Likes: Attention, Attention, Attention then Food, Food and Food ... then Attention, Attention and more Attention!
Pet-Peeves: She doesn't know how to play in a pack yet cause she has always been a single dog so she doesn't know what to do when the other guys start wrestling
Favorite Toy: She is starting to play with the MANY toys they have to play with but Sadie who has now learned to play with and LOVES her toys isn't too keen about sharing them!! LOL
Favorite Food: Nutro Chicken and Oatmeal for Sensitive Stomachs but mommy is looking into more holistic diets for us kids.
Favorite Walk: Mount Trashmore in VB
Best Tricks: She knows sit and no so far ... and a HUGE talker!!! She is almost as worse ... no she IS worse than Maggie and I did not think that was possible!
Arrival Story: A good friend of mine spotted her and had been working on her owner for a month to allow the GD rescue group to take her in. Unfortunately, MAGDRL does not have enough foster families to foster so we have a moratorium on intake of danes. So when Skylar's owners released her, my friend told my husband who in turn agreed to take her in (without telling me!!). So we were at a picnic at my friends house and her and my husband were talking quietly (which is not usual for the hubby who is never quiet about anything ... no he was not being obvious about it!! LOL). They had been talking 'in code' (you know how you know someone is talking about something they don't want you to know about!) for about 5-10 mins and I finally said "Alright, what is up you two!?!". It was then my husband told me about Skylar and that he said we would be taking her. So once my friend had her hands on Skylar, she gave us a call and we went and picked her up. I could not believe how skinny she was! It has been a real shock for the first few days but now I am adjusting to her "Thinness" for the lack of another word. Now I tease her and call her "Skylar, the skinny butt!". But hopefully in the next 5-6 months we will get her fat and sassy again. She will once again regain the glorious look she had before (per her first original owner who was a very nice person I was glad to talk to and who had major concerns about her past home but was glad she was safe now) her forced diet. I tested her for any intestinal worms or heartworms which were my first major concerns as that can affect the diet and weight loss/gain but both were negative thank goodness!! She is now up to date on all her vaccinations and our major goal is to get her up to par on her weight and teach her how to properly interact and play in a pack.
Bio: Skylar currently falls at 81.2 lbs which is probably at least 50 - 60 lbs below what she should be at. So it should take probably a good 5-6 months for her to catch up to her proper weight average. Especially for as active as she is! She is my eldest Great Dane now but the most active. She is re-acquainting herself with cooshy furniture, nice cool air conditioning (she was tied outside in her previous second home), and lots of food and water. Toys is something she is again starting to play with (although Sadie is not too happy about sharing her new found love of toys and she considers every toy in the toy box as HERS! So we are going to have to learn to share! LOL) and she cannot get enough attention. She will curl up on your lap making sure you know she is there. And she knows the same trick that Maggie does but without the kiss me cue! She will literally throw her face against your face for lots of loving! She is a very good girl!!! (Job Well Done, Jennifer!! I can tell she was loved very much!!) She does have a hard headed streak in her though. She will push herself to see if she can get her way so you have to be firm with her. But for the most part she listens really well. And we thought Maggie was a tough nut!! LOL But she will be well loved and fatten up to match the rest of the crew. Stay tuned for major changes!!
Forums Motto: Can't stop me now!!! Look out World!
I have finally reached over the 100 lb mark!! Mommy says it has taken us almost 4 months to put it on me but we finally did it!! Only 20 more lbs to go!! I weigh a whole whopping 100.4 lbs!! I am the light weight in my dane family!
It's Me or the Dog
You say you're a dog lover. Then you find yourself in the prickly position of having to choose between your dog and a member of the opposite sex. Hey, we understand. It happens.
You get confused, and who wouldn't? Life is complicated. On the one hand you've got a faithful companion who's stayed with you through thick and thin, rain and shine.
On the other you've got a shady character who looked mighty hot just before the lights went up at bar closing.
And that new person makes it all seem so simple. "It's me or the dog."
