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  1. Gobbles

    Her name is Kiki

    She passed her test. Her test consisted of spending one and a half hour walking through a very beautiful/medieval city (-> many tourists) city. The weather was very good so there were even more people. She had to do some special tasks, and the breeder said they were stopped by many people talking to them and telling them how cute she was. (The dog, not the breeder. 😊) Her name is Kiki and we will keep it if it works out. In two weeks the breeder, her husband and Kiki will drive to us (they are around two hours way) and then the breeder will judge if she and I could be a great team. Keep in mind that my breeder isn't a special breeder for service dogs, she is just an ordinary breeder, but she is the best. She knows a lot, did a lot of workshops and is very responsible and has great knowledge. One thing she still thinks about is that Kiki wasn't born at her place. She got her with 3-4 months. So that is some minor thing she still is a bit worried about because she did not work with her from the beginning. She is a very compact/muscular Chihuahua. Now with almost a year she weighs 2kg. I guess that once she is fully done she might be around 2,5kg. (I do not want a very small, fragile dog, so this is important. I hate all those irresponsible breeders who breed Chihuahuas with a weight around 1kg.) So next update in two weeks. I do not want to upload a picture from a dog who isn't mine yet, but I want to show you a bit of her so I decided to include a puppy picture of her.
  2. Gobbles

    Sunday, May 12th.

    I already wrote a tiny bit about it in my status, but I changed my mind a bit and so I want to share some things about what is happening. It could be the start of something great, so like my driver's license, I want to keep track of the journey, which will be a long one (hopefully). Like I wrote in earlier posts the search for a future dog who will be with me everywhere I go and support me just by being there is going on since last year. Or even earlier, in fall 2017 we meet with the first breeder. In August 2018 we meet our current and final breeder, all the others did not meet our criteria of how a good breeder should be. (There is a difference if once for example has over 15 litters of puppies per year or 2 like our breeder. Last Sunday we got an e-mail. We were on our way to a animal shelter (we are members there to support their work) and I had parked at the side of a road because we were too early. My mum checked her mails and that is when the madness started. My breeder wrote that a dog living with her could be a fit for me. The dog was planned to be a new breeding bitch but she has minor issues with her teeth so she did not pass the medical check. So on Monday my Mum called her and they talked about it and to be sure the breeder will take the dog into the city on Sunday to check again if she is doing fine. If she "passes" then the breeder will visit us with her later this month and that is when I will make my final decision, but lets be honest, if Sunday is a yes then my decision is basically made. She has her 1st birthday later this month, is a really beautiful short haired Chihuahua in beige/white colouring. I have her picture hanging in front of me. My breeder would keep her until we are able to get her, even if it takes two years. We only have to pay for vaccinations and the dog tax. How amazing is she? I will update when I have news, but it could take a while.
  3. God, my dog will become very anxious when he encounters thunderstorms and airplane travel. It looks so painful that I am also very sad. How can we improve this bad situation?
  4. To our consternation, our feisty little doxie Finn suddenly became blind last Sunday. On Monday, after being examined by a canine eye specialist, we were told that the retina's in both of his eyes have become disconnected. The retina in his left eye is torn, but the one in his right eye is still undamaged. There is a slight chance that with medication (prednolon) the retina of his right eye might reattach, and that of his left eye partly reattach. But for now, he is completely blind, and there are no assurances he will ever see again. It's hard to see him trying to get around without his sight. He's not bumping into everything in the house after only a couple of days, thankfully. He can find his food and water bowl and his bench and cushions. But going for walks is a challenge. He's pretty smart and picks up new commands rather quickly (he already knows 'step up' and 'step down' when crossing the street) but he's resistant to me gently tugging him to one side or the other when I notice he might bump into something. His reaction is to heavily lean the other way. He also refuses to walk when he's unsure of his surroundings (of course) and it's very hard to get him to come along again. Gentle tugging on his leash, and/or calling him doesn't work well. We have three routine routes we walk (morning, afternoon and evening walk are different but repeat the same every day). Finn has always loved playing fetch. Balls are his obsession. But now it's hard on him as he can't play anymore. He can still be his goofy little self crawling into his cushion and flailing about on his back inside it, but that's only fun for a short time, and he's used to playing for much longer. Does anyone have any tips on how to help him (and me) cope with his new (and possibly permanent) situation?
  5. HerNameIsBuffy

    A Pibble in Pajamas!

    I haven't dug out the Hello Kitty Christmas jammies yet but I saw this at a thrift store today and couldn't resist. His mommy and I think he's adorable in pink penguin and snowman motif.
  6. My Peke Tippy is 15 1/2 years old, blind, and deaf. She no longer can scramble up more than a stair or two, or hop up onto the couch the way she used to. (My vet told me to give her glucosamine, as she told me all dogs of that age have arthritis.) She’s becoming incontinent, and wanders around the house aimlessly. When I told the vets that Tip has been drinking and urinating much more than previously, they diagnosed her with renal insufficiency and put her on a low-protein prescription food. Online advice about helping a dog that’s showing signs of dementia isn’t helpful, as Tip can no longer respond to sight or sound cues. Aside from everything else, her physical health seems pretty good. My sister’s two Pekes, who were almost exactly the same age as Tip, passed away last year—one from an inoperable tumor, and one who had such bad congestive heart failure that he couldn’t breathe outside an oxygen chamber. The AKC puts Pekes’ life expectancy at 12-14 years, but I have a friend whose Peke lived to 18. Any advice, friends, on what I can do to help my little old lady dog?
  7. HerNameIsBuffy

    No matter how bad life gets...

