Friday, December 30, 2005
Speaking of his dinner. He loves the new food. I've changed him over to Eagle Pack Large/Giant Breed Puppy food. One of the places in the Atlanta area where you can get it, is the Airport
Park 'N Bark. It's a Pet Resort and Doggy Daycare near the Atlanta Airport. You can leave your dog and car there and I believe pick up a shuttle to the airport. Anyway, check out the web site. They have some awesome credentials, trainers, etc, and the price on the food was very reasonable. The other great thing about them is that the owners have Great Danes. Very Cool.
So I'll leave you with another cute photo of my little guy. Gunther and I wish you a very Happy New Year!
Wednesday, December 28, 2005
How appropriate Gunther sitting between my two human kids Christmas morning, rolling and playing in the wrapping paper. LOL. Gunther had a great time. The kids tossed the paper in the air and he'd go crazy going after it. Santa was really good to Gunther this year bringing him, a bag of all natural treats, a new University of Tennessee collar and orange leash and several Kong and Chew toys.
We hope you too had a wonderful Christmas.
Friday, December 23, 2005
Thursday, December 22, 2005
DIAMOND DOG RECALL
Important Customer Alert
Diamond Pet Food has discovered aflatoxin in a product manufactured at the company’s Gaston, S.C. facility. Out of an abundance of caution, we have elected to recall products in the areas affected by this situation.
Product quality and customer satisfaction are important to us, and we pledge to keep you updated as new developments occur.
What is Aflatoxin?
Aflatoxin is a naturally occurring toxic chemical by-product from the growth of the fungus Aspergillus flavus, on corn and other crops. The fungus develops on crops during years with severe high temperature stress and drought.
What products are affected?
Products formulated with corn at our facility in Gaston, S.C. may be affected by this situation (see complete list below).
The Gaston facility date codes are unique from other Diamond facility codes in that either the eleventh or twelfth character in the date code will be a capital “G” (in reference to Gaston). The range of date codes being reviewed are “Best By 01-March-07” through Best By “11-June-07.” Diamond’s quantitative analysis records substantiate that Diamond’s corn shipments were definitively clear of aflatoxin after December 10. As such, “Best By 11-June-07” date codes or later are not affected.
Gaston facility products recommended for temporary removal from sale include:
Diamond Puppy Food
Diamond Original Dog Food
Diamond Low Fat Dog Food
Diamond Hi-Energy Dog Food
Diamond Maintenance Dog Food
Diamond Premium Adult Dog Food
Diamond Performance Dog Food
Diamond Maintenance Cat Food
Diamond Professional Cat Food
Professional Reduced Fat Chicken & Rice Dog Food
Professional Chicken & Rice Adult Dog Food
Professional Puppy Food
Professional Large-Breed Puppy Food
Professional Reduced Fat Cat Food
Professional Adult Cat Food
Country Value Puppy
Country Value Adult Dog
Country Value High Energy Dog
Country Value Adult Cat Food
Are products manufactured at other Diamond facilities affected by this situation?
No. Products manufactured at our Gaston facility are the only ones affected.
What states receive products from the Gaston facility?
The Gaston facility provides products to our customers in Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky (eastern), Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, Vermont, and Virginia.
What symptoms should I look for from my pet?
Symptoms of illness will include icterus (yellow tint to eyes and gums) and depression and lack of appetite and internal bleeding.
What should I do if I suspect my pet is ill?
If you suspect your pet is ill, please consult your veterinarian immediately.
Who can I call for more information?
Customers with questions about this situation should use our Contact Form.
Click here to read our recall notice.
Please click here to read more from our media statement.
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Wednesday, December 21, 2005
It's hard to believe that it's been over a week since I posted. We did have our trip to Tennessee to visit my mom last week and it went really well except I didn't get to take Gunther. Long story short, he ended up having to stay home and I missed him so bad it was terrible. I couldn't wait to get home. When I walked in the door he was as excited to see me as I was him. We got home Sunday, the 18th, and he hasn't left my side since. What did work out was that a friend of mine had the week off and so Gunther had a friend here at the house with him the whole time.
I was a little concerned about leaving him, afraid that he would loose his commands and I'd have to start all over with him, but he did fine, he ate well and slept good. In fact he learned to catch the tennis ball from a further distance, and from what I gathered he got to go out and play 2 or 3 times a day so Gunther had undivided attention, and I couldn't have asked for any better.
Near where my mom lives they just opened a Doggie Cafe. Of course I went in and spent way too much money. But the prices on treats (all natural) was too good to pass up. The sad thing was that Santa was there and people were getting their pets photos taken with Santa, like I wanted to with Gunther. Oh well, there is next year. Maybe in the year ahead I can talk someone into dressing up like Santa for me and I'll take the picture. LOL.
