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General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Meet our furry guests
« on: February 24, 2006, 09:49:38 pm »
Meet Luke and Posey.  4 mo old rat terriers I am watching for a friend who's female just had a litter of 8 pups early this morning.  They are actually needing homes, and I am hoping to be keeping one of them if I can convince my husband.

Posey is a chocolate tricolor female, and Luke is a black tricolor male.

Keiko meeting Posey

Gunther meeting Luke

Although blurry, one of my fav pics, as Luke goes flying thru the air at Posey

Puppies running

Rattie butt

First game of tug-o-war

I like this pic although blurry as well.  Gunther is terrified of balloons and went running out of the way when Posey came running by.

Three doggie butts

Needing a break after all that running.

Helpful Groups & Dogs in Need / More petfinder dogs
« on: February 04, 2006, 01:06:08 am »
I couldn't help myself, I was a bit bored so I wandered over to petfinder.  Why do I keep torturing myself?   :P

This guy is just gorgeous.  I'm normally not a huge pyr person, but I love ones with color, and ugh, he is beautiful.

Yoko, a tosa inu.  Love her face.

Beethoven (how original)  He seems very sweet, and I love his coloring.

Chewey.  Not so sure about him being a tervuren mix, but he is soooooo cute!

Lynard and Gina.  Love their markings.  So cute!

Kodiak.  What a big boy he is.

Bear.  What a handsome boy he is.

Henry.  I love his markings.  I'd like to know what he's mixed with other than great dane.

Angelo, irish wolfhound/great dane mix

Donatello, Angelo's brother:

Ben, I just love his face.

Great Dane Pictures / Gwyn and Goliath visit again
« on: February 03, 2006, 06:24:45 pm »
Thought you might like to see our off and on visitors.  I didn't realize how much Gunther had grown until they came to visit again and Gunther was taller than Goliath.

Goliath liked this toy of Gunther's.  I haven't seen him move this fast in a long time.

Surpirsingly, they wouldn't play with each other.  Goliath played with Gwyn, and Gunther played with Keiko.  They played at the same time, just not with each other.

Gwyn right before she bit at Keiko.  She has issues with chasing running animals and biting them.  Not meanly (yet), I think just high prey drive, but they should get this in check before she does hurt another dog.

My fav pic.  Goliath is such a good model to take pics of.

BTW, those of you that remember this pic?  I entered it in a contest and won 1st prize.  Whoohoo!  Don't know what I win yet, but hey, it's pretty cool anyway.   :D

Great Dane Discussions / What do you think?
« on: January 28, 2006, 01:04:54 am »
I was at a book store last week getting my stepdaughters late xmas present (we always mail them out in Jan).  She wanted a book on horses, but while I was there I browsed thru the dog books as I'm always looking for new breed books.

I came across one that looked promising, so I leafed thru it.  Besides the column of info on each breed, it had off to the side three items based on a 1-10 scale: grooming, exercise, and whether they were good for city life.

I turned to the great dane page, and was a bit surprised at what I saw written.  I looked first at the groups on the side.  Grooming: 2.  Good answer.  Exercise: 10.  What??!!!  A few ? popped up in my head.  City life: 2  Hmmm.......... .always thought they made good city dogs.

Then I glanced at what was written in the actual column of information.  It had some of the basics, but I came to a halt when I read this:  Do not plan on getting this breed unless you plan on letting it run at least 9 miles a day.  Now I know Gunther is not your typical dane as he's even more laid back and never even has had a wild puppy side, but 9 miles?  I know of people with labs that don't run them that much! 

Then there was a brief statement on training.  I'm paraphrasing b/c I can't remember what exactly was written, but something to the effect of "in addition to basic dog classes, you may want to hire a professional to deal with this breed"  I know some people may not be able to handle a breed of their size, but I wouldn't think you would need to hire a professional as if you don't your dog will have behavioral problems.

I was amazed that this book could even be published with such bizarre and inaccurate information.  I didn't even look at any other breeds, as what I saw for the dane was enough.  How off is he compared to your dane?  Gunther gets maybe 4 miles of exercise tops a day.  As for training, I have always done my own, and although I probably have more experience than the average person, I don't think danes are any more difficult than any other breed.  In fact, Gunther has been sooooo much more easy to train and deal with than Keiko ever was.

Great Pyrenees Discussions / Question for Pyr people
« on: January 28, 2006, 12:54:11 am »
I'm curious if pyrs can have tails that curl over their backs like a spitz.  At the dog park today, someone came in with what I thought was a pyr mix.  I asked if it was a pyr mix, and she said it was a purebred. 

I'm no expert on pyrs as I have seen so few of them.  But I've never seen or heard of one with a curly tail.  This particular dog was also more fluffy looking than shaggy looking.  Looked more like a samoyed/pyr mix (also on the small side, most likely less than 100 lbs).  Head was very pyr looking, but the body didn't look quite right.  Wish I had thought to take a picture, I had my camera but didn't think of it.

Soooo......... ....just wondering if there are different body types of pyrs or if they all look similar.  The ones I've seen, both in person and in pics look pretty much alike, but was wondering if there is a body type out there I've not heard of before.

Games & Jokes / Which celebrity do you look like?
« on: January 14, 2006, 12:52:45 am »

The first pic I tried, it said I looked like Cindy Crawford (YAY!!), Soleil Moon Frye (punky brewster) and Parminder Kaur Nagra (some actress).

