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Great Pyrenees Discussions / Re: Sadie ate a Nylabone and ....
« on: September 26, 2005, 05:17:35 am »
I'm not a professional anything, but Roxy did the same thing when she was a pup.  We gave her a nylabone, and before we knew it, she had eaten the entire thing.  I too, thought they were just "chewing" things, but she ate it right up...then puked it back up!  This has happened more than once over the past 2 1/2 years with various rawhide chews, bones, chew treats, etc.  I think Roxy's problem is that she eats them too fast and doesn't take the time to chew and grind them up well enough and just gulps them down.  She's getting better as she gets older, but I guess big dogs have big throats!  If the pup threw it up, then it was her body's natural way of rejecting it.  Those nylabones are tricky...I'm still not sure if they are supposed to be swallowed or not. We stopped getting them for Roxy, only because they were making a mess on our carpet and we would step on little random pieces of the long-gone bone.  I hope she is allright, just make sure to keep an eye out for any odd/new symptoms.

Take care,

Stephanie & Roxy

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I am so glad Rocky's home!  When Roxy spent 5 (very long and very expensive) nights at the Animal Emergency Center, it seemed like and eternity.  Roxy too, looked like a poodle; poor thing was shaved in the most random places and had patches of fur missing everywhere. We didn't care though; we knew it had to be done in order for her to make it through her ordeal.  Hopefully Rocky's fur will grow in a little faster than Roxy's did! 

Hope everyone is doing well!

Stephanie & Roxy


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Introduce Yourself to the Forum / Re: Hi! I'm new here, too...
« on: September 26, 2005, 04:39:55 am »
Hi and Welcome!!

I'm a new member as well!  I wanted to make you feel as welcome as I did, when so many other members introduced themselves to me!  I live in Scottsdale, Arizona with my fiancee and our 149 lb Great Pyrenees, Roxy.  She is our Princess and we treat her like royalty.  She is just a "little" bit spoiled, but we wouldn't have it any other way!  Three dogs?  I meant, three BIG dogs?  Wow!  I have enough to do around the house with just one ball of fur running the place!  Welcome and I'm sure everyone would love to see pictures of you and your dogs, I know I would! 


You are gonna love this place! 
Take care!
Stephanie, Nick, & ROXY


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Anything Non-Dog Related / Re: Need help finding plane tickets
« on: September 26, 2005, 03:50:53 am »
Hi!  Try www.southwest. com   click on schedules, then enter departure info (scroll city list...I put MHT and arrive MCO, which is Orlando.  For the date, I think I put Dec. 14 or 15th.   There is a roundtrip promotional fare for $138 (without fees & taxes).  I didn't read the "small print" but check it out and see what's available.. Just a suggestion.. Southwest is great for cheap flights, but its first come first served, for seating assignments when you get there.  Hope this can help you out!!  Let me know if you are able to find a good deal!

Steph & Roxy

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Saint Bernard General Discussions / Re: pilates + angus = pain
« on: September 25, 2005, 01:13:14 am »
Nickerbokker.. ..not laughing at your pain, but definitely laughing at the story!!  I know what you mean...sometim es Roxy gets into her "psycho-maniac" mood-personality...and it's like she just gets these spurts of energy out of nowhere!  Actually, she just hates it when all the attention isn't on her, and heaven forbid that mom want to do something that isn't dog related!  I think when I say "NO" she hears "GO" and runs around with even more energy!  I wouldn't give up her maniac-ways for anything... what else would I have to talk about!  When I tell about my drama filled days with Roxy...they almost sound made-up.  But there is NO WAY I could ever come up with such craziness if it wasn't true!  I thought your story was hillarious; let your dog go crazy and keep it fun, it makes for better stories!!  haha!   :D 

Obviously, Angus thinks you look perfect, since he won't let you work out!!  I have my own Pyrsonal trainer living with me....vacuummi ng a 2000 sq. ft house full of dog hair everyday is a great arm workout, as is trying to keep up with 150 lbs of dog when on our daily walks.  Considering she outweighs me by a good 30 lbs., no workout DVD is needed around here!

