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General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Checking in!
« on: June 01, 2009, 08:32:00 am »
Hi everyone! Sorry I haven't been posting too much, but I read what's going on here everyday.

Thought I'd just briefly update on life here in my corner of Kansas, lol!

Zoey and Dolly doing well, both just celebrated their 4th birthdays in March and May. Zoey has been in training lately to earn a backpacking title. We're making progress, so far, she's been carrying about 20 pounds or so for about 3 miles. Still as naught as ever!
Dolly is sporting her summer haircut and has been lounging in her baby pool as often as possible. She's on a diet right now and I am pleased to say that today she was weighed and has lost 7 pounds!  ;D She's doing well except for one incident the other night; I was walking the dogs and a loose pit bull attacked Dolly. No major wounds, but he got her ear pretty good and a good size puncture on her shoulder. She's healing fine, doesn't even remember it happened.  ::) :D

And for my biggest news, we've had Clarence the foster Basset Hound with us for 2 weeks now. The first week was rocky with him and my dogs, now everyone is getting along just fine. He's very laid back, sleeps a lot, but loves to play with Zoey occasionally, and is quite determined to get on our new furniture as well!

Hope everyone is doing well!

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Rescue Video I made
« on: January 27, 2009, 12:08:09 pm »
Hi everyone,

I just finished this video today. I hope it will raise awareness about shelter dogs and how they need homes. I'm quite proud of the video.

Beware; tissues nearby might be a good idea. If you watch it, thank you for taking time to do so. If I can help even 1 person understand the need to adopt dogs, I'll be happy.

Saint Bernard General Discussions / Need diet help with Dolly
« on: January 08, 2009, 05:48:29 am »
I need some help with getting Dolly to lose weight.

A couple weeks ago, I took Dolly in for hip x-rays and her hip dysplasia is worsening quite a bit. One of the first things that will help her stay pain free is if she can lose some weight, which she desperately needs to.  :(

So let me first explain what we feed, how much, how often, etc., and exercise, and then maybe some of you can see something that I'm not seeing that we can do to get her thinner.

Dolly currently weighs 133 lbs. The vet said he would like to see her a lot closer to 100 lbs. and I agree, because she's very small for a Saint.

We feed Diamond Naturals Beef and Rice in the morning, and RAW at night.

In the morning, she gets just under 2 cups of food. Then at night, she gets a chicken quarter. (like the drumstick and hip section)

I'm going to guess she gets 1 dog treat every 2 or 3 days. Certainly no more than that. No table scraps whatsoever.

We walk her everyday for at least a mile. She has access to the yard all day so she can move around and run, but she mostly chooses to sleep. Now I need to mention, in the exercise thing, she is limited some by her hip dysplasia; we can't go chasing frisbees at the park or anything. Loose leash,relaxed walking is the basic exercise she is physically able to do.

I'm looking into some Lite Dog foods as well, try one of them, a friend mentioned putting green beans in the dog food so Dolly would fill up on those instead of just kibble? I'm willing to try just about anything right now! We DO have a treadmill, and I will be working her on that too.

Sorry this is so long and thanks to everyone for any advice. :)

Saint Bernard General Discussions / Dolly passed the CGC test!
« on: November 30, 2008, 02:26:17 pm »
I'm so proud of Dolly, she passed the CGC test the day before Thanksgiving! She was such a good girl! Just thought I'd let you guys know. :)

I hope to move on to Therapy dog work with her. Just a little more practice and she'll be ready for that too.  :)

Alaskan Malamute Pictures / That crazy Zoey of mine!
« on: June 21, 2008, 06:06:29 pm »
Some new updated pictures of Zoey for you guys.  :) Zoey is 3 years old and has lightened in color quite a bit since we first brough her home in 2005. But we love her lots! She's certainly a character! The first pic is proof of it!  :D

Goofy girl

All wet from a bath awhile ago

With her sister, being sweet  :)

Saint Bernard Pictures / A few new pictures of Dolly
« on: June 21, 2008, 06:01:11 pm »
Hey guys, I hadn't posted pics of either of my girls in a little while, so figured why not do it now?!  :) I'll post some of Zoey in a separate thread too I think.

Dolly is officially 3 years old as of May. We succesfully put her on a diet, she lost 10 pounds, and she is now right on the target weight I had for her; 125 pounds.  :) She has blowing a lot of her coat out this year, it's a bit overwhelming! lol! She is inside right now and says hi to everyone and wants them to try to convince her mommy not to give her a bath tomorrow.  :D ::)

This pic is WHY I'm giving her a bath tomorrow.  :D ::)

Here she is with her sister Zoey.  :)

She can be clean!

That's all for now!

