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Great Dane Discussions / Bella is getting skitish!!
« on: March 05, 2007, 11:06:52 am »
I don't know what may be going on with Bella, but she been jumping at every little noise.  I will accidently hit the wall or counter top, and then she starts barking like someone is at the door.  There are certain sounds on TV that she freaks out about also.  Forget about it if a program has a bell sound to it.
I decided that this may be a problem when I just gave her a treat.  I was talking to her as usual before the treat, then I said my usual "Good girl, you're my baby girl" (or something silly like that), and she jumped and barked, looking around the house, like someone else had said it.
What's got her so spooked???

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Bella peed on my bed!
« on: November 02, 2006, 05:07:53 pm »
What is she trying to tell me? ???  I know that at the time, I was on the computer and she had come in there a couple of times with some toys.  Was she mad because she wanted attention, or something else??

Meet & Greet BPOers / OK South Alabama.....
« on: July 20, 2006, 10:35:12 pm »
....when is our next Pensacola dog park trip and who's in? :)

Great Dane Pictures / Pics of Bella at 2weeks old
« on: July 16, 2006, 11:18:52 pm »
I just found these of Belladonna as a little, bitty baby!  These are also pics of her parents.
It is so sad, because I recently heard that Bella's mom had another litter, and the protectiveness that she was showing with her first developed into aggressiveness .  Bella's mom attacked Bella's dad.  He was injured so badly that they put him down.  For some reason, they didn't put Bella's mom down at the time, so apparently some time very recent after that, she attacked a friend that came to the house.  I was told that it took several grown men to get her off of the woman, and the woman required stitches.  Bella's mom was then put down.
It is such a sad story.  I know that Bella's dad was the sweetest thing.  The time that I spent with him makes me think that he didn't even try to fight back when he was attacked.  Poor fellow, probably couldn't understand why she was attacking him. :'( :'(

Great Dane Discussions / Can you trust your danes off leash??
« on: July 13, 2006, 11:18:34 pm »
Bella is only about to be one year old, so she's too much of a puppy for me to completely trust her.  We work on "Come" all of the time, and most of the time she is really good.  How do most danes do off leash?
I ask this because my previous dog was a mini schnauzer, and if she got loose, watch out!  It was now a game of "see mommy chase me"!

« on: July 02, 2006, 09:57:41 am »
OK, I have so many that I will have to have several posts here. :)
We had a blast!  Melissa and Brandon brought Sophie and Bava.  Cricket brought her Belladonna.  I had my Belladonna.  Tom brought Feste and Chance, and Heatherton brought Daphne, the boxer.
Bava fell in love with Daphne.  Could not keep his eyes off of her.  I was so proud of my Bella for getting in the water!  First time ever, and although she was nervous nelly and wanted everyone to go away while she was taking her first dip, I think that she did wonderful!
Our puppers were all so well behaved.  They all got along great!  And as Tom said, thanks a ton to Tre Fratelli Restaurant for letting us dine outside there, and Central Bark Bakery for the great dog treats and goods. ;D
Almost forgot, we met a beautiful fawnequin dane at the park.  Hopefully her owner will log on and find us here.

I was looking at Pensacola's Dog Owner's Association website.  As some of you know, we are planning a trip this weekend to the dog beach there.  Why can't Mobile dog owners get together and start our own association??  If Pensacola can do it, why can't we?  A group has more influence than individuals, and maybe we could get our own dog park.  What do ya'll think??

Food Discussion & Information / Skin problem=food problem????
« on: June 23, 2006, 11:16:35 am »
I've posted a photo on another thread about Bella's skin problem.  She is losing her hair!!  No itching, no redness, it's just coming out like crazy. 
Well, I had been feeding her Solid Gold Wolf King for about a month or longer, and began adding Solid Gold Vitamins and minerals about 2 or 3weeks ago.  I first noticed the hair loss about a week or so ago.  Just a couple of spots, no big deal.  Now, she has multiple spots.  I have a vet appt on Monday, but in the mean time, has anyone had hair loss from Solid Gold???
I'm switching her food and adding fish oil (as suggested by Tina :)) to see if this helps.  It just seems too coincidental that this began shortly after switching to Solid Gold.  My next question: Does anyone feed Nature's Recipe Healthy Skin???  I've looked on previous threads - saw nothing.  I graded it according to a previous thread, it got 96.  The ingredients begin with: Venison meal, ground rice, oatmeal, pearled barley, chicken fat, pea protein, etc.etc.  Doesn't contain beef, corn, wheat, or artificial preservatives.
This is a long one, but can someone let me know if I'm doing the right thing?? :) ???

