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#41 DesertEagle

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Posted 25 April 2018 - 1658 PM

Mine are really looking old, and they sleep a lot more now.  I know how they feel after this last birthday.  


Maybe they are turning into cats?
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Posted 26 April 2018 - 1204 PM

I kept 2 cats. The older one is still around in Shanghai at 17 years old.

 

But here is my dog story.

 

My wife had a pet dog at the home where she lived with her parents. After we got married, we decided not to bring the dog to our home because I already have 2 cats and soon, a baby girl.

 

So 5 years ago, my child was older, we finally brought the dog to live with us. By then, the dog was very old, and near its end. Being a cat person, I never interacted with the dog much, other than the occasional pat, and the dog was too old to really interact much unlike in its younger days. So in short, I did not understand nor "speak dog".

 

Lazy bugger that I am, I'd never walked the dog nor picked up dog shit etc. Rationale was that I do the cat shit, wife (and in-laws during the day) take care of dog.

 

One late night the wife was already asleep and I heard the dog barking - not very loudly or constantly - and scampering around.

 

I went out to investigate and observed a strange behaviour I didn't understand. Normally quiet, and not moving very much, she was barking and looking out the balcony of my apartment, running to the door, and repeat.

 

After about 10 mins, I finally got the message.

 

She was basically saying: "I need to go downstairs (barking at balcony), to pee, so take me downstairs NOW (running to the door), you stupid man."

 

By the time I got the message and took her outside, she peed at the lift lobby even before the lift arrived.

 

I started appreciating dogs from that night. I was really amazed at the communication attempt. Cats don't do shit like that.

 

She passed not long after. She lived with us less than a year but good thing it got to spend its final year living with her childhood friend - the wife.


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Posted 17 May 2018 - 1650 PM

WHAT?

 

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 2017 PM

Whoa, that's weird.


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Posted 18 May 2018 - 1146 AM

 

Whoa, that's weird.

 

The dogs were all dachshund mixes....   still that was interesting...


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Posted 18 May 2018 - 1242 PM

What a horrible way to go. A friend of mine told me about a case where a gal got mauled to death by her boyfriends pit bulls. They just turned on her one day. She was alive for a while as they mauled her. Such a brutal death. 


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#47 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 22 May 2018 - 0509 AM

I kept 2 cats. The older one is still around in Shanghai at 17 years old.

 

But here is my dog story.

 

My wife had a pet dog at the home where she lived with her parents. After we got married, we decided not to bring the dog to our home because I already have 2 cats and soon, a baby girl.

 

So 5 years ago, my child was older, we finally brought the dog to live with us. By then, the dog was very old, and near its end. Being a cat person, I never interacted with the dog much, other than the occasional pat, and the dog was too old to really interact much unlike in its younger days. So in short, I did not understand nor "speak dog".

 

Lazy bugger that I am, I'd never walked the dog nor picked up dog shit etc. Rationale was that I do the cat shit, wife (and in-laws during the day) take care of dog.

 

One late night the wife was already asleep and I heard the dog barking - not very loudly or constantly - and scampering around.

 

I went out to investigate and observed a strange behaviour I didn't understand. Normally quiet, and not moving very much, she was barking and looking out the balcony of my apartment, running to the door, and repeat.

 

After about 10 mins, I finally got the message.

 

She was basically saying: "I need to go downstairs (barking at balcony), to pee, so take me downstairs NOW (running to the door), you stupid man."

 

By the time I got the message and took her outside, she peed at the lift lobby even before the lift arrived.

 

I started appreciating dogs from that night. I was really amazed at the communication attempt. Cats don't do shit like that.

 

She passed not long after. She lived with us less than a year but good thing it got to spend its final year living with her childhood friend - the wife.

 

Mine used to nudge her water or food bowl, followed by a baleful stare saying 'Ok so its empty, someone needs to fill this again, ok?' :D

 

Though this was good, US Airman meets his dog after 2 years abroad.

http://www.msn.com/e...Lo?ocid=UE13DHP


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Posted 26 October 2018 - 0411 AM

Dogs at the front, and helping those who have served: humanity would be so much less without them.

 

https://www.abc.net....nberra/10433054

 

'Victoria Cross for animals': Military dog Kuga posthumously awarded Dickin Medal for bravery

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about 4 hours ago

When military dog Kuga and his special operations handler Sergeant J were choppered into Khaz Uruzgan in Afghanistan on a mission to locate a high-value Taliban target, they didn't know they were walking into an ambush.

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  • Kuga is the first Australian dog to be awarded the Dickin Medal for animal gallantry
  • Kuga was shot five times during a Taliban ambush in 2011
  • He was treated by vets in three countries, but died almost a year after being injured

 

Nor did they know Kuga's bravery on that day in August 2011 would make him the first Australian animal since World War II to be honoured with the Dickin Medal, known as the Victoria Cross for animals.

