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Poor Fumbs can't get a break either! We hope it's nothing serious and that it starts to pass soon. Rosie's had so many trips to the vet that it's become her second home.

Newfoundland Pictures / Re: Newfie Puppy watch update!
« on: July 28, 2008, 08:38:30 pm »
Awwww... I'm a sucker for Newf puppies. I'm trying to convince my husband that Rosie needs a sibling.

Treatment & Preventative Meds / Re: Roxy's Surgery
« on: July 27, 2008, 12:22:40 pm »
Is that supposed to be like an e-collar? It looks way more practical than the huge lampshade style.

Newfoundland Discussions / Re: Do Newf Puppies lose their white fur?
« on: July 26, 2008, 12:09:46 pm »
Rosie supposedly had a small white spot on her chest, but by the time we got her (2 years), she'd lost all her white coloring. It seems like eventually all that black fur overcomes the white and they turn to completely black with age.

Newfoundland Pictures / Re: Fumble's 3 TODAY!
« on: July 22, 2008, 07:15:01 am »
Happy Birthday Fumbs!!!! I love that birthday celebrations are week-long affairs. They're so spoiled aren't they?!?

Newfoundland Pictures / Re: Newf lifeguard for hire
« on: July 16, 2008, 11:39:23 am »
On our last trip to the lake, we went with some friends of ours who have two labrador retrievers. One was quite the frisbee fetcher in the water. When Rosie saw one of the labs in the lake fetching the frisbee, she immediately sprung to action, paddling the fastest we've ever seen before toward the lab. When she caught up to him, she was trying to grab onto his neck to bring him to shore. It was the funniest thing EVER! The black lab was probably thinking 'Leave me alone. I know how to swim. I don't need saving!'. After Rosie attempted to 'save' him a couple more times, she finally figured out he didn't need her help. She seemed disappointed.

Newfoundland Pictures / Re: Gabi photos
« on: July 16, 2008, 11:34:44 am »
Such a cutie! I love that white-speckled paw!

Food Discussion & Information / Re: Canned/wet food recommendations
« on: July 01, 2008, 07:34:54 am »
Thanks for the recommendation s.

What brand do you want to feed her?
Rosie's actually on a Royal Canin dry kibble urinary diet prescribed by the vet. We thought the vet was closed all this week for 4th of July, and would have to get 'over-the-counter' wet food. It turns out the vet's open and we were able to get some canned urinary food for her.

Why weave through the poles anyway when you can just ram them over? Smart dog!

Newfoundland Pictures / Newf lifeguard for hire
« on: June 30, 2008, 07:41:11 pm »
Rosie's had a string of bad luck over the last couple years. She tore her ACL last year, requiring TPLO surgery on her back right leg. Then they found that she has a dislocating kneecap on the same leg just a few months ago, which now also requires surgery to correct. And on the day they were supposed to do that surgery, they found her TPLO bone plate on that leg had gotten infected and needed to be removed, so they did so. And then after they'd removed the bone plate, she started to show lameness on the opposite leg which was later diagnosed as a temporary cartilagenous embolism in her spine. Her lameness on the leg has gone away, but she still remains on antibiotics now to ensure that infection on her TPLO leg is completely treated.

Anyway, with the long streak of bad luck, sometimes we feel that Rosie feels less like a dog... especially with having to be contained indoors and not being able to go on her normal walks. So we've started bringing her to the lake for some 'water therapy', which is both good for her legs and her spirits. She loves saving the buoy and at least she can feel 'normal' for a while. She still has the surgery to correct her dislocating kneecap ahead of her, but until then, we'll be taking a few trips to the lake.

Food Discussion & Information / Canned/wet food recommendations
« on: June 30, 2008, 07:33:37 pm »
Does anyone have any recommendation s on high quality canned/wet dog food and where I might be able to get it? Rosie was on satin balls for awhile to urge her to eat after the bone plate on her right knee (from TPLO surgery last year) was removed, since she was resisting everything else we put in front of her and would not eat. Now we're having some difficulty getting her back to her usual dry kibble. So we're easing her into it with some wet canned food. Any recommendation s would be appreciated.

Food Discussion & Information / Re: Satin Balls
« on: June 30, 2008, 07:28:42 pm »
We were trying desperately to feed Rosie SOMEthing after her surgery. She would refuse everything, things she would inhale in a second if she was feeling well. But with a fever and feeling like crud, she was NOT into eating at all. And it was important that she eat in order to get well again.

Satin balls were the only thing she would eat. We cooked them in the oven instead of feeding them raw (since we'd never fed her a raw diet before and didn't want to start right when she wasn't feeling well) and she just loved them. Now we're struggling to get her back to eating her usual dry kibble. She's no longer on satin balls, but she's only accepting wet canned food so far.

Newfoundland Pictures / Re: Summer cut for Newfoundland
« on: May 18, 2008, 06:18:04 pm »
We live in Texas which beats Washington summers any day. We do not give Rosie a shave during the summer, except for a buzz cut in her belly area. She's a bit more lazy around the summertime, laying around the house a lot more, so the shaved belly keeps from developing huge mats and also allows more belly contact with our tile floor.

In general, they shed a lot of their undercoat during the spring/summer months anyway, so keeping up with it with frequent brushing is better. And the previous post was right about their fur actually insulating them from the heat. Rosie had surgery on her leg a few months ago, so her entire leg had to be shaved nearly down to the skin. We noticed that the re-growing fur actually grew out with a thicker undercoat, which required even more raking and slicker-brushing.

Rosie sends birthday greetings to Drake! You're Rosie's idol, as you ARE the original sliding Drake.

Medical Conditions & Diseases / Re: Lateral Luxation of the Patella
« on: April 30, 2008, 07:58:07 pm »
I have another appointment with my vet next week to get some results and discuss this with her further.

What kind of tests did they do to formally diagnose Jenny? I have great confidence in the surgeon and our vet, but they diagnosed it with her symptoms and I guess by palpating her leg and such. Did they do an x-ray on your girl's leg?

I've been doing my research online too. Rosie's been experiencing intermittent lameness which she eventually walks off, but every now and then, she'll also take a step/pivot that buckles her 'bunk' leg. So our guess is that it's at a greater severity that requires surgery. I would be interested to know what your vet says they're going to do to treat Jenny's case.

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