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Awesome! Thank you and welcome back!

Thank you everyone for your kind remarks! We both had a lovely day.

Here are the rest of the birthday pix with the last one being a shot of Raemi. She would have felt left out if I didn't include one of her! Check out Brec's birthday bow!

Saint Bernard Pictures / Roses are in bloom & it's Brec's birthday
« on: June 02, 2008, 04:24:47 pm »
Well, we really don't know when he was born so we gave him a one year birthday on the day he was adopted. This also happened to be my birthday too, what a present! So, today we are celebrating "Breccan Se's" (pronounced  Brek-awn Shay) third birthday and my, urhh, nevermind. Here are a few pictures of the birthday boy that I took today, to honor the occasion. I'll split them up into two posts. Here's wishing you many more big boy!

 This link was on a St Bernard discussion list I am on. I found it to be quite informative. Personally, I've had the best results from Advantage alternated with Frontline Plus (when going into a tick area) and always used in the weight appropriate dose.
        "Poisons on Pets Article"

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: Snow Face
« on: May 26, 2008, 02:51:02 pm »
Once you figure out what size you will need check for them on e-bay. They are a bit cheaper there.

Maybe just a caution? Since this will be her first heat and you don't have a 'history' on her yet, watch her extra close. Some females have been known to have 'silent' heats and don't really display any overt signs until the owners are clued in by the reactions of the males in the area. You sure don't want her getting caught on her first heat! Yikes

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: Snow Face
« on: May 26, 2008, 08:42:30 am »
Chloe's boots were made by
They make sizes large enough for just about any Big Paw. She was such a sweetheart she didn't mind anything we wanted to make her wear. Actually she would get excited when I got them out 'cause she knew they meant we were going 'out' yayyy! Now, with the two smooth coats, we don't ever get snowtoes problems. So, the boots are tucked away for the (maybe) next rough coat.

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: Snow Face
« on: May 24, 2008, 09:59:28 am »
These are from a couple years ago, Chloe is gone now. Most of her snow is between her toes. For just that reason we usually put 'boots' on her but we were taking Christmas card pictures and left them at home. She's wearing them in the second picture, taken on another day. Raemi had been making snow angels, hence the snowy ears. Clifford's pictures are GREAT!! Love ALL the snow pups!

Rottweiler Pictures / Re: Somehow this means I'm helping
« on: May 23, 2008, 08:36:56 am »
What a lovely quilt, Lin, I love the color combination. Do you just do the piece work kind or do you top stitch design as well? My mother, 85, quilts. All her kids, grandkids and greats, get quilts for weddings or births or.....! Everything is by hand and takes months and months, sometimes years (ask my sister LOL) but wow! I admire your patience and your 'eye'. It is NOT that easy to put it all together and and have it come out looking so spectacular! Kudos!

Any chance of getting the breeder involved? Many breeders now insist on co-ownership in order to have a legal say in what happens to their pups. Good things and bad things about that IMHO, but, in this case it would maybe work to get the poor baby out of that situation. Barring that, maybe a 'heads up' to their vet? Unfortunately, sooner or later she's going to need medical attention and if the staff know to be on the alert for abuse when she comes in they can then make a formal report to the authorities. Or, my preference, put together a commando unit and wait til the baby is left outside unattended (and it will be) and liberate the PPOW(puppy prisoner of war). Immediately smuggle it out of the province, BP'ers will help, wont you?, and find it a good home.

If you have a friendly neighborhood butcher shop, you can ask for their 'sawdust'. Before ours sold out to a caterer I used to regularly get a big box of the leftovers from the meat saws. They often included trimmings as well as the 'dust'. I would form this into meatballs and freeze them. Give as a summer treat or add a little hot water and mix into their kibble. Great for a teething puppy and no worries about biting off too big a bone piece for digestion. Nice balance of meat, bone and fat and best of all it was free 'cause it wasn't something they could sell, like soupbones. Wonderful, 'cheap', supplement, especially in this time of rising food prices. Human grade so you don't have to be concerned about the 'source'. :)

I know how scarey this must be for you and for Bear. Lots of pawsitive, healing thoughts are coming your way. Hugs too, for all of you.

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: ~*Your Top Ten*~
« on: May 10, 2008, 09:04:50 am »
Oooh, really making me think.....
After numbers one and two not necessarily in order:
1. St Bernard
2. Cocker/Beagle Mix (my first pet ever)
3. Irish Wolfhound
4. English Setter
5. Scottish Deerhound
6. Saluki
7. Bloodhound
8. Alaskan Malemute
9. Corgi (either one)
10. Papillon

Medical Conditions & Diseases / Re: We have bad news :(
« on: May 06, 2008, 09:52:36 am »
I'm so sorry about your "bad news" but you're right, it's just something you'll have to deal with 'cause he's family! So, everything I've heard and read says the better the muscle tone the better able they are to deal with the HD. Kinda 'catch 22' because you don't want him to do any thing that hurts but you want him to be physically fit. Therefor, SWIMMING!! Will he? It's been my experience with the giants, okay only Saints so far, but, either they like to swim or they don't but they all like water. So even if Titan only likes wading, it's great resistance training with little to no impact. The water supports the weight and provides the resistance so muscles get developed and the hip joints aren't unduly stressed. Slippages are the hardest on the hip joints so anything you can do to slip-proof the house are a good idea. IE, rug runners over any wood or tile floors, ramps instead of steps outside. Anyway you probably already know all this. Done pontificating. Hugs to the big boy and don't apologise for tearing a strip off the ignorant cow at the pet store, unless you work at the pet store :)!!

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