Sex: Female Weight: 26-50 lbs
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October 10th 2007
sitting on mom's lap
someone looking at mom :O)
her pinkie or a yogurt cup
yogurt (we never feed dogs human food but yogurt is good for digestion and she deserves it)
a run in a field by the pnd
sprinting to her pen when we pick up a food dish anywhere in the house (she eats in her pen)
We had a date set to go and get a pick of the white male pick of the litter (guy with deposit backed out) but the day of, after we got our supplies, he called and said his wife wanted to keep him, so we went to dennys for breakfast and got a paper. We looked through the ads and found one that said nothing of white shepherds and when we called they ended up being about a mile from our house! On top of that she only had one left and it was white so it definately seemed like fate. We know we were meant to own her but unfortunately it was to take care of her through illness as best we could.
Panzer has never been healthy. she has been on some sort of medication non-stop since her first vet appointment. She first had a common skin infection, but then vaginitis, then urinary tract infections, from there to bladder, then kidneys. The main problems were urinating in her sleep and dribbling urine on top of drinking to much water and barely being able to get anything to come out when she would actually try to pee. We switched vet.'s because we were getting no where and the first appointment the doctor did a sterile urine test, skin scrape (she also was chewing till she whimpered and bit her fur out). After the cultures came back of the bacteria and the skin scrape analyzed we discovered she had mange and a severe e. coli infection. We treated both and neither got better. we treated both again and nothing really got better.
Finally we had to send rocko away to his grandparents for two weeks while we disinfected the entire house in case he was a carrier of the mites causing the mange. This also didnt work although the e. coli gradually got better. Finally he fur was growing back after some prescription food and a couple more treatments with revolution but she was still biting and began peeing in her sleep again.
As of right now she is on two different antibiotics because although the e. coli went away and her kidney functions were just barely getting better, a new bacteria had made a home in her bladder. This is the last chance unfortunately, if these dont work then we can do no more because it means it is a biological abnormality.]
The most likely problem is her bladder has a hole around which a sack formed outside of it. Obviously this has all been extremely pricey and unfortunately we cannot afford the necessary surgery if it came to that.
Another problem is that one of the antibiotics will most likely fuse her growth plates and possibly weaken some joints because she is so young. If the next culture comes back clear then she is just very very sensitive to infections and we can concentrate on the mites again and hopefully fix the scratching.
Unfortunately, on the follow up visit the vet couldnt get any urine from panzer's bladder. we made an appt. to have an ultra-sound done but as soon as panzer finished the anti-biotics she got worse.
Within a few days she had a huge wound across most of her leg that that got so bad we couldn't touch it and it bled. she had scrapes above her eye, and her lips were so red and raw it looked like she had lipstick on. She started having trouble sleeping cuz she couldnt stop itching and she stopped eating all her food (It was even Rocko's brand!).
This all happened within three or so days (she )was getting worse fast), and since we knew we couldn't treat the itching and biting until after getting the her urinating was under control, We had a decision to make.
So after seven months of pills, mange medicines, special baths, prescription food, home-made food, muzzles, booties, bandages, stained carpet, ripped up and tossed carpet :O), plastic sheets, apple cider vinegar, yogurt, fishy oil, creams, ointments, yellow furs, pokes, prods, tests, she has been one brave little girl and her body will be buried near our pond. Her warm, loving, soul will be causing a ruckus and having great fun with all the other pets that have gone before.
Panzer, we love you.
-Dad and Mom-
Rocko, Forrest, Petunia
p.s.- Panzer even though you barked at us we still
wanted to thank you for making sure we knew
you were there to keep us safe and in line if
we got out.
-Lambchop, Beezle, Baby-
p.s.s. The Colonel didnt really know you but he loves
one tough puppy
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December 23rd 2009 12:30 pm
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I'm not quite sure why I am writing a new entry after all this time, but i have had my pretty girl in my thoughts alot lately. I always knew that my wife and I started fostering white shepherds because of Panzer but last weekend we were watching an episode of the dog whisperer and cesar said something that i can't get out of my mind.
'You may not always get the dog you want but you always get the one you need'
This hit home in because it is extremely obvious (too me anyway) that although i still don't think its fair what happened to Panzer, I can now look at all the dogs in my family and realize how much of an impact Panzer had on their lives.
Rory was rescued a just in time to avoid being put down and is now playing in the snow up north.
Rysen was rescued on the day she was scheduled to be put down and is now slowly, with the help of Rocko, learning that humans are not all monsters.
Peyton was given a place to be comfortable and safe for the first time in his life, no matter how long it lasted.
Abbey learned to eat again, and is now able to live in comfort (and go for lots of car rides) since her skin conditions are under control
Kylie, well, Kylie is just living it up all around able to be her puppyish self.
Dakota, my dear lovable Dakota, she was the second foster and we got to see her go from breaking crates and cowering from us with heartworms and with no weight on her, to a dog that i still consider 'the one that got better' she was in bad shape, the vet visits and medicine and other trying times were very hard because they brought back horrible memories and feelings i had tried to forget. It's dumb but to this day, although we havent had to in awhile, i dont like taking urine or feces samples to vets because i did it too many times with Panzer and they always took just a little more hope away from me each time.
But Dakota got better! It was an amazing feeling and although i may not have the patience sometimes or the drive, my wife always has the drive, patience and the dedication that i can feed off of.
i will always love watching a dog get better.
I'm pretty sure ive lost my point, if i ever had one that is. Either way here is what ive come to realize.
Without Panzer we never would have learned so much about canine health and hundreds of ways to treat so many different ailments (by me i mean my wife although i like to think i know some :o)
Without Panzer we never would have fostered and it goes without out saying that some of the dogs we have brought into our home might never have made it to the families that love them so much right now.
Without Panzer we never would have gotten to meet Peyton whom through his problems led us to Jim, our trainer.
Without Panzer we would not have Sig or Jim to help us with Sig, and through that process we learned how to deal with behavioral problems of all kinds.
So although I would give anything to have her with us today, wearing her christmas bow instead of it adorning the top of our tree, I realize now that she was the dog we needed.
October 10th 2008 5:29 am
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Happy 1 st birthday our dear little girl! We love and miss you. Sig is fullfilling your legacy of being a holy terror=) We hope you are having fun with all the other rainbow babies. Keep watch over all our babies now here! Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear Panzer, Happy birthday to you!!
Love mom and dad
Dakota- our foster
July 10th 2008 7:48 am
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We have been keeping panzers breeder up to date on all the happenings and when we called to let her know we had to put her down we asked her to let us know when she would have her next litter available because we would want a pup from her. She was sooo understanding and said she would not allow us to buy a pup from her again, she said that she was waiting for one of her females to go into heat and we would be the first called and we would have pick of the litter for free!
That is waay to generous because it was not her fault at all that panzer had the problems she did, it was just freak circumstances not breeding problems at all. We argued but she made it quite clear that we would not be paying her any money.
We will still try to give her something but we absolutely love her and all her dogs and could never thank her enough for her compassion and generousity. Not all people are that nice and we are lucky to have found her.
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