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Group Discussions & Photos / Sunday Morning Laugh Fest
« on: July 07, 2007, 09:03:50 pm »
Just had to share these pics- my pals at their funniest

Frankie would have turned two years old July 10th, and has suffered from epilepsy and hip dysplasia since she was six months old.  I am struggling to find words right now, so I guess this will have to do.  RIP baby girl!

Transporting & Traveling With Dogs / New York to Oregon Railroad?
« on: March 11, 2007, 03:53:05 pm »
Do we have enough folks out there who could work together for a railroad to get Murphy from here to Oregon if the adoption goes through?  I am hoping that posting NOW will allow us to get things figured out before the last minute scramble.  Anybody doing any travelling soon? Even part of the way would be helpful!

What better way to introduce a new foster than with pics? Enough said... Meet Murphy...

Old English Mastiff Discussions / Canine Genetic Research needs YOUR input
« on: December 28, 2006, 03:49:54 pm »
Please input the info on each of your mastiffs here to assist the research for better health in mastiffs.
PLEASE request and submit this DNA test kit on each of your registered mastiffs. They need samples from ALL mastiffs, not just those who are effected.  Together, we can help the researchers improve the health of our pets and for future generations.

Please- pet owners and breeders alike- your input can make a difference in the health of our babies and the future of the breed in general.

Holiday Things / Pups with Santa
« on: December 15, 2006, 10:58:24 pm »

Old English Mastiff Pictures / First attempt at Christmas pics
« on: December 07, 2006, 02:29:46 am »

Transporting & Traveling With Dogs / Transport, sorta... new wheels
« on: December 01, 2006, 04:55:25 am »
Thought y'all might like to see what I have been doing in my spare time these past few weeks.  The theory behind it is, with my girl having seizures, but loving our nature walks, and her weight, which is almost up to 200 lbs already, I needed a usable solution.   I set to work building her a wagon to ride in if she happened to have a seizure while we were out somewhere, so I would still be able to get her home.   I figured out what I might like to have on hand during these hikes, and what would just make life easier in general if we took the dogs out somewhere to an event or whatever, and this is what I came up with.  Note that the pictures do not include the quilted mat I made to fit the bed of the wagon, and the bumper pads made for around all the sides.  One side will be easily removable, and fit back in place easily, for ease of loading/unloading.  So anyway, here it is...[/b]

I have a great home situation available with 2 adults and three teenaged kids who are in desperate need of a dog/puppy to love.  They recently helped me out with a stray golden that I could not hold until its owners claimed it, due to my own dogs' needs.  In one week, they had trained this pup and taught him to play fetch and frisbee, and he got so much loving and exercise that when his owner claimed him, he could not believe all the changes in his dog.  They are ALL heartbroken, and have let me know they are eagerly awaiting a rescue or pup/dog in need.  They have much experience with dogs over the years, and just had to have their 14 year old black shepherd PTS due to advanced arthritis.
This family lives in Central NY, and I would approve them as a  home if one of my own babies needed to be rehomed.

Helpful Groups & Dogs in Need / BPO Petfinder weekly Update
« on: October 02, 2006, 02:10:27 pm »
Our first week "onboard" with Petfinder has generated these stats: access report for: Multiple Purrsonalities [NY37]
Time Period: 2006-09-25 to 2006-10-01
Total Pet Views: 224

+++ Dogs +++

    Lilo*IN*         140
    Kwellen*WV*      51
    Dudley*IN*       33

Keep up the good work, people!

Helpful Groups & Dogs in Need / Another New Foster Mastiff
« on: September 20, 2006, 07:00:51 am »
We are planning to go pick up our latest foster this weekend.  He is a 17 month old neutered male apricot mastiff.  Updates to follow.

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Any Ideas?
« on: September 15, 2006, 03:14:32 pm »
Can anybody give me any ideas on what this girl might be?  I know for sure she is NOT what her owners claim she is.

Book Club & Noteworthy Reads / Canine Genetic Research needs YOUR input
« on: August 27, 2006, 01:03:14 pm »
This link is for the list of breeds they have very few samples from, and they really do need more participation- all you have to do is give them your mailing address, they will send you the DNA kits, you use the swaps to rub on the inside of your dog's cheek, seal the samples, and send back, postage pre-paid.  That is all there is to it- very simple, very painless, and EXTREMELY helpful for the dogs in our future.

Helpful Groups & Dogs in Need / Updated Jesse Pictures (August 26)
« on: August 26, 2006, 11:24:38 am »
Jesse weighed in last night at 116 lbs, which means he has gained 50 lbs in 3 months.  His vet agreed with me on his age, which puts him at 13 months old, the same age as my Frankie.  Here's some new pics.  Enjoy!

Medical Conditions & Diseases / Warning: Canine Influenza
« on: August 20, 2006, 01:28:50 pm »
It has unfortunately come to my attention that the canine flu is
making it's rounds this summer at the dog shows. EVERYONE needs to be
aware of the signs and symptoms of this "potentially" fatal flu. This
flu is not confined to just the dog show circuit. If you board, take
your dog to the vet, park or have your dog is at risk.
It is estimated that nearly 100% of the dogs exposed to the flu will
become infected. 80% will exhibit symptoms. 1% to 8% will develop a
more severe pneumonia from it. The key to combating the flu is fast
veterinary care. As soon as your dog exhibits not
assume that it is a cold or kennel veterinary care
SYMPTOMS - MILD - persistant cough, green/yellow discharge from the
nose, low-grade fever. SEVERE - high-grade fever and increased
respiratory rate and effort. (MOST DOGS WILL EXPERIENCE THE MILD
VERSION OF THIS FLU.) Symptoms can last 10 to 21 days even with
antibiotics and cough suppressants.
INCUBATION PERIOD - symptoms appear within 2 to five days, but the
virus can be shed for 7 to 10 days from the time that dogs first
exhibit symptoms. Unfortunately dogs who do not show symptoms, but are
infected can still spread the virus.
TRANSMISSION - this is an airborne virus and is also spread via
contamination of surfaces and people who have come into contact with
infected animals.
DIAGNOSIS - nasal swabs and serology test.
TREATMENT - broad-spectrum antibiotics for any secondary bacterial
infection and intravenous fluids.
There is no vaccine for canine influenza. Humans cannot get Canine
Influenza. Disinfectants and 10% bleach will kill the virus on surfaces.
The flu seems to target puppies, older dogs and dogs with compromised
immune systems. The key to treating it is "immediate" veterinary care.

Canine Influenza was reported at the Winston Salem shows. So please be
aware that if you were at these shows and your dog exhibits any of the ease seek veterinary intervention immediately.

Yvette Ferguson
CCCI Health Research Committee

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