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Great Dane Discussions / 11 year old dane only has till 5PM *UPDATE*
« on: June 04, 2009, 11:37:48 pm »
I got this email from the lady who I rescued Aurora from so I copying it to anyone who might be able to help. I wish I had room but I live in town and are only permitted to have 2 dogs. Anyway here it is:

hello everyone
i have gotten a very hard email to read.  there were 2 Danes surrendered to a shelter in Kentucky tonight.  the owner demanded that they be put down.  the owner said he could not keep them because he had his parents in his house and the parents were having trouble breathing. 
the dogs are 8 and 11 yrs old.  i can honestly tell you all that these poor dogs do not have a chance.  they are giving them till 5 pm tomorrow and putting them down. now, you will tell me that an 11 yr old dog should be put down. the girl at the surrender desk said that the Dane is so loving that she could not do it and called rescue instead.
the 11 yr old that needs rescue may live one day may live a year. either way, if anyone can find it in their heart to take this poor sole in please let me know. 
we have till 5 pm tomorow 
i am
Jean Matvey
Pennsylvania Great Dane Rescue
515 Rotteck Street
Baden, PA  15005

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Update on Momma Kitty
« on: May 06, 2009, 12:00:17 am »
Momma Kitty and her baby are doing well. But the best news is the baby has a home!  :) Once he is 6 weeks and I train him to use litter, he has a home. He will be kept indoors and loved. Here is a picture of Momma & baby and the other is Buckley, who was one of her kittens from last year. Buckley is a total love bug. He loves to be carried around the house just like a baby. He likes to sleep on Athena when it's cold.

Anything Non-Dog Related / At Last I Caught Her!! (sorry long)
« on: April 21, 2009, 02:57:15 am »
For 3 years I have been trying to catch this poor little kitty. She has presented me with 2 litters. The first litter 2yrs ago I found homes for. Last year the litter of 2 I could not so I kept them. I did manage to grab her off of my deck but she bit completely through my hand and my one finger still to this day doesn't work quite right. Now here we go again. She brought 2 little babies (eyes not open) and put them under my deck behind a table I have for potting plants. She did this on friday, so saturday while she was gone I put the babies on a small blanket and put them back under the table. While I was out with the girls later that evening I could see she was laying on the blanket feeding the babies. So sunday while she was out I put the babies and the blanket in a cat carrier. So later I went out and she was in there so I just closed the carrier and now I finally have her. I moved the carrier to a super large bird cage I have and put in alittler pan and food dishes. She is doing well and taking care of her kids. I will leave her there till the babies are weaned and get her spayed and release her back to the wild. Our local no kill shelter will do the spay & keep her kids. YEA!!!

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Major Poop Incident!!!!
« on: April 14, 2009, 07:33:34 am »
I'm sure some of you can relate so sit back and enjoy the story.  ;) :D ;D
Last night we had a major poop incident. I have a small bucket I line with a plastic grocery bag to do poop patrol. I had one pile left to go up in the side yard, had the back yard all done. There was some really soupy ones if you know what I mean too. Anyway by the time I heard the girl galloping towards me as I was all bent over scooping they ran passed me upsetting the poop bucket flinging poop all over me and them. I had to pick up all the poop, bag and such. Then I had to wipe off all the paws & tails then wash my extremely poopy hands and I just stopped by the washer and dumped my clothes in. If someone had been video taping me we would have won the Funny Home Video’s $10,000 and probably the $100,000 hands down!!


I have to share with you guys what I saw while on a weekend getaway. We were in Harpers Ferry WV. It is an old historic town and is a hiker & biker’s paradise. Beautiful trails and it naturally attracts BP owners. They were everywhere and each and everyone was really enjoying the sudden warm weather (mid 70’s). Anyway I thought I was a dedicated BP owner but I saw a young guy that truly fit the definition of “in love with his BP”.

I was enjoying a break from a long hike ant an ice cream stand.  I saw a huge German Sheppard dog lying behind this young guys truck and you could see the guy getting things together to go on a hike. I though the dog was lying there in kind of a strange position but I didn’t think anymore about it till I saw him lift out a doggie wheelchair. The dog was paralyzed from mid-spine down. I watched as he lifted this huge dog and very gently placed him in the cradle. He fixed his tail and then each rear paw into little harnesses so his paws would not drag. The he put on his leash and that dog just looked so happy and off they went.
This stand was packed since it was really warm and no one made a sound. Everyone there with dogs just stood there with tears in their eyes. It was awesome to see so much love and care for a dog.

