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Hello All,

I am glad that the weatherman was wrong. We got just about 1 to 2 inches. It isn't a lot at all. I don't think there is anymore snow in our forecast for a while now. It is just suppose to be very cold now. Into the single numbers.

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Thanks,I had a nice weekend and a nice day.The weatherman missed the weather no snow this morning as predicated.Now according to them I don't have to worry until Weds.until we'll get 5in.I hope they miss that too. emoticon

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Hello All,

Hope everyone enjoyed their weekend. Hope the week goes well too,

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Hello All,

Shirley, I am glad that you found something that would be just right for him. The color sounds great too. Noone should miss that.

We got some snow, sleet, and rain. I don't know exactly how much we got. I do know that the snow is now very heavy. We will have to finish getting the rest of the snow of our roof. We started to do it yesterday when it warmed up a bit.

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I didn't buy a chain but a 30 foot heavy plastic rope with metal in the center so he can't chew through it.It is bright pink so noone should fall over it.We will use it only when ice is on.Snow I can walk on. emoticon

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Hello All,

Glad to hear that you will still be able to get around. Hopefully the ice will melt some today.

If you don't want to get him a chain you can try some of those Thick canvas type leashes. They are light weight, but very strong. It won't be hard for him to carry it around. I have found it much better than chain. It works good for Mushka because he doesn't pull at its end legnth. I don't know if your dog would do that or not. It is just an idea that might work better than chain. They do come in different lengths too.

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Well the ice is still with us.Wish it would melt.Well anyway we can get around a little so I'm going to have my son take me to Walmart so I can buy a chain and chain him to the porch to do his business a big long chain.I hate to chain dogs even for 10 min.but it's better than risking his life.At least i don't have snow drifts 5 feet high like they do in some states.I will have to pick up his poo like I did when I lived in an apartment but it shouldn't be too long.No one walks in the ally way out here but me so I don't have to worry about it there.-LOL- emoticon

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Hello All,

I am so sorry to hear about the ice storm and the hard time that the little fellow is having. It is awful hard to walk on ice. I hope that it will melt soon. Hopefully he won't forget to much,

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Things have become a little complicated here.I suppose you heard about the big ice storm we had here in IN.We even had no power for 15 hours.Anyway 2 legged Mom is 75 and can't walk well on ice so I've had to let him out to do business alone.He hates the ice too.The poor little guy slides and hates it.He does his business and slides right back in,Anyway the ice will melt when the temp goes uo we're going to have to return to square one.I'm afraid the little guy will be confused.Oh well this too shall pass.On the plus side a car goes by just about once every 30 min.about 10 mi.an hour speed wise. emoticon

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Hello All

I suppose it could take him a little while to catch on. Hopefully he will do just great.

Best wishes to you and him.

Hope everyone stays safe, healthy, and warm

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It will probably take a tad longer for him as he's an old boy..He'll be 9 in June.. emoticon

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Hello All,

I am glad to see more people posting.

Shirley, I am glad that you are going to try the new training routine. I know for us, giving treats for a job well done works great. You have to give him some time though. Keep repeating it all the time and he should get it in no time.

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Thanks so much for answering me.I will try it. emoticon

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Instead of punishing him for the "bad" deed, try encouraging the behavior you want..

with the door, for instance...take like, a dog bed. And every time someone approaches the door, or knocks on the door, have the dog go to the bed and lay down. Then HUGE big time reward/praise. Repeat and reinforce. before you know it, he'll have the idea on his own.

With dogs, its easier to reinforce a habit you want with positive reactions, instead of punishment.

With my dog, if he approaches the door I say "Nuh uh!" and the second he looks away from it, I use a key word like "OKAY!" and pass out the treats like their going out of style. Reward, happy, petting, excitement. He loves it!

He's to the point now where, if someone knocks, I say "Kennel, Sarge!" or "Couch, Sarge!" and he runs over to where he's suppose to be and wags like crazy, because he understands that's what makes him me happy, therefore he's happy.

Oh and a lot of dogs, you can just use their kibble for treats. Sarge loves that...and its easier on the pocketbook!

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i agree.My dog Baby is a very intelligent little animal but from time ti time usually not.He runs out the door when I open it.I have whipped him with the flyswatter or locked him up a couple of times for it and I always yell at him in a rough manner for doing it.What will work and make him stop doing this?I don't have a fenced in yard so it's dangerous for him.Thanks! emoticon

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Hello All,

I know no one has posted to this topic every since December. I think it should be brought back up to the top of the topics. We need a place to have a discussion going on. For people to be able to talk about their dogs and issues that they might be having with them.

