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Newfoundland Discussions / I'm so sad....for everybody! ** UP-DATE**
« on: December 12, 2006, 07:17:18 am »
I got an email last night that Grizzley/Izzy is going to have to go back to rescue.¬  The wonderful family that took him live/run¬  a fabulous (especially for a Newf!!) Christian camp and they just found out that they won't be able to have insurance if they have a dog because of the fear of a dog biting¬  (it wasn't directed at Izzy personally!!).¬  I'm just so, SO sad!¬  I know how much they love Izzy and how settled Izzy was getting!¬  I've suggested that they try getting him tested for therapy work so he'll be insured, but haven't heard anything back.¬ 

Maybe if we all cross our fingers, something will work out, otherwise, Izzy will be back in rescue for Christmas!¬  :'(

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Chester and his brother, Paco
« on: December 03, 2006, 11:33:56 pm »
Here's a couple of pictures from the meeting of the brothers:  Chester and Paco.  They had SO much fun!  Chester DID remember his brother and his breeders!  There was a lot of running, romping, rolling and woofing until Paco had to get beautified for the Eukanuba show.  Once that was done, there was no more play time for Paco.  It's a hard life, being a show dog!  I think, all in all, that Chester and Cowboy have a much more fun life!

Watch for Chester's brother "Tijuana Taxi", one of the two browns in the ring!  Hopefully they will show the Newfs!!  There is a difference between my wild child and his gorgeous brother....I'll post the pictures tomorrow!!

Chester's brother didn't win, but he was also the youngest, by far in the ring.  He's 19 months and the next closest in age was 4.  He had a great time though (bouncing around!!) and will be invited back next year so maybe he'll have better luck!

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Please be aware:
« on: November 30, 2006, 11:08:50 pm »
Can I tell you how much I hate people like this?  There just has to be a very special place in h*ll for these people!! >:(

Please Cross Post

Shelters/rescuers, Tony & Rebecca Williams (e-mail: JaRuleW@... ) claim to have a rescue in Rocky Mount, NC and are trying to get dogs from all over the Eastern Seaboard. (She offered to take 14 dogs since Monday.) She continues to take dogs. Most are pit bulls, with some offers to adopt
Presa Canarios, Rottweilers, Dobermans, and Wolf hybrids. In addition, she had previously posted that her roommate was looking for a Great Dane or Great Dane mix. She also posted that she was "desperate" for a Chihuahua and she really wanted a Mini Pin and a Jack Russell. She claims her rescue is a pit bull rescue, but another pit rescuer called the local Animal Control.

Animal Control's comments:
"She's been barred from taking any dogs from the shelters in her area." He also said she has a long criminal history, has been selling Pit Bulls on street corners for 15 or 20 dollars and has been under investigation for dog fighting. Atlantic Rescue has now banned her, after finding out this
information. These are the breeds she has asked for:
a. Pit Bulls
b. Rottwiellers
c. Dobermans
d. Presa Canarios
e. Tea Cup Chihuahuas
f. Jack Russell Terriers
g. Shar Peis
h. Min Pin
i. Great Dane (Pure Breed or Mix)
She uses the little dogs as bait! Please cross post. They are going
out of their area looking for dogs to adopt.

Nancy Clark

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Chester's first time!
« on: November 30, 2006, 03:28:58 am »
Cowboy and I were scheduled to work in the mental ward of one of the hospitals in which we volunteer.  The staff gets so excited when we drive up that usually someone comes right out to meet us.  Chester always goes for the ride but never in the hospital because he hasn't taken his TDI test yet.  The staff was so excited to see the puppy that the begged to take Chester in as well as Cowboy and Chester was AWESOME!!!  He marched through the halls, tail gently wagging and was so sweet and calm with everyone that he met.  He was loved and hugged by SOOO many people.  I was so proud of him!!!  He wasn't at all the wild child that he can be.  YEA!  Maybe he is ready to take the test after all!!!


I spent the day with a friend who's dog had chronic bloat (a Newf) and he had surgery to tack his stomach and be checked for the cause.  While she was sitting in his cage in recovery ::), the vet techs brought in a sweet-looking dog...carrying him by his legs upside down.  I was shocked that they would carry him that way and we got to chatting (he was in the cage next to my friend's dog).  This dog is a pit bull who is owned by a drug dealer and was guarding a meth-lab.  The owner was arrested, and the dog was picked up by animal control.  The dog was so vicious that he attacked the aluminum pole that they used to capture him and broke off 7 of his teeth below the gum line.  Animal Control brought him in to the vet to have the stubs of his teet removed and his gums stitched up to make him more comfortable.  He can look forward to a future of going to the pound and being pts. 

Here's where I have the problem.  WHY?? 

I asked the vet why she didn't just put him down now and her reply was that she couldn't judge the quality of his life just because he's vicious.  She said he's obviously been cared for and perhaps he's fine with his 'family'.  It just seemed  so hopeless and sad.

What do you all think??

Here's the link:

You can look at the schedule to see when your breed is going to be shown.

