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Cane Corso Discussions & Pictures / Re: Does Zita get the clumsy prize?
« on: October 27, 2007, 06:53:21 am »
Bodhi has a twin sized bed of his own, too!  It's here in my office.  The mattress and box springs are on the floor so it's pretty low, and it is right behind my desk every morning while I am on the computer, Bodhi lays there and demands cookies, lol.  I started the game when he was little...I would bring one of those 100 Calorie Packs of animal crackers into the office....I hold one up and say "Give us a cookie!" in a silly voice, and he 'replies'....makes this mumbling, growly sound like he is trying to say "Yes, give us that cookie!". 

I laughed like crazy about Zita getting stuck....I can just see it...hahahaha. ...

Collars, crates, & other cool things / Best gate for Big Dogs??
« on: October 23, 2007, 11:19:55 am »
I probably should have put this in the Gear Forum, but wanted to get as many replies as possible...

For several years, we have had a baby gate on the landing of our stairs to keep the dogs on the first floor...the gate is hardware-mounted into the wall rather than pressure-mounted, but is lightweight wood.  It worked fine until Bodhi got big, lol....but he has now broken one of the wooden slats and is capable of twisting the frame to get around it!

We looked at sturdier baby gates at Walmart....but the hardware mounting is just not strong enough to hold Bodhi.  What kind of gate do you use to contain your Big Paw??  We definitely want something hardware-mounted into a stud that swings open in both directions.  I've looked at several....but think the best way to choose is to get recommendation s from other BP owners!  Thanks!

Rare Breed Mastiff Pictures / Re: BIG DOG???
« on: October 16, 2007, 07:34:19 am »
Oh, but isn't there are part of you that kinda/sorta would like to have a dog that big??? To see the shock on people's faces, if nothing else! LOL!!

When I was a kid we had an Irish Setter who had problems like this.  We tried everything, to no got to the point that we had her wear a t-shirt to try and keep her from chewing herself, and her tail was completely bald!

We finally took her to MSU (Michigan State...they have one of the best vet hospitals in the country) and they found out what was wrong: our dog was allergic to herself! LOL!  Really....she was allergic to her own staph!  She had to take Keflex for the rest of her life (which back then was unbelievably parents joke that it cost as much to raise Ginger as it did to raise me!). 

I highly doubt that is your problem, but wanted to share it.  Bodhi has never had any skin problems...tho ugh I am amazed the skin under his chin has not rotted from being wet all the time, lol...

I can understand you being freaked out....I have been a bit of a nervous wreck since Bodhi and Ribbit's fight last week.  I hate it, I feel like I can't relax in my own home!  Our trainers will be back in town Monday and are coming over to work together with us....I'll share their advice with you and you let me know what works for you and we can solve this problem!!

Newfoundland Discussions / Re: Help!! Fighting...I'm scared....!!
« on: October 09, 2007, 07:46:25 am »
Thanks for all the support, everyone.  I have to admit, I am over-reacting to shook me up pretty badly, and I am feeling paranoid.  One of the times Bodhi and Ribbit fought was when we were putting away groceries...I'm not sure exactly who did what that started the I am paranoid every time they are in the kitchen together! 

I wish this didn't make me so nervous.  I feel like a Dog Newbie...I've never dealt with this before.  I've always felt I could read my dogs pretty well, but now I am questioning that.  I've never read NILIF...I'm going to get it and read it ASAP, but can you give me an overview?  I'm assuming it means making them work for everything...f ood, treats, going outside, etc.  We do some of that, and are trying to do more.  When we hand out treats, everyone has to sit and be quiet before they get anything.  I make Bodhi sit and stay before I let him go to his food.  I'm trying to make everyone sit/stay before I let them out. 

Bodhi is not food aggressive with us.  I can't count the number of times I have stuck my hand in his mouth to take out something he has found to chew on, and he has never reacted to me being near his bowl when he eats.  And he doesn't react much with our other dogs....he once chased Rio away from some barf, but she did not challenge him and nothing happened...and he has never reacted when Stubby, Zildjian or Dolly get near him.  It's mainly Ribbit. 


Newfoundland Discussions / Help!! Fighting...I'm scared....!!
« on: October 08, 2007, 12:51:09 pm »
This is probably going to be looong, I really need advice...

A few weeks ago I posted that Bodhi and Ribbit have had a couple little fights over food...once over Bodhi's bowl and once when we were putting groceries away and all the dogs were crowded around.  I called a trainer...they gave me some suggestions but have only been here once because they have classes and have been out of town.  I've been working on the suggestions they offered and things have been going well....until last night.

