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Newfoundland Pictures / Newfs Gone Bad 2009 calendar
« on: November 23, 2008, 04:13:05 pm »
You must admit that after the first few seconds of terror and anger that follow after you've discovered the trouble your Newfs gotten into, it's quickly followed by giggles and 'Awwww's. They're just so cute, even after a trash bash or a poopy episode.

You HAVE to get this 2009 calendar... it's even better than those posed Newf pictorials.

Newfoundland Pictures / Newf lifeguard for hire
« on: June 30, 2008, 07:41:11 pm »
Rosie's had a string of bad luck over the last couple years. She tore her ACL last year, requiring TPLO surgery on her back right leg. Then they found that she has a dislocating kneecap on the same leg just a few months ago, which now also requires surgery to correct. And on the day they were supposed to do that surgery, they found her TPLO bone plate on that leg had gotten infected and needed to be removed, so they did so. And then after they'd removed the bone plate, she started to show lameness on the opposite leg which was later diagnosed as a temporary cartilagenous embolism in her spine. Her lameness on the leg has gone away, but she still remains on antibiotics now to ensure that infection on her TPLO leg is completely treated.

Anyway, with the long streak of bad luck, sometimes we feel that Rosie feels less like a dog... especially with having to be contained indoors and not being able to go on her normal walks. So we've started bringing her to the lake for some 'water therapy', which is both good for her legs and her spirits. She loves saving the buoy and at least she can feel 'normal' for a while. She still has the surgery to correct her dislocating kneecap ahead of her, but until then, we'll be taking a few trips to the lake.

Food Discussion & Information / Canned/wet food recommendations
« on: June 30, 2008, 07:33:37 pm »
Does anyone have any recommendation s on high quality canned/wet dog food and where I might be able to get it? Rosie was on satin balls for awhile to urge her to eat after the bone plate on her right knee (from TPLO surgery last year) was removed, since she was resisting everything else we put in front of her and would not eat. Now we're having some difficulty getting her back to her usual dry kibble. So we're easing her into it with some wet canned food. Any recommendation s would be appreciated.

Medical Conditions & Diseases / Lateral Luxation of the Patella
« on: April 30, 2008, 06:15:11 pm »
After Rosie's episode with her torn ACL and surviving through the TPLO surgery (and mostly the tough recovery following it), she was diagnosed yesterday with lateral luxation of the patella, which it appears will require another surgery on the same TPLO leg.

Does anyone have any experience with this? And what procedure was used to fix it?

Newfoundland Pictures / Snowing in Texas!
« on: March 09, 2008, 09:40:14 pm »
Talk about random weather... we've had a really moderate winter with highs in the 60s and few bouts with sleet or ice. But just a few days ago, we actually got snow in March! Strange for us Texas residents, but great news for our big paws with double coats. Rosie just loved it. She started prancing around the backyard right when she felt the snow on her pads. And every now and then, she'd take a water break (i.e. eat some snow). Too bad it all melted away the next day.

Newfoundland Pictures / I'm 5 Today!
« on: March 09, 2008, 09:21:38 pm »
Rosie is turning 5 today! We're celebrating with some steak and homemade pupcakes made with love! Check 'em out! Yummy!

Food Discussion & Information / Dog Treat Recipes
« on: February 16, 2008, 11:12:39 am »
Does anyone have any tried and tested homemade dog treat recipes that contain   good-for-dogs, healthy ingredients? Please share!

Newfoundland Pictures / Flashback to the 80's?
« on: February 07, 2008, 12:38:15 am »
After witnessing Rosie's violent head-shaking and pacing, we figured there was something funny going on with her ears. So we took her to the vet to find out she has some early signs of a yeast infection in her ears. What's the first thing I do? Aside from giving her her ear drops, I start looking up other 'home remedies' and little tips from other dog owners' experiences. Someone said something about using a headband to prop the ears open to help air it out and make sure moisture doesn't get stuck in there. The headband trick didn't work too well (her head must be bigger than mine), so I used a rubber band instead. Not too effective either! Here's my tip: Just let 'em hang naturally!

