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09 June 2008 @ 07:11 am
Which Breed Is Right For You?
 by: Lana Hampton
Why does one breed appeal to a person over another? Why do some of us love the size, looks and temperament of a Great Dane and others would never own anything but a Toy Poodle?
Every breed has their pros and cons. As a prospective puppy buyer/dog owner, you must be aware of the traits, both good and bad, of the breed you are considering. Many pet owners own the breed they do because of an impulse buy. Sometimes this works out fine and other times dog owners find out, too late, that this is not such a wonderful breed (for them) after all. Sadly, it's the innocent dog that suffers when it gets placed in a new home, returned to the breeder or, worst of all, taken to the pound!
Each breed was developed with a definite purpose in mind. Each breed (or most anyway) have breed specific health and or temperament problems of which you should be aware. Some breeds have coats that need hours of grooming to keep the dog in good shape. Some breeds shed more than others. Some breeds are very active and hyper while others are quiet and sedentary.
Because different breeds have different characteristics, it's a good idea to first define exactly what traits you want in a dog. Do you want a large dog, medium or small? What is the main purpose of having the dog, other than companionship? Do you want the dog to hunt with you? Do you want a dog that is a good guard dog? How about children? If you have them, you want to be assured that the breed you choose is going to get along with the kids. And if you do have children, what age are they? A dog breed that tends to be very hyperactive and aggressive would not be a good choice with very small children as the dog will likely do damage if it jumps on the kid and play bites. However kids in the 10 years and up range would probably thoroughly enjoy an active outgoing playmate.
What about grooming? How much time are you willing to spend on this chore? What about shedding? Some dogs don't shed at all and others shed almost constantly. How much noise are you willing to put up with? What about trainability? Some breeds are notoriously difficult to housebreak and/or train while others practically discipline themselves. If your interest is obedience, seek out those breeds that excel in the field. If you're a hunter and have visions of fall days in the duck blind with your trusty dog, you wouldn't go out and buy a Chinese Crested. If you hope to own a dog that will be around for 15 to 16 years, don't purchase a large breed.

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04 March 2008 @ 10:04 pm
On Thursday, February 28th, 2008 around 9:00 pm SSD Winston "Speaker Of The House" was put to rest.

He was battling FCE for a little over a month now. He was responding well to IV prednisone and each time came out of the paralysis quickly. His last week with me he was hospitalized Sunday and although he pulled through he struggled with his balance and seemed a little bit lethargic. By Thursday he seemed to be doing great, and we had an incredible day. We spent the morning at a doctors appointment of mine, where he laid quietly across the room while I spoke to the doctor. All of the nurses and doctors that day mentioned how calm and under control he was. We went from there to run a few errands. We went to Wal-Mart where shopping was the most annoying thing possible, and after three employee's told me to move (out of their way!) my last straw was an employee bending down and calling him to pet him. He had his classic "Uhm, MOM!? Don't you see this woman!?" So, we put everything back, and left for Target! Haha. He played his silly "I can't pee anywhere new" games, until we got to Target, where he pulled to get to his grassy patch! We had so much fun shopping and being silly. Winston was such an angel the entire day. He just seemed to know exactly what to do, and when. While shopping we (his aunt Laura and I) decided that Winston deserved a new toy! We found an incredible plush olive toy
, and a hilarious dog perignon! (only green). Laura and I wanted him to pick, so we dropped them on the ground and I told him "okay!" so that he could pick. He was such a goof, pawed one, and picked up the other! We decided that he definitely wanted the Dog Perignon.

When we got home he was just as delighted to carry his bottle around. He had a nice evening but by dinner time, I knew we were headed back to the vet. It started when I asked him to retrieve the remote for me. Usually, he jumps to do this because it is easily reached and well, he is a labrador! When I gave him the cue, he sighed and walked to his bed where he laid down. He was slowly losing his balance, and acting more and more lethargic. We were at the vet's emergency room by 7pm. By the time we got there, I knew the symptoms differed a little. He was drooling much more and his paralysis was spread throughout his body. Our incredible vet immediately began taking care of him, and allowed me to go back to the procedure room to say goodbye before leaving him. Laura had left to meet us at the vet as soon as she heard the news, and we decided to grab a bite to eat since we thought he was settled in with the vet.

Shortly after we received our drinks, I got a phone call. I tried my best to listen and peel away any sign of hope from the words that were spilling out of the vet's mouth. He was anemic, severely. His CBC was terrible. He had done emergency x-rays, and found a tumor on his spleen. I just kept listening trying to hear hope somewhere in the conversation. By that time, Kara (my coworker) had arrived. She began making calls, and within a few minutes I had Dr. Fierer on the phone. I went through the events and knew when he was silent there was nothing left to do. Winston was too weak to make it through a blood transfusion and his tumor had an 85% of being cancer. Atop of the devastating FCE, Hypo active Thyroid, and IBD, it was just unfair to put him through more. I knew what had to be done.

