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Sunday, May 5th, 2013
8:09 am
Saturday, February 2nd, 2013
10:28 pm
Saturday, July 2nd, 2011
1:17 am
Searching for an image of a newfie pawprint
I used to have two newfoundland dogs (well, one newfie and one newfie mix) - ages ago - and recently I've been thinking a lot about them. At the moment, my living situation doesn't allow me to get another dog; hopefully that'll change one day.

Anyway, I've been contemplating getting a tattoo to remind me of Toby and Maya. I'd like to tattoo a newfie pawprint on my hip, but of course I never got one from either of them, and the internet (and Google) has abandoned me. All pawprint images found online just look wrong to me, and now I'm wondering whether anyone of you knows either

a) where I can find the right image, or
b) also has (had) a newfie they've gotten a pawprint from.

You'd really make my day if you could help. Pleeeease? *big brown puppy eyes*

Current Mood: nostalgic
Friday, January 21st, 2011
11:26 am
New Aggression Toward Strangers
Hi all. We have a female bull mastiff, about 4.5 years old. We rescued her back in September, malnourished and abused to the extreme. Since then, we’ve packed on the pounds, she’s very loyal to us, and, for the most part, well behaved. She does well with cats, kids, and, up til very recently, strangers. She used to be the type of dog who we thought would hold the door open for a burglar, if she thought she might get attention out of the deal. LOL. But, we ordered pizza last night, and our usual delivery guy showed up. Marley started woofing at him, and stayed between me and him. She didn’t used to do this, and has started in the last few weeks when we’ve ordered pizza and he’s delivered it. He likes her, and tries to play with her and pet her, but she won’t have any of it anymore. Then today, a plumber came to check out a clogged toilet, and she absolutely would not let him anywhere near me. She sat in front of me, growling and woofing at him warningly. I grabbed hold of her collar, because I didn’t want her lunging at him, and very firmly told her no. She laid down, stopped barking, but continued to growl. It should also be noted that I am 14 weeks pregnant, so I’m attributing this new behavior to that. I like that she’s protective, and I’m not worried about how she’ll react to the baby, because all my research indicates that dogs just kind of think of baby as an extension of mom, and will therefore be protective of baby as well. But I don’t want her becoming aggressive toward strangers. Any suggestions on how to nip this in the bud before it gets out of control? Should we just continue to expose her to strangers, and make it plain to her that, if we allow them into our home, they’re okay and she doesn’t need to protect us? If so, how exactly do we go about that?

Thank you for any advice, and I’m sorry this got so long winded.

Current Mood: okay
Friday, September 24th, 2010
6:29 pm
Marley the Bull Mastiff
Hi all you big dog lovers. My husband and I just got home with our new addition. She is a dark chocolate brown brindle bull mastiff named Marley, and she’s got to be the sweetest dog I’ve ever met. She’s 4 years old, and very mellow. We adopted her from foster care, where she had been for two months. Previously, she had been severely beaten and starved, and she’s still very underweight at only around 55 pounds. She needs to put on a good 15 pounds to be at a healthy weight. Right now her ribs, spine and shoulder blades protrude quite prominently. Considering all the trauma she’s endured in her life, from being hit by a car as a pup to being abused to being in foster care, she’s amazingly well adjusted, and already seems to feel at home. We have a cat, and so far Marley has totally ignored her. She spent the majority of the hour long car ride home pressed as close to my side as she could get, which made me fall in love with her even more. LOL.

I don’t have any photos of her just yet, but I’ll get some up as soon as I do. Also, is there anything we should know about the breed that the AKC site doesn’t tell you? Obviously we didn’t get her from an AKC breeder, but that’s typically where I go for info on breed standards and stuff like that. Are there any common health issues we should look out for? What about grooming? She, like all bull mastiffs, has a very short coat, so I can’t imagine she’ll need much in the way of grooming.

Anyway, just thought I’d stop in and brag a little about our new addition. Have a wonderful weekend.

Current Mood: happy
Monday, September 20th, 2010
11:18 am
Ideas on leg-lifting?
So my Siberian Husky and I went to a Humane Society fundraiser yesterday where we met a beautiful "Husky" available for adoption (I'd bet money she's a Siberian Husky + Alaskan Malamute mix, TBH). She had a few cosmetic flaws (she was picked up as a stray) which will heal with time, but when I went to visit her after-hours (and dogless) we took her outside to get a better look at her, pet her, observe her, etc. where she occasionally would pick up her back-left leg in a twitchy manor. Sometimes just up, sometimes a bit up and out. We asked the volunteer who told us "maybe she doesn't like it because it's wet (outside)" which I don't particularly buy.

Any ideas? Mannerism? Medical condition?

She looks like she's been on the streets for some time before coming in (burrs, scabs, raw ear tips, etc.). She's 53lb. She was also recently spayed.

x-posted to huskylove
Saturday, June 26th, 2010
10:02 pm
Book update!
I took some pics of my big pup tonight. He had a vet appointment recently, as well as his 2nd birthday on June 1. He's currently 149 pounds.

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Thursday, June 17th, 2010
9:09 pm
New Puppy!
Well, he's been with us for a month now.  We got a puppy to play with our 2.5 year old Newf Fergus.
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Monday, June 7th, 2010
9:20 am
Breed DNA testing services
Anyone here ever use any of the services that determine your dog's breed(s) by examining their DNA? If so, I'd like to hear opinions and experiences.

