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On 10/10/2019 at 9:54 PM, NutterButter said:

There's more to this, too! She apparently found out through the shelter that the shelter dog she had bonded with had been adopted, and when she'd talked to her parents about it, they had helped her come to the realization that the dog would have a good home for Christmas - but they never let on that they were the ones who had actually adopted the dog and that they were planning to surprise her later with him!

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Thanks guys, we got Abbey's ashes back yesterday. I don't think we're ever going to know what happened. They did a full post mortem at the vet office and then sent away samples for further examination. 

They basically told us her heart was healthy, her liver and kidney were healthy. Something attacked her lungs and caused some growths and some small holes but whatever it was didn't show up in the autopsy, probably because the antibiotics did their job taking it out but the damage was already done. In a week she went from perfect health to being gone. 

We can't stop thinking about the what ifs.. what if we took her back to the vet more/soonest, what if we got the x-ray results from the specialist sooner. It was probably never going to be the same quality of life for her but we could have extended it or at least said proper goodbyes. 

My wife and I don't have kids and she was such a huge part of our lives. I never thought even as we were taking her to the vet that last time that she was dying. Just feel like we let her down, and the vets let her and us down. 

Anyway, we're mostly doing fine/better but getting her ashes and paw print back yesterday made it all fresh again. Our other dog, Zeus has been getting a lot of love. The vet seemed pretty concerned for him too, thinking whatever it was was viral but he's had no signs of being ill.

So much of what we do is/was walking the dogs, taking them swimming or to parks/trails on the weekend. We'll probably keep an eye out for another rescue soon but we'll never have another like Abbey. 

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Our house has been empty for the past 7 months after having to put down our second lab back in March.  Losing both of our dogs at 14.5 years old within the span of 8 months was a lot to process, but we've healed and felt ready to add a new dog to the family.  We started working with a lab rescue to find our next dog in August; after a long process, we finally found a pup for us.

We picked up Walter on Thursday afternoon.  He was a stray in Philly that someone happened to find being beaten by someone.  The Good Samaritan scooped him up and turned him into the local shelter last month.  The lab rescue pulled him from the shelter and gave him to a foster family to rehab a few weeks ago.  He had a gash on his head that required stitches, but no worse for wear.  With everything he's been through in the last month plus, he's an incredibly well behaved pup.  We're super lucky to have found him.

He's a lab-mix that is the sweetest dog I've ever met.  Short and stocky with huge feet - seems like he's part basset hound.  We're all head over heels in love with him after just a few days.  :wub: 

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1 hour ago, Ned said:

Our house has been empty for the past 7 months after having to put down our second lab back in March.  Losing both of our dogs at 14.5 years old within the span of 8 months was a lot to process, but we've healed and felt ready to add a new dog to the family.  We started working with a lab rescue to find our next dog in August; after a long process, we finally found a pup for us.

We picked up Walter on Thursday afternoon.  He was a stray in Philly that someone happened to find being beaten by someone.  The Good Samaritan scooped him up and turned him into the local shelter last month.  The lab rescue pulled him from the shelter and gave him to a foster family to rehab a few weeks ago.  He had a gash on his head that required stitches, but no worse for wear.  With everything he's been through in the last month plus, he's an incredibly well behaved pup.  We're super lucky to have found him.

He's a lab-mix that is the sweetest dog I've ever met.  Short and stocky with huge feet - seems like he's part basset hound.  We're all head over heels in love with him after just a few days.  :wub: 

awesome rescue!  now, tell me where i can find the person that was beating this dog.  

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New pup Riley Rose

Daughter wanted a “bigger dog” she could call her own. We have a wonderful little puggle that’s old and slow now, according to my daughter.
 

Riley is a kind of a rare breed. She’s a Treeing Tennessee Brindle. We did get her from Tennessee. Exceptionally smart. She was pretty much potty trained at 4 months. She should get to around 50-60 pounds. She is such a sweet, smart fun dog.

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1 hour ago, Chemical X said:

awesome rescue!  now, tell me where i can find the person that was beating this dog.  

Ugh, I'm glad I have no idea.  :hot: 

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On 9/14/2019 at 11:23 AM, whoknew said:

My dog is home alone a fair amount during the day when I'm at work. So I decided to get him a kitten yesterday. 

He has always liked cats, so we will see how this goes. Very slowly introducing them.

