Keeping busy during 2WW - share your

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Fri, 02-15-2008 - 2:40am

Pets!

Let's talk pets while we all wait! Try to get nice and distracted!!!!

I'll share first. And no flaming because I am a horrible cat-mommy!

We have four cats...
Oscar is almost 19 years old and she gets to do whatever she wants.
Daisy is Danny's kitty, she is five. She broke her leg four days before having her kittens.
Lily is Daisy's daughter and the grey one and will only let DH pet her
Rosie is Lily's daughter and my favorite

We had a malamute before and wanted to get another but wanted to rescue one, so we went through WAMAL (washington malamute rescue). We had a hard time because they normally don't allow small children but I pitched a fit until they'd at least interview us. Once meeting Danny they understood he was raised with animals and understood he'd get plowed over and pawed a time or two, they approved us for adoption.

But then we couldn't pick so we decided to foster as they had a lot in the kennel at the time.

They had a bonded pair (meaning they can never go to seperate homes) that had been in the kennel for almost a year and NO ONE had asked about them. We agreed to foster and then ended up adopting them.

Sitka is the girl - she's fluffy and about 120lbs. She is also a diva and talks a lot
Blizzard is the boy - he's long and lanky at about 135lbs. He is a total goof

Oh - and Bob, the class guinea pig we got stuck with again!

So let's see what you have!!!!

(Sitka is the first dog, with the candy-cane bone in her mouth)

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Sat, 02-16-2008 - 12:06pm

I have an almost-2-year-old chihuahua. She is absolutely incredible! Generally, she's in my lap when I'm on the laptop. She's off w/DH for now. Definately keeps us on our feet!...And I'm

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Sat, 02-16-2008 - 1:05pm

No picture?

I bet Sitka poops more than yours weighs! LOL

We have had some clear weather this week so the dogs get to come in more, but they are prey driven so we have to put the cats out. There is a cat-hole in the garage door from the house to garage. We just cover it up.

Well Rosie - the white cat - is brain damaged I think. She moved the cover and poked her head into the house, right when Sitka was right there.

Sitka FLEW across the room and then her head was in the hole to the garage...she is way too fat to get through. I couldn't get her out, she was stuck!

DH had to go around to the outside and found Rosie sitting inside the garage...six inches from Sitka's stuck head, teasing her!

Silly cat - someday she is not going to be faster than the dog!

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Sat, 02-16-2008 - 3:26pm

LOL!!! I bet you're right!


Here's my baby! The mangled tennis ball behind her kind of gives you an idea of how big she is. :)

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Mon, 02-18-2008 - 10:45am

Well, let's see....do you have an hour? LOL We live in a VERY small town:) We are "zoned" which mean we can't have farm animals, but like I said it's a small town. So, we have 30 chickens (Who all have names!!), a pot bellied pig named "Tator Tot", a cat named "Clemintine" and my dogs:


Anni Versary Present (Anni)-Yellow Labrador Retriever


Deuces Wild (Deuce)-Yellow Labrador Retriever


Cinco De Maya (Maya)-Yellow Labrador Retriever


Winnifred Diablo (Winnie)-Minature Dachsund


Madeline May(Madi)-English Bulldog -AKA Tub o' Luv as she weighs in at almost 70#s and isn't a year old yet:)


I used to be a Labrador breeder but have since given that up as I run a home based daycare and it would be to hectic. (As if it isn't already!) We do plan on breeding Madeline but that will be later as there is alot involved with breeding bulldogs!!! They are prone to numerous health problems and they cannot have a normal birth it has to be a C-section!! While we're discussing this I just have to tell you what really irritates me!!


I have been doing research for a "stud" for Madi as I like to plan ahead. I posted an ad locally hoping that there are other bulldog owners in my area. I specifically stated in the ad that I was looking for a "stud" for her when the time was right. The ad was really cute and got peoples attention. But, what I didn't realize, was the amount of people that would be looking for a "Hand Out" as I like to call it!! I had people respond to the ad saying that they have been looking for an English Bulldog and please let them know when she has a litter. Most of them stated that they can't afford the price of them and was hoping I could give them a deal! REALLY?? Seeing as I never even told them what I would be selling them for and there already looking for a deal!! So, I wrote back to all of them and tried to be polite about it (Try being the key word)


I told them that I, too, had wanted one for over 4 years and it took me that long to put the money away and finally make the decision to buy one. The amount of money that you spend on one of these beauties should also be the amount you set aside on vet bills as they are a truly costly breed!! In my opinion, if you can't afford to own the dog then you shouldn't have one!!!I'm sorry, I just had to vent!!!


