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Arnie's Arrival and Beyond...

January 6th 2010 7:43 am
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Arnie's Arrival

I always wanted a dog but was never allowed to have one, eventually my father saw an advert in the vets about some labradors that needed a home, he was from a litter of nine. We called them up and went over there pretty instantly, when we got out of the car we were greeted by Arnie's mother, she was so adorable. We went on inside and saw the last two dogs left, one was playsome Arnie and the other one was a quiet female. My father was the one that decided we would take Arnie. From the moment we saw him we knew he was the one.

When he arrived at our house they carried him inside watched him settle and left. This was February 2005, he was very playful and wanted alot of attention. But a few days later it began to snow, he had never seen snow before, he wasn't quite sure what to do. There was this little golden dog sat under the tree when a drop of snow fell on his nose. He just stood still in fright it was so cute :)

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We looked after him, day in day out, we couldn't leave him on his own at night, it was too heart breaking to hear him crying at night, but that came with one problem, he was scared of the stairs, he was alright going up them he just didn't like going down them. We left him for awhile thinking he would come down, we called him, bribed him, nothing. He was quite a larger puppy when we got him, not like on the Andrex adverts hehe, he was getting too heavy to keep taking him up and down the stairs. Until one day we opened the front door and he came flying down to investigate. He got used to the stairs after that and stayed sleeping upstairs at night and downstairs in the day. He didn't tear anything up, he didn't urinate or anything inside, only if he was so desprate that he couldn't help himself.

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Socialising

We took him to puppy classes at the vets weekly and got him to socialise with other dogs. We would put some music on in the background of fireworks and things to get them used to it all. We would get all the different dogs to greet eachother on the leads, then eventually we would let them off two at a time in size order and let them play and walk around. This got him used to other dogs aswell as us taking him out for walks with other dogs and letting them off and playing.

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Operation and Friends

Some months past and we noticed he started walking on his two front legs. then his two back legs we couldn't understand why he was doing that and the vets said it might just be something he might do. Other male dogs when people took them out would also lift their back leg up when urinating, but Arnie seemed abit slow on this. We kept taking him back to the vets for check up but they said he was fine. One day he fell and yelped! it was awful to hear him like that, he done it for a few weeks and we kept going back to the vets but nothing. When he reached the age of two they said that he had hip displacer, fractured knees and arthritis, they said at a dog of his age it would be best to put him down :(
We couldn't bare the thought of loosing him so we took him to a specialist two hours drive away (along drive for a dog who wasn't keen on car rides.) They said it would cost thousands, but he was all the worth it. We left him there thinking that he would be in there a few days, it was heart breaking as we had never been away from him before. But that next morning the phone rang and we were told he was waking up and missing us and we would go and collect him.

He struggled awhile after that and we were told once again that his leg had gone again and maybe it was the best opition for the dog to put him down. We wern't ganna give up before the dog even had a life. Turned out it was his arthritis, so we took him swimming every Saturday, but he was afraid of the water, but once the first few sesions were over we took off his life jacket and let him play with some toys in the water. He prefered running around the pool than being in it but when it was time to go he jumped in and didn't want to leave. Swimming helped and he enjoyed it but sometimes he would pull a muscle and we would think maybe it was abit more serious but after all these years, hes had lots of life, laughter and friends. Hes lost a few friends by death and he wimpered after them for awhile, he also lost some friends as they moved and they lived next door. He still goes out there and sniffs under the fence.

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