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Medical Conditions & Diseases / Axle's taken a turn *update*
« on: April 05, 2008, 10:37:07 pm »
axle has been symptom free for over a year now as far as his hip dysplasia goes.  it's been great.  no running, or long walks but he's good enough he can go up the stairs to sleep at the foot of my bed at night and back down in the morning.  today, all of a sudden he just starts screaming in the middle of the floor and can't stand.  no kids around him, achilles (the dog i'm working with from home) hasn't had any contact with him, nothing.  he's been limping and using his tail overly for balance and whining / screaming with every step (his tail goes everywhere when he walks) ever since.  he has a pathetic look in his eyes that just screams "make it stop mom."  it brings tears to my eye every time i think about it or even look at him.  he's stopped hiking his leg to potty again, and just lays there all day.  he's still eating, and drinking, but it still upsets me, as he's just as important as my skin kids to me.  we're bringing him to the vet asap.  i've given him aspirin, and trying to get him to sleep on his firm but fluffy poppason (sp?) cushion "bed" (he prefers sleeping on the cold tile???) but i am still worried.  are the chances of them successfully doing surgery on him good?  he's over 5 years of age now, but is still good on his weight.  i think he's about 135-140 right now, and 32" at the shoulder so he is weight / size proportionate.  i'm so upset and i can't even think about having to put him to sleep ever, much less while brandon is deployed and unable to help support me  :'(  our old vet always told me i'd be lucky to have him around for 5 years with his health and i can't imagine that it would be over now, with no indication that it was getting worst (my vet said they'd have a hard time w the surgery on him)

Games & Jokes / why own a dog...?
« on: April 05, 2008, 12:33:18 am »
Why own a dog? There's a danger you know,
You can't own just one, for the craving will grow.
There's no doubt they're addictive, wherein lies the danger.
While living with lots, you'll grow poorer and stranger.

One dog is no trouble, and two are so funny.
The third one is easy, the fourth one's a honey.
The fifth one's delightful, the sixth one's a breeze,
You find you can live with a houseful of ease.

So how 'bout another? Would you really dare?
They're really quite easy but, oh, Lord the hair!
With dogs on the sofa and dogs on the bed,
And crates in the kitchen, it's no bother, you've said.

They're really no trouble, their manners are great.
What's one more dog and just one more crate?
The sofa is hairy, the windows are crusty,
The floor is all footprints, the furniture dusty.

The housekeeping suffers, but what do you care?
Who minds a few noseprints and a little more hair?
So let's keep a puppy, you can always find room,
And a little more time for the dust cloth and broom.

There's hardly a limit to the dogs you can add,
The thought of a cutback sure makes you sad.
Each one is so special, so useful, so funny.
The vet and food bills grows larger, you owe BIG money.

Your folks never visit, few friends come to stay,
Except other "dog folks" who live the same way.
Your lawn has now died, and your shrubs are dead too,
But your weekends are busy, you're off with your crew.

There's dog food and vitamins, training and shots.
And entries and travel and motels which cost lots.
Is it worth it you wonder? Are you caught in a trap?
Then that favorite one comes and climbs in your lap.

His look says you're special and you know that you will
Keep all of the critters in spite of the bill.
Some just for showing and some just to breed.
And some just for loving, they all fill a need.

God, winter's a hassle, the dogs hate it too.
But they must have their walks though they're numb and your blue.
Late evening is awful, you scream and you shout
At the dogs on the sofa who refuse to go out.

The dogs and the dog shows, the travel, the thrills,
The work and the worry, the pressure, the bills.
The whole thing seems worth it, the dogs are your life.
They're charming and funny and offset the strife.

Your life-style has changed. Things won't be the same.
Yes, those dogs are addictive and so is the dog game.

