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I have missed seeing updates on everyone's Saints. We have had quite a bit happen in the past few years. Kids graduated, we now have an adorable 15 month old grandson, & have added another kitty to our mix. We did, however, lose our sweet boy Simon in November. He just laid down in his favorite place by the back porch and "went to sleep". Of course we all have grieved (we still are) and that includes our lady Heidi Belle. For the first couple of months she would go looking for him every morning when I let her out. It broke my heart every time I watched her do it. She has lessened that behavior but she has developed nervous itching since then and is "eating" herself raw. We had hoped it would go away, but it hasn't. She has raw patches on her butt & knees and she just won't leave them alone. We've tried new foods, new shampoos, everything...t he vet says it's simply nerves. Simon was the alpha dog and they grew up together. I know she misses him dearly. If anyone has any ideas, I would appreciate it. Thanks!

Newfoundland Pictures / Re: A newf day out
« on: June 27, 2009, 01:12:11 pm »
They look like they had a great day!! I bet they slept good.

I've been gone for awhile and couldn't remember the email or password I used to sign us up! We have moved a few times since I last logged on. This last move we moved to NC and I found my old notebook with all of my old passwords. YAY! I hope everyone is doing well. We are well.

Simon just celebrated his 4th birthday and Heidi celebrated her 3rd in February. Unfortunately we had to give Nicholas away. (I hate deed restriction communities now)

We are now on 23 acres in the mountains of NC though and I can have whatever animals I want! Which is a good thing, we had a momma border collie and her 4 pups wander up a month after we moved in so we ended up fostering, finding homes for, and eventually keeping one of the pups (Dixie). She's definitely a "mutt" border collie (more mutt than border collie). Actually I think she's part beagle too. But she's a sweetie and absolutely loves Simon and Heidi.

I'll try to get some recent pics uploaded soon. My computer at home is toast so I can only do it at work now. I'm so glad to be back!

Breeding Questions & Information / Re: Somebody HELP!!!
« on: February 16, 2007, 04:57:12 pm »
Hi, I haven't posted in awhile but I feel I need to weigh in on this. First of all, I am sooooo sorry you have to deal with this. My boy Simon has demodectic mange and I know how hard (& expensive) it can be to deal with it. We had planned on breeding him and ended up having to get him fixed (@ 1 & 1/2 years and 120 lbs). Needless to say the anesthesia alone was expensive. Not to mention the special shampoo, itchy medicine, and his Ivermectin.

I definitely would not breed your doggie. This mange is caused by a poor immune system that is handed down through generations and maybe your puppies wouldn't be affected but then again, they might. I don't know how you feel about it but with all that we went through with Simon, I wouldn't wish that on anyone.

I don't know where you are but where I live we have "lemon laws" for puppies. You need to check your local laws and see if you have something similar. Also, contact the breeder and tell him/her that you have veterinary proof of a genetic disorder. See if you can work something out. Unfortunately Simon's breeder moved out of state and I cannot get in touch with them. As for the breeder saying there are no other cases he know of, I wouldn't believe that. This mange is very pronounced and if he did miss something like that then he doesn't need to be breeding in the first place.

Sorry to go on and on. I get very upset when I hear about irresponsible breeders. We plan on breeding Saints eventually and would never think of breeding lower quality doggies. It just makes me mad that he would charge you $2000 and not back up his price with quality.

Saint Bernard Pictures / Re: Here are a few more pics of Timber!
« on: January 09, 2007, 08:12:25 am »
I'm so excited for you! He is absolutely beautiful. And he has the sweetest face. I bet he's a little snuggle bug. Be sure to post some pics as soon as you can after you get him.

Anything Non-Dog Related / OK....I just had to say CONGRATS GATORS!!!!
« on: January 09, 2007, 07:47:48 am »
We even let the kids stay up and watch because they did so good. So Congrats to the Gators!!! We knew you could do it!!!! GO GATORS!!!!