    There is always love. Idk what I would do without them. (I feel bad the flash woke them, but I couldn’t help myself. They are being snuggled to sleep to make up for it.)
  8. So, I haven't updated for a week...and there is a new addition to my family. She's a bit under a year old, incredibly fond of my kid, scared of the cats (who, man, are they PISSSSSED. They've both developed slow leaks and a lot of puffing. But the big cat is clearly still boss), and working on stuff like not peeing in the house ;P She's a....hm, 13lb or so mutt of possibly corgi and fox-terrier persuasion? She's a low-rider, and the rescue we got her from doesn't have a lot of background info, other than "REALLY likes everyone, but especially kids". Once we figure out the kiddo's special stuff for once school starts (her OT trumps all other schedule considerations) she gets to take puppy training--which I think will be good for both of them.
  9. jacduggar

    Our dog is dying

    Today, we will have to put our precious black lab down. He is 6 years old. This is past April he fell very sick very fast. We rushed him to the vet, and have been limping along ever since. He never fully recovered, only got more comfortable. He's lost a ton of weight. As of 3 weeks ago we went back to the vet (our third vet, actually. Third opinion.) and they decided to just treat him for everything it could possibly be, to no avail. Over the weekend he got very ill, as of yesterday I had to feed him by hand. Today he won't accept any food (not even his favorites - peanut butter or French fries). He's still able to get around on his own but he's very weak and lethargic. The vet said that he can't go for a biopsy (that is the only test we haven't done) because he is too weak and is at very high risk of dying from sedation, but she suspects it is lymphoma in his GI tract. We wanted to wait until today so everyone had time to say goodbye. I have never ever lost a pet before as an adult, and I am grieving so much. It just really hurts. A lot of my "real life" support network doesn't seem to understand that I feel as though I'm losing a loved one. The grief is overwhelming and I don't know what to do with it. Edited to to correct typos.
  10. We are babysitting my neighbor's senior pug while she visits her parents for Xmas. His name is Jack. I'm so in love!
  11. BabyBottlePop

    Puppy is obsessed with yarn!

    So I've knitted for years but haven't done it in about a year, and since then I got a puppy. I started a Christmas present tonight and he won't leave me alone-- trying to chew, sniff, lick the yarn. I'm also worried about his hair getting on the yarn somehow-- not sure if the recipient is allergic. Anyone have this problem? How do you keep your dog away? I don't want to kennel him just so I can knit.
  12. MarblesMom

    No big deal

    Marbles started drinking 3 bowls of water a day since last week. Her bowl holds 5 cups. She weighs 61 pounds. That is a LOT OF WATER, every day. A noticeable increase. Fortunately, she is also peeing it out. But I knew the water issue was a problem. I took her to the vet today, and after a UA (with a measuring cup on a stick to follow her around for collection! So smart!) and some blood work, she has an UTI. I was concerned it might be diabetes. Antibiotics for 3 weeks and we will see how she does. Vet said she might have stones after this, but we can re-assess. Vet said they are common in older female dogs, but not cats. Marbles is 7, we think. She is fine aside from peeing like a monster. As a human, I loathe UTIs and I am so sorry she has one.
  13. tehfanglyfish

    My Dog Died and I Feel Like Shit

    So my dog had to be euthanized last week after cancer advanced. The dog was quite old and suffering but I still feel like shit for agreeing to the procedure. I feel like he trusted me and I betrayed him and it's really eating me up inside. Logically I know it was the right call - especially after seeing the x-rays. We tried the drugs the vet recommended to keep him comfortable and they weren't working. At the same time, my emotions are a mess and I am overwhelmed with grief. I'm an atheist - I don't believe in heaven, souls, etc., so it means that his awesome self was just snuffed out and is completely gone. (Though hope springs eternal that there's something we don't know about physics, the universe, etc., and maybe he's still floating around out there somewhere - just typing that really shows what a mess I am right now.) And with him gone, the world seems a lot less magical. I just needed to vent. Think I'm going to get caught up on stuff for work as a distraction.
  14. My dog, a female Golden, is about a year and a half old. She's developed a bad habit of barking at weird random stuff outside, and her habit is getting worse. It seems to have started when the weather got nice and we opened the windows. I think she was suddenly aware of a lot of stuff she'd never really paid attention to before, and she won't shut up about it. But she has really weird standards about what is worth barking over. Someone in our driveway? Time to get happy and excited. No barking. Someone ringing the doorbell? Oh boy! How fun! No barking. The neighbor on his riding mower two yards away, seen fleetingly though bushes? Holy fuck! Bark! Someone walking a dog on the other side of the street, and that dog is not barking or anything? Bark! Someone in the across-the-street neighbor's driveway? Bark! Today I had her in the car and she barked at a little old lady who walked past us at a stoplight. That's the first she's barked in the car. Some things I can understand, like when there was a deer in the backyard, or the meter reader. Or when the neighborhood beagle is walking by and does his caterwauling. Sure. No problem. I don't like it, but I can understand it. When she barks we do not yell at her. We quietly say, "Quiet" and "Shhh." When we call her away from the window she stays on alert for a long time and is hard to distract. She'll sit with us, but she'll keep doing these little tiny woofs. It's like she spooled up a certain number and can't stop until she uses them up. We have never had any scary incidents with intruders or anything. When she's out for a walk and we encounter other people and dogs, she wants to play. She doesn't bark when we're out walking, even if other dogs bark at us. Does anyone have advice for helping her chill the hell out?
  15. FJismyheadship

    Woman Tapes Dogs Mouth Shut

    https://www.facebook.com/fbrdr/2048/100004883925173/?src=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fprofile.php%3Fid%3D100004883925173 this story has been making the rounds. Katie Brown taped her dogs mouth shut with the caption "This is what happens when you dont shut up!" She was called out on it, police were called, and Katie had dissappeared.
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