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Saint Bernard Pictures / Mr. Obnoxious
« on: February 02, 2007, 03:31:57 pm »
It's been a while since I've had a chance to visit the board. Adicus, the cats and I moved to Austin (from Milwaukee) the first week of January and I've been working non-stop ever sense. I try to take Adi to the parks whenever I have the time to do it, but he is so full of energy and believe-it-or-not, it's cold here in Texas and I don't have the energy to stay outside for the long walks. He makes me feel like a bad mommy.

Here's a picture of him after an attempt at a long walk - one where he seemingly forgot all his manners, which resulted in having to stop every five feet and make him sit or lay down to calm himself.

Mr. Obnoxious, looking quite keen:

He's 9.5 months now, and I'm guessing just around the 100 mark.

Helpful Groups & Dogs in Need / AUSTIN, Texas: Great Pyrenees
« on: December 26, 2006, 10:56:10 am »
Found this guy just posted on the Austin Craig's List:

Free to good home! He is a very loving and sweet dog. He needs more attention than we are able to give him. He really needs to be an only dog. He is VERY cuddly, loves hugs, and the closer he is with his people the happier he is! While he needs to be inside to be close with his family, he also likes to have some room to run. He's very good with kids and comes in around 110 lbs. He makes a great bio-blanket to keep you warm during the cold months! He really is a sweet guy and it breaks our hearts to have to let him go. He is fully house broken - no potty accidents, and he NEVER tears anything up.

call Terri: 512.736.9842
Location: South Austin (Dale)

Behavior, Housebreaking, Obedience / New, annoying behavior: WHINING.
« on: December 26, 2006, 01:03:11 am »
Adicus (8mo.s now) has started a new, annoying behavior that drives me up the wall. He whines, incessantly. Sometimes its a whimper to let me know he's bored. Other times, if he is trying to get to the cats. Sometimes, to say, hey, I need to go potty. I try not to acknowledge it (unless it's obvious he needs to go potty)... but most of the time, he does get a response out of me. "Stop it, Adi." or "No" or "SHUT UP". While I know these responses aren't necessarily the best ways to curb the behavior, I can't stop it because he is so annoying!

Anyone have any advice?

I'm hoping that our move after the first of January to a much warmer climate will help - in that, I will be more willing to take him on longer walks each morning again. He'll be a more fulfilled dog then...

Saint Bernard Pictures / Our first & only winter...
« on: December 10, 2006, 12:49:20 am »
Below are pictures of Adicus in the snow, here in Milwaukee. It's my first winter ever (h*ll, it's not even officially winter yet), and it will be my last for a while. We're moving to Austin the first week of January! I'm a Florida girl (as much as I hate to admit it) and wasn't looking forward to four more months of freezing temps! I would have stayed if they offered me a permanent job, though...

Anyway, I'm getting off topic...

I thought we should do a photoshoot to remember our short stint in the cold. Today was a really warm one (37, feels like 28!), and the sun was shining very nicely. I've learned how to fully appreciate that!

Rolling his eyes at mom:

Eating snow:

I tried posting this on the local Milwaukee Craigslist, but no one replied. I would love to get this to someone who can use it. I'd figure out how to ship it and you can reimburse. Otherwise, I will be donating it to the local animal shelter...

I have an opened bag of Eagle Pack Large & Giant Breed Puppy kibble, 33 lbs. Only one cup was used (began a slow transition from one food to this, but my puppy couldn't even handle less than a cup - it was too rich for him.)

Product Details: 33 lbs.

Ingredients: Lamb Meal, Ground Brown Rice, Ground Yellow Corn, Oatmeal, Chicken Meal, Dried Beet Pulp, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Natural Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Corn Germ Meal (Dry Milled), Brewers Dried Yeast, Anchovy & Sardine Meal, Flaxseed, Dried Egg Product, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Air-Dried Peas, Dried Carrots, Inulin, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Beta-Carotene, DL-Methionine, Vitamin A Acetate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, d-Pantothenic Acid, Niacin Supplement, Choline Chloride, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Folic Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Biotin, Rosemary Extract, Inositol, Dehydrated Kelp, Polysaccharide Complexes (sequestered) of Zinc, Iron, Manganese, Copper and Cobalt, Potassium Iodate, Sodium Selenite, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei, Enterococcus faecium, B. Subtillus, Bacillus lichenformis, Bacillus coagulins, Aspergillus oryzae and Aspergillus niger.

Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein min. 23.0%, Crude Fat min. 12.0%, Crude Fiber max. 3.5%, Moisture max. 10.0%, Calcium min. 1.5%, Phosphorus min. 1.0%, Vitamin A min. 22,000 IU/kg., Vitamin E min. 300 IU/kg., Omega 6 min. 2.9%, Omega 3 min. 0.58%, Glucosamine min. 800 ppm; 82 mg/cup

Product link:

Purchase price: $33
Your price: Cost of shipping

Food Discussion & Information / How much adult food for puppy?
« on: September 14, 2006, 05:32:22 am »
Some of you know that I've developed a theory that Adicus has a food allergy to corn. I bought a small back of Solid Golf Wolf King and have been starting to mix it in w/ his ProPlan. So far, he's taking pretty well to it and no problems on the way out...

My question is - how much Wolf King should he be fed once he's fully on it? Since the feeding instructions are for grown doggies. Should I look to see what it is for the Wolf Cub? And feed the same?

Right now Adi's reaching 50lbs at 5 months. He's eating 5 cups of the ProPlan for now, but I realize that these foods are very, very different.

The feeding instructions on the Wolf King are as follows (abbreviated):
40-60 lbs - 2 2/3 to 3 2/3 cups daily
60-80 lbs - 3 2/3 to 4 1/3
80-100 lbs - 4 1/3 to 5 1/4
For larger animals, adjust accoringly.
4.85 cups = 1 lb. 1522 calories/ 1lb.

Transporting & Traveling With Dogs / We're headed to Chicagoland!
« on: September 13, 2006, 03:45:32 pm »
I'm new to the midwest, and particularly to Milwaukee, where Adi and I call home. A friend of mine just moved up to Chicago from Miami and I'm planning on coming down to visit her and go to the Renegade Craft Fair this weekend in Wicker Park.

I decided that I will be bringing Adi with me because that way I am not in such a rush to get back to Milwaukee... That is if the weather is cooperative! I saw Wicker Park is dog friendly, so that's what gave me the idea. They even have a dog park. 

SO - Here's where you MidWesties come in... I'm planning an entire day in the city with my pup. Any suggestions as to dog-friendly restaurants? I know there's a few on the board from Chicagoland...


Discussions & Information on Grooming / Thank god.
« on: September 08, 2006, 03:36:30 pm »
Because of Adi's skin condition (which is still unknown), he was prescribed medicated soothing shampoo. Up until now, he's been going to the groomers every two weeks, to keep him clean and to get him used to being groomed at a young age.

Well... Tonight I gave it a go myself... I really didn't want to, but I knew he needed to give this shampoo a try... Luckily, the kid only weighs 45 pounds so far... I was able to pick him up and put him in the tub (it's a claw foot, so a bit smaller, and taller). He wasn't afraid of the water and he behaved SO WELL. He even sat down on command and let me pour cups of water on him wherver I wanted. He gave kisses, wagged his tail when I talked to him, and didn't make a run for it once.

Thank goodness! I am sooo greatful. I've had to deal with large labs jumping out of the tub mid bath before and so I would prefer to just send them to the groomers... Plus, I don't have hose access outside... so the whole tub thing is off putting... But at least I know he behaves well, if I ever have to again!

Afterwards, I used a hair dryer on him and he was very content if he got a belly rub or back rub. He's still damn but in the after-bath hyped happiness mood.

Adi is doing a whirlwind this week. These last few days have been trying - mostly me not knowing what to do.

He's really been getting bad about chewing on himself these last two days. Last night I sprayed his front pays with bitter apple spray and then he moved on to his hind legs. By the time I woke up today, he has a red 1 inch mark on his back leg and has started to stratch at his face with his dew claws. I just took him out to pee and I looked into his eyes and noticed one of them is swollen and red on the edges because of his pawing at them.

I'm assuming this was due to his teething... But no matter what I do - frozen washcloths, bones with peanut butter, et cetera - he goes back to scratching and chewing on himself.

Maybe he has allergies? This seems a bit excessive for teething!

Accompanying all this scratching is a lot of sleepiness and whining...

Also - as we are trying to transition to Eagles Pack from the ProPlan, adi hasn't had as much an appitite and no matter how little EP I mix in, his bowel movements become runny. I was tempted just to switch him overnight since he seems so sensitive so that this transition wouldn't be so drawn out and his BM's affected for an extended period of time - but now with the scratching/pawing issue - I am just going to go back to ProPlan for the time being. I can only handle so much at one time!

I'm attaching pictures - WITH FLASH. They exaggerate the eye problem a little much, but you can see the damage he's doing to himself.

