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He looks soooooo much better. This makes me so happy. Bless you for taking such good care of him. He deserves the good life.

I still wish I could adopt him. But wouldn't that be weird having 2 dobies named Cody?!?!?!  ;D

That is sad that you had to experience such things in your own front yard. People can be such arses sometimes. I am glad things are working out for Cody in the backyard.

Thank you.

I saw a cop car that had a bumper sticker that said, "I like my dog better than most people."

That is sad that you had to experience such things in your own front yard. People can be such arses sometimes. I am glad things are working out for Cody in the backyard.

Thank you. At the moment I'm chasing her all over the house. LOL She is barking at things that I believe do not exist. But if it makes her feel good then ...

Glad to hear your Cody is getting into the routine.  Our daily routine usually involves sillyness.  I have been lifting my Cody's ears up like your Cody's and saying, "Which Cody are you?" 

On using a baseball bat as a walking stick...depend ing on the local police's view on weapons, a better walking stick might be a golf putter WITH a ball or two.  If the bat stays in the car, add a glove and some sneakers so it looks less like a weapon.

On pepper spray, if someone thinks they might have to use it, carry some milk with you in case you have to wash out anyone's eyes.  Find the wind direction and get it behind you before spraying.

Now for PTSD, I have been dealing with it since 1979 from a similar situation and other events as well.  Holler for tips and tricks for getting by with it.

Thanks. I will holler at ya :^)

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: I'm such a dork - I cried
« on: February 17, 2008, 12:45:38 am »
I applaud all of the dorks of the world. I wish everyone who owned a pet was a dork. That way we would not have the "need" for shelters.

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: Our new baby Brute
« on: February 15, 2008, 09:21:03 pm »
Wow! What a beautiful puppy! He's already wormed his way into my heart.

I'd say he is a keeper.  ;D

We went outside in the back yard tonight and things went ok. She was pretty distracted by the dog barking at her but she finally did her business. Maybe if we keep it up then she'll learn to ignor all of the barking going on around her. That is now the plan anyway. I won't ever leave her unattended outside. If I'm not actually in the yard with her I'm looking out the door. But 99% of the time I'm with her. I just don't want to chance anything.

Thanks for all of the suggestions and encouragement. It really scared me.


If you see them again, try to get the make, model, and license number of the car.  A video camera can help there.  Stills tend to be blurry, so video is more likely to give useable images.  


There are a few things you can do to make your house safer.  Keep garage doors and windows closed.  Have a porch light on after dark.  Keep landscaping away from the building so bad people cannot hide in it.  A cellphone next to the bed at night is a good idea.  Another nifty thing to have nearby is an air-powered horn, expecially if you have neighbors close enough to hear it who will call the police.

If you can change your routine, please do.  

Holding Cody and a video camera makes me laugh. It would make anyone else laugh that saw it, too. But I can memorize as much as possible.

We have bars all around our house with an alarm system. We always keep the porch light on after dark.

It would be detrimental to Cody to change the routine. We're finally getting her to where she is always pooping outside and she is just now getting to where she barely pees in her crate. (This is amazing - I witnessed this - She peed just a little bit in her crate and literally wiped it up with a cloth!!!) But with her finally "getting it" I hate to change anything. I will try again to go in the back yard but with all of the dogs around us that bark when we go out she has a hard time focusing on what we are out there for.

I was thinking about calling the police. I feel a little stupid because I can only give them the color of the car. But like you said, it will be on record. I've got PTSD from a really bad robbery I was in and this has set it off a bit. (Short story - I had a gun held to my head for 15 min and was kept in the bathroom another 15 min.)

I always keep Cody on a leash if we are not in an enclosed area. Not only because it is the law but because it keeps her safe. I get irritated at people that leave their dogs off of the leash because you never know what may set them off and then they may run in front of a car.

I was outside in the front yard with Cody to use the bathroom (the backyard needs some work) and a car came driving by. From all of the profanity coming from it I heard, "Walk that dog b***h." There were at least 3 or 4 people in the car. It scared me because I realized that I had no way to protect Cody and me if I'd needed to. And they know where I live. And they seemed to know my routine. They started yelling BEFORE they got to us.

Any suggestions in addition to fixing the back yard? (A tree fell on our fence and it will be a while before we can afford to have the tree removed and the fence fixed.) I'm really nervous about my mom and Cody being at home alone at night while I'm at work. We do have an alarm system but that doesn't do a lot to calm my nerves.

Food Discussion & Information / When to change from puppy to adult food?
« on: February 14, 2008, 12:36:18 am »
At this time Cody is on Purina Pro Plan puppy. It is what the breeder started her on so I stayed with it. When I change to an adult food I'm pretty sure that I'll go to Eagle Pack. It seems to be the best food I can find around here. The Holistic Select has some decent reviews. Some of the breeders I know use Eagle Pack.

Cody is 19 weeks old. When should I change her food and which flavor of the Eagle Pack would you recommend?

Thanks in advance,

Saint Bernard Pictures / Re: PUPPY UPDATE!!
« on: February 13, 2008, 11:31:45 pm »
He's sooooo cute. The name ROGER came to mind. It is different for a dog name and the pronounced fairly the same in Eng and Span.

Medical Conditions & Diseases / Re: Zoey's broken butt
« on: February 13, 2008, 08:09:48 pm »
You are such a great momma! Here's my rec. take a bath, candles, wine and Zoey cuddles.

I totally agree. With both statements. In fact, when the stress starts piling on, take another bath with candles and wine. And another. And another. And give your sweet baby hugs, hugs, hugs. Please don't beat yourself up. You are doing all that you can to take care of your puppy. Nobody could do more. Prayers go out to the both of you.

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / question about dog show
« on: February 13, 2008, 01:08:50 am »
I was wondering why they don't let altered dogs in the show.


Rottweiler Pictures / Re: While you are sleeping
« on: February 12, 2008, 11:36:01 pm »
  I try to make her as happy as possible.

Oh, she looks like she is spoiled to the hilt!!! LOL That sweet thing is in need or want of nothing!

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