FOR THE LOVE OF DOGS---A VERY SPECIAL LOVE STORY

  • hebrewman

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    Jul 19, 2013 12:31 PM GMT
    hey guys, it's no secret that we 'realjockers' love our animals. god knows, i could never had made it through chemo/radiation w/ out the love and antics of my boston terrier,maccabee. i was reading some news this morning while getting ready for a full day of flying---the dc-boston shuttle (all day long) and ran across this touching and heartwarming story about this man and his elderly arthritic dog. and yes, i did bawl like a baby while reading this. and i think anyone out there that loves animals will too. and yes, i would do anything for maccabee and any other animal out there that needs to be cared for. (hell, when medical bills overwhelmed me, and they still do, i reduced my diet so that maccabee could maintain his.)
    enjoy fellas. just thought i'd share this with you all.
    AAron


    http://www.today.com/pets/dog-pictured-floating-sleep-owners-arms-has-died-6C10680004
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    That's beautiful.

    Right now we have decided not to sell our house as Rupert who is now 16 1/2 years has gone blind and deaf here and has memorized every inch of the place.

    His liver counts are triple the maximum range on his blood work. His arthritis is bad (shoulders.)He has recurring dental problems but he will die in surgery (per 2 vets).

    Every day right now, with this weather, we take him to the beach and into the water where we hold him up while he slowly swims and yes, it has made a huge difference, an astonishing one, in his arthritis.

    He's on periodic 21 day courses of clindamycin when the teeth have problems. Zentonil Plus, for his liver.

    He plays with his little Emma, rolling around on the floor on his back yodeling while she chomps at his neck, lol.

    We have made arrangements for the vet do a final visit to the house when Rupert's time comes and he loses his desire for food and life. (He eats like a horse)

    Some others think we're a little kookoo for pausing our life plans in this way, but this is, for us, what Love does.

    My eyes are burning.


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    meninlove said
    ART_DECO said6C8314392-386742-tdy-120809-dog-therapy-


    That's beautiful.

    Right now we have decided not to sell our house as Rupert who is now 16 1/2 years has gone blind and deaf here and has memorized every inch of the place.

    His liver counts are triple the maximum range on his blood work. His arthritis is bad (shoulders.)He has recurring dental problems but he will die in surgery (per 2 vets).

    Every day right now, with this weather, we take him to the beach and into the water where we hold him up while he slowly swims and yes, it has made a huge difference, an astonishing one, in his arthritis.

    He's on periodic 21 day courses of clindamycin when the teeth have problems. Zentonil Plus, for his liver.

    He plays with his little Emma, rolling around on the floor on his back yodeling while she chomps at his neck, lol.

    We have made arrangements for the vet do a final visit to the house when Rupert's time comes and he loses his desire for food and life. (He eats like a horse)

    Some others think we're a little kookoo for pausing our life plans in this way, but this is, for us, what Love does.

    My eyes are burning.


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    As an animal lover ,i totally understand your plea . After all they are our children , and we do everything in our power to help them to a good life !
    A kiss to Emma and Rupert
  • Destinharbor

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    Jul 19, 2013 4:37 PM GMT
    Ya, they earn all we can give back and then some. I lost my elderly Kit, an English Setter, a little over a year ago. She'd fallen and hurt her back and we were trying the wheel chair route but with limited success. I was advised to end her life but just couldn't. One night late, she went into some pain and I knew it was ending so I took her into my bed and held her in my arms and kissed her muzzle whenever the pain returned. All night long. She died in my arms about 6 in the morning. I know there are some times when we should help end the pain but I advise seeing if you can just let nature take its course. Just try to be there at the end. I cleaned Kit up and put her on some fresh towels and kept her in my bedroom for half a day before taking her in for cremation. Just couldn't let go.
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    Jul 19, 2013 4:48 PM GMT
    So true. Thanks to everyone who posted. Here's another tail..er..tale:

