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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 1/5/1993 - 10/23/2006
Re: Only constant in life is change... [Re: DnP] #348124
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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
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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
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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
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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 1/5/1993 - 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
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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 1/5/1993 - 10/23/2006
Re: Only constant in life is change... [Re: DnP] #348276
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I am sorry to hear of your loss, but glad you found Bentley!

It's really hard to look at some of these dogs and how they are neglected. Best of luck with both of the males!


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Re: Only constant in life is change... [Re: DnP] #348285
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Bentley is a great looking dog. I'm glad he found you.

My current dog was also HW+ and had to go through the same protocol. I brought him home from the shelter 2 days after his last shot and he was in so much pain. He was easy to keep quiet, as opposed to Bentley.

Now, two months later he is coming into his own and showing spunk.

I'm so glad Bentley has a second chance with you. I bet life will be interesting with him in it.

PS - He doesn't know it, but my boy has been deemed healthy enough to be neutered. I'm having that done the end of August to give him more time to benefit from regular feedings and a healthier life.

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Re: Only constant in life is change... [Re: PositiveDog] #348293
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Lisa, thanks so much. Training the males in the house has been interesting, so say the least!

Bonnie, have you seen any residual effects from the treatment? Do you know how have his heartworm load was? We were told that we can take him to our vet for his 30 day check-up after shots 2 and 3. At that visit, we are going to have our vet do a full physical exam with bloodwork and urinalysis so we have a baseline from that point forward.

We are a little over a week post shots 2 and 3 in the HW treatment protocol. Bentley was punky for two days after the injections and then was back to his rowdy self. The holistic vet and I have been working together to see if we can find something to calm him down, but with a young energetic dog...short of sedating him, it's just not happening. We've had to be more "boot camp/drill instructor" with him when he has his crazy energy breakouts. There is only so much OB training and mind games he's will to do. We take him a very slow short walks ok'd by the rescue's vet but it's not near he exercise Bentley needs. I've attached a photo of him a few moments after I let him out of his crate after we had to put him in the crate repeatedly because he couldn't stop tearing around the house. He was not a happy camper we kept stopping his fun, and I think the look on his face says it all...usually when I call his name, he comes over all wiggly with a "smile" on his face...I called his name this time and all he did was give me this look...

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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 1/5/1993 - 10/23/2006
Re: Only constant in life is change... [Re: DnP] #348295
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You mean - if I can't run around the house then let me run around outside?

Hope you can keep him contained until his treatment is over.


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Re: Only constant in life is change... [Re: DnP] #348296
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He is beautiful. Can I say in the house that the drag leash is your friend. I never used one much before Neilla, but a full grown dog I couldn't just scoop up like I did with the pups. She learned when she had the leash on she had to behave.


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Re: Only constant in life is change... [Re: Wisc.Tiger_Val] #348299
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Val, we've gone thru two nylon drag leashes in the past week. cry This is where my "failing at training the human male" has come into play. The human male in the house, who is home all day now that he's retired, doesn't keep an eye on the male GSD as closely as I do when I'm home and both leashes were chewed into several short sections. headbang We are currently using a 6ft leather leash (training leash) until the two I recently ordered from Amazon get delivered today. I won't even talk about the "your boy decided to chase a squirrel after I took off the leash in the backyard when we got back to the house from our walk." text that I received at yesterday while I was in court. I think my eyes literally rolled into the back of my head when I read it.

Don't get me wrong, SO does a great job with Bentley, but at this point, I don't think I should be needing to remind him that while Bentley appears to be feeling great and looks healthy, he isn't and still needs to be kept quiet. Last night, I printed out a picture of a heart full of heartworms and stuck it on the computer screen as a reminder of why I am so strict about keeping Bentley as quiet as possible.

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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 1/5/1993 - 10/23/2006
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Perhaps you could crate the SO while you are at work?

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