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post #31 of 57
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She doesn't seem gassy, and she had the classic shelter problem,. where she ate whatever they had handy, and apparently not much of it. We have her on orijens (only has had one meal so far) and are going to supplement it with a homemade groundbeef, rice, pasta, veggie dogfood I've always made for my dogs.
Sounds good....the breath could be just from the food she was eating and once she's eating orijen regularly you may find the breath issue goes away... Maybe she got a little cheap canned at the shelter and that is the problem.

But yah, definately grab some oral supplies.... the longrun benefits are

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Here is her side profile, and keep in mind, she has NO muscle and is really underweight! Let me know what you think

She actually looks fairly good for a shelter pup..... and I think in no time you'll have her nice and healthy.

I'm by far from a dog expert, but if I had to guess, I'd say she's a german X anatolian mix. I would NOT say she's a collie mix like the ad said (I don't see any collie at all).... definately a shepard mix, with more emphasis on the anatolian rather than german...

Just IMO

She is a beauty tho, and I can't wait to see her in a months time of love, care and her new family The difference will be amazing I imagine. It will be so nice to see her with relaxed tail and perky ears..... (you can see she's timid by her posture....poor baby. I'm glad she found you)
post #32 of 57
she is lovely .. I too see anatolian / gsd
post #33 of 57
Yawning is a stress reaction. Once she settles she will likely yawn less.

As for the breath - that could be dietary related or dental related.
post #34 of 57
She is lovely. I'm glad you found such a sweet dog who gets along with kitties.

About being gassy, even though Misty has moved to a loving home, it is still stressful so that might be part of the reason. If you switch foods it's a good idea to do it gradually anyway as opposed to all at once. All the more so if a dog has changed environments.

Good luck!
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Yawning is a stress reaction. Once she settles she will likely yawn less.

As for the breath - that could be dietary related or dental related.
Good to know about the yawning! We are going to have her teeth checked this week at the vet, so that should clear up any possible issues

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She is lovely. I'm glad you found such a sweet dog who gets along with kitties.

About being gassy, even though Misty has moved to a loving home, it is still stressful so that might be part of the reason. If you switch foods it's a good idea to do it gradually anyway as opposed to all at once. All the more so if a dog has changed environments.

Good luck!
Unfortunately we can't switch foods slowly, because she was never on a particular food at the shelter, just whatever they had. And she was kept "free range" ie. In a pen with about 30 dogs running around, and a garbage pail full of random food, she is very timid and submissive which is, a) why nobody would adopt her and b) why she is so underweight
post #36 of 57
She's beautiful, and glad to hear the introductions are going smoothly!

She definitely looks like she could be an Anatolian Shepherd mix, but I doubt that. I hate to be the "wet blanket" but they're just not that common. They are not even in the top 100 of breeds, so the likelihood just isn't there. Not that it isn't possible, but you know what I'm saying. I would say German Shepherd crossed with "something that has a boxier head", but I'd have to think on that last part.
post #37 of 57
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She's beautiful, and glad to hear the introductions are going smoothly!

She definitely looks like she could be an Anatolian Shepherd mix, but I doubt that. I hate to be the "wet blanket" but they're just not that common. They are not even in the top 100 of breeds, so the likelihood just isn't there. Not that it isn't possible, but you know what I'm saying. I would say German Shepherd crossed with "something that has a boxier head", but I'd have to think on that last part.
haha, not a wet blanket! she just looks uncannily like one, and has most of the characteristic, but to be quite honest, we'll never know! and it doesn't matter, cause she is great no matter what's in her

And she is full of personality..... Cello stole her bed.... so she stole his



post #38 of 57
FYI : anatolian s as a whole are not common but in my county there are 5 breeders so here they are a fairly common mix not like a lab though and I know certian areas of Canada have higher populations
post #39 of 57
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FYI : anatolian s as a whole are not common but in my county there are 5 breeders so here they are a fairly common mix not like a lab though and I know certian areas of Canada have higher populations
Yes, but that would be the exception to the rule. Anything is possible - either way she's a good looking girl.
post #40 of 57
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Yes, but that would be the exception to the rule. Anything is possible - either way she's a good looking girl.
agreed very good looking girl...

possible mastiff / gsd could create that look..

I hear they do genetics tests now
post #41 of 57
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agreed very good looking girl...

possible mastiff / gsd could create that look..

