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Anything Non-Dog Related / Re: How could this happen? My poor kitty!
« on: June 24, 2007, 02:56:09 am »
That is absolutely criminal!!! I don't know you, obviously, or the circumstances of your divorce, i.e. how smoothly it's going or if it's really ugly, but THAT kind of animal neglect is inexcusable and should be punished. Is there anything you can do, like file a complaint with animal control? I guess that would risk them confiscating your puppies, though. It's so heartbreaking!!!! I can't believe that. Do you think he intentionally neglected Ozone, or could there be some kind of weak excuse that MIGHT begin to explain it?

Mixed Breed Discussion / the guilt The Guilt THE GUILT!
« on: June 23, 2007, 09:16:22 am »
My new big paw, Koji (aussie/berner), is 13 weeks old tomorrow. In two weeks, our family is going on our annual vacation to the San Francisco Bay area, and Koji is off to the kennel with sister Tani (aussie/boxer). He'll be just 15 weeks old then. He's just getting the hang of crate training, potty training and family life. I am so sad and afraid that he'll forget everything he's learned! He'll forget us, and he'll be sad that we abandonded him and he'll cry himself to sleep every night and wonder what he did wrong! Oh, the guilt is killing me! If I attached my picture right, you can look into his big brown eyes for yourself and feel my pain. :'(

Greyhound Discussions & Pictures / Aging Grey...
« on: June 21, 2007, 12:29:44 am »
Niko is 10. Poor old man... We adopted him when he was 5. He had a long and illustrious racing career before he came home to us. He had to learn stairs, sliding glass doors and kids, but he has done great. He is getting grey (no pun intended) around the muzzle, and his teeth are getting bad more often. (We do dentals every 6 months, but they get yucky more often now). About a month ago, he had a stroke that left him kind of dragging his left front and rear paws just a little. He trembles and shakes when he has to hold his weight up to go potty. I know it could be worse, but I didn't have dogs until I was a grown up and this is the first one I've had until old age. (One had to be put down, and one went with ex in a divorce). So, really, I just don't know how to deal with my aging puppy. Am I just going to come home and find him one day? It is so dorky to be all worried about it now, and I know I should just enjoy his company and put it out of my mind, but it's freaking me out. Any words of advice? (Besides "Don't be a dork".)  :-\

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: It's gotten worse...
« on: June 21, 2007, 12:16:07 am »
Right, that was my thought - the "girls" had been let back inside. If it were me, that would certainly be my story to animal control. Your husky got out, you had to go to work, you let your girl dogs IN, and left the house. End of story. It wasn't your tan dog. What a terrible nightmare. I'm so sorry that you have to deal with all this. Good luck to you...hang in there.

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: Car Barfer
« on: June 20, 2007, 10:28:08 am »
Ugh...puke AND poop - I don't think I could handle that double whammy! Luckily, mine's just a puker. And, he's kind enough to clean up after himself! I know...EEEEEWW WWW! :P

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: Car Barfer
« on: June 20, 2007, 07:20:25 am »
He doesn't hate it - he likes to snuggle and lay his head on my leg. He just barfs, then snoozes. He's just a baby, though, so I was hoping that I was desensitizing him. I'll check out the link - thank you!

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Car Barfer
« on: June 20, 2007, 06:41:35 am »
So, my Berner/Aussie mix pup is 12 weeks old, and we've had him since he was 8 weeks. He barfs in the car when I take him out, which I try to do about once a week - some call it socialization, but I call it showing him off! Anyway, I keep taking him out thinking that I'm getting him used to the car, but am I just torturing the poor little dude?

Introduce Yourself to the Forum / Re: Welcome Newly Newfed
« on: June 20, 2007, 02:37:29 am »
Welcome from one newbie to another! I need to know more about the deer!! I know this isn't Big Hooves Only, but I can't be the only one wondering - do they live on your land, or do they just kind of frequently visit enough so that you've named them?

Introduce Yourself to the Forum / Re: New to BPO
« on: June 20, 2007, 02:33:36 am »
Hi there,
I'm new, too! It's a little overwhelming to find your way around at first, but everyone seems so nice. Spazz looks adorable - I love that breed. It's cool that you have people to come check on him throughout the day. Take care!

