They've all gone on
In June 2010, my beloved Scotch Collie Sandi suffered a stroke, we euthanized her. I didn't write about it on here, I had her from 8 weeks until 3 weeks shy of her 15th birthday.
In September 2015, Ozzy, the reason I joined this board, went to the bridge. Ozzy was a PITA, but I loved him, in an completely hands off way, because he was not a love bug. He was happy playing chuck-it for hours, swimming in March, in Canada with ice in the creek. His back issues have been documented here, he went into the basement one day in September, he couldn't come back up, nor would he let us carry him. We called the vet, he kept trying to bite the tech when she attempted the cathetar in his leg, at the end, nobody was touching his paws and the vet said a rhino would be subdued by the sedative they gave him. My good friend Sapphire told me after he probably went to the basement to die.
On Monday we euthanized Dolly, our Saint Bernard. We adopted Dolly in 2011, we adored her, she was the most stubborn dog I have known, also the sweetest and most loving, despite the fact her love involved soaking you in drool. At Christmas she developed a cough, we gave it a couple weeks, took her to the vets, where the vet could not induce a cough in her, lungs 100%, the consensus was, give her some amox., just in case. We went home with antibiotics, last Sunday she was a bit off, by Monday she was starting to suffer, testing confirmed the worst, her lung function had dropped to 20% and she was full of cancer. We made the decision to euthanize. Between the time she was taken to the vet and I left work early to do what had to be done, she had deteriorated significantly. We had just taken her sledding the Sunday before, 3 days before I was in my underwear and a t-shirt at 5am trying to drag her into the house - she loved the snow.
I've been on this board 11 years. I started with two, fairly young dogs and I will depart with one senior mastiff. We adopted a senior mastiff on Boxing Day 2015. Many of you have championed my dogs, enjoyed their stories and I didn't want to leave without an explanation as to where we went, or what happened. - If anyone still remembers us!
Our future is not in the GSD breed, I don't even think it is with herding dogs. We only bought Oz because my ex-husband loved GSD's. As a weird aside, he too has recently passed, he had renal failure and didn't live long enough to receive a donor.
I'm moving on in the working dog field, we have Diesel, a Heinz 57 Mastiff, a combination of working breeds, I am looking at good breeders of Saints for a Saint puppy this summer.
I thank all of you for your input over the years, I thank Carmen for her help, she probably helped me, to help Oz to get another year and it was a good year! Cathy/Sapphire whose RAW food Dolly adored, Diesel refuses RAW, special snowflake! To Jane, Jean, Lauren, Krystal, Michelle, Garth, Carrie, Katherine, Nancy, Leah, Evan, Tammy, Shanna, Shauna, Bianca, Micheline and Randy, see you in FB groups. (I know I am missing names, so sorry, yell at me on FB)
Thank you everyone on this site for your input, your knowledge of herding breeds, health and wellness. I might never own another GSD, I might own another collie LOL, but I have found my heart and desire in the working dog group. I will miss you all, I will miss my dogs, I do miss my dogs. I will miss many of you. I wanted closure on the dogs and my participation on this board. Thank you all, you folks are amazing and your wealth of knowledge, extensive.
Last edited by ozzymama; 02-06-2016 at 08:55 PM.