• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.

Announcement

Collapse

Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

Just did my good "rescue" deed for the year :-/

Collapse
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Just did my good "rescue" deed for the year :-/

    *Sigh*. I won't get into how I know this lady, but lets just say I found out she was keeping a 10 year old Collie x Bernese Mountain Dog mix in a 5ft x 5ft cage 24/7 most days, or if not in there then outside in this 90+ degree heat (without any shelter he could fit into) for periods of a few days at a time. He's been kept like that for the past 3+ years. IMO that's cruel for any dog, but especially for one with a typical Bernese coat. I told her I'd take him and I went and picked him up today.

    His coat was SO matted. I don't know when the last time he was groomed. He had old feces matted to his hind end. He acted as if his ears hurt so I figured they were infected. Surprisingly he was up to date on the core vaccines.

    We had him an hour before we took him to his vet appt. His ears are really badly infected, so they were cleaned and we are applying medication 2x a day. His eyes are slightly clouded... and at the time of the vet appt (he still had all his hair at this point) we could feel one fatty tumor.

    Right from the vet he went to the groomer, who was nice enough to squeeze us in. They couldn't do anything to save his coat because it was so matted, so he was completely shaved down everywhere besides his head... he looks kinda funny now. It took almost 4 hours to get him groomed. Now that he is shaved, you can see that he has TONS of tumors everywhere (sides, stomach, back). I'm hoping they are just fatty tumors that dogs get as they age (our basset hound has a few). The vet just wants to watch them for now. You can tell though, that he already feels SO much better shaved.

    He's such a great dog... so far he seems to be house trained, he knows a few commands, and will stick around with us in the yard. He gets along great with our other dogs (I know you should quarantine, but we don't have the set up for that and our vet felt he was healthy aside from your typical older dog issues) and is so, so, so sweet. My parents want to eventually adopt him out, but I'm working on trying to convince them to keep him for at least the next year until I can get a place at school that allows dogs and can take him with me. I'm secretly hoping that nobody wants a 10 year old dog with all these tumors and grooming needs Regardless of whether we keep him or adopt him out, I'm just glad that I was able to get him out of that situation. I just hope he knows that he has the good life now.
    "People ask me 'will I remember them if I make it'. I ask them 'will you remember me if I don't?'"

  • #2
    I don't know why people get a dog, to just forget it outside.

    At least you are looking after him now.

    Comment


    • #3
      Bless You For Helping Him ~

      * Bless you for helping him ~

      Hoping he has found his forever home in yours ~
      Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "

      Comment


      • #4
        Good for you! Quite possibly just fatty tumors...gives them that cottage cheese look.

        Actually I wouldn't have tried to save his coat anyway, not this time of year. And most thick coated dogs *adore* being shaved in hot weather. Well, after they get over the initial "I feel weird and why do you keep laughing at me" phase.

        I've had Malamutes often in the past and always shaved them into the close velvet clip in late spring. Made them feel fantastic, cut down on me having to vaccuum every 5 minutes (boy can Mals shed!) and was always good for at least a week of giggling at how silly they looked.

        I've taken in a handful or so of dogs that people tend to keep/treat as unwanted cattle. Never did understand why anyone would get a dog and then ignore it and keep it away from the family. Glad you took this one and glad he's got a sweet personality and is happy and comfy now.
        You jump in the saddle,
        Hold onto the bridle!
        Jump in the line!
        ...Belefonte

        Comment

        • Original Poster

          #5
          Originally posted by MistyBlue View Post
          Good for you! Quite possibly just fatty tumors...gives them that cottage cheese look.

          Actually I wouldn't have tried to save his coat anyway, not this time of year. And most thick coated dogs *adore* being shaved in hot weather. Well, after they get over the initial "I feel weird and why do you keep laughing at me" phase.

          I've had Malamutes often in the past and always shaved them into the close velvet clip in late spring. Made them feel fantastic, cut down on me having to vaccuum every 5 minutes (boy can Mals shed!) and was always good for at least a week of giggling at how silly they looked.

