SparkPeople Dog Lovers Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=110 Anyone who does activities with their dogs, does volunteer or professional work pertaining to dogs, or just loves dogs, etc. Where we encourage laughter and participation. SparkPeople Dog Lovers Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=110 pica/inap propriate chewing, help! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x58572853 I need help and advice dog lovers. <BR> I have a 9 month old pom/peki mix, and she is more destructive than a 50 pound dog. <BR> She has been fixed, and as far as I knew, she was finished teething. <BR> But lately she has started chewing on the wooden strips that go around the edges of my door and wall in the utility room. <BR> I have never noticed her doing this elsewhere in the house, although she does chew paper, mostly papertowels if she can get to one before I can. <BR> But the damage sh... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:44:43 EST Not so new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x110x58524033 Hi! I have been a member for a few years but have been back and forth on the weight lose journey. I have fibromyalgia and degenerative disc disease. Both of which cause me daily pain. I stopped taking meds due to an almost 50 lb weight gain which was a side effect of the meds. I am determined to lose the weight this time so I can enjoy my kids.and life pain free. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 22:08:11 EST An amazing story with a happy ending! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x58521213 <link>ilovedogs.tv/579/This-Guy-Hiked-350-<BR>Feet-Down-a-Canyon.-What-He-Saw-Hit-Hi<BR>m-Like-Nothing-Before </link> <BR> <BR> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 16:38:45 EST New...again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x110x58511218 Hello! I'm new - kind of. I'm starting over again and looking forward to my journey to a healthier me. I have two dogs and just adore them, so I figured this would be the group to join! My dogs give me joy, unconditional love and they are a big part of my world. <BR> <BR> I have much to lose, but I also have hope that I can get going in the right direction and make the changes necessary for a better me. <em>41</em> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 15:43:04 EST Dog Food Safety http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x58479734 Thought I'd share this article from The Natural Dog. Everyone always worries about companies that recall products at times, but they mention that those companies are at least being consciensious (sp) to keep pets and animals safe. But to always be aware of what is going on with the food. Still for now stay away from jerky treats from China since some of those companies would not let inspectors in to find out what was causing pet illnesses and deaths. <BR> <BR> <link>bit.ly/1mxjsQs </li... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 13:00:40 EST Hello Dog Lovers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x110x58440170 My name is Kim and I joined SP a long time ago and was not very active, so trying it again! I have weight to lose and am trying to get back on the wagon. I had RNY surgery 6 years ago and dropped about 103lbs but never got below 200lbs. I have since put about 45 pounds back on and I am not feeling great about myself personally. I felt really good a few years ago when the weight was dropping, but I was only working part-time so when I would get off work at 12:30, I went right to the gym an... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 20:54:18 EST could a foot infection make my dog feel bad? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2466x110x58413540 Hi everyone! I've been on Sparkpeople for years but I've never been too active, I'm hoping to change that. I wish I weren't having to ask a question about a sick baby, though. My sweet Josie has been licking her foot and now it's infected. She wasn't feeling good yesterday but I assumed it was because I gave her a pain pill and it made her tired. Well I took her to the vet this morning and we got an antibiotic for her foot. Well she is still very lethargic and I haven't given her a pain pill... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 01:49:04 EST i need help with ticks, please http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x58357537 Dog loving friends, I need your help. <BR> I keep finding ticks on me. little black ticks crawling on my clothes or body, so far, none have latched on, but I have found at least 4 in the last 2 months and I pulled 7 off my dog in 2 days. <BR> we live in a area surrounded by woods, and while I try to keep her inside, sometimes she loves to run and play in the yard and I hate to deprive her. <BR> However, the majority of the ticks I found on her came when she was on the front porch and couldnt ... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 18:40:00 EST spay or neuter question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x58203288 I am having a question on the when is the best time to spay or neuter a pet and would like some info so I can make the best decision. I have a 3 month old dobe and she is going to be a nice size dog <BR> My vet is pushing for a spay at around 6 months. But I have been hearing that waiting a year allows the dogs hormones to create stronger joints and will reduce the chance problems later on. Vet says that is nonsense and all hearsay. Help!!! Fri, 13 Jun 2014 07:57:28 EST New person :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x110x58154710 Hey everyone! I was pretty thrilled to find a team for people that love dogs! I adore my four-legged ones and share stuff about them every chance I get. We just adopted our 5th dog, a deaf Pit mix puppy who has cerebellar hypoplasia. She is special needs, but I find her just special. :) I work at our local animal shelter and love my job so much. I never have a bad day at work because there is constant animal therapy. :) <BR> <BR> Aside from the obvious love of dogs, I am a married mom ... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 21:47:04 EST FUN with Grooming Our Shih Tzu :/ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x58124300 This is taking several sessions, but making progress! <BR> <BR> That sweet little face is my challenge. <BR> <BR> When we're done with this, it's time for routine vet check. Then to our pro groomer for summer cut! Thu, 5 Jun 2014 22:44:35 EST I hope I stay this time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x110x58120026 I have been a member for several months but I just can't seem to stay on track. I really like the site and everything, it's just that there are so many things happening in my life, I just can't seem to find the time to do what I should be doing, like exercising, logging what I eat . <BR> <BR> I got married on the Saturday before Memorial Day and I am really in love with guy. I have quit smoking as of March 23rd of this year and I have been eating more healthy. I just need to do more ex... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 14:05:19 EST dogs on prednisone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x58108705 My pug was on prednisone until she started peeing & pooping all over the house. She has skin allergies & is scratching herself all the time. We took her off the meds around the 10th of May but is still having problems with being thirsty. I dont think she has been peeing in the house lately but pooped in her kennel the last 2 days. <BR> Anyone have experience with this? Wed, 4 Jun 2014 13:43:52 EST Quotes of the Week ( June 1 - 7 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x58097916 <BR> QUOTES BY RENE DESCARTES <BR> ============================== <BR> <BR> 1It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well. <BR> <BR> 2)Whenever anyone has offended me, I try to raise my soul so high that the offense cannot reach it. <BR> <BR> 3)The first precept was never to accept a thing as true until I knew it as such without a single doubt. <BR> <BR> 4)Nothing is more fairly distributed than common sense: no one thinks he needs more of it than he already has... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 15:55:09 EST Holla Atcha Gurl http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x110x58049751 I'm not usually that obnoxious! I'm Lizzie. I love animals, but dogs especially. I have an adorable staffy, her name is Sadie. I've had dogs all my life. Sadie and I are chunky, we need to get in shape! Fri, 30 May 2014 11:11:14 EST Need Support For Lobo Please! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x58040564 I was brushing Lobo the other night and noticed a decent sized lump on his groin area that I hadn't noticed before. I'm really worried about it. I have no idea if it's a hernia or cyst or ?? He has an appointment with the vet Saturday morning to know for sure. I'm trying not to think the worst but it's hard not to worry. He's my baby! Please send good ju-ju or good vibes or prayers or whatever you believe in Lobo's way! Thu, 29 May 2014 15:55:04 EST spayed puppy is scratching http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x57838032 my poor little dog, she just cant understand what is happening to her. <BR> on friday she was spayed and i picked her up yesterday, she is so confused, she keeps wanting to jump around, from one side of her crate to other and shes started using her back paw to scratch. <BR> I have a cone on her, and its pretty good at preventing her from licking, even though I think its too small and she can still lick a little, but not much. <BR> But is there anything I can do about the scratching to keep he... Sun, 11 May 2014 17:32:34 EST "In The Dog House" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x57769192 Do any of you get this show? I just noticed it late last week and have been watching it. I can't tell everything he does with the dogs, but today he got through to an aggressive dog. Main problem the people had actually started with the dog because they thought when they brought her home she would be exactly like the dog they had before and so they didn't work with her when she wasn't. Most of the time they have been programs where the people have basically been ignoring the dogs. The do... Mon, 5 May 2014 17:51:10 EST German Shepherds & my dog Cisco http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x57744277 <BR> We take Cisco to the dog park 2x weekly where he enjoys playing with any & every dog that is there. Almost all of them have been friendly and all has been well. <BR> <BR> However, in the last month, our almost year old Great Pyrenees (who has been neutered) has been attacked by 2 separate German Shepherds. The first time, the offending dog was an intact male over 2 years of age & literally 1/3rd bigger than Cisco. <BR> <BR> Today, he was attacked by a female GSD (don't know her age or... Sat, 3 May 2014 17:45:16 EST Weekend plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x110x57730199 Who here has weekend plans to be active? I will definitely be taking a long walk with the pooch (I have a 2.5 mile round trip route to the dog park and back) or we will jog - starting the C25K back up. Also, it is time again for me to make her some homemade cookies! <BR> <BR> By the way, I am Amanda, 25 years old, recently married. I have gotten way out of shape and could not believe the scale when I weighed myself on Monday. I signed up for SparkPeople that day and am trying to stay motivat... Fri, 2 May 2014 12:12:36 EST Hi, Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x110x57665806 I am new to dog lover's , I have a newfoundland/lab mix dog named Patch,He's beautiful and my walking buddy,he is so big he takes me for the walk.Good luck losing weight for those who need to lose,I have about 100 to lose: I'm just starting out,I'm trying to stay motivated so far so good 1 wk plus for me,lol. Good Day to ALL. Sun, 27 Apr 2014 15:15:22 EST Hello from me and my designer pups... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x110x57503565 Hi, my name is Drea and I have two fluffy designer children Marty the Shipooh, and Xavier the Shorkey Tzu, they are my best motivation for exercise, with them I run and play, walk and stretch..... <em>30</em> <em>345</em> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 01:40:33 EST Quotes of the Week ( April 13 - 19 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x57489008 1)You don’t drown by falling in the water. You drown by staying there. <BR> <BR> 2)It’s better to know and be disappointed than to never know and always wonder. <BR> <BR> 3)There are things that we don’t want to happen but have to accept, things we don’t want to know but have to learn, and people we can’t live without but have to let go <BR> <BR> 4)Happiness is not determined by what’s happening around you, but rather what’s happening inside you. Most people depend on others to gain happin... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 20:11:58 EST Quotes of the Week ( April 6 -12 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x57488866 1)Anyone can come into your life and say how much they love you. It takes someone really special to stay in your life and show how much they love you. <BR> <BR> 2)Love and appreciate your parents. We are often so busy growing up, we forget they are also growing old. <BR> <BR> 3)When someone tells you, “You’ve changed,” it might simply be because you’ve stopped living your life their way. <BR> <BR> 4)When you’re up, your friends know who you are. When you’re down, you know who your frien... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 19:56:55 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 30 - April 5 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x57488839 1)You can learn great things from your mistakes when you aren’t busy denying them. <BR> <BR> 2)In life, if you don’t risk anything, you risk everything <BR> <BR> 3)There isn’t anything noble about being superior to another person. True nobility is in being superior to the person you once were. <BR> <BR> 4)Trying to be someone else is a waste of the person you are. <BR> <BR> 5)You will never become who you want to be if you keep blaming everyone else for who you are now. <BR> <BR> 6)Peopl... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 19:52:43 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 23 -29 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x57488732 1)You cannot change what you refuse to confront <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 2).Sometimes you need to distance yourself to see things clearly. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 3)If a person wants to be a part of your life, they will make an obvious effort to do so. Think twice before reserving a space in your heart for people who do not make an effort to stay. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 4)The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are spe... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 19:39:35 EST Grand daughter on healthy diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x110x57469213 Just put our 4 year old corgie (grand daughter) (only one I have) on a diet. looked up on web site for obese corgies. decided to use 1/2 c good dry dog food, 1/2 c green beans and 1/2 c pumpkin, these are all 2x daily. Nervous about this, but our baby needs the weight off. She weighs 80Ibs. I love her so so much. going to do a little exercise with her also. She is a house dog, not a working dog. It's so hard to say no to that beautiful little face. I am learning one day at a time, to make bet... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 04:07:26 EST Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x110x57371037 I'm new to the Dog Lovers team. I'm a proud owner of Frisco my Cavachon pooch (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Bichon Frise mix). I have a pic of him on my Sparks page. Thu, 3 Apr 2014 11:24:59 EST HELLO, NEW TO SPARKPEOPLE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x110x57369686 HI, JUST WANTED TO SAY HELLO TO EVERYONE. I HAVE 2 BOSTON TERRIERS, GRACIE IS ALMOST ONE, AND GEORGE IS 4 MONTHS OLD. LOVE THEM TO DEATH. GOOD LUCK EVERYONE. Thu, 3 Apr 2014 09:40:00 EST Hello from Washington http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x110x57365725 Hello :) My name is Jessica! I posted in here awhile ago but unfortunately, didn't follow through. I have a new found motivation and I'm on the right path this time and ready to go :) I currently live in Washington state with my husband who is serving with the United States Navy! We have 3 dogs who are like our kids. We have a 9 year old German Shepherd/Border Collie(Keenyah Jean), a 2 year old Boxer(Horatio Denver) and a 1 year old German Shorthair Pointer(Beretta Jean). I also work wit... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 23:57:25 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 16 -22 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x57149716 1)No one can understand the truth until he drinks of coffee's frothy goodness. <BR> Sheik Abd-al-Kadir <BR> <BR> 2)Conscience keeps more people awake than coffee. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 3)Don't dig your grave with your own knife and fork. <BR> English Proverb <BR> <BR> 4)Your stomach shouldn't be a waist basket. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 5)Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter which fork you use. <BR> Emi... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 16:49:52 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 9 - 15 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x57149557 1)Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. <BR> M. Kathleen Casey <BR> <BR> 2)I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders. <BR> Jewish Proverb <BR> <BR> 3)Turn your wounds into wisdom. <BR> Oprah Winfrey <BR> <BR> 4)We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey. <BR> Kenji Miyazawa <BR> <BR> 5)Bad is never good until worse happens. <BR> Danish Proverb <BR> <BR> 6) It just wouldn't be a picnic without the ants. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 7)You may not realize it ... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 16:32:23 EST Doberman puppies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x57075840 Hi all!!! I lost my dog of 16 years last may, since then there has been a terrible space that needs filled. So I have been researching dogs and found the Doberman to be something I would be interested in. I would be looking for an energetic dog as my walking and hiking habits have failed since I lost my buddy. So I guess my reason for posting is to see if anybody else has any experience with this breed and what to expect. Also I am not finding many breeders in the South Carolina area that are... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 14:43:25 EST Does anyone have a therapy dog? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x56969904 I have a sweet dog that I think would be great as a therapy dog. I'm curious what you have done with one when you completed the training? My dog needs obedience training first because she likes to jump. She'd be knocking people over to get their attention. She can sense sadness and wants to lay in your lap. Sun, 2 Mar 2014 03:23:21 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 2 - 8 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x56965965 <BR> 1)Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art. <BR> Ansel Adams <BR> <BR> 2)It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently. <BR> Warren Buffett <BR> <BR> 3)The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure , t... