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A Long Doggie Tale

We saved Mr. Dog’s life by adopting him when we did. Two days after bringing him home,he had a gran mal epileptic seizure. We had just moved into our Santa Rosa home a week prior and I still had unpacking to do. Mr. Dog started acting oddly, blindly staggering into boxes, walking in circles, finally falling down into a full fledged gran mal. Fortunately for him, I knew what I was looking at. If the seizure had happened when he was incarcerated in the pound, they never would have put him up for adoption. Our vet prescribed phenobarbital and eventually we had his seizures under control. Then he started getting hot spots and losing hair! Serendipitously, one of the patients at the clinic I worked for, breeds Tibetan Terriers. She said that TTs are notoriously allergic to wheat and suggested a lamb and rice dog food for him. The office manager fed her prize Yorkies a raw diet, but I ...

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The sad decline of Mr. Dog

I’m distracted by Mr. Dog and his rapid decline, but I can’t do anything about it. He was up all night, rearranging our service porch. He managed to knock a sheet of plywood down and then tracked poop all through the house. I can’t get mad, it just makes me incredibly sad. There is nothing that can be done. He is at least 16 years old and has lived a wonderful and interesting life. I can only guess what his life was like before we adopted him, but I can’t imagine him having been mistreated, his personality is too sweet. Thirteen years ago, I wanted a dog, Husband grudgingly agreed. My rounds of shelters and city pounds began, as I searched for a dog that fit my criteria. After the first couple of rounds, Husband took to waiting in the car, he couldn’t face all those  sad dogs, cats and puppies without wanting to take them home. Several candidate canines ...

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