Likes: Dog Park Plus at Ridgeland Commons A good long walk, playing at Vessup Beach, (when I lived in the Virgin Islands) and the K-9 Cookie Company. And my Mom and Dad, of course!
Pet-Peeves: Other dog's companions who don't pick up after them, we dogs end up getting the blame. Hey if I had opposable thumbs I'd be happy to scoop but it's just my job to look good, right?
Favorite Toy: Well, when I was a puppy my chewy rubber ring was great but I out grew that along time ago. My kong with a treat inside is pretty fun, keep in mind that empty kongs stink! Most of all is my squeaky ball.
Favorite Food: Wellness treats are good every day treats; Wholesome Pet Products, for training, they're soft and yummy and Nutro sticks when I get my nails cut. And of course K9 Cookie Company cookies, I think the Cheezy Bones and BBQ Bears are so good.
Favorite Walk: Hmm, off lead on Vessup beach, say hello to Phoebe, she lives on a boat! In Chicago I love to walk around Oak Park (Vote for Dog Parks in Oak Park) and around Columbus park.
Best Tricks: All the other usual stuff and I bring in the paper too! Also hand signals and I now know German for basic commands.
Arrival Story: I had a pretty tough start in life and am really glad to have found my HOME. When I was really little I left my littermates and went to live with a family. I don't remember a whole bunch but I think I was called a "present." Well I'll tell you, you don't want to be a "present" Not long after I arrived my "birthday boy"Â jumped off the couch and broke my leg. It really hurt and I cried and cried, they didn't know what to do so they just took me to the Oak Park Animal Care League shelter (ACL) and dropped me off. I think I was still crying but the nice people there gave me something to relax and when I woke up I had a big pink plaster cast on my leg.
It was hard to walk but I managed, soon time went by and they told me it was time for my cast to come off. When I woke up my cast was off but I was a little sore, one of the nice volunteers said something about being spayed. Well I was pretty groggy so I fell asleep, when I woke up I knew something was wrong. Everything was smokey and smelled really bad. All my friends were whining and there were these guys with hats and thick coats taking everyone outside. My crate got opened and I was so scared I ran and hid under a desk. I wasn't sure what to do but it got smokier and harder to breath. Then all of a sudden Pat from the ACL was scooping me up and we were running out. I found out later I was the last one out and Pat had run back in past the firemen to save me. THANKS PAT!
When my Mom and Dad (to be) heard about the fire they wanted to make a donation, even their two cats chipped in. My Mom came in with all kinds of stuff and then asked the big question do you have any puppies that need a home? I was in foster care since none of us could stay at the shelter due to the fire, but she came to see me and said I was the one. My Dad was out of town on business but he came the next day and I could tell by his smile I was going to a new home, boy was I glad. I' had a pretty tough start in my 4 months and was glad to be going HOME.
Bio: About a month after I got to my new home my Mom noticed my gate (my walk) wasn't getting better even though my leg had gotten stronger. We went to visit my Vet who shook her head a lot and didn't seem happy. Well I'm not quite sure what went on as they gave me something to make me sleepy and when I woke up everyone was looking at pictures of my hip bones. Next we had to leave and go to a specialist, he shook his head a lot and said something about grade 3 and TPO's for both hips. We went home and there were lots of tears and hugs. I'd been through a lot and I was a bit nervous as to what would happen. My mom got on the internet, saying something about looking for alternatives. She happened to come across a website for TOPS Rehab in Grayslake, IL, called and we were visiting there the next day.
Dr. McCauley said she couldn't promise anything but that we might want to try rehab to build up my muscles and that might negate or push off the need for a TPO. She also said I had to be kept thin, like Kate Moss, I knew I looked good but really! Well my therapy started right away, for a year we made trips, sometimes 3 times a week for the Hydro-Treadmill, Acupuncture, Massage and even this special jog-a-dog treadmill. Well it all paid off! Today I'm over 7 and I'm doing good. I don't have the classic GSD rolling gate but I don't have any pain and run and play with the best of them.
Best of all I've got a great family and a warm bed, apretty good turn out for this dog's life.
Forums Motto: Some say I'm spoiled, it's a dog's life!
Where Am I?: After moving for almost two years to the Virgin Islands I'm back in Chicago, for a bit.
My dad has not updated my page in a while. Let's suffice to say I've been in Oak Park and not traveling as much, but my dad has. Gratefully my mom has been home lately and sadly I shocked them all on Wednesday.
On Tuesday I started to limp, I'd been sore for a while throughout my body but I didn't want to say. But now was the time. So I heard my mom would take me to my dr. on Wednesday
So Wednesday my Dad flew to LA, for the day (from Chicago) yes more hours flying then meeting! but when he landed he got the news from my mom, which was just a little as tests were still being done.
I had Haemangiosarcoma, I know I can barely say it. But it's an evil F*ck cancer kind of thing. It was in my organs and my spleen had burst in small places. Dr. Cedon told my dad to get home and enjoy the time...then say goodbye.
We are cutting this short as there are to many tears in my dads eyes typing. They hugged me tight as my heart and breathing slowed, I slowly closed my eyes and he and my mom laided me down to rest. To cross over to the rainbow bridge.
This from her dad
If Kylie could type this would be her page. There may be typos and such but that's because we wanted to spend less time typing and more with her. She left us way to young and with a body saying it was done. but her spirit was stronger then all of us.
Someday we'll meet again, for now we know she's running stronger then she's ever been. And someday she'll show our spirits the way.
Wow, I guess this feature has been availabel for a while but I've been slow to take advantage of the new video posts that Dogster now lets you do on your page. So waiting no longer I posted my old but new to you video on my 1st year in my home.
From my foster home to my forever home, playing in the snow (silly mom and dad why didn't you take my lead off) and my 1st birthday party. Yep I got a big dog bed and cake! The cats even helped me celebrate but they weren't to happy.
Set to a favorite song of mine, after all I do have brown eyes.
Well I haven't been that great about keeping up my Diary or blog as you humans seem to call it. Winter is coming and my full coat is in, so I'm big and fluffy and oh so warm. So of course when I'm ready to go out I have to wait like ten minutes for everyone to put on coats, hats, gloves, etc. and it's only in the 30's. What are they going to do come January.
I'm trying out my new stars, can I take my Zealies to K-9 Cookie company for treats :-). If you're nice maybe you'l get one, a Star or Rosette that is