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Monday, March 7th, 2016
3:29 pm - Hi

Just wondering...is anyone still here?

(Love A Dog)

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014
6:10 am - Pet Portrait Commissions Open


(Mods, feel free to delete if not allowed.)

Hello!  It's time again that I offer up pet portrait commissions.  These are ACEO/ATC sized (trading card sized, basically) and done in watercolor (though if watercolor isn't your thing or you wish for something larger, I can work in other mediums and sizes as well, just ask).  They're $20 each, mailed.  I will need photos taken by you for reference that I can choose from to work with, and please note that head shots are best to work with for this size.

While my examples currently are only dogs, I'm looking to expand into other species, so don't be shy if you have cats, bird, rats, rabbits, etc!

I am open for 5 slots (may change depending on various factors), and will do a waiting list if needed.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

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(Love A Dog)

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013
4:58 pm - Intense pain during euthanasia?

Behind a cut due to graphic nature. HUGE TW FOR PET DEATHCollapse )

(2 Dog Lovers | Love A Dog)

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012
10:14 pm

My snoring dog Charlie!!

(Love A Dog)

Friday, January 6th, 2012
9:58 am - New community - hope this is ok

I am starting a new community. The community is called Invisible Dogs, and the idea came from this:


After reading the stories posted there, I was so touched, I thought we should have something similar here on LJ. The community will be a place to come and post your own "Invisible Dog" stories. It will also be a place to post pictures and info if you know about a current invisible dog who is in need of adopting/rescuing. I hope you will all join us, even if you have not adopted a shelter/rescue dog, as the stories are bound to be heart-warming to any dog lover.

Here is a link for the community if you want to join:


(Love A Dog)

Sunday, August 14th, 2011
5:05 pm - barf diet

just starting out feeding my dogs raw food. i wasn't expecting it to take all afternoon to prepare! anyone have their dog on the barf diet and have any tips to make it easier? i know i need to get a real food processor so i can blend up more at a time than my little blender food processor attachment can handle..that part alone took a while. then the mixing of each meal..any tips on that part? and i used freezer ziplock bags..ugh! i need to try and find small containers that can be put in the freezer that won't ruin the contents inside. suggestions?

Thank you for any tips!!

(Love A Dog)

Thursday, March 31st, 2011
11:23 pm

Our new baby showed up last week, and this week, was christened into the pack.

DSCN2738 a video by marymactavish on Flickr.

(Love A Dog)

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011
4:39 pm - helping Grendel

mods please let me know if this is not allowed, I will delete my post!
but there is a sick puppy who needs help affording surgery
here is a link to help out Grendel:

thank you!

(Love A Dog)

Monday, January 10th, 2011
9:51 am - I need help big time :(

My family and I adopted 3 puppies. The littlest one is the ONLY one that gets along with the other 2. The second one is a chow mix and is about 2-3 months old. The chow mix wont let the others come next to it and growls and bites if they do, she also dislikes it when I take the food bowl away and wont let the other dogs eat out of it.Thee third is about 4-5 months of age, he is aRottweilerr(?),Husky mix and is VERY VERY playful. He like to play fight with the chow mix. We got the chow mix andHuskyy mix because they were in the same cage with each other, but now they wont even play because the chow will hurt the husky mix. What do I do about this? My family and I don'tt want aggressive dogs. Also the chow mix is laid back most of the time. Only time she is not laid back is when the husky mix is around. We tried taking the Husky mix away but the the chow mix will bully the littlest on. The next step for us to take is to muzzle them and I dont really like that idea but, its better than taking them back to the pound. I know Im new to this community put I really need help with this. Also The little one and the chow mix are female and the Husky mix is a male. The chow mix is my sisters and the chow will only lay by her and only her, if someone else comes by or tries to pick her up then she will make a growling sound, we arnt sure if the chow is being possessive of my sister or something else. Any advice?

(3 Dog Lovers | Love A Dog)

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010
2:28 pm - Fleas x2

Hi Guys!!

