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General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / New Dane puppy!
« on: December 23, 2009, 07:07:04 am »
My mom has been wanting another Dane since she retired over a year ago. Their current Dane is going on 10. The puppy is a brindle female. She needs a name. Something powerful yet femanine. Her "brother" is Gozer (the Gozarian from Ghostbusters). Any ideas?

LOL Julia, that's kinda how I feel too!!  that's why I thought I'd check here for suggestions.  I mean, even if it WAS them, there's really nothing I could do for what they did to those pups 2+ years ago.  But part of me really wants to know more about my dog's heritage, if for nothing else but health purposes.

About 2 years ago I rescued an Akita mix from the ditch by my folks' farm.  She was dumped and left along with 6 siblings.  The neighbor girl caught a couple and took them to the animal shelter, and the dog catcher came out and got the rest... save One.  The couldn't catch her and said they didn't have the time/manpower to chase after her.  Long story short, I caught her between the field and the culvert under the road she was living in and sat in the ditch and waited patiently for her, and within 20 minutes she was in my lap, and has been in my life ever since.  She's a very unique dog, and there's not very many of them around here (small farm community in Ohio) and being mixed with what we've generally assumed was Lab makes her even more unique.  I always wondered what happened to her siblings and about a month ago I was at our small town local little festival and was talking to a friend of a friend (etc) and she mentioned she had an Akita x Lab mix.  Well, we got to talking and she may very well have my dog's brother.  However, she didn't get him at the shelter.  From her story, she stopped at a house just out of town w/ a "free puppies" sign out and got her dog as about an 8wk old puppy.  She got him about a month before I found my pup, who was guessed to be about 12wks when I took her to the vet.  She said there were about 10 pups when she picked hers out, so my theory is (and I could either be right on or WAY off, so it's just a theory) that perhaps they tried the "free puppies" sign for so long and then just took the rest of them and dumped them?  At any rate, I drove by the house in question and they in fact have a Black Lab type dog (had some white on his chest) running lose in their fenced front yard, and an almost all white w/ a dark brownish or black head, but definitely Akita, in a small kennel run next to their barn.  This could be where my dog came from, and I want to find out, but I don't want to barge up to these people's house and say "Hey I got this dog from the ditch and blah blah blah...." so I was wondering what you all would do if you were in this situation?

Fencing in the entire property, unfortunately, is sort of out of the question at this time.  However, when she's a little bit older (and begins to wander), I will train her to a Radio fence.  I have one from when I had my border collie, so that should keep her within about 2 acres around the house.  I can't handle another loss like this! I just got over having to put my mare down last summer.

I just couldn't stand it any more. I was missing Foxi too much (see my thread in the Rainbow Bridge area), and the only thing that kept me from crying was thinking about the day when I'd have another little baby, so lookie what I found! Turns out the guy down the street from me breeds em. She was an only-puppy and she just needed someone to love her! Both mom and dad were on premises and were pretty calm. I drove to my fiance's work so he could see her and he just shook his head at me. Then we had to go to town to go to walmart and get something so I picked up a collar and stuff for her, and we stopped by to see some friends in town (including 1Wildcowgirl!), drove all the way home, met her new dog pack (my akita Ty and the great dane Gozer), met the cats (for the first time ever) and she STILL hasn't made a peep. I really think I may have lucked out on another really good one. She's sleeping on my son's lap right now. Everybody cross your fingers and breathe a little prayer that she's not obnoxious like most jrt's!!! smile

She doesn't have a name yet..... any suggestions?

Thank you Everyone so very much.  It makes me feel better knowing there's other caring souls out there, some who unfortunately (as we usually all) have had to deal with a loss of some nature or another.  She indeed was loved and I know she's watching over us.  And she was very much one of the Big Dawgs.  Even tho Ty was her "sister", her other Best Bud was our 18lb long-haired cat.  He doesn't seem TOO concerned, but he has been more snuggly the past day or two (because his snuggle bud is gone), and he attempted to rough house with Ty, but she gave me her best "momtheresacato nme" look, so I know she doesn't want to play with him like Fox did.  They would wrestle and bite each other and really get hairy, but all in good fun.  I really want to get another puppy, but she was so one-of-a-kind that it will be hard to come close to as good as dog as she was.

