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Doe_Eyes
  • From:USA

Date Posted:07-11-2012 01:36:28Copy HTML

 

The time is always right to do what is right.
xgunny Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #1
  • From:France

Re:Our pets!

Date Posted:09-11-2012 07:13:42Copy HTML

It seems like many of us have lost pets recently. This is Vasco, the best dog I've ever had. A little over three months ago he had his cancerous spleen removed. He started showing signs of suffering again early last week so we had him put down last Friday. 



And this is 4 month old Huck that we hope will one day take over Vasco's job of keeping the Gypsies out.

"As you slide down the banister of life, may the splinters never point the wrong way."
_QZ_ Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #2
  • From:USA

Re:Our pets!

Date Posted:09-11-2012 07:40:18Copy HTML

Here's my girl just two weeks ago...quirky, smart, and such a good dog.  My heart feels like it has a bunch of empty space where she used to be and that just can't be filled at the moment.  There is no place to go in the house or nothing I can do in a day that did not have some kind of connection with her.  Even leaving the house no longer has getting her ready for that as part of it.  It's surreal. 

I'm getting through it pretty much by staying in denial as much as possible so that is about all I can take of this thread for now.  Your pup pics made me both happy and sad at the same time.  Thanks for sharing.


bones1776 Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #3
  • From:USA

Re:Our pets!

Date Posted:10-11-2012 02:00:12Copy HTML

My Duke, seen at left, was a gift from my family -- they always knew I wanted a German Shepherd and got him from a friend who is a breeder. He was a puppy while I was in Iraq. My wife would put me on speaker when I called home and when Duke reacted to the voice she would say "It's Daddy!" which got his puppy excitement going. She would also take some of my old fire department t-shirts and hold them under his nose while saying "Daddy!" He would get all amped up over that too.

I came home on leave and my wife drove to Atlanta to pick me up, bringing Duke along. When I opened the car to throw my bag in Duke growled protectively, then he seemed to sniff the air, gave me a look like he knew exactly who I was, and then he yipped and jumped at me, licking and nuzzling me. He rode all the way back home standing in the back seat with his head up on my shoulder, sighing. We have been best pals ever since that first meeting.

He has been trained for protection and area security patrol now and can be quite ferocious. He holds a bite well enough until he can be suspended in air held up just by a leash and his teeth! But to me he is a big baby who sits in my lap to watch TV and sticks by my side with every step I take. He adores our cat and thinks he is just a small puppy who needs to play - now! He and I can throw and fetch a tennis ball for hours and he loves to go running with me. I try to take him with me as often as I can because we both feel awful when we are separated. He would kill or die for me and my family, I have no doubt. You can't ask for better than that.

It breaks my heart to hear of the loss others feel when their beloved pets die. Sometime, when I can handle it, I'll tell y'all about my late cat, Number 6. She was awesome. I am and have been blessed.

Live it or live with it.
Doe_Eyes Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #4
  • From:USA

Re:Our pets!

Date Posted:10-11-2012 06:34:45Copy HTML

And Gunny, didn't mean to leave you out, you know how I feel about your loss of Vasco. 
The time is always right to do what is right.
bones1776 Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #5
  • From:USA

Re:Our pets!

Date Posted:27-11-2012 07:15:35Copy HTML

Very cute, Doe! My wife likes to do humiliating things to the animals too. She dressed Duke up as a pumpkin for Halloween a few years ago when I wasn't home. Good grief!
Live it or live with it.
WhirlingSkirt Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #6
  • From:USA

Re:Our pets!

Date Posted:12-02-2013 10:40:47Copy HTML

i am SO glad i found this thread, although some of the pictures have those awful little red x's on them. I wish i could see ALL your pets. :(

Bones your story made me cry, when you came home from iraq in the car ---with the dog sighing on your shoulder.
XGunny, i am so very sorry about the loss of your dear friend and family member.

I have lots of pets & animal friends to share, but it will have to wait.
Home made soup awaits. :)
xgunny Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #7
  • From:France

Re:Our pets!

Date Posted:23-03-2013 10:01:45Copy HTML

Huck is growing up. He's a little over 8 months old now and weighs 104 pounds. He'll probably put on another 50-60 pounds in the next 6 months.

