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Rescue, Adoption & Happy Endings > Kisses is a real people-pibble and needs a home!
Kisses

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Barked: Sun Jul 7, '13 8:34am PST 
Hello everyone! This is Kisses (short for HibisKiss) my newest case of being a massive sucker. His original owner bought him off craigslist, and so of course he had parvo. The owner's mother agreed to pay for the at-home treatments if the son would actually do them and he accepted this. However, when I was getting ready to charge them out I overheard him say it seemed like a lot of work, and that maybe they should have just euthanised the puppy.

We'd had a day full of death that Saturday and I point blank told him we would absolutely NOT euthanise a happy, active puppy. I then said that I would take the pup on if they paid for what had already been done medically to him.

And so now I have a 9 week old pitbull puppy who is active, healthy, intelligent, people driven to the extreme (and the tag along separation anxiety issues), and really quite wonderful.

And I can only keep hold of him for the next few weeks.

So, some advice would be appreciated especially on what questions to ask potential adopters to make sure they will treat this pibble as he should be treated. He is NOT of a sort that would do well as either a 'guard dog' or a backyard dog, and that's what most folk around here get pitbulls for.



"Harro people-thing, can I licks your face now?"

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"I may not understand what toys are for, but I sure know how to play!"

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"You taught me 'paw', and Foster-Auntie is teaching me 'down', so I thought I'd combine 'em!"

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Choosing the Right Dog > Ideas (Mostly for fun)
Alyssum

Dog O' Despair
 
 
Barked: Sat Dec 29, '12 2:20pm PST 
Unfortunately, several of his listed preferred characters are going to be hard to find together.

My ideal looking dog is the english shepherd. What is ideal for *me* is Alyssum, who is small, lazy, and super affectionate. Your friend needs to focus on personality and activity level rather than looks, and be willing to go with something a lot smaller if it will work for him. After all, I prefer 60+ pound dogs, always though 40lbs was my minimum.... and I am in my love with my 20lb dog.
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Dog Health > How many times a day should a dog poop?

Alyssum

Dog O' Despair
 
 
Barked: Fri Dec 28, '12 8:41am PST 
With my last dog, the number of times he would poop depended on what we were doing. If I was having a lazy day, he'd poop once a day as he got fed once a day. If we went on a walk however.... He'd go at least 5 or 6 times, full sized each time and getting progressively softer. He would literally empty himself out and then not poop at all for a couple days. He's was a really odd one. Alyssum only goes once a day as well, because I feed her only once a day.
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Choosing the Right Dog > Alyssum's Wisdom Panel results: .... Really?

Alyssum

Dog O' Despair
 
 
Barked: Fri Dec 28, '12 7:14am PST 
I immediately called them and went "there is no way there is shar-pei in this dog." They'll call me back soon and tell me where to send them photos.
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Choosing the Right Dog > Alyssum's Wisdom Panel results: .... Really?

Alyssum

Dog O' Despair
 
 
Barked: Thu Dec 27, '12 10:15pm PST 
A few weeks ago I sent in a wisdom panel for my fluffy cockapoo-looking fluffermutt. I got the results in today.

Please note that Alyssum is likely... er... inbred. She was rescued with her parents and her siblings, and her parents looked identical to her and may themselves have been siblings. At the very least, her parents were light brown and super fluffy.

There are no purebred dogs more recent than great-grandparent in her, apparently. But those purebreds...

I definitely believe the cocker spaniel. I can easily accept the maltese. I will buy into the chihuahua because *everything* around here is part chi.

But then there is the 4th 'pure' great-grandparent, that just makes me scratch my head. Because I think that if Alyssum's parents, or parent, was 1/4 this breed that it would show.

The 4th one listed is Shar-pei.

