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So, just told Merry Myrtle has carpal valgus deviation (sp???)...could "possibly" lead to that crap disease?? WHAAAAAT???
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20 August 2014 - 11:24 am
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DEB AND LEXIE! I think Happy Hannh shared a lot.of things.with MM...even her M&Ms! But came to deerpoop...nah....she saved all tha for herself! Now mind you, HH wo uld never waste that delicacy by.rolling in it...she preferred to find dead rotting things for that!

SAHANA AND LELAND...What is it with puppies and bees? I guess the bees think.all that pup p y sweetness is just like honey.and for a taste!
As far as food labels...yeah, large breed puppy by Orijen seems to fall into the OK category...but then...I think it was per cup..and I feed Merry Myrtle three times a day still and I think it's the equivalent of four cups...which is actually.just alittle under what a 78 lb. puppy is supposed t.have! Driving me crazy over here!!! And then trying to figure out the ratio thing....I'm so screwed!!!

LORI AND TY! YAAAAAAY! You got the "Daddy" thing!!!!! No one made note and I thought..."Oh dear, I've crossed the ine...yet again"!clap I tend to use humor (or an attempt if I'm a bit worried.about.someting..and it can sometimes borderon "inappropriate"way-cool I just love hearing more and more.about."fluffy" Lucy!!! And aren't they clever....they wait for the higher reward before.they'll come.when called!!

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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Oh no Sally, not inappropriate, I found it quite humorous! Just the chuckle I needed today. Very funny!

TY GUY, Best Black Lab ever! Diagnosed  and had amp in January, 2014. Kicked MRSA's butt. Earned his angel wings on April 16, 2014. Run Free my boy and don't forget a shoe. Ty is a proud member of the " April Angels". Ty sent us Daryl, a Tripawd rescue in Sept. of 2016. Daryl is 5 +or -. We are also Pawrents to Chandler, a Border Collie mix who is 15 and 1/2, Lucy, a Corgi who is 7, 2 minis, 2 horses, and a feisty cat named Zoe. Zoe had a non skeletal Osteosarcoma removed in July 2015. No Chemo, she was at least 16. She is going strong although she is now completely blind. She is now close to 20 and her hobbies are eating and sleeping in front of her personal heater. 

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The easiest thing to do is email the company and they should have a nutritionist who can provide you with the info.  The ratio should be between 2.5 and 4.5 grams calcium per 1000 kcal of diet.  Most foods have kcal per kg of diet listed on the website and have grams of calcium per kg so you divide calcium per kg by kcal/kg to get the ratio.

If you just hate math or can't find the info a good rule of thumb is to keep calcium at 0.7 to 1.2% on a dry matter basis and less than 4000 kcal per kg of diet.  

We used to worry more about protein levels but a large study of Great Dane pups did not show any difference in growth abnormalities when pups were fed high protein diets, as long as the calcium ratios were good. Most large breed puppy foods are moderate or low in protein.

By the way all foods that say "for all life stages" are not necessarily safe for giant breed puppies.  Some (especially lamb) have ratios over 5.5!

Julian porked out to 245 pounds this winter but happily he is now down to 220 pounds and looking pretty good.  I have had a problem posting photos using Photobucket lately but I will see if I can post a newer photo of him in a few days.  I can always email one to Jerry.


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SALLY!! I'm trying to catch up on everything here (just got my computer back) but I wanted to say NO ONE can predict the future! We could find the "possibility" in everything if we analyze closely enough but just remember that is NOT what Happy Hannah, Polly, Ty, Shelby, Jake (and I could list every single pup that's fought this battle)...that is not what they have taught us to do.  When we start thinking of "what could be", it takes away from "what is" and Ms. Merry Myrtle IS happy, she's loving life, her momma, her siblings (and apparently venomous snakes too). 

IF, and I mean a big IF, that time ever comes for one of us again we will all stand together and say F-you cancer just like we always have.....but until then, we shall eat m&m's, ice cream and steak and toast up our glasses of wine to what IS right now. 

Mom to Tripawd Angels Jake (2001-2014) and Rosco (2012-2015) and Tripawd Tanner. “Whatever happens tomorrow, we had today; and I'll always remember it”  


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Elizabeth, you ALWAYS say everything so well!!! Very true, our angels wouldn't want us to live in the world of 'what ifs' - I needed to be reminded of this. As I watch Jasper run / jump / leap and I cringe each time ... I need to remember that Shelby did the SAME EXACT thing for YEARS .... and it was the cancer that broke her leg - in a freak accident - not the fun games she used to have. So every time Jasper takes a tumble, I am learning to not freak out and worry (but I do try and prevent some of the excessive leaping, like in and out of my car since I can pick her up).

Thank you for always saying the right thing... the right way!

Alison with the Spirit of Shelby fur-ever in her heart (and little Jasper too)

Shelby Lynne; Jack Russell/Shiba Inu mix. Proud member of the April Angels of 2014.

October 15, 2000 to April 8, 2014

Our story: Broke rear leg in June 2013 - non-conclusive results for cancer so leg was plated and pinned. Enlarged spleen in September 2013 and had it removed and was diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma and started chemotherapy. Became a Tripawd January 8th, 2014 and definitive Hemangiosarcoma diagnosis. Three major surgeries in 7 months and Shelby took them all like a champ only to lose her battle to cancer in her brain. We had 8 amazing extra months together and no regrets. #shelbystrong #loveofmylife


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Yep! Exactly right Miss Elizabeth and Miss Alison!!
And that is NOT what they taught us to do!!! Well said indeed!!

Bat's mom, Darcy, said something on ner post that mirrors what you have said. Agter his amputation, she continued tonbasically let h i m play full out in the hunting trials that hrpe loves so dearly. Whaever time he had on three legs, even if it played havoc on his remaining legs down the road...he NEEDED to be Bart...this hunting stuff is what he lived for. I may be misinterpreting, but that's what I got out of it.

Goodness knows TANNER needs to be Tanner and play full out every second! And Jasper Lily is apparently part Kangaroo the way she bounces no holding her back either!!!

Now, K don't care how much Miss Myrtle enjoys Snake Wrangling...I'm gonna trade that habit for a "higher value"...wrangling newborn kitties and bunnies perhaps would be a safer sport!!!

Dr. PAM!!!! We're still waiting for pictures of Julian...and more of Tazzie too!! PLEASE!!!!!!!

And one more thing Pam, I copied all the GREAT info. You gave us about the right balance food and gave it to this great woman where I get my kibble from. She's getting i n touch with various high quality products she carries and see who matches these guidelines the best. In the meantime, I am continuing with large breed puppy Orijen (protein was 33% though...can't remember for sure). When this empties out, I'm switching to Precise Large Breed Puppy she had in does have GRAIN thoug. Anyway, I'll see what she comes up with and post the results back here.


Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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