Bodhi had just finished his dinner but was still standing at his bowl in the kitchen (Explanation: all the other dogs eat in the basement once a day...Bodhi's bowl is in the kitchen and he eats twice a day).  I was standing behind Bodhi keeping an eye that no one got too close.  Ribbit came into the kitchen and stood behind me.  Bodhi turned around and looked at him, and I knew almost immediately that trouble was brewing...he stiffened up and got that intense stare.  I grabbed his color and tried to tell him to Leave It...but they went at each other.  They only got to each other for about 10 seconds, then I managed to drag Bodhi out into the foyer.  I put him into a Sit/Stay, but did not let go of him because he was still very tense like he wanted to lunge again.  Then he started growling again and I looked and Ribbit was coming into the foyer...and Bodhi tried to go after him again.  I could not get Ribbit to leave the foyer...I finally drug Bodhi up to the landing of the stairs where we have a gate, and locked him in there...then ran and put Ribbit in the basement as fast as I could (because the gate will not hold Bodhi for long).  By the time I shut the basement door, Bodhi was over the gate and running toward us.  As soon as he realized Ribbit was in the basement and no longer a "threat", he calmed down.  I, on the other hand, was just about hysterical.  I couldn't believe the "fight" lasted so long...that Ribbit just kept advancing and Bodhi just kept trying to get him.  I was all by myself when this's damn hard to hold back a 130 lb. dog and I have 3 herniated discs in my back which does not help...I had hideous visions of Ribbit getting killed or having to get rid of I called the trainers in a panic.  They kept telling me that "the situation is not as horrible as it seems" and "is VERY solvable if we do the work in training".  They offered more is some of it, along with some things I have been thinking.  Please tell me if it makes sense, or if any of you have had problems like this and what you've done about it:

1. I think feeding Bodhi in the kitchen is a dumb move on my part.  As I said, the other dogs eat downstairs in their when Bodhi eats his first meal of the day no other dog is around.  I suspect he thinks of the entire kitchen as his feeding area to when he eats his second meal and there are other dogs around, he gets pissy.  The trainers said we should feed him in the basement with the others so he can see that they have the 'right' to eat too...I don't want him loose, so we will have to see if our large crate is big enough for him or possibly switch the kennel assignment for eating (which could be a nightmare because we have had the same routine for years).

2.  The trainers absolutely feel that the problem is not just Bodhi.  When I told them that Ribbit kept coming into the foyer when I dragged Bodhi in there, they said that was him being aggressive. He didn't act aggressive (no growling or trying to attack Bodhi), but it does kind of make sense...a Cocker Spaniel has just been jumped by a Newfoundland and doesn't run away??  Ribbit has always had aggression issues (I think a big part of it is because he is a Cocker my experience, they are very testy)...he often growls at the other dogs and even us...but we've always put up with it because until Bodhi got big no one ever challenged him.  Another dumb move on our part.  So the trainers think we need to work with Ribbit as well.

3.  The trainers suggested that I wear a small air horn around my neck for the next few weeks in case anything happens...they said blowing it will stop the fight in it's tracks. 

4. After the fight, Bodhi was fine.  I left Ribbit in the basement for awhile, then put Bodhi on a leash to take him out (through the basement) in case anything happened.  He and Ribbit went nose to nose...and he didn't react at all.  He was trying to play with him 5 minutes later.  During the rest of the evening Ribbit walked by him many times, very close or even brushing against him, and he paid no attention.  Unfortunately, I was a nervous wreck thinking something would happen...and I know they sense my fear and tension and that makes things worse, but I couldn't help it!

The trainers said many other things...I took notes, but can't think of them right now.  They will be out of town until Monday, but will be coming over as soon as they get back.  They keep saying this is fixable, but I am so on edge.  We've been so lucky for years...all these dogs and no d now this.  To make matters worse, my husband and stepson are two of the most absent-minded, oblivious men I have ever met....trying to keep them on board with intense training will be damn difficult.  ANY advice, suggestions, or support would be appreciated!!

Games & Jokes / Re: Adventures in waxing...(for the girls)
« on: October 05, 2007, 12:38:42 pm »
I have a good friend who gets regular Brazilians.... and when she described the procedure to me, the hair stood up on the back of my neck!! OOOWWWWWIIIIIE EEEEEE!!! Did you know that for a Full Brazilian they wax the stuff in the back, too?? (trying to think of a genteel way to put it...but I can't...they actually wax your butt hole!)  There is no way I could do it!  Years ago my cousin got one of those Epilady things...we were so excited...but it hurt so bad we could only do our shins!! 

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: Need to VENT~!
« on: October 03, 2007, 11:49:37 am »
I can totally relate to husband and stepson are always forgetting things like this.  With a pack like ours (6 dogs), it is important to keep a routine and be extra r if one escapes, 4 more escape (only Rio will not leave the yard if given the chance!).  I've tried reminding them...putting up signs to remind them...nagging them....nothin g works.  Now I just try to be aware of every darn thing going on.  It's not easy, and I don't relax much....but it's the only way I feel my pups are safe!!  

My dad suggested strapping pictures of naked women to the dogs, so they would pay more attention to where they are....lololol .....

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: Great video!!!
« on: October 02, 2007, 12:46:37 pm »
LOL! I love how the dog looks at the person with the camera every few seconds as if to say, "What is wrong with your kid?  Is he braindead or something?  I keep shutting the drawer...does he not realize that means he is not supposed to open it?!?"

hehehehehehehe he.....

