Bowser Tyke 1998-2011

Valley Bulldog
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Home:Annapolis Valley, NS, Canada  [I have a diary!]  
Sex: Male   Weight: 26-50 lbs

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Special Gift Box:
The family of Hershey and Van Winkle

Bubba,Bubby,Son,Abba,MamaSon,Honey ,Baby Boy,Bummy,Bow,Love Love,Love Muffin,Soggy Bottom Boy,Boomer

Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

Sun Sign:
dog breed photo gameRainbow BridgeWorlds Coolest Dog and Cat Show
May 4th 1998

His Mom,his Old Granny and his bedtime

Humans,cats,keys,the oil man,clothing that is not Pajamas

Favorite Toy:
teletubbies,Elmo's,anything that can be chewed and destroyed,eyes and ears first!

Favorite Food:
Anything we eat,but he's particularly fond of pumpkin !

Favorite Walk:
The Dodge Road in Margaretsville,but we call it the Dogs Road!

Best Tricks:
sitting on his bottom,that's his only trick!

Arrival Story:
After losing our Rottweiler,we were very sad,and days later,saw an ad for Valley bulldogs in the paper.I won $100 in a newspaper contest and with it purchased the love of my life,Bowser.....He didn't have the best beginning,but his last 8 years have been great......

Bowser is a Valley Bulldog,a Nova Scotia breed which is a mixture of many-pit bull,English /American bulldog,Boxer,Boston Terrier.All Valleys look different,and they are a wonderful breed.Bowser is our 2nd Valley bull,but he's not likely to be our last..... Some exciting news.On October 29,2007,we've received word from American Greetings that Bowser and Vikki are in the 2008 Dateworks Puppies & Dogs Day at a time calendar.They are on March 11,2008,and are shown lying in the sun.On Bowser's webpage here,you'll see him looking at the calendar.Then,go to Vikki's page and you'll see the picture as it appears in the calendar.What a proud pet parent I am today!

Forums Motto:
Mama's Boy Child

I've Been On Dogster Since:
October 31st 2006 More than 10 years!

Rosette, Star and Special Gift History

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Meet my family
Sam Wheat
Black Rock's
Molly Jensen
Bubby TundraObi D.

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I am Bowser,hear me growl.....

Bowser has joined his siblings at the bridge February- 3,2011....

February 4th 2011 2:59 pm
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Dear Dogster pals of Bowser,

Funny that today is Chinese New Year and year of the rabbit,Bowser really loved bunnies,and was always gentle and kind towards them.....

He was perfect when I got back on Monday nite,Tuesday all day,and yesterday morning,just 24 short hours ago,it all started to go wrong,very wrong....We went to McDonald’s for brekkie and did some errands before the storm.....He was,as usual,with home,went for a walk,had his brekkie (with McDonald’s stuff in it) and appeared fine......He’d been following me in dog yard on a poop expedition,and then......

Old Granny went to do some shovelling and I was on the computer.....At 11am, I knew his spirit had moved on as this dog came in and jumped on me and clawed like crazy.......Wow,his eyes were vacant,and I believe he’d already gone with Sam and Vikki.......I went to get OG and she was shovelling,and the biggest storm of the season was just beginning.......His legs weren’t right and he was frantic,heavily panting,couldn’t stop.......I called Cornwallis Vets (Teresa is away for a week and we couldn’t get there due to bad weather),and they said to come right away,to see Dr. Kim Barkhouse,who has been there for 21 years,and very knowledgeable.....

So,he was able with difficulty to walk out but I had to lift him in car......Getting out was tricky,but he certainly walked in on his own,albeit a bit wonky.She got him on table (it wasn’t him,no fight and so vacant), and her main diagnosis (without doing a back xray) was neurological damage to the lumbar spine.....

She gave a direct shot of metacam and prescribed more for a week........By the time we left the vets the storm was really going.......couldn’t have gone back if we wanted,they closed down shortly after...By the time we got to New Minas,he was unable to get out,and thus began my back pain as from then until today,I was constantly lifting.......He lost all use of his hind quarters,including bowel and bladder function....

From brekkie time on Wednesday until today at 8am there was no pee,pooh,water or food taken in......3 times between vet yesterday and last evening,he tried to go out to pee,and lay down in a big snow bank,and I had to pick him up and carry him in......this was the worst part for me mentally.......and physically!

