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Golden Retriever Pictures / Re: the crown
« on: June 04, 2005, 07:35:35 pm »
Dang it!  I am all whipped up now to humiliate my dog, and I can't find any batteries for the digital camera!  NOOOOOOOO!!!!

Golden Retriever Pictures / Re: the crown
« on: June 04, 2005, 07:06:37 pm »
That is adorable - what a love.  He looks like a prom queen on the morning after.  I bet he is so bitter right now...

Introduce Yourself to the Forum / New Here... Just Saying Hello
« on: June 04, 2005, 07:03:25 pm »
Hi all,

I am new here, only been on the boards for a couple of days, and thought I would say an "official" hello...

I live in California with my fiance and our two fur-babies, Ranger & Gwen.  We adopted Ranger in May of 2004, after losing my almost 14-year old mixed-breed, Cabo, earlier that year.  Ranger is now almost 2 years old (his bday is in August), and weighs about 100 lbs.  We are told he is a Saint Bernard mix, and he is a total brat, complete with issues, but I love him tons!  (Don't believe he is a brat?  Look at his picture, people - you can SEE the devil horns ready to sprout from the top of his head!  Film don't lie.)

Gwen, who I sometimes jokingly refer to as Other Dog, (hey, what can I say?  I love my boy!), is a German Shepherd mix.  She weighs about 110 lbs., but she is a bit chubby (yeah... me too).  My fiance found her abandoned on the street when she was just a puppy and she has been with him ever since.  Her entire earth orbits around her Daddy!

Thanks to all who have welcomed me so far!  I'll try not to bug everyone with too many posts..   ;D  but I can see how this can become addictive...  Looking forward to meeting everyone!

Golden Retriever Pictures / Re: the crown
« on: June 04, 2005, 06:32:30 pm »
Now THAT is true talent!

Ranger once briefly surfed - on his first trip to the beach, he began to chase a booge board that a kid was dragging along behind him in the shallow water.  He got his two front paws up on it and was skimming along quite nicely for a bit, before the kid noticed that his board had gotten heavier by about 85 (at that time) pounds!

Now that he knows that Sugar Bear is allowed to drive, he is digging through my purse looking for the car keys!

Golden Retriever Pictures / Re: the crown
« on: June 04, 2005, 05:54:50 pm »
Sleeping in the shower?  OK, I think we have a winner!

Golden Retriever Pictures / Re: the crown
« on: June 04, 2005, 04:37:59 pm »
No talent competition?   ;)

Great Pyrenees Discussions / Re: Age for first heat season?
« on: June 04, 2005, 04:35:36 pm »
I believe it can be as early as 6 months or so.  Although in a large breed dog, it may occur later than it would in a smaller dog...

Golden Retriever Pictures / Re: the crown
« on: June 04, 2005, 04:16:46 pm »
OK, I guess I will have to spend the weekend getting Ranger ready for the pageant.  He's got to represent!

I can probably manage the swimsuit competition, but I am going to have a heck of a time getting him into the evening gown and heels...

Does anyone else on here have an extremely fearful pooch?
Ranger (100 lb. St. Bernard mix) is somewhat fearful, and can be reactive to both dogs and to some people.  

When he first came home with us from the shelter, he lulled us into a false sense of security with his "honeymoon" period.  Sure, he had some issues like countersurfing, and figuring out that housebreaking means that we will break his neck if he pees in the house (KIDDING!), but he was great with other dogs and every person that he met.  Then, the honeymoon ended, and his true personality came out.  

He is no longer able to go to the dog park, since his reaction to other dogs can be quite unpredictable, both on-leash and off-leash.  He might want to play, but he might want to fight.  And once he wants to fight one dog, he wants to fight EVERY dog.  He also started to be uncomfortable in certain situations with people he doesn't know - generally in situations when he feels closed in and a stranger reaches out for his head.  When that happens, he will get very nervous, and has air-snapped a time or two.  As Mommy, it is now my job to carefully monitor things, and keep him out of situations like that.  Other times, he will literally drag us up to people for petting.

We now work with a clicker and treats to position the presence of other dogs as a very positive thing for him, and he is learning to lay down and offer his belly for a rub when greeting people.  He loves a belly rub and this keeps people from reaching for his head.  Baby steps...

Golden Retriever Pictures / Re: the crown
« on: June 03, 2005, 08:42:04 pm »
That is the cutest thing ever!  I just want to sop him up with a biscuit....  
He knows he is the true queen of the prom - the look on his face is saying "Don't hate me because I'm beautiful..."

My dear departed Cabo had surgery once, and needed to wear a t-shirt to keep him from licking at his stitches.  To keep it from dragging on the ground, we had to kind of cinch it to the side and knot it.  Talk about wussy!  He looked like some kind of weird furry Fire Island cabana boy.  I kept waiting for him to offer me a drink with an umbrella in it.

Ranger wishes he could rock a tiara like that!

Saint Bernard General Discussions / Re: cracked nose
« on: June 03, 2005, 08:34:02 pm »
I would never dare to compete with you, Nikker!  

Instead, maybe we can band together to use our powers for good.  Or, at least to get our own morning show!  

I think we need to hear the butt cheek story at some point.  Hey, I showed you mine...

