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Food Discussion & Information / Re: Dog food, with a twist
« on: January 28, 2009, 07:26:38 am »
Oh, and Rosalba. I think it is officially time for you to get some new ratties!!! Little furry (or in my case not so furry) squishy curious little babies! How can you resist? The perfect apartment pet.

Food Discussion & Information / Re: Dog food, with a twist
« on: January 28, 2009, 07:23:31 am »
I love rat people almost as much as I do dog people!

Dude, the seed mix I feed definitely has some of those unidentifiable foods.  :D I'm so sorry your boy has cancer! Unfortunately that is one of the draw-backs to owning rats. I'm totally in love with your boys, they are so squishy looking!!!

Brittney, do you have a website? I'd love to see your rats.

I really want a blue as well, and I think when I get my boys (who knows when that will be) I want one to be a solid/berkshire blue... Or a Siamese. I think I have some weird issue with hooded rats. Not novel enough? Lol My hooded is hairless, so she's automatically in with the "in" crowd.  8) So... I'm in New Mexico. Zoo Crew, you need to UPS me your boys. Or at least one.  ;)

Treatment & Preventative Meds / Re: Faust and Mojo's vet visit
« on: January 26, 2009, 05:34:55 pm »
Sammie licks too!!! He's almost 9, and his spot is his left carpal pad. No where else. Just the useless dangle-pad. Maybe after 9 years with it, he decided he didn't want it anymore. The right one could stay, but lefty has to go.  ::) I blame dementia.

It is hard to watch them grow older, and eventually pass. But the years we have with them are the years blessed and full of laughter. There is a story somewhere where a little boy explains it the best way possible by saying that God sends us to earth to learn lessons and learn how to love. However dogs are born knowing love and compassion and they teach us more lessons than they learn themselves, so they don't need to stay here as long.

I'm glad to hear the boys are doing well, and I hope Faust's issues are not too troublesome. Good luck with your wonderful boys.

Australian Shepherd Discussions & Pictures / Re: New upcoming addition
« on: January 26, 2009, 05:11:44 pm »
Okay, jealousy is brewing. Aussie puppies must be the cutest of all. Honestly, Journey is calling to me. Plus the name cannot be more perfect! That picture of the puppy pile is SO cute! Cute doesn't even describe it anymore. You better end up with one of those puppies, and let me watch him grow! Will you be showing him seriously?

Food Discussion & Information / Re: Dog food, with a twist
« on: January 26, 2009, 04:56:30 pm »
Okay, and I think there is something about rats and HS/college aged kids. I'm a junior in high school now, and almost everyone I talk to about rats had them "back in the day"... Maybe it's just that everyone likes that the rat has the same maturity level we do at the time. Does that mean I should be worried that my other pet is an Aussie???  :D

And yeah, chocolate is good for upper respiratory problems and colds. The darker the chocolate, the better. Lower in sugar.

Food Discussion & Information / Re: Dog food, with a twist
« on: January 26, 2009, 04:51:06 pm »
My rats have a very uhh, shall I say "balanced diet". Basically, they're spoiled rotten, sometimes starting with the insides! They get a couple items a day off a very long list of snacks including but never limited to yogurt, fresh veggies and fruits, canned green beans, oatmeal (cooked or raw) boiled egg, boiled chicken or turkey meat and bones, cottage/ricotta cheese, pecans, and so many other stuff I find in my fridge that I know is healthy. The main staple of their diet is a mixture of about 50% dog food, 25% seed/grain mixture, and 25% lab blocks. The lab blocks are probably what you mean by rat chow. It's the ginormous pellets of who-knows-what, and I feed Forti-Diet brand. It's usually the only thing left in the bowl in the morning, and I'm not sure if one of them likes it, and the other two don't, or if they all just nibble on it with absolutely no intention of actually consuming any.  ::)

