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  1. Just got a quick note from Jo&Tex. Tex, her blind BC, is having a very bad day and she's off to the vet as I write this. So, I'm asking that you all send lots of good mojo for Jo and Tex. I'm sure she won't mind me asking on her behalf.
  2. counting down the days...I'm going on the road trip to pick out the puppy this Tuesday. The pups will be 4 weeks old and from all accounts are a bundle of energy Expect a pile of pictures on Wednesday night It's a good thing they are 8 hours away....otherwise I might be making a nuisance of myself !
  3. Terrific news! I can vouch for the power of Board Mojo...
  4. I found out about the recall earlier this week. I switched over to TOTW when Jazz got sick two years ago. I wanted to feed Orijen but it is not readily available where I live. So, TOTW was the next best. However, I just bought a bag of GO!! which is a grain free kibble manufactured in Canada. I was told only the large bags of TOTW were recalled so I bought the smallest bag I could to start the transition. So far, so good. They like it and I haven't seen any evidence of dietary distress. I guess this is what happens with 'big business' like dog food. One manufacturing plant for multiple brands. It's hard to stay educated and on top of it!
  5. I am sure my friends and co-workers are sick of listening to me talk about the puppy...did I mention I can hardly wait?? However, this is the first pup that I will have since we moved to the farm. The only 'stock' I have right now is a flock of Muscovy ducks. So, I'll need to really start getting my act together to get some sheep or at the very least some access to sheep close by. I'll definitely be saving my $$ to take some weekend clinics and I already have 3-4 good books (Scrimgeour, Holland...) and some videos too. All in all, I'm hoping that I'll do the dog justice...that he will get to do the work he's intended to do...and I won't mess him up too badly I think I'll be spending lots of time on these boards looking over the training discussions! Pictures to follow, once the pup is actually mine
  6. Well, it's official. I'll be picking up a new puppy in June. I've picked one from the litter but will be making the 7+ hour road trip in a couple of weeks to make sure he's the right one I can hardly wait! It's been 13 years since puppy feet skittered across the floor. I've learned a lot since then, but there will be much more to learn. This is the pup I'll be training for what he was bred to do...at least that's the plan Oh my, what have I gotten myself into? Did I happen to mention I can hardly wait??? I promise to post a picture once the puppy picks me
  7. You have every right to brag! Good Boy Daniel!
  8. One never knows where a post on a BC board might lead....but in this case, it led me to a litter of 2 week old puppies, located not too far from home. While I wasn't sure that a puppy was what I wanted, I really think this is the right thing. With Cricket and Dusty getting up there, and the last two years of geriatric care for Zachary, a puppy sounds like a lot of fun. Now...it's been 13 years!! since I've had a puppy but I've learned SO much in that time, that I think I'm up for the challenge. I'm going to take a long walk tonight - I always find walking is the best way for me to make a decision. Wish me luck
  9. Cynthia, I missed this post! I'll give you a call ...got any pictures?????

  10. Thanks everyone I can always count on the folks here for thoughtful comments. I did inquire about him. While it would be great to visit him, it's a 7 hour drive at least from my home so not as easy as it might sound. However, in my emails with the rescue, I just found out he was on television today and they have tons of applications for him. So, it looks like he will find a forever home much closer to where he's located now. Yep, I loved the little heart on his face and the other thing I liked was he was a perfect combination of my Jazz and Cricket...Jazz's coat and Cricket's head and ears. I think someone is going to have a great little dog soon In the meantime, I do know that the right dog will come into my life at the right time...they always have
  11. It's only been 2 weeks since I let my Zachary go. And there is still a large hole in my heart from losing Jazz 2 years ago at the too young age of 11. I have been considering a new addition to the household and I know that the right dog will come along. Cricket, is 9 yrs old and is healthy (she had hip surgery at 8 months old and I know that arthritis is likely in the future) and Dusty, the terrier-X is likely 8 or 9 as well. As I said, both healthy now but who knows for how long. This is a BC I found in rescue in Toronto. His name is Shane and he is 6 years old. Given the ages of my other dogs...is adding a 6 year old - too old? I know that they can live long healthy lives well into their teens. Am I just being 'gun' shy? http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/22821833 Any thoughts would be appreciated Thanks
  12. What a handsome fellow. I'm sorry I can't help him but I do hope he gets into a BC rescue. Thank you for taking care of him. I hope the first owners NEVER get another dog!