That's about it for now, we are finalizing our Christmas plans and trying to Gunther out from under the tree so that's keeping us busy.
bye for now
Saturday, December 10, 2005
This shirt is so cute. It has a reindeer embroidered on the back of it. Now it's an Xlarge and I can tell you right now that next Saturday he won't be able to fit in it. LOL. He's a growing little boy. I wanted to get a picture of him with Santa but that didn't work so this is the next best thing.
Gunther's actions so many times reminds me of a little child. When he doesn't get enough exercise he starts getting into things, when he's tired and doesn't want to go to sleep he fights it and tries to stay awake. Then yesterday, like many little kids wanting to drink what their parents have, Gunther got into my Coke Cola I had sitting on the shelf side of my computer desk. He liked it. LOL. He got about 2 or 3 good drinks of it. When I caught him, he acted like he couldn't for the life of him figure out why I wouldn't want him to have it. It was hard not to laugh at his expression while I was correcting him.
I think that this might be the happiest Christmas I have had in years because of Gunther.
Thursday, December 08, 2005
He has been doing some many funny things lately. My favorite so far is the tennis ball tricks he does. In stead of crushing the tennis ball, which he easily could, he runs around with it in his mouth, then all of sudden he'll shake his head and throw it. Of course he runs and chases it down and starts the game all over. I'm waiting for the tennis ball to land in my coffee one of these days.
Friday, December 02, 2005
Anyway, here is a picture I just took of my baby.
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Sunday, November 27, 2005
Our Thanksgiving was a lot of fun since it was Gunther's first. He didn't eat any human food, but the smells of the food cooking drove him nuts. He sat in the kitchen with his nose in the air sniffing. I didn't have my camera with me, or I'd definitely have a picture of that. It was hilarious. The one thing he didn't like was when I would open the oven door. The heat rushing out, was not something Gunther appreciated. He would run to the other side of the kitchen and then tilt his head, like he was trying to figure out what made that big box do that to me. Another great thing for Gunther was that everyone was home. He is so happy when we are all together.
I have had a couple of emails wanting to know when Gunther will be 4 months. December 1st, Gunther will be 4 months. I will have some new pictures of him on here soon. It has gotten hard now to get his weight, but Dec. 2nd is his next vet apt and I will have a weight then.
Thanks to everyone who has emailed, and asked questions about Gunther. We enjoy hearing from you so much.
Saturday, November 19, 2005
Anyway, I have some pictures from today that are pretty entertaining. And, by the way, I cannot suggest highly enough that if you are on the south metro side of Atlanta, to go to Doggie Daycare of Fayette. The people there are awesome and they will love your dog as much as you do.
Ok picture one, Gunther's certificate
This beautiful Harl is Cleopatra. She has so much personality. If I remember correctly she's 5 months old. She has a brother at home that looks like Gunther.
Here is Gunther (with alien eyes and ears) and Donna Thompson the Training Coordinator at Doggie Daycare of Fayette
and of course the star of the blog, Gunther, doing what all kids do after a busy day of school and graduating ;-) We'll party later when he gets up.
Today he has school again. It will be a lot fun, he really enjoyed it last week.
Here is the latest 15 week picture of him.
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Saturday, November 12, 2005
Out of respect to the other dogs and their owners I didn't take any photos this week. But, next week I can take photos. Today it would have been pretty distracting for them with my flash going off all time.
I wish I worked with dogs full time, especially large and giant breeds. It's so much fun. So Gunther is laying here exhausted and I'm starving so we will say bye for now.
Friday, November 11, 2005
He has developed some cute habits lately. It seemed that he kind of leveled out and just was happy with how things were, then the other day, he decided that there was a new way to wake mommy up at 7 (actually 6:58 because my clock would go off at 7). He likes to rear up like a horse and drop full force those beautiful front legs straight down on me. Usually he lands on my stomach, though this morning my side was the target. If he wasn't so damn cute, standing there giving me kisses, his tail wagging like it's going to come off, like I'm the most important person in the world and he can't live without me, I'd be really upset. But, I will find a way to correct it so the stomping will stop and and the kisses will stay. ;-)
One of the other things he's started doing is putting his head in my lap while I knit. He has never gotten into my wool and did any damage but he LOVES the smell of the wool and the Alpaca. So when I'm knitting that natural fibers he is right with me. His little nose is very happy.
The big thing this week he's done is consistantly rang the bells I have on the door we use to take him out. He's got it down pat now. At first he didn't like them too well. but now he shakes the sh*& out of them. There is a very good chance that before all is said and done those bells will have to be replaced. LOL. I'll try to get a photo of him doing it. It's pretty funny, bells and ears shaking.
