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Mavarick

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Re: The last thing you can do for your pet friend
« Reply #30 on: January 23, 2014, 09:08:48 PM »
Yea, helping another doesn't mean you forget the last one. Just makes the transition a bit easier sometimes. You guys will know when itís the right time. He was a special little guy!
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skyking1

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Re: The last thing you can do for your pet friend
« Reply #31 on: January 26, 2014, 12:11:46 PM »
UPDATE:

We thought we could wait. I broke down and started looking at Craigslist Thursday night.

We found a couple of dogs that needed a home together. They had been together their whole lives.

The first home burned down, and those folks had no way to keep them. Within hours at a shelter, their new dad came in after saying goodbye to his 16 year old Jack. He was looking for two. He had a Jack Russell with him his whole life of long haul trucking.

His niece works as a vet tech at a hospital. He wisely put her in charge of the dogs in his will. 2 1/2 years later he passes away from a heart attack.

 

Now she already has two dogs and two cats and two horses, and needs to find these two a good home.

Here they are at their first night at my niece's home.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/k9we2zzqht7t3ls/2014-01-24%2022.41.45.jpg

 Russer is a 5 year old male Jack.

Katie looks to be a terrier-chihuahua mix, 3 year old.

Here they help me compute.

 https://www.dropbox.com/s/7pyj93asa4u45tn/2014-01-25%2011.09.31.jpg

So now the crappy news. It seems they are killing Mary with the different dander. She has pet allergies, cat much worse than dog. She must have been used to Rocky and I think these two are different. We will wait and see but they may have to find a new home. She is taking it much worse than I, but I told her we can just foster adopt in the pet rescue network till we find the dog that she can tolerate well.

 

The niece said she would take them back no questions asked. Her mom, uncles and cousins really want these two to have a good home. They are a link back to uncle.

 

If it comes to that we will do anything to find these two a good home. They are a handful but also a kick in the butt. They roughhouse together, sleep on each other, clean the ears, all those pack things.

He is intense in that JRT way, needing tons of ball throwing and play. She just chases him when he chases the ball. He absolutely watches TV! He sees animals and gets focused, and if a dog barks he runs over and talks to the TV, looks behind it, etc. Pretty much any animal will do, he really sees them.

She is the softest thing you have ever touched. She just wants to lay next to you or on you when she is not playing with Russer. They have been around cats, and are very good with dogs and children.
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Maddie

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Re: The last thing you can do for your pet friend
« Reply #32 on: January 26, 2014, 01:55:08 PM »
Kelly, tears falling as I read the posts.  Been there, done that, and with 3 (two aged) will have to go through it again.

Just a note, I selfishly avoid shelters ( sent my husband, last time) because of the angst I feel when I see the overwhelming need for adoption.  Remember, most shelters, both private and county have websites and they post pictures of adoptable dogs.  So if you are looking for a particular type, e.g. Jack Russell, you can search for it.  They link to each other, too, to try to find owners. They mostly do a wonderful service.  Purebred means nothing to me.  I think one of my Border Collies might be pure, but she's no better in my eyes than the other two.

And, Maverick, you are right.  My Itasca is the most expensive doghouse but where I go my babes go, too.

Be happy with another rescue and don't feel guilty,  you are continuing the tradition of helping.
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Re: The last thing you can do for your pet friend
« Reply #33 on: January 26, 2014, 05:54:03 PM »
This mat be impossible for you and of course it is just a suggestion. Dobermans shed very little and when they do it is more like hair and not at all like fur, they are easy as far as appearance. Of course they tend to be larger and harder to travel with, they are extremely loyal and affectionate. If you have ever considered one there is a rescue in North Carolina that is very fussy about their dogs. The owner Carol will not match you to a dog she thinks will not suite you or the dog...verry fussy and often turns down adoptions because of possible mismatch. Her rescue is "Dobermans of the Triad" and her dogs can be viewed online. It's just a thought and Dobies are not for everyone, mine is the most loveable dog I have ever had and also much larger than the normal Dobie...so don't believe all the hype about them........

Just reread your post, my transplant team warned me of getting another dog and definitely NO cats, must be because of a similar effect that Mary is having with a different dog in the house.
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skyking1

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Re: The last thing you can do for your pet friend
« Reply #34 on: January 26, 2014, 06:18:41 PM »
Dogs all produce the same protein that allergic people are allergic to. It is is a matter of how much. Some produce much more and these two may be high producers and our last dog a low. We will give it a week anyway to be sure this is the case. We are already bonded to each other, us and these creatures.
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Re: The last thing you can do for your pet friend
« Reply #35 on: January 27, 2014, 03:51:56 PM »
We adopted a Puppy "mutt" at the animal shelter over the weekend. Your post got me to thinking that I needed to let go of the past and move on...it took me about 1 1/2 years to get around to adopting another pet. We named him Duke, after "The Duke", and he is a bit of hound and a bit of shepherd and who knows what else. He was a stray so we'll never know his pedigree for certain, or his age, he appears to be about four months. Got him neutered, chipped, vaccinated and signed up for puppy kindergarten in a few weeks.

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Re: The last thing you can do for your pet friend
« Reply #36 on: January 27, 2014, 08:22:27 PM »
WOOHOO!
I hope you have years of enjoyment with your new buddy.
Mary may not be as allergic to these two, she is getting a bit better. We are also under a burn ban with bad air quality. That might be a big component of her discomfort.
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Just Lou

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Re: The last thing you can do for your pet friend
« Reply #37 on: January 27, 2014, 08:41:54 PM »
I like people and I like dogs.  I especially like people who adopt shelter dogs.
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Re: The last thing you can do for your pet friend
« Reply #38 on: January 28, 2014, 02:23:49 PM »
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a bit of hound and a bit of shepherd and who knows what else.
That's what our last dog, Andy was. Would love to see a photo of yours if you care to share. Curious whether they look anything alike. You can see photos of ours here:
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http://countyroadj.blogspot.com/2010/07/broken-hearts.html
Thanks!
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Re: The last thing you can do for your pet friend
« Reply #39 on: January 28, 2014, 02:49:16 PM »
That's what our last dog, Andy was. Would love to see a photo of yours if you care to share. Curious whether they look anything alike. You can see photos of ours here: Thanks!
-Roni

Here is a photo of Duke.

MoeBelly

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Re: The last thing you can do for your pet friend
« Reply #40 on: January 28, 2014, 02:53:18 PM »
Good looking puppy!  Looks like he's got some growin' to do  ;D
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Oscar Mike

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Re: The last thing you can do for your pet friend
« Reply #41 on: January 28, 2014, 02:54:26 PM »
Good looking puppy!  Looks like he's got some growin' to do  ;D

The Veterinarian said he'd top out about 25-30#.

tstumpf

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Re: The last thing you can do for your pet friend
« Reply #42 on: January 28, 2014, 06:15:48 PM »
They do look similar. Beware, ours got to 75#!


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Re: The last thing you can do for your pet friend
« Reply #43 on: January 28, 2014, 07:19:57 PM »
I am so sorry to hear of your loss and appreciate the compassion you showed in the end.

We lost one of ours earlier this year and thought it would be easier since we still had her sister (littermate) and brother. Instead watching them morn was even more heartbreaking.  We have said that after these two we will have no more. As they get older the medical expenses are getting higher and higher and we can't even put them in a kennel to travel right now. 

Then again we said the same thing 13 years ago when we lost the last two and within 6 months couldn't take it. Life just isn't the same without them and neither is the house, trailer, coming home from work, mornings, ...life. So what if we need to re sod the yard and replace the carpet right.

Maddie

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Re: The last thing you can do for your pet friend
« Reply #44 on: January 29, 2014, 10:47:51 AM »
Beautiful puppy!!

And I do believe dogs know when they've been rescued, whether from a shelter, beside the road, etc.  And that makes them the best dogs.

I thank you, me dogs thank you, and all dogs do, too.
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Re: The last thing you can do for your pet friend
« Reply #45 on: January 29, 2014, 08:04:38 PM »
Here is a heart touching video of Jimmy Stewart reading a poem about his dog named Beau on Johnny Carson.  It is a tear jerker. 

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=mwGnCIdHQH0

Also, a really good read: The art of racing in the rain by Garth Stein.  A story told from a dogs perspective.

My best!

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Re: The last thing you can do for your pet friend
« Reply #46 on: May 14, 2014, 02:00:27 PM »
Sorry for your loss. I worked at a vet last year and had to witness owners putting their dogs down quite often. Made me tear up each time.


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Re: The last thing you can do for your pet friend
« Reply #47 on: May 21, 2014, 04:16:40 PM »
Deepest condolences, I know the pain of having to do that.  :(
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Re: The last thing you can do for your pet friend
« Reply #48 on: May 28, 2014, 05:59:26 PM »
I have chosen a profession that ensures I get to see the worst in people. I don't know any of the answers to life's questions, but over the years I have learned a few very valuable lessons.
1. All life is short.
2. Take nothing for granted.
3. See everything.
and finally,
4. Some Angels declined wings when offered, in exchange for paws.