I have a quick question... I have been having a lot of trouble with fleas this year with my Shih Tzu. I've never experienced fleas before. So far, he has had it twice this summer/fall. I got rid of them about 1 1/2 months ago but they came back last week. I've always used Frontline on Teddy (the dog) and started the Frontline treatment this year in April and always gave it to him at the first of each month. When he first got the fleas, my vet gave me Capstar for 5 days and that did help.

Well, since he got them back, I trimmed him down so it would be easier to catch. Gave him a bath with regular shampoo then put Frontline on it. I didn't feel that was sufficient so the next day I bought flea bath and a flea collar. I called my vet before giving him the bath and they suggested I would give him a bath and leave the flea shampoo on for 30 mins then put the Frontline on 2-3 days later so his natural oils could make the medicine stick. I did so. It's been about 5 days and he is still itching and there is still fleas.

I'm not sure what to do at this point as I don't want to keep giving him baths and hurting his skin by removing his natural oils all the time.

Any suggestions? Thanks so much for reading this... I'm totally lost on what to do!

(5 Dog Lovers | Love A Dog)

Friday, October 1st, 2010
2:42 am

Hi guys, I'm new.

I wanted to post a link to a Corgi in need. She only has 1 day left to live. She will be euthanized on October 2nd.

If anyone lives in the Akron, Ohio area, and has an inclination to something, here is the info:


I, unfortunately, live 5 hours away.

(Love A Dog)

Monday, September 13th, 2010
3:09 pm - has anyone else experienced this with their dogs?

My dog Sky's hair started falling out yesterday afternoon. It looked like really heavy shedding at first, but when I brushed his coat, his hair came out in clumps and there were scabs all over his back. I took him and my other dog, Kaylee, to the vet first thing this morning because I could feel a few small scabs on her back too, though her case is extremely mild compared to Sky's.

I was really worried at first that it might be mange, but it's only affecting the skin on his back. Our vet said it looked more like a fungal infection or ringworm, but she seemed pretty stumped because a fungal infection wouldn't be contagious so it didn't make sense that Kaylee would get it from him. She pulled some some of the hair and scabby skin from his back to do a fungus culture and prescribed an antibiotic and an anti-fungal medication, but I won't get the results from the culture until next week so I was wondering if anyone else has seen this kind of condition before or might have any idea what caused it.

Both dogs are on Frontline Plus and are otherwise completely healthy. The only thing I can think of is that I take them hiking a few times a week, and Sky is always going off the trail to chase birds, so it could be some kind of allergic reaction to something he ran through. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!

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(1 Dog Lover | Love A Dog)

Sunday, June 13th, 2010
3:56 pm

After eight weeks with us, today Sadie graduated from foster-dog to official permanent family member, as we did the official, "sign on the dotted line" transfer from Friends of Fairmont Animal Shelter. We celebrated afterward with butter pecan ice cream for all of us.

Adoption fees for FOFAS (Alameda County, California) this month only will be covered by Maddie's Fund. There are some awfully sweet dogs and cats up there. Go find a friend!

(Love A Dog)

Thursday, May 20th, 2010
9:18 am

Please boost this signal:
15 dogs and 12 cats need emergency foster care http://www.mercurynews.com/news/ci_15125303

A fire has destroyed the Berkeley humane society's center, and they need emergency foster care for 15 dogs and 12 cats. (Please note that one of the building's apartment dwellers was woken by her pit bull, which might have saved her life.)

(Love A Dog)

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010
10:53 pm - Guess the mutt!

Hi everyone - I just joined and wanted to introduce our new dog! After a search of local shelters and Petfinder, we selected what seems to be the perfect little apartment companion dog and I'm completely smitten. I can't wait to teach her tricks!