  13. How very awful for both of you! Sending lots of good northern mojo your way.
  14. Oh Laura, the swimming adventure and the video...too priceless for words. Zippy certainly enriched your life and he will live long in your memory. Something tells me that Zippy won't be 'resting' easy at the Bridge...there are far more adventurous things for him to do.
  15. What a lovely tribute to Zippy. I have a number of friends with Papillons and they all refer to them as border collies in disguise. It seems to me, that Zippy fit that description I am sure that Zippy and Zachary are having some great adventures at the Bridge together... "Grant me the strength to not dwell on my loss. Help me remember the details of his life with the Love he has shown me And grant me the courage to honour him by sharing those memories with others Let him remember me as well And let him know that I will always love him" Zippy knows how much you love him..and he will always be in your heart.
  16. Zachary came into my life when he was 6 years old. He had lived with a family all that time but they decided he barked too much and took him to the local shelter. I was a volunteer board member and told the shelter staff if they ever had a miniature schnauzer come in, to call me. Jazz was just a year old and I wanted another dog, smaller than a BC for a companion. Imagine my surprise when the call came about Zachary. When I picked him up, I was delighted by his personality....at least until I brought him to my fenced back yard. Little did I know that Zachary had terrible separation anxiety. His schnauzer scream had the entire neighbourhood outside in a flash. I was mortified but over time, we learned that it was just one of Zachary’s idiosyncrasies. In 2004, we moved to the farm. It was during that move, that we came close to losing Zachary for the first time. He suffered a severe attack of pancreatitis and was in the clinic for 4 days. Until that day, Zachary was in perfect health. The pancreatitis left Zachary’s heart compromised. From that day, until today, he was treated with Vetmedin. That did not stop him from tearing around the yard as fast as his legs could carry him, or from taking the opportunity to ‘run away from home’ if he got the notion. It always amazed me at how quickly he could run even up to last summer. Zachary was top dog in the house. All the dogs and the cats deferred to my little ironman. Never did I see Zachary ‘lose his cool’. He was dominant without ever being snarly. Zachary loved his people. Nothing pleased him more than to sit on someone’s lap or to curl up beside someone on the couch and if he could, mooch some of your supper. Spaghetti was one of his favourites but the best was green peas in the pod. We dubbed his moves ‘the zacharina’ because he would dance on his back legs for green peas. As with any terrier, Zachary had a knack for being the best mouser in the house....even the cats couldn’t compete with his prowess. He also had his tangles with skunks and thankfully, we averted the near disastrous encounter with the porcupine. Through the years, there were so many times when Zachary would walk that fine line between life and death. Over the last couple of years, as his heart condition worsened, there were times when I felt he would not make it. But he earned the nickname of Ironman for coming back from the brink so many times. But time marched on, and today my Zachary was laid to rest. He has a special place in the garden, not far from Jazz. The morning sun will shine on his grave as will the setting sun. And during the heat of the day, he’ll be shaded by the cedars and spruce. I know DH will make a special marker as he did for Jazz. I will miss my little ironman .... he was ever the gentleman pup and that is a very special trait indeed. Rest easy at the Bridge my little one..and know that you have a special place in my heart. 2011 - on vacation at Cape Cod.
  17. I wish I had the right words to thank you all. You are so compassionate and kind and even as I shed tears for my little boy, I find great comfort and solace here. So many of you have shared the same journey and know the depth of feelings with this loss. You are all true friends. Thank you.
  18. Zachary went peacefully at 5:15 tonight. We spend his final few hours lazing on the couch and I was able to hold him in my arms as he crossed the Bridge. He is resting in the garden beside Jazz and I know that there are many pups who welcomed him when he arrived. My heart is empty but I know it was the right thing to do...
  19. It's time. It took 3 hours to get Zachary relaxed enough to sleep. He's barking, and moaning and his breathing is ragged. I know he's in pain. I'm calling the vet in the morning to set Zachary free. Jazz will be waiting at the Bridge for his best buddy and they will once again run and play the way they did.
