but he is terminally ill, as you mostly all know.It is six months since he was bitten by the fly which spreads Leishmaniasis ( a fatal disease for dogs, and a potentially dangerous illness for humans). Just in the last couple of days, it has come back to a small degree, causing him to be sick in the mornings, and very tired at night.We are ready to go through all the injections etc again, but ope it won't be too bad this time. I kow people here sent good wishes and 'doggie' prayers for him last tme, and I am sure it helped us, and therefore him to fight the disease. It will kill him one day, but we are doing our best to see that he has a happy and healthy life as far as possible. Just thought you might like to see this hilarious photo:'It's a dog's life'... Nick
I'm Sorry to hear that he's had a small relapse and glad to hear that he's doing as well as he is, we knew that there would be bumps in the road, in general it sounds like he's doing better than we could have hoped for.
Take care. Joe
Posts: 16169 From: Free America! Registered: Dec 2003
Just an obsevation of my own. I have three newborn pups and one is deaf and very pink skinned so intolorant to light. She sees well except in direct sunlight. She is a Double Dapple Miniature Dachshund and rare. Breeders would have put her down. My opinion is that she just needs more love and just like your dog it isn't in short supply.
Thanks Joe Pokey, stick wth it.Love and care from 'Boss' works wonders..sending you all a 'doggie-prayer' to help you on your way Nick
Nick we do what we do because of who we are and what we represent. Many put a value on it and sometimes you have to but I personally have a hard time equating money and love with the same value system. I guess you do too.
Too true Andrew..that is why I was upset when somebody emptied my Bank account last week..it was money put by for Zwerver's treatment, when he gets ill again. Luckily the Bank got it all back again . Had it not been able to, then the money I am trying to save to fix my Fiero would have replaced it..no question in my mind, as to which was more important Thanks for the wishes, my Friend Nick
Posts: 29950 From: farmington, maine usa Registered: Oct 2004
I had to do a little searching, but I managed to dig this out of my Mother's things.
My Mother was a dog person until the day that she died. She loved them, and this was one of her favorite poems.
I hope that you enjoy it. Mother always said that you will never have love, like you are loved by a dog.
Hang in there! He will be just fine!
TREAT ME KINDLY
Treat me kindly, my beloved friend, For no heart in all the world is more Grateful for kindness than the loving heart of me.
Do not break my spirit with a stick, For though I should lick your hand between blows, your patience and understanding will more quickly teach me the things you would have me learn.
Speak to me often, For your voice is the world's sweetest music, as you must know by the fierce wagging of my tail when your footsteps fall upon my ears.
Please take me inside when it is cold and wet, For I am a domesticated animal, no longer accustomed to the bitter elements. I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet beside the hearth.
Keep my pan filled with water, for I cannot tell you when I suffer thirst. Feed me clean food that I may stay well, to romp and play and do your bidding, to walk by your side, and stand ready, willing and able to protect you with my life, should your life be in danger.
And, my friend, when I am very old, and I no longer enjoy good health, hearing and good sight, do not make heroic efforts to keep me going.
I am not having fun. Please see that my trusting life is taken gently. I shall leave this earth knowing with the last breath I drew, that my fate was always safest in your hand.
Thanks Steve and Fieros_Forever. Funny thing is, we have found that humans and animals mostly all respond in the same way to kindness...mostly !! Just that Humans have the ability to question that kindness, and its motives.That is where Humans go wrong. We are a devious breed, and it affects both side of kindness..the giver and the receiver. Animals don't question your love for them, they just accept it in blind faith.Humans have sometimes used kindness as a tool, and now we all regard it with mistrust. That is the sad bit for me. Nick
Posts: 30507 From: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Registered: Apr 99
A slightly different version of the poem which Bobby posted:
A Dog's Prayer
Treat me kindly, my beloved master, for no heart in all the world is more grateful for kindness than the loving heart of mine.
Do not break my spirit with a stick, for though I should lick your hand between the blows, your patience and understanding will more quickly teach me the things you would have me do.
Speak to me often, for your voice is the world's sweetest music, as you must know by the fierce wagging of my tail when your footstep falls upon my waiting ear.
When it is cold and wet, please take me inside, for I am now a domesticated animal, no longer used to bitter elements. And I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet beside the hearth. Though had you no home, I would rather follow you through the ice and snow than rest upon the softest pillow in the warmest house in all the land, for you are my god and I am your devoted worshiper.
Keep my pan filled with fresh water, for although I should not reproach you were it dry, I cannot tell you when I suffer thirst. Feed me clean food, that I may stay well, to romp and play and do your bidding, to walk by your side, and stand ready, willing and able to protect you with my life should your life be in danger.
And, beloved master, should the great Master see fit to deprive me of my health or sight, do not turn me away from you. Rather, hold me gently in your arms as skilled hands grant me the merciful boon of eternal rest... and I will leave you knowing with the last breath that I draw, my fate was ever safest in your hands.
- by Beth Norman Harris
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Thanks Steve and Melanie. I've read that before, but couldn't find it. Now I have it saved on my HDD..never have to search again Zwerver has stopped being sick, and is being a naughty dog yet again !! We will have him around for a while more, that is definite..he told me so himself!! Thanks again, for taking the trouble to find and post it. That is a true friend Nick
Posts: 29950 From: farmington, maine usa Registered: Oct 2004