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Modified for my dyslexia:

The telephone area code 937 is for Ohio, if that helps.


Transporting & Traveling With Dogs / Re: Hotels that allow big paws??
« on: September 19, 2006, 04:20:29 pm »
Just wanted to add: Apparently some states don't allow dogs, so some of the chain motels that say they are pet friendly can have individual motels that refuse pets based on state regulations. So, if you want to be sure you won't have a problem, you may want to call ahead.


Transporting & Traveling With Dogs / Re: Hotels that allow big paws??
« on: September 19, 2006, 06:13:17 am »
We moved from Arizona to North Carolina with Max (50lb chow Akita mix). We used the Motel 6 directory to map out our route, and stayed in Motel 6's the whole way. We didn't have any problems (except from the nice State Trooper who stopped me for speeding in Texas, but that's another story;).

Good luck with your move!


Games & Jokes / Re: What breed of dog are you?
« on: August 29, 2006, 10:25:02 am »
I'm a Bergamasco sheepdog! Hmm, my hair's generally not that long! ;D


Helpful Groups & Dogs in Need / Great dane puppy in NC
« on: August 22, 2006, 11:10:12 am »
Here's an ad from craigslist in Raleigh, NC about a 9 month old Dane puppy. There are active Dane rescues around here, so they may likely get him, but if you're interested in a puppy this may be perfect for you!


Great Dane Discussions / Re: Great danes shed a lot
« on: August 10, 2006, 08:58:51 am »
 ;D Too funny! I think it's all in your perspective (as I'm sure the pyr/saint owners can attest). I think Star (great dane) sheds very little, but I'm comparing her to Max our chow/Akita mix.  He never "blows his coat" seasonally, instead he sheds his undercoat every stinkin' day of the year! I've used my furminator on him, but only use a soft brush on Star.

Then again, both my dogs are black, so when it's on the carpet/furniture/clothing, it's hard to know who to blame! I need to redecorate and make an all-black interior!


Doberman Discussions / And you thought YOUR dog was destructive!
« on: August 02, 2006, 09:06:09 am »
From CNN, an article titled "Dog goes berserk, destroys Elvis' teddy bear." Be sure to look at the pictures, too!

Bad doggie! Baaaaad doggie!  :D


Great Dane Pictures / Re: Couch!!!
« on: July 31, 2006, 11:33:31 am »
I bet if you made a dane stay off the furniture, he would die from oozing sores or something.
 ;D :D ;)

MY Dane doesn't sleep on the couch. And, FYI, we have a red couch (just like Jack's). Nope, never up there. Unless, of course, she sneaks up there when we're not looking. Hey, is that black dog fur on the couch? No, couldn't be, could it? I'm sure it must be from one of the cats, right?

But just to prove we're not being cruel, she has two dog beds stacked on each other, just for my little princess. And, no, they're not in the shape of a couch, thankyouverymu ch.  :-*


Akita Pictures / Is this typical for an Akita??
« on: July 29, 2006, 03:53:35 pm »
Max is a chow/Akita mix, but he has a few odd personality traits. I wondered if they are part of the Akita in him, or perhaps he's just weird  ;)?

He hates having anyone touch his paws. We have never been successful at cutting his toenails  :-\. Even with the vet, a large vet tech, my husband, and a muzzle, he still defended his toenails. He didn't bite or growl, he just struggled forcefully until the (stupid) humans gave up  :D. Recently, the vet drew blood for routine bloodwork, and he was fine with a needle in his arm, but don't touch his feet! :o

Secondly, he hates getting his feet wet. He will walk around puddles, or refuse to go across them. Even if it's raining outside and his feet (and the rest of him) are already wet, he still won't walk into a puddle  :-\.

Does anyone else have an Akita like this? Or does he just have a reverse-foot fetish?



I mean, if I St. Bernard fell out of the sky on ME, I certainly wouldn't be looking a gift dog in the mouth.

All I can say is BWAHAHAHAHAHAH HA! That's exactly what I was thinking!

Tracy (and Star and Max)

110-pound Saint Bernard, pushed from a window, escaped with bruises
Updated: 2:58 p.m. ET July 26, 2006
WARSAW - A man was bruised but alive on Wednesday after a Saint Bernard dog thrown out a two-story window landed on him as he was walking down the street in the southern-Polish city of Sosnowiec.
The 110-pound dog was pushed out of the window by its drunken owner on Monday, police said.
“The dog had a soft landing because it fell on a man,” said police spokesman Grzegorz Wierzbicki. “The dog escaped with just a few scratches.”

