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General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: When your dogs get in a fight
« on: September 13, 2005, 10:12:11 am »
Our pair, an akita and a shiba, have gone at it a couple times and I *always* break them up (even though the shiba is 70 pounds lighter than the akita, his tenacity to win the fight is unbelievable).  Right or wrong, I take the approach that I'm the alpha and I decide who fights who.  Generally speaking, I ward off confrontations with distraction ... I watch my pair's interaction close enough that I usually recognize preceding fight behavior and can intercede with distractions (toys, treats or even just going outside for 5 minutes). My favorite knuckleheads have poor short-term memory and don't remember being miffed afterward.  :D

Food Discussion & Information / Re: Doctoring up Kibble
« on: September 09, 2005, 09:07:47 am »
lol - Next time my family gives me a hard time about my adding goodies to my dogs' supper, I can tell them I'm not the only one in the world who does it!

My kiddies generally get a liquid (water, chicken or beef broth) as well as a meat, usually cooked turkey or beef (breakfast is dry kibble). Sometimes I'll give them an egg yolk (heard the whites were bad for them); plain, fat-free yogurt; carrots or peas.

RE raw chicken ... I use to feed my shiba 2 raw wings every day, along with his kibble. Sometimes, if the boney parts (ie wings or backs) weren't available, drumsticks were on his menu. He never had any problems eating them and one of the benefits I noticed was his poop ... it was small and not as stinky as his kibble poo. Plus it seemed to be more readily biodegradeable, if poo can be called that!   ;)

Behavior, Housebreaking, Obedience / Re: Hunting dog + neutering =??
« on: September 09, 2005, 08:52:17 am »
Thanks to all for sharing your "neuter know-how."  I thought my neighbor was rationale was weird but since I don't have hunting dogs, who am I to say. I guess I'll never understand the male protectiveness toward his - and his dog's - jewels.  ;)

Behavior, Housebreaking, Obedience / Hunting dog + neutering =??
« on: September 08, 2005, 02:50:48 pm »
Okay hunting dog folks (or any other knowledgeable soul), dish out some of your experience ... my neighbor has an unneutered male German pointer. He says neutering the boy will ruin the dog's hunting ability. I say hogwash ... who's right?

Medical Conditions & Diseases / Re: THE FOUR TYPES OF DOG VOMIT
« on: August 31, 2005, 12:13:59 pm »
Hey, I've used a spatula on a particularly mushy in-house mess that came from the other end of the barfing side and it worked pretty darn good.¬  A mess in that state never cleaned up so quickly and so well.¬ 
And before you ask (because I know someone will¬  ¬  :P ) ... no, the spatula wasn't returned to the kitchen.¬  :D

Medical Conditions & Diseases / Re: THE FOUR TYPES OF DOG VOMIT
« on: August 31, 2005, 11:46:49 am »
I'll never look at puppy barf again without a smile ... well, maybe one a couple hours after clean-up duty.  :D

Where (what city) was your Doggy Dip held at?
just wonderin' ... I recall reading about something like that in my KC Star newspaper.
BTW - neat pix!   :)

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: was i rude
« on: August 30, 2005, 12:27:29 pm »
Good for you!!
It's a pet peeve  :D  of mine ... finding abandoned doo.  I hope those folks remember that poo-shaming and never leave home again with their bags.   ;)

Anything Non-Dog Related / Re: MATT GOT A JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
« on: August 30, 2005, 12:19:05 pm »
Congratulation s to your Matt.
RE: your job search ... Hang in there - the right job will come along for you. Be persistent and optimistic!   :)

Anything Non-Dog Related / Re: Job interview updates
« on: August 27, 2005, 08:23:35 am »
.¬  I guess I was just thinking of my personal experiences and how frustrating it is to hire someone and do all the paperwork and train them, etc. only to have them leave a week later..... That used to drive me crazy!!!!

That is pretty aggravating, isn't it?!   ;)  At the last place I worked, it happened *many* times ... after a while, you have to wonder ... what's wrong with us??!!  :D

It sounds like your wife and son need to be more invovled in Sam's training sessions. Perhaps they could take turns feeding him, making him sit and stay before giving him permission to eat. Perhaps you as a family could attend obedience classes together to help them (wife and son) learn what they need to do to establish themselves as alpha over Sam.  As someone mentioned in an earlier post, dogs, like kids, will test the boundaries and we all know how important it is for a "happy pack" to be able to respond appropriately to their pushing.  ;)  Good luck!

Introduce Yourself to the Forum / Re: Hello Dog People........
« on: August 27, 2005, 08:03:44 am »
Welcome -- this is a fun site. Lots of good info, advice and great pix!

Anything Non-Dog Related / Re: Job interview updates
« on: August 26, 2005, 02:58:42 pm »
If I were you, I'd be careful ... speaking from experience from sitting on the job "offerer" side, it's bad form to say "Wait until Monday in case someone else offers me a job." That's the *last* thing a new employer wants to hear from a prospective employee. No one wants to find out they are second choice.

There's nothing wrong with asking for a day or two to think over an offer; however, keep in mind there is a danger to doing that unless you are in a power position of picking and choosing. Same goes for saying you've been offered a job paying more money - be prepared they may tell you to take it; they can't afford to pay more.

My advice is listen to your Grandmother: don't worry about it and take the first job offered ... if the dream job comes along, you can still accept it.

i also think this concept has the potential of starting breed wars...¬  ¬ ... I think we should focus on rescues that deal with really special needs dogs, or across large and giant breeds in general.¬ 

Ditto this suggestion ... or how about a Guide Dog for the Blind organization or puppy-raiser group?

I obviously I have a completely different take on this story than most ... I thought it was a pretty good story that highlighted both the extraordinary effort some folks will go through to place a homeless dog, as well as the pitfalls rescues face. I also thought it showed both sides (addressing the rationale as well as the criticism) in spite of the ending not being "happily ever after."  Many stories don't end on a happy note and public criticism would be equally justified if the media only wrote about happy thoughts.  Certainly, I'm well aware of the "if it bleeds, it leads" media mentality and I'm just as sick and tired of it as others.

If I were to question anyone, I would have to wonder why the animal was placed in a home that no one bothered to do an in-home check.  Of course I understand the distance barrier, but evidently someone was able to coordinate the pick-up and drop-off people. Couldn't an inspection also been coordinated?  I don't think there is any question everyone has good intentions, but it seems to me that is the weakness of placing animals where you can't have someone do a site inspection.  Maybe it's an unfair criticism given the geography barrier, but like anything else, the process is only as effective as the weakest link. 

Again ... JMHO.

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