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  1. Kyna, George came to me with severe chronic ear infections. A raw diet took care of it.
  2. Melanie,

    I want to thank you for sharing your journey with Solo. I have been working with my vet on medicating Cocoa. We are currently trying the combo therapy of Prozac and Elavil that you mention you used for Solo. I am hopeful that it will be successful. The anxiety meds were very frustrating. Age has made Cocoa worse and I want to help her as much as possible. So thank you. Happy Thank...

  3. I am sorry the dogs are ill from their adventure with flour, but did you take any pictures of that mess? And did you laugh or cry? Toni
  4. Thank you for the support everyone. I thought that maybe I was being too demanding, but I worked hard for Cocoa's trust. The fluff butt deserves to have someone fighting for her. Thanks guys. Toni
  5. Just wanted to give everyone an update. I faxed the Vet Melanie's suggestion and received the response that if I wanted to give Coca IM I would have to reschedule as she had onlly scheduled 15 mins as she planned on doing an IV. In what world did she think she would be able to do an IV without sedation? I was so frustrated. So now I am searching for a new vet. Toni
  6. Melanie, The vet wanted me to pick up pills ahead of time to give to her. In your opinion would an injection work better? I just don't know about not having her sedated when I get there. No matter what I have done she is terrified. We went everyday for months the last time I had her shots. I did treats, companion pet... nothing made one bit of difference. Just getting her nails clipped is exhausting. The hair between her pads- forget about it. I would like to have something in our arsenal that would make these visits less stressful for her. I have worked with her since I rescued her touching her feet. While she finally adjusted to me brushing her (she has to be on a leash and isolated in the room with only me) , the feet have been another story. It takes 3 of us while she is on the grooming table to hold her. Toni.
  7. I am taking Cocoa to the vet. It is usually an exercise in futility but she needs to have a good exam. Normally we muzzle, restrain, and try to get done what we can which is not much. The vet wants to give her Ace or Torbutrol. I know folks here have said Ace is horrible to use. What will Torbutrol do to her? Is it the same thing? Any suggestions. Our appointment is Saturday and I would really appreciate ideas on what to do for her. I know at the least we can get her shots updated but I really want to have her blood work done, teeth checked etc. I don't see that being possible without sedation. Thanks all. Toni
  8. I knew I would miss her, I just didn't realize how deep it would go. I took for granted the little jobs My Honey Girl did on a daily basis. It is not what you folks with working dogs would call work, but my girl took it on as her job. I could leave food out and Honey would let me know if one of the gang was trying to counter surf. I have lost 3 steaks, a pot of soup, loaves of bread (yes, I am a slower learner and George is very fast). She would walk the house at night to make sure everyone was in their beds and the house was secure. If someone was locked outside, in the basement, in the attic, or a room, Honey would let me know. If you were sick she comforted you. She was the first to alert me someone was not well. It didn't matter people or critter, she knew. Sometimes at night I swear I hear her walking the house. When I call the dogs in I still call her name. It is such a habit. I miss you my love.
  9. What a great life and a wonderful Girlfriend. Thank you for sharing it. I am sorry for your loss. Toni
  10. Thank you for sharing the story of three special souls. Life feels so empty without them and the pattern of life is greatly altered with their passing. Great tribute. Toni
  11. I am sorry for this news. I knew when Honey stopped dancing for her breakfast her time was very near. Enjoy these days. Toni
  12. The past two nights have been long as I sat vigil with my dear sweet Honey. I rescued her from the Humane Society when she was a year and half, a distressed mutt pacing in a cage. It was a cold wet November day and she was an emaciated and nervous. I didn’t sleep for days when she first came home with me. Restless, whining, and unable to keep food down, it took time and patience to convince her she was safe. Loving Honey was easy. I used to call her my doe face. She had the sweetest brown eyes. She loved to have her belly rubbed but hated to be held. She would not share her bed, hell she would not share my bed if she got to it first. So gentle I could trust her with the smallest child. How she loved playing with the neighborhood children. They would come three and four times a day. “Can I take Honey out, can she come and play?” they would plead. It broke her heart when they no longer came by to play with her. So we took to long walks and tennis balls. I introduced squeaky toys to keep her occupied on rainy days. All I had to say was Honey where is your eeii, eeii? http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b48/tshar/004.jpg When she brought Pierre out DH would give the frog a French accent. It was hysterical and Honey had great fun. Pierre would last for weeks until finally she could not take it any longer and would gently rip the squeaker out of it. Honey always on patrol, listening. Goodbye my sweet girl, you can rest now. http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b48/tshar/Honey.jpg
  13. Vicki, When you first posted about Tib, the picture that came to mind was the one of the golden girls. I remember that picture vividly. I am glad you posted it again. I have a special place in my heart for the elders. My Honey girl just turned 16 and is increasing more frail. I am cherishing every day knowing that our time is approaching. Toni
  14. Vicki - Thank you for sharing Tib's story. It is a beautiful tribute for a beautiful loyal dog. Toni
  15. Good to see you posting Snorri. Poor Kali. George sends his sympathy and says that if Kali wants to commiserate he has access to the computer all day while I am at work. Toni
  16. I am sorry for the loss of your sweet girl. What a beautiful tribute. Toni
  17. Sick, sick, sick people. My sympathy to everyone who lost here. Especially Brock and the neighbor dog. Toni
  18. I am sorry for your troubles and the loss of your sheep. Fast healing to all. And yes, it sounds like you married well indeed.
  19. You know most of us managed to survive our childhood without seat belts, helmets, knee pads, child seats, fire proof pajamas, and whatever else society has managed to make complicated. I had fun and I survived. We don't need more laws. I could go on but I am going to bite my tongue. Toni
  20. I am sorry. This has been a difficult time for your family. Poor sad Annie. Toni
  21. Honey came from the humane society already named and it suits her. She is the sweetest girl. Cocoa came from the humane society as Oreo which I could never remember. She was so nervous when I first brought her home I used to sing songs to her. She responded with absolute joy when I sang "Lime in the Coconut". Probably because I am a rotten singer and sassy ass was making fun of me. George came as Bandit. But his first day with me I just kept calling him George. I have no idea why. He took to it immediately. Everyone always thinks I am talking about a person. Toni
  22. Donna, I am so sorry for your loss. You are not awful. Being a care giver is a daunting task that many are incapable of performing. You are not one of them. No one could have loved or cared more for Tikki. Toni
  23. That is a tough age. Cocoa reduced me to tears when she was that old. And it was my fault for having no idea what she required. I do laugh about it now. Mostly at me and how clueless I was. Frozen kong with peanut butter gave me at least a hour of peace. Good Luck with your treatment. Toni
  24. It was a blessing that you found her in time to give her a week of gentle care. Toni
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