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Groans, Gripes, Brags & Boasts / I love my pet food store guy!
« on: June 04, 2009, 12:44:31 pm »
I go to Global Pet Foods, and I don't know if this guy is the owner of this particular store, or whatever, but I <3 him!  I took both monsters in to buy dog food with me, just dreading how bad they were both going to be.  As soon as we walked in he was down on the ground with Moo, and exclaiming what a beautiful Pyrenees Naja was (she didn't even growl at him!  ;D)  I had both hands full with the dogs, so he asked me what type of food I needed, and when I said Origen, he told me that they were changing their formula.  When I asked him how, he said he had some of the new bags in the store, and took down both new and old and compared them with me!  He told me the next time I come in for food, the new formula will be in of the fish, so come in a little sooner so I can mix the new stuff with the old stuff to see how it goes! 

He's helped me lots of times in the past, but this time I thought he needed some special accolades on BPO!  No reason, just saying.  ;) :D ;D

Transporting & Traveling With Dogs / Giant Dog Crates for Air Travel
« on: June 02, 2009, 12:49:01 pm »
My Best friend is having a baby in Victoria BC, and I'm thinking of flying out there for a month to see her and to help out.  I also don't want to leave Naja for a whole month, so I'm thinking of bringing her with me!  Problem is, I don't have one of those giant special crates for her.  So does anyone who lives within a 2 or 3 hour drive of me have one I  can borrow for a month?? Or know where I can maybe rent one, or buy one fairly cheaply??

Thanks in advance guys!  :D

Great Dane Pictures / Great Dane doing Canine Freestyle
« on: May 24, 2009, 06:46:05 am »
Found this on Youtube, and thought it was cute!  Turns out dogs CAN dance!  :D

Today my dog became the type of dog that I get mad at people for bringing to the dog park!

We prob. shouldn't have gone in the first place.  I upped my dose on one of my supplements so my head was all spacey and in the clouds before we went so I wasn't in the best state of mind to begin with.

It started off okay, we walked around once, then when we got to the clearing, I noticed a beautiful great big Great Dane.  Naja said hello, and was a little nervous around him, but I didn't think anything of it.  We walked around again going the opposite way of the lady and her Great Dane.  We met up with the lady and the Gr. Dane (I've forgotten his name sorry)again at the other side of the park and I get to talking to her about London Big Dogs and give her a card for the group, Naja and the Dane run off.  She's a little worried, but again, I didn't think anything of it.  Then all of a sudden we hear this horrible screeching yelping cry come from the direction that our dogs ran.  So we run after them in that direction, Naja comes bolting past us tail between her legs and the Dane close on her heels!  We both get a hold of our dogs, and then the Dane goes after her again!  She lets out that Horrible noise again while snapping after him (it almost seemed to me like a frightened girl screaming F Off!! to an attacker).  I reacted terribly to it, and grabbed her collar and marched off with her.  We get around the corner, and I pour some water for them, because now Naja is panting and drooling, and eating grass like crazy.  Well a couple of smaller dogs come along, and Naja lunges for them like she wants to kill them!  So I'm apologizing profusely to their owners, and I put her leash on her to gain a little bit more control over her.  I should have left right then and there, but I figured she'd calm down and then be okay.  She almost got into 2 more fights before I finally got it into my head that we need to leave!  BTW she kept eating grass like crazy and refused to drink any water. 

Well!  Right as I was trying to get her and Moo ready to leave, and man in work coveralls comes up to say hello, I've seen him before but never really talked to him, and he kind of creeped me out personally.  He kept talking to me and wanting to see my tattoo. He tried to lean in close to look at my arm piece and Naja literally lunged for his neck!  The dummy didn't back up!  I had to drag her snarling and snapping away from him!  I finally got Moo on leash when the guy's dog comes up and Naja attacks it!  I had a tight grip on her leash and she didn't actually touch the dog, thank goodness.  But then when I was apologizing to him he starts going "It's okay, it's a dog Park, Dogs are gonna attack each other" WHAT?!  I tell him No that's not okay, and it's completely unacceptable behavior from ANY dog, especially mine!  and I get her and Moo the heck out of the park.

But now I feel like one of those owners that I hate!  The kind that have aggressive dogs and that can't control them!  Naja is a dominant dog, I know that, and usually I'm pretty good at steering us around any potential problems, and getting her out of situations that could go badly.  Today I sucked at being a dog owner, and I sucked at protecting her from a bad situation.

How do I re instill the trust that I'm going to protect her now? I feel like now she's not sure that I'm the one who is supposed to do the protecting because of the way I reacted to her screaming at the Dane.  :-[ :(

BTW:  She's sleeping peacefully in the doorway to the computer room right now.  Poor baby...

