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Anything Non-Dog Related / Re: Video of our pig eating from a spoon!!
« on: January 14, 2008, 06:44:40 pm »
Yes, she definitely has me trained, lol.  A couple years ago I mounted a bell with a rope pull on the side of the barn...figured I would use it to call the pigs in for food, etc.  But Ms. Ginger learned how to stand up and grab the bell pull with her mouth and ring it whenever she wanted attention..... about 10 times a day!  Needless to say, the bell came down, lol.  But it did make me feel very guilty about my poor piggies out there alone in the barn all day.  Since pigs are so intelligent, they can get bored easily....espe cially during the winter when they can't root in the grass (they HATE snow).  So now I try to go out and visit with them, and I make them root boxes and toys.  I have big plans for the pig pen this summer...a huge expansion and a small pond (wallow) with a footbridge over it!  Naaaaah, my pigs aren't spoiled.....lo l...

Anything Non-Dog Related / Video of our pig eating from a spoon!!
« on: January 14, 2008, 02:29:00 pm »
I finally uploaded the video of Ginger eating from a spoon and drinking from a cup!  It was taken last summer when she had an abcessed hoof....I had to give her medicine 4 times a day for over 6 weeks and her foot was so swollen and painful she didn't want to walk to her bowls.  It took me less than 20 minutes to teach her to do these things....pigs are very intelligent. Unfortunately, because of that intelligence it took me several days to find the right food to hide her medicine in!  I tried applesauce, yogurt, pomegranate juice, etc....she could smell as little as 1/8 tsp. of medicine in it and refused to eat it.  Finally, I came up with the right "recipe"....oatmeal made with Vanilla Chai!  She loves the stuff!

Since then Ginger INSISTS on being fed with a spoon every evening.  If I set her food pot on the floor with the spoon in it, she will pick it up in her teeth and fling it at me and stand there oinking and squealing and head-butting me until I feed her!  I tell her she is a very sophisticated pig, haha!

I'm not sure which part of the video is more ridiculous.... the pig eating off a spoon or me talking baby talk while she does it, lol.  I can't help myself....I always talk to my animals this way, with no thought of how idiotic I sound! 


Hee Hee...I love that last picture.  It looks like he is saying, "Whassa matter, Dad....gotta hangover??" LOLOL!!

The others are right, Sierra is still VERY MUCH a baby.  Bodhi is almost 19 months old, and still a baby.  He is getting calmer as he gets older, and is much better now than he was at 12 months.....but he still has a hard time paying attention when he is excited or out in the yard snuffling around, and still likes to Newfie Mash people into the wall when he meets them.  I'm just thankful he doesn't jump up on them, lol!  I get a little irritated when he is out in the yard at 11 p.m. and it is raining and he doesn't want to come in, but we are making progress on it. 

As for your FIL.....I think some people just don't understand dogs.  They expect too much of them.  My husband and his family are like that.  It irks me to no end.  As much as I hate to hear "It's just a DOG!" when it comes to quality of life....the saying does have some merit when it comes to expectations.  Maybe you should ask your FIL what I ask my husband and his family:

If you had to live with a different species that ruled your life....if you had to beg them for everything, to eat, to go to the bathroom, etc.....if they spoke in a language you had only limited understanding of....if all you had to guide you were your instincts but this different species often expected you to behave in ways that went completely against those instincts...ho w well do you think YOU would do????

I mean, Sheesh....dogs don't understand that they drool, much less that people don't like it on their clothing.  They don't understand that when they get happy and wag that appendage on their butt it can knock things over.  They don't understand that digging in the yard and getting muddy paws is anything but fun, because they don't understand carpet cleaning.  But in spite of all the confusing things they experience on a regular basis, they always try their very best.  They never resent us for expecting so much from them.  They are consistently patient and loving and happy.  I don't know ANY human that could do that.  My 16 year old stepson could learn alot from the dogs, lol....

When I was a vet tech I scrubbed in on countless spays and neuters and nothing ever went wrong....but my dad had a cat who bled out and died when he had her spayed.  Guess which sticks in my mind?  I am a nervous wreck when any of my animals go under anesthesia.  I pace the floor and jump every time the phone universe is out of kilter until I know the beloved furbaby is okay!

