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Rocky (and Baxter)
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23 November 2021 - 7:40 pm
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I think site is having issues,  sorry for the late response.  I was at work earlier and now I'm fighting with things loading correctly.  

Happy Gotchaversary!! Baxter's ears are too adorable for words.. as is the rest of him but I see those ears with that face.. OMD❤❤❤

Umm.. I'm with Sally on the chipmunk... I love those little creatures😄 

Have they talked to you about just removing that dang dewclaw? The boney ones are considered more of an amputation but in the long run it may save you both accidents and pain.  It's a pretty simple procedure... much lower scale than a limb.  I hate to compare but it's kind of like a cat declaw, but less painful and only one digit.  Just a thought. 

I can't believe the time that's passed.  Blows my mind.  I'm truly glad that you found each other.  

Sending you hugs and ear scratches to Baxter 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉


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I agree with Jackie....I hate dew claws! After Kodi, I swore I'd never have another dog with them. Tucker still had his when we got him at 5 mos, but I had them removed when he got neutered. I agonized at doing it to him at that age (vs right away as a newborn pup), but I've never regretted it. And like she said, its considered an "amputation" when they're older; Nitro had a toe removed when he was about 4 years due to malformed toe nail, and it was not an issue.

I, too, think chippies are cute - we haven't had one in our yard for over 2 decades (thank you terrorists!)

Cute pics - happy gotcha-versary!

Paula, Warrior Angels Nitro and Kodi, and the terrorist tots

Nitro 11 1/2  yr old Doberman; right front amp June 2014. Had 6 doses carboplatin, followed by metronomic therapy. Rocked it on 3 legs for over 3 years! My Warrior beat cancer, but couldn't beat old age. He crossed the Bridge peacefully on July 25, 2017, with dignity and on his terms.  Follow his blog entitled "Doberman's journey"

"Be good, mama loves you" free my beautiful Warrior

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24 November 2021 - 9:51 am
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Oh yeah those dew claws...poor Baxter! We've never had a dew claw problem on our dogs but I probably just jinxed myself for our future one!

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