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Oh yes, I have a scrapbook.  The article is already in there with the other pics of Sierra water training,  It's in as a "future" skill of Sierra's.  I say future because it's a senior exercise and Sierra hasn't yet passed the junior level, although she has proved she can tow a boat.  We'll never get there though if she can't pass the basic obedience part!  LOL!  That's my ADD girl though, and I love her just how she is. As long as I know she can save me from drowning, I'm happy.  ;D

We had our annual Water Safety Festival here in Berks County and New-Pen-Del Newfoundland Club gave a demonstration on the water rescue training.  I helped with one of the demonstrations - having a Newf named Diesel pull a boat in.  I didn't even know the pic was there and people in class started asking if it was me in the paper.  One of my instructors had the paper and showed it to me then.  Of course my MIL cut the article out and is saving it.  LOL!

I had offered to have Sierra demonstrate something, but she is only in her Junior level training and those spots were already filled.  Oh well, she can probably do it next year.  She's already as good as the dogs who have been training for months.  She'll be ready next year. ;D

Advice & Discussions with Dog Experts / Re: newfies
« on: May 12, 2009, 09:02:24 am »
Hi kelan, welcome to BPO!  I have a 2 year old Newfie girl named Sierra.  I love her to pieces and I plan on getting as many as my fiance will allow me to have.  She is the sweetest dog I have ever owned.  She truly believes every person she meets is her best friend.  She's loyal, she's a big couch potato but always up for an adventure when it's offered.  And like Melissa said, she doesn't eat a whole heck of a lot even though she is a giant breed.

As for the cons of owning a Newf, I really don't have much to add to what Melissa said except to expect water in your house on a regular basis.  It doesn't matter if it's a lake, puddle or water dish, Sierra will try to fit her big self in it.  And as for the drool, I've given up trying to find a fashionable way to carry a drool towel.

For me, the pros of having a Newf by far outweigh the cons.  She's an amazing dog.

I'm so sorry!!
Sleep peacefully Chewbacca and know you were loved :'(

Newfoundland Discussions / Re: Hi I am a Newbie with a Newfie
« on: March 13, 2009, 04:33:40 pm »
My Newf is the best dog I have ever owned.  I can't explain it.  I have had many other dogs but none have ever been like her.  Her destructive phase lasted only until she was finished teething, and even then, it wasn't bad as long as she had something appropriate to chew on.

She did have typical puppy energy, but she is 2 yrs old now and she is a big couch potato when she is indoors.  I would say the thing to consider most would be the hair and drool  ;D

Hi and welcome to BPO!

It sounds like you are doing the right thing for sweet little Suzy Q.  And I use the term "little" loosely  ;D.  It just sounds like you have encountered a some good old fashioned big paw ignorance.  I didn't experience this while my Sierra was little, but I get it a lot now that she is grown.  She is 2 yrs old and starting to really fill out and gain some weight, and people are usually scooping up their little ankle biters when she approaches.  Most people are ok after I show them that her best buddy is our ankle biter Papillon, Cody.  The two are inseperable and Cody is undoubtedly doing something to Sierra like hanging off of her ears, tails or lips and Sierra's only reaction is to whine...never aggression.  I also like to explain that she is in training for her therapy dog test and people suddenly seem to see her in a different light.

Keep doing what you are doing with the socialization and training.  A well behaved dog is one of your best defenses against ignorance.  If she does nothing wrong, they have nothing to complain about it...

I don't mean to laugh at your problem, but I can't help it!  I can only picture your bathroom and kitchen...I know how much hair and water Sierra gets around the house and she doesn't even have the long shaggy coat she should.

I've begun using a dryer on her because she likes to rub herself dry on the walls and couches, so we usually have wet hairy streaks down our walls!

It's amazing how much hair those animals retain.  I can furminate my cat Oscar for hours a day and he'll STILL have mounds of hair coming out!  Hmmm...  maybe that's why he's so fat... ;)

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: Listen to your dogs!
« on: March 07, 2009, 06:56:00 pm »
Absolutely amazing.  I wonder if there is any way to show enough gratification to sweet Phoenix.  And I wander if our pups expect anything from us when they do stuff like that...

