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Welcome Anne!  Your boys are gorgeous!  But where are the pictures of Rippy?  Please don't leave him out just 'cause he's a little paw.  Alot of us have soft spots for the little guys, too.   :)

My mom just sent me this link and I had to share it with you all.  Reminds me of my yellow lab I had as a kid.

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: Tums???
« on: January 24, 2009, 04:41:48 pm »
actually, a tsp (teaspoon) is 5ml and a tbsp (tablespoon) is 15ml.  I've never given the pups pepto, though, so I have no idea which dose is correct.

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: Good thoughts please
« on: January 23, 2009, 07:59:00 pm »
Sending healing thoughts to poor Rusty.  Please keep us updated. 

Newfoundland Pictures / Re: Sad news about Gilligan the Newf!
« on: January 15, 2009, 07:30:09 pm »
I'm sorry you won't be getting Gilly.  Its obvious you had already fallen in love with the little guy.  But I have a feeling that female puppy is going steal your heart pretty quickly!  She's quite a beautiful girl!  My vote is for "Dory" because that movie makes me smile every time I see it!  ;D "Just keep swimming, just keep swimming..."  ;D ;D

Anyone watch the Golden Globes last weekend?  I missed it 'cause I was working, but I just ran across this story about how Mickey Rourke thanked his dogs in his acceptance speech.  I used to like him back in his "Rumble Fish" days, but he sort of fell off the radar.  Now I might actually go see his new movie "The Wrestler."  Anyone who loves his dogs this much can't be too bad, right?  Here's the story:  I kinda like a big tough guy who isn't afraid to express his love of a little paw!  Too sweet! :)

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: cutest picture ever!
« on: January 13, 2009, 02:30:52 am »
Oh Jeez!  Too freakin' cute!  I love the look on Dad's face in the second one!  :D

Hi Chantel!  My only experience with a "runt" was my first dog Cinders.  My parents got her for free at a garage sale when I was a little over a year old.  She was a black lab mix and nobody wanted her.  She grew up to be the smartest, gentlest, and best all-around dog that I've ever known.  She lived for 17 years - made it until I was a senior in high school when cancer finally took her.  I'm sure your little Gilly will enjoy a long, healthy, and happy life as well!  

Great Pyrenees Pictures / Re: Holy Blizzard!
« on: January 10, 2009, 06:13:05 pm »
I got some grocery shopping done in the morning before it hit really hard.  Then we spent most of the afternoon alternating between shoveling the driveway and sidewalks and playing in the backyard.  And then unfortunately, I had to drive downtown to work - about 20 miles.  I wish I had 4WD!  Come to think of it, a snowblower would've been been nice too!  At least I have strong young sons who like to help out! 

Congrats Ursa!  ;D  You look beautiful in your cap!

Great Pyrenees Pictures / Re: Holy Blizzard!
« on: January 10, 2009, 09:03:47 am »

Great Pyrenees Pictures / Holy Blizzard!
« on: January 10, 2009, 08:58:30 am »
It's coming down good here in SE Michigan.  I hear we're expecting about 7 inches.  How's it looking elsewhere?

Anything Non-Dog Related / Re: New family members!
« on: January 08, 2009, 05:07:52 pm »
OMG- I love the hairless rat!  I had a beige and white rat when I was in high school.  Her name was Snuggles.  I just loved her.  She was way better than my old hamsters and guinea pigs.  She really lived up to her name!  Most people don't realize what good pets rats make.  They're supper smart and love affection.  Congrat to you on your new little additions!  ;D

Big Dogs with Jobs / Re: Wish me luck today!
« on: January 08, 2009, 09:18:52 am »
Well, we're back and the boys did great!  I was so nervous, and I've been awake since yesterday evening because of work, so that didn't help.  :P  But Apollo and Zeus proved themselves to be naturals at this therapy dog business.  They were extremely well behaved (other than pulling at the lead a bit) and just ate up the attention.  One young woman even told me that she was terrified of dogs, but she just had to pet Apollo because he looked like a big fluffy teddy bear.  So sweet!

The interview was basically a repeat of the Therapy Dog International test with the added distraction of hundreds of patients, visitors and employees walking through the hospital's main lobby!  And about 90% of the people stopped to give the boys a scratch or a hug.  I'm soooo incredibly proud of how they behaved!

It was just a great day!  And now finally I can hit the sack for a while.  Thanks everyone for your words of encouragement!  I read them all with hubby before leaving the house this morning and they helped calm our nerves.  BPO is the BEST! 

Big Dogs with Jobs / Wish me luck today!
« on: January 07, 2009, 07:47:00 pm »
Hubby and I are taking Apollo and Zeus to the Children's Hospital for an interview today at noon.  They have their CGC and TDI certifications and this is the final step!  Basically we're just going to hang out in the lobby (during the busiest time of the day) and see how the dogs react to everyone.  The good news is that the lady who runs the pet therapy program is a nurse on my floor and she LOVES big dogs.  Her dog, Chief, was a huge golden retriever who logged over 700 hours visiting the children in his lifetime.  He unfortunately passed away last year, but I met him a few times and he was a wonderful boy. 

I have confidence in my boys that they are going to love greeting everyone.  I'm just nervous that they're still kinda puppyish.  I don't want them to get too excited by all the commotion.  I'm planning on trying to wear them out in the morning playing in the backyard.  The sidewalks are still too slippery for a good walk.  This is weird, too, but I've noticed that my attempts to expend as much energy as possible before training classes usually backfire, because they seem too tired to listen to me.  Does that make sense?  Any suggestions on keeping them at their best behavior would be appreciated!

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