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Newfoundland Discussions / Re: Visiting with your Big Paw.....
« on: January 03, 2008, 02:12:45 pm »
I totally agree with others, though.  My home, their home, deal with whatever they do when you are a guest here.  They live here. 

Me too!  Perhaps that's why we don't have many guests, HAHA! We are friends with one couple that I love to hang out with.  They have about 10 animals of their own, she does rescue and nothing phases her.  The first time I was at their house I saw dog and cat hair in her refrigerator.  The last time she was here she plopped down on the floor amongst the dogs and took her own hairbrush out of her purse and started grooming them.  I think she is my soulmate. LOL!

My grandfather is wonderful, too.  He is an fiesty 86 year old coot (who I love completely beyond reason).  He pets and talks to the animals constantly, but can't remember their names (he calls Bodhi "Bozo"....which is actually quite fitting, lol).  Bodhi stomps on his arthritic feet, tries to climb in his lap, and drools all over him.  My grandfather puts on his Grumpy Act and huffs, "What the h*ll's the matter with this dog? He SPIT on me!".....but 30 seconds later is calling "Come here, Bozo!" again.  He is a hoot!

Newfoundland Discussions / Visiting with your Big Paw.....
« on: January 02, 2008, 03:22:36 pm »
We often take Bodhi with us when we visit my family.  I come from a long line of animal lovers, so they adore him.  He is an angel when he visits....just lays on the floor looking handsome, is gentle with the kids, only mooches food politely from a distance.  The only "bad" things he does is belch and drool, lol.  I follow him around with paper towels to clean up the slime, and my family squeals about how gross it is but they laugh and keep hugging him!

My husband's family is a different story.  They don't DISlike animals....the y just prefer to admire them from a distance.  We took Bodhi there a couple times when he was a baby.  He was an angel with them, too....then one visit when he was only 18 weeks old he drank out of the toilet....and my mother-in-law banished him from the house.  Give me a break....we had just arrived after an hour in the car, there was no water bowl out for him yet, he was thirsty, the toilet lid was up, what dog won't take a drink from it?  It's not like he crapped on the couch, lol. 

In any case....Bodhi hasn't been to her house since then, but she invited us to spend New Year's Eve with her (my father-in-law has since passed away and she didn't want to be alone).  We agreed, and asked if we could bring Bodhi with us.  She reluctantly agreed. 

I was a little on edge thinking this might be the one time he acted up....but pretty certain he would be fine and anxious to show her how good he could be.  Unfortunately, I didn't stop to think about how her house is....small rooms filled with furniture and delicate knick knacks.  Not a great place for Bodhi The Bull in a China Shop, lol.  I snuck around and slyly pushed things out of the way so he wouldn't knock them over.  Then I saw that she had all kinds of cheese, crackers and candies out on the kitchen counter for us to nibble on.  And Bodhi can counter surf on all fours, lol.  So I had to put that stuff away.  Then we ordered pizza.  Bodhi was very good and sat patiently waiting for a piece of crust...and dripped drool all over her newly upholstered hassock.  She said she would have to have it cleaned....I knew the drool would dry and disappear....a nd when it finally did I made a big deal out of pointing out that you couldn't even tell where it had been. 

After a couple hours she seemed to see that he was being good....he was lying by her chair and she reached down to give him a pat....and of course that made my friendly Newfie happy and he got up to interact with her some more....and slobbered all over the arm of her blouse.  Oh, sh!t.  LOL!  I got a paper towel and dabbed it off.  She laughed and seemed okay, and told him "Silly Slobber Dog!" he went up to make friends with her again...and let loose with a huge belch right in her face.  I couldn't help nerves got the best of me....I cracked up.  She looked at me like I was crazy. She knows that I *HATE* belching, and can barely stop myself from smacking any person who does it in my presence.....b ut I kept laughing and told her, "He's a DOG....he doesn't know any better!". 

All in all, I think the evening went pretty well.  I was exhausted by the time we left....but Bodhi didn't break anything, did his business outside, and didn't drink out of the toilet.  Having 6 dogs, I know there isn't much more you can ask for, lol.  But I'll bet my mother-in-law spent an hour cleaning after we left, lol. 

Do any of you have family or friends like this?  Have you ever taken your BP to their house and been filled with tension??

Newfoundland Pictures / Re: Newfie Snow-Bowling!
« on: January 02, 2008, 02:53:20 pm »
She definitely looks like she is having fun!  These big dogs just seem to instinctively love the snow!

I also watched the video of her checking out the pool.  It reminded me of Bodhi....I'm a Newfie, I'm supposed to LOVE water, but I am also a big baby! LOL!  Is that why she doesn't jump right in?  Or is she just well trained?