I'm going, for sure, to cheer on Chester's brother, Paco.  There are tons of stands with all sorts of dog toys, food, grooming ideas, books, etc.  It's a great place to Christmas shop for all your dog-buddies!

It's a fun would be a great place to have a meet 'n greet!!

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / A new adventure
« on: November 22, 2006, 01:36:31 am »
Chester's brother, Paco is coming next weekend with Chester's (and Paco's) breeder.  Paco is going to be in the big Eukaneba show in Long Beach, Calif. the first weekend in December.   I'm so excited to see Paco.  The breeder has already warned me that Paco may not like Chester since he's another male (except Chester is not 'intact' so I don't think it will be a problem).  I'm hoping that the breeder sees that Chester is a little 'eastie-westie' (his front feet point out when he's sitting or standing...poi nts off for show) and that his tail is a bit gay (again, points off for a 'gay tail' ::))  He thought Chester was going to be of show quality until another another pup bit the end of his tail and broke it.  We adore Chester even if he's eastie-westie,with a gay, broken tail and all!!

It will be fun to watch Paco in the ring, though...Jaime, Michael:  are you in?  Anybody from So. Cal. interested in meeting at the show Dec. 3??  It's at the Convention Center in downtown Long Beach....

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Rabies vaccination
« on: November 20, 2006, 11:27:27 pm »
We've been fighting to avoid getting Cowboy his rabies vaccination because of the chance of setting off his seizures (he's been seizure free for a year and a half after cluster seizuring every couple of weeks!!) and finally gave in yesterday afternoon after his internist said that the only way he could avoid the vaccination would be if the State of California approved it by keeping him quarantined for two months straight (no other dogs, no visitors, etc.).  THAT'S not reasonable, and since his renewal is up for his TDI, he got the vaccination yesterday.  This morning, this was posted on Newf-L :

Greetings All!

Some big news for The Rabies Challenge Fund Charitable
Trust: thanks to graphic designer, Andrea Brin, it now has its own website at . If you read the text of the press release below, you'll see the other big news is that Dr. Ronald Schultz of the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine has volunteered his time to conduct the 5 and 7 year canine rabies challenge studies. If you recall, Dr. Schultz's research forms part of the scientific base for the American Animal Hospital Association's 2003 and 2006 Canine Vaccine Guidelines. The
December 2006/January 2007 (Vol. 8, Issue 6) Animal Wellness
Magazine features an article by Ann Brightman on the RCF entitled, How Often Does He REALLY Need a Rabies Shot? and Get Out Your Wallets, Rabies Challenge Fund a Reality by Nancy Freedman Smith at A Dog's Life and

 Since last year, Dr. W. Jean Dodds, of Hemopet and Co-Trustee of The Rabies Challenge Fund Charitable Trust, and her staff have donated their time to ensure these vital studies are conducted for the benefit of our canine companions.

We hope you'll join us in this effort, too! PERMISSION GRANTED TO POST AND CROSS-POST THIS MESSAGE.

Regards, Kris L. Christine
Founder, Co-Trustee
The Rabies Challenge Fund

World-Famous Scientists Donate Services to
The Rabies Challenge Fund Charitable Trust

Two world-renowned giants of veterinary vaccine research -- Dr. W. Jean Dodds of Hemopet and Co-Trustee of The Rabies Challenge Fund and Dr. Ronald Schultz of the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine -- have volunteered their time to ensure that critical 5 and 7 year rabies challenge studies are conducted in the United States. The studies are to be financed by The Rabies Challenge Fund Charitable Trust, a tax-exemption organization founded by pet vaccine disclosure advocate Kris L. Christine of
Maine in 2005, and will be performed by Dr. Schultz at the
University of Wisconsin. The University has waived its usual 48% overhead fee for these studies.

The concurrent challenge studies will determine the
duration of immunity conveyed by the canine rabies vaccine, with the goal of extending the state-mandated interval for boosters to 5, and then to 7 years. According to Dr. Dodds, "This is one of the most important projects in veterinary medicine. It will benefit all dogs by providing evidence that protection from rabies vaccination lasts at least 5 years, thereby avoiding unnecessary revaccination with
its attendant risk of debilitating adverse reactions. "

Scientific data indicate that vaccinating dogs against rabies every three years, as most states require, is unnecessary. Studies have shown the duration of protective immunity as measured by serum antibody titers against rabies virus to persist for seven years post-vaccination, and results of a 1992 French challenge study led by
Michel Aubert demonstrated dogs were immune to rabies five years after vaccination. Researchers believe the rabies vaccine causes the most and worst adverse reactions in animals and concur that it should not be given more often than is necessary to maintain immunity. Adverse reactions to rabies vaccination can include autoimmune diseases affecting the thyroid, joints, blood, eyes, skin, kidney, liver, bowel and central nervous system; anaphylactic shock; aggression; seizures; epilepsy; and fibrosarcomas at injection sites.

