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    Yippee! Just what we need for our youngster....

    Yippee! Just what we need for our youngster. Heard that this was "in the works" quite a while ago. Glad to hear it is almost time to order.
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    A Lab shaking their head has always been an ear...

    A Lab shaking their head has always been an ear infection at my house :(
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    I live in Maine where it can snow from October to...

    I live in Maine where it can snow from October to April. It used to be accepted practice to stop flea, tick and heartworm prevention for 4-6 months, now it is all recommended year round. Climate...
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    There are crazy people everywhere in the world....

    There are crazy people everywhere in the world. No statistics to prove one area is any more prone than another. I have lived in several New England states, Washington and Texas, plus visited over...
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    Sometime diarrhea will occur as stool cannot pass...

    Sometime diarrhea will occur as stool cannot pass blockage, but sounds like may be an illness. If you check his temp you will have more valuable info for your vet. Hope all is ok after vet visit in...
  6. We have owned many spayed females. The only one...

    We have owned many spayed females. The only one that had issue with urine leakage was a mixed breed that was spayed by the shelter as a VERY young puppy, probably less than 10wks old. She developed...
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    There are just so many new "experts" in the...

    There are just so many new "experts" in the world. The funniest I recently ran into (on a Facebook group dog forum) was a woman who described herself as a professional dog trainer, yet she had never...
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    Agree that a blockage should be considered,...

    Agree that a blockage should be considered, important to monitor all stool also. If no stool need vet exam with xrays. Also check his temperature, always important info if sick. Monitor water intake,...
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    I live in Maine and with relatives in...

    I live in Maine and with relatives in Connecticut, have had much experience with both humans and dogs with these diseases. Tick borne diseases usually respond well to antibiotics if given...
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    Contact realtors in area you are interested. They...

    Contact realtors in area you are interested. They have concise comparable reports available that list average taxes, quality of public schools(tells a lot about a community), along with all kinds of...
  11. Re the previous question about retinas...

    Re the previous question about retinas "reattaching". Retinas that completely detach must be diagnosed AND corrected surgically within 24hr, or dog is permanantly blind in that eye. I had a small...
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    The thing to remember is that dog's hormonal...

    The thing to remember is that dog's hormonal cycles are the same, whether they were bred and got pregnant or not.
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    Early canine development is very slow compared to...

    Early canine development is very slow compared to some other species. It is during this early cell division when they are so prone to environmentally caused defects. I would be most cautious until...
  14. The confusion seems to be the OP calling CERF...

    The confusion seems to be the OP calling CERF exam a genetic test. CERF is physical exam of the eyes, the vet is looking for signs of problems that may be, but not necessarily caused by genetics. The...
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    There are many books available to help "kids"...

    There are many books available to help "kids" capture parents memories before they pass. Some are meant to write in the book itself, others prompt you what questions to ask and how to get it all...
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    Links for DNA kits below, CNM, EIC and PRA. I...

    Links for DNA kits below, CNM, EIC and PRA. I requested all 3 kits, took everything to vet to have "certified" results, dog must be microchipped or tattoed(to verify ID), and tests obtained and...
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    I would add PRA to your DNA tests. Most consider...

    I would add PRA to your DNA tests. Most consider the 3 required DNA tests for Labs are CNM, EIC and PRA. If you have 2 carriers you could've created affected puppies. PRA puppies have potential of...
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    When you google "pig heating mats" there are...

    When you google "pig heating mats" there are several companies. You can even get control systems to maintain a set temp, despite outdoor temp. Most seem to claim a range of 20-35 above air temp....
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    Salt doesn't work on my Maine driveway when it...

    Salt doesn't work on my Maine driveway when it stays below freezing, even in the sun. Unless you live somewhere that winter temps above 30 means it is a warm day, you just can't relate.

    Here are...
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    I always start getting dogs used to boats, with...

    I always start getting dogs used to boats, with boats on the ground in the yard. Starting with our canoes, kayaks, and jon boat. First I secure boats so they don't move as he jumps in. Then get him...
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    Especially with the connections you have to the...

    Especially with the connections you have to the gun club, keep all for at least awhile. If Dad's gear fits OK, the guns might too ;)
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    Thought this was an odd post for RTF, just...

    Thought this was an odd post for RTF, just mentioned the problem to my engineer husband who works in commercial construction management, plus we live in Maine, so we fully understand the situation....
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    Can you dig a hole? Maybe add slope to area to...

    Can you dig a hole? Maybe add slope to area to encourage water to drain away from pipe? There are electric pig mats made for tough outdoor use. A friend uses one for whelping. Sounds like only real...
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    My procedure for freezing and refreezing training...

    My procedure for freezing and refreezing training ducks seems to work very well. My ducks don't get as "nasty" as others I have seen re-used. First step, I make sure birds are thoroughly dry. I...
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    This seems like a good simple explanation of the...

    This seems like a good simple explanation of the important fit parameters, including definition of the terms used so you can "talk the lingo"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLLnGM3DXE0
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