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lefty's random dog thread.

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by lefty, Mar 22, 2009.

  1. saysomething

    saysomething Well-Known Member

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    Yoda's a 4 and change year old Great Pyrenees and has been eating Origin kibble since we got her - never a problem with any of the puppy or adult formulas except the Buffalo flavour Finn referred to in his post above - it did not agree with Yoda's stomach, so out it went. Expensive lesson learned, but education's never free. I also concur with the pungency of which Finn speaks; it's downright rancid.

    About 6-8 mos ago I started adding frozen raw food (similar to Fredrik's description above) to her meals - stare eatted from a bunch of free samples given to me buy the local pet store owner and continued because Yoda really digs it. She eats half of a 3lb (?) portion every day mixed in with exactly half of the amount of kibble I used to feed her. I just have to remember to take a package out of the freezer every other day, or else I'm on the receiving end of a "I think you forgot something" look from Yoda.
     
  2. Thor

    Thor Senior member

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    Its good to mix up your dog's diet on occasion...

    for the sake of selfish convenience I feed my dog a dry kibble...but supplement with lots of raw veggies (loves broccoli and carrots), raw marrow bones (great for teeth), bully sticks etc...and I also change the kibble very few years.

    Some kibbles that I have experienced and believe are decent:

    Great Life - a grain free buffalo based kibble that has a "raw" component (might just be a marketing ploy)

    Orijen- supposedly very good sources- gave my dog the runs but my GFs dog does quite well on it.

    Currently I feed my Tervuren- Nutrisca - a grain free salmon and chick pea blend that - judging from his stools- agrees with him very well-

    I agree on the feeding method- put their food down- if its not gone on 30 minutes- take it away until the next feeding time...

    I feed my dog twice a day...
     
  3. Find Finn

    Find Finn Senior member

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    According to my dogs stomach, the "cheaper" Acana is not as hard on the stomach, it's a 70/30 mix, where Orijen is 80/20.
     
  4. schrag

    schrag Well-Known Member

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    Here's our dog, Victor. We adopted him from a smaller regional shelter that did an adoption drive in the city - so he's a rescue but we're not sure what from. He came to us a thin-haired jelleybean and with some love and food has grown a surprisingly nice coat - though the butt and tail fuzz needs some trimming. He's about 10-11 pounds now, and will get no bigger.

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    According to the shelter he's a Havanese-Chihuahua cross, and while he doesn't match most photos of the cross breed, the fact that his withers are lower than his hips is apparently a Havenese trait. As is his great nature - he loves people and sticks close, even following you into the bathroom if you leave the door ajar.

    We got him when we lived in a 750 square foot apt - and despite my preference for a bigger dog I've grown pretty attached to the little guy. Now we're in a house with a yard and we've thought about getting another dog.

    Any input or experience on owning breeds of different sizes?
     
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  5. Find Finn

    Find Finn Senior member

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    Sounds like my dog (pure breed Havanais)


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  6. Thor

    Thor Senior member

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    My 60 lb (male) Terv and my GF's (female)Havanese get along great...

    He has known her since she was a pup- and was quite gentle with her...even tho she really wanted to play and would attack him - we have great pics (which I cannot find right now) of him and her playing- this little 6lb pup totally jawing right in his big fangs and him flashing his teeth right back but all in good fun...she used to chase him when he would go for the ball and literally just grab onto his haunches with her mouth and go for a ride...

    Since she has gotten older she has backed off a bit...she is wary of getting in his way- getting stepped on etc...she still follows him wherever he goes and always defers to him...sometime she will snap at him when he gets too pushy and he just looks at her like "WTF did I do? "

    But in general they are great together and a a lot of comments on the street at the disparity in sizes...its funny- two totally diff dog peoples- those who are drawn the her- the cute, little fluffy one...and those who are drawn to the him...the "big" dog.

    Of course, it all depends on the dog and the situation...but if you get a puppy I can't imagine it being a problem if your current dog is well socialized.