Fortunately I work from home, so she hasn't been left alone since this happened (except for when I take her WITH me and she stays in the car while I run in the store).  I'm afraid to leave her outside by herself completely.  She was always the "follower", as Foxi was the one who'd lead them off on adventures.  She was the biggest dog we had, in her mind.  We live on 7 acres, which isn't completely fenced, so they can get out and run off unfortunately.  We're in SW Ohio too, and the coyotes here are bad.  I swear, I've NEVER wanted to shoot an animal before, but I'm going to start shooting with my dad's .22 just in case.... 

thanks schel, yes Ty is very distraught.  I took her to town with me yesterday and there was a little dog barking behind a privacy fence and she started shaking violently.  Then, we pulled up next to a friend of ours who has an older jack who's always riding around in his jeep with him.  Ty got so excited to see him, for a split second, and then realized it wasnt HER jack russell friend, so she started whining and looking around confused, then rooted me some for reassurance.  It kills me, they were such good friends.

Remembering those no longer with us. / We lost our little Foxi...
« on: May 13, 2007, 09:49:57 pm »
Our beloved Foxi, an almost 2 year old female Jack Russell, had been missing since Wednesday morning. Her and my female rescued Akita, whom were bosom buddies, were out in the cornfields trucking around, as they do on occasion, but this time Ty (the Akita) came home and Foxi didn't. We were thinking that either something got her, coyote?, or she got hit, or someone picked her up w/ no intention to bring her home, as she had her collar on w/ county tags. I miss her so much. I never wanted a jack, I always heard how obnoxious they were, plus I've never been a "little dog person", growing up with Great Danes, but this little jack was the best dog in the world. She was the friendliest and calmest Jack you'd ever know. She had the cutest little brown eyebrows. *sigh*  She was technically my 6yo son's dog, as it was a bday present for him almost 2 years ago, but she followed me around like a little shadow and would just sit and relax with me and I grew to love her I think even more than my kid did.

We checked the ditch lines on the road Wed night, but didn't see anything, and then Thursday my son and I spent half the day printing flyers and then knocking door to door up and down the roads around the farm here, but nobody had seen her.  Finally a lady called me saying she had seen her in the back of her property early Wed morning, which I figured was when her and Ty had gone off trucking.  But Ty had come home about 3 hours later, at least.

Friday morning I spent some time calling the local Sheriff and all the local vets offices to report her missing, drained the pool (it needed it anyway but we wanted to make sure she wasn't in there), and then I got on the 3wheeler and started off thru the corn/bean fields. Somehow I guess I was just meant to find her because on my way down to the crick, about 1.5 miles from our house (which was the general direction she had last been seen by that one neighbor), out in the bean field, along side their property line, I found her little body. The cyotes musta got her. Fortunately she was still mostly in tact, but you could tell she died fighting. She had the most horrific little snarl on her face. I hope she critically wounded what ever attacked her. I think they left her alone and didn't drag her off or do more damage because Ty kept them at bay or ran them off and then stayed with her until she finally came home by herself. I just knew something was wrong all day Wed, and Thurs because of the way Ty was acting.  She kept whining and acting nervous.

I'm gonna miss that little dog sooo much. She was so a-typical of a jack. She loved cats, she was extremely calm (calmer than Ty and our other dog, a Great Dane), was awesome with my kid (who's unfortunately horrible to animals), and she didn't mind the horses. There will never be another dog like her. She's now in Heaven waiting for me, keeping my great old QH mare company.

I know it's been almost 3 days since I found her, but I can't seem to stop crying.

Introduce Yourself to the Forum / Re: Hi I'm new here
« on: August 15, 2006, 05:56:42 am »
Hi everyone, I might as well pipe in.  I'm a newbie too!  My name is Ramsey, and truth be told my main 4 legged animal of choice is a horse, but big dogs are a close second. :)  I have Waataya, my rescued Akita mix, Mopar, a border collie (who I'm currently trying to rehome) and Foxi, my son's Jack Russell.  On the other side, I have 3 horses and 2 cats.  I'm in my late 20s, have a 6yo son starting Kindergarten this year, and I do graphic and website design.  I grew up with Great Danes (mom still has one and I'd love to find her another), so I'm very glad to be posting here!