Hopefully everyone will start to post on this topic and get it put back up to the top.

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Hello Teammates!

I just wanted to pop in and wish each of you a happy and safe holiday season!

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Hi everyone!
Sebastian is a powder puff chinese crested (unlike the ones most folks are familiar with he has hair all over his body) he is 3 years old, and is doing his best to help mom heal from having to put Lady (the black dog on my page) down 3 weeks before we were blessed by having him given to us. His other mother had to go to an Alzheimer's facility, and he needed a good home, and our home needed a good dog, worked out well for all of us. We are doing our best to spoil him rotten!
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Hello,I have one wonderful dog Baby who I call my 4 legged kid.He is either 8 or 9.The girl who gave him to me wasn't sure of his age.He is a yorkie/maltese and as yet no gray in his hair. emoticon

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Hi I'm fairly new have a lovable Shih Tzu Herby he is so smart he picks up anything on the floor sock, shoe, or paper and turns them in for rewards a carrot or denta stix. We live in a senior complex on bad weather days he will run up and down the hall at a full gallop for a few minutes my neighbors love him and he is so lovable to everyone.Talk to later Mary

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hi everyone! i'm new to SP so i thought i'd try to get to know people, etc. i looove animals and i have two dogs who i love to death to i thought this would be a great group to join. ellie mae is a golden retriever and gertrude (aka gertie bird) is a newfoundland/golden retriever mix. i wish i could take them for walks to get my exercise, but i'm away at college so i can't :(. i always tell my family that whenever i go home to visit, it's just to see the dogs emoticon haha.

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PookieBear looks very nice:)

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yes, this is pookiebear, although she has a little more gray in her now! we can't have her on the couch or chairs due to the leather furniture in the living room. and she doesn't like the rocking chairs. her trouble is not so much getting up as much as getting down and we have wood floors that she could slip and hurt herself on while getting off furniture. she seems to be content with her beds, big and bulky on the hardwood floors and a little thinner on the carpet, plus pillows and toys of course!

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Tweety,
My Sally (pointer) is also 15 yrs old. Thus the reason we keep a large hassock-style footstool next to the bed so she can get up there with us. Otherwise, she can no longer make the jump as she used to. She's still good at getting on the couch, tho (and is allowed, so that's no prob.) Still has her teefs:) but I'm now supplementing her dry food with a 1/3 can of special canned food (for "sensitive tummies")- which is where I put her glucosamines & ascriptins. Is that a pic of your 15y/o? Cute!

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my dog is the same, too. she is 15 and she has always been bothered by storms. she loves to snuggle with us, but she can't get into our beds with her arthritis. we have recently had to make up food for her because she had to have most of her teeth pulled and she has no teeth that she can use to chew her food now. good thing she loves her steamed veggies!

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LOL! It sounds like our dogs have us trained well, doesn't it? emoticon I've always referred to our walk as Sally taking ME for a walk, instead of the other way around.

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Have you tried changing the food as well? My Chow had really bad skin allergies and of course we had to do a lot of meds but also kept her on a corn and grain free diet. There are a lot of great foods out there, my Pom that I have right now loves Before Grain (Salmon). Or you could cook for the dog yourself (haha..my Dad was a vet and use to recommend that. Not sure many people did it. We did for the Chow a lot though..)

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LOL! Your storm story sounds like my dog! He will either hide in the my bath between the toilet and bathtub or (try) to climb into the tub...he is a Pom so sometimes he makes sometimes he doesn't. He also wakes me up by jumping on me like I am a trampoline until I wake up if they come at night. He also trys to "herd" me into the bathroom with him.,,,since he doesn't want to leave my side but also wants to be in the bathroom. So if it is a really bad storm I have to sit on bathroom floor with him...lol..yeah. Who is the boss?

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Wow, Buddysangel, I'm so sorry to hear about the break in:( It sounds like you and Buddy were a comfort to each other. The stress & jittery-ness is certainly understandable. I'm sure I'd feel the same way.

I'm up this quiet morning after a loud thunderstorm last night. Our Sally (dog) is OLD and nearly deaf, but she could hear the thunder and was trembling. We keep a big footstool by our bed so she can climb up there with us at night. And, of course, she wanted to last night after being so scared with the storm. I was laying on my side and she was right there curled up in the circle of my legs. And I mean right next to me....kind of like spooning, only different. LOL. She's a big dog, so this means I couldn't change positions unless my legs were slightly hanging off the side of the bed. I didn't try to move her, though. She's gotten quite attached to me in her older age, which I find comforting.