Events to go to or join / Dog-n-Jog in June!
« on: April 26, 2008, 08:24:45 pm »
The Humane Society of Greater Kansas City is hosting its 21st annual Dog-n-Jog event! It's on June 8!  ;)

This is so much fun to attend! ;D They have tons of booths, free goodies to give away all morning, and there are literally thousands of dogs and people that attend! They have a 1 mile walk or jog to do if you'd like or a 2 mile walk or jog. Mom and I are signed up to do the 2 mile walk; we get goodie bags with t-shirts in them too!  :D

I know not many BPO members are in my area, but if you are and you're looking for a fun dog event to do, this is a great one! All the money goes to support rescue efforts in Kansas City.  Anyone interested in meeting up for this?  :)

Helpful Groups & Dogs in Need / Alaskan Malamute in desperate need
« on: March 29, 2008, 10:39:55 pm »
Guys, I keep looking at this guy just crying because I just don't know what to do. He's 1 year old and is in my town's animal shelter. They will euthanize him sometime this week I believe as he's already been there 1 week and they only give 2 weeks. He's gorgeous, looks purebred and was neglected by his previous owners.

I'd even be willing to help transport. I want to even just pull him and take him to a local shelter that is no-kill just an hour away, but I don't have the funds to pay his adoption fee. Can someone help this dog somehow? Please!!! I'm desperate!  :-[ :(

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Dog Fancy question
« on: March 11, 2008, 11:12:09 pm »
Okay, I know this is a HUGE shot in the dark, but has anyone been a subscriber to Dog Fancy since 2001 and still has 1 of that year's issues?  :-\

I just need someone to look at something in it if they do, so if someone has it, please let me know! Thank you so much!
*crosses fingers hard*

Group Discussions & Photos / Lots of Zoey and Dolly pics! and videos
« on: March 09, 2008, 06:15:39 pm »
Yayyy, I went home this weekend so I got to take some new pics of my girls! Note these pictures are not usually what I like to shoot; I love taking pics of them outside, running around and playing, buuuuut this is what I had to work with; 2 lazy dogs!  :lol: I'm loving the up close and personal shots of them though, lol! (and please excuse our un-orderly house; Mom is painting right now, and you can see her doing so in one of the videos, lol!)

Dolly says, "Hi guys!"

Zoey- "Wa'z uuuuuuuppp?!"

This is her mom, I love you but why did you quit petting me? face

My happy, crazy, smiley girl

Sleepy Saint

Get that camera away, Mom!

Waaaaaay close, Dolly! (for some reason, I LOVE this pic of her!)

Zoey's toy

I thicking my thongue out, Ma!

Oh my gosh, I ADORE this pic of her, gosh I wish it were centered, but oh well!

Awww, that's my girl! ease.

Both momma girls!

And now for videos!!!!! Make sure sound is on! Sorry the one of Zoey is kinda dark; but it shows her being her spazzy self.

Both my dogs are spayed, so I won't be breeding dogs any time soon (and by soon, I mean within the next like 10 years!) but I'm interested in maybe breeding dogs someday.

If I were to get a female or male from good show lines, healthy, meets the breed standard, and were to show that dog as well, what are the minimum health tests you recommend getting done on the sire or dam before breeding?

(not only breeders can answer this question! if you were to get a puppy from a breeder, what tests would you want the parents to have had done on them?)

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Is your dog spayed or neutered?
« on: February 20, 2008, 08:27:37 am »
Just curious, not asking for any real reason! I put the max number of times each user can vote as 4 (well, I did, but I don't know if it worked or not!  ??? ), that way, those of you with a multiple dog crew can answer for at least 4 of your dogs.

Oh well, since it didn't work, I guess just answer the question based on one of your dogs...pick one.  :D

Medical Conditions & Diseases / Ear infections
« on: February 18, 2008, 12:14:15 pm »
Dolly is on antibiotics for ear infections in both ears currently. I just had the vet re-fill the meds on Saturday because the infections came back. We finished a 2 week course of antibiotics about 2 weeks ago, and the infections seemed to be gone. But I guess we were wrong. Anyway, my question is this. We've been doing ear drops every day to keep the ears clean, which is working, but the infections still came back. How can we get rid of them for good? Obviously antibiotics aren't effective forever, so any tips?

Collars, crates, & other cool things / Zoey and Dolly Blocky Dogs collars
« on: February 09, 2008, 06:35:54 am »
Okay, these are the girls first Blocky Dogs collars. We put the collars on the girls last night and let me just say, I LOVE THEM! If anyone is considering getting these collars, get them! You won't regret it! They're gorgeous and so tough! Here are a few pics for you guys.  :)

Some of you may know that I'm in my first year of college; I'm 2 hours from home, and I lived in the dorms this year. But next year, I would really really REALLY like to get an apartment so I can have my dogs up here with me during the school year. I miss them so much.

Anyway, my question is this; I found an apartment that will let me have both my dogs live with me (a hard thing to find since both my dogs are big!). I would either get a 1 bedroom or a studio apartment.

The studio apartments are RIGHT in our price range (even if they are small), but only 1 problem; they are all on the third floor; which means stairs.  :-\

Dolly has very very mild hip dysplasia right now and I'm wondering if this would be a big problem for her (she shows no signs of pain or anything though). I try to avoid all stairs for her sake as of right now (just as prevention), but I'm wondering what you guys think.  :-\ Whatever input you all can offer will be very much appreciated. Thank you!

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