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He loved spending time with me.
He hated when I left the house and didn't take him with me; he would bark a lot, stand on his hind feet, and wave his front paws in an effort to convince me to change my mind and take him (or stay home).
His favorite toy was a paper towel rolled into a ball, which he would fetch and shred.
He would eat just about everything there is -- he ate ONLY human food for the first 12 years of life. With me he ate Purina, broccoli florets, and fresh tomatoes. After he developed heart problems I gave him boiled chicken and hamburger patties.
He loved to stroll leisurely in the yard and on a friend's farm.
Given his old age and precarious health, BREATHING was his best trick!
I found "Casey" on Petfinder.com (WWW.PETFINDER.COM) through a New Hampshire-based rescue group called Precious Poms and Pekes. I had to put my first Pomeranian ("Hadley") to sleep (due to inoperable cervical disk problems) only a week and a half before I met "Casey" and I'd been devastated by my unexpected loss.
Precious Poms and Pekes is the rescue from which I adopted "Hadley" so I called them again right after "Hadley" died and they told me that little, old "Casey" needed a new home.
He was 12.5 years old when I adopted him and he lived to be 15. He was turned in to Precious Poms and Pekes because his original owner developed Alzheimer's Disease and then, sadly, had to be institutionalized. His former owner's family could not or would not care for him after his owner went into a nursing home so they called the rescue group for help finding him a new home.
I seem to have a heart for old or sick animals who are hard to place so when Precious Poms and Pekes told me that "Casey" needed a home I decided he'd be the perfect dog to keep my American Eskimo ("Powder") company.
We loved every minute with "Casey"!!
"Casey" was obviously raised by a very loving and caring person because he was the sweetest dog in the world. He loved being with us and he was friendly with everyone, especially the kids who live in my neighborhood. He was a wonderful addition to "Powder"'s and my life and we cherished every day that we had with him.
When we first met him he was suffering from untreated Cushing's Disease, and my vet promptly diagnosed him and began medicating him (with Lysodren) for that illness. When I adopted him he was overweight, he panted excessively, and his coat was in bad shape but once he took his medication he eventually felt better, lost 3 lb. and developed a nice healthy coat. He enjoyed more than a year and a half of relief from the effects of his Cushing's Disease after getting put on the proper medication. Eventually we learned that he developed heart disease, too, and in July 2004 he went into the first of several episodes of congestive heart failure ("CHF").
He miraculously recovered from his episode of CHF and he was taking a lot of heart medication, in addition to his Cushing's medicine, throughout the rest of the summer and into the fall of 2004.
Unfortunately on October 1, 2004, "Casey" went into his third episode of CHF, and I just knew it would be a matter of time before he suffocated from it. I took him to the vet's but the options for treatment were limited because he was already taking so much heart medication.
"Casey" was euthanized on the morning of October 2, 2004, because his heart condition was deteriorating quickly and I didn't want him to suffer. He passed away after eating a big breakfast of hamburger and after taking a very enjoyable car ride out to the country where his vet's office is located.
I adored this little buggah and cherished every day that I had with him (especially after the heart scare in July) and I took comfort knowing that I'd given him the best medical care possible during his last years.
He made a ton of new friends -- human, canine, feline, and equine -- while I had him and he had a lot of fun adventures that he'd have never enjoyed if he still lived with his former (elderly) owner, so I know he had a good time with me.
Although my time with "Casey" was relatively short it was incredibly enjoyable and rewarding.
I encourage everyone to rescue dogs through local breed-specific rescue groups or through WWW.PETFINDER.COM.
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