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I while ago I posted a thread as I was thinking of getting a dog, hopefully with the thought of doing pat dogs.

Well I have adopted a dog that I was asked to foster by a re-homing charity that I know quite well. She came to the surgery for a check up a week ago friday and the vet called me and asked if I would take her for a few days. So I chatted with my husband and we took her in. Initially she would not come into the house and was very unsure but now after a week she will come in no problem.


She will probably never be a PAT dog. She is 13 years old and has spent the last eight years living in someone's back yard, she is also deaf as a post and has early cataracts. She is really affectionate and just right for me now, she gets me out and about and doesn't complain too much if she doesn't get a big walk. She mixes well with other dogs and isn't too worried about the cats.

We live close to the beach so took her down there yesterday, well she had a whale of a time. She just kept running around close to us, not going too far. She hasn't got the hang of fetch yet, she runs after the ball sometimes picks it up, sometimes doesn't, but when she does she just spits it out and then comes back and looks at me (bless her).

At least she can spend what time she has left in comfort.
 

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Oh, what a sweetie. And how sweet of you to give her a nice happy home to live out her life. She reminds me of a barn dog that adopted me as her "owner" that was half lab and half airedale. :) I spent time with her and trained her & she was just the best dog ever... so thanks for reminding me of her with your dog's picture! Brings back many good memories and a smile to my face as well.

Enjoy her!
 

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Well done Claire! She looks like a very happy doggy :)

I hope you enjoy whatever time you will have together. I do believe it looks like she is actually grinning :)

Take care
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She looks lovely and I think that is a great way to get used to having a dog around! It's also wonderful for her as so many people won't adopt an older dog which is such a pity.

Puppies are great but like small babies they're a lot more work...

Bet she'll have a nice Christmas now,
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Thanks Maia, Joan and Katherine.

Maia I am glad I brought back so many happy memories for you!

Joan I think you are right I think she is grinning like a Cheshire cat lol!

Katherine it looks like she is going to have the best Christmas she has ever had! It is a shame that people don't adopt the older dogs, but she is getting me out and about and having a great time herself. Hubby and I were in stitches watching her on the beach. Everything is a new experience to her at the moment and she would make an excellent sniffer dog:lol: as she has her nose permanently on the floor when we are out! She is also a typical Chocolate dog (a live wire!)

Hope you all have a great Christmas!
 

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What an adorable dog. She looks well. I hope you will have her for a long time yet. I cuddle cats at the local Cat Shelter and that is just the same, there are some wonderful older cats which nobody looks at, so loving and entertaining.
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Oh Granny.....CONGRATULATIONS, SHE IS BEAUTIFUL!!!!!

Enjoy her and lot's of luck for successful bonding.:wink2:
 

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Claire, I 'am so happy for you and for Missy! Such a specail lady you are in adopting an older dog. Not many people take the geriatric dogs. So sorry Missy had such a miserable life before you came along. Now she can know what real happiness is. Missy is sure a cutie! Please give her a hug and kiss for me. I applaude you Claire! Have fun with her.Take care,GSD77:)
 

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Thanks Lolalola, Karol and GSD

I think she chose us she came for some TLC needed bathing and her ears seeing to so I said I would look after her. We have bonded very well and I don't have too much of a problem getting out of bed in the morning these days as I know she needs a wee and stuff.
The Vet checked her ears again today as they were all waxed up. She noticed she has fungal plaques at the base of her ears inside. We've changed her drops now so I am hoping that maybe she may regain some of her hearing Watch this space.

Claire (and Missy)
 

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Oh Claire what a beautiful dog! She looks like she is having a ball in that picture.:)

It is really nice that you and your husband took her in.

I don't know what I would do if I didn't have Keebler right now. He cuddles with me while we take our naps. Our pets are so very loyal to us.

Once again congrats!
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Thanks Lynn

Keebler looks like a little darling bless. I am glad that he is there for you. Animals bring us so much joy and their love is unconditional she has brought me so much joy even in a short time:micbounce:. I can never understand how people can be so horrid to them, beyond my comprehension and makes me so mad :mad:.

This morning though she is not too well she has started coughing, so I think our old friend Kennel cough has come to visit. She must have been incubating it before she had her vaccine. Oh well a nice course of antibiotics should fix that, but it looks like out Christmas morning walk on the beach is now out of the question:sad:!

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Poor Missy.:(

Kennel cough isn't fun. Keebler had it when he was a puppy.
I hope the antibiotics kick in quickly. They do sound like they are miserable when they are coughing.

I hope Missy will soon be enjoying walks on the beach soon.

Happy Holidays,
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What a lovely end of the year gift for all of you! If she continues to have ear issues have a yeast test done on her. Sometimes what looks like excess wax can turn out to be a chronic yeast infection. This is often seen in breeds that are usually "water dogs." Due to the ear flap holding moisture in the ear, the yeast bugs grow well and take up to 3X longer than normal infections to cure.

My cousins also adopted a deaf and losing vision to cataracts mini dachsie. To aid her in and out of the house, her hubby built a ramp and put rope lights on each side of it. She is able to find her way in and out with following the lights. Stairs were too much for her to deal with due to low vision when she came. Plus the dear old girl has arthritis and is slow moving.

I currently have 2 foster pups and my own mini dachsie I adopted last winter. Yes, they are work, but so much joy too! I hope that they will find good homes after the first of the year.

I started out with 4 foster pups and have found homes for 2 of them. One, a male teenage pup, was adopted by my cousins to be a buddy for their young female. The two young dogs will totally groom the old girl over every night. They clean her ears, her eyes, clean her teeth, and bathe her all over. Interesting how they have taken over nurturing of the old girl and give her total respect. They keep tabs on her if they are all outside together.
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