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Prayers Needed
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KellyGa    Posted 10-03-2004 at 20:10:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
Some may think it silly and trivial to pray for a dog. I, do not. For those of you that love animals, give your dog, cat, chicken, whatever you have an extra hug and kiss tonight.

I have a prayer request for a great, loyal, wonderful dog. I spoke with Dewey tonight, the man I bought my Tip from, the man that owns my dogs daddy. It seems his border collie of 8 years has cancer, a tumor in his lung. He took the dog straight up to Auburn University, where they have the best vets, spent 700 dollars for X-Rays and opinions.

What you have to understand about Dewey is, he will spare no expense for his animals. Money is no object, if it will save their life, no price is too high. He took his horse up there to Auburn a few years back, spent 80,000 dollars to save his horse, and they did, save him. He never regrets it or looks back. This is a man, who, when he passes has requested his dog be buried with him, and he is serious. This dog is what got me into border collies, I love this dog. When he told me, I just burst into tears, I hurt for the dog, and for the man, because he loves this dog more than any one will ever know.

So, please, say a prayer for one of God's creatures tonight, pray that, even though the outlook is bleak, Dewey has been told even if they remove the lung, it may have already spread, pray it hasnt, pray that this dog will be spared. Please...say a prayer for him. I named my dog after her daddy, so his name is Tip also.

Thankyou all so much. It isnt often I ask for anything, but tonight, I am asking, and maybe, just maybe God will hear, and heal this pup, he is only 7 years old, he has so many years to go.


MJ in SC    Posted 10-04-2004 at 16:39:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Kelly,
Thanks for posting and having such a loving heart! We'll all be praying in our household for "Tip" and his owner.

Keep your chin up! It's absolutely amazing what technology is available now for our four legged (and some three legged!) family members. I've seen some amazing things happen at the clinic where I worked. :0)

Just had to take "Cal", my big tractor buddy, to the vet's this am. (I posted a picture of him a little while back) He took missing for 4 nights and I thought sure that the coyotes got 'em or a unethical deer hunter even had taken him out. I had been calling day and night for him and by Saturday I was crying and calling! He showed up Sunday around 1 a.m. Slept all day Sun. and I knew something was wrong. Touched his ears and they were HOT! Fever of over 104 with that indicator. Temperature was 105.8 with the thermometer. Took him in first thing this am. Dr. says is a FUO - fever of unknown origin. He got a shot on anitbiotics and more to take home. With no other symptoms, that's what I was expecting. He's eating some and drinking a little this evening. Still too weak to move around much.

We'll be praying for "All God's Creatures" this evening, as usual, right along with praying for each one of you on this board.


KellyGa    Posted 10-04-2004 at 18:40:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks for the prayers...and I am so glad your bud came back home! Lordy, I would be in a panic for sure too! If you think about it, post his pic again, I musta missed it. Take care, thanks again. :)


deadcarp    Posted 10-04-2004 at 06:54:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
i was taught "never love an animal too much to put him out of his misery"

regardless, i'm about at the point of not having pets - some of the details of pet care are getting too taxing.


Donna from Mo    Posted 10-04-2004 at 07:54:38       [Reply]  [No Email]

I wasn't going to have another dog; it ties you down when you want to travel. We're not the type folks that would enjoy a dog with us on a trip, and you never know if you can trust a neighbor to feed and water them properly. And it's so upsetting to a dog to be put in a kennel while you're gone.

But somehow I wound up with this mutt anyhow!


KellyGa    Posted 10-04-2004 at 18:43:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
AWWWW! What a cute baby! I wouldnt have passed up that pretty face either, he is a great looking pup! :)


Fern(Mi)    Posted 10-04-2004 at 05:23:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think I say one of all encompassing thankfulness for all the animals each morning when I begin my mingling. looking, listening, to see and hear their messages of "welcome", "see me", "I'm here", "feed me", or a “I don't feel so good".
Their souls may not be as big as ours; yet, in spite all their comforts for no need to come home, they still show up just to be seen, whether they be a cow, cat, horse, or the neighbor’s dog. I sometimes wonder about the geese and turkeys Frieda sees visiting the barnyard.
Fernan


Smitty of Cal    Posted 10-03-2004 at 22:37:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
My prayers are on the way, best luck


DD    Posted 10-03-2004 at 21:23:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
You know ya got mine per our conversation ; )


KellyGa    Posted 10-04-2004 at 18:43:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks DD :)


mojo    Posted 10-03-2004 at 21:14:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
done


KellyGa    Posted 10-03-2004 at 21:15:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks mojo...every one...every prayer gets him closer to being healed.


faith    Posted 10-03-2004 at 20:59:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
it's times like these that we need it most. dont matter if its for your pet, your sister, your neighbor, or your country.

faith.

thats all i got to say.


KellyGa    Posted 10-03-2004 at 21:12:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
AMEN...thanks...:)


Kokanee    Posted 10-03-2004 at 20:56:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
Best of luck and my prayers. Dog,human,dont matter. It was a living creature close to his heart.


