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Helpful Groups & Dogs in Need / Need Transport help for Sunday March 2,
« on: February 28, 2008, 06:15:26 am »
Can anyone help fill these last 3 legs on a transport through Utah?  There are 2 dogs, 1 lab and 1 Neopolitan Mastiff puppy that are needing to get to Colorado.  We also need to get the Neo puppy from LA to Delano, CA tomorrow. 

Leg 7 - Cedar City, UT - Elsinore, UT
107 mi - about 1 hour 32 mins
8:00am - 9:30am

Leg 8 - Elsinore, UT - Green River, UT
131 mi - about 1 hour 52 mins
9:45am - 11:35am

Leg 9 - Green River, UT - Grand Junction, CO
101 mi - about 1 hour 31 mins
11:50am - 1:20pm

Helpful Groups & Dogs in Need / Leo needing home in SW Missouri
« on: February 22, 2008, 03:21:05 am »
This was posted on another list and I EMailed Jayme to see if she would mind me crossposting it onto other lists.  She wrote back that it was okay.

with a heavy heart i am needing to find a new perfest home for my
leonberger max, he turned a year old in september and will come with
his APRI registration papers, he has been nuetered. he is house broke
and great with kids and other animals (goats, poultry, cats and bunnys
and horses) he has food agresion issues that i have tried to work out
with him, but hasnt worked. he wants to be to be top dog and has been
having issues with my 6 year old nuetered retriver. he is very sweet
to people, doesnt know a stranger and loves car rides, plays great
with my 4 year old son. i think he would be much bettter in an only
dog home. he is a big boy weighing in around 200lbs. walks great on a
leash loves to snuggle on the couch.
located near joplin missouri, email me for more infor or questins

Great Pyrenees Pictures / Jake and Max playing
« on: February 21, 2008, 04:24:08 pm »
I've been trying for months to get a pick of Max and Jake playing.  I finally got this.  Now I know why coyotes leave the sheep alone when pyrs are around.

I've volunteered to help with the local saint rescue group.  My first event is a walk in 2 weeks.  They are loaning me a saint to walk, since I don't have one, thought about dressing Max up or dying Jake's fur, but no.  Anyway, there are always a ton of questions about the dogs at these events.  I am trying to get educated, since I have never owned one.  These are some of the questions we are always asked about our dogs, so I am expecting them about the saints.  I have answered what I can, hope it is right, can anyone give me more info or correct me where I am wrong.
1. How much do they eat?  About as much as any other large breed dog and less than some medium sized, hyper dogs.
2. Don't they shed like crazy?  They do shed, the short haired less volume than the long haired.  They also have 2 seasonal major sheds, spring and fall.
3. Are they good with children?  Yes, as long as they are socialized well with them.  They are not recommended for very small children, due to their size, but if raised with them, they are great family dogs, very patient and tolerant of children.
4. Do they bark a lot?   ???????
5. Are they good guard dogs?  Due to their size, they are an excellent deterrent, but are not considered to be a good guard dog. 
6.  Are they protective?  If the need arises, they will protect their family.
7. Are they territorial?  Not typically.
8. Do they drool a lot?  Yes, some more than others, but they all drool.
Can you think of more questions, correct or add to my answers?  Thanks for the help.

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Seattle Park poisoning
« on: February 03, 2008, 02:02:38 am »
I read this on another list and thought I would share it here.  I don't know if any of you live in Seattle, but if not, maybe you know some dog lovers who do.

If anyone lives, or knows someone in, Seattle, WA, this is important info for their pets and
small children.
Crossposted with permission--

Subject: Important for Seattle residents

Yesterday my best friend's Berner, Amos, was poisoned in Fauntlery
Park in West Seattle. Apparently someone has been hiding baited
packages (chicken bones, meat, dry & canned dog & cat foods) laced
with who-knows-what poisons in the park. Stomach contents are being
analyzed, but it could take up to 10 days to determine substances.
Pasado's Safe Haven has been contacted and they are looking into what
they can do. If you live, or have friends in that area, please
spread the word. Somebody is doing this intentionally and they have
likely bragged to someone about it.


I received the above e-mail from one of our volunteers and felt that
I should share it with all of you because even if you don't live in
this area or frequent this park, you may know someone who does.
Sometimes we need to work together to keep our dogs safe.


Nancy Kiesler
Evergreen Golden Retriever Rescue
serving western Washington state

Food Discussion & Information / Bubbalove raw food
« on: February 02, 2008, 04:20:28 am »
Hey, I didn't want to get totally off topic on the other thread, since she was looking for specific info for her dogs skin conditions.  You can go to the message board home page here, and search on raw diet.  There are a lot of threads that discuss faw food.  You can also go to any of these websites, as well as probably a hundred more to get more info and read what other's think.  Be prepared to find a lot of conflicting information.  You will have to decide what is right for you and your animals.
I am going to change mine over to try and combat some of the existing health issues we have been dealing with.  I don't want them to live on shots and pills and that is where we are headed, if I don't find something else.  As near as I can tell, I am going to be cutting the cost of feeding out 3 boys in half.  That amounts to almost $50 per week.  That is not my reason for doing it but it sure is an added benefit that I wasn't expecting.  I thought it would cost more than kibble, but then I supplement their kibble, a lot.