Saint Bernard General Discussions / Re: cracked nose
« on: June 03, 2005, 04:55:04 pm »
Wow! So, did you end up with a Newf??
Oh, I wish!  We were living in Michigan at the time I lost Cabo, but were just about to move back to California.  I didn't want to adopt until we got back here...  
I ended up with my current monster-dog, Ranger.  He is a St. Bernard mix, but pretty small, only about 100 llbs.  He will be 2 years old in August.  Not sure what he is mixed with...  Heard from the original shelter in AZ that took him in that it might be Brittany Spaniel...  

He is the worst dog ever, but I love him...  I better, nobody else will!   ;D

I will try to get a picture of him up here at some point, but I am forced to admit that I can't figure out how to get them off my camera phone (lowers head, slinks away in shame...)

Thanks for the warm welcome everyone!

Saint Bernard General Discussions / Re: cracked nose
« on: June 03, 2005, 04:44:00 pm »
Well, I am SUPPOSED to be working, but...   ;D 

When I was younger (thinner and cuter, too!), I lived in a not so great part of town.  Not horrible, ghetto-bad - just kind of run down and shabby, but a real "neighborhood" and I liked it.  Yes, there were some homeless guys around, and some gangs liked to hang out on the street corners, and people felt free to use illegal drugs right out on the streets, but, hey, nothing bad ever happened to me.   Ahh, to be young and stupid again.

So, one night it was late and I had the urge for chocolate.  No, I NEEDED chocolate.  Right then.  You know it goes.  

I decide that I will walk up to the 7-11 around the corner and procure some candy.  Well, I am not dressed all that great, but who wants to get dressed up to go to 7-11 at like midnight, right?  So, I have on a v-neck t-shirt.  I am not wearing a bra (this will be key later), and I have no desire to put one on.  

I decide to take the dog (not Cabo, he would never do this to his mommy!  This was before him) with me.  Jester and I head out and as we get to the 7-11, I notice that there is a big group of thuggy gang-type guys hanging out in front.  Well, alright, I will just pretend to be invisible and wrap my little button-front sweater more tightly around me to camoflauge my lack of bra as I slink through the center of the group.  

Usually, if there were not too many people inside, I would normally just take Jester into the 7-11 with me, but for some reason it was the place to be that night.  Since I was literally going in for like 2.5 seconds, I decided it would be okay to leave Jester outside (I know, I don't do it anymore.  See above comment about young and stupid).  I tie him to the news rack thingy, ask the gang guys to keep an eye on him, and pop in.  I come out with my bulging bag full of candy in one hand and unwrap this leash with the other.  At this point, he decides he is overwhelmingly happy to see his mommy and jumps up on me.  Since I don't have a free hand to stop him he jumps all the way up on me, and on the way down, he gets his paw caught in the v-neck of my t-shirt.  This. combined with this weight and downward momentum, causes the neck of the t-shirt to rip and pull until it is all the way down around my waist.  I am aware of a sudden suspicious amount of cool night air on my boobs, and look down to see that they are both fully exposed.  

At that point, everything went black and all I could hear was all the gang members shouting "Good boy...good, good doggy!"

Stories of this nature?  Unfortunately - I got a million of 'em.

Saint Bernard General Discussions / Re: cracked nose
« on: June 03, 2005, 04:05:42 pm »
As I mentioned in a different thread, I am a newbie here, so "hi".  Here is my tale of terror...  it is kind of long, but typical of the type of stuff that always happens to me!   ;)

I lost my almost 14 year old mixed breed, Cabo, back in March of last year, and I was devastated.  I was sorely missing a big furry head by my side.  (We have a second dog in the family too, but, no, THAT dog wasn't good enough.  It had to be a black and fuzzy dog!).  

The people down the street from us had two Newfies that I had always admired from afar, but I had never really talked to the people that owned them.  One day my fiance comes back from walking Other Dog and says "You have a play-date with the Newfies down the street next Tuesday".  He felt really bad about how sad I was and saw these poor people in their front yard one day and basically accosted them and explained our situation, and asked if I could come over and pet their dogs some day.  What a man!  

So the magic day arrives and we go to their house to meet their dogs.  As soon as my butt hits their couch, the first thing that happens is the dogs mob me (which I am used to) and their "teenage" Newfie head butts me right in the mouth.  Hard.  

Now, I am sure these people (who don't know us from Adam, but have been nice enough to invite us into their home so that I can basically just hug their dogs and cry into their fur) already think we are TOTAL FREAKS, so the last thing I want to do is have to say "Oh hi, nice to meet you.  By the way, do you have a Kleenex for the blood that is pooling up in my mouth right now?"  I was totally embarrased, and I didn't them to feel bad that their dog had just opened up a can of whup-@ss on me.  So, I just kind of smiled with my mouth shut, and kept swallowing and trying to discreetly wipe it away....  

Sigh.  So typical of my life.  Maybe some other time I will tell you about the time my dog exposed me in front of a group of gang members....  

Golden Retriever Discussions / Re: humping
« on: June 03, 2005, 03:32:12 pm »
We have nicknamed it Mabeline, like the makeup.

OK, I am a newbie here, but I just had to de-lurk for a moment to say that is the funniest thing I have ever heard.  

We don't have to deal with the lipstick too often in my house, but I might have to steal that nickname...  ;D

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