Luv dogs - had 3 Chow Chows but a male Corgi mix found by my girlfriend in an alley, whom she named Caesar, stole our hearts and "raised" our last Chow. She already had two dogs, and she asked us to take him. We had always had female Chows so we didn't know what to expect. We had just lost our 14 yr. old Chow, and a month later our 11 yr. old Chow, (cancer). We had a female Chow (Ginger) about 4 months old when Caesar came to us. Caesar was a wonderful mentor. However, 8 yr. old Ginger was hit by a car when we were remodeling. The contractor left the gate open. Caesar passed away in 2008, at age 15 or so, but because of him, we will always want a Corgi or a Corgi mix. I am a tax accountant and my husband is a pharmacist. Our Corgis keep us from being total nerds!
Cheyenne, purebred Pembroke red and white female, 4 yrs. old; got her from the rescue in Chandler, OK, fidoknows.com, and also adopted the same day a Corgi Boxer male mix named Rex, 2 yrs old. Adopted in October 2008. Cheyenne is absolutely a "big dog" in a "little dog" body as she has her bluff in on Rex. He is just a big bundle of love! She is a "princess", who thinks she's the Queen, but she has her lovable side, too! She has decided to give me kisses in the morning before her breakfast. Rex kisses on command and whenever he feels like it!
We think Finnigan has a chicken intolerance because of some digestive problems he had. The vet had us switch to a food that did not have chicken and he's been fine ever since. It could have been another ingredient in his food though so we really don't know for sure that chicken is the problem, still, I avoid it just to be on the safe side. We buy glucosamine chewable tablets called 21st Century K-9 Maximum Joint Formula. They sell them at Petsmart and other pet stores. I like that they have a lot of great ingredients other than just glucosamine and chondroitin. We were given Deramaxx to give Finn for pain/inflammation which we give only when he limps which may be only one or two times a month. Our vet did say that he may reach a point where he needs them daily which I hope won't be soon but with this new popping noise his hips have been making I'm not so sure.
Something I've been looking into is Wobenzym or Medizym. They are systemic enzymes made for people and there is a dog version of each that has the word Fido added to the name. I read a lot of stories online where people swear they healed their dogs and my brother used to give them to his lab for arthritis and he even took them himself. He's supposed to bring me a bottle so we can see if they help Finn. Just thought you might be interested in checking it out. I started a discussion on it a while back but not too many people seem to have heard of either product.