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  1. Whenever I come across an allergy prone dog, the first thing I do is either feed them raw, or find a food with no or low grain content, as I've found most food allergies are caused by carbs, grain, and beet pulp. See if they'll try Innova Evo, it's strictly protein, no grains. While it's expensive, they'll actually feed less of it since it's really high calorie food. I could feed three dogs (65 lbs, 60lbs, and 50 lbs) for three weeks on a 30 lb. bag. Supplement it with some fish oil or Missing Link and see how she does.
  2. [quote name='Kat'] Other breeds I would consider would be a hungarian vizsla or an alaskan klee kai.[/quote] I know I'm late on this thread, but Kat, I just had a standard AKK that I just placed yesterday :o , and you NEVER see them in recsues or shelters. This is Luna, a silver, double blue eyed standard Klee, and in all honesty, even though I'm not a big supporter of breeding at this time, I'd actually consider getting one in the future. She was an amazing little girl, all the traits of a Siberian, just in a much smaller package. [img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v62/Lokipup/face.jpg[/img] Hree you can see the size difference! [img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v62/Lokipup/RedbankStreetFair019.jpg[/img] [img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v62/Lokipup/000_0437.jpg[/img]
  3. I'll jump into the fray for a moment, and I have to go with Jeff on this one :wink: . I've met Cesar on several occasions, years before he ever went "public", and his understanding of canine/pack mentality is more comprehensive than just about every other trainer out there. And yes, the method won't always work on every dog and every disorder they can suffer from, but with certainty I can say it does have a very high success rate. Obedience training and behavior modification are two things that are entirely different, and should be addressed as such. I've seen dogs that could perform on a dime in predictable environments, but can't seem to do the same outside of those parameters, and I've seen dogs who haven't had a lick of training, but are so "owner-centric" that they almost didn't need any. Bottom line, it's not "one size fits dog" when it comes to dogs, you use whatever will work with the animal that's in front of you.
  4. [quote name='Sabine'] I wanted to adopt a puppy this year from rescue, and I was told I couldn't because my Dane is not neutered. :roll: THAT's a policy most rescues have, and in my opinion that's a policy that needs to be revised. WHY on earth can't I adopt a puppy because I own an intact dog? :evilbat: Do they think he'll eat little pups because he's hormone-driven or something? Doesn't make sense to me at all........... That's a policy that should be changed and applications should be treated individually........... After all, a part of the adoption-process is to have the adopted dog neutered/spayed, and last I heard, that pretty much rules out the breeding of two animals, right? :lol: I have three intact dogs living with me, and no - I don't intend to breed them. :) (:oops: - off topic........ sorry ! :oops: :angel:)[/quote] Sabine, as someone who runs a rescue I can tell you that yes, you would be denied as an adopter because you have intact animals, and no, it's not because we would think "he'll eat little pups because he's hormone-driven". It's because unless you're a professional top notch breeder, or your dog has a documented medical condition, there is no reason to have unaltered dogs in this day and age, and it's a red flag to almost every rescue I know. Our concern is one of history, i.e. if you couldn't be bothered to speuter your dog when it should have been done, will you be so cavalier if the dog needs real medical attention? Not to mention that shit happens, what if one of your intact dogs got loose and impregnated another? And yes, it happens, all the time. And while many rescues do alter animals prior to adoption, many DON"T, relying on the adopter to get it done and then show the rescue proof of speutering in a reasonable time frame.
  5. Where in heavens name will you find a reputable breeder who will sell even a pet quality pup for $300. ? And then you still have to complete the rest of the puppy vacs, neuter it, vet it, etc., which will add up to way more than $300. If you add up the numbers above, they're still quite a bit above what we ask for an adoption fee, and we don't have the luxury of a physical building or public donations or grants to do what we do. Plus the fact that I MUST speuter every dog before adoption, otherwise I would be in violation of a city law, not to mention it would be irresponsible if I didn't. CC, I don't know where you are, but here in the NYC area, prices for vetting are exhorbitant (spays are about $225., neuters around $200., if you're lucky), so I don't think our adoption fees are out of line for what we provide. And if we didn't charge an adoption fee that covered 60% of what we do, then how would we stay in business?
  6. Pyr, while they're expensive, the Petzazz Enduro is the ONLY crate that can hold up to a Siberian (and that's saying a lot!). It's reinforced at all the seams, and only 1" openings. Like this, [img]http://www.petsmart.com/media/ps/images/products/detail/thumb/i/inP0/inP020163thumb_6fd9.jpg[/img] Although when I tried the link, it says they no longer carry them (they were only made for and sold by Persmart), dammit.
  7. As a rescuer, I can tell exactly why we charge $300. for a dog (we are a PB rescue). Pull fee from the shelter $45.00 Vet checkup complete with vaccinations, exam and if a dog pulled from a crowded shelter with unknown history, a CBC and Superchem panel 175.00 Speutering, $60 to $90 Microchip, $15 Food, supplies (Frontline, Heartguard) for dog while in foster home (on average) $80. Time, paperwork, gas and phonebills spent on adoption, (best guess, never added it up) $50? These are all discounted rescue prices too (vetting and speutering), still think $300. is too much to adopt a dog :wink: ? Even if we're lucky enough to pull a dog with vac and health records, whatever money that we don't have to spend is still used for the other dogs that have special medical needs, or those in boarding because we ran out of foster space. And you'll never be able to purchase a pup with all of that provided already for that price, so even a mixed breed puppy who has already been fully vetted is a bargain.
  8. Easiest way to cure thunder phobia is to pick up a CD of storm sounds, play it so it's just barely audible, and make a game out of it by playing with the dog and a favorite toy or using great treats. Gradually turn the volume up a little at a time during these sessions and pretty soon the dog will associate the sound of an oncoming storm with good things!
