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    "All things being equal, the simplest solution is the best.

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  1. Kyna, George came to me with severe chronic ear infections. A raw diet took care of it.
  2. Don't be afraid to try medication. I can't tell you how much better life is now that I have Cocoa on prozac.The use of medication and one on one time worked for me. She was so high anxiety she freaked when the furnace kicked on. I could not have people over. Since putting her on prozac I have had weekend guests twice. I still use caution and keep a close eye but the results have been amazing. It took some time to find the right medication and the correct dosage but it was well worth the effort. My other dog a GSD/Border Collie mix, George, is hyper protective but I have set firm boundaries with him. No getting on the bed, no bullying, no rough play, no blocking pathways, no food guarding,no following me into the bathroom, and I use the back command often. If I don't do this he will take over. If you can't get your GSD to this point I do not think it is safe to have them co-habitate with an infant. I can not imagine how difficult it is to be that viligant 24/7. Good Luck. Toni
  3. Melanie,

    I want to thank you for sharing your journey with Solo. I have been working with my vet on medicating Cocoa. We are currently trying the combo therapy of Prozac and Elavil that you mention you used for Solo. I am hopeful that it will be successful. The anxiety meds were very frustrating. Age has made Cocoa worse and I want to help her as much as possible. So thank you. Happy Thank...

  4. I am sorry the dogs are ill from their adventure with flour, but did you take any pictures of that mess? And did you laugh or cry? Toni
  5. Sarah, I have packed up and moved away from my comfort zone twice in my life. Both times were wonderful experiences. I have never regretted it and they were some of the best times of my life. I am now trying to decide where third move will take me. They are a little harder to do later in life but definitely doable. Good Luck ! Toni
  6. Thank you for the support everyone. I thought that maybe I was being too demanding, but I worked hard for Cocoa's trust. The fluff butt deserves to have someone fighting for her. Thanks guys. Toni
  7. Just wanted to give everyone an update. I faxed the Vet Melanie's suggestion and received the response that if I wanted to give Coca IM I would have to reschedule as she had onlly scheduled 15 mins as she planned on doing an IV. In what world did she think she would be able to do an IV without sedation? I was so frustrated. So now I am searching for a new vet. Toni
  8. Melanie, The vet wanted me to pick up pills ahead of time to give to her. In your opinion would an injection work better? I just don't know about not having her sedated when I get there. No matter what I have done she is terrified. We went everyday for months the last time I had her shots. I did treats, companion pet... nothing made one bit of difference. Just getting her nails clipped is exhausting. The hair between her pads- forget about it. I would like to have something in our arsenal that would make these visits less stressful for her. I have worked with her since I rescued her touching her feet. While she finally adjusted to me brushing her (she has to be on a leash and isolated in the room with only me) , the feet have been another story. It takes 3 of us while she is on the grooming table to hold her. Toni.
  9. I am taking Cocoa to the vet. It is usually an exercise in futility but she needs to have a good exam. Normally we muzzle, restrain, and try to get done what we can which is not much. The vet wants to give her Ace or Torbutrol. I know folks here have said Ace is horrible to use. What will Torbutrol do to her? Is it the same thing? Any suggestions. Our appointment is Saturday and I would really appreciate ideas on what to do for her. I know at the least we can get her shots updated but I really want to have her blood work done, teeth checked etc. I don't see that being possible without sedation. Thanks all. Toni
  10. So what I want to know is who did not eat their vegetables? Cocoa would call those fair game. Toni
  11. Woodenlion

    Silly Dog

    Silly, in the city chicken wire is very urban chic for all the new loft spaces. My office actually has rusted wire in unfinished wood frames. You are very au courant! Stay warm. Toni
  12. Sandra, I know today is going to be tough for you. Hang in there. Toni
  13. Oh, Vicki she is such a wee beauty, like a tea rose. Congratulations and enjoy being a Grandmere. Toni
  14. I knew I would miss her, I just didn't realize how deep it would go. I took for granted the little jobs My Honey Girl did on a daily basis. It is not what you folks with working dogs would call work, but my girl took it on as her job. I could leave food out and Honey would let me know if one of the gang was trying to counter surf. I have lost 3 steaks, a pot of soup, loaves of bread (yes, I am a slower learner and George is very fast). She would walk the house at night to make sure everyone was in their beds and the house was secure. If someone was locked outside, in the basement, in the attic, or a room, Honey would let me know. If you were sick she comforted you. She was the first to alert me someone was not well. It didn't matter people or critter, she knew. Sometimes at night I swear I hear her walking the house. When I call the dogs in I still call her name. It is such a habit. I miss you my love.
  15. I had a manual Canon when I studied photography. It served me extremely well. Like everyone said - it the lenses that are key and of course a good eye. Toni
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