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post #1 of 27 Old 08-15-2019, 05:08 PM Thread Starter
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Other things and new dog

I titled this the opposite of LoriF, to hopefully not confuse anyone:)

I've not posted in many months for several reasons. I don't talk about negatives until they are far behind in the rear view mirror.

On the animal front, I have laid to rest two of my cats that were brothers and had been here for 12 years. One I Lost to cancer, the other I lost to heart failure.

Then I lost my precious Catahoula/Fox Terrier mix to a massive stroke. I had rescued him at about 18 months when someone dumped him on the road below. He made it to ten or eleven years which I understand is a short life for Catahoulas. They are all laid to rest in the Pet Sematary.

Somewhere in the midst of all this and DH's recovery from prostate cancer, I was asked to take in an 18 month old Rottweiler. Having lost three Rotties to cancer, over the years ,I said no absolutely not.

Freyja the Rottweiler arrived bag and baggage on December 16, 2018. It's been a rough several months for her as she came from a great home, where the man did everything right, including obedience school. Freyja had been with him and his family since she was 8 weeks so her world was tore apart. The family's life style changed dramatically so they had to re-home Freyja.

I have given her a lot of space and she finally started acting like she is home in the last several weeks. Joker colicked (my avatar) last week, and DH walked him while I ran to the house for Banamine. To both our surprise, Freyja was clearly upset and tried to help. She either walked step for step beside DH, or walked behind Joker, quietly encouraging him to move if he stopped.

She is whip smart and was probably valedictorian of her obedience graduating class, lol

I also still have my Catahoula/Pit Bull whom I rescued four years ago. Freyja is a strong dominant female so it's a good thing Sheldon is male and they get along.

I took this pic not long after Freyja's second birthday in March. Notice the breeder did not dock her tail, something I am happy about as that is one massive and handsome tail, lol. I understand Germany has recently banned tail docking, so I hope the U.S. Will soon follow suit.

My vet said although he has seen bigger females, Freyja is a bigger than average female and well put together (her human also gave me her papers and vet records). She is a handful in that, unlike my previous three males, she sticks her nose everywhere it doesn't belong, the worst being the DirecTV cable she chewed thru


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I CAN'T ride 'em n slide 'em. I HAVE to lead 'em n feed 'em Thnx cowchick77.
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post #2 of 27 Old 08-15-2019, 05:23 PM
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So glad you are back! We have missed you! Sorry for all the sad news, but glad that Freyja is working out so well. She's a beauty.
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post #3 of 27 Old 08-15-2019, 05:41 PM
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Sorry to hear about all your losses. I hope Joker recovered? Freyja is beautiful.

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post #4 of 27 Old 08-15-2019, 07:26 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you all for the good thoughts and welcome :)

Originally Posted by phantomhorse13 View Post
Sorry to hear about all your losses. I hope Joker recovered? Freyja is beautiful.
Yes @phantomhorse13 , Joker snapped back to normal within an hour. I think he colicked from the stress of his fractured back. That was the other thing that happened -- we had a spring storm with hail the size of walnuts. My other horse ran the fence back and forth so Joker followed suit, instead of going to the barn.

The vet was pretty sure he managed to re-fracture himself. She put him on the muscle relaxer methocarbomol". For ten days. The vet/chiro was coming every two weeks until recently to put "Humpty Dumpty back together again".

I am still giving him a half hour of red light therapy and a half hour of massage therapy with a massage pad but I am down to every other day, instead of every day.

The therapeutic farrier I have for Joker's foundered hooves put custom rear (hot) shoes on Joker this last time because Joker is "base narrow" and rolls onto the outside of his hooves. The purpose was to try and alleviate pressure off his back and help prevent him from rolling his left hoof. She tells me this is a process that is sometimes done with brood mares that tend to wear their hooves in the same fashion.

If there really is a magic bullet, these custom rear shoes come mighty close. I wish this had been thought of sooner. The difference in his stress level (he doesn't sweat profusely anymore) is unbelievable, plus he moves a lot better.

She was here four hours last Saturday and only 30 minutes of that was dedicated to the other horse's hooves, lol

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I CAN'T ride 'em n slide 'em. I HAVE to lead 'em n feed 'em Thnx cowchick77.
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post #5 of 27 Old 08-15-2019, 07:45 PM
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Glad to see you back...
Sorry for the reasons given that took you away.

They say bad comes in bucket-loads...think you had a gigantic load to sort through and deal with this time...
It also should be time that this pass and a smoother path to travel is happening.
We can sure hope so...

Again, glad to see you back and glad you could share with us here, get some support and virtual hugs...
Feel the hug surrounding you....share the burden as you need, it does help.


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post #6 of 27 Old 08-15-2019, 09:01 PM
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Glad you are back. It is very heartbreaking that our smaller fur kids are only with us for a decade, maybe one and a half, way too short of a time. But how they've stolen our hearts in such a short period time and how they leave a legacy is to give another fur kid a chance to be with a loving home, opens the door for Freyja. if we owned horrible animals we wouldn't want anymore but because we had very great ones we want to honour them by welcoming another fur kid into our family. I am glad Joker is better. I didn't put much stock into red light therapy, until it was used on my horses, it works!

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post #7 of 27 Old 08-16-2019, 11:06 AM
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Always nice to see your name among the new posts of the day though sad to hear of the losses of some of your much loved pets.
Had to smile at your very firm 'no' to the suggestion of taking on another dog, quickly followed by her arrival date. She looks really beautiful

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post #8 of 27 Old 08-16-2019, 11:41 AM
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I'm so glad to see you back, and happy that your new dog is helping heal your heart as you are healing her world, too.
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post #9 of 27 Old 08-16-2019, 01:53 PM
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So glad to see you post. I am sorry for your many heart breaks. Glad that Joker is doing better.

I owned a female Rott and loved her - smart, loyal and funny. She loved to go horse back riding but had a horrible habit of teasing the horses by biting their tails to make them go faster. She loved a good run across the fields. We lost her to severe diabetes when she was 11. Your Rott is gorgeous!
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post #10 of 27 Old 08-17-2019, 01:53 AM
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You were missed while you were gone!

I'm so sorry your life was a whirlwind of bad there for a while but very glad things are getting better. Freyja looks like a good addition to your family!
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