I solemnly swear that my server was up to no good

The latest news is that I don’t know what is happening with Shassi, which is one of the problems when you leave a dog to be taken care of by other people, even if those people are your family.  My mother and aunt are inclined to see if there is anything left to be salvaged and I’m feeling somewhat betrayed by the fact that they set me up to believe that they had made the choice to put her down.

We’re going to await the vet’s decision, but my original opinion still stands; she doesn’t seem to be having a good time and she doesn’t seem to be aware of the things around her most of the time.  If she can have a longer happy life, that’s great, but at this point I doubt it and only want to make her comfortable.  Keep us in your thoughts on Saturday and I will update when the decision is made.  I won’t have her suffering simply because she isn’t showing obvious signs of pain.

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In other news, apparently my host’s move to the new server was not without casualties

In a nutshell:

The owners of Bella, the missing Shiba report:

…from the standpoint of felony liability, the DA had to prove Animal Control had clearly made the defendant aware he had an aggressive dog, or prove it had bitten before.  Regardless of what had happened in the previous attacks, Animal Control was not able to show they had clearly educated the defendant about the aggressive potential of his dog, even after 3 aggressive dog calls.”

If you can’t tell that you have an aggressive dog, you should stay the fuck away from everything that walks on four legs or two.  Put yourself in a diaper and turn in your driver’s license while you’re at it.  For the rest of us.  For the children.  For whoever or whatever will keep you away from normal, sane human beings who take responsibility for their actions.

(in retrospect, I realized that that post had not been deleted.  Oh well.)

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There is a happy story associated with Bella’s family.  They have adopted Sammy, a rescue Shiba Inu in dire straits.  Don’t miss his story!

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An Oregon puppymill has not been shut down yet and they had Shibas:

Oregon Humane Society “Snugglebunnies” Page

A somewhat graphic page on the Shibas rescued from “Snugglebunnies”

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The blog A Winnie Day has an awesome post about a Shiba seminar that Winnie’s person attended.  There’s some interesting perspectives on the Shiba’s history as a hunting dog that Shiba people shouldn’t miss.

End of an era

Shassi is not long for this world.  I was talking with Mom tonight and we agreed that it’s pretty clear that it’s time for us to do our duty towards her.  She is on autopilot; there is no personality anymore and Mom says it hurts her to look at Shassi when she remembers the vibrant little dog she used to be. We’re going to schedule it for the 21st, if we can.

She’s been there for half my life, over 15 years.

Twilight

1224081904Old age comes to every dog, eventually.  At first it may just manifest in a few white hairs, but as time goes by, stiffening joints and ailments tend to come to the fore.  Shibas can maintain great health for years, but I can tell that Shassi is in the twilight of her life.

Here Shassi is with my aunt, who lives with my mother and takes care of Shassi.  We visit often, but keep Tierce away from her, as she has shifted from LOUDLY telling him where to get off to just trembling and looking frightened.  So we keep him and his exuberance away from her and she is much happier.

It is somewhat disturbing to watch Shassi now – she spends most of her time on the couch, but sometimes will pace around in circles or stare at a corner of the room for hours.  She is also not too steady on her feet and this can be a little distressing as I watch her hind end becoming undecided as to whether it’s going to follow her front or not.

My aunt is very good to Shassi – she has taken her to the vet several times to make sure that her health is as good as can be expected for a 15 year old Shiba.  She buys her special low-protein dog food to minimize any strain on her ailing kidneys.  She takes her out for walks, ensuring that Shassi’s body remains as flexible as possible (I believe it’s the lack of exercise that shortens the lives of many old dogs, whose bodies succumb to the degeneration of muscle and bone).  In short, Shassi has as good a life as possible, given her infirmities.

However, once it becomes clear that Shassi is in pain or is just not enjoying her food and her walks, we will have her euthanized.  It sounds harsh and cruel to some people, but I believe it’s crueler to keep a dog who has outlived its enjoyment of life, alive.

I think that a lot of people don’t understand the real responsibilities of owning a dog.  There is a lot written and said about the responsiblities you take on during a dog’s life, but many people don’t realize how responsible they are for their dog’s death.  To be a truly responsible owner, I believe that you have to be prepared to take your dog’s life when there will be no surcease of pain or if the dog is broken in some way that can’t be fixed enough so the dog has a happy life.

With Shassi, it’s hard to tell.  She is definitely not the dog I grew up with or even the dog I knew two-three years ago.  She is nearly blind and deaf and she shows little interest in things that used to excite her.  However, she still eats, she shows interest in her walks and she is not showing any of the signs of a dog in pain.  We will watch and wait and, while she is here, give her the best life we can.

Update!

Well, Tierce is much better on the Cyclosporine, although I’m not a fan of giving him a pill that requires an anti-nausea pill to keep it in him. Here he is next to one of many jellyfish that washed up on the shore beside Departure Bay Terminal (BC Ferries).

Shassi (forgot to get a picture tonight) is… a 15 year old dog. My aunt took her to one of the best vets in Nanaimo and got a complete blood panel done. Verdict: Shassi is in good shape for a 15 year old dog, but her kidneys are failing. Not entirely an unforeseen thing. Fortunately, my aunt is determined to take care of her and is feeding her the lowest-protein dog food that she can find.

Katana, the subject of my last post is, according to Petfinder, still looking for a home.

Bella, the Shiba missing since this April, is still at large.

Wow, lots of good news, huh? Well, I’m just glad that Tierce isn’t scratching as much and he can stop wearing the cone most of the time!