Photo Comments Sex: Female Weight: 51-100 lbs
Leave a bone for Sachi - We Miss You
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Baby, Sachi-bear, Sachi-Bachi
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Home made beef jerky, walks, chasing any small animal
Thunder, baths, other dogs that challenge her alpha status
Her "sister" Sweetie, squirrels
Canned Science Diet, Greenies, Jerky
Local jogging trail/park
Telling (walk & dinner) time, play dead, turning her back to me when mad
We went to the local shelter and when I saw Sachi, she was standing back in a pen, tail wagging and looking at me. The staff had been keeping her alive past her time by substituting other dogs to be put to sleep in her place.
She had been left by a husky breeder, but she looks almost all chow. 3 baths later, she became the beautiful dog I knew she was, and I discovered that she was also the smartest dog I have ever had!
Although she appears to be all black, her actual color is sable - black with a reddish tint - a truly beautiful girl.
For the first year and a half we had her, she had to spend the entire day all by herself in the house. Then we got Sweetie, a purebred Chow, from a canine rescue group to be Sachi's companion, and mom and dad started working from home so that her entire pack is together all day.
On September 11, 2009 Sachi (11 years old) got very sick and would not move. She was diagnosed with liver cancer. She had a very large tumor on her liver, and the vet thought that she would not survive the weekend. She suggested that I put her down, but I refused.
After several months of not being really healthy, I discovered Dr. Michael Newman of Decatur AL who did a CT scan on Sachi and confirmed that she has a large tumor on her liver. He did surgery that very day and removed a lobe of her liver and the mass, and saw a growth on her spleen also so he remove the spleen and the growth. Then he saw enlarged lymph nodes and removed those also and sent all of it to the lab.
I got Sachi back home a couple of days later and could tell that she was already feeling better. The lab results all came back negative!
Now, Sachi is back to being a playful and happy girl, defying the fact that she is almost 13 years old.
Sachi lived 13 months longer thanks to her surgery. Unfortunately, we lost our other Chow (Sweetie) to cancer the following February, and Sachi never got over the loss. She looked for Sweetie for weeks afterwards, and never seemed to be her happy self again.
We knew she was dying for about a month before. She had stopped eating and when I tried to force food into her, she would vomit it up within a few minutes. All the veterinarians told me that they can not save her as they had already removed everything they could. She lived because I could not bring myself to allow her to leave me, and she was given medication to stop the vomiting so that I could feed her by putting mashed food onto her tongue throughout the day.
On her last day, August 6, 2011, she took a longer walk than she had been able to - almost 2 blocks - and then she laid down and did not want to get up. I carried her home and laid her on the living room floor so that I could watch her. I called the vet to tell them I was bringing her in to have her suffering stopped, but he was out on call and would not return until later in the day.
A few minutes before noon, she looked at me and tried to get up but failed. I put her back on her side and petted her and talked to her. She panted hard for a couple of minutes, then she stopped. She died at noon. She was the best dog I have ever had.
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