Newfoundland Pictures / Re: Bodhi in the snow!
« on: January 01, 2008, 03:47:53 pm »
Wow, I really need to get better photo editing software....wh en I resize the pictures for the board, they lose all their detail!  You can hardly see Bodhi's adorable snow-covered face!  Bummer!

What photo program do you all use??

Newfoundland Pictures / Bodhi in the snow!
« on: January 01, 2008, 03:44:35 pm »
We have about a foot of snow on the ground and it is still coming down.  It won't last long....our temps are supposed to be in the mid 50s by I thought I'd get some pics of Bodhi having fun while I had the chance! 

The last pic of him looking up at me was taken from our deck....after more than an hour he finally got cold and stood at the basement door chuffing at me to come in.  What a Goof. LOL!

Newfoundland Pictures / My Very Favorite Thing....Cute Pic!
« on: January 01, 2008, 03:35:03 pm »
One of the things I love most about Bodhi is that he is a big snuggler.  Every evening he climbs up on the couch and takes a nap on me.  He almost crushes me, lol....but it's so sweet I will lay smashed in an uncomfortable position for hours just to watch him (Gawd, I am ridiculously in love with my dog, lol!). 

This picture was taken a couple weeks ago when I was very sick with bronchitis.... Dr. Bodhi displayed his best bedside manner and kept me warm and cozy.  Isn't it adorable?? (Him, not me...I look like a sickly washed out scrub, lol......)

It's extremely rare for me to have a client only want 2 visits a day....and many of them pay me to spend the night with their pets! 

I've had bizarre requests, too.  I always offer to come to a potential client's home to let them meet me and see how I interact with their animals.  On one visit, an owner was talking to me about her beloved poodle's daily routine and said, "Here is her leash for when you take her out...and here are the wipes that you take with you....."....I stood there for a minute, not understanding. ...then I e expected me to wipe her dog's butt every time it went to the bathroom!  LOL!  Uh....I think I should charge extra for that! HAHA!! 

I have a website (though it needs updated...have to get on that!)...
(I hope it's okay for me to post that....if not...Admin, feel free to pull the link!) 

Newfoundland Discussions / Re: To adopt 7 y o ?
« on: December 26, 2007, 01:21:35 pm »
OMG. I came looking for this thread, excited to read if you had gotten her yet....I had this mental picture of her in my mind after reading about her...imagined her being quiet and dignified as she cared for a disabled child.  Then the first post I saw said "RIP, sweet girl".  I got quite choked up as I read what happened. 

Another wonderful animal that just got bad break after bad break, was passed around like an inanimate object, and suffered at the hands of people who obviously have no heart.  We read about it time and time again...and it never gets any easier. 

I wonder, what are being done with her remains?  It may seem a gruesome question....bu t I feel like someone should bury her in their yard or keep her ashes....give her the family and the respect she was denied during her life. 

Bodhi is still in his Wussy Baby stage...he likes things just so in his home.  If you bring a new item in or move an old item, he gets upset and will bark and bark at the offending item, lol.  So as you can imagine, Christmas time is tough for him!  He is okay with the tree....but the stockings hanging from the mantle drive him nuts.  He barks at them for 10 minutes....lea ves the room...then apparently forgets they are there and when he comes back in and sees them again he starts barking again!  We've taken them down and showed them to him several times....he smells them and seems okay....then as soon as we hang them back up he doesn't like them again.  What a retard. LOL! 

Last night was the worst: one of my husbands agents got us this cute little fiber optic snowman.  It's really sparkly, and changes color every few seconds.  I sat it on the mantle and forgot about it....then Bodhi walked into the room, took one look at it, and went nuts.  ROO-ROO-ROO-ROO-ROOOOOOOOOOO-ROOOOOOOOOOO!!!  WOOF WOOF WOOOOOOOOFFF!  ROO-ROO-ROOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!  I took the snowman down and tried to show him that it is harmless....he gave me this "What, are you crazy?! Those things kill Newfies!!" look and ran away.  I put it back on the mantle.  Two minutes later....ROO-ROO-ROO-ROO-ROOOOOOOOOOO!!!  I finally turned it off so it didn't change colors....that seemed to make it less dangerous, because Bodhi went from ROO-ROO-ROOOOOOOOOOO to WOOF-WUF-WUFFFFFFF.  Still, he keeps a close eye on it when he is in the living room.  He seems to think it may fly off the mantle at any moment and attack (makes me think of the rabbit in Monty Python's Holy Grail....they say "It's just a harmless bunny!" right before it flies through the air and rips their throats out, lol!)

