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Golden Retriever Pictures / Cody pre-boarding
« on: June 19, 2006, 09:24:40 am »

yikes! sorry for the large pix!

stupid owner (me)... my golden retriever spat out the seed, and the st. bernard pup (90 lbs) scooped it up, started to chew on it.. next thing i know, she swallowed it...

i'm pretty da** sure she's not gonna be able to crap it out or puke it back up... i think we're gonna be heading to the doggy ER soon as soon as i can find one...

Behavior, Housebreaking, Obedience / anxiety salivation = soaking Saint?
« on: December 29, 2005, 11:02:17 pm »
we're stumped by this recent development:

Nikki, after being crated for only an hour or so, would become soaking wet on her bottom side. it's not pee, we're 99% sure... but it does smell a lil... and since we just washed her... ugh... everytime she's crated she becomes stinkier :(

she's dampest near her neck/chest, but it also extends to as far as her rear hind legs. i understand dogs do pant/salivate when they're anxious, but every time i come home  she feels like she peed on herself..

thoughts? anyone?

Medical Conditions & Diseases / is humping bad for the hip?
« on: December 04, 2005, 11:40:11 am »
Cody likes to hump Nikki when they're out and running around. Nikki is getting too tall for Cody now.. and he must jump up n down in order to hump her. (will attempt to capture this rapturous moment on film to illustrate my point)

it's even worse when the ground's icy and they're both slippin and slidin when this activity is enacted. i really don't mind Cody doing his dominance thing because when inside, Nikki likes to smack him around. i feel he should be allowed his chance for redeption.  ;) but the question is: is this bad for his hip? should I be worried for the long run?

Saint Bernard General Discussions / save his tail!
« on: November 15, 2005, 02:25:51 am »
so... nikki has this habit... of yankin out all of cody's tail fur... i didn't think much of it first.... but ... seriously.. .cody's tail's getting a bit on the SPARSE side after 2 months of this shenanigans... and tonite, i checked nikki's crate, full of spat-out golden retriever fur.

should i put some hot sauce/bitter apple on cody's tail? seems kinda gross but... i don't want a mangled tail just cuz the new(er) pup's a doofus...

Medical Conditions & Diseases / first season Q's
« on: October 31, 2005, 12:11:15 am »
* i was HOPING to get her spay in before her first period but... the shelter's spay prog is full until Nov 8, and we saw signs of first spotting yesterday.

* she's become COMPLETELY unhousebroken again. peeing everywhere. and i mean, everywhere. on my pants while picking her up to go outside, on my house slippers, on cody's sleeping rug, etc. i attribute this to the increased urination of estrus, but it's really ridiculous...

* will the shelter refuse to spay her during the season due to increased blood loss, etc.? seeing nov 8 is 8 days away, and the season is 3 wks long.

this just started happening 2 days ago. and is happening twice a day. we're talking HUGE st. bernie puddles. random locations inside the apt. we THINK she's protesting us not taking her out / letting her play w/ cody but i'm still not reading her behavior very well. we've started taking both dogs out together and letting them play for extended amount of time together. they'll both go to the toilet during the play time. whereas before, we'd walk them separately and bring them back upstairs right away.

how should i counter this? i'm thinking: separating their walk time. letting her only go pee/poop, bring her right back, and then letting them play inside instead?

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / doggy hiccups
« on: October 17, 2005, 11:30:58 pm »
man.. nikki had the worst case of the hiccups this morning. it just would not go away. since i can't SCARE her, how do i stop it the next time?

i know puppies hiccup and mostly they go away as adults... and the mechanism is much like the human hiccups, etc... just curious. that's all..

Saint Bernard General Discussions / eating a teacup ... chihuahua
« on: October 16, 2005, 11:33:43 am »
yah. it looked like nikki almost ate her. she wanted to play and the teacup yelped like he was getting beheaded... i have nothing else to add except.. i don't like teacupped dogs... such humanly contrived / invented freaks of nature... at least the owner wasn't mad cuz i had her off-leashed between the playing lot and my front door...

Saint Bernard General Discussions / why i may hv to give up Nikki...
« on: October 13, 2005, 11:32:44 pm »
neighbors. specifically: the downstair neighbor.

got a second nasty call from da landlord in the month since i've moved in. 2 nites ago, while we're watching tv and the dogs were cuddling/playing, we heard what amounted to a broomstick pounding on the floor from beneath "Friends" style. the next morning, found a nasty vmail on my cell from the landlord (LL).

prepped gf for counter attack, she called LL, who, after extended circumlocution, finally had the gall to suggest we switch floors/units from 3rd to 2nd. per our prepared contingency, we agreed and told the LL to consult w/ downstairs WENCH and revert. a day later, no response. safe to assume 2nd FL evil person disagreed w/ floor swapping proposal... which leads to...

Nikki is a playful 8 month old. i've personally wanted a St. Bernie for almost 10 yrs. she's the stupidest, fluffiest thing i've ever had and i'm still reeling from her triumphant bout w/ severe hookworms... that said. she's a big Klutz. she constantly thomps on the floor and we're crating her almost 16 hrs/day now... i'm sick of doing this to her.

i assume LL will refuse my suggestion to carpet the entire wooden-floored apt. i assume LL will soon suggest ridding the puppy. i don't know what else to do at this moment besides moving out & we can not finally afford that option atm.. thoughts? advice? much appreciated...

Book Club & Noteworthy Reads / Katrina == puppy death...
« on: October 12, 2005, 05:53:35 am »
do NOT click on the link if you're weak hearted:

and apparently some dogs were shot:

ugh.. what a way to end a work day :(

They finished the 40# bag last week... This food is wonderfully cheap and nutritious @ < $20/bag. It's a bit low on the kcals, but relatively high on the protein. has glucosamine + chondroitin so important for large breeds. don't see omega fatty acids shown or mentioned but.. i have a huge bottle of fish oil pills from costco.

that said:
both dogs dislike this food. Nikki developed a free freeding habit near the end of the bag. and Cody soon followed!!  >:( >:( >:(

after the initial soft poopy, nikki's firmed up better than cody did. i attribute this to the high(er) protein content. for doggies that may have hot spots and isn't allergic to chicken, kirklan'is just a KILLER bargain. there is also a lamb formula, but it's not wholly lamb so i went w/ the chicken instead... as of right now, they're both back on canidae and w/i 2 days of finishing the switch, they have firm stool... now to get 'em back on the feeding schedule.. ugh...

Ingredients (off www.mordanna.c om )
Chicken, chicken meal, whole grain brown rice, cracked pearled barley, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and Vitamin E), egg product, beet pulp, potatoes, fishmeal, flaxseed, natural flavor, brewers dried yeast, millet, carrots, peas, kelp, apples, dried skim milk, cranberry powder, potassium chloride, salt, choline chloride, rosemary extract, parsley flake, dried chicory root, glucosamine hydrochloride, vitamin E supplement, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide, thiamine mononitrate, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, chondroitin sulfate, ascorbic acid, vitamin A supplement, biotin, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, menadione sodium bisulfite (source of vitamin K activity), riboflavin, vitamin D supplement, folic acid, etc.

Protein: 26%
Fat: 16%
Fiber: 4%
Moisture: 10%

Glucosamine Hydrochloride min 300 mg/kg
Chondroitin Sulfate min 100 mg/kg*

Golden Retriever Discussions / Teeth cleaning / pulling...
« on: October 06, 2005, 10:08:09 pm »
Cody was dropped off at the vet today for plague removal teeth cleaning. tho he's only 4 next month, his teeth are THRASHED (broken canine, worn canine, etc.) but there are no apparent cavities.

all the sudden, vet's all: we'll pull his rotten teeth "at no charge" during the cleaning... i hope he comes out of the anesthesia ok this afternoon...

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Lazy Eater..
« on: October 04, 2005, 07:47:55 am »
anyone else have this 'issue'???  ::)

this picture is totally undoctored.. she's laying on the floor, spread eagle, w/ her face on the food.. just started a coupla days ago..

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