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General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Camping with a Big Paw
« on: June 22, 2007, 04:51:19 am »
My husband and I are going camping in a couple weeks and we are planning on taking Lucy (aka Stinker) with us.  It will be the first time we've gone camping in 4 years and the first time I've ever camped with a dog.

Any tips?

We were planning on bringing her crate with us and setting it up next to our tent for her to sleep in.  Is that ok?  I don't want her sleeping in the tent with us because I'm a super light sleeper and hubs snores so I don't need one more thing in my tent to keep me up!  We thought about tying her up outside while we slept but I didn't like that option much either.  What do you all do with your dogs at night when you camp?

Lucy turned one this week and we've discovered that she's been going upstairs and peeing in a room that we don't use all that often (well, her crate is in there but we don't spend a lot of time in that room) and she's started chewing on my shoes (which have always been safe before and of course she's picking my cutest and newest!!), and for the first time ever she started chewing on my furniture! 

We've recently been giving her a little more freedom and haven't been watching her as closely because she's been doing so well, but now we are bringing the baby gates back out because we just can't trust the little stinker.

Is this a phase she is going through?  Or will she never be able to be trusted with freedom in the house (and we don't have a big house, less than 1,000 sq ft so it's not like she's wander all along through some huge mansion!)

Thoughts?  Advice?

Discussions & Information on Grooming / A question about fur
« on: June 19, 2007, 04:15:29 am »
Hi all!  I haven't posted anything in months but Lucy (my newf) has a couple issues with her fur that I'm not sure what to do about.

The first one is that she has a dry brittle patch of fur on her lower back (near her tail).  The fur there is really thin and brittle and dry and doesn't feel nice at all.  The rest of her fur is really pretty and soft.  What is going on?  What can I do to fix it.  Is this the beginning of her "spay" coat?

The second thing is that I never took her fabric collar off her and she was getting wet a lot in an effort to keep her cool.  Well the collar got all gross and stinky (kind of mildewy smelling) so I took it off and now I can't get the smell out of her fur. I've bathed her twice and it smells ok for a couple days and then she starts stinking again. The only thing I know to do to get mildew out of anything is bleach and well, that's obviously not an option.  I've done a google search and it didn't yield anything useful.  Ideas??

oh, and I couldn't find any recent pictures of her on my work computer so I attached a baby picture!  Goodness, I can't believe she is a year this month! Time sure flies!


What is the best way to introduce an older puppy to a smaller one?  I'm thinking about re-introducing Lucy (8 months) to a friend's 4 month old Pit Bull pup.  We tried this before when Stella (the pit pup) was about 9 weeks old and Lucy didn't do so well.   Lucy wanted to play with Stella and Stella wanted to play too but Lucy was almost aggressive with the way she was playing with her...standing over her, not letting her go anywhere, but then play bowing a minute later.  Lucy was really obsessive with Stella and got a wierd "glazed over" look to her eyes and absolutely wouldn't obey me at all (and I understand she was about 6 months at the time but she would normally at least acknowledge my presence and she hardly even knew I was there).  I had my friend take Stella home because I didn't want the pup to have a bad experience with another dog.   What should I do this time?  Any suggestions would be great!  Thanks :)

Newfoundland Pictures / Poor Bear...He never stood a chance
« on: February 16, 2007, 11:37:53 pm »
I found this gigantic bear on Valentine's Day clearance yesterday for $5 so I bought it brought it home for my stuffie addict, Lucy.  Well she was, of course, delirious with happiness as soon as she locked eyes on it...unfortuna tely she went straight for the jugular and within 5 minutes, poor bear didn't have a head and I had a trail of fluff guts dowstairs, heading up the stairs, upstairs and then back down.  So I took poor bear away and performed some surgery - voila! Lucy now has 2 stuffies to torment.

Discussions & Information on Grooming / Lucy HATES to be brushed
« on: February 09, 2007, 04:22:47 pm »
Ever since we first brought her home I've tried to brush her and she has ALWAYS hated it.  I've tried several different types of brushes (including the furminator which I LOOOVE - especially for my shed-monster cat)and never apply that much pressure just trying to get her used to the concept but she freaks out every time.  She becomes a completely different dog - snapping at the brush and at my hands. She will normally let me do anything I want to her and is completely sweet - even if she doesn't like it she just wiggles away. I don't believe I am hurting her because the brush doesn't appear to be pulling the hair and the brush doesn't ever touch her skin.  Advice, pleeeeeeeease :)

Newfoundland Pictures / Lucy at 7 Months
« on: January 22, 2007, 04:01:34 pm »
Lucy turned 7 months yesterday.  I can't believe how big she's gotten.  Here are some picture of my big baby!

Group Discussions & Photos / Danes & Newfies
« on: January 11, 2007, 05:44:11 pm »
Hi all!  I have a 6 month(ish) old newfy girl and I'm thinking I might want to get her a buddy.  I really like Great Danes.  Here's my question - would they live well together?  Lucy is ALWAYS warm.  I used to keep my thermostat at 73 but I've had to change my ways this winter and keep the temp around 65 because otherwise she just paces and pants and drives me insane!!  What kind of temperature requirements do Great Danes have?  Also, other than the temperature thing is there anything else breed specific that I should take into consideration? 

Thanks!  You are all great!

Transporting & Traveling With Dogs / Suggestions for a new vehicle!
« on: December 27, 2006, 03:02:59 pm »
I will be getting a new vehicle this spring and thought I'd see if any of you have suggestions of vehicles that work great for you and your big paws.  My 6 month old newfy, Lucy, is doing fine right now in my VW Bug and the back seat folds down so she'll have quite a bit of room even when she's full grown but she'll be all I can fit in there. I was thinking of a Honda Element because you can just hose it out when it gets dirty on the inside and the seats fold up and it seems like it'd be pretty easy for her to get in and out of.  Any suggestions?

Hi there!  I have a 4 Ĺ month newfie pup named Lucy.  She is normally so sweet and well behaved (well, for a puppy!)  and she LOVES to play with other dogs.  The problem comes when the other dog doesnít want to play with her.  She just kind of goes insane barking and running around and sometimes growling.  She is almost uncontrollable unless I put her on a leash and then every 20 seconds Iím having to put her in a sit or a down and making her chill out.  Is this normal?  Will she grow out of it?   I havenít had a puppy before and Iím not sure what normal puppy behavior is.  I donít want to freak out if sheíll just grow out of it but I want to correct it if itís something that she needs to learn not to do.  Help!  Thanks ???

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