Unknown Poet

Anything Non-Dog Related / NDR - where i've been
« on: November 14, 2007, 07:56:44 am »
ok, so everyone knows i'm in the process of moving, and am staying in ms for a bit until we go to texas.  navarre is being great and watching axle for me, and my mom has peanut.  well, my luck has proven true and rotten to say the least.  i think i mentioned stomach pain all the time (at least to mama2many i think maybe to everyone) and problems getting sick, etc.  well, i got super sick the week before i left GA, and again the night before we went to MS.  then, i kept getting sick over and over every time i ate.  well, long story short when i was in the hospital the week before we left GA they thought i had galstones, but couldn't do surgery b/c i also had pancreatitus.  when i got to ms, it got worst and worst, and i went back into the hosp this past tuesday, and had surgery yesterday, and just got out of the hospital.  i was so lucky (for once) because my gallbladder was about twice it's normal size and they had to chop it up to get it out laproscoptical ly, and almost had to do the big ole gash *wipes forehead being thankful that didn't happen*.  instead, they had to put extra holes in me, so i now have 4 big holes (big enough to stick my pinky finger in) and 5 small holes (about two ink pen tips big) in my tummy.  anywho, that's what's going on here, just though i'd give an update.  elsewise everyone is great :)

Anything Non-Dog Related / NDR it's starting to get fall...
« on: October 22, 2007, 02:29:52 pm »
and it's dark at 5:30.  how frustrating, the days are going away  :(

Anything Non-Dog Related / NDR, trip to the hospital, and update on maya
« on: October 22, 2007, 10:00:35 am »
ok, so first off, i'm going into the hospital on the 1st for a tubal.  yes, everyone agreed we're not comfortable with a partial lol.  it'll be a laproscoptic (sp?) tubal, and i'll be in about 8am and home by lunch the same day.  wild, huh?  i'm nervous, the doctor went into TOO much detail on what they do during the procedure.  did you know they go in through your belly button and pump your tummy up with carbon dioxide (isn't that the right gas?) to get everything out of the way??  he said after that they'll put a band on my tubes and drain as much gas out as they can.  he said they won't get it all out, they never can, and it'll hurt my right shoulder b/c of a nerve that goes towards my tummy from the shoulder.  apparently, as soon as i wake up and can stand and walk a bit i can go home, and it should only take about 30 minutes for him to be done, and 1 1/2 hours total including knocking me out and bringing me back.  i wonder how certain the bands are??

on another note, maya is doing great!  she's 5 weeks old as of yesterday.  we went in for a dr's appt today, and it was perfect.  remember, when she was born, she weighed 6lbs 3oz? and was 19inches long?  well, today she was just shy of 13lbs!!  and catch this, was 22inches long (tall)!!!  for weight she is at 50% on the chart (meaning she's heavier than 50% of kids her age) and for height she was at the 95/95% (taller than 95/97% of kids her age).  she's gotten SO big!  i knew i wasn't exaggerating like hubby thought!  she's gone from preemie clothes all the way up to 0-3 month clothes, which are a tad tight as far as length goes.  my little monster!