Bills & Other Legislative Acts / Mandatory spay/neuter passed in LA
« on: February 01, 2008, 12:15:20 am »
OMG.  It passed.  I can't believe it.  How could anyone agree with this?  It looks like we will all eventually end up living with this type of interference in our lives.  This is so sad.  4 months of age for mandatory spay and neuter.  Have they all lost their minds?  What do they think that is going to do to the poor animals? 

Food Discussion & Information / Jake is freaking out over goat meat
« on: January 30, 2008, 06:46:13 pm »
Has anyone ever experienced their dog freaking out over a specific type of meat? I bought goat meat for our dogs this week. When I thawed it out and began cutting it up, my pyr, ran in the bedroom with his tale between his legs and proceeded to whine and cry, like he does during a
thunderstorm or when he hears fireworks. I called him out and he would come, but then tuck his tail and run back to the bed. When I gave my other dogs some bones, I called him out and offered him one. He smelled it and ran back into the bedroom. Last night I took some of the meat and put it on the dehydrator. Again I offered him a bone and
he tucked his tail and ran. The dehydrator ran all night and he laid in bed with me, barking and howling every hour or so, all night long.  Nothing would shut him up. I pulled him over to me in bed and curled up with him, when he shut up for a few moments, and he still started barking a half hour or so later.  He is still spooked this morning and won't even take beef from me now. He did take a few pieces from hubby.  My husband laughed and said, maybe he used to guard goats, before we got him and he thinks you killed his pet goat. I don't know what to think. Any ideas???

Great Pyrenees Discussions / Pyr in FL needs a home again
« on: January 30, 2008, 11:42:05 am »
I just got a call from the lady who adopted him.  Apparently, she and her children were watching TV last night, the new dog and hers were laying on the floor. Her female got up and walked over to one of her children, the new dog lunged for her dog and grabbed her by the neck and shook her.  Her dog cried and when he let go, she slunk off with her tail tucked.  The woman grabbed the rescue and held him, he licked her hand and calmed right down.  She said there was no blood and her dog wasn't hurt, but now her children are afraid of him and it sounds like she is, too.  He needs another home.  I don't think he was trying to hurt the other dog or he would have.  He never brought blood on any of my boys when he grabbed them.  I think it is just a dominance issue with him and not true vicious behaviour, but if they are afraid of him, it may get worse and not better.  Soo, I am going to be posting some ads for him and see how it goes.  It's been a week now, since he was neutered, so maybe once the hormones are cleared out of his system, he will calm down more.  However, Cody is neutered and he is still my dominant one.  Wish me luck.

Treatment & Preventative Meds / Max's allergies and Jake's ear infections
« on: January 30, 2008, 12:47:15 am »
Well, this week Jake went to the vet and still has a yeast infection in his ears, down deep.  It has been 2 months now with cleaning and ear drops, and ointments, etc.  We are still cleaning his ears daily, and using 2 different medications in each ear.  Max went to the dermatologist yesterday.  She has prescribed a new shampoo, and thinks a lot of his itching is due to food allergies.  He tests negative to any food allergies, but she feels that the continued itching, even though he is on the serum for environmental allergens, is due to his food.  Sooo, now I am supposed to find a protein source that he is never eaten and a carb source that he has never eaten.  Since most meats fall into types or categories and meats within those types usually cause the same reaction, this is a hard thing to figure out.  He has eaten beef, chicken, turkey, dairy, venison, pork, lamb and fish.  That leaves me with goat, rabbit, ostrich, and kangaroo.  Apparently duck and emu fall into chicken and turkey category.  Bison, elk, etc. fall into the beef category.  He has eaten, white and sweet potatoes, white and brown rice, soy, rye, wheat, corn, barley, garbanzo beans, and oats.  That leaves what?  I am seriously considering a raw food diet.  We would start with chicken only, necks, backs, wings, etc.  After a week or so, maybe add in some veggies.  I just don't know what else to do.  The more I read about it, the more I think it will help at least the yeast infections, and maybe we can find a correlation between his food and his itching.  I would also love to be able to get Jake's ears cleared up.  We spend about $120.00 every two weeks now for kibble, chicken, rice, liver, organic flour for biscuits, eggs, etc.  Hopefully, it won't be much more.  Thoughts????

Helpful Groups & Dogs in Need / Pyr needing home in Florida
« on: January 26, 2008, 09:12:33 pm »
If anyone is looking for a great dog, this is it.  He was found as a stray.  He is 32.5" at the shoulders, 2 - 3 years old, housebroken, doesn't chew or bother anything in the house, loves to ride, and mainly, loves people, leans and licks you like you are his long lost best friend.  He only weighs 84 lbs. and looks like a bag of bones, with fur.  He was neutered, heartworm negative, hip x-rays look good, ready for a forever home.  He is either a result of poor pyr breeding or a mix, but is a big beautiful dog.


