> Any BIG dog lovers?
sorry, guess I'm a thread killer...again!
Your talk of killing the thread gave it new life for me.
I wanted to comment about this:
Originally Posted by RacheePoo
Just not sure I'm up to potty learning with a puppy and a toddler at the same time!
We got our Saint around the same time DS#3 first started expressing interest in potty learning. The good part about that is that you really don't mind picking up accidents because you're doing it all the time anyways!!! In our case the downside was that the dog did better then the kid (who decided he liked his dipes after all and is still in them now).
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Oh my goodness that's hilarious.
I love the larger breed dogs. I grew up with a golden retriever and he was my best friend. If you can't give it a big 'ol hug, it's not a proper dog, IMO.
My Bear is small 35lbs, but he has the heart of a big dog, and he's thick...not fat, but thick...like a Bassett, kinda. So, he can give a great hug. I was hoping he'd be bigger, but I guess the powers that be knew we needed a more medium-size dog in our teeny house.
Actually, this is my first post! I have a 7 month old Rhodesian Ridgeback named Austin, and he is quite simply the very best dog in the world. He weighs about 80 pounds now, and he should top out around 110. His father weighs around 110, and his mother weighs about 90, above standard, I know, but mom is 28 inches, and dad is 30, and they are both top winning chamions, so their weight is in proportion. Here's a couple of photos of my boy!http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b3...2/DSCN0749.jpghttp://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b3...2/DSCN0788.jpg
Anyway, this is my first post here, so I just thought I would introduce one of my family members. I also have two basenjis and two human kids (all boys...the only female in my house besides myself is my ferret)
Have a great day!
Austin is beautiful!!!
Welcome to MDC Misti
OMG Misit he is beautiful!!!! Austin looks alot like Blue... (except for the dark face) Here is Blue on the day he passed away!
thanks for sharing that pic he is sooooooooo handsome!!!!
hard to see him in this pic... he was sleeping on the couch... and yes that was his taggie blankie lolhttp://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g1...cture001-1.jpg
Awwww! Those are all such cute pics!
Misti! (My parents' cat - was my cat, kinda, when I lived with 'em - is named Misty
She's a platinum bermese runt)
Blue is so sweet with his blankie, how did he die, if you don't mind my nosy question? I am sorry you lost him, it's like losing a family member. Thank you for the warm welcome. I have wanted a RR for many years, but I have never been in a place where I could have one, space issues. But I got a biggie tax return last year and I figured, hey...NOW is the time!! I had been in communication with his breeder for about 2 years before I decided it was time to get my puppy. You are right, they're not easy to get, and now that I have one, I understand why. These dogs are the PERFECT canine, LOL. He is devoted to me 150%, and follows my boys around and plays Lassie. I know no one will ever try to hurt either me or my boys as long as Austin is around.
And boy, does he turn heads when we are out and about. We went down to our courthouse square last weekend for a craft show, and it was the first time I have ever had people double back to take another look, ask what breed he is, and most definitely the first time I have ever had complete strangers remember his name, LOL. Like, oh, there's Austin again!! haha. No one believes me when I tell them he's only 7 months old. I have some pictures of him as a bitty puppy, his brother, and his daddy.....I guess I can post them....I feel like an overly proud parent, LOL. Sorry if it's annoying, http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b3...2/DSCN0623.jpghttp://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b3...2/DSCN0620.jpghttp://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b3...ShowLetter.jpg
this is his half brother, Chris (one year older than him)http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b3...2/DSCN0591.jpg
a ridge pichttp://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b3...2/DSCN0585.jpghttp://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b3...2/DSCN0582.jpghttp://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b3...2/DSCN0577.jpg
the day he came homehttp://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b3...r_wks__18_.jpg
with his litter, 4 weekshttp://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b3...2/scan0011.jpghttp://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b34/misti72/coby4.jpg
his daddy, Coby
ok, I'm done LOL. Everyone says I'm crazy, but Austin has his own Photobucket account. I love taking pictures of him.
When we had his body taken away I asked for an autopsy... They told me he had a small brain tumor. He was 10 years old. It was a HUGE loss in our family. My hubby (big tough guy that he is) cried for days... these big wracking sobs I have never seen him cry like that ever!
It was only his second time having family die... His father died several years ago and he didn't even cry that hard! I guess he just didn't know where to put the grief... I have to tell you though that I love my dh even more (didn't think it was possible) after seeing him grieve for Blue. Just made my heart swell. I was a mess but I had to be here to be strong for DH and Bear.
Bear is 9 so we are taking extra care to take him to the vet for anything and everything.
