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Discussions & Information on Grooming / Re: Rawhide on Front Paws
« on: November 02, 2006, 02:55:08 pm »
Thank you all so much for the great suggestions.  It's so funny because he manages to stay clean all except the front paws.  It took me a while to figure out what was causing it.  But with all the help from you guys maybe he won't look so bad.

Thank you again! :o)

Lyn - He is doing so much better.  Thank you for asking.  I remember my husband and I standing in the Emergency Vet's Hospital when they handed us the estimate after the first seizure and we both knew that he was ours and we wanted to whatever we could for him (if you have ever seen a 6'4"inch big tough army guy cry over a puppy).

The first couple of months were the hardest with all of the growth Saints do.  But now that he has leveled out at a slim 162lbs it is much easier to manage.

It's funny because we have fostered a couple of other Saints with seizures now and I am constantly amazed by how many people won't pay for suce an inexpensive medicine.  His phenobarbitol is like 8 bucks a month.  It's a pill and I can had it to him and he will eat it.

Macybean - My husband has a Jeep and get this...That silly dog will jump up into the jeep.  And my husband's jeep has a 4 inch lift on it (it's the toy).  Gabe know's that when Daddy say "Wanna go bye-bye in the beep beep?" it means they are going somewhere out in the middle of no where. 

Which means when they get home the Dog; Jeep; and Husband need to be bathed.

I can tell you we have numerous problems with Gabe. And the BYB told us that both of the parents were healthy. 

We got Gabe from FL (we live in Washington, DC) and he was shipped to us early (at 7 weeks) on 12/23 last year.  When I picked him up from the airport and got him home I noticed that he was ver wobbly and very disoriented.  I called the breeder to let her know that he had arrived.  And that he was wobbly.  She said it was because he had gotten his 7-way the day before and not to worry.

Over the course of the next week we all adjusted.  The wobbling got better and everyone was a happy camper.  On New Years Eve we came home for find our poor little guy coated in drool and foaming at the mouth a little.  I called the vet who said there was nothing to worry about he was probably stressed because it was the first time he was left alone.

As I hung up the phone with her I looked over and saw Gabe having was appeared to be a seizure.  I called her back and she told us to take him to the hospital.  Which we promptly did.  After we got home (thousands of dollars later) I called the breeder and explained the events to her.  At which point she told us it was an upset stomach and to give him yogurt to clear it up.

We have done so many tests on my little man; many trips to different hospitals for testing; it was determined he had epilepitic.  I called her again and explained the situation; she then told my husband and I she would give us our money back; needless to say we never saw it.

We ended up suing her for breach of contract in small claims; it wasn't the money it was the principle.

But she actually had the gall to use us a reference for her next litter.

But I feel you pain because every time we asked we were told both the parents were healthy and she had never had any other seizures in any of her other dogs and that it must be something we were doing.

Discussions & Information on Grooming / Re: Rawhide on Front Paws
« on: November 02, 2006, 05:05:49 am »
I personally don't really care what he looks like; as long as he is happy and healthy.  I think it's part of the charm (kinda like the "Drool Laces") but my husband swears people think that he is neglected.

I joke and say its armor but my husband doesn't see the humor in it.

Discussions & Information on Grooming / Rawhide on Front Paws
« on: November 02, 2006, 04:46:24 am »
Gabe has a fascination with rawhide.  Like no other dog I have ever known.  Which I think is wonderful because he has never eaten anything that he shouldn't (like my favorite heels). 

But the rawhide seems to get caked on there causing his fur to get all hard and sticky on his front paws (I am assuming its a combo of drool and wet rawhide).  Does anyone have any suggestions on how to wash this off? 

By the end of the week (he gets a bone when mommy leaves for work) he looks like no one cares about him.  The front paws are a mixture of dirt, drool, rawhide, and god knows what else he has gotten into in the course of the week.  He is averaging what we call a mini bath every Saturday to wash it off (which he thinks is the cruelest thing ever)  I am almost embarassed to take him out because I fear people think we dont take care of him.

Not only that its starting to stain his pretty white paws.

Any suggestions?

Gabe gets super excited when say "Wanna go bye-bye in the Beep-Beep"  We have a Touareg and the funniest part of the whole thing is getting him into the truck.

If you open the back door he will plop the big front paws up in the bed and turn around and look back at you like "Well? Are you gonna help me the rest of the way in?"  And I know that he can do it on his own.  I have watched him when he thought I wasnt looking!!!!  He is 162 lbs...

But once he is in, he will gladly ride anywhere I will take him.  We hike with him a lot and its a couple hours of a drive to get there and he will bark at me when its time to pull over for the potty break.  And get right back in and go right back to sleep.

I often wonder what people think when they see us driving around with our Big Guys/Gals.

Introduce Yourself to the Forum / Re: Gabe's Mom
« on: October 26, 2006, 01:25:21 am »
Thank you everyone for all fo the responses.  Gabe's head is getting bigger by the minute. 

We have had a really hard time finding other big dog owners in our area.  We seems ot have a huge influx of Yorkies and other small dogs.

Gabe is truly facinated that dogs come in such small packages.  Suprisingly Gabe thinks he is the welcoming commitee for our neighborhood.

And everyone what wonderfully beautiful dogs you all have.

Saint Bernard General Discussions / Re: Saints on Gentle Leaders?
« on: October 25, 2006, 04:23:29 am »
Hi..I got Gabe a GL because I am so much smaller then him.  He worked well.  And now we just use his collar.  The only time we break it out now is when we are out and about with a lot of people or a whole lot of distractions.

He adores children to the point he will stop and stare them down and wait for them to come over and pet him.  It's almost sad when he doesn't get the pet he thinks he deserves.

But if we are trolling through the neighborhood (we too have gross neighbors, and I hate getting all slimed up when its cold out) we use it.  Again the kids.

Hope it helps.

Introduce Yourself to the Forum / Gabe's Mom
« on: October 25, 2006, 04:00:50 am »
Hi!  I am Gabe's the St. Bernards Human.  My name is Shannon. Gabe took over our house almost a year ago today.  He turns a year old tomorrow. 

We have had our ups and downs since we got him; and a whole lot of laughs.  It seems like everyday I am laughing at him (wait should that be with him?)

I just wanted to introduce ourselves to the rest of the group.

Look forward to chatting with you.


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