"As you slide down the banister of life, may the splinters never point the wrong way."
Yazmine88 Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #8
  • From:USA

Re:Our pets!

Date Posted:23-03-2013 10:09:18Copy HTML

 Hi Gunny.  That Huck is a beauty!
We've all known people like Trump...and Trumpie - that creep you can never trust because they are always looking for an angle, a way to cheat people out of their money. A way to reneg on a contract, to not pay in full......they are con artists. Trump does this kind of thing because he believes that because he's very wealthy, the rules of decency do not apply to him and of course, he can threaten to sue anyone. When poor people act like Trump - well they do it because they are scammers. They have no ethics in business or in life.
xgunny Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #9
  • From:France

Re:Our pets!

Date Posted:24-03-2013 03:05:16Copy HTML

How you doing Yaz?
Yeah, we're really happy with him. Can you believe he and his four litter mates were abandoned in a cardboard box shortly after birth? It was vacation time in France and I guess their owner didn't want to miss his/hers. This is our second rescue dog, and we've been very lucky.  I'll probably never buy another dog from a breeder.
"As you slide down the banister of life, may the splinters never point the wrong way."
bones1776 Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #10
  • From:USA

Re:Our pets!

Date Posted:25-03-2013 02:16:54Copy HTML

Nice looking critter Gunny! I'll bet the Dog Chow bills are horrendous! All worth it when you love 'em, though.
Live it or live with it.
bones1776 Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #11
  • From:USA

Re:Our pets!

Date Posted:23-04-2013 10:51:21Copy HTML



I have lost cats and dogs and it is always painful.  My female cat, Grimmy, died 3 years ago and I cried for the first 2 years.  I have one cat now, named Baby, a male, who is about as big as your dog, Gunny.  Maybe not quite.  He had his eyes removed a few months after Grimmy died, and he gets around wonderfully.  I believe this will be my last pet.  So I hope he lives to a ripe old age.



Live it or live with it.
_QZ_ Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #12
  • From:USA

Re:Our pets!

Date Posted:11-08-2013 01:37:09Copy HTML

Thought I'd introduce you all to my new pup, Ella.  We rescued her at 8 weeks (the first pic is her at about 3 months)...she is currently 8 months old (second pic).  She's about 45 pounds now...hopefully she is fairly close to her adult height though she'll probably fill out more.  She bears a striking resemblance to my sweet Hope which is amazing since they are different breeds.  They are very different personality wise though!  It's been fun...and challenging (I'd forgotten that part!)....to have a puppy again:





We decided to do the DNA test to determine her breed.  IMO, it is very helpful to know and understand the characteristic traits of the breed(s)...it is easier to train them and keep them content (and by extension be a more happy owner)...and it is affordable now.   I have to say it was a very interesting process and I've learned a lot about genetics as a result.  Ella's results were so crazy based on our expectations that the company worked with us to ensure we were confident with the results in the end.   


Her mom (the rescue had picked up the mom and 8 pups when they were just a few days old) look exactly like a Red Queensland Heeler.  We had wanted another cattle dog mix (Hope was one) so imagine my surprise to discover Ella has zero cattle dog in her.  Lol.  She is a Germain Short Hair Pointer, Great Dane, Blue Tick Coon Hound, and Glenn Terrier.  Oy.  So her mom was probably a Pointer/Terrier making her look like a cattle dog.  


The specialist told me that vets/shelters are about 25% accurate in guessing breeds.  Bottom line...ya just never know!  


I miss my Hope every single day still.  But Ella is a new chapter and we love her like crazy too.   I can't imagine life without a dog. :-)
bones1776 Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #13
  • From:USA

Re:Our pets!

Date Posted:11-08-2013 01:51:43Copy HTML

Pretty little dog, QZ. She looks like she'll be a great addition to the family!
Live it or live with it.
_QZ_ Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #14
  • From:USA

Re:Our pets!

Date Posted:11-08-2013 03:52:51Copy HTML

She is...although I am looking forward to the puppy stage moving into the adult stage.  I think I have...what...only 2 to 4 years left?  Lol. 
Doe_Eyes Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #15
  • From:USA

Re:Our pets!

