pet picture thread

wesessiah Posted By wesessiah, Jun 2, 2013 at 11:03 PM

  1. Soundchasm

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    That first pic is when he showed up, and the last pic was a week or two before he was gone. He was a year or so old when he showed up, and had a big mast cell tumor in his groin. We had him spayed and the tumor removed. In less than a year, it had become stage IV grade IV, and metastasized to his lymph nodes. Local vets and OSU gave him 4-6 weeks in 07. With regular chemo treatments, he stayed with us until 12/11.

    Once you explained to him that he needed to do a scary thing on behalf of the team, that's all he needed. They'd aspirate a tumor with those giant needles and he'd lick their hands. On his down days, he wouldn't budge for chicken or ham, but if a visitor came over, he was as right as rain until they left. But we had many, many, many, many GREAT days.

    I counted back through about 15 family dogs, and I can't come up with a distant second place for a relationship. I always was a dog lover, but I was IN-LOVE with this one. When I put the word out he was at the end of his time, 20 people made time to come visit. Personally, I plan on needing to hire my pallbearers.

    This dog created so much laughter, and within seconds of an introduction. Last story - we got him a rescue sister and she worshiped him. When he died (at home), she did not get off the couch for four weeks! Just a distant stare out the window. Wife and I were no better. I was devastated for a long time. It was a long journey back to a regular day. Man, I hope the mods don't ban me for getting too personal. I just can't shut up when it comes to this dog. Thank you.

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  2. Flatbedford

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    I think I mentioned on this thread and elsewhere on the forum that our Jesse James was diagnosed with cancer in February, 2013. He had a baseball size tumor in his neck. Further investigation showed that not only was it inoperable due to its proximity to blood vessels, but that he had small tumors in his lungs as well. Two veterinarians gave hime 6 months to a year. After a month of biweekly radiation treatments the tumor began to shrink. It is no so small that we and the veterinarian's can't even find it anymore. He is on a daily low dose of chemotherapy and is happy and healthy so far. We will be celebrating his 10th birthday in November.
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    This is him after his last visit to the vet when they couldn't even find the lump. Happy guy. He's the third dog I've had in my life and the most loving sweet one I have ever known.
     
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  4. charly

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    Ban you for getting personal,, hell this just shows your a damn good caring person on this earth, and you did a great thing for one of Gods creatures! Loved him! I had a mutt pass years ago that my male Rotti grew up with as a pup... My Rott sat at our front screen door and just stared out for weeks, I guess hoping his best friend would come back... Watching that, I know exactly how you feel... makes me emotional just talking about it now... Same thing, took a long time to get over that... and the dog that dies was only 2 years old, found her dead at the foot of our bed one morning, wife sat up to pet her, she was cold and not breathing.. Stomach had twisted during the night, maybe when she jumped up on our bed. Love them while they are here... We have a holistic vet we go to here.. Rabies vaccinations are another over done thing for dogs... winds up destroying their immune system... Get a blood titer done instead of another shot... If antibodies show good they need not shot.. Just look up rabie shots and dogs health. You'll be shocked! My vet old vet was going to give a rabies shot to my 14 year old Jack Russell who has diabetes, I said no way that can be good for the dog... Well she refused to give us another script for more insulin needles for my dog if we refused the shot! Well I found a Holistic vet who gave my dog a Rabies Waiver so my dog didn't need the shot because of health reasons and I now get my needles from her... Any vet can write a waiver but they'd rather make the money from shots! Then they get your long term business for skin disorders, etc.. Read and you will learn my friend! I took the bull by the horns, did research and now still have a healthy dog... Never vaccinate a sick dog! They do it all the time! Sorry for the long response, guess I love my dogs and cat too!
     
  5. charly

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    Glad to see your guy is doing well and still with you! They are certainly the main stay of your life...and they always love you with all their heart no matter what! Something to never forget!
     
  6. Soundchasm

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    Cesar stumped vet after vet as the comeback kid. There's no feeling on earth like the one on the drive home when you've gotten a reprieve like that. When they feel good, you feel even better.
     
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    Vaccinating a sick dog seems risky at face value. And I am sorry for your loss as well. Who ever knew we could be such suckers for a pretty face and a wonderful personality?? And good on ya' for having the stones to perform a daily medical routine on your pal.

    Daisy knew what was happening. For several days before, she couldn't look Cesar in the face. When she stared out the window, she was completely resigned, and she never rushed a door or anything looking for him to return. She stayed on that couch for four weeks not wanting a walk or to play. My view of an animal's capacity is permanently changed. She never wanted her promotion to senior dog. We all worked very hard to start over, because in life, there's no other choice.
     
  8. charly

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    If your patient and watch,,,, dogs teach us so much about life... I like to watch Cesar Millan work with dogs that are out of control.. What a gift that man has understanding how dogs see everything... Yes Lily gets fed twice a day, and a shot twice a day. Been doing it for 4 years.. Vet was pathetic having us check her urine with a test strip when she pee'd for sugar.. Just a color bar to go by, bring her in once a month so they could check her blood sugar.. What a joke, your dog would be dead in a year from low blood sugar or spikes going very high.. High wipes out their organs, like shards of glass in the blood.. We again took the bull by the horns and bought a glucose meter and test strips for a human.. We would peel her lip up and use the quick stick which is painless and sample a drop of blood.. We educated ourselves with what she needed to eat. We've made our dogs food for over 15 years... So Lily went from the vets suggested 5 units of insulin twice a day to what we found out she really needed,,,,, 11 units twice a day... I said to another vet we used , you should show people how to use a glucose meter if they have a dog brought in that has diabetes... They hadn't a clue! Again do for your animals yourself, read, youtube ,whatever. Info is out there. Vets. all about money.... Just beware...We found a holistic vet who is great... Your not a rushed number, nice blanket for them to lay on, dog beds in the room, very much a home atmosphere.. Lily was given acupuncture and I can say now, she's gotten a new step in her stride, even though she's about totally blind, she's back to actually running around when we go for walks on the farm... The Holistic Vet even sent me a nice Welcome Card from them and everyone signed the card that works at the vet... Dr Scerba is the name of the vet... Very cool people..
     
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  9. johnpma

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    Our pup "Luna" did her first real water retrieve on Sat. Been training her since May. She is one hellva birdy dog....my son and I are really enjoying our new hunting partner
     

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  10. Lake Girl

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    Your Luna is a beauty... Didn't realize when we had our lab that "soft mouth" is an innate trait. A friend pup-sat our dogs while away on a trip. She had chicks in the yard. She watched our Sam pick up a chick and walk around the yard with it - figuring she would be down one bird. Not so - he put it down and it walked off unharmed:cool: He would never have made a good bird dog though as he wasn't fond of gun shots;lol
     
  11. johnpma

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    LOL that's funny. We live in the country. My neighbors ducks are in the yard all the time. I can let Luna out to play and she won't chase the ducks. She is very disciplined. I even tested her one day with the training dummy. I threw it out 30 yards into the flock of feeding ducks in our yard. She ran into the flock grabbed the dummy and returned it to hand :) She has been a great addition to our family and a great hunting partner.

    The gunfire thing can be tricky. We started at 8 weeks with a child's cap gun. The big trick is to reward with praise, a treat, or fun activity to reassure safety and security to the pup while firing the gun. From there we worked up in gun size. Now we can fire a 12 ga next to her and she will mark the down bird and retrieve on release.........she is a blast. I had beagles in the past....they were VERY stubborn :)

    Thanks for the kind words
     
  12. Lake Girl

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    Our Sam was our oldest boy's best pal - followed him everywhere. If my son made the mistake of going out in the boat without the dog ... the dog was swimming after him. More than a few times he had to pull him in the boat;)

    My current rescue, Schatzi, is a GSD mix. We've had her about 2 years now. She was terrified of thunderstorms, fireworks, gun shots that first year. Not so bad now as long as she's with her people but her ears tell the tale that they still stress her a bit.
     

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  13. johnpma

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    Gorgeous!! Such a beautiful coat!! Beautiful paws......she's a keeper ;)
     
  14. Lake Girl

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    We were in a panic about a week ago. She developed a cough and wheeze so got her into the vets to see if she had blastomycosis ... it's around our area and caused by fungal spores in the ground/decaying wood. The spore growth overwhelms the lungs. Started treating her for both fungal and bacterial infection ... $225 for antibiotics, $150 for urine test which is the most definitive test. Turns out no blasto but when you have a scratch-n-sniff dog (she's always following her nose), it's better to be safe than sorry. Catching it quick is the key to survival!
     
  15. johnpma

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    Pets are far from an investment when it comes to vet bills. Luna had a UTI raging back in June. We took her to the vet .......tests, meds blah blah blah $$$$$$ hundreds stacking up.......July still has a raging UTI now we are into special foods more tests meds blah blah blah more $$$$$$$

    Then I finally told my wife "I'll make her better" Went and got organic unsweetened cranberry juice. I would train her to the point of being thirsty. Then I would mix a shot glass of the juice in her water BINGO!! That in combination with unsweetened dried cranberries as a treat. I was able to increase her PH and kill the infection. The meds would not touch it and because of her age they would only give her the mild doses of the antibiotics.

    Grrrrrrrrrr......I love her to death :)
     
  16. gzecc

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    We unfortunately had to put our big dog down last week. Its very hard. After 11 yrs they really do become family.
     

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  17. Lake Girl

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    Doesn't take long for a 4 legged friend to find their place in the family... my girl follows me around everywhere and gets the saddest look when she doesn't get to go with me. Garfield, the cat that decided he wanted to live here not at his owners, follows me and often heels better than the dog;lol For Garf, the owners had already gotten another cat and didn't care if we kept him. They likely didn't take Garfield to the vets when he came back injured from an animal attack. He used to live 1/2 mile down the road but would keep coming back here. Two years ago, July long weekend, he circled the house for two days crying ... finally fed him. Turns out the former owners were out of town and failed to leave him food. He's ours now, picks fights with his "siblings", but they have found their "Switzerland" ... nap time on our bed;lol
     
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  18. WES999

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    Here are some pics from this summer of Minna, our GSD/ Husky mix.
    We got her about a year ago, wonderful dog.
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    Nymera our purebred Husky. WP_20141213_07_25_15_Raw.jpg
     
  20. kennyp2339

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    This is my pal yeehaw; I didn't like cats until I got her as a stray kitten, probably only 3 weeks old (had to bottle feed her) now she's 3 yrs old and doesnt leave my side if I'm out and about doing a project or just relaxing
     
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    Sorry to hear that news. You are so right. They become family.
     
  22. firefighterjake

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    Did you bottle feed her light beer or regular beer? :);)
     
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    She grew big to fast so it was regular beer, one of the best times was when she was a kitten at the firehouse running on top of the pool table then going into each of the pockets and standing up like a whack a mole, then passing out in a pocket
     
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    Got me a German Shorthair Pointer for some bird hunting.

    She is a pup so I got some work to do.
     

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    This is Charlie the boxer going for a ride!
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