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Babsy #350588
04/29/19 02:50 AM
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Babsy's name is Babs Sweet Surprise. She was named after President George W. Bush's twin daughters, her litter sister was Jenna, and Babs and Jenna were their shortened names. Jenna was Jenna Evenstar, and all the rest of the dogs I kept of my breeder were named Evenstar's _________, like Evenstar's Heidi. But Babs and Jenna were in my first litter. They were out of Arwen Evenstar XVI and Dubya Von Selzer. I wanted to keep two bitches out of that litter, and I got 1 bitch and five dog pups. I went to sleep. A few hours later, I got up and went to the whelping box and counted the babies. I counted them again. And I picked up the wet one and it was my second girl. So Babsy was a sweet surprise.

That would have been fourteen years ago on August 10th. But I can't make her live through May, June, July and into August just so that I can say that I got one to fourteen. Today, I woke to hear her crying. She had gotten up on the step and got her front legs through the doggy door, but she couldn't get the back legs through. The puppy kept going in and out around her. I helped her get in, she was filthy because of the rain. So I decided she needed a bath. Well she did need a bath. The last time I put her up on the grooming table, I could hardly lift her, and afterwards, she couldn't get up in the back for two days. So I have been frightened to put her up there again. Her toenails are way long. But I was going to have to get her up, get her in the house (more steps), through the baby gate and somehow into the bath tub. She is HEAVY. But I did it. I spent hours soaking her in warm water and soaping her, and rinsing, working on her hair, emptying the tub and all the hair in the drain, and repeating. I dried her as best as I could and as I do not have heat, I manhandled her to a folded blanket, and covered her up. Then I lay down in my bed next to her and petted her head. Finally I got up and took care of the rest of the dogs. I was out there a few hours. I came in and she looked like a dead thing.

She was wiped out. Maybe she is just really, really tired out. Maybe she is just ready. I covered her the rest of the way up because she was shaking a little. I know she is ancient. I gave her a double dose of prednisone. I brought her a paper plate with two cans of dog food -- mostly meat, lamb and chicken. She scarfed that down. So that is good. But she isn't moving at all. I gave her a bowl of water. I think it's time.

Babsy is such a personality. When she was just under two, I took her to the show in Madison where she took first place the first day, and Rushie took second, that finished Rushie. She took second place the second day and Jenna got her first title leg. On the third day I took she and her mother, and I got an 89 and a 90 on them, Babs got 4th place. But the fault was mine. The judge said I did not set back three full steps so she docked me 10 points on both dogs, which finished both of their titles. I don't remember which day it was, but the leash got curled around her ear, so the entire run she went with such a loose lead that that lead stayed looped around her ear the entire time.

I got three RNs that weekend and a leg on Jenna, all in class A. Arwen was easy, but Babsy was just special. A 58 pound stick of dynamite. She was thin, downright skinny. But then I continued to train her, and I got Babsy's RA at Cleveland. And then we went for the CD. I could take her anywhere on leash or off. We could walk through a crowd of drunks, off lead, no problem. I took her to street fairs, pet stores, the bike path, and classes. When she was 4 months old she wanted to bark at another dog and I gave her a quick correction and that was the last of that crap.

I took her with me to my sister's house almost from the beginning. She would go to the park with us, and she would be at my side all the time. Over the years, when Analisa was having trouble with her eyes, some sort of vision issue that makes the letters jump around, so reading was not fun for her. So I would ask her if she wanted to read to Babsy. I swear that Analisa would read to Babsy and it was awesome. One day I took Analisa and Elena to the park, but I also had my little sister's littler girls with me in a double stroller. Babsy was leading the procession out front. A squirrel came chattering at us, from across the street. Babsy stepped forward, and I called her to heel. She immediately came to my heel and stayed there. The suicidal squirrel turned and went the other way.

I trained her to run alongside my bicycle and to stop when I did and sit right at my side. The girls and I were riding bikes to the park, and she was running alongside, and some yayhoo was having trouble managing his dog that was on lead in his garage, and he yelled at me for having her off lead. She was right next to me the entire time. I slipped my hand onto her car and hooked the lead on, to make him quiet. He was telling me how dangerous it was. But she was perfect.