I also put in Keiko's and Gunther's pics.  Keiko supposedly looks like Patricia Arquette, Elizabeth Berkeley and Michelle Trachtenberg.  Gunther looks like Sean Astin, Val Kilmer and Takeshi Kaneshiro (some asian actor). 

I also put in my husband.  I thought it was funny all the people he looks like are old!!.............. lolol.  Robert Redford, James Caan, and Mickey Rourke.

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / New family member
« on: January 07, 2006, 08:05:29 pm »
Sorry, he's not of the canine sort.  But I'm lovin' this new addition to our family.  He's not a for sure thing yet........... ......but since I haven't been told to bring him back home yet, and I see his owner at least once a week, I'm thinking this is a permanent situation.

His name is Pasta.  He is/was one of my client's pets found as a stray by his other pet sitter.  She originally asked me if I wanted him, but my other cockatiel doesn't like to share her space, and I couldn't afford to buy a new cage.  So, she gave him to her client........ ....who later hired me.  Pasta stayed over Thanksgiving, and again over Christmas.  They just got a new puppy and don't want to deal with training the puppy to be nice or train the bird (he's a little hand shy, and will need some work).  They've never owned a bird before, so they had no clue what to feed or anything.  He asked if I wanted him, and would include the cage and accessories.  I said yes, but he needed to convince his daughter as she was attached to Pasta.

He's very sweet, and can sing up a storm.  Its such a nice change from my other cockatiel, who, being a female can only squawk and scream.  He knows how to catcall, can do the "charge!" trumpet call, a grandfather clock chime, a phone ringing with answering machine (took me awhile to figure out what the warbled human voice was supposed to be), and I'm teaching him the Andy Griffith tune.  I think he's quite young, probably under a year old, as his crest and tail feathers don't seem to have grown in all the way yet........... ..although he could just have sparse feathers.    He has a leg ring, so I think he may have come from a breeder, as most owners don't tag their birds.  When I get a definite answer if he's mine or not, I will take him to the vet to get checked out and have it removed.




Lacy.......... no attention to the bald spots on her shoulders.  She has OCD and is now bald there, along with some other places.

Preening Pasta

Great Dane Pictures / Gunther and Dakota
« on: January 01, 2006, 02:09:01 am »
We have another client of mine staying at out house right now, and Gunther simply adores her.  They already knew each other, so he was thrilled when she got to stay here.

Meet Dakota

Meet Dakota's ears:

The three of them chilling:

Sitting pretty

Attempting to bite Gunther's leg

Are you going to eat that?

Cute pic of Gunther

Notice the size difference

Taking a quick break between playing

How they play in the bedroom.  Dakota is on the bed, and Gunther has his front half resting on the bed, and his back half standing up

Another bedroom pic

Great Dane Pictures / Long overdue
« on: January 01, 2006, 02:00:45 am »
I meant to post these a long time ago, but I'm a procrastinator, what can I say?  These pics were taken back in Sept, when my friend's two danes stayed at our house.  Anyway, here are some of the better one, although I must have about 40 pics total.

All four relaxing in the spare bedroom, which Goliath and Gwyn had staked out as their own.

My personal favorite pic of Goliath

Gwyn.  She has such a pretty face.

The three amigos

Golaith's favorite pasttime...... .....putting Gunther's head in his mouth.

My mouth is bigger........, mine is bigger.

Gunther trying to get Goliath to play

Gunther is soooo happy to have them over to visit.  Just look at the big smile on his face:

I love this pic, too.  Gunther is such a ham

Anything Non-Dog Related / Endangered Species Act in trouble
« on: December 16, 2005, 08:49:03 pm »
I just received this email from a friend of mine.  Please consider signing the petition, as it will affect us all if this bill goes into affect.

Be sure to copy the above address in your browser with no space
between the ? and the JServ section. This is important. They still
need everyone's votes and everyone's votes count, so please sign the
petition. They have a long way to go to receive 50,000 actions. With
all of your help and those of friends I hope that they can make it.
You all know that I'm a strong supporter of these sorts of things by
helping in my own way especially with the manatees, but all wildlife
is affected by this new bill that will essentially 'gut' the
Endangered Species Act. Please act now to help. Sorry for the mass
e-mail, but they need everyone's help quickly.

If any of you have enjoyed seeing Bald Eagles make a comeback and
seeing them in the wild in places where they hadn't been seen in
some time or some other animal while growing up that has been helped
by the ESA, then make sure that future generations will also be able
to enjoy these animals in the wild.

Games & Jokes / Santa Game
« on: December 15, 2005, 03:04:28 pm »
Fly santa's reindeer to deliver presents, but avoid tall buildings and low flying aircraft.

Games & Jokes / Snowboarding Santa
« on: December 14, 2005, 03:43:46 pm »

point of the game is to herd the sheep.  It's harder than it looks.

You can practice before you start.  Oh, I had to turn off my pop up blocker to get the game to load, b/c it loads in a new window.

Games & Jokes / Lemonade Stand
« on: December 05, 2005, 03:01:51 pm »
A fun game to play.  Poor graphics, but very addicting.

I came out okay in the end, almost profiting $100

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Do Dogs Laugh?
« on: December 04, 2005, 11:55:53 pm »

What do you think?  I think this is a very interesting idea, and if true, those recordings could be an invaluable tool for the continual barker.  That is, provided it keeps them interested, and not barking for extended periods of time.

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