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    Quote Originally Posted by marybethp View Post
    Pom - I've seen those doggy steps and would consider them for Abs, as she's over 11 now and having trouble jumping up on the bed.

    Good luck with them for the Poms!!
    Thanks, mare. It seems silly to buy steps for the doggoned dogs so that they can pounce on my furniture whenever they want, but my reason for doing that is so that I can have a little bit of "say" in the matter of choosing which pieces of furniture I'm willing to let them trash.

    I think the price is great -- two sets for only $39.99, and I'll definitely let you know how they work.

    I will certainly put them away in my walk-in closet when company comes over but when I go to work I will leave them out, attached to Powder's couch and my bed, so that THE POMERANIANS can hang out wherever they want.

    Powder's 12 and a 1/2 now, so I don't want her hurting a bone by jumping, and Tuxedo's always been too darned little to get up and down without my help.

    I already have the happiest dogs I've ever known, but I have a feeling the steps are going to bump their happiness up a notch, and I think it's worth it, 'cause they're not getting any younger and I want them to enjoy every moment of their little lives.

    So marybethp, I do encourage you to get a set or two for Miss Abs, and I'll certainly let you all know how my the steps are working out with my two spoiled brats pampered pets.


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    I put a little step like that next to my bed when I had my beloved Snowflake. She had heart problems and never could jump much. She loved that she could continue to get up on the bed and sleep with her Mum (me) and I loved it too. I 'm sure the Pomeranians will enjoy it once they figure it out.
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    Pom, your pom is adorable. He looks so happy and ready for anything!

    I've sworn off dogs that need grooming of any type. I have one dog now that the other has passed and he is a Min. Schnauzer that requires regular grooming and haircuts. I am so bad about brushing him regularly that I usually have to take off some mats now and then. Don't get me wrong, he gets a ton of attention and constant petting, I'm just really bad about the brushing and I don't know why because it's not hard to do. He is in need of a bath though.

    He's so funny because when he hears me turn on the bathtub water, he knows something is up and he goes hiding. I've had to get creative by calling him to me and then taking him to the bathroom and then starting the water. But he is smart too, if I call his name a certain way, he knows something good isn't going to come of it. I don't think I'm calling his name any differently but he can pick up on the changes in my tone. He KNOWS!

    The kitty got his last round of kitten shots today and now he's good until late April or May when he gets *whisper* - neutered (reminiscent of St. Elmo's Fire where all the bad words are whispered because it somehow makes them less bad)
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    I don't know if this is old news or not, but wanted to pass on the warning about GREENIES to the Fort's dog lovers.

    Owners: Dog treats killed our pets

    By Greg Hunter and Pia Malbran

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri (CNN) -- At least 13 dogs have died after being fed the top-selling pet treat in the country, owners and veterinarians have told CNN.

    The problem comes because the treats, called Greenies, become lodged in a dog's esophagus or intestine and then some veterinarians say they don't break down.

    "I know they are marketed in saying that they do digest. Certainly the ones that we've taken out, esophageal or intestinal, that have been in for days are still very hard," Brendan McKiernan, a board-certified veterinary internal medicine specialist from Denver, Colorado, told CNN.

    Greenies recommends owners check that the treats are chewed and Joe Roetheli - who launched the brand as a treat that can freshen a dog's breath and clean its teeth - said it was important to pick the correct chew for a particular dog. There are 7 different sizes to choose from depending on the size of the dog.

    But most of the dog owners CNN talked to say they did follow package instructions and they still had a problem.

    Mike Eastwood and his wife, Jenny Reiff, recently filed a $5 million lawsuit in New York, blaming Greenies for the intestinal blockage that caused the death of their dog Burt.

    "I'm mad that their packaging states that the product is 100 percent edible, highly digestible and veterinarian approved, yet our dog died of it," Eastwood told CNN.

    S&M NuTec, which manufactures the toothbrush-shaped chew, won't comment on the case but in court papers denied the allegations.

    Roetheli said the focus should be on the dental benefits and Greenies are saving dogs' lives by lowering the risk of periodontal disease.