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: Protein Powder?
« on: January 26, 2009, 04:40:14 pm »
Well, I'm vegetarian so I use varying kinds of protein supplements in my own diet, and while discussing protein sources (turkey, lamb, chicken and especially eggs) with my mom today she said "Why don't you just give the darn dog protein powder?" I laughed, then thought "hey, could I actually do that?" He's a very active performance dog, and gets a little boney when he doesn't get a lot of protein. But from y'alls reactions, I'm guessing this isn't a great option. Lol Too bad, easy meals would be nice for a change.  ::)

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Protein Powder?
« on: January 26, 2009, 10:44:53 am »
Has anyone used this to supplement their dogs diet?

Food Discussion & Information / Dog food, with a twist
« on: January 26, 2009, 10:15:48 am »
Okay, so I know y'all must get sick of hearing about my rats... but I couldn't think of a better place to turn to for advice about their food. Right now they are on the same dog food that my dogs are on (with many other things in their diet, of course) which is Blue Buffalo (fish and sweet potato formula). It contains 22% Protein and 12% Fat. The recommended levels for a RAT is 14-16% protein, and 4-5% fat. Now, Sky is a very active performance dog and I want to keep him on something with at least 18% protein. My idea is that I can keep 2 dogs and 3 rats all on the same food, but I'm beginning to lose hope that that will ever happen! Also, Sky has some sort of intolerance to dry foods with Chicken as the main protein source, yet eating a whole raw chicken has no effect on him.  ::) Hence the Fish formula he's currently on. Sammie is a large-breed (border collie/newfoundland) dog and will be 9 years old this spring. I've noticed that some senior formulas are lower in protein and fat. The Blue Senior formula has Protein 18.0% and Fat 8.0%. I could put him on this, and make him share with the ratties, and keep Sky on his food. I guess the point of all this rambling is:

What foods do y'all know of that are lower in prot/fat and what is a good protein level for a very active adult dog like Sky?

Gee whiz, I stress myself out.  :D

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: Dear God,
« on: January 26, 2009, 05:56:29 am »
I can't tell you how many times I've read that story... and I cry every time. Thanks a lot. :P I think that mail-man needs a raise.

The sad thing is, if they don't find massive amounts of foster homes those birthing mothers may go unnoticed if she needs help birthing or needs a c-section. So not only are the puppies at risk, but the adult dogs. And if they make it through delivery, you know those puppies will get adopted long before they ever do. :/ I wish I could do more to help.

Anything Non-Dog Related / Re: Animal Cages
« on: January 14, 2009, 10:31:57 am »
Hahaha I can't wait to get some big BOY rats. They sound like such characters. I am totally in love with your guys! My girls would make quick work of knowing every crook and cranny of a new cage... Or new anything. The baby is still only about the size of your average mouse, so the bar spacing may be a problem. Do they actually slide  down the slide?? That I would pay good money to see. Lol Do your rats chew the plastic? They seem a little more chill than mine, but I'd be worried parts of the cage would disappear bite by bite!  :D

Anything Non-Dog Related / Re: Animal Cages
« on: January 14, 2009, 09:57:40 am »
Awesome! I saw that cage and liked it, but I was worries my rats would be too retarded to work all the slides and stuff and all the space would be wasted. Does it work for your rats?

Anything Non-Dog Related / Animal Cages
« on: January 13, 2009, 12:07:51 pm »
As y'all know, I have three female rats. The cage I have them in is a squeeze, and I know the older girls get in each others way a lot. Before the baby gets too much bigger I want to get them a nice new spacey cage. The one I am looking at is from "Martin's Cages" and is the Rat Tower (R-690). I know SO many of the members here have tons of other critters, and I was wondering if anyone has tried these cages, (for any type of animal) and what you thought of them. They seem like nice sturdy cages, and well priced.

Wolfhound Discussions & Pictures / Re: Amy's puppies
« on: January 09, 2009, 09:50:18 pm »
I'll take the dark one, please.  :-*

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