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July 23rd 2003
Marco Dog Park, "Road Trips", My personal Guard Tower by the front window, Boy dogs
Groomers, Vet visits, Large crowds, and people who DARE to walk past her house! Also squirrels and cats who won't wait for her to catch up w/them!
Me....she has me pretty well trained!
Merrick BG (so my Mom thinks..would prefer human food,so look pathetic w/ Bambi eyes, hoping to get a bite....)Also Pupperoni (it's like Doggie Crack, I tell you!)
Down to the woods below us--has a stream to jump in, and lots of squirrels and birds to hunt!
Flirting w/ boy dogs, ignoring my commands to "Come!", and will "Beg Nice" for treats.
I always say Dahlia was the result of a few glasses of wine! Found her at a local craft show, where her foster folks had a photo of her. She shook all the way home, and I wondered "What did I get myself into??" The first morning I was delighted to see a happy face and wagging tail greeting me, wanting to go outside. That sealed the deal, knowing she had the potential to be happy! Some one threw away a great dog--she wasn't destructive, has a cast-iron bladder, and is pretty happy. Dahlia is a wonderful companion, and because of her, we have made many new friends in the dog community.
"The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog. . . .He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer; he will lick the wounds and sores that come in encounter with the roughness of the world. . . .When all other friends desert, he remains." - George G Vest
Gone, But Not Forgotten.
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"In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semi human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog." ~Edward Hoagland
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October 7th 2011 7:23 pm
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Dahlia has had a rough few weeks, healthwise. She hurt her back two weeks ago, her seizures were returning, and she began having problems with her remaining eye. Today, the remaining eye blew out (glaucoma) and she gave me "The Look".
I opened the blinds, put her on her favorite recliner with her blanket, and called the vet. This morning, I held her in my arms, comforted her, told her how much I've loved her being in my life, and let her pass over to the other side.
As so many of you know, this is one of the hardest tasks of dog ownership, the price of admission for having them share your life. I'm a better person for having owned her or, actually, being owned by her. :)
We've had many adventures together, many tribulations, and had the honor of making so many wonderful dog loving friends. Tonight will be a long evening to endure, but her best bud is spending the night here, as my therapy dog. Do me a favor and hug your puppers tight for me tonight, as I can't hug mine.
Thanks to everyone for the kind words of consolation, gifts, and a special thanks to the ones who talked me through this hard time. She's buried where a good dog should be-In my heart.
Thanks to Dogster Shane for this lovely poem tribute:
"On faerie wings our Diva flies
through cotton clouds and azure skies
her eyes are bright, her body strong
she dips and soars to heaven's song
a spirit this strong will never die"
September 26th 2011 5:54 pm
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Her Nibs is kind of laid out these days. Friday I came home to a limping, crying dog who couldn't move around very well. At the vet's office, they said she had a stiff neck, poor rear end awareness, and pain in her back. Their best guess is a pinched nerve or a slipped disc or both. Only an MRI can tell, but not always. If it is this, she would require surgery with 4-6 months recovery time. For a dog that is 8-10 years old, it's not a good option.
She is on Tramadol and is on restricted activity. Yesterday morning, our little world was collapsing, as I was afraid I would have to put her down this week. But you can't keep a Good Diva down. She seems better, albeit still stiff & sore, and I attribute that to better pain management, ala More drugs.
How this happened is a mystery. It may be from her leaping off the couch, but who knows? She has always been cursed with a long back and stubby legs, but believes herself to be ten foot tall and bulletproof. The living room looks like a Gulag-the furniture is blocked off, to prevent her from jumping on (and off) it, and I keep the drapes & blinds closed when I'm gone to keep her from getting too excited about the outside world.
Yeah, that works really well......She still goes out & gives the neighbors H3ll for existing in her universe, which is a good sign. She's also a real stinker about taking her drugs today, another good sign. Hopefully, she's decided she needs to hang out a while longer, to keep me on my toes. Little Dog, I'll become a ballerina if you consent to do that!
I love all our dog friends who support us and let me rant like a maniac when afraid. As we all know, Dog People are the best!
July 28th 2011 6:16 pm
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May I put out a public protest over humans who don't think their dogs should have a little "junk in the trunk"? The human has decided that my time being laid up made me a bit, harumph, chubby. Kibble has been cut in half and supplemented with green beans to fill me up. I'd turn my nose up, but they ARE cooked in broth........
Meanwhile, she has the audacity to eat meat and cheese in front of me! Call your Senators, Congressmen, The Prez....whoever you can think of, and ask them to intervene on my behalf! This must qualify as animal cruelty, I'm sure of it!
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