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Doberman Discussions / Re: Question about weight loss
« on: November 20, 2008, 12:30:41 pm »
That was actually the other reason I took Roxie in yesterday was to have a fecal exam done, but the vet came up empty-handed (quite literally), and gave me a do-it-yourself ziploc baggie.  Yay.  ::)

Anyway, thanks for the replies, ladies.  Always appreciated.  ;)

Doberman Discussions / Re: Question about weight loss
« on: November 19, 2008, 08:30:45 pm »
There's a big poster in my vet's office that talks about how the ribs correlate with proper weight, and according to that poster, Roxie is pretty close to her target weight: Her ribs aren't visible, but you can feel that they're there if you run your hands down her side.

I was just really surprised by the vet's reaction and thought maybe she was losing too much weight too fast, or there was some other danger I didn't know about. 

Anything Non-Dog Related / Re: Why are we still awake?
« on: November 19, 2008, 07:18:02 pm »
Well, truth be told, I'd probably still be up anyway watching Craig Ferguson or Sportscenter.  I'm a night owl even without the DP.

Anything Non-Dog Related / Re: Why are we still awake?
« on: November 19, 2008, 07:13:18 pm »
Had a liter of Dr. Pepper a few hours ago and the caffeine is still surging through my veins. :o

Doberman Discussions / Question about weight loss
« on: November 19, 2008, 07:04:32 pm »
5 months ago, I asked my vet for her honest opinion on Roxie's weight, to which she said 'slightly' overweight.  So, since then, I've been feeding her 'slightly' less Iams Healthy Naturals dry food (around 2 cups a day, down from 2.5), and I've also added more running and less walking into her everyday routine.

Fast forward to today, when I returned to have her bordetella shots updated.  I was secretly expecting to hear a compliment on how she'd returned to a healthy weight, but the staff actually freaked out when the initial weigh-in revealed she'd lost just over 8 pounds since her last visit (going from 63 to 55 lbs.).

I really didn't think it was any big deal, considering her weight loss occurred under what was essentially a diet, and over a span of 5 months - however, the vet was concerned enough that she asked to see her again in 2 weeks (despite admitting that her weight appears 'just fine').

So the questions I'm left with are:

1) Is there anything to be worried about? 
2) If so, what?

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws /
« on: October 15, 2008, 09:57:50 pm »
Absolutely hilarious! ;D

One last mention from me on this subject, but I thought it was relevant to BPO.

George Carlin on Dogs and Cats (NSFW)

Here's George at age 29 doing one of his now famous bits on the Tonight Show and making Johnny Carson nearly fall out of his chair from laughter.


By the way, Jenn - you can bite me! ;D

Ya know, I've been reflecting on Carlin today and a few things occurred to me:

-Carlin was the narrator of Thomas and Friends, which according to my mom, was my single favorite show as a kid.

-I can remember loving every single minute of his short-lived but funny self-titled comedy show on FOX, even though at that time (the mid-90's), I was still a teenager and completely unaware that he even did stand-up comedy. 

-And then, George somehow found his way into my adult life about 6 or 7 years ago, and I've been a huge fan ever since. 

Looking back, though, it seems I've been a huge fan of George Carlin since I was in diapers! ;)

Yeah, that's one of my favorites too.  The guy could wax poetic about any subject, really.  The word genius gets tossed around way too easily these days, but he truly was a genius, both as a comedian and quite literally, in the way he could memorize those massive amounts of material.

I'd say George Carlin was probably my favorite living person, next to Muhammad Ali.  Now that he's gone, I get the strange feeling Ali won't be far behind either.

Back to Carlin, though, I read the headline late last night about his death and my jaw and stomach hit the floor.  It's gonna be really hard for me to watch any of his stuff from now on without a heavy heart.


Games & Jokes / Re: Marmaduke
« on: June 23, 2008, 04:44:43 am »
Another familiar concept to me in today's strip: 


George was, without a doubt, the smartest comedian of all-time. After seeing his last HBO special, I knew that things weren't quite right with him, but I was hoping he'd prove me wrong and stick around another 30 years.

It's a real shame to see truly brilliant minds like his cease to exist, but Carlin's words will definitely entertain and hopefully enlighten people forever.

Joespeed, George. :)

Great Pyrenees Discussions / Re: Miles is One Year Old Today!!!
« on: June 21, 2008, 08:35:35 am »
Happy Birthday, Miles.  ;D

I wrote this BEFORE your last reply, but I thought I'd post it anyway...

I think it's a bit excessive to say "get out'a there" over a couple of hissy fits.  Obviously it's an entirely different story if he ever shows behavior that suggests he might lay a hand on you or Miles - but I don't see pouting over a shirt and a broken laptop as THAT type of behavior.  I think it means he's an immature guy who cares too much about his material things.

When he says "he can't help his anger", that's tough guy speak for "I DON'T KNOW HOW to handle my anger".  Assuming this guy has other redemable characteristic s and you want to stay with him, I would suggest anger management classes. 

He'll probably be prideful at first and say, "Oh, it's not a problem" or "It won't happen again."  But if you sit him down and present it as an honest and genuine concern of yours, then he should take it seriously. 

If not, THEN I'd say it's time to think about moving on - but I'm willing to bet the problem is something he's been dealing with longer than you've known him, and that it goes much deeper than you realize. 

More than likely, it's also something that he won't be able to get over without the help of a professional. 

Just my 2.

Anything Non-Dog Related / Re: Anyone heard from Andi? (Anakalia)
« on: June 14, 2008, 03:31:20 pm »
She's one of the regular BPO'ers I still haven't seen since I've been back.  I feel horrible for everybody in Iowa; hopefully Andi will check in to chat or the forums soon and let us know that she's okay.

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