I just got a new doggie, Dixon. He is about one year old, 70 pounds, and his previous human could no longer keep him. I was told he is a blue heeler/beagle mix. I can easily see the heeler. I just don't see beagle except for maybe the ears and brown fur. I do see a couple of other possible breeds. And even though it doesn't really matter because I love the giant ball of energy regardless of what he is, I would like to know.

And of course, a couple of photos. Opinions on his breed are also welcome ;-)

Saturday, March 20th, 2010
5:07 pm
What to do when your dog thinks he's a Parrot?
Seriously, Party's identity issues are expanding.
First he was a lap dog, ok sure fine.

Then a cat or cat-o-weiler?

now he's a parrot or perhaps Rot-a-rot?

Don't know if you can tell based on these pictures, but this is Party my 80lbs Rottweiler sitting on my shoulder.

After slowly sliding himself over the back of my chair, from the couch 3 feet away, to slowly climb onto the top of this chair to drape himself over my shoulders before finally kicking his barely touching the couch feet and pulling himself onto the back of the chair/my head.

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Tuesday, March 16th, 2010
6:47 pm
Homemade Dog Food
 I have a question, do any of you make your own dog food?

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010
6:37 pm
A brag and a product review!
I didn't think my borzoi was getting enough stimulation. He doesn't play, and we live in a condo, so outside of meals and walks, there's just not much for him to do. So I got him a Kibble Nibble.

They say sighthounds aren't very teachable dogs - not because they aren't smart, but because they aren't motivated. There's nothing Vladimir loves better than food, so I thought it might motivate him to use his brain a bit. It's an egg-shaped kibble ball with holes on the ends so that when you roll it end over end, a few pieces of food come out.

We've been feeding using the kibble nibble for a month or so now, and it has been so much fun to watch him learn!

First, he would just beg me to roll it for him.

Then, he gradually started to touch it with his nose, and then wait for me make the kibble come out.

Eventually, he learned to give it a good hard roll, but he'd give up after a couple of tries because he couldn't roll it the right way.

Finally, he learned to roll it end over end, but he'd quickly get it stuck under furniture or in corners so I'd have to bail him out.

Now, he's figuring out how to direct the movement so he can keep the ball away from furniture. He's also learned that you can hit it against the wall really hard and a lot of kibble will come out!

He still loses it occasionally, under the bed or behind a door, but instead of coming straight to me, he first retraces all of his steps and makes sure he hasn't missed any kibble on the floor.

I'm trying to teach him to find it and tell me where it is when it rolls under something. That's slow going so far, but I'm just so proud of how much he's been able to figure out!


You all might have smarter dogs than mine so this may not be impressive, but if you're looking for a way to prolong dinner time and don't mind a little slobber on the floor (sigh), check out the kibble nibble :)
Sunday, February 14th, 2010
9:27 am
Breed Recommendations
So we wound up not getting the Doberman, Sam, that I posted about a few weeks ago. The owners found him a new home, and apparently he’s doing fabulously, so I’m happy about that. But we’re still looking for a dog. We love large dogs, but we need one who doesn’t require a whole lot of exercise, as by the time we get home from work the last thing we want to do is go for a run. Haha. We do have a yard, it’s just not very big. We might be able to get out for a nice long walk once or twice a week, especially once spring has sprung. Any recommendations for a breed? My fiancé is very partial to the bull mastiff, and upon doing a little research on the AKC site, that seems to fit the bill pretty well. Any other ideas? Thanks much.

Current Mood: curious
Thursday, January 28th, 2010
2:29 am
I work at an after school center. When I'm out playing with the kids these two puppies often come play with us. I was petting one today and noticed that she had a large hard area on her back. I separated her fur and found what looked like caked on mold and mud. It was directly on her skin and can't be seen without separating the fur. It really bothers her because she scratches it frequently. Do you think she just needs a good bath or is this something I should bring up to the family that owns her? I don't know the family very well but I'd rather this sweet girl not go without treatment if it's what she needs!
Sunday, January 24th, 2010
7:28 am
Getting a Doberman
Hi all you big dog people. I'm a newbie, so thought I'd post an intro and a question.

i'm Jenn, 24 years old, and live in Missouri. My fiance and I have a border collie/springer spaniel mix and a calico cat, and we're thinking of adopting a 1 year old male Doberman pinscher. He sounds like an awesome dog, but still very puppyish and mischievous...he already knows how to open doors and turn on faucets to get a drink of water. LOL. So, my question is this. What do I need to know about Dobermans? I'm looking for everything you experienced Dobie owners know now that you wish someone had told you before you got yours. In other words, spam me with info. I've already checked out the AKC website for breed specifications and all that, but it's not all that informative in other aspects of the breed.

Thanks much, and happy Sunday.

Current Mood: curious
Monday, December 28th, 2009
1:30 pm
Now this is a big dog

This dog was our houseguest for the Christmas holiday. He's a Rott/Australian Shepherd mix. He'sa sweetie and around 100 pounds.

Monday, December 21st, 2009
1:31 pm
Bad cell phone pic, but still...
And to think that a little over a year ago I was worrying about how they would get along. :)

Saturday, December 19th, 2009
2:00 pm
Well, it not fun in the sun but they don't care.
With our firstbig snow storm we just had to let the big guys play.                                                    

Current Mood: curious
Thursday, December 17th, 2009
10:40 am
Hey guys!
I have a new dog/cat website, www.youmakemehateyou.com, where people submit pictures of their dogs hating them (for things like brushing teeth, dressing up, making them get married, etc.) If anyone has any hilarious pictures, please submit them to this post and I will get them up on the site! we add funny commentary, and credit you for your pic! :)
Wednesday, December 16th, 2009
9:40 pm
happy holidays. love, monty bear
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