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German Shepherd Discussions / Oh My Goodness!!!
« on: February 02, 2007, 04:12:53 pm »
 :o :o :o  Is anyone else experiencing a coat blowout at this time of year?  With my grooming blade, I just took enough hair off Dell to make another dog!  My carpet is covered in hair, my clothes are covered in hair, my hair is covered in hair!  It's driving me crazy!

This is the first time I've seen his hair come out like this.  Does shepherd hair usually come out in clumps? 

Maybe I'll collect the hair and have it spun into yarn.  didn't someone here have a hat made out of their dog's fur?

Helpful Groups & Dogs in Need / Can someone please help?
« on: November 10, 2006, 02:33:50 am »
I am in need of a new home for my boy, Dell.  He is a loving, loyal, smart, active guy.  I cannot take care of him as I should because of my back.  When my son was living here, he took almost complete care of Delly, taking him on long walks and runs and throwing the ball for him, etc.  He now spends most of his time in his crate.

This is killing me to write this, but I must find him a new home.  I cannot watch this beautiful creature suffer by being contained in a cage for 90% of the time. 

Can someone please help my baby?

Book Club & Noteworthy Reads / To all of you who foster rescues:
« on: September 25, 2006, 09:44:08 am »
My Foster Dog
by Unknown Author

My foster dog stinks to high heaven.
I don't know for sure what breed he is.
His eyes are blank and hard.
He won't let me pet him and growls when I reach for him.

He has ragged scars and crusty sores on his skin.
His nails are long and his teeth, which he showed me, are stained. I sigh.
I drove two hours for this.

I carefully maneuver him so that I can stuff him in the crate. Then I heft
the crate and put it in the car. I am going home with my new foster dog.

At home I leave him in the crate till all the other dogs are in the yard. I
get him out of the crate and ask him if he wants "outside." As I lead him to
the door he hikes his leg on the wall and shows me his stained teeth again.

When we come in, he goes to the crate because that's the only safe place he
sees. I offer him food but he won't eat it if I look at him, so I turn my
back. When I come back, the food is gone.

I ask again about "outside." When we come back, I pat him before I let
him in the crate; he jerks away and runs into the crate to show me his

The next day I decide I can't stand the stink any longer.
I lead him into the bath with cheese in my hands. His fear of me is not
quite overcome by his longing for the cheese.
And well he should fear me, for I will give him a bath.

After an attempt or two to bail out he is defeated and stands there. I
have bathed four legged bath squirters for more years than he has been
alive. His only defense was a show of his stained teeth, that did not hold
up to a face full of water.

As I wash him, it is almost as if I wash not only the stink and dirt away
but also some of the hardness. His eyes look full of sadness now. And he
looks completely pitiful as only a soap covered dog can.

I tell him that he will! feel better when he is cleaned. After the soap,
the towels are not too bad, so he lets me rub him dry.

I take him outside. He runs for joy . . . the joy of not being in the tub
and the joy of being clean.

I, the bath giver, am allowed to share the joy. He comes to me and lets me
pet him.

One week later I have a vet bill. His skin is healing. He likes for me to
pet him ( I think). I know what color he will be when his hair grows in.

I have found out he is terrified of other dogs, so I carefully introduce
him to my mildest four legged brat. It doesn't go well.

Two weeks later a new vet bill for an infection, that was missed on the
first visit. He plays with the other dogs.

Three weeks later his coat shines, he has gained weight.
He shows his clean teeth when his tongue lolls out
after he plays chase in the yard with the gang.

His eyes are soft and filled with life. He loves hugs and likes to show
off his tricks, if you have the cheese.

Someone called today and asked about him. They saw the picture I took the
first week. They asked about his personality, his history, his breed. They
asked if he was pretty. I asked them lots of questions.

I checked up on them.
I prayed.
I said yes.

When they saw him the first time they said he was the most beautiful dog
they had ever seen.

Six months later, I got a call from his new family.
He is wonderful, smart, well behaved, and very loving.

How could someone not want him?
I told them I didn't know.
He is beautiful.
They all are.

To all of you who foster rescues or rescue pets, thank you, thank you, thank you.  Because of someone like you, I now have a dog that loves me, is totally loyal, and is the greatest companion.  I don't know what I would do without my pound puppy and I don't know what he would have done without the kindness of strangers.

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Touching story
« on: September 11, 2006, 04:49:35 am »
I'm not sure if this has been posted here before but I was touched by it.

A man and his dog were walking along a road. The man was enjoying the scenery, when it suddenly occurred to him that he was dead.     He remembered dying, and that the dog walking beside him had been dead for years. He wondered where the road was leading them.