KellyGa    Posted 10-03-2004 at 21:13:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks...every prayer counts...I will keep everyone posted over time, maybe everything will turn out okay.


toolman    Posted 10-03-2004 at 20:51:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
hi kelly, not stupid at all. my sheltie teddy has been passing some blood in his urine since june, we have been doing tests and sending urine samples off and are waiting for one to come back this week from calgary. i pray for teddy night and day, he is such a big part of our lives,and i love him so much, so i do hope all works out well for your friend and his pal.they give us so much.


Willy-N    Posted 10-03-2004 at 21:26:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
I hope the tests show something that will be easy to correct. I wish our dogs problems were something we could have done something else for. Allways making the best time with our animals and I know you will do the same. Give Teddy a hug for me too! Mark H.


toolman    Posted 10-03-2004 at 21:38:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
thanks mark, i was just reading about Bo sorry for your loss i know how much they all mean to you all,it hurts everytime you loose one but you know you gave them a good life and did all you could to help them.we have teddy on antiboitics and it seems to have helped some , we are thinking that they are the wrong antiboitics , so we have sent away a urine sample for a senisitivy, and culture test or something like that, that should show if it is something that another kind of antibiotic will be helpful. on the xrays one vet figured everything looked good , the one we saw thrusday night seen an indention in the wall of his bladder buy said it could of been stool pressing on that area , thats what the first vet figures it was too.i have arranged for an ultrasound if we need it hopefully we won,t.it is hard and gets the best of us , both my wife and i are tired with worry, but he seems healthy and happy , eating good and all so we are hopeful.give carol and shelby our best and tell them sorry, and you take care too, i know how much them nefs mean to you,take care.


Willy-N    Posted 10-03-2004 at 21:59:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
One of the hardest ones I have lost was my best buddy Murphy! He had a infection so we called the vet and they gave him a antibiotic shot and told us to give him this other type later on. After he was injected he went into apileptic shock and died in my arms. He was 3 years old I was so upset because the infection was not that bad and may have healed by itself. Finding the right vet is also hard, that is why we have spent over 12 years learning how to treat our dogs so at least we can at least question the vet on what they want to do to now. Teddy may just have a irratation and we will hope for the best for your little buddy also! Mark H.


toolman    Posted 10-03-2004 at 23:17:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
thanks mark, im hoping that we can get him through this ok, i have hope. i have heard you mention murphy before and figured he had a special place in your heart,you were doing what you thought best and were trying to help him we have all done something like that, thinking we are doing whats best for the them. i vaccnated a two year old beautiful horse on the advice of the vet,she got sick and five days later we lost her, seruim sickness they called it, i still have trouble living with it, all we can do is what we think is best and hope we are correct.it is a good thing you helped those horses today, one thing they cannot do without is water.


KellyGa    Posted 10-03-2004 at 21:11:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey toolman, well, let me send some prayers up your way as well then. Sounds like you could use some uplifting too. I tell ya, I have been hugging and talking to Tip all evening, makes me really appreciate my girl. Dewey says right now Tip (dad) is still wanting to run and work, so he is going to bring him to the fair, so we are still doing our thing too. Tip (my Tip) and I are going to use these next four days to fine tune ourselves for the demonstration. It will be good, us getting ou there and working together as a team. :) Kiss your baby for me, tell him your human friend Kelly is sending prayers up your way. XOXOXOXO


toolman    Posted 10-03-2004 at 21:20:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
thank you kelly and yup we,ll take your prayers and will be sending some out for your friend as well, i hope you all have a great time at the fair.i been hugging and holding teddy steady for a while now , think he is getting a little tired of me and they both are getting spoiled.our new vehicle was purchased mostly for them, we put the seats down and blankets in the back, now they have the whole back area to strech out in, and they have their goodies all there with them, they travelle in style haha, tell dewey hello and give both Tips a hug from us k.


Willy-N    Posted 10-03-2004 at 20:46:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
I know where he is coming from we love our dogs the same. One thing we have learned in the passing of so many we owned, we loved them all very much. We also had to decide if it was best to end there life early or continiou it. Some times it is better to let them go then to put them thru some of the treatments to extend there lives for a little bit longer. We have had several dogs with Cancer and they had some experimental treatments they could of done but it would have been very painfull for the dog to live with them. I pray he will know when it is the right time to let go and not hang on even if he has the money to do anything and everything posible for treatment. A Dog also has a right to a good life and not kept on a machine like we do to humans in a non reversable coma or brain dead. We just put down Bo one of our older Neufs due to conjestive heart failure. They said they could help him with drugs for a while and maybe opperate and give him a little more time to live. Bo looked us in the eye and told us he had a great life and was ready to go. He would not have been happy at his age being druged and just laying around he would have been heart broken seeing the other dogs leaving for walks and him not being able to go. His nature is to try to keep up. We shorten the walks just for him but he told us he was tired. We miss Bo very much but he is buried with the other ones we loved and some day our ashes will be spread on the area where over 8 of our best freinds are resting. The last act of love you can give to your pets. Please don't take this wrong. Mark H.


