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Saying Goodbye: Memorials & Support > MJR's Eureka!!!
Reka

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Barked: Sat Feb 6, '16 5:11pm PST 
Reka left us on her terms today at 15 years 1 month and 6 days. Her mission in life was to make people laugh. She came as a babysitting puppy to brighten the day of an old ailing dog who just lost his housemate. She brought purpose back in his life and gave him the will to live when he had given up. He had to teach her to be a real dog, and everytime she did something he did not think was appropriate, he would sit on her. So many times, we would look out in the yard, and there was little Reka trying to squirm out from under Danny's butt.

She went to Obedience classes, and excelled. She was a show dog and won nearly everthing she entered, including veterans classes when she was older. I quit showing her for points when she was one point shy of finishing, because although she was gorgeous, and a flashy mover, she had a congenital fault the judges couldn't see. The judges did not know, and I had fun showing her, but felt with her congenital issue, she should never become a champion. Oh how she loved to show and strut her stuff.
My dogs do tricks and she was often at trick shows.

The boys did their performances seriously, impressing crowds. But Reka... Reka could do ANYTHING the boys could do... ONCE. After that, when you asked her again for a repeat performance, we got the Raspberry as she was the queen of Improv. You had no clue what she was going to do, but I always knew whatever it was, it was not going to be what I told her to do. But it was going to be hilarious. Then she would do Butt-Tuck-Zoomies and spins all over the stage in a high pitched yap, laughing every step of the way breaking the audience into laughter with her.

She was a master of studying people. She would sit there studying your face, and even if you weren't looking at her, you felt her presence. She knew if she sat quietly not moving long enough, you WOULD look at her. She was a dog of a million faces. She knew one of thoses faces was going to "get ya" ..So everytime you looked, she had a different mask. She kept changing faces until she found the one that made you react.

The face that always got me, was when she would chatter her teeth with spit, and blow spit bubbles.

She was the queen of bubbles. When she was a little puppy, we would go to the bathroom to investigate that odd noise. Reka had her head in the toilet blowing bubbles. It didn't have to be the toilet, the bathtub would do, or any mudpuddle in a pinch. She loved to go out in the rain and blow bubbles.

Reka liked baths, the only elkhound I ever had that did so. She also spent her life sleeping either under the bed, or in the bathtub. Her favorite place all day was the bathtub. Then at night, she would get up and crawl under the bed. We called her Reka Cave dog.

Reka also loved to swim, also the only Elkhound I ever had that actually loved swimming.

Reka was a great little tracking dog, when she WANTED to be. But just like her own obedience experience, she did it her way, with not always reliable results. She did track down and find a missing neighbor's horse once, but she was too unreliable to use for Search and Rescue like the boys.

Her independence never bothered me much, I found it refreshing, and always allowed Reka to be HER. One thing about Reka, she always made someone laugh. That was her talent. I never in my life had met a dog that could make people laugh constantly year after year like she could. She LOVED babies.

Reka thank you so much for 15 years of laughter. Laughter has value.
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Food & Nutrition > Blue Buffalo
Tuck

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Barked: Wed May 13, '15 12:45pm PST 
Blue Buffalo admits to deceiving consumers, lawsuit with Purina heats up

The issue is, they dont do food trials. They dont have nutritionists on board. Their formulation is their own, but they dont even package it themselves. The food trials are all done on YOUR pet, which has very inexact controls, (who knows what your pet got besides the food, or what they were exposed to?) and people are very poor reporters or have low awareness of what went wrong whbere, because nothing is uniformly controlled. I do not want my pets to be the product TESTER
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What I Love About Dogster > Dogster.com and Catster.com Merge into Rockster.com

Tuck

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Barked: Sun May 3, '15 11:53am PST 
Do we have to move? I like just being dogster. Does this mean we get to buy more picture space again?
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Food & Nutrition > Rekas14' th birthday

Reka

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Barked: Wed Dec 31, '14 7:21am PST 
Today Reka is 14. She woke up with a special deportment, as she knew this was her day. She waded through the sea of boys and stepped right up and demanded to be respected. She's not a pushy dog. It's as if she knows. She handed me my socks, so I would get up and feed her breakfast.

