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General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Night time manners
« on: October 24, 2005, 10:59:10 am »
Well getting a new dog for me is a very big event because I had to do a lot of research realizing this is lifetime commitment. 

Our naming process is complete HOBO WILLIAM.  All is well but at 5 am last night I was freezing.  I looked over and on the floor next to me were my two blankets under Hobo.  He did not even bother to jump in bed with me, just took my blankets.  HaHa, at least he is not dumb, just figures things out. 

I think all will be well.


Big Dogs with Jobs / I'm back
« on: October 15, 2005, 11:59:03 am »
Well, I just got back from a trip of a lifetime.  A paddlewheel cruise up the Columbia River following the Lewis and Clark expedition.  I was with my family and the ship was actually powered with paddles, went through many locks and tour buses followed us along the roads to take us on many side trips.  I learned too much and didn't get drunk like I sould have.  heehee.  We were completely isolated from everything for eight days.

On my recorder when we got home was a message from the convalescent home that we did our first job and they want to schedule another visit because they all enjoyed it so much.  Made me feel very good.  We are picking up our new trainie (final name, Hobo) tomorrow.  happy happy

It looks like I missed a lot of weird  things and I cannot figure it all out.   I will keep reading and try to make sense of it all.  Any hints you can give me along the way will help.  I always miss everything. I missed all of you and don't know how to go back over more than a few days of posting to read them in order.  Oh well.

A happy dog is a dog with a job.


Mixed Breed Discussion / Amtrak ride
« on: October 04, 2005, 09:42:02 am »
This Really happened to me yesterday.  My dad (93 years old)
was visiting for the weekend and I drove yesterday to the train station for his trip home.  Dad says "Peggy, I can't walk well so jump on the train and get me a good seat and save it".  So I jump on the train and can't find a good seat.  Then I try another car and found a so-so one.  Now I always take Niki with her cape on so she mingles with people and loud noises like train engines.  By the time Dad reaches us, he is complaining that the seat is facing the wrong direction and wasn't a window seat,  but I knew I had to leave.  I have to back off for a guy on a walker and then I realize that train is moving.  Oh no 45 minutes till the next stop which is Hanford.  I had no money on me so Dad is shoving 20's at me.  The conductor thought it was funny.  2 and a half more hours before the northbound train leaves Hanford so I can get back. We wander around Hanford shopping and checking out the sites.  It is strange how some people are afraid of big dogs even with a Therapy Dog vest on.  Oh yeh, hang on to your hot dog.  Finally got on the train back after Niki was entertaining everybody in the station with her tricks.  On the train I decided to go in the upper level.  We sat in a four seat section  with a table in between us.  Niki got on the seat facing me sitting up.  I said "wanna play cards?'  By the time we got to Fresno she had the whole car laughing.  She went up and down the aisles picking up papers and things for the passengers. 

Turned out a fun day.  I did not tell my husband and don't think I will.  I came out ahead too because Amtrak did not charge me for either way so now I have extra 20's. hahaha 


General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Hondo?
« on: September 30, 2005, 01:29:43 pm »
Here he is when I visited him.  What do you think of the name Hondo from the John Wayne movie?  He is a love.

Helpful Groups & Dogs in Need / Pet Brokers?
« on: September 28, 2005, 02:34:21 pm »
I need a little clarification from those who might be more knowlegable in this area.  Here is how it worked: You find an animal on Petfinders that you really want to know more about.  It says that the animal is from a certain town animal shelter and it is presently in foster care.  If you visit the animal and decide you would like to adopt it, then you are referred to a  rescue group and not the animal shelter. The person from this rescue group tells you that it is great you are interested in this animal and requires a fee to adopt it if you are approved.  The person from the rescue organization even tells you that he/she has never even seen the animal but has seen the photo.  The fee is reasonable and even is supposed to include the spay/neuter fees so you think that is ok.  In other words, $200 fee, half of that includes the neuter fee.  I am a little lost here, should not this be done by the local pound where the animal originally came from or are there brokers out there putting money in their pockets?  Not mad about fees, just am curious. 