Anything Non-Dog Related / Ok all...I've changed my username
« on: January 05, 2007, 09:59:44 am »
Following the last few weeks that the dogs have gone on obedience strike we are now "TheUnSaintlySa intClan".  ;) Not only that my last user name didn't include Nicholas....we can't leave him out!!!LOL

Saint Bernard General Discussions / Re: Anyone want to pick out a puppy??
« on: January 05, 2007, 09:24:27 am »
OMG I say both!!! They are too cute!. I do love the splash coat on the little girl though. And she has a sweet loving look to her face.

She's beautiful!! I'm so glad I have a puppy already or I'd be ready to get another one!!! LOL

Old English Mastiff Pictures / Re: My babies
« on: January 05, 2007, 09:16:12 am »
What a cute picture!!! I just love how the cheeks droop right over her!

Well, with saints, think more like baseball bats!  Teddy's tail bone is at least as thick as my wrist - that is bone only!  Great for taking the legs out from under unsuspecting visitors!  LOL!

Or clearing a coffee table in one foul swipe!!!! LOL ;D

Ok, I don't know anything about Danes but I can help with Saints. Scott and I knew that we would eventually have and breed Saints. So I might be a little impartial to them in this  ;D

Drool: There is lots....if you want a perfectly clean house forget it, I am constantly wiping drool off the floor, the walls, the ceiling. Nicholas also likes to use peoples legs as a napkin to wipe his muzzle after drinking LOL.

Size: They're huge, not as big as Danes, but bigger than most other dogs. They have to learn to be walked so they aren't walking you. All of my kids can walk all of my Saints. Small, meduim, or large. ;)

Shedding: My boys are short hair but they still shed. Heidi sheds horribly. All of them get brushed twice a day and I still vacuum up a lot of hair every day.

Personality: All of mine have different personalities, but they all have one thing in common. They are totally sweet, lovable, and cuddly. Saints are known to have separation anxiety and mine definitely do. EVERYTHING has to be put away before we leave them home without one of us or it will be shredded or eaten. But when we get home (even after a 10 minute trip to the bus stop) we're greeted like we've been gone for a week.

Exercise: My husband and I usually take them for walks in the national forest here for about 45 minutes a day in the mornings. They come home and pass out until my kids get home from school about 4 and then play outside for about 30 minutes, after that, they're done for the day.

Family: They love to be included and are hurt if they aren't. They are extremely tolerant of my kids laying all over them and putting hats on...etc. They love being with my kids and absolutely love all of their friends (even the ones who don't like them).

I hope I've helped a little. Even on the days I'm frustrated with my doggies, whether stepping in drool or walking over all of the big bodies in mu floor, I wouldn't trade them for any other. I will have Saints until I'm old and gray and they have to pull my wheelchair. LOL

Behavior, Housebreaking, Obedience / Re: Dirty Girl? / Normal?
« on: January 04, 2007, 08:39:40 am »
Both of my boys are fairly neat boys...except when Nicholas gets to the cat box. YUCK!!! But Heidi is the crudest, nastiest girl. My husband says she reminds him of the jocks in high school that blow their nose on the ground and spit in cups and then drink it. She loves rolling in dead things. She will roll around in the mud. She eats flies...and this is gross...she eats my husband's toenails when he's cutting them. BBBLLLLLAAAAAA CCCCCHHHHH!!!! When she was younger I reached in her mouth to get a stick out and found out it was a tail of a skink! I love her to death, but I cringe when she wants never know what she's been into.

Saint Bernard General Discussions / Re: To chop, or not to chop?
« on: January 04, 2007, 08:17:51 am »
We had Simon done at 14 months. He's calmed some but the vet said it could be up to 6 months before all of the hormones are gone. The vet also told me when Heidi hits her next heat he may still try to hump her and mess wih her because of the remaining hormones. But that should end by the time she has the following one. He is still a stubborn butthead though. ;) I guess that's just his personalty. LOL

Him being so big made me think of "Sampson". We used to have a Luke and a Marty too. I like my dogs to have people names. We have Simon, Heidi, and Nicholas. He has such beautiful markings. Good luck with the names! You'll find one that's perfect.

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