One night I was walking her up town in the middle of the night, and I was just going to release her from the heel for her to go to my car, when I heard the slap of shoes running up behind. I put my had on her collar as the police officer came alongside and passed us by. He came back 20 minutes later and apologized, and complemented my dog.

I trained her to GO TO MY CAR. Where I would just say OK, and she would run to my car, wherever it was and go to the back to load up. I regretted this at some points because I had to really be careful with my OK. But when I took her to work at my sister's building it came in handy. It was in the middle of Cleveland, and I never used a leash. When I came out of the building, I would tell her, OK! and she would run to the back of each car, sniffing to find mine. Everyone in the building thought I had a drug sniffing dog.

She went to work with me every day when she wasn't in heat for over a year. We would take a walk through the parking lot and back by the foilage, and we would kick up people of the neighborhood and they would see her, she would flush them out, and I would call to them and tell them to come out of there, and they would. No one wanted to mess with this little 68 pound dog. We would escort them through the parking lot to the street.

She had a couple of litters for me. The first was 7 pups. I got Ninja and Milla out of her. Mostly though, she was just a pet, which is the best job a GSD can have. She saved my house from fire, bugging me, continually until I got up and went to put her out, and she stopped at the stove, and there was a fire under the burner, and I had left the burner on. How did she know that I needed to take care of that?

Finally around age 10 I stopped trying to fight her weight. She was a couch-potato, and she did not miss any meals. She liked to eat. We would share my food. She liked brussel sprouts and orange slices and anything I would eat. Loved ice cream. We would go to Dairy Queen and she always got a cone in a cup.

I put her in with Quinnie when Babs had her next litter, and she just grew. And grew. Then I added Kaiah to their kennel and Babsy was getting the lion's share of the food. But by then she was 13. I can't stop her from eating. Ah well.

She is so very special, and now I think I am going to have to put her down tomorrow. I think she is telling me it is time. She had a full life. She is such a great dog. I feel a little regret because I have been so depressed over Quinnie that I have neglected her in her last days. I have been preparing myself for this for a year, but you just are never prepared.

Thank you for reading. I don't want all of my posts to be losing dog-posts, but that is where I am right now. frown


Geriatric:
Seniors: Heidi, Odessa
Mature Adults: Joy, Bear, Hepzibah
Adults: Karma, Cujo 2
Young Adults: Ramona, Kojak
Puppies: Tinuviel, Uzzi, and Kaiah

Re: Babsy [Re: Selzer] #350589
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You know you both won in this, don't you? I love your story and a loved dog story is a good story and a good ending is not always a happy one. But unhappy ones can still be good ones and good endings can be sad because with a loved companion, what ending isn't sad.

It seems you have a pretty full plate lately. I wish it had more joy and less sorrow but sometimes I think the sorrow is our way of thanking the dogs.

Take care of yourself while you're taking care of those dogs of yours.

Re: Babsy [Re: Selzer] #350590
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Oh Selzer, I am so very sorry to hear of Babes decline. I don't think we can ever be fully prepared for that day. I'm keeping you and Babs in my heart and am sending prayers of strength. Take lots of pictures if you can. Enjoy every moment now that you can. I know its hard, I know these are the hardest moments of our lives and I'm so sorry you are going through this so soon after loosing Quinnie. Your not alone.


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Re: Babsy [Re: middleofnowhere] #350592
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Yes, thank you, endings are sad, and you are also right about it being a win. Having her has been such an honor, such a pleasure, the best thing to do, the only thing to do, is not to let her suffer. But it is so very hard.


Geriatric:
Seniors: Heidi, Odessa
Mature Adults: Joy, Bear, Hepzibah
Adults: Karma, Cujo 2
Young Adults: Ramona, Kojak
Puppies: Tinuviel, Uzzi, and Kaiah

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Re: Babsy [Re: Selzer] #350594
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You are so clear-eyed and frank. You told us how Babs is and was and just as you gave Babs a good life- with all your present pain- you have resolved to give her a good death.

Frail as we are people have the power of life and death over our beloved animals. You sound as plain as day that you will use your power to care for Babs again.

take care,
MJ

Re: Babsy [Re: Selzer] #350595
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Thank you, everyone. She has gone over. The vet agreed it was time. Everything was shutting down. What a great life. What a great girl. He felt bad, they all knew her for so long. I am going to miss my little Babsy.


