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CHUNKYBUD
28th Mar 2018 13:15:47
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Hi, I have 2 dogs a 13yr old collie..Bud and a small terrier,11yr old..Pixie. both rescue dogs. I've had Bud 7 years now and what a loving gentle boy he is. Pixie has been with me for 18mths and pure energy. old Bud is starting to struggle with his back legs but half a paracetamol 250mg and some kippers every morning is doing wonders for him. He has cateracts and I will get them done for him as long as he can get about. I hope it's a long way off yet but I do plan to adopt another older dog just to give him/her some comfort in old age.
Response from Lionel made on 28th Mar 2018 16:07:01
Hello ChunkyBud, yeah, I'm a dog man too! Got 3 Border Collies, a blue merle boy of 14, a black bitch of 13 and their son a seal of 11. My merle boy had a stroke on October 9th around midnight. After a few days of feeling sorry for himself his old joy of life began to return and we could work with him to get him right again. Six months on and, although he's a little bit weak in the back legs, otherwise he is his old self.

I've had Collies all my adult life, worked them when I was a shepherd and the rest were house dogs. My merle boy is THE dog for me. Never known a dog be so intuitive, so full of fun as this one. In the home he's a pure beggar and needs to be reminded he's the dog of the house, not me!
Response from Tulabelle made on 24th Aug 2018 19:29:21
Hello Chunkybud!

One of my miniature Schnauzers has a problem with one of his back legs. The vet says it is likely to be a trapped nerve, and suggested some Supervet style treatment on his spinal discs. I have declined because he is elderly (12), has a good quality of life and doesn't seem to be in any pain. I was interested to read that you give Bud a dose of paracetamol each day - I didn't know that you could give this to dogs. And the kippers too. I wonder why this regime gas been so successful?
Tulabelle
24th Aug 2018 19:22:15
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Hi,

I have had dogs around me all my life and could not imagine being without them. At the moment I have four Miniature Schnauzers and a Golden Retriever. One of my minis, a pepper and salt boy, is 12 years old and has had an underactive thyroid gland since he was four. He has to rake a form of thyroxine every day. If there's anyone out there who loves Schnauzers or Goldens, then do get in touch.
RXH
25th Jan 2018 16:08:43
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Hi I'm new to this site, which appears to be a UK site. I live in Coastal Maine, USA. I'm 71 and have been retired for about 20 years. We have eight dogs: two retired racing Greyhounds, a very old Yorkie, an elderly Schnauzer mix and four Chihuahuas. All except the Yorkie are rescue dogs. We have had English Mastiffs for many years, but our last two died a couple of years ago. When I was younger, I did a great deal of racing Greyhound rescue and placement when the movement was new in the U.S. and I might add that having seen what goes on behind the scenes, I am adamantly opposed to Greyhound racing. The loving, gentle dogs make wonderful pets and may be the easiest dogs ever to live with. Oh, we also have three cats. Love all animals.
Dana L Sanderlin
30th Dec 2017 20:17:36
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msgizzy
22nd Oct 2017 05:42:00
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Hi all I just love all animals period. I live in a very rural community I have 4 labs and an ever ebb and flow of cats and kittens that just seem to show up. I do rehome many of the cats and kittens but have my favorites who stick around as kinda feral to others but me. From the age of six I always had a cat or 2 and thought myself a die hard cat person till I dated this one guy who had a lab cross. I was hooked and went and got a lab of my own. From the moment I met my dear girl she followed me every were we were rarely apart until the day she died. I sadly had to put her to sleep. It was the right thing to do for her but the very hardest thing I had to do. As everyone knows doing the right thing is never easy. I mourned her passing for 4 years. I couldn't speak of her or say her name without at the very least shedding a tear more often I would go off to have myself a good cry. As time went on the tears lessened until one day I realised I could remember all the wonderful times we shared. I will miss my special girl to my own dying day but feel honored and blessed and grateful she was in my life.
We share our lives with these amazing beings, who love us unconditionally, protect us without question, comfort us when we hurt and rejoice with us on our best days. I honestly can't think of to many other beings who have been in my life that shared their lives so openly and asking so little in return like my girl. It stands to reason that we would mourn the loss. In a way we honor our friends by acknowledging the very and deep bond we shared and it's loss in our life.
Allow yourself to mourn, do what ever you feel you need to do to deal with the loss and take as much time as you need to get to the day were your memory's bring a smile to your face instead of tears.
The poem rainbow bridge helped / helps me hopefully it will help you my thoughts are with you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVt1pD0sT0k
soldierbloo
10th Sep 2017 17:32:39
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hardest day of my life last week,had to put to sleep my beloved gsd...the vet said it was the kindest thing to do...but it doesn't feel that way...I have had a front line job all my life,even seen death in the military,but this is so much different....I had to make the decision and I feel guilty and heartbroken.time is a healer,but for now,there is no healing.so very sad.
Response from georgesmum made on 10th Sep 2017 18:17:40
So sad ....and all us dog people will understand how you are feeling right now. It is a very distressing time, especially when you have to make that final decision to let your beloved pet go.
I had to do this recently and although my dog was 17 and was blind and deaf I still felt guilty despite knowing that it was the right thing to do.....a horrible experience but as all pet owners know , it is usually an inevitable part of the process.
Our thoughts are with you soldierbloo.
Response from Lionel made on 10th Sep 2017 22:36:07
Soldierbloo, I sit where you sit this night. You're so right to be sad. Our dogs are our best friends, so loyal, so trustworthy ... I know, I've had Collies all my adult life. Got three elderly Collies here tonight.

