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(TwinCities.com)   What do you do when your 19-year-old arthritic pooch finds the buoyancy of water so relaxing and therapeutic that cradling him in it will often lull him to sleep? You take him to the lake, of course. (w/ Damn this dusty lake pic)   (twincities.com) divider line 97
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2012-08-08 08:10:27 AM  
I like the Internet again.
 
2012-08-08 08:14:12 AM  

PunGent: TheBeastOfYuccaFlats: Lake Superior is also pretty damn cold, even in the summer.

I hear she also doesn't give up her dead...


It's only August.
 
2012-08-08 08:16:02 AM  
Nice to see the homeless derelicts are well represented.
 
2012-08-08 08:19:06 AM  

Cat Food Sandwiches: Nice to see the homeless derelicts are well represented.


If worse comes to worst can always eat the dog.
 
2012-08-08 08:19:37 AM  

Dairy King: Good pic but fark that website. I can't even zoom in on the text or
picture to see it better on my phone without the site noticing and blurring everything. God forbid I not see your shiatty ads.


The My Little Pony Killer: What a lovely story and all this twit can talk about is how excited she was to get "liked" and "shared."



Better website here, and the story focuses more on the guy and his dog rather than the AW photographer.
 
2012-08-08 08:27:27 AM  
I Haz a sad cause my dollie is almost the same way. She's now 15 and has a really hard time just getting up to walk around getting close and I don't know what im going to do.

i758.photobucket.com

/Yes its a crappy cell phone pic.
 
2012-08-08 08:36:17 AM  

texmeth: No one is going to mention that sweet-ass mullet.


That's not a mullet. It's just long hair.
 
2012-08-08 08:38:51 AM  

eas81: I Haz a sad cause my dollie is almost the same way. She's now 15 and has a really hard time just getting up to walk around getting close and I don't know what im going to do.

[i758.photobucket.com image 850x637]

/Yes its a crappy cell phone pic.


We give ours an aspirin wrapped in cheese after each meal although it's a good idea to check with a vet before doing anything like that. Weight/dosage isn't particularly tricky but professional guidance is always good. With other dogs Glucosomine/Chondroitin has been very helpful too. If it's arthritic joints it seems to ease their discomfort some but it can take a week or two of treatment before it shows much.

No matter how many times you go through it, it's never easy. Good luck...
 
2012-08-08 08:39:23 AM  
Very sweet story, all was very nice until...

"That night, I wrote on Facebook about the amazing photo session I had just had with a dog that is 19 years old and his human. "

Then I cringed and it took everything away from it.
 
2012-08-08 08:48:23 AM  
Dammit! I'm out of tissue at my desk.
I had to dab my eyes with scrap paper.

/haz a sad
 
2012-08-08 09:00:13 AM  
A farkin' pony tail makes you hot? This is so 1991 Broad Ripple. Oh, and if the dog is 19yo, sickly, and it goes into the water and falls asleep, maybe it's trying to drown itself to end the misery. This life saving hot feller is selfish..

The poor puppy should be able to make that choice on his own. It's his body. This should have you farkers all red-assed, but alas, you're all caught up in that pony tail.
 
2012-08-08 09:02:53 AM  

Angry Buddha: It was the compassionate thing to do.


Another graduate of the Spentmiles school of Farkology.

+1 Would laugh again.
 
2012-08-08 09:05:03 AM  
i47.tinypic.com
 
2012-08-08 09:08:50 AM  
Goddamnit, Drew. 13 years and no dedicated dog thread?

I will take my ball and go home. Hand to dog, I will.
 
2012-08-08 09:23:04 AM  

probesport: PunGent: TheBeastOfYuccaFlats: Lake Superior is also pretty damn cold, even in the summer.

I hear she also doesn't give up her dead...

It's only August.


Heh...you haven't lived until you've heard that tune sung in Russian...by an accordion player.
 
2012-08-08 09:24:24 AM  

bikerbob59: texmeth: No one is going to mention that sweet-ass mullet.

That's not a mullet. It's just long hair.


