(Closed) A day in the life of a dog who deserves a lifetime of TLC *PIC HEAVY*

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

Oh my goodness!  He looks WONDERFUL!

I know this doesn’t even compare, but I adopted my furbaby, a toy poodle/maltese? mix.  When I first got her, she had so many hot spots from severe allergies and her teeth and hair were one hot mess!  For a while, I had to give her frequent oatmeal baths, steroids, and spray her with something from the vet to help soothe her skin.

After about 2.5 years, I was moving back home and when I went to the vet for a travel certificate to take her home, they looked at her original photo and couldn’t believe how great she looked!  She didn’t even look like the same dog!

When I went to look at her before adopting her, I picked her up, and she feel asleep in my arms.

Isn’t it funny how they almost choose us?!

I can only imagine the things you have had to do for this little guy.  You are an awesome dog mom!!!  Again, he looks wonderful!

P.S.  I love the picture of him in his cap and gown!  Too cute!  🙂

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

Awwwwww!  I do love his cap and gown. He certainly deserves a good education.  He looks quite content in your home.  Also happy to notice he is fixed.  

God bless you, the doctor and the others on staff who saved this sweet guy.  You’re right, he does deserve a lifetime of TLC.  Good work.  I hope he brings you many more years of joy to come.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 1993

You know what? You could be my favourite Bee ever. Loads of hugs to you, Lord Nigel and Reilly from us across the pond. I wholeheartedly wish there were more people in this world like you.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 1993

Seriously? It makes my blood boil that people could ever be cruel to animals. If it were up to me, the house would be full of waifs and strays, but FI says I have to wait until we get a bigger house…

I’ve always said that when I have some money I’d love to open an animal shelter. I was going to be a vet, but after years of working in shelters/surgeries, my heart was breaking on a daily basis. (I bawl at the WSPCA adverts…)

Beagles are great! Mine is as soft as (and as daft as) a brush. She is scared of the oddest things. My cat is fab, a real character who will bite you as soon as look at you. I found out that Beagles are the most common dog to be used in testing and experiments due to their kind nature; since then I’ve avoided any company who has any links to testing. Do you have a Lush over there? They’re awesome.

 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 1993

Beagles seem pretty rare here. When fox hunting was banned, there was uproar from those opposing the ban, seemingly concerned about the welfare of the hounds that would have to be rehomed, but I havent seen much about that since. (Well, aside from some truly awful stories about how some were disposed of rather than rehomed)

It seems as though there is a massive trend over here for people to have Staffordshire Bull Terriers. Pit Bulls (Actually not recognised as a breed here, so ‘pit-bull-type’ dogs) are illegal and if found, usually destroyed. Unfortunately, in certain circles, dog fighting is rife so people try to manipulate breeds for this purpose. Makes me furious.

I love labs too. (Labradors, not places of research..). FI used to have one. He passed away 18 months ago, but he was an amazing dog. (Actually tearing up now!). I actually went into law instead of veterinary medicine with the intention of punishing those who hurt animals, but the great irony is, the only animal cases I have done, I’ve been defending… (We can’t pick and choose).

I’m a great believer that karma is a bitch however…

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 1993

I completely agree. It’s massively flawed to generalise that way. A good (or perhaps bad!) example is Cesar Milan’s pit – Daddy. Soft as they come, loyal and a fantastic dog. I saw him live just after Daddy passed and he repeatedly made the point that you can’t condemn a breed based on the actions of a few. I firmly believe dogs can be rehabilitated and will behave how they are taught to. (I should add that our Beagle, Ivy, is spoiled rotted and has the rule of the house…)

Ivy (as with most beags) is such a pack dog! We are her pack and she hates not being with us. She panicks like mad if she’s not with us, refuses to sleep anywhere other than our bed and is convinced that she is one of us. I suspect she is! Foibles aside, she is a wonderful addition to our family.

I suspect that if, in real life, I saw a mistreated/abandoned/homeless beagle it would be in my possession faster than FI could say no. I think he lives in fear as to what I’m going to do. It really just doesn’t compute with me how people can be cruel to any animal.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Wow.  This made me cry!  I love animals, especially dogs, and I have more compassion for them than people most of the time because they are so helpless.  And when humans treat them horrificly, they have no way to take care of themselves.  You are a wonderful person and I am so glad that Reilly crossed paths with you and the Saint of a veterinarian you worked with.  He is absolutely gorgeous and so healthy, and it warms my heart to think that for all the bad in this world and all the unspeakable cruelty to animals to happens every day, there are people like you and your Vet who are doing wonderful things like this.

My Vet told me that of all of the crazy people they have coming in with animals that have clearly been neglected until their problem could not be ignored anymore, and the animals that people dump off at their door – unwanted, they have people that are kind enough to act as “donors” for money to support procedures and care for these animals.  We live right outside Fort Lauderdale, which is a pretty affluent area and there are so many people here (not us!) that have million dollar yachts with crazy things like helicopter pads on them.  Apparently some of them have a soft spot for animals, and my Vet said that when an animal gets left there because he/she needs a massive surgery that the owners can’t/won’t pay for, and the animal is suffering, they call these “donors” who have like AmEx black cards on file for them, and the donors will pay for whatever is needed for the animal.  

That made me feel happier to know that although we see so much bad and misery and suffering that people inflict on animals, there is a lot of good that happens out there too.  You are part of that good!  Thank you and your Vet for what you do!

Post # 15
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’m so happy to see him looking happy, relaxed, and so loved!

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 1993

@jholler25:  It’s people like that (Amex card people) that restore my faith in humanity.

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