Let the tears flow mate, get a little drunk, it does help, beggar what anyone thinks of you, only you know your heart towards your dog, your closest friend.

There's a vacant space in your home tonight, I know there is.

Yes, time heals, you're right, but sometimes it's bloody difficult getting there.

Soldierbloo, let it all hang out tonight and tomorrow - there's no shame.

As said, get a little drunk, cry a lot, there's no shame in that either, and, well mate, begin to think of the next dog you want.

I'll ask you a favour, mate. When these dark hours have passed, come back on Silver Surfers. Find me, I'd love to talk with you about whatever.

With a lot of understanding

Lionel
Lyndaw
7th Aug 2017 19:10:20
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I thought long and hard before getting my dog, but 3 years on, I couldn't imagine my life without him. He is a border terrier with all the terrier characteristics except chasing other small animals, he's a pacifist dog. My partner and I take him everywhere with us, we are now experts on dog friendly hotels and areas. I never realised the dog walking community existed and What a pleasure it is to meet them and their canine companions.
Shy lady
16th Jul 2017 17:53:37
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I have just joined and have a Pomerainian
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12th Nov 2016 12:18:22
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Hello I have a blue merle collie she will be six on the 19th nov. We also have a jack russel that we rescued about 13yrs ago and my son who lives with us has a crazy lurcher he's 2.
Response from Lionel made on 12th Nov 2016 13:15:56
That is one lovely dog!
Lionel
8th Oct 2016 17:45:50
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I have three Border Collies, a Blue Merle boy, a Seal boy and a rather non-descript bitch who's just lovely.

Collies have been a feature of my adult life; some have been house dogs and some working sheep dogs, useful when I was a shepherd.

The Merle is thirteen. He didn't reach maturity until he was four years old. It was a long haul but loved every moment of it. He's ended up a perpetual juvenile delinquent; mischievous, fun, athletic, supremely intuitive and the best of companions.

The Seal is another villain with a tender nature. He doesn't allow his father, the Merle, to over shadow him, rather he too has a very strong personality and the competition between the boys keeps them young and fit.

The bitch, well, she began life as a working sheep dog but was retired at five months - sheep were, to her, playthings. She didn't so much lose the plot as not ever get it! She can be a little thick at times, but she is in a difficult place with these two powerful boys.
jemms
28th Sep 2016 16:12:21
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I could talk all day about my little rescue dog who was found tied to a lamp-post in Croydon in a dreadful matted mess. He's been here with me in Dorset for 4½ years and I wouldn't be without him, particularly after losing my husband last year. He's a Shih Tzu x Bichon Frise and a little devil, knowing how to get his own way!!! I also have a rescue cat who lives behind the telly cos Ollie won't let her out and she's not the sort to have a go at him!!!