This has been one of my greatest 'discoveries', haha.  I don't often take naps....but occasionally I treat myself to one...with my dogs.  I love to lie there and listen to them snore.  Funny, because my husband's snoring annoys the **** out of me, lol....but my dogs snoring is soothing.  I've even been known to put a blanket on the floor and let them all pile around me.  It is the most comforting, safe, relaxing feeling....fal ling asleep surrounded by creatures who love you unconditionall y.  Okay, that probably makes me a weirdo, lol...but it really is great.  I highly recommend it next time you are having a tough day!

Oh Gawd, that sounds so much like me!!  I almost got run over in Amsterdam while hurrying across the street to pet someone's dog! (Hey...we were on vacation in Europe for 10 days and I missed my critters...I needed to pet a dog! LOL!)

Did you tell the key guy how you locked yours in the car??  Did he laugh?

Introduce Yourself to the Forum / Re: Pics of our menagerie, as requested!!
« on: September 29, 2007, 12:29:26 pm »
Yes, there are MORE...LOL!  We have 3 more house cats and 3 barn cats that I didn't post pictures of!  Bump, Stashe and Mischa are in the house...Bump is a black stumpy Manx (no tail, hence his name) who is 12 years old but looks like a wide-eyed kitten.  Stashe is our resident Lover Boy....he adores everyone, hates conflict, and gives wonderful kisses (though rough, with his scratchy tongue!)...Mischa is short for Michelin, because we found her in an old tire in a garbage dumpster when she was 3 weeks old.  We had to bottle feed her and stimulate her to go to the bathroom, she was so small.  Now she is Miss Independent!

We have 3 barn cats....I have always been against outdoor cats but when you have a barn the rodents will quickly take over.  The barn cats have pretty much dictated where we live for the past 7 years....I won't be within a mile of a main road so they can roam safely.  We lock them in the barn each night along with the pigs...they are well trained, and show up every evening for dinner...they follow me to the barn like I am the Pied Piper!! LOL! Archie is the King of the Farm.  We were told he was feral when we got him....but he is one of the least feral cats I have ever seen.  He greets all visitors with love and has been known to climb in the UPS man's truck (they've brought him back several times!)...he occasionally kills something for sport but spends most days snoozing on the chaise lounges on the deck.  Midge is very timid...most strangers never see her...and has the tiniest adorable little meow.  Betty is the serious hunter...we never see her between dawn and dusk, she is always off stalking d likes to leave her kills in her food dish to show off. UGH! LOL! 

We also have wild "pets"...about 15 deer that are out in our yard munching every day...our friendly barn swallows (we had one that would jump on my head!)....a ground hog that lives in our front field and likes to chase the cats...and a bear that enjoys our berry vines.  When I lived in Ann Arbor I had raccoons and possums that I fed on our deck (no rabies problem there)...I could actually feed the raccoons apple slices out of my hand.  I think I am Dr. Doolittle..... hahaha.....

Introduce Yourself to the Forum / Re: Pics of our menagerie, as requested!!
« on: September 28, 2007, 01:57:57 pm »
I purposely named the pigs Ginger and Marianne to frighten my husband...let him wonder if the rest of the Seven Castaways would show up someday! LOL! 

I have to get a firewire to transfer video from my Handycam to my computer...I have the greatest film of Ginger eating from a spoon and drinking from a cup.  It is soooooo cute!! 

The reason I was spoonfeeding her was to give her antibiotics for an abcessed hoof.  Took me 9 weeks to get it under control, which leads me to something anyone who is thinking of getting a pig should know:  When they have health problems it is a BIG deal, for several reasons. 
1.  Vets that can/will treat potbellied pigs are few.  There isn't one within 150 miles of us.

2. Pigs are hard to transport.  Their legs are too short to get into the car without a ramp...which they would fight you over if you had one.  They are not good passengers. 

3.  Pigs are also not good patients.  Their only defense mechanism is screaming...wh ich doesn't sound bad, until they do it.  The scream of a frightened pig has been recorded at higher decibels than a plane engine.  It's enough to bust your ear drums.

4.  Pigs can only be safely anesthetized with Isofluorine gas.  Injectables or pills (Valium, etc) can easily kill them.  So the only way to put them under is to get a gas mask over their face.....which they are NOT going to be cooperative about.

5.  Pigs can develop many conditions that can kill them quickly.  They are very susceptible to pneumonia.  They are prone to intestinal blockages...yo u have to constantly be aware of your pig's poop so you can keep things moving.  They get hoof abcesses.  They get mange.  Their tusks or teeth get abcessed.  Their eyelashes curl into their eyes.  They have glands on their legs that get filled up and must be squeezed like pimples. 

In a nutshell, they can be high maintenance.  Still want a pig?  I recommend finding a pig vet BEFORE you adopt one!

Newfoundland Discussions / Re: How big is your Newfie??
« on: September 28, 2007, 01:33:14 pm »
Here is a picture of Bodhi on his first birthday.  It's one of my favorites, because it is so HIM...big tongue lolling out of his mouth, in motion and needing to be held down! LOL!!  That's my Bodhi!!

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