[wind back one year today] Dog licenses must be purchased before Jan 31 to avoid a fine. I knew Reka was not going to be here by that date, so when buying family dog licenses, I did not buy her one. . Her dementia was so advanced, she was mere days away from euthanasia. I was putting food in her mouth, because she had forgotten how to eat. She would get into a corner and scream because she was trapped and could not get out. It made you realize just how painful dementia truly is. My dad, with Alzheimer's would spend a half hour or so trying to walk through walls, continuing to try to crash through the barrier until gently led away. So my experience with dementia is, it's not species specific. I have seen the pain. It's real. Reka would go out in her fenced yard.. and have to be rescued because she got lost and could not get home. She was lost in her own house. I did not mind taking care of her, but the anxiety of her confusion caused immeasurable stress to her. This experience juxtaposed with my dad's experiences with alzheimers induced anxiety drove home that mental pain is just as real as physical pain.

I took Reka to the vet to have her euthanized, when the vet suggested a prescription food that he was having success with. He suggested I try this. I was a little miffed, because this dog was obviously a dog too far gone to be helped. But guilt set in, and thought, ok I'll give it a try.

Within 2 weeks on Science diet BD (Brain diet) Rekas clock turned back and showed definite improvement. Within 2 months, her clock turned back 1 1/2 years. I was no longer hand feeding her so she could eat. She was no longer getting lost in the yard.

Today is her birthday. 14. A benchmark. Because on this date a year ago, I made up my mind, it was time and would make her date with destiny at the vets after the holidays. On this date today, You would not know Reka had dementia. She wants to work. She picks up things of value and barters for biscuits. Watching her push through the crowd of boys so she could be recognized was out of character for her, and another sign of her mental health.

Yesterday I bought dog licenses. I bought Reka one too. Happy birthday Reka. Here's to another year. Thank you Science Diet. And thank you to al those dogs who live in labs doing feeding trials who helped make this all possible.
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Service & Therapy Dogs > Chaplin was just attacked by another dog need hugs support and recommendations

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Barked: Mon May 13, '13 8:04am PST 
I always carry pepper spray. It might also hit my dog, so when I'm prepared to use it on an attacking dog, I also am aware that my dog may be going to the vet as well. I try to use it before it's in range of my dog, but wind affects that. I'd rather be safe than sorry. It's prevented vet bills for my dog several times. As for the other dog, I feel it's the owners problem and penalty for allowing their dog out of control
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Rescue, Adoption & Happy Endings > Help - adopted shelter dog just sent me to hospital... Heartbroken.
Tuck

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Barked: Mon May 13, '13 4:56am PST 
I'm sorry. But a grumpy dog is a dead dog imo. Bite inhibition is a must. If it's not there, then that's it.

However, I ADORE my dogs. I wouldn't put them to sleep if they bit anyone. But I would take them into the vet and have all teeth removed and be committed to feeding them soft diets for the rest of their lives.
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Dogs & Travel > Pet Friendly 4x4 cars or trucks?

Tuck

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Barked: Mon May 13, '13 4:51am PST 
I covet the Ford Transit as a dog car. But it's not 4wd. No 4wd.. no Transit. I hope they fix that
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Choosing the Right Dog > Using the sperm of deceased dogs

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Barked: Mon May 13, '13 4:49am PST 
My dad was deceased when I was born. There is a 20 year spread between my birth and his birth
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Puppy Place > So.. Is he a GSD?

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Barked: Tue May 7, '13 5:59am PST 
Looks eskimo spitz/border collie'ish to me
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Choosing the Right Dog > Need Help From Experienced GSD Owners!
Tuck

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Barked: Sat Apr 27, '13 2:40pm PST 
IF a dog doesn;t have papers, and a dog does not have a history of health testing OFA certifications --also paper trailed--, it;s just a grade dog and not worthy of breeding. Why fill pounds with more puppies?
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