Anything Non-Dog Related / NDR - My very first race!
« on: May 20, 2009, 03:01:15 am »
Some of you may know that I've been going through a total lifestyle renovation!  I've applied to the RCMP, and have made it through the first 2 parts of their application process, the written test and a super hard physical test that I've been training super hard for, for 2 months now!  Well, I started out with a Learn to Run clinic, and am going to be running my very first race on Sunday!  I'm running to help raise money for Ovarian Cancer Research!  It's no marathon mind you (only 5Km), but it's a good start to hopefully a whole lifetime of running!

I've set a personal fundraising goal for myself at $150, and I thought, since you guys are my closest Cyber friends, I'd hit you up too!  ;D

Here's a link to my donation page, if you feel like checking it out.  If you can't donate, I'd love to hear some words of encouragement from my friends as well!

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Two Wolves
« on: May 18, 2009, 02:23:36 pm »
Got this in an email, thought of all the people I could share it with, you guys would appreciate it the most.

Two Wolves

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside all people. He said, 'My son, the battle is between two 'wolves' inside us all.

One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.

The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.'

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: 'Which wolf wins?'

The old Cherokee simply replied, 'The one you feed.'


Remembering those no longer with us. / RIP Bear
« on: May 18, 2009, 07:54:32 am »
I just got off the phone with my neighbor, the one who had Bear the Great Pyr that he rescued from the Menonites.  Well Terry and I had been going back and forth for quite a while now.  I've been trying to convince my step father to let me take Bear in, or trying to convince Terry to give Bear up to a Great Pyr Rescue.  About 2 weeks ago I was told that Terry had gotten Bear neutered, I was really excited, I thought finally, Bear is going to be taken care of, he's been fixed, Terry is taking responsibility for him.  Today I was talking to Terry and he told me he had to have Bear put down.  He said Bear had become aggressive and had bitten 4 people.  I am heartbroken.  I have so much guilt right now, because I should have known better. I should have taken Bear in as soon as he was neutered.  I know that the problem did not actually lie in Bear,  He would have been kept outside even after the surgery.  His stitches prob. became infected, and he was in so much pain this was the only way he could convey that.  Had he have been kept in a steryl environment, or had he have been put on anti-biotics this wouldn't have happened.  He was a sweet, gentle, wonderful dog.  I feel that Bear was put into my path for a reason, and I let him down.

I'm sorry Bear.  I hope you find peace, and lots of love wherever you are.  :'( :'( :'(

Modified to add some pictures of Bear.

Great Pyrenees Pictures / I'm such a dork!
« on: May 16, 2009, 10:25:51 am »
I was just messing around on Photobucket, and I found this really great thinger called Remix on there.  And I made a slide show of Miss Naja, the song I think is an independent artist and I really like it.

Anything Non-Dog Related / Jane - NDR
« on: May 07, 2009, 03:54:47 am »
I have an Aunt,
Her name is Jane
Jane lives in the body of a 50 year old woman
Jane has the mind of a 14 year old girl
Jane has terminal cancer

I've never really had the time to visit Jane
I've always been too busy to hang out
I've always got something else on the go

Jane has always been there
She's never too busy to say hello
She always has a handmade card for birthdays, christmas or celebrations.

Jane is a piller of the community
She volunteers with the Salvation Army
And walks to the end of the road and back every day

That is until she got sick

The first thing to stop was the volunteer work
The Chemo made it so she couldn't get too far from home
The next thing to go was her walking, her leg swelled to the point that she couldn't really leave the house

I just had a birthday

Jane made me a beautiful card, and called me her wonderful niece, and gave me a pretty ornament to go in the window.

I don't even know when Jane's birthday is

Soon there will be no more handmade cards from Jane

Great Pyrenees Pictures / I lost my Camera
« on: May 05, 2009, 12:58:54 am »
So I had to borrow my dads!
Was over at his house the other day, and he has this big beautiful fenced in yard that Naja LOVES to run and play in, so I borrowed his camera to snap a few pics of my girl!

My Dads JRT Pima

Miss Naja and Pima playing

Miss Naja and I, she's very small compared to me I think.

And some pretty flowers.

