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On 7/1/2022 at 4:50 PM, mike newman said:

,,great story, Russ...Thanks !!!

...the UPS  truck and the old Hounds reaction reminded me of a very good driver , who drove one of the early Cummins powered Australian  6x4  trucks  I had....This bloke had a dog who could somehow differentiate between "His"   truck and an identical spec'd truck.....when either truck drove past the farm where driver and hound lived..The old hound would fire up barking when ''his'' truck went by....but wouldn't even raise his head  when t'other identical IH   truck went by

Quite amazing , I thought

 

Mike

Thanks, Mike.   Dogs are amazing on being analog computers.   I’m on the tail end of a good life with my English Shepherd here now.  So intuitive on “things  not right” on the place.  She may go a month or a year or three years.  Trickle of issues.  But I love her like a sibling and she gets that level of attention.  I pity the poor uninformed fellow or gal that never had a good dog to know the value that they bring to a life.  

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2 hours ago, russ_alabama said:

Thanks, Mike.   Dogs are amazing on being analog computers.   I’m on the tail end of a good life with my English Shepherd here now.  So intuitive on “things  not right” on the place.  She may go a month or a year or three years.  Trickle of issues.  But I love her like a sibling and she gets that level of attention.  I pity the poor uninformed fellow or gal that never had a good dog to know the value that they bring to a life.  

Russ...we are ''dog less''    at the moment....the trauma  of loosing our most recent dog to a particular phenomena, that NZ ''Huntaways ''  seem to get at around six/ eight years old..was such that its taken a day or two hundred to get another....

So, in  South Island,  NZ we have a bunch of High Country Stations...where several shepherds plus the Boss   (Owner ) ...can have  an absolute multitude of good working dogs....However, it is tough on them, running up high, in shingle scree rocks  etc  mustering sheep ...so the dogs are often retired , before they get to old ....and have to be ''put down''...you get the drift...  So  there is always a bunch of good working dogs...older dogs...to ''give to a good home ''We have had one , two dogs ago  (!!)....she was a great companion...but inevitably  time took her out....more tears in the house..sigh

So , as of now, my old Cook has got  a hound lined up for us....pups are great ,but getting an older dog  saves the Cooks  slippers getting chewed up..or the chooks getting   chased into the trees,,or the cat harrased  etc etc..Anyway  when  the new old "Hound :"  arrives...it will add to the multitude allready on this topic....

Thanks again for your insight into one of mans great companions..

Picture of second to last hound...she loved riding in or out of the vehicles

Mike

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1 hour ago, stronger800 said:

And tonight…..he’s hiding behind the shower curtain.  Fireworks and thunder, his only two fears in the world. ABCDF7D2-F051-40F5-B010-3F70606977F2.thumb.jpeg.b69295b569e40e5804e01c6fa50356d4.jpeg

Poor little guy, damn fireworks. 

Maybe get him in your lap?

Might feel safer with you?

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Glad we dont have to deal with much of the noise... nobody really around but a few neighbors that enjoy the same peace and quiet.. we all have acres at the very least between us and most of us are backed up to uninhabited private/state land.

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23 hours ago, mike newman said:

Russ...we are ''dog less''    at the moment....the trauma  of loosing our most recent dog to a particular phenomena, that NZ ''Huntaways ''  seem to get at around six/ eight years old..was such that its taken a day or two hundred to get another....

So, in  South Island,  NZ we have a bunch of High Country Stations...where several shepherds plus the Boss   (Owner ) ...can have  an absolute multitude of good working dogs....However, it is tough on them, running up high, in shingle scree rocks  etc  mustering sheep ...so the dogs are often retired , before they get to old ....and have to be ''put down''...you get the drift...  So  there is always a bunch of good working dogs...older dogs...to ''give to a good home ''We have had one , two dogs ago  (!!)....she was a great companion...but inevitably  time took her out....more tears in the house..sigh

So , as of now, my old Cook has got  a hound lined up for us....pups are great ,but getting an older dog  saves the Cooks  slippers getting chewed up..or the chooks getting   chased into the trees,,or the cat harrased  etc etc..Anyway  when  the new old "Hound :"  arrives...it will add to the multitude allready on this topic....

Thanks again for your insight into one of mans great companions..