    In Memory of a Special Friend

    In Memory of William Woods (1948-2007)
    My brother Bill loved dogs, all kinds. He had a soft spot in his heart for dogs that were neglected, abused, and just plain unwanted. In 2006 Bill was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. He was understandably shaken by this news. Spending time alone during the day recuperating from surgery and chemotherapy, I suggested getting a dog to keep him company throughout the day. I thought it was an excellent idea. He would receive the companionship of a dog that needed him just as much. I went online and found Molly's Place. We were very happy to find that Molly's Place is a no kill shelter. I set a date to visit the shelter and we set out with high hopes. As soon as we walked into the main area of the shelter, we saw all of the dogs playing together and having a great time. It warmed our hearts. Bill had his eye on several dogs that would have been great companions.
    However, there was a snag in our plan. Bill's landlord was hesitant to allow a dog in his townhouse. Seeing that his landlord was his stepson, we figured we could convince him that having a pet was going to be a positive experience. Months went by and a decision was not made. On my days off of work, I would ask Bill what he wanted to do and his answer was always the same, "Let's go see the puppies!" Off to Molly's Place we would go. On the way we often talked of his fears concerning his illness and bringing a dog into the situation. I assured him that if need be, I would add any dog he decided on to my family.
    Bill had just been released for the hospital, after undergoing yet another surgery, and finally he got an answer from his stepson.....he had the go ahead to get a dog. Bill was so excited. Once he was feeling strong enough, on my next day off, we headed out to Molly's Place. Unfortunately, a complication from surgery forced us to turn back and head for the hospital. Bill never came home.
    I decided that a donation in Bill's name to Molly's Place would be the most appropriate way to honor my brother's life here on earth. I know he would be pleased and I am very happy that there are loving, caring, people at Molly's that wanted the same things for the animals as my brother and I. A chance for a better life and the love and care that they so desperately need -- and deserve!
    Thank you to all of the dedicated staff at Molly's Place for welcoming us to your shelter, for making my brother comfortable during his visits, and for doing all you do for animals entrusted to your care until their adoption.
    williamwoods
    Kim N.
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    Jul 19, 2013 6:03 PM GMT
    Shortly after getting my first dog in 30 years I was visiting Westhampton and seeing a dog show about to start in the town park entered him on the spot, then felt guilty thinking I had an unfair advantage because his grandfather was a Westminster Dog Show winner and he himself had been a show dog, a stunning and aloof white poodle that'd been put up for adoption because he wasn't beautiful enough. Then just as the show began I saw a guy with cerebral palsy being wheeled towards the front of the crowd with his nondescript dog in his lap and I realized - this contest is fixed. So in an effort to just place (there were six place winners) when asked onstage what made my dog beautiful I truthfully said "He was a gift to me when I was diagnosed with a rare incurable cancer and has never willingly left my side; I credit him for my outliving my prognosis and being here with you today, and for that he is truly beautiful." Naturally the dog owned by the cerebral palsy victim won and my dog failed to even place, garnering an honorable mention which the judges were likely shamed into giving since there hadn't even been a ribbon or a category for that - it was clear that all six winners were predetermined! Moral of the story - if you know a heartwarming dog story, a very special love story, it's probably because there was good PR and a great photo op behind it.

    As for photo ops that don't make the cut (despite my cancer and his recent epilepsy we look too good for that kind of print), here we are last month, him still at my side seven years later:
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    Jul 19, 2013 8:06 PM GMT
    turbobilly saidSo true. Thanks to everyone who posted. Here's another tail..er..tale:

    In Memory of a Special Friend

    In Memory of William Woods (1948-2007)
    My brother Bill loved dogs, all kinds. He had a soft spot in his heart for dogs that were neglected, abused, and just plain unwanted. In 2006 Bill was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. He was understandably shaken by this news. Spending time alone during the day recuperating from surgery and chemotherapy, I suggested getting a dog to keep him company throughout the day. I thought it was an excellent idea. He would receive the companionship of a dog that needed him just as much. I went online and found Molly's Place. We were very happy to find that Molly's Place is a no kill shelter. I set a date to visit the shelter and we set out with high hopes. As soon as we walked into the main area of the shelter, we saw all of the dogs playing together and having a great time. It warmed our hearts. Bill had his eye on several dogs that would have been great companions.
    However, there was a snag in our plan. Bill's landlord was hesitant to allow a dog in his townhouse. Seeing that his landlord was his stepson, we figured we could convince him that having a pet was going to be a positive experience. Months went by and a decision was not made. On my days off of work, I would ask Bill what he wanted to do and his answer was always the same, "Let's go see the puppies!" Off to Molly's Place we would go. On the way we often talked of his fears concerning his illness and bringing a dog into the situation. I assured him that if need be, I would add any dog he decided on to my family.
    Bill had just been released for the hospital, after undergoing yet another surgery, and finally he got an answer from his stepson.....he had the go ahead to get a dog. Bill was so excited. Once he was feeling strong enough, on my next day off, we headed out to Molly's Place. Unfortunately, a complication from surgery forced us to turn back and head for the hospital. Bill never came home.
    I decided that a donation in Bill's name to Molly's Place would be the most appropriate way to honor my brother's life here on earth. I know he would be pleased and I am very happy that there are loving, caring, people at Molly's that wanted the same things for the animals as my brother and I. A chance for a better life and the love and care that they so desperately need -- and deserve!
    Thank you to all of the dedicated staff at Molly's Place for welcoming us to your shelter, for making my brother comfortable during his visits, and for doing all you do for animals entrusted to your care until their adoption.
    williamwoods
    Kim N.
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    Jul 19, 2013 8:12 PM GMT

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    I can't belive he's gone he was an insperation to all dog lovers *head in pillow
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    turbobilly said...Bill's landlord was hesitant to allow a dog in his townhouse. Seeing that his landlord was his stepson, we figured we could convince him that having a pet was going to be a positive experience. Months went by and a decision was not made.
    williamwoods
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    This "Kim N." should elaborate. If I could get my east sixties Manhattan co-op to relax its "no non-grandfathered dog" policy why couldn't the "stepson" relax his? Sounds like the jerk of all time. Moar backstory!
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    Jul 19, 2013 10:04 PM GMT
    http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/pa328.html

    I found this story when I was researching various shelters back in December, 2011 looking for a pet to adopt.
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    Jul 19, 2013 10:07 PM GMT
    turbobilly saidhttp://www.petfinder.com/shelters/pa328.html

    I found this story when I was researching various shelters back in December, 2011 looking for a pet to adopt.

    WOW, great shelter! And I'm sure many more like it exist throughout the US.
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    Jul 19, 2013 10:21 PM GMT
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    ART_DECO said6C8314392-386742-tdy-120809-dog-therapy-

    I can't belive he's gone he was an insperation to all dog lovers *head in pillow

    Yes, but at 20 years, and for a dog that breed and size, it's almost miraculous. We always mourn a passing, and pity the loss to those close, but we can't regret an exceptionally long & happy life. Can any of us ask for more for ourselves?
  • hebrewman

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    Jul 20, 2013 2:51 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidI clearly remember this story when RJ users commented on it last year.

    That is truly amazing and I can't help but think of all the less fortunate animals that don't even receive a fraction of love that Schoep was blessed with. Ever watch Animal Cops? How people abuse and/or nelgect their pets is unbelievable.

    RIP, Schoep. You were, without a doubt, truly loved.....


    yes, i've watched animal cops and i am always stunned at the total ambivalence of these 'owners' when interviewed by the police. i've never understood how anyone could show such cruelty to animals (or children). the one case that sticks in my mind, was in new orleans. there was a beautiful german shepherd tied to a tree with a spike collar that had cut it's way into the dogs neck. the wound was infected and the dog was clearly beside himself. the show flashed forward a few weeks and the dog had made a full recovery and was adopted out. i've stopped watching the show as it just makes me sad.
  • hebrewman

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    Jul 20, 2013 2:59 PM GMT
    thank you realjockers. thank you all for taking the time to read this story and share your own. it warms my heart to see that i am not alone in my absolute love for animals. yesterday during my 4 leg shuttle sequence, (dca-bos-dca-bos-dca) i was treated to several doggie kisses from my canine and feline ''passengers''. if i had my way, they would ride on the laps of their owners, no questions asked.
    and a special hello to charlie the adorable albino french bull dog i saw in the terminal waiting for his flight to tampa. thank you for the opportunity to give you a belly rub and pat on the head. ahhhhh that beautiful face and those loving big brown eyes!!! you made a long day quite tolerable.
    AAron