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You have gotten some great advice from everybody. The first thing that came to mind from reading your posts is that he needs his eyes looked at. It is possible he is having some issues there, and grabbing for his collar in a sudden, quick movement, maybe he can't tell it is your hand?

If the local media are that bad, call the media from a neighboring town or city and hopefully they will jump on the chance to cover the situation.

HAAAAAHHHHHHHH HHHAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAHHHHHHH HHHAAAAAAAAAAA AA!!!  Hubby says you will send him back to me just as soon as you see how spoiled he is!

I think this must be similar to what *good* breeders feel when they send their puppies to new homes- I am excited for all of them, I miss him already (and he is still right next to me!) but I am satisfied that he is getting the perfect home- if I was not positive of that, he simply would not be going! I am very happy that I will be able to watch him grow up and mature right here on BPO, and through emailed pictures as well *hint hint*  I also know once Karen has him, she is going to be completely hooked on mastiffs, and will want to ALWAYS have at least one in her home for the rest of her life!

It's a good thing he likes to ride, because the trip to his new home is almost 40 hours, just in drive time! At this time, it looks like he will be "going on the road" with dad, and meeting Karen and family somewhere in the midwest the last week of April.  I am so glad he is going to have other large pups to play with- he has a wonderful time racing my others around the yard and playing, and would probably be bored if he was going to be an "only child".

Besides my two English Mastiffs, a rescued neo boy and (for now) our foster Murphy, we have 4 cats and 18 chinchillas.  And a semi-housetrained gorilla that tries to behave like he is human LOL!!!

My rescued neo Jesse has HD and ED, and we are giving him several daily supplements, keeping his weight down, and doing massage frequently.  We are waiting to find out if Hip replacements can be done effectively on dogs his size, though his vet says its probably not going to help much if at all, because going through two separate surgeries and recoveries will be painful, and even after he recovers, he will still have the pain in his elbows, so she thinks we should just do what we are doing, try to keep him as comfortable as we can, and have him PTS when his quality of life starts really decreasing.

Helpful Groups & Dogs in Need / Re: The new foster "kid" Murphy
« on: March 16, 2007, 01:41:30 am »
Update! Adoption Pending! My heart is breaking, but I know he will be in excellent hands!  Congrats, SpecialKDaneMo m(Karen and family)!

Groans, Gripes, Brags & Boasts / Re: It's My Party and I'll.....
« on: March 13, 2007, 03:48:54 pm »
I think there is a way to make this party memorable for you... what time are you and the limo picking us all up?  We need to be ready, ya know!

Helpful Groups & Dogs in Need / Re: The new foster "kid" Murphy
« on: March 13, 2007, 06:26:11 am »
Our best educated guess is that he is about 8 months old.

Transporting & Traveling With Dogs / Re: New York to Oregon Railroad?
« on: March 12, 2007, 11:57:59 am »
Rochester is about an hour west of me.  Also, hubby is now frequently in Missouri and Kansas, so that might get him a bit less than halfway.

Transporting & Traveling With Dogs / New York to Oregon Railroad?
« on: March 11, 2007, 03:53:05 pm »
Do we have enough folks out there who could work together for a railroad to get Murphy from here to Oregon if the adoption goes through?  I am hoping that posting NOW will allow us to get things figured out before the last minute scramble.  Anybody doing any travelling soon? Even part of the way would be helpful!

Bullmastiff Discussions & Pictures / Re: Mr.Phelan
« on: March 11, 2007, 07:08:10 am »
He is gorgeous!  I think he wants to come to my house to play and visit!

Very good question!  My very first big paw (or should I say GIANT paw) changed my life in many ways!  I guess I would have to say, the number one most important thing for people to do when deciding to get a dog- ANY dog- is to realistically look at your life and your future and accept the lifetime commitment you will be making to this dog, and be ready to step up to the plate to make sure you do not have to rehome them a year or so later when you realize just how much work is involved.  Every dog goes through a rebellious "teen" period at about 1 to 2 years of age, and it is during that period that most shelter or abandoned dogs get displaced.  Be ready! Work on training a little bit every day!  Love your dog like you love your own children!  Adopting a dog of any age/size should be undertaken with the same commitment adopting a child, or even deciding to have your own child requires. 

Oh, and it makes life so much easier on everyone if you have a door leading directly into a fenced area of your yard for the dogs to go in and out, and better yet, have a deck or porch, with a ramp in place of stairs.  MUCH easier on their hips, with the added bonus that if you ever need to carry your dog out to put him/her in your car in an emergency, having the ramp makes it much safer for the ones doing the carrying.

Helpful Groups & Dogs in Need / Re: The new foster "kid" Murphy
« on: March 11, 2007, 06:44:10 am »
Anyone interested can contact me at mblake at localnet dot com.  Not sure what info on him you would like, but being that he started as a stray, we really don't know much, other than his day to day behavior since he has been here, which has been just over a week now.  He is a wonderful pup, well behaved, and it is very very hard for me not to adopt him permanently myself.

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