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Porky Pants! #351851
12/04/19 12:31 PM
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We went to the vet yesterday because the shelter said he'd need his final DA2PP something or other booster last night.

Our vet was like 'They have you on a two revac schedule - generally it's monthly - he'll still have antibodies from his mother, you should wait'.

Well, glad we went in, sigh. It was still good, and we go back on the 19th for the revac.

He has gained 3lbs in the last two weeks! (or 13 days, close enough!). Mr. Porky Pants! Not really, he's a nice weight/body condition. We're going to up his food slightly to let him keep gaining but I'm quite pleased about that. He weighs 19.4lbs which is weird because he looks very Rottie (despite the GSD) and frankly he's undersize for both breeds. I thought he was 14 weeks going on 15. But as our vet knows he was born August 15th, I guess they looked at actual weeks not months plus weeks and he's almost 16 weeks! Today he's 15 weeks 6 days! Our little guy is 4 months old. Wow!

Is that how you calculate baby age?

This calculator: https://www.vetbabble.com/dogs/getting-started-dogs/how-big-will-puppy-get/#calc-link says he will be 63lbs! Loving that size frankly. Low end of what we thought.

His lack of fur around his eyes is just normal margins, nothing is wrong, which I figured.

And he is FINALLY going for walks now. Not always super enthusiastically for all of them, but for enough. He looooooves the snow I think I've found a winter camping buddy!


Jenn
Neb, Xerxes, and Agis
Timothy and Cordelia (kitties)
RIP Luc
RIP Teagan
Re: Porky Pants! [Re: jarn] #351854
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2 week revac schedule! Here I am missing words sigh.


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Timothy and Cordelia (kitties)
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Re: Porky Pants! [Re: jarn] #351862
12/05/19 12:28 AM
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happyboogie He's doing just great with his size. I think you'll enjoy a smaller (not small, but smaller) dog rather than a supersized one in the end. I think Kody is about 75 lbs, that's perfect for me. Sasha is still growing but I'm thinking she's pretty close to Kody's size. Neither will be huge dogs which puts both in a better position health wise than a supersized dog.

I'm glad he's enjoying his walks and the snow. Good luck with that one. He'll be a strong dog soon so be careful to train him now to heal. You won't want him pulling you down in the snow or ice.


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Crosses can be interesting. I knew one GSD/Rottie that looked like a small rottie on thin legs - sort of. She was a great dog - quite nice. Other crosses come out looking like "huh?" Overall, dogs are just nice things and mixes are interesting in part to watch how they turn out in looks. Some interesting GSD / Dal Xs had white patches on their chests with dalmation spots there but no where else and were looking pretty GSD. My GSD/Elkhound looked like a small GSD sorta. more or less. not very elkhoundy. But a wonderful dog.

Rosa, I think what you want is her to train the dog to heel. Healing training ... well, I'm not sure you can teach dogs that. Although with the wrecks they have caused me, it should be required.

Re: Porky Pants! [Re: jarn] #351867
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I had a shepherd pittie mix long ago....built and looked like a pittie-all muscle but tall as a large shepherd. Needless to say, walking him was not easy...more like he walked me! I could tell stories about that dog! Haven't liked huge dogs ever since. I imagine he weighed 80-85 lbs, or at least it seemed like it!

Both of mine now are in the low to mid 70lb range. Might not sound like a big difference. Might be the difference in muscle mass. They are not as tall as my mix was either. At least I can handle these two.

Side note: Last year Gypsy was maybe 9-10 weeks old when we got snow. Around 12 weeks old, she knocked me down flat on my back in the snowy yard! LOL


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Re: Porky Pants! [Re: jarn] #351874
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Yes, I'm relieved he's turning out smaller - I don't want a super big dog!

We've been so focused on getting him to walk we haven't fussed about heel. That starts this weekend though I think. Though he screams in collar and I'd rather train heel using a collar so one other thing to work on ugh.

He's like a miniature Rottie right now Middle! I hope he starts to look for GSD-ish but either way he's great.

Zisso, yikes! That's a huge strong dog! Luc was around 50lbs, Neb is around 38lbs but has gotten as heavy as 40lbs, and I believe you - Neb is SO much stronger than Luc ever was. He's better now that he's older but when he was younger man Neb could get hard to handle if he wanted to. Luckily his base self is a sweet boy.


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Re: Porky Pants! [Re: jarn] #351887
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My goodness, different scales, but I weighed him at home yesterday (vs. the vet) and he was 20.7lbs which is 1.3lb gain in what, 5 days! He's going through a growth spurt! He's almost the same weight and height as Xerxes our beagle. We've upped his food recently and I'm wondering if we should up it again. He's got a nice tuck without being too thin.

Toby is upset because I'm laughing at him - the dogs keep running onto the couch, jumping on him and wrestling on top of him (Agis and Xerxes that is). They do NOT do this to me. I may not be the super fun one all the time, but I think I get more respect (and lots of affection, don't get me wrong).


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Neb, Xerxes, and Agis
Timothy and Cordelia (kitties)
RIP Luc
RIP Teagan
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respect and lots of affection-sounds pretty good to me!

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He's a great boy! He's gone picky though. Still gained weight Wednesday to Friday, but he doesn't want to eat kibble he was happily eating - adding wet helps a bit, but even then. He'll finish eventually, he just won't eat it in one sitting. I don't know what's changed but it's a bit frustrating. Hoping it's just a phase.


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Neb, Xerxes, and Agis
Timothy and Cordelia (kitties)
RIP Luc
RIP Teagan
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I have one that is a careful, pickly, slow, fussy eater. The other one is a vacuum on high suction. ... I think slow and careful is better than the inhale.

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True. It's just for breakfast and dinner he doesn't get to finish - breakfast we may have to leave after, depending on the day, and dinner is before bedtime! He's always been a slow, deliberate eater, but now he's not interested in finishing what's in front of him.

Someone on a Rottweiler forum suggested he may be teething. He is hungry, because I fed him some leftover wet we had from when Neb had something going on, and he likes that. Which does make me think it's teething. That kibble hurts more to chew. Though apparently cat food is still attractive crazy

Xerxes eats too quickly, I know what you mean - we actually got a slow feeder bowl for him.


Jenn
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Timothy and Cordelia (kitties)
RIP Luc
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