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  1. Just had to giggle at the thought of a pom having the "survivability" bred out of her...not my pom! -laugh-
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    Lab Colors

    rotflmao! that is too much! A White Pyr, thank you very much! (i should just call them white newfoundlands like everyone else does... :roll: )
  3. Wow, I have been going through skin issues with Baxter since we got him too. Pyrs being white have notoriously sensitive skin, and although I don't have problems with Sash, Bax has had big hot spots on his left hip on and off. The rescue group had great success with Pro Plan Turkey and Barley, which we had switched him from when we first got him. He's back on it now! Several Pyr owners that we know with dogs with skin issues and even food allergies have had great success with this food, as well as the Pro Plan Salmon for sensitive skin and stomach. I know that food can be a huge debate here, and while Pro Plan is not the human-grade feed a lot of people prefer, you can't argue with this kind of success, right? And it is reasonably priced-$30 for 40 pounds, my 106 pound Pyr only needs four cups a day. :D I have found that corn is a big factor with allergy-prone dogs, too, so whatever they choose they should keep that in mind. Also, a bit of olive oil or flaxseed oil on the food morning and evening helps too, I have done this for years with Taz and it stops the winter itchies. For an existing hot spot, the key is to keep it dry. Gold Bond Triple Action Medicated Powder is a goldmine for this. Hot spots are self-perpetuating, ie, they are caused because the dog is so itchy he will scratch and bite and lick and that's where they come from. My newest thing is Solid Gold Sea Meal, which Baxter has only been on for a week now. Any treatment that goes to the source of the problem does take about a month for results, so I cannot say for certain if this will help him or not, but I have seen enough before and after photos to convince me to try it. It is $19 for a pound, and you only use a teaspoon for a big dog like mine. I hope this helps her!
  4. that just seems really heartless, to brag about it. like if it was a car, who gives a fuck, you know?
  5. The NEAA, Norwegian Elkhound Association of America, has some good info on the breed, and the rescue site has great pics!
  6. Hi and welcome! From what I know,yes, their markings darken as they get older. Pics please? :D
  7. i know that, kat! baxter has blankets. each night he goes into his crate and arranges them just so. in the morning you have to "make" his bed, or else he will not go back in!!!! :lol:
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    Solid Gold

    Has anyone tried the SeaMeal? I can't afford to feed Solid Gold exclusively, but (TDG, this is for you!) is it okay to supplement with it? (WolfKing). Thanks!
  9. It's okay, it's okay! You are here, you are looking for help, you will be allright. Many large guardian-type dogs are dog-aggressive, and from what I know of the Malinois they are pretty scrappy too. Sasha also will put her head down if she's ready to "go". A great book to read is "The Other End of the Leash" by Patricia McConnell, she has a great handle on canine body language.
  10. Friends, you guys, friends, come on! :wink:
  11. Ruddfuckers! (just fun to say...)
  12. oooh, yeah, you definitely gotta watch the tail-Sash has got what i call "good wag" and "get the fuck out my way" wag...
  13. Hi! Well I have Pyrs and occasionally they get into it. Pyr fights are horrible. And yeah, usually it's because I let my guard down at the wrong time... At any rate, I live in Cleveland, and you should get in contact with Ann Rodgers at Cherrywood Kennels; she breeds Leonbergers and has helped the Pyr rescue group innumerable times. I am not sure of the exact link, but you should be able to find her on a search. Good luck! Is Annie a Neo too?
  14. ooooh! sugar, they are just so gorgeous!!!!!
  15. no problem, of course! love your av by the way!
  16. I was responding to cc. :wink:
  17. You know what, seriously. If you are buying a quality puppy from a quality breeder you pay anywhere from $500-$1500, right? Why is $200 or $300 outrageous to pay for a rescue? The vet work has been done, and it costs at least, nearly half that to spay a bitch.
  18. It's not that purebred rescue is necessarily against breeding, but we know what quality breeding stock is and what is not, and most dogs in rescue are not. You can't go around breeding pyrs that are off size, off color, whatever, what is the point of that?
  19. Plus if you ARE interested in starting a breeding program, you should not have rescues as foundation stock-all the purebred rescue organizations know this and therefore spay/neuter.
  20. Baxter's fee was $200 (tax deductible). He is fixed, UTD on shots and heartworm and had been relying on the kindness of strangers (rescue) for about a year. I think it was reasonable, considering the cost of vetting and feeding a large dog. Plus that money goes to help the next one.
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