Big Dogs with Jobs / First project
« on: September 28, 2005, 10:16:09 am »
Well, Niki and I did our first Therapy Dog project today.  I had called a local convelsant hospital and told them I wanted to do a walkthrough to see how my dog would react in the wings of the hospital.  She had her therapy dog cape on and I was goofing around in town because I thought it would be a quick walkthrough so I did not need to be right on time.  So I got there late and low and behold, the volunteer worker had about 20 people in wheelchairs waiting for us.  I was completely unprepared for a show but pulled it off anyway.  They had helium balloons ready but no proper weights so they decided to fill those plastic hospital gloves with warm water and tie them to the end of balloons that they had filled with helium. Well Niki looked at those gloves with warm water and said "what do I do with these".  It was really funny.  But all in all everybody loved the show we put on with her training.  My daughter-in-law who is a LVN nurse and knits is going to knit lap blankets for people in wheelchairs and I will train Niki to take them to people and put them in their laps, what a fun project for the winter.  I am really happy about what we have for the future and a lot of fun.

Mixed Breed Pictures / Niki's new vest
« on: September 25, 2005, 10:39:52 am »
Well, I finally got Niki's patches sewn on her new vest.  She even has pouches in it for her paperwork which is the last thing I am waiting for.
She is trained to pick up helium balloons by their weights and take them to whoever I tell her to. (kids and patients).  I have a tank and will get balloons that say "get well" and "love ya".  I think they will like it.

When the rest of the crew is ready, then we will have a Fresno group and I can't wait.

I think she looks pretty good and I am so proud of her.

thanks, wish us well


Helpful Groups & Dogs in Need / William Fox
« on: September 25, 2005, 04:10:52 am »
Still searching for the right animal that I can train to be a therapy dog and act as a companion for Niki.  I love Petfinders and here is William Fox {don't know how he got that name, but I can call him Willie).  He is very pretty and has a great white area on the chest.  He is a Rottweiler, Shepherd mix and looks to be very intelligent.  Is 60 lbs so not very big.  I am being very particular in my search because it is such a big commitment.  I would love a 2 yr. old rescue.  This one is on Petfinders.

Anything Non-Dog Related / no more
« on: September 24, 2005, 01:11:40 pm »
no more reading posts, I promise, no more.  I gotta wash the dishes.  gotta stay off line.  ugghhh :-\

Anything Non-Dog Related / Now a chuckle for the majority
« on: September 14, 2005, 11:28:20 am »
Loved the minority chuckles.  Here's another one: ;D



Here is a link for an article that just appeared in the Fresno Bee praising our "masters" for the BPO site. Great photo of all three.  GREAT JOB applause, applause, applause

(if you need a password for the Bee, then go ahead and register, its free)

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / The Pack
« on: September 09, 2005, 02:31:21 pm »
Well I hit 400 now I am Leader of the Pack.  Whooopeeee  I have a long way to reach the rest of you but I am proud of my new status. nanynanywooowo :P

Food Discussion & Information / Bones
« on: September 08, 2005, 06:10:22 pm »
Now I have heard that chicken bones are not good for dogs, but plenty of people feed raw chicken with bones in and have had great success.  I have also heard that when cooked, the bones get brittle and can get caught in their throats.  Is that true?  Do any of you know anybody or if even their own dogs  have gotten chicken bones caught in their throats? I haven't.  I have been cheating the rule for years and have never had a problem.  Wonder if I have been doing wrong?  Sometimes it is hard to admit what a terrible mommy you are.  :-[


General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Bear and Cody and Chair
« on: September 08, 2005, 12:28:13 am »
Here are some shots I thought you might enjoy of Bear and Cody while working at my house training for therapy dogs.  When all is done we will present to all of you the first three dogs of the Fresno chapter of Therapy Dogs International: Bear, Cody and Niki.  We will be very proud of them - they are all doing so great.


Medical Conditions & Diseases / The eyes have it
« on: September 05, 2005, 09:10:37 pm »
Niki has cataracks.  The vet says they are not bad now but she can get laser surgery at about $500 per eye and I would do that.  I ran across this and it looks like a cream or something.  Anybody know about it?

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