I stand corrected. Looked like all business upfront with no tension from the pony tail.
 
2012-08-08 09:34:05 AM  

mytdawg: I rescue senior lab types and try to keep them comfortable until the inevitable.


There are no words to describe your level of awesomeness.
 
2012-08-08 09:37:45 AM  

Tickle Mittens: I choose to believe that dog is named after the Mark Harmon character in Summer School.


My wife and I got our first dog together at a shelter in L.A. and took him straight to the beach. We hadn't decided on a name yet because we wanted to check out his personality first... Anyway, he found a doll head on the beach and started playing with it, and my wife looked at me and asked if I'd ever seen Summer School. When I said that I had, we both looked at each other and said "Wonder-Mutt".
 
2012-08-08 09:40:10 AM  

mytdawg: I rescue senior lab types and try to keep them comfortable until the inevitable. The current one has a degenerative muscle disease so I'm getting a kick... no. no I'm not.

I haz a stack of urns :(

What a beautiful picture.


We adopted a bulldog last year. She was 11 at the time (bulldog life expectancy is 10.) So we knew what we were getting into. She's still doing fine and she's welcome to stick around as long as she likes. This one's probably easier for us because we know there's a shorter time limit - we lost one last spring that was only 6 (screw you, kidney failure) and it just ripped our hearts to shreds.

Good on ya. The senior pooches need homes too. Three weeks or three years, they're welcome to stick around as long as they like.
 
2012-08-08 10:00:13 AM  
Just d@mn.
 
2012-08-08 10:20:20 AM  

Skr: Reminds me a lot of myself and my own dog. So yeah, it tugs the heart strings.

On a side note in Lake Superior is usually frigid up through June and July but gets to a balmy witch's tit temperature around August. For a furry one the water is excellent to get out of August heat.

[i1270.photobucket.com image 425x320]
My stubbs Max at Lake Superior.


Cute dog. Corgi?

Also, the picture in TFA is awwww-inspiring, for sure.
 
2012-08-08 10:28:02 AM  

sheumack: Try doing that with a cat.


Yeah, that guy's a pussy. Anybody could do it with a 19 year old dog.
 
2012-08-08 10:32:26 AM  

azpenguin: mytdawg: I rescue senior lab types and try to keep them comfortable until the inevitable. The current one has a degenerative muscle disease so I'm getting a kick... no. no I'm not.

I haz a stack of urns :(

What a beautiful picture.

We adopted a bulldog last year. She was 11 at the time (bulldog life expectancy is 10.) So we knew what we were getting into. She's still doing fine and she's welcome to stick around as long as she likes. This one's probably easier for us because we know there's a shorter time limit - we lost one last spring that was only 6 (screw you, kidney failure) and it just ripped our hearts to shreds.

Good on ya. The senior pooches need homes too. Three weeks or three years, they're welcome to stick around as long as they like.


You don't get to keep them, you just get to borrow them until they're called back...
 
2012-08-08 10:35:07 AM  

Mr_H: mytdawg: I rescue senior lab types and try to keep them comfortable until the inevitable.

There are no words to describe your level of awesomeness.


I'm just giving back what they've given to me. There have been days that the only reason I kept going was that I had to take care of a dog. I need them more than they need me.
 
2012-08-08 10:38:35 AM  

azpenguin: mytdawg: I rescue senior lab types and try to keep them comfortable until the inevitable. The current one has a degenerative muscle disease so I'm getting a kick... no. no I'm not.

I haz a stack of urns :(

What a beautiful picture.

We adopted a bulldog last year. She was 11 at the time (bulldog life expectancy is 10.) So we knew what we were getting into. She's still doing fine and she's welcome to stick around as long as she likes. This one's probably easier for us because we know there's a shorter time limit - we lost one last spring that was only 6 (screw you, kidney failure) and it just ripped our hearts to shreds.

Good on ya. The senior pooches need homes too. Three weeks or three years, they're welcome to stick around as long as they like.


I know what you mean....our beagle was 8 when we adopted her. They just want a nice quiet place to sleep and relax...
 
