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General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: Black & White Pics
« on: March 12, 2006, 09:23:30 am »
Thanks everyone for the nice replys. The photographer is awesome. If one of our pics makes the cut, we do get a copy of the book. It is going to be a while before we know anything though.

I am definately making prints to frame of them. Black and white pics are my favorite.

Thanks again,

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Black & White Pics
« on: March 11, 2006, 01:26:55 pm »
A professional photographer contacted us a few months back about using our dogs for a coffee table book she is making. We don't know for sure yet if any of our pics made the cut, but here are a few she sent us.

Hope you enjoy.

Old English Mastiff Discussions / Re: Tell me the good and the bad.
« on: March 11, 2006, 12:01:00 pm »
We have a 4 year old OEM named Ozzy and I just love him to pieces. If you do not like a dog following you from room to room, climbing up on your lap every time you sit down or laying with their big heads on your feet, this is not the dog for you. Honestly, I have never met a more loyal, lovable, huggable breed then the OEM. They are a very good source of entertainment. I smile from ear to ear whenever I get the chance to talk about Ozzy. He has roo roo'd (don't worry you will know what i mean if you get one) his way right into our hearts.

Like others have said, they are big dogs that can knock down a child with a bump or leave a bruise with the swing of a tail, so NEVER leave a child unattended with any dog.


I am a Certified Vet Tech in Minneapolis, MN. It is really easy to tell if it is yeast or bacteria. Have your vet do an ear swab. They just roll the junk from the ear on a slide, stain it, then look at it under a microscope under high power. Then they should be able to differentiate bacteria or yeast or neither. Yeast has a very distinctive smell, appears dark and thick (reminds me of tar).


Saint Bernard General Discussions / Re: angus in the kitchen lol
« on: March 05, 2006, 07:56:10 pm »
Harley does that when I toss him popcorn or any other treat. He doesn't even try to catch it in the air. He just sees me get ready to toss it to him and stares at the floor waiting for it to drop.


I know, wasn't today beautiful. We took all the fur kids dor a walk. Where at in MN do you live? We live in Brooklyn Center.


Saint Bernard General Discussions / Re: Question for Saint owners
« on: February 28, 2006, 07:00:05 pm »
Our 5 year old Saint Harley is awesome. We take him to nursing homes and hospitals to visit with the elderly and children. He is always a big hit.

We always took him to dog parks when he was a pup and he was always around other dogs, but for some reason he became dog aggressive when he was about 2 years old. Not all dogs, he like to pick on the weaker dogs, or when he hears other dogs getting into a fight he would run over and get in the middle of it. Because of his size, this scared a lot of people, including myself, so we no longer take him to the dog park. He has NEVER shown any agression to people though. He is the biggest sweetest mush mush around.


Newfoundland Discussions / Re: fumble's got a big bump :(
« on: February 28, 2006, 05:17:08 pm »
I wonder if a year round "cooling pad" would entice him to lay on it. They are padded and disperse the body heat?

Our Saint will not lie on a dog bed either so we got him one of the cooling pads at Petco I believe. I am not sure how it works, but he loves it. They are kinda spendy so I just use it in the summer. Once it starts getting warm out he will go to the spot I always put his "cooling pad" at and just stare at the floor until I get the hint.  :)


Thanks everyone! I am getting very excited to go see the pups. They were 2 weeks old yesterday - they were born on Valentines Day. I will take lots of pics when I go see them.

What age do you start with water training? My husbands parents have a cabin on a lake in Northern Minnesota that we go to a lot in the summer. Do the dogs have to be intact in order to compete in the water trials? We just want a companion do so we will be neutering him. What age do you have Newfies neutered? We had our Saint and Mastiff done at around 6-8 months.

I will have many more questions once the time comes closer.


Newfoundland Discussions / Re: fumble's got a big bump :(
« on: February 26, 2006, 06:43:39 pm »
Harley (our St. Bernard) used to get these on his elbow. We got him some DogLeggs at and they went away quickly. They work amazingly well.

Thank you very much for all of the responses. The breeder we found does all the health testing. That is why we have waited so long - to find the breeder that we are both happy with. We go look at the puppies in 3 weeks (they will be 4 weeks old). She tests potential owners with the Volhard Puppy Aptitude test at 7-8 weeks of age, so hopefully we will be a good match to one of her pups.

We too were victims of poor breeding with our Great Pyr (we lost him at 2 years old to an auto-immune disease), so we have definately learned our lesson.

Thanks agaon,

Newfoundland Discussions / Thinking about adding a Newfie to our brood...
« on: February 25, 2006, 10:47:11 pm »
Hi everyone! I have always wanted a newfie and we have recently found a breeder that we really like. We are currently owned by a St. Bernard (Harley - 5 yrs old), a English Mastiff (Ozzy 4 yrs old) and a GSD (Sheba - 14 yrs old). We also used to have a Great Pyrenese (Sampson), so we are familiar of all the shedding, drooling, big dog love  :D, etc. Just curious if there is anything else that any of you could tell me about Newfies that would be good to know before getting one.


A fun one we played at a Halloween party was TIC TAC DOG. Just get some rope and map out a tic tac toe board. Have half the players be Sits and Half the players be Downs and play just like the game.

Copy Cat is another fun one. Break every one into 2 teams. The first team chooses a player (and their dog) to do a trick or a command, then the other team has to find someone on their team that can do the same trick with their dog.

Have fun!


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