Life of Rikee

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Gone On

September 29th 2013 11:00 am
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Yesterday was my time to leave my family behind. I had fought the good fight and my family had done all they could to give me as many good days as they could. Their final act of love (which was so hard for them) was to prevent my suffering further as it was getting harder for me to breathe and I had all but given up on eating and drinking and it was so very hard for me to move around. With mom laying along side me with her arms around me telling me how she loved me and what a good dog I was, I slipped quietly away.

 

I am loved...but its not easy

August 28th 2013 1:31 pm
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For a couple months now I have been fighting a hard battle with the loving care of my mom and dad who love me to the moon and back. I have cancer and its taking its toll on my body.

Sometimes my mom cries quiet tears by my side but mostly she just loves on me. Dad does too.

We are grateful for every moment we have together. Mom is grateful that she knows I will have many friends over the Rainbow bridge because everyone and every dog I've ever met has loved me.

 

4 - 6 Weeks of Rest!

October 17th 2011 8:30 am
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Somehow I aggravated my knee and now I'm confined to leash walking only. (sad sigh) My beloved recliner is off limits. I'm not allowed to get up on the bed. This really has put a major damper on my fun. No jumping, no running, no chasing, no wrestling, no fun! I know it for the best so I won't really injure my knee, but dog! this is hard!. I'm hoping I at least get some sympathy rawhides and treats.

 

Awesome Recliner Game!

June 17th 2011 11:43 am
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Ok here is how it is played. First you need a recliner that will rock when extended. They don't come this way but if you're a big dog like me and you jump on them often enough like your own private jungle gym, eventually they will do this.

Next you wait until your person...(my Dad is an excellent player) falls asleep on the recliner.

This is the really fun part. You jump onto the the foot portion of the recliner causing your person to just about catapult out of the chair, but right before they do you jump back off sending them rocking hard backwards.

Let me tell you the expression on your person's face is priceless.

Added note....you may need to run at this point as something might be thrown your way.

Give it a try....it's really fun!

 

The Not So Elusive Shed Bunny

November 10th 2010 8:25 am
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Yesterday morning my sisters and I caught a Shed Bunny. No small feat mind you because Mom and Dad have blocked our access to the shed where the elusive shed bunnies make their home. Apparently Mom and Dad object to our excavating along the edges of the shed. *shrug*

Anyway at around 4:45 in the morning we got let out and lo and behold...there was a shed bunny on our side of the fence! We couldn't believe our good fortune and we were on it in a flash. We can only guess that the camouflage bandannas that Dad had put on our necks two night before must have rendered us invisible to the foolish shed bunny.

Rubee and I were playing tug-a-war and I had just won possession of the shed bunny and Rubee was planning her interception when Dad discovered our game. Yelling at a volume that woke Mom and surely some neighbors, he ordered us to come. We ignored him. Finally we relented and came in knowing full well that Dad would remove our prize. Which he did. He was a little mad at us for not coming and Mom was grossed out because the shed bunny had not weathered the game of tug well at all. But the three of us were quite pleased with ourselves!

 

Two Novice AKC Agility Titles!

August 30th 2010 1:06 pm
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Sunday I did another AKC Agility trial. I got my third qualifying run in Novice Jumpers With Weaves and in Novice Standard so I now have my Novice titles in both of those classes. We tried Novice Fast for the first time.....that's going to be a work in process :) Mom didn't do so good making up our course. But she feels she understands the class better now, so we'll give it another try next trial. We'll be moving up to the Open level in the two classes I got the titles in. Mom and I are going to have to work harder and faster to get my qualifying runs in that level. We'll have more obstacles and shorter allowed coarse times and less margin for error. But I know we'll have fun doing it.

 

Trying our skills in AKC Agility trials

August 18th 2010 3:49 pm
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Last week Sunday I attended my second AKC agility trial. We've competed in other venues before now, but are just starting in the Novice division of the AKC venue. So far we have gotten four first place ribbons and four of the ever important "qualifying" ribbons that you get if you do the course under the allotted time without course faults. We need three qualifying ribbons in each of the classes in the Novice division to get our Novice Title and move up into the next division up which is the Open division. I'm doing quite well despite my Addisons disease, proving that Addison dogs can still lead normal active lives!

 

Bunny Hunter

December 11th 2009 6:39 am
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Bunny Hunter. Yup that's me. Went out this morning and caught myself a fine fat bunny. I was all set to have it for breakfast when Mom insisted I come in the house. Later when I went back outside the bunny was gone! Nothing but footprints left by Mom in the snow. Hmmmmmm

 

I have Addisons Disease

October 6th 2009 1:32 pm
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I got the results and diagnosis from my test yesterday and I do have Addison's disease. Mom and Dad are going after work to get my meds and get me started on treatment. They have a lot of questions for the vet. Hopefully with proper and careful management I will soon be feeling more myself again.

If any of you are curious about Addisons Disease Mom found this site very helpful.

http://www.addisondogs.com/addisons/

 

More Tests next Tuesday

October 1st 2009 12:28 pm
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Well the specialist agreed with my vet that the liver shadows were not anything bad...however they are going to test me for Addison's disease. Given my blood work levels and symptoms they are suspicious my cortisol levels may not be right. So Tuesday I go in for a test. They will take an initial blood work to measure my cortisol level, then give me shot of a form of pituitary hormone ACTH that tells the adrenal glands to produce cortisol. Then they wait an hour and draw more blood. If the adrenal glands have not been stimulated to produce cortisol then I have tested positive for Addisons. Fortunately Addisons can be treated effectively if that ends up being what has been bothering me. I'll keep you all posted.

 
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