So, that's my animal list!!! Total chaos but I wouldn't trade them for the world!!!!!

Denise

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Mon, 02-18-2008 - 10:54am
Wow! I never knew so much went into breeding. We thought about breeding our chihuahua, but she's had some health problems and we didn't want to complicate things for her. She's allergic to most of her vaccines...goes into anaphalactic (sp?) shock. Isn't that crazy? Plus, she had a little hernia (sp?) when she was younger. We had that fixed when we had her "fixed". But, her personality's so playful and spunky, you'd never think anything was wrong with her! :)

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Mon, 02-18-2008 - 2:40pm

Oh breeding can be horrible!

We got our first Mal, Shasta in 1992. We truthfully didn't do a lot of research but chose the breeder due to the size of a different Mal we had seen. We found out that the breeder was breeding Giants, which do not conform to AKC standards.

But she had been doing it with five other good breeders across the country and AKC was in the process of re-evaluting the breed and accepting the Giants as their own standard.

About six months after we got Shasta the breeder went loco and had over 600 puppies in a few months, just for the money. (A regular Mal is about $500 and a Giant was $1200).

It was insane...she got shut down and ALL her hard work went down the drain. Every Mal out there with her breeder name on it was mud and it was REALLY hard to find a stud for Shasta.

And we insisted on hips being certified as well as elbows and a contract...many people just wanted the money.

Don't bulldogs also need IUI's?

There a VERY well-to-do Bulldog breeder in Seattle who also happens to live across from my FIL. I could get your her ####....she ships her doggie sperms!

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Mon, 02-18-2008 - 4:06pm

Denise- I grew up showing and breeding dogs (Rotties, Pugs, Australian Cattle Dogs and Wirehaired Dachshunds). You'd be surprised the kinds of people that come outta the wood work! Like when Milo and Otis was popular??? EVERYONE wanted to get little Johnny and Suzy a puggie! Great I'm sure a 4 yr old will take GREAT care of a dog...and does he or she get everything on his/her Christmas list too?? People urk me! Wow I hope it is the hormones haha

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Tue, 02-19-2008 - 8:41am
Kathleen although it is true that Bulldogs generally have to be artificially inseminated, we are lucky as my Vet was a bulldog breeder as well. So he said he will give us the name of the "stud" he used when we are ready. I asked about AI and he said that normally it's not the breeding that they have problems with but the actual birth. So I already know I WOULD NOT take the chance of letting her have the puppies normally. Now as far as standards go, we have never bred for "show". When we bred Labradors both my dam and sire we both OFA certified with their hips being cleared. So I DID guarantee their hips and their health as far as a contract went. The problem with a gurantee contract on Bulldogs is that they are seldom perfect. They are prone to ALOT of flaws but that doesn't affect them as a "Pet Quality" dog. For example, when I purchased Madeline I had already done all the research on what could go wrong. So I was not concerned in the least bit about a contract or guarantee. I just wanted to make sure she was well taken care of and that she had a stable environment before I brought her home to our circus:) She has been to the vet several times and already had breathing problems when she was a pup. That has since gone away and now she has Entropian (sp) which is when her lower eyelids roll inward irritating her eyes. She will need surgery to correct this but DR. wanted to wait until she was at least 1 year old. So, she now has to have antibiotic cream placed in her eyes 3 times a day which she HATES!!! Bulldogs are also #1 on the hip dysplasia(sp) list! So, as far as a guarantee, it is impossible with this breed! I will guarantee the health of the puppies, but I will not place a hip guarantee or anything else that they are naturally prone to. After all, I didn't expect it either. When I found out she had problems...I never once wanted to go after the breeder as I knew that it was not her fault. Don't get me wrong, there are PERFECT bulldogs out there that are "Show" dogs, but that doesn't interest me at all!! I hope I don't sound like a terrible breeder to you:(

Denise

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D/IUI #1-7 = BFN, D/IUI #8  10-14-08 = BFN