Just had to share since we see so much bad done to man’s best friend!!

Great Dane Discussions / It's a girl....AGAIN!!!
« on: February 23, 2009, 01:57:04 am »
Yep that's right all I adopted Aurora on friday. She is a total sweetheart! Such a gentle soul. Her story is a heartbreak. She was beaten by her breeder/owner. She had four litters each litter was only 1 pup. She was 5 when she had her last pup which was this last August. She lived outside in a pen & was going to be put down since she didn't have big litters. Then when she was rescued she was spayed and almost died-couldn't stop her bleeding. But even while she was laying there she would wag her tail when the rescue petted her. She is such a happy girl now. An angel in the house unattended and loves Athena & all the kitties. She sleeps in the bed with me & Athena. She is a perfect fit for us and we are so glad to have her. Being 5 and due to her situation could not have the gastroplexy when spayed I do worry that I might not have her for years but it really doesn't matter. She is a fighter for life - she has proved that. So we are going to love her and make the rest of her life the best she has ever known!!

Helpful Groups & Dogs in Need / Am I too Picky??
« on: February 17, 2009, 06:36:33 am »
I have started to work with the local Dane Rescue. I have had the home inspection and no problems there. They brought over a year old female and her and Athena shared water bowl and toys just fine. This dog was awful on leash and when on leash in the house she was ok with my cats. One cat ran while she was just loose in the house and she snapped, growled and lunged for the cat. Luckly he jumped through the cat door in my gate to the kitchen. I think by the way the email was worded to me that they think I'm being too picky. Basically they said any dog will chase a strange cat if it runs. I think there is a difference between chasing and snapping & growling. She snapped at me as well when i had a toy in my hand too. My little voice in my head said this isn't going to work. Am I right or am I being too picky?

Collars, crates, & other cool things / Dangerous Dog Toy
« on: February 02, 2009, 04:49:34 am »
Received this email today and thought I'd pass it on.

June 22, 2008 , my 10-year old lab mix, Chai, sustained a severe
injury from a product that the company Four Paws, Inc., produces.
The toy I'm referencing is the pimple ball with bell (Item
#20227-001, UPC Code #0 4566320227 9).

While chewing on the
toy, a vacuum was created and it effectively sucked his tongue
into the hole in the ball.. From speaking with my vet, this likely
occurred because there is not a second hole in the ball

preventing the vacuum effect from happening. I became aware of
this when Chai approached a friend at my home whimpering with the
ball in his mouth. She tried unsuccessfully to remove the ball but
the tongue had swollen and could not be

was taken to the Animal Medical Center
(an emergency care facility in New York City ) and was treated by Dr.
Nicole Spurlock to have the ball removed. Because the size of the
opening on the ball was so small, all circulation to his tongue was cut
off. The doctors had to sedate him in order to remove it. Once the ball
was removed, his tongue swelled to the point that he could no longer put
it in his mouth. Chai was sent home with care instructions and to be
observed overnight for any changes.

By the following morning,
Chai's tongue had swollen even more.

This is the dog's tongue
not the Toy!
He was taken to his regular vet, Dr. Timnah Lee, for
treatment. He
was admitted and kept sedated for a period of three
days during which time they were treating his wounds and waiting to
determine how much of his tongue could be saved. On June 26, 2008 , Chai
had his tongue amputated.

He was kept in after-care for an
additional three days. On Sunday, June 29th, I brought Chai home from
the vet with a barrage of home care instructions, to last for an
additional 7 days. His next visit was to have his mouth re-examined and
have the feeding tube in his neck removed.

On t he way home from
the vet we stopped at Petland Discount where I purchased their product
to speak to the manager on duty. Upon meeting Chai and seeing his
condition, he removed all of the balls in question from the shelves. He
also gave me the customer service number to their corporate headquarters
to request that they refuse to continue purchasing all Four Paws
products, but I have not called them as of yet.