With Blue it was so weird... there where no changes in him until that day... he seemed very tired... I was on the phone with my gf Kris asking her if she would mind taking Blue to the vet with Dave just to see what was up with him... he seemed very tired.... when I was talking to her he got up from the couch... moved to the doggy bed and layed down.... then about a minute later screamed very very loud... all the other dogs came running over... he convulsed a few times and my hubby grabbed his head and said "shhh Blue its ok" and that was that.. he looked at my hubby and layed his head on dh and took his last breath... it was so sad and so beautiful all at the same time.
we covered him up with his blankie and i told Kris to please come right away. My hubby was too much of a mess to move him... we let him lay in the living room by the other dogs for awhile... bear would growl if the cat went near Blues Body and Bear would get mad if someone tried to cover blue up... so we left him there for a little while with Bear... Bear just layed by him for awhile then got up.... and Kris and my brother moved Blues body out... I was holding dh who was on his knees in the kitchen trying to breathe!
We still have Bear. he is one of the best dogs anyone can ask for.... he is so not an alpha dog lol he is the one that must sit at my feet and be in bed with me all the time!
this is Bearhttp://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g1...39Bearcrop.jpg
and this is Bluehttp://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g1...y/DSCF1046.jpg
And btw I LOVE your pictures he is soooooooo cute... some good lookin RRs there!!!!
Bear has a freeway for a ridge!! They are both so beautiful. That is such a sad story about Blue. I shudder when I think about losing any of my babies. Bless you for giving him the life he deserves, that goes for Bear too.
Bear has wide long ridge
so does your guy!!!
Seriously...what is up with RR and cancer? Josie was 10 yr 6 mos. She had liver cancer that had invaded both nodes by the time they did the exploratory surgery. I don't understand why every Rhodie (that has passed on) that I've heard about in the last 2-3 has died of cancer?!?
The odd thing about Blue was that I am a hypocondriac with my dogs... they sneeze and I wig out. So he had alot of vet care...
there was also some oddities that came up about his liver. After he died of course. I have had Bear tested up down and sideways now and they all say he is big... active and healthy.... but that is what they said about Blue...just one of those things... sad... but I am thinking positive and hoping for an healthy 5+ years with Bear.
I saw a memorial site to a RR the other day... the dog lived to be 17!!! so all things are possible.
that's why I have pet insurance for my dogs. I don't want to have to make a difficult choice for lack of money, you know? I know a lot of the time you don't catch it in time, but I try to keep all my bases covered. I look at my baby Austin and I can't imagine him not being in our lives anymore. I'm going to look into this cancer thing some more, and maybe talk to his breeder about her lines. Scary.
We have two dogs that I would call "medium" but most other people call "large". I love a dog you don't have to bend over to pet
. They are in no way giant like some of the dogs mentioned in this thread though.
Growing up, my parents bred large Dobermans. These dobes were BIG, way above standard. So, I spent most of my life thinking that dogs that could eat off the table without strain was normal.
DH's dad had a RR who also died of cancer... weird.
Both of our boys are mutts, and you can see them in the sig links. Samson is a Dalmation mix. We got him shortly after the movie 101 Dalmations came out (the "breeder" tied the purebreed mom outside and then dumped the mix puppies at the SPCA). He is about 75 to 80 pounds. He is 10 and a little over weight. Ralphie is a classic Yellow Dog mutt, also from the SPCA. His mom looked a lot like a shetland sheep dog and was about 35 pounds. So, we were surprised when Ralphie turned out to be as big as Samson (a little shorter though but less lean)! We suspect he is part collie, with some lab and GSD thrown in, and perhaps part something nordic.
DH wants a GD. I would love a wolfhound. But, like a previous poster said, we always have and always will Rescue, so the chances of us getting a purebreed are fairly slim. Plus, I would not adopt an adult large (or giant) dog, only a puppy, which limits us as to the purebreeds offered by many rescues. I do not have enough faith in my dog skills to re-hab a huge dog with issues, not with kids, other dogs and cats in the house anyway.
Another big dog lover here
. Right now we have a 50 lb Saint Bernard - of coarse she is only 5 months old
. There is a picture of her in my last blog entry. She is our 3rd Saint, and I will always own one, they are the biggest, sweetest lap dogs ever. I wanted one my whole life, and my mom always said I could get one when I moved into my own house, so shortly after dh and I got marroed, I got my first one (we just lost her this last winter
). But I am partial to big animals, I love my saints, we breed and show one of the larger cattle breeds, and my favorite horse is a Percheron, and I will own a team of these when my girls are older and I have more time to spend playing with them.
I love looking at all these big dog pictures, I never knew there were so many.
But, if I hear, "you could put a saddle on and ride that thing" any more, I will strangle someone. Both my girls and my dh sigh and roll there eyes if they hear someone say it, becuase they know it comes with an explanation of why I would never allow that.