 

I know this is a dog thread, but in the month and a half since I got the dog a kitten, I've grown quite fond of the cat also.

Sadly, found out today he has FIP - which is a fatal viral disease for cats. Will probably be putting him down tomorrow. 

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48 minutes ago, whoknew said:

 

I know this is a dog thread, but in the month and a half since I got the dog a kitten, I've grown quite fond of the cat also.

Sadly, found out today he has FIP - which is a fatal viral disease for cats. Will probably be putting him down tomorrow. 

Sorry to hear that.

I had cats growing up, would have cats now but the only one in my house that likes them (middle child) is allergic.  A cat and dog together seems to have infinite entertainment possibilities.

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On 10/21/2019 at 10:04 AM, Ned said:

Our house has been empty for the past 7 months after having to put down our second lab back in March.  Losing both of our dogs at 14.5 years old within the span of 8 months was a lot to process, but we've healed and felt ready to add a new dog to the family.  We started working with a lab rescue to find our next dog in August; after a long process, we finally found a pup for us.

We picked up Walter on Thursday afternoon.  He was a stray in Philly that someone happened to find being beaten by someone.  The Good Samaritan scooped him up and turned him into the local shelter last month.  The lab rescue pulled him from the shelter and gave him to a foster family to rehab a few weeks ago.  He had a gash on his head that required stitches, but no worse for wear.  With everything he's been through in the last month plus, he's an incredibly well behaved pup.  We're super lucky to have found him.

He's a lab-mix that is the sweetest dog I've ever met.  Short and stocky with huge feet - seems like he's part basset hound.  We're all head over heels in love with him after just a few days.  :wub: 

Walter looks like the short, stocky version of my older lab/catahoula mix.  Labs are, in my opinion, top-5 breeds for companionship.  The greatest disposition. Want nothing more than to make you happy.  
 

Be careful what you laugh at.  He’ll do it forever.  And suddenly you’ll have a dog farting into your air purifier next to your bed every day and looking up at you smiling waiting for you to be happy. 

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On 10/21/2019 at 11:52 AM, BroncoFreak_2K3 said:

New pup Riley Rose

Daughter wanted a “bigger dog” she could call her own. We have a wonderful little puggle that’s old and slow now, according to my daughter.
 

Riley is a kind of a rare breed. She’s a Treeing Tennessee Brindle. We did get her from Tennessee. Exceptionally smart. She was pretty much potty trained at 4 months. She should get to around 50-60 pounds. She is such a sweet, smart fun dog.

Hey! We couldn’t ever figure out the ears and snout combo on our older lab mix and know there must be a third breed involved. Wife thought Great Dane and I don’t buy it. And that looks exactly like my dog’s ear and snout shape. I wonder if that’s the third breed. 

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Love seeing these new additions, hate hearing about the loss.

And yeah, cats and dogs together can be all kinds of awesome hilarity.

Still really jonesing for a pup, but the reality of NYC living makes it too much work and too little space for how we'd want to live with one. Lots of dog owners here in the city, just not right for us in our current setup. Hard too because floppinho is a little fearful of dogs. But it's hard resisting when my favorite breed, Aussie shepherds, have made a comeback here and I'm seeing those puppies everywhere.

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9 hours ago, Henry Ford said:

Hey! We couldn’t ever figure out the ears and snout combo on our older lab mix and know there must be a third breed involved. Wife thought Great Dane and I don’t buy it. And that looks exactly like my dog’s ear and snout shape. I wonder if that’s the third breed. 

:thumbup:

This one came directly from Tennessee where it is a relatively new breed and breed exclusively for coon hunting. Not sure if they typically breed them with other breeds. Interesting though.

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We lost our sweet, beautiful Heidi Sunday evening. She was a 9 1/2 y/o Shepherd/Husky mix we got from a rescue in 2010. By all appearances and demeanor (and a vet checkup two weeks prior), she seemed very healthy for her age and size (quite large). But unknown to all, she had a heart condition that suddenly manifested Sat morning. We took her in to the vet because she was lethargic and would not eat, and they at first thought it was an infection that was attacking her liver (with more definitive results to come Monday).

