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Helpful Groups & Dogs in Need / Belle adopted!
« on: November 21, 2006, 03:54:29 am »
Well, Belle, the demodex, hypo-thyroid Dane I've been fostering since early summer was adopted this weekend!  So far, things are going well.  Hopefully, this will be her forever home.

Great Dane Pictures / Shame on you, Brutus!
« on: October 20, 2006, 03:18:33 pm »
Last night when I got home from school (around 11:00pm) I walked back to the "dog room" to let the dogs out.¬  I crate most of the dogs, but Brutus and Molly stay out and I put an ex-pen up in the doorway.

I don't know where he found it, but Brutus got a hold of an ink pen¬  :-\

When I first saw the mess, I automatically thought Molly did it because she's ruint like that and has done naughty things before.¬  In fact, I'm still wondering if she set Bru up...anyway, Brutus was the only one with ink all over his legs, so it was probably him.

This is what I walked into:
Ink footprint...
Nice little mess....
Dirty legs....
"I didn't do 'nuffin mama...I swear!"

Gotta love 'em¬   :-*

Helpful Groups & Dogs in Need / Finally! Some answers for Belle!
« on: September 22, 2006, 12:28:23 pm »
Well, a couple of weeks ago, we sent off blood work on Belle since she just isn't getting any better.  She isn't getting worse, but no better.  We got the results back today and she is hypothyroid!  I know that isn't good news, but it is good news that it is something that can be simply treated, we know what is going on, and once she starts her medicine (tomorrow morning!) she should start improving.

The downside is she'll have to be on the meds for life, but thyroid medicine is cheap cheap, so hopefully that won't have an impact on her getting a forever home.

Here's a couple of pictures from Wednesday when we all went out to play:

I took the three most well behaved dogs I have out the other day for a photoshoot.  I just wanted to share some pictures with ya'll.

First, Molly, my English Setter.  I'm not sure how old she is, as she was a rescue.  But my guess is between 5 and 8 years old.

Helpful Groups & Dogs in Need / So...Belle is back...
« on: September 12, 2006, 09:58:01 am »
...and apparently "aggressive..."

The lady that took her called me yesterday and started off telling me how great she had been, how they loved her, but they had to return her because she was afraid she was becoming aggressive.

What happened was her son was playing with a nerf ball in the house and threw it.  It bounced off something and hit Belle in the side-she was sleeping.  Naturally, it startled her (it would startle me too!) so she jumped up.  In the process, she knocked him down.  So, now she is afraid she is aggressive.... whatever.

Anyway, her skin looks so-so.  We were at a standstill with her progress when she was adopted and it looks a little better, but as long as she has been treated for this, it should look much better, IMO.  There has got to be some other underlying problem.  I sent off for a fully thyroid test yesterday, so should get the results after a while. 

I think a RAW diet would be perfect for her, but I can't do that right now- not with 10 other dogs in my care!  Right now, she is being kenneled at the vet clinic I work at just so I can get re-set up for having two giant dogs in the house again.

By the way, Abby, I couldn't find the soap you told me about.  I'll check at the Wetumpka Walmart, though.  Montgomery didn't have it today.

Great Dane Pictures / Awww, he looks so old!
« on: September 02, 2006, 05:21:47 pm »
Brutus is going to be five in October, which isn't *that* old for a Dane, but isn't *that* young either.  I took these pictures last night and I know some of it is from the flash, but when I look at his pictures, he looks so much older than he does in person...

He's still a pretty boy, though :-*

Helpful Groups & Dogs in Need / Tuesday needs a home!
« on: August 25, 2006, 02:54:38 pm »
This little Labby girl was dumped in the shelter parking lot. Judy, the lady that took on Little Jimmy found her this past Tuesday (hence the name). She does have demodex, but it is a light case (puppy case) and I think she'll get over it soon. The vets started her on ivermectin.

She's adorable, probably around 5-6 months old. I really don't know alot about her other than she's really sweet and a typical rambunctious (sp?) Lab pup.

No idea if she's crate trained or even close to being house trained-I'm doubtful, though.

If I could, I'd bring her to my house for a few days and see how she does, but I'm not sure if I'll be able to or not-since school started back. Maybe next weekend I can.

I'd love to find her a home before the receptionist or someone else gives her away without even being spayed first...she's really bad about doing that

Great Dane Discussions / Belle...adopted?
« on: August 25, 2006, 01:00:56 pm »
Well, Belle, the demodex dane I've been fostering went to her possibly new home today.  They are going to take her for a trial run and see how everything works out.  Please keep fingers and toes crossed that this will be the perfect home for her!

Oh, and the lady is experienced with demodex, so thats a plus, also!

There is a gorgeous dog listed at the West Los Angeles Care and Control center that is listed as an 7 month old pittie.  It isn't a great picture, but to me, she looks like a Dane pup-maybe 4 or 5 months old.