          I've taken in a handful or so of dogs that people tend to keep/treat as unwanted cattle. Never did understand why anyone would get a dog and then ignore it and keep it away from the family. Glad you took this one and glad he's got a sweet personality and is happy and comfy now.

          My initial plan was to just shave him completely, but my mom wanted to see if they could leave a little length. He is so much more comfortable shaved though.

          As for the fatty tumors, I'm thinking and hoping that's what they are. Our basset hound is 14 and he has them too. Our dogs are all oldish :-/ 9, 10, 10, and 14! Hard to believe we've had the 9 and 10 year old since puppy age.

          My dad agreed to taking him "temporarally" because of the situation he was in. He claims that he doesn't really like the dog but I can see otherwise He'll fall in love with him soon enough lol
          "People ask me 'will I remember them if I make it'. I ask them 'will you remember me if I don't?'"

          Comment


          • #6
            If they are squishy don't worry about them!
            It's when they are hard you have to be concerned .

            And... PICTURES!?!?!?!
            "For some people it's not enough to just be a horse's bum, you have to be sea biscuit's bum" -anon.
            Nes' Farm Blog ~ DesigNes.ca
            Need You Now Equine

            Comment

            • Original Poster

              #7
              Originally posted by Nes View Post
              If they are squishy don't worry about them!
              It's when they are hard you have to be concerned .

              And... PICTURES!?!?!?!

              He weighed 80lbs at the vet today, but I bet he weighs a good 10 lbs less without all that hair! I'm going to take him to Petsmart tomorrow to use their scale and see how much he weighs now. We are gonna have to put sunscreen on him for now until his hair grows in some.

              And this is the only pic I have so far. I will get more tomorrow. http://www.flickr.com/photos/4339011...in/photostream
              "People ask me 'will I remember them if I make it'. I ask them 'will you remember me if I don't?'"

              Comment


              • #8
                My dad agreed to taking him "temporarally" because of the situation he was in.
                LOL, yeah that's what they all say. We took in my neighbors dog overnight last December. According to my husband it was "Just for tonight. I do NOT want another dog! I mean it!"

                He hasn't left since. has had major dental work done, a few other small things. Hubby buys him beds and toys and chews and spoils him rotten.

                That photo of your new dog is priceless! I grinned like heck when I opened it. He looks adorable all nekked with a foofy head and ears! Like a Muppet, LOL!

                So what's his name?
                You jump in the saddle,
                Hold onto the bridle!
                Jump in the line!
                ...Belefonte

                Comment

                • Original Poster

                  #9
                  Originally posted by MistyBlue View Post
                  LOL, yeah that's what they all say. We took in my neighbors dog overnight last December. According to my husband it was "Just for tonight. I do NOT want another dog! I mean it!"

                  He hasn't left since. has had major dental work done, a few other small things. Hubby buys him beds and toys and chews and spoils him rotten.

                  That photo of your new dog is priceless! I grinned like heck when I opened it. He looks adorable all nekked with a foofy head and ears! Like a Muppet, LOL!

                  So what's his name?
                  Lol, yeah, my dad claims he doesn't like our dobie/hound x either. But guess who is the one covering her with a blanket because "she's cold". Or giving them all a bone before he leaves for work in the morning I think he just doesn't want to be seen as a softie.

                  And his name is Carl . Such a terrible name for a dog, but it fits him and he knows his name so that's the name he'll keep.
                  "People ask me 'will I remember them if I make it'. I ask them 'will you remember me if I don't?'"

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    Oh he is adorable!

                    Love his alert pose... have fun with your new pup.
                    Nevertheless, she persisted.

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      Awww. Good for you! He must think he hit the jackpot!!!

