Photo Comments Sex: Male Weight: 51-100 lbs
Leave a bone for Andy 1998-2008
Dogster stats for Andy 1998-2008
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Toys - is there anything else? Besides food, of course.
No one taking me seriously when I'm trying to demonstrate my leadership skills
All the toys belong to me
Name it...its my favorite
No walking man...I like to swim!
Can catch anything edible...and I know the difference
Our dear, sweet boy went to the Bridge 03/14/08. We will always have him in our hearts and try to live our lives with the utter joy with which he approached every day. Godspeed son. Mom and
Dad will always love you.///About two months after mom had lost her MaryAnn, I showed up. Her heart was so broken that she didn't think she would ever be able to love another dog like she did Mary Ann, but I was so cute she couldn't resist me. I was so young at the time, I don't really remember how I ended up there, but when Mom found me I had been hungry for a very long time and had ticks and fleas all over me. Mom said I was so cute, someone must be looking for me. Even though she put up posters, nobody called. So, I got to become part of Herrin Hound Haven. Yea!
It wasn't long after Andy became part of our pack that he began to cry and sometimes scream. After many vet visits, we finally took him to a University vet clinic and discovered that he was afflicted by OCD in his shoulders and dysplasia in his hips. The poor boy was a "walking" mess. Through all of his surgeries and treatments he has been a sweetheart - except when he's trying to show all of the other dogs whose boss...then we call him our jerk-boy. Of course, no one takes him very seriously. :-) He's my son in a dog-suit.
But I WANT to sleep in the bed!
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March 15th 2008 5:23 pm
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Our darling boy went to the Bridge yesterday. There may have been smarter dogs, but none so human like. We will celebrate your life and love you always.
March 11th 2008 12:42 pm
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When Andy first came into our lives at the tender age of 2-4 months old, the Vet's told us he wouldn't live past two years old because his hips were already gone. But he has beat the odds...his 10th birthday - one we estimated - is March 15th. Through the years, he has been to the Vet, a lot. First for diagnosis, then bi-lateral shoulder surgery for OCD. Then assessment for either hip-replacement or a FHO, but he it was determined that he was not really a candidate for either because he sheds bacteria in his urine. He has had injections and xrays and been poked and prodded. We even had him assessed for a Reiki study at VA Tech. We always thought that someday his hips would just become too painful.
But, a few months ago he developed a neurological condition which has made the mucles in his face and mouth deteriorate. He went from being the first to finish eating to the last because he just couldn't get his tongue to work right. Then we noticed that his face was becoming thinner. A few weeks ago he developed a growth in his ear and we had to have it removed. Surprisingly not cancer, but then a couple of weeks ago, we noticed that he was coughing and choking while eating. Then last week he started having trouble breathing. He just can't take air into his lungs. We took him to Dr. Eric and he finally found a tumor. He says there is probably one on the brain, too, but this one is in Andy's throat.
Having mostly senior dogs you know that you are going to deal with health issues, but this one is a complete surprise. It just goes to show you that you don't really know what will bring your demise. Andy has dealt with a painful health condition [his hips] his whole life and yet he never really let it keep him down. He ran and swam and misbehaved and cuddled and bullied and played and ate and loved to his heart's content - I hope. And then this condition comes out of nowhere and sweeps him away.
I don't know the day, but he will be gone soon and I miss him already.
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