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Yesterday was a really bad day. Mr. Pibb kept going downhill and I made the tough decision to return him to the SPCA and let him be put to sleep. He was such a doll for the week that he was with us, and I have come to terms with the fact that he was too sick when he came to us.

I really miss him.

With that experience behind us, I am a little bit more reserved with the joy of this announcement. I'm also a bit put off with the idea of a 'replacement dog'.

I'm sure when I'm feeling less sad about Mr. Pibb, I will share with a bit more joy.

Today, I went down to the Deeley SPCA location. I didn't feel comfortable going back to McKinney. I also found out where the closest VCA hospital is so I can take our new puppy there instead of to the McKinney office for his 5 day exam.

Meet Shasta, our new baby boy (keeping with the soft drink theme). He's four months old and APPEARS TO BE PERFECTLY HEALTHY! He's vibrant, snuggly, eating, drinking, giving kisses, playing with toys, gnawing on bones, normal dog stuff. We THINK he's part Lhasa Apso, part Chihuahua. Someone at the SPCA downtown thinks Chinese Crested Powderpuff. What would be your guess?


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Oct. 3rd, 2007 03:05 am (UTC)
I'm sorry about Mr. Pibb. I am glad you did not let the experience deter you. Shasta is very cute!
Oct. 3rd, 2007 03:36 am (UTC)
We were quite determined that we were going to rescue a dog, and I also needed to keep going (and quickly) so I didn't keep stewing about the bad experience.
Oct. 3rd, 2007 03:46 am (UTC)
That is what I did when Pixel's twin died - I went out and came back with Smudge two days later! ;-p
Oct. 3rd, 2007 06:15 pm (UTC)
do you think a rescue organization for the dog's breed would pcik up mr. pibb if you called them?
Oct. 3rd, 2007 08:31 pm (UTC)
He didn't really have a dominant breed, and it would be prolonging his suffering with very slim chances of surviving. If it had been something 'fixable', he wasn't in pain, or it was only a matter of money, we would have kept him with us and fought as long as we needed to.
Oct. 4th, 2007 04:31 pm (UTC)
AWwwwww.... Might I ask what was his malady?
Oct. 4th, 2007 07:14 pm (UTC)
He had an extremely high level of larval and adult heartworms. On top of that, he had bordatella which turned into pretty severe pneumonia in both lungs. When we went to our dogs' doctor because we didn't agree with the 'he's fine, it's just kennel cough' diagnosis we got from the SPCA, he was septic.

He would have to get over the pneumonia and septicemia before he could even think about being treated for heartworms. Having heartworms, they couldn't aggressively treat the pneumonia and septicemia. They said that even if he responded to the treatment that would give him only a 50/50 shot of surviving and that's before tackling the heartworms. By the time they got him well enough to treat him for heartworms, the heartworms would probably have already killed him.

It was a tough decision against some really piss-poor odds that I made the decision to not put him or my kids through that kind of torture with very little chance of having him come out the other side.
Oct. 4th, 2007 07:16 pm (UTC)
Oh jeez. No wonder your heart is so broken. But you made the right decision. For everybody.
Oct. 5th, 2007 06:18 am (UTC)
i understand. so sad:((
Oct. 3rd, 2007 03:08 am (UTC)
Deeley location? *confused*

Also, what's on his belly in the first picture?
Oct. 3rd, 2007 03:34 am (UTC)
Downtown. Near Deeley Plaza. The one on Industrial.