Anyone else have a Big Wussy Baby who is afraid of their Christmas Decorations??

Saint Bernard General Discussions / Re: Winter time and bathes
« on: December 23, 2007, 01:19:02 pm »
In some ways I prefer winter baths to summer baths.  In the summer, the dogs always beg and beg to go outside....and if I am stupid enough to fall for it, they run out to the yard and roll in the dirt!  Thirty minutes of back breaking labor undone in 30 seconds!! (I have 3 herniated discs in my dog bathing is h*ll on Earth) 

In the winter they are much more amenable to staying inside.  My biggest problem is keeping them off the furniture while they are wet, lol.  They all hate the blow dryer, so I don't have much choice!

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: Newfoundland puppy
« on: December 23, 2007, 01:10:20 pm »
Welcome, Brianna!  I am Mommy to Bodhi, a 17 month old bronze Newfie (the gorgeous boy in my avatar!).

We have 5 cats in our home.  Bodhi adores them.  When I first brought him home they were his main playmates because he was only 12 pounds, about the same size as them.  Now he is about 140 pounds, but still loves the cats....and amazingly, they seem to feel the same way about him.  The cats have definitely set the parameters...i f Bodhi gets too rough, they will not hesitate to smack him with their claws out and make him yelp and run away.  But that happens VERY rarely.  For the most part they quite tolerant with him, and seem to understand that he is big and clumsy and they can get away from him (they dart left, he plows past them and hits a wall, lol).  Occasionally, a cat will walk into the room with Newfie slobber all over it's back and looking a bit miffed, haha....but they continue to go back to play with him again! 

That being said, it is important to keep an eye on any playing.  These big dogs have only limited understanding of their size and strength.  Bodhi is VERY gentle with his mouth, he never bites down at all....but what he thinks is a friendly toss of his paw could knock a cat across a room! 

I've always had at least one big dog (though Bodhi is the biggest), and my experience has been that they are quite loving toward cats.  I don't know if that's a normal trait, or if I've just been lucky!

And Holly is is required that you post as many pictures of your new baby as possible! LOL!

I was wondering if the files found would have different names....becau se I am not seeing any that have the names I gave to them (zillycouch.jpg ...bodhixmas.j pg...stuff like that).  I tried setting filters so the program would only retrieve .jpg files, but it has still come up with about 30,000!!  I hope my pictures are in there far I have only found the temporary internet will take me forever to got through everything, but it's worth it if I can find my pictures....

Behavior, Housebreaking, Obedience / Major Destructive Separation Anxiety!!
« on: December 22, 2007, 02:57:49 pm »
Over Thanksgiving I posted about the "Dogs From h*ll" I was sitting for.  Two labs, and one of them has serious separation anxiety and tears things to shreds.  She destroyed several books, DVDs, a $400 pair of snowboard bindings, and ate her entire bottle of incontinence meds...requiri ng a late emergency call to the vet and an entire night of trying to comfort her as she rode out the aggitation side effects. 

At the time I didn't think I would ever sit for these dogs again....but their owners called and asked if I would give them "another chance"....and they are rapidly becoming very regular clients.  The owners travel alot, so I've had these dogs 4 times in a month.  Onnie is a black lab who I call "Unflappable Onnie" because she is so laid back that nothing ever phases her.  It is the yellow lab, Lucy, that has all the issues.  She is so very sweet and comical.  She just freaks out when she is left alone.  During the Thanksgiving debacle I called her owners several times and they finally had me drag a giant kennel in from their back garage.  I now keep her in it between my daytime visits, with plenty of towels, toys, and "teddies" (washcloths.... Lucy's favorite thing!). 

However, they still want me to leave her out loose in the house overnight.  This is always stressful....#1 because I am concerned about her tearing up their stuff...#2 because I am even more concerned about her getting into something dangerous.  The owners never seem to put things away before they leave....this past week I went over for my first visit and found a bowl of Hershey Kisses and a bag of chocolate chips on the kitchen counter!  I don't know why they would leave those out knowing that Lucy goes on a tear when left alone and could easily eat them.  Maybe they don't know chocolate can be toxic to dogs.  In any case.....every evening before I leave I make my rounds of the house looking for potential dangers.  I put away all cleaners, soaps and lotions....tak e the lava lamp out of the laundry room so she can't knock that over and break it and eat the contents....pu t away all remote controls and laptop cords and try to hide other cords under the rugs to keep prevent her from chewing on anything that could shock her.  Per the owners instructions I leave out magazines and papers and make sure there are rolls of paper towels on the table and counter (the idea being that these will keep her busy so she doesn't start gnawing on the couch). Still, she always manages to find something else to shred overnight.  I arrive every morning to a mess on the floor.

