Likes: Gabe is a service dog from CCI for my son Chris , playing with his ball, rolling in the snow & cuddling.
Pet-Peeves: Losing his ball, when he can't find something to have in his mouth when he meets us at the door.
Favorite Toy: Ball, ball, ball, ball. Did I mention Ball? The dirtier the ball the better...GROSS!
Favorite Food: Human food (even though it's a no no), steak. Gabe is NOT a fussy eater.
Favorite Walk: Outside LOL! If he can go swimming it's a bonus!
Best Tricks: Gabe is a fully trained Service Dog. He can do a ton of things. He's great at picking things up..anything. He also opens doors. He likes to "high five." He's a love bug!
Arrival Story: Gabe is a Service Dog from Canine Companions for Independence. He and my son were matched and graduated May 2003. Gabe was raised by Alice and she did the most amazing job and gave us the most precious gift in the world. Gabe's Mom Alice and her dog Abel (and hubby Jeff too) are now part of our big family. We are really lucky!
Bio: My most beautiful precious boy is gone.......With a broken heart I am updating this to add that my most beautiful Golden boy Gabe has gone to the Bridge. It happened so fast. On Christmas night his hind leg swelled, he spent the night in the vets hospital. Nothing was broken and they suspected a Lymphoma. A few days later the swelling was gone....then started again that night. On New Years Eve I found his leg from groin to toes was a purple black bruise with his hock so swollen. Pain med's worked at first. AN ultrasound was scheduled for that Monday 1/5/09/ On Saturday morning Gabe got worse and the swelling got really bad and he was suffering. I rushed him to the vet. That vet was awful and useless. He said I could bring him back to be put down....I guess I called too many times. We didn't even know what was wrong. When he was bad we rushed him to the 24 hour emergency vet clinic. They gave him morphine and he was really comfortable. He ate and went for a walk. They did an emergency ultrasound............that's when the world stopped. It showed a large sarcoma that wrapped around the thigh bone and went up into his pelvis. There seemed to be something in the Spleen. Even if his leg was taken off they would not be able to get the tumor. He was suffering and the bleeding was now into his belly and even started to bleed out through his skin. I made that hardest decision in the world after speaking to my vet and friend Gina. I trust her more than anything. She's the best vet I have ever found and I worked for vets for 12+ years. I held my beautiful boy as he left this world. My heart shattered in a billion tiny pieces. I have been putting them back together but a HUGE hole will forever remain. It's eerie and ironic that three weeks before Christmas I took a PIC of Gabe with angel wings. He is forever my angel. I miss him more than words will EVER be able to say. He made my son's world so much better and made mine a pleasure. I look forward to the day I am reunited with my Golden Boy Gabe.
Gabe is amazing. he can open and close doors. He can turn on the lights too. He is great at picking up things I drop. He alerts to Chris' seizures and takes really good care of "his boy." He has made Chris the "cool kid" and no longer the handicapped kid. Gabe also lives with Gizmo a little 15 pound Yorkie-Shih Tzu mix that runs him like a clock! They are peas in a pod and goof off together when Gabe isn't working. If you check out Abel under his pet pals that's his buddy who he was raised with. Abel belongs to his Mom Alice who raised him and is her service dog. Gabe and Abel send things back and forth that smell like each other so they will never forget each other (not that they ever would anyway). Abel has a cool mowhawk on his head and Gabe has a big egg knot on his! Abel is the other Golden in the photos with Gabe. This is before he came to us. Abel is also on Dogster!
Gabe passed the test and is now a Therapy Dog in addition to being a Service Dog. He is registered with Therapy Dogs International.
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