Treatment & Preventative Meds / UTI and crystals
« on: January 17, 2008, 06:52:51 pm »
Well, we spent half our night last night at the Emergency Vet.  I found drops of blood on the kitchen floor and started looking for the source.  I found Max, who is going to the dermatologist in 2 weeks, had chewed his tail and hips raw.  He cannot take any antihistamines until after his visit.  The blood was where he sat to get his biscuit.  I thought that was it.  I cleaned the floor and let them all out.  When they came back in I saw drops of blood again.  I cleaned them up and saw blood on top of Max's back foot.  I inspected his foot, leg, etc. and spotted blood on the fur around the end of his willy.  After looking at it really closely, it was dripping blood.  Sooo, off we go.  Turns out it was a severe urinary infection.  He had a urine PH of over 9 and crystals in his urine.  Sooo, off we go to our vet today for XRays to see if he has stones.  No stones, just a really severe infection.  He is taking antibiotics again.  He is still bleeding quite a bit, but the vet thinks it will clear up within 48 hours.  My questions is, has anyone ever dealt with this and how did you decrease the calcium and balance the PH in the urine?  I have done quite a bit of research online today and am finding completely contradicting information on each website I have pulled up.  Some say calcium in their diet decreases the output in urine, some say it increases.  Some say lower the protein content and some say increase it.  Our vet says to only give him distilled water as water is the main source of calcium in an animals diet.  I know our pool water is high in calcium, but he only drinks out of that maybe once a week or so.  HELP!!

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Blonde and Blonder the movie
« on: January 13, 2008, 07:33:51 pm »
Is everyone aware that according to MSNBC the proceeds from this movie will be going to PETA.  Apparently, this is due to Pam Anderson's involvement with this group.  I know one movie that I won't be buying or going to see.

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / just for fun - your ideal dog
« on: January 09, 2008, 08:47:20 pm »
What is your ideal dog?  It could be one you own, a breed you like, a combination of many breeds or just a dog you think you would like, if there were one.  I will start.  My ideal dog would be 38 - 39 inches at the shoulders, built like an IW, only broader and heavier boned, head like a mastiff type great dane, long outrageous fur like an afghan, but with a TM's heavy undercoat, solid black with a white or gray goatee like an afghan, double dew claws like a pyr, soulful eyes of a pyr, huge fluffy tail like a pyr or TM, soul of an IW, temperament of a TM or a CO, deep baying bark like a bloodhound. 

Groans, Gripes, Brags & Boasts / Okay, my turn to vent
« on: January 06, 2008, 11:17:09 pm »
I let the dogs out in our back yard last night and when I went to get them, only Jake was out back.  I could hear Max and Cody, barking and growling in the side yard.  Jake was just sniffing bushes and not paying them any attention at all.  That in itself was strange, so I walked around to the side to see what was going on.  Cody was literally bouncing his front paws off of the chain link fence, growling, barking and snarling at the fence.  Max was on his hind legs, front paws on the fence, woofing and growling.  I have never seen Max growl and ran down the side of the house to see what on earth was going on.  The neighbors son was poking and hitting my dogs with a long pole, poked through the fence.  When I yelled at him, he dropped it and ran in his house.  I put the dogs up and went over to their house.  When his mom opened the door, he was standing beside her.  I leaned in the door, right in his face and said "You know exactly why I am here.  Don't you?"  He backed up and she started asking "What did he do now?"  I have never gone over there to complain about this kid before.  Apparently, someone has.  I told her what he did and told her that if I ever caught him messing with my dogs again, I will wear his butt out so bad he won't be able to sit down for a month.  I also explained to her that Cody came from an abusive situation, before he went into rescue and we got him last year.  It took us months to get him to the point that he would even approach us, let alone let us pet him.  He still startles if we move to pet him too quickly.  And now her kid is poking and hitting him through the fence.  I told her that this is how come kids get attacked and bitten by dogs.  In a lot of cases, they have been teased and taunted by kids.  I explained to her, if my dogs got ahold of her son and wanted to, they could tear him apart.  They are not vicious dogs and I don't ever want them to be, but you cannot taunt and tease dogs without it affecting them.  They cannot logically decide, okay if I back up he can't reach me and it will be okay.  They only know to react and eliminate whatever is bothering them.  I don't want my dogs to hate kids and truly believe that this is not the first time he has done it to them.  Max is not a vicious dog and has never growled at anything or anyone, in the year we have had him.  I want to beat her and her husband for not having enough sense to raise a kid and having one anyway.  I put up a fence today so the dogs cannot go down the side of the house at all, but I am pissed off that my dogs cannot enjoy their own yard without me having to confine them to only half of it.  Okay.  Done.  Sorry, but I'm upset.  My hubby heard her yelling at her son later on last night and telling him that he has to leave us and the dogs alone.  "Don't you understand.  Those people have guns.  I've seen them, when he gets out of his truck."  My husband carries a gun and has a permit for it.  I guess she thinks that is supposed to scare him into behaving.  Great parenting.

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