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Age: 8 Years   Sex: Male   Weight: 1-10 lbs

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Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

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Quick Bio:

February 22nd 2008

CHEWING, running, playing, sitting in mommy's lap

loud noises

Favorite Toy:
marrow bone

Favorite Food:
CHICKEN, Chicken and MORE Chicken

Favorite Walk:
he just likes playing on the deck - he also likes terrorizing the cats

Best Tricks:

Arrival Story:
We found Checkers onlin in late March 2008 - we fell in love

I was born on February 22, 2008 in Kodak,TN. I don't really know a lot about my doggie parents...but mommy said that when she and daddy went to get me I was in a bedroom that had been set up for the puppies. I was in a little baby bed and I was very clean and friendly. So, we live with the thought that I had cared for doggie parents cause we don't like to think differently. Mommy and Daddy brought me home in early April It was love at first site all around. I was a very good puppy from day one. I never whined or cried. For the first few nights I slept in my crate but then mommy bought me a snuggie and I've been there ever since and I love it. I was always pretty good about using the potty pads but not so good at going outside. When I got outside I was just having too much fun to go potty. And, there were CATS - oh I just love to play with those cats and I can't potty while I'm playing with cats. If you'd like to know more about me - you can go to my webpage and learn all you want

Forums Motto:
i may be small but I'm definitely in cha

The Last Forum I Posted In:
I'm really stinky!

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Liver Shunt Info

How Liver Shunt Happens

Hepatic encephalopathy

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What Is A Liver Shunt? A liver shunt is a blood vessel that carries blood around the liver instead of through it. In some animals a liver shunt is a birth defect ("congenital portosystemic shunt). In others, multiple small shunts ("acquired portosystemic shunts") form because of severe liver disease such as cirrhosis. click on the link above for more info

How Does Liver Shunt Happen? This much-discussed disorder is most commonly the result of improper fetal development of the circulatory system. To thoroughly understand liver shunts, it is important to have an understanding of the development of blood vessels in the fetus. The fetus, through the placenta, umbilical vein and artery, is connected to the mother's circulatory system (bloodstream). click on the link above for more info

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Designer Dog Rant

March 24th 2009 1:58 pm
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Well – it’s apparently been a stressful day for mom here. She went in to Knoxville this morning on business but somewhere along the way she got off track with someone about “designer dogs”…so when she got home we had to sit down and have a talk. You see my mom agrees with President Obama - “a lot of dogs are mutts like me”

Now, I know, I know I’m a Peek-A-Poo and we’ve been around since the 50’s – but we have no illusions about exactly what I am. Of course we think the AKC should recognize us as a breed because, like I said, we’ve been around for a VERY long time!!!! But, the bottom line is I am a mutt, I always will be a mutt - but I’m a loveable mutt and my mommy and daddy love me just the same as if I had those fancy papers!

The truth of the matter is that probably 80% of the dogs bought from breeders are kept as pets. Sure, there are some that are working dogs, show dogs, etc. but the VAST MAJORITY are kept in homes by families just like mine. Every dog my folks bought before me were dogs with “papers” - mommy said they were no better than me!

My mommy and daddy waited 8 years to get another dog after their beloved Springer Spaniel, Keats, crossed over the rainbow bridge. All they wanted was another pet – and they found me. When I got sick a few weeks ago they took me to the vet, paid for my intensive care and took me to the University of Tennessee Veterinary hospital to get me taken care of. The cost was over $2000 but they have not complained about the cost or blamed the lady who has my parents. They just contacted her to let her know what was wrong with me and that it might be congenital - my folks are very responsible about their pets [I’m neutered and the cats are all fixed too]

So today someone told mommy that she shouldn’t have gotten a “designer dog”. They chastised her for not getting a pound puppy. First of all, what business is it of theirs? Second of all, if mommy hadn’t gotten me I could have ended up in a shelter!!!

Truth is, mommy looked in shelters but they didn’t have any little dogs that didn’t shed…but whatever the reason mommy got me and it’s nobody’s business. We’re all for people going to shelters. Mommy writes a pretty big check with four figures on it every year to our local shelter – so we think we’re doing our part for shelter dogs. We also donate all the food I refuse to eat to the shelter and toys I don’t like. So get off our case!!!!!

I don’t know why people have to bash people who want designer dogs!

Hey’ we’re not thrilled with breeders, designers or pure bred, who charge exhorbitant amounts of money for dogs that are going to be family pets. Designer breeders are in the business of making money! DUH! Purebred Breeders are in the business of making money! As long as there is a market out there of people who are willing to pay $2000 and more for a dog these people will keep the prices up. If the people stop paying those prices then the prices will drop!!

Breeders say they genetically test their dogs! Give me a break! If that were the case then why are so many small dogs suffering from Liver Shunt! Sure some do the testing but I bet that percentage is below 15% of breeders. But hey - were YOUR parents tested genetically before they decided to have you??? I don’t think so!
Bottom line is we’re all dogs - pure bred, designer or just plain ‘ole mutt! Just like humans are all humans whether they are white, black, brown or pink!

And most importantly – my mommy and daddy love me and I love them!!!!!!!!



March 6th 2009 9:54 am
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Well, I went to see Dr. Watson - we're all so happy that I seem to be doing better. Everyone thinks I must have just eaten something bad that mommy missed! Mommy better keep better tabs on me - hehehehe - No seriously, momm watches me like a hawk, so it was probably that I just overdid the chews!

Anyway - I'm back on my regular food and off that low protein stuff. I got CHICKEN this morning. And, I don't have to take anymore of those yuky pills every morning, nor do I have to take that luctulose that makes me go poop.

It's a GREAT day in Oak Ridge!



March 6th 2009 4:29 am
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Hi - I'm Checkers and I'm a Peek-A-Poo - I have my own website which you can go to at

I hope to find some doggie friends here.

I've been kind of sick for a few weeks. At first they thought I had a liver shunt - that doesn't seem to be the case - I spent all day at the University of Tennessee yesterday - and they can't figure it out! I'm a complicated little dog. BUT - I'm awfully cute!

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