After a while, they came to a high, white stone wall along one side of the road. It looked like fine marble. At the top of a long hill, it was broken by a tall arch that glowed in the sunlight.     When he was standing before it he saw a magnificent gate in the arch that looked like mother-of-pearl, and the street that led to the gate looked like pure gold. He and the dog walked toward the gate, and as he got closer, he saw a man at a desk to one side.

When he was close enough, he called out, "Excuse me, where are we?"

"This is Heaven, sir," the man answered.

"Wow! Would you happen to have some water?" the man asked.

"Of course, sir. Come right in, and I'll have some ice water brought right up."

The man gestured, and the gate began to open.

"Can my friend," gesturing toward his dog, "come in, too?" the traveler asked.

"I'm sorry, sir, but we don't accept pets."

The man thought a moment and then turned back toward the road and continued the way he had been going with his dog.     After another long walk, and at the top of another long hill, he came to a dirt road leading through a farm gate that looked as if it had never been closed. There was no fence   As he approached the gate, he saw a man inside, leaning against a tree and reading a book.

"Excuse me!" he called to the man. "Do you have any water?"

"Yeah, sure, there's a pump over there, come on in."

"How about my friend here?" the traveler gestured to the dog.

"There should be a bowl by the pump."

They went through the gate, and sure enough, there was an old-fashioned hand pump with a bowl beside it.

The traveler filled the water bowl and took a long drink himself, then he gave some to the dog.

When they were full, he and the dog walked back toward the man who was standing by the tree.

"What do you call this place?" the traveler asked.

"This is Heaven," he answered.

"Well, that's confusing," the traveler said. "The man down the road said that was Heaven, too."

"Oh, you mean the place with the gold street and pearly gates? Nope. That's h*ll."

"Doesn't it make you mad for them to use your name like that?"

"No, we're just happy that they screen out the folks who would leave their best friends behind."

Medical Conditions & Diseases / Weird Question re:cattail reed roots
« on: July 19, 2006, 09:59:56 am »
So we went to the dog park yesterday after work.  Dell LOVE, LOVE, LOVEs this park because it has 4 ponds in it where he can dig up and eat the cattail roots that have been stewing in the murky water.  They smell gross, they look gross, he ends up smelling gross. :-X

My question is: they are really fiberous and stringy.  Will these harm him or cause blockage in his tummy or intestines? 

We won't go back to that park because I'm concerned about his injesting the roots.  Anyone have any experience with this?

Behavior, Housebreaking, Obedience / Training question/quandry
« on: June 21, 2006, 05:47:04 pm »
So Dell is still a very active beast dog.  He’s 18 months old and full of the old hairy ALL THE TIME.  We have been through three training classes and I want to put him into another with a trainer that I think has done good thing for Delly.

Here is the problem:  Hubby doesn’t like the trainer.  Hubby dislikes the trainer so much that he is refusing to allow me to pay for more training for the dog…AT ALL.  He feels that we’ve spent plenty of hard earned $$$ on training and he doesn’t want to “waste” any more money.  “How hard can it be to train a dog??”  The answer to that question is this: difficult enough that we had to seek out a behavioral consultant when he was a pup because he was becoming aggressive and had resource guarding issues because we were doing SO well in training him ourselves… :P

If we don’t get him more training, will he continue to be the dopey, wild, anarchist that we currently have?  I’m hoping that further training and age will further temper his wild-child-ness.


Meet & Greet BPOers / Anyone local to ME?
« on: May 22, 2006, 04:14:19 pm »
I see the some of you all are local to each other.  Is there anyone else on here from Washinton state, particularly in the Puget Sound region?

Anything Non-Dog Related / Am I just a chucklehead?
« on: May 17, 2006, 02:54:05 pm »
 ???  I can't figure out how to get an avatar attached to my profile!  I've done a search here and tried what others have recommended and can't seem to figure it out! 

Geez, what a doofus!\

Help! :P

German Shepherd Pictures / Pic of my White GSD/Lab boy
« on: May 11, 2006, 04:57:47 pm »
Just thought I'd throw a pic of Dell on here for you to see.  Some days he looks so lab and others he is so GSD.

Introduce Yourself to the Forum / Newbie - just checking things out
« on: May 10, 2006, 05:34:50 pm »

Hi All.  Just stumbled across your site and it looks like a hoot.

We have a 1 1/2 yr old White Shepherd/Lab(?)mix male named Dell.  He's 76 lbs of energy and constantly shedding hair.  Love him to death and just looking to network with others who love their pups as much as I do.

We live near Seattle.

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