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   Posted 9/12/2010 5:12 AM (GMT -7)   

Cajun, DO NOT beat yourself up, I have been there and I'll tell you a little story about my Rain (Kridler's Indian RainDance).  She was my heart.  She was to be my "show" dog but mostly she was my friend.  At 15 months she started having vaginal infections with every heat.  I did prostaglandin treatments and was told that I MUST breed her the next or she could die.  Well I bred her and it was a disaster, I traveled 10 hours for the "perfect" stud from a very well known kennel.

When she had her pups I was right there to cut the cord and dry them off and present them to her.  She tried to kill them.  I enede up muzzleing her, holding her down so they could get that all important colostrum.  Eventually she would just lay down and let me put them on her but she never cleaned them or cared about them.

When the pups were 6 weeks old she developed a snotty nose, first thought was a cold.  It was awful constant snot.  I tried every thing, spent a fortune at the vets, had her scoped bought immunity boosters, natural antifungals, natural everything.  Nothing worked.  I had her spayed as soon as I figured out that it was a genetic immune problem.  One hot summer day in July (no rain or dampness) she was pretty sick as she got too often.  I took her to the vet for an antibiotic shoy as that always worked.  They did a chest x-ray and she had pmeumonia and they recomended putting her down.  I says, Oh no this has always worked and she will be OK.  She died that night and I should have put her down.  She was 4, this was 7 years ago and I am still crying as I write this.

Her bloodlines are the top winning Shepherds in the American Kridler german shepherds.......the breeder is still breeding the same lines and breaking hearts.  She was not the first to die from that well known breeder.   I now have German dogs.   Not a short story but I had to tell it


Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together.... 

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   Posted 9/12/2010 5:52 AM (GMT -7)   
I know alll about Rainbow Bridge, Dharma is there. Your post made me cry too Denise. I miss her so much. She was a fine shepherd, but had many skin problems, and yeast infections in her ears. I put her on enzymes and probiotics and that kept her going for a long time, but I think she had a tumor blocking her intestines. IN the end she got so weak. God I miss her. Thanks Denise for sharing.

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   Posted 9/12/2010 8:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Awww, I love the Rainbow bridge. When we had to put our Rottweilers down, I had a male and my parents had a female it was the hardest thing we ever had to do. My Jake got sick first, as he got older the sicker he got until the day finally came to do the humane thing. My Mom and Dad's female developed bone cancer and we never knew about it. She never acted like she was hurting or sick at all. Then one day she jumped up on the highchair with her front legs to see my son and her hip just broke. It was horrible. We all cried so hard, but reading the Rainbow Bridge makes things a little easier, knowing they are going to such a special place. Just know you are doing the best thing for your "best friend" as hard as it is. Once their quality of life is gone and they are in pain, we have to take care of them. You are in my thoughts and prayers, as I know how hard this is. Take care.
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   Posted 9/12/2010 9:52 PM (GMT -7)   
GSDgirl, that's so sad! I had to put my Molly (German Shepherd/Aussie mix) to sleep because, bless her heart, she was really neurotic. She was only 8 but she had developed a terrible habit of chewing her paws until they bled. We tried cones, muzzles, cortisone shots, creams, and nothing helped - she still found a way to scratch them raw. She was the sweetest thing, but always very shy. She would hide under coffee tables as soon as she came in the room. I picked her from a litter of my roommate's dog when I was in college....she wouldn't come out from behind the of course, she was the one for me! Smart, beautiful, funny.

I was 7 months pregnant with my 2nd child when the vet told me it would be kinder to put her down, she couldn't be happy that way. I thought I was prepared, but I had never dealt with death. When we got to the vet, she was happy, jumping up on me, and suddenly, I just lost it. It was like the reality of what was happening hadn't really hit me and when it did, I started sobbing my eyes out, and I'm ashamed to admit I just left her there alone. My 2-year-old son was in the car waiting, but I could have taken him to my mom's. That was 25 years ago, and it's something I still can't forgive myself for. We've had other dogs put down since then, and I've always been there with them, and always will. Tearing up.
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   Posted 9/13/2010 5:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Debbie, German Shepherds have a tendency towards OCD type behaviors.  I have seen some spin chasing their tails even  after the tail is removed.
Our first Shepherd was a rescue but I knew where he came from.  He was a big hyperish boy named Hunter.  Hence my kennel name Jagers-Tal (Hunters Valley)  He had bad hips and bad elbows, never had him x-rayed but I could tell.
One day His foot had a strip of skin missing and I thought he "fenced" himself.  The next day it was worse, turned out he was self mutilating himself probably from the pain.  I had to put him down and buried him next to the pygmy goat that he killed,, bad , bad boy.  The goat used to play "chicken"  and one day he lost.  I sent him to the bridge and prayed for my sister to meet him, she is up there.
So Debbie, some of them just should be on valium or antidepressants.  Breeding them is so hard at times.
Just trying to make you not feel quite so bad about her behavior and letting you know that sometimes it is the genetics

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   Posted 9/13/2010 7:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh wow, that is just absolutely beautiful. I am actually crying. Thank you so much for posting this for me. I needed it. To everyone else, I am so sorry that you all had to go through that. It's really hard.
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   Posted 9/13/2010 8:01 PM (GMT -7)   
I cry everytime I read the poem
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