This is crossposted from another board I'm on:
I was emailed tonight by an aquaintance who knows that I have a Dane, and she wondered if I could help.  She sent me a picture of a 7 month old Pittie mix, who is being held in the West LA Animal Care and Control.  She was wondering whether this was a Dane- and if I knew of a rescue who might be able to "pull" her.  I can't tell from the pic.  If it is a Dane- it is a very young one at that!
 Dane or Pittie?
I told her that I would do what I can to help out.  I have posted this onto other boards, and have been in contact with a Dane rescue who is looking for someone to visit her.
Is there anyone who is "dane savvy" and nearby.  I am not familiar with LA at all, but I can only imagine that this is probably out of the way and time consuming!!

Feel free to PM me on this matter, and I can forward the info on my rescue contact if you are able and willing.

I can get this person's contact information if anyone is interested in this pup.

Helpful Groups & Dogs in Need / On my way to work this morning....
« on: August 19, 2006, 02:17:00 pm »

I decided to go the way I almost never go.  I guess there is a reason for everything.  I brought along a couple of pieces of toast for breakfast-I almost never do that either.  I pulled up to a stop sign and this little skinny black dog came up to my car.  He was hungry and looking for a hand out.  I felt badly for him, but when he turned his head I knew I had to get him, so I gave him my peice of toast to get him in the car.  It looks as if he had been attacked by another dog or something and it nearly ripped one of his ears off.  It is very badly infected and the ear canal is definitely affected.  I'm not sure if we can save him, but we'll try.  He is probably around 6-8  months old,his adult teeth are in but his "boy parts" aren't totally mature.

He's on antibiotics and is comfortable for now.  We are going to get another vet to evalutate his ear, most likely he will loose it because of the ear canal being so badly infected.  He'll probably need an ablation on that one ear.  Once his fever comes down, we'll sedate him and clean it up really well and take a much better look at it as well.  If he pulls through, he is going to have a long road of recovery ahead of him.   I need to think of a name for him, even if he doesn't make it, he still needs a name.

I'll update when I can.

Great Dane Pictures / Brutus and Little Jimmy Dickens...
« on: August 02, 2006, 05:51:31 pm »
Little Jimmy (previously nammed "Loco") came into the clinic I work at and was diagnosed with parvo.  The owner couldn't afford the treatment, so he opted for euthanasia.  A co-worker and I asked him if he would allow us to treat the pup if he signed him over to us.  He did, we had him treated (luckily, it was a very mild case of parvo, he vomited a couple of times and barley even had loose stool) So, he's all better now and will be ready to go to a new home shortly.  He's got to be neutered and brought up to date on his shots, but we want to give him a little more recovery time.

In the mean time:

Medical Conditions & Diseases / Dane pooping while sleeping...
« on: July 27, 2006, 02:10:38 pm »
A couple of months ago, Brutus started pooping a tiny little turd (well, tiny for a Dane) sometime during the night while he slept.  I didn't think much of it- maybe I didn't let him out long enough to do his business, etc...

However, he started doing it more frequently.  He's done it just about every night for the last couple of weeks.  He doesn't do it while napping through the day, only at night and I'm certain he doesn't do it consciously, as he is nearly perfectly housebroken.  It is only one little peice like I said before.

I asked one of the doctors at work today about it (I wanted to ask Dr. Anne, but we were pretty busy this AM, so I didn't get a chance to, so I asked the newly graduated vet) and he says it is possibly an early onset of Wobbler's.  He said he thought all along that Brutus's gait was a little strange.  I'm going to take him in tomorrow and possibly do some x-rays.

A little history on Bru- he was adopted from the shelter at 9 months old.  Don't know what happened in life before that, but was most likely fed puppy food.  For the first few months when I had him, I didn't know any better and fed him Pedigree adult.  After that, he was switched to better food.  (Nutro Natural Choice->Chicken Soup->Canidae).  He will be 5 in October, so he's no spring chicken for a Dane, but he isn't old.  He is on Cosequin maintainence dose.  He only gets DHPV (no lepto) vaccine every three years and Rabies annually, which unfortunately is the law here.  He never gets them at the same time.  He is on the low dose of interceptor every 45 days and gets frontline monthly to every 45 days (as needed). 

It could be something as simple as loss of anal tone, but when the vet mentioned Wobblers, I got a little more concerned.

Those who have Dane's with Wobblers and have had them since before they were diagnosed, what were some of the first signs?


Any thoughts on this? 

Great Dane Pictures / Belle update!
« on: July 06, 2006, 07:32:17 pm »
Belle is doing well with housebreaking and crate training...fin

She's looking great, too.  She still has a long ways to go as far as hair regrowth on her body, but her skin and all over appearence is so much better, she looks so much more healthy.

These are from the last of June:

And these are from July 3rd:

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Happy Belated 4th!
« on: July 06, 2006, 07:16:16 pm »
Hi all!  My gang and I are a little late on this, but we hope everyone had a great independence day!  God bless America  ;D

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Bad Blacky!!
« on: June 25, 2006, 01:12:05 pm »
Blacky, my 13 year old Lab mix has lost his free roam of the house privledges while I'm gone.  I came home the other day, walked through my door and saw this:

Don't forget this is a 13 year old dog we are talking about!!  I'm not a tall person, but this bar is pretty high, it comes up a little past my chest.  I guess he got up on the table next to it and got up on the bar.  I don't know what he was thinking, carzy dog, but he sure made a mess knocking things off and such.  I couldn't be mad at him, though, I thought it was hilarious...

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