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Flip Flop

Trad climber
Truckee, CA
Aug 13, 2014 - 07:59am PT
Nice post TMayse,
Sasha asked me yesterday "How old will Raja be in 4 years?"
"Seventeen or Eighteen." I said, while thinking private thoughts.
Your post gives me some hope that they may have a few more years together. Thanks
Pretty good team
Pretty good team
Credit: Flip Flop
TMayse

climber
Aug 13, 2014 - 11:18am PT
Thanks Flip Flop.

I hope Raja lives a long time for you & Sasha:) The two of them look really happy:) Love that!

Cheers,

Tony
Jan

Mountain climber
Colorado, Nepal & Okinawa
Aug 13, 2014 - 01:37pm PT
My wife and I wanted her to go on her terms, she was not in pain and was comfortable.


I think this is very important. It is all too easy to cling to them when we shouldn't and too easy to euthanize them too soon.

I have a cat in that situation right now with severe heart disease and his kidneys are starting to go. By paying careful attention, I eliminated a blood pressure medicine that was giving him side effects and now he can stay out in the back yard all night by himself which has improved his psychological well being no end. He clearly doesn't have much time left but he too is trying to take it all in as much as possible. I have four dogs as well and they are remarkably attentive to him as they know it too.
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Aug 13, 2014 - 07:44pm PT
This thread is the best!

Since I like to bring politics into everything, one thing Dems and Repubs have in common is a love of animals, especially dogs.

The rotten Islamic cockroaches? Not so much.
Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Aug 13, 2014 - 11:00pm PT
Two months ago, this one couldn't walk more than a few yards. I had a spot in the yard picked out to bury her.



Now, after successful cervical ventral slot decompression surgery, she's back "chasing" bunnies.

She knows she can't match their speed, like she once could, so she "stalks" them now. Sneaks up on them.

I can't let her catch one, because she'd shake the hell out of it if she did, and probably break her neck again.

Today ( 8-14 ), she turns 8 1/2.
apogee

climber
Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Aug 13, 2014 - 11:26pm PT
We've got a bumper crop of bunnies this year. Max was intrigued by them when their population started increasing, then he realized his short legs were no match. Now he barely notices them...but grazing on their Kix is an endless fascination to him.

I wanna shoot the little invasive species. Does that make me a bad guy?
Tobia

Social climber
Denial
Aug 14, 2014 - 02:17am PT
I wanna shoot the little invasive species. Does that make me a bad guy?

No. I find it hard to do myself, relocating after trapping in a Havahart trap is a little easier on my mind. I also allow my dogs to ferret them out and control the population. It might be better said that my dogs assist in the bunny count, I have little power in controlling their canine instincts.

Hawks are another story, my dogs can't help me in that ongoing battle.

Flipflop, that is a beautiful dog, hope you reap more years of happiness with her.
SC seagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, or In What Time Zone Am I?
Aug 14, 2014 - 08:53am PT
Great morning checkin! Lovin' all those beautiful animals.
The bunnies...kinda makes me sad...however I feel the same way about the raccoon family that has invaded my home turf. New babies, momma hissing and growling at me every night when I go to chase them away.
Susan
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Aug 14, 2014 - 08:57am PT
Ive had a sick pooch for three weeks now. Three vet visits, over 700.00 and still dont know whats wrong with her. On multpile meds, Lethargic, eating is disrupted, gimpy on different legs different days. Worried about my sweet lil Sally-O..


TMayse

climber
Aug 14, 2014 - 10:10am PT
Hey Ron,
Have you checked to see if she has Ehrlicia or lyme disease?
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Aug 14, 2014 - 10:18am PT
Yep, she had blood tests last week. And x-rays...Has a wee arthritis in her front legs that the vet "feels", but her hips look perfect. They seem to think its a virus on her digestive tract. Shes on antibitoics, and a culture pack of good bacteria, and ive been giving her dog aspirin as well. Sometimes she looks fairly ok- walking, even a little trotting, then ten minutes later shes hobbling on one of her legs.. Shes lost four pounds in the last two weeks, from 62 to 58..Shes only just turned 8 in june. She will still eat good snacks where i hide the pills.
The Larry

climber
Moab, UT
Aug 14, 2014 - 10:44am PT
Sorry to hear about Sally-O. Hope it all works out.
TMayse

climber
Aug 14, 2014 - 10:50am PT
One of my little dogs (Five) he's the fifth one :) came down with what we think is Myasthenia Gravis.
He's better but it worried the heck out of us. We had no clue as to what was going on, even my vet was stumped until I found Myasthenia Gravis on the web. His symptoms matched it. He's better now but still a bit uncordinated compared to what he was before the symptoms surfaced. It's been a couple years now...

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/myasthenia-gravis/basics/definition/con-20027124
TMayse

climber
Aug 14, 2014 - 10:58am PT
http://www.pethealthnetwork.com/dog-health/dog-diseases-conditions-a-z/myasthenia-gravis-dogs

This is the link for dogs the previous link was for humans. Kinda funny, we treat them like humans, at least at my home we do:)
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Aug 14, 2014 - 12:22pm PT
Thanks Larry, and TMayse- for your link, although that doesnt match what Sally-O has in the way of symptoms for the most. Sorry to hear your pooch had such an issue. Sally-O has been the picture of health until this. It could even be a lymphoma somewhere but the vet said that was a very long shot, so were treating for the closer shots..?? Cant figure it out thus far.

SC seagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, or In What Time Zone Am I?
Aug 14, 2014 - 01:27pm PT
Cant figure it out thus far.
That's sucky. Hope she upturns soon!

Susan
anita514

Gym climber
Great White North
Aug 14, 2014 - 06:04pm PT
Any suggestions for de-skunking a big dog?
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Aug 14, 2014 - 06:35pm PT
1 quart of 3-percent hydrogen peroxide (available at your local pharmacy)
1/4 cup baking soda
1 teaspoon liquid dishwashing soap




I hope your dog gets better Ron

Credit: drljefe
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Aug 14, 2014 - 08:56pm PT
hey there say, all... just a fast stop here...

of to paint, of all things, a dog, :))


neat photo, jefe...

ohmy, sure hope your dog gets better, ron, :(
prayers....

hope to see the ol' taco, soon, but perhaps not 'til weekend...
happy dog days, ;))
thebravecowboy

climber
in the face of the fury of the funk
Aug 14, 2014 - 09:00pm PT
the elixir of peroxide and sodium bicarb works for the skunkstink.

sorry Sally-O is down Ron, well-wishes for you and your'n pooch.

surgery #3 coming soon...just when he was all frisky and free of meds ...
surgery #3 coming soon...just when he was all frisky and free of meds again.
Credit: thebravecowboy
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