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Smokie the Cattle Dog with his girlfriend Chubbs. Smokie is battling prostate cancer. Six weeks ago I had an appointment to put him to sleep, but he woke up that morning, peed a little, and said, "not ready to go." He hadn't peed on his own in 5 days, getting his bladder drained at the vet with a catheter. 4 rounds of radiation therapy and complete annihilation of my bank account later, he's doing pretty well. He might have 4 to 6 months to go. I made him a deal when I got him from the shelter. He takes it for the team in the event of a mountain lion or intruder, and I take good care of him.

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I had to put Smokie to sleep this morning. He had again gotten to the point where he could hardy pee at all and had stopped wanting to eat. He was such a good dog his entire life. He only wanted to please me and was always right there next to or behind me.. The first picture is the day I picked him up from the shelter. He was just under 12 months old and already a perfect dog. I always said his favorite thing was when I was doing something interesting for him to watch. R.I.P. Big Dog.

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I had to put Smokie to sleep this morning. He had again gotten to the point where he could hardy pee at all and had stopped wanting to eat. He was such a good dog his entire life. He only wanted to please me and was always right there next to or behind me.. The first picture is the day I picked him up from the shelter. He was just under 12 months old and already a perfect dog. I always said his favorite thing was when I was doing something interesting for him to watch. R.I.P. Big Dog.

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Condolences for your dog's passing. The end stages of renal failure are bad. You did the most humane thing to do.
 
edisto

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I had to put Smokie to sleep this morning. He had again gotten to the point where he could hardy pee at all and had stopped wanting to eat. He was such a good dog his entire life. He only wanted to please me and was always right there next to or behind me.. The first picture is the day I picked him up from the shelter. He was just under 12 months old and already a perfect dog. I always said his favorite thing was when I was doing something interesting for him to watch. R.I.P. Big Dog.

Sorry to hear it...it's always a tough call.

It's a cruel trick that dogs have such a short life span relative to our own.
 
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Got an interesting surprise this weekend...our boy was messing around on Google maps, and at street view there were pics of our dog, who we had to put down two years ago. Once in a while he'd "take himself on a walk" in the neighborhood (even after I carried him outside on bad hip days), and the Google vehicle happened to catch him as they drove by.

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Bought him as a pup for my kids. I remember hearing him bark and growl when my son would shove him over in bed. He thought my sons bed was his. Lol I felt sorry for him when the kids grew up and moved away. He became my shadow and I spoiled him. We put him down a couple of months ago because of cancer. It broke my heart.
 
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Bought him as a pup for my kids. I remember hearing him bark and growl when my son would shove him over in bed. He thought my sons bed was his. Lol I felt sorry for him when the kids grew up and moved away. He became my shadow and I spoiled him. We put him down a couple of months ago because of cancer. It broke my heart.

That sucks.

He looks like he's up to something in this picture...
 
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I had to put Smokie to sleep this morning. He had again gotten to the point where he could hardy pee at all and had stopped wanting to eat. He was such a good dog his entire life. He only wanted to please me and was always right there next to or behind me.. The first picture is the day I picked him up from the shelter. He was just under 12 months old and already a perfect dog. I always said his favorite thing was when I was doing something interesting for him to watch. R.I.P. Big Dog.

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He's a good looking boy, RIP Smokie!
 
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That sucks.

He looks like he's up to something in this picture...
It always made me laugh after he started going gray. Had beautiful black muzzle and ears when he was younger.He never bit anyone and loved to hunt and play. He got ferocious when raccoons or skunks came around.
Never barked when strangers came in the drive but barked at all of us when we came home. Lol
I was in the hospital for 3 weeks and had walking boot or cast on when I came home. As soon as I got in my easy chair he came over and set on my foot. The boot made it about 3” high and he kept shifting his butt around but wouldn’t get off of it. Laughed my ass off. He was glad I was home.
About a month and a half later I could tell he was beginning to suffer so I told my wife it was time. She called the kids and they came out and went with her to the vet. My son was holding him when the vet put him down. I stayed home because of difficulty moving around. I’d probably would of have been a mess if I’d gone.

My neighbor used my backhoe to bury him and has done all my sawing and splitting this winter. Finally rehabbing this week after 3 months with foot in the air. I don’t remember very many winters that suck this much but better days always come back around. Lol
 
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Aside from my mutt, already introduced, I am chief cook and bottlewasher for this horrible little creature too.
He's a male Parrotlet and wasn't raised by me so he's quite the little unit to deal with.
I've got him figured out pretty well and he's trained to go back in his cage on a hand signal, plus he knows to not bite me, although he is always threatening to, so we get along ok now.
My pal teases him by putting his fingers near his cage and has now been outsmarted and bit by the bird at least four or five times.
He's slow. LOL

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Take care.
 
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Aside from my mutt, already introduced, I am chief cook and bottlewasher for this horrible little creature too.
He's a male Parrotlet and wasn't raised by me so he's quite the little unit to deal with.
I've got him figured out pretty well and he's trained to go back in his cage on a hand signal, plus he knows to not bite me, although he is always threatening to, so we get along ok now.
My pal teases him by putting his fingers near his cage and has now been outsmarted and bit by the bird at least four or five times.
He's slow. LOL

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Take care.
Reminds me of a parrot mom had. First time he rested on my hand I put him to my face. He leaned forward and hooked one of my nostrils with upper and lower beak then clamped down. That pretty much ended our relationship. Lol
 
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Reminds me of a parrot mom had. First time he rested on my hand I put him to my face. He leaned forward and hooked one of my nostrils with upper and lower beak then clamped down. That pretty much ended our relationship. Lol

My cousin had a parrot that liked to bite people. I caught him sneaking up on me once when I was in a bad mood, and said "try it!"

He stuck his head down, put his wings up, and walked away saying "Ow! Ow! Ow!".

A year later when I visited again, as soon as I walked into the room that he was in, he immediately dropped his head, said "Ow! Ow! Ow!" with his wings out, and walked behind the nearest piece of furniture. They have amazing memories.
 
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Bought him as a pup for my kids. I remember hearing him bark and growl when my son would shove him over in bed. He thought my sons bed was his. Lol I felt sorry for him when the kids grew up and moved away. He became my shadow and I spoiled him. We put him down a couple of months ago because of cancer. It broke my heart.
quit being so hard on them putties.. they need a SOFT place to rest!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)
 
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