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Just a note to those reading about toys.... we had an incident with a rope toy and I highly recommend staying clear of them. Meli was about 1 when she woke up one night with severe diarrhea and vomiting. We rushed her to the vet only to find that she had a blockage which required surgery. They had to open her intestines and fish out pieces of a rope toy that had gotten knotted in her stomach. Upon going home and inspecting the rope toy, it didnt look like it was destroyed at all. The tag on the toys say to watch and throw them out when they begin to unravel. Well, this one looked practically new. So when she came home, we watched her play with it under close eye to see what was going on and saw that she was getting her tooth under one string and it was coming out with the rest of the toy unharmed. If you didnt see it happen you wouldnt guess that any strings were missing. So, of course it was tossed and she has never touched a toy with a rope since. If you have them, be careful...
it was a rope toy like this one

Meli sleeps wherever she wants - she is the queen after all! Which is usually in her crate in my room. Timber sleeps in the kids beds. If I try to leave them outside longer than it takes to pee and come back in they are clawing at the doors. I swear they act like there are piranha in the grass!

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: Million Dollar Dog!
« on: August 05, 2008, 04:17:11 pm »
My golden retriever has been to the vet atleast 5 times for tumors that I noticed when grooming her. Most of them move as one mass under the skin, but they all came back as fatty tumors and not cancer. I know it is hard to wait for the results, but many times it is not as bad as we think it will be. I have had 2 previous goldens who both dies of cancer, and both were diagnosed after a tumor was biopsied, but they were 8 and 13 years old. 4 sounds a little young to have developed cancer. Unfortunately golden retrievers are very predisposed to lymphoma. One site I researched said 80% of them die from lymphoma. Scary thought. But again, my current golden is 10 1/2 and has been getting lumps since she was 4 or 5. Its a good thing you took her in, but wait for the test results before you panic. Keep up posted!

Food Discussion & Information / Re: Stinky dog
« on: August 04, 2008, 07:23:51 pm »
Mine are also on eagle Pack. Great stuff. Last time I switched foods, it was like a stink bomb had gone off! Bear with it... they will adjust. Are you mixing just a small amount in with his old food and gradually making the switch? You may need to slow down the transition if his body is not handling it well...

Congratulation s! I am getting a newf pup in 9 weeks! I am sure by that point I will be writing you for advice! Cant wait to hear the goofie newfie pup stories! And please - more pictures!

Mixed Breed Pictures / Re: kealoha812-Timber
« on: August 03, 2008, 03:41:44 pm »
I think the only thing mine got from the border collie besides the look is the brain. He is so smart! But he is a complete lug and really just wants to lay on my lap all the time. He really couldnt care less about playing as long as I am willing to hug on him! He adores the water and swims as much as possible. And he drools.. so yep, there' :)s newf there.
The pic of the 2 pups is precious! I even did the outloud "awwwww" when I saw it!

Leonberger Discussions / Re: Accident - Feeling Guilty
« on: July 30, 2008, 07:09:59 pm »
accidents happen to all of us. Don't beat yourself up about it. I know you feel like poo... but try and cut yourself some slack. You were playing with your pup, how were you to know the bone would bounce!...  We'll send lots of get well kisses and wait for an update...

Food Discussion & Information / Re: My dogs need a nutritionist!
« on: July 30, 2008, 03:58:01 pm »
I wish Id had my daughter on tape watching the dogs ignore the treat... she said "Man, I wish we didnt put the dog treats in there cause I would have eaten it!" It was scrumptious looking.  SO, only one brand of ice cream, and only at a certain consistency? That takes the cake for most spoiled!  (although I may be a close second after dumping 10 bucks worth of fruit since the puppers didnt like it- if that had been my kids I would have insisted they eat it!)

Food Discussion & Information / My dogs need a nutritionist!
« on: July 30, 2008, 11:57:48 am »
So, I finally got the Kool Dogz ice treat maker and my daughter and I made what we thought was a scrumptious treat! Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, and some dog treats on top! Timber licked it once or twice to see if he could get that treat off the top and then wanted nothing to do with it! I brought Meli out - same thing. Timbers brother, Angus - no dice. So then I thought competition always works so I tried to dig out a berry while the others stood and watched. They couldnt care less. So, obviously my babes arent into the berries! Any recipes you all have used that work well? I thought about using Chicken Broth next time instead of water...

Mixed Breed Discussion / Re: anyone know much about Doodles?
« on: July 29, 2008, 08:12:00 pm »
We have 3 golden doodles in our therapy dog group and they are all very bright and well mannered. Great temperments. Hyper? Not really, they like to play but not more hyper than any of the other dogs in the group. But then again, they are very well trained since they are therapy dogs. I guess they can be like any breed and seem hyper if they are not socialized and trained often.

Remembering those no longer with us. / Re: Goodbye sweet Bear
« on: July 29, 2008, 02:11:05 pm »
Im so sorry... you all are in my prayers!

Treatment & Preventative Meds / Re: Yearly Vaccines.
« on: July 29, 2008, 02:09:23 pm »
Alright... I am feeling like a complete kindergartener!!! I didnt even know there was an issue with vaccinating every year. I just take my dog in every time I get the postcard and they get shots and I drop a few hundred bucks! Can someone give me the pros and cons... which shots to avoid if possible.. which to get the titer for?

Anything Non-Dog Related / Re: Happy Birthday, The Brindle Pack
« on: July 29, 2008, 06:53:12 am »
Nah Nah Nah Nah Nah ... You say its your birthday.... Nah Nah Nah Nah Nah Nah  (read that with the Beatles tune playing in your mind!)
Have  a Happy one!

Food Discussion & Information / Re: I need your input please
« on: July 29, 2008, 06:34:06 am »
hmm...ive never even heard of it...

Newfoundland Pictures / Re: Newfie Puppy watch update!
« on: July 29, 2008, 06:30:44 am »
Rosie definately needs a sibling!!!!  :)  As for getting ready - I have an extra large crate already but I need to get a divider for it. Im also still looking for a raised feeder, although I guess lil bit wont need it right away. I can always use more toys, but I like taking the pup and letting them pick them out. Im sure Im not the only crazy lady in the aisle with toys on the floor saying "which one do you want?" and getting the one they go to first! (although I usually end up getting both!)  As for names...  The top 2 right now are Koa (sticks to my Hawaiian theme. Means strength) and Talon (as in an eagles talon -goes well with Timber) There is also Kalani which means heavenly one in Hawaiian. But IM afraid he'd end up being Lani and that sounds like a girl...But Im open to suggestions! Thoughts?  oh wait - maybe I should name him Tangent (for those ladies who read that thread!  ;))

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