Additionally, I
shared my story with friends who have a French Bulldog named Petunia.
Upon hearing my story, their eyes widened. They explained that the same
thing happened twice in one night with a smaller version of the same
ball to their dog. Fortunately, they were able to pull it off before the
tongue swelled, but not without tremendous effort and pain to the dog.
They recalled how horrific it was to hear their dog screaming while they
had to pry the ball from her tongue.

To date, my veterinary bills
total over $5,000 and I will have regular follow up appointm ents for
some time. Additionally, Chai now requires a much more expensive form of
food because of this injury, averaging approximately $200 per

Additionally, I now have to re-teach my dog to eat, drink
and adjust to life without his tongue. Feeding him takes me about 90
minutes twice a day and for at least this first week he is not to be
unattended for more than 20 minutes at a time.

I sent this
information, along with the reference to the French Bulldog, to Four
Paws, Inc., and it is their position that there just aren't enough
instances to do anything about this. I told their insurance company's
case manager that was not a good enough excuse. It was inferred that my
dog's value wasn't much and that his pain and suffering don't count as
he is just a piece of property. 

Great Dane Discussions / Athena found a special "treat" this morning!!
« on: November 14, 2008, 02:58:34 am »
I swear this dog knows the holiday are coming. She has been extra excited here lately. Perhaps she has seen me hiding her new toys  :o. Anyway this morning while I'm taking a shower she has her pantyhose on my bed and is tugging away being a good girl. I get out of the shower and go to comb my hair and notice the bar of soap is missing off of the sink. I couldn't find it anywhere this morning so I must assume she has eaten it. It was one of those small one that you get in a hotel. She seems fine and I'm just waiting for the vets office to open up. Are there any other "soap eaters" out there? Never had this happen before.

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Congratulations
« on: October 16, 2008, 02:14:21 am »
Congratulation s Gweck on being the Big Paw of the month. Your such a handsome devil! He-he! :o ;D :D ;)

Great Dane Discussions / Puppy food
« on: August 18, 2008, 01:14:39 pm »
I have a question about how long do you feed puppy food? Since a great dane grows for 2 years, should you feed the puppy food for 2 years? ::) I feed her Eagle Pack Hollistic Giant Breed Puppy. She is not getting fat on it at all. She is eating approa 8 cups a day.

Medical Conditions & Diseases / runny poop!!
« on: July 21, 2008, 08:08:28 am »
 :( Poor Athena just can't get over her runny, runny poops! We tried the canned pumpkin and yogart and now have been try imodium liquid and now we are using the capsules. I know it's been hot here but she is in AC all the time. Have not switched her food so I am at a loss. There has been no changes in her routine either. I know great danes can get runny when there is a stress in their lives but really when she has had stess this hasn't happened. She can control it but her poor belly just girgles all the time. I guess we will have to see the vet this week if I can't get this stopped on my own. Any ideas what we could try or what could be the cause?

Great Dane Discussions / Dane needs a home
« on: July 11, 2008, 08:37:55 am »
Saw this ad in the general discussions posted 7/10. It is for a harl boy 1 1/2 yrs in need of a new home. Is there anyone out there that can help?

Reply to:
Date: 2008-07-10, 12:32PM EDT

Ok, let's try this again. I thought I found a great home for my 1.5 year old Harlequin, but things fell through. I've attached a pic when he was 6 months old...If interested, please email me.

Doreen, if you're interested, please call/email me.


Location: Central MA
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Great Dane Discussions / lost appetite
« on: July 08, 2008, 06:02:36 am »
My big girl was eating like a little piggy and now has seemed to have lost her appetite. She didn't eat yesterday morning and then spent all day at daycare (though she'd be starved when she got home) but wasn't. She finally ate like at 7PM. This morning same thing-not hungary. She did go after her kong with peanutbutter when I put her in her crate. She will be a year old next week. Is this normal for them to go through spells of not being hungary?

Great Dane Discussions / Haw eyes
« on: June 04, 2008, 11:52:04 am »
I have been doing some searching the eye condition I believe they call it "haw eyes". As you guys can see by her picture she has what i call droopy eyes. Should I do something about this? What are the problems associated with this condition other than possible eye infections? My vet isn't too sure what should be done if anything. Or at least he isn't saying too much to me yet. Thanks for any info you guys can share  ::)

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