  20. I've read through this thread, and tonight, I've been listening to Zachary. He's barking off and on..like he's trying to tell me something and although he is eating well, I think that the time has come for me to let him go ..... I found this essay not long after Jazz died - I read it again tonight.. I know in my heart I need to let Zachary be at peace..but it does not make the decision any easier. I hope this essay will help others as it helped me. Dealing with the Guilt. Guilt. It's a word that can invoke in us the deepest, most terrible feelings of loss, horror, anger, and helplessness. Why did I do what I did? Why couldn't I have done more? Did I kill my beloved pet? Did I not do enough? Did I do too much? Did I put him/her down too soon? Did I wait too long? If only I had closed the gate. If only I had noticed sooner. If only I had waited longer. If only I had more money. If only I had rushed to the vet sooner. If only I had known more at the time. If only I had listened to my gut feelings. If only I had gone to a better vet. And we beat ourselves up for all these questions and "if-onlys". Why do we do this? Because we loved our pets. Because we wish we could have done more, or wish we had not done what we did. But we cannot bring them back. We cannot change what we did or did not do. What we can do is stop hurting ourselves over the guilt. Each of us, in our own way, did what we thought was right at the time, using what we knew and felt. Each of us tried to do the best we could, and did it with the intention of love. We are human beings, with frailties and faults. We don't know everything. We make mistakes. But we make them with the best of intentions. To hurt ourselves with the terrible additional pain of guilt is to do disservice to the love we felt for our pets. With very, very few exceptions, we did the best we knew to do at the time. Even if we feel that we didn't do what we should have, or did what we should not have, we have learned, and everyone will benefit from that knowledge now. Our beloved pets are gone, and out of pain. We still torture ourselves with the pain of guilt and doubt. It's human to do that, too, but are we being fair to ourselves? We loved, deeply, and that says that we have a deep capacity for love that many do not. We are basically good people. Should we not recognize that goodness, instead of inflicting pain on ourselves for what we could, or should, or should not have done? We took in a beloved creature, and gave him or her everything we could. We petted, we walked, we fed, we changed litterboxes, we played, we stroked, we sat sleepless on difficult nights. We cared, and did everything we knew to do at the time. And we looked in their eyes, and knew they understood that we loved them. If we didn't know enough, or made an innocent mistake, do we believe that they did not understand, and love and forgive us in spite of it? I believe they did, and that they do. We need to forgive ourselves. If we can, we can increase our knowledge, reach out to help others, and use our pain to make things better for our pets, for others' pets, and for those animals out there who are alone and lost. We can make a difference. But only if we quit hating ourselves, blaming ourselves, for being human. Let the guilt go. Know that your furbabies don't blame you; they understand, because they know your heart. Let yourself forgive yourself, and allow all the love you have to be there for another. There are so many who need it. Learn, and then teach. Keep learning, and don't stop. Every pebble of knowledge and caring you send out will ripple throughout the world, and keep growing. And perhaps in time, every animal will be loved, and well-cared for, and there will be a great golden age for the animals, and for those of us who love them. Ginger-lyn Summer September 10, 1999
  21. Such a timely discussion...as I struggle with my Zachary's life. Although the vet indicated he was in renal failure and had limited time left, once again my little ironman has surprised me. But, is he happy? I wish I could tell for sure. He stands outside in the sunlight and seems happy. He sleeps quietly for a lot of the day and night and I do all I can to make sure he's comfortable. He eats his food with gusto and stands at my feet to make sure I put him beside me on the couch in the evening. It's Easter and 2 years ago, I lost my Jazz to hemangiosacroma. He wasn't quite 11 and was the picture of health. It hurts even now. Perhaps that is why I'm struggling right now. I don't want to lose my Zachary at the same time. Maybe Zachary knows this....and has decided to give me a little more of his time. I hope that the decisions I make when it comes to my dogs will be the right one for them, and ultimately for me as well. In Zachary's case, even if offered by my vet, I would only do what is necessary to keep him comfortable. what I would do with a much younger dog, I can't say for sure. So much would be dependent on THAT dog, at that time.
  22. So far, he's resting comfortably. He sleeps alot but I would too if I were his age. There's been no more vomiting and he seems hungry. Will my little ironman surprise me yet again?
  23. Lots of healing mojo from up North! I hope Sasha recuperates quickly!
  24. Zachary, my little ironman, has been diagnosed with renal failure. In itself, it could be treated, but his heart condition has worsened as well so there isn't much to be done except keep him comfortable. I lost my Jazz two years ago (April 2) - it was Good Friday..now Zachary's failing..and it's almost Good Friday I am looking for ways to make him as comfortable as possible for the next little while. If you have any suggestions please share them. He is still eating and drinking but in the middle of the night, he vomited his food so I made the trip to the vet this morning. He thinks it might be a few days...but Zachary has always surprised us .. so it may be longer. Mojo for him would be nice... I don't want him to suffer.
  25. I'm so sorry to hear about June.. losing a member of a team isn't easy. We have them for such a short time. Rest easy June.
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