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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 > 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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Food & Nutrition > Blue Buffalo

Reka

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Barked: Wed Apr 24, '13 6:36am PST 
I had a friend who gave me a large bag of Blue Buffalo when her dog developed allergies and she needed to switch away from it. I inherited and Brand new bag and was happy for it, because I wanted to try it. I put two dogs on it, and kept two dogs on a control bag of their former diet.

The two dogs on the Blue Buffalo did well for a month. Suddenly they are both vomiting, while the dogs on the Royal Canin diet are doing fine.

I would begin to suspicion it might be this bag or lot, but this is the second bag. My vet says Blue Buffalo has many protein sources which may trigger allergens. The more protein sources a dog has exposure to, those with a predisposition to developing allergies will have a higher risk of doing so on the varied protein source. He says I have two small a test population to develop any sort of conclusion. But it's curious that 3 dogs on this have now developed allergies within use of two bags.

Is anyone else having issues with Blue Buffalo?
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Small Dogs > Anyone else have a Cavachon?

Reka

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Barked: Wed Feb 13, '13 10:18am PST 
I really hate to rain on your parade. But you aren't likely to find them. They are NOT a breed. They are a mixed breed. AKA mutt. Someone thought up a fancy name, and perhaps even gave faked papers in order to trade it for bucks.

Nothing wrong with mutts. But I'd rather see people adopting them from the pound, instead of exploiting them in puppy mills and creating suffering.
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Behavior & Training > 23 year old killed by dogs... Two Presa Canarios and a Pit involved.

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Barked: Sat Aug 18, '12 6:09am PST 
It's not the breed.
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Raw Food Diet > Coconut Oil
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Barked: Fri Sep 30, '11 9:26am PST 
In the spirit of raw diet feeding, I'm just curious where dogs would be obtaining coconut oil naturally in the wild
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Senior Dogs > are there dogster groups for senoir dogs...hmmm just wondering.

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Barked: Sat Jun 18, '11 4:36am PST 
This looks like a seniors group to me shrug
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Behavior & Training > Urban Coyotes (sorry long)

Reka

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Barked: Thu Jun 16, '11 1:28pm PST 
I agree with the previously stated comments. That said, I carry pepper spray when I'm working my dogs. Not because I'm afraid of coyotes so much, as I am loose dogs harassing my dogs when they are trying to work. People feeding their song birds, outside cats, and outside dogs provide ample buffets for urban coyotes. CATS are a favorite dinner of coyotes. The urban environment provides plenty of those. Small pets being missing from neighborhood yards that are often reported as missing or stolen are often simply meals for the opportunistic coyote. My sister caught her corgi puppy being toted off by a coyote frown

She never would have guessed that, had she not seen it. My neighbors turning out their black and tan coonhounds for a last hour out before bedtime lost them both to coyotes when they went out to get them. This was a pack of RURAL coyotes when the snows were deep and game was slim. Just to give you an idea of the power of a pack. You have nothing to fear with three large dogs against a single coyote though. It's too high risk with much easier pickings.

Too many irresponsible cat owners who believe cats should be free and allowed outside. Too many small dogs left unattended in back yards. (I had Reka picked up twice by owls when she was a puppy and I was with her at the time, therefore recovering her before she was seriously injured --coyotes are not the only predators of small dogs)
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Rescue, Adoption & Happy Endings > Foster Frustations...

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Barked: Wed Jun 15, '11 4:08am PST 
I know what you mean. I used to work in Rescue and got the long term fosters. The hard to place ones. All the stories that made you go awww but cost a lot of money to place. One day I found a puppy of my breed. A sweetheart. I was told to go pick up a senior with health issues. Yes the Senior had a home, but by the time I picked up the Senior, the puppy had been put to sleep.

I got tired of being full to the max of dogs that stayed for years. They were costly. I did not get to work with my own dogs. The major bills, rescue paid for, but the minor incidentals were all mine. I got so I couldn't afford it anymore. I'm done
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Raw Food Diet > obsessively eating grass
Reka

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Barked: Thu May 12, '11 7:34am PST 
RAW feeding is natural. Until you start adding vitamins, and enzymes, and all kinds of food additives for balance. Once you start doing that, how can you claim to be feeding RAW? What did the wolves ever do before powders and concoctions?

Fed raw myself for 20 years. Killed two dogs on it. You see people here all the time with nutritional imbalance complaints and dogs being treated for nutritionally caused issues. Perhaps they choose to ignore the fact that its dietary caused.

Veterinarians warn against RAW feeding. Nutritionists make big bucks either trying to correct problems associated with RAW Feeding and help them balance their diets, realizing a huge market here (making them not exactly impartial, after all, it's become a huge fad and their living)
Those who do warn against it, get grouped in the uneducated or conspiracy theory. Let's see.. Professionals who spend their lives treating nutrition issues that owners screwed up, and do food trials, and food studies being relegated to uneducated or tainted by conspiracy, how sad. The kitchen concoctionist carries more weight than professional lifetimes studying and treating owner screwups.. how odd.
No one tells anyone EXACTLY how to feed raw and avoid the pitfalls, because those pitfalls happen to be the blanket "YOU DID IT WRONG" when no one ever tells you how to do it right in the first place. RAW feeders just shut people up by placing blame on you for following their advice when something doesn't work out.
They get defensive, and abusive when things go wrong. There are no statistics kept on RAW FED mistakes. These poor dogs suffer, because there is no exact science to pin it on, after all, it's natural.

Eating grass is a sign something is wrong. Get your dog to a vet
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