Reno


Mixed Breed/Mixed Breed
Picture of Reno, a male Mixed Breed/Mixed Breed

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Home:San Francisco, CA  
Age: 12 Years   Sex: Male   Weight: 51-100 lbs

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Nicknames:
Reno-beano, "Dog", Fat Dog, Precious, Sqeaky

Doggie Dynamics:
 Energy 
sleepyenergetic
 
 Intelligence 
sillygenius
 
 Friendliness 
aggressiveaffectionate
 
 Playfulness 
not playfulvery playful
 
 Disposition 
anxiouscalm
 

Quick Bio:
-mutt-pound dog-disabled
-dog rescue

Birthday:
February 1st 2002

Likes:
Dick van Patten Duck and Potato Treats

Pet-Peeves:
Teef Brushing, Bafs, Not being the last one to pee on something

Favorite Toy:
Roger the Evil Woodchuck, the wool lining under his pillow

Favorite Food:
He'll eat anything. Unfortunately, he's on a hypoallergenic elimination diet so-- Duck and Potato is it for now

Favorite Walk:
Fort Funston, The Montians, Playing w/ other Dogs at Collingwood Park

Best Tricks:
Sit, Lie Down and 'play dead', roll over, stay

Arrival Story:
Reno came out of the Berkeley Animal Shelter via The Home at Last Rescue organization. From what I was told, he was found scavenging along the coast of The San Francisco Bay, was rescued from the animal shelter and lived in a foster home for a little while. I found him at an adoption fair. I noticed right off that he was so cute and so good with kids and other dogs I took him home right then and there. His original name was "Spunk"... which I changed to 'Reno' when I saw a freeway sign noting "Reno This Way" on the drive home (Plus--interesting bit of trivia-- this also was the name of the dog in that movie ' K-9 Cop' with Chuck Norris.) Since then, he has been the most gentle, affectionate and reasonable dog I have ever met. His favorite activities include sniffing EVERYTHING and chasing pigeons. He's pretty independent, but he does like to chase the ball (especially if it's not his) and 'go exploring' (Thus his middle name 'Magellan' and the identifying microchip embedded in his shoulder to find him should he take that unexpected journey)

Bio:
A few years ago, I discovered that Reno has Canine Epilepsy. We've been able to prevent him from having many seizures by placing him on a VERY strict hypoallergenic/ elimination diet. I also sprinkle Potassium Bromide on his food as a matter of due diligence. However, I credit Dogtor J's Elimination Diet to putting a stop to Reno experiencing seizures. If you have a dog with epilepsy, I HIGHLY encourage you to check out Dogtor J's website. Note that some of the information contained on the website is HIGHLY detailed and sometimes very technical. If you're not well versed in biochemistry, you might want to skip right to the Elimination Diet Basics . Currently, I only feed Reno Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Duck and Potato dog food. The same distributor has a line of treats as well. The very short cliff notes version is that you have to feed your dog hypoallergenic foods that don't contain (or have very low levels of) the amino acids glutamate and asparate. This isn't easy considering many commercial grade foods contain these amino acids. Check out the link for the elimination diet above to learn a little more about options for your epileptic dog. Prior to placing Reno on the diet, I spent over $4000 on vet bills and emergency room visits for Reno's episodes. After keeping Reno on the elimination diet, we haven't experienced a seizure in several months and Reno's mental well being couldn't be better! (His seizures used to occur 2-3x a month and frequently cluster

Forums Motto:
Sniff, lick, pee, repeat.

I've Been On Dogster Since:
March 15th 2004 More than 10 years!

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Dogster Id:
17755


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