Groans, Gripes, Brags & Boasts / NDR hubby rant
« on: October 21, 2007, 07:50:05 am »
ok.  so, hubby and i have two SUV's.  he doesn't particularly like his, for whatever reason, and swears it's about to "crap out on him."  it's a 2004 and in great shape.  nothings wrong with it except that he left it sitting for SEVERAL months (drove a company car) and the battery has gone bad.  ok, no big deal.  except that it's a suzuki and we have to get the battery from a dealer, which will cost us about $100+, so hubby says.  i think he just said that to get what he wants.  either way, nice.  i have an older ford explorer (96).  i love it.  it doesn't have AC, but otherwise runs GREAT.  no problems.  until hubby drives it.  it has a V8, and hubby doesn't understand it isn't going to get up and go like his smaller SUV.  it's a BIG truck, and if you gun it it just goes into overdrive and is still a bit slow getting going, compared to a sports car or small suv with a smaller engine, less weight to get going, etc.  come on, use common sense, don't gun it!  right?!  well, he does anyways, and hits something and knocks a hole in my muffler.  nice.  easy fix though.  well, now hubby wants to trade both cars in for one new one.  our 2004 is paid off in just a few months, and the explorer was paid in cash.  why?!?!  i love my truck, and don't want to trade MINE in just so he can have the satisfaction of getting a new car.  reason being, we're upside down on the car and he wants to put $0 down on a new one, so it'll require *mine* to do that, and pay his off essentially.  yeah, i love new cars, but i like the freedom of being able to drive whenever wherever.  granted, i rarely go anywhere, it's just the fact that *i can*!  he doesn't understand this, and is somewhat irritated with me for not just saying "ok, here's my title" (which is in just my name for this reason exactly).  he swears upside down that "both trucks are going to crap out on the drive to texas."  why can't he just understand that he's being childish and that there isn't anything wrong with either car, he just wants a new one!  he acts like i'll have the single vehicle all the time, but i know better.  i'm not going to wake all the kids up before 6am to bring him to work.  or like before i got my truck when he wouldn't even wake me up to go, and would just leave and say he tried to wake me up.  i know better, i woke up w/ his alarm and waited to see and he just snuck out the house.  his excuse?   he didn't feel like dealing w/ the kids in the morning.  so i was stuck at the house all the time, which stressed me b/c i didn't even have an option but to stay there.  i'm starting to ramble now.  i'm sure everyone gets the point.  sorry for the length but i figure if anyone would understand you guys would.

Akita Pictures / new pics of our bunch :)
« on: October 11, 2007, 08:19:27 am »
a few new pics, sorry about aiden in just a diaper, he's anti-clothes right now  :-\  enjoy!

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i'm going to be in pascagoula starting in november for about a month.  we're moving (again) to texas and instead of paying for a hotel we're going to stay with family while we talk to people, etc and at least get some places lined up to look at in tx. 

anywho, this is where i need your help.  i will need to board axle from approximately 3 weeks starting nov. 9th round about.  i was curious if any of you knew boarding places that were good with large / giant breeds and who will actually let him go potty every few hours as axle is very adamant about NOT going potty wherever he is, esp. if it's on concrete.  axle doesn't require exercise and it's best he doesn't get too much with his HD, but i would like a "family environment" in the kennel, where they are friendly to him.  AC would be nice, so an inside kennel is preferred.  anyways, i thought i'd ask and see if anyone in the area knows any great kennels.  i know everybody on here is like me, wanting the best for their dogs, so maybe someone has an experience they can share to help me out, who to talk to or who NOT to talk to.  most of the ones i talked to last time i needed him boarded refused us b/c of his size, saying they don't have exp. with giant breeds and their staff was scared to work with him  ???

thanks in advance :)

Groans, Gripes, Brags & Boasts / bark collar rant
« on: October 04, 2007, 07:57:19 pm »
ok so i need to rant.  our neighbor has a dog.  i don't mind it except that her and peanut HATE each other for whatever reason and bark constantly when they're both out.  our neighbor got sick of hearing her dog when it started barking constantly to get peanut to bark, even when peanut is inside.  she got a no bark collar, the one that shocks them.  now, the dog screams instead of barking, i assume it picks up vibrations even from growling??  i don't know, but it's painful for us to hear all day.  today, on top of it, she started leaving her dog out ALL day long and occasionally goes and takes the collar off, but comes back just a few minutes later and puts it back on.  now, i feel like i can't even potty my dogs b/c of it.  not to mention even if the dog doesn't distract mine by yelping, my dogs won't potty b/c they're so upset / worked up over just being outside!  it makes me so mad, it's either yelping or barking non stop now.  the collar just makes everyone more miserable, esp the dog  :(  i can't imagine what that dog's mental status is considering she is so iffy about the collar.  now it's on now it's off, now you can bark now you can't.  it even confuses me.

i know a lot of us have kids who will be going trick-or-treating so i thought i'd pass this on.  i'd hate for someone's kids to get sick from this.  there sure are some twisted people out there  >:(

Halloween Warning for Parents
Body: There is a type of crystal meth going around that looks like strawberry pop rocks. It smells like strawberry also and it is being handed out to kids in school yards in AR. I'm sureit will make its way around the country. Kids are ingesting this thinking it is candy and being rushed off to the ER in dire condition.

