Photo Comments Sex: Female Weight: 26-50 lbs
Leave a bone for Roxanne (In Loving Memory)
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Roxie, Puppy Girl, Sweet-n-Low
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Squeaky Toys, Chasing the cat, Car Rides
Remote control, other dogs
Bagel and Alligator Man
Mommie's home cooked meals when I got sick
In 2003, after having lost my pekingnese, Gizmo, to my parents following my divorce, I decided I wanted to get another dog. I missed having a fur baby in my life. I did extensive research and decided on a couple of breeds, PWC being at the top of the list.
I contacted some breeders with no luck, so I looked in the newspaper. There happened to be a little female listed in the paper by a lady in Pungo. I called the lady and asked if I could come out to meet her girl to see if this little dog liked me. The next day when I got there, the lady explained to me that a friend of her daughter's rescued Roxanne from a family that had her tied outside all the time and neglected her. Roxanne was the prettiest little dog I had ever seen and I could not imagine anyone ever neglecting this precious little dog. The lady and I talked for a while and after a few minutes Roxanne jumped up on the sofa next to me and just looked at me as if to say "Where have you been? I've been waiting for you. Is it time to go now?" All I had to say was "Wanna go for a ride?" and she was at the door. When we got home Roxanne just seem to fit in immediately. She never had any accidents and was so obedient. She had some behavior issues that seemed to stem from the neglect she had endured, but she was extremely sweet and very devoted right away. She became my faithful sidekick. She absolutely LOVED car rides and I called her my Navigator Alligator.
In the fall of 2005, she had her first seizure. At first I didn't know what had happened but after some research it seemed like an epileptic episode. She went all stiff, with her head back and made this awful vocalization, then she lost control of her bladder. The seizures were always the same and would last a minute or so then afterward she was very disoriented. I always stayed with her and made sure I was right there when she came out of it to comfort her and let her know she was OK. We went to the vet many times and for 5 long months we tried every treatment we knew to include anti-convulsant medications, valium, and even special home cooked meals, just to name a few. To look at her, she looked so normal. But in addition to the seizures, she had started exhibiting strange behavior and personality differences. She was pacing, panting, having accidents (something she NEVER did) and she didn't play with her toys anymore, something she LOVED.
I took her to Dr. Bob Porter in Western Branch, VA for a second opinion. He spent a great deal of time with us and explained the options available but admitted she was a very sick dog neurologically. He seemed to think that she had a lesion on her central nervous system. I was faced with the most excruciating decision of my life. On February 25, 2006, Roxanne went to the Rainbow Bridge. Losing my little sidekick left a HUGE hole in my heart. I miss her and think of her everyday. Last year, I had a special memory box made in her honor.
Please see my Memorial on the Best Friends Animal Society website for Angels Rest, March 2008. http://www.bestfriends.org/theanim als/angelsrestmemorials/0308/Roxan ne.HTML
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|May 28th 2008
||More than 8 years!
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