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 19:21:46 EST Favorite Dog Breed? What breed of dog do you have http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x56945168 Hi everyone! Just wondering what everyone's favorite dog breed is, and what breed of dog you do have if it is something different. <BR> <BR> My favorite breed is the Huskey, but I own an Eskimo/Terrier mix who is my baby (she's my ultimate favorite of course.) <em>338</em> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 07:17:57 EST Whats on your agenda for today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x56895470 I'm pretty new here so I just wanted to get some feed back on what everyone is doing for fitness and in there lives to live a healthy one. <BR> I just finished jog/walking 2.65 miles and did upper body strength training. <BR> About to head out to my local animal shelter to walk a few dogs and post pictures on instagram to see if we can get some of the fur babies out <em>30</em> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 10:44:17 EST Quotes of the Week ( Feb 23 - March 1 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x56864711 THE WISDOM OF THE GREEKS II <BR> ============================== <BR> 1)An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics. <BR> Plutarch <BR> <BR> 2)I don't need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better. <BR> Plutarch <BR> <BR> 3)Wise leaders generally have wise counselors because it takes a wise person themselves to distinguish them. <BR> Diogenes of Sinope <BR> <BR> 4)One may define flattery as a bas... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 19:27:16 EST Quotes of the Week ( Feb 16 - 22 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x56864522 THE WISDOM OF THE ANCIENT GREEKS <BR> ===================================== <BR> <BR> 1)It is greed to do all the talking but not to want to listen at all. <BR> Democritus <BR> <BR> 2)There are only two people who can tell you the truth about yourself - an enemy who has lost his temper and a friend who loves you dearly. <BR> Antisthenes <BR> <BR> 3)Pay attention to your enemies, for they are the first to discover your mistakes. <BR> Antisthenes <BR> <BR> 4)Anybody can become angry - that ... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 19:09:14 EST New Member / Professional Pet Sitter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x110x56825296 I'm new to Spark and to this group. I'm a professional Pet Sitter and I love living with a house full of dogs! I really can't imagine living without dogs. I am so lucky to have a job that allows me to spend every waking moment of each day with animals. I joined this group because I think people that love animals are my kind of people :) <BR> <BR> Even with all the time I spend walking, playing with and cleaning up after dogs, I still struggle with getting enough exercise. I'm often embarr... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 18:49:54 EST Oral care http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x56785677 Petco here is having an Oral Care Seminar (short one) today and tomorrow. I was going to take Cassie, but she came in heat yesterday or so, so will probably not want to take her in. I do have panties from when I had Annie, though. Cassie has had really bad breath and I have tried brushing her teeth, but it has always been a big fight (was with the others too). I found out what the bad breath was (a broken tooth), so while trying to find where to take it out and also wait out her season, I... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 14:02:38 EST Hello, New Here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x110x56747595 Hello <BR> <BR> I am new to the team and thought I would introduce myself. I don't have a dog. So, you are probably asking why I'm here. We are going to be adding a dog to our family soon... we are waiting for the right one to pick us! <BR> <BR> We used to be very involved in dogs. We had several that shared our home with us... 2 standard poodles, a bulldog, and several Pomeranians. We traind and showed them. We did a little conformation, but mainly because I loved talking to the s... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 11:29:52 EST Boycotting the Olympics? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x56718406 Is anyone else boycotting the Olympics due to how dogs are treated in Sochi? Thoughts? Mon, 10 Feb 2014 08:22:24 EST Quotes of the Week ( FEB 9 - 15 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x56707544 1)A lie told often enough becomes the truth. <BR> Vladimir Lenin <BR> <BR> 2)There are no morals in politics; there is only expedience. A scoundrel may be of use to us just because he is a scoundrel. <BR> Vladimir Lenin <BR> <BR> 3)The greatest wealth is to live content with little, for there is never want where the mind is satisfied. <BR> Lucretius <BR> <BR> 4)No matter what you've done for yourself or for humanity, if you can't look back on having given love and attention to your own fam... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 11:54:48 EST Quotes of the Week ( Feb 2 - 8 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x56688651 QUOTES BY THEODOR WIESENGRUND ADORNO <BR> ========================================<BR>====== <BR> <BR> <BR> 1)Intolerance of ambiguity is the mark of an authoritarian personality. <BR> <BR> 2) There are no more ideologies in the authentic sense of false consciousness, only advertisements for the world through its duplication and the provocative lie which does not seek belief but commands silence. <BR> <BR> 3)Once the last trace of emotion has been eradicated, nothing remains of thought bu... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 19:57:15 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 26 - Feb 1 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x56688324 1)Be convinced that to be happy means to be free and that to be free means to be brave. Therefore do not take lightly the perils of wa <BR> Thucydides <BR> <BR> 2) Mens indignation, it seems, is more excited by legal wrong than by violent wrong; the first looks like being cheated by an equal, the second like being compelled by a superior. <BR> Thucydides <BR> <BR> 3) The depth and strength of a human character are defined by its moral reserves. People reveal themselves completely only when ... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 19:36:22 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 19 -24) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x56687989 1) Getting divorced just because you don't love a man is almost as silly as getting married just because you do. <BR> Zsa Zsa Gabor <BR> <BR> 2)You never really know a man until you have divorced him. <BR> Zsa Zsa Gabor <BR> <BR> 3)I am a marvelous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man I keep his house. <BR> Zsa Zsa Gabor <BR> <BR> 4)Engrave this Quote Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning. <BR> Bill Gates <BR> <BR> 5)Often you have to rely on intuition. <BR> Bi... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 19:04:33 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 12 - 18) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x56684954 1)Have you ever been hurt and the place tries to heal a bit, and you just pull the scar off of it over and over again. <BR> Rosa Parks <BR> <BR> 2)I have often repented speaking, but never of holding my tongue. <BR> Xenocrates <BR> <BR> 3)No human being will ever know the Truth, for even if they happen to say it by chance, they would not even known they had done so. <BR> Xenophanes <BR> <BR> 4)Men create the gods in their own image. <BR> Xenophanes <BR> <BR> 5)The sweetest of all sounds i... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 13:27:50 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 5- 11) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x56684829 1)If you can dream it, you can do it. <BR> Walt Disney <BR> <BR> 2)Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night. <BR> William Blake <BR> <BR> 3)Know or listen to those who know. <BR> Baltasar Gracian <BR> <BR> 4)True friendship multiplies the good in life and divides its evils. Strive to have friends, for life without friends is like life on a desert island... to find one real friend in a lifetime is good fortune; to keep him is a blessing. <BR> Baltasar Gr... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 13:14:43 EST hi i am new to dog lovers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x110x56631057 hi <BR> My name is Sandy and my side kicks are Earl(daschound) Pearl(shetzu terrier) and zoey(jack russell terrier). Although I have been a member of Spark People for about 7 months . I am trying to lose 100lbs and I was walking my dogs a lot in summer and until this snow hit. I do work part time and this takes away from opportunity to walk dogs more and they let me know. I cannot walk all three at the same time as they go spastic when they see another dog ,not to mention there leashes tangl... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 14:19:41 EST Competition on TV Feb 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x56617799 They have an Incredible Dog Challenge on NBC today at 5:00 eastern. I'm planning on watching it and then turning to the Super Bowl to root for the Broncos. If anyone saw Eli Manning and an ACD on GMA (I think) or Today Show earlier this week, it was to promote this challenge. The dog is a rescue that competes in Disc Dog competition (he should be near the end of the show) and belongs to a trainer at Purina Farms. Sun, 2 Feb 2014 15:41:38 EST Aday4this http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x110x56609716 My name is Alice. I am a lifetime member of Weight Watchers since 1989. I have 35 pounds to loose again!! <BR> I will be 73 in acouple of weeks. I have a small dog, Buddy. He keeps me moving, everytime I sit down and get real comfy he needs to go out side. <BR> <BR> Sat, 1 Feb 2014 23:16:36 EST My lil Pippin died Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2466x110x56596844 My sweet Pom died Sunday choking on a rawhide. I blame myself, if I had paid attention I would have been able to save him. It doesn't matter what anyone says, I still feel guilty over this. But, he was almost 8 years old and did have a great life. The week leading up to this accident, he had been needing to go to the bathroom every 5 minutes. I'm trusting that God took him now to spare him and us long years of suffering that was about to start. <BR> <BR> I have forced myself to work out... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 23:21:15 EST Chit Chat For People http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x56461325 or otherwise known as "Getting to Know Your Teammates" .... I guess the "Daily Chat" is supposed to be reserved for our four footed family members. <BR> <BR> My dH's friend flew home today after spending 7 days with us, which quite frankly, was 3 days too long! If this guy never comes to visit again, that will be OK with me. Both dH & I aren't feeling all that great this evening and may be coming down with a cold. On the bright side, it was a nice sunny day here in AZ. <BR> <BR> What are my... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 20:33:25 EST Important study about dog emotions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x56435388 I hope the result of this study will change the way that dogs are trained and reduce the incidence of cruely.: <BR> <BR> <link>agilitymach.hubpages.com/hub/A-New-S<BR>tudy-May-Forever-Change-the-Way-We-Tra<BR>in-Our-Dogs </link> <BR> <BR> Birgit Mon, 20 Jan 2014 00:25:46 EST Supplementing with pumpkin or ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x56344980 I have been giving Cassie pumpkin with her food just about every morning to help with her butt-scooting problems. That has been helping unless I don't do it for more than a couple days at a time. I know that they are always running out of pumpkin around here and I was wondering if sweet potato or something else would work as well. Have any of you used these things? I'm not too sure what to use other than that. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 12:03:58 EST Hello from Renoooo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x110x56343449 Hi I am Marnie from Reno. I'm looking to drop 20ish pounds by spring/summer, and then go from there. I have two dogs, a 12 year old pug named Winston whom I've had since he was 7 1/2 weeks, and I have hunter, my lab mix, that I adopted from a shelter when he was 8 weeks old. <BR> <BR> Hunter is my running buddy. He gets me out when I don't feel like it. My husband and I live in an apartment, and having a very active dog makes you HAVE to get out. He's a mix of something that kept ... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 10:28:49 EST Volunteering at local Animal Shelter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x110x56341477 Good Morning all! <BR> I am fairly new to Sparkpeople (joined a couple years ago but didnt get serious about it till now). I recently started volunteering at my local Animal Shelter and help take care of the dogs. I've always loved animals and donated to shelters, but this is my first time doing something hands on. I absolutely love it!!! I am so attached to the dogs there, my experience there has been so wonderful. For all those who heard of the Puppy Doe incident in Quincy MA, that is the ... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 08:15:18 EST Not new, just fell off the "straight and narrow" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x110x56317050 Hi Folks, <BR> I joined Spark People in 2009 and was doing well with everyone's support but I strayed from the path and have gained back all the weight I lost and more. Now I'm back with loads of enthusiasm and determination to get thinner anf fitter. My 2 dogs are going to go for so many walks!! <em>213</em> Sat, 11 Jan 2014 11:47:24 EST Pics of your fur babies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x56282051 We need some new pics of your dogs, since this is a new year. So start taking pics of your fur babies, post them to your page, then let me know when you do. I will use the precious pictures for our "star of the week" If you do not have a dog yet, then take a picture of a dog you enjoy. <BR> Thanks, <BR> Jeanne Wed, 8 Jan 2014 22:34:12 EST What type of dog do you have? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x56264688 I love all types of dogs. <BR> I would love to get a shelter dog. <BR> My husband has allergies. <BR> We have two havanese (non-shedding dogs). Tue, 7 Jan 2014 19:37:03 EST new puppy blues http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x56248780 I am seriously struggling with this potty training this new puppy. <BR> Its way too cold, like 1 degree here right now, to take her outside, and she is still hiding anywhere she can to poop. <BR> Mostly behind the couch or futon, or behind the end table. <BR> I do understand that dogs look for secret places to go, so I put pads down in these corner/dark areas she seems to prefer. <BR> But it doesn't matter, she goes everywhere, and I am really having a hard time knowing what to do next. <BR> ... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 19:07:28 EST Aww...I love dogs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x110x56200606 Two of my best friends in the whole wide world are Papi, my Jug mix and Oscar, my Pekineese mix. They greet me at the door when I come home and snuggle up with me, and make me laugh all the time. I know I need them more than they need me for sure! Fri, 3 Jan 2014 16:41:34 EST Amputation and Megaoesophagus, goodbye 2013! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x56165892 Firstly, Happy New Year everyone! Secondly, I apologise for this being a very long post, but I especially wanted it to reach the Dog Lover's Team and not be lost just as a blog. <BR> <BR> Whilst many people have had, and continue to have, dreadful dramas and events with which to deal, we all walk only in our own shoes. Even by my own standards 2013 was a roller coaster, starting with a serious fall which has left some nasty pains and restricts certain things. Other major things just kep... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 13:41:26 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 29- Jan 4 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x56162948 NEW YEAR QUOTES <BR> =================== <BR> <BR> 1)The Old Year has gone. Let the dead past bury its own dead. The New Year has taken possession of the clock of time. All hail the duties and possibilities of the coming twelve months! <BR> ~Edward Payson Powell <BR> <BR> 2)Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right. <BR> ~Oprah Winfrey <BR> <BR> 3)People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what ... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 10:46:42 EST Blue Buffalo recall http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x56114559 Just got this link about a high-calcium disease on dogs eating Blue Buffalo Wilderness Chicken and thought I'd pass it on. I know there are a lot of people who feed it. It seems to be caused by too much Vitamin D in the food. <BR> <link>msutoday.msu.edu/news/2010/msu-resea<BR>rchers-link-pet-food-dog-illnesses-nat<BR>ionwide/ </link> Sat, 28 Dec 2013 13:21:43 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 22 - 28 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x56081668 1)He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything. <BR> Thomas Carlyle <BR> <BR> 2)The sweetest of all sounds is praise. <BR> Xenophon <BR> <BR> 3)Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers. <BR> Voltaire <BR> <BR> 4)Let your mind alone, and see what happens. <BR> Virgil Thomson <BR> <BR> 5)In the Halls of Justice the only justice is in the halls. <BR> Lenny Bruce <BR> <BR> 6)A man in love is incomplete until he has married. Then he's finished. <BR> Zsa Zsa Gab... Tue, 24 Dec 2013 20:07:26 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 15 - 21 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x56063916 QUOTES BY CONFUCIUS <BR> ========================= <BR> <BR> 1)Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. <BR> <BR> 2)When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps. <BR> <BR> 3)I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand. <BR> <BR> 4)A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions. <BR> <BR> 5)Faced with what is right, to leave it undone shows a lack of courage. <BR> <BR> 6... Sun, 22 Dec 2013 20:43:02 EST Discussion about blood sugar on messageboards http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x56051613 I don't usually share topics on this team that are not related to dogs but this one is very close to my heart from personal experience and I wanted to include all my fellow dog lovers. <BR> I started a topic on testing blood sugars through the A1c test on the messageboards because most people who are pre-diabetic or diabetic have no idea, in particular people who are normal weight or children. One simple inexpensive test can prevent major complication from diabetes later in life. Please feel ... Sat, 21 Dec 2013 13:51:48 EST suggestions for winer dry skin? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x55961713 My baby is has that winter dry skin and i dont wanna spend an arm and leg, anyone have any suggestions I can try to help her stop scratching? I checked her over and I know fleas are bad this year... shes ok but shes... got a lil dandruff going on...anything I can try at home? She 90% gordon setter and 10% golden retriever. She has more golden fur type like length and density but the rest is all gordon. I have tried more fats and protiens in her diet doesnt seem to be helping much. <BR> thanks... Thu, 12 Dec 2013 20:41:52 EST when your best friend aient a puppy any more http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x55961528 I was reading some things the other day and i came across Kali's life expectancy is 10-12 years for her breed... I looked at her beyond those puppy eyes and thought has it been that long? Last time I had her to the vet she was classified as a "senior" at 8. Shes not a senior ... shes not greying in the muzzle or... or .. inactive. Shes aloof sometimes yeah but shell play like no tomorrow. Shes healthy. <BR> I told this to my oldest daughter and shes like mom you take such good care of her, "K... Thu, 12 Dec 2013 20:25:20 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 8 - 14 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x55891935 QUOTES BY MORIHEI UESHIBA <BR> ============================ <BR> <BR> 1)Everyone has a spirit that can be refined, a body that can be trained in some manner, a suitable path to follow. You are here to realize your inner divinity and manifest your innate enlightenment. <BR> <BR> 2)Life is growth. If we stop growing, technically and spiritually, we are as good as dead. <BR> <BR> 3)If your heart is large enough to envelop your adversaries, you can see right through them and avoid their attack... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 20:34:36 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 1 - 7 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x55891587 QUOTES BY JOAN RIVERS <BR> ========================= <BR> <BR> 1)I knew I was an unwanted baby when I saw that my bath toys were a toaster and a radio. <BR> <BR> 2)I hate housework! You make the beds, you do the dishes and six months later you have to start all over again. <BR> Joan Rivers <BR> <BR> 3)I told my mother-in-law that my house was her house, and she said, 'Get the hell off my property.' <BR> <BR> 4)People say that money is not the key to happiness, but I always figured if you ... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 19:51:58 EST Question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x55844168 Not sure if any of you know, but TEALHAWK had to leave Spark People. She had her email addy on her spark page. She sent me a spark goody and asked if I would keep in touch with her, but by the time I got to her spark page, she had closed the page down. I feel so bad. I really wanted to keep in touch with her. Does anybody in this group have her email addy? If so, then please spark mail me. <BR> Thanks, <BR> Jeanne Mon, 2 Dec 2013 21:34:38 EST Alphabetical Dogs Names http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1490x110x55841114 Alice Mon, 2 Dec 2013 16:29:39 EST any suggestions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x55822759 My rat terrier/Chihuahua <em>338</em> is 13 and the vet just found a mast cell tumor on her boney leg. I won't put her through surgery as the vet most likely wouldn't get it all because of where it is. She's eating, and running around now, and don't want to go thru the stress n be down n out. She gets benadryl morning and night, and pepcid, also fish oil and pro biotics. <BR> Any suggestions greatly appreciated. <BR> She's all I have, and the love of my life <em>26</em> <BR> Deb <em>24... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 08:44:44 EST I need to vent please http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2466x110x55790890 I often do dog rescue and people continue to disappoint me with their treatment of animals. <BR> On Monday M was dropped off to me because her people didn't want her anymore. <BR> M is a 6 yr old small mixed breed dog, super sweet despite being in a home with her past owners. When M was dropped off with me I saw that she had a large hanging mass from her genital area and belly so I asked about it. The people said that it was a hernia and didn't hurt her. (okay, don't know how they would know)... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 22:30:53 EST hello all... im a newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x110x55757967 Hi guys. My name is Ann Marie and im new to all this. I picked teams that I thought Id find something in common with or enjoy as a part of my life. As my nae says "furkids" I have two of them I had a blue traditional dollface persian she lived til 16 and now i have her granddaughter puddles. As a kitten she looked like she walked her pot belly and paws through a puddle of white paint. <BR> Then theres Kali kae or as my daughter has called her forever "kowi". We got her from the pound one yea... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 03:31:34 EST Quotes of the Week ( Nov 24 - 30 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x55751195 1)All things are artificial, for nature is the art of God. <BR> Thomas Browne <BR> <BR> 2)It is now common knowledge that the average American gains 7 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. <BR> Marilu Henner <BR> <BR> 3)We need to rekindle those values, those strengths as a nation and as a people... And we must do so as one people with one goal. <BR> Kamla Persad-Bissessar <BR> <BR> 4)There are two things that I cannot live without: music and books. Caffeine isn't dignified enoug... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 13:14:31 EST Quotes of the Week ( Nov 17 - 23 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x55750949 1)The sound of a kiss is not so loud as that of a cannon, but its echo lasts a great deal longer. <BR> Oliver Wendell Holmes <BR> <BR> 2)Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one. <BR> Stella Adler <BR> <BR> 3)I grew up with six brothers. That's how I learned to dance - waiting for the bathroom. <BR> Bob Hope <BR> <BR> 4)Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value. <BR> Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> 5)We make a living by what we... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 12:51:09 EST Introducing me and Lorelai http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x110x55667172 Hi, I'm Susan, married, with two grown children so my babies now are 2 cats, Izzy & BeBop, and Lorelai, our Blue Heeler. She's from Texas and was born October 26 2012, and became a member of our family December 5 2012 at 5-1/2 weeks old. She was a cuddly little thing and slept in a box beside the bed for the first 2-3 months. She was good, though, and I only had to get up once a night to take her out to potty. We ended up going through 3 boxes as she got bigger, then she graduated to her crat... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 11:48:31 EST Another Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x110x55661450 Hello All, <BR> I am new to the site and just saw your group. Our home is full of puppy love most of the time as I do some rescue/rehab work. I have 2 Poms that welcome the new comers and show them the ropes, but all breeds have had some time with us. What great walking buddies and supports dogs are in this process we are going through to be healthier. Cheers Sat, 16 Nov 2013 22:08:04 EST Quotes of the Week ( Nov 10- 16 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x55589580 1)Men always want to be a woman's first love - women like to be a man's last romance. <BR> Oscar Wilde <BR> <BR> 2)My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her. <BR> George Washington <BR> <BR> 3)Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own. <BR> Aristotle <BR> <BR> 4)The mother-child relationship i... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 21:25:40 EST Quotes of the Week ( Nov 3 - 9) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x55589300 1)Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company. <BR> George Washington <BR> <BR> 2)I don't want to be alone, I want to be left alone. <BR> Audrey Hepburn <BR> <BR> 3)It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. <BR> Harry S. Truman <BR> <BR> 4)Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned. <BR> Buddha <B... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 21:07:26 EST Quotes of the Week ( Oct 27- Nov 2 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x55585339 1)The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary. <BR> Vince Lombardi <BR> <BR> 2)Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. <BR> Ralph Waldo Emerson <BR> <BR> 3)The trust of the innocent is the liar's most useful tool. <BR> Stephen King <BR> <BR> 4)Trust your hunches. They're usually based on facts filed away just below the conscious level. <BR> Joyce Brothers <BR> <BR> 5)All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to p... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 14:03:15 EST Quotes of the Week ( Oct 20- 26 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x55585120 <BR> 1)To keep your marriage brimming, With love in the loving cup, Whenever you're wrong, admit it; Whenever you're right, shut up. <BR> Ogden Nash <BR> <BR> 2)Peace begins with a smile. <BR> Mother Teresa <BR> <BR> 3)Gold medals aren't really made of gold. They're made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts. <BR> Dan Gable <BR> <BR> 4)Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend. <BR> Albe... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 13:38:30 EST Quotes of the Week ( Oct 13- 19 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x55584958 1)God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well. <BR> Voltaire <BR> <BR> 2)The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate. <BR> Oprah Winfrey <BR> <BR> 3)I think, at a child's birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity. <BR> Eleanor Roosevelt <BR> <BR> 4)Don't marry the person you think you can live with; marry only the individual you think ... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 13:23:30 EST Reverse sneezing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x55506601 It has probably been asked before, but I couldn't find it. What causes reverse sneezing? Cassie has been having reverse sneezing fits several times the last couple of days and I have problems getting close to her to try to help any. I was told by a trainer that they are like hyperventilating, but I don't know. She seems to go into a panic when these start. Sun, 3 Nov 2013 23:35:37 EST Ticks!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x55457972 I need opinions! My dog is on Revolution (a topical for fleas, ticks, heartworm and mange). He has gotten 5+ticks! In addition to ones I have seen on him before they got to his skin and got off! I had may last dog for 12+ years and he never had a tick!! We go the same places for the most part! What gives? I am thinking the topical medication isn't working Charlie squirms and resists a lot.whereas my other dog was on pills. Any thoughts how to prevent this? Thu, 31 Oct 2013 01:07:13 EST Jerky Treats http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2466x110x55427418 <link>www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpd<BR>ates/ucm371413.htm </link> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 17:28:19 EST Northern Minnesota Dog Lover! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x110x55418694 Hi Y'all! I'm recently new to SP and came across this team and thought... yay! right up my alley! <BR> My name is Bobbi, and my fiance' and I have 3 Dogs and 2 cats. Our children's names are... "CJ" she's a mixed breed not exactly sure, She was named after my fathers initials. She's a daddy's girl. Whenever daddy is giving her attention, she always looks over at me and gives me that look, like hahaha.. this is my daddy. lol <BR> "Jade" She's another mixed breed. a little girl with a big at... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 23:53:34 EST Let me introduce myself! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x110x55381421 hey everyone...my name is dena, and im 27 going on 28 as of November 21st :) i am a huge dog lover, however my heart only has room for my furbaby shihtzu Chico....he is the center of my world(well besides my husband and daughter! lol) he is a 7 yr old male who we rescued from abuse. he melted my heart the first time we laid eyes on each other.... <BR> anyways, im new here, so i just wanted to say hello...and id love to make some new friends so just drop me a line if you want :) Thu, 24 Oct 2013 17:50:07 EST Beware of Dog Treats from China http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x55360736 Interesting article in regards to dog treats made in China. Very dangerous, please make sure you are reading the labels on what you are giving to your per. We almost lost our Gizmo last year because of a treat we gave to him. <BR> <BR> http://www.kvoa.com/news/pet-treat-warni<BR>ng-nearly-600-animals-killed/ Wed, 23 Oct 2013 01:15:18 EST Quotes of the Week ( Oct 6 - 12) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x55321927 1)Educators take something simple and make it complicated. Communicators take something complicated and make it simple. <BR> John C. Maxwell <BR> <BR> 2)Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. <BR> Thomas A. Edison <BR> <BR> 3)An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind. <BR> Budda <BR> <BR> 4)All life is an experiment. The... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 18:38:33 EST Quotes of the Week ( Sept 28- Oct 5 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x55321699 1) Love is the poetry of the senses. <BR> Honore de Balzac <BR> <BR> 2)A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world. <BR> John le Carre <BR> <BR> 3)History keeps her secrets longer than most of us. But she has one secret that I will reveal to you tonight in the greatest confidence. Sometimes there are no winners at all. And sometimes nobody needs to lose. <BR> John le Carre <BR> <BR> 4)The only source of knowledge is experience. <BR> Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> 5)A mind that is ... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 18:15:43 EST Experience with a herding or feral dog? Help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2466x110x55317991 This summer I came home with a far larger souvenir from my vacation than I could have possible imagined. A town I visited has a huge problem with wild dogs, they catch them and take them to local shelters as much as possible. My friend and I found a puppy, matted fur, emaciated, mange and bite marks from other dogs. At 6 months old she was the last of her litter left; the others had met a variety of fates. The only thing we really know about her is that at some point she has a herding breed i... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 10:34:07 EST Introducing Dogs to New Kitten - Ideas Needed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x55249609 It's been a long time since I've had to do this, and never with our current dogs. We have another, older cat, but he was here and already clearly in control of the house when the dogs arrived as puppies. Now it's the opposite situation. <BR> <BR> Our dogs are all big, one at 55 lbs, the other two upwards of 80. The "small" one doesn't seem to care about this kitten, but the other two are CRAZY. The kitten is tiny, only 8 or 9 weeks old, but bold as anything. He's been living in a separa... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 14:55:23 EST Making a change. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x110x55235512 I am a 47 year old Mother of two.Like alot of the stories I let myself go.Got pregnant,got chubby,had two kids,quit smoking but worst of all bought track pants.Those things are way too forgiving! Have tried over the years to take charge.I have jumped on the band wagon more times that I can count and think I still have the bruises from falling off.lol.Well I have recently been offered a wonderful opportunity....fundraiser for our local hospital.Its called "lose it to win" same idea as the "big... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 09:20:45 EST Halloween http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x55074069 whats your baby going to be this year <em>431</em> Sun, 29 Sep 2013 12:44:06 EST What special have you done for your dog lately? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x55030105 I just taught my 1 year old pup to "show me love" - with me on my knees he puts his paws on my shoulders and tucks his face into my chest - showing me love <BR> <BR> So now on command he "can show love" to all Wed, 25 Sep 2013 13:25:17 EST Quotes of the Week ( Sept 22 - 28 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x54988910 1)Anyway, no drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we're looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power. <BR> P. J. O'Rourke <BR> <BR> 2)In politics stupidity is not a handicap. <BR> Napoleon Bonaparte <BR> <BR> 3)Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars. <BR> Khalil Gibran <BR> <BR> 4Your living is deter... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 00:59:40 EST Quotes of the Week ( Sept 15- 21 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x54988804 1)I shed a tear when I meet somebody who always quits. Reliable people are so rare in this world. <BR> Bauvard <BR> <BR> 2)Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness. <BR> Napoleon Hill <BR> <BR> 3)Selfishness is the greatest curse of the human race. <BR> William E. Gladstone <BR> <BR> 4)Mastery passes often for egotism. <BR> Johann Wolfgang von Goethe <BR> <BR> 5)Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity. <BR> Frank Leahy... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 00:37:45 EST Quotes of the Week ( Sept 8 -14 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x54979010 1)I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you. <BR> &#8213; Friedrich Nietzsche <BR> <BR> 2)The reason I talk to myself is because I’m the only one whose answers I accept. <BR> &#8213; George Carlin <BR> <BR> 3)Lies require commitment. <BR> &#8213; Veronica Roth, <BR> <BR> 4)A woman whose smile is open and whose expression is glad has a kind of beauty no matter what she wears. <BR> Anne Roiphe <BR> <BR> 5)The world's biggest power is the youth and bea... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 01:47:44 EST Quotes of the Week ( Sept 1 - 7) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x54978952 1)The truly scary thing about undiscovered lies is that they have a greater capacity to diminish us than exposed ones. They erode our strength, our self-esteem, our very foundation. <BR> &#8213; Cheryl Hughes <BR> <BR> 2)Declare your jihad on thirteen enemies you cannot see -egoism, arrogance, conceit, selfishness, greed, lust, intolerance, anger, lying, cheating, gossiping and slandering. If you can master and destroy them, then you will be read to fight the enemy you can see. <BR> &#8213; ... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 01:28:33 EST Quotes of the Week ( Aug 25 -31) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x54978784 1)Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the highroad to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction. <BR> Margaret Thatcher <BR> <BR> 2)There is no satisfaction in hanging a man who does not object to it. <BR> George Bernard Shaw <BR> <BR> 3)What we call happiness in the strictest sense comes from the (preferably sudden) satisfaction of needs which have been dammed up to a high degree. <BR> Sigmund Freud <BR> <BR> 4)Speak when you are an... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 00:52:48 EST HELLO! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x110x54971920 Hello! I just wanted to introduce myself to the team! My name is Rikki and I am a dog lover! I have two dogs both female. The first is a beagle named Rogue and the other is a Mastiff/Pitbull mix named Gracie. They are my furry babies! I look forward to sharing stories and sharing in my weight loss experience with other dog lovers!! Fri, 20 Sep 2013 12:16:20 EST Allergies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x54938535 Well, I found out that Cassie has allergies. The other day I felt a scab on her shoulder/neck area (couldn't see it). I had salve on it since it was late, then yesterday gave her a good bath. By evening she was scratching again. I had thrown out what was left of the last bag of food because she was getting sick on that (she also itched the whole time on it). That one was Eukanuba Lamb and Rice. She is now eating Fromm Chicken and Rice. I am going to check the Pet Pantry and see if I ca... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 20:14:26 EST RIP Yardlee 2012 - 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x54920264 Have not been here for a while. On July 11, 2013 my beautiful and energetic 15 month old puppy was killed by a hit and run driver. Two months later I am still trying to understand how someone can drive away after hitting a dog. I was walking up to the corner to bring Yardlee home when I heard a bang. Two minutes later I found her laying on the road. The vet said that whoever hit her was going fast because she was killed instantly. <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 10:36:59 EST Lost My Best Friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2466x110x54863696 Yesterday I put down Einstein, my 10 year old Standard Schnauzer so I am feeling very sad. He was one of the most positive, optimistic dogs I have ever had. He had a major back surgery about a year ago. While he never fully recovered all his mobility he adjusted in his usual cheerful way. I know I will eventually be able to remember only the good times we shared but right now I am feeling angry at fate for taking him so soon. Normally I would have had him for at least another 3 years. <... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 10:07:07 EST Heads up-new dog virus http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2466x110x54843547 I'm not posting this to scare anyone, just to keep you aware of a new virus finding. Currently, found in Ohio and California: <BR> <BR> http://truthaboutpetfood2.com/heads Mon, 9 Sep 2013 19:36:03 EST Remember when....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x54734129 A while back 2011 I wanted everyone to read this wonderful blog from my friend called "Best Friends" (Tommy & Thor) <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4577982 </link> <BR> <BR> I just found out that my friends husband had passed away and I'm devastated. <BR> Here is her blog about her & Thor. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5427097 </link> Sat, 31 Aug 2013 23:19:06 EST Texas Dog Lover http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x110x54733182 Hi my name is Alycia. Have two fur babies, Penny a 6 year old Pomeranian and Chase, a 7 month old mini Australian Shepard. Looking forward to getting more active and getting my dogs more exercise. Sat, 31 Aug 2013 21:42:01 EST Can anyone SAVE this little guy?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x54693838 Someone posted this on a Facebook page I follow and I'm hoping someone can save Jake the Border Collie. Or at least pass the information along to others to try and get this dog saved. He is at a kill shelter in Bloomington, IN. <BR> <BR> Here is the photo with his story on Facebook: <BR> <link>www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1010<BR>3184955355799&set=a.10100173562765689.<BR>2785175.6813365&type=1 </link> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 15:41:09 EST Can we ask a favor? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x54679134 Our collie, Ryder, needs your help! He is entered in a calendar contest, and needs as many votes as possible - the competition is fierce this year! <BR> <BR> how to vote: <BR> <BR> Click on the link below <BR> <BR> Scroll down past the info and pictures, until you see "who is YOUR favorite?" <BR> <BR> Under there you will see Ryder's name, with a bubble next to it. Click the bubble. <BR> <BR> Then scroll down until you see the "vote" button. Click on "vote" and you are done! <BR> <BR... Tue, 27 Aug 2013 12:27:00 EST Potty Training Advice - Update and ?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x54674485 Thank you all for your previous suggestions! We came up with a semi-crate solution of blocking Henry in a small hallway each night using two baby gates and it works very well - no accidents! - however, he starts whining and barking around 3:00 AM to go outside. I would be happy to sleep until 4 AM as this is getting on my nerves.... <BR> <BR> How do I help him sleep / be quiet longer? I put him in his 'pen' last night by 8:30 as I was so tired from getting up at 3:00 for 5 days in a row. If ... Tue, 27 Aug 2013 03:34:06 EST Saying Goodbye to the Team but not SparkPeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2466x110x54652634 To me, it’s not fair to be on a team and not be active. So, for that reason, and not because this isn’t a great team, I’m leaving the team. I’ll still be on SP but will be limiting my time to the team I am a co-leader of. I wish you all the best. Sun, 25 Aug 2013 10:43:23 EST Stars of the Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x110x54650109 They all belong to Sharon Bailey. <BR> Daisy (in the middle) <BR> Mischa (in front) <BR> Freckles (the one getting squished) Sun, 25 Aug 2013 05:32:29 EST Quotes of the Wek ( Aug 18- 24) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x54552932 QUOTES ON RAISING CHILDREN <BR> ============================== <BR> <BR> 1)Raising children is an incredibly hard and risky business in which no cumulative wisdom is gained: each generation repeats the mistakes the previous one made. <BR> Bill Cosby <BR> <BR> 2)I take a very practical view of raising children. I put a sign in each of their rooms: 'Checkout Time is 18 years.' <BR> Erma Bombeck <BR> <BR> 3)Before I married, I had three theories about raising children and no children. Now, I ... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 02:36:29 EST Quotes of the Wek ( Aug 11- 17 )) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x54552783 QUOTES ON FORGIVENESS <BR> ======================== <BR> <BR> 1)Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. <BR> Martin Luther King, Jr. <BR> <BR> 2)Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names. <BR> John F. Kennedy <BR> <BR> 3)Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it. <BR> Mark Twain <BR> <BR> 4)The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. <BR> Mah... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 01:41:44 EST Quotes of the Wek ( Aug 4-10 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x54552641 QUOTES ON DREAMS <BR> =================== <BR> <BR> 1)All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible. <BR> T. E. Lawrence <BR> <BR> 2)Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to cha... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 01:16:18 EST RECALL: some Eukanuba & Iams http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x54528754 sigh...another one <BR> Some varieties of Eukanuba & Iams dog food, mostly east coast (for now anyway) and cat food. <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>eukanuba.com/en-US/SpecialAnnounceme<BR>nt.pdf </link> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 00:21:28 EST Potty Training Advice PLEASE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x54503674 Our puppy Henry is 8 months old and only semi potty trained...we've had him about a month now and in the beginning he seemed to be better able to 'hold it' all night. His last walk is at 9:00 pm and I am up by 4:00 am and I find 1 -2 pee puddles, sometimes something solid.... <BR> <BR> We do not use a crate for him, I know this is part of the issue, but I never crated other dogs and they seemed to get the hang of outside potty training fairly quickly. I work all day but my daughter is home u... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 04:31:06 EST So far, so good http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x110x54457865 Hi, I'm new to this group and to SparkPeople. I've been on a diet since the beginning of June, but was losing steam so I decided to join and track my food. So far it is helping. <BR> <BR> I have two sweet mini poodle mixes. They were rescued from a high-kill shelter in January and I brought them home towards the end of February. I can't believe I've only had them less than 6 months. It seems like they've been here forever. Such good, smart. sweet girls. Love love love them! <BR> <em>26</e... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 11:03:55 EST Dog has rotten looking tooth http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x54376375 Hi everyone - my Shiloh has one very weird looking tooth - bottom "fang tooth" - that grew in without enamel on it so it is sort of grayish-brown color and seems to be causing her some discomfort when she gnaws on a bone or chew toy. I'm thinking of having the vet pull it (we have a consult in 2 weeks). I'm just hoping it is worth it as she has really bad Lyme disease, is very overweight and is only 3 years old. I love her dearly...I just hate to put her through the surgery and pain involved ... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 05:31:08 EST Question on food recalls http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x54375367 This isn't one I am forwarding that I know has had a recall. Does anyone know if Eukanuba has been recalled at all? Cassie has been eating it for just a couple weeks and tonight she is not feeling too good. She has thrown up and got some pretty soft stool. She has been going potty in the hallway for a few days, so I have been putting her back in the crate at night. I am going to be keeping a close eye on her. Sat, 3 Aug 2013 00:05:33 EST Update on Juniors Lymes Disease http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x54345996 Thank you all for your concern and prayers for Junior! Today I came home to a house full of vomit and diarrhea. Poor thing is starting to move around a bit more But is still hurting and now stomach issues. Vet said not to feed him till tomorrow. Just have him drink small bits at a time and get his pills in him. No other food. I was under the impression that by now he would have turned around! He is slightly more active But I am not seeing the big turn around the Vet talked about! Please kee... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 21:10:34 EST Quotes of the Week ( July 28 - Aug 3) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x54332701 QUOTES ON PATIENCE <BR> ===================== <BR> <BR> 1)Patience - the gift of being able to see past the emotion. <BR> Rodney Williams <BR> <BR> 2)He is happy whose circumstances suit his temper; but he is more excellent who can suit his temper to any circumstances. <BR> David Hume <BR> <BR> 3)Let nothing disturb thee; Let nothing dismay thee; All thing pass; God never changes. Patience attains All that it strives for. He who has God Finds he lacks nothing:God alone suffices. <BR> St. T... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 22:11:05 EST My Baby is Sick! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x54318302 Friday when I got home from work my dog was acting strange. He became more and more Lethargic in only a few hours. He could no longer stand up on his own and was disoriented. I immediately took him to the Vet. I was fearful that he had a stroke. Thank God.. it turned out not to be a stroke BUT he has an advanced case of Lymes Disease. I don't understand because he is a house dog and I treat him regularly for fleas and ticks?? He is still in Massive pain and just lays and cries most of the tim... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 20:18:55 EST What's a good pet clipper to use for home use? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x54275627 Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I am seeking some assistance in choosing a pet trimmer. I have 2 shih tzu poodle dogs and I had bought a Wahl Pet-Pro, Complete Pet Clipper Kit and it's so noisy and loud and my dogs freak out when I turn it on. Also it doesn't clip the hair well. <BR> <BR> I can't afford professional grooming so I do it myself. <BR> <BR> Any help would be appreciated. <BR> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 09:48:37 EST Quotes of the Wek ( July 21 - 27) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x54272721 QUOTES ON HAPPINESS <BR> ====================== <BR> <BR> <BR> 1)Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” <BR> &#8213; Mahatma Gandhi <BR> <BR> 2)Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” <BR> &#8213; Dalai Lama XIV <BR> <BR> 3)Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.” <BR> &#8213; George Burns <BR> <BR> 4)Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get” <BR> &... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 02:22:32 EST Quotes of the Wek ( July 14 - 20 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x54257365 QUOTES ON FOOD <BR> ================== <BR> <BR> <BR> 1)Popcorn for breakfast! Why not? It's a grain. It's like, like, grits, but with high self-esteem.” <BR> &#8213; James Patterson <BR> <BR> 2)One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” <BR> &#8213; Virginia Woolf, <BR> <BR> 3)Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the 'Titanic' who waved off the dessert cart.” <BR> &#8213; Erma Bombeck <BR> <BR> 4)I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the fo... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 21:03:17 EST Cow dog wrangler http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x110x54144211 Just wanted to say hello to my fellow dog-loving sparkers. I'm currently the proud momma of two rambunctious Australian cattle dogs, Kiki and Lulu, and I work at a dog specialty store and bakery. Mon, 15 Jul 2013 23:54:02 EST Almost 28 with over a hundred to lose http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x110x54092685 Hey guys I'm getting ready to turn 28 years old and I weigh 297 pounds. I am a mother to a 7 year old and a wife. I am just tired of being obese I have been since i was 17 my lowest adult weight was 245 in 08 at my wedding. I am ready to get my life back because it spiraled out of control. I have stayed indoors for the past five years too ashamed to show my face to the people around me. It all started I guess because my in-laws are really hard on me. They love my husbands ex but can not stand... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 21:15:52 EST New to Dog Lovers Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x110x54063455 I have 3 precious pups. All rescues. Chipper Jones is almost 17 years old and so precious. Skeeter is 8 and he is a lab/akita mix. He is my snuggle buddy. He has a sense about me when I am not having a good day or moment (I have Multiple Sclerosis) <BR> Paws is our newest rescue. She is a Rotti/Sharpei mix. She talks...LOL <BR> <BR> Love my dogs! I have to mention my Gabriel. He passed almost 3 years ago, but he will always be a BIG part of my heart. <BR> <BR> Life without dogs is ... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 16:55:09 EST Rainbow Bridge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x54040096 Today, I had to do the hardest thing for a dog lover. I had to have one of my beloved dogs put to sleep. I am just devastated. Sun, 7 Jul 2013 21:54:10 EST Quotes of the Wek ( July 7-13) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x54039136 QUOTES ON LEADERSHIP <BR> ======================== <BR> <BR> 1)Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes. <BR> Peter Drucker <BR> <BR> 2)If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. <BR> John Quincy Adams <BR> <BR> 3)A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. <BR> John C. Maxwell <BR> <BR> 4)A leader is best when people barely know he exi... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 20:35:21 EST Quotes of the Wek ( June 30 - July 6 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x54038880 QUOTES ON RELIGION <BR> ===================== <BR> <BR> 1)I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ. <BR> Mahatma Gandhi <BR> <BR> 2)I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else. <BR> C. S. Lewis <BR> <BR> 3)Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life. <BR> Buddha <BR> <BR> 4)Our prayers should be for blessings in g... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 20:14:02 EST Pictures? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x53993969 I want to add Cassie's and Orzo's pictures to my Spark Page pictures, but I can't figure out how to do that anymore. Can anyone help? Wed, 3 Jul 2013 22:09:55 EST Back again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x110x53993290 Hi, <BR> Back to spark from a long hiatus. Just found out I am pre diabetic so now I gotta do this for life. Walking my dogs is one of my most consistent activities! Wed, 3 Jul 2013 21:14:04 EST Cute Videos http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x53901768 Well, I keep getting links to these, so thought I'd just make the topic "cute videos" and then if people came across some they could just add it on. Hope that is okay with the leaders. This is a police dog in training: <BR> <link>www.dogheirs.com/george/posts/2407-p<BR>olice-dog-blooper-k9-keeps-a-close-wat<BR>ch-on-target-during-lesson-video </link> <BR> <BR> Darlene Wed, 26 Jun 2013 21:36:08 EST Hero Dogs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x53874575 Just got another link to a video. This one is about Hero, a stray dog that saved a lady's life. It happened a couple years ago and he has since been adopted by a lady who has him doing what he loves in life. <BR> <link>www.dogheirs.com/tamara/posts/1700-s<BR>tray-dog-comes-to-the-rescue-of-woman-<BR>in-car-crash-video </link> <BR> <BR> I guess one of my friends on FB is subscribed to this Dog Heirs site and I keep getting their posts. I sure do see a lot of them that I like. This one... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 21:54:12 EST It's that time of year...F reworks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x53850413 Charlie has not been afraid of much, trains was all, until today. Our neighbors were letting off fireworks and he was terrified! Any advice for how to deal with this? Do Thundershirts really work? Sun, 23 Jun 2013 00:30:56 EST Quotes of the Wek ( June 23 - 29 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x53838426 1)I am not what happened to me. I am who I choose to become. <BR> Carl Jung <BR> <BR> 2)Don’t walk in front of me I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend. <BR> Albert Camus <BR> <BR> 3)Never look back - unless you’re planning on going that way. <BR> Henry Thoreau <BR> <BR> 4)Sometimes the hardest battle we fight is the battle within. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 5)If you want to be respected by others, you must first respect yourself. <BR> A... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 23:17:59 EST Quotes of the Wek ( June 16 - 22 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x53838161 1)The free soul is rare, but you know it when you see it - basically because you feel good, very good, when you are near or with them. <BR> Charles Bukowski <BR> <BR> 2)The people I treasure the most give me the biggest scars. <BR> Tablo <BR> <BR> 3)If you want to be unhappy, uncomfortable, and insecure, just spend your life trying to do something that is not right for you. It is just like trying to wear shoes that don’t fit. <BR> Joyce Meyer <BR> <BR> 4) Don’t explain. People only hear wh... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 22:55:32 EST Quotes of the Wek ( June 9- 15) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x53837886 <BR> 1) Love yourself, accept yourself, forgive yourself and be good to yourself. <BR> Leo F. Buscaglia <BR> <BR> 2)I think you have to sometimes lose somebody completely before you can figure out what they really mean to you. <BR> Dawson, Dawson’s Creek. <BR> <BR> 3)The next time you feel you have to defend something about yourself, ask yourself, why am I feeling I must defend this? … Do not feel you must say anything. Be who you are. Do not try to be perfect all the time. <BR> Orin <BR> ... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 22:34:47 EST Quotes of the Wek ( June 2 -8 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x53837602 <BR> 1)Fake friends are like shadows, always around on your brightest days, but during your darkest times they are no where to be found. <BR> Chris Sandoval <BR> <BR> 2)Words can sting like anything but silence breaks the heart. <BR> Phyllis McGinley <BR> <BR> 3)I would much rather have regrets about not doing what people said, than regretting not doing what my heart led me to and wondering what life had been like if I’d just been myself. <BR> Brittany Renee <BR> <BR> 4)We can’t control w... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 22:10:18 EST Food recall http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x53806551 <link>www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reca<BR>ll/natura-pet-food-recall-june-2013/ </link> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 14:02:23 EST Anyone interested in a couple of small dogs? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x53782676 This was on Dog Heir. The two need to go together because one is the guide dog for the other one: I wish I could help, but can't manage any more. <BR> <BR> <link>www.dogheirs.com/larne/posts/3465-bl<BR>ind-dog-and-her-best-friend-and-guide-<BR>dog-looking-for-forever-home-together </link> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 19:39:56 EST Cute video of dog who wants forever family http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x53742182 She kept getting out of her kennel into the adoption area. <BR> <BR> <link>www.dogheirs.com/misst/posts/3471-sm<BR>art-dog-at-shelter-finds-way-to-escape<BR>-her-kennel-video </link> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 13:46:06 EST new member who loves labs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x110x53732903 Hi my name is Dawn.I'm a dog lover but love labs the most.I have 2 children and been married 26 years to my high school sweet heart.I have a black lab who is my 3rd kid and walking partner.I need to lose weight for my health and will need support and guidance. Thu, 13 Jun 2013 20:30:59 EST Loyalty of dogs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x53688083 Thought this might start a nice discussion. It is a video on Dog Heir. <BR> <BR> <link>www.dogheirs.com/tamara/posts/2445-l<BR>oyal-dog-protects-his-unconscious-owne<BR>r-on-busy-street-video </link> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 17:41:04 EST Do Something Good today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x53549175 UPLIFTING THINGS TO DO TODAY <BR> <BR> <BR> * Smile at a stranger <BR> <BR> <BR> * Drop a coin where a child can find it <BR> <BR> <BR> * Learn something new and teach it to someone <BR> <BR> <BR> * Tell someone you love them <BR> <BR> <BR> * Hug someone <BR> <BR> <BR> * Forgive someone who has wronged you <BR> <BR> <BR> * Try saying "I'm sorry" when you ought to <BR> <BR> <BR> * Tell a child how great they are <BR> <BR> <BR> * Sing a song about Jesus to yourself <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 31 May 2013 13:52:41 EST sharing foods from food log http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x53535231 I was away from sparkpeople for a while because I logged food on fitbit so I may have missed an update.....but, I can't seem to find how to share your logged foods with others anymore. Is this still an option? I would like to share what I have entered if it is still possible because I have benefited multiple times from others' entries and would like to contribute! Thanks! Thu, 30 May 2013 11:53:26 EST My new little foundling http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x53524888 Over the holiday weekend, I fostered a little foundling for one of our local rescue societies. I will try to post a photo <BR> <BR> Can't work it from here, will have to try from home. <link>954785_607969359215755_82851490-n </link> <BR> <BR> Try again: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=61<BR>0269362319088&set=a.450692541610105.10<BR>9295.354782204534473&type=1&theater Wed, 29 May 2013 16:01:11 EST Love for a dog http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x53524586 I just read this and it really shows the guy's love for his dog. On my blog yesterday I wrote something about seeing a homeless man and how much he loved his dog. I don't understand people who cannot understand someone's love for their animals. <BR> <BR> <link>www.dogheirs.com/elleng/posts/3381-e<BR>lderly-man-walks-186-miles-to-find-his<BR>-lost-dog </link> Wed, 29 May 2013 15:34:03 EST Charlie Gets A Pool! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x53517291 No need to entertain him the rest of the summer! lol He played so much so happily the neighbors who I haven't talked to in a long time called over to tell me they were glad I got it for him he was SOO happy!! <BR> <BR> My links don't work no matter what I do. Oh well! It was better with video! Wed, 29 May 2013 01:09:45 EST Quotes of the Week ( May 26 - June 1) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x53480820 1)A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves. <BR> Lao Tzu <BR> <BR> 2)Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them. <BR> Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> 3)Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently. <BR> Henry Ford <BR> <BR> 4)Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after. <BR> Henry David Thoreau <BR> <BR> 5)Experience is ... Sun, 26 May 2013 01:30:02 EST Quotes of the Week ( May 19 - 25) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x53478450 MEMORIAL DAY QUOTES <BR> ========================= <BR> <BR> 1)Nowadays, many Americans have forgotten the meaning and traditions of Memorial Day. At cemeteries across the country, the graves of the fallen are sadly ignored, and worse, neglected. <BR> Allen West <BR> <BR> 2)There are no points of the compass on the chart of true patriotism. <BR> Robert Charles Winthrop <BR> <BR> 3)These fallen heroes represent the character of a nation who has a long history of patriotism and honor - and a... Sat, 25 May 2013 20:45:17 EST Hi Sparkies! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x110x53414457 My name is Mary Catherine. I live in Pittsburgh. I am so thrilled to be on Spark People and sparking. Good luck to all of you on reaching your goals. Dont hesitate to send spark mail to me and I will try to answer each and every one. Mon, 20 May 2013 15:35:21 EST the 7 wonders of the world..? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x53388903 SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A group of students studied the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. At the end of that section, the students were asked to list what they considered to be the Seven: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Suez Canal <BR> <BR> 2. Dneproges Dam on the Dnepr River (USSR) <BR> <BR> 3. Atomic Energy Research Establishment Harwell, England <BR> <BR> 4. Alaska (ALCAN) Highway <BR> <BR> 5. Golden Gate Bridge <BR> <BR> 6. Eiffel Tower <BR> <BR> 7. Empi... Sat, 18 May 2013 14:26:06 EST My dog is giving up http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2466x110x53339642 I haven't written on here but figured it might be a good place to vent a little. I have a 17 year old Brittany who has been my best friend forever. Over the last year, age has taken its toll, she is almost totally blind and can not hear very well..But each day i come home from work she manages to make it known she is glad to see me.. Even though the arthritis is bad, she makes it to the table to hopefully catch a stray scrap that has fallen. I have been taking her to the vet at least monthly ... Tue, 14 May 2013 08:43:24 EST Mother's Day Quotes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x53284239 1)All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother. <BR> Abraham Lincoln <BR> <BR> 2)Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children. <BR> William Makepeace Thackeray <BR> <BR> 3)God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers. <BR> Rudyard Kipling <BR> <BR> 4)The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother. <BR> Theodore Hesburgh <BR> <BR> 5)The love of a mother is the veil of a softer light between the heart and the... Thu, 9 May 2013 19:11:32 EST Quotes of the Week ( May 12 -18 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x53284031 1)The constitution is for us all to live together, a common life, we need each other. <BR> Pope Theodoros II <BR> <BR> 2)You don't make peace with friends. You make it with very unsavory enemies. <BR> Yitzhak Rabin <BR> <BR> 3)In the midst of fighting there is no place for public debate. <BR> Yitzhak Rabin <BR> <BR> 4)I can, of course, think what I want, just like everyone else. I simply have to refrain from saying everything I think. <BR> Margrethe II of Denmark <BR> <BR> 5)The knowledge... Thu, 9 May 2013 18:53:34 EST Quotes of the Week ( May 5 -11 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x53283868 1)It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees. <BR> Emiliano Zapata <BR> <BR> 2)I have often repented speaking, but never of holding my tongue. <BR> Xenocrates <BR> <BR> 3)Men create the gods in their own image. <BR> Xenophanes <BR> <BR> 4)Excess of grief for the dead is madness; for it is an injury to the living, and the dead know it not. <BR> Xenophon <BR> <BR> 5)I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it. <BR> Voltaire <B... Thu, 9 May 2013 18:35:52 EST Quotes of the Week ( April 28 - May 4 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x53283045 1)It must be a balance in everything we do, not too much of everything, keep it simple, not complicated. <BR> Abdullah Ahmad Badawi <BR> <BR> 2)The president, just as any other American, deserves a legal defense against personal lawsuits not related to his office. But the costs of that defense should be borne by him and not the taxpayer. <BR> Ben Nighthorse Campbell <BR> <BR> 3)Nothing exists except through language. <BR> Hans-Georg Gadamer <BR> <BR> 4)In fact history does not belong to us... Thu, 9 May 2013 16:56:39 EST New here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x110x53220544 Hi all, I'm Andrea. <BR> <BR> I just joined this team. I have two dogs myself, A great dane lab mix, and a golden retriever. Both are HUGE babies. I have always owned dogs growing up, and I find that having them to walk with makes me more eager to move and do stuff. Although sometimes I think sometimes they are just as lazy as I was! lol. <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to know people and make more friends. I'm always available for a chat, and am awesome for support if that's what you... Sat, 4 May 2013 19:44:53 EST Chronic bronchitis/ asthma/lung inflammation? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x53187330 One of my dogs may have any of these. She's been coughing a number of weeks ago and after several rounds of antibiotics most of the cough was gone (though not sure the antibiotics were the reason). Today she had trouble breathing and is spending the night in ICU at the vet school (fortunately local) on oxygen. Her oxygen saturation was down to 86%. They are starting her on another antibiotic and a steroid and also given her a bronchodilator. Possibilities according to vet are inflammation, in... Thu, 2 May 2013 00:42:44 EST Feelings on Heartworm medication? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x53173615 I like to do things naturally whenever possible and expose my puppy to the least possible chemicals. What do people think about this? I know sometimes it can be a crap-shoot as to wheter it actually works...is it WORTH the risk?? Wed, 1 May 2013 00:58:37 EST Opinions/S uggestions Wanted http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x53153343 hi everyone <BR> <BR> i am in a speech class & have to give a speech so i thought i'd make it about SparkPeople. i wrote & posted the contents of the speech in today's blog and i'm looking for your opinions about how the speech could be improved or if it's ok the way it is <BR> <BR> thank you! <BR> Marie Mon, 29 Apr 2013 14:41:33 EST Purposeful Positivity - Life Is Meant to be Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x53143238 I started a sparkpeople team that focuses on being positive .... I stole the tag line from my church ... lol ... <em>30</em> .. I don't think my minister would mind. <BR> <BR> If you're interested in focusing on the positive in life I'd love for you to join! <BR> <BR> The link is in my signature. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> <BR> Amber Sun, 28 Apr 2013 20:12:33 EST Introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x110x53142949 Hi Everyone. Just found and joined not only this Sparkteam, but 3 other breed-specific teams. I have a Lab, an Australian Shepherd and 2 Border Collies. Except for 1 8yo BC, all the dogs are 11-12 years old and my Lab will be 13 next month. He's now gray and blind but is happy, healthy, and a daily joy in our lives. All our kids give us much happiness and laughs. <BR> <BR> Years ago I used to compete in agility with 3 of the kids and Bear, the Lab was a star. He still is, although in a... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 19:42:32 EST Hey guys my name is Rose! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x110x53140939 Hey guys my name is Rose and I am 19 years of age. <BR> I was a healthy size 8 thanks to sparkpeople before I broke my foot, I couldn't walk for 6 months and have gone up to a size 14 this is not my desirable weight especially for my height. I am currently trying to eat healthy and doing cardiac and abdominal work outs and also jogging. <BR> <BR> Wish me good luck guys, I'm going to need it, I want to see my abs again! <BR> <BR> Sun, 28 Apr 2013 16:24:41 EST Dog runs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x53109165 How do I get a dog used to being in a dog run for a while again? Cassie used to live in a run with another dog, but has been a house dog since her breeder got her back (not sure how long abo that was, but she has placed her twice before I got her). I wanted to put her in the run for Sunday because I would be gone fairly long hours (church and BD party) and it is going to be in the 70s. I didn't think it would be fair to leave her in her crate for that long. If the run doesn't work out I w... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 19:33:19 EST Housebreaking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x53108907 If you are trying to housebreak your dog get a product called a Tell Bell. You can find them at Amazon. <BR> <BR> I have a puppy, she is almost a year old. I was having so much trouble housebreaking her. I had almost given up. Giving her away was not an option. With consistency and patience the Tell Bell is working Thu, 25 Apr 2013 19:02:50 EST Feeling Good, Book by David Burns http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x53080516 I find when I get down on myself, which of course often involves overeating, the insight offered in this book gives me perspective. The book doesn't specifically address eating issues but the insight and self management techniques it provides can help us deal with whatever challenge we are facing, be it smoking, eating, drinking or whatever. One of the many good takeaway ideas I got was not to feel "entitled" to eat everything I want, when I want and how much and still have good health. Thi... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 13:24:59 EST Grooming http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x53039704 I have a german shepherd mix and he is starting to shed. What kind of grooming brush should I start with? He's about 3 months old? Sat, 20 Apr 2013 09:10:55 EST Quotes of the Week ( April 21 - 27 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x53036824 ERMA BOMBECK QUOTES II <BR> ============================ <BR> 1)House guests should be regarded as perishables: Leave them out too long and they go bad. <BR> <BR> 2)Who in their infinite wisdom decreed that Little League uniforms be white? Certainly not a mother. <BR> <BR> 3)For some of us, watching a miniseries that lasts longer than most marriages is not easy. <BR> <BR> 4)Marriage has no guarantees. If that's what you're looking for, go live with a car battery. <BR> <BR> 5)Did you e... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 23:38:06 EST Quotes of the Week ( April 14 - 20 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x53036724 ERMA BOMBECK QUOTES <BR> ====================== <BR> <BR> 1)I haven't trusted polls since I read that 62% of women had affairs during their lunch hour. I've never met a woman in my life who would give up lunch for sex. <BR> <BR> <BR> 2)My theory on housework is, if the item doesn't multiply, smell, catch fire, or block the refrigerator door, let it be. No one else cares. Why should you? <BR> <BR> 3)People shop for a bathing suit with more care than they do a husband or wife. The rules are... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 23:30:01 EST 1st 6 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x53033297 Just checking in and want to say that I am feeling better than I have in a long time. The progress, no matter how little or how much is a blessing. Really like this site and all those who have taken advantage of it. This is an ounce at a time deal. Whoops, gotta go feed the dogs. Have a great day and remember that I have to be the root of my motivation. <em>306</em> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 18:08:34 EST Like what I see ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x110x52991361 Am new to Spark but do like the help that's made available to me. I really need to lose significant weight and and going to give it a go. I am extremely happy to see this dog lovers page. I have four and they are all kids to my wife and I. Thank you all for being here and have a great day ! Tue, 16 Apr 2013 14:16:31 EST New here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x110x52974980 Good morning! I love that there is a dog lover forum. For the past 8 years we have had one dog. He is an oversized pitbull with really bad hips...can't really take him on walks anymore. My youngest daughter wanted a puppy she could play with and walk with. When my husband's coworker fostered a littler of pit puppies we got a second dog. While my daughter was walking her new pup, a stray started following her. A 12 week pup that still had stitches from being neutered. We put up signs, ... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 10:43:53 EST I'm New http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x110x52921296 I'm new to SparkPeople and love dogs. We have two; Percy is a poodle that we adopted from Arizona Poodle Rescue about 8 years ago. He's definitely a "in the moment" boy, full of joy, and loves to play and be loved. Skipper is about 10 now and is a champagne colored terri poo. He loves to cuddle, get pats, and play. As a puppy he was very shy, but over the years has become more self confident. They both love attention and enrich our lives. Thu, 11 Apr 2013 07:41:17 EST Hello Ladies and Gentlemen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x52919469 I am back... Thanks for all the Prayers and nice notes.. The surgery went well now it is going to take time... Time to heal and take it easy for the next 8mo... Pray I won't do anything stupid.. I am driving again for the second time and I am headed to Camp Haluwasa for a ladies day.. I got the cake ready and pray for me..I needed it.. I don't knoe why the ladies invited me but I don't know anyone.. So Pray a little Southern comes out and tings turn out well.. Thanks so much In Christ Love Ja... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 00:37:12 EST new member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x110x52861407 Hi everyone. I'm new to Sparkpeople even though I joined a while back. Never had a chance to look at it. Any tips or words of advice would be greatly appreciated. Learning my way around. Sun, 7 Apr 2013 00:52:34 EST Quotes of the Week ( April 7 -13 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x52848629 ANCIENT GREEK QUOTES II <BR> ======================== <BR> <BR> 1)Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something. <BR> Plato <BR> <BR> 2)People are like dirt. They can either nourish you and help you grow as a person or they can stunt your growth and make you wilt and die. <BR> Plato <BR> <BR> 3)I don't need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better. <BR> Plutarch <BR> <BR> 4)An imbalance betwe... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 00:19:48 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 31- April 6 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x52848529 <BR> 1)There are only two people who can tell you the truth about yourself - an enemy who has lost his temper and a friend who loves you dearly. <BR> Antisthenes <BR> <BR> 2)Observe your enemies, for they first find out your faults. <BR> Antisthenes <BR> <BR> 3)A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 00:06:17 EST sometime people are not good for me to be near http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x52798607 Was at work putting peanut butter in the Kong's for the dogs and my tray got stuck I heard a bang looked up as the man working at he kennel picked up a dog by his head and stuck him in the tub to get a bath~ I could feel my face get hot and went in to the office to report him. all I could hear was that poor dog cry out~ <BR> <BR> I think if you do not like your job QUIT! He will be fired soon, my thoughts are volunteer at your vets office once in while to see how is with your pet, my dog wi... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 15:20:43 EST Question about dog behavior http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x52770372 We rescued a GSD mix. He has been a little feral but is calming down. He's around 3 months, give or take. <BR> <BR> He actually never leaves my sight. <BR> We were entering his little dog kennel. I heard this commotion and looked down. <BR> <BR> He had a baby squirrel in his mouth, was breaking its back while shaking his head back and forth vigorously. <BR> <BR> Periodically he let the squirrel down and barked repeatedly. <BR> <BR> During this time, I scooped up the squirrel with a sma... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 20:05:03 EST I'm new!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x110x52713770 I am Peggy & I am from the Denver, Colorado area. I live with my husband, our tabby cat Tigger & our 2 year old part terrier dog Lady. I had never had a cat before but my husband has cancer & had a dog most of his life so I decided he needs a dog as long as he has left. We got Lady & me not knowing I would get so attached to her & she follows me everywhere I go. She is the joy of our lives & such a neat part of our family. Wed, 27 Mar 2013 10:03:36 EST Beware dehydrated dog food http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x52706001 Just when we thought little Daisy got over her chocolate episode ($800 at the vet) last week, she got sick again. The vet thought it might be pancreatitis from the chocolate, but no, her blood work was perfect. The Xray showed some kind of blockage in her intestines. She was throwing up, got dehydrated, so they recommended exploratory surgery if she didn't pass it out by this morning. She had her surgery this afternoon, and turns out it was a sticky mass of dehydrated dog food that staye... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 19:28:20 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 24 -30 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x52677281 QUOTES ON FRIENDS <BR> ====================== <BR> 1) The enemy of my enemy is my friend. <BR> -Arabic Proverb <BR> <BR> 2) A friend is known when needed. <BR> -Arabic Proverb <BR> <BR> 3) Do not tell a friend anything you would conceal from an enemy. <BR> -Arabic Proverb <BR> <BR> 4) No one is rich enough to do without a neighbor. <BR> -Danish proverb <BR> <BR> 5) You may poke a man's fire after you've known him for seven years. <BR> -English Proverb <BR> <BR> 6) Friends are like fiddle... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 21:03:54 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 17- 23 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x52676998 <BR> 1)Absurdity. A statement or belief manifestly inconsistent with one's own opinion. <BR> -Ambrose Bierce <BR> <BR> 2)Adventure is not outside; it is within. <BR> -Ray Stannard Baker [David Grayson] <BR> <BR> 3)A great fortune depends on luck, a small one on diligence. <BR> -Chinese Proverb <BR> <BR> 4)Behind every great fortune there is a crime. <BR> -Honore de Balzac <BR> <BR> 5)He that flatters you more than you desire either has deceived you or wishes to deceive. <BR> -Italian Pr... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 20:45:21 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 10- 16 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x52676793 QUOTES ON FOOD <BR> ================= <BR> <BR> 1)He who eats alone chokes alone <BR> Arabic Proverb <BR> <BR> 2)A good meal ought to begin with hunger. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 3)Appetite comes with eating; the more one has, the more one would have. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 4) He that eats till he is sick must fast till he is well. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 5)Seven's a banquet nine a brawl. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 6)Much meat, much disease. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 7)Put a knife to th... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 20:30:24 EST It's time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x110x52600780 Hello everyone! I have been a member of SparkPeople for a while, but I was mainly a lurker who read other people's blogs and tried to avoid actually being accountable for anything. I have finally changed my mind set and am looking forward to putting much more effort in to fitness and nutrition and reaching my goals. I'm hoping to add some new friends and find motivation any and everywhere! Tue, 19 Mar 2013 09:34:48 EST Food and snack Recalls http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x52590337 I have been getting the recall notices on pet foods lately and it is starting to really get to me. I just got one on Natura products -- EVO, California Natural, Innova and Healthwise. Last week and the week before it was Steves. They have recalled just about all kinds of jerky type treats and bully treats. Practically everything seems to be contaminated with salmonella anymore. Have you noticed a trend to sending out recalls on anything that is an all-natural dog food. I think there is ... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 16:01:32 EST Does anybody else's dog...? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x52585967 Get overly excited after you take a shower or change clothes. Lorelai goes absolutely nuts! Mon, 18 Mar 2013 10:25:24 EST A Dog's Last Will http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x52561834 Lots of times people will say they will never have another dog or they feel guilty getting another dog. I know I have felt a little guilty. Cassie came here a little less than 2 months after I lost Venture. It is still hard for me to not have Venture here and I've thought I shouldn't have gotten Cassie so soon. She is so sweet, though, and happy to be in the house and close instead of the kennels (not that she was mistreated, just she was an outside dog). Today I was looking at my Facebo... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 15:20:15 EST Chocolate disaster http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x52549895 My daughter was rushed, it was after work, and she was off to a class in the evening. She ate half a semisweet chocolate easter bunny, put the other half on the table before she put the dogs back in their crates. In the few moments before she crated the dogs, one of them got to the chocolate, and swallowed it. She didn't realize it til she got back, and the big dog, 80 lbs., threw up the half he ate intact, then went to get a drink. He's fine. The litte 5 lb chihuahua also threw up, had ... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 17:46:00 EST GREAT DANE PUPPY RESCUE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x52545675 Hey everyone! <BR> Getting ready for a GREAT DANE PUPPY TRANSPORT & RESCUE! She is a 14 week old, Dane, who is deaf (like my little Baby Star). Her name is "Belinda"...she will be traveling from PA to VA. I would be doing the 2nd leg of of the trip....I'm asking that you keep your fingers crossed and wish us luck! <BR> XOXO, <BR> Jojo <em>90</em> <em>188</em> <em>129</em> <em>137</em> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 11:13:21 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 3 - 9 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x52540856 QUOTES ON FORGIVENESS <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>--------- <BR> 1) Repentance won't cure mischief. <BR> -Scottish Proverb <BR> <BR> 2)Forgiveness is love in its most noble form. <BR> -Anonymous <BR> <BR> 3)Never repeat old grievances. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 4)A reconciled friend is a double enemy. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 5)Those that do you a very ill deed will never forgive you. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 6)If I die, I forgive you. If I live we shall see. <BR> Ano... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 01:28:14 EST Dog Ear Problem http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x52527599 My puppy keeps shaking her head like she has something in her ear. I have cleaned her ears with dog solution, but it doesn't,t seem ti help??? Thu, 14 Mar 2013 08:15:31 EST Building a Better Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x110x52488661 Hi, all you wonderful Sparkpeeps! My name is Anna and although I am on a new "journey", I'm not entirely new to Sparkpeople. I have learned that each time I stray from this wonderful site, I stop holding myself accountable and the weight come back on. Actually, I have tried many other sites/programs and have not stuck to it or seen results like I have with Sparkpeople. I live in the wonderful state of CO and want to lose about 15 lbs. I love the outdoors, hiking, biking, running, photogr... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 17:02:33 EST New http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x110x52392385 Hey, my name is Michelle. I am a 21-year-old college student in California. I have used SparkPeople before (for varying reasons). Currently, my intention is to lose 59lbs so I can enter a police training academy and feel more comfortable with myself. I hope Sparkpeople will help keep me focused and give me tools to be successful. <BR> <BR> I joined this team because I am the proud "parent" of two chiweenies. Stewie will be six years old in April and Sam is 2 years and a month. I love them, ... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 00:49:13 EST Double Trouble http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x110x52377062 Hi All <BR> <BR> I'm Danette and the mommy of a Staffordshire Bull Terrier and English Bull Terrier <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Just wanted to say "hi" to all my fellow dog lovers!!! Mon, 4 Mar 2013 03:47:16 EST Yucky Anal Question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x52325466 Cassie was scooting and having problems so I took her in to get her anal glands cleaned out yesterday. When we got home she went to scooting again. How long does it take for them to feel better after getting them cleaned? Since I have only had her a month, I don't know how long she may have had a problem. <BR> <BR> I am hoping if this problem comes up again I can take care of it myself in a bath for her and it won't get as bad. Taking her in costs an arm and a leg. Thu, 28 Feb 2013 13:51:17 EST Quotes of the Week ( Feb 24 - March 2 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x52303200 1)We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started. <BR> Henry Ward Beecher <BR> <BR> 2)Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit. <BR> Aristotle <BR> <BR> 3)Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude. <BR> Ralp... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 01:12:37 EST Quotes of the Week ( Feb 17- 23) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x52303072 1) Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions. <BR> Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> 2)The saddest thing I can imagine is to get used to luxury. <BR> Charlie Chaplin <BR> <BR> 3)If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever. <BR> George Orwell <BR> <BR> 4)The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” <BR> Augustine of Hippo <BR> <BR> 5)Travel brings power and love back into your life.” <BR> Rumi <BR> <... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 00:54:19 EST Need some Ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x52250824 I am having problems keeping Cassie out of the cat litter. I have one box in a shower with the door closed to where only the cat fits through (glass shower doors). The other box is under a desk and has a board in front to where I thought it would be too hard for Cassie to get into. She manages to push both the board and the door aside far enough to get into the boxes. I might be able to tie the shower door, but don't know what to do with the other (which the cat prefers). Both litter box... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 14:49:18 EST Quotes of the Week ( Feb 10-16) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x52244407 QUOTES BY ARISTOTLE <BR> ====================== <BR> <BR> 1)We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. <BR> <BR> 2)Anybody can become angry - that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way - that is not within everybody's power and is not easy.. <BR> <BR> 3)It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. <BR> <BR> 4)... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 03:09:32 EST Quotes of the Week ( Feb 3 - 9 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x52244363 QUOTES ON LOVE <BR> ================ <BR> <BR> 1)Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. <BR> Lao Tzu <BR> <BR> 2)Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies. <BR> Aristotle <BR> <BR> 3)Immature love says: 'I love you because I need you.' Mature love says 'I need you because I love you.' <BR> Erich Fromm <BR> <BR> 4)Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 02:51:21 EST Breed Counts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x52195167 Have those of you with purebreds (not putting down rescues and mixed breeds) noticed much lower numbers of them around lately? I read something recently about breeds diminishing in numbers or popularity, but I hadn't been around a show until I went to meet Cassie's breeder yesterday. The Collies were shown right before the ACDs and there were only about 9 Collies and 29 ACDs. I was surprised at that. Then I went up to the obedience area because I was curious about something and there were... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 17:07:01 EST My Valentine arrived! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x52148004 My puppy, Maggie arrived late the day before Valentines Day and I am in awe of how smart she is! She pees on a pad (although, no. 2 is still an issue) and she has managed to be a Houdini when it comes to penning her in. She is only 9 weeks old! Her Mom is a Rottweiler Mix and her Dad is a Miniature Poodle. She is as cute as can be! (see my profile pic). She has three brothers and I hope they find homes. She was the product of my Daughter's friends' dogs.... <BR> <BR> My other Pup, Mic... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 10:36:17 EST BEWARE! SPAMMER ALERT!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x52119530 I had this comment on my latest blog "Valentines Day: A&I KISSES WK2 Blog": <BR> <BR> URBANMINSTRELBB <BR> 2/13/2013 3:54PM <BR> Want to see a funny animated Valentine's Day song? <BR> http://youtu.be/Qd5V8jlZHSo <BR> <BR> The username isn't a member of this site, the link wasn't clickable and I didn't search for it, but I did report it and then deleted it. Tanya from Spark People replied via e-mail: <BR> <BR> "Thank you for your report. When I click the link I find a funny valentine messa... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 07:57:25 EST Is this a small dog team. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x52113131 I have a six weeks Pomeranian mix and I'm interested and just basically good health care and training for small dogs is my group to join or would there be another team that might benefit me more Wed, 13 Feb 2013 18:55:26 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x110x52092452 I can't say I'm "new" to Spark - been a member, but I haven't used it until today. I lost almost 100 pounds through another diet (Atkins), but over the past several months after not following it I have gained back 30 pounds, and now I want to get this off! I think Spark may give me the edge this time, I need to use REAL everyday foods, and learn better overall health habits. I have a Golden Retriever, Harley, who is a spitfire! Hoping to get myself really involved with Spark and lose this... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 10:03:20 EST My Dog has Dry Eyes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x51991746 I adopted two dogs last summer. I am pretty sure that they are brothers. I am guessing that they were around a year old. They look to be Schnauzers. In the fall they started scratching and rubbing their eyes on the carpet. I thought that they had allergies. I took them to the vet and they got cortisone shots and antibiotic eye drops. Now I am using artificial tears a couple of times a day. It helps a little but they still scratch and rub their eyes all the time. Their eyes are not gooey at al... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 13:49:40 EST Obedience training http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x51978057 I haven't been to classes for quite a while and am trying to remember what orders things are taught. I have started working Cassie on "sit" and while on out walk did a little "heel", though not so much heel so I don't confuse her too much at this point. She has only done conformation before this. Can anyone help me figure out again what order is best for training her? I cannot afford the classes and will be working with her on my own. <BR> <BR> Also, I think trying to teach her to sit wh... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 17:34:04 EST My Three Doggies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x110x51889855 I have three dogs, 2 Chihuahuas and one Wire-haired terrier. I love all three of them, they are fun and cute and loving. I wouldn't trade them for the world. They have huge hearts and are very special because they bring cheerfulness, joyfulness and amusement into my life. Wed, 30 Jan 2013 01:08:30 EST New Little Girl http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x51863751 Yesterday I got a call from my friend I had talked to last week about ACD lines. She was coming halfway to Denver and offered to meet me with the bitch she was giving me then. So I now have a new little girl here. She is about 4 1/2 and really sweet. She hadn't ever been around cats but when she saw Orzo she was just fine with him being around. Unfortunately, he doesn't feel the same and has gone after her once. I am really hoping that they will get along soon. Cassie is a finished cha... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 12:59:45 EST LIfe Lessons I learned from My dog http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x51841018 Over the years I've owned several dogs, and lost them all. Now my current baby is a 4 1/2 year old Jack Russel name Kiki. I've got one heck of a welcoming committee waiting for me on the Rainbow Bridge. <BR> <BR> Lessons I'm learning from Kiki and all the dogs I've ever loved are: <BR> <BR> Life is precious. Treasure every moment. <BR> <BR> A nap on a sunny summer afternoon is awesome. <BR> <BR> Always do a cannon ball into the pool. Make sure you splash as many living creatures on your... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 00:10:56 EST Any idea on what could be causing allergies? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x51839157 I adopted a 4 year old Jack Russell terrier about a month ago. She's sweet, gentle and prefers killing rats and snuggling with me or hubby over being hyper or active. I'm currently working with the vet on this. <BR> <BR> She often gets severe, chronic yeast infections on her rear end. The shelter treated her 3 times in the 4 months she was with them. I've treated her twice in the last few weeks. <BR> <BR> She's an extremely picky eater-refusing to eat the allergy free dog food. Wet or ... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 21:51:04 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 27 - Feb 2 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x51838346 QUOTES ON TRUST <BR> ==================== <BR> <BR> 1)Trust is to human relationships what faith is to gospel living. It is the beginning place, the foundation upon which more can be built. Where trust is, love can flourish. <BR> Barbara Smith <BR> <BR> 2)I always trust my gut reaction; it's always right. <BR> Kiana Tom <BR> <BR> 3)The more you trust your intuition, the more empowered you become, the stronger you become, and the happier you become. <BR> Gisele Bundchen <BR> <BR> 4)A lie c... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 20:55:22 EST Finch, The Underdog http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x110x51788411 Hello! My name is Jonathan, and I am the proud partner of a underdog. His name is Finch, and he is part beagle, part blue heeler. His head by all accounts, does not fit his body. He was found outside of a shelter with his 6 siblings and mother as a baby. They were then given to a college to help the students learn how to do procedures. Finch, was born into a scenario which gave way to him having severe anxiety all of the time. He was scared of people, he was scared of his own shadow sometimes... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 14:23:42 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 20 -26 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x51785512 1)The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart. <BR> Buddha <BR> <BR> 2)Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned. <BR> Buddha <BR> <BR> 3)Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfish to seek other than itself. <BR> Khalil Gibran <BR> <BR> 4)I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; ye... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 10:48:33 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 13 -19 )) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x51784996 1)You may delay, but time will not. <BR> Benjamin Franklin <BR> <BR> 2)By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you'll become happy; if you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher. <BR> Socrates <BR> <BR> 3)As for me, all I know is that I know nothing. <BR> Socrates <BR> <BR> 4)A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. <BR> Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> 5)Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex... It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage ... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 10:24:55 EST New to this team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x110x51754986 Hi! I'm new to this team...I found this after reading an article on dogs and working out. I have two dogs and they are my pride and joy. I'm looking forward to factoring them into my exercise routine. :) Mon, 21 Jan 2013 14:51:39 EST Funny video http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x51673672 Be careful with your automated technology. <BR> <BR> Ut-Oh... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Technology and the Dog <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/embed/xWMkOwq2qIU?re<BR>l=0 </link> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 12:40:21 EST Is this crate abuse? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x110x51663921 Hi everyone, <BR> I am concerned about my daughter's dogs. She works full time, and was leaving them with me. She insisted they had to be crated at all times, except to go potty. One is a huge German Shepherd/husky mix, and the other one is a teeny little Chihuahua/terrier mix. They are nice dogs, and when they are here we let them out to run around and play with our dogs. My daughter said not to do that because her big dog will get too rowdy, and will be hard to handle if he thinks he c... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 21:39:17 EST Signed up for team awhile ago but recently got pup http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x110x51660571 Today I was sitting at my desk and my sisters boyfriend walked into my room.With his hand inside his jacket and said he had something my mother just got for me.I looked at him and said OK what is it.And he pulled out something so tiny.He is my little man hes only 2 months old and he is white with kind of a butterscotch colors.Hes a rat terrier and chihuahua mix. Tue, 15 Jan 2013 18:22:30 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 6 - 12) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x51563596 1)Giving up doesn't always mean you are weak; sometimes it means that you are strong enough to let go. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 2)God is closest to those with broken hearts. <BR> Jewish Saying <BR> <BR> 3)Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. <BR> M. Kathleen Casey <BR> <BR> 4)Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars. <BR> Les Brown <BR> <BR> 5)Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. <BR> Henry Ford <BR> <BR> 6)It ... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 23:08:18 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 30 -Jan 5) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x51563313 1)Contradictions do not exist. Whenever you think you are facing a contradiction, check your premises. You will find that one of them is wrong. <BR> Ayn Rand <BR> <BR> 2)You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist. <BR> Friedrich Nietzsche <BR> <BR> 3)By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired. <BR> Franz Kafka <BR> <BR> 4)The gr... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 22:49:17 EST RECALL: antibiotic residue (!) in some dog treats http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x51563061 Voluntary recall so at least they're on it. And yep, ingredients from China. <em>40</em> <BR> Antibiotic residue this time! <BR> <BR> <BR> Waggin' Train and Canyon Creek Ranch Chicken Jerky Treats & Milo's Kitchen Recalls Chicken Jerky and Chicken Grillers Dog Treats <BR> <BR> Milo's Kitchen <link>www.dogfoodadvisor.com/wp-content/up<BR>loads/2013/01/Milos-Kitchen-Recall-1-9<BR>-12.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> <link>www.waggintrainbrand.com/ </link> Waggin Train & Canyon Creek Wed, 9 Jan 2013 22:33:04 EST Puppy Socializati on-Feedback wanted! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x51543807 I had a dog previously who was my best friend for sure but was NOT soicalized enough at all. I dropped the ball after he got comfortable here and that is really just what he did. Wanted NOTHING to do with anyone he didn't know as a young adult (I adopted him from the humane society at 7 months). Dog or human. Now, I am trying to avoid this in the future and have been trying my best to socialize my puppy as much as I can. What do people here do for their dogs/puppies? I have limited frie... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 19:37:32 EST Made it threw my Orientation speech .. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x51537095 .... this is a good thing .. <em>40</em> as I am FAR from a public speaker .. I have enough trouble keeping my normal thoughts in one solid direction without being distracted by a dustbunny or two .. but to stand up in front of people and do that .. Oh yea .. THAT is an accomplishment .. :) <BR> <BR> I thought to myself .. I need to put my notes together better .. and set myself a flow of talking .. I'm getting bored with what I have been doing for 2 years ...?? Need to shake it up abit... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 11:32:48 EST Tomorrow Social Butterfly comes back ..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x51497484 .... out of her cocoon .. ? <BR> <BR> Tomorrow starts another year of Social butterfly .. My goal for 2013 is, if I have to, to schedule ME time each day .. no matter what the quiet time consists of .. <BR> <BR> I volunteer at a dog training club, and on Monday nights; assist in the public classes .. It's fun, but sometimes it just get overwhelming .. because it starts to feel like a job .. Hey -- I'm being honest .. MOST time however .. it's a great stress release, and I have an awesome ... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 08:14:46 EST Bev http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x110x51421325 Well I found this site many months ago and dilly dallied around. I am now ready to get serious but definately need the support. I have about 50 lbs to lose and am so tired most of the time. I am a busy nurse and with bad eating habbits (skipping meals then overeatting because I am starving) Suggestions more than wlecome. Tue, 1 Jan 2013 20:37:03 EST I AM BACK http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x51414272 Well after waiting three months for Hughes net to repair our system and then having them call and tell us now because there was a little snow on the road they wont be able to come out until next spring we finaly found a way to temperarliy patch our system. so the best thing is that I am back. Tue, 1 Jan 2013 13:26:59 EST Hi Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x110x51387280 Hi everyone, I'm new to this team :) I've been trying to lose at least 50lbs for the last several years. I've tried other weight loss sites, but love SparkPeople the most! I thought I would give it a try again...I'd rather talk about the dogs than weight loss so here goes :) <BR> <BR> I have 2 German Shepard mixes that we rescued from a shelter when they were a couple months old. We adopted our one (Kratos) and we had to take him to puppy classes at the shelter we adopted him from, his br... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 18:45:46 EST help, crate training a new puppy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x51366957 i have had my new puppy since christmas eve, shes very tiny and i suspect the person i got her from might have taken her from mom a little soon... <BR> she uses the pee pads and shes eating pretty good, but hardly drinks any water... <BR> but so far our biggest problem is sleep... <BR> she will not let us put her in the crate <BR> and even out of the crate, she wants to be held <BR> honey has slept on the couch the last 5 nights and she either lays right by his side or wants him to hold her... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 08:39:26 EST I am feeling better http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x51355892 Hello to all the dog Lovers out there.. I am feeling better today than yesterday but I got this and wanted to share it with you.. I want to thank you so much for the Prayers and thoughts notes and ect.. I still have to go back to the Surgeon and have a little bit removed after the New Year.. I still am not on the computer just wanted to share this with you before the Holidays have gone.. God Bless and May you have the Best New Year Yet.. In Christ Love Jane <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> http://www.g... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 10:30:16 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 23 -29) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x51309930 <BR> CHRISTMAS QUOTES <BR> ====================== <BR> <BR> 1)Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. <BR> Calvin Coolidge <BR> <BR> 2)He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree. <BR> Roy L. Smith <BR> <BR> 3)Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his cho... Sun, 23 Dec 2012 21:13:27 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 16- 22) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x51309760 <BR> 1)Never wear anything that panics the cat. <BR> P.J. O'Rourke <BR> <BR> 2)Ever occur to you why some of us can be this much concerned with animals suffering? Because government is not. Why not? Animals don't vote. <BR> Paul Harvey <BR> <BR> 3)Never ruin an apology with an excuse. <BR> Kimberly Johnson <BR> <BR> 4)True remorse is never just a regret over consequence; it is a regret over motive. <BR> Mignon McLaughlin <BR> <BR> <BR> 5)It's easier to apologize than ask for permission.... Sun, 23 Dec 2012 20:54:36 EST Utah Dog Lover http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x110x51275401 Hi, All-- <BR> <BR> My name is Holly, and I have a dog addiction, LOL. <BR> <BR> I have two Finnish Spitz (the dog I'm pictured with in my profile pic is RockZ, and that's us at the Westminster dog show in New York), RockZ and her son Scrappy, and a Papillon named Tony (after Tony on NCIS--and there are days I regret that, lol, as he is SO much like him!). <BR> <BR> Without my dogs I would be a vegged couch potato who did nothing but work and watch tv. Instead, I'm out of the house almost... Thu, 20 Dec 2012 11:31:25 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 9-15) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x51260690 <BR> 1)We would frequently be ashamed of our good deeds if people saw all of the motives that produced them. <BR> -Francois de la Rochefoucauld <BR> <BR> 2)You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along. . . . You must do the thing you think you cannot do. <BR> -Eleanor Roosevelt <BR> <BR> 3) I cannot believe that t... Wed, 19 Dec 2012 01:43:56 EST Importance of annual blood test for your pet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x51241621 Yesterday my 3 year old shepherd mix died of kidney failure. When we first took her to the vet for lethargy he did bloodwork and her kidneys were failing. Lethargy was her only initial sympton but within a week and a half she was dead. Since then I've read that when symptoms start showing it's pretty much too late. Some dogs can live another couple of years, but not my puppy. Mon, 17 Dec 2012 12:19:32 EST Running with puppy: What is too much? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x51221566 I am training for a half marathon and am starting out very slow as I am out of shape. I am bringing my puppy with me, but is there a point when it is too much? He is a yellow lab. Thanks for any input. Sat, 15 Dec 2012 17:33:58 EST Hello and I will see you http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x51220700 Hello and I will see you soon I hope..I just got out of the hospital and I am very sick still.. Please send mail at a later time.. I am not sure if I will be better bu the Holidays.. My wish for you is to have a very Merry Christmas and a Wonderful New Year.. and when I get better I will be posting again.. Lots Of Love In Christ Jane Sat, 15 Dec 2012 15:44:54 EST In need of advice http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x51202514 I have a 6 month old puppy that is in the habit of picking up every little thing he finds to eat. I have an awful time taking him for walks because he will even eat leaves. I have him on a healthy diet and I know it's not because he is hungry. Not only does he get a good meal he also gets his biscuts everyday. He will pick up the smallest speck of paper or anything. How can I break him of this habit? I'm so afraid he will pick up something that may harm him. I never had this issue befo... Thu, 13 Dec 2012 23:11:36 EST What if we had one last Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x51175527 Hi.. Just a note.. I found this and it stuck a arrow through my heart..What if we only got to know that this maybe one last Christmas.. What if this was something that I had to go through.. I Pray that this will start a light in your heart this Christmas.. Smile a little longer.. Laugh a little bit.. Enjoy friends and family.. Place a candle in the window and Pray for this dear family.. In Christ Love Jane <BR> <BR> http://www.godvine.com/Dying-Little-Boy-<BR>Gets-One-Last-Chance-at-Happines... Tue, 11 Dec 2012 19:06:29 EST I am going to try this http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2466x110x51164801 As we all approach this Season.. Check this out... I have been reading a book by Joyce Myers and I ran upon this.. May we all take a second breath as we are rushing around.... <BR> WHO STARTED CHRISTMAS? <BR> <BR> This morning I heard a story on the radio of a woman who was out Christmas shopping with her two children. After many hours of looking at row after row of toys and everything else imaginable. And after hours of hearing both her children asking for everything they saw on those many... Mon, 10 Dec 2012 21:57:37 EST Have a warm and Wonderful Holiday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x51162901 I Pray that this link works.. I have not attempted this before.. Merry Christmas My Friends... <BR> Plan to be Blessed with this video... In Christ Love Jane <BR> <BR> http://www.godvine.com/Fluffy-Puppies-Pl<BR>ay-in-Snow-for-the-First-Time-2513.htm<BR>l?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=ema<BR>il&utm_campaign=12-10-2012 Mon, 10 Dec 2012 19:20:15 EST Weekly Weigh In http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x51160278 I like the forums that have the Weekly Weigh In topic. I can not find it on this team, so I started it. :) <BR> <BR> Last week 184.4 <BR> <BR> This week 181.0 <BR> <BR> :) 49 pounds. One more till the big 50!!! <BR> <BR> Mon, 10 Dec 2012 14:50:40 EST Energize63 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x110x51131360 Hi everyone I don't know where to begin except I need help. A year ago I had a total knee replacement with complications of not healing properly. Thru various Drs. they concluded it was a pinched nerve in my back. So 16 days ago I had back surgery. So far the leg is still shaking.( I know give it time). <BR> Meanwhile I gained 20# from the knee surgery and another 20# overnight in the hospital. How can that happen? <BR> <BR> I need to get my eating habit under control. At least that... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 08:26:06 EST Why God gave us friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2466x110x51127528 <BR> WHY GOD GAVE US FRIENDS <BR> <BR> GOD knew that everyone needs <BR> companionship and cheer, <BR> He knew that people need someone <BR> whose thoughts are always near. <BR> <BR> He knew they need someone kind <BR> to lend a helping hand. <BR> Someone to gladly take the time <BR> to care and understand. <BR> <BR> GOD knew that we all need someone <BR> to share each happy day, <BR> to be a source of courage <BR> when troubles come our way. <BR> <BR> Someone to be true to us, <BR> ... Fri, 7 Dec 2012 20:55:51 EST Hey I'm new here :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x110x51116502 Hello. <BR> My name is Jessica. I was born and raised in Wisconsin but am currently living in Colorado til April. In April I will be moving to Washington State. I am currently engaged to the most amazing man I know. His name is Ryan. He is a Sailor in the United States Navy and currently deployed. We have two dogs who are liek our children. We have a 7.5 year old German Shepherd mix named Keenyah Jean and a 9 month old White Boxer named Horatio Denver. They are both very active dogs... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 23:13:38 EST Does anyone have a dog with diabetes? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2466x110x51113110 My Bichon was diagnosed about five weeks ago, would like to talk to others going through the same thing with their dog. Thu, 6 Dec 2012 17:49:43 EST Does anyone make their own puppy food? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x51113047 I have been making homemade food for my puppy, and my vet told me today that it can be tricky to get the right nutrient ratios. I did get the recipe I use off a vet website. Does anyone here have experience with this? Thu, 6 Dec 2012 17:41:21 EST My Bruno http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x51091565 Hi everyone, imagine my surprise when I was told that Bruno was the star of the week here. His cheeky picture is the teams pic this week as well. <BR> <BR> In 2005 my previous dog Tramp came down with steroid induced acute diabetes. At the time we didn't have the money to spend on prolonged vet treatment and wasn't assured by the vet that it would have succeeded, so we unfortunately had to put him to sleep. To say we were devastated would be an understatement. Over the next couple of wee... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 03:28:50 EST This is pretty good http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x51050095 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=_kLdO3E<BR>sECs&feature=fvwp </link> Sun, 2 Dec 2012 03:29:28 EST Change your Pan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2466x110x51039076 Nothing is Too Big for God <BR> Two men went fishing. One man was an experienced fisherman, the other wasn't. Every time the experienced fisherman caught a big fish, he put it in his ice chest to keep it fresh. Whenever the inexperienced fisherman caught a big fish, he threw it back. <BR> <BR> The experienced fisherman watched this go on all day and finally got tired of seeing this man waste good fish. "Why do you keep throwing back all the big fish you catch?" he asked. The inexperienced fi... Sat, 1 Dec 2012 09:10:16 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 2 - 8) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x51032424 1)Not forgiving is like drinking rat poison and then waiting for the rat to die. <BR> Anne Lamott <BR> <BR> 2)When you begin a journey of revenge, start by digging two graves: one for your enemy, and one for yourself. <BR> &#8213;Jodi Picoult, Nineteen Minutes <BR> <BR> <BR> 3)The best revenge is to be unlike him who performed the injury. <BR> Marcus Aurelius, Meditations <BR> <BR> 4)There will always be someone who will stab you in the back, if not, you are that person. <BR> Anonymous <B... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 19:01:21 EST Quotes of the Week ( Nov 25 - Dec 1 ) ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x51032133 1)A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend. A successful woman is one who can find such a man. <BR> Lana Turner <BR> <BR> 2)A word to the wise ain't necessary - it's the stupid ones that need the advice. <BR> Bill Cosby <BR> <BR> 3)Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes. <BR> Jim Carrey <BR> <BR> 4) I believe that if life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade... And try to find somebody whose life has given them vodka, and have a party. <BR> Ron... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 18:38:50 EST Introducing Yoko to my team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x110x51029373 Look at my new baby!! It's a girl! Born on Lenny's birthday. Lennon and Yoko, cute eh? We pick her up Mon. when she will be 8 weeks old then off to Petsmart to buy her puppy stuff. (hubby says no clothes, but a pink t-shirt maybe?) I am so excited! <em>211</em> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 13:56:42 EST On Your Face http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2466x110x51027946 IT'S IN YOUR FACE <BR> <BR> You don't have to tell how you live each day, <BR> You don't have to say if you work or play, <BR> A tried, true barometer serves in the place; <BR> however you live, it will show in your face. <BR> <BR> The false, the deceit you bear in your heart <BR> Will not stay inside, where it first got a start. <BR> For sin and blood are a thin veil of lace; <BR> what you wear in your heart you wear in your face. <BR> <BR> If your life is unselfish, <BR> if for others... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 11:24:19 EST New to this amazing team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x110x51002625 Hello all! <BR> <BR> I have been a member of spark for over a year and I had no idea this group existed! Which is unfortunate because I am the definition of a dog lover - maybe even a "weird" dog person? Probably! but for good reason, dogs are THE BEST! I often prefer them to people :) I have the most incredible chocolate lab who is 3 and easily the love of my life. Oh and also I'm trying to lose weight of course! <BR> <BR> Hope to swap some good stories and ideas. See you out there! Wed, 28 Nov 2012 14:48:57 EST New to the group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x110x50959770 Hi my name is Debbie, I' from New York and I have a adorable baby boy puppy named Lorenzo. I love him so very much. I had dogs before but sadly they reached their limits in life and one by one are now deceased. My other dogs Taffy (1980- 1991) had seizures and a brain tumor, my dog Nellie (1992-2004) was bleeding internally and had to be put down and Baby ( 2004- 2011) had a collapsing trachea and developed serious breathing problems. I hope to God that Lorenzo stays healthy forever. I l... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 12:53:58 EST Smaller than my Shelties! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x50923094 Just wanted to share a picture of our new arrivals - twin Pygmy goat babies were born here last night. They each weighed less than 2 lbs - it would take six of them to equal the weight of my smallest Sheltie! <BR> <link>www.gndt.net/dan-ani/images/2012-11-<BR>21_0350.JPG </link> Thu, 22 Nov 2012 00:17:48 EST Running with your dog http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x50899704 Anyone here run with their dog? I have a 2 and a half year old Malinois cross called May, and I would love to get her out running with me but she is not a fan despite enjoying tearing all over the place when she's at home or when I can let her off the leash (not often in Italy, the leash laws apply to parks and nature trails too). <BR> Any tips on getting her to enjoy it more? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Tue, 20 Nov 2012 06:10:40 EST Quotes of the Week ( Nov 18- 24 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x50897783 1)Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule. <BR> Buddha <BR> <BR> 2)Hatred is blind, as well as love. <BR> Oscar Wilde <BR> <BR> 3)To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you. <BR> C.S. Lewis <BR> <BR> 4)Any fool knows men and women think differently at times, but the biggest difference is this. Men forget, but never forgive; women forgive, but never forget. <BR> Robert Jordan <BR> <BR> 5)Forgiveness... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 23:09:08 EST Quotes of the Week ( Nov 11 - 17 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x50897540 1)The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance. <BR> Brian Tracy <BR> <BR> 2)All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. <BR> Walt Disney <BR> <BR> 3)All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible. <BR> T. E. L... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 22:51:12 EST New to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x110x50854030 So happy to find this team! We have a mini poodle and a papillon/beagle mix, both 12 years old. They still love to go for walks! We also have a new puppy, a standard poodle who is 4 months old. He's a bundle of energy and he's been a great motivator to exercise. Fri, 16 Nov 2012 14:44:11 EST Thanks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x50840982 We are looking out for a good turn out tomorrow.. It is going to be a weekend and they will be off and they are going to be able to get to one of our centers.. Be Praying for all of them I know that God is providing well for centers.. and he is bring them in.. Thanks keep thinking for us..Lots of Love as Always In Christ Jane Thu, 15 Nov 2012 15:49:41 EST Exercise for Me and my Pup http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x50815836 Okay guys. I plan to start exercising. I think I am going to walk. I also want to have my dog exercise with me. My thing is as of now she has a choker chain on her, because she pulls when I have the leash on her. Should I switch back to a regular collar when I take her out walking? Tue, 13 Nov 2012 18:36:50 EST Prayers Needed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x50813269 Please Pray.... I got to the church early and I was freezing ..The Pastors wife came over and asked why are you sitting in the cold.. She goes over and turns the heat up.. I guess about an hour later I said..I think it is colder here than in outside.. By this time I have one of the blankets and a coat on.. I told her if someone liked it I would model and give it to them.. She had turned on the Air and not the heat.. None of us could figure out why we cant get the heat to come on.. this little... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 14:41:48 EST Prayers Needed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x50801891 I will be looking forward to taking the morning shift at the center that will be providing relief to Sands Storm... So I will be off and on.. Please Pray for these people and the ones in NY.. It is a real mess and they are working 16hr shifts trying to get everyone back there electricity..So every time you cut on the lights or start your stove think of us up here.. Lots of Love In Christ Jane Mon, 12 Nov 2012 19:09:37 EST New Kid on the Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x110x50776927 Hello All. I can't believe I am just finding this page. I am twenty-one. My little darling is a Pomeranian named Gracie. She is the only thing that keeps me sane I swear. I have been over weight all of my life, and now I really want to get into shape, because I am tired of putting my life on hold. With the new year right around corner with countless opportunities I need to do this for me. <BR> <BR> I am in College. I will be graduating in 2013 and I am hoping to go on to grad school. I am an... Sat, 10 Nov 2012 23:33:14 EST Halloween! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x50730611 Am I the only one that dresses my babies up for Halloween? And if I'm not what did your go as? <BR> My pitt was a kitty cat and my spitz was a moster! My neighbors got dog treats just for them! Wed, 7 Nov 2012 12:34:31 EST Quotes of the Week ( Nov 4 - 10 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x50729491 QUOTES ON FORGIVENESS <BR> ========================== <BR> <BR> 1)Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names. <BR> John F. Kennedy <BR> <BR> 2)Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much. <BR> Oscar Wilde <BR> <BR> 3)He that cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself; for every man has need to be forgiven. <BR> Thomas Fuller <BR> <BR> 4)When you forgive, you in no way change the past - but you sure do change the future. <BR> Bernard Meltz... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 11:12:11 EST Different exercise routines for different breeds? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x50702076 Hi, everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Jess and I was just wondering if anyone had any suggestion for a workout routine that I could incorporate my dog into other than just walking. He's a two year old dachshund and I want him and myself to be able to exercise together, but he's terrible at jogging and walks get a little monotonous for me. Any suggestions? What type of different routines do you do with your dogs? What works best for your breed of pup? Mon, 5 Nov 2012 13:55:57 EST Quotes of the Week ( Oct 28 - Nov 3) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x50608479 HAPPINESS QUOTES <BR> ==================== <BR> <BR> 1)Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions. <BR> Dalai Lama <BR> <BR> 2)Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go. <BR> Oscar Wilde <BR> <BR> 3)Don't wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you've got to make yourself. <BR> Alice Walker <BR> <BR> 4)Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action. <BR> Benjamin Disraeli <BR> ... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 22:51:05 EST Quotes of the Week ( Oct 21-27) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x50608184 PET QUOTES <BR> ============= <BR> <BR> 1)I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals. <BR> Winston Churchill <BR> <BR> 2)Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea. <BR> Robert A. Heinlein <BR> <BR> 3)No matter how much cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens. <BR> Abraham Lincoln <BR> <BR> 4)The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs. <BR> Charles de Gaulle <BR... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 22:31:10 EST Just found this team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x110x50606531 I was happy to come across this team today! I am doing some regrouping and prioritizing as I have recently become Mommy to a lab puppy! We got him at 6 week, 3 weeks ago. It has been quite a lifestyle adjustment going form a senior dog, who passed away in July, to a 6 week old puppy! I have had to remove and pare down my activities here, but I think this team will help in me being a better puppy Mom! Mon, 29 Oct 2012 20:19:09 EST Vote for the Animal Rescue League? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x50576084 Hi everyone - I'm a volunteer for the Animal Rescue League in Pittsburgh. We're currently in the running for a $25K prize from the ASPCA Rachael Ray Challenge. Won't you please take a moment to vote for us? You must have a Facebook account and can vote once per day; contest ends on 10/31. Your vote(s) would mean so much; $25K will go a long way in an animal shelter and can literally save lives. THANK YOU SPARKERS! <BR> <BR> <link>www.votetosavelives.org </link> Sat, 27 Oct 2012 18:04:03 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x110x50570516 I am Christina and I have an amazing American Eskimo dog. He had a great day yesterday visiting the seniors as the nursing home. I was so happy that it went well. We have gone in the past but this time there were so many more people looking forward to seeing him :) Sat, 27 Oct 2012 09:31:15 EST paper eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x50566805 Can anyone tell me why a dog would want to eat paper more than his food? Venture has started totally searching for Kleenex all the time. I got the Kleenex where therre isn't any he can get to, so he started tearing up some paper towel and eating it. He started doing that about 2 or 3 years ago, but only if there happened to be a Kleenex close where he just picked it up. Now he is searching for them. Fri, 26 Oct 2012 22:30:52 EST Very Rough Night Last Night http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x50559520 Last spring I sold my upstairs condo and purchased a single family house. So me and the dogs have been experiencing a lot of first in the new house. Well, last night was the first night of extremely strong, gusty winds. They said that the winds would get up to 50-60 miles an hour this weekend. My dogs all sleep in my bedroom with me. Most of the time they all don't make a ruckus but last night they were very restless. Things were crashing against the house and the wind was howling. Poor Bentl... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 11:35:38 EST Hey there! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x110x50501454 Well, my name is Caitlyn, I am 21 years old, and "sister" to a beautiful Maltese boy. I am currently 248 pounds, started at 251, and am so excited about the progress I have already made. <BR> Best of luck to everyone! Mon, 22 Oct 2012 13:58:12 EST Newbie Here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x50481067 Hiya! I'm Beth and I'm new to SP and here in this group. Just wanted to say good morning to all and I hope everyone has a great day. I actually don't have a dog yet but am in the process of adopting a stray black lab named Lady who hangs out at our local non-commercial airport where my hubby takes flying lessons! She was abused and is real skittish so I go several times a week with treats to help earn her trust. So far so good! Anyways, I will keep you guys posted on how this turns out...... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 07:17:36 EST help for dog with cataracts? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x50469089 Hi, my name is Deb I'm from Wisconsin <BR> my 10 yo rat terrier/chi mix had been restless and Not sleeping, <BR> blood work, urine , everything came back good but beginning to have cataracts! <BR> One eye is really bad and she keeps rubbing it, doesn't relax with tramadol or melatonin. What can I do ? I need sleep! <em>200</em> <BR> Deb Sat, 20 Oct 2012 07:20:28 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x110x50455245 I'm here and like most people, I'm tired of being fat. I am the biggest I've ever been in my life and its very depressing. I'm looking to get serious and may need some motivation. Fri, 19 Oct 2012 06:52:26 EST Hello Fellow Dog Lovers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x110x50450465 I'm Donna from Maine, have two dogs, four cats and 17 chickens who all seem to get along. I never get tired of talking about dogs and all they do. Thu, 18 Oct 2012 19:47:02 EST My walking partner Kia. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x50450269 She is supper smart. Even smarter then my GSD. And she keeps up better then any of my other dogs. My GSD always drags her feet after about 20 minutes. Kia is always in front of me looking back at me like she is saying "Pick up the pace Mom." She is not over weight I just don't care to walk by myself. <BR> Should I crochet her a sweater or two? She is a wired hair dashound/terrier mix. Don't want her getting cold. Thu, 18 Oct 2012 19:34:17 EST New Member Needs Good Thoughts for Sick Dog http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=2466x110x50443528 Hello, <BR> I'm brand new to Sparkpeople and got hit with a doozy. I was dog sitting and my friend's dog got really sick overnight and had to get rushed to the vet, they don't know what's wrong so she's on her way to the vet in the city. I blogged about it which helped but I really need some fellow dog lover's support while I wait to hear any news. <BR> <BR> Here's my blog entry and Thank you! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal.asp?id=KISSDONNA </link> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 10:16:08 EST Sweet 16 - Oct. 16, 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x50422680 Today was my little red boy, Venture's 16th birthday. For extra special he has a bag of Stella and Chewy's frozen medallians. He really likes stuff like that. <BR> <BR> Six years ago while he was with a friend of mine while I was going through cancer treatments, Venture quit eating and was diagnosed with two large tumors and given two months to live. Thankfully, the Lord answered my prayers and when I brought him down to my vet's office, those tumors had disappeared. I am so grateful to ... Tue, 16 Oct 2012 22:20:14 EST Introducing myself!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x110x50420294 Hello Everyone and your "puppies" too! <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> Just started today....so far...okay.....keeping my fingers crossed NOT to eat tonight...mindlessly and to actually exercise tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Getting everything out for no excuses! <BR> <BR> Can't wait to meet you all! Tue, 16 Oct 2012 19:27:59 EST Quotes of the Week ( Oct 14-20) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x50420060 QUOTES ON EXPERIENCE <BR> ======================= <BR> <BR> <BR> 1)Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. <BR> Soren Kierkegaard <BR> <BR> 2) A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions. <BR> Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. <BR> <BR> 3)The only source of knowledge is experience. <BR> Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> 4)Do you know the difference between education and experience? Education is when you read the fine print; experien... Tue, 16 Oct 2012 19:07:52 EST Quotes of the Week ( Oct 7- 13 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x50419907 QUOTES ON MARRIAGE <BR> ======================== <BR> <BR> <BR> 1)Let the wife make the husband glad to come home, and let him make her sorry to see him leave. <BR> Martin Luther <BR> <BR> 2)It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages. <BR> Friedrich Nietzsche <BR> <BR> 3)There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage. <BR> Martin Luther <BR> <BR> 4)A journey is like marriage. The certain way to b... Tue, 16 Oct 2012 18:55:17 EST Inflamed Salivary gland http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x50345813 Anyone have any experience with this? <BR> <BR> We're currently treating with low dose of daily prednisone, which keeps the swelling down, but this isn't a good option for the long term. Another option is surgery, but we'd rather not unless there's no other choice. The dog is acting utterly and absolutely normal. No pain, eating, drinking, pottying, doing everything he's supposed to do. <BR> <BR> Other ideas? Thu, 11 Oct 2012 14:22:52 EST Raw dog food http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x110x50345270 Just checked out the discussion forum and couldn't find any topic relating to "raw food". Does anyone else make or buy their dogs raw food? I know this can be a very controversial subject! Not trying to put down dry kibble in any way, honestly! We all have our own points of view, and I respect that. Anyway, would like to connect with anyone who feeds raw. Thanks, Susan Thu, 11 Oct 2012 13:40:12 EST