Puppies in a Basket

They are 3 weeks in this shot!  Only 5 would fit in the basket (and they were all squirmy!)

I know we said we were taking the red tri but we have decided on the black tri (in the first picture)
tentative name: Riley
but dang, they are just all so darn cute!  I want them all!

Photography by me

Here is a shot of the handsome dad:  Photography by me

Eyes are open finally!

Tentative name is Tucker....

Not sure about it though...I thought Rusty was cute, as well as Rocky.    Still open to name
suggestions.  The kids are no help! LOL

Two Weeks Today

Bad quality video but he is sucking on my son's finger and making baby noises.  You have to listen carefully.

Poor baby he ended up upside down while nursing...too funny

Yes, we are getting another puppy

you knew I wouldn't be able to resist.  But first, this is NOT a replacement for my Kaiser Dog.... I don't think we will get another G. Shepherd for quite a while; that I feel would be trying to replace him.  But this little guy will help to fill the hole that Kaiser did leave in the family.

Once again taken with my cell phone....do you think I can remember a freakin' camera...NO!!

He is the Red Tri....in the first picture (which I forgot to rotate) he is the third from the bottom
and in the other two, he is smack dab in the middle
No name picked out as of yet....so submit your ideas for one! :)

Christmas Time!

I was a little worried/concerned that Boomer would think the tree was for him to you know, pee on (not that he does that in the house but it's not everyday we bring in a tree either). But he has been a very good boy, they both have! No stealing of ornaments :)

New Puppies!

yep, Boomer and Bluebelle's mom had 8 puppies last friday (7 boys and 1 girl).  They are a week old in these shots (taken with my cell phone, so not the best). 

2 blue merles,  3 red merles, 2 black tri's and 1 red tri

Mama dog is soooooo good...she is just the best.  

Monday Snapshot

Taken by Anthony with his Ipod Touch....we were at agility practice over at Carol's house...Boomer and Bluebelle were waiting for their turn!   Boomer was stretched flat out with his legs straight behind
him... :)

Not everyone's cup of tea

A friend was over and asked how I was doing after losing Kaiser right on the heels of Leo...I said, doing ok, considering.  But we just got Kaiser's ashes back and they are sitting right next to Leo's, over there on the fireplace....he was like 'ummm, ok'  ( I do believe he thought that was the most bizarre thing he had ever heard of).... do you think it's weird?  
We have had many dogs over the years and have never had their ashes....until we moved here to Arizona where it was finally affordable for us, when our old dog passed away.   

The CLINIC where we took Kaiser to have him humanely put down, also offered a clay imprint of their paw, which was at no charge.  I thought that was just the nicest thing and sobbing at the time, said of course I wanted it (I would have paid for it too!)

So anyhow, here is a picture of Kaiser that I like (it is leaning against the frame with a different picture of him in it) along with the pawprint.  My hubby found the little easel to put it in. 

Time is healing the pain of loss, each day is easier...knowing he is at the Rainbow Bridge gives me comfort.

Picture Time | Life's Moments Photography

Just some cute pictures of the puppies and one of my Kaiser, taken last Friday after his 2nd seizure. I knew it wasn't going to be a good time for us....so I knew I should get a least one recent picture (as I felt so bad after Leo of whom I hadn't gotten any recents of!)

RIP Kaiser 12/3/07 to 11/6/10

We had Kaiser put down this afternoon.   Starting yesterday morning at 1:30am he started having seizures (remember he had that one last month) and after that one came another a few hours later....for a total of 7 for that day alone.   Over the night time (and I have not slept except for a few minutes here and there since yesterday)...he had more and more and closer and closer together.  and they were violent ones....not little itty bitty ones, but ones where he was thrashing around, body flipping and the legs just freaking out.      Well he never came out of these seizures.  He would have one, and then just lay flat, seemingly asleep.     And then anywhere from 10 mins to an hour later have another one.   He never 'woke' up again.    The vet said we made the right choice.

RIP Kaiser   12/3/07 to 11/6/10
OMG, I miss him so much!!!!  I can't believe he is gone. 
Thank you all for your comments,  I really appreciate them.  It has been an awful month. 

More sad news, sigh

Kaiser my baby, my German Shepherd who is 'attached' to me and is my baby, started having seizures early Friday morning see this post   http://aussiepup.blogspot.com/2010/10/two-dog-emergencies.html

So anyhow, he recovers from it then at 9am has another one. I was home alone (just me and the dogs) and it was scary. Then he had one about 5 hours later....then one at 7p and then one at 9:30p (the vet said he could have a cluster---yep that is alot of them) but the directives were to keep a log of them and when/how often.

