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Helpful Groups & Dogs in Need / Dogs need homes at work!
« on: April 28, 2009, 09:54:29 am »


This is totally awesome!!  Now that's what I call herding!  ;D  ;D  Very talented doggies there.


so glad to hear she was reunited with her family.  An amazing story.

Anything Non-Dog Related / Would have loved to have been there
« on: April 02, 2009, 08:15:01 am »
Liverpool Street Station (London) was an energized place to be recently while T- Mobile filmed a new advertisement during rush hour! It took 8 weeks of planning, 8 sound tracks of 60s thru 90s music, 10,000 who auditioned, 400 chosen, 10 hidden cameras, and a terminal full of unsuspecting me of whom obviously missed their trains!

I totally would have been joining in with them..........  I love people's reactions, esp. the ones who joined in.

Anything Non-Dog Related / Kingsford, the cutest piglet ever!
« on: March 30, 2009, 05:23:46 am »

Anything Non-Dog Related / Bird Loves Ray Charles
« on: March 04, 2009, 04:39:24 pm »
I got a big kick out of this parrot dancing to Ray Charles.  He's got good taste.......lo l.

Anything Non-Dog Related / The Mom Song
« on: February 03, 2009, 11:35:50 am »

Helpful Groups & Dogs in Need / Rescued dogs pregant with 1500 puppies!!
« on: January 25, 2009, 07:54:49 am »
You read that right.  Approx 500 of the 600 dogs rescued are in various stages of pregnancy.  :o  :o

I don't know if this was ever posted on here or not, but I thought this was a very interesting video.  Eye opening for some (although I already know of many problems pedigree dogs are having.......i n some cases, their future is grim). 

This video is almost an hour so set aside some time to watch.  There is some graphic video of brief surgical clips and debilitated dogs (brought me to tears).

Overall, I agree with all the points the video was making.  I only hope that some change is made before it is too late for some of our beloved breeds.

Medical Conditions & Diseases / Canine cystinuria and suppliments?
« on: January 15, 2009, 12:55:31 pm »
I am posting this in here for a friend.  She has the only chinese crested known to have canine cystinuria.  it is most commenly seen in mastiffs, newfoundlands and scottish deerhounds.

B/c of the disease, he has to stay on a very restricted diet.  And b/c of that, he has been on vitamin and mineral suppliments.

Here's where my ask for help comes in.  Just yesterday it was found out the suppliments she was buying was discontinued (due to improper dosages).  Her vet is on vacation for at least several weeks.  The vet office has been of no help to suggest something new. 

She was given a website, and did find a vitamin/mineral suppliment but not only is it very expensive to ship(american company, she lives in Canada), but it gives no dosage amounts that she can see (it is a vet products website, we do have a mutual friend vet tech seeing if she can find out any more info on the product).  The shipping time can be up to 9 days (for east coast, doesn't list  canada).  She only has b/t 4-6 wks left of her current suppliments.

Is anyone familiar with this disease?  And if so, do you give vitamin/mineral suppliments to your dog?  And if so, what do you give?  The diet she feeds him are homemade recipies off the Royal Canin website.  Mostly pasta (filler) with a little bit of meat/veggies.

So if anyone has any info or suggestions, she's open to it.

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / 3 Most Aggressive Dog breeds
« on: January 15, 2009, 07:16:32 am »
This was posted on another forum I frequent:

Mutts, a blog by John Woestendiek of The Baltimore Sun

Attention, America, or at least all you state and local politicians who are banning or considering banning ownership of pit bulls, Rottweilers and other big, scary dogs: In the midst of your rush to pass breed specific legislation, a new study has shown that the most aggressive dog breed in the world is ...

Yes, the Dachshund, the wiener dog, better known in some countries as the sausage dog.

This vicious beast, despite enjoying a good reputation, is at the very top of a list of 33 dog breeds that were rated for their aggression in a study that analyzed the behavior of thousands of dogs.

One in five Dachshunds have bitten or tried to bite strangers; about one in five have attacked other dogs, and one in 12 have snapped at their owners, according to the study, which was reported in the London Telegraph.

Before all you Dachshund owners start experiencing the same fears as pit bull owners, and begin contemplating how to hide your pet from authorities (a large bun, perhaps?), it should be pointed out that, as a small dog, a dachshund won't inflict the same amount of damage as a large one, or the same amount of headlines.

So you're probably safe. Now that we're all relaxed we can move on to No. 2 on the most aggressive list .... German Shepherd, maybe? Perhaps the Chow Chow, or Doberman.

Nope. It's the Chihuahua. Look out, Paris Hilton.

Chihuahuas, even smaller than Dachshunds, and the fashion accessory of choice for Paris Hilton and other celebrities, were the second most hostile breed.

