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Forum: Health Issues   01-20-2015, 04:52 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,645
Posted By billsharp
Colie--very interesting! My girl was a rescue so...

Colie--very interesting! My girl was a rescue so we had to have her spayed at 6 mths.

UGAvet--excellent point about the "weekend warrior" dogs. Liesl probably fell in that category, as we usually...
Forum: Health Issues   01-07-2015, 05:23 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,645
Posted By billsharp
Ugavet, you are correct, and thanks for the post!...

Ugavet, you are correct, and thanks for the post!

I guess I wasn't clear in expressing that (my understanding is) the LFR has been done for years but with lighter (80 lb.) suture material that...
Forum: Development & Socialization   01-07-2015, 05:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 728
Posted By billsharp
Fun indoor game for cold/rainy days

When it is just too nasty outside to walk, we like to play "Find the Treat" inside.

I will put Liesl in a sit/stay in one room. She must stay in the sit/stay; if I hear her walking I will return...
Forum: Pictures! Pictures! Pictures!   01-07-2015, 04:49 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,276
Posted By billsharp
Golden.

Golden.
Forum: Health Issues   01-07-2015, 04:44 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,645
Posted By billsharp
TPLO vs. Lateral fabellar repair (our experience)

It has been one year to the day since Liesl had repair surgery for her cruciate ligament rupture. I thought I'd post an update FYI.

First, I posted a few times about this last year. You can get...
Forum: Aggression (the good, the bad & the ugly)   03-10-2014, 05:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 447
Posted By billsharp
Good work. Sounds like you are using patience,...

Good work. Sounds like you are using patience, smarts, and understanding, and helping him adjust. Congrats!
Forum: General Puppy Stuff   03-10-2014, 04:59 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,030
Posted By billsharp
Glad to see you're committed to make it work. I...

Glad to see you're committed to make it work. I assume that means in the best interest of the pups, within reason. If so, can you hire a person to come fill in for you and do what the pups need...
Forum: General Information   02-17-2014, 11:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,173
Posted By billsharp
Your dog looks absolutely, perfectly normal for a...

Your dog looks absolutely, perfectly normal for a GSD. The ears are the right size--this is just that "awkward teenager" stage where they look a little gangly. She will grow into them, and will...
Forum: Health Issues   02-17-2014, 11:28 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,158
Posted By billsharp
Update: Liesl is doing very well. She is now...

Update:

Liesl is doing very well. She is now 5-6 weeks post op. Her incision healed well. She is now putting about 30-40% weight on the leg. When she walks it is almost perfectly normal, just a...
Forum: General Puppy Stuff   01-23-2014, 03:28 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,240
Posted By billsharp
Since she's a long-hair: Kheratin. :P

Since she's a long-hair:

Kheratin.

:P
Forum: Health Issues   01-22-2014, 05:03 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,158
Posted By billsharp
UPDATE: Thank you all for the great advice and...

UPDATE: Thank you all for the great advice and perspectives.

We ended up choosing the lateral fabellar repair over TPLO. I was leery of TPLO because I did not want the osteotomy and increased...
Forum: Health Issues   12-11-2013, 05:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,158
Posted By billsharp
Thanks everyone. This has been very helpful. I...

Thanks everyone. This has been very helpful. I think we're going with the TPLO to try and get the best result, and hope that we have no more tears. Regardless, Liesl's days of chasing balls with...
Forum: Health Issues   12-04-2013, 01:31 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,158
Posted By billsharp
Help! Need advice for torn ACL--surgery or not?

Liesl has torn the ACL in her right rear knee. She has been seen by two vets who independently confirmed this with manipulation of the joint, and she exhibits the classic and well-known signs.

We...
Forum: Health Issues   07-10-2013, 03:17 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,620
Posted By billsharp
Does the vomitus have the smell or appearance of...

Does the vomitus have the smell or appearance of stool? If so, that may point to an intestinal bacterium. There is an antibiotic used in humans that is not absorbed into the bloodstream but instead...
Forum: General Information   07-09-2013, 04:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,314
Posted By billsharp
Welcome GSDLover! FWIW: I'm your dad's age....

Welcome GSDLover!

FWIW: I'm your dad's age. I was raised to believe dogs (esp big ones like GSDs) had to stay outside. I now have a rescue GSD who stays inside with us AND outside. It works very...
Forum: General Puppy Stuff   06-27-2013, 11:58 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 339
Posted By billsharp
Most GSDs don't like to be carried or placed in a...

Most GSDs don't like to be carried or placed in a submissive position. Unless she's reacting to a specific event like moving a limb or bending her spine (in which case take her to the vet) you might...
Forum: B.A.R.F./Raw Feeding   06-25-2013, 01:02 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 774
Posted By billsharp
Hey Joshua, I'm very close to you, Kirby@59. I...

Hey Joshua, I'm very close to you, Kirby@59. I use TexasTripe also, nice guy, order on line at his site. Bones2go is great but a long drive out to it, and very pricey IMHO.

Drop me a line some...
Forum: Puppy Behavior   06-12-2013, 04:02 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 6,545
Posted By billsharp
Too funny! Nope, Liesl never sleeps like...

Too funny!

Nope, Liesl never sleeps like that. I find it interesting that most of you believe that most of your GSDs do. This never would have occurred to me.
Forum: General Behavior   06-12-2013, 02:44 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,512
Posted By billsharp
I applaud your attention to this and desire to...

I applaud your attention to this and desire to take it easy at first--better safe than sorry!

The quoted sentences seem to me to indicate an opportunity for you to help the dog bond appropriately...
Forum: General Information   06-10-2013, 06:07 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,341
Posted By billsharp
These are hilarious! Great thread! Liesl: ...

These are hilarious! Great thread!

Liesl:
1. Starts turning prematurely toward the door when I put on her leash for walks.
2. Sits and stares at me with her nose 3 inches from my face when I...
Forum: General Behavior   06-10-2013, 05:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 575
Posted By billsharp
My concern is that your dog may not realize that...

My concern is that your dog may not realize that you and your sons are above him in the pack hierarchy. He is getting to do what he wants when he is out of the crate. What happens when he decides it...
Forum: Basic Care   05-28-2013, 04:52 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,054
Posted By billsharp
H&M I'm feeling your pain. Or, rather, my dog is...

H&M I'm feeling your pain. Or, rather, my dog is feeling your dog's pain.

Here in Houston it is already in the upper 90's. A few chases of a ball and a few blocks and poor Liesl is dragging from...
Forum: General Behavior   05-22-2013, 07:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 445
Posted By billsharp
Lou, same here. Liesl is very skittish of...

Lou, same here. Liesl is very skittish of strangers who approach her bent over, full eye contact, hand out to pet. But people who just ignore her, approach and stand up straight, and exchange a few...
Forum: Training Theory & Methods   05-21-2013, 05:34 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,449
Posted By billsharp
I use an ecollar only (1) as a long leash and (2)...

I use an ecollar only (1) as a long leash and (2) to create an unpleasant association with a bad behavior to break the bad behavior.

(1) As a long leash, the collar will NOT make the dog "obey"....
Forum: Basic Care   05-19-2013, 10:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,715
Posted By billsharp
Thanks Freestep! That makes a lot of sense, I...

Thanks Freestep! That makes a lot of sense, I appreciate the advice.
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