But it ended up being her heart, and by Sunday evening, she collapsed, and that was that. We did manage to get her to the emergency vet at 11pm Sunday, who then ruled out the liver thing and did a sonogram on her heart, saw what was up, and essentially said "this is it" - there was nothing anyone could have done. She passed in our arms knowing she was loved.  It was pretty shocking how fast she went from "healthy" to gone. Our other pups who passed on at least gave a little warning - we had none here.  

Like Northern Voice mentioned above, we also don't have kids, so this is a huge, almost unbearable hole in the house. I work at home, and I'm "alone" here for the first time in a decade (the cat helps, but she's prettymuch above it all). We've been through this before - Heidi came to us in 2010 a week after our last dog died, so we're headed to a rescue-sponsored adopt-a-thon on Saturday to look around. I'm pretty sure we'll have a new pup before the year (or maybe even the week) is out.  We love dogs, and are looking forward to providing a great life to another one. 

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1 hour ago, jwb said:

 

Like Northern Voice mentioned above, we also don't have kids, so this is a huge, almost unbearable hole in the house. I work at home, and I'm "alone" here for the first time in a decade (the cat helps, but she's prettymuch above it all). We've been through this before - Heidi came to us in 2010 a week after our last dog died, so we're headed to a rescue-sponsored adopt-a-thon on Saturday to look around. I'm pretty sure we'll have a new pup before the year (or maybe even the week) is out.  We love dogs, and are looking forward to providing a great life to another one. 

Yeah, it's so terrible, I can unfortunately relate way too much. My wife was crying again this morning thinking about Abbey which of course gets me going. 

As for the adopt a thon, I can relate there too - I've mentioned before, we volunteer with the Golden Rescue organization up here. They let is know about a dog needing a home and we met her Saturday morning. They said she's about a year old but she looks and acts younger than that. We can't tell for sure because she was on the streets before we met her and she's certainly mostly a Golden Retriever but she's also certainly mixed with something else - she has yellow eyes and her nose is too sharp. 

She's technically a foster for now but I can't imagine us not adopting her - even though she's young, untrained and going to be a ton of work. We're calling her Kes, a name my wife has always liked, though I've unofficially nicknamed her half-pint. 

Not sure if this will work for a picture link, if it doesn't I'll put some up later. https://www.instagram.com/p/B48nrRKHcdQ/?igshid=12703v47twi3j

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24 minutes ago, Northern Voice said:

Yeah, it's so terrible, I can unfortunately relate way too much. My wife was crying again this morning thinking about Abbey which of course gets me going. 

As for the adopt a thon, I can relate there too - I've mentioned before, we volunteer with the Golden Rescue organization up here. They let is know about a dog needing a home and we met her Saturday morning. They said she's about a year old but she looks and acts younger than that. We can't tell for sure because she was on the streets before we met her and she's certainly mostly a Golden Retriever but she's also certainly mixed with something else - she has yellow eyes and her nose is too sharp. 

She's technically a foster for now but I can't imagine us not adopting her - even though she's young, untrained and going to be a ton of work. We're calling her Kes, a name my wife has always liked, though I've unofficially nicknamed her half-pint. 

Not sure if this will work for a picture link, if it doesn't I'll put some up later. https://www.instagram.com/p/B48nrRKHcdQ/?igshid=12703v47twi3j

Nice!!! Definitely mostly golden - looks a little stocky, too, so maybe something in that direction mixed in.  

I just called my wife to chat a little, because today was my first lunch upstairs "alone". I dropped a chip on the floor, and there was nobody to claim it 😪 - goodness, the little stuff that gets to you.

Happy you're getting another. Dogs make life so much better. 

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Had my 11 yr old golden lab/beagle mix put to sleep yesterday. She's been battling cancer for a couple years now and it finally got her.  I also work from home and the silence is deafening until the kids get home. Trying to remind myself that 11 years of great days outweighs 1 bad one but it's tough. 

Give your pets some extra scratches and tummy rubs!

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3 minutes ago, rustycolts said:

Bo and his rope.  Its the best thing since sliced bread to him.  Unless you throw sliced bread out there of course.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPGhvgAObEY

I think he also prefers landscape for video.

At least I do  :)

But yeah, he's awesome.

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2 minutes ago, gianmarco said:

I think he also prefers landscape for video.

At least I do  :)

But yeah, he's awesome.

Yea me too, but I'm a slow adapter to technology.  Have to drag me kickin and screaming into the 20 century.  Just got me one of those smart phones and the dang thing is smarter than I am.

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