any thoughts?  I can't see her sitting in a kennel situation either.  I don't think she'd eat.  I'm running out of options and getting very frustrated.  She is so sweet but she can't go anywhere with other animals.  I'm rather certain she'd kill cats and it is very clear that she can't live with other dogs.  Any other ideas?

Carter just came back from a full run down at the vet.  Last week he could not use his back right leg all week.  It has been a problem off and on since he came and it has been checked inconclusively once before so it was time to get a full checkup with x-rays.  I hated to do it since I knew he would not be happy about being manipulated and also about being confined.  I was right on both counts!  Since I'm the one who did this evil thing to him, I'm on his bad list right now!  Boy, is he ever p.o.ed at me!  He won't talk to me at all.  It's gonna take me some serious sucking up to get back into his good graces. ::)

We didn't really figure out the problem, but we did eliminate a bunch of possibilities.  His hips are excellent.  Would probably make OFA excellent according to the doc.  No problem with the knee joints either, not by manipulation or on the x-ray.  He said if it was an ACL issue with the length of time we've seen this, there would be some indication on the x-ray but it is as clean as can be.  No arthritis showing up anywhere either.  His joints are beautifully clear on the x-rays.  They also x-rayed his spine to see if there were any disk issues.  He kind of walks hunched up a bit so that was definitely a question.  He sometimes puts full weight on that leg, lifting the opposite one to urinate.  Other times he can't seem to bear any weight on it at all!

Basically Doc thinks he has something like a sciatic nerve problem going on.  His stomach doesn't handle Rimadyl well when he was having the problem but it did seem to help some so we're going to try some prednisone for a week and see if we can get some improvement that way.  Not sure if this is good news or not.  Nerve issues are difficult to deal with but at least we aren't facing surgery.  I keep reading about people here trying to keep their big paws quiet after surgery and just know how impossible that would be with my big goof ball!  He's a wild thang!

Then there is Katie.  She's still a major problem and getting worse.  Carter is up at the house full time now.  Her attacks were becoming more frequent and more vicious and I was very much afraid that she would do some serious damage.  She seems to want to kill Carter and it only gets worse all the time.  She's an absolute doll around humans, sweet as can be, sugar on a leash!  When she gets close to Carter though, she wants to kill.  I tried walking her on a leash with a muzzle figuring at least she could still have her walks but she still tries to go after him with the muzzle on!  She spends the whole walk trying to figure out how to get at him.  I have finally figured out the problem.  He does not initiate the confrontations and actively tries to avoid conflict, BUT he does not submit.  She will tolerate nothing less than absolute submission and he won't do it.  We've been working with the Anatolian rescue group to try to place her but they don't have any foster situations where they can keep her separate.  The prior owners want nothing to do with her.  They said we should put her down. I can't keep Carter up here indefinitely but we can hold on for a while. 

So there it is, the good, the bad and the ugly.  It has been a looooong month!

Great Pyrenees Pictures / Carter has a new trick
« on: August 19, 2006, 05:57:48 am »
He's in the house!!!  Katie has gotten so vicious that he has to be separated from her so he's up at the house.  He and Jesse postured at each other for a few minutes but that was about it.  Anyway, I tried to get him to come in yesterday when it was hot but he wouldn't come in even for treats.  Today though he came in!  He needs to learn some house manners  ::) :D

First are Eider's video shots - first one is him barking at the hissing can of Coke (protecting mom).  ::)  In the second video he's killing it.

Then a few pics of Eider - carrying his towel after his shower, then later sleeping in the shower while I was cleaning the bathroom. 

Carter was COVERED in burdocks!  DD helped me today to distract him (pet, snuggle and hug him to death) while I cut and trimmed as best I could (as fast as possible because Carter has NO PATIENCE for beauty treatments!)  It isn't pretty but we cut out a TON of burdocks!  The boys owed me work so they had orders to weed wack and rake the entire LGD pen.  Hopefully we'll get the issue under control but there won't be any beauty contests in Carter's near future.  He has almost no tail hair left!  Argh!  There are still a few spots left on his belly that we didn't get to this afternoon.  Maybe tonight after a walk to tire him out I'll be able to reach those.  I think with Thor we kept better control of the weeds in the LGD pen.  I haven't had the energy to do much cutting out there this year but fortunately that is finally turning around.  I don't think Thor was nearly as energetic as Carter either so he didn't get into as much stuff.  Thor also loved to be brushed so it was no problem to get out any burdocks as soon as he got them.  I have to wait for opportune moments with Carter.  We're going to have to make some major adjustments next year!  Either better control of the weeds in that area, shave the dog or a combination of the two.  Sigh.  I do think Carter is getting a little better about the brushing though.  That helps!