Winston had us all with him. His grandma, Megan, Laura, Kara and I. I held his paw and talked to him and told him how incredible he was until he could simply not stay awake any longer. It was the hardest choice i've ever made, but he was telling me loud and clear that he was ready.

I am not sure how to end this entry, other than saying that Winston was simply the most charming and joyous dog. He was loyal, and loved being obedient. He had a great sense of humor, but was proud and very classy. He took his job as seriously as a Marine and he will never be forgotten.

May he spend all of his days swimming and lounging in warm sun. May he never forget that he saved my life in so many ways.

I love you, Winston.

June 13th, 1999 - February 28th, 2008.

Current Location: home.
Current Mood: draineddrained
Current Music: silence.
12 February 2008 @ 08:59 am
Hey guys
I have a question for you. My baby girl has just finished a course of antibiotics and I think she developed a yeast infection in her ears. She shakes her head all the time and her ears got all puffy. Any advice on how to treat this or do I need to go back to the vet?
05 February 2008 @ 09:20 pm
Current Mood: awakeawake
07 January 2008 @ 06:56 pm
I couldn't go to the vet's office.  My parents and my sister did.

I can say that I will never own a dog again.  My heart can't take it.

With that, I'm going to have to leave the community.

Thank you for your kind words and support.
Current Mood: melancholymelancholy
06 January 2008 @ 07:29 pm
Riley is going to be 2 on January 11th, I can't believe it! It seems like just yesterday I brought him home and was playing with him in my lap! hehe Oh how they grow up so fast. : ) And speaking of growing, he's just about 120 pounds.

I feed Riley 2 cups of dry food in the AM and PM, each time mixed with about 1/4 can of wet food with chunks because he's made it clear dry food is not cool on its own. The can says to feed him 7 cups of dry food to 1/2 can of wet food. But, is that each feeding or in an entire day? I know the directions tend to tell you to over feed, but I'm only feeding him 2 cups so am I under feeding Riley? His activity level isn't high enough to feed more than 5 cups a day.

Current Mood: curiouscurious
15 December 2007 @ 07:35 pm
We're currently feeding our dog Royal Canin food, but it's not lasting that long (I give her about 4 cups a day) and the price is just getting to be too much. What dog foods do you find to be good for your dog, but aren't too expensive (around the 30 dollar range or so) or, if they are a little expensive, at least last for a significant amount of time? Thanks!
04 December 2007 @ 08:48 pm
He went to an oncologist today and had his first chemo treatment.

He's going next week for his next one.

Still on the Prednisone.

He's feeling okay, surprisingly. Apparently they don't give high doses in dogs, like they do humans.

That's my Gunny.

Thanks for thinking of him and me.

Go to animalcancer.org to learn more. I have a bracelet that my Mom bought at the docs office, to donate to research.
Current Mood: okayokay
01 December 2007 @ 04:40 pm
I know you guys don't know me, but I thought you would understand, since we share the common love of these good hearted clowns of the dog world. Keep him in your thoughts, okay?

Gunner might have Lymphoma. My Mom called me last night and told me that he's on prednisone and he's doing okay. He had xrays and a blood test, as well.

Hopefully he really doesn't have it. The vet said that there were no signs of tumors in other organs...so that's a good thing.

I really don't want him to suffer...neither does my Mom. No chemo.

I just really hope he dies of old age, not this monster which claims animals who truly love life.

He has been through a lot emotionally...he doesn't deserve something physical too.

It just brings back old memories about what Ollie went through. (My black lab who was put down, because of liver tumors.)

I was really upset last night, but I've calmed down a bit. I'm going to go over and do some laundry and hang out with Gunny later this afternoon.

I called Mom again and she said he seemed fine. He's outside right now, 'sniffing up a trail,' she says. That's our Gunny.

I really don't want another dog. Retrievers must be the most at risk breed...they named Goldens in a study with the U of Wisconcin. They were the ones that developed chemo treatment for dogs with Lymphoma. I just...don't want to think about any other doggie but Gun.
Current Mood: melancholymelancholy
22 October 2007 @ 11:23 am

Hi everyone!

For the past couple of days our younger lab, 2 years old, has been licking her arms/paws non-stop.  We gave her a bath and that didn't help.  Then hubby realized she started slowly with the licking about a couple weeks ago and just this past weekend it has gotten worse.  The vet can't fit her in until Thursday :grrr: so in doing our own research we read that it might an allergy.  We switched her food flavor about a month ago (California Natural from liver to chicken) so we think maybe that may be the trigger.

Has anyone gone through anything similar with their pooch?