Picture of second to last hound...she loved riding in or out of the vehicles

Mike

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Hi Mike,  great picture of a great dog.  I’ve spent most of the day with a stunningly good vet and my Dolly’s post lymphoma removal pocket infection… doing a lot better.  13.5yr old, so waiting for the other shoe to drop.  The vet is of the old school and is willing to do a Sunday call.  Fine man, fine vet.  Seems to be doing a lot better.  Lot of sleep lost in the last two days.  But a lot of George Dickel whiskey substituted for it too.  

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6 hours ago, sandhiller said:

Poor little guy, damn fireworks. 

Maybe get him in your lap?

Might feel safer with you?

He’s a lap dog for sure, but he can’t be comforted when anything is rumbling or booming in the sky.  If we’re outside, and a Dark cloud rolls in….he goes inside to hide.  I’ve  tried to hold him wrapped in a blanket, and he’ll tolerate  it because he thinks I want him to, but he seems most comfortable when he can go and pick his own spot. 

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As Dolly above can attest to, nothing better than a cool dip on a hot day.

Cash appreciates the many "swimming pools" I keep full just for him😄

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On 7/4/2022 at 8:32 PM, russ_alabama said:

Hi Mike,  great picture of a great dog.  I’ve spent most of the day with a stunningly good vet and my Dolly’s post lymphoma removal pocket infection… doing a lot better.  13.5yr old, so waiting for the other shoe to drop.  The vet is of the old school and is willing to do a Sunday call.  Fine man, fine vet.  Seems to be doing a lot better.  Lot of sleep lost in the last two days.  But a lot of George Dickel whiskey substituted for it too.  

...best of luck with the old hound, Russ...its just a bummer how  we chug along for years...but our dogs have a very finite life...as compared with most of us.....

Re the Vet....sounds like a good bloke....we don't seem to have the 'old' vets anymore./.but the current 'crop' still come out, anytme to  assist in any of the big animals ailments...They sell their service dearly, though...

...as a hillbilly  of culture and refinement....:rolleyes:...I googled "George Dickel "  whiskey....always learning something...:)

Mike

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23 hours ago, mike newman said:

...best of luck with the old hound, Russ...its just a bummer how  we chug along for years...but our dogs have a very finite life...as compared with most of us.....

Re the Vet....sounds like a good bloke....we don't seem to have the 'old' vets anymore./.but the current 'crop' still come out, anytme to  assist in any of the big animals ailments...They sell their service dearly, though...

...as a hillbilly  of culture and refinement....:rolleyes:...I googled "George Dickel "  whiskey....always learning something...:)

Mike

Thanks Mike.  Old Dolly is sleeping peaceful next to my bed in her bed.  So far so good.  Will have to tend to the wound for some weeks, but her good vet doc says it’s going it should.  I’ve been in my doc’s office too with a wild allergic reaction to doxycycline antibiotics (that I was taking for Rocky Mountain fever, from tick bites), and some wicked back arthritis pain that’s both been helped greatly with a steroid shot.  I tend to bounce off the vet what my doc prescribes and he tends to agree.  Both good docs.  I have a chunk of bone growth arthritis from a vertebra break during a 1980s all day drunk and a run of a motorcycle thru a barbed wire fence late at night.  I was a less sensible man In my youth.  Man, I was sick as a dog off that doxycycline.  Doc and vet agree, don’t take that again.  George Dickel is a fine smooth tennessee whiskey.  I’m no Jack Daniels fan personally, but my world traveller brother says of it that Jack can be found in any nation, but George is much less common.  The folks at jack are like the angus association, they’ve done a great job advertising their product.  Some times less common is still good.  

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Judy, a purebred pointer, was the mascot of several ships in the Pacific, and was captured by the Japanese in 1942 and taken to a prison camp. There she met Aircraftsman Frank Williams, who shared his small portion of rice with her.

Judy raised morale in the POW camp, and also barked when poisonous snakes, crocodiles or even tigers approached the prisoners. When the prisoners were shipped back to Singapore, she was smuggled out in a rice sack, never whimpering or betraying her presence to the guards

The next day, that ship was torpedoed. Williams pushed Judy out of a porthole in an attempt to save her life, even though there was a 15-foot drop to the sea. He made his own escape from the ship, but was then recaptured and sent to a new POW camp

He didn't know if Judy had survived, but soon he began hearing stories about a dog helping drowning men reach pieces of debris after the shipwreck. And when Williams arrived at the new camp, he said: "I couldn’t believe my eyes! As I walked through the gate, a scraggly dog hit me square between the shoulders and knocked me over. I’d never been so glad to see the old girl!

