Stormy ***RIP***

Labrador Retriever
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Sun Sign:
February 2nd 1996

Arrival Story:
I adopted Stormy when he was 5 from his breeder, who had to 'downsize' his 8 Labrador kennel. From the start he was a 'perfect dog' - the temperament everyone expects a Lab to have, handsome, incredible correct Labrador coat - this dog was really the Perfect Storm. Long story short, I got divorced, was forced to move twice in a year, the last time having to give up Stormy and my other Lab, Gracie. She was placed in a wonderful family home and is still happy there, for which I will be forever grateful. Stormy, then almost 10, stayed with my very good friends for 4 months. Last year just before Thanksgiving I was able to bring him 'home again'. You all understand (because you're HERE!) what our dogs mean to us, so I won't go in to that. This past August Stormy was euthanized. I work at a veterinary hospital, so understand that he was always up-to-date and healthy. We'd just done base-line bloodwork and x-rays in July because of his age - all had come back very healthy for a dog his age. And he WAS an 'older 11'. He was happy and content, good appetite, sort of active - what's to be expected for his age. Anyway, I came home one day and the poor dog had crashed and crashed hard. My middle son and I carried him into the truck, flew back to the hospital, and once there had more bloodwork and x-rays done. Nothing showed up - except the physical appearance of his blood was thick and murky. My old friend was obviously dying, something internal and vital had just quit. Nothing was showing on x-ray though. He wasn't even moving - just his eyes - his feet were getting cold, gums paler and other decision could be made. I am happy we can choose this for our animals, happy that we can prevent futile efforts to hold on to life that is going to be without quality. It was the hardest - but one of the kindest - thing I've done. Stormy was such a wonderful dog. Like all the ones that have gone before him, he's kept me open to having another deserving dog. This time we adopted a rescue LabX who was very close to walking the 'Green Mile' because of how long he'd been in the southern shelter.

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"The Perfect Storm..."

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how much harder is 2 (compared to just 1)?

I've Been On Dogster Since:
October 15th 2007 More than 9 years!

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From The Far Side

My New Wings!

November 26th 2007 7:10 am
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I am SO EXCITED about my new wings! I can do everything now, fly around and keep up with all of my friends here at the Rainbow Bridge, zip down quietly and check in on my human family and ChiliBob, even sometimes go rest in the horses' field in the tall grasses where only they can see me. It's fun. Griffin and Vinny and I have become fast friends (they were my Mom's Before Me), and all the girls are great, too, but we guys run and fly around a lot.
ANYway, I also wanted to note here that I am so proud of my Mom's ChiliBob. He completed his Basic Manners dog class yesterday and got a diploma and everything. The teacher wanted to make the last class kind of like a party, so everyone was shown how to do "tricks". She explained that it wasn't 'frivolous stuff', but actually an especially good way to have your dog come across as friendly (to people who are skeptical or afraid). AND she made a good point that lots of people are afraid of "big", "energetic", "dark colored dogs", and those with physical traits of the more-guardian-type breeds. WE know that we're friendly...but people are funny and sometimes have preconceived ideas...if we can do a 'friendly/funny trick' then that puts them at ease and shows we have a sense of fun. Good thought.
So she was teaching the usual "shake" (ChiliBob knew that), "hi-5" (ChBob knew that), "wave" (ChBob caught on REAL fast on that). She did the intro to "roll over" (ChBob almost has that down), and ChiliBob showed her that he can also do "crawl"! She then taught them to "spin" and he is learning that. There is also something else very funny that he does, but I'll let him write about it. I was laughing a lot when I looked down and saw him doing it, though....and I was a little envious because I was not that daring in real life.
I wish I had been able to take classes...but when my Mom got me (I was almost 5yrs.) I was already very nice and mellow and didn't create any problems - I fit in real well. I miss everyone, but I'm glad I have my wings so I can zooom around faster.



November 2nd 2007 7:11 pm
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I can't believe how many bones I've been given!! I also met a bunch of other dogs (now on the Other Side) in one of the forums and they keep inviting me and all of my Mom's dogs she had before me to dinner and breakfast and everything. I'm also really happy that ChiliBob is liking his new forever home with my Mom AND he is doing really well with his dog classes and everything.


I Am Watching ChiliBob...

October 28th 2007 2:32 pm
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...And he went to Training Class today and was really good. I was very proud of him. I know that he wrote about it in his diary, but I still wanted to say something here.
I never got to go to anything like that, but I did used to go in the show ring and it's a little different. But I was good at it and learned very quickly to stand square and still and wag my tail and look at my handler really nicely. That is why I had a hard time learning how to "Sit"...'cause I was SUPPOSE TO BE STANDING. No matter, I was always a very calm dog and not a problem. ChiliBob is a little more jackedup than I ever was, but he is very smart and quick and can already do lots of things I just didn't. Like jump up 3-4 feet onto a stone wall and walk across it - I couldn't do that! I couldn't even get into the truck without a ramp - and even then my Mom had to help me up it.
But that is okay 'cause ChiliBob isn't ME, he is ChiliBob.

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