Introduce Yourself to the Forum / Hi! I'm new!
« on: June 20, 2007, 02:26:47 am »
Hello Big Paw People! I just joined this forum yesterday and I have really been diggin' it. I'm a stay at home mom in St. Pete Florida, and I have 4 human kids - two almost 8 year olds, one almost 4 year old and a 17 month old. In additon to those guys, I have a 10 year old brindle greyhound. We rescued him not only from the SPCA and a brutal life of racing, but from the ridiculous name "JR's Rooster". We call him Niko, which actually means "cat" in Japanese (don't ask) and that started a Japanese naming trend for all pets to come. About three years ago, a friend of our brought us this silly looking 6 month old puppy - brindle with one blue eye and one brown eye. She found him on the side of the highway. I'm a sucker for brindles, and so she joined us and goes by the moniker "Tani" (rhymes with Bonnie) which means "sweetheart" and "bull that charges randomly". Tani appears to be part aussie and part, uh, we're guessing boxer? She has turned out to be the most amazing awesomely smart super sweet family dog ever on the whole face of the earth. We got so lucky! With Niko's advanced age and failing health, and subsequent lack of interest in anything other than eating and sleeping, poor Tani was bored and restless. What could we do? Get a puppy, of course!! Koji (means "abundance" as in "of dogs, of children, whatever...) is now 12 weeks old. His mom is an aussie and his dad is a berner. Koji is all black with a little patch of white studly chest hair. He's so sweet, and he and Tani have turned out to be great friends already. Although, he likes to hump her head, which I find disturbing, since it's his sister and all. My husband reminds me, though, that he doesn't know it's his sister. Still - eeew. Last but not least, we have a three year old sleek and sexy black cat who doesn't listen to the name Kenji which means "second son" (since we got him after we got Niko). Kenji tolerates the dogs quite well, and seems to prefer them to the kittens I foster for a local rescue. Anyway, if you've read this far, thanks for staying interested in my rambling and feel free to contact me if you want to chat! I'm surrounded by animals and kids all day, so the occasional adult conversation, even if it's in text, is very welcome!

Behavior, Housebreaking, Obedience / Re: Have you been Bitten?
« on: June 20, 2007, 01:14:24 am »
I would never suggest biting a dog back - it seems like you'd just reinforce that behavior if you respond in kind. My aussie/boxer mix bit me in play recently - she went for a spot higher up on the tug rope and it happened to have my arm behind it. It HURT like nothing I've ever felt before!!! I can't imagine being bitten by a dog in an agressive manner. Anyway, I carefully removed my flesh from her mouth so that she just had the tug toy, and I tried really hard not to react. She didn't mean to hurt me, and she would have been really sad and felt bad if I had freaked out. I'm looking at the bruise now - it's a lovely shade of brown now!

Your poor puppy! What a mean old grandma! Big dogs totally get a bad reputation just for being big. Personally I'm terrified of those little yippy ones. :-[

I have a brindle boxer/aussie mix with one blue eye and one brown eye who scares people all the time. Truth be told, she a big knuckle head and wouldn't hurt anyone. I had an old friend visit (one I hadn't seen in years) and when she came over, Tani (rhymes with "Bonnie") came running down the stairs to greet her. She screamed "OH MY GOD YOU HAVE A PIT BULL!" and shut the door, and stood outside on my front porch! I put Tani and my greyhound in my room with the door shut so she could come in, but later regretted doing that. I should have let my dogs enjoy their home, and let her sit on the porch!

I'm new on the board, and if I figure out how to post pictures, I'll do that!

Give Max a hug for me, and tell him that next time grandma comes over he should give her a big wet kiss on the mouth!

FAQs about puppies / Funny looking puppy!
« on: June 19, 2007, 02:02:29 am »
Hi there - this is my first post to this board. I have a question for the experts! I got a puppy for mother's day - an adorable Berner/Aussie mix. I wouldn't have believed the mixture if I hadn't seen the littermates with the Berner markings - mine is all black with a little white patch on his chest. He's the cutest thing ever, and so sweet. Impressively obedient for a 12 week old pup, too! He has gained 8 pounds in the four weeks that we've had him (we got him at 8 weeks and he was 6 pounds). At that time he was SHORT and very round and fat. Over the weeks, his body has lengthened and thickened, his paws have become way big and his tail is very long (it tickles his ribs when he wags it). Here is my rather silly question - are his legs still supposed to be so short? He is starting to look like a funny short eared basset hound! My husband said that it's normal puppy development - if his legs were longer, he wouldn't be able to reach his food and water bowl. Still, it seems funny to me that his body had lengthened and thickened and his legs are still all stumpy. Once you all stop laughing at my post, please feel free to respond and ressure me that my dog is not a freak! Thanks!

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