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Rules

Posted by laurie on May 22, 2014

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Because it’s the law.

40 Responses to “Rules”

  1. Cody and Henry's Aunt said

    I think Clayton is laughing at the law!

  2. While I am not a constant poster, I wanted to share with those who love beagles, that Scout (that’s him in my avatar) was euthanized yesterday. In a period of weeks, his creatinine levels skyrocketed from indicating the slight possibility of the beginning to kidney disease to full blown critical kidney disease. It’s not the norm for the disease to progress so quickly, but not unheard of.

    Scout’s illness was short, relatively painless, and with the appetite stimulants he was able to enjoy bits of steak to the end. We had a great 14 years together.

    So, please give your little guy (or gal) an extra hug today from Scout and myself

    • Susan in DE said

      Oh Scott, I am so incredibly sorry that you lost Scout yesterday. :-< Kidney failure is so tough, we lost Jordan to it in June 2012. We went through 10 months of ups and downs with him, and were lucky to give him a good quality of life for that time. I'm sorry you had such a short time with Scout after diagnosis, but having been there ourselves, we feel for you! Big hugs!

      • Sue - Barney, Jodi & Huggy's Mom said

        I lost a kitty to that disease. My heart breaks for you. Will definitely pass on your hugs. Hugs Scott!!!!

      • dezlboy said

        Hi Susan, thankfully Scout managed to allow me to avoid those ups and downs. This was the first time I had to put a dog to sleep, and I must admit, it was not as hard as I thought. True, the timing was pretty much determined by his condition. But, the procedure was very peaceful. Okay, enough, we aren’t supposed to tear up at work…:-)

      • Susan in DE said

        I know exactly what you’re saying, Scott. I was just telling someone last week that during that 10 months with Jordan, we had a lot of happy times, but since I’d never had to euthanize a pet before either, he died 10,000 times in my mind before it really happened. :-< And when it's time, like you said, it was hard, but you deal with it in the moment.

        Lord, now I'm going to start crying too … time to step away … sniff! :-<

    • Patty in San Jose said

      I’m so sorry to hear that Scout is gone. No matter how or when the loss of our beloveds is so hard, so I’m sending hugs and peaceful thoughts your way, and I will hug my pup extra tight today. Peace be with you…

    • Cathy, Gomez, Lily & Mr. Peabz said

      Scott, I’m so sorry to hear about Scout. He sure did have a great life with you.

      My guys are getting extra hugs today.

      • dezlboy said

        Cathy, thanks for your kind words. Be sure to spread out those extra hugs equally! 🙂

    • It’s so hard to loose your best friend. All the annoying things are forgotten and the best times are remembered. Scout was a special dog and you gave him a wonderful life.

      • I confess there weren’t too many annoying things about Scout, except for the fact he was a “beagle-mutt.” I used to point out beagles to him and say, “see that’s what a real beagle looks like.” Thank goodness he didn’t understand English, or did he? 🙂

    • justjenny said

      Scott, I’m so sorry. It is so sad to see them leave, but you’re right – it usually is peaceful, and it’s almost like we are giving them the gift of an end without suffering too much.

      • Jenny, although I knew what to expect from various descriptions, the experience was much more peaceful and actually calming. I know, calming seems like such an odd word to use, but the veterinarian and technicians where so understanding and gentle, that it was (as much as it could be) a positive moment as Scout was “released” ……

    • harperlea said

      Scott,
      I’m so very sorry for your loss… My heart breaks and I weep a bit each time I read about one of our DD family losing a beloved pup. I will celebrate that you had 14 wonderful years together …and I will be sure to hug all four of my pups from you and Scout.
      On a light note, I have to review my posts before I hit Comment, as sometimes I type in “Scout” instead of “Scott” 🙂

      Hugs and puppy kisses from the Lash Pack in California

      • Harperlea, your words are so kind, thanks for sharing my loss. I have also called Scout “scott”, and my Mom has called each of us the other. My next dog won’t be named Scout, that’s for sure. Nor Steve, Stewart……

    • Gunner and Bailey's mom Anne said

      Oh so sorry to hear. Scout is such a great beagle name. May you find comfort in your happy memories

      • Anne, the rescue group named him Loki. But since Loki is the Nordic god of treachery and deception (honest), I was determined to change it. For a few weeks, Scout didn’t have a name. Finally, it was Scout, as in Indian Scout as he was always sniffing and looking out for rabbits.