Lucy has been on Clomicalm since Thanksgiving.  It may be helping somewhat, since the messes of "Hurricane Lucy" are now more Category 1 than Category 4, lol....but there are still messes, so she must still be anxious when left alone.  I don't know what to do about it.  If the owners don't mind their stuff being ripped up that is their business...but I worry that one night she will find something toxic that I missed and could get very sick or even go into organ failure.   

I really am very fond of sweet, goofy Lucy in spite of the extra work and stress she causes me.  She obviously feels very bad when I show up and see her messes...she hangs her head and brings me a toy to apologize, lol. I just want to keep her safe, and help her with her separation anxiety if I can.  The owners are very nice people who adore these dogs.  They are also at a loss as to how to help Lucy.  If anyone has any tips, advice, suggestions, etc....please share them! is a photo of Onnie & Lucy.  Aren't they cute?  Picture that sweet yellow lab standing in the middle of a pile of shredded paper, looking hilariously guilty and wagging her entire butt to say "I'm sorry...."! LOL!

This is the first day in almost 3 weeks that I have not had a petsitting gig.  Between my own crew of six and all my clients, I have been up to my eyeballs in dogs, LOL! Here is an example of my days...this was my schedule last Friday:

6 a.m. - Out of bed and rushing out the door
6:40 - Arrive at the house of Max & Chugach & China the cat, who live waaaaay out in the boonies....I feed them all and take Max & Chugach out for a walk, taking great care not to let China out....she is NOT happy about being kept inside while her owners are gone and serenades me with yowling the whole time I am there, lol
7:15-7:45 - Drive back out of the boonies to my next client
7:45 - Arrive at the house of Onnie & Lucy for breakfast, medications, and a 20 minute walk
8:30 - Arrive at the house of Mac & Gitchi (the Cairn Terrier Wonder Twins, lol. They are my "VIP" clients...Very Important Puppers!) for breakfast, walk, tummy scratching and serious spoiling
9:30 - Back home for a couple hours to take care of my own dogs
11:30 - Back to Chugach & Max for last visit before owners come I do once over of the house, run the vacumn cleaner, leave them my Visit Log, and listen to China the cat yowl some more
12:45 - Back to Onnie & Lucy for their long lunch walk, about 40 minutes
1:45 - Back to Mac & Gitchi for a short lunch walk
2:15 - Home again for a couple hours
4:30 -Back to Onnie & Lucy for dinner, meds, and another 20 minute walk
5:00 - Back to Mac & Gitchi for dinner and walk
6:00 - Home again for my own dinner
8:00 - Back to Mac & Gitchi for bedtime walk and Snuggle Time on the couch (they are so cute...I call "Snuggles!!" and they run to the couch and sit up and wave their front paws at me, then jump in my lap and roll around with glee!)
9:00 - Back to Onnie & Lucy for bedtime walk...and since the owners make me leave Lucy out of her kennel at night in spite of her horrendous separation anxiety and never put anything away, I must go through the house and lock up all potentially dangerous items....clean ers, lotions, soaps, glass, etc
10:00 - Home and ready to drop....get to catch about 6 hours of sleep before I start all over again!

And the worst part is, I've had Bronchitis for 2 weeks and have been coughing and sniffling and am really worn down.  I feel like I've been pulled through a ol...

I think I remember telling this in another thread awhile ago but I don't remember if it was you, so I'll repeat it...

When I was growing up we had an Irish Setter named Ginger.  She had horrible allergies.  Her skin got red and scaly and itchy and it gave off an odor.  She chewed herself all the time and most of her hair fell out....we had the world's only BALD Irish Setter!  We had her tested for allergies and were told she was allergic to fleas, dust mites and mold, just like your Max.  The vet gave us medication for her, but it didn't seem to help.  Finally, we took her to Michigan State (one of the best veterinary hospitals in the country...we were lucky enough to live only 90 miles away).  They kept her for several days and ran all kinds of tests.  Their conclusion was that Ginger was allergic to her own staph.  Wow...the World's Only Bald Irish Setter Who Was Allergic to Herself!

They started her on Keflex....and the change was amazing.  Her hair grew back.  Her skin wasn't scaly anymore.  And she was a much happier dog!  The Keflex was very expensive....t o this day my parents say it cost almost as much to raise Ginger as it did to raise me!  However, this was back in the late 70' now Keflex is an old med and probably much cheaper, or there are even better antibiotics available for these kind of conditions.

I just wanted to share this with you in case it might help you with Max.  Has he been tested for allergic reaction to his own staph?

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