B and I slept in OG’s bed and I was able to comfort him,but he was very uncomfortable,doing some heavy panting........and it was indeed a sleepless in New Minas nite for both of us......

Miraculously,he made it through the nite.......At 4am, the plow went by,and I was out to shovel but overwhelmed at the amount of snow that had fallen and knew I couldn’t do it on my own....OG was with Bowser in bed while I was out.........After hurling myself over the mountain of snow,2 shovellers turned me down to help me....then I spotted a truck with a blade doing an apartment building and he immediately stopped what he was doing and offered to help.......By 5 am,I was all plowed out and ready to go....

We spent quality time together and by 7:30am I called vet and got appointment with same woman as yesterday for 8am........I first requested a consultation, then probably euthinasia..........I got him to car and neighbor helped to get him in.........It was then our final car adventure together.........

The roads were snow covered but we arrived just after 8am,and a stretcher was waiting.........Vet said all was worse than yesterday (way worse) including blood pressure ,ability to walk,etc......So,after a short discussion,the decision was made,the papers were signed and I stood at his head ,with Carolyn at his side,and we said good bye to our faithful companion who was 12 3/4 years old.........and my heart!

I still can’t believe it,I’m sure it’s a nightmare........I just want to wake up and find my son beside me.....For the first time since 1994 when we purchased our house,we are without a dog to love........Unreal, unbelievable and more than likely unbearable......Never a day in this house without a baby to love.....

As to the future,I can’t begin to ponder or imagine it...............For now, we mourn the loss of Bowser Tyke Kennedy, beloved fur child, born May 4,1998,and joined his siblings at the Rainbow Bridge February 3,2011.Our loss is surely their gain............ We long for the day when we will all be together.........and know it will come!

Thank you for your kind words at this horrendously difficult time....

Bowser's family


My first ever entry, Dear Santy Paws......from a perfect pup- (it's true!)

December 5th 2007 9:04 am
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Dearest Santy Paws in the Northern Pole (guess you're even further north than Nova Scotia so you must have lots of snow-we have over a foot)..

My name is Bowser Tyke ,I'm 9 1/2 years old ,and I've been a very good boy,or so my hoomins keep telling me as they attempt to lure me back into the house after barking at the neighborhood cat,children on krazy karpets,and the like.......

We have a nice new pup pal ( a cute and pawsome female named Maggie from Ohio),and she tagged us to do this holiday letter........Well,I'm all paws and I've never written to Santa before,but I'll do my very best,just like when I'm sitting pretty for a treat...I mean handsome,I don't sit pretty,I'm a male!

Let's see,where to begin,and what was I supposed to do?Sit,stay,no,that's not it........Oh yeah,5 things I'd like to ask old man CLAWS (oops,I mean Santy Claus ) for.....Let me think.......Just a sec...

Sorry,had to go scare the mailman.....Now,where was I,he's moving fast out of our driveway,bet he won't be back again till tomorrow,got him!

5 holiday wishes to consider for Bowser Tyke:

1)That my hoomins will be safely home from Cuba for New Year's Eve.They're skipping Xmas this year to help some less fortunate pups......but I think they're just going for the beaches and sun!

2)Some pumpkin pie would be nice,or pumpkin squares,or cookies,it's all good,and I'm not too fussy when it comes to how I like my pumpkin...

3)A good supply of rawhide sticks and some Dingo Bones for 2008--they say it's going to be a long winter,so we should lay in a good supply,you can 't be too careful,but don't overload your sleigh and have an accident on my account! I can always send the hoomin out for them if you can't provide enough....No pressure!

4)I hope that my siblings at the Bridge will keep watching over me and keep me from feeling lonely when I miss them.....Penny,Molly,Sam and Vikki,your baby brother loves you very much.......When I make snow angels,I think of all of you.....

5)My biggest wish,dear Santa Paws (hope you're not asleep by now,I've been told I ramble on sometimes) that all the world's pups will experience the love,respect and devotion that I get from my housekeeping staff (my hoomin bipeds) on a permanent basis.....I am truly blessed ,and really don't need to ask for much.....

From Nova Scotia,my hoomins and I send you best wishes at this festive (and chilly) time of year.....
Fleas navidad,Happy Howl-idaze and furry grrrr-eetings from Bowser Tyke

PS.How'd I do Mom?Can I have a cookie now?Am I a good boy......

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