KellyGa    Posted 10-03-2004 at 21:03:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
I agree with you as far as to not let them linger when its time for them to go. I have had to learn that the hard way myself with other animals we have had. Maybe it will be contained, maybe when they operate, they will take the lung, and it will not have spread. The docs give him 4 months tops with no treatment, so, I guess he is just trying to do what he can to save his best friend. He is a realisitc man, he says he will look at it as he probably won't make it, and if he does, he will be happy about it, but he thinks he can better prepare himself if he thinks this way. I understand, and I don't take offense, I thank you for taking the time to respond, I kinda need some good posts right now... so thanks...


Willy-N    Posted 10-03-2004 at 21:20:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
I pray all works out the best for his dog and he is able to live a full life. Beleive me it is what we do for ours also. It is so hard when we as a owner see our pet having problems and wanting to do the best for them. We had to get water to 8 horses out in the back country today just to keep them alive. They wern't ours and they got trapped in a area there wasn't any. We are the ones who need to watch out for the animals they depend on us. The horses are OK now and have been moved back into town but the few hours of what we did today probley saved them from a terible death. They were with in hours of not making it any longer. Mark H.


jeanette    Posted 10-04-2004 at 04:02:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
prayers on the way from iowa for all our 4 legged friends


toolman    Posted 10-04-2004 at 11:13:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
thank you all for the thoughts and kind words for kellys friend and his pal and my best buddy teddy, they are very important to us and become a very important part of our families, your thoughts and prayers are sure appreciated on our end , again thank you all.


tacon1    Posted 10-04-2004 at 13:00:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
I found this on the web and I'm sure the author would like you all to share it.


A DOG?S LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT

One fact of life is that man lives an average of 78 years and a dog - a maximum of 20 years. Thus it is normal to believe that inevitably, in your lifetime, you will be separated from your best friend. For those of you who believe that a mutt is nothing but a mutt, there?s no sense in reading on. But for the rest of you who have had the unique chance of having a real friend and companion in a dog, read on. This will probably help you when your moment of separation will come.

To my master, to my mistress

The burden of my years and of my infirmities is heavy and I feel the end is near. That is why I, TANGO G. Ratay, (known as TANGO by my parents, friends and acquaintances), wish to dispose of that which is locked away in my soul - my last will and testament.

I have few worldly possessions to bequeath. Dogs being wiser than men, they hardly attach any value to material things. I have nothing precious to leave except my affection and my fidelity. I leave these to all those who have loved me particularly to those who will miss me the most, Daniel and Chantal who have been so good to me. Maybe it is wrong of me to feel the way I do but I have always been an extremely affectionate dog.

I ask of Daniel and Chantal to always remember me but not to cry too long for me. All of my life, I have tried to comfort them in their sadness and to add to their moments of joy. It is very hard for me to think that my death would bring them grief. I would ask them to remember that because of their kind-heartedness and their affection, I was the happiest of dogs,

But today, almost blind, deaf and my teeth so bad that I can hardly eat; my pride has given way to humility, which disheartens me. I feel that life is getting back at me for making the festivity of life last too long. I must say goodbye before becoming a burden to myself and to those who have given me their affection. It will be painful for me to leave them, but not to die.

Unlike man, dogs have no fear of death. What happens after, who knows? But I?m sure of one thing, I will find everlasting peace and respite for my old heart, my old head and legs and I will find eternal sleep in this ground that I so loved. It is a final wish that I sincerely devise. I heard my mistress say: ?When TANGO dies, we will never have another dog. I love him so much that I couldn?t ever have another?. But now, for love of myself I would ask her to change her mind. It would be a poor tribute to my memory to never want to own another dog.

I would really like to keep the sentiment that, now that I have become a part of the family that it would be impossible to live without the company of man?s best friend! I have never been exclusive or jealous. I always maintained that all around me are good (even the cat?Gamine, that I at times authorized to share my bed). I tolerated her friendship in a spirit of generosity and in my rare sentimental moments even offered a bit in exchange.

Also, I would suggest that my mistress choose another dog to her liking to replace me. It will be difficult for it to be better behaved, as polite, as distinguished and as handsome as I was in my youth. But I?m sure that it will do it?s best and that it?s inevitable faults will only in contrast, serve to perpetuate my memory even more. I leave her my collar, my leash, my bed and my Christmas stuff.

A last word to Daniel, Chantal and to Gamine, who will undoubtedly live longer than me. Each time that you think of me: say to yourselves with regret but with happiness, while remembering the long years that I was by your side: ?Tango was a being that loved us and who we loved.? Say it so profoundly that even in my deepest sleep I will hear you and even the power of death will not be able to stop my dog?s soul from wagging my tail in gratitude.

Tango,

Your faithful dog who will be watching over you forever.



KatG    Posted 10-04-2004 at 18:33:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Oh that was beautiful and it has got me to crying...I love all our critters as well you folks know...I know they have feelings and thoughts...They show love and anything that can show love has emotions and thoughts...
My prayers are with those specail "beings"...as for right now all mine are okay..thanks God...What a ride this has turn out to be be not one I would miss for the world...KatG


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