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mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
May 4, 2013 - 05:23am PT
Credit: TheGypsyWicked
thebravecowboy

Social climber
Colorado Plateau
May 4, 2013 - 11:00am PT
Credit: thebravecowboy
craig mo

Trad climber
L.A. Ca.
May 4, 2013 - 12:56pm PT
Credit: craig mo
Pirate the one eyed dog
thebravecowboy

Social climber
Colorado Plateau
May 7, 2013 - 06:09pm PT
Credit: thebravecowboy
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
May 15, 2013 - 05:24pm PT
I'm not really a dog birthday kind of guy, but it just occurred to me that nine years ago today I adopted Lincoln. He was a little football, eight weeks old, rescued from a kill shelter.

He has been by my side ever since. Climbing, backpacking, both coasts, desert, backcountry skiing, if it's something I do, he's done it too.

Happy day Link!













10b4me

Ice climber
Soon 2B Arizona
May 15, 2013 - 09:45pm PT
Looks like a great dog
Leggs

Sport climber
Is this a trick question?
May 15, 2013 - 09:47pm PT
Great doggie photos, Brandon!! YAY!
eKat

Mountain climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
May 16, 2013 - 03:39am PT
Really like the "GET THAT SNOW" shot. . . all of my dear doggies would play that with me. . . and leap and hop and stomp to "GET THAT SNOW!"

HA!

Bad Climber

climber
May 20, 2013 - 11:02am PT
Got high last week:

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-l8suQndqhl0/UZo7G71u88I/AAAAAAAABzc/F7j34-mXLJ8/s1600/P1020496.JPG
kennyt

climber
Woodfords,California
May 20, 2013 - 11:04am PT
I hope you don't take those mutts to the crags.
manzanita man

Social climber
somerset, ca.
May 20, 2013 - 06:05pm PT
lucy
lucy
Credit: manzanita man
Anastasia

climber
Home
May 20, 2013 - 06:47pm PT
I love Lucy's look. It gets me every time no matter the dog.
The Larry

climber
Moab, UT
May 20, 2013 - 06:52pm PT
Crag dogs
Crag dogs
Credit: The Larry
Anastasia

climber
Home
May 20, 2013 - 07:04pm PT

For all the dogs and handlers at work today. I salute you.

Helicopter dogs.
Helicopter dogs.

Search and Rescue Dog
Search and Rescue Dog
manzanita man

Social climber
somerset, ca.
Jun 5, 2013 - 05:24pm PT
Credit: manzanita man
David Knopp

Trad climber
CA
Jun 13, 2013 - 06:13pm PT
Credit: David Knopp

beautiful day at the beach!
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Jun 13, 2013 - 06:33pm PT
Special place in my heart for Beagles, as I had 2 growing up. Good dogs.

And Ana's special-ops dogs are incredible dogs in their capability. I think most of them love the work, as they are all work-dogs traditionally.

A shout-out to their handlers too. They love them!

This guy, Kevin, is THE MAN for getting retired military dogs to help disabled vets recover from injuries and PTSD.

http://khanrahan.com/2013/05/07/military-dogs-for-loan/

Against PTSD, dogs are a huge help. A lot! Many of you dog owners out there understand how this is possible, having a loyal friend by your side when you're fighting war depression.

Side note: This was very touching about a fallen Police handler and his buddy

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/31/figo-jason-ellis_n_3367374.html

Figo gives his respects to his fallen buddy.
Figo gives his respects to his fallen buddy.
Credit: bluering

You have no concept of dog loyalty if that image doesn't make you cry.
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jun 13, 2013 - 07:34pm PT
Amazing how we all love our dogs and the love they return to us.

Eva having fun today.

Credit: Bob D'A
apogee

climber
Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Jun 14, 2013 - 09:39pm PT
It's back.

Maddie had surgery about 2 months ago to debulk the tumor in her mouth...much to the surprise of all, she did very well and had a rebound of energy and personality reminiscent of 5 years her junior.

Of course, we knew this would, at best, buy her some quality time. The growth has gradually returned, but up until about a week ago, she still showed appetite & vigor. For the last several days, though, her energy has degraded significantly, she's not eating much, and the infected, foul-smelling drool has returned in force.

Last time we were at this point, it was very conflicting...I was really struggling with deciding when her 'quality of life' had been degraded, and the best course of action to take. Taking responsibility for the very real likelihood that surgical intervention could kill her, balanced against her general demeanor, was very confusing. I'm not sure that the fact that she came through it positively to have created any better clarity for me. No, it probably just confused me even further.

Of course, the big change in her condition occurred late this afternoon, after the vet's office had closed for the weekend. I'm sure she's gonna need surgery again, though I have a bunch of guilt for not having recognized her need earlier.

This time around, though...assuming she makes it through the weekend....I'm not sure that another round of 'tumor debulking' is the best course. It's possible it would be successful again, but for what purpose? She's destined to have it grow back again, and be at this same place in a month or two.

Much as I need her in my life, I'm feeling that this is a pretty selfish motivation. And yet, the prospect of making the decision to stop this for good is confounding & inconceivable.

Writing this stuff is therapeutic. Believe it or not, I don't share it anywhere else (or with anyone else). Thank you for bearing with me.
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Jun 15, 2013 - 06:44am PT
Oh dear, it's hardly "bearing with you". Whatever it takes to make your decision everyone is with you.

Love to Maddie, strength to you


Susan
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