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  1. He looks pretty short and fat in it, but he's really tall. I can easily rest my palm on his head and my fingers on his shoulders, and I'm very tall. He's got about 4" of hair all over, so it hides how skinny and lanky he actually is. I don't think he's ever been clipped.
  2. This is the only picture I have of him for now, will try to post more later. Its his adoption pic.
  3. Well some people had asked for an update on my last post about Hazel, and what will happen with my future dog. Everyone likes happy (ish?) endings. This week has been a crazy mix of emotions. We picked up Bear (the bernese x poodle) last Saturday with no expectations. He is basically the perfect dog for what I need. Super sweet and cuddly (never thought I'd meet a dog that could out-cuddle me), very calm, learns quickly, and absolutely nothing phases him. Hes been around construction, screaming children, bathed, HV dryer, people in strange costumes, model rockets shooting off, all body par
  4. Thank you all for your kind words. I finally managed to be able to type up her story without breaking down. Its in the appropriate section if you'd like to read it. She was an amazing dog, who was very loved.
  5. Hazel was your typical puppy. I always jokingly referred to her as the "demon puppy" because she was much more nippy and intense than any other pup I had raised or met. However, that intensity served her well as a service dog. I remember at just 3-4 months old, we took her to a 4th of July parade as a socialization experience. They fired a cannon off 10 feet in front of us, she briefly startled, then was like "what was that? lets go investigate!!". That dog could bounce back from anything and was absolutely fearless. She loved everything: Dogs, People, and most especially children. Althoug
  6. Hello everyone. I made the decision and put Hazel down this morning. It was a difficult thing, but honestly once it was over I felt a lot better knowing her suffering is over. Yesterday we went for just a 5 minute walk to let her blow off some steam, she got the aggressive zoomies and bit me, then fell over trying to go up the 3 inch step on our front door, took a five hour nap afterwards moaning. While I would have loved for the rescue situation to work out, I just knew in my heart after that that she couldn't wait on a hope of rescue and continue to suffer. (she did have a definitiv
  7. I realize dogs can be rehomed into different situations and still be happy - sorry, I'm very emotional and am probably anthropomorphizing her a bit... She just got SO excited when she saw her vest when I was unpacking. It was like a five minute miracle. She could be in a pet home, but would do best with a stay at home mom, or a retired couple... someone with time to spend with her. Thats more what I was trying to get at - shes used to the companionship that comes with a 24/7 job and would miss that, not the job itself. One of the reasons I am hesitant to put her in rescue is just what was
  8. FHO - since this is what would have to happen in a rescue situation... Vet says they dont like to do it in dogs over 50lbs? Hazel is right at 50, but does have well muscled legs so has that going for her. Can they still develop arthritis in that joint after a while? Or no because its not really a joint? Reason that I ask is that we had a dog that needed a pin put in her hip. Fixed the problem, but then developed arthritis after a while that eventually she went lame from anyway. Bilateral FHO - bad idea? okay idea? she may need both done. Been reading a lot of people's blogs that had it don
  9. D'Elle, thanks for that kind reply and saying what I wasn't going to have the guts to say... That post before you ripped my heart in half. Guys, please don't make rude snap judgements on things that I have been thinking about, crying about, and losing sleep over for over a month now. It is true that I had a dog with behavior issues before hazel, his name was Brahms. I will take full responsibility for making a crappy decision to get him in the first place, but I will NOT take responsibility for his behavior. He came to us at four and a half months old, from a good breeder. The breeder did
  10. Also, just so everything is clear shes not a purebred, theres an aussie or two somewhere way back. Thats where her "flashy" colors come from. Doubt that affects the rescue, but thought I'd put it out there.
  11. Laura - I know you arent trying to be difficult, and I really do appreciate your concerns and help. Part of me really wants to do it. My concern here is very similar to the horse story above. Will it even ultimately do her good? Will she really end up happy? Something inside of me just doubts it very much. Dont get me wrong, I would LOVE for that to happen. However, if she were a pet, she would be very unhappy unless she had a constant companion (and one who didnt mind her alerting to stress or licking their face and barking if they were distressed...). Shes okay with being alone in a kennel,
  12. also, thank you all for your support and advice, whether you support my decision or not. This board has taught me a lot, and makes me a bit sad that my next dog, whatever it will be, will not be a border collie. They are all I've ever had other than a couple of english setters when I was very little left from my parents breeding program, and I will miss them and all their fun quirks.
  13. Sorry I have not responded in a while. I needed time to myself to sort things out. Guys, I just want her to not suffer any more. She has started barking at me for no reason, picking at her paw/hip, couple days ago found her hiding under the linen closet shelf where she barely fit. When I went to try and see what was up, she tried to bite me. Has nipped at me a couple times since and is clearly a bite risk from the pain. Will not let me touch her backside. Moaning in her sleep. She can't ride in a car. I think trying to find her a rescue/money for the surgery is going to take awhile and wil
  14. Also, luckily we have found a way for me to go with my husband for cheap. Almost everything is covered by work, so we can evaluate the new dog with no risk of spending money to fly it.
  15. I'm really uncomfortable with surgery. Maybe its been my misfortune to meet too many dogs recently that have had the surgery, and STILL cant run or live normally. we are talking a 12k surgery here. Even if cost were no issue at all, you'd be looking at doing one hip, a six month difficult recovery, and then turning around and doing it again with the other. Is all that pain and suffering fair to her when she has no idea what's going on?? We are talking a year long process here. Maybe someone here has had experience with it that can enlighten me. All I know is that I have met three dogs with hip
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