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Local Tips, Playdates & Meetups > For All You Central FL Furs...

Barked: Fri Mar 13, '09 1:44pm PST 
Check out this pawsome pet sitting service I found!!!

It's the BEST and the owner is grrreat plus he's VERY experienced with taking care of doggers, VERY trustworthy and has grrreat prices !!!!


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Labrador Retriever > The wonder of a Yellow Lab

Barked: Fri Mar 6, '09 1:21am PST 
Moose, your story cracked Mom up but she also knows how hard it is to have an untrained labradork! shockshockshockshockshock

You REALLY need professional training!!!!!!!!way to goway to goway to goway to goway to go

But first, have your Mom consider a pronged collar, no pull harness or a halti collar for you so she can at least get to the training classes without loosing control of you. Labs are very strong and if we're not obedient, be can be a real pain in the rump to those humans around us. Most of the labs that are surrendered to shelters and rescues is due to not being trained and the previous owners are at their wits end and don't want to deal with the dog anymore.

Good luck and I hope you and your Mom get some training help ASAP!!!!! hughughughughug
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Labrador Retriever > Dog Food recommendation


Barked: Fri Mar 6, '09 1:12am PST 
If you purchase food at Petco and use your Petco card they keep track of how many bags you buy and after 10 your next one is free. They have Blue Buff, Wellness and Halo which are all premium foods!

Check out this list from the AKC, tells you how your food ranks and how the grading scale worked...

Dog Food scores:
Alpo Prime Cuts / Score 81 C
Artemis Large/Medium Breed Puppy / Score 114 A+
Authority Harvest Baked / Score 116 A+
Authority Harvest Baked Less Active / Score 93 B
Beowulf Back to Basics / Score 101 A+
Bil-Jac Select / Score 68 F
Blackwood 3000 Lamb and Rice / Score 83 C
Blue Buffalo Chicken and Rice / Score 106 A+
Burns Chicken and Brown Rice / Score 107 A+
Canidae / Score 112 A+
Chicken Soup Senior / Score 115 A+
Diamond Maintenance / Score 64 F
Diamond Lamb Meal & Rice / Score 92 B
Diamond Large Breed 60+ Formula / Score 99 A
Diamond Performance / Score 85 C
Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Ultra Premium / Score 122 A+
Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Venison and Brown Rice / Score 106 A+
Dick Van Patten's Duck and Potato / Score 106 A+
EaglePack Holistic / Score 102 A+
Eukanuba Adult / Score 81 C
Eukanuba Puppy / Score 79 C
Flint River Senior / Score 101 A+
Foundations / Score 106 A+
Hund-n-Flocken Adult Dog (lamb) by Solid Gold / Score 93 B
Iams Lamb Meal & Rice Formula Premium / Score 73 D
Innova Dog / Score 114 A+
Innova Evo / Score 114 A+
Innova Large Breed Puppy / Score 122 A+
Kirkland Signature Chicken, Rice, and Vegetables / Score 110 A+
Member's Mark Chicken and Rice / Score 84 C
Merrick Wilderness Blend / Score 127 A+
Nature's Recipe / Score 100 A
Nature's Recipe Healthy Skin Venison and Rice / Score 116 A+
Nature's Variety Raw Instinct / Score 122 A+
Nutra Nuggets Super Premium Lamb Meal and Rice / Score 81 C
Nutrience Junior Medium Breed Pupp y / Score 101 A+
Nutrisource Lamb and Rice / Score 87 B
Nutro Max Adult / Score 93 B
Nutro Natural Choice Lamb and Rice / Score 98 A
Pet Gold Adult with Lamb & Rice / Score 23 F
Premium Edge Chicken, Rice and Vegetables Adult Dry / Score 109 A+
Pro Nature Puppy / Score 80 C
Pro Plan Sensitive Stomach / Score 94 A
Purina Ben full / Score 17 F
Purina Dog / Score 62 F
Purina Come-n-Get It / Score 16 F
Purina One Large Breed Puppy / Score 62 F
Royal Canin Natural Blend Adult / Score 106 A+
Science Diet Advanced Protein Senior 7+ / Score 63 F
Science Diet for Large Breed Puppies / Score 69 F
Sensible Choice Chicken and Rice / Score 97 A
Solid Gold / Score 99 A
Summit / Score 99 A
Timberwolf Organics Wild & Natural Dry / Score 120 A+
Wellness Super5 Mix Chicken / Score 110 A+
Wolfking Adult Dog (bison) by Solid Gold / Score 97 A
Start with a grade of 100:
1) For every listing of "by-product", subtract 10 points
2) For every non-specific animal source ("meat" or "poultry", meat, meal or
fat) reference, subtract 10 points
3) If the food contains BHA, BHT, or ethoxyquin, subtract 10 points
4) For every grain "mill run" or non-specific grain source, subtract 5
5) If the same grain ingredient is used 2 or more times in the first five
ingredients (i.e. "ground brown rice", "brewer's rice", "rice flour" are all
the same grain), subtract 5 points
6) If the protein sources are not meat meal and there are less than 2 meats
in the top 3 ingredients, subtract 3 points
7) If it contains any artificial colorants, subtract 3 points
8 ) If it contains ground corn or whole grain corn, subtract 3 points
9) I f corn is listed in the top 5 ingredients, subtract 2 more points
10) If the food contains any animal fat other than fish oil, subtract 2
11) If lamb is the only animal protein source (unless your dog is allergic
to other protein sources), subtract 2 points
12) If it contains soy or soybeans, subtract 2 points
13) If it contains wheat (unless you know that your dog isn't allergic to
wheat), subtract 2 points
14) If it contains beef (unless you know that your dog isn't allergic to
beef), subtract 1 point
15) If it contains salt, subtract 1 point