Should I take him in to the vet???

Saint Bernard Pictures / Adi got a bed.
« on: September 02, 2006, 11:16:24 am »
Well, I've been really caving in and letting Adi sleep out of his crate at night, so long as it's next to my bed. He'll usually sleep there for half the night and in the crate the other half after a early-morning piss. However, it's been really getting to me how he just THROWS his body down onto the hardwood floors! Poor little bones. So I caved and bought him a bed that was overpriced, but I was too lazy to make one myself! It wasn't that bad I suppose, but come on, $35 for covered foam?

Here he is after a romp at the dog park. I coaxed him to get on it and pose. Now he is sleeping soundly. And yes, ignore the god-awful cheapy towel. It serves it's purpose!

Oh, and yeah, I bought the largest one since he has plenty of growing left to do.

Saint Bernard General Discussions / Adi's vet visit
« on: August 26, 2006, 09:54:31 am »
Adicus had his second vet visit today and finished up all his vaccinations. The vet put him on Revolution for heartworm, fleas and ticks. We're supposed to go in monthly for a weigh in and get the proper dosage of revolution. Everything seems  quite normal...

At 18.5 weeks, he weighs in at 37.9lbs. He gained 9 pounds since I got him on July 27. Because of all the talk on the board about whether to feed large breed puppy kibble or not, I asked her how long he should stay on it. She said it  would be a LONG time before she recommends taking him off it because of how much growing he has left to do. However, I was wondering how much growth is TOO fast? If he's steadily increasing but not overboard, I am happy to keep him on the large breed puppy... Any input?

I'm supposed to keep an eye on his paws because of his chewing on them to see if it really becomes an OCD thing or just an effect of the teething.

And... She recommended getting him neutered in the next month to month and a half (from 5 to 6 months). I know that this too is highly debatable - when the right time to neuter is. I am probably going to do this before 6 months so that there are fewer complications as far as anesthesia goes - that worries me! But would any of you flat out object to doing it at this age?

Thanks for being a sounding board!

Saint Bernard Pictures / More Adicus - he's actually 18 weeks now...
« on: August 23, 2006, 03:40:01 pm »
I talked with Adi's parent's owners and found out his real birthday is April 18th, so that makes him two weeks older than I thought. So here's some of him this week - I'm finally starting to see that he is becoming gangly and big.

And here's one of my cats, Reagan, pissed after Adicus just finished chasing and provoking her.

Sorry for the bombardment of Adi pics, but you all always want MORE  and I know I love seeing everyone elses photos!

Saint Bernard General Discussions / Teething tips?
« on: August 20, 2006, 02:37:39 am »
I've been watching Adi for a few days very closely, as a red spot appeared on one of his front knuckles... I worried he might be licking obsessively, but hadn't seen any signs of it. Then another knuckle started to appear red...

Last night, while reading and after Adi had woke up from a nap in my bed, I started to see how this happened. HE EATS HIS PAWS. Well, chews on them, particularlly his right hand, the dew claw and those pink knuckles.

I gave his mouth a look and noticed all his little teeth coming in. He didn't want me to look, letting me know that they are sensitive. It then occured to me that I must not be giving him enough things to chew on.

What helped you get through the teething stage? Anyone else experience this problem of your pup chewing on his own paw? Advice is greatly appreciated. I think I'm going to head to the pet store and check out our options.

Saint Bernard Pictures / Adi is turning 4 months old...
« on: August 17, 2006, 04:07:36 pm »
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Adi turns 4 months old tomorrow. You can tell he's amassing a zoo from the looks of this toys behind him. The turtle and monkey are his favs.

I've had him for almost a month now and I've barely had any real time to myself since he needs so much supervision! But he's worth it. Look at that face... and the afro...

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Here he is today, half-napping beneath the kitchen table. For now, he fits there, but just barely!

Introduce Yourself to the Forum / Meet Adicus, the Saint Bernard.
« on: August 06, 2006, 02:09:59 pm »
Hey all. I'm Lori and this is my new pup, Adicus. He's a 3 month old Saint Bernard. I'm looking forward to reading everyones posts and contributing to the community.

Adi is a very timid puppy, who I've been trying to introduce to as many people as we can while on our walks to help break him of his fear. Other than that, he's your average Saint - a huge sloberpus, gentle and playful. He loves belly rubs and to be at my feet when he can.

I've always loved large breeds, having grown up with retrievers my whole life. Now that I've moved out on my own, to a whole new part of the country where I know no one, I'm happy to have a solid relationship with my pup.

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