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General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Please help
« on: March 22, 2006, 02:48:49 am »
This morning I saw Carlos threw up, and i am worried because he does this extremely rarely. I feed him twice a day: in the morning only a little bit just before I go to work and the main meal in the evening. The main meal is 400-500 gr of Purina Pro Plan Junior (because he prefers small crocks) and in the mornings he gets smth else, usually some BARF.
Last 2 evenings he ate more than usually but I didn't get concerned and now I consider a visit to the vet. He is active and happy like usual but the whole thing got me scared since I'm such an over-protective "mom".

Someone has been in this before? Please help me with some advice.
I didn't see him throwing up, I only saw the pile and it was almost half of what he ate last night, not very well digested...

Is it ok or should I really freak out?


I'll start this weekend

Thanx a lot!!!!

Alaskan Malamute Pictures / My sweet boy Carlos
« on: March 17, 2006, 01:50:57 am »
I just found a pic of my sweet boy Carlos. It was taken after winning his class at a dogshow here in Romania. We're all so proud of him!

Now that I finally understood how to post pictures, I'll put more next week from home (I'm at work now and all the pics are in the other comp, at home)

Best of wishes to everyone,


Jaime, pls tell me how they did it!!!

Thanx a lot for the support, i really apreciate it!

A short story...I was walking Carlos and a woman we know ran to him with some bacon in her hand to give him (on the street) cos she likes him and he just pulled away and looked at me like asking "May I, mom?" ...he was the sweetest. He just wouldn't take anything from strangers on the street, but I'm afraid at home if he'd just find smth he'd take it. Like I mentioned before the danger is extremely low but I can't take it, so pls share those good advices.

Thanx a lot!

this is a picture of Carlos and his best friend Nera, a black female Labrador (hope u can see the pic)

thanx Holly

the thing is it would be impossible to throw over at such a distance...i could make the fence so that the dog wouldn't even be seen (that is, after one of the house's corner)...the only thing is he wouldn't be as happy ...

the possibility of poisoning is very low, but...I just cannot take any risk

Thanx, Tina...unfortu nately this is not an option because my Carlos almost hates being indoors. He's used to living outdoors (has 2 dog-houses of his own), extremely free (meaning no fence, except the enter gait) all his life. He's got a high energy level... the only time when i crate him is in the dog-shows, he takes it well.

I heard smth about some method with elecricity in little pieces of meat and when the dog tries to take them it hurts a little bit. Anyone knows about this? To me it seems quite tragical, but I just have to consider all the options, because I need this to be 100% proof. I can't risk anything with my dog. He's the most precious to me.

My favourite option till now is to build another fence at 7-8 yd just to separate the entry and so that Carlos don't have access to the gait. only 2 disadvantages:
Carlos won't be so happy cos he adores to stay and watch everyth going on on the street
and second is that it will take away from the "playground" (not to mention the costs)

Anyway i got about 2 months to figure out smth, after that we'll move in

(I'd hate to add the his stress of moving out another one and I want to see him happy, but first of all, healthy and secure) ok, he already knows the place ...we've been there several times, it's only 3 houses away, on the same street, but still, it's a change, and i know dogs are not so happy with the changes...

Help me out pls

Now we live at a house that has a normal gate that you can't be seen from outside, but we'll move away to another that has bars and I'm afraid my dog could be poisoned because I had some arguments with my neighbours and I don't want to risk.

I'm afraid that when I'll be at work someone may throw some yamy food with poison in it.
Please advise me how I teach my 4 yr old Mal to eat only from his own bowl.

Big Dogs with Jobs / Re: Join us at Dixie's next dog show.
« on: March 08, 2006, 07:36:44 am »
Hi Lisa, congrats for Dixie. Even if she didn't win those points, i'm sure she will, next time  ;)

I also lost my dad last year in july, so i can really understand your pain ...

Book Club & Noteworthy Reads / Re: A DOG
« on: March 08, 2006, 02:07:28 am »
I almost cried over this one...

This is another poem that really impressed me:

Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow;
I am the diamond clints on snow;
I am the sunlight on ripened grain;
I am the gentle autumn rain;
When you awake in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush of
Quiet birds in circled flight;
I am the soft star that shines at night.
Do not stand by my grave and cry;
I am not there;
I did not die.

Sorry if you already know it

This is all very interesting for me...

In a few words, i suppose it all depends on the reason you want the dog for. Generaly,if you want a show dog you don't really care if it can work or not (i'm not saying this is good). If you want to work out you will chose a dog from working lines. It's great if the same dog can win both in shows and work field. Ex: we have a Mal here in Romania who is great in dogshows, won BOB in a big dog show in autumn and in Feb he was first positioned in a sled-contest of speed, at 5 dogs category. (The owners also have a Mal that pulled a car at a TV show here, beating the record in our country, but this one is not show-quality)

I live in a different area in the contry and I don't have so much snow like this ppl, but when we have snow we always go with Carlos and he gets to pull the sled (he can take 2 adults with no effort). And he is a Champ in dogshows. So there are dogs that do both. (guess i'm trying to always see the good part of thinks, me, being optimistic and all  :) )

And if you read the standard of a Alaskan Mal, it describes the working dog. (one of many reasons I absolutely love this breed is they are dogs that haven't changed much from their assumed beginings)

Hope I didn't disturb anyone, it's just a personal opinion.

I agree there are breeds that cannot fulfill their original purpose anymore, or not properly, at least. 

Behavior, Housebreaking, Obedience / Re: Help - my dog is biting
« on: March 07, 2006, 09:12:14 am »
chaos270 I completely agree, but i must mention it's the hardest thing to obtain in this breed, since they're "designed" to pull. U know, it's what they've been doing for the past centuries.
Altough i agree and work on it as well (correct walking my dog), sometimes i just think that i'm trying to change its very function.

Anything Non-Dog Related / Re: 8 Below
« on: March 07, 2006, 09:01:27 am »
Can't wait to see it too  :)

Introduce Yourself to the Forum / Hello from Europe, Romania
« on: March 07, 2006, 02:31:50 am »
Hello from Europe, Romania!
I just discovered this forum the other days and I was so glad to see so many BPO lovers around here. I always loved big dogs  ;)

My name is Adriana and my big furry bear is Carlos, a 4 yr old male Alaskan Malamute. He has been with us since he was 7 weeks old. He's made me love this breed and I plan on having another mal maybe next year or so, I have to do a lot of searching and also waiting, coz I want a true show quality dog, the best I can find. I plan on participating at dogshows around Europe and, who knows, maybe World Dog Shows each year.  ::)

As you may have guessed, I love showing and I'd rather show for the next couple of yrs, ... breeding is not a priority for me now, since there's a lot to find out and also a lot of money to invest in the whole thing, for best results  :)

Hope to share a lot of info with you all  :D

I was impressed seing Nala, a white mal, you don't get to see this often.
My boy Carlos was mated with a grey-white female (Mal, of course) and from 8 pups, 4 were white. I'll post some photos next week.

One of the pups, a gorgeous boy, is living close to us and we went to dogshows together but his white coat wasn't so appreciated unfortunately. Anyway, his owners love him a lot!

Alaskan Malamute Discussions / Re: Alaskan Malamutes
« on: March 07, 2006, 01:44:56 am »
Costello is gorgeous! I only saw pics and records from Westimnster but I must say he's great!
Congrats to his breeders/owners/handler!

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