Dixie and our angels

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Picture of Dixie and our angels, a female German Shepherd

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Home:Allegany, NY  [I have a diary!]  
Sex: Female   Weight: 51-100 lbs


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Dixie and Bubba

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I loved swimming after sticks

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"I loved swimming after sticks"

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Dixie -dog, Dixie -girl, Dixie-Pixie, Dixie-da

Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

Quick Bio:
-purebred-dog rescue

November 4th 1995

Dixie loved playing ball, playing with Zeus, Foxy her "mom", swimming, diving for sticks

umbrellas, loud noises

Favorite Toy:
her kong

Favorite Food:

Favorite Walk:
anywhere with us

Best Tricks:
diving into a pond for sticks

Arrival Story:
We got Dixie from a co-worker of my husbands. She was 6 months old. The co-worker got her because Dixie's owner owed them money he didn't have, so they accepted her as payment. They didn't want another dog, so they looked for a home for her. When we went to go see her she was tied to a post in a barn stall. She was a terrified, skinny little puppy. Of course I wanted her. She threw up the whole way home she was so scared. Once we got her home and she met our 8 year old shepard mix, Foxy, she settled down quickly. Foxy has always been the best mom to any animal I have ever brought home, and Dixie took to Foxy like she was her mother. They bonded very quickly. We soon found out that Dixie had a lot of baggage. We found out they previous owner said he couldn't "use" her because she was "too sensitive". He said maybe he "trained her too hard". Kicked the crap out of her on a regular basis was probably more like it. She was afraid of everything, and would flinch whenever we would pick anything up. ANYTHING. We figured he must have beat her with a broom, umbrella, etc. And maybe tried to drown while using a hose. It took some time, but she did learn to trust us. What a great honor. She learned how to run, climb the stairs, bark and play. She adored playing with balls. She excelled at obedience class and won "most improved" dog. When we first started going, she would hide behind the chairs in the room. Not at the end. She was great on and off a leash. She loved retrieving sticks we would throw into a nearby pond. And she loved kittens and cats. When we would walk her, sometimes she would reach up and gently grab my wrist and hold it in her mouth. For the longest time I tried to figure out what she was trying to tell me, but I couldn't. One day when she did this, I hugged her out of frustration. Then she let go. After that, whenever she would grab my wrist, I'd stop and give her a hug, and she'd let go. She wanted assurance, a simple hug. No problem! Dixie started losing weight the summer of 2004. The vet couldn't find a reason. Then she stopped eating all together. I cooked for her. What she did eat, wouldn't stay down. Her liver enzymes were slighty elevated, but nothing else. Still no answers and she is getting worse. Then she didn't want to go for walks or play ball. One morning her back legs were swollen and couldn't stand. We took her to a specialist in Buffalo, but still no answers. She was wasting away before my eyes. I probably waited too long before making that awful decision. But I didn't even know what was wrong with her and no vet knew what to do. Not wanting her to suffer, I let her go. She died with her head in my lap August 31, 2004. I still wonder if I did the right thing. She trusted me and I think I let her down.

Foxy and Keta were the first two dogs we got after we were married. We got both of them from the SPCA. Foxy was just about totally emaciated. She was in a kennel with all her littermates who would not let her eat and would bully her away from the dish. Keta was three years old. Beautiful, old yeller type dog. He would not stop barking at me whenever I went to look at dogs. I asked my husband which one we should get. He said "Let's get both". Wow---two dogs. They put them in a kennel together till we could bring them home later that week. Foxy never missed a meal after we brought her home. She live to be almost 15, until arthritis made it impossible for her to walk. Keta died at six, from a very aggressive brain cancer. We only had him three years. After Keta passed, we got Brandy next because we didn't want Foxy to be alone and we liked having two dogs. She was a shepherd husky mix. Her mom was a beautiful, white, blue-eyed husky. Brandy must have looked like her dad, but got her mom's personality---she was all husky! The day I brought her home from being spayed, she wormed herself out of my arms and went straight for a near by pond and went swimming. I guess to make herself smell better. Always happy, always playful, always smiling. She loved to chase rabbits, and that is how she died at the age of 4. Getting away, chasing a bunny, and being hit by a car. It wasn't her fault, it was mine. And I will never forgive myself for it. After Brandy came Dixie. Foxy and Dixie were like mother and daughter. They were always together. They cuddled all the time. Foxy helped Dixie come out of her shell and taught her to play. When Foxy started to have arthritis, and couldn't play, we decided to get another dog so Dixie would have a playmate. Enter Zeus. What an entrance that was! I decided that after having Zeus as a puppy, that I was to old for any more puppies. From now on, we will be a "retirement home" for older dogs. Dixie went to the bridge, 4 short years after Foxy, at the age of nine. We then got three year old Nikki. And now you know the rest of the story!

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You sheltered me from harm, kept me warm, kept me warm
You gave my life to me, set me free, set me free
The finest years I ever knew, were all the years I had with you

I would give anything I own, give up my life, my heart, my home
I would give anything I own, just to have you back again

You taught me how to laugh, what it solved, what it solved
You never said too much, but still you showed the way
And I knew from watching you
Nobody else could ever know, the part of me that can't let go

I would give anything I own, give up my life, my heart, my home
I would give anything I own, just to have you back again

Is there someone you know, you're loving them so
But taking them all for granted
You may lose them one day, someone takes them away
And they don't hear the words you long to say

I would give anything I own, give up my life, my heart, my home
I would give anything I own, just to have you back again

Just to touch you once again

song by Bread

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