    (disclaimer- the pic of them on the bed together was staged...they hang out together but are not snuggle buddies)




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  7. lefty

    lefty Senior member

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    schrag, Victor looks like he's plotting your demise. I wouldn't turn my back on him.

    It's usually not a problem. The smaller dog will smack the puppy a few times and that will leave a lasting impression.

    Thor, cool pics.

    lefty
     
  8. Thor

    Thor Senior member

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    ^thought you might like the pic of a classic Montana trout stream in the background...

    I know...different thread :)
     
  9. lefty

    lefty Senior member

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    I thought of that.

    Actually it's nice to see the Havanese getting down and dirty.

    lefty
     
  10. schrag

    schrag Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the advice, lefty & thor. I remember my previous dog bullying a german shepherd pup, but then being scared when the pup had grown several sizes bigger by the time they met again.

    Victor definitely has some alpha drive, but at the time that photo was taken he was likely wishing I would go away so he could nap.

    Below is a (pretty funny) video of him trying on snow boots for the first time a couple years ago. Apartment was a mess but ah well.
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    * note: boots were a failure and never stay on. He prefers to bound along the sidewalk in powder snow than risk the colder wet slush from salt spread.
     
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  11. Thor

    Thor Senior member

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    Lefty said: "it's nice to see the Havanese getting down and dirty."



    She does...and I get in trouble for it...

    She goes where ever we go...she is game for anything...6 mile hikes etc...

    But...its def not a working coat...so soft and absorbent to matter - hence the "puppy cut".

    I take my guy rain/or shine...we get our ankles wet and she comes back filthy...

    his coat looks like it would be hellish in the field but its not as bad as it looks...the guard hairs live up to their name and most stuff just sloughs off- even the fist pic- if you look closely he is covered in burrs...but 2-3 minutes with a brush and he is as good as new...

    Foxtails are a different story...
     
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  12. lefty

    lefty Senior member

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    Snow boots make me sad.

    If you have a salt/melting compound issue (some of the new compounds will burn the hell out of a dog's pads) try a product called Invisible Snow Boot. I used in Canada and it worked well.

    lefty
     
  13. schrag

    schrag Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, the boots were a wife/mom 'gift' to him, not my idea. He's actually pretty scrappy, we've taken him on long hikes, through creek beds, mud, etc. He loves running up and down singletrack in the woods chasing pinecones... (or just digging a patch in dirt to cool his belly). But after-work walks in the dark, cold winter can be a challenge during some periods. -20 celcius + wind chill - we stick a coat on him then...

    Invisible boot stuff looks promising, thanks for the tip! I'll check it out and maybe get a tin for the upcoming snowpocalypse. Edmonton winters are cold, long, and dry.
     
  14. Find Finn

    Find Finn Senior member

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    Speaking of dirty Havanese

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  15. lefty

    lefty Senior member

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    There are a few different products, but In Edmonton you should be able to find a musher supply company that will have something.

    Now we're talking, Find Finn. Nice.

    But that there is the reason I will never own a coated breed.

    lefty
     
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  16. schrag

    schrag Well-Known Member

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    I wish I had a photo of the time Victor sunk up to his chest in iron-orange mud... :rotflmao:
     
  17. Find Finn

    Find Finn Senior member

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    It's actually not that bad, he gets a shower when we get home and I dry him with a hairdryer, it takes less than 30min.
     
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    I uses to live in Edmonton and never really had any issues with Jake's paws. That being said, G&E pharmacy is probably your best bet for finding the stuff lefty is talking about. It's just off whyte avenue and 75th street. It's basically a farm supply store but they carry a lot of dog related products
     
  19. lefty

    lefty Senior member

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    I found that the blue compound people used would burn a dog's pads in minutes. That was in 2000 or so. Maybe formulas have changed.

    lefty
     
  20. schrag

    schrag Well-Known Member

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    We've moved from downtown with many rental/city sidewalks to a residential neighborhood - perhaps my new neighbors shovel in a timely manner and negate the need for salt to melt hard packed snow. We'll find out!
     

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