Archive for the ‘Pets’ Category

What is almost as good as a Great Dane?

October 17, 2008

Great Dane on canvas, duh!

I found DJ Rogers, an artist from California who loves painting dogs (and sometimes cats) in watercolor. I have never bought a piece of Great Dane artwork before, but I have never seen one that I would want on my wall until this piece, titled “Black Great Dane” popped up in front of me. I just can’t decide if I want it on canvas or archival-quality paper. You can purchase through the Artist’s website or Ebay store.

This one also caught my eye, “Great Dane Sunset”Paintings are supposed to make you happy or peaceful, or at least mine do.

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Dog Quote for the Day

October 17, 2008
Sabina Louise Pierce Photography

Sabina Louise Pierce Photography

“I talk to him when I’m lonesome like; and I’m sure he understands. When he looks at me so attentively, and gently licks my hands; then he rubs his nose on my tailored clothes, but I never say naught thereat. For the good Lord knows I can buy more clothes, but never a friend like that.” ~W. Dayton Wedgefarth

You can check out her other dog photography here or her main site here. She’s in the process of adding a Prints for Sale page on her website so check back soon.

Happy Friday!

10 Reasons Why Great Danes are the Best Dogs in the World

October 16, 2008

They are lazy like no other. But so compact!

They are cuddly!

They are GREAT with kids. 😀 And they have a sense of humor.

Did I mention that they are really lazy?

They are such cute puppies, but become majestic adults.

Gorgeous women adore them! 😉

Credit: TJ photography Click image to purchase through Art.com

Just a little lazy.

Credit: Christine Merrill Click image to purchase through Art.com

They are art-worthy. Very handsome and photogenic.

Credit: Joseph Bailey Click image to purchase through Art.com

They enjoy life to the fullest.

They’re nice to the little people.

Doogle gets to come home tonight, hopefully!

October 14, 2008

Doogle when he was just a few weeks old

Great Danes are the best dogs in the world. Or maybe MY dog is the best dog in the world and he just happens to be a Great Dane. Either way, Doogle is amazing. He won a biggest dog contest 2 years ago in our town and he is on a first name basis with Lowe’s and Home Depot staff. He is simply a well-loved dog, with a big heart. He also has recovered extremely well after his emergency surgery for Bloat. Our Emergency Vet Clinic, River, is absolutely amazing. I wished that they had a general practice for animals, but alas they only handle emergencies. My dog is alive today because of them. and I am one Happy Camper. and my little puppy (all 150 lbs of him 😉 ) will be too as soon as he gets home and into his own giant pillow that he calls a bed. We love this dog beyond reason and I just had to express our happiness that he survived a very critical emergency. 😀

Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus (GDV) – Bloat and Torsion in Great Danes

October 13, 2008

Over the weekend, our gorgeous Great Dane had symptoms of bloat. When we first bought Doogle, we educated ourselves on this scary condition that is very common with Great Danes and several other breeds. We knew that you had to act fast and get him to an animal hospital. Luckily, where we live we have one 24-hour emergency Vet clinic that can handle this type of situation. We weren’t sure if we caught it soon enough, because Doogle had been acting lethargic and not his usual self for at least an hour. But our alarm really went off when he started dry heaving and had a protruding stomach and seemed to be restless and uncomfortable. We called the clinic to let them know we were coming and as soon as we walked through the doors they took him back immediately. They confirmed within ten minutes that it was Bloat and that his stomach had twisted (Torsion).

We fortunately made it to the hospital in time and there was no major damage to his stomach or other organs, this is a very serious condition and is a very painful death if not handled properly. They had to do emergency surgery and physically untwist his stomach and decompress it to remove all the gas that had built up inside. We always knew this could happen to our dog, but we were completely surprised when they first confirmed his condition. I thank God that we just happened to be at home yesterday with Doogle when this happened, I cannot imagine what would have happened if not.

I found several links that we found very helpful and if you have a breed that is susceptible to this, please inform yourself! Even smaller dog breeds like Dachshunds can have Bloat and/or Torsion. Please be aware of any 24 hour clinics that are prepared to handle this type of emergency and also be informed that this procedure is not cheap. We paid up front $1,700 and that does not include the entire bill. The choice was simple though, we love our Dane and saving his life was worth every cent if not more. We were very lucky as Bloat goes and I would not want any Dog Owner to be faced with this condition and not know how to handle it. God bless.

Bloat in Dogs

Great Danes and Bloat

About Great Danes

Webvet and Bloating

* We visited Doogle last night after his surgery and just a few hours ago today and he is doing remarkably well! Of course he does miss his own bed, but will hopefully get to go home tomorrow. Thank you for all the prayers and I hope that our situation will help other Dane owners if, God forbid, they are ever faced with this situation.

Mammoth Great Dane Dog Bed

October 9, 2008

For all of those Great Dane-owners out there, what does your precious puppy sleep on every night? Maybe you happen to squeeze four normal-sized dog beds together to make one big enough for your dog? Or do you share your bed? Or did you just decide to give him his own bed? 🙂

My Great Dane, Doogle, slept on a round futon mattress for the first four years with an adequate supply of every single blanket in the house for extra cushion and comfort. just a little spoiled. Did I mention that one of those blankets is a down blanket? Ahem, moving on…

Because of recent developments I knew that my dog bed just wasn’t cutting it for my Doogle. I mean, Great Danes sleep literally 18 hours a day, the man knows comfort and his bed just wasn’t it anymore. I stumbled upon Mammoth, a manufacturer of all shapes and sizes of dog beds. They even have a nice little feature that lets you find the best bed for your dog breed! They offer two sizes recommended for a Great Dane. The Extra Large size ($119.00) accommodates breeds up to 200 lbs and is 55” by 42” in size. Of course that’s plenty even for most Great Danes, but my pup would want a bed that wasn’t just the right size but that had plenty of extra space to stretch out. I opted for the Extra Extra Large Dog Bed that is over 6 feet long and 4 feet wide. Sure it takes up half the bedroom, but I haven’t seen my dog so happy since the day he discovered a couch.

The bed is composed of a removable giant inner pillow that sits in a separate cushioned ring for added support. Basically it’s one giant pillow that you might even want to sleep on occasionally. The entire bed is encased in a very durable canvas material, but comes in a wide range of colors, and denim and microfiber are available too. The whole bed, cover and pillows, is machine-washable and dryer safe. The covers are easily removed with a velcro seal, and I would know because I just tried it.

Overall, the bed is incredibly cushioned (the filling is made from a non-clumping, hypo-allergenic, high memory virgin industrial fiber fill, which offers orthopedic and long-lasting qualities). Ta-da! You can purchase the Mammoth Extra Extra Large Dog Bed for $199.99, which is a bargain since the bed will be bigger than your own mattress. The love we have for our dogs…