Extra Credit:
1) If any of the meat sources are organic, add 5 points
2) If the food is endorsed by any major breed group or nutritionist, add 5
3) If the food is baked not extruded, add 5 points
4) If the food contains probiotics, add 3 points
5) If the food contains fruit, add 3 points
6) If the food contains vegetables (NOT corn or other grains), add 3 points
7) If the animal sources are hormone-free and antibiotic-free, add 2 points
8 ) If the food contains barley, add 2 points
9) If the food contains flax seed oil (not just the seeds), add 2 points
10) If the food contains oats or oatmeal, add 1 point
11) If the food contains sunflower oil, add 1 point
12) For every different specific animal protein source (other than the first
one; count "chicken" and "chicken meal" as only one protein source, but
"chicken" and "" as 2 different sources), add 1 point
13) If it contains glucosamine and chondroitin, add 1 point
14) If the vegetables have been tested for pesticides and are
pesticide-free, add 1 point

A = 94-100
B= 86-93
C = 78-85
D= 70-77
F= 70 or lower
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Labrador Retriever > For All The Lab Lovers...


Barked: Thu Mar 5, '09 4:27pm PST 
Daddy said they're a little "too girlie" with the embroidery font so that's why I listed them as a ladies. Sorry fella's! shrugshrugshrugshrugshrug
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Labrador Retriever > Industructable toys


Barked: Thu Mar 5, '09 4:25pm PST 
Hard Knuckle Nylabones are grrreat for keeping my busy. I WOOF my kong solid rubber ball and this HUGE hard plastic ball that looks like a kettle ball. Also, there's a toy made out of recycled rubber from cow milking machines. Sounds crazy but they last a long time too.

If you order it and mention Mid-Florida Retriever Rescue, Inc. They will donate a little bit of the money they make from your order to the rescue myself and my two labradork brother's came from which is grrreat!


the link is at the bottom of the page called helping Udders!way to goway to goway to goway to goway to go
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Labrador Retriever > Mismarked Labs...

Barked: Thu Mar 5, '09 4:06pm PST 
One of the puppies that came into Mid-Florida Retriever Rescue, Inc. (we volunteer for them) had a mismarked chocolate boy come in. Supposedly he was purebred lab but the breeder didn't want him since he was a brindle of chocolate and yellow. Very cute! Adopted at the first event he went to which is great!cheer
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Labrador Retriever > For All The Lab Lovers...


Barked: Thu Mar 5, '09 4:01pm PST 
The rescue that our Mom volunteers for ordered some grrreat ladies boutique t shirts that have LABRADORED embroidered on them.

They come in red, blue, black, yellow, green and pink. They are prewashed/preshrunk and very cute!

The sizes run true to size. Mom wears a small and it fit perfectly.

