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Ahhh Toby

November 18th, 2004, 09:47 PM
Well it would appear that my foster dog is a bit older then previously thought. About 4 years older. The eye specialist said that he's 9 not 5. That's a huge difference to a dog.

The good news is that his eyes (he's got dry eye) aren't as bad as we thought. It was however caused by the removal of his third eye lids at some point. Thankfully, she told me, this procedure is pretty taboo now so dogs don't have to suffer similarily.

So, my baby's 9, got a bad thyroid, missing bits in his eye, cloudy vision in his left eye, has had hot spots and still has a calloused elbow. All that and they pulled a surgical pin out that was just floating around his back leg which means he's had something done back there at some point.

I'm starting to feel very protective of my old man. Starting to think that adopting him out may not be the best thing for him. I can feel myself weakening under his gaze after holding up for so long.

I should of known I was done for when I bought him his official doggie tag with our family's last name on it.

I see a few days of soul searching in my future.


louie's mum
November 18th, 2004, 10:04 PM
sure is a discrepancy in his age
me thinks the searching is done and over with - he already owns ur soul ;)
he's a very fortunate 'old man'
:love: :)

Lucky Rescue
November 18th, 2004, 10:05 PM
Awww, the old sweetie! I think he wants to stay with you.;)

This is a beagle, right? They can be very long lived, so you'll have many happy years ahead with him!:)

November 18th, 2004, 10:15 PM
Louie's Mom, he's got a bad thyroid but good teeth. What that results in is a dog that when looked at generally, looks old but seems young. I had many people tell me that he was aging prematurely because of his glandular problems. Also he's got the energy of a puppy sometimes. He's one giant oxymoron.

Given that what the specialist said makes sense, he looks the age their guessing and the fact that he's had his lids removed (when exactly did they stop doing this?) seems to point to an earlier birthdate.

Toby is a beagle mix.

He's the bigger one on the left.

I'm still torn. I feel like i'm giving in on my convictions. I was SO convinced that'd i'd be able to stick to this whole fostering concept, even though everyone said that'd i'd never be able to let him go. I swore up and down that it was for the betterment of the dogs I could help so darnit I could do it. Now, it would appear, they were right. Still, I honestly feel like I'd be doing it for the betterment of Toby. He's quirky and requires alot of vetting and will for the rest of his life. If he's truly 9 years old, that's not the best recipe for adoption. And even if he was, how could I guarantee that they'd keep his care up to standard? I realise people do this all the time but meh. I'm feeling very protective of him.

Decision not yet made. I need to think. Him being older, if he truly is, just makes him more vulnerable in my eyes. I keep thinking I could just post him and see what bites we get (the plan all along) but if deep down I know no one is going to be good enough, I don't want to waste the time of my sponsoring rescue in posting him for nothing.

So torn. Love him so much. I'm so weak rofl.


November 18th, 2004, 10:27 PM
Sorry, Dee... I don't really know you, but from what I've read so far, I think you have your mind made up! :p (and so has Toby) Looks like he knows a good thing when he sees it. :D

louie's mum
November 18th, 2004, 10:34 PM
awww dee. he sure is a doll. i don't envy the dilemma u find urself in.
i never even thought twice about the thyroid condition and the age thing. boy the things i don't know :eek: , but i'm learning a lot from u folks here.
i'm sure u'll do what's right for everyone.
everything happens for a reason (god, if i didn't believe that, i would have given up years ago). ;)
must be really tough giving any of them up.
i admire all u foster mums and dads for the great job. :thumbs up

November 19th, 2004, 12:48 PM
My heart goes out to you Dee. If I had the time to foster, I'd want to keep them all, sighhh!!! Fostering really takes a special kind of person!

Lucky Rescue
November 19th, 2004, 01:04 PM
With fostering, there is always one special one that comes along and touches your heart that you can't let go. Looks like this boy is it. :D

It was however caused by the removal of his third eye lids at some point. Thankfully, she told me, this procedure is pretty taboo now so dogs don't have to suffer similarily.

What are you talking about? I've never heard of such a thing?? :eek:

November 19th, 2004, 01:26 PM
It used to be that when dogs developed cherry eye, veterinarians would simply remove the gland, just as medical doctors routinely removed inflamed tonsils in people. Within the past decade or so, it has now been decided that removing the gland is bad because perhaps the removal of that gland will result in reduced tear production leading to dry eye or keratoconjunctivits sicca

The eye specialist said that his are both gone which is what is causing his dry eye.