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Meet & Greet BPOers / Re: Is anyone in Arizona???
« on: September 24, 2005, 06:59:53 am »
Hi!  I'm from Arizona!  My fiancee and I live up in North Scottsdale with our Great Pyrenees,  Roxy.  We would love to meet up and play with some other BPs...just as soon as the temperatures drop a bit!  I must not forget to mention Roxy's "Disclaimer"..... we are not responsible  for any randomly flying drool, that might or might not, end up on you, your clothes, your pet, or your children, when being within a 20 foot radius of Roxy!  Since keeping a permanent mosquito net over Roxy's head is a little on the cruel side and trying to follow her around with one of those things the dentist sticks in your mouth, to suck up all the excess saliva, is not at all possible...we will just keep trying to avoid flying drool!!

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Meet & Greet BPOers / Re: .We finally met in So. Cal!
« on: September 24, 2005, 06:30:40 am »
Even though I wasn't there and I don't know any of you, I am soooo happy that you all met up!  I bet the dogs had a blast!!  I'm jealous as well; poor Roxy hasn't even ever been around any fellow big dogs.  We do run into a puggle, a yorki, and a chihuahua when on are walks sometimes...bu t those three dogs are always being pushed around in a little stroller/baby carriage!!  Roxy is scared of little dogs anyway...I think it's because they always start yapping and barking for no reason.  Oh well... I hope those of you who met up took tons of pictures!  We can't wait to see them!

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Just want to share with you guys something fun!  I'm sure many of you have read it before, but it's still fun!



EVERYTHING YOU'RE ALWAYS ASKED ABOUT A PYR
And Never Want to Answer



HOW BIG, REALLY, IS A GREAT PYRENEES?

Your dining room table is 27" from the floor, kitchen counters 36". The average female Pyr can walk under your dining room table only if she ducks her head; the average male need to either scrunch himself smaller or lift your table a few inches higher. In either case, the front of the counter is not the place to store meat thawing for dinner. The top of the refrigerator is out of the reach of most Pyrs
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HOW MUCH DO THEY WEIGH?

On the scale at the feed store, 80 to 120 pounds. While trying to give one a pill or cut its nails: as much as a Moray eel. On the first day of obedience class: as much as a young elephant. The day you teach the "down" exercise in obedience class: as much as a Sumo wrestler. When walking through a litter of pups, kittens, chicks or lambs: about as much as two feathers.


HOW MUCH DO THEY EAT?

As much as they want - never mind what the back of the dog-food bag says. The average Great Pyrenees can survive quite nicely and maintain weight and normal activity on as much dog food as will fit into a two-pound coffee can. Most, however, have convinced their owners that plain dog food is completely unpalatable and will starve unless supplemented with ground round, chicken breast, sirloin tips or cheese omelets. If he discovers you have a weakness for cookies you may find your leg battered black and blue by Pyr-paw-pats, repeated until you share the cookies - Oreos are much preferred to Milk Bones.


DO THEY SHED MUCH?

At the annual ritual known as "coat blowing" you can comb enough fur out of your dog to have spun into enough yarn to make yourself a cap, a scarf and a pair of mittens. Why you would want to is beyond me, since everything else you own is already lavishly decorated with Pyr Hair. Since shedding, in some degree, takes place 365 days a year, you will have ample decoration on your rug, couch, bed, etc. Since Pyr hair has a particular affinity for dark clothing, the Pyr-owning business person wears a lot of light grey and tan. Firefighters, police officers and military personnel owned by Pyrs learn to leave their uniforms in sealed lockers at work and change there.


WHAT ABOUT BARKING?

What about it? If begun early, you can train yourself to come every time your Pyr barks and give it some attention. Give him enough attention for barking, and your neighbors will also begin to give you some attention. Mutual reinforcement always works. What do Pyrs bark at? Only things they can see and hear - that includes low flying satellites and butterflies. Most Pyrenees eavesdrop on a family argument four houses away, yet become selectively deaf upon hearing words like "stop that", "come here" and "be quiet". Pyr owners exchange information on stopping barking the way our grandmothers exchanges recipes for pickles - no two were ever alike.


