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Tip – 7- Dog boredom and inappropriate chewing

These days many of us are busier than ever and leave our dogs completely alone for long periods of time, sometimes for 12 hours or more. Then we come home to find that the dog has been chewing on all …

Owner:
Bernadine Dotson
City:
Spotsylvania
Province, Country:
VA, United States
Type/Breed:
Dog/Cocker Spaniel
Date of Birth:
1987
Date of Death
2002
Sex:
Male
Height:
Not Provided
Weight:
Not Provided
Coat Colour:
Buff
Eye Colour:
Brown

I got Rudy when he was just a puppy. He had blonde hair and curly long ears.  He was such a smart dog.  You could teach him just about anything.  He would bark, sing, shake, lay down, roll over and play dead on command.  I lived on Lake Anna and he loved to ride the jet ski with me.  If I left him on the shore he would swim out and meet me.  The first time I took him for a ride in the car on the back country roads he threw up in my car but everytime after that if you opened the car door to get in he would jump in and was ready to go anywhere.  He aged over the years and I had to finally make the decision to have him put to sleep when I came home and he was almost non-responsive to me.  He had catarart in his eyes, couldn't walk without falling over, couldn't hear well and many other things.  I wanted to be selfish and keep him here with me but I couldn't watch him suffer.  I held him all the way to the Animal Hospital while continually telling him that I loved him.  They put him to sleep and my husband and I brought his body back home and buried him in the back yard.  He was absolutely the best pet I've ever had and I shall never forget him.  I've thought about getting another dog but I don't think I can right now.  I'm not sure I could love the new one as much as Rudy and I'm not sure I would want to.  Letting go of him was the hardest thing I've ever had to do.  I've tried to explain to people how your pet becomes a member of your family and when they die it's almost like your son or daughter died but I think only people who have pets are capable of understanding this.  I miss Rudy and think of him often, never without shedding a tear.


If tears could build a stairway


and memories a lane


I would walk right up to heaven


and bring you home again.

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