Since people keep asking me what breed she is (she's a rescue, so we don't actually know), I figured I'd start by asking for your best guesses! (I have my own guess for what she might be, but I'll save that for the comments.) Here's some info that might help:

* She's about 8 months old
* She weighs 15 pounds and is about the size of, say, a cocker spaniel - vet doesn't think she'll get much larger
* She's a solid dark chocolate brown color with just a few white hairs on her chest
* Her toes are not webbed
* She's very playful, friendly, and remarkably easygoing about new experiences
* She's incredibly food-motivated
* She's pretty easy to train and seems very smart; housebreaking is requiring a lot of careful anticipation on our part though (we have to just make sure she's already outside when we think she'll need to go)

Here's our Edie!



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current mood: curious

(2 Dog Lovers | Love A Dog)

Saturday, April 17th, 2010
5:52 pm - Anxiety

Hi everyone!

I have an issue with my 5 year old Shih-Tzu that I've been dealing with for about 6 months that I am now just getting very frustrated with.

I have been seeing someone for 6 months and every time my dog (Teddy) is around him he gets really scared and follows me around. Now, the person I am dating has not hit him, talked down to him, and has been always sweet to Teddy nor has Glenn (the person I'm seeing) hurt me. I don't understand why Teddy is being so territorial. Teddy has been around other people that I've dated and he's never been this extreme. The only thing I can guess why is because he is taller and has a lower voice than most of the other men I have dated. It is starting to get very annoying and extremely frustrating.

Whenever Glenn just tries to gently pet Teddy, Teddy screams bloody murder and runs to me for help. Teddy has actually gotten so stressed with Glenn, he gets diarrhea . So, it does affect Glenn and I's relationship. Also, whenever Glenn is around, Teddy follows me right next to my feet to the point were I accidentally trip over him.

Is there anything suggestions out there? Glenn is so nice and sweet to Teddy, I don't understand why Teddy is so protective of me...or at least calm down after awhile.

Thank you!

(1 Dog Lover | Love A Dog)

Friday, March 19th, 2010
3:07 pm - Canine Nutrition

Hi folks,

A while back, I read an article about a woman who does nutritional counseling for dogs. She's quite pricey, but has an amazing reputation.

For the life of me, I cannot remember her name and now and in desperate need of her services.

Can you think of someone off the top of your head that is in this line of work and over the last year has gotten some publicity in the papers?

I'm pretty sure she's Canadian, but there is a possibility she's American.

I know...this is all *so* helpful. If anyone has any brilliant ideas, please post them below...let's see if her name comes up - I'd recognize it if I saw it...


x-posted to a few other communities

(Love A Dog)

Thursday, March 18th, 2010
10:12 pm - Transports dogs to Germany

I will be flying to Germany in a little over 2 weeks with my 3 dogs.

I've gotten their rabies vaccines and they're scheduled a few days prior to the flight to get their health certificates. They're microchipped, spayed, and we've already made arrangements with the airline for all 3 to be on our flight.

For those of you with experience traveling overseas (or long flights in general), can you please assure me that the dogs will be okay crated for so long (more than 16 hours)? There's so much contradictory info. To, or not to, sedate? Quarantined once they arrive in Frankfurt?

Does anyone know the facts?

(Love A Dog)

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010
10:23 am
diggingdogs We have 2 golden retrievers and moved to our first house a month ago with a very big yard. Since being here, the dogs are digging giant holes. They dug up an entire rose bush! We don't have a lot of money to put into pricey ways to stop them from digging where they do like fencing it off. They can't be bored. They've got tons of toys they always play with except for when digging. They aren't burying things, just digging giant holes a few feet deep. It's not possible for me to be outside the entire time they are, and not fair to make them stay inside all day with me and the baby. They get a ton of attention and play time, even with the baby. What can we do? We really don't want to have them stay inside all day, but we are getting in trouble because of their digging.


(1 Dog Lover | Love A Dog)

Monday, February 15th, 2010
1:58 pm

While we were on a walk up at Fairmont Ridge yesterday, deyo scooped DJ up in his arms, and she fell asleep. He walked awhile like that. She's fit and athletic (despite being almost 10 and having rebuilt knees) but heck, why not relax, right?


(1 Dog Lover | Love A Dog)

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