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Behavior, Housebreaking, Obedience / Re: Food agression...
« on: May 25, 2007, 10:35:56 pm »
Might want to try this idea- get a bunch (like a dozen or more. NO LESS) food bowls, and a big bag of dog food. While your dogs are outside, fill all the bowls and place them all around the house, the more places, the better. Then let the dogs in and stand back. The idea behind this is that there are so many bowls, neither dog can guard all of them, and eventually realizes there is no point to trying.

Mine is NOTHING compared to the ones you guys have experienced!  We took Imani and Frankie to a dog show at the state fairgrounds about a year ago, to see how they would behave (prep for Frankie beginning her show career).  Anyway, we crammed three humans and two mastiffs into our (relatively) small car (big enough for five adult humans, NOT three humans and two mastiffs). Nobody had room to move during the ride, but the second we got there, parked, and opened the rear door to let the dogs out, Frankie took two steps away from the car and had a severe bowel blow-out. Glad it wasn't in the car, BUT... Imani's FACE was on the receiving end of the full load, and it was RUNNY and nasty! We were all gagging and trying to figure out what we were going to do about the situation, when I realized some instinct had told me to pack a box of baby wipes and a roll of paper towels in the gear bag, so luckily we were able to clean her up, but nothing short of a full service car wash would have gotten ALL of it out of her fur and skin.

Medical Conditions & Diseases / Re: Help Grace is sick NEED ADVICE
« on: May 02, 2007, 01:09:37 am »
If she had just had a check up and was perfectly fine a few days before this issue cropped up, she may have been exposed to some nasty virus while at the vet's office for her check up. 

It is also the season for the canine influenza to make the rounds again, but the first symptom of that is coughing that looks like they have something stuck in their throat that they are trying to get out, then goes to a nasty runny nose which continues for a full month, with OR without antibiotic treatment.  If he had been around other dogs within the previous 5-7 days, even if they were not showing any signs of illness at the time, that could be the culprit as well.

Glad he is ok- Imani and Frankie want to know if he would like to go with them for "girls night out" since he has some estrogen ATM.

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: oh fumble!! HELP!
« on: April 19, 2007, 10:21:06 am »
See if you can warm the drops up a bit before you use them- carry them in a pocket or something for an hour or so before time to use them.  The cold might be making him very uncomfortable.

Collars, crates, & other cool things / Re: invisible fences
« on: April 16, 2007, 04:05:35 am »
We have a conventional fence here for our guys, but one of our neighbors uses an invisible fence for their little dog.  (He looks like a gray Norwegian elkhound/akita type dog, but is small, about the size of a beagle.)  Anyway, they leave him out in the yard when they go to work, and several times he has shown up at our house while the owners are gone.  Recently, when we were going for a walk with my big guys, we heard this awful, blood curdling scream, and saw him charging down the hill toward the road, screaming all the way down.  All I could figure was that he got zapped crossing the fence line, but it wasn't enough to deter him from doing so.  Of course, since he got zapped while leaving the yard, he refused to go back in, and it was several hours before his owners got home, so he was running loose the whole time.  The last time I saw him, he had one rear quarter shaved, and a huge scar from apparent surgery- not sure what happened, would not be surprised if he had been hit by a car, but the owners still depend on the invisible fence thing while they are away.

Anything Non-Dog Related / Re: Lorim2, I just noticed...
« on: March 27, 2007, 02:23:09 am »
How big do they get? how long do they live? and anything else you care to share, please. She is beautiful! I bet she keeps you entertained!

Old English Mastiff Discussions / Re: Dominance Behavior
« on: March 26, 2007, 01:27:51 pm »
Gee, I know how to fix it, but first you have to send Marley to me! ;)

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: Convincing the Parents
« on: March 25, 2007, 11:41:39 am »
Just wanted to add a few thoughts here... if there are people in your town who own danes (you mentioned you play with them at the dog park) maybe you can prove to them that you would be a good candidate to house sit when they need to go away, and of course house sitting includes all the fun and hassles of babysitting the dane(s).  If the owners work all day, maybe they would hire you to walk and exercise their danes after school? OR, if you have a rescue or humane society nearby, you could start with volunteering there, and maybe your parents would agree to let you foster a dane if one is surrendered.  Then you would gain firsthand experience in what it takes to be a dane mom, and what to expect from a rescue dog when the time is right for you to get your own.

I have to mention that my own daughter, who is a freshman in college this year, is finding it very hard to spend the amount and quality of time with HER rescued dog that she originally spent with him. She now has classes- She lives at home and goes to a community college (because of the dog); has a job, and of course wants to be out doing stuff with friends, going on trips, etc. As it is, we paid for his vet care, cherry eye removal, and foot the bill for all of his food and care, as she would definitely not be able to afford that on her own.  In our case, it is a good thing we love Jesse, because when she transfers to another school after next year, there is no way she is going to be able to take him along if she lives in a dorm, and I seriously doubt she will make enough money on her own to be able to afford to live somewhere else and afford his care while going to school. The biggest issue with Jesse is that he was a seriously abused and neglected rescue, and bonded very hard with Kim, so if she is away overnight, he won't even eat, and paces constantly til she comes home.

Meet & Greet BPOers / Re: Anybody in rochester macedon ny area
« on: March 23, 2007, 04:06:57 pm »
We are about an hour east of Rochester, near Weedsport.

Maybe I am spending too much time studying this boy, but it sure seems to me that he is growing, and FAST!  Did anyone else notice that in any pics taken from above his eye level he looks very puppyish (is that a word?) and in ones taken from his eye level or below, he looks very grown up?

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: Bad Dog day
« on: March 21, 2007, 12:52:03 pm »
What I do with Jesse, my biggest destructo-dog, when the weather is bad and he can't go out and play as much as he would like, is give him an empty cardboard box to destroy. I actually save them up in the spare room for just those occasions, and believe it or not, even if I set a box down in the middle of the floor, he won't touch it unless I specifically ask him if he wants the box.  Then its all over the place, but he gets to do all his ripping and tearing, and chewing paper, and all that fun stuff, without ruining anything useful.

So, who wants to see some new Murph pics?  Let me know when you get sick of seeing them!

Right now, Jim is looking for a run for early that week that goes somewhere near Boulder, Colorado; I will post more info as soon as I know anything more. Karen, I can't wait for you to see baby boy's smile for the first time!

I can "see" Murph sprawled out on top of all of them! He should fit right in there easily.

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