"I let Kuga off to patrol ahead and scout," Sergeant J said.

Before long, the Malinois indicated he could sense something lying in wait.

"[He] pushed off to the left and down into a creek bank and I sort of lost sight of him," Sergeant J said.

"I could see the rounds kicking up around him in the water."

"As Kuga was starting to swim across the river, that's when the first burst of automatic gunfire came in around him.

Despite the gunfire, Kuga pushed on to the other side of the river, where he charged the shooter, and grabbed onto him.

"That forced that insurgent to target him as opposed to targeting us," Sergeant J said.

 

"The insurgent had an AK-47, and managed to get a shot onto Kuga, which forced him to let his grip go."

The insurgent escaped, but not before Kuga was shot five times and sustained shrapnel wounds to much of his body.

But he didn't give up.

"Kuga was there, he was sort of sitting there I could see his leg was broken," Sergeant J said.

"I thought I'd give it a chance and see if he'd come if I called him."

 

Slowly, the injured dog made his way to the water's edge and swam back to his handler.

Despite Kuga's serious wounds, nobody gave up on the dog.

Sergeant J provided immediate care, and an emergency medical evacuation was called in.

Kuga spent the next nine months with vets in Afghanistan, Germany and Australia, who treated him and attempted to rehabilitate him.

"He was in a pretty bad way at that point," the handler said.

But the stress the injuries and recovery process placed on him proved too much, and he died in July 2012.

'He saved lives that day'

 

Today Kuga became the first Australian dog to be awarded the Dickin Medal, which recognises the gallantry of animals during war service.

The only other Australian animals recognised by the medal are two carrier pigeons that served in World War II, the last of which was recognised in 1947.

Mary Reilly from the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA), which awards the Dickin Medal, said it was given out very rarely for only the most conspicuous bravery among animals.

"Kuga's sacrifice was an ultimate sacrifice," she said.

"The reason he got the Dickin Medal was he just was so courageous.

"It has become known as the animals' Victoria Cross."

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Twitter: Chief of Army Rick Burr tweet: On behalf of the @AustralianArmy, I wish to acknowledge special operations military working dog Kuga on being awarded the @PDSA_HQ Dickin Medal. Known as the VC for animals, the award reflects the actions & courage Kuga demonstrated supporting troops on operations in Afghanistan.

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Victoria Cross recipient and former military dog handler Mark Donaldson VC accepted the medal with service dog Odin on Kuga's behalf.

"I personally am of the opinion that he saved lives that day," he said.

"The ambush would not have been sprung early enough so they would have stumbled into that killing zone.

"If you take Kuga out of the equation … with reasonable doubt they wouldn't have known the enemy was there."

Kuga's medal will be displayed at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra from next year.

"I'm pretty proud of what Kuga did that day," Sergeant J said.

"Ultimately that enabled me to come home to my family."

"He's the one who chose to go forward, he's the one who chose to take bullets for both me and my mates.

 

 

 

https://www.abc.net....titors/10435024

 

Invictus Games service dogs provide comfort and support to combat the stresses of competition

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14 minutes ago

 

When Ben Farinazzo arrived at his first-ever powerlifting competition at the Invictus Games he was overwhelmed by the stadium's narrow corridors and the shattering noise of the crowd.

He felt bowled over by the adrenaline pumping through his body and was terrified of overstimulation.

Enter service dog Tank, a 15-month-old Labrador, who was called upon to give the former Australian soldier much-needed comfort.

Despite officials' requests for no dogs on the field of play, Tank was desperate to settle Farinazzo and refused to be left behind, so he walked out on to the field with him to the crowd's surprise.

Tank is one of 12 service dogs working around Sydney Olympic Park during the Invictus Games, offering support to competitors as they grapple with a busy and complex environment.

"Trying to listen to instructions from the marshal with dozens of other international competitors was very challenging and overwhelming and I found myself shaking," said Farinazzo, who achieved a personal best in the powerlifting.

 

"But Tank had this remarkably calming feeling over me that was totally unexpected.

"Tank was not only a distraction but a friend."

Farinazzo first met Tank in Canberra on World Mental Health Day earlier this month and was ecstatic when he ran into him again at Invictus.

"He is a blessing," he said.

"For me, with my PTSD [post traumatic stress disorder], depression and anxiety, I find it hard to maintain mental balance while there's a lot of white noise in the background, while I have to concentrate on instruction.

This was made worse by the pressure of the world watching his first powerlifting competition.

'It's easy to accept their presence'

MJ Batek from Canada also sought support from assistance dogs this week as she competed in swimming, archery and wheelchair basketball.

"After getting out of the pool I was exhausted, felt sick and overwhelmed by the noise, and I couldn't hear the starting buzzer due to my tinnitus, which I didn't expect," she said.

"I just saw everyone else dive in and thought oh … I better go."