Really?
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Dog Health > Faint positive parvo test, but recovered fully in a few hours?
Alyssum

Dog O' Despair
 
 
Barked: Thu Dec 27, '12 10:06pm PST 
I work at a veterinary hospital, and we had a really strange year for parvo. We had significantly fewer cases than normal, and most of them were faint positives that did well with conservative treatment. We had a couple cases like that last year, but that's almost all we saw this year. Miss Jenny, my foster dog, was one such and she was completely normal within a day.

It is my fervent hope that there is a new, 'gentler', strain of parvo going around that is not as deadly to puppies.
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Choosing the Right Dog > How similar are Labs and Standard Poodles?

Alyssum

Dog O' Despair
 
 
Barked: Sun Dec 23, '12 9:58am PST 
Based on what I've seen at my job, you're pretty spot on. The standard poodles have been much calmer over all, and much more aloof. They aren't as demonstrative with affection to strangers. Labs on the other hand are giant goober-y perpetual motion machines, at least while young. And sometimes when not so young.
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Choosing the Right Dog > Which way to go?

Alyssum

Dog O' Despair
 
 
Barked: Sun Dec 16, '12 8:06pm PST 
I think finding a dog of a breed that does *not* have a strong hunt/chase instinct as well as an individual that seems exceptionally people driven is going to be your best bet. Not all dogs, even those raised from pups, are going to be trustworthy off leash. My last dog, Kumo, was 'fine' off leash as long as he didn't see a ball. If he saw one though, his whole brain fixated on it and all the rest of reality was ignored.

Alyssum, however, does not have any prey drive so far as I've seen and wants to be glued to my side. I won't have her off-leash in the city because she skitters if startled and I don't want her skittering into the road, but on hikes she is eminently trustworthy. If she gets out of sight, a quick call brings her running back. I got her at 7 months old, surrendered to me after having been abandoned, and from a crappy former owner.
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Choosing the Right Dog > Have a mixed breed and know its parents?

Alyssum

Dog O' Despair
 
 
Barked: Sun Dec 16, '12 2:59pm PST 
I've had 2 mutts with known parentage. One was a foster doggy I took on last year.

"Lucky" was 8 weeks old when I got him, and 7.5 ounces. He had hydrocephalus and was lethargic, deaf, and would mildly circle when walking. He was originally a compassion hold on my part, but he was so adorable that I decided a course of steroids couldn't hurt. He recovered, stopped circling, was able to hear and grew to 7 pounds in 2 1/2 months! D: Dumb as a brick, but the happiest doggy.

He is a chihuahua/shih-tzu mix.

Radiographs from the day I got him: http://imageshack.us/a/img580/9277/luckyrad1.jpg

2 days later, still syringe feeding formula: http://imageshack.us/a/img3/639/lucky2o.jpg

His first zoomies: http://imageshack.us/a/img708/5575/lucky8.jpg

Playing with Alyssum before going to his forever home: http://imageshack.us/a/img266/6749/la2v.png


The other dog was Kumo, my personal anecdote against 'hybrid vigor'. party Food allergies, flea allergies, autoimmune disorder of some sort, hip dysplasia.... Wonderful dog, but a pain in the arse medically. His one saving grace was that he helped me raise all my bottle babies. He was rehomed a year ago to a large property a couple towns away where he can run to his heart's content and play with another dog all day. Much better than my condo.

Kumo is an English shepherd/ACD mix. And he is the handsomest dog EVAR.

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Dog Health > Has anyone had problems with their pet getting cancer after taking Revolution?
Alyssum

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Barked: Mon Dec 10, '12 10:03am PST 
There is a reason they are referred to as "lumpy labs" in the veterinary world. They are tumor factories second only to boxers.

Cancer does what it wants, and it can appear at any age. We recently had a 6 year old pibble with Lymphoma. We've had a 5 year old ST. Bernard' with bone cancer. We had a 9 year old lab/dane cross with cancer. My own lab/catahoula got a very rare lung cancer and then an unrelated brain tumor on top of it at 13. He was so healthy otherwise that he could probably have made it to 18 without problem.
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