I hear they do genetics tests now
That was our first thought before we saw a pic. of the anatolian. I wouldn't spend money on a genetic test, not worth it for me.
post #42 of 57
lol I would not either but when I rescued my new pup a lady was looking and said they have dna tests so you can know and she had one done on her dog
post #43 of 57
Anatolian mixes are quite common in Canada (not purebreds, but mixes) we have had quite a few come into the shelter recently here and lmunsie isnt far from me so it could well be.

She already looks happier in your newest pics (I love Cello's bed btw)

I am glad we only feed the dogs one food, even if it is Hills, at least the animals get the same thing. Poor baby, I cant imagine any of our females getting any food with the males either, thankfully they are all fed and housed in separate runs with just supervised play time
post #44 of 57
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Anatolian mixes are quite common in Canada (not purebreds, but mixes) we have had quite a few come into the shelter recently here and lmunsie isnt far from me so it could well be.
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She already looks happier in your newest pics (I love Cello's bed btw)
hehehe yeah, i made cello's bed myself!, i'm going to have to make her a bigger bed! preferably one that matches my bedroom.


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I am glad we only feed the dogs one food, even if it is Hills, at least the animals get the same thing. Poor baby, I cant imagine any of our females getting any food with the males either, thankfully they are all fed and housed in separate runs with just supervised play time
Oh I know, when I found out how she was living for the past months I couldn't believe it . A woman from a niagara falls rescue contacted us, she tries to pull the timid dogs from that shelter because they don't do well, knew about this dog, and that's how we ended up with her!
post #45 of 57
She is just gorgeous, thank you for giving her a loving home! I definitely see a lot of German shepherd in there, and who knows? There could be a good deal of Anatolian shepherd in there. I wouldn't know, having never seen one, though.

As for her breath and teeth, have you considered giving her recreational bones to chew on? Raw knuckle bones with a good deal of meat still on, checken necks, etc.? They do wonders for a dog's teeth.
post #46 of 57
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As for her breath and teeth, have you considered giving her recreational bones to chew on? Raw knuckle bones with a good deal of meat still on, checken necks, etc.? They do wonders for a dog's teeth.
Raw beef ribs do it for my dogs. Shiny clean! If she's not spayed yet you can have her teeth cleaned when she's spayed. If she's already spayed, I'd be reluctant to put her under for just a dental. Try the raw bones first.
post #47 of 57
raw bones are wonderful ... make sure the bone matches the dog ... ie small bones do not equal a large dog
post #48 of 57
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raw bones are wonderful ... make sure the bone matches the dog ... ie small bones do not equal a large dog
where do you buy these, 'large' raw bones?
post #49 of 57
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where do you buy these, 'large' raw bones?
here do to demand the local grocer ( they do much of the butchering in house )... Any pet store with a raw section will have them...
post #50 of 57
If you have a Global Ryans near you they usually have them
post #51 of 57
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If you have a Global Ryans near you they usually have them
That's where I buy all my pet food. Just haven't been in the dog section yet! lol.
post #52 of 57
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So after getting her settled it is becoming quite clear Riikka has been abused or had a difficult life in some form. I was unprepared for this so lord bless the forum communities. I have joined dogforum.org and will be keeping a blog of her progress since this is going to be a journey for all of us.


Her thread
http://www.dogforum.org/showthread.php?t=28251

Her Blog
http://www.dogforum.org/blog.php?u=8284
post #53 of 57
I a member over there so I will have to keep checking in")
post #54 of 57
I am so glad you rescued her, so many people are not willing to deal with any issues - they want an instant pet from an adult shelter dog.
post #55 of 57
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I am so glad you rescued her, so many people are not willing to deal with any issues - they want an instant pet from an adult shelter dog.
Dealing with these issues, wasn't the plan. But as I've realized with adopting older pets, or heck, getting a puppy/kitten, they rarely follow 'the plan' and you just have to be prepared to go with it, and hope you get stuff you can and are prepared to deal with.

Edit: and most importantly, to not be afraid to ask for help.
post #56 of 57
We had a guy in yesterday who wanted a puppy but was disgusted that the stray puppies we picked up who are only 8 weeks, were not housetrained yet.

It amazes me what people expect from rescue animals
post #57 of 57
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Just to get an idea, of her posture and body language outside, and after 4 ideas of getting settled.....





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