Well, it never got any better after the 9:30p one. He had one that I know of at 12:20a which was pretty intense (he may have had other small ones that I don't know of).....and after that he didn't really seem to get any better. At about 2am he had another one and it's been that way for the rest of the morning; seizure after seizure. It is heart breaking.

I am going to pick up some meds for him today but I don't know how I will get it down into him. He is complete out of it, never has come out of the seizure mode like he did before. I know he is exhausted but it's kind of hard to give medicine like that to someone isn't awake/eating/drinking. And I don't want to get my hand bit either :(

This has really been one of the most awful 24 hour+ of my life. And I have been awake for all of it

It's been 2 weeks

since we had to put Leo down.....the remaining four dogs were quite confused when we came home that day, wondering where Leo was.

The next morning, Bluebelle put her head on the outdoor couch (patio furniture) where Leo would lay a lot, especially that last week.

Bluebelle was also the first to find Leo's ashes (the following day), tucked away on the corner of the fireplace. His collar is wrapped around it.

Next to find the ashes/collar was Boomer then Kaiser. They all spent a bit of time sniffing it. As far as I know, Sam never has found it.

I think once they found Leo's collar they realized he wasn't coming back and kind of went on about their lives. I guess a bit like closure for them.

I do catch them sniffing the collar every so often.

RIP Leo 9/05 - 10/10

I am still in denial that he is gone...it seems so hard to believe the 'gentle giant' (how I would describe him to others) is really gone. It was time and even pass time that he was put down..but we were all there and sat with him till the end. It was sad, but very peaceful and knowing that he would be at rest after this ... makes it a little easier. All I have to say is he was such a trooper throughout this whole thing with us not really knowing if it was an infection (tried treating with meds) or if it was an obstruction (which seems the most likely explanation) but of course the xrays couldn't tell us for sure if that was the case.

I feel bad that I don't have many pictures of him :( I've spent the last year taking pictures of the puppies and of course of Kaiser but not many of Leo and Sam. I know I have printed out pictures but not a lot of digital ones.

Rainbow Bridge: For Leo

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....

Author unknown...

Update on the Emergencies

Well, Leo is still not eating...he is on antibiotics and prednisone.   Blood work came back fine except for potassium/magnesium (due to vomiting/diarrhea) White blood cell count was high.   Hence the antibiotics.

Just breaks my heart to see him like this.

Kaiser is doing just fine, no more episodes.  So was it really what we thought it was?  I don't know... maybe what happened when he woke up was because he fell off the bed???   Vet said they don't normally have a seizure while asleep.   His blood work came back perfect.   sigh.   But at least he is back to being 'him'.   He does get crated now at night...that was just way too scary to have it happen again.

Two Dog Emergencies

It has been a very busy and scary weekend at our house.   First Leo, our older German Shepherd didn't feel well and started throwing up.   I already know he has a 'sensitive' so figure that was it at first...then kept on the lookout to see if he might have 'bloat'.

well after watching him that became obvious that it wasn't bloat but that he did have a very upset tummy.....we took him in to the vet and they took xrays because knowing his history (he always finds something to eat that he shouldn't)  xrays are inclusive meaning something didn't look right on it but couldn't quite tell if it was a blockage.  He is home with IV fluids under the skin and us to watch him

Then after we get Leo settled in after the vet and we go to bed, Kaiser had a grand mal seizure.  He was totally freaked out about it (of course) and didn't 'know' any of us.  He wanted to get away from us so we put him out back and he ran for like 15 mins around the yard.   We ended up leaving him outside all night ..... it was a long night for me.  I think I got an hour of sleep.  But he was back to his normal self this morning and happy to see all us.  Probably couldn't figure out how he ended up outside. 

Puppies are fine but they were freaked out also about Kaiser.  

Talkative Thursday

with agility pictures.   I took Boomer over to Carol's place (she is the Boomer's breeder and  also where my horse is boarded) and we worked Boomer and her dog Kado (Boomer's brother) over/on/under the equipment!

Boomer doing the weave poles

Just coming out of the tunnel

Carol and Kado

Stay command waiting for the 'okay' so he can go over the jump

Teeter Totter

See Boomer in the Tunnel?