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Helpful Groups & Dogs in Need / Belle adopted!
« on: November 21, 2006, 03:54:29 am »
Well, Belle, the demodex, hypo-thyroid Dane I've been fostering since early summer was adopted this weekend!  So far, things are going well.  Hopefully, this will be her forever home.

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General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: Newbie needs euth advice??
« on: November 06, 2006, 03:42:52 pm »
First of all, I wanted to say how sorry I am that you are going through this.

I know it sounds crazy, but talk to him.  Ask him if he is ready to go.  He will let you know, believe me.  Talk to the vet, perhaps you can try him on a glucosomine/chondrotin supplement.  Fish oil also helps with joint problems.  Rimadyl is a great product for pain, especially in quality of life situations. 

Some questions to ask yourself as to if they still have a good quality life is

Does s/he still eat/drink well?
Does s/he still enjoy things s/he has always enjoyed (walks, playing, etc)?
Does s/he seem to be in pain, even with medication/therapy? (aggression can be a sign to this)
Does s/he seem depressed, confused, or disorineted?
Can s/he get around with little or no help?

I had to respond since this is something that is very near and dear to my heart.  I lost my German Shepherd, Boss April 18, 2006.  He would have been 13 years old this month.

He had been diagnosed with spondylosis, which is a common degenerative spinal disorder many shepherds and breeds of similar builds are afflicted with.  Some of it is due to bad breeding, but mostly due to the build.

Anyway, he did well for a couple of years.  He would fall down some, but he still enjoyed life, ate great, and was generally happy.  He was on Rimadyl when needed for pain.  Generally, I would avoid long term Rimadyl use, but when it is for quality of life rather than quantity of life, I'd say go for it. 

One day, while he was in the yard, he tried to dig under the gate.  I found him half under the gate and half out of it just laying there.  I got him out but he didn't want to get up. 

I took him to the vet, and we gave him an injection of dexamethazone, which is a steroid, and put him on oral steroids (prednisone) and Tramadol for pain.  The injection gave him bad diarrhea for the first day or two, but afterwards, he did great.  He was much weaker, but he could still get around.

We weaned him to a low dose of the pred and he got worse.  But upping the dose again wouldn't help this time.  We kept him as comfortable as we could while WE came to terms with the fact he wouldn't be around much longer.  I wished that he would just stop eating or something so I would know that he was ready, but that dog loved his food more than anything, I don't remember a day in his life he volutarily gave up food, lol!

It got to the point where he could no longer walk.  I had to carry him out to potty and change his bedding up to three times a day because he couldn't help soiling himself.  I decided right then that there was no way I could let him continue like that.  I was keeping him around because I wasn't ready, Ineeded more time.  I think he understood that, though, and loved me no matter what.  I remember talking to him on several occasions and asking him if he would give me a little longer, and he kissed my face as if to say "sure mom, for you, I am ready when you are."

April 18, 2006 was one of the worst days of my life.  It is the day I came to the understanding that I was being selfish in keeping him around.  I called the clinic (I work there, and was off that day) and told them I was coming in.  He went so peacefully.  He didn't fight either of the injections (I had him sedated first) because he was ready.  He's always fought any kind of IV injections.


Again, I am so sorry you are going through this, it is not fun when our babies get ill or when old age takes its toll.  Just remember, he has lived a good life, and has obviously been loved and well cared for.  When he is ready, you will know.

Sorry this was so long.  Hugs to you.


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I got Brutus a coat from petedge (www.petedge.co m).  They have several to choose from, and are reasonably priced, IMO.

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Helpful Groups & Dogs in Need / Re: a... blue-le-quin...????
« on: October 27, 2006, 02:25:15 pm »
Wow, she is stunning!

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Medical Conditions & Diseases / Re: Turkey is home!
« on: October 27, 2006, 02:22:43 pm »
Aww, I'm so glad Miss Turkey is home!  Turkey, you'd better behave yourself, those stitches and staples are in there for your own good, Missy!

I agree with everyone, though, if she were to need an amputation (which we hope it doesn't come to that!) she will adjust just fine.  I've got a friend with a three-legger (he is missing a front leg) and he gets around very well.

I always say that God gave dogs and cats four legs so they could have a spare.


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Mixed Breed Discussion / Re: "Turkey" needs your prayers
« on: October 22, 2006, 07:06:07 am »
I am so relieved Turkey came through surgery ok!  I hope her recovery goes smoothly.

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Great Dane Pictures / Shame on you, Brutus!
« on: October 20, 2006, 03:18:33 pm »
Last night when I got home from school (around 11:00pm) I walked back to the "dog room" to let the dogs out.¬  I crate most of the dogs, but Brutus and Molly stay out and I put an ex-pen up in the doorway.

I don't know where he found it, but Brutus got a hold of an ink pen¬  :-\

When I first saw the mess, I automatically thought Molly did it because she's ruint like that and has done naughty things before.¬  In fact, I'm still wondering if she set Bru up...anyway, Brutus was the only one with ink all over his legs, so it was probably him.

This is what I walked into:
 
Ink footprint...
 
Nice little mess....
 
Dirty legs....
 
"I didn't do 'nuffin mama...I swear!"

Gotta love 'em¬   :-*

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Saint Bernard General Discussions / Re: Riley is becoming a man dog...
« on: October 20, 2006, 03:17:10 pm »
Heehee, he's a man's man now.

Brutus never learned to hike his leg, which I'm actually glad.  He's so clumsy, there is no telling what he'd pee on if he did hike  :o

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Mixed Breed Discussion / Re: "Turkey" needs your prayers
« on: October 20, 2006, 03:13:48 pm »
Awww, how sad :(  My thoughts and prayers are with you and Turkey.  How wonderful your DH's dad is a vet!  Turkey looks pretty young, so at least age is on her side.



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Helpful Groups & Dogs in Need / Re: Finally! Some answers for Belle!
« on: October 17, 2006, 03:37:10 am »
Update!  Belle had her third skin scraping since the first negative scrpaing (make sense?) and it was negative!  So, currently, Belle is deemed Demodex free!  Whoo-hoo!

The lady on the other board I mentioned never emailed me back, so, unfortunately, Belle isn't going anywhere anytime soon  :-[

She is one of the most looked at on petfinder according to the stats they sent me, so hopefully, she will find a good home soon.  I really can't keep her!  I haven't had a successful adoption in I don't know how long, I've been at a standstill.

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Helpful Groups & Dogs in Need / Re: Why not adopt out of area
« on: October 15, 2006, 11:43:05 am »
Most of the dogs I've placed have been long distance adoptions and have worked out great.  The ones I've placed in the general area are most often the ones that do not work out.

I couldn't ask for a better home for Foster-who went to Cricket.  I've got one in Colorado, one in Michigan, one in Illinois, and one in Washington state.

I know they are all extremely well cared for and couldn't ask for a better home.  For the most part, the people who adopted them were either members of a forum I belong to, or recommended by people on a forum.

So, personally, I don't have a problem with out of area adoptions.  Of course, I'm going to reference check and if a home check can't be done, I would take a video or pictures of a place instead.

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Remembering those no longer with us. / Re: Marty (Boston Terrier)
« on: October 02, 2006, 02:25:41 pm »
I am so sorry.  It was a tragic accident
, it was not your fault; Hindsight is 20/20.  Please don't beat yourself up, Marty lived a good, long life and more importantly, a life full of love and care from you.

{{{HUGS}}}

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Helpful Groups & Dogs in Need / Re: Finally! Some answers for Belle!
« on: October 02, 2006, 02:14:48 pm »
Just a little update, Belle got her weekly skin scraping today and it was negative!  Last week, I found one dead mite.

If she has three consecutive negaticve scrapings, she can officially come off her demodex treatment.  She is looking great.  She's on the Thyroxine twice daily until October 10th, then she'll move to once daily.  Then, a couple of weeks after that, we'll retest her levels and re-evaluate the dose of her medicine.

A lady from another board is looking into what she may can do about getting her into Dane rescue or something, which would be awesome!  Please keep fingers crossed for her!

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Helpful Groups & Dogs in Need / Re: I need a new place to live
« on: September 29, 2006, 02:11:28 pm »
Hmmm, maybe we can find a place together, cause I can't keep this up forever, either!¬  My parents still don't know Belle was returned...whe never I know they are coming over, I take her to the clinic and kennel her there¬  :o 

My mom doesn't know about Vincent, so when she comes over, I have to hide him too...¬  :P

Even though they don't pay a cent for any of the animals I take in, nor do THEY have to live with them, they still get upset when I bring them home.

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Helpful Groups & Dogs in Need / Re: On my way to work this morning....
« on: September 29, 2006, 02:09:00 pm »
Thanks all! Vinnie is a really great dog, and as much as I'd love to keep him, I'm going to do my best to find him a home.  I think if he weren't black, he'd probably be placed already...I don't understand why black dogs are so hard to place, I think they are beautiful!

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