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    SD People: Equipment

    I have the green light and support of my doctor to use Ripley as a SD, so I have been working on things and pushing ourselves that direction. I have been taking him into a local pet friendly hardware store, where he has been doing pretty dang good. Not perfect, but we are slowly pulling it...
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    Mr Grumpy Pants and the Blue-Eyed Wonder

    I've always gone through some mood swings with Knarly when bringing in a new dog, but he usually establishes his space [with a little help] and things even out. We went through it with Ro and though they are never buddies, they co-exist with little to no conflict. When I brought Ripley home...
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    You Mangy Mutt

    I think Ripley has mange, he is starting to loose hair on his face [teeny tad on foot too, but mostly his mug] and though he wasn't scratching much at first...he is slowly picking up on that too. He is scheduled to go into vet on the 22nd, but I was hoping to be prepared if it is indeed mange...
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    To aussibe or not aussibe

    I was wondering if you guys could help me out here and tell me if I am just crazy or if I'm the only one that sees aussie in Ripley [especially the head/ears]. I know he is not super obvious, but for those seasoned in the breed...do you see it? I joined a fb aussie group that said mixes...
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    Dog Gone Mad

    For the past 10+ years I've lived here, I have listened to the neighbors barking lab waltzing up and down the street....from any time of day to 2am. She poos in every one elses yard and has been hit twice. The owners neither seem to care or learn. I have never blamed the DOG, but I was sadly...
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    So, About that Petfinder...

    Whoops, I took one home... This is Ripley, I believe he is around 4 months now. He was found in a box, left in a ditch to die with his sister. Thankfully a couple taking a bike ride, decided to take a break where they were and they were turned over to a shelter. They stayed in...
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    Chicken for Treats

    I was given a bunch of freezer burnt chicken breast and I was thinking about using it for high value treats for my dogs. My only dilemma, is I really like to pocket treats and not really seeing this doable with just cooked chicken. Even if I have a treat bag, I don't really like the idea of it...
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    Fence Dilemma

    I'm finally getting the work done on my home, and with that comes a huge 6ft privacy fence. I'm so excited, this will be the first winter I don't have to freeze my tush off with taking out dogs. :) Saying that, the dogs are the main and probably only, reason for this fence. We have been...
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    PVC verses Wood Fencing

    I am in the process of refinancing my home and looking to put up a nice big fence. I have been looking forward to this for my dogs and can't wait to have a way to go out with them off leash for some yard fun. I was originally looking at pvc/vinyl [6 ft privacy], but after talking to a couple...
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    DEMANDING Food

    I've written before about my 15-16 year old yorkie/pom, but a short recap is he was diagnosed with a continuous heart murmur 2-3 years back and has bad teeth. Vet [and I have gotten 2nd opinion] feels surgery is too much of a risk for teeth, so we have always just managed when he gets an...
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    Collies and hw prevention

    I am considering adopting a collie mix. I remember reading years ago that collies tend to be allergic to the normal heart worm preventative? I have been trying to educate myself on it and seeing some times you can give a shot twice a year, but some collies are still allergic to it. I am then...
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    Update on testicle sores, rly need advice

    I took my chow to vet and she said the sore looked like something you see on dogs that have been laying a long time on a patch of ice. Since he is never outside alone and I can verify for a fact this has never happened, I'm not sure what else is causing it [he lays on tile at night and lanament...
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    Sores on boy bits

    My chow has been getting sores here and there on his testicles. He'll usually get one and it'll scab up and go away. This time he got 3 and they just weren't clearing up like usual. I gave him a good scrub and put some bag balm on them. They seem to be clearing up, but I question why he keeps...
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    The Long Term

    Well, as some know, I went through a rough patch with my [15 yo yorkie/pom] Knarly not real long ago. He's actually been doing pretty good. He's been eating well and even playing. But I knew it wouldn't last forever and he once again is showing signs of a infection in his mouth. He is still...
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    Not Eating

    Tried asking this on the fb group but got no reply. I really could use some advice, so I hope I am forgiven for posting here instead of the health or food thread. My 15ish yorkie/pom Knarly isn't doing so well. I took him to vet yesterday and he has a infection in his mouth, his gums were...
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    Curiosity for those with Paco Collars

    Do your dogs wear them all the time or only for special occasions where you want to show them off? I often see people post pics of them right after they get one and then never see them again in later photos. I can see they are durable, but I'm curious how smashing they look after long wear. Do...
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    Lump on the Rump

    I just discovered a huge lump on my little 15ish yo yorkie/pom's rump...kind of off to side of tail on upper hip/toosh. I have noticed the last week or two, he's been holding his tail down more, which is what brought me to exploring deeper into it. I don't know if it developed fast, but I didn't...
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    Ding Dong Gone Wrong

    I know this is a bit crude, but I'm not sure how to put it politely either...my 8-9mo chows penis is disgusting. He all most always has his "lipstick' hanging out, not full out but at least the tip and usually it grows when he sits, etc. I have had males since I was 16 and I have NEVER had one...
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    Growth Spurt

    I know this is probably a stupid question, but I haven't had a puppy in 15 years. My chow pup is a bit off, he's just around 5 months. He spent the night at my parents and they said he barked the entire night, which is unusual. I asked if they were sure he had been out [as that's really the only...
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    Stranger Danger

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sI13v9JgJu0 I was wondering if this would be appropriate and/or helpful to use on my chow pup [10-11 wks] who is starting to show mild signs of fear or aggression towards strangers that get semi-close [he seems to have a different response to each one, sometimes...
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