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Milocalwinnings View Post
                        And this is the only pic I have so far. I will get more tomorrow. http://www.flickr.com/photos/4339011...in/photostream
                        OMG, he's darling! And I actually like the name Carl

                        Good for you for taking care of him. I bet he feels a ton better with all that dirty matted hair off, and hopefully the ears will also feel better soon.
                        "In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn’t merely train him to be semi-human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming part dog."
                        -Edward Hoagland

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          Bravo, bravo bravo and bravo. If only EVERYONE thought this way! I have two misfit shelter lifers and I wouldn't trade them for the world...my roommate and I are both veterinary nurses (but met each other when we both worked for a shelter) and the first dog I ever adopted from there was a 14 year old tumor ridden, blind, deaf and MATTED old english sheepdog. I had her for one year....and it was one of the most precious years of my life. When she finally had a lovely coat growing out, looked and felt good, I just teared up looking at her. I find NOTHING in the world more satisfying than being a retiree home to an old dog who's given their whole life to human servitude...it feels so dignified to offer them a quiet place to be safe. And they require so little. One of my dogs currently I adopted last year as a puppy; he came in with heatstroke/seizures and was born deaf/blind so its not like I picked him from a catalogue, but GOOD GOD I AM NEVER DOING THE PUPPY THING AGAIN. I think the only reason he's half sane is because he has my 9 year old baldy I adopted 2 years ago. Less time commitment, less training commitment, old dogs rule. Seriously, bless you. You have absolutely changed his life for good and you will have a DEVOTED companion for the rest of his years. Older dogs just KNOW when they've met their savior.

                          Comment


                          • #14
                            CONGRATS!!!

                            and ((((HUGS)))). You did a wonderful thing for Carl. He looks to be very happy already, and I'm glad he found his Guardian Angel
                            "Sadly, some people's greatest skill, is being an idiot". (facebook profile pic I saw).

                            Comment


                            • #15
                              I didn't expect him to look like that, with the history of infected ears, I thought he would have berner ears, not those.

                              He looks very handsome there, you do need to take many more pictures.

                              He looks wonderful, now that he has a real home.

                              Comment


                              • #16
                                My Berners say thank you The picture is priceless, what a look he's sporting My DH is the true softie of the house as well. I hope Carl has a great life with you
                                Epona Farm
                                Irish Draughts and Irish Draught Sport horses

                                Join us on Facebook

                                Comment


                                • #17
                                  Yes, we have three rescue dogs. And I just convinced my husband to take a long term collie foster. Every dog, he says no more dogs. He's such a pushover, poor guy.

                                  Congrats to you on your new dog. The seniors can add such joy to your life.

                                  Comment


                                  • #18
                                    You did a really great thing taking this dog. As long as it taking 4 hours to get him groomed - I'm a groomer and that's just how long it takes. What probably happened was the groomer pre-shaved him, but had a hard time getting the clipper through since he was so dirty/oily it kept clogging up the blade. So be happy that he wasn't in there for 6/7 hours like some Great Pyrenees or Newfys end up.

                                    Bernese are such great dogs, but I agree you probably won't find a home for an older large dog with fatty tumors and cataracts developing. Good thing huh since you love him already.
                                    "No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle" -Winston Churchill

                                    Comment

                                    • Original Poster

                                      #19
                                      Thanks guys. All of our dogs have been personal rescues or adopted from shelters. We have also fostered quite a few dogs from the rescue I volunteer with, some have taken longer than others to adopt (one took a year to adopt out because of his fear issues). I do hope that nobody wants to adopt him because that means we get to keep him I'm also slowly trying to talk my dad into keeping him if I give him $$ each month to build a fund for any vet or kennel bills. We'll see- I'm trying to not push too hard for that yet since he did at least agree to letting me bring the dog home.

                                      I'm amazed at what a great dog he is though. I expected us to have to do at least a little bit of house training work, and he seems completely housetrained so far. We have had no issues with him at all and our dogs have been great with him.

                                      As a side note, I counted 14 fatty tumors, some fist size, others smaller. There's also a growth on his leg that I will point out to the vet when we take him in for a recheck on his ears. He does NOT like having those meds put in...

                                      I'll take more pics today once the battery on my camera charges.
                                      "People ask me 'will I remember them if I make it'. I ask them 'will you remember me if I don't?'"

                                      Comment


                                      • #20
                                        He's adorable!

                                        Comment

                                        Working...
                                        X