Chloe is 18 years old, Bubba is 14 years old, and Colt is 2 years old
What is your dog's breed? (If you have more than one dog, please list a name followed by breed.)
All are Papillons
Just learning to be as good as my dogs...to be worthy of the love I receive from them.
What is one thing your dog does that reminds you to open your heart and love more deeply?
They each take their own instances to look deeply into my eyes and show me their joyfulness. It touches my heart so much and gets me to remember how much I love them and how much love they have brought into my life. They definitely connect me with a real feeling of LOVE and not just an intellectual idea of it.
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Sorry that it took so long for me to answer; but I was on vacation. Just got back from a
trip to WV & OH.
Yes, Rudy was young still; but, when I consider that he was diagnosed with an enlarged heart at 10 years of age, I am happy that I was able to give him another 5 years, which
is about an average life span. I loved him very much and still miss him terribly. He
was the light of my life.
I am sure that the Vetmedin gave him another year; and much of that was only happy
days. It was a challenge, in the beginning, finding a dose that he could tolerate. The
dose that was recommended was much too harsh and made him very nervous; flying
around like a plane, looking for a place to land! I found that if I gave him half the dose,
he was normal, so that is what I did.
I used to be a nurse, so had an understanding of Congestive Heart Failure; and that
helped a lot. For one thing, salt is like poison to anyone who has CHF. All dog foods
have salt in them. So, I cooked for him, using Mrs. Dash for flavor. He always loved
coldcuts and milk products;but, these were also loaded with salt. I got him a new
doggie version of ensure, called "Dog Sure"..........it is loaded with extra calories,
vitamins, and no salt. Another must was to give him Potassium as the Lasix which
he also had to take needed to be balanced out with it.
I finally decided to send him on to the Lord when I could see that he was beginning
to suffer again, even taking Vetmedin. I didn't want to; but, I couldn't allow myself
to be selfish. I have his ashes in his Memory Box I made for him. I told my daughter
to put them in with me when I am buried. He was truly a part of my family; and I pray
that I see him again on the other side.
I do not plan to get another dog; but, when I retire in few years, I will foster rescued
animals, in Rudy's memory.
Hello Janet, Yes, I have joined Facebook, but don't get on it too often. Poochie has sent me another precious pup to love. Her name is Poobearie (Poochie's namesake). She's a Pomeranian/Am Eskimo, now 1 yr 4 months old and weighs a whopping 9 lbs. I call her Brazen Raisin, because what she lacks in size she more than make up for with attitiude! You can take a look at her in my pictures. She's the pup with the long black, shiny fur with white markings on her chest and paws. She looks a bit like my beloved Poochie, but is very different, yet just as loving. She has my heart........and my fiance's too!!! She will be our ring bearer/flower girl & my bouquet when we get married next month. Poochie will be with us in spirit, that's for sure and will not be overlooked on that special day.
Thanks for asking. And how have you and your brood been?
Take care and looking forward to hearing from you.
Thank you for your prayers and for your goodwill energies! I am doing a lot better, but I still holding my breath (it was all such an ordeal and I had so many setbacks), but today is just a beautiful day, Mom bought me one of those plastic pools to cool off in so I'm going to be happy and enjoy this day. I hope you and your companion and your Mom will all do the same.
Casey is 9 years old. She was born on a farm where they do not believe in allowing dogs in the house. Just put food out twice a day. For the last 7 years she has been my best buddy. She sleeps with me. Most nights under the covers. My son's mother-in-law (owner of the farm) says she must think she has died and gone to heaven.
Just read the most touching item.... here it is:
Ten Commandments for a Responsible Pet Owner
by: Debbie Wadkins
1- My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you will be very painful.
2-Give me time to understand what you want from me.
3-Place your trust in me; it is crucial for my well being.
4-Don't be angry with me for long and don't lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainment. I have only you.
5-Talk to me even if I don't understand your words. I understand your voice and when it's speaking.
6-Be aware that however you treat me, I'll never forget it.
7-Before you hit me, remember I have teeth that could easily crush the bones in your hand, but I choose not to bite you, because I love you.
8-Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I'm not getting the right food; I've been out in the sun too long; or my heart may be getting old and weak.
9-Take care of me when I get old. You too will grow old.
10-Go with me on difficult journeys. Never say, "I can't bear to watch it" or, "Let it happen in my absence." Everything is easier for me if you are there. Remember, I love you.
She then wrote:
"In my line of work, we see many different types of people and their pets. Over time I have learned many things of how the animal brain works. These "commandments" show a little bit of how a pet really does think/act. I especially see how the psyche works when people come in to drop off their pets for them to be euthanized. Some stick around and want to be present, some drop them off because they can't get away with shooting their pet in town. You'd all be amazed with the types of people I see....
Some may say that they are "just animals" and that they don't have souls or thoughts and have no afterlife. Ok, sure. My question is, if the "lamb can lay next to the lion" in heaven, why can't Fido sit next to me? That could be a long discussion in itself. I realize pets have very simple minds, which is very true. All they want is a little bit of food, water, shelter, and some lovin'. Isn't that what we all want??"
I (Janet) found this to be pretty interesting. I always knew these "commandments" even as a child. Bet most who post here did too.