So everyone have a great weekend, love your pets, and be thankful for their love.
Thursday, November 10, 2005
The "little" guy is 14 weeks and still a BUNDLE of joy. LOL. Tomorrow he has his vet check up and then on Saturday he starts school. Puppy Classes! Sort of off track here let me insert that my son's humor is very much like comedians along the lines of Ron White and George Carlin, so you can imagine the one liners that I have heard about taking a puppy who naturally knows how to be a puppy to classes on being a puppy. It's been too funny. Anyway, Puppy classes are starting at the Doggie Daycare of Fayette and that's where we are headed for the next two Saturdays. Then in January, (December is going to be way too busy) we will be starting Basic obedience. Though right now he does just about everything except the Down command. But, I still want to work with a trainer and it will be good for him to be with other dogs and distractions while learning.
Thursday, November 03, 2005
It's been a while since I posted any funny pictures of my little guy, so I thought this one would make up for it. LOL. The kids and I have laughed till we had tears running down our faces over this photo. We came up with all kinds of "captions" to go with it.
Now this photo proves that even at a young age there is a predisposition for being a couch potato
This next photo is for all of you who have written me and sort of jumped me about not getting his ears done. I got GT to hold his ears up for you.
Thursday, October 27, 2005
Gunther is 30 pounds and his legs are good and straight and he got a clean bill of health from Dr. Starr. So I am pretty happy. He behaved so well and even sat on command for Dr. Starr, with all kinds of distractions going on around him. The Gun-man is such a lady-killer. He responds to all of that attention like a sponge.
Well I'm out of here. Off to run around town doing "mom things"
Have a wonderful evening!
Monday, October 24, 2005
Today I was suppose to take Gunther for his vet appointment. I reschedule it till Thursday at 10:30, because my daughter is pretty ill. I've been up with her all night and have a call in to her doctor. She's got a really high fever (102) and all the other great things that go with it. Through out the night she would sleep for about 30 minutes then wake up sick, during one of those nap times I played around with a picture of the Gun-man and I think it turned out pretty good. To actually see the texture of the picture you may have to click on the photo to enlarge it.
Friday, October 21, 2005
By the way, my kids being the funny children that they are gave me a Scooby Do birthday. I had everything from balloons to napkins, even the candle on the cake was an adorable little Scooby. LOL.
Monday, October 17, 2005
What a royal little boy! Well this little boy is keeping my family laughing. It's a complete joy to watch him grow and discover his new world, now with that being said, you know that the laughs are at his expense. LOL.
Over the past week I've noticed that Gun taps his front feet, sometimes he goes back and forth shifting his weight between his front legs and sometimes he looks like he's counting with his right paw. You know, how they teach horses for count for circus entertainment. At first I didn't think much of it, then last night about 4 in the morning I hear this rhythm from his crate. He is tap dancing. Now, I knew he was smart, and I knew he catches on pretty fast, but tap dancing was more than I expected. Of course the tail is wagging so fast it looks like it's going to fly off his butt, it's the cutest damn thing. So I asked him what he was doing and he looked down at his legs and back at me and then started tapping again. Like he really knows what he's doing. Ok that got me laughing. Well a little while ago I was playing with him and I was petting on him and rubbing his front legs and I told him he had beautiful legs and he went to a sit position and held his right leg out to me. He's too cute, I love him to death. Clearly he is very proud of those stilts he calls legs. ROTFL.
Have a great day!
Thursday, October 13, 2005
I'm so glad that he is in my home. He brings so much fun into the house and spontaneous laughter.
Laugh a lot, try to smile all the time,
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
Thursday, October 06, 2005
Tuesday, October 04, 2005
Monday, October 03, 2005
The Gun-Man went to the vet this morning. He is doing great. He's a little over 18 pounds. (my little pony). But we had a wonderful time at the vets office. When we were waiting to go in, another Dane was coming out, and we talked with Murdock's owner for quiet awhile. Murdock is a 3 month old Brindle Great Dane and it was so much fun watching him and Gunther play. They do some of the same things. It was really cute. Murdock is their second Dane.
Dr. Starr, Gunther's vet, just loved him, and since we go to the same vet as Gunther's parents of course everyone there, the other vets and assistants were thrilled to get to see "1 of the 14" puppies grow up. They couldn't say enough nice things about Gunther's parents and Jay the breeder.
When we got home Gun was wiped out. He napped for a good 2 hours straight. LOL. But, it's feeding time so I'm out of here. Have a good one,
Thursday, September 29, 2005
By the way, the last I heard, Gunther's sister is still without a home. If you are interested in owning one of the best dogs you will ever have, please contact Jay. His information can be found a few posts down and links to him are in the sidebar.