        In fact, the very first day I had him (he was nine months or so), he cornered a rabbit and grabbed it in his mouth! I previously had a Labrador, and he never did anything like that! It took me a while to realize that beagles (even a beaglemutt) were a different breed. 🙂

    • Spunky's Mom said

      So sorry to hear of your loss. I will definitely give Spunky an extra hug tonight for you and Scout. She’s 13, our first pet, and when the time comes to say good-bye to her……….well, I can’t even imagine how hard it will be.

      Sending hugs and comforting thoughts your way…….

      • Spunky’s Mom, thanks for the kind thoughts. I bet those 13 years with Spunky have been wonderful. That’s really the key to your and Spunky’s happiness. Why does the nickname “Spunkles” come to mind? :-0

    • Gretchen L said

      I too, lost my little girl to that awful disease 4 years ago. I am sorry for your loss.

    • Karen S. said

      I am so sorry for your loss. I lost my very first beagle, Barney, to kidney disease. It was the first euthanasia decision I ever made. May God comfort you.

      • Karen, thank you for your kind sentiments. Our guys put their lives in our hands every single day they are with us. The least we can do is do right by them when the decisions are the hardest. I’m sure you did so with Barney. (Barney, what a great beagle name!)

  3. Susan Hann said

    I love seeing old pictures of Clayton! He always brings a smile to my face. He reminds me of an old beagle I once had. What sweet boys Clayton and my Raymond were!

  4. Julie, JB & Cassie's Mum in the UK said

    So, so sorry to hear about Scout. Take comfort from knowing his illness wasn’t too prolonged and he had a lovely life with you. I feel the most sad when I see dogs on programmes like Animal Cops who are in a terrible state and have been badly treated all their lives, that are euthanized without ever knowing love and happiness

    • dezlboy said

      Julie, your words ring so true. When Scout was adopted at age one, he had no prior history, found as a stray, but even then was in good health, and went on to have a very active and alert life. I only have great memories. Well, except for the time he was bit on the muzzle by a snake, and the muzzle got all blustered and scabby…and……. But, even that minor episode gives me the memory of his high pitched YELP! That shoulcd have taught him not to stick his nose into bushes, but, nah. 🙂

      Let’s wish that all dogs could be as fortunate as our guys and gals.

  5. Gypsy & Trents dad said

    So sorry about Scout. Its tough and you made the right decision at the right time. Even still you’ll miss him forever…
    Our thoughts are with you and your family.

    • G&T’s Dad, thanks for your kind words and support. I confess, the decision was pretty much made for me because Scout’s condition deteriorated so quickly. That made the decision just a bit easier. I have a feeling it hasn’t quite sunk in yet. I even found myself being sure to shut the front door when taking out the trash tonight. 🙂

  6. I remember this photo. It was a caption contest photo. I think my caption was picked. I can’t remember what it was, but I certainly thought it was witty at the time.

  7. Gunner and Bailey's mom Anne said

    So what does Curb your dog mean? hold them tightly or don’t let them pee?

    • harperlea said

      Valet Barking perhaps?
      😉

    • Good point. I was in Australia once and there was a sign that said “no standing”. Of course I have a picture of me standing under the sign. What were they thinking ?

    • I thought curb your dog meant that they were to do their business in the gutter? Not that I ever really really thought about it before. Luckily, my county doesn’t have Curb Your Dog signs!

      • Gunner and Bailey's mom Anne said

        Valet barking! love that. Scott that makes sense, would have never thought of that one. I’ve only seen signs for ‘No dog pee please’ and one clever ‘pee mail’ post especially for peeing and leaving a scent trail….

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