Glad to hear Ranger is doing okay.  He probably looks pretty funny right now.  That's another thing I remember from my vet tech days....when the animals woke up they were cross-eyed and their tongues didn't work was funny watching them try to lick their nose in slow motion with their heads bobbing and weaving, lol! 


Medical Conditions & Diseases / Re: How much does your big paw weigh?
« on: January 09, 2008, 03:19:16 pm »
How do you all weigh your Big Paws?  Do you take them to the vet, or do you have a Mongo scale at home, lol??  I take Bodhi to the vet....but he is freakishly afraid of the scale (such a wuss) so I haven't done it lately....gott a get him in there again!

Bodhi is about 145-150 right now.  I can't feel his ribs quite as easily as I could a couple months ago, so I need to keep an eye on him.  I have a gift for fattening up my pets, lol.  It's a constant struggle for me not to spoil them with too many treats.  I wish I had the metabolism of Zildjian (our Dalmatian) and Bump (our black Manx cat)....they remain skinny no matter how much they eat.  In Zildjian's case it is really suprising because she is one of the laziest dogs that ever lived, lol....she gets grumpy if she doesn't spend at least 15 hours a day dozing on the couch! 

Great Pyrenees Discussions / Re: Mad lips?
« on: January 09, 2008, 03:02:03 pm »
Sometimes Bodhi does that and the lip on one side gets turned under and caught....and he stands there looking so stinkin' cute with his crooked mouth!  Big Paw lips are just irresistable!

Lily is so beautiful, all that soft white fur.  There is nothing better than a big fuzzy dog!!

Great Pyrenees Pictures / Re: A snowy Pyr is a happy Pyr
« on: January 06, 2008, 01:20:29 pm »
We had over a foot of snow on the ground....unti l two days ago when temps jumped into the mid 50s.  Now all we have is a river running through the backyard.  The dogs become a muddy mess when they go outside!

LOL....I have a pillow with that embroidered on it!  It sits on the rocking chair in our foyer, right next to one that says "The Cat Has Agreed To Let You Visit", haha....

Treatment & Preventative Meds / Re: Looking for a Vet
« on: January 05, 2008, 01:42:22 pm »
I am originally from Ann Arbor, so I know alot of vets in SE Michigan.  One place I would really recommend is Jeffrey Animal Hospital in Farmington Hills.  Two of their vets are superb....Dr. Margaret Muns is the staff vet for the Best Friends forums...she is one of the most knowledgeable, compassionate vets I've ever known.  The other is Dr. Nancy Bialach.  She graduated top of her class at Michigan State, one of the best vet hospitals in the country.  She is well known and respected throughout the area.

Farmington Hills would be a bit of a haul for you, but not too bad.....probab ly about 90 minutes or so?  Or maybe the staff at Jeffrey could recommend someone closer to you?  If you see Dr. Muns, tell her that her old Best Friends Buddy From Ann Arbor With The Epileptic Malamute says Hello!!

I used to go to the Best Friends message boards regularly, and there were alot of people posting there as their animals.  At first I thought it was kind of silly....every one used baby talk and lots of typos...but I quickly got hooked.  I used to post as Zildjian, our Dalamatian.... the other "dogs" posting called her 'Miz Spotty Hairfurs'....and to this day we still call her that!  It's fun to come up with a "voice" for your dog....I think Bodhi would sound kind of like the Cowardly Lion and say "DUH" alot....LOLOL. ...

AAAAAHHHHHHHHH H!!!! I am crazy about all things Tibetan.  I am a Buddhist.  That's why Bodhi's name is Bodhi, lol!  I have FREE TIBET items all over the place....shirt s, posters, stickers on my car.  I have over 50 pictures of the place on my computer, and dream of going there some day.  And now you post pictures of a breathtakingly adorable TM puppy???  This is killing me.....LOLOL!!

She is absolutely precious!  If you are interested, I have a massive list of Tibetan words and names....

