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Big Dogs with Jobs / Re: Bear- Therapy Dog x2
« on: August 27, 2006, 12:56:47 am »
How cool is that!! Congatualtions to both you and Bear, he will be the reason for many smiles to come!!

Saint Bernard General Discussions / Re: Adi's vet visit
« on: August 27, 2006, 12:55:04 am »
I disagree with your vet about the puppy food thing. My vet would disagree with your vet too, but that's just the way things go, we all have our own opinions. You have to be confident that YOU are doing the right thing for your growing boy, that's what matters the most. The same thing goes for the early neutering. There are many pros and cons each way, but something to keep in mind is that a full grown 65lb dog is going to reach a much higher level of physical maturity at 5 or 6 months than a potentially full grown 150lb+ dog at the same age. This is why it is so important to have a vet who really understands the differences between a large breed dog and a giant breed. I know that these are some tough choices to make. Good luck!

Great Dane Discussions / Re: Tenchi Update #3
« on: August 25, 2006, 02:13:03 pm »
YEAH!!! Congratulation s on the good poo!!! Keep getting better Tenchi!

We have to give our dogs bottled water too. When we moved to our new house I noticed that the water tasted awful, and that the dogs had really cut their water intake back aswell. So I put spring water in their dishes and it was back to normal. By the way, your Turkey looks so much like my Abbey, what a pretty girl!

Great Dane Discussions / Re: Tenchi Update #3
« on: August 24, 2006, 12:22:17 pm »
Oh no, we are all sending the best wishes and prayers from my house. Get better soon!

I think that she is a pittie, she looks like a dane with those ears back, but look at those skinny legs, they don't look like the bulky legs of a fast growing dane pup.

Great Pyrenees Discussions / Re: question about AKC registration...
« on: August 23, 2006, 10:32:17 pm »
I thought about registering Barney but I won't be competing and I'd rather not give them my money. But if I had registered him I would use "My Name's Not Beethoven".

LMAO!!!I know where your coming from!!

Saint Bernard General Discussions / Re: Molly hurt her leg
« on: August 23, 2006, 07:34:56 am »
I hope Molly's okay, give an update when you find out. It is always so scary when they hurt themselves.

Saint Bernard General Discussions / Re: Who's dog is BIGGEST???
« on: August 20, 2006, 12:07:06 pm »
LMAO! Sorry about the cake Buddy ;). But now that Imani's weight is posted Buddy doesn't have to worry, Imani has just over 15lbs on Hutch. And Fumble...well weighing in like he does at his age, he may be the King in a few short months!

It isn't unusual to have a Saint over 30 inches, especially for males. The standard is a minimum of 27 and a half inches, and of course females are a little smaller. It's funny, I have had so many people say that they didn't know Saints got that big, I know that Hutch is a big boy but as far as large males go, they get bigger.

Saint Bernard General Discussions / Re: Who's dog is BIGGEST???
« on: August 19, 2006, 03:14:36 pm »
Hutch weighs in at 194.8lbs, but I know that he doesn't take the cake, Buddy the Load weighs in more than he does! We keep Hutch trim too, but he is really tall for a Saint at 34 inches at the shoulder.

Medical Conditions & Diseases / Re: Prayers for Tenchi please...
« on: August 19, 2006, 09:14:37 am »
My thoughts, wishes, prayers, my everything are going out for you and your boy.

Leah and the gang

Medical Conditions & Diseases / Re: Slimey Poop
« on: August 19, 2006, 08:21:23 am »
Dehydrated fish sounds like a great treat to give to her! Pancreatitis is not something that you really want to fool around with...take it from me, I'm still recovering from major surgery to  have almost half of my own pancreas removed nearly 4 months ago. The orange colored stool can indicate a flare up of the pancreas and the orange color is bile, nothing to worry about, it will clear itself up. However it is important to keep inflamation of the pancreas down, and when you stray outside of her regular diet the pancreas can become inflamed causing an attack of pancreatitis. The immediate problem with this is the extreme pain that accompanies an attack, but the really serious problem is that with every attck of pancreatitis  the risk of scar tissue on the pancreas gets higher, and this can lead to problems such as diabetes and insufficient production of digestive enzymes, which requires daily medication. The pancreas is a vital organ, and works the same in both dogs and humans. So take it from me, that treat you want to give her is not worth the problems that can occur. I even had to give up chinese food which is my all time favorite because it truely was not worth the damage that it created or the potential trip to the ER with full blown pancreatitis which can be deadly if severe enough. I'm one of the very lucky ones, the cause of my pancreatitis was a tumor that was successfully removed, but your pupper probably will have to live the rest of her life protected from the foods that can harm her.

Ask your vet about raw bones, but because you have her on a fish based diet I suspect that beef bones would be too rich for her (red meat is especially tough for pancreatitis and IBS). You could always do the whole teething trick and take a towel maybe wet down with chicken broth if she is able to have that and freeze it, it would help clean her teeth. Another delicious treat would be to make FAT FREE frozen cubes of yogurt and give them to her as a special treat, again if she can handle dairy, but it is usually the dairy fat that causes a problem. Goodluck! I know that it is not an easy problem to deal with, and I hope you come up with some good solutions.

Medical Conditions & Diseases / Re: i dont know what to do!
« on: August 18, 2006, 10:11:46 am »
Oh I am so sorry that Mack is feeling under the weather. I would get a second opinion from another vet, especially if you know that parvo is going around. Always better to be safe than sorry! I hope that he is feeling better soon.

Saint Bernard General Discussions / Re: Saint's as a family member
« on: August 18, 2006, 06:33:30 am »
Bluskygirl, how exciting!! I just wanted to say that you should definatley make sure that the parents have all of the health clearances and OFA testings etc. An unhealthy Saint is an expensive Saint, we rescued Hutch when he was 10 months old and payed nearly $1000 in the first couple months to get him on the road to health again. Dysplasia is a serious concern with our big babies too, and in the end can cause a ton of heartbreak, just ask some members here. With that being said, I can't wait to see pictures!

Why do pitties get a bad rep from the media? It's simple, because they are the dog of choice right now for all of the thugs and losers out there who want to get a dog for a status symbol. Unfortunatley these people who are getting the dogs are irresponsible pet owners and they want their dogs to be mean and deadly. Of course this causes problems, and we all know how the media loves hysteria. All of the points I wanted to say have already been said, I think pitties are fantastic dogs and maybe one day I might invite one into our home again. BSL makes me so angry, and I think that anyone who has a fear of these dogs should find a responsible breeder and communicate with them and visit their dogs!! I think many minds would be changed. In given time the pits will be out of the spot light and their will be a new devil dog to replace them. I hope to God that new laws will be implemented against PEOPLE who want to be pet owners, only this way can we prevent the attacks! And it doesn't matter that I'm not a pit owner, because maybe when the thugs and losers decide that they want to demonize newfs (don't laugh, it could happen, they did it to Saints back in the 80's), I want as many people as possible against BSL.

Pitts are a powerful breed, and they have a heart that can love their family just as powerfully.

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