You're a dog lover, but that doesn't automatically make you a genius. So to guide you in choosing between a person or a dog ( a decision that you'll have to live with the rest of your born days) we've developed this scientific test. Good luck.
Dog = A
A= Drinks tap water
B= Drinks your last beer
A= Eats dry dog food
B= Eats lobster
A= Til death do us part
B= Til someone else comes along
A= Has good teeth
B= Needs bridge work
A= Requires no disposable income
B= Disposes of income
A= Wears an $8.99 collar
B= Wears an $899 Armani suit
A= Doesn't bite
A= Free to a good home
B= Anything free is good
A= Carries slippers
B= Carries debt at 21%
A= Has clean mouth
B= Has morning breathe
A= Requires monthly grooming
B= Ties up bathroom daily
A= Protects life and property
B= Demands security system
A= Will pull you from burning house
B= Sound sleeper
A= In sickness and health
B= In good times and money
A= Likes to "go for ride"
B= Likes to ride in Ferrari
A= Loves your children
B= Children? How many?
A= Likes being petted
B= Don't touch
A= 100% loyal
A= 100% true
B= Roll of dice
A= Can't cook
B= Can't cook
For every check in Column A, score 10 points.
For every check in Column B, subtract 10 points.
Scores 100-230: Dog stays, love interest goes.
Scores 0-100: Love interest goes, dog stays.
Scores (-)100- 0: Love interest goes, dog gets treat.
Scores (-)230-(-)100: Dog attacks love interest without mercy.
Excerpted from To Proud to Beg by John T. Olson - order it from Barnes and Noble.
Mommy saw dese safety points in an e-letter she gets from da ASPCA each week and she fought dat dey are good points to consider so she wanted to share dem wif every bodies!!
NO SCAREDY CATS THIS HALLOWEEN: TOP 10 SAFETY TIPS FOR PET PARENTS
Attention, companion animal caretakers! The ASPCA would like to call your attention to these common-sense cautions that’ll help keep your pets safe and stress-free this time of year.
1. No tricks, no treats: That bowlful of candy is for trick-or-treaters, not for Scruffy and Fluffy. Chocolate in all forms can be very dangerous for dogs and cats, and tin foil and cellophane candy wrappers can be hazardous if swallowed. If you suspect your pet has ingested a potentially dangerous substance, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.
2. Popular Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn are considered to be relatively nontoxic, yet they can produce gastrointestinal upset should pets ingest them. Intestinal blockage could even occur if large pieces are ingested.
3. Keep wires and cords from electric lights and other decorations out of reach of your pets. If chewed, your pet could experience damage to his mouth from shards of glass or plastic, or receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock.
4. A carved pumpkin certainly is festive, but do exercise extreme caution if you choose to add a candle. Pets can easily knock a lit pumpkin over and cause a fire. Curious kittens especially run the risk of getting burned or singed by candle flames.
5. Dress-up can be a big mess-up for some pets. Please don't put your dog or cat in a costume UNLESS you know he or she loves it (yup, a few pets are real hams!). For pets who prefer their “birthday suits,” however, wearing a costume can cause undue stress.
6. If you do dress up your pet, make sure the costume isn't annoying or unsafe. It should not constrict the animal's movement or hearing, or impede his ability to breathe or bark. Keep a look out for small, dangling, or easily chewed-off pieces on the costume that your pet could choke on.
7. Take a closer look at your pet’s costume and make sure it does not obstruct her vision in any way. Even the sweetest animals can get snappy when they can't see.
8. All but the most social dogs and cats should be kept in a separate room during peak trick-or-treat visiting hours. Too many strangers can be scary and stressful for pets.
9. When opening the door for trick-or-treaters, take care that your cat or dog doesn't dart outside.
10. IDs, please! Always make sure your dog or cat has proper identification. If for any reason your pet escapes and become lost, a collar and tags and/or a microchip increase the chances that he or she will be returned to you.
Hoping da treats outweight da tricks for every doggie dis howl-a-ween!!