Pet-Peeves: he has a thing about rocks, i'm not sure if it is love or hate
Favorite Toy: Balls or Frisbees
Favorite Food: Canidae and pizza crust
Favorite Walk: Anywhere with Me
Best Tricks: winning me over
Arrival Story: I went to see this litter of German Shepherd Puppies about a week after I had to put down my 12 year old aussie. He plowed through everybody and came right to me and gave me a kiss. It was if he was saying, I'm the one, I'll take care of you and he has done that ten times over. He is truly a one in a million dog. He is a tribute to the breed and it was this reason that I wanted offspring from him. His gift to me is his son Barkley.
Bio: Since April of 2006 Manny has been having back problems. It is more than likely DM but not only DM because he has pain with exercise and there are other things that lead me to believe it is not just DM if DM at all. I take him to physical therapy and I have him on supplements and recently put him on previcox for the pain he feels after we go for a walk or play in the yard. I cry every day at the thought that he will not be with me as long as I had prayed he would. I second guess myself every step of the way. An MRI would for sure tell me what I probably already know but I don't want him anesthesized and the cost of the test and visit is about $2000. I would not put him through a back operation if it determined he had something they could try to surgically correct. And so I ride the rollar coaster seeing him through good days and bad and also knowing how much he does what he does for me. I tell him to use his muscles and pick up his feet and he does. He walks on the water treadmill because I ask him to. He is such an amazing dog that I don't know what my life would be like without him. I never cry around him but I cry all the time when I am not with him. He entered my heart the day he chose me and he will take it with him the day he leaves. Manny's iron will and courage has helped me tremendously. He swims now for physical therapy as the water treadmill is too difficult for him. Just recently he got his new wheels. He is happy and playful and he is not bothered by his disability. He loves his new ride and understands that he can now have more mobility. He has not be walking on all fours for about 2 weeks now but he is insistent on moving. If he has to he'll drag just to come and be by myside. As long as he is happy and feeling good I will do whatever it takes. When he decides he has had enough and he is too tired, I will do whatever he needs to help him. He is an unbelievable animal. As Manny's front grew weaker, he began having problems holding himself up even in his wheels. At times he became frustrated when he would fall and have difficulty getting himself up. I was waiting for a signal from him that he was tired and had had enough but he would not. He was too devoted to ever tell me that he was done. He was still so bright eyed and happy which made things much more difficult. He began to have other problems like a kidney infection that would not respond and the vet said that once the front starts to go there are worse problems ahead, like breathing and swallowing, etc. I knew I loved him too much to ever put him through that and I also knew that he was content to do whatever made me happy. So with a heavy heart I made the decision to set him free. The night before I was bringing him to the vet I bought him a filet mignon dinner which he thoroughly enjoyed. He even shared some with Barkley. Barkley knew something was up as we were all upset. When we went to bed, he began howling like he was grieving. 2/19/08: Manny, himself knew that morning that things were changing. I spent some time with him before we went into the vet and in my arms, he went peacefully and with dignity. I felt amazing pain in my heart once I left the vet's and knew my heart had shattered. Manny was a soul mate and I just lost him. I haven't stopped crying. I know he will never truly leave me but he is painfully missed. Thank God I have Barkley, his son, who has been here for me in more ways than he even knows. He is quick to run to my side and dry my tears and is such a tribute to his Father. Manny will forever be in my heart. A once in a lifetime friend.
This angel would like to wish everyone a healthy, happy, and prosperous new year. I am so excited that I now have grandpuppies to watch over. My boy Barkley and his girl Darla had their first litter of eight beautiful pups. they were born on dec. 23 just in time for Christmas. There were 2 girls and 6 boys. Mom and pups are all doing just fine and are already a little over a week old. I am so happy that there is another generation of mine to carry on and so is mom. Mom is going to keep one of my granddaughters. How exciting. Here's to healthy pups and a wonderful long life.
I just can't believe that my boy Barkley is going to be a daddy for the first time so that makes me a Grandpup. There are 8 little pups waiting to be born and it is going to be soon. I am keeping a close angel watch on things to make sure all is well. Mom says I live on in these babies. Very emotional time pups, very emotional. I'll keep you posted. Until then this Angel is going to be busy watching over mom and babies.
My Dear Manny,
I don't know where the 2 years went. At times it feels like yesterday and at times it feels like an eternity. All I know is that 2 years ago today I said goodbye to my best friend and soul mate and my life has never been the same. I miss you more than I could ever put into words. You are always on my mind, in my thoughts and in my heart. The greatest gift you could have ever given me besides your friendship is your son Barkley. He is a great friend and I'm so thankful to have him. He is wonderful just like his father and we have the best time together. He is doing you proud and helping to fill the gaping hole that my heart suffered the day we said goodbye. I hope your days are filled with happiness and your life at the bridge is as wonderful as I imagine it is. Although you are painfully missed I am sure you are running free, happy and full of life with all your angel friends.
I'd like to thank all of Manny's dogster pals who remembered this day and sent us notes and rosettes. It means so much to know what wonderful friends we have on dogster.
An Everlasting Love,