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Sex: Male   Weight: 51-100 lbs

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Dex, Moochie (When I want Pizza)

Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

Quick Bio:
-purebred-dog rescue


Kids with BB Guns

Favorite Toy:
My orange ball

Favorite Food:
Pedigree, Rice, and of course, Pizza - Papa Johns is a favorite

Favorite Walk:
The Cove Park in Farragut

Best Tricks:
I can say "Please"and "I love you"....especially when pizza is involved.

Arrival Story:
Dexter was being watched by my neighbor who was volunteering to help the Heeler Rescue. He was pretty shy at the time but ironically came right over to check me out. Even though I am allergic to dogs, I just had to have Dexter. I did not have any allergy problems at all around him. So, I begged my wife and introduced him to the family and we decided to adopt him. However, adopting from the rescue is a process. We had to be checked out fully and we were up against other families that wanted Dexter too. Dexter would only interact with us though...he totally avoided the other people that wanted to adopt him. And in the end, we were picked as the best family for him. Dexter has been the most loving and compassionate (and protective...a heeler trait) pet that we have ever owned.

We were warned at first that BlueHeelers can be destructive if not kept active, but we have been very lucky. Dex is about as laid back as the come. He loves to curl up on the couch and watch TV. He is glued to both myself and my wife at all times when we are around him. Dexter goes absolutely insane when I ask him if he wants to go for a walk. It almost sounds like he is trying to talk by the funny sounds that he makes while impatiently waiting for me to put on my walking shoes. He goes immediately to get his leash and harness and then goes to wait by the car door for me to let him in. Dexter is also quite smart and has a vocabulary of over 100 words that he directly understands. He is also incredibly obedient and has never had to be scolded. You simply ask him to do something and he does it. We have truly been blessed with Dexter as our companion.

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*Australian Cattle Dogs Forever*, Australian Cattle Dogs, Australian Cattle Dogs & Blue/Red Heelers United, Knoxville Dogs, Luvin Blue Heeler's

The Last Forum I Posted In:
Dexter has Pancreatitis and Diabetes

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March 9th 2004 More than 12 years!

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Goodbye my friend

January 2nd 2012 8:31 am
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Today we had to make the most difficult decision a family member ever has to make. Dexter had been having more difficulty with his spinal stenosis and lost both bowel and bladder control as well as the loss of his good leg. We couldn't let him suffer any more so we decided last night to have him put to sleep.
The people at Concord Vet were so kind and helpful and caring. THey didn't rush us in any way and were so gentle with Dexter. When the time came, he passed away very peacefully and without any obvious struggle.
Today is a pretty rough day for all of us, especially Levi who is grieving too. I think he knew what was going on as he stayed by Dexter's side most of the night. When Vicki and I were sitting with Dexter, we were both crying and Levi came over and was licking off the tears. Now, he is just laying on the floor mourning as well.
Dexter, we all love you so very much and you brought so much hapiness into our lives, as I am sure we did for you too. You have always been such a loyal, loving, caring and smart dog and we will miss you terribly. But we know that you are in Heaven now and there are plenty bunnies and squerrils to chase.


I see a rainbow on the horizon

December 8th 2011 7:29 am
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Things haven't been going well for Dexter lately and we are afraid that the time is near to ease his pain and suffering.

Dexters diabetes has been controlled for the most part with strict diet and insulin. His insulin curves have always been good but his hip dysplasia is really starting to take a toll on him. His left hind leg is totally parylized and although he gets around pretty good, he has been falling more and now waits at the bottom of the stairs to be carried up. I'm beginning to think that its affecting his other leg now. In addition, his tail is parylized and I think he has started to lose anal sphincter tone...which is a more ominous sign. He is not havin accidents in the house but he is starting to have a lot of difficulty defacating and isn't able to completely empty so there is always some stool left that has to be removed before he comes in.

We also had to change his pain meds back to NSAID's rather than the gabapentin which was working but making him crazy. The metacam works but we had to cut back from 50mg to 30 because he was getting nosebleeds often.

I was really worried earlier this week when he quit eating. I tried everything to get him to ear and all he would do was nibble on some treats. One of the problems with that was deciding what to do about his insulin. Finally, on Tuesday he started eating again and has been eating regularly since then.

One of my thoughts is that he may be sensing my stress over finishing grad school and sharing in that with me. His moods seem to fluctuate with my levels of stress - even though I don't appear stressed - and I think he can sense that. He has also been very clingy lately...more than usual...and stays by my side constantly. I'll be finishing school in a week and I'll see how he is after that and decide what to do. Right now he's laying across my feet as I type - when I should be studying for finals...



Very bad news today

June 19th 2009 7:40 pm
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Dexter hasn't been himself lately and after battling a sinus infection with him for a couple weeks, we went to the vet yesterday.
Besides the stuffy nose, Dex has been drinking excessive amounts of water and has lost a lot of weight. The healtcare professional in me tells me "diabetes". Unfortunately that feeling was confirmed by the vet today when the blood tests came back. His blood glucose was 500 and in addition to that, his pancreatic and liver enzymes were sky high, which confirmed another diagnosis - acute pancreatitis. Not good for a dog. His glucose levels have apparently been high for a while because he had an excessive amount of ketones in his urine, and I missed the classic "kusmol" breathing pattern of a typical diabetic in crisis.
We went back to the vet today for IV fluids because in spite of his excessive drinking, he was dehydrated. He was given a bolus of fluids sub-cutaneously which seemed to perk him up. However, the pahrmacy did not fill his insulin prescription so we have to wait another day to get the vet to call them back.
Between the vet visits, medications, blood tests and everything else, I'm out a house payment. I love my dog though and I'm not giving up on him. Even Levi senses that something is wrong as he has been overly protective of him.

David - Dexters "Dad"

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