He had a small hernia, so when they neutered him they also fixed the hernia.
Oct. 3rd, 2007 03:43 am (UTC)
Ahhh, okies. Long drive that is. I've been by it but haven't gone in.
Oct. 4th, 2007 07:16 pm (UTC)
I liked the setup for the McKinney adoption area so much better. Theirs had more of a 'mass storage' feel to it. Dogs in big concrete runs, small dogs in chainlink pens with shredded paper for bedding. The cat area in McKinney is AWESOME. The dog area looked much nicer with the little beds to get them off the concrete.
Oct. 3rd, 2007 12:50 pm (UTC)
I drive past that SPCA location every day. ;)

Hey...do you think they need old blankets for the dogs for as the weather starts getting colder? I have an old quilt and comforter to get rid of, and I know several years ago, the Garland animal shelter was looking for old blankets and stuff as winter was coming on, but I haven't managed to get in touch with them. I just thoguht that maybe, since you'd been at the shelter recently, you might have seen signs or something. :)
Oct. 3rd, 2007 08:35 pm (UTC)
I don't know. I was in the small breed area, and they had shredded paper in all of the bins. I think that way they can just throw it out instead of having to do wash. Must be someplace that donates old paper to them.

I know smaller shelters do usually look for blankets and such. You could try the Garland shelter, a local no-kill shelter, or a breed rescue.
Oct. 4th, 2007 04:45 am (UTC)
We use blankets in the big dog runs up at the McKinney location everyday... the a/c runs super cold there. We have a huge industrial washer/dryer set and will run several loads throughout the day.

The shredded paper in the small dog area is for easy cleaning in the mornings and for puppies, since they're not allowed outside till they're 6 months of age. All the newspaper is donated from people, and we've acutally run out before & had to just lay down blankets and clean lots throughout the day.
Oct. 3rd, 2007 03:27 am (UTC)
he's darling.... but I have no idea what he could be.

Good old fashioned mutt?
Those ears are mighty big.
Oct. 3rd, 2007 03:35 am (UTC)
They are huge. And cute. One flops down usually while the other sticks straight up. Mr. Pibb had the same thing, so in a way it reminds me of him when I see it.

I really do need to clean up Shasta's eyes because they are a bit stained, but I can't believe how cute he is. It's also a bit strange to see the little light brown nose and eyes.
Oct. 3rd, 2007 03:34 am (UTC)
i vote part dustmop and part mogwai!!
Oct. 3rd, 2007 03:36 am (UTC)
No doubt about that! Scott keeps saying he's part rat :)
Oct. 3rd, 2007 03:48 am (UTC)
Bright lights!
Oct. 3rd, 2007 03:45 am (UTC)
Definitely some kind of fizzy-drink-dog-breed! ;-p

Oct. 3rd, 2007 07:21 am (UTC)
Aw, Shasta is adorable!
There are definite traits of Lhasa in him. :) I have had two of them. The one I have now is Lhasa and Shi Tzu mixed. They are so loyal and loveable. Congrats on the newest addition!
Oct. 3rd, 2007 01:56 pm (UTC)
OH my God! That dog is hilarious!! How does that little head hold up those huge ears? He is adorable.

I'm glad you went ahead with your determined plan to resuce a dog. <3
Oct. 4th, 2007 07:18 pm (UTC)
Shasta is such a sweet dog and cute as can be. He weighs all of 6 pounds, about equal to one of BDDD's paws. :) I've always liked medium to large dogs, and we went with medium with our first two, and Pibb was a little bit bigger than them. I was really surprised how much we fell for this little guy.
Oct. 4th, 2007 07:20 pm (UTC)
I haven't even met him yet and I'm already in love. His personality definitely comes through in those pictures.
Oct. 4th, 2007 07:25 pm (UTC)
You haven't met any of our caln :( But I'll cut you some slack for your recent issues *laugh*

How long would it take you to drive here if we paid for the gas?
Oct. 4th, 2007 08:52 pm (UTC)
God, you know the answer would be yes in a heartbeat! We would have you at any time for everyone to meet, so we'll plan it when things turn around for both of our camps.

Love you guys.
Oct. 3rd, 2007 02:10 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry for your loss of Mr Pibb, grieving is a natural part of losing a member of your family dogs and cats included for we recently had to say farewell to our lovely Valentine.

As for your newest addition, he's a definite cutey, scruffy looking and so very cute too. I hope that he lives a long healthy, happy life with you and your family.
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