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She is intact. She only has about one cycle a year or less now. She doesn't wander and has not chance of getting pg here. I have britches for her when we go out. I doubt she would be lactating if she was spayed. I worry less about her now. Lactation helps prevent certain conditions and if she keeps this up, she may not have another cycle because of the hormones she's now producing.

My darling 9 year old Aussie, who we got 2 1/2 years ago, who was bred at some point in her life but never with us, looooooves baby kittens more than anything. When our cat had her first litter, Lily stayed by the box and STARED for hours....days. She only left them to eat or pee.

When the mama cat died suddenly (we live in the country, we think mountain lion  :'( ), we fed the babies formula, but it was Lily who knew to lick them to help them eliminate, thus saving their lives.

And now the two rescue kittens we've adopted had apparently been adopted by Lily. They nuzzled in to her soft fur to try to nurse. She let them. She licked them and nuzzled them back. Then we noticed the kittens started staying longer and longer. Yesterday I noticed each of the kittens, at different times, nursing for a LOOONG time on Lily. I tried to express a little milk from her teat and SURPRISE! she has relactated!

What an amazing girl! We are so proud of her! Maybe she could actually foster another kitty or puppy someday. Here are some pictures of Lily and Booger.

Oh thanks for the advice about the cedar! I had no idea. I'll stay away from that, then. I think I'll get a big piece and stuff the cover. The foam is really cheap and I could easily replace it if I need to. I don't think he'll pee on it again. He peed on my aussie's bed several times (and I'll be replacing that foam too) but he seems to be totally house broken now. Of course I realize accidents can happen, but he's been very reliable for a few weeks now.

Collars, crates, & other cool things / Making a dog bed ~ advice?
« on: May 01, 2008, 08:38:44 am »
I am making a dog bed from a reclaimed fabric couch cushion cover. I have a newf/lab mix. He's 13 weeks and about 25#. I am wondering how big I should make the bed. I can get foam pieces cut to size locally for very cheap in all densities. Would a sturdy foam work? Or shoudl I get a shredded foam and put cedar shavings in with it?
Thanks for any advice you have!

Golden Retriever Discussions / Re: unic dog of mine
« on: April 18, 2008, 03:33:26 am »
Welcome! I would love to see pics too.
I gotta tell you, though, I was quite interested in reading this post to find out about a "unic" dog!  ;)
But now I see that your dog is very unique.
Welcome, let's see the pics!  :)

Behavior, Housebreaking, Obedience / Re: Need help yet agian!!
« on: April 18, 2008, 03:31:25 am »
My first thought would be that he's hearing something in the neighborhood that you aren't. Is someone going to work? Getting home? Hope you figure it out....maybe he's sensing the baby's readiness?? *fingers crossed for you*

Rottweiler Discussions / Re: Our new baby!
« on: April 14, 2008, 11:33:06 pm »
Welcome! She's darling! Rotties are so pretty. Thanks for sharing.  :)

Oh wow! You're my hero! LOL Thanks for the laugh! Thankfully, I don't have any that even come close.

Introduce Yourself to the Forum / Re: Hi All
« on: April 13, 2008, 01:58:48 am »
Oh she's sooo pretty!!!! Congratulation s!!!!
And welcome from another newbie.  :)

Newfoundland Pictures / Re: Clifford's graduation picture
« on: April 12, 2008, 01:04:21 pm »
Congratulation s Clifford! You look so handsome! You're Shadow's hero! :)

We got our Aussie when she was 7. She's 9 now. She can be super lazy. She is glued to my leg pretty much at all times. When we go outside, she will keep right up and loves to run around if I go with her. She doesn't chase anything or play with anything. She will chew bones and rawhides.

I would be wary of trying to bring in an older dog who's been outside all its life. I think it's possible to housetrain the dog, but it would take a LOT of work and you'd have to be very dedicated and forgiving. It depends on the dog, though.

If you are new to dogs, I think you are smart to get an adult dog, but this one may not be the right one for you.

Best of luck in your search!

Is her tail naturally docked? Correct me if I'm wrong, but don't all Aussies have naturally docked tails? BC's have tails, I know. So I would think that third pic of the puppies above is not an Aussie because of the tail.

My Aussie has the docked tail and when we were looking for an Aussie puppy, they all had docked tails.

Is her coat brown or red? She looks like she could be a red tri. The markings look right, the ears look right, but maybe a bit big. The face looks a bit long to me to be an Aussie. she's probably a mix, but there very well could be some Aussie in there. She's very pretty!

Thank you everyone for the very warm welcome! SO GREAT to find a board where people are warm and welcoming and where they actually want to see my brag picts! LOL
Here is one I took today. More fun ones later. I do love to share my darling puppy pics.
Thanks again for all the warm welcomes! I love it hear already!

And thanks for the good info on food that Holly left on another thread. I have ordered a MUCH better food and will start him on it as soon as it gets here.

Hi all!
I am an experienced dog owner but recently got a darling little pup from an oops litter that was posted on Craigs List. His mama is a black lab and his papa is a Newfie. He's absolutely darling, so smart and sweet. I am so in love with him!

My son named him Shadow. His coat is curly and so handsome. His personality seems to be all newf. Not sure how big he'll get or how his head will turn out. I love both those breed, though so whatever is good.

Shadow is definitely the quickest learning pup I've ever had. He was pottying outside pretty reliably (as long as I do my part) from the first week. I got him at 6 weeks. Would have preferred him to be 8 wks w/ his mama but if I didn't take him then he would have gone to the pound.  :-[ Of course, I couldn't allow that!

We have a 9 yr old female Aussie as well, and 4 cats (and two guinea hens, a chicken, two rabbits, a goat, and about 50 baby bird that will be released this summer!). The Aussie, Lily, was not amused at first. He tried to be dominant but she took that spot right back, thank-you-very-much. Now she plays with him some and is doing better.

The cats also had to show him his place, and now he respects them but also is still affectionate towards them. The cats think Lily is their mama so as long as Shadow isn't too rough, they like him just fine.

But seriously, I am so love struck with this little boy, it's incredible! He can sit, and "go crate", and he walks pretty well on lead (most of the time). He's so smart and w if we can just get through the mouthing. I am looking forward to many years with this big lovey.

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