I belong to a number of rescue forums and am very tempted to get a little friend to keep him company, even though I'm home virtually 24/7 but then I'd need a new bed as there just wouldn't be room for three of us!!!
Response from Cassie2 made on 8th Oct 2016 06:20:30
Hi there jemms. This is new to me I do not normally do chat sites but here goes. I was looking to talk about birds but I also have a dog and a turtle.I used to have a maltese X and he was lonely so I rescued a female X shitzu from the pound. They lived together for 14 years they both died at age 17. They died within 3 months of each other. Four years later I bought a peek-a-pom male. Thinks he owns the planet......lol
Beachguy
28th Sep 2016 15:42:26
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I have a 6 year old Border Collie which I rescued from a kill shelter. She is the sweetest dog ever
the3scots
27th Sep 2016 22:25:22
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Hello! I am currently owned by a 4 yr old Scottie called Lily. I've had Scots for the past 15 years after having all sorts of other breeds....Labbies, Chows, Belgian Shepherds.
Bigtallguyuk
4th Sep 2015 02:18:56
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Response from RoaieB made on 4th Sep 2015 10:03:32
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Veronique
9th Sep 2015 23:42:50
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Hello, I'm new to the site. I would enjoy chatting to everyone about yours and mine dogs. I have three rescued greyhounds, two are aged 8 years and one is 7 years. I am supporter of the Retired Greyhound Trust which is where I adopted my dogs from. Contrary to popular belief, once greyhounds stop racing, they don't require a lot of exercise, they are very much couch potatoes. They are very lovable dogs and mine are my best friends and companions.
Response from mazzmari made on 1st Apr 2016 16:48:35
I have a lurcher cross people ask me about excersising hershe has 2 30 min walks a day and does a couple of zoomies eats and sleeps lol
bowdc
6th Sep 2015 16:21:38
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We have a 13 year old Border Collie, the best dog ever, so intelligent, can be a bit sensitive but very easy to live with.
Response from RoaieB made on 6th Sep 2015 17:54:05
Hello lovely to hear from you my two Border Collies are getting old now Rosie is 14 and suffers with her joints and irritable bowel, then I have Tuppence who is 13 and as mad as a hatter but they are lovely dogs, my last Border Collie lived till she was 16 , they are such intelligent dogs and very loyal.
Response from Iolanthe52 made on 15th Jan 2016 16:44:36
I had a blue merle border collie rescue. She came to us at 3 years old and passed away aged 12, just 2 years ago. She was an amazing dog, so loyal and clever, best dog I ever had although I've loved them all.
Mellie
11th Sep 2015 18:58:29
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We lost our two dogs, a goldie and a yellow lab in quick succession, it was awful, the house was so empty but we thought that we were probably too old to adopt again and to be honest though I really fancied a puppy I couldn't face all that toilet training. However we kept seeing animal charities asking for homes for older dogs so we got in touch with the Labrador Rescue Trust and eventually adopted a seven year old yellow lab. we're so glad that we did, my house might have an extra layer of dirt and fur but just the sight of that waggy tail greeting us first thing in the morning or when we get back from shopping makes it all worth while!
Response from rosielea made on 22nd Oct 2015 10:54:48
A house is empty once you lose your dogs, thank goodness you have another one to fill the empty space. And a rescue dog too, even better
rosielea
21st Oct 2015 23:31:18
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We lost our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel in June, three weeks later our other dog, a collie cross golden retriever, had a massive stroke, and now has lymphoma. She is 15, but up until then was going for 3 and 4 hour walks and still bounced around. She adored our little Cavalier, as we did. She is still with us, very cheery, enjoys short walks and eats for Britain! However! From bitter experience I know that the best way I get over losing a dog, is to wait a few months, and then think about another, my daughter feels the same, so we are hoping for a new pup each early next year. If Skye is still with us, judging by the way she greets other dogs, especially small ones, she will be thrilled too.
Pam53
11th Sep 2015 11:38:31
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Hi , I have had dogs all my life and at the moment I have 4 dogs . Three of them are rescues ... a very elderly terrier cross, an elderly terrier/ corgi cross and a Tibetan terrier cross. Our other dog is a miniature schnauzer who thinks any household rules adhered to by the other dogs don't apply to her 'schnauzership '. ! I also help on a website for lost and found dogs. So yes dogs are a big part of my life x
trianglebabs
6th Sep 2015 15:28:07
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My husband and I had Labradors for 26 years, but now I am elderly and don't have any animals. I really do miss them, but next door to me is a German Pointer who makes a great fuss of me, though he is very boisterous and I'm scared he might knock me over. He is bigger than me, I'm less than 5' tall. I have lots of lovely memories to look back on.
Response from RoaieB made on 6th Sep 2015 16:57:29
I remember every pet I've had with very good memories, the two I have now will be my last as I think I'm getting to old to look after anymore dogs but I will miss them when they have gone they were a life saver when my husband passed away
Response from trianglebabs made on 6th Sep 2015 17:34:14
Hi Rosie.B How lovely to hear from you. My husband also passed away, just before our 58th wedding anniversary which would have been on Christmas Eve 2012. He used to walk the dogs we had, more than I did. Labradors tend to be big strong dogs, our first one, Carlo, knocked be down and sat on me. I miss the affection they gave, but would have difficulty if I had to walk a dog these days, bending down to pick up his poo, I think I would probably fall over into it. Which wouldn't be very nice. Carlo was a rescue dog.
Response from RoaieB made on 6th Sep 2015 17:52:04
Hello, lovely to hear from you my husband passed away I. 2012 as well in the February, he never walked the dogs as I was his carer for 6 years and the dogs kept him company when I had to pop out I had a bit of trouble with them after as they couldn't understand where he was, they were the reason why I got up in the mornings.
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