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@lola

Are you out of your mind????

Picture that typed in doodlebug's font!lol

Mar 20, 2012 - 07:36 am
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this is EXACTLY why I did not run up there and claim this dog to foster...   It just would be sooo hard to give him up..   I really know my limits and a GP is just WAY to much dog for me..   The size, the heat , the hair...  Love the breed but to be fair to the dog, it's too much for me...   I hope he ends up in the best possible home!!

Mar 20, 2012 - 07:39 am
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Oscar is temporarily living at my house.  He's happy lying around and chewing on his 'binky' (nyla bone).
 
 

Mar 20, 2012 - 07:56 am
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Boo, please let me know what you decide ASAP! Ive got a fabulous offer for a home from an agility teacher at flash paws. She used to run newfs in agility and she and her husband have been wanting a Pyr for quite some time. I see you are ignoring my texts,lol.


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Newfs in agilty?  Our Dixie doesn't have an agile bone in her body!  Does she currently have any newfs?  I have been wanting to meet fellow newfie owners in the area for a dog park meet-up.

Mar 20, 2012 - 08:24 am
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Oscar was just shaved also it looks like.
Bree was just shaved, she seems lo like being shaved, but she likes being outside and "guarding" the back yard.
If you research shaving a Great Pyr. there are people on both sides.
We do it, it works for both Bree and us.

Mar 20, 2012 - 08:28 am
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Yep Fofa, a friend of mine has 2 she rescued.  She shaves them both for the summer, and the dogs seem to be way happier.

Mar 20, 2012 - 08:31 am
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Well, it sounds like the cute little guy is going to end up in a great place with all the people wanting him, that's great news!  Too bad not all homeless puppies had the same problem.
 
Yes, dogs this big take a lot of work.  Once they are full grown, just getting them into the car is a feat in itself. Dixie is 125 lbs and refuses to use a ramp, so whenever we take her anywhere I have to hoist her huge butt into the back of our SUV- it's a good thing I am strong.  Giving her a bath takes about 30-45 minutes to do it properly.  Grooming is about $100 each time.  She must be brushed at least once a week, and that takes a good 30 minutes minimum.  They also have so much hair that if you like to have a clean house, you have to vacuum daily, we end up buying a new vacuum at least once a year.
 
 

Mar 20, 2012 - 08:32 am
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Oscar is temporarily living at my house.  He's happy lying around and chewing on his 'binky' (nyla bone).


@lola:

So, who is Oscar???       I'm so confused.  

Mar 20, 2012 - 08:42 am
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A shaved Newfie looks not so bad


Mar 20, 2012 - 08:43 am
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Oscar is temporarily living at my house.  He's happy lying around and chewing on his 'binky' (nyla bone).


@lola:

So, who is Oscar???       I'm so confused.  


@SandyKnee:
 
A friend and her dogs have been staying with me while between homes.  Oscar is the GP!  His sister is named Dolly.  She's the black dog on the left in this picture.  They get along great with my two!
 



 

Mar 20, 2012 - 09:50 am
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Here is what I found concerning shaving a Newfie;
 
If a dog naturally has a double coat (soft undercoat + harsher guard hair), shaving it is NEVER a good idea.

This is not a chihuahua or a shih tzu -- this is a working breed with a coat that was designed to protect him in frigid, icy waters.

Not only are you exposing skin that has never seen sunlight before (which = sunburn), you are destroying the coat. It will never grow back in the same again. The harsh properties of the guard coat will be lost, as will *all* insulative properties. Come fall/winter, your dog's "new" coat will be useless, and much harder for you to care for.

When your boy is outside, keep him in the shade with plenty of access to water (a kids wading pool is a fabulous way to keep a big dog cool, and he will love the water). If possible, only let him out to exercise (not just a potty break) in early morning and later evening.

Keep him brushed out and in the shade, and he will be a much happier guy than if you shaved him.

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Dog trainer/exhibitor; I've rescued many northern-breed dogs who were previously shaved -- their coats were just trashed.

 
 
Dixie would be mortified if I did that to her.  I have researched this issue, and there are a lot more cons to shaving a newfie than pros.  I will not do it.  She is in the house almost 24/7 (her preference) anyway.  If she was an outdoor dog, then I would be more open to it.
 
A big difference between Newfies and GP's are that GP's are working dogs and generally work on farms/ranches, Newfies are big loafs that want to just hang out with their people inside.

Mar 20, 2012 - 09:56 am
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My dad has one that is almost a year old. Yes they do get massive.  I'm 5'11 and when the dog jumps
up at me his paws are on my shoulders and his face is right at my face.
Great dogs.

Mar 20, 2012 - 10:53 am
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A big difference between Newfies and GP's are that GP's are working dogs and generally work on farms/ranches, Newfies are big loafs that want to just hang out with their people inside.


@Littlegoo:

GP's not 100% true.
They don't call them lazy for nothing.
They love to hang out with the "pack" sleeping all day inside also.

A lot of people have hangups about the undercoat over coat thing, yet every dog we have had with a double coat always did better here with a shave. Their coat also came back usually better.
But if you truly research shaving a double coated dog, the real truth comes out.
It is possible some dogs will not grow back the guard coat as quickly giving them a scruffy appearance. But this not the majority. And you do not know if your dog is one of those until you shave them.
The fur does not insulate them from the heat, what it does do is hold the heat in, that is what it is designed to do. Double coated dogs are way happier if you rake their undercoat out to get rid of it. The logical side of that is shaving does the same thing.
Your dog can get sunburned.
True, if it is too short. Bree is about 1/4-1/2 inch long. The only dog we ever had get sun burned was not shaved. He ate all his hair off do to allergies.
Shaving is an issue if you have a show dog. probably more a hot topic for people "in the know" than anything else for pets. I do know shaving ours twice a year cuts WAY, WAY down on hair in the living areas. Even if I use the furminator on them weekly.

Mar 20, 2012 - 10:59 am
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@lola:

Oh that's right, I forgot about your friend and her dogs.   That's one cargo area full of dogs you got there!  Oscar is very cute.

Mar 20, 2012 - 11:00 am
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I like the way the whole interior is lined with, what are those, sheets?

Mar 20, 2012 - 11:02 am
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