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Since joining many years ago, I have shared a large peiece of myself with the members here at BPO. I have not had time to be very active lately, but as a moderator, I have done my best to help BPO and, like my fellow moderators, have always had the members' best interest at heart. I no longer believe the same can be said for the ownership (past and present). I agree with everything that Kooky so elegantly wrote, and I am saddened and disturbed by what I see as the puppy-mill-ification of BPO. So it is with a heavy heart that I say I no longer wish to be a moderator.

Newfoundland Discussions / Re: Help with snow
« on: December 31, 2008, 05:02:11 am »
Penny loves to play in the snow so I let her play out there for hours and she comes in with snowballs everywhere. I take a manual approach to snow removal. I try and keep her as dry as possible so she won't get irritated skin. I towel her off to get the easy ones, and I take the more stubborn ones off with my hand - my body heat makes them melt a bit and I can carefully work them out with my fingers.

My only other advice is to trim the fur between their toes and under their pads, which are major snowball attractors. The shorter the fur is there the less there is to cling to

Anything Non-Dog Related / Re: NDR: Marry Me
« on: December 28, 2008, 10:50:23 am »
Dan and I have talked about doing a sandals weddingmoon

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: Finding generic Brand name
« on: December 14, 2008, 03:33:51 pm »
You should deffinately try the satin balls. When I first got penny she was skin and bones and I couldn't get her to eat. The only thing that got her to eat anything was to rub a little corn syrup in her mouth (a home rememdy for hypoglycemia) and then she would nibble a little. She didn't start eating full meals until after I started giving her bits of satin balls. It only took two or three spread out over a week to get her weight to be aceptably skinny and after the satin balls "whet her appetite" she started eating real food.

Nutrical isn't a tasty topper to make food appealing - it's more of a medicine to supplement if a dog isn't get adequate nutirition from eating

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: any ideas?????
« on: December 14, 2008, 12:50:26 pm »
I agree that it sounds like a seizure. Sometimes dogs "run" in their sleep, but they would wake when you touch or call them. My saint bernard Zoey (rip) had seizures, but hers were "focal seizures" and showed as teeth chattering. Whenever she would run in her sleep we would call her name and she always woke  right up, and that's how we knew she was having a vivid dream instead of a seizure. So the fact that she didn't wake makes it sound like a grand mal seizure to me. Also, the "dazed" feeling you saw is probably post-iptic shock - basically, when you have a seizure, it overloads your brain with more stimulus than it can handle and you experience this thing called post-iptic shock while your brain tries to get itself back to normal. It can last anywhere from minutes to days or even weeks depending on the severity of the seizure.

I would recommend seeing if there is a vet in your area who specializes in neurology.

I have a weird question. What does she walk like? Does she lift her front legs (sort of like a horse's gait) more than your other saints?

Great Pyrenees Pictures / Re: Happy Holidays BPO!
« on: December 08, 2008, 11:03:04 am »
Great pics :)

It came out beautiful  :) I keep my portrait of Zoey at the top of my stairs, so I see her several times a day, and I can stop and think of all the beautiful times we had together. I hope you are able to do the same :)

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: Coincidence?
« on: December 07, 2008, 11:53:18 am »
They were trying to pitch in. That's adorable!  :)

Anything Non-Dog Related / Re: Photos
« on: December 02, 2008, 03:14:25 pm »
I lke photoshop but it's really expensive. My second favorite is paint shop pro. I'm sure you can get a free trial if you google it  :)

Alaskan Malamute Pictures / Re: Big Paws Dig Big Holes!
« on: December 02, 2008, 03:09:37 pm »
Wow, now that's a big hole  :o

Great Pyrenees Pictures / Re: Mmmm... I Loves spaghetti sauce!!
« on: December 01, 2008, 02:32:20 pm »
Caught red nosed!  ;)

Newfoundland Pictures / Re: It Rained ...Sigh
« on: November 30, 2008, 02:20:50 pm »
LOL back when I had an SUV the back windows always looked like that  ;)

Monthly Photo Contests / Re: 2009 BPO Calendar- VOTE HERE!
« on: November 30, 2008, 02:18:25 pm »
I wish we had more entries (I'm bummed I forgot because the thread dissaperance) but I think all the pictures look great!

Group Discussions & Photos / Re: Crew photo shoot
« on: November 30, 2008, 02:14:08 pm »
What great pics!

Saint Bernard Pictures / Re: Penny! You look great!
« on: November 30, 2008, 12:01:02 pm »
Woah I just noticed her up there too  :o She's so adorable

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