Games & Jokes / Marmaduke!!!
« on: June 21, 2006, 09:28:21 pm »
Just some funny comics from the last couple of weeks.  They hit home!! :D

Great Dane Pictures / Bella's a bum! ;)
« on: June 20, 2006, 10:33:53 pm »
Here's Bella lounging on my bed.  Most of these were taken after training class at Petsmart with Amber! :D :D

Medical Conditions & Diseases / Another skin question
« on: June 20, 2006, 12:24:07 pm »
OK, here's Bella's food and etc.  She has been on Solid Gold Wolf King for a month or longer.  I also add Solid Gold vitamins and minerals to her meal.  She takes Brewer's Yeast daily, and also takes Benadryl as needed because she gets what looks like heat rash when she is outside for longer than 5 minutes (veterinarian says just usual outdoor allergies).  I bathe her once per week with an Oatmeal shampoo to soothe her skin.
She has had off and on dry, flaky skin for the last two to three months.  Now, it seems to be getting worse.  I can even see little bald patches under her hair when she is in the right light.  I've looked at them close and they just look like dry patches about the size of a pencil eraser.  What to do???  I'm wondering if Bella's food just may not be for her.  She began life eating Purina One for Large breeds and seemed to be fine on that, but I thought she may need a better food.  Help, I need advice for my next step. ??? ???

Some of you may have seen my previous post about Spencer.  Well, here's the latest.  I received this e-mail today.  I'm so happy for him!

Thanks to all your efforts--because of your help SPENCER WILL LIVE!!! He is
being sent to The Best Friend's Animal Rescue Group in Utah! From what I am
told, Judge stout had a change of heart because of all the attention. You can
watch the story at, we will tackle the "unwritten" policy...

Spencer to live out his life at animal sanctuary in Utah
Last Update: 6/16/2006 5:42:57 PM

(MOBILE, Ala.) June 16 -- His fate has gained national and international
attention, and he doesn't even know it. Now it appears Spencer the pit-bull
terrier is getting a new leash on life.

At a Friday news conference, Mayor Sam Jones announced while he supports the
shelters policy of not adopting out pit bulls, he is taking a special interest
in Spencers case. The dog will be transported to a sanctuary half-way across
the country to spend the rest of his days.

Spencer is to be picked up from the Mobile Animal Shelter by Hearts of Gold Pit
Rescue, a group based in Tennessee. They have arranged transport and foster-
care for Spencer until he can be taken to the Best Friends Network, another
group which is based in Utah.

Spencer was discovered May 30 when he was walking down a midtown Mobile street
dragging a 10-foot chain. He was dehydrated and starving. The dog was so thin
it was able to slip through the bars of a wrought iron gate of a residence. It
is obvious the dog had suffered physical abuse. He was wearing a leather collar
with the name "Spencer" stenciled on it. Spencer is believed to be about 18
months old.

Residents of the area took him to the shelter. Janet Jordan, kennel manager at
the Animal Shelter, commented that the dog is not aggressive towards other dogs
at the shelter. He seems to be real friendly," she added. "He doesn't bark at
any of the other dogs." It was obvious to her Spencer had been starved as well
as beaten.

Amanda Kramer filed a petition for a temporary restraining order to stop the
euthanasia of Spencer. Amanda pleaded to adopt Spencer. Judge Stout granted
that petition which stayed the euthanasia pending a hearing. In the subsequent
hearing, however, the court ruled Kramer had no standing in the case and the
city had the right to follow its unwritten policy, meaning Spencer should

Bill Fassbender, director of animal control at the Mobile Animal Shelter, who
testified at the hearing, claimed it is a nationwide practice to destroy pit
bulls because of the possible danger from them. No evidence was presented,
however, to show proof of that statement.

In fact, there is nothing in the Mobile, Alabama ordinances or Alabama law that
requires the shelter to kill Spencer or refuse to adopt him to the many people
who have offered to take him and give him a good home. Instead, it is the
shelters policy to kill pit bulls not claimed by their owners regardless of
their temperament. Apparently, it is an unwritten policy followed by many
shelters throughout Alabama.

On their website, David Phelps, a representative for Best Friends Network told
readers the organization had contacted the city of Mobile and arranged for
Spencer to be given sanctuary, so he will not be killed, but he will also not
be adopted out to anyone else.

"If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went."

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Bella's vomiting
« on: June 15, 2006, 08:02:03 am »
Bella ate last night about 11pm.  I woke up about 7am to hear her vomiting.  I let her out, and she apparently ate a bunch of grass while I was cleaning up.  When I let her back in, she vomited again.  Actual total- four piles.  Do I withhold food for a while, or give her rice, or what?  Any suggestions?

Food Discussion & Information / She feeds him Ol Roy!
« on: June 09, 2006, 11:40:19 pm »
I have a coworker who has an 11 month old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (I may have got the order of the name wrong  :D) who paid who knows what for this puppy.  She is going out of town to have surgery on his eyes because he has developed juvenile cataracts.  This will cost about $2100. :o  She feeds him Ol Roy from Walmart. ???
As much money as we are willing to pay to take care of our babies, why not spend a few extra dollars and pay for decent food? ???

Anything Non-Dog Related / Weight Watchers and Nicoderm
« on: June 06, 2006, 10:11:07 pm »
I need your prayers. :)  I'm starting Weight Watchers and getting back on the nicotine patch tomorrow.  Both on the same day! :o  I've quit smoking before for about 4 years, and then about a year and a half ago thought that I could just have one.  Big mistake.  I need the most willpower that I have ever had in my life!  I'll be trying to lose 23 pounds at the same time.

Also, pray for my coworkers.  I've warned them about my plans, so they will probably try to stay clear of me so that I won't take their heads off.  >:( :D

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