Tipper (in loving memory)

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Picture of Tipper (in loving memory), a female Golden Retriever

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Sex: Female   Weight: 51-100 lbs

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The Tipster

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Quick Bio:
-purebred-pound dog-dog rescue

August 1st 1992

People, food - not necessarily in that order

Tipper is a bitch and doesn't like female dogs too much

Favorite Toy:
She carries around a sock; also likes to fetch a ball once in a while

Favorite Food:
Lamb lungs!

Favorite Walk:
Union Square Greenmarket

Best Tricks:
Tipper will do anything for food

Arrival Story:
Tipper was on Death Row at the Center for Animal Care and Control in Manhattan; she had been surrendered by her family just two hours earlier because one of them supposedly was allergic. Her name was originally "Sandy" but at that time Al Gore and his wife were first in the news, and we decided Tipper was a better name for a dog.

Forums Motto:
The Bitch is Back

The Groups I'm In:
NYC - Let me get on that train!

The Last Forum I Posted In:
I miss my best friend

I've Been On Dogster Since:
July 10th 2004 More than 12 years!

Rosette, Star and Special Gift History

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Meet my family
Buddy-boy (was
a true friend)
Jerry SpringerCorky the
Stacey II

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Tipper's diary

The End (for now)

May 10th 2006 7:27 pm
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On the morning of May the 5th, 2006, we took Tipper to the vet for one last time. She'd been declining steadily, and I could see she wasn't going to get any better. We weren't sure if she felt any pain or discomfort, but she clearly wasn't having a good time anymore. It was difficult for her to get up and down the stairs, and although we could have kept her around longer, she was incontinent all the time, and apparently had some blockage in the colon that kept her from shitting properly.

He asked if we wanted to do this, just to be sure; I said yes. So the vet tech hoisted her up on the table, and Dr. Schaubhut shaved her forepaw. He started the needle, asked again to tell him when I was ready, and when he pressed the plunger, her head drooped. I had to turn my back.

She had survived two years after being diagnosed with inoperable liver cancer, so I have no regrets for anything I did. I'm sure the holistic care prolonged her life; even Richard grudgingly admits that.

The one thing I'm grateful for is that I have so many other dogs in my life - even a couple of puppies. It's strange and even disturbing not having a dog at home, though - and very quiet. I'll adjust.


A Great Companion

May 10th 2006 7:26 pm
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This evening (July 31), Tipper and I went to the Life Café and sat outside. We shared a Life salad and she really liked the steamed string beans dipped in tahini sauce.

Tipper is a wonderful, well-loved dog, and a great companion. We are attempting to treat her with holistic medicine, but are having difficulty finding any holistic practitioners in New York City; does anyone know an acupuncturist in Manhattan who will work on animals?



May 10th 2006 7:24 pm
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As of July 29th, 2004: Tipper was recently diagnosed with inoperable liver cancer; although she's nearly 12, we're crushed at the news. We're trying to make the rest of her life as good for her as possible, and she's in good spirits.

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