“The man was also more in a psychological state of shock than physically hurt,” Wierzbicki added.
The one-year-old dog, named Oskar, was placed in an animal shelter while police investigate its owners for animal abuse.
Copyright 2006 Reuters Limited. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Reuters content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Reuters.

Food Discussion & Information / Re: Tripett
« on: July 26, 2006, 01:01:04 pm »
A local grocery store "Piggly Wiggly" seems to stock odd things that Mel and I would normally consider unedible.... They also have things like chicken feet, tongue, fresh hooves, VERY random pig parts, all kinds of parts.

Brandon, no help with the tripe, but I haven't seen a Piggly Wiggly in years! Where I grew up in rural North Carolina, it was one of the chain grocery store, known for the random parts they sell at the meat counter. We always called the store "The Pig!" Thanks for the trip down memory lane!


And $300 later, Star has a tummy ache!   ::)

Star (Dane) and Max (chow mix) got into my backpack a few days ago (I last used it a few weeks ago when traveling to my in-laws). One of the dogs ate a few (at the most) ibuprofen tablets from my bag. :o After doing an internet search, I decided it was probably okay given the sizes of the dogs and the few tablets involved. Last night, when hubby got home there was a Star-sized pile of vomit at the door that consisted of dog food and a Snickers bar wrapper. Then I remembered there had been a snickers in my bag too! When Star refused dinner (which is extremely unusual with her), off to the emergency vet we go. I was concerned that she had gotten something else out of the bag, and maybe had an obstruction.

After xrays, bloodwork, and fluids for dehydration, she is fine. No blockage, liver enzymes were normal, and a special diet for today and she'll be good as new. I'm looking at this as an investment-now I know what she does when she has a tummy-ache. And as a warning to keep all food (or things that might be mistaken as food) out of her reach!

Last week one of my cats had an ugly body fluid incident, so they both went to the vet to make sure nothing was up (one has failing kidneys). So in the last week, I've spent almost $500 on my pets.

I bet you didn't know that I am actually made of money!


Behavior, Housebreaking, Obedience / Obedience classes--yes or no?
« on: June 27, 2006, 01:23:12 pm »
I'm trying to decide whether to enroll Star in obedience classes in the fall. There's a group nearby who does classes from basic puppy to canine good citizen to agility, etc. I wanted to run this by the group and see what ya'll thought.

Star is a 5 year old rescue Great Dane who we've had for seven months. She had lived in a home setting before, but her last foster was in a kennel. She came to us housetrained, she has learned "sit" and "lay down." She is food motivated, but has to sit before getting food (either in her bowl, or treats). She does have a lot of energy, but has learned not to jump up on people to get attention. Overall, she's better behaved than our chow mix who we've had for 12 years!

Her one issue is dog aggression. I'm sure she has lots of reasons to be defensive against other dogs (she probably was bred extensively, and may have been protecting puppies), but she is fixated on other dogs. She and Max (chow mix) have worked things out, and they play fight/wrestle but haven't really gotten into it in months. When I walk her and Max, if she sees another dog, as soon as that dog barks or makes any type of posturing, Star is ready to fight. Judging by the scars she has, she's probably not been the winner in the past.   

What I'd like is to be able to work with her around other dogs who are under their owners control. (So the dog park is out as an alternative!) I'd want her to be relaxed or at least not anxious around other dogs, and maybe that could be a prelude into being more social. Would obedience classes be helpful, or would they be either a waste of money and/or distracting to the other participants?

Thanks for your input!


I was adopted by a stray cat when I was in Arizona who lived under the neighbors house (lots of feral cats there). I had an indoor-only neutered male (Oscar) and thought he might be lonely (my female cat had died about 6 months before this). I started petting this stray, eventually she came in the house, and wanted nothing to do with my male cat. ::) One mornign, I went to work and left her outside, and when I came home she was inside. She had broken through the window screen to get inside! :o About that time, I noticed she was getting rounder and rounder (although she was thin).  I guessed she would have at least three kittens, which she did. In my closet. On top of my shoes. I wasn't surprised by the kittens but I was surprised at the determination by mom to have a better place to have her kittens!

Anyway, the kittens were a blast, I found homes for all three of them and then had the mom spayed (named her Emily). The vet estimated she was about a year old then, so it may have been one of her first heat cycles that she got pregnant. She and my male cat got along great once the kittens were gone. In the picture Oscar is the orange tabby, Emily is the black tabby.

Where are the cute kitten pictures?


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