I'm so glad to hear you are ok.  Give Phoenix hugs and kisses from Sierra and me.

Anything Non-Dog Related / Re: Happy Birthday, tobeysmum
« on: February 24, 2009, 04:49:49 pm »
Hope you had a great day!  Happy birthday!

Hee Hee. It takes three vet-techs to trim Chili's nails. Thank goodness he is a short haired Chi and hair trimming is not needed. :D

Why is it the little tykes are the ones that give the most trouble??  ???

Aw, I'm sorry Elizabeth!
Oh a side note, you have lovely kitchen counters! :D

And a wonderful view!

Seriously, Elizabeth, I can relate.  Sierra has had her skin problems since 9 months and it has only disappeared recently.  I know it's not the same sverity as the issues with your babies, but I know the frustration and feeling of helplessness that you can't do anything to help them get better.  It was to the point where I was sobbing on Jeff's shoulder because I really believed she'd be tearing at herself scratching for the rest of her life.  I wish I could tell you what stopped her itching, but I honestly don't know.  Two vets and a couple thousand dollars later, we still don't know what it was, but I am not changing anything just in case I did something to help her without realizing it.  The breeder I am getting the puppy from said she may have just grown out of whatever it was.

I hope this is the case for Sophie and her skin clears up soon.  As for poor Syrus, well, it sounds as if he has his own set of problems.  Just try to stay positive and know that they love you and know you are trying to help them.

I do the task ninja style

haha!  Ninja style!  That made me laugh picturing you sneaking around in a black hooded outfit with just your eyes showing and wielding a pair of nail clippers.  Which is actually extra funny since I don't know what you look like!! ;D ;D

No sneaking around with Cody.  He's way too alert for that.  He sees EVERYTHING.  I've even left brushes and clippers on the floor to get him used to seeing them and he tries to play with them!  When they are in your hands then they turn into torture devices.  I think I may just take him to a groomer.  It's such a fiasco, I'm afraid I'm going to hurt him one day.

Apparently in my house, it takes a minimum of three. 

Cody is terrified of any type of grooming tool.  Nail clippers, brushes, name it he's terrified of it.

We wanted to trim the hair on his belly because when he goes to the bathroom he ends up peeing on it and it gets gross and crusty.  Well, I'm ashamed to admit that to trim a 4x4 inch area on his belly, it took 15 minutes and Jeff and Kelsey to hold him and me to trim and help hold him still.  I was going to do the whole shebang and clip the hair around his feet and his toenails but he made it clear that was NOT going to happen.  He flipped out and head butted Jeff in the lip and Kelsey ended up with a nasty scratch on her neck and I gave up because I was afraid I was going to cut him by accident.

We trimmed Sierra next and she doesn't like the scissors either.  Thank goodness she'll let you do whatever you want to her as long as someone is rubbing her belly.  It's like she goes into a trance or something  :D  I was able to trim all four paws, both ears and clip her nails in less than 20 minutes.

And yet the 8 lb dog kicked our butts.  ???

Wow, where do I start???

I love when ridiculous, prissy women scoop up their little dogs and/or children when they see Sierra.

I like that strangers think twice about approaching me.

I like when she insists on laying on top of me when we watch tv and I can barely breathe.

I like having to turn the tv up louder because of her snoring.

I love how she outweighs Cody by 90 lbs and can almost fit his entire body into her mouth, yet she is so gentle with him and tolerates anything he does to her.

I love when people always see me buying giant breed items and can't resist asking what type of monster I have.  Yup, that's my girl!

I'm going to stop there.  I could go on forever!

Great Pyrenees Pictures / Re: Introducing.............Ursa CGC!!!!!
« on: February 22, 2009, 03:47:58 pm »
WAY TO GO big girl!


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