2012-08-08 10:43:32 AM  
Schoep is a brand of microphone. He might be an old taper that followed the Dead around.
 
2012-08-08 11:05:53 AM  
Just let go, man.
 
2012-08-08 11:15:07 AM  
Dang it, all this does is remind me of my first dog. Parents got her a few weeks after I was born, and we grew up together. Partners in crime, I wandered away as a kid and she went along with me, keeping an eye on me. She made it to 18 and my going to college, along with my brother and sister moving out prior, seemed to take the energy out of her. I'd come home some weekends, and shed be the happy playful pup again, but when I was gone she pretty much moped and didn't even want to go for walks. She started going downhill pretty bad that spring, to the point where she couldn't stand and eat easily, but she always got better when I was home. Finally it was too much for her, and she had several strokes, but she fought through them until I came home, at which point she tried so hard to hop up into my lap and be playful, despite having mobility issues on her right side. She had one last heavy stroke that caused her to lose a lot of bodily control, yet as long as I held her the tail would wag. That drive to the vet to end her pain was hard. Only time I ever saw my father cry, and the vet and his nurses were crying the whole time too, as they'd gotten to know her so well over the years.

No picture to post right now, but she was a mutt shepherd that looked very close to a Poland lowland shepherd breed.
 
2012-08-08 11:48:05 AM  

mytdawg: If that doesn't do it for you try Baxter the therapy dog. If that doesn't work you are dead or... I'll just leave that there.

Baxter (new window)


I'm not sure whether to love you or hate you now.
 
2012-08-08 12:21:34 PM  
swampland.com

What a dusty pic might look like
 
2012-08-08 12:22:08 PM  

Stimpy's new tooth: mytdawg: If that doesn't do it for you try Baxter the therapy dog. If that doesn't work you are dead or... I'll just leave that there.

Baxter (new window)

I'm not sure whether to love you or hate you now.


That's pretty much the same way everybody that's ever known me feels. Although I'm pretty sure hate is leading the pack.
 
2012-08-08 12:27:38 PM  

azpenguin: mytdawg: I rescue senior lab types and try to keep them comfortable until the inevitable. The current one has a degenerative muscle disease so I'm getting a kick... no. no I'm not.

I haz a stack of urns :(

What a beautiful picture.

We adopted a bulldog last year. She was 11 at the time (bulldog life expectancy is 10.) So we knew what we were getting into. She's still doing fine and she's welcome to stick around as long as she likes. This one's probably easier for us because we know there's a shorter time limit - we lost one last spring that was only 6 (screw you, kidney failure) and it just ripped our hearts to shreds.

Good on ya. The senior pooches need homes too. Three weeks or three years, they're welcome to stick around as long as they like.


Same reason I prefer to rescue elderly cats.
 
2012-08-08 12:30:10 PM  

mytdawg: If that doesn't do it for you try Baxter the therapy dog. If that doesn't work you are dead or... I'll just leave that there.

Baxter (new window)


Asshole! Dammit, I have 5 hours of work left.
 
2012-08-08 01:10:44 PM  
I love dogs... have had many through my life and all have been rescues/shelter dogs. Back when I had the time, I fostered 3 or 4 at a time for a local shelter.

But yeah... I'm that guy.

Dude, it's time. Let Shoep go. Please.

/Don't keep your dog alive and in agonizing pain because you don't have the strength to help them.
//That's the easy way to do it.
 
2012-08-08 02:05:46 PM  
Tears of happiness.
Will be sad tears when he passes.

/Thinking of my own past dogs.
 
2012-08-08 02:09:53 PM  
As someone who just lost my 13-year-old with arthritis, getting a "kick" out of this.

/Took her to the creek right before the vet
//Not deep enough for a cool pic like that though
 
2012-08-08 02:18:45 PM  
good friend of mine just put his 11 year old goldie to sleep last week, she had internal bleeding from a malignant tumor. This thread is making my eyes water so much, I've destroyed a kleenex and am feeling dehydrated and still am having trouble seeing.

it won't be too much longer before the water gets too cool for the poor dog to relax like that anymore. I strongly suspect the call will be made about then.
 
