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General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: new MEMBER
« on: September 12, 2008, 03:55:55 am »
Hola and welcome! Your dogs are gorgeous!! Would love to see more pictures.

Breeding Questions & Information / Re: My female is in heat
« on: September 10, 2008, 12:05:19 pm »
This is the average heat cycle. Naturally Mother Nature likes to play with averages so err on the side of caution:
two weeks coming into heat, two weeks in heat, and two weeks going out of heat. When the discharge changes color from bright red to clear straw color is when the female is fertile and most receptive to the male. Again these are averages, the only way to be certain is to have progesterone levels tested by your vet. Without fail the bi*c# you are trying to mate wont take and the one you absoloutely don't want pregnant will have an immaculate conception!!

Ooooh, I share your pain! Just had the same thing happen to us. Our Suburban has separate controls for the air conditioner, front and rear. Apparently dog hair got sucked into and clogged the rear air intake, destroying the compressor. It isn't open like the "front foot" area so when vacuuming back there you don't think to remove the vinyl (grille?) covers and inspect for hairballs. We will now though! The cost of replacing the a/c was horrific! Okay folks, everyone go out now and inspect your vehicle air intakes for hairball clogs, especially if it has quite a few doggy miles on it like ours did!!

Congratulation s on the new addition. I agree, for little dogs, Paps are cute. However, the future father-in-law issue. I'm afraid I would see it as: "if you can't love them both then you don't get visited by either"!  That's like grandparents saying only one of their grandkids is loveable so no birthday gifts or outings or visits for any of the other grandkids. Not fair, not right, so tell him to shape up or Cody & Sierra never will play with those toys at his house. MHOYMV :)

I would suggest joining the the St Bernard list on Yahoo, at:
Post a picture of your dog and ask if anyone recognizes his lines. There are many of the top Saint breeders on that list and someone there may know from his appearance who was most likely to have bred him. Be forewarned though, if one of them thinks he is not of show quality breeding they may be brutally honest about it, and strongly advise you to rethink your plans for him.

I'd suggest start by calling the large animal vets in your area and ask the receptionist if she/he has a list of people they feel comfortable recommending. Explain you are new to the area and don't know anyone. Generally if someone is confident enough to pet sit large animals they won't blink an eye at a goat and a wolf dog. The vet's office will know which ones were reliable and which ones weren't, their clients will be sure to tell them. Also a good way to scope out the different vets for your personal use. If they're willing to take a little time helping a non-client think how they'll accomodate a paying client! :)

Treatment & Preventative Meds / Re: Glucosamine & Chondroiton Dosage
« on: August 27, 2008, 01:54:54 pm »
According to the supplement Raemi takes, 'Joint Max', a dog under 15 pounds should get 250 mg of Glucosamine HCl and 25 mg of Chondroitin Sulfate per day. After 6 weeks, if positive effects are seen, this can be reduced to a maintenance dose which is usually half of the original loading dose.

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: NEW MEMBER!
« on: August 24, 2008, 09:43:09 am »
Welcome, I'm Dana with Raemi and Breccan. What a Great family! They must make your life extremely interesting. Looking forward to hearing about it. With pictures :) Lucky you, love the Pacific Northwest, lived in Spokane for about three years many, many moons ago.

You start giving them that stuff and next thing you know they'll be listening to polka music and inviting all their friends over to celebrate 'Oktoberfest' in your backyard. Careful, it's a downhill sliiiide you'll be starting them on! ;D

Medical Conditions & Diseases / Re: Saint Bernard with rotten teeth
« on: August 07, 2008, 04:06:46 pm »
Hi! Welcome to the list and yep, it's time to get her to the vet. Rotten teeth can cause an infection that could travel system wide, making your dog very sick. She would be a lot healthier without a tooth in her head than she would be with even one rotten tooth. Not to mention how uncomfortable it must make her feel to try and chew with bad teeth. Believe me, you'll all three be glad you got her the help she needed.

Remembering those no longer with us. / Re: Goodbye sweet Bear
« on: July 30, 2008, 07:25:47 am »
How very heartbreaking for you all. Take comfort in remembering the love he gave so unselfishly. My thoughts are with you.

Saint Bernard General Discussions / Re: Can you help?
« on: July 25, 2008, 01:04:11 pm »
Have you tried contacting anyone from the national rescue?
 They may have funds available or perhaps could put you in touch with one of their Saint Rescue people who is close to you. You could also try posting here:
You might also try Jamie Byrnes, the rescue co-ordinator for PA/NJ/DE. I have assisted in transporting a number of Saints coming out of Ohio, to her Saintly Bernards Rescue. She may be able to assist with some funding or taking over the responsibility of getting him fixed up.

Food Discussion & Information / Re: Henri's off his food
« on: July 23, 2008, 06:23:39 am »
Hello Henri's mom. Glad to hear his appetite is back to normal. He certainly is a handsome fellow. About the leg lifting issue, I think it's not really a learned behavior. Either they do or they don't. Of the three male St Bernards I have had, only my current one is a leg lifter. If anyone ever remarked on the squatting issue I always replied, "(Sundance) or (Drago), is so secure in his masculinity that he has no need to demonstrate to others that he is the biggest dog on the block". Now Breccan, my current male, lifts his leg even to poop. Kinda funny to see poo-berries hanging in bushes two and a half feet off the ground! Still, even he will squat sometimes out of sheer laziness. When you're a Big Paw you don't have to prove anything unless you want to! :)

Medical Conditions & Diseases / Re: runny poop!!
« on: July 21, 2008, 08:58:55 am »
Perhaps an intestinal 'bug'? Sometimes a course of antibiotics, like flagyl, will do the trick. Maybe run it by your vet for his/her opinion.

If you need to reduce the amount of kibble given at a feeding to achieve weight loss, yet still satisfy that empty feeling they get at having less to eat, then yes, you would want to provide bulk without calories. I would be more inclined to go with rice cakes than rice krispies. No added sugar and they are great to use as a substitute for treats too. Break one in half and spread with a little reduced fat peanut butter! I did this for my late, great Chloe, until I discovered that her weight problem was primarily due to hypothyroidism . Once that was under control the weight came down easily. Any chance Kira's thyroid is out of whack?

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