I'VE HEARD THEY LIKE TO DIG

How do you think the Pyrenees mountains were really constructed? One Pyr, out of consideration for her owner's failing eyesight, enlarged the cup of his putting green to bunker-sized. Landscape companies report their greatest repeat business comes from Pyr owners. Some Pyr owners, however, simply resign themselves to living with a yard that looks like a gunnery range.


HOW DO PYRS AND CHILDREN GET ALONG?

If you train your children early enough not to tease the dog - not to pull his tail, wake him by jumping on top of him, pinch his ears or steal his food - your Pyr will be safe from the kids. Children are not as easy to train as a Pyr because it is not legal to put a choke-chain and leash on a child.


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I hope all you Pyr owners, and probably all other BPO's, get a good laugh out of this...'cuz it's the truth!  I try to read this at least once a month, and I never get tired of it!  Enjoy!


 Obtained from:
http://www.sonic.net/%7Ecdlcruz/GPCC/library/evrythng.htm
Catherine de la Cruz

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Medical Conditions & Diseases / Re: puppy food
« on: September 24, 2005, 12:55:22 am »
Roxy is one of the pickiest eaters when it comes to dog food...not picky about human food, but almost snob-like about dog food!  We put something in front of her, and she'll turn her head away from it, as to say "Tsk, tsk, you silly human. Can't you see that I am not at all interested in what you are offereing me?" Since her Addisonian crisis/trauma she has become even pickier.  After trying almost every dog food around, we found Flint River Ranch, which is conviniently delivered right to our door!  Roxy will eat the trout and sweet potato dry (without us mixing "real" food into it), but only if we feed it to her on the floor, on a towel spread out like a place mat between her front paws.  What a brat!  Since being on Flint River, she rarely if ever, itches and scratches....n ot even close to what she was when she ate Pro Plan, Eukaneuba, iams..etc.  It seems that the humans in the house ae less itchy too, since starting Roxy on the Flint River.  Hope you find something that works out for you and your baby!

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Hi!  Just trying to get any pic of Roxy to go through...mayb e they are all sized too big? hmmm.  Well, I'm sure that as soon as I mistakingly choose the dorkiest picture of Roxy that I have, the pic will then go through!  She went through her "ugly duckling" phase between 7 months and 13 months.  She grew tall and lanky, but hadn't yet grown in her nice fluffy double coat.  She had a big furry head, and a skinny patchy body.  The sad thing is, my fiancee and I thought she was so beautiful then; we would parade her around and were so proud!    We were blinded by love!  Now we look back at pictures of her during the awkward "teenage years" and think, a face only a mother could love!!  Did anyone else experience that with thier pups?  Maybe it was just Roxy...at least she grew out of it.. Then again, maybe she didn't. What do I know, I think she is always beautiful! 

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Hi Everyone!
    My name is Stephanie and I have an almost 3 yr old Great Pyrenees named Roxy.  I want to start out by saying how fabulous and fun this site is!   My life revolves around Roxy, and she knows it!  She has a personality that drives me crazy...in a good way!  Roxy is a perfect combination of love, loyalty, goofiness, mischief, trouble, curiosity, and smarts!  She loves everybody she meets and can make people fall in love with her the minute they meet her.  Roxy isn't what some consider a "typical" all white Pyr. She has a big black spot on her rump and a black head with white eyebrows...thi s girl has character and I love her!  Sadly, we almost lost Roxy this past March when she became very sick.  We didn't know what was wrong with her; she didn't eat, didn't want to go for walks, became lethargic, and wouldn't respond to her name when we called it.  Her body temperature dropped down to near-death levels and she went into shock.  Roxy was diagnosed with Addison's Disease and had to be rushed to the Animal Emergency Center of Arizona.  Roxy spent 5 very expensive, but worth every penny, nights at the Emergency Center. I couldn't stand to see her hooked up to all those machines, tubes, and IVs, but the staff all fell in love with her and I knew she was getting the attention and love she needed and was used to.  She is back to her old crazy self now, and has to take meds on a daily basis.

    I guess I shouldn't write too much, since I've never done this, and I'm not sure if I can get it to work.  :-)  I am so excited to be a part of this great community of big dog lovers!  Thanks for sharing all the great stories and pictures! 

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