Bear


Norwegian Elkhound
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Home:Charlestown, MA  [I have a diary!]  
Age: 13 Years   Sex: Male   Weight: 51-100 lbs

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Nicknames:
Baby Bear, Pork Chop, Bearsley, Mr. B, Pooka, B Man, Fluffers, Elkie Man, Elkers, Elkie yaba yoo, Bear-a-pautamus, Bear-dog and Bear Maximus (when he's naughty)

Doggie Dynamics:
 Energy 
sleepyenergetic
 
 Intelligence 
sillygenius
 
 Friendliness 
aggressiveaffectionate
 
 Playfulness 
not playfulvery playful
 
 Disposition 
anxiouscalm
 

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Quick Bio:
-purebred

Birthday:
August 14th 2000

Likes:
Hanging out with people, shmoozing at the dog park, chewey treats and FOOD!

Pet-Peeves:
Gum chewing, thunder--he runs to the bathroom for cover. Cannons in the Navy Yard & slippery floors

Favorite Toy:
His "baby", a once-white stuffed bear with a santa hat, and his new stuffed rabbit toy

Favorite Food:
peanut butter and pretty much any human food. He also enjoys chewy treats

Favorite Walk:
Narragansett Beach

Best Tricks:
He responds to commands in Spanish

Arrival Story:
After seeing an Elkie in a pet store and falling in love, I did some research and found breeders in the Catskills of NY. Across from a llama farm in Sherburne, NY a family breeder had one pup left--I picked him up, he was the biggest baby of the bunch, and he kissed my nose (the first and last time he ever kissed me!). 2 weeks later, the beast was mine! We've been best buds since he was 8 weeks old and we go practically everywhere together. He's the best!

Bio:
Parents are Natasha & Darren, two beautiful Elkies. Bear was in a litter of 8 or so...I'd love to find his siblings if they are on here!

Forums Motto:
Sir Prance-a-lot

The Groups I'm In:
"Black-and-tan Dogz of the world", Norwegian Elkhounds, Rhode Island Salty Paws, The Norwegian Elkhounds and Admirers Group

I've Been On Dogster Since:
October 5th 2008 More than 5 years!

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Dogster Id:
893084


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Getting older...

March 29th 2011 8:23 pm
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Bear had his vet appointment last week and the arthritis in his hips/legs has gotten worse. His back leg shakes from muscle loss and we're trying Adequan.

He also has a thyroid issue which could explain the excess weight even though we've been on the green bean diet for awhile! So a med for that. Fish oil capsules still standard and we're gonna try a new food.

Other than the leg shaking he doesn't look like a 10 year old elkie. Well, the graying snout may give it away a bit, but we're doing all we can to keep him healthy, happy and comfy in his golden years.

Other elkie owners--have you had arthritis or thyroid issues as they age.

Bear is my best friend, my dog son and I will do everything to make him live to 20!

But as my 1st dog, since he was 8 weeks old and I was 20 years old, we've been best pals, lived all over the place, driven cross country, gone to grad school and even gone to work together. It's hard watching them grow up, knowing they won't be with you forever...

but he's a happy pooch. I'm a happy dog-momma. Elkies are a special breed...quirky and unique. A vacuum's dream.

so here's to many more years with my fur ball...may we conquer more states, a new job and sweet Elkie friends along the way.

 
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