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How ’bout an update on thst handsome. Gator? With pictures!! 🙂

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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27 October 2016 - 11:38 am
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Yes I agree Sally!  How’d his vet visit go yesterday?  Everything check out well?

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27 October 2016 - 12:12 pm
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Ooh, yes please!

Meg, Mutt, aged around 11, adopted 31/12/2009. Sudden explosive right elbow fracture 06/12 (caused by IOHC), diagnosed with End Stage Arthritis 03/15, Total Elbow Replacement 08/15, problems with healing leading to skin graft & skin flap surgery, Chronic Infection leading to implant breakdown. Became a Tripawd 9th March 2016. 
Lives with Mum, Clare, watched over by Angel Pie and Angel Billie
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27 October 2016 - 12:20 pm
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Ha! No pressure Christine! winker

With some of the sad things that have been going on around here, I’m thinking everyone is looking for a reason to smile. Sounds like Gator may just be the one to do that for us!

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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27 October 2016 - 1:37 pm
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Gator went to my vet on Tuesday and got a clean bill of health, with one minor exception – hookworm, an intestinal parasite.   Compared to the things we normally deal with on this site, deworming is a piece of cake.   He weighed in at 120 pounds – vet said his ideal body weight is 115 – 119.   I sent off a doggie DNA kit – I really want to know what the mix is, because this cannot be just lab.   Polar bear?   Moose?   Horse?

He was terrified to be at the vet.   You could tell that he was afraid that I was going to leave him there.   I think it will take him a while to realize that this is home, and he is not leaving.

He is a very cuddly big baby.   So far, he has not touched any of the dog toys, the sofa or the dog beds (with one exception).   I think perhaps he smells Otis and Tess and feels that they are not his?   But he is right up on my bed without any problems.   And loves to be touched and petted.   The one dog bed he started using yesterday is one that Enzo the cat has been using.  He is, by the way, a bit jealous of Enzo, but still wants to play with him.   They will sleep on my bed together (pictures coming once the blog designer gets off school), but Enzo hasn’t yet warmed up to him fully.

He is well trained – a nice sit, and he even removes himself from the kitchen every time I start cooking.   I still believe he is likely a foreclosure/economic hardship rescue.   There doesn’t seem to be any other reason why he wouldn’t be wanted.  

He is still learning “no” and “come” from me.   I think it is a bonding issue.

The major only problem is “critter patrol.”   He is hyper alert to squirrels, rabbits, etc.  He will spend hours circling my gazebo – apparently there are critters underneath.   Otis and Tess would hunt the critters only if the critters were standing exposed in the middle of the yard.   Squirrels actually used to run along the fence and tease them.   My ex let Gator out over lunch and just called to tell me that there is a huge bunch of fur in my backyard – no blood or guts, and nothing on Gator himself when he came in, so I am not sure if he is responsible.   (We also have red tailed hawks and coyotes).  He is yellow, so I would think that if he killed something, it would have been apparent on his fur?  

The biggest part of the problem is when he sees a squirrel on a walk – at 125 pounds, he can pull!   If I am not well braced, he easily can pull me off my feet, which becomes a very dangerous situation.  And, he is not very food motivated, so I am having to learn new training techniques.   I recently discovered that he likes the stinky liver treats that I was using to give Otis his pills.  We are working with “come” in the backyard with these treats, and having some success, notwithstanding the allure of the gazebo. 

So, that’s the Gator update.   He got his Village dog license, which he sports with pride, and had his photo taken to go up on the wall at Pet Necessities.    Today is my first day back at work, so we will see how he does.

Otis - 106 pound lab/Dane mix, lost his right front leg to osteosarcoma on Febuary 9, 2016.  Four rounds of carboplatin completed in April, 2016.  Lung mets August 25, 2016.  Said goodbye too soon on September 4, 2016.   Lost his adopted sister, Tess, suddenly on October 9, 2016. likely due to hemangiosarcoma.  

Wherever they are, they are together.

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27 October 2016 - 2:35 pm
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Beware critters at Gators new digs!  There’s a new boy in town and you’d better beware.  I know what you’re talking about when walking him.  When we’d take Max to the dog park pre amp I myself could not hold him back.  Bobby sometimes used that prongy collar on him which I thought was cruel at the time but he did learn not to pull when he had it on.  Guess “leave it” training is in Gators near future.   Love his picture going up at Pet Necessities soon.  When I sent my thank you to Andrew,  I included a picture of both Max and Riley so he could know why I was at the walk and who would be enjoying his awesome treats he gave us all.  Sounds like things are going well so far and as soon as he gets more and more comfortable will just blossom more and more.   So happy things are going well for you and that sweet boy.  Give that hunk of love a hug and kiss from me!

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27 October 2016 - 3:13 pm
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He sounds adorable and as though he is settling in really well. I bet he was so happy and relieved when he realised he was leaving the vets with you. Re the pulling when he sees a critter, have you considered using a Halti headcollar? It may take a bit of adapting to, but it would certainly give you more control, and also enable you to direct his attention away from critter triggers (at least if you spot them before he does). Might be worth a try anyway.

