07-11-2014, 10:52 PM
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Tennessee, USA (Roane County)
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Hello from Bear and his Mama
I adopted Bear on the 26th of June and have had him for two weeks now. When I saw him in his kennel two days earlier he was a dirty matted mess but he was sweet and gentle. You can tug at his tail and pull his fur and he doesn't react hardly at all. He let me pick up his paws and look in his ears. Bear was not a hyper dog and still isn't although he does really enjoy his walks. I have been working on him staying at my side and not pulling me since day one, I guess you would call that heel. He is getting much better and stays by my side most of the time but he still has his moments. Apparently he does know how to sit on command and give you paw it was just convincing him to do it. He is kind of picky about his treats, he will eat most all of them but if it isn't awesome then he is kind of like "Meh, I will take it but I will eat it later." So the day after I brought Bear home I decided to take him to the vet to get his rabies shot and to make sure he was fixed. My local shelter told me that he wasn't fixed but when I gave him a bath the day I got him I did not find any testicles but I figured it wouldn't hurt to have the professional look. Apparently my local shelter really sucks because they didn't even know he had a caller on let alone even knew if he was fixed but that's another story. At least I only had to pay $25 to adopt him because I found outré at the vet that Bear has heartworms. I am lucky, I guess, that he is not showing any signs yet but the vet said he has had this for at least six months because there were baby heartworms in his blood when viewed under the microscope. The vet quoted me the cost of the procedure and I googled the meds and my heart sank. I just can't afford a treatment like that nor do I want to put poisons like that into my dogs body. I hear that a good number of dogs do not make it through the procedure and the vet said that Bear is around 5 years old so he ain't a young dog but he ain't old either.
I have been looking at lots of natural remedies and have found some that I am trying. The are a great number of people who have had success with these remedies, so much so that their own vets don't believe how their dogs could be cured. They used plants for medicine before they had pharmaceuticals and medicines now come from plants or chemicals in plants so why can't you use herbal solutions to help your dog just like they help us and other animals.
Anyway, still working on training and planning on working up to the AKC Canine Good Citizen test so Bear can be a certified CGC. After all the perfect walking buddy has to be a good citizen. Oh did I mention one of the reasons I got Bear was to have a walking buddy so I would feel a little safer walking by myself. Seriously, who wants to mess with some one who has a dog that looks to be part rottie, at least that is what everybody keeps telling me Bear looks like. What do you think? I could supply more pictures if you guys need me too.