IN MEMORY of PHARA 1997-2007


Pharaoh Hounds
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Age: 17 Years   Sex: Female   Weight: 26-50 lbs

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Nicknames:
Phara-dog, Phar-Phara (pronounced "fair-fair), Phara-Freak, The Phar ("fair)

Doggie Dynamics:
 Energy 
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 Intelligence 
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 Friendliness 
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 Playfulness 
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 Disposition 
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Quick Bio:
-purebred

Likes:
Sunbathing in the grass in the hot summer sun, treats, car rides, visiting the park and walking around the neighborhood.

Pet-Peeves:
Thunderstorms, Fireworks or Firecracker sounds (even popping my gum)!

Favorite Toy:
Garfield hand puppet which has been through thick and thin the past 9 years.

Favorite Food:
Cheese - Kraft American Cheese Slices, or perhaps Cheesy Pup Corn.

Favorite Walk:
Around Winton Woods, a local park is always a treat. But every day, it's our neighborhood!

Best Tricks:
Balancing a dog treat on my nose then throwing it up and eating it!

Arrival Story:
I got Phara from a breeder in Pennsylvania and she has had me wrapped around her finger ever since. She's manipulative, sneeky and very smart. We've been through lots of toys, couches and leashes and at 9 years, I can say she's finally calmed down. Now she's frequently found just sleeping on the dog bed, happy as a clam.

Bio:
Born Feb 1997, Phara learned to escape from her cage at an early stage in life. So she has aquired the lounging ability of a princess and occupies almost any piece of furniture in the house (except the couch where we trained her to remain OFF!) She doesn't really understand the new human brother (Logan, almost 2 years old) and prefers to NOT be within reach of the little boy! But hey, if he's in the highchair, Phara is right there to catch his food!

The Groups I'm In:
*The Ohio Dogs*, Phabulous Pharaohs

I've Been On Dogster Since:
August 6th 2004 More than 10 years!

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Dogster Id:
56305


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A day in the life of Phara


One month later, we miss her so much

June 29th 2007 6:28 pm
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It's been over a month since Phara has left us and we've since cremated her remains and buried them underneath the Pharaoh Hound statue in our front yard. I ordered a marker that says "Phara, Sunbathing in Heaven, 1997-2007" which totally describes how she loved to spend her afternoons. She was quite the princess. Me (her mommy) misses her so much. I've finally stopped crying over her but I still miss her barking (very loud!) her grunting when she'd lie down against her will and I especially miss her company. She was a good and loyal friend. Her doggie sister Luna Belle, misses her too. She's grieving still. I know she's more stressed now that her dominant sister is gone. With a new human baby coming in 5 weeks we know it will be hectic, but it will be different without her...

rest in peace....

 

Phara went to Doggie Heaven today...

May 19th 2007 7:13 pm
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Thursday I got the call that our dog Phara's recent illness was due to multiple cancerous tumors in her lungs called carcinomas. Treating it with chemotherapy would be a futile effort and wouldn't stop the fluid building up in her lungs and chest cavity. Over the last two weeks we've already drained out 2.5 liters of fluid and I wasn't going to keep putting her through that. So today, we encouraged Phara to take the path to doggie heaven. She went very peacefully and seemed to be relaxed and happy about it. She was 10 years old, born Feb 4, 1997. She will be missed horribly by us (her human family), her doggie sister Luna Belle and all who crossed paths with this freakishly interesting excuse of a dog called Phara.

We miss her so much already....

over and out....Phara's parents.

 

The End is Near

May 17th 2007 6:01 pm
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I never thought the day would come, but Phara is nearing the end. She was diagnosed with a fatal form of cancer in her lungs, a carcinoma. And no, we do not smoke nor has Phara ever inhaled a cigarette! Why she got it, we don't know. But she's got it and it's bad. The tumors are numerous in her lungs, creating a rush of fluid to her remaining lung nodes and her chest cavity. She is literally drowning in her own body. We drained 1 liter last week and a liter and a half this week. Then came the diagnosis. So I've decided that it's time for her to pass on.

I am so deeply distressed about this. Her sister Luna Belle will be so devastated along with the whole family. My toddler doesn't understand but he knows she's ill. Phara was with me for the last 10 years, through a bitter marriage, a divorce, a rush of singlehood freedom, a new marriage, the birth of my first son and now she will pass on three months before the birth of my second son. Just as in the book "Marley & Me" by John Grogan, she's been the worst dog I could ever not train, but I love her so much, it was worth it. She cost me over $7,000 in medical expenses over the last 10 years. She's always eaten poop. She's snagged a whole tray of raw hot dogs off the kitchen counter, along with many FULL loaves of bread, a couple handmade turkey sandwiches, a bag of bagels, all devoured within minutes. She's the worst barker when someone comes over. She hates storms and firecrackers so much that she pawed her way through many doorframes and drywall. She pretty much detests playful dog friends but tolerates her sister like it was meant to be! But there's one thing I will always remember about Phara - she was my first dog, my first "baby" and she will always be my first dog "love".

The best memory of Phara is what she does best - sunbathing on the lawn. That's how I will remember her best.

 
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