Date Posted:14-08-2013 08:58:22Copy HTML

She looks like a real beauty Qz.  I still haven't looked seriously for a new dog member of the family, and I think part of the reason is that my life is so busy right now, it would be hard to include a puppy into the mix.  
 
The time is always right to do what is right.
bones1776 Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #16
  • From:USA

Re:Our pets!

Date Posted:20-08-2013 04:57:01Copy HTML

Doe -- Sometimes a dog is a welcome therapy for a busy life. I had a very full hectic day and got home late. Still had chores to do and get ready for a long shift early tomorrow - when I go for a 48 hrs shift it's almost like I move out. My critter took pity on me, presented me with his tennis ball, and proceeded to get me outside for a game of fetch. We were both better off for it!
Live it or live with it.
_QZ_ Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #17
  • From:USA

Re:Our pets!

Date Posted:18-11-2013 02:40:05Copy HTML

 Happy Birthday to my girl Ella.  She is officially one year old!  She looks the same as she did in the pic I posted above although she weighs about 55 pounds now.  Thankfully she hasn't grown any taller.  
She is very sweet but also rambunctious...the kind of dog you MUST walk daily, although she is getting more mellow so I hope that continues.  She loves toys (thank goodness) and loves to be with us as much as possible.   The most notable thing about her is her tail.  It is crazy long and it never stops.  She doesn't slow wag it...it just wildly flops around all over the place, almost like she is winding herself up with it.  You can literally hear where she is because it bangs on everything as she walks around.      

My sweet Hope had a cropped tail...it was like that when we rescued her so I've not had this experience.  Ella's tail is both hilarious and a constant disaster.  Lol.  
easyrider123 Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #18
  • From:Norway

Re:Our pets!

Date Posted:21-11-2013 08:36:11Copy HTML

R.I.P. Lily.................. 

                     


When it rains, sometimes it pours. Nov 11 mom had a stroke and she is in hospital, then Nov 18 Lily collapsed on her morning walk. We rushed her to the vet hospital and turns out she was riddled with cancer, and had to be put down. Mom's coming home next Wed. Both mom and Lily's traumas came with out warning. 



THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable. Be honest and frank anyway.
Doe_Eyes Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #19
  • From:USA

Re:Our pets!

Date Posted:21-11-2013 09:55:53Copy HTML

I'm so sorry to hear about your Mom and your dog, Easy.  I'm glad that your Mom is coming home.  I'm so sorry about Lily, but hopefully she didn't suffer long.     
The time is always right to do what is right.
easyrider123 Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #20
  • From:Norway

Re:Our pets!

Date Posted:22-11-2013 08:28:22Copy HTML


Thanks Doe, and fortunately Lily apparently did not suffer much at all. She had been only slightly lethargic on the weekend, but nothing to indicate the gravity of the situation. Lily's presence is missed around here. It's always tough losing a family member.........

                 


THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable. Be honest and frank anyway.
xgunny Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #21
  • From:France

Re:Our pets!

Date Posted:28-12-2014 09:06:20Copy HTML

Get your hankies ready!





Why Dogs Never Die…







Some of you, particularly those who think they have recently lost a dog to “death”, don’t really understand this. I’ve had no desire to explain, but won’t be around forever and must.

Dogs never die. They don’t know how to. They get tired, and very old, and their bones hurt. Of course they don’t die. If they did they would not want to always go for a walk, even long after their old bones say:” No, no, not a good idea. Let’s not go for a walk.” Nope, dogs always want to go for a walk. They might get one step before their aging tendons collapse them into a heap on the floor, but that’s what dogs are. They walk.

It’s not that they dislike your company. On the contrary, a walk with you is all there is. Their boss, and the cacaphonic symphony of odor that the world is. Cat poop, another dog’s mark, a rotting chicken bone ( exultation), and you. That’s what makes their world perfect, and in a perfect world death has no place.

However, dogs get very very sleepy. That’s the thing, you see. They don’t teach you that at the fancy university where they explain about quarks, gluons, and Keynesian economics. They know so much they forget that dogs never die. It’s a shame, really. Dogs have so much to offer and people just talk a lot.