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Last weekend and this week have been stressful for me. On Friday (June 11th), I came home and my front door was open. My trailer had been broken into. Buddy (my cocker spaniel) was hiding in my bedroom (under the bed) and at first he was reluctant to come out. My neighbor came over and went in and made sure nobody was in the trailer before I went in. He called the County Sheriff's department and a deputy came out and checked everything and dusted for fingerprints. I got a copy of the report. The only thing that was taken was my last bank statement that was laying on my desk and that had both my checking account number and my social security number.

After the deputy and my neighbor left (about 8:00 pm), Buddy and I had our dinners (I fixed some chicken breasts on my George Foreman) and he had some chicken with his Purina Healthy Morsels (believe me, he made it disappear). He clung to me all weekend and our rainstorms didn't make it any easier. He gets scared with thunder and lightning, but he was more scared this weekend. I had to hold him like a baby (all 35 pounds of him) to get him to relax. Just being next to me seemed to calm him.

Well, I was able to get online and get my credit frozen at the three credit bureaus so nobody could take out any loans in my name.

On Monday, I spent half of my day going to the bank and they closed my checking account and opened a new account for me. Now, I have no debit card and no checks. I have ten temporary checks, but you can only use them with my bank, no store in my area will accept them. I really feel naked without a debit card as I use that more than I write checks. So, I can't pay my electric or water bills until I get my new checks and that won't come until sometime next week (maybe next Thursday--10 days). Then I went to the credit union where my car is financed and the insurance agent so I can get my car insurance taking out my payment out of the right checking account number. For me being the victim, I'm having to do a lot of work to protect myself for any future problems. I also went to my Human Resources Department at work to get my checking account number updated so my paycheck will go into the right account (can't imagine why I would need to do that-LOL).

So, I feel like I have regained control over my life, but boy did it take a lot of running to do it.

I weighed in last night and gained 1 1/2 pounds, but I'm sure it's due to the stress. I have been really good about sticking with my WW because it gave that stability of keeping with my eating routine. I could have easily pigged out, but by sticking with my eating plan, I kept some sanity. I'm still having some problems sleeping and any noise outside or if Buddy barks, I check it out. emoticon

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Since he's a lab he'd love to swim and it is easy on the joints. Most larger towns now have heated doggie pools for dog therapy. check it out. It wouldn't hurt to give him some supplements either.

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My husband and I decided to check out our community's new dog park yesterday, and we had so much fun! Our precious Dalmatian died a few weeks ago, so we're presently without a dog, but we really got a kick out of watching all of the different dogs running and playing. The park has one side for big dogs and one side for the little ones, but it seemed to me that they were doing well together. It didn't appear to matter to the dogs, and none of them were fighting. It was a pleasure to watch dogs and their people having fun in the great outdoors!


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emoticon I had a real great giggle reading this thread, just looking forward as a new member to getting to know al you greta dog lovers. Just love a great humour emoticon

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Doggie Farts...PU :) Our dog does not get any table scraps just veggies out of the garden (vet recommended) however certain treats give him really bad gas. I have gotten to the point of only giving him treats in the morning so fart away, no one is home to smell you :) Maybe check your treats they might be the culprit.

Anyone have any suggestion for a dog who is afraid of thunder. He never used to be, but every year it continues to get worse. 3AM wake up call by both mother nature and the world's largest baby. He climbs into bed snuggles between the two of us and pants. He will not stop until the storm has passed. During the day (when no one is home) he hides in the bathtub during storms. If the storm happens and we are awake he does not calm down, he will climb on me trying to stay as close as possible until the storm is done. One would not think this is so bad, but he does weigh 70 pounds. YOU ARE NOT A LAP DOG!!!

Please let me know if anyone has any suggestions.

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Ug! I live near a WONDERFUL walking/biking trail that is also a bird sanctuary! Gorgeous.....however, there, of course, is alot of foliage and at this time of year, of course TICKS!!!!!

Last season my girl never got any! well sunday, I was taking her for just a short walk and I did not see that a tick had jumped on her behind her ear. Luckily i think it had only been on her for about an hour when i felt it....YUCK, YUCK, YUCK!!!!!!!! Jeff and I got it out realitively easy. and I bathed her right away, and applied antibiotic ointment, and got a flee tick mosquito spray repellant in addition to the monthly treatment.
Ug! I was so mad at that darned ol' bug for hurting my baby!
She ended up ok with no adveres reactions. Whew!