Anything Non-Dog Related / Inspiring - Yes We Can
« on: February 07, 2008, 12:33:33 am »
Check this out... wrote a song based on Obama's Yes We Can speech, given in Nashua. It truly is an inspiring and hopeful speech. Everyone, Republican or Democrat, should be able to relate to such a message of hope.

Newfoundland Pictures / Loving the snow
« on: December 31, 2007, 05:13:04 pm »
Rosie was completely content lounging in the snow. I don't think she's ever seen as much snow as this in her life. She's probably thinking "Aaaaahh, so this is what snow is."

Newfoundland Pictures / Newfie Snow-Bowling!
« on: December 31, 2007, 04:58:59 pm »
This year was my in-laws' turn for Christmas. And so we made the 1,400 mile road trip to Michigan so we could bring Rosie along with us. At the first sight of snow, Rosie seemed to know exactly what to do in it; mainly eating it, laying on it, sitting on it, and rolling around in it. Our Texan Newfoundland saw snow and had the best time of her life. We had to get some video footage of her snow playtime.

Discussions & Information on Grooming / Thoughts on Soft Claw nailcovers?
« on: November 20, 2007, 08:03:53 pm »
For Christmas this year, we are road-tripping it to Michigan (all the way from Texas) with Rosie. It'll be Rosie's first time ever up north, so we're hoping for a white Christmas so she can experience the environment she was bred in. Hehe.

We're staying with my in-laws, who just recently put down wood floors. We don't want to relegate Rosie to a specific room so we're trying to figure out a way to cover up her nails to keep her from scratching their floors. So I've seen a couple options so far: 1) indoor booties, and 2) these vinyl nail covers called Soft Claws that you glue to her nails.

We've tried the booties and we're afraid that they'll cause more harm than good with her ongoing TPLO surgery recovery (possibly slipping or interfering with her footing). And so we were thinking about the Soft Claws. Has anyone had any experience with these? And what size did you get? How long did they last? Or do you have any other ideas on how to keep her nails from scratching their floors?

I read this article about DNA testing done on your dog to determine exactly what mix of breeds it is. Do you care enough to pay for this? It seems kind of crazy. In the end, it's still the same unconditional-loving animal.

Newfoundland Pictures / Rosie and the Cone
« on: September 30, 2007, 11:38:45 pm »
Rosie's bandage that was covering her knee (from TPLO surgery) was removed last Friday. As a result, Rosie acquired a new accessory; a cone, to keep her from messing with her incisions. We actually made this one, from a plastic trash bin and some zip ties.

It only lasted for two days. After that, Rosie wasn't having ANY of it. She had her revenge at night, when she'd wake up every 3 hours to try removing the cone from her head, and also promptly wake us up.

Medical Conditions & Diseases / Rosie is hobbling badly
« on: September 04, 2007, 04:11:41 am »
The last couple of weeks, Rosie had been on Deramaxx for some inflammation on her right knee. We noticed no clear improvement, as she was still getting up off the floor with a weird hobble and looked like she wasn't putting as much weight on it. She was however able to walk normally after a few 'practice steps' and even bucked and ran like her usual self. Today she suffered an accident as she was rushing to get back in the house for dinner. She slipped and has since been hobbling really badly, as in not putting ANY weight on her right leg. We are so concerned. The vet called us back luckily, about the Deramaxx not working, and we told him what happened. He told us to bring her in first thing tomorrow for them to look into it, and then perhaps refer us to a specialist in Dallas. I am so worried. I know there are great Newf injury endings (go Fumble!) but it doesn't keep us from being so sad about her pain and discomfort.

Just wanted to share that I guess. I'll keep you guys posted on the vet's diagnosis.

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