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General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: saint bath
« on: June 21, 2005, 11:18:03 am »
That picture is hillarious!

I couldn't resist attaching this picture of Zoey's first bath the day we brought her home.

Medical Conditions & Diseases / Re: He's been poisoned.
« on: June 20, 2005, 06:19:43 pm »
I just want to say good luck! I hope he ends up okay  :-\

For some reason, I hadn't thought of putting an area rug where her bowl is (it's a pretty obvious choice, but when you just move there's too much going on to think about everything). After reading that two of you guys have rugs under your bowls I realized thats deffinately what I should do. I don't worry about damp feet, just falling (Zoey's daddy already has a bad ankle, and with her hips and all). So an area rug it is!

Thanks guys.

When Zoey drinks water, she turns her head and spills water/drool all over the floor near the bowl. In our old house we had carpet, and I didn't really worry about it being a little damp near the bowl. But in our new house (we moved a couple weeks ago), we have all hardwood floors, and the spilled water makes them very slippery. It's impossible to dry off the floor everytime she spills (it's just too frequent) and I am worried that Zoey or one of the humans in the house will slip on the wet floor.

I am sure that other drooly dog owners have the same problem. Has anyone thought of a crative solution to the puddly floors?

Food Discussion & Information / Re: Homemade frozen treats
« on: June 18, 2005, 08:59:56 pm »
Today I made up two batches of ice cream using the first recipe. I left out the honey (I didn't want to add too much sugar to her diet and figured it would be tasty enough without it), and did half of the cups using gerber "banana strawberry" mixed in and half using gerber "vegtable stew". I put them in muffin cups and when I went to give her one tonight, I just peeled off the paper and put the ice cream cube in her bowl. She loved it!

And as a side note, this morning when I was in the grocery store trying to pick out which flavor to buy there was another woman shopping for baby food and she was like "oh, what age is yours?" and I had to explain that I was actually shopping for a dog. She looked at my like I was crazy! I have always treated my Zoey like a baby, but the actually baby food was a whole new level for me  ;)

At bedtime, Zoey likes to climb onto the bed for tummy rubs while we watch tv, but then when we're ready to actually sleep she hops down on the floor. For the rest of the night she alternates between sleeping next to the bed, next to the door, and on her dog bed at the foot of the bed.

Food Discussion & Information / Homemade frozen treats
« on: June 17, 2005, 03:15:44 pm »
I want to start making homemade frozen treats for my Saint so I can save money on frosty paws and also make smaller sized ones so that I can give them to her more often.

I searched the net and found these two recipes over and over:
Home Made Frosty Paws
Obtained from the Show Dog Magazine web site.

32 oz. vanilla yogurt
1 mashed banana or one large jar of baby fruit
2 Tblsp. peanut butter
2 Tblsp. honey

Blend all together and freeze in either 3 oz. paper cusp or ice cube trays. Microwave just a few seconds before serving.

Note: Baby meat can be substitued instead of the fruit and peanut butter.

Icy Paws
Obtained from the Show Dog Magazine web site.
2 (32oz.) plain or vanilla yogurt
1 small (8oz.) can of tuna in water
2 tsp. garlic power
24 3 oz. plastic cups (not paper)

Open yogurt, if they are full to the top use a spoon & scoop out one cup. (these will be frozen as plain yogurt). Put half of the can of tuna in each yogurt container add the garlic power (1 tsp. in each) & stir thoroughly.Use a spoon & scoop the mixture into the cups. Place on a tray & freeze overnight. Makes about 24 treats.

Natural Flea Preventation: Mix in garlic powder, brewers yeast & fennel seed.
Veggie Delight: Mix in cooked peas or other vegetables.
Chicken Icy Paws: use canned chicken instead of tuna
Potassiam Boost: Add in a mashed banana.

I am also considering mixing yogurt with pureed pumpkin to freeze for those  days when her output is a little too soft.

Has anyone tried these or any other homemade frozen treat recipes? Any suggestions for me?

Well, there's no question that Zoey is a saint, so it should make you happy to hear that she had 3 black toes...If you look closesly at my avatar picture, you can even see one - the third nail over on her front right paw is black.

Newfoundland Discussions / Re: Newfs and their water drinking
« on: June 16, 2005, 04:18:29 pm »
When Zoey was a puppy we would limit his water intake some, but she would still get many water bowls throughout the day (with potty breaks after each one - she was lucky enough to have a stay-at-home-puppy-mommy for the first couple months she was with us, so I took her out every half hour). But when I didn't give her water and she was thirsty, she would wander down to the bathroom, climb into the tub, and lick the drain, since she associated it with water from her baths. Now when she's thirsty and the bowl is empty, she scratches at the mat underneath until I fill the bowl, and when I don't respond after a minute or two, she gets frustrated and pulls the mat out and runs around with it flailing. I don't really see it as freaking out though, I see it as her was of saying "hey, help me out I'm thirsty", much like I know that if she goes to stand at the front door it is her way of signaling that she needs a potty break.

Newfoundland Pictures / Re: Puppies X 6
« on: June 13, 2005, 06:09:33 pm »
They are SO adorable! Congrats!

Post lots and lots of pictures. I love puppies.

Saint Bernard General Discussions / Re: i need a pat on the back
« on: June 13, 2005, 01:53:26 pm »
I hate cutting Zoey's nails too - she freaks out and I'm afraid I'll cut too much when she wiggles around. It's not that bad though since I discovered that when I put down a frosty paws ice cream she'll stay still licking it even with me doing her nails.

Anything Non-Dog Related / Re: Just bought a cool bed
« on: June 09, 2005, 01:29:57 pm »
How long does it stay cool with him laying on it? I am thinking about buying Zoey one.

PS - I think Spotakiss should be Zoey's internet boyfriend ;) He reminds me alot of her.

Saint Bernard General Discussions / Re: saint bernard owners.....
« on: June 08, 2005, 07:47:31 pm »
I eventually want to get Zoey a keg and have considered the site you posted (tyhey have some nice kegs!). I also think people should check out the kegs for sale from the saint rescue league because the proceeds go to help save saints:

Newfoundland Discussions / Re: Soft Poop Anyone
« on: June 08, 2005, 07:30:37 pm »
Zoey was on wolfking for 6 months, and the longer she stayed on it, the softer it got. It finally got to the point when it was too liquidy to pick up normally, and I decided I had had enough. She is now eating wellness brand and now that she had adjusted to it, her poops are normally again (not stiff or too smooshy).

Mixed Breed Pictures / Re: how big will he get?
« on: June 08, 2005, 05:24:31 pm »
When Zoey was that age, she weighed about 35lbs and gained around 3lbs a week. She's 100 now at a year old and we're expecting another 50-60

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