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Saying Goodbye: Memorials & Support > Give Sabi a kiss for me
Sabi

When the night- closes in I will- be there
 
 
Barked: Sun Jun 19, '16 2:58pm PST 
Flickahug

It's been to long.

Buds been a good dog, a loyal dog. He gets sick every couple of days now, I spend far to much time cleaning him and his crate, he has no idea where he is most days, is nearly blind and mostly deaf. I decided yesterday that it was time to call the game. I am actually pretty cool with this, they belong together. They always did.
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Saying Goodbye: Memorials & Support > Give Sabi a kiss for me
Sabi

When the night- closes in I will- be there
 
 
Barked: Sun Jun 19, '16 9:17am PST 
We've all been herecry

I am strangely at peace with this. Not because I don't love him, but because he never really recovered from losing Sabi. She was his world and sending him to her makes me feel not happy but kind of? if that makes sense.
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Saying Goodbye: Memorials & Support > Give Sabi a kiss for me

Sabi

When the night- closes in I will- be there
 
 
Barked: Sun Jun 19, '16 7:49am PST 
I am taking Bud in to be PTS on Tuesday morning. Over the last few months he has declined badly and at this time I feel it's time.

You came to me a scared, nasty, hurt teenager and became my rock. In 13 years you have never changed, never stopped being the steady protector. In our years together you have bitten me, a few times, peed on everything I own and spread your drool everywhere. I always swore you would have been happier in a junkyard, without me wiping you down and cleaning up your garbage. Thirteen years of deceased stuffies, destroyed soccer balls, hurtling fences and busting gates.
You have stood strong and steady in my defense and followed me to hell and back. You have never been a good pet, but you have always been a good dog.
When I send you on your journey, know that you go with my love, and when you get there give Sabi a kiss for me.
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What I Love About Dogster > the truth, and what I think should happen

Sabi

When the night- closes in I will- be there
 
 
Barked: Thu Dec 17, '15 1:30am PST 
Yoshi, I don't come here much anymore because they threatened to shut the site down. I personally don't care who owns it, who runs it or who's on it.
I made friends here that I will always treasure, but the thought that I may have risked all my memories of Sabi was enough for me. I learned my lesson. A lot of the information and pictures were only saved on here and that was my mistake. This is, after all a free site.
However, an opinion is never a fact, your truth is not mine, not THE truth.
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Other Barks & Woofs > SPAM, Poop, & Morlocks

Sabi

When the night- closes in I will- be there
 
 
Barked: Mon Jul 13, '15 12:27am PST 
secret FB groups are fun.

Hi Flickawave

Jewel if we keep telling people it won't be a secretshh
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Service & Therapy Dogs > Some confusion over rights of ESA vs SD
Sabi

When the night- closes in I will- be there
 
 
Barked: Mon Jul 13, '15 12:17am PST 
My doctor has recently determined that Shadow serves as an ESA, and I wouldn't take her anywhere. She's crazy. But....
She keeps my blood pressure in check, helps prevent or lessen panic attacks and holds depression at bay.
From a doctors standpoint she is vital to my well being.

I don't need her with me all the time, that's overkill. I just need her to be there waiting.
I don't know the legalities, but to my mind if you need your animal with you all the time you should probably be looking at an SD not an ESA.
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Other Barks & Woofs > SPAM, Poop, & Morlocks

Sabi

When the night- closes in I will- be there
 
 
Barked: Fri Jul 3, '15 1:57am PST 
Pamhughug

Lucas' stardust, Sabi's star, more alike then we know.
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Behavior & Training > Help.. My dog attacks unneutered male dogs.

Sabi

When the night- closes in I will- be there
 
 
Barked: Thu Jan 22, '15 11:09am PST 
Hi Charliewave

Yoshi, that is the point. What works for you, works for you.
Read the thread title, My dog attacks unneutered male dogs. It isn't the intact dogs that are the issue.
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Behavior & Training > Help.. My dog attacks unneutered male dogs.

Sabi

When the night- closes in I will- be there
 
 
Barked: Wed Jan 21, '15 12:59am PST 
1. Do altered dogs have gender identity issues to the same degree as humans? Would they know that something is missing? After all, when they're altered, everything is taken from inside. of them. All the external parts are still there. laugh out loud

Not so much the dogs themselves as other dogs trying to read them. However there is an extremely high instance of social aggression/poor behavior in altered dogs and some research points to the lack of hormones/hormone imbalances as a cause.

2. You said that altered females are at a greater risk of getting UTI's. If they're intact, wouldn't the risk of pyametra be even more deadly? Would intact males also be at a risk of getting testicular and prostate cancer?

Yes Pyo is a risk however if you talk to vets, read the stats, it isn't that common. The reason it takes center stage is because it is potentially deadly, largely because uneducated owners never act on the symptoms.

3. As for the aggression, I think I heard that intact dogs are more likely to become aggressive since there would be all kinds of wild testosterone and estrogen.

Total myth. While the odd male gets a bit nasty about being denied the ladies, far more take it with simple pouting. Unaltered females can get far worse. Bud used to try and muscle me a bit, Sabi would go in heat and actively bait and hunt males not to mate but to fight. Bummer for them.
Again far higher instance of aggression in altered dogs. See thread title.

4. What made you decide to leave your dogs intact? What would they be like if you'd altered them?

Bud was left intact initially as part of the agreement, then because there was hope of using him to salvage the line. At 8 years old, when that hope and his breeder died I simply saw no need. Unnecessary surgery and all. Boy bits are routinely checked for signs of any potential issue. If I had altered him, he may not have gotten as thick, and I have doubts he would still be clearing fences.
Although the plan is to spay Shadow it is because there is possibly an underlying issue with her repro organs. Since the surgery is serious and life-threatening for her, I admit to being hesitant. At 4 she is well done growing however the only potential changes I expect are that she will no longer be in heat 3 times a year. It is not a magic fix, it is not mystical training.
When I spayed Sabi the only difference I noted was that she stopped hunting males every six months and did it every day instead. It made not one bit of difference in her work ability or drive.
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Behavior & Training > Help.. My dog attacks unneutered male dogs.
Sabi

When the night- closes in I will- be there
 
 
Barked: Tue Jan 20, '15 9:25am PST 
Spaying/neutering before a dog is done growing can affect a dogs growth. Plates don't close properly, the dogs lose the masculine/feminine appearance. Many females display unwanted aggression after spaying. There is also a study that points to unsocial behavior and/or targeting by other dogs following speutering in young dogs, citing the fact that in nature social roles are defined largely by the sex of the animal. Removing the reproductive organs stops the production of estrogen/testosterone and causes in effect an identity crisis, with other animals trying to identify by smell. In females especially there is a higher instance of UTI's in spayed females, and in both sexes the longevity seems affected.
Purists will say that no one would recommend spaying/neutering of a human except in cases where there is a medical reason. I simple believe that since any surgery carries a risk there is no need to subject my pets to unnecessary surgery just because. Buddy has proven that he is manageable and social in all situations, I see no reason to change anything. Especially when the reason is that someone else has failed to train their dog.
To be fair, if a person has any doubts about their ability to prevent unwanted puppies, their dogs should be altered.
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