I'm selling them to my friends for $12 each plus shipping which can't be more than a few dollars. At the events we're charging $17 b/c that's what they are in the boutique stores.

Let me know if you want one, what color and what size. I would need you to mail a check or money order before we can send it b/c we've been burned so many times from dogsters with sending stuff and not receiving payment which ruins it for everybody! frown Mom paid for them b/c the rescue didn't have the funds so the check will be made out to our Mom instead of the rescue (Mom needs to pay the discover bill off, bol).

Let me know if you're interested. I'll be posting pictures of Mom wearing it at an event this weekend so you can see what they look like.

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Rescue, Adoption & Happy Endings > Hey Pups! What was your name Pre-Adoption?


Barked: Thu Mar 5, '09 4:56am PST 
I was pulled out of a high kill shelter at 8 weeks old by Mid-Florida Retriever Rescue, Inc. They gave me the name of "Abigail". Once I put on some weight and wasn't scared of my shadow anymore, I was available for adoption and found my loving, furever home that very day. My Mom and Dad named me "Harmony". Check out my page to find out why! big grinbig grinbig grinbig grinbig grin
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Dog Health > Abby ate chocolat- after effects?


Barked: Sat Jan 24, '09 1:08am PST 
WHAT you NEED to know

1. The TOXIC and potentially FATAL dose of chocolate is 60mg/kg- so a 10lb dog only needs to consume 300mg of chocolate.

Clinical Signs can be seen as low as
20mg/kg- meaning our little 10lb dog only needs to consume 100mg to have problems.

Severe signs are seen at 40mg/kg-
or consuming 200mg of chocolate.

2. The Toxic components are theobromine
and caffeine- although the theobromine
is the BIGGEST toxin.

3. Here are some relative amounts of

Milk chocolate bar ( 5oz) -250mg theobromine
Dark chocolate bar ( 70% cocoa) - 600mg theobromine
Unsweetened Baking chocolate (per square) - 400mg theobromine Semisweet Chocolate Chips ( per 30 chips) - 250mg theobromine
Instant Cocoa Powder ( per ounce) - 150mg theobromine
Dry Cocoa Powder ( per ounce) - 700mg theobromine

4. Here are some of the clinical signs-
they occur 6-12 hours after ingestion.

Increased Drinking
Increased Urinating

Progressing Signs:
Elevated Heart Rate/arrythmia
Cyanosis ( bluish gums)
Elevated blood pressure
Increased resiprations

5. What to do

- IF your dog/cat consumes 20mg/kg of
theobromine or higher, then induce vomiting:

PURGE THE POISON. In most cases of poisoning, getting your pet to vomit is the most important thing that you can do. To induce vomiting, give hydrogen peroxide at 1 teaspoon per 10 lbs of body weight. If your pet doesn't vomit in 10 minutes, repeat again. NEVER do more than 2 treatments of peroxide. You can also try salt: dilute 1 teaspoon of salt in a tablespoon of water per every 10lbs of body weight.

DELAY ABSORPTION. Activated charcoal is readily available at most pharmacies. It delays absorption of any toxin by binding to the toxic compound in the stomach. The easiest way is to give the capsule form. For those garbage-eating dogs (such as my own dog) it is a good idea to have hydrogen peroxide and activated charcoal always on hand.

-IF your dog is showing ANY of the clinical signs, such as vomiting, increased drinking, bloating and tremors, then see your Veterinarian IMMEDIATELY.

-IF you are UNABLE to induce vomiting, SEE your Vet ASAP.
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Dog Health > homeopathic management of ear problems

Barked: Sat Jan 24, '09 12:28am PST 
Chronic ear infections are most likely due to a systemic yeast overgrowth. ACV is a great way to treat the ear but you need to treat the body as a whole. Feed a grain-free premium food (Wellness Core is a great food and so is Merrick BG), because yeast feeds off grain. Also, take a Black Walnut extract capsule everyday. Make sure the ear is always kept clean and dry. ACV is also grrreat on your food to give extra enzymes, alleviating allergies, arthritis, establishing correct pH balance and help keep coat lustrous.

www.vitacost.com is a great place to get supplements!way to goway to goway to goway to goway to go

I have a health group with all kinds of holistic info, if you'd like to be invited to the group, pawlease pmail me! Thanks!
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