Meg, Mutt, aged around 11, adopted 31/12/2009. Sudden explosive right elbow fracture 06/12 (caused by IOHC), diagnosed with End Stage Arthritis 03/15, Total Elbow Replacement 08/15, problems with healing leading to skin graft & skin flap surgery, Chronic Infection leading to implant breakdown. Became a Tripawd 9th March 2016. 
Lives with Mum, Clare, watched over by Angel Pie and Angel Billie
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27 October 2016 - 4:24 pm
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Got home from work – checked all around the gazebo, under the bushes, etc., and proud to report no carcasses in my backyard, or any sign of anything amiss.  The fur looks like raccoon, and there really wasn’t much of it.  It didn’t even look like it was pulled out in a struggle.   So, I am going to deem him innocent of any wrongdoing in the case of the (allegedly) caught critter.

He also did great on his first day home alone.  No pee or poop, no destructive behavior, and now laying next to me on my bed.  By the way, scratching the top of his head almost puts him into a coma.  I have never seen such a contented dog!

Otis - 106 pound lab/Dane mix, lost his right front leg to osteosarcoma on Febuary 9, 2016.  Four rounds of carboplatin completed in April, 2016.  Lung mets August 25, 2016.  Said goodbye too soon on September 4, 2016.   Lost his adopted sister, Tess, suddenly on October 9, 2016. likely due to hemangiosarcoma.  

Wherever they are, they are together.

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27 October 2016 - 7:41 pm
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Good job Gator!  First day home alone and you passed with flying colors!   Love that he’s a big cuddle bug with you Christine.  The pictures on your blog make me smile.  He sure is one big handsome sweetheart!

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27 October 2016 - 8:21 pm
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I have never seen such a contented dog!

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Tri-pug Maggie survived a 4.5 year mast cell cancer battle only to be lost to oral melanoma.

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27 October 2016 - 8:28 pm
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The whole Gatoe storyline just makes me smile! He and you are both so very lucky to have found each other. He reminds me so much of our journey with Ollie, with the exception, of course, that Gator has has training before you got him. As I posted on your blog…love, love, love.

Kathi and the Turbotail April Angel…and the Labradork

Murphy is a five year old Lab/Chessie cross. He was hit by a car on 10/29/12 and became a Tripawd on 11/24/12. On 2/5/13, he had a total hip replacement on his remaining back leg. He has absolutely no idea that he has only three legs!

UPDATE: Murphy lived his life to the fullest, right up until an aggressive bone lesion took him across the Rainbow Bridge on April 9, 2015 and he gained his membership in the April Angels. Run free, my love. You deserve it!

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27 October 2016 - 9:34 pm
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Yeah, this has me smiling too, along with those “warm fuzzy” feelings in my heart!heart

Although he did pull at my heartstrings to learn how fearful he was at the Vet. He didn’t want to ve given away again! He wanted to be back with you in the best home a dog could have!

Hmmm…hookworm…is that perhaps from eating critters?? Or critter poop anyway? If that was a Raccoon, I doubt Mr Gator woukd have been involved without so much as having a scratch. Raccoons fight really hard when trying to survive.

Yeah, I think he’s showing Otis and Tess respect by not bothering their stuff or beds, etc. Interesting.

Are you still planning on contacting his previous Vet to see if you can get more info? To be so well behaved and to wa tt your companionship without fear sounds like he was cared for, at least at some point in his life.

Thanks for giving us this update. We all feel like his Auntie (or Uncle) and are so happy for both of you!

Love!

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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28 October 2016 - 4:58 am
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Yes, hookworm can come from critters or critter poo, but more likely from time spent in animal control.  Heartworm medicine protects most dogs against hookworm too, so there must have been a lapse in his medication.  He has restarted his heartworm (and yes, vet gave me the incremental dosage needed to use the leftover heartworm I had bought for Tess and Otis).  Hooray.  Saving money.  And leftover K9 immunity makes a wonderful training treat.

Otis - 106 pound lab/Dane mix, lost his right front leg to osteosarcoma on Febuary 9, 2016.  Four rounds of carboplatin completed in April, 2016.  Lung mets August 25, 2016.  Said goodbye too soon on September 4, 2016.   Lost his adopted sister, Tess, suddenly on October 9, 2016. likely due to hemangiosarcoma.  

Wherever they are, they are together.

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29 October 2016 - 5:53 pm
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It is official.  I signed the adoption contract today, so Gator officially has his forever home!smiley

Otis - 106 pound lab/Dane mix, lost his right front leg to osteosarcoma on Febuary 9, 2016.  Four rounds of carboplatin completed in April, 2016.  Lung mets August 25, 2016.  Said goodbye too soon on September 4, 2016.   Lost his adopted sister, Tess, suddenly on October 9, 2016. likely due to hemangiosarcoma.  

Wherever they are, they are together.

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