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Bills & Other Legislative Acts / Re: Dogs Drown in Sewer By City Worker
« on: August 26, 2005, 09:46:14 am »
That makes me so sad and angry  >:(  I just signed the petition.

I have the same problem with Riley - when we went to the park, while all the other dogs swim in the lake, he is more interested in drinking from it!  It seems like when he sees water in his bowl, he has to drink until it is finished.  Even after he finishes it and I fill it up again.  I don't think he's ever left any water in his bowl.  Freaks me out too.  And its not like he never gets water so I know hes not dehydrated or anything.  We always soak his food in water too... he drinks the water first then eats the food.  I get nervous cause I feel like him drinking too much water is not good for him.   Thoughts?  ???

Thanks SPIKESMOMMY, those are some great ideas.  I never thought to have matching costumes, but now I'm definitely doing that!  Just gotta work on Riley not getting so excited every time the doorbell rings and scaring the crap outta little kids!  LOL.

Hey all,

This will be Riley's 1st Halloween with us and I'd LOVE to dress him up but I have no idea as what!  Any ideas/suggestions for big dog costumes?  PS...I'd love to see some of your furbaby's past Halloween pictures!  :D

Great Pyrenees Pictures / Re: Finally!...Baby pics of Samson!
« on: August 26, 2005, 06:51:36 am »
So cute and fluffy!!

Medical Conditions & Diseases / Re: Warning!!! Please Read!!!
« on: August 26, 2005, 06:41:27 am »
Wow, thats awful!  I had no idea about grapes and raisins...  thanks for the warning!  What other foods/snacks are harmful to dogs?   ???

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Discussions / Re: Crazy Puppy on the LOOSE!
« on: August 24, 2005, 08:50:29 am »
Yeah he's 11 months and already weighs about 115 pounds...  Can't believe how big he is.  Hes the first dog I've ever owned and I just knew I wanted a big big dog!

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Discussions / Crazy Puppy on the LOOSE!
« on: August 23, 2005, 01:00:46 pm »
I just had to post this cause it was such a shock  :o  but made me laugh at the same time  :D

My husband and I commute to work together every day.  Since Riley is too big for his crate, we keep him in half of the office - blocked by a baby gate, where he has enough room to lay down comfortably, turn around etc.   The reason we keep him cooped up is he is 11 months old and Swissys have a tendency to take longer to housetrain (so he has more accidents than the typical 11 month old.)  Also, we don't actually lock the gate because he seems to be afraid of it anyway and won't usually go near it - our two kitties have made it fall over a few times and the noise has scared the bejeezus out of Riley!  Anyway, when we left yesterday morning, my husband left about 6 inches the gate open knowing there was NO WAY Riley was going near it.  HA - were we wrong!  When we got homr that evening and as I unlocked the door, I was expecting to see our Kitty Pudding who greets us everyday.  SURPRISE!!!  I end up getting knocked over and kisses all over by hyper-happy Riley who is so excited to see me.  He scared the crap outta me!  After the shock settled, I walked in and saw about 25 shredded napkins on the floor along with a teddy bear he always steals from my bedroom!  I wondered how long this puppy had been running freely around my house!  And of course we had left every single door open!  Then I thought - OMG there is probably pee and poo everywhere!  BUT - to my surprise, there was not a drop of anything anywhere!  It was crazy.  I'm still laughing about it!  ;D

Great Dane Pictures / Re: Then and Now
« on: August 19, 2005, 09:40:37 am »
Here's 2 of Riley at 11 weeks, then 10 months!

Hi All,

I was wondering if anyone could offer some helpful hints about what to expect the first time you board your big dog.  We're going to need to board Riley for 3 nights next month and I'm a little nervous.   :-[  Hes never slept anywhere but home.

What if any vaccines/shots are required before you can board your buddy?  Can you bring some dog toys/treats or your dog's bed?

 ??? I've never even been to a boarding kennel.  What do they do?  Do they lock the poor thing up all day?  Do the dogs get to play together?  Do they go outside/get exercise?  What should I expect when I pick Riley up?  Is he gonna hate me for boarding him?  :-[

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks!

Thats awesome!!!!  HAHAHAHAHA  ;D

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Discussions / Calling all BUBBAs!!!
« on: August 02, 2005, 11:29:43 am »
I surf this page every few days checking out all the new paw prints and I can't tell you how funny I think it is that soooo many dogs nicknames are BUBBA - including mine.   :)  Why is that?  Why is it so popular?  Everyday I come across a paw print or two with Bubba as a nickname.  I just thought it was so hilarious.  What's even funnier, is that there isn't a single dog on this site with the first name Bubba... its always a nickname!   :) 

Thought this would be fun... reply if your dog's nickname is BUBBA! 

 - Tina & Riley (Bubba  :D)

Food Discussion & Information / Re: Raised water and food or not?
« on: May 27, 2005, 07:55:51 am »
I've heard conflicting reports as well.   :-\  On one hand, raised dishes are good for our giant dogs when it comes to their joints - but on the other hand, we've heard they attribute to bloat.  I haven't used a raised bowl yet, but I don't know if I should switch either.  Can anyone else share their experience?  Thanks!


Thanks for all the advice everyone... WE WON'T GIVE UP!  :)

Saint Bernard General Discussions / Re: He finally lifts his leg!!
« on: May 27, 2005, 07:37:50 am »
Thats great!  How old is Judge?  Riley is about 8 months and he still pees like a "girl"   ;)  Do some dogs just never switch?

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