When you think your dog has died, it has just fallen asleep in your heart. And by the way, it is wagging it’s tail madly, you see, and that’s why your chest hurts so much and you cry all the time. Who would not cry with a happy dog wagging its tail in their chest. Ouch! Wap wap wap wap wap, that hurts. But they only wag when they wake up. That’s when they say: “Thanks Boss! Thanks for a warm place to sleep and always next to your heart, the best place.”

When they first fall asleep, they wake up all the time, and that’s why, of course, you cry all the time. Wap, wap, wap. After a while they sleep more. (remember, a dog while is not a human while. You take your dog for walk, it’s a day full of adventure in an hour. Then you come home and it’s a week, well one of your days, but a week, really, before the dog gets another walk. No WONDER they love walks.)

Anyway, like I was saying, they fall asleep in your heart, and when they wake up, they wag their tail. After a few dog years, they sleep for longer naps, and you would too. They were a GOOD DOG all their life, and you both know it. It gets tiring being a good dog all the time, particularly when you get old and your bones hurt and you fall on your face and don’t want to go outside to pee when it is raining but do anyway, because you are a good dog. So understand, after they have been sleeping in your heart, they will sleep longer and longer


But don’t get fooled. They are not “dead.” There’s no such thing, really. They are sleeping in your heart, and they will wake up, usually when you’re not expecting it. It’s just who they are.

I feel sorry for people who don’t have dogs sleeping in their heart. You’ve missed so much. Excuse me, I have to go cry now.

"As you slide down the banister of life, may the splinters never point the wrong way."
Noserose Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #22
  • From:Canada

Re:Our pets!

Date Posted:29-12-2014 09:46:25Copy HTML

BLADE:

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"libido sciendi"..... the passion to know.
xgunny Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #23
  • From:France

Re:Our pets!

Date Posted:30-12-2014 01:53:00Copy HTML


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BLADE:    AKA  Izrafel Maya di Altobello

"As you slide down the banister of life, may the splinters never point the wrong way."
xgunny Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #24
  • From:France

Re:Our pets!

Date Posted:25-03-2016 08:07:25Copy HTML

Damn Bones, your Duke looks a lot like the puppy we got for Huck to play with and share Gypsy watch.




  LHASSA LASYA



Here she is at 3 months. Huck is a big dog (145lbs) but she is catching up quick.

"As you slide down the banister of life, may the splinters never point the wrong way."
bones1776 Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #25
  • From:USA

Re:Our pets!

Date Posted:27-03-2016 01:03:53Copy HTML

Love it, Gunny! Thanks for posting! She's gonna be a big one!
Live it or live with it.
xgunny Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #26
  • From:France

Re:Our pets!

Date Posted:24-11-2016 04:07:25Copy HTML

She's getting there. Eleven months old and still growing. These dogs don't reach maturity before three years but she is already bigger than Huck. In fact she is already bigger that most adult female Tibetan Mastiffs.

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"As you slide down the banister of life, may the splinters never point the wrong way."
_QZ_ Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #27
  • From:USA

Re:Our pets!

Date Posted:24-11-2016 04:47:10Copy HTML

 Beautiful pup, Gunny! 


My Ella (see photos above) is now four!   Her rescue handlers said she should be 35 pounds or so...the vet guessed 50 or so when she was getting her puppy shots...and she is now 75 freaking pounds!!!! She's a good girl now, as long as you don't mind a clumsy oaf with a wicked tail....and you aren't our mailman. 
xgunny Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #28
  • From:France

Re:Our pets!

Date Posted:24-11-2016 07:39:03Copy HTML

My guess is that Ella isn't missing too many meals.

Lasya doesn't miss many either. She's 11 months old now and a little over 100 pounds. She'll probably top out at 130 - 140. Female TMs usually don't get that big, but she is already bigger than most grown females and many males. Many breeders in Europe and the US over the last 50 years were breeding to downsize in search of a more manageable animal. Lasya is a throwback to the old Chinese monsters.(huge head & huge attitude)

I'm with you QZ, I just can't imagine not having a dog.

"As you slide down the banister of life, may the splinters never point the wrong way."
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