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Please do see an orthopaedic specialist for confirmation of diagnosis before doing surgery. Then, if the need for surgery is confirmed..... Is he crate trained? A crate will be very helpful for post surgery  enforced rest. Little sister can't bother/bug him and you wont have to be watching him every second. A stuffed kong or great big marrow bone will help him pass the time. A sling, made or purchased, can be used to support some of his weight when you take him outside. He will most likely do fine on three legs but the sling will help steady him and you can use it to slow him down when he tries to go too fast. He will try to push the boundaries. :) All you have to do is lift up on the sling when he starts picking up too much speed, just enough to take some weight off his front end. Say "slow" or "easy" and gently ease the weight back. You use the sling for assistance it's not really meant to 'carry' him, only keep him from losing his balance, control momentum or help him get to his feet. A ramp is also crucial if you have any steps. Make sure it is covered with a non slip material. I used a mat from my horse trailer. Hmmmm...This is starting to get rather long-winded. If you have any questions or need other tips, PM me and I will try to help. My Raemi had her first TPLO at age 3 and the second one a year later. Pretty much been there done that on most "what ifs".  So sorry for the misery your young man is going through. Healing vibes coming his way.

Syrah (Shirrah)
Brash Jamoke
Blak Armor

Holiday Things / Christmas Card to Group
« on: December 25, 2008, 03:55:41 am »
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE! And have a wonderfulNew Year!

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: If I were Santa Claus
« on: December 05, 2008, 04:53:31 am »
If I were Santa I would make the Christmas morning feeling last twice, heck, maybe even three times, as long as that stressful, pre-Christmas crazies, period!!

Saint Bernard General Discussions / Re: Dolly passed the CGC test!
« on: December 03, 2008, 06:00:54 am »
Congratulation s! What a good girl you are Dolly, to make your mom so proud!

Big Dogs with Jobs / Re: Dog Sledding.
« on: December 03, 2008, 05:55:41 am »
Wow! That is waaay cool!!

Hey there! We can take you dogsledding!!!  We're based in Fairbanks, Alaska and we run a large team of malamutes in northen Alaska in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.  Check out our website and let us know if you have any questions.  We'd be glad to accommodate anyone that wants to try dogsledding!

Saint Bernard Pictures / Re: Penny! You look great!
« on: December 03, 2008, 05:37:03 am »
Breccan thinks she looks soooo HOT! He wants to know if she'd like to "hook up"?? Sigh, he still thinks that one visit to the vet's was to get tutored!!

Medical Conditions & Diseases / Re: Concerned about my Father's dog.
« on: November 10, 2008, 06:49:55 am »
Since your father clearly isn't ready to give up on her offer wholeheartedly to help him help her. Thirteen isn't all that old for a poodle and by putting her on a diet and heart meds you might be able to buy them some more quality time together. Blind and now possibly arthritic from the acl damage, excercise probably isn't feasible. But weight loss and cardio support is. If it doesn't work out for her at least he will be able to feel that he tried his best and everyone supported his decision. It won't lessen his grief but he wont be angry and resentful that he had to fight for her alone. Feel guilty that he waited too long? Yes, that could happen. As owners, I think that is a responsibility we must take. Unless he asks for your help, you can't and shouldn't make that decision for him. He will suffer himself hard enough if he really does let her go on too long, don't let him blame and resent you for forcing him to do what he isn't ready for. JMHO YMV

Saint Bernard General Discussions / Re: Bloat in Sts.
« on: November 10, 2008, 05:21:30 am »
So very sorry for your loss. Take comfort in knowing that in the time she was with you she had a beautiful quality of life she had not had living on the streets. Yes, bloat has an increased risk with certain breeds of dogs, and often no matter what precautions we take it still can occur. All we can do is is make ourselves as knowledgeable as we can about recognizing the symptoms and doing what we can to minimize the 'known' risks. There are "Bloat Kits" you can buy or put together and a good vet will show you how to use it. It still means code red and get to the doctor ASAP but it might buy you a bit of time til you can get there. It seems these emergencies always seem to happen in the middle of the night or on a weekend. :(
Again, so sorry about your Betsy. I will include her in my Memorial Candlelighting Ceremony tonight. If you would like to know what this about here is the link:

Oh My Goodness!! He is Sooooooo CUTE!

Have you utilized the 'Baker Street Irregulars'? You Sherlock Holmes fans know what I mean. Kids! Tell as many of them as you can, in as many neighborhoods as possible. Offer a generous reward to the kid that can bring you any information about 'Gus'. Kids see and hear everything and they will also spread the word. For a little incentive they will become your own private detective agency. Try it, what have you got to lose?

Remembering those no longer with us. / Re: 2008 BPO Memorial Video
« on: October 16, 2008, 05:08:25 am »
Oh dear, the tears wont stop. Thank you Lin, that was wonderfully done.

What a little beauty! His/her name?

Food Discussion & Information / Re: Salmon Oil??
« on: September 14, 2008, 03:23:37 am »
My dogs are on Innova too and I think it does a very good job of keeping their skin and coats in good shape. But, when Raemi had her TPLOs and had so much hair shaved off, I started adding salmon oil to her diet. Anesthesia alone tends to do a number on hair and with the incision, shaved areas and general all-over healing I figured she could use all the help she could get. I have been so happy with the results that I started giving it to Breccan as well. It just seems to add that little extra softness and shine. People always remark on how clean and nice their coats look and feel. It does seem to me that dust and dirt don't seem to 'stick(?)' as easily to them as before either. I do insist on pure salmon oil, mercury free and from "deep cold water fish". Both dogs weigh about 160 and get (2) 2000mg gel caps a day. JMO

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Decorating Tips for Dog People
« on: September 12, 2008, 04:00:43 am »
Saw this on another list and thought it was too good not to pass along. Actually I think many oft hese ideas were stolen from me!!!

Decorating when you have pets can provide unique opportunities to express
your own personal style and taste. Here are some tips I'd like to share:

1. Bare floors, without carpet or throw rugs, can give a nice open feeling
to a room. It can provide a soothing balance when you have many art objects
that reflect your love of animals.

2. Paw prints and nose smudges on glass doors and windows break up glare and
soften the light in a room.

3. Dog crates, when stacked three high, can add height to a room and pull
the eye up. If fastened securely to the wall, the top can provide a safe and
dramatic place for exotic plants or statuary that otherwise might be
molested by your pets. And up light can make it a real focal point. Cats
love to inhabit the upper crates, leaving the lower ones for the dogs.

4. Old towels and blankets thrown casually on upholstered furniture can add
a wonderful homey, country-quilt look to an otherwise bland room.

5. Common smooth upholstery fabrics can look almost velvety when lightly
textured with pet hair.

6. Vari-kennels, placed end to end and topped with plate glass can create an
unusual coffee table, one your friends will really remember.

7. Doggie beds, randomly placed around a room, can add color and texture,
much as throw pillows do.

8. Shredded or chewed books and magazines send a message to guests that they
are free to relax and feel at home.

9. Dog crates can make versatile end tables, and can be slip covered to
match any room decor.

10. There is absolutely nothing that makes a guest feel as welcome as three
friendly dogs hopping in his lap as soon as he sits down.

So throw away those videos by Martha and others, and express your own unique
tastes. Your home should reflect what YOU like!

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