We're having a lot of problems with Katie.  She has been viciously attacking Carter almost daily now.  She attacked him a lot when she first came but it wasn't this vicious and we figured they'd work it out.  It let off for quite a while and the attacks were rare, they played together and seemed to have worked out their differences.  Now she's back at it.  Any slight infraction on his part (always unintentional, he has not a mean bone in his body) will yield a full blown attack from her.  He's mostly deaf so he doesn't hear her warnings (sometimes there is a warning growl, sometimes she just attacks).  It is getting to the point where I am concerned with the kids (or even myself) getting stuck in the middle.  I'm about ready to contact her prior owners and send her back I'm getting so frustrated.  Here's hoping someone has some brilliant ideas. :'( 

I have dogs & I was buying a large bag of Purina at Wal-Mart and was in
line to check out. A woman behind me asked if I had a dog. On impulse, I told
her that no, I was starting The Purina Diet again, although I probably
shouldn't because I'd ended up in the hospital last time, but that I'd lost 50
pounds before I awakened in an intensive care ward with tubes coming out of
most of my orifices and IVs in both arms. I told her that it was essentially a
perfect diet and that the way that it works is to load your pants pockets
with Purina nuggets and simply eat one or two every time you feel hungry &
that the food is nutritionally complete so I was going to try it again.
I have to mention here that practically everyone in the line was by now
enthralled with my story, particularly a guy who was behind her.
Horrified, she asked if I'd ended up in the hospital in that condition
because I had been poisoned. I told her no; it was because I'd been
sitting in the street licking my butt and a car hit me.
I thought one guy was going to have a heart attack as he staggered out
the door laughing loudly.

Labrador Retriever Discussions / Eider is a traitor!
« on: July 25, 2006, 07:57:23 pm »
Thor was my walking companion but when he died, there was no one to walk with but Eider who is DH's dog.  I reluctantly started working with him to see how he'd do as a walking companion.  Then we ended up getting Carter and Katie so I didn't really need to power walk Eider any more.  I still walked him, just not on the road.  He's a Lab and thinks he needs to sniff EVERYTHING.  He is much better to walk in the fields - I would meander, he would run all over the place sniffing.  Some days I almost levitate walking Carter and Katie so they certainly provided all the road work I needed. 

With the summer heat and my health difficulties, I haven't walked Eider in months.  DH has walked him or the kids have done it for me.  I've been feeling a bit better lately after some medication adjustments, DH has been working a lot and Eider was not getting walked as much so he was FULL OF IT!  I decided to go ahead and try 3 at once!  What was I thinking!  LOL!  I have to boogie to keep up with Carter and Katie's 200+ lb of dogginess!  How much more difficult could another 70 lb furbag be?  Plenty when it hasn't been walked on a leash in months!  Yeeeehaw!  It is pretty interesting.

Eider seems to like going with the big dogs.  He walked with me once last week, then again last night.  Tonight while I was standing next to DH he kept bumping ME, not DH!  He kept pointing toward the leash, trying to lead me to it.  Poor DH!  Eider is a traitor!  He thinks he should be a big dog.  When we walk, he wants to be right up against Carter.  Carter stands at least a foot higher than Eider.  Carter is white and fluffy.  Eider is slick black.  They could not be more opposite.  Eider even learned to lift his leg today.  The transformation to big dog is complete.  :P

I'm just hoping that with a little practice he'll get into the swing of the walking thing a little better.  I feel like I'm being pulled in 3 directions, probably because I am!  Eider sprained my thumb a few months ago and the healing is very slow.  It doesn't help when he goes spinning around to see what Katie is sniffing back behind me...  He pulled it about 3 times again tonight!  I should have learned with kids.  2 kids, 2 hands, mom is not outnumbered.  3 kids, 2 hands, mom is outnumbered.  Same applies to dogs.  Gotta keep life challenging.  No sense in it being dull.

Labrador Retriever Discussions / Eider took himself for a walk!
« on: July 11, 2006, 02:25:15 pm »
Argh!!! Gonna wring a child's neck when it comes home >:(  Eider came in panting, happy, obviously had a blast, but doing what?  I looked out and the gate is WIDE open!  Who knows where he went or for how long!  I didn't even know he was gone!  He obviously had a blast though.  Child was running the wheelbarrow through that gate today and I chewed him out just a little while ago about making sure to close the gate after himself.   >:(  Grrrrrrrrr!  At least Eider came back in one piece!  Can't say the kid will come back in one piece when I get ahold of it. :-\  We have TONS of gates on this place and I have been trying to hammer it into their little pea brains for YEARS to SHUT THE GATE and LATCH IT.  This one child seems particularly determined to ignore my lessons  >:(  Anyone care to help me devise the plan of torture?  I have a large hole that needs digging.  What say another hour of digging for punishment?  Wish I had some fence posts for him to put in as punishment.  I like to tie the punishment to the offence but I can't think of anything fence related at the moment.

Labrador Retriever Pictures / Silly Eider pics
« on: July 08, 2006, 08:34:18 pm »
Just some silly pics of Eider these last few weeks. 

First - that computer desk must make a comfy pillow.

Second and third - the laundry basket makes a cozy bed.

Fourth - water tastes better out of dad's cup (he does this every chance he gets!)

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Have I mentioned lately...
« on: June 25, 2006, 07:51:11 pm »
how much I adore Carter?  He is such a loveable, hugable dirt merchant!  He really seems to grow more affectionate every day.  When we come back from our walks, he just wants to snuggle and love on me for a while.  Aside from the drool and the fact that he's Pigpen's brother and I need a shower again, it is just absolutely wonderful to have such a dear, silly teddy bear.  Well, reality is that even though I need a shower, I don't mind it a bit.  Anyone missing out on dog lovin' should try out the nearest rescue or shelter  :-* ;D

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