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my mutt has gas that could make a seasoned marine cry for his mommy!! and they're not always silent. no matter what she eats ar does, sometimes it just hits like a tornado. i think she could cure repeat offenders in jail if i fed her enough of the right things and left her for a long weekend for "a visit" ha ha.

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3/18/10 2:01 P

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Jeanne, greyhounds are like that too, although there's no noise. They're the silent and deadly kind of gas. My poor Gryffin has been particularly farty lately and it's just about gasing me out of the house!!! LOL



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Dollbabe56, my experience is that if dogs aren't feeling spry enough to jump on and off, they're likely to use a ramp. My 10.5 year old greyhound still gets on and off my bed and he's got osteosarcoma with a nasty limp. But my bed isn't very tall.

As for keeping them off the bed, I have no clue! My dogs all want to sleep with me, and I can't imagine them staying off the bed for anything. ;)



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Does anyone have a suggestion about how to do this? Our 65+ doggie sleeps on the bed with us at night. Ever since she was a puppy. She is now 6. The bed we have is very high. My question is this; How do we get her not to sleep with us at night since she has for most of her life? I am afraid that the older she gets the more likely she is to hurt herself. I don't know if we can get her to use steps to get off of the bed. Any suggestions will be appreciated.

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IT'S APPARENTLY A ROTTI THING. THE OTHER DOGS DON'T DO IT. I MAKE THEIR CHICKEN AND RICE HOME MADE WITH A LITTLE CARROTS AND VEGIES THEN JUST A LITTLE DRY DOG FOOD. BUT NO MATTER WHAT I GIVE HER SHE'S EXPLOSIVE!
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No table scraps...I have had several dogs over the years and never experienced dog farts...really...I only gave leftovers every once in a while.

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I'M NOW CONVINCED THAT SCHATZI, MY ROTTI, HAS IBS SHE GOT FROM ME AND ACID REFLUX SHE GOT FROM MY HUSBAND! IF YOU NEVER HEARD A ROTTI FART IT WOULD REGISTER ON THE RICTOR SCALE! IT'S AMAZING!
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3/1/10 5:48 P

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Avoid popcorn!

�We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.� - Aristotle.


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We found that no table scraps of meat helped. Veggies were fine but definitely no meat.

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ANY IDEAS ON HOW TO TREAT OR AVOID DOG GAS...I MEAN ASIDE FROM NHOT STANDING BEHIND THE ROTTI. SHE IS SO GASSY ALL THE TIME...

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Thank you :)

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My dachshund has allergies. My vet told me to give him 12.5mg of Benedryl twice a day - a.m. and p.m. It is working. I give him the "children's dose" and it comes in a redi-melt tab that he thinks is a treat! He eats it right up!





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Allergies. My corgi has a skin allergy and the vet has him on prednosone. I don't like it and am wondering if anyone knows anything about how dogs react to antihistomines.

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..I am Excited about Show Spark Bookclub Weekend Jan 22-24

From SP...Hi everyone –
Things are pretty exciting here at SparkPeople, with the launch of our first book The Spark last week! We truly appreciate everyone’s support in helping us reach our goal of landing The Spark on the New York Times Bestsellers List. Time will tell if we reach that goal, but we still need your help to get there!

The biggest and most important "Show Your Spark" Weekend is coming soon: January 22-24. Mark your calendars! This is your chance to show others that you're part of a worldwide movement of people who are reinventing fitness, nutrition and healthy living! All you have to do is hold a "Show Your Spark" Book Club meeting that weekend to share The Spark with others.

We have developed all the materials you need to hold your very own book club SparkRally that weekend. You can access these materials on our Online Book Bonus Program, which is only available to people who purchase The Spark. However, because some of you may be planning your book club and plan to purchase the book later, there is a good book club guide that will provides ideas for your meeting.

We hope that we can count on you to Show Your Spark this January 22nd- 24th, 2010. As always, thank YOU for making SparkPeople such a positive place!

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This morning Portia decided to bury a toy so that Roxie couldn't have it. She walked all over the house looking for the right spot. She thought she found it under our dining table (fortunately, one of those tall ones - Portia is a Great Pyr). A towel had fallen underneath. She put the toy on the towel and tried to flip the towel over it with her nose, but that darned towel just scooted over the floor. With classic Pyr deliberation, she pondered the towel, tried a couple more times, taking the toy off the towel and then trying again to push the towel over it with her nose. Finally gave up and took it outside to bury it properly. Successfully - she came back in with earthy-black whiskers. emoticon


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