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Medical Conditions & Diseases / Hip Help
« on: July 02, 2007, 01:44:39 am »
I was walking Bo this weekend and heard her hip going "pop, pop, pop" loud enough that I could hear it while I was walking next to her.  I put my hand on her hip & felt her left hip bone popping in the socket.  Is this a sign of dysplasia?!?  She doesn't seem to be in any pain (that I can tell, but Pyrs have a HIGH pain threshold), nor is she limping or lame.  Lately she has been slow to get out of the car after a long ride while she's laying down, but other than that she's playing & walking normally.  I haven't had her on glucosamine for about 2 months, but I'm wondering if putting her on a high dose might help.  Anyone else have this kind of experience with their big paw's hips? 

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Bo is my copilot!
« on: April 23, 2007, 01:34:33 pm »
I took this picture with my camera phone the other day & wanted to share it!  Bo likes to ride in the back with her head on the seat...not sure why, she's always done this!  If you have any Dog is my Copilot pictures...pos t them!! =)

Hey everyone!  I'm just looking for some help with my girl, Bo.  She's 3 1/2 now and as she's aged, she's become more and more cautious around other dogs.  She was socialized well and exposed to LOTS of dogs & people as a younger dog, but it seems like the older she gets, the more snarky she can be around other dogs.  For example, we were out on the boat on Sunday and when we got back to the boat launch, there was a hound dog puppy (probably a year old) and some tiny jack russel puppies running around.  She got very upset & barked at them while Floyd, ever the friendly guy, ran around with them.  We put her in the car while we loaded the boat & she was fine, although she barked at them as we were leaving.  When we're on walks, sometimes she barks at other dogs on the street, but then again, sometimes she doesn' depends upon how the other dog reacts to her first.  One day she was super friendly & the other dog started barking first, and then she responded by barking back.  She weighs 130lbs, so her bark is BIG and LOUD.  To clarify, she's NEVER bitten another dog or person, and was actually nipped on the nose by another dog at the park a long time ago.  When my father in law brought his two dogs to visit last weekend (1 1/2 y.o. German shorthair pointer & 14 y.o. jack russel) she was TOTALLY fine with the old guy and mildly tolerant of the puppy (after barking at her for about 15 minutes-putting her in her place, I guess).  I can't figure it out!  She's my first Pyr, and I know that they are prone to dog aggression, but her behavior seems less like aggression and more like a fear reaction-like she's scared of the other dogs and wants to scare them away first.  Her personality is such that she doesn't do well wtih new things (Neophobia-big fancy Patricia McConnell term) and takes a long time to get used to new stuff.  She LOVES Floyd, but that, too, took a while for her to adjust to.  I'm not sure if there's anything I can do to help her be less fearful or if this is just par for the breed. 
Thanks for listening!!!

Medical Conditions & Diseases / Dogs with allergies?
« on: January 24, 2007, 03:03:01 pm »
I'm starting to think that Bo has allergies...he r nose is contstantly dripping & her right ear is always full of this reddish-brown waxy junk.  She WON'T let me near her ear (never has, thoug) and when I took her to the vet to have them clean her ears, she knocked down 3 vet techs like they were bowling pins!!  I read online that you can give your dogs Tavist D for allergy symptoms, but I wans't sure if this is what she has.  Any suggestions?  Anyone else have this problem?
Jenn, Bo & Floyd

I bought a sheepdog whistle to work on long-distance recall with Floyd and I can't figure the darn thing out!!  I didn't come with instructions, either!  HELP!  =)
Jenn in California

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / frothing with new dogs
« on: January 16, 2007, 03:07:15 pm »
I have noticed that whenever Floyd meets a new dog, his jaw begin chattering & he froths at the mouth heavily.  I assume that this is because he's so excited, but I've NEVER seen a dog do that before!  He's not dog aggressive (or aggressive in general) and is always friendly to other dogs.  Any ideas why he might be doing this?
Jenn, Bo & Floyd 

Collars, crates, & other cool things / Custom made dog feeders!!
« on: November 13, 2006, 04:07:57 am »
I just thought I'd show you guys what my husband & I are doing in our workshop!


We're donating 10% of all sales during November & December back to the shelter where we got Floyd...they're going to use the donations to start a fund to pay for medical expenses for dogs that come into the shelter.  We're trying to Pay it Forward this holiday season.  If anyone's interested in buying one, email me from the website!
THANKS & Happy Holidays!