Have a great one!
Tuesday, September 27, 2005
Today I'll weigh the Gun-man because I noticed this morning he is definitely getting heavier. Picking the baby up is starting to get a little strained. (smile). We have been taking a photo of him about every day in the same place, so we can photo document his growth. I am hoping to pick out the best shots and put a slide show together of his progression.
Have a great day,
Saturday, September 24, 2005
Friday, September 23, 2005
It's always amazed me, how when I plan for time where nothing major is going on, EVERYTHING major happens. It's just life in my house and guess I should get use to it. (smile) But, anyway, on with Gunther news.
He is a doll. We are having so much fun with him. He is still eating really well and growing. He's around 14 pounds now. Every where we go we take him. He does really well in the car and is such a people puppy. He is a chewer, but thankfully he loves his chew toys instead of the furniture. (big sign of relief) The photo above is after his bath and he wanted to cuddle while drying off.
Have a great weekend and may you have many puppy kisses in your life.
Monday, September 19, 2005
Check him out! Is he a hottie or what? Gunther is 7 weeks today and when I weighed him he was 12 pounds. I have been so busy that I haven't had a chance to put more photos online. But, I promise I will.
Gunther is doing wonderful. He's still sleeping through the night, eating well and has learned to climb the stairs in my house. That has kept us laughing. I just can't imagine what it would be like without him now. He has brought so much joy to the house.
Saturday, September 17, 2005
The past few days have been crazy. Gunther is adjusting well to our schedule and is just as sweet as he can be. I can't begin to tell everyone how wonderful he is. Right now he is napping so I have a few minutes. LOL
So far he has slept both nights 98% of the night. He is really responding to his name and is starting to understand the positive praise. We are doing his commands in German and it's so much fun. He is so smart. Here is a photo of him when be brought him home. Today he is getting a bath and my daughter will get some photos of that so we can post them.
Thursday, September 15, 2005
Tuesday, September 13, 2005
He is going to be such a good dog. From the looks of it, and how he acts, he is exactly what I was looking for. The only thing that would make me happier is if he were here with us now. :-)
Friday, September 09, 2005
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Wednesday, September 07, 2005
Last nights visit was short but so much fun. We stopped on our way to karate and visited with our little guy. We took so many pictures that turned out good that I made a slideshow of them. This litter is doing so well. They are playful, funny, growing and completely comical. By the way, there are 2 more that are in need of homes. If anyone is interested Jay's information and email address are located on the side bar. There is one picture of Gunther it's toward the end of the slideshow where we are leaving and I turned around and he was standing up against the wood divider that Jay has. Gunther has got those sad puppy eyes which will get him out of a lot of trouble in the future. LOL.
Anyway, here is the link to view Gunther's Slideshow
Tuesday, September 06, 2005
Friday, September 02, 2005
This is an article I just copied from the AKC web site.
HURRICANE KATRINA RELIEF
[Tuesday, August 30, 2005]
AKC Working To Provide Relief to Canine Victims of Hurricane KatrinaIn the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the American Kennel Club (AKC) is working to make contact with delegates, presidents and secretaries of AKC Member and Licensed Clubs in the hurricane-stricken states. Additionally, the AKC is working with the Houston Kennel Club and the Florida Association of Kennel Clubs (FAKC) to determine where shelters and staging areas will be established. If your club is in need of assistance or you know a shelter that needs help, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-252-7894. You may also call Diane Albers, FAKC, at 800-597-2987."The AKC is greatly saddened by the devastating hurricane that continues to leave a path of destruction across the South," said Dennis B. Sprung, AKC President and CEO. "Notwithstanding the human tragedy and untold billions of dollars in damage, we expect there are untold numbers of canine victims that are in desperate need of our assistance. We will do everything in our power to help them." The AKC will continue to post frequent updates to our website at www.akc.org.
Tuesday, August 30, 2005
I've added today's photos to the "More Gunther Photos" page. Just click on the side bar link and check them out.
Have a great day,
Monday, August 29, 2005
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Tuesday, August 23, 2005
Monday, August 22, 2005
I just got off the phone with the breeder and he said that the puppies were doing great. He also mentioned that some of the puppies were still available and if anyone was interested to email me and I will pass it on to him. He has been in touch with the airlines at the Atlanta airport, and has all the information about PROPER shipping of animals.
Thursday, August 18, 2005
*Also, there are a few more in the litter that need loving homes. If you are interested please email me and I will be happy to pass your information on to the breeder.* email@example.com