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  1. Thank you, all! Yeah, was looking at it again today, and the claw is growing fast, and in a little semicircle. I think we'll ask the vet to remove it when he's neutered
  2. Hello, Our dear, departed Kip came to us as an adult of about 2-3yrs of age, from the dog warden/pound, so we did not know him as a pup---and he did not have anything like this. Kip crossed over back in April at 15ish years old and we've welcomed Walt to the household. Walt is ~14 weeks old now. Walt has normal dewclaws on the front (collie thumbs). They're well-developed and he uses them very much to his advantage when cornering, etc. Walt also has a single vestigial dewclaw on one hind foot. It is just fleshy, but with a fully developed claw. It does not seems to have any bone in it. Re: The hind dewclaw.... Have it removed? Leave it? My only concern is the nail will never wear down, since it's never in contact with the ground, obviously...and while I am grateful that Walt has all white toes/pink nails...I do not think I'd like to have to trim this claw. It's weirdly positioned. The little vestigial toe is to the left in the paw pic. The other is just a cute pic of Walt today.
  3. The pets at our place tend to have literary/historical figure names, yes. Our dear, departed Orlando was named for the Virginia Woolf story (a stray parvo+ pup who walked in front of our car when we were on our way home from the movie, who was our dog before Kip and Sollers joined us)... The best cat ever was our last cat, Bloomberg (after the cat in the Salinger stories). Current cat is Bruce (Robert the Bruce...he is tall and ginger).
  4. Hi! Our old man, Kip, passed away in April at ~15 yrs old. The previous summer, he blew out a knee and became non-weightbearing for a bit. (He recovered, but not to the point he could ever do steps again.) We live in an old house with slick hardwood floors...and very steep narrow steps to the cellar (where Kip liked to hang out when there was thunder, or when hubby was down there in his office/workshop space) and very steep/narrow tread steps to the 2nd floor where the bedrooms are. We bought some of those interlocking black foam rubber floor mats that you can configure into different shapes, and just made "runways" around the house on the first floor for Kip, as they were quite inexpensive and not only gave him traction, but also served as comfy spots to rest. We did buy and use one of those sling/harness thingies----it went about half the length of his belly and had a bit at the front that went across his chest....looked a bit like a horse blanket with luggage handles on top. It allowed any one of us (me, hubby, or kids) to help Kip if he got stuck. And, not long before he passed, we had tornadoes this spring...and we *had* to get him into the cellar...and then back out again. Kip tried one disastrous last time to come up to get me while I was working (my office is upstairs) and I came out, not expecting to find him on the other side of the closed door to the landing, we startled each other, and he tried to hurry down the stairs (he was not allowed to hang out upstairs, even when his knee was good, because upstairs is the cat's domain) forgetting, I guess, that not all four legs worked, and tumbled down the last half of the stairs face first, ricocheted off the wall and bumped down the landing steps. We all aged significantly in that 15 seconds. (He was okay, not injured.) I think the sling contraption was about $35 at Petsmart and worth every penny. Kip was a big dog, 55ish pounds, so I'd not have been able to help him safely without a good handle.
  5. Our old man BC, Kip, arrived into a household that already had a cat. He and cat were fast friends, because cat was bombproof. That cat passed on, and new hire cat never became confident enough to hang out with Kip. (Cat would look like he was TRYING not to look nervous around Kip but always failed, then Kip would start staring, and the cat would look MORE nervous....)
  6. Kip (our dear old man BC, who crossed over in April) came with the name when we got him from the dog warden. Of course, he had not been at the pound long, so did not really know it, but we saw no reason to change it. Our other pets all have literary names, so we playfully made his "full" name Rudyard Kipling Dog. (All the dogs have the same surname...Dog.) Husband started calling him Kippersnacks as a pet name. Daughter ramped that up to Snack-aroni and Cheese. They were always spoken in love and I don't think he held it against us ever. The new pup is Walt...and that is what will go on his registration. But, when he's in trouble, my daughter calls him by his "full" name...Walter Whitman Dog.
  7. Wow, Sue, I had not been here regularly in that time period and missed that! And, thank you, Eileen and Heather, for maintaining. These boards are a tremendous resource.
  8. Thank you for the kind words. Lord willing and the creek don't rise, our new friend will be here tomorrow.
  9. It's been a long time since I've posted, though I still check in to read from time to time. Our Kip crossed over at the beginning of April, with all his people around him. Thank you to everyone here on these boards who helped me figure out these amazing dogs. Kip came to us from the dog warden in Lucas Co., Ohio/Toledo in February, 2008, where he'd been an unclaimed stray. He brought more than a dozen years of happiness to us. Our other old man, Sol (nonBC), is still puttering around happily. We hope he'll be pleased with the new BC recruit who is to join us next week. Best wishes to all, Christine
  10. Sue, I haven't stopped by in a long time, so am just now reading this, but I do remember Celt... I'm so sorry for your loss. Our Kip crossed over early April at age ~16ish (we think, as we did not have a firm age on him when we got him from the dog warden all those years ago). All my sympathy to your house.
  11. In case the Facebook post does not show for others: "Sweet dog came to visit me tonight. Well groomed with collar but no identification. PM me if you know to whom he belongs. Will take him to a vet tomorrow to see if he has a chip. He is safe for tonight. One distinguishing thing about this beauty. The owner will know."
  12. Posting here in case this sweetheart is known to anyone here. A friend here in Cincinnati gave this doggo a safe place for the night. She's planning to visit a vet tomorrow morning to check for a chip. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10213850475400299&set=a.10203935893381945.1073741826.1360340200&type=3&theater
  13. Thanks all. It is a blessing to have dog folks with good minds to bounce questions like this one off of! Today, the toe looks good---the exposed quick already seems to be hardening, though he's still looking a little ginger with it. Nothing looks infected. I'll keep a close watch on it.
  14. Thanks! Last night, I isolated the toe from the others with a gauze, put the dangly bit back in roughly anatomical position and dressed the foot pretty firmly. I did not want to leave the pressure dressing on all night (it was hard to tell with all the canine drama if I really had it wrapped too tight or if he was just otherwise in discomfort), so I crated him at bedtime, then took the pressure dressing off. The bleeding had stopped, and the, er, dangly bit came off in the dressing when it was unwrapped. Not to be too graphic, but it looks like the cone-shaped dangly bit actually has a bit of the fleshy quick down in the tip of the cone, if that makes sense. Poor Sol's foot has a dark bloody "stump" of quick protruding past what is left of the hard part of the nail. Any thoughts on: Should I dress this remaining bit for a while? Leave it open to air? Is this injury worth a bit of antibiotic treatment?
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