Great Pyrenees Discussions / Re: Undergroung fencing
« on: January 04, 2008, 02:07:20 pm »
I've always wished we could have invisible fencing.  We have 6 acres and the big square of chain link in the backyard is rather ugly!  However, our Samson made it impossible.  #1 he was a Malamute...not oriously stubborn and loved to wander so I didn't think it would keep him in the yard.  #2 he was epileptic...if he broke the fence barrier and got shocked it could have sent him into a seizure.  After he died my husband talked about replacing the chain link with invisible fence, but after all these years I think we would have a tough time training the other dogs to it!

We have more than 1/2 an acre fenced in, and it only cost us about $4500.  You can also get chain link that has a green rubber blends in more with the grass and is not as ugly.  I would recommend any fence be at least 5' high....giant breeds can jump a 4' fence with no problem.  I would also recommend using tent stakes to further secure it to the ground....we have a few diggers who can tunnel out under the fence! 

I forgot some things on my original list....

We have a kitchen table in the basement for dog holds all bowls, a huge bin of food, medications, etc.

There is a giant hexagonal glass canister full of dog treats on the kitchen counter

Two shelves of our pantry are taken up with pet food bins

We built a "room" under the basements stairs....a shelf to hold 4 litter boxes, walls with cat doors on either side, and a regular door on the back for easy access to the shelf and 40 lb. bags of litter, lol

Then there is all the Pet Decor....signs, statues, figurines, knick knacks, whatever.  We have dog, cat, and pig stuff all over the house and yard

There are ratty, torn up dish towels on the of Bodhi's favorite toys

And as I was typing this, I was reminded of something else...the evidence on ME.  I just felt something wet on my arm...looked down and found some Bodhi drool with bits of chewed up treat on my sleeve! LOL!

***I'm glad everyone is enjoying this thread!  Once again I feel happy knowing "I am not the only one"!  I am showing this to my husband and telling him, "SEE?!?!?"! LOL!

My other thread about visiting with your Big Paw got me to thinking about just how Animal Friendly our home is.  You would know as soon as you walked in the door that we have pets....

The house probably smells like a dog...I can't smell it anymore, but it probably does, lol

There are 4 dog beds in our living room alone

Most of the furniture seats are covered with blankets

There are tables under the windows with pillows on them so the cats can bask in the sun and snooze

The windows themselves are often smeared with dog snot

The cats' food bowl is on top of the refrigerator

There are pieces of Friskies that have fallen from the bowl INSIDE the refrigerator

The cupboard above the refrigerator is the Cat Cave....we have a blanket in there for them to sleep (it has been that way in every house I've ever owned...that cabinet is a pain in the butt to reach, might as well use it for something!)

We have a giant water bowl mounted to the wall outside the back door

The backyard is an obstacle course of dig holes, and we have to spend 30 minutes picking up toys before we mow the lawn

A good part of our basement is taken up by two 8'x8' kennels

The baseboard at the bottom of our stairs has been chewed off, lol

There is a steel gate across the landing of the stairs to prevent dog access

Unless I vacuum every other day, the fur rolls across the hardwood floors like tumbleweeds!

We have a tape brush in every room and every car...and have often been seen taping each other off in parking lots outside restaurants all over town!

It is not uncommon to find dry, crusty Bodhi Drool on the walls, tables, and counters

Did I mention there is alot of hair in the house?

Our door mat says Wipe Your Paws

We call our property The Doggone Farm, and have a large plaque with that name hanging proudly on the house

I actually decorate the pig pen for the holidays (pigs get festive too, ya know)

I buy oatmeal for the pigs and on cold nights make them a special batch with Vanilla Chai

I feed Ginger (our big pig) with a spoon (she insists....if I set the food pot down with the spoon in it, she will get it in her mouth and fling it at me!)

Our barn cats sleep in a Dogloo stuffed with a down comforter

*** I think I could come up with even more stuff if I tried, lol!  Here's the our old house, we built a $14,000 screened porch for the dogs to hang out in! I hope all this doesn't make me sound too crazy.  I just love my critters! 

What about you....what makes your home an "Animal House"??

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