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  1. Rosebud

    Encounters with Deer

    :-? Last night the deer were up on the hill, just a little ways down eating, but they were all heading towards the spot across the street from where I live. There were 14 of them this time. The hill they are at the top of makes them look like litte brown dots, so they are far away from us, but I think it's strange that the place they have chosen to lay down at is directly across the street from the same dogs that whine at them late at night when they are crossing the road. :angel:
  2. Rosebud

    Encounters with Deer

    [quote name='behle'][quote name='Rosebud']:D I guess I can officially say that me and the pups are now being stalked by deer. :angel:[/quote] Great story! Turn about is fair play, right? :wink: They've got your number now![/quote] :o :o The DEER were there again last night, just laying down in the grass watching us. :angel:
  3. Rosebud

    my hound eats cans...

    :-? Don't feel so bad. I once came home from playing cards with some friends of mine and found six narled and three punctured beer cans in my garage along with 2 drunk 6 month old Ridgebacks. By the sixth beer they figured out all they had to do was bite a hole in the can. Needless to say I have never left a 12 pack accessibly to them again. :angel:
  4. Rosebud

    Sporting Group

    :-? I think they sub-divide the Sporting Group because it is the largest Breed Group to the AKC. :angel:
  5. Rosebud

    Diamond foods and rendering

    [quote name='maz'] Diamond Pet Food has never, and will never, knowingly utilizes any rendered protein meals containing the remains of pets. Like all quality, pet food manufacturers, Diamond has strict ingredient specifications which detail the quality required in every delivery of an ingredient. Diamond purchases its meal and fats from only one source no brokers.[b]Although single sourcing rendered meals is more expensive, this practice provides maximum control, removing opportunity for unsupervised material to make its way into the product formulations.[/b] [/quote] Pumpkin From this I get that Diamond uses single source Rendered Meals. :angel: Rosebud
  6. Rosebud

    AKC Standereds ruining breeds?

    [size=2][quote name='zheelah']This is something I've never been able to understand, why does the AKC use a different breed standard than the country of origin? Why do breed clubs decide that in their country each breed of dog doesn't have to look excatly like in other countries? Take the dobermann for excample, the FCI breed standard is quite different on aspects that really do matter, it affects the movements and total structure, I like to see dobermanns in america that look like the europian dogs and are also able to work. Why doesn't the AKC (or in this matter the breed clubs) make it a rule that a working type dog isn't able to become a champion if it doesn't pass a working test? It can get all the show points it wants but it wont become a champion if it can't at least show an inclination of being able to do some work, this would maby have helped the GSD in america as the breed there has a very unhealthy sway in the back. But there is also the fact that the breeders will breed what the judges reward...[/quote][/size] This same thing bugs the crap out of me. The original standard is there for a reason, and unless a change can "actually" make the dog better at performing it's function why change it. I would absolutely love to see the AKC institute a policy like that, but the individual breed clubs would have to be the ones to institute it, and their theory is there's already the Versitility Titles/Certificates. Do remember that the AKC is [b]ONLY[/b] a breed registry club and that the real changes are made through the breed clubs. That is why it is important to be a member of your breed club and adhere to their interpretation of the written standard. Show puppies, Working puppies, Pet-mill puppies, that puppy in the window are all registerable with the AKC provided that the parents were registered with a breed registry club that requires the parents to be registered. :angel:
  7. Rosebud

    AKC Standereds ruining breeds?

