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I love her new doo and she does too! Starr, my groomer scissor cut her because her longest clipper I thought was a little too short and she did do a fantastic job. Tink knows when she has been spiffed up too. Of course, that doesn't keep her from laying in the mud or heading for the creek.

Looking at these picts I didn't notice before but it looks like I will be mowing soon! I love spring!

Harley does look good for a parvo pup. It is hard to believe she was ever sick. I am telling ya, she looked like this when I picked her up, it is amazing. My vet did a phenomenal job! Harley too. I did catch it early though. She threw up for the first time at 2:00am and she was at the vets by 7:30am. They are actually just up the road about 2 miles.

Harley and Tink are never more than a few feet apart. They have really bonded well and I am so pleased. Of course they have to have the same stick or rock or toy, etc. But this has never led to a fight - so far. The pict of them by the wood pool fence is them carrying the same stick together. What good girls!

My sweet baby ...

more picts

more picts

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Tink (new doo) and Harley
« on: March 31, 2009, 01:55:39 pm »
Here you go after much adoo... Tink with her new hair doo (which I love) and Harley.

We cut her down from about 6" to 3". It is so much easier to manage. It is super thick and gorgeous. I think it looks even more lush than before.

What do you think?

We had some unexpected company last night so I didn't get the picts loaded. I promise I will post them tonight.

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: newbie
« on: March 30, 2009, 05:07:08 am »
Welcome, you have quite the handsome guy. My name is Lori and I am mom to Tinker Bear. She is four months old in my avatar. She is a kom/black lab mix her new pict is below along with my recent rescue Harley (aka Ellie) Newfy/Saint mix.

Please post more picts!

Harley went to the vet Saturday. She is doing great! She is 45 lbs at 4 months and her stool sample tested negative for parvo. She gets her next booster the end of April and then she should be good to go. He doesn't think there is any danger having her around other dogs. We will test her stool again in April just to be sure.

Great News!

P.S. Tink got her new hair cut this weekend to and looks fabulous! I will try and post some picts tonight.

Discussions & Information on Grooming / Summer Hair Cuts
« on: March 25, 2009, 04:04:04 am »
Well, I haven't decided but was thinking about giving Tink a Summer hair cut.

Her coat is about 5" - 6" and I was thinking about cutting her down to about 2" - 3" for the summer, shaving her belly and between her toes of course too. She loves to swim and this spring has been so wet, she is already been a muddy mess and it takes hours to clean her up.

Any comments or advice? I so don't want her to look like a poodle when she is done, but need something more managable this summer. She is already starting to pant excessively and I think it would be more comfortable for her too.

I know we don't have any kom owners out there, but anyone have any experience with them. If she follows true kom coats, it will continue to grow her whole life. I really don't want it any longer than it is and think it needs to be cut this summer.

Let me know what you think.

Medical Conditions & Diseases / Re: How is Ellie doing?
« on: March 17, 2009, 12:47:03 am »
Tim and I weighed Harley (at home) and according to our scale, she only weighs about 30 lbs. Allegedly, when the rescue took her to the vet March 4th she weighed 39 lbs. So somewhere along the way, she did lose about 9 lbs. I will check her weight each week and see how she is progressing. She isn't due back at the vet until the first of April. I also don't think she will get as big as a normal Newfy/Saint. Of course, with the IQ of these rescue people that may not even be her mix. Though I can kinda see it. I am thinking she will probably top between 80-90 lbs. What do you think?

My vet always told me to take their weight at 4 months and double it and that would be a good guess at a dog's adult weight. Worked for Tink, she was 60lbs at 4 months and she is right at 120 lbs. However, Harley really hasn't been fed properly and she has been sick so I hope she catches up. It is hard to tell what her norm is.

Medical Conditions & Diseases / Re: How is Ellie doing?
« on: March 16, 2009, 02:34:19 pm »
You will be happy to know we have settled on Harley for a new name.

1) We robbed Tim's motorcycle fund to pay her vet bill.
2) She snores like a shovel head idles.
3) I have always liked it and you can find lots of accessories with her name on it. She already has a harley davidson collar and Tim and I have a ton of Harley stuff.
4) Tinker and Harley kind of go together. Tim buys them cheap "tinkers with them" fixes them up and sells them. We just sold our 1980 hog last year and he is looking for his new project bike. I would prefer that he finds one we don't have to fart with but that is me.

Some of you will be happy to know Tonks was in the running and so was Suzuki Intruder but Harley ultimately won out. My 6 year old grandson is a little put out, he liked Wookie.

Anyway once upon a time the Harley was all American Made, tuff durable, an under dog if you will. With the proper care and babying or "tinkering" they will last forever!

Thanks for your patience and input. Harley has her new forever home and now a new forever name. She is idling on the floor as we speak.

Medical Conditions & Diseases / Re: How is Ellie doing?
« on: March 15, 2009, 11:13:56 pm »
and a little more

Medical Conditions & Diseases / Re: How is Ellie doing?
« on: March 15, 2009, 11:10:52 pm »
more picts

Medical Conditions & Diseases / Re: How is Ellie doing?
« on: March 15, 2009, 11:07:30 pm »
Updated picts of Miss Ellie and her big sister

Medical Conditions & Diseases / Re: How is Ellie doing?
« on: March 15, 2009, 01:25:47 pm »
I called the people that make the Trifectan(sp)they said they did not know what to treat the yard with either but that sun will help kill it.

My vet said that Ellie will not contract it again but she can infect other animals through her stool. Her stool continues to be contaminated but no one really knows for how long. We must bathe her regularly. We bleached the floors again and will continue to wash all clothes in color safe bleach. I would just feel awful if I infected someone elses pet because I got lazy and did not take the necessary precautions.

So, apparently 30 days is a good guestimate. If I take her anywhere it will be after a bath and after she has relieved herself. My vet does not need to see her again until the first week in April. I guess we won't be going to puppy school but will try basic obedience when she is about 6 months old. She can already sit for treats and her leash and she is getting better at down. She follows me every where in the yard and won't let us or Tink  out of her sight so I haven't even had her on a leash. She is a bright one and I don't think I will have any training issues with her.

Thanks for all the sanitation advice, you guys have always been the best with advice and your vast experience in food, health, etc. Thanks for being there.

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