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Only constant in life is change... #348123
07/10/18 08:09 PM
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Hi All. I know it's been a LONG time since I've posted on the forum. Three years ago, my territory expanded and my job took over my life and I rarely had a chance to log on Then in Oct 2016 Phoenix had emergency surgery to remove his left kidney and after the biopsy, he received a diagnosis of renal carcinoma. A follow-up x-ray showed he had an inoperable mass in his lung. On May 6, 2017, we said a very tear filled good-bye to him. I took the loss much harder than I expected and it took me nearly a year to feel that I was ready for another dog. This past May I came across a 1 year old HW+ GSD on Petfinder named Bentley and put in an application with the rescue, Maple Leaf Mutts, in Rutland, VT. On May 19, we started fostering Bentley with the agreement that once he was finished with his HW treatment, we would officially adopt him. He received his first injection on June 13 and he is scheduled for his next two injections on July 13 and July 14. He's a typical puppy who had never ending energy and the first injection didn't seem to faze him much other than a day of feeling a bit punky. Keeping him "quiet" has been like nailing jello to the wall. My SO and I are not always on the same page when it comes to how to deal with this issue. We are muddling thru it, but it's tough at times. Training the male human is much harder than training the male GSD in the house.

I'll be more of a regular on the forum soon as I am retiring in December after 28 years in Federal Law Enforcement. My original plan was that we would get a puppy when I retired as this dog would be the Therapy dog I had hoped to have in Phoenix but the job wouldn't allow me to dedicate time to volunteering on a consistent basis. One look at Bentley face and that all changed for me. I still intend on training him for Therapy work and look forward to the time I can dedicate to the training and volunteering.

Anyhow, it's good to be back and hope to catch up on all that I've missed since I've been gone.

Oh, and here is a pic of the new furry beast.

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Diana

Bentley...the light that brought me out of the darkness.

RIP Phoenix (Brightstar rescue) 2006 - 5/6/2017

RIP Dakota 1/5/93 - 10/23/2006
Re: Only constant in life is change... [Re: DnP] #348124
07/10/18 08:19 PM
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Diana, I am so glad you found your way back to the forum and your cyber family. You came back right after the Forum had a major software upgrade. I am glad you found Bentley.


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Re: Only constant in life is change... [Re: DnP] #348125
07/10/18 08:24 PM
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Congrats to you and Bentley! thumbup He is absolutely gorgeous and I'm sure will make a great therapy dog once you work matters out with your SO. I love what you said, i.e. "training the male human is much harder than training the male GSD in the house." wink


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Re: Only constant in life is change... [Re: DnP] #348170
07/13/18 09:31 PM
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So glad you found it back here too!!! Your new pup is a real beauty wub Retirement has been great for me and I'm thinking your really going to enjoy it too. Just having time all day with your pup is just the greatest feeling ever.

I'm so sorry for the loss of your sweet Phoenix. gsdhalo

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Re: Only constant in life is change... [Re: DnP] #348203
07/15/18 04:04 PM
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Bently is so pretty! He seems gentle just looking at that picture. Good luck!


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Re: Only constant in life is change... [Re: DarkEyes] #348222
07/16/18 12:16 PM
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Thanks all for the welcome back! And don't be fooled by that snapshot of Bentley...Gentle is not a word we use to describe him...Rammy, bull in a china closet...nutjob...crazy butt....all words that apply! LOL!! His energy and zest for life is refreshing and has brought so much joy and lightheartedness to our lives again. He thoroughly enjoys life!

It's that exuberance and and enthusiasm that makes keeping him quiet right now. He received his second and third injections last Thursday and Friday evenings. He had a hard time each night and felt punky Friday morning and Saturday morning, but by Sunday, he was back to his rambunctious self! However, just seeing how uncomfortable/painful he was for hours after each shot started a slow burning rage inside of me thinking that his ending up with Heartworm was totally preventable. But then again, if his owners had been responsible, he wouldn't have ended up at the shelter after being found running loose for the third time. Only this time they refused to come get him. Of course, their loss is our gain!!!

We plan on making his life from here on out a great one!


Diana

Bentley...the light that brought me out of the darkness.

RIP Phoenix (Brightstar rescue) 2006 - 5/6/2017

RIP Dakota 1/5/93 - 10/23/2006
Re: Only constant in life is change... [Re: DnP] #348226
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Congrats on Bentley keeping you amused and moving. But on heartworm, I've known very responsible people who despite being careful and medicating still had dogs come down with heartworm. There is also a slow kill method that is easier on the dog than the fast kill. And some dogs are escape artists. One I got (from my backyard actually) would go through closed windows to get out, he would climb 6 ft kennel fences (at the vet) and then he let all the other dogs loose by opening their kennel doors. And if you think he is rambunctious now, imagine how he was when he was younger. At any rate, he is fortunate to have found you.

Re: Only constant in life is change... [Re: middleofnowhere] #348227
07/16/18 06:08 PM
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Middle, I will not disagree with you that even dogs owned by responsible owners may end up having dogs end up with Heartworm. I totally understand where you are coming from with regards to my statements/judgments. I am not making them lightly or recklessly when it comes to Bentley's former owners.

From the information I was provided by the rescue and in the shelter's notes, it appeared that Bentley's former owners were not responsible or careful or really gave a crap about Bentley's health. Bentley came into the SC shelter emaciated, intact, HW positive and with no proof of vaccinations (not even puppy vaccines). He was known by the shelter folks because he had been there two previous times. The last two times, the owners came in and claimed him. This last time, the shelter was told they could keep him after the owners were going to be fined for not having proof of rabies vaccine and a loose dog.

Unfortunately, because Bentley was beyond Stage 1 (he was diagnosed as being at Stage 3 by the rescue's vet), the slow kill method was not an option for his treatment.


Diana

Bentley...the light that brought me out of the darkness.

RIP Phoenix (Brightstar rescue) 2006 - 5/6/2017

RIP Dakota 1/5/93 - 10/23/2006

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