Geriatric:
Seniors: Heidi, Odessa
Mature Adults: Joy, Bear, Hepzibah
Adults: Karma, Cujo 2
Young Adults: Ramona, Kojak
Puppies: Tinuviel, Uzzi, and Kaiah

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Re: Babsy [Re: Selzer] #350597
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Sue, I am so sorry. The picture of your niece walking a GSD was that Babs?

I wish they didn't get old.


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Re: Babsy [Re: Selzer] #350598
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Originally Posted by Selzer
She has gone over. The vet agreed it was time.


I'm so very sorry for your loss. Sending my sincere sympathies and deepest regrets. RIP sweet Babsy. angel


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Re: Babsy [Re: Selzer] #350599
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Ah Sue, she had a wonderful, full, long life. If dogs knew about it, they would envy her. The pain of watching the decline and of their end with us seems like a steep price but when one of mine goes, I remind myself of how much sharing their lives was worth all of it so it seems like a real bargain. She and you had a great run. I wish it had been longer but I don't think it could have been any better.

Re: Babsy [Re: Wisc.Tiger_Val] #350600
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Yeah that was Babs.

I was thinking about that picture today, and the one of her at the bottom of the slide in the snow with the girls tumbling down it, and so much fun we had together. It's been a sad, sad day. And yet, I feel like I took her at the exact right time. She was still sharp as a tack, but her body was breaking down. I think she would have died on her own in a few days. If that. I don't know that. But I don't think I let her suffer over-long, and I didn't take her too early. That actually feels good. If anything does at this point. It feels good that she touched so many lives. It feels good that she gave so many folks good memories.

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Geriatric:
Seniors: Heidi, Odessa
Mature Adults: Joy, Bear, Hepzibah
Adults: Karma, Cujo 2
Young Adults: Ramona, Kojak
Puppies: Tinuviel, Uzzi, and Kaiah

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I am so very sorry for your loss. I know what you mean when you write about it being the right time. I found a great deal of comfort that my timing was so good with Eli. He went downhill really bad within 48 hours.

I love reading about her, I know how loved she was. I hope you soon find comfort in all those wonderful years of memories you have with your special girl. hugging


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My deepest condolences. It hurts so bad. Bless you for the amazing life you gave her.


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Thank you everyone.

I feel like the dog-angel of darkness lately.

I really can't complain about Babsy. But I have gone through this week feeling like a sloth. I don't want to go home because she isn't there. She and Quinnie. But, I keep telling myself that they are not hurting now, and Babsy had a full life and a good life, and I have so many memories. I put Cujo2 and Hepsi in with Kaiah (in the house) and the jury is still out on whether that is going to work or not. If it will EVER stop raining... I've had so many great dogs. Right now it seems like I won't ever have another like Babsy, but then I thought that about Arwen and Little Quinnie was a lot like her. Karma is too. They will never BE Babsy, and that's ok. She was one of a kind. They broke the mold when she was born.


Geriatric:
Seniors: Heidi, Odessa
Mature Adults: Joy, Bear, Hepzibah
Adults: Karma, Cujo 2
Young Adults: Ramona, Kojak
Puppies: Tinuviel, Uzzi, and Kaiah

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Every dog is different. Every dog is precious. And every dog seems to teach of something that makes us better people. Cherish all that you have learned from Babsy. I'm sure she was there for you through so much, good and bad times. She was a feeling of strength and resilience. Keep that with you now.


I so believe that these don't just randomly end up in our lives. They are gifts that G-d has trusted us to raise for Him. When their job is done here G-d takes them back. Be proud of the job you did raising Babsy and all your other pups.


With me it helped so much writing about my lost pups. The folks here that know our dogs are a wonderful source of strength and support. We are here for your Sue and it will get better.
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Thank you Rosa. I was thinking earlier this week what I really wanted was for a hug and for someone who knows me to say, "It will be ok." Thank you. Only dog-people understand, and not everyone who owns a dog or has owned a dog is a dog-people.


Geriatric:
Seniors: Heidi, Odessa
Mature Adults: Joy, Bear, Hepzibah
Adults: Karma, Cujo 2
Young Adults: Ramona, Kojak
Puppies: Tinuviel, Uzzi, and Kaiah

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Oh how many times I've wished the very same thing Sue. hugging


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Every dog deserves to have a human that thinks its the greatest dog that ever lived!
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