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I'm Back!

Cactus Flower
March 22nd, 2005, 12:48 PM
Hello, All!

Lots of new faces here, but I hope some of my friends from last year are still around. I've been absent for too long.
And greetings to the new faces! Feel free to run a background check on me (old posts :D ) to fill in any blanks.

Life's been busy here, but here's a quick update on Raj and Chloe:

Raj is doing fine, despite her new diet. She was getting angry red bumps all over her body, and it was quickly diagnosed as a food allergy. Guess what she's allergic to?


All meat! My vet says they're seeing more and more of that these days.

Anyway, she's on a vegetarian dog food: "Avo Derm". It's got no corn, but lots of other goodies in it (such as Avacado oil), and the nutritional panel is impressive. The bumps are gone, and her coat has never looked so healthy/shiny-and she hardly sheds at all now. She did lose some of the potato weight (*guilty giggle*), after being on the new food for a little while.
But if I give in (which I don't anymore) and give her just one little scrap of meat- just one tiny little piece- she'll begin itching and flaking and scratching. Her skin gets hot. If I'd give her more, the bumps would be back. So no meat at all. Not one measely bite.
I give her huge chewies made from corn starch, for a treat. She loves them. Although they come in bacon and other "flavours", they contain no actual meat product. And she likes her Greenies. Takes about ten to satisfy her Dane appetite, though. Even the big ones are not so big, and go quickly.
She also gets lots of steamed carrots (loves them) and yogurt (which is still keeping the recurring ear infections at bay) and other non-meat goodies that I make for her.

Chloe is doing just fine, as usual. No news there, aside from my actually getting her to enjoy being inside more than she used to.
So! Now I think I'll browse the site and try to catch up on all the goings-on around here! Have missed this!


March 22nd, 2005, 01:03 PM
Hi!!!!! I missed you and your beautiful doggies! I can't wait to chat with you again!

March 22nd, 2005, 01:08 PM
Welcome back I know I know I already PM you but wanted to say welcome here as well. :D

March 22nd, 2005, 01:13 PM
OMG, OMG, OMG, OMG!!! Hi Sadie!! I missed you soooo much! So glad to see you FINALLY came back!!! So glad that everything's going well. You have so much to fill us in on!! How's your mom adjusting to living in the desert? How's your boy? What about school, and beautiful Raja's SA?!?

So glad to see you here!

March 22nd, 2005, 02:43 PM
Glad to see you back. I was just wondering about you the other day. You might not remember me cuz I was fairly new when you left, and I didn't really say anything then, but I always liked to read your posts, and see your beautiful dane.

March 22nd, 2005, 03:29 PM
Cactusflower,it's soooo nice to se you back,you know we now need to be inundated with pics of beautiful Raj and Chloe,happy to hear everything is going great.

March 22nd, 2005, 03:43 PM
Well u sure have missed some good threads, :D

Lucky Rescue
March 22nd, 2005, 06:06 PM
Nice to see you and your doggies again!!

Cactus Flower
March 22nd, 2005, 09:59 PM
LuckyHeidiChicoJackieSammyPrincessSneaky Hello!!!!!! Thanks for the welcome back. I am SO GLAD you are all still here!

Mom's still adjusting to desert life- she recently bought the house right next door to me! My boy is doing just fine, and school has been GREAT.

Raj's seperation know, when my Mom first moved down she lived with me......which meant I had a live-in babysitter. :o
So. The seperation anxiety training has been woefully neglected for a long time. Now that Mom moved out, we'll go back to work on that. Really.
I promise :thumbs up
I'm flattered that you remembered all of these things, Sammie! Thank you for asking! I hope to catch up on your always stunning photos and goings-on as well. Got a lot of threads to peruse.

And Chico! What a great animated welcome! Thank you muchly!

Sneaky my friend- good to see you, too!

Yes, Jackie, I do remember you. Glad you stuck around :)

Princess, still warmfuzzy from your welcome earlier :D

Heidi- any threads in particular you recommend?

LuckyRescue, the true icon of, my friend!

March 22nd, 2005, 10:49 PM
Well, I'm a relative newbie, but since I post a lot, I figured you'd see me around a lot, and I thought I'd say hi.

Hi! Nice Dane. :)

Cactus Flower
March 23rd, 2005, 01:20 AM
Hiya Prin! Nice to meet you :)

March 23rd, 2005, 04:39 AM
Hey cactus flower, just couldn't stay away huh? Glad to see you around again look forward to your posts. What an angel of a pup and a real beauty :thumbs up

March 23rd, 2005, 08:26 AM
Glad to see you back Cactus Flower!

March 23rd, 2005, 09:22 AM
Well The One I Just Put Up About The Two Legged Dog Is Gonna Blow U Away...........

Cactus Flower
March 23rd, 2005, 01:41 PM
Hello Iggette :D :D and Trinitie :)

Heidi.... :eek: That video was mindblowing and inspiring!

March 23rd, 2005, 07:13 PM
Cactus Flower! You're back!!! I'm so glad! I don't get a lot of time lately but I try to pop in once a day for a quick look-see! Sorry I missed this yesterday, but what a great surprise! Missed you! And Raj looks mauvvvaluss! Still wearing that hot toenail polish? :D

Cactus Flower
March 23rd, 2005, 09:29 PM
Hiya Glasslass (and DenDen!)

Yes, still wearing the nail polish. And no trouble with her nails anymore since waaaay back when, when LuckyRescue recommended a site that shows how to use a Dremol on great big nails like hers. I've actually gotten pretty good at it, and Raj just sleeps through the process, unphased.

Good to see you!

March 24th, 2005, 08:03 AM
HELLOOO!!!! Welcome back CF!!!! We missed ya!!!! Although I've missed a lot too, it's always nice to see familiar faces!!!

Cactus Flower
March 24th, 2005, 12:28 PM
You're still here, too! This is great! Hello Catt!