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imalilbirdie
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« Reply #15 on: August 28, 2019, 06:37:47 AM »

My "little" guy loves his crate, which is big enough to hold a grizzly bear. He is quickly growing into it. Lol. He just loves to hoard stuff in it, mostly stuff that belongs to me or my son.

Where he is 1/2 Pyrenees, his "breeders" raised him in the barn with his Pyr mother and the goats. He loves the goats but he is not protective, and I'm hard pressed to see any Pyrenees in him! He is friends with my last bottle kid, a doeling that was born well after all the rest, so she is by herself. Rocky goes down and hangs with her when my son is bottle feeding the bottle kids.

Newfies are notorious for biting and chewing, more so than other breeds. Well, he sure is! I tell him "no". He stops for a few minutes, but his attention span right now is miniscule, and he will start right back. He is way better than he was, so he is growing out of some of it. He is a major love bug.

He has horrible hip dysplasia. His hips are so loose and he wobbles and sways when he walks. I was concerned about wobbler syndrome, but the vet said no. I am going to have to save up to have surgery when he gets older. His left side seems to be worse than his right, tho both are bad.

Deb, you know how bad Sammy is.  Both hips and both back leg knees are in horrible shape from birth defects.  Texas A&M and 5 vets in Louisiana (all ortho specialist) said his surgery would be 10,000.00 per hip and 5000.00 per knee to repair and replace.  Sammy was 8 months old when we took him to Texas A&M.  Couldn't have the surgery until he was totally full grown.  They said it was only a 50% chance that the surgery would work.  Now Deb I'm going to tell you something and you can PM her or you can call her, but Rockytopsis (Nancy Brown) had that surgery done on one of her Pyrs and the surgery was awful on her dog.  The dog was in so much pain and the surgery didn't do well, that 2 months later they had him put down.  I spoke with all the Vets that were with Sammy and they all said the same thing, the pain would be horrible.  I won't and didn't put Sammy through that.  The Vet at Texas A&M said he would let me know when he couldn't handle the pain any longer...they figured around 5 yrs old Sammy would be in horrible pain.  Well Sammy is 8 yrs old now and still going.  Sammy lives on Cosequin extra strength.  He takes 2 chews a day now in his older years.  He is slowing down but he's 8 yrs old so that's normal.  He isn't in a lot of pain...he has bad days that we increase his MSM, but past that, normal dosage is all he needs.  I HIGHLY ADVISE YOU TO NOT DO THAT SURGERY.  I spent a lot of money on Vets for Sammy, hoping to be able to fix him.  Don't do it to your Pup...too many people I talk to with other breeds of dogs, have told me the same thing.  One was a little Maltese who had the knee replacement, and I was training her husky, and her maltese died 2 months later from the pain med's they had her on, it killed her liver.  But the dog was in too much pain not to give her the pain meds.  Don't do it Deb.  Please don't do it.

Start your Pup on the best Cosequin on the market.  It's not cheap, but it's cheaper than doing the surgery that won't work, and if you start the pup now on the cosequin, then chances are he'll do ok.  Look at Sammy, he's 8 yrs old, and was 200lbs at 5 yrs old, and at 8 yrs old he is now 173 pounds.  He doesn't run very often, but when he does he can run just not a long way...he trots ok, but not for a long distance.  He walks slower than normal dogs but good Lord he has no hip joints to speak of, and his hip socket is so grossly miss formed and he has no knee joints at all....But he's not in pain.  Weather changes like the cold fronts bothers him, but we increase his Cosequin and his MSM when we know those weather changes are coming and he gets through them ok.  I can't ask for him to live much longer, but his life span is 8 yrs, so he's had a good life, as best as I can give him...he's lived his life span without major pain and some days no pain....If you do this to your pup, I fear that you'll waste your money and loose your pup too.
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« Reply #16 on: August 28, 2019, 01:17:12 PM »

Thankfully our pups parents are tested and cleared of hip issues.  The vet did say that any shepherd should be tested, but I had no idea the Pyr had those issues too.  I hope your dogs are going to be ok.
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« Reply #17 on: September 02, 2019, 01:07:34 PM »

She is growing!!

DSCN2454 by Julie Hinch, on Flickr

I have no issue with unwanted catalogs piling up anymore  Grin
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imalilbirdie
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« Reply #18 on: September 03, 2019, 06:55:14 AM »

Awwww....she is so adorable!!  You may have mentioned and I've forgotten, but what did you all name her?
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« Reply #19 on: September 03, 2019, 01:18:35 PM »

MIA   Smiley
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imalilbirdie
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« Reply #20 on: September 04, 2019, 06:43:45 AM »

Pretty name for a pretty girl.  kiss
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« Reply #21 on: September 04, 2019, 01:16:38 PM »

Thank you.  We are enjoying her so much!!
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« Reply #22 on: September 06, 2019, 09:01:51 PM »

I'll see if I can get the pics to post from home. He is 4 1/2 months and weighs 64 pounds, His has the webbed toes, huge head and drools like a fountain!

Just for the record, my Pyrenees drools, as does my Leonberger, just not as much as Rocky 2. LOL Wink Roll Eyes
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