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / K2Campbell
« on: March 26, 2009, 03:14:25 am »
Just wanted to say I love your Avatar!  That's such a sweet picture of Kate and Blake looking out the window, it brings a smile to my face.  :-*

Modified: If you don't know why, I'm not going to tell you!  ;)

Great Pyrenees Discussions / The Picture of Health!
« on: March 23, 2009, 10:19:55 am »
That is the phrase my vet used to describe Miss Naja today! (except for a slight bladder infection  ::))  He also said that it is just a JOY to see her, and how good it makes him feel seeing just how healthy she is.  She is now a fully grown weight of 97.6 lbs, and unless I plan on doing anything like drafting, or carting, she should not put anymore weight on.  I do need to work at brushing her teeth on a daily basis though, as she has some tartar build up, and she's got a very mild bladder infection. 

So my question to my BPO gurus is: Instead of giving her the antibiotics that they sold me, because it's a VERY mild infection, do you think maybe I could give her cranberry to help clear the infection?  They gave me 10 days worth of pills, but if it's a mild enough infection, I'd much rather give her something natural, instead of pharmacutical.  ???

Great Pyrenees Discussions / Smart little bugger...
« on: March 10, 2009, 05:47:19 am »
Miss Naja is too smart for her/my own good.  Little bugger knows how to open the sliding glass door to the enclosed back porch, AND knows how to open the hinged door to get outside.  I'm downstairs reading a book, when Moo comes downstairs barking frantically, he usually does this when he's tattling on his sister.  So I listen quietly, no sounds of Naja, which can only mean one thing, she's gotten out.  It seems my sister, who goes out to the porch to smoke, forgot to lock the door when she came in.  It also happens to be pouring rain.  Great...So I get on my boots, and rain coat, grab a couple of cookies and her leash and set out looking for her.  I found her pretty quickly, standing in the garden barking at a bunch of birds.  ::)  Covered in god only knows what, and stinking to high heaven.  I call her, she comes right away, I give her a cookie, and put her leash on. She looks at me like "Gee Ma!  Isn't this fun?!"  We walk to the house and into the downstairs bathroom for a shower.  Now why is it, that a dog can have all sorts of fun running around in the rain, but as soon as I try to give her a shower, it's like torture.  So now she's clean, and smelling nice, but refuses to wag her tail at me, at least for now.  ::) ;) :D

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / A Great Dog Story
« on: March 05, 2009, 08:21:50 am »
My mum got this in an email, I've no idea who wrote it, but I thought you'd all appreciate it.  :)


      Anyone who has pets will really like this. You'll like it even if you don't and you may even decide you need one!     
    Mary and her husband Jim had a dog named 'Lucky.' Lucky was a real    character. Whenever Mary and Jim had company come for a weekend visit they   would warn their friends to not leave their luggage open because Lucky    would help himself to whatever struck  his fancy. Inevitably, someone    would forget and something would come up missing.     
    Mary or Jim would go to Lucky's toy box in the basement and there the    treasure would be, amid all of Lucky's other favorite toys. Lucky always    stashed his finds in his toy box and he was very particular that his toys    stay in the box.     
    It happened that Mary found out she had breast cancer. Something told her    she was going to die of this fact ,she was just sure it was fatal.     
    She scheduled the double mastectomy, fear riding her shoulders. The night before she was to go to the hospital she cuddled with Lucky. A thought struck her...what would happen to Lucky?

Although the three-year-old dog liked Jim, he was Mary's dog through and through.

If I die, Lucky will be abandoned, Mary thought. He won't understand that I didn't want to leave him. The thought made her sadder than thinking of her own death.     
The double mastectomy was harder on Mary than her doctors had anticipated and Mary was hospitalized for over two weeks.

Jim took Lucky for his evening walk faithfully, but the little dog just drooped, whining and miserable.     
Finally the day came for Mary to leave the hospital. When she arrived home, Mary was so exhausted she couldn't even make it up the steps to her bedroom. Jim made his wife comfortable on the couch and left her to nap. Lucky stood watching Mary but he didn't come to her when she called. It made Mary sad, but sleep soon overcame her and she dozed.     
When Mary woke for a second she couldn't understand what was wrong, she couldn't move her head and her body felt heavy and hot.. But panic soon gave way to laughter, when Mary realized the problem.

She was covered, literally blanketed, with every treasure Lucky owned!  While she had slept, the sorrowing dog had made trip after trip to the basement bringing his beloved mistress all his favorite things in life.  He had covered her with his love.     
Mary forgot about dying.  Instead she and Lucky began living again, walking further and further together every day. It's been 12 years now and Mary is still cancer-free.  Lucky?  He still steals treasures and stashes them in his toy box but Mary remains his greatest treasure. ve every day to the fullest. Each minute is a blessing from God. And never forget.....the people who make a difference in our lives are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards.    They are the ones that care for us.     
    If you see someone without a smile today give them one of yours! Live simply. Love seriously. Care deeply. Speak kindly.

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