    He says feeding Greenies is far safer than putting a dog under anesthesia to clean teeth.

    "Dogs really love the product!" he said. "They do a very effective job of cleaning teeth and freshening breath."

    Any suggestion that Greenies are defective was rejected by Roetheli, who developed Greenies with his wife, Judy.

    "Our product is safe. It is used every day by thousands of dogs, millions a week and it is basically a very safe product."

    A CNN investigation uncovered 40 cases since 2003 where a veterinarian had to extract a Greenie from a dog after the treat became lodged either in the animal's esophagus or intestine. In 13 of those cases, the pet died.

    One of those was Tyson, Josh Glass and Leah Falls' 8-month-old boxer, who was taken to Brent-Air Animal Hospital in Los Angeles, California, where vet Dr. Kevin Schlanger found the animal had a blocked intestine.

    "It was very clear that it was something dense and firm that had caused the obstruction," Schlanger said. He removed a Greenie from the intestine.

    McKiernan's says his Denver clinic has seen at least seven cases in the past five years, which he says is an unusually high number. That prompted him to start researching and writing a paper to warn other veterinarians of the problem.

    He says his research, which he hopes to get published in a veterinary journal, shows compressed vegetable chew treats, of which Greenies is the most popular, are now the third biggest cause of esophageal obstruction in dogs behind bones and fish hooks.

    The federal Food and Drug Administration says it's looking into eight consumer complaints about Greenies but has no formal investigation.

    The issue has also been the topic of news reports across the country.

    The chews are made of digestible products like wheat gluten and fiber, experts say, but the molding process makes the treat very firm and hard.

    Roetheli, who runs S&M NuTec from Kansas City, Missouri, says Greenies do break down when properly chewed and swallowed by a dog.

    He told CNN that any product has the potential to cause an obstruction in a dog and that Greenies packaging warns dog owners to monitor their dog to ensure the treat is adequately chewed. "Gulping any item can be harmful or even fatal to a dog," the package says.

    The company's Web site addresses the issue in its FAQ section with the question "When giving an animal Greenies, does it affect their digestive system?" The answer "The only time dogs would be unable to digest anything would be if they didn't chew it up before they swallowed it. Canine and Feline Greenies are highly digestible when chewed."

    The company says the number of complaints it has received is very low in relation to the vast numbers of treats sold, and CNN spoke with several vets who recommended Greenies.

    Introduced in 1998, we found Greenies now selling for about $16 a pound. Last year, 325 million individual treats were sold around the world, nearly three times the sales of its nearest competitor Milk Bone, according to the marketing company Euromonitor International.

    "At the end of the day ... literally millions of Greenies are enjoyed by dogs on a weekly basis with absolutely no incidents," company vet Brad Quest told CNN.
    http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/02/14/dan...eat/index.html

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    Pom Your poms are so adorable. Much cuter than the one you said was a winner. They're so small, and sweet and fluffy, ...they almost remind me of a kitty!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PGM35 View Post
    It's a 10 gal tank. I know - people say not to have too many fish in so small a tank - 1 in per 1 gal or something but I LOVE them!
    For goldfish, it's 10-15 gallons per fish, but opinions vary. My fishtank is 55g and I have five goldfish. 11 gallons per fish.

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    I see pictures of cute pomeranians... cute cute cute.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marley View Post
    For goldfish, it's 10-15 gallons per fish, but opinions vary. My fishtank is 55g and I have five goldfish. 11 gallons per fish.
    The bigger fish died a couple of days ago. Maybe there wasn't enough room for him. The other 2 seem to be doing fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskitty View Post
    Pom Your poms are so adorable. Much cuter than the one you said was a winner. They're so small, and sweet and fluffy, ...they almost remind me of a kitty!
    Aw, misskitty, thanks so much for the kind compliments!!!

    They remind me of kitties, too -- that's why I love them so much, and that's why gabriel and I get along so well, too!!!!

    Hey gabriel: this is for you, Mona, and Joey:

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    Pom, I just have to say I want to kiss your boys on their little noses, like I do with my boys.
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