    [size=2][quote name='JudyHoffman']Eric it is the breeders of GSD who are taking the GSD breed down the wrong path, not the AKC. It is the breeders who produce bad dogs, with bad hips, too much slope (in the case of the GSD), too little slope etc. Jeff, many many conformation dogs are also working dogs. Breeders/ Handlers these days are really trying to do what their dogs were bred to do. Even the best breeding of two dogs can produce less than good dogs for conformation/showability, but that doesn't mean they are not wonderful companions and pets. Kira's pups are the product of the #1 Belgian Sheepdog in this country in 2000 and 2001 (based on show points) and he loves herding and being a guardian. To me, he meets and exceeds the standard of the Belgian that the AKC uses.[/quote][/size] Thank you Judy. The Breed Standard is there for a reason, it is the written representative of the perfect dog. When bred to the standard the dog "should" be able to perform it's particular breed function/job. However there are flaws in the whole theory. Conformation "Show" breeders get carried away with the newest "hip" look and tend to concentrate on one particular trait... ie. the excessive slope in the GSD and lose site (become kennel blind) to the other traits in the breed. Judges also tend to become "handler blind" and think that just because a dog is being shown by ""big name handler"" that the dog is the ultimate representative of the breed. Another BIG problem is in almost every breed, breeders differ in their interpretation of the breed standard and because of this you get a variety of type. Hunters don't usually enter their dogs in Conformation events since that is not their main concern and most of them can't stand the snobbery that goes on in the "show" ring, but that doesn't mean that Hunting clubs don't have problems in their lines either. And last but not least, Show breeders don't usually compete their dogs in performance events. This is however changing fast, with the exception of Hunting/Sporting breeds. I firmly believe that the best representatives of the breed can win in the show ring and then in the evening go out and herd that livestock, hunt that game or do whatever the breed was bred to do. :angel:
  8. That's the first thing that I thought of. This genetic disorder also affects Italian Greyhounds, my little girl has it pretty bad, she is a blue-fawn. CDA is somehow connected with the gene that produces the blue, as none of the the white on my girl is affected, just the blue-fawn. This genetic defect in not curable or very effectively treatable, basically all you can do is make sure that the skin and hair that is affected stays soft so that the hairs do not break off before they can grow. [quote name='SexxieRacerChik']I can give you some information on "dobermans" which are in no way related to Min Pin's but get their color genetics the same way. The Blue(actually comes in several different shades of grey) and Fawn(isabella) color's are a recessive gene. [b]This condition is called Color Dilution Alopecia[/b]. It is a gentic problem, [u]not contagious (unless you breed to an affected(not INfected) dog). [/u]It occur's in several type dogs, not just Doberman's and min pins. It also occur's in Irish setter's(fawn), Bernese mountain dog, chihuahua's(blue), chow's{blue), dachshund's(fawn), Great Dane's(blue), saluki's, schipperke's(blue), Shetland sheepdog's(blue), standard poodle's(blue), whippet's(blue), and Yorkshire terrier's(blue/tan). [url]http://www.seattle-attorney.com/storm/sup.html[/url] Please pay special attention this statement: [b]Because CDA is thought to have a genetic link, blues and fawns should not be bred until they reach three years old or so, and still have a good coat.[/b] (if you buy from a breeder make sure you check the stock they have for any thinness of coat (this means parents and some of their siblings if avaliable...don't be afraid to ask for references of previous pups as far back as 4 years also). And also make sure the bitch of the puppies you are looking at is atleast 3 years old (common age when the dogs start to have problems). Here a few other good links: [url]http://www.upei.ca/~cidd/Diseases/dermatology/colour%20dilution%20alopecia.htm[/url] [url]http://www.seattle-attorney.com/storm/[/url] I don't suggest any color dilutions, because of the skin problems. They are expensive to treat should they crop up...doesn't normally "hurt" the dog...but it's gotta be aggravating (to dog and owner) to have to deal with all that stuff that goes with treating it.[/quote] :angel:
  9. Rosebud

    He KICKED her!!

    :evilbat: Rowie, if you can get ahold of a webcam and get it set-up then use it to "set him up", that way you will have Proof of how un-trustworthy the gardener is to the whole family. :angel:
  10. :D Sally is going to another dog show this weekend. I hope she behaves as well as she did at the last one. I would love for her to win first place and win Winner's Bitch. I know who she is competing against she's one of Sally's friends from the Saturday walks. They are the only RR girls entered. :angel:
  11. Rosebud

    New Puppies

    :D Give him one of your t-shirts to sleep with. You can also use a bath towel that you have recently used and let air-dry. This will help the pup to feel secure when you are not there. Start by putting the pup in his crate while you walk to the mail-box or while working in the yard, listen to hear when the pup is quiet and then go back in as if you have been gone all-day and praise him. Do not praise the pup till he quiets down in this instance. As far as whining at night, you just have to bear with it and invest in some earplugs you can not give in unless you WANT a grown pit in the bed with you EVERY night. :angel:
  12. Rosebud

    Laurel's nose SAVED US!!

    :D Good girl Laurel! What an awesome baby. Courtnek, it really warms my heart and brings joy-tears to my eyes to know that Laurel is with you. I know how hard it was for you and everything you had to go through to find another friend for Freebee and I know in my heart that you have the dog that was meant just for you. She has proven to you that she has decided that you are her forever home and everything else with her will happen with time, patience and your loving heart. :angel:
  13. :lol: Sorry I took so long to post. That is funny Courtnek, but I am glad that your neighbor is concerned for the safety of your girls. I am fortunate that Sally, Rocket and Sandy only bay indoors and that's only when Sandy starts it. They do not go outside unsupervised and don't get the opportunity to bay since I don't take any chances with losing them. A Ridgeback can clear a 6 foot fence from practically the sitting position. I can have a hole dug under the fence in 60 seconds flat if they so desire to. :angel:
  14. Rosebud

    Zebra being agressive

    :lol: Caleb growls when he scratch his ear is just the right spot, it's more of a moaning growl and took some getting used to. Maybe Zebra is growling a "oh that feels soooooooooo good growl" :angel:
  15. Rosebud

    "Backyard breeding" & "puppymills"

    [quote name='KathyM']What's the name of that thing that sits under the bridge in the 3 Billy Goats Gruff? :drinking: :stupid: :niedowiary:[/quote] Does it hunt by night and sit as stone during the day? :angel: