October 27th 2012 4:25 am
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As I told you last time Fizz liked to play with the fishes in the pond, she would put her head in the water and all the fish would come swimming up to the surface. They would nibble around her mouth as she drank water and she would blow bubbles at them and the fish seemed to love her. They have never come to the surface to talk to any other animal, that has drank from the pond before or since. So I can only assume they loved her and enjoyed the game as much as Fizz did !!
What I didn't tell you ( Much to Emma's disgust ) was that the fishes where not the only thing that Fizz liked to play water game's with ?? When we got Fizz in the beginning both Ben and Emma were very young, while Ben has always been enormous, Emma has always been a MIDGET !!! and as I have said Fizz grew like a weed. This mean't that Emma has always been an easy TARGET and a first point of attack when it come's to a FIZZLY PUPPY and it was her idea of FUN !!!
Especially when all lil girls like to scream and run around to get away from a Bounding Puppy !! The only thing is that when you have a lil bounding puppy this is just fun for both parties ! but when you have a Rottweiler or any other big breed ....... it may seem like fun for the puppy ?? But it's not so much fun for a lil girl who is being jumped on and nibbled on by a GIGANTIC Rottweiler Puppy !!
So as I wanted Fizz to know her boundaries and who she was allowed to play rough with and who she had to be gentle with ? Now this is a good tip for anyone who has Children and also a Big Breed such as a Rottweiler. Firstly if you have small children then the MAIN point is NEVER allow the child to be in a LOWER position that the DOG. Anything smaller that a dog, or a child sitting or lying lower than a BIG DOG .......... that child is thought of as weaker by the dog, so in turn the dog will pounce on that child maybe not with malice but by play ?? but it still means that the child is the one being hurt by the dog.
That was the first thing that Fizz learn't was not to play rough with the " BABY " Emma and any other child that came around Fizz. They always stood or sat HIGHER than Fizz, its a simple tool and one that works instantly. So Fizz knew that she could be rough with Ben and but she had to be gentle with Emma, and even in the end, Even when Emma was big enough to play rough, Fizz would never play any games with the BABY ( Emma ) she would sit by Emma and her whole demeanour would change instantly because she had to be CAREFUL with the BABY !!!
When Emma got bigger she hated the fact that Fizz would never play games or Tug and Pull Games, in fact if Emma held the tug toy by Fizz's mouth to get her to play she would take hold of the other end .......... and just hold it and not even move away. When we ever were playing with Fizz and she started to get too rough or carried away, if we said BE CAREFUL WITH THE BABY She would stop playing on the spot and calm down.
BUT there was one game that Fizz would play with Emma and one that she took great delight in !! When Fizz would finish giving the fish in the pond Kisses ..... she would literally hold water in her mouth and in her jowls and she would look for Emma ( No-one Else ) Fizz would get Emma in a sights and if you can smile while holding water then Fizz was smiling !!! They would then look across the deck at each other , like a couple of Cowboy's waiting for the shoot out !!
Emma would yell out NO FIZZ DON'T !!! by the time she got the NO out Fizz was off ........ and no matter how fast Emma would run ( Even when Fizz had 3 Leg's ) Fizz would catch Emma and then just soak her completely. Fizz only did this with Emma and in my heart I know that Fizz did this with Emma because she knew she couldn't play rough with her .......but this was her special way of playing with the BABY safely.
Fizz had another GAME that she enjoyed doing this was in the garden as well ! She used to jump onto a wooden bench that was in the garden, she would bounce from stand still like a demented frog !!! She would do this so that she could give anyone kisses, so they wouldn't have to bend down ?
Well that was her excuse anyway ......... it was another one of her games that she liked playing when she wasn't kissing Fish or Soaking Emma !!
It was one of these bouncing leaps that she first hurt her leg, though to this day I don't know how she managed to get her fat leg stuck in between the slats of the bench ?? But she managed it and I think this is where she started her limping from. The specialist who operated on her said he didn't think it would have done the amount of damage from that ? Even though he said that I still think that this played a part in the leg becoming a problem.
Whether it was or wasn't Fizz's leg started causing her problems and she was only 15 months old and in my eye's she had just got over the twisted Bowel, and I was not ready for my Fizzles to be ill again. So she twisted her leg on the bench and she went to the vet, she was given some Anti~ Inflammatory's and her leg got better !! For a few weeks only ............. then she started Limping more and more. She had more pills and rest, but the limping continued and she would wince if you touched it around the joint ( elbow ) It was also hot to the touch and all of a sudden she stopped using that leg completely.
Back to the vet's and she's X~rayed and the vet rings to tell me that her Cruciate Ligament had completely snapped, these are the tendons that hold her back knee in place. Once again my Fizzly had to have an operation and this one was a big one and could cost her, her leg ?? ( thinking about it now , I think she may still be alive had the leg been removed back then ?? )
This time my vet would not be able to do the surgery ......... this time she needed a specialist and she needed him now, but it was also the specialist that would have decide if the surgery could be done. Otherwise My Fizz would be either crippled and in pain for all of her life, or have the leg removed or in worst case she would have to be put to sleep and I would lose her at 15 months old. So it was sorted we would see the specialist the next day and see whether the operation was viable and whether he could help her at all ???
The thought that I may have to put her to sleep was something I could not even think about, let alone do ???
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My Mom only needed to put one of her children to sleep. Karla, the Great Dane. Karla's back legs were going and she had fat deposits in her throat. Mom decided that at 13 3/4, she had lived a long life and did not want her to suffer. This was June 28, 1989, yes, Mom remembers the date, you don't forget and Mom does't.
Thank you for your continuing story of Fizz, it's nice to read of the life from the start.
We know it is painful for you, Thank You for sharing the Life of Fizz!!
~ and Mom (Beverly)
Thank you so much for such a lovely message and I felt that Fizzly's Story needed to be told from the beginning as her Cancer may have been when people around her saw what an amazing dog she was and it may have been her defining moment ....... but she was more than an illness
and I want people to see what I knew from the moment I got her what a truly amazing dog my Fizzly was and in my heart STILL IS