After this Batek, who suffers PTSD due to being sexually assaulted in the military, went to find Labrador Molly, who was working behind the scenes at the pool.

"I needed something — I don't want to go to a counsellor, I don't want to go to a teammate because they are about to compete — but I could come and hug one of the dogs," she said.

"It's easy to accept their physical presence when you're in that moment … there are a lot of triggers here."

 


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Posted 13 April 2019 - 0728 AM

If you love dogs, you have to go here: https://twitter.com/dog_feelings  It never fails to brighten my day.         


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Posted 18 June 2019 - 0509 AM

It is so true, they ARE our masters!   https://www.france24...-puppy-dog-eyes


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Posted 18 June 2019 - 0629 AM

Recently got new puppy, forgot what a joy and a challenge they can be. The other dog and 2 cats are "adjusting".


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Posted 18 June 2019 - 0805 AM

Whilst teething, watch any electrical extention cables you might have. Found my Jack Russell happily gnawing through an extension cable my PC was plugged into. :D

 

We gave her one of my dads old belts in the end to get through it. It pretty much gnawed away the whole damn thing, barring the buckle.


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Posted 18 June 2019 - 0848 AM

Whilst teething, watch any electrical extention cables you might have. Found my Jack Russell happily gnawing through an extension cable my PC was plugged into. :D
 
We gave her one of my dads old belts in the end to get through it. It pretty much gnawed away the whole damn thing, barring the buckle.


Keeping an eye on any kind of exposed drain hoses of home appliances could be necessary also. Our kitty perforated two of those before we became aware of its fondness for such things.

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Posted 18 June 2019 - 0850 AM

Oh, bet that was awkward. :(


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Posted 18 June 2019 - 2034 PM

Yeah our little Golden ate two garden hoses, part of the house, tree branches, a belt, one of my wife's purse straps, three tennis shoes, and I am sure other things when she was teething, and a puppy.  


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Posted 18 June 2019 - 2141 PM

Unfortunately it looks like I'm going to have to put my dog down in the next week or so. I really should have done it already, but haven't been able to do it to him yet, feels like a betrayal. His 16th bday is around this time, I've had him for 15 1/2 years. He has nerve problems in his hind quarters, can barely stand up, walks crooked and falls if he can even stand up. Been crapping and peeing on my vinyl dining room floor pretty much every night as he can't get through the dog door. At least the vinyl flooring is easy to clean, but me whole condo smells everyday anyways.

 

Went to the local animal rescue today just to see what they have, but they don't allow walk throughs before you pay for an animal, sounds kind of self defeating. Will check a couple county pounds tomorrow.


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Posted 18 June 2019 - 2153 PM

I'm afraid I am going to end up in the same situation with my dog. His hips are going to quit on him long before the rest of his body. I have to lift him up into my car, and on to my bed now, but he does surprise me once in a while with a bit of agility and does it himself. It breaks my heart when his hips go out on him when walking up stairs or just trying to back up. He looks so helpless when they do. 


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Posted 19 June 2019 - 0138 AM

Before you take the final step, if they have a mobility challenge, try massage. My Jack Russell Megan around that age was having trouble with her legs. So I would lie her on her back, with her bottom towards me, and give her thigh muscles a good massage. I think there is a case for saying it may have given her another year and a half of mobility. More to the point, she seemed to like it, which is always a positive. D

 

I had to do it something semi regular, something like maybe once or twice a week. Not long maybe 5 or 10 minutes. It really seemed to loosen her up for a bit.


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Posted 19 June 2019 - 0146 AM

It is so true, they ARE our masters!   https://www.france24...-puppy-dog-eyes

 

Cat: "Pffft... evolve eyes... Meh...." *pats the mind-controlling T. gondii*


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Posted 19 June 2019 - 0632 AM

Unfortunately it looks like I'm going to have to put my dog down in the next week or so. I really should have done it already, but haven't been able to do it to him yet, feels like a betrayal. His 16th bday is around this time, I've had him for 15 1/2 years. He has nerve problems in his hind quarters, can barely stand up, walks crooked and falls if he can even stand up. Been crapping and peeing on my vinyl dining room floor pretty much every night as he can't get through the dog door. At least the vinyl flooring is easy to clean, but me whole condo smells everyday anyways.

 

Went to the local animal rescue today just to see what they have, but they don't allow walk throughs before you pay for an animal, sounds kind of self defeating. Will check a couple county pounds tomorrow.

 

I once asked a vet "How will I know when it's time?" and she said "You'll know." and she was right. If you're honest with yourself, you'll know when it's time. It's part of the contract, not a betrayal. As hard as it is, you need to take the step when it's time and be there with them. It's horrible, terrible, awful but it's completing the journey. They deserve nothing less. Part of the reason we just got Bella is to help us get through losing Ruby when it's her time.


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