2012-08-08 02:19:03 PM  
For crying out loud. Put the poor dog down.

My mother-in-law has a toothless, blind, senile, arthritic, diabetic, deaf old dog that cries all day from suffering pain & confusion. Pisses & shiats all over the house. Like far too many others, she keeps a miserable animal alive because of her selfish psychological connection to it (all day long, she incessantly baby-talks to a stone deaf dog).
 
2012-08-08 02:44:08 PM  

danno_to_infinity: good friend of mine just put his 11 year old goldie to sleep last week, she had internal bleeding from a malignant tumor. This thread is making my eyes water so much, I've destroyed a kleenex and am feeling dehydrated and still am having trouble seeing.

it won't be too much longer before the water gets too cool for the poor dog to relax like that anymore. I strongly suspect the call will be made about then.


We've got working cannabinoid pain relievers for cats and dogs, now.

They work rather well.

/lucky animals, edible/pill cannabis doesn't work on me, stuck with smoking it.
 
2012-08-08 02:49:13 PM  
Didn't need to think it needed to be said but I guess it does:

When your pet gets old and in cronic pain or blind or suffering of any kind- PUT IT TO SLEEP!!

Anything else is nothing but the most selfish douchery I can think of
 
2012-08-08 02:52:48 PM  
The second article indicates he knows it may be his last trip. I can't tell by a picture of a dog floating. Not mine to judge although I can sympathize for keeping them too long. Mine is a little wobbly and doesn't get around so swell any more. Sometimes you have to help him up and down the stairs. His tail is still wagging, he's still handing out big sloppy kisses. He's uncomfortable but he's happy and he's not suffering. And when he is I'll take care of it. But I'll know when that time is.
 
2012-08-08 03:36:10 PM  
i174.photobucket.com

This poor wretch was a shelter dog. This was their picture. They actually tried to talk me out of taking him. He was 11. He had severe heartworm. He had been kept in a heated shed for years. He was no longer housebroken and had been returned once (possibly with the addition of the heartworm at that point). He had a plate in one leg from being hit by a car and had a hitch in his gitalong. He almost died from the heartworm treatment. He had no idea how to act in a house. I had to cage him when I left and slept and he barked and barked and barked and barked. I didn't know what I was going to do and almost returned him several times.

Then one day I gave up and just let him go free in the house and went to work, hoping for the best. He never had an accident in the house (after that) and was one of the best dogs I ever had. He died a couple months later from gastric torsion.

All that for a very short but influential visit from Dog himself. I won't forget Max.

i.chzbgr.com
 
2012-08-08 04:16:17 PM  

mytdawg: gastric torsion.


Awesome story.

Isn't "gastric torsion" what happened to Santa's Little Helper?

"We'll get a new dog... one with an untwistable stomach!"
 
2012-08-08 04:48:15 PM  

mytdawg: I rescue senior lab types and try to keep them comfortable until the inevitable. The current one has a degenerative muscle disease so I'm getting a kick... no. no I'm not.

I haz a stack of urns :(

What a beautiful picture.

People like you - and the photo guy - make me have faith in the humanity of mankind. Thank you...
 
2012-08-08 07:05:18 PM  
On the TV show Emergency Vets, they used to tell people to make a list of the top 3 things that give your animal quality of life. When he loses 2 of them, it's time.
 
2012-08-09 03:34:08 PM  
My BFF takes in elderly dogs and gives them a wonderful home until it's their time. It's heartbreaking as hell to lose them, but they always know they are loved.

RIP Bob Dog the Beagle of DOOM and Trixie the Adorable Sausage Boxer...
 
2012-08-09 08:26:04 PM  

abhorrent1: GungFu: Dog: It's time, human. You can let me go now. Woof!

Why?


Because it's selfish not to. Over the last 3 years I've had to make that decision for a dog a cat, and my father. They let you know when it's time.
 
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