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I still really like www.gracieland .org and their deaf dane rescue.  I don't necessarily think that we should shy away from all breed specific organizations, i just think that if we are goign breed specific it should be selective in how we do it.  Gracielands Deaf Dane rescue is a great example, working with a particular issue that is unfortunatley quite prominent in the Dane world.

I also think it would be good to rotate the charities every month or so.  Like have 3 charities to pick from each month, and then switch so all our worderful organizations can get in on the action.

i also think this concept has the potential of starting breed wars...   If folks could give more info about organizations that would be super.  There are a ton of breed specific rescues out there, and unfortunately we can't help them all.  I think we should focus on rescues that deal with really special needs dogs, or across large and giant breeds in general. 

www.gracieland .org, a charity for Deaf Danes. 

you stole mine.... so they get my vote too.

« on: August 18, 2005, 05:00:46 pm »
gentle giants is the one that Jacksmom was refering to in the post up above.  they are under investigation and from what i have read i would use caution and know what other people have gone through with them.

Anything Non-Dog Related / Re: loving the videos!!!!!
« on: August 18, 2005, 01:08:33 pm »
where are all these videos you speak of?

Saint Bernard General Discussions / Re: is that a dingo????
« on: August 18, 2005, 12:45:33 pm »
my pup also got called a dingo this past weekend.  he actually does have a reseblance though.  His huge ears have started to stand up all the way all the time..... he was also called a jackal and a hyena.......  i will take a new picture tonight and post it.....

Mixed Breed Pictures / Re: My cute new rescue
« on: August 12, 2005, 09:13:00 am »
how old is that beautiful dane in your picture? He looks a lot like shakes, especially now that shakes is putting on weight and startign to grow again!

The size is not a really great indicator of shakes breed because he had sever malnutriton, mange and such, which stunted his growth.  his siblings that didn't get it as bad are much bigger, like 80 pounds at around 6 months, so pretty giant.

Great Dane Discussions / Re: Oh how i hate the cone......
« on: August 10, 2005, 08:26:34 pm »
the problem is that he follows me all the time!!!

he should only have it a couple more weeks...everyt hing is healing up nicely.

i actually got to see his paw this morning because the bandage they put on monday night was too loose and fell of in the middle of the night.  Anyhow, his wounds look great, healing up really well.   

Great Dane Discussions / Oh how i hate the cone......
« on: August 10, 2005, 06:28:58 pm »
so, shakes has to wear an E Collar, aka big plastic cone, because of his surgery....

Anyhow, he likes to follow me around, and he bumps into the back of my legs a lot.

now i bruise really easily, but it still hurts a lot!!

here is a picture of the damage.

shakespeare just had surgery to amputate his toe and we are very thankful for those pain meds.  Ours were certainly a downer, so even though he felt better he wasn't about to get up and run around.  We have to keep him really calm so he doesn't run around and hurt his foot.  Poor puppy.

 He hates his cone,  and he can also reach his foot even with it on.  The dane in him gives him such a long body and such long legs that he can curl up more than most dogs.  Our vet said as long as he wasn't licking it or trying to get it off that we didn't need a bigger cone.  Even if he can get to it, he has to try very hard to do so.  He actually is using that as a healing guage.  if he goes through all the trouble to sit jsut right in order to reach his paw then there is something wrong....

Make sure that if you give her treats with the cone on that you stay near by.  Shakes likes to accidentaly drop bit down under his chin and they just sit ther in the bottom of the cone driving him crazy.

read this all on MSN'S pet friendly city listing

what is this listing you speak of?

i mentioned this in the other rant about not being able to take dogs, but in our town there is a whole street that is super dog friendly.  The banana republic even alows pups and has treats for hte well behaved ones.

I am very lucky and live in the dog friendliest town imaginable....  It is a section of long beach, CA called Belmont Shore.  You can't go anywhere without seeing doggies of all sizes.  They walk up and down the main drag with there humans, and are allowed to sit at almost all restaurants if they have outdoor seating.  The biggest surprise though is how many of the stores let pups in.  I was in the Banana Republic there and there were at least 5 dogs in there and some were pretty huge.  They even have treates that they give to well behaved dogs!!  I really had never seen anything like it.

Great Dane Discussions / Re: Protective Mommy
« on: August 08, 2005, 09:24:52 am »
I have a funny story about jsut such a topic...

So my little (big) guy is about 5 months old, recently had a broken leg.  few weeks ago while he still had his cast on i was sitting outside a coffee shop with him, and a very good friend of mine and these 2 guys were staring at us.  now, we are in our early 20's and these guys were in their late 50's or early 60's, which made the situation pretty awkward.  for the longest time we couldn't figure out why they were staring, and this went on for almost half an hour before we realized it was the puppy.  Finally they came over, and this is what they had to say.....

"my friend and i were just wondering if that is a cast on your dogs leg, or a prostetic leg?"

apparently they were orthopedic surgens and had been debating the whole time about whether it was a cast or a prostetic, and how one could make a prostetic leg for a dog and how to make it most comfortable and such.  They were very dissapointed that it was just a cast.....

Bernese Mountain Dog Discussions / Re: names for a male puppy
« on: August 05, 2005, 11:26:22 pm »
my favorite harry potter character is sirius black, and he occasionally takes the form of a very large black dog.  if i ever get a big black dog, i will go with either sirius or his codename padfoot.  Might be better for a newfie... but there are lots of good potter names..... hagrid maybe or Grawp who lived in the mountains.....  ok i am a little to obsessed for a 22 year old college grad.... but everyone needs their fun.

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