According to the study, they are fairly regularly snapping or attempting to bite strangers, family and other dogs.

In third place was another small dog ... the breed that captured our heart in the television show, Frazier -- the Jack Russell terrier. The study shows beyond any doubt: Small dogs are not to be trusted.

Just kidding, of course. But that is precisely the sort of generalization those passing laws against pit bulls are making. (Then again, they are probably small politicians, who really can't be trusted.)

There may, however, actually be some basis behind my theory that small dogs often display a bit of a Napoleon complex -- at least judging from the number that yap and snap at my big dog.

Dr. James Serpell, a University of Pennsylvania researcher who worked on the study, said smaller breeds might be more genetically predisposed towards aggressive behavior than larger dogs.

"Reported levels of aggression in some cases are concerning, with rates of bites or bite attempts rising as high as 20 per cent toward strangers and 30 per cent toward unfamiliar dogs," he added.

Most research into canine aggression up to now has focused on dog bites, but researchers said that data (pit bulls aren't at the top of that list either) is misleading. Most dog bites aren't reported, and because the bites of big dogs are more likely to get reported, they are generally viewed as more aggressive.

The study, published this week in the journal Applied Animal Behaviour Science, involved researchers from the University of Pennsylvania questioning 6,000 dog owners. Breeds scoring low for aggression included Basset hounds, golden retrievers, Labradors, Siberian huskies. The Rottweiler, pit bull and Rhodesian ridgeback scored average or below average marks for hostility towards strangers. Greyhounds rated the most docile.

The study also showed that "temperament testing" isn't all it's cracked up to be.

Owners of 67 dogs temperament tested and subsequently adopted from one shelter were interviewed by telephone within 13 months of adoption. The interviews included questions about jumping up, house soiling, separation-related behavior, barking and aggressive behavior.

In evaluating dogs that passed the temperament test used by the shelter, it was found that 40.9% exhibited lunging, growling, snapping, and/or biting after adoption. When barking was included, this percentage rose to 71.2%.

"Our results indicated that there are certain types of aggressive tendencies (territorial, predatory, and intra-specific aggression) that are not reliably exhibited during temperament testing using this particular evaluation process," the researchers said The researchers said temperament tests often fail to identify certain types of aggression.

My only complaint on the article is that it sounds like the dog owners were questioned for the study and they didn't actually see the dogs themselves.  Which does make me wonder if some owners weren't entirely truthful on their answers as we all know some owners are oblivious to their own dogs' bad behaviors.  But overall, I thought it a great article/blog and wish I could see the study results.

Great Dane Pictures / Reluctant Statue
« on: January 13, 2009, 10:00:32 am »
At first is was just one bird. Maybe he'll go away.

Hamlet says hello. My, this statue is rather comfy.

Pasta says, a statue sounds good right now, I wonder if there is one around here?

Louigi also wonders where he can get himself a good statue to relax on.

Soon, all 3 birds were comfortably resting on their "statue". Wow, what a find! You never find statues this time of year in this location!

Gunther wonders how he will get rid of this infestation.

He starts to cry in despair.

Then decides to look to mom for help.

I am happy to say that mom did indeed help Gunther rid himself of the pesky birds and they found other statues to reside on.
And they all lived happily ever after.

Food Discussion & Information / How Much do you Feed?
« on: January 10, 2009, 11:04:54 am »
Okay I know this thread has been done before........ ....somewhere, couldn't find it quickly enough.  ;)

I'm specifically intersted in those feeding Evo.  When we switched Gunther over, I was modeling how much to feed him by what I saw on here.  I thought I was modeling it by Holly but now I see she doesn't feed Evo so I could be mistaken.

Anyway, we started him off on 4 cups a day.  After awhile, he started looking really skinny.  So I weighed him and he lost 13 lbs.  :( :(  So I upped him to 5 cups a day a few weeks ago.  Weighed him last week, and again this week (b/c I was hoping last week's weight was a fluke) and he's lost 2 more pounds.  He is looking a bit anorexic right now.  :(

I am now upping him to 6 cups a day, starting this evening. Which to me seems like a huge amount for this type of food.  I will almost be paying double what the old food was per month (he was on 8 cups of Nutro Natural Choice before).

So I just want to know if I just have a dog with an abnormally high metabolism or what?  We're lazy lumps in the winter b/c I hate going outside (I get cold/frostbite easily) so we're not at the park nor do we go for walks.  The only exercise he gets is in the yard, which isn't much.

Ridiculous!!  >:(  >:(

Talk about being proactive..... ........puttin g a dog to sleep for barking at someone?

Holiday Things / Christmas Surprise from the doggies
« on: December 23, 2008, 12:35:46 pm »
Very cute video and very well trained doggies.

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