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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-06-2016, 08:52 PM Thread Starter
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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.

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this isn't a Sayonara I hope? You never know what the future may bring...
I am so sorry about Dolly's sudden passing. You've been in my thoughts all week.
Take a break, come back wit a bit of update on Diesel, if not, I'll keep tabs on you and your DD on fb.

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Thanks for posting. And for including your "history". One of the vexations of the internet boards is that people just vanish. It is good to know where they are going. We will miss you.
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Oh no -- so sorry about Ozzy and Dolly. I loved the Dolly stories. Hope all is well with your human family.

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I am sorry for your losses Good luck to you on what ever you decide to do.

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You've lost so much in a short time, it's hard to get hit without recovering from the last. I am sorry for all your grief. Take care and good luck with your puppy search.

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thank you ozzy , I was glad I could help .
I wish you the best for future happy dog filled years.

If I can be frank the "working group" dogs are even less bred for work than the GSD is . Here is your Canadian KC group 3 Group 3 - Working | CKC

You mentioned St. Bernards -- proceed with caution -- notoriously short lived . 6 to 8 years is what I am told . Big health problems including , eye , heart, orthopedics, spinal CVI , seizures etc etc.

think about this, do your home-work.

IF you want rugged , sane, working bred Labs I can refer you to a breeder .
IF you want rugged working-bred Golden retrievers with longevity I will connect you to a woman who has a few Master Hunt certificates under her belt. She will pass on her preferred kennels . I believe she may even live close by to you. (?)

Here is your CKC sporting group Sporting Dogs | CKC

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Get a small dog... in general, they can live twenty to twenty five years with good care.

When you increase the size of a dog, the trade-off is a shorter lifespan, so take that into account should you decide to adopt a dog in the future.
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so sorry for all of your losses, I hope that what ever dog you decide to have, you share with this board. I can only speak for myself, but I love to see all dogs in the picture section. good luck to you and remember to share the joy of your new dog. Lori
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what do you think? News Bites ? Stannyfield Shorthairs Reg'd

I believe they are not too far from you .

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