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Rescue, Adoption & Happy Endings > Adopting sight unseen
Lucy

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Barked: Thu Feb 18, '10 4:58pm PST 
I've adopted 2 dogs from the south. Both sight unseen, although there were a few health issues with both dogs. One I knew about, the other I didn't but we were able to nurse both dogs into probably the best shape/health they have ever been in. Both dogs are the sweetest most affectionate dogs I've ever had. I don't regret doing it for a split second but it does feel risky when you are going through it.
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Rescue, Adoption & Happy Endings > Ramone! Chihuahua mix tripawd. :)
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Barked: Sun Jan 3, '10 7:33am PST 
That was such a beautiful story. Isn't it amazing how dogs just know when their people are down? I recently lost my oldest and dearest friend to cancer. For days after I just sat and cried but my puppy Lucy sat with me and licked away my tears. She really made me feel better when no one else could.
Good for you for giving Ramone a chance when no one else would. He sounds wonderful. We recently adopted a second dog, Bo. He was diagnosed with glaucoma before he came to us and partially blind. His prognosis wasn't good either. Expensive meds and most likely complete blindness...but we took him and yes he has lost his vision but it doesn't matter he is the sweetest old guy. We just love him and can't imagine life without him.
Are you still in Boston? I live in MA. What do you think of all this snow!!! Good luck
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Behavior & Training > Blind and Deaf - help!

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Barked: Fri Dec 25, '09 4:28pm PST 
We have a dog that went blind a few weeks ago due to glaucoma. I just got a great book called Living with Blind Dogs that I think has a small chapter on dogs that are blind and deaf. Lots of good ideas in it. You just have to make use of your dogs other senses such as scent and touch.
Good luck
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Rescue, Adoption & Happy Endings > Benefits of an older/senior dog...NOT TRUE!

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Barked: Sun Nov 29, '09 6:43am PST 
Owning a dog, whether a puppy or a senior, is alot of work and a huge commitment. You have to realize that when you take in an animal. Of course an older dog can come with "baggage". I mean think about it. It's been given up, lost or abandoned,and then left in a shelter. Who knows what it's life was like prior to all this! After it's adopted(hopefully) it 's put into a completely different situation with total strangers. STRESS!! And just like humans, as a dog gets older there are of course health problems to deal with.
Adopting an older dog is not for everyone but for those of us who have chosen to take in a senior the benefits and love we get in return are immesurable. In the last year I've adopted 2 dogs. A puppy and a 5yr old that is going blind with glaucoma (which I knew about when I took him in). He is the most gentle, sweet, loving dog I think I've ever had. Yes, his meds. cost a fortune, yes he's had a few accidents in the house and yes,sadly, his time with us might be shorter but we love him. Although I also love our little Lucy with all my heart, I don't think I'll ever get a puppy again. It seems like so much more work to me. I like the old ones!
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Behavior & Training > new dog marking in house

Lucy

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Barked: Wed Nov 18, '09 2:05pm PST 
We just adopted a 5 yr old nuetered male dog. When I am at work he stays with my other dog in the kitchen and is generally fine (except for the occasional knocked over trash can
A few times however he has managed to get out of the kitchen and when he does he marks all over the house! I've already had 2 rugs and one couch professionally cleaned and he did it again today. This is not because he has to go out-I come home every day on my lunch break and take both dogs out-this is definitely marking! I haven't been able to catch him in the act because he only does it when I'm out. I don't know what to do. I've always had male dogs (althought the other dog we have now is a spayed female) and never really had trouble with marking. I know this has to do with him being new and marking his territory but it is really getting to be gross. Ideas?
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Rescue, Adoption & Happy Endings > I don't know what to do...
Lucy

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Barked: Sun Nov 15, '09 5:44am PST 
What a great idea Shane! It's really unfortunate and unfair that your parents are basically putting this on your shoulders. This really is their responsibility not yours. That being said would you be ok knowing that the dog (s) were in a rescue or shelter if you didn't take them?
I am adopting a dog with some $$$ health issues. My head has told me not to get involved from day one but my heart says otherwise. I'm following my heart. Most days it's fine but others, like when I'm running to the vet-again- or picking up one of his expensive medications, I ask myself why in the world would I do this. it would be so much easier if I didn't. But then i come home and he greets me at the door or snuggles up with me on the couch and I know it's the right thing. He needs us and we love him plain and simple. Sometimes the right thing isn't what we want or planned on, it's also usually not the easiest either but it's what really needs to happen.
Good luck. Your parents are very lucky to have you. It's unfortunate that they are taking advantage of you like this.
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Rescue, Adoption & Happy Endings > Wish I could get him

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Barked: Tue Nov 10, '09 12:56pm PST 
Hi
Are there any rescues in his area for that particular breed that would take him and foster him until you could take him? Alot of times the rescue can help set up some type of transport. Sometimes shelters/rescues wont adopt out of state but you can call or emai to find this out. Both my dogs came to me from great distances. I am in MA. One came from TX and one from Kentucky. If there's a will there may be a way.
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Behavior & Training > Having some issues with puppy/older dog getting along.

Lucy

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Barked: Sat Nov 7, '09 10:34am PST 
We're having similiar problems with our dogs. We have a very active 1.5 yr old basset/lab female and are fostering (adopting?) a 5 yr old male. Both are "fixed". My younger one is always grabbing at the older ones long basset ears and trying to get him to play. Most of the time he is more interested in humans but when he does join in , they can get pretty rough. I have to watch them very carefully. When I think things are getting out of hand I have to give them each a quick squirt of h20 (really the only thing Lucy responds to when trying to correct her) and I say "stop" at the same time in a stern voice. Today when I said stop without the h2o they actually backed off eachother right away. I know some don't like the spray bottle thing but for us it works.
Also I think they need time to adjust to each other. How long have you had your puppy? I can't say our dogs are actually better together all the time yet (a month) but we'll keep working on it. Most of the time they seem to love eachother. Good luck. Having two dogs is so much fun but it's alot of work!
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Rescue, Adoption & Happy Endings > A happy Tale of love.

Lucy

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Barked: Tue Nov 3, '09 4:30pm PST 
What a beautiful story with a very happy ending for all!
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Rescue, Adoption & Happy Endings > For those of you who foster...
Lucy

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Barked: Sun Oct 25, '09 1:31pm PST 
The good news is that my foster's rescue is going to pay for the surgery he needs after all. My vet gave us a great price and even said that some of the people who work in the office wanted to contribute to his surgery! Isn't that nice!
The bad news is that the rescue has him listed on the internet and is attributing his glaucoma to an injury which isn't true. He has glaucoma that is most likely genetic and is at high risk for loosing the other eye to the disease as well. I explained this to the rescue but they are clearly choosing not to be upfront about his condition. The dog is living here in my house and I'm not even listed as the foster. Someone hundreds of miles away is. I'm beyond frustrated about this whole thing.
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