  9. It's normal, coat color can change with age, elements, etc. I think there are groomer shampoos made for show dogs that enhance coat color, but I'm not sure if they make it for black dogs :hmmmm: . Found it! [url]http://www.petedge.com/shopping/product/detailmain.jsp?itemID=2363&itemType=PRODUCT&iMainCat=12&iSubCat=245&iSubSubCat=248&iProductID=2363[/url]
  10. Had it happen to us, someone snagged a pic off our Petfinder site and listed him as a stud on their own site. Pretty funny considering he was neutered :-? .
  11. [quote name='chancy']celebrex - [url]http://www.bestrxpills.com[/url][/quote] Sampling the inventory, are we :roll: ? This is a dog forum, spamass.
  12. Funny thing is, I just had a go'round with it at my house a few weeks ago, the new foster became symptomatic with it just two days after getting her vaccinations. She in turn passed it on to my Husky, who's also had the vac. But my two mutts, who've NEVER had a Bordetella vac, were fine :-? , go figure. Leah, just think of it like the common cold for canines, and you know what Chris Rock says about Robitussin :lol: ..........
  13. Yup, a shallow pan of water with lemon dish soap does the trick, just put the pan on the floor, preferably under a bright light (with the rest of the room dim), and you should see a whole bunch of them in there the next morning. And get a flea collar and put it in the bag or cannister of the vacuum and give the whole house the once over too.
  14. AAP is right, one tablespoon of Robitussin (the formula just for coughing) per 40 lbs of weight should do the trick. Kennel cough is a self limiting disease, and should go away on it's own within 5 days or so. If it doesn't clear up by then, then call the vet.
  15. Alan said it perfectly, if you have the time, space, money and can give everyone the attention and training they need, then go for it. Besides, once you get past two, it's really easy to keep adding on :lol: . The only thing that you may want to consider is the rescue aspect of it. You said you're involved with the Pyr rescue, do you foster for them, and if you do, will you be able to do so in the future? As someone who does rescue, that is something that I always dread, losing a foster family because the "keep'em fairy" knocked on their door :angel: !
  16. Sadly, many of the Humane Societys in the US are extremely well funded, and not much of that money gets funneled into local shelters and programs :( . Same with many of the SPCA's too. When people ask me where to donate money to, I always tell them to give to their local private shelters and private rescues, who manage to do more than most on a third of the money. The ASPCA is a great case in point. The show you watch on Animal Planet, "Animal Precinct", generates a large income for the ASPCA in Manhattan, as well as the private donations they receive. The last time I looked, they were running at about 60 MILLION in the black. Now why isn't that money being used to help out the smaller rescues that receive little to no funding? Don't get me wrong, I happen to like the A, they let my rescue have use of the mobile sapy/neuter truck once a month, but 60 million dollars? C'mon, share the love, people :P ! Oh, and here's the link to the ASPCA's annual report for 2003... [url]http://www.aspca.org/site/PageServer?pagename=about_annualreport[/url]
  17. [quote]My question is that we paid about $36.00 for the chip For Dahlila and we paid about $90.00 last december for Cinco's adoption. On the website it said we have to pay about $17.00 for the enrollment fee. Did we pay for that when we paid $36.00 for Dahlila's chip? And Elmbrook puts the cost of the chip in with the adoption fee so would we still have to pay for Cinco's enrollment also?[/code][/quote] No, the enrollment fee is separate from the actual chip implanting itself. i.e., our adoption fee covers the chip and implantment, but the adopters must cover the 12.50 enrollment fee.
  18. And make sure you not only register it, butthat you're in the right database as well! We used Home Again for years, and the registry was run by the AKC. Well, this past year, Home Again has started their own registry, so now there are two different databases that your dog can be found through. Here are the two Home Again registries, you can register your pup on both, but we still use AKC Recovery as our main database. [url]https://www.akccar.org/cares-pub/enrollment.car[/url] [url]https://www.homeagainid.com/enroll/today.cfm[/url]
  19. Good for Dahlila, but don't forget to register it :wink: !
  20. Lol, s'ok :lol: . And I don't know how close she is to Safety Harbor, but this may be worth looking into. Posted: Mon Aug 29, 2005 1:19 pm Post subject: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Lori Hoffman with Heidi's Legacy is located in Lithia, FL . She said that she has room for any animals that need help. You can contact her [email][email protected][/email] . She has 10 acres of land and kennels. Please contact her if she can be of assistance.. Big dogs welcome! _________________ Actually this woman is only an hours drive from Safety Harbor!!
  21. Tammy, is there any way you could board them temporarily? I'd be more than happy to help you out with it. Theres a facility in Safety Harbor, as well as a few others in the area, check this website out, [url]http://www.kennelsboarding.com/dog-boarding/city/us/fl/florida/safety--harbor/dog-boarding.html[/url] .
  22. [quote name='Jessashelony']Goo, did you post this on ARC?[/quote] I'll do it right now, I'm a member there too. *Edited to add Sasha, you beat me to it, thanks! Tammy, I'm glad to hear that you guys are safe too, hang tight, we'll all try to help with the furry crew.
  23. [quote name='DivineOblivion19'][quote name='Lokipups']One of the good things about living in a large metropolitan area, lots of screaming liberals who like to adopt the "broken" ones to make themselves feel good [/quote] [color=indigo]Hey now! :x I love the broken ones!!!!! But only because they are more fun![/color] :lol:[/quote] LOL, you're the exception, not the general rule, you love them, handicap or not :wink:!
  24. I just saw the commercial for Rescue Pets, what a great idea to teach kids the importance of animals in shelters :D ! [url]http://www.rescue-pets.com/[/url]
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