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I am currently dealing with a dying kenmore canister vacuum (only 2 years old) and a 3 year old dyson (that decides to only work ok 1 out of 10 times I use it).  I have a 2 year old Bernese Mountain Dog and 3 short hair cats.  I need to find a decent vacuum that will last more than a few years.  I've thought about getting the Dyson Animal, but I have had really bad luck with my Dyson DC14.  Any suggestions???

Bernese Mountain Dog Pictures / Pics from the Dog Park Last week
« on: July 02, 2008, 03:38:31 am »
We ventured off to the local dog park last week early in the morning.  To our surprise, we saw no other dogs there!  Maybe it was the thick heavy mist that rolled in just a few minutes after we got there? 

At what age should I be switching Cooper to adult food?  Any ideas/suggestions?

It was such a beautiful day today, we decided to take Cooper for his first mountain hike in Acadia National Park.  We've been taking Cooper to the local dog park since he was just a little pup...but recently we decided that he could probably handle some hikes in ANP.  Here are some pics from our hike up Day Mountain (only 583 feet tall, but definitely enough for Cooper and myself since I am still recovering from pneumonia).  I didn't get as many pictures as I would have hoped for...but the wonderful weather has just began and there are many more mountains to conquer!   ;D

Yesterday we took an hour drive and brought Cooper to play with our friend's Lab.  While in the area, we decided to first stop at Petco and pick up some food and a toy for Cooper.  Now, Cooper has never been in a store before, so I already knew the automatic doors were going to be an adventure.  To my surprise, he flew right through the doors without a care.  However, as soon as all four paws were on the tile floor he pretty much went spread eagle and flopped down.  Our poor Berner couldn't even stand up without sliding around like he was on ice.  I felt horrible.  Right away I figured it was probably the fur in between his pads (we have never trimmed it, because it has never bothered him).  So, Cooper (shaking and very timid) and I sat down on the floor of the entrance of Petco while my husband went to grab the food and toy.   Eventually Cooper got up enough courage and skated back over to the front door (we had attempted to pick him up, but he is now way too heavy for me to lift at 70lbs).  As soon as we were back outside, he was back to happy go lucky pup, running around, visiting people and dogs.   

As soon as we got to our friend's house we went inside (Cooper had never been in the house before)...we made it to the entry rug, but Cooper wouldn't budge, right off the mat was their kitchen laminate flooring that was flat and shiny.  He was scared to death of that floor.  After treat after treat and 3 big pushes, he finally made it onto the floor and was fine walking then.  But now I have a pup that is petrified of smooth tile flooring. 

We start obedience classes this Tuesday....I hope they can help me with his tile floor fear (and let's hope they don't have tile floor there!) ;)

I like to call Cooper 75% housebroken at this point.  We are finally starting to be able to tell the difference between his "I need to go potty" whine and his "I want to go outside and play" whine.  Our biggest issue now is morning potty problems.  I get up usually around 5-5:30 in the morning and feed Cooper and the cats, then take Cooper out to go potty.  Once he is done, I try to coax him upstairs to play with his toys while I jump in the shower.  I'd say 7 times out of 10 he will venture back downstairs and go both poop and pee in our living room (our living room is carpeted).  I know eventually we will get him fully trained. 

However, at this point, I am having a really hard time getting the smell out of our carpet.  The carpet was newly layed when we bought the house last May, so I really don't want to have to replace it yet.  I shampoo it at least once a month, and we use pet cleaners on it when he goes potty there.  I was wondering if anyone knows of any cleaner that is REALLY good at get pee smells out of carpet?  Since it is still only 20-30 degrees here during the day, I can't open the window to try to air it out at all.  Any suggests would be very appreciated!!

Medical Conditions & Diseases / Shaking Front Legs
« on: February 07, 2008, 08:15:18 pm »
SO, I wanted to get advice from the knowledgable people on this site about Cooper consistent issue.  Since he was about 10 weeks old, we have noticed that his front legs shake from time to time.  We asked our vet about it and he said that he had no lameness in his joints, so it was probably just growing pains or him being nervous.  In the past month, his shaking has been happening a little more often.  When I touch his front legs and joints, he acts fine, it doesn't hurt him at all.  He only shakes when he is sitting/laying down/standing still (never while playing and running around).  Anyone have any similiar experiences or idea if this is just growing pains...or could it be Pano? 

Medical Conditions & Diseases / Hard lump on stomach
« on: January 30, 2008, 10:04:16 pm » I go again.  Sorry to be such a worrywart about things, but I recently (2 days ago) was giving Cooper a belly rub and noticed a hard lump on his stomach.  He "had" an umbilical hernia, but that has been gone for about a week now.  This new lump is lower on his stomach, harder, and about the size of a marble.  Cooper is not sensitive to the touch of it.  He is still acting fine, eating a ton (he loves his new organic food!), running around outside like a nut, and is finally understanding that the lawn and woods are his bathroom!  ;)  Anyone have any idea what this could be? 

Bernese Mountain Dog Discussions / Teething
« on: January 17, 2008, 12:34:17 pm »
At what age does a berner usually start teething?  Cooper just lost his first tooth yesterday (exactly 4 months old).  I thought it was a little early for his to be loosing his sharp little puppy teeth. 

My very happy and energetic Bernese puppy has been throwing up once a day for the past 4 days.  He has been eating his feces and we started giving him pills (recommend by our Vet), called Potty Mouth.  It has been about 2 weeks now with the pills and he still eats his feces.  I am thinking that his vomiting has something to do with these pills (we are stopping with the pills today to see as well).  He is pretty mellow right after vomiting, but a short time later he is his regular old self.  Has anyone else had a puppy/dog with the same issue?  My puppy, Cooper, is going to the vet on the 24th, can he wait, or should I take him ASAP???  Any info would be appreciated! 

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