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Say hi to Duke, our rescue dog.

  1. Sep 25, 2009 #1

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    Despite our allergies, etc, my wife and I have been wanting a dog to share our small place with. Here is a really bad flash-shot of Duke. He's a 2 year old boxer/chocolate Lab mix. We just took him to visit Max the Wonder Dog (pit bull/German shepherd cross) who lives down the road, and there was tail-wagging and butt-sniffing all around. Well, the two dogs anyway. ;-)

    Duke is friendly and strong as an ox. We took him out on the back deck and gave him a nice warm bath with my fragrance-free liquid soap/shampoo, and he was very patient. He liked getting toweled off after, and when I gave him a rawhide bone as an after-bath treat, he flipped. He kept leaning on my legs, making little whining sounds while chomping the bone and looking up at me. He's crashed out on his new dog-bed with his bone and his favorite toy from the shelter - a cloth mouse in a Santa suit.

    We took him for a couple of week trial period, and paid the shelter $150 for his adoption. As long as our allergies remain tolerable, he's a keeper. If we have to take him back (my wife would have to be half-dead before she'd complain about her allergies), we let the shelter keep the $150 and hopefully they will let him stay a bit longer for another shot at adoption. The shelter was full and he was the longest-residence dog at the shelter, so he would have been the next one to go to the short-term shelter that euthanizes dogs after a week or two if they are not adopted. We couldn't let that happen.

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  3. Sep 25, 2009 #2

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    Congrats, Turbo!

    What a very good-looking boy...yes you are, Duke, yes you are, aren't you? Aren't you a good boy? Who's the good boy, who's that boy?
     
  4. Sep 25, 2009 #3
    I love him! What a great mug, I'm so very happy for you. He looks like he has a bit of cherry eye, but it may not develop into a problem. A good bath every 4 weeks will help keep the allergies down and some fish oil in his diet will keep the skin from drying out.
    He sounds so very glad to be with you.
     
  5. Sep 25, 2009 #4

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    Thanks, Hy and Basil. One of his first adventures on our back deck was that while he was awaiting a pail of rinse-water during his bath, I pinched a leaf on one of our basil plants. I love the smell of bruised basil, and his eyes opened up like "WOW". That doggy-nose was probably pretty overwhelmed by that scent.

    He is crashed out on his new bed, and probably hoping that he is not just dreaming all of this. My wife and I have been discussing adopting a rescue-dog for months. I have had a lot of weather-related respiratory problems all summer and we kept putting off action on that front. Meanwhile, Duke has been languishing in a Humane Society shelter since May. Poor guy. If he had been sent to a shelter with poorer funding, he would already have been euthanized. Next time I take a donation of food and cleaning products to them, Duke will be my co-pilot. The manager, her assistant, and the maintenance guy all love him. The assistant takes her kids to work lots of times (can't afford day-care for those pre-schoolers) and she says that she always let Duke out into the big fenced yard with them because he was so nice. That's a big deal to me. I have nieces and nephews and a younger brother who bring infants and toddlers here. My brother is bringing his 20 month old daughter here tomorrow to meet Duke, and I have no worries about this dog.

    About cherry eye...is that something that can be exacerbated by living conditions? This poor dog has been in a rather sterile cage with daily access to a concrete-floored chain-link run and some exercise in a grassy place with other compatible dogs from time to time. I want to be able to take good care of him and hope that we can keep dander to levels that my wife and I can tolerate.

    We have only had him home for a few hours and we love him. He's not an inveterate crotch-sniffer and he hasn't cut any ripe farts. He's a better house-guest than lots of humans, so far.
     
  6. Sep 25, 2009 #5

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    Hi, Duke! :biggrin:
     
  7. Sep 25, 2009 #6

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    Woof! (He hasn't registered yet, so please accept a PF reply by proxy.) :tongue:
     
  8. Sep 25, 2009 #7

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    OMG turbo. He's great.

    You do realize how much he will eat don't you? :confused:
     
  9. Sep 25, 2009 #8

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    He does have that chow-hound look to him, doesn't he :smile:?
     
  10. Sep 25, 2009 #9

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    Oh yea. My old Duke (black lab) eat like a horse.

    I wonder if his Duke has webbed toes. My old Duke could swim down nearly 10 feet when we use to go scuba diving.
     
  11. Sep 25, 2009 #10

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    He looks so sweet! I'm surprised he was at the shelter so long. Hard to imagine people passed over such a handsome pup.

    Hopefully monthly baths will be all that's needed to keep the dander and allergies under control so you can give him a permanent home.
     
  12. Sep 25, 2009 #11

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    Oh, yeah! These breeds can eat like crazy. All his toes are webbed, so he can probably swim like a fish, too. Plus, he is lean enough and dense enough to dive like a pro if he wants to. Most Labs have enough body-fat to work in cold water, but this guy has enough boxer in him to make him lean. I want to take him to my mother-in-laws camp in the next week or two and let him roam. I've got got a feeling that he'd want to be in the water. Max doesn't like swimming, and it might be a good thing for him to get some group-swims with Duke. Max doesn't want to be out-done by any other dog and he already likes Duke so much that he wanted to follow us back home tonight.
     
  13. Sep 25, 2009 #12

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    If you like to go fishing, you might have the problem I had. And watch your beer!
     
  14. Sep 25, 2009 #13

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    There are lots of trailer-denizens around here that breed boxers, pit-bulls, etc, and there can be undesirable consequences. Breed dogs that are protective, defensive, etc, and couple them with people who are paranoid or fearful, and you can have problems with dogs that are inappropriately aggressive. Duke has moved about once in the last 1/2 hour, so that he can look at me while I'm typing. He's happy and I hope my wife and I can accommodate him and keep our health. He is a powerful compact dog, and I'm afraid that too many people looked at him as a pit-bull mix and were fearful of adopting him. I just took him for a short walk, and after an unproductive session (re #2) he is at my feet, gnawing at a rawhide bone and craving contact. If I give him a little ear-rub, the bone is forgotten and he leans into my touch.
     
  15. Sep 25, 2009 #14
    Aww turbo :D looks like it's a great dog. I can't wait to live on my own and get a dog :P.

    Congrats on this and good job on choosing to rescue one.
     
  16. Sep 25, 2009 #15

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    Rescues are tops. I have a cousin with a really sweet terrier, but the best dogs that I have ever known are mutts, and I didn't want to think that if my wife and I wanted a dog that we would let some shelter-dog die. We aren't wired that way. Right now, Duke is lying with his hind-end on my feet chewing on his rawhide bone. The world is at peace and we are one.
     
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  17. Sep 25, 2009 #16

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    Rescue dogs are the best.
     
  18. Sep 25, 2009 #17

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    Awwww!! Congrats turbo! What an adorable dog.

    One of the best dogs I ever had was a bite case that was scheduled for euthanasia. He was 6 weeks old and could barely stand up. I asked the pound how a puppy