Akita Discussions / Re: Is she pure bred?
« on: August 15, 2006, 01:15:07 am »
Thanks guys!!!  I love my Big Dogs.  Always grew up with Danes (love all the pics by the way!)  I too didn't think she was full bred, but like I said I've never had one before.  I'm kind of glad her tail doesn't curl up, I personally don't like that look.  She also has the reserveness of an Akita, but thanks to finally knowing that she has a forever home here she warms up pretty good to other dogs.  And she's a good trail dog! (I have horses.)  We went riding a couple of weekends ago and she got along great with 2 rotties and 2 aussies.  A little kind of "off" at first meeting, but by the end of the day they were all pals.  She also **LOVES** water, so I was thinking x with a Lab??  She acts very 'ditzy' sometimes too, like a lab, and clumsy!  I've seen her fall off the porch cuz she wasn't paying attention.  Oh and on our trail ride, she fell off a 30 foot cliff into a river!  (another story for another time - her guardian angel was there for her!)  Thanks for the warm welcome and all the replies!  I posted here when I first got her (last summer) but for whatever reason didn't keep up with it.  Hopefully I can do so now.

Akita Discussions / Is she pure bred?
« on: August 11, 2006, 06:24:35 am »
I have a rescued Akita mix and have never had this breed before. I've taken her with me everywhere and some folks think she's purebred.  What are y'alls best gesses?  I'll post a couple pics and then post the only pic I have of her siblings (who were taken to the pound) which I took with my cell phone from above so they look sort of 'short'.

Behavior, Housebreaking, Obedience / Training the abused puppy....
« on: September 14, 2005, 02:10:08 pm »
I rescued a puppy from the ditch by my parents house about 2 months ago.  She's an Akita-cross (lab??), and is about 5 months old now.  She was dumped there along with 5 of her brothers and sisters, all of whom a neighbor lady caught and took to the animal shelter.  However, this last little gal wouldn't come near anybody, and I tried helping the neighbor lady but we couldn't catch her.  I didn't see her for a few days and assumed she got her and took her to the shelter too, but when I saw her a few days later, I realized nobody would be able to get her if I couldn't, so I stopped my truck and sat down in the ditch along the road and waited for her to come to me, which was only about 10 minutes.  Long story short, I'm 100% convinced that not only were these pups neglected, probably not kept inside at all, but also abused to various degrees.  They were all "skittish" to say the least, but my little gal was VERY shy, especially around men.  She's warmed up some, but it's taken 2 months, and she still has issues with men.  She won't "come" to anybody if she thinks you're trying to "catch" her.  She's got very good natural manners, but it's time for training (past time) and I'm afraid I can't accomplish anything with her, and I'm afraid to do anything to harm her further... if she does something wrong, I don't want to tell her "NO" because it scares her, (tho she really doesn't do much wrong)... but like she gets up on the couch (my fault, I know) but if I try and "happily" convince her to get down, sometimes she gets scared and pees on the couch.  She has not yet been leash trained, and I'm really up a creek on this one -- I put a leash on her the other day and she *FLIPPED* out, tried running from me, peed, tail 'tween legs, flopped over and submitted, wouldn't get up, just totally scared to death.  I'm really hoping someone else out there has had an abused puppy and could give me pointers on how to train her.  I want to take her to the local PetSmart where they offer training puppy classes and so forth, but I can't even get her on a leash!  I don't know what to do and I love this little gal, I don't want her to grow up with no training!


Introduce Yourself to the Forum / Newbie saying hello!
« on: August 05, 2005, 05:58:03 pm »
Hello everyone, my name is Ramsey.  I'm so glad I found this board!!  I've always been a "big dog" gal.  Mom & Dad raised Great Danes, so from the time I was a baby I was around big dogs.  Recently, we rescued a puppy who was dumped alongside the road out by my folks' place along with her 5 brothers and sisters.  A neighbor wrangled up the other 5 and got them to the pound where they were all adopted out (thankfully!!) but the last little girl nobody could catch, and so I sat down in the ditch and waited for her to come to me, which took only took about 5 minutes.  According to the vet, they've been identifyed as "akita crosses".  I've never dealt with Akitas before, and I suspect that she has some Lab in her, as her bros/sis's were all varying in colors from yellow or tan to brown and white (like her).  I named her Wataaya (which is supposed to mean "Fortunate One" (or something like that) in Lakotan), and we call her "Ty" for short.  She's a VERY sweet little pup, but is chewing us out of house and home!  Hubby is ready to kill her  :-[ so I need to get her into obediance asap.  I'll get some pics up as soon as I get some of my photos back from a data loss I suffered.  Looking forward to chatting with you all!!


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