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Re: Dog Stories
« Reply #105 on: November 04, 2016, 12:57:39 PM »

Cool story!

I'm curious if he only responds in Lucas County (Toledo) or if his crew also responds to southern Monroe County at times.  Not sure how to find that info.

I will definitely be keeping my eyes open for them.
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Re: Dog Stories
« Reply #106 on: February 04, 2017, 02:45:03 PM »

For the past 3 weeks our dog had been vomiting and had loose stool (diarrhea) and she was in and out of two different  vet offices five times over the course of that time. A couple of thousand dollars later, and two separate regimens of prescribed drugs, her condition did not improve, she continued losing weight and refused to eat, but she couldn't seem to drink enough water.     

We took Kendall to the vet again Thursday evening, and realized when we left there we would be making some tough decisions. Yesterday morning I told my wife what I had considered all last night, and that I believed it was time to put her down, and we did this morning. She came to us as rescue dog from Detroit, and nearly starved to death when she was found.

Kendall was eight years old Friday, and though she had some issues we made her part of our lives. We provided her with a nice home with lots of love and she in turn gave us her loyal undivided companionship.  What we don’t know is what type of environment she was raised in.

Emotions aside … I have some harsh feelings toward the some of the vets too. Some of these people have demonstrated a willingness to take advantage of people so emotionally involved with their pets by not being more blunt and frank about the prognosis.

Rather than tell people there is a serious and chance she would not recover from whatever was destroying her and there is minimal chance of full recovery they are more than happy to keep running endless amounts of tests and raking up mounting costs ... and I think that is wrong, unethical and unprofessional.... 

... To me some (not all) of the vets are motivated by cash and money rather than diagnosing and being honest frank and forthcoming in the dogs diminishing quality of life and chances of getting well. In this day and age money has so corrupted the balance between "Hippocratic Oaths," human doctors are sworn to in their "do no harm" purpose and I beginning to doubt that exist with some of these veterinarians. That to me is the greatest travesty and animals suffer greatest.

Who knows if veterinarians are even taught "Hippocratic Oathes" before leaving grad schools .... or even if they are sworn to believe their "do no harm" purpose, they certainly believe cash is best from what I witnessed, and I believe as long they treat your pet as though you were in a convenience cash in and cash out party store your pet suffers .... Just Saying!     
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Re: Dog Stories
« Reply #107 on: February 04, 2017, 03:03:14 PM »

I know what you were dealing with..I'm going thru that right now with a shi shu.  Everything but the vomiting..  When he started to loose weight and drank water all day I went to the Lambertville vet.  $300 later for a blood work up I found out he prob had a stroke for one thing and that his kidneys were only functioning at 35%.  Dr Taylor said he could live maybe 6 months or it could be less.  He is now starting to cut back on food.  Even when he ate the normal amount he went from 20 lbs to 12.. Unfortunately Dr Taylor just retired.  There is a husband and wife team there now but I don't know if they adopted Dr Taylor's principles..
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Re: Dog Stories
« Reply #108 on: February 04, 2017, 08:45:14 PM »

Whispers, sorry about your loss.  It's a tough call to make.  As one of my favorite vets used to say "It's the quality of life, not the quantity."  I have been fortunate to have a vet who tells me straight....and hands me the tissue box.  Knowing when to let go is part of being a responsible pet owner...a painful part.   My sympathies.
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Re: Dog Stories
« Reply #109 on: February 04, 2017, 09:09:00 PM »

It's a fine line. I hate to do it but I don't want to see the dog suffer either. 
Sorry for your loss Wispers.  I think a lot of people have been thru this a few times. 
I'm on my 7th. Only 1 died without us really knowing there was something wrong. The other we took to the vet..
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« Reply #110 on: February 04, 2017, 10:37:59 PM »

Thanks for the encouragement Cat Lady and Blue, it is very tough. It doesn't seem fair in a lot of ways but then again, we knew going in they don't live forever. We were there with her touching, petting and talking to her when she went  to sleep and  this morning we found ourselves almost calling for her as we typically would but caught ourselves.

This evening we went out for a community play and relaxed with friends but, we still feel a bit stunned, and still feeling a little dazed by all this. It was so sudden.

Last night I confessed to my wife I found myself looking at a few adopt a pet websites and she did as well. In all frankness though, I told her I guess I wanted to see if there was another Kendall look-a-like out there that needed a good home ...  but in reality I know we're just not ready for another one right now.

