Duke (In Loving Memory)

Labrador Retriever
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Age: 23 Years   Sex: Male   Weight: 100+ lbs

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Dukie dog, Big dog, Pooper Dooper, The Dukester

Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

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FOOD (as any good lab should)

Having to wait for breakfast on Sunday mornings.

Favorite Food:
ANYTHING (edible or not)

Favorite Walk:
Where he can hear Falcore's bell.

Best Tricks:
Sleeping and loving attention and pets

Arrival Story:
My neice got Duke as a 2 month old puppy, from a breeder friend of hers. Three years later, she was going through a divorce and had to move in with her mother, (my sister). My sister already had a small American Eskimo that really disliked any other animals. My neice decided to ask other family members for help in placing Duke! My husband, who absolutely LOVES large dog breeds, agreed to "dog sit" for Duke, until she was able to resolve her living arrangements. After 2 years, and several moves, she moved out of state and remarried someone in the Service. Since she was never sure where they would be sent, she asked us to adopt Duke permenently (like we could have ever given him up). He is the most loving of dogs, and has always been tolerant of the granddaughters, even when they would use him for a pillow. We could never have found a more mellow fellow.

Now that Duke is older, he has a bad time with arthritis in his back legs. That's how he got the nick-name "Pooper Dooper". He can't always make it out the door in time. He also has cateracts in both eyes, and is vertually blind. All in all though, he loves life and his puppy brother, Falcore, and his sister kitties, Natasha and Tinkerbelle. His brother wares a bell on his collar, so Duke can find him in the yard, and that is how Duke finds his way in and out of the house. Without his brother Falcore's help, Duke wouldn't be able to find the door to get back into the house!! They often sleep on the same dog bed, especially in the winter months, when the floors are a little bit colder, and Duke's arthritis is bothering him.

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October 1st 2007 More than 9 years!

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Crossed the Bridge

August 10th 2008 2:12 pm
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Well, I gave it my all! Last weekend (Sat. Aug 2nd at 3:30 p.m. central time) my Mum and Dad gave the biggest gift of the heart, they let me cross the bridge to a pain free life! After about 10 days on the prednizone, the growth in my sinus got so big, the nose bleeds started back up again. It seems that it was something called cancer. It was making it impossible to smell, and without my eyesight, my nose was how I got around and was able to tell who was near me! I even started growling and snapping at my best friend and bro "Falcore". All I wanted, was to be left alone. Without the meds for my arthritis, I was unable to hold my bladder or bowels, and I was getting a bloody nose at least 2 to 3 times a day! You all wouldn't believe how scared I was! It made me very nervous to go up and down stairs, and go outside when I couldn't see or smell anything!
Dr. Nancy was so kind and gentle! She got down on the floor with Mum, Dad and me at the office and when I was ready, and got tired of sitting up and lay down, she laid down with me and gave me the shot that put me to sleep and then I saw the bridge, and just floated right across! It was such a peaceful passing, Mum and Dad knew right away, that it was just what I wanted.
I know that the family misses me an awful lot! Mum couldn't even sit at the computer, till today, to let my friends on Dogster and Catster know about my trip to the bridge! Dr Nancy sent a symapthy card to my family, that she added a personal note to, she wrote..."When your heart is weighted down with sorrow, may memories give it wings. My sympathy goes out to you on your loss. I know first hand, how hard it is to say good-bye to a friend. Dr Nancy" . It was the first time that a family vet had ever done anything like that before. It was like she had known me forever, even though we had only recently met. I really liked her from the start, I told Mum she was the best vet ever, and now I know that I was right!
Thank you all for your friendship! See you at the bridge!
Tail Wags and Licks,


Nose bleeds!

July 16th 2008 6:38 pm
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Well, I saw Dr. Nancy today. She checked my eyes again, not much change there, just a little bit worse, nothing to worry about. The nose bleeds, she thinks, might be from a growth in my sinuses or in my nose. She told Mom that I sounded kind of congested, but no sign of infection. She gave Mom some new pills called prednizone to help with the swelling. She said that I should feel better in about a week. If the bloody noses don't stop within 5 days, she wants Mom to call her right away! After we get the nose thing out of the way, she will start to treat my arthritis again. Until Monday, it's just wait and see! Wish me lots of luck and tail wags!

See ya later,
The Duke


Back to the Vet!

July 15th 2008 9:37 pm
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Well, it started again! The pooping in the house! Dr. Nancy told Mom over the phone that I may need my meds increased. The only problem is, I've been sneezeing alot and get a bloody nose almost every time it happens! It's been a real mess and a little bit scarey too! Dr. Nancy wants to see me at 9:30 this morning to check and make sure that the bloody noses are not from the stroke or the meds that I'm on. Say a little prayer that all's okay, and that they can give me a larger dose of the anti-inflamitory for my arthritis! I'll let you all know what Dr. Nancy says tomorrow evening!

Love to All!
The Dukester

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