It also comes in chocolate, peanut butter, cola, cherry, grape and orange.
It looks just like pop rocks.

Please instruct children to not accept candy that looks like this even from a friend and to take any that they may have to a teacher, principal, etc.

Pass this around it could save some family a lot of heartache!

They call it strawberry meth or strawberry quick.

Special Agent Todd V. Coleman

U.S. Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement
Direct Office Line (956)753-4678
Office Fax Line (956)753-4673

Anything Non-Dog Related / where's mama2many?
« on: October 03, 2007, 12:11:32 am »
she hasn't been on since September 28th.  anybody talk to her or know if everything is ok??  she kinda disappeared not long after her leg problem, and i was curious if everything was ok with her pregnancy, family, etc  :(

Anything Non-Dog Related / new maya pics 15 days old
« on: October 01, 2007, 02:12:36 pm »
here's a few updated pics of maya, at 15 days old. i'll try to get more pics later, i bought batteries for my cam (kodak rechargeable FOR my camera) and they crapped out after these pics.  after a full nights charge.  anywho, enjoy.  she's gotten huge, the last pic is one when she first came home :)  we'll go to the dr tomorrow and find out how much she weighs.

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coming home dress, just out the hospital (for size reference with the other one in her toy)

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Anything Non-Dog Related / Baby Maya's home!! *pic update*
« on: September 18, 2007, 04:59:57 pm »
ok, so what ended up being a never ending saga, Maya is finally home!  she weighed 6lbs 3oz, 19", and was born at 8:59pm monday night and was NOT going to give in and come out (she fought for 13 hours).  she's very headstrong, but SO gorgeous lol.  it was a very "educational" experience to say the least.  she's doing great and is spoiled already.  she's so tiny, but so porky lol.  i'll post pictures tonight b/c hubby took off with my mom's camera  :-*   

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / only a few hours until...
« on: September 16, 2007, 06:36:45 am »
we go to have maya!  i'm so nervous i can't sleep, and neither can hubby.  we have a whole bunch of people helping us, mom came up and will be at the hosp for moral support with hubby (and if they mess up the IV i'm going to volunteer her for THAT too), sgt choice is going to watch the kids in the AM until the neighbor gets home, at which time she'll take over.  in the afternoon mom / brandon will watch them while the neighbor gets her daughter from school and then depending, she may or may not watch them some more depending on what happens.  all of them will be switching back and forth while i'm in the hospital.  i'm going to try to get hubby to understand posting, but if he can't figure it out i'll post first thing when i get home, probably wednesday.

wish me luck, i'm so nervous i can't eat or anything, i just don't know what to expect!  i've cleaned everything i can clean twice or thrice now, and i've got butterflies in my tummy.

Anything Non-Dog Related / *NDR* baby gear, i found this super cool...
« on: September 14, 2007, 04:59:55 pm »
well.  actually, i'm not sure what it is exactly, but it's so cool!  it's kind of a swing, kind of a bassinet, and well, kinda a bouncer i guess in how it looks.  anywho, i found it at wal mart, and it's SO cool!  i bought it last night and set it up, and it's *SO* quiet when it moves and it's so relaxing.  it moves front to back or you can turn it to where it moves side to side.  fast or slow, and "sleepy" or "playful" music.  i only wish it plugged into the wall like some of the newer ones do now.  it's got some nice padding in it and it's SO cute to look at.  anywho, just thought i'd share in case any of you were looking at it in the future.  just a note, though, it's kind of big.  not something you'll want if you'll be moving it a lot.  it stands just about knee high on me (i'm 5'1 or so) on the front of it, the back is higher, which i like with axle and peanut around (especially axle b/c he won't trip over it).  it got a 5 star rating out of 14 reviews.  please note also that the site says $62, but at *our* store, i had to pay a little more than that for some reason.

modified to add that it looks peach / pink and green, BUT it's yellow and green so it'll go for boys or girls.

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