Food Discussion & Information / Alternative to Z/D?
« on: September 19, 2006, 10:22:57 am »
My vet has recommended Z/D for Bo's tender tummy/chornic pancreatitis.  I don't know the first thing about this food, but I have some concerns about Science Diet in general.  I wondered if anyone had a recommendation for an alternative food brand/type that would be ok for sensitive stomachs.  I have used Natural Balance Fish & Potato in the past, but she said we can't use that anymore.  I don't want to think that she's promoting a brand that I can only buy from the vet's office, but hey...the thought had crossed my mind.  Suggestions, anyone?
Jenn & Bo

Medical Conditions & Diseases / Bo just had a seizure!!!
« on: September 17, 2006, 10:17:34 am »
OK, so as if pancreatitis isn't enough, Bo had a seizure on the kitchen floor about an hour ago.  My husband was in the kitchen with her and said that it looked like she was trying to scratch her head with her paw, and then she went totally stiff and started shaking and her eyes rolled back in her head.  He called me in and we just sat with her while it passed.  It lasted a total of 45 seconds, and when she came out of it, she looked kind of disoriented, but seemed to be fully recovered in about 2 minutes.  I called the nearest emergency vet (ours doesn't have er service), who said that I should just watch her & take her to our normal vet on Monday.  He suggested that it might have been a hypoglycemic episode since she's been having all these problems with her pancreas.  I asked my vet about the possibility of diabetes, and she said that her blood work (taken two weeks ago) was fine.  I'm confused & anxious, so I thought I'd put it out to the board to see if anyone has had this kind of experience. 
Whew...thanks for listening.
Jenn & Bo

P.S.  Hopefully my next post will be good news & not have anything to do wtih Bo's health problems!!!

Great Pyrenees Discussions / Need support...
« on: August 31, 2006, 08:55:36 am »
Bo (3 y.o. Great Pyrenees) had a bad night last night...threw up, pooped, & peed all over the living room at 2am.  She has been having problems with IBS for the past two weeks and has been on a strict bland diet (chicken & rice), which hasn't helped at all.  LAst night after she threw up her dinner, she then threw up what looked like a giant jellyfish (sorry, it's gross)!!  That was a new one for me!!  I have to take her to the vet tomorrow for lab work & an ultrasound to see if they can find anything structural that's wrong.  I guess I'm just scared & feeling powerless because I can't figure out how to help her.  I'm also really stressed about the cost that this is going to incur, because we just bought a house & everything we have is going into it.  I know that money is irrelevant when dealing with the health of your dog, but it keeps coming up as a source of stress for me.  And I hate that.  I'm not sure what I'm hoping to get from posting this, but I feel kind of isolated, as not many of my friends have big dogs and don't understand why I get so worked up at the idea of Bo being sick.  We don't have children, so our dogs really are like our kids!!  So, here I am, hopefully among friends, who can hear me out & not think I'm crazy for worrying about my big dog!!  Please keep Bo in your thoughts, if you can, and hopefully tomorrow I can report good news.
Thanks BPO crew!
Jenn & Bo (with the bad tummy)

Great Pyrenees Discussions / Sharing new phots
« on: February 09, 2006, 06:47:09 pm »
Just wanted to share some new photos of Bo & Floyd!  I especially like the one of Bo in the regal! =)  Thanks for letting me share/brag on my dog-children!

Greetings, all!  I am new to the land of Border Collie dog, so some help would be appreciated!  Our B.C mix Floyd (a.k.a. Captain Naughty Pants) is coming along nicely after being with us for almost 2 months.  My question is about his inability to respond to correction.  He gets really wired up & starts jumping & nipping and nothing we do can correct the behavior.  We've tried ignoring him, pushing him away (this makes it worse, now it's a game), sprizing him with bitter apple, everything.  He seems to get more & more amped up the more we try to redirect him.  I seem to remember reading in A Dog Year (Jon Katz) about B.C's insistant nature & constant struggle for dominance.  Does this sound accurate to other B.C owners?  We've got Floyd in obedience, which helps somewhat, but it's during these daily "freak outs" that I wonder if there's something else I can do to work on correcting him in the moment.
Jenn, Bo & Floyd

Greetings, all!  I recieved the following email from a friend...pleas e read & see if you can help!
I spoke with a lady who just moved to Napa from Florida and she had a really sweet Beagle x (long ears and sweet, sweet eyes on a Beagle with long legs). He was a cutie and I wanted to compliment her on his good manners (she left him outside of TJ's while she did some shopping). He attracted quite a little crowd because he was so sweet).

She found him running on a highway as she was leaving the state to come here and saw people shooting at him because he was a stray. She turned around and stopped, found out no one was his owner and so packed him up and brought him across 3000 miles! She said he was wonderful company and a real love bug, had a great disposition. She is trying desperately to find a home as she's not supposed to have a dog where she's rented an apartment. She really choked up when she said she might have to have him put down--she wasn't sure how he'd fare at an animal shelter.

