Amy the Dogg


Dalmatian/Labrador Retriever
Picture of Amy the Dogg, a female Dalmatian/Labrador Retriever

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Sex: Female   Weight: 51-100 lbs

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   Leave a bone for Amy the Dogg

Nicknames:
Bean-Bean, Koala Bean, Aimster, Princess, Beautiful, The Amy Dog, Grandma Moses

Doggie Dynamics:
 Energy 
sleepyenergetic
 
 Intelligence 
sillygenius
 
 Friendliness 
aggressiveaffectionate
 
 Playfulness 
not playfulvery playful
 
 Disposition 
anxiouscalm
 

Sun Sign:
Quick Bio:
-mutt

Likes:
Tennis Balls! The beach! Swimming! Tennis Balls! And Food! And People!

Pet-Peeves:
Obnoxious dogs (except her brother, of course), toe nail clipping, thunderstorms, fireworks, and other loud noises.

Favorite Toy:
Tennis Balls!

Favorite Food:
Anything from liver to spinach - she'll eat it!

Favorite Walk:
Hiking in the hills of Marin, or at the beach...

Best Tricks:
Comando puppy! But she also knows spin, take a bow, sit pretty, high five, high ten, roll over, play dead, head down, speak, bark....

Arrival Story:
Amy was a "Dalador" - her mom was a pure-breed Dalmatian, and her dad was "something black that can jump a fence!" I brought Amy home when she was just 6 weeks old. She went everywhere with me for years and years, and was, by far, the best dog I've ever known. We moved together 6 different times, and I've brought her to every place I've ever worked. She adored people and children (especially ones with food on their face or ones who never tire of ball throwing), and she did an adorable tromp-alomp dance when she was really happy. She wasn't too interested in doggy social circles, but she played well when she was in the mood. She'd rather be showered with people-attention than play with doggies, she'd rather chase a tennis ball than get showered with attention, and she was generally conflicted on whether ball chasing or getting food was more fun! The best things about Amy, though, were that she's always happy to see me, and she loved to cuddle at night. When she first met my husband, she wasn't entirely sure how she'd get along with someone grossed out by slobbery tennis balls, but he soon got over that. They became the best of friends, and simply adored each other. She met her brother Studebaker Hawk when she was 6 years old or so, and he was 5 months old or so. She played with him tons, right up until he grew taller than her, and then she started asking why he had stayed so long. He could still coax her into a game or two though, and while they didn't often cuddle, they never argued about anything. And that says a lot, considering that Amy had told off almost every other dog who has stayed with us at least once.

Bio:
Amy had an emergency splenectomy the day her spleen burst at the end of July 2007. We learned soon after that she had hemangiosarcoma, a very aggressive cancer carried in the blood. They told us that she had 2-3 months left with us (4-6 if we decided to do chemotherapy), but that her quality of life would be excellent up until the end. Since Amy hated needles and blood draws, we opted not to do chemo, and to give her the best darn last months ever. We started seeing a holistic vet, Dr. Anne Reed (by far one of the kindest people I've ever met), who did accupunture, recommended some chinese herbs, immune boosters, and diet suggestions, and we added a few other supplements to her life. I started bringing her to work with me every day instead of every once in a while (she really enjoyed that), we took long walks at lunch, and spent lots of time throwing tennis balls and playing with toys with her. She even got to go swimming at a private lake, and after hours at a local doggy daycare's swimming pool, which she really enjoyed. When she made it to her 11th birthday in March 2008 - over 6 months past her diagnosis - we threw a big party, and everyone gave her toys, bones, treats, bites of their food, and sips of their beers. The hemangiosarcoma finally caught up with her around the end of June 2008, and we decided to let her go on July 11, 2008. She had lived over 11 months past a diagnosis giving her 2-3 months. She went surrounded by her family in the house we bought just for her and Studebaker after a day of enjoying the sun and the grass in our yard. We love and miss her dearly, but we know she's running around doggy heaven, chasing balls and birds and gophers and kitty cats, eating all the peanut butter and cookies she can, and keeping an eye on us and her brother. I'm sure she's getting a big kick out of our new puppy Billy the Mountain's antics, and how much Billy pesters his big brother Studebaker!

Forums Motto:
Throw my ball!

I've Been On Dogster Since:
March 9th 2004 More than 10 years!

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Dogster Id:
15409


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Hawk
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Mountain

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