Dr. Schultz states that "howing that a vaccine for
rabies can provide 5 or preferably 7 years of immunity would have great significance not only in controlling rabies but more importantly in reducing the adverse vaccine reactions that can occur in dogs and cats after vaccination."

More information on The Rabies Challenge Fund and the concurrent 5 and 7 year challenge studies it will finance can be found at the fund's newly established website designed by volunteer Andrea Brin at:


To date, the following breed clubs, along with many pet owners, trainers, breeders, and kennel owners have contributed to The Rabies Challenge Fund:

Akita Club of America

American Shih Tzu Club

Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Nashoba Valley

Bernese Mountain Club of SE Wisconsin

Capital City Cocker Club

Chesapeake, Virginia Dog Fanciers Association

Collie Club of Georgia

Dog Agility Racing Team of Chino

Great River Stockdog Club

Heart of Minnesota Great Dane Club

Kennel Club of Buffalo

Kerry Blue Terrier Foundation

Kishwaukee Kennel Club

Kuvasz Fanciers of America

Lehigh Valley Kennel Club

Miniature Schnauzer Club of Southern California

Northern Illinois Schutzhund Club

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Club of Canada

Pacific NW Jack Russell Terrier Rescue Network

Soft-Coated Wheaton Terrier Club

Staffordshire Terrier Club of America

Standard Schnauzer Club of Southern California

Wachusett Kennel Club

Evergreen Empire Manchester Terrier Fanciers

Modified because I forgot to add the actual release  ::)
Also, I had Cowboy titred last year and the actual numbers won't be released because he's required by law to have the vaccination! (GRRRR) AND to add insult to injury, that test alone is almost $500!!!!  That is the last vaccination he's going to have!  I'm not willing to put him back where he was a year and a half ago!!  We'll titre for everything else but we're done with rabies!

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Bern-newf puppies!!! Up-date
« on: November 15, 2006, 05:41:18 am »
I posted a while back about a female Newf in our neighborhood who was 'done wrong' by a wandering Bernese Mountain dog.  THE PUPPIES ARE HERE!!! (well, not HERE, here but at the neighbor's!)

I spoke to the Newf's owner this morning and there are six little black balls of fluff with white paws;  no sign of the father's brown markings.  I can't wait to go see them, but think I should wait until they get their first shots (at a month??).  I WILL resist!!!  and besides, hopefully they are all spoken for!  I'll post pictures when we get the okay to visit!!

Groans, Gripes, Brags & Boasts / I'm so proud of Cowboy....a full-on brag!!
« on: November 08, 2006, 10:34:28 am »
We worked in a new location today:  the locked ward of a mental hospital and he was absolutely awesome to the patients!!  I know this is a clear and unadulterated brag, but hopefully you'll understand!  He went up to each person (many of them were teenagers and young adults) and put his head in their laps and stayed still while taking in all that love!  The nurses said that it was absolutely remarkable how everyone responded to him: even some the patients who are normally pretty non-responsive. 

Many pictures were taken; both by the staff and the patients.  I didn't take my camera because between the drool towel, lead and keys, my hands are pretty full.  Our work with the elder part of the population is always good, but for some reason, today was especially rewarding!!

Thanks for letting me share ;D ;D

Anything Non-Dog Related / What are you supposed to do?? Sick feral cat..
« on: October 23, 2006, 11:16:25 am »
In driving up to the cabin this week, I stopped to let the dogs have a little walk and a drink of water.  We were at a Taco Bell just off the freeway that was closed because of a water problem so there was no one else around.  Backing up to this cluster of fast food restaurants are just fields:  farms and ranches.  As I'm getting out of the car a little wee kitten comes crawling out of the bushes.  It was obviously feral so I had no chance of catching it...but it was just as obviously sick.  I felt so sad for it!!  I had Cowboy and Chester's food with me so I left him a huge handful of it (cooked chicken and rice) and as I was walking the dogs, he/she ate every bit.  There was plenty of water available....b ut what should one do in that situation??  I quit trying to catch it because I couldn't figure out how I was going to drive, hold the kitten and keep the dogs from getting too wild.  What would you do??? It has been just haunting me...

Newfoundland Pictures / Thanks Jaime, Michael and especially Bear!!!
« on: October 14, 2006, 10:56:57 am »
Jaime and Michael visited today with Bear after they did their therapy work.  They brought kerchiefs and prezzies for Cowboy's birthday and Chester and Bear had a GREAT time running, romping and rolling!  Cowboy kept score.  Bear was absolutely awesome!  He was in the pool swimming and trying to get Chester to come after him (no luck!)

It was SUCH a fun play-date!  Cowboy has retired to sleep in the car (his favorite place) since score-keeping is such a cerebral activity! Chester is watching the gate....hoping Bear will come back soon!!! :-*

Thanks again!!

Mixed Breed Discussion / Newf - Bernese puppies...
« on: October 12, 2006, 05:59:12 am »
are almost ready to be born this week.  I need help.  NO MORE PUPPIES....ple ase keep reminding me that Cowboy is high need and I DON'T ANOTHER PUPPY!

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