She's taken him to a vet --Napa Small Animal-- the pooch is neutered, in good health, but he has heartworm. She said the vet said it wasn't serious. If you know of someone or would consider the dog for adoption, I'd donate $100 for heartworm treatment if money is an obstacle. Honestly, he is a cute dog and you know how much I love goldens.

Her name is Diane Kramer and her number is (707) 265-8120. I told her she was wonderful to have saved him. I told her also to contact a beagle or hound rescue organization and I would write an email to some Paws people and friends.

Thanks for anything you can do to save this little guy's life.


Great Pyrenees Discussions / To: God From: The Dog
« on: January 10, 2006, 05:57:16 pm »
My father-in-law sent this to me today & I wanted to share!

TO: GOD:           FROM: THE DOG

Dear God: Why do humans smell the flowers, but seldom, if ever, smell one another?

Dear God: When we get to heaven, can we sit on your couch? Or is it still the same old   story?

Dear God: If a dog barks his head off in the forest and no human hears him, is he still a bad dog?

Dear God: We dogs can understand human verbal instructions, hand signals, whistles, horns, clickers, beeper s, scent ID's, electromagneti c energy fields, and Frisbee flight paths. What do humans understand?

Dear God: More meatballs, less spaghetti, please.

Dear God: Are there mailmen in Heaven? If there are, will I have to apologize?

Dear God: Let me give you a list of just some of the things I must remember to be a good dog.

1. I will not eat the cats' food before they eat it or after they throw it up.

2.. I will not roll on dead seagulls, fish, crabs, etc., just because I like the way they smell.

3 I will not munch on "leftovers" in the kitty litter box, although they are tasty. 

4. The diaper pail is not a cookie jar.

5. The sofa is not a 'face towel'. Neither are Mom and Dad's laps.

6. The garbage collector is not stealing our stuff.

7. My head does not belong in the refrigerator.

8. I will not bite the officer' s hand when he reaches in for Mom's driver's license and registration.

9. I will not play tug-of-war with Dad's underwear when he's on the toilet.

10. Sticking my nose into someone's crotch is an unacceptable way of saying "hello".

11. I don't need to suddenly stand straight up when I'm under the coffee table.

12.. I must shake the rainwater out of my fur before entering the house - not after.

13. I will not throw up in the car.

14. I will not come in from outside and immediately drag my butt.

15. I will not sit in the middle of the living room and lick my crotch when we have company.!

16. The cat is not a 'squeaky toy' so when I play with him and he makes that noise, it's usually not a good thing.

And, finally, My last two questions . .

Dear God: Why do humans only have 10 Commandments and dogs have 16?
Dear God: When I get to Heaven may I have my testicles back?

Great Pyrenees Discussions / Needing to vent & get support
« on: January 04, 2006, 01:56:39 pm »
Well, the bully neighbor strikes again.  I guess yesterday Bo was barking a lot & we got a nasty phone call about our "stupid dog".  My husband spoke with the neighbor & eventually smoothed things out, but it still left me feeling frustrated & sad.  Appearantly there have been wild pigs & deer (not to mention other dogs) running around our property lately, which would certainly explain her increased barking.  She's been doing much better up until yesterday & I just chalked it up to a bad day.  It's hard having a dog that barks to warn & have neighbors that don't understand that.  No matter how we try to explain the breed, they only see her as a "problem".  Our other dog, Floyd, doesn't bark at all, so no one has complaints about him, so that makes me feel even worse!!  Today we left them both in teh house (we have a large home, so there's lots of space) & figured we'd take our chances with accidents & chewed shoes, but that certainly isn't the way I want to keep them.  We are considering converting our garage into a "puppy play area" with Astroturf, toys, & piped in music so that they would have a place to play and not have to be outside where they might disturb the neighbors while we're gone to work.  However, that's going to take us a few days to get that project up & running, so I'm left with the temporary solution of keeping them in the house while we're gone.  Fortunately my husband gets home earlier than I do, so at least they're not in there for too long.  I guess that's why I'm so frustrated by the neighbor because it's not like I'm not doing something to try to remedy the problem, but he seems to not recognize that & continues to harass us regardless.
Anyway, I  guess I just needed to vent & get support from other Pyr owners who understand the breed and some of the challenges that the breed brings with them.  There aren't a lot of Pyr owners in my area, so I'm a bit isolated.
Thanks for listening!
Jenn, Bo & Floyd

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