Today was a better day than yesterday and tomorrow always gets a little easier still.   
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Re: Dog Stories
« Reply #111 on: February 05, 2017, 09:35:43 AM »

We put our dog to sleep over 15 years ago and even now there isn't a day I don't miss her.  When no one wanted to go with me for a walk around the property summer or winter, she always went.  When I went up to the cabin for a weekend and no one else wanted to go, she always went.  She was a constant companion other than while at work for 13 years.  So I know exactly what you are going through and I am sorry for your loss.

I have toyed with adopting another but I just can't make that step but there is one thing that may help with the grief.  If I asked you do you want your loved one to go to heaven I am sure 99% of people would say yes - can't say 100% because some folks don't believe in heaven.  And to go to heaven it means you need to die.  So death is part of the deal we have to take as the bad with the good.  And as the Disney movie tells us "All dogs go to heaven."

Kendall will always be with you in your heart.
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Re: Dog Stories
« Reply #112 on: February 05, 2017, 11:54:32 AM »

Thanks for the kind words Bill, so true ... I believe when we go these friends will be there waiting to follows us around and happy to reunite once again.

I still a lot of snow in the back yard, I see either very red blood colored urine or diarrhea, I can't say which. I used to always walk around the back yard shoveling up her stool every week, sometimes more often than that to keep the yard clean. Now I have to wait for the thaw and melt to clean up.

This dog was always fed "Rachel Rae" organic dry food. Seems to me her symptoms such as diarrhea weren't pronounced until I inadvertently serve her some "Rachel Rae" venison lamb dry food in November, and about the same time I had Terminex come out and lay down some bait traps for mice in mid-December.

Both the vet and Terminex agree the poison for mice would not harm pets. They say its so minimal it would pass through their system in a week, if they came in contact with it. I simply don't know, but Terminex had called Friday pleading no responsibility and asking what they could to "make things better" and to be frank about it, we were in no mood for it Friday. 

Let me preface this by saying, we are not dirty people. We have newer home first owners about 16 years ago. We had an attached garage with a vast wide open Detroit Edison type easement in the back alley. Everyone always get some field mice in the fall and throughout warmer months getting into the garage. For that, I place down four bait traps partially concealed.

Kendall was never allowed in the garage. We have a completely fenced backyard. I have two bait traps in the basement but I have a seep seven foot walls and she cannot reach them and rarely ever went down in the basement. On occasion I would scoop a dead mouse from the garage when I found them.   

Then of all this vomiting and diarrhea occurred. It was horrible to witness and we felt helpless to stop it. We tried canned food, cooked chicken breast, ground beef and rice and nothing ... no amount of visits to the vet was helping this dog, in the meanwhile her weight dropped from 50 pounds down to 36 ...

I asked the vet if whatever she had is contagious to other pets and he told me not unless the other dogs eat the stool ...
When ever my daughters dog came over Kendall and Piper were inseparable, both kindred spirits of destiny as they were both unwanted rescue dogs. 

I don't want Piper to come over here and get whatever Kendall caught. So I'm wondering if anyone might have any ideas on that? Once we have a thaw and the snow melts, and I clean up whatever stool is there to scoop up, is there anything I put down to cleanse the area?



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Re: Dog Stories
« Reply #113 on: February 06, 2017, 08:50:12 AM »

You may want to look up Virkons.
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Re: Dog Stories
« Reply #114 on: February 07, 2017, 12:20:50 PM »





A young man named Donald bought a dog from a farmer for $250.The farmer
agreed to deliver the dog the next day.



The next day, the farmer drove up to Donald's house and said, “Sorry son,
but I have some bad news… the dog died.”



Donald replied, “Well, then just give me my money back.” The farmer said,
“Can’t do that. I went and spent it already.”



Donald said, “Ok, then, just bring me the dead dog.”



The farmer asked, “What ya gonna do with him?” Donald said, “I’m going to
raffle him off.”



The farmer said, “You can’t raffle off a dead dog!” Donald said, “Sure I
can… Watch me… I just won’t tell anybody he’s dead.”



A month later, the farmer met up with Donald and asked, “What happened with
that dead dog?” Donald said, “I raffled him off”.“I sold 500 tickets at $5 a
piece and made a profit of $2495.” The farmer said, “Didn’t anyone
complain?”



Donald said, “Just the guy who won. So I gave him his $5 back.”



Donald has now moved into the White House.
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Re: Dog Stories
« Reply #115 on: February 07, 2017, 05:00:42 PM »

No issue with me.
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Re: Dog Stories
« Reply #116 on: February 07, 2017, 05:49:08 PM »

Well good......I was worried you might and was afraid to post it.
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Re: Dog Stories
« Reply #117 on: February 07, 2017, 10:12:25 PM »

Never seemed to impede your posting in the past..... ;D
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« Reply #118 on: February 08, 2017, 07:42:10 AM »

Nope, that's the way it should be!   ;)
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