They spent a year together at that camp in Sumatra. "Judy saved my life in so many ways," said Williams. "But the greatest of all was giving me a reason to live. All I had to do was look into those weary, bloodshot eyes and ask myself: 'What would happen to her if I died?' I had to keep going.

Once hostilities ceased, Judy was then smuggled aboard a troopship heading back to Liverpool. In England, she was awarded the Dickin Medal (the "Victoria Cross" for animals) in May 1946. Her citation reads: "For magnificent courage and endurance in Japanese prison camps, which helped to maintain morale among her fellow prisoners, and also for saving many lives through her intelligence and watchfulness"

At the same time, Frank Williams was awarded the PDSA's White Cross of St. Giles for his devotion to Judy. Frank and Judy spent a year after the war visiting the relatives of English POWs who had not survived, and Frank said that Judy "always provided a comforting presence to the families.

When Judy finally died at the age of 13, Frank spent two months building a granite and marble memorial in her memory, which included a plaque describing her life story

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5 minutes ago, mike newman said:

...another wonderful  story.....thanks Jeff

 

Mike

You're welcome Mike

How can you equal dogs contribution to mankind!

I couldn't imagine life without them 

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   TWO DIFFERENT DOCTORS' OFFICES 


   If this doesn't hit the nail on the head, I don't know what does!

 

   Two patients limp into two different medical clinics with the same complaint.  Both have trouble walking and appear to require a hip replacement.

 

   The FIRST patient is examined within the hour, is x-rayed the same day and has a time booked for surgery the following week.

 

   The SECOND sees his family doctor after waiting 3 weeks for an appointment, then waits 8 weeks to see a specialist, then gets an x-ray, which isn't reviewed for another week and finally has his surgery scheduled for 6 months from then.

 

   Why the different treatments for the two patients?

 

   The FIRST is a Golden Retriever.

 

   The SECOND is a Senior Citizen.

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On that note,

in 1984 i bought a pure breed Dalmatian puppy. 
Named him Freon. Registered him Trihydridonitrogen, R-717.  Painted his name on the passenger door of my work van.

sitting at a stop light in north Lincoln and a Cadillac convertible loaded with six colledge girls pulls up beside me. 
 

Six month old Freon is hanging half way out the window when they start calling him by his name and just as the light changed he bailed out to try to get in with them but that didn t work out so well for him. 
truck behind them ran him over breaking his back leg. 
I picked him up and rushed him to the nearest vet but there only answer was to amputate his leg or i could take him to K-State vet school. 
I said were headed to K-State, give him some pain relief and away i went .

They were waiting for me and instantly did emergency orthopedic surgery on his leg. 
He fully recovered and lived 14 years after that.

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3 hours ago, Ian Beale said:

   TWO DIFFERENT DOCTORS' OFFICES 


   If this doesn't hit the nail on the head, I don't know what does!

 

   Two patients limp into two different medical clinics with the same complaint.  Both have trouble walking and appear to require a hip replacement.

 

   The FIRST patient is examined within the hour, is x-rayed the same day and has a time booked for surgery the following week.

 

   The SECOND sees his family doctor after waiting 3 weeks for an appointment, then waits 8 weeks to see a specialist, then gets an x-ray, which isn't reviewed for another week and finally has his surgery scheduled for 6 months from then.

 

   Why the different treatments for the two patients?

 

   The FIRST is a Golden Retriever.

 

   The SECOND is a Senior Citizen.

This was the biggest factor in my mother's passing. Had they got that valve in her heart repaired a year and a half earlier she would probably still be with us. It was a known issue for at least two years.

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Ian, i almost prefer the vet. My cousin has been a vet tech for 20 yrs. Ive come to know his employers over the years and they have all been great Drs. Im kind of accident prone and have needed stitches to my hands and arms a few times. I have been stitched more times at the vet clinic than the ER. Im too the point that i call my cousin before heading to the hospitol. 

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