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Cyclists and Dogs(23 posts)

Cyclists and Dogsspluti
Nov 5, 2003 8:40 AM
It seems many of us have a common interest in our canine friends as well as cycling.
I would really think twice about those giant rawhide bones. I have a $1500.00 vet bill for removing a big chunk of rawhide from this guys belly. Bad engineering, his mouth is bigger than his a$$hole.
Sure could have used that money for some new wheels. But he is worth it.
Now he just gets nylon bones and he's happy with them.
Sorry to hear about the vet bill, glad he's ok.Brooks
Nov 5, 2003 9:16 AM
I'm a puppy raiser for Guide Dogs for the Blind (current dog, Triton, below). Among the thick book of rules and guidelines, rawhide and "pigs ears" are forbidden. Only sterile real bones, nylabones, rope toys, and rubber Kongs are permitted. Of course, these dogs are insured for $40,000 after they have completed their training.
good for you!_rt_
Nov 5, 2003 10:46 AM
i've got a friend who keeps a stud dog, Mitch, for Guide Dogs for the Blind. best dog i've ever met (short of Yo!, pictured below)


me, Yo, and my first "real" bike (pre-restoration)

rt
Sterile real bones?128
Nov 5, 2003 10:55 AM
How are they made sterile? I thought real bones were not recommended but never saw any good reason (chicken bones splinter but you mean cow bones, right??).

My little one chews the rawhide pretty well but I've always been worried about her swallowing too much. She has thrown up little chunks of it though.

She threw up more with the nylon bones so they were stopped.
FYI on bonessuperdog
Nov 5, 2003 6:41 PM
http://www.bluegrace.com/barf.html
Thanks, but I say raw diets for dogs is hogwash128
Nov 6, 2003 6:15 AM
Seriously sceptical of that link.
That diet is nuts. I would never feed my dogs like that unless I had too. I'll ask around.

I really just wanted to know if boiling bones sterilizes them and why sterilize in the first place. doges lick dead squirrels.

Dogs should eat dog food. When they eat people food they may disease their liver or kidney and become deficient in nutrituion.

Arn't domesticated, bred dogs beyond the caveman diet? Seriously, I can't see such a random diet for todays 'go go lie on the couch' canine lifestyle or even for working dogs.
"doges lick dead squirrels," My new favorite quote. (nm)TFerguson
Nov 6, 2003 8:47 AM
"doges lick dead squirrels," My new favorite quote. (nm)import silvia
Nov 6, 2003 10:59 AM
I like:
"ew, that stinks....I wonder what it tastes like"

Some comedian's take on the dog thought process.
Not chicken bones! These are packaged and found atBrooks
Nov 6, 2003 9:16 AM
Petsmart, Petco, and other shops. 6-8 inches long, 1-2 inches diameter, probably cow bones with the ends cut off and the marrow removed, then sterilized. Triton is a big boy, just over 90 pounds and coming up on a year old. He has not gone through a bone yet, though he gnaws on it a bit. Tiny pieces gradually get worn off by his teeth. Same with the Nylabone brand of synthetic bones, at least 6 inches long.
me and my boybikefreax
Nov 5, 2003 9:18 AM
Always money well spentwspokes
Nov 5, 2003 9:23 AM
Cheers to you for making the effort...
I have one that is a cross country ski fanatic!
re: Cyclists and DogsCaseysdad
Nov 5, 2003 10:09 AM
I've got a Berner too, and trust me - his mouth is bigger than pretty much every part of his body. I honestly think he'd eat an entire cow if given half a chance. Don't know how mine would react if we ever attempted to deny him his precious rawhides. Probably with that patented Berner sad-eyed pout that can melt stone.

Good call though. No set of wheels could ever be worth being met at the door by a Berner at the end of a long day.
OK, so that's 3 cyclists with BMDsgmc
Nov 5, 2003 10:19 AM
How many else out there?

Berners are smart. I think mine could true my wheels, if she only had thumbs.
I have two, think they would fit in a bugger?spluti
Nov 5, 2003 10:36 AM
I know they would love the ride.
I have two, think they would fit in a bugger?Caseysdad
Nov 6, 2003 12:48 PM
Mine's too much of a chicken to even get near one. He gets nervous when he sees me ride up the driveway. (I think the helmet and glasses throw him.) However, if he thought for a second that it would mean a trip to Dairy Queen he'd probably jump on the bike and help me pedal.
re: Cyclists and Dogssnapdragen
Nov 5, 2003 7:49 PM
Oh, stuff like this scares me. Am I the only one nuts enough to have health insurance for her dog?

janet
You're not nutsJFR
Nov 6, 2003 1:20 PM
Both my dogs have had knee surgerys that insurance would have largely covered... I've got over 4k invested in those knees.
Another chance to show my Corgi.firstrax
Nov 5, 2003 8:56 PM
Another chance to show my Corgi.snapdragen
Nov 6, 2003 8:27 PM
The famous "corgi sprawl". Aren't they the greatest little/big dogs!
I wish I could blow another $1500 on my late Dobermanlitespeedchick
Nov 6, 2003 5:43 AM
He cost me $1,500 when he got hit by a car (had to go to a doggie orthopedic specialist) and in excess of $1000 when he had kidney failure.

I miss him so much now I swear I'd work a 2nd job to pay his bills.

A dog's only fault is they don't live long enough. I'm glad your boy is better.
sad128
Nov 6, 2003 6:59 AM
I lost a dog 5 years ago to a car hit. Sorry to hear of your loss.

As a less expensive alternative maybe you could go to a shelter and find a friend there?? Or a Dobberman rescue service?

best.
My little dudeAlex-in-Evanston
Nov 6, 2003 6:24 AM
He's so handsome.

Alex
Dali and Miro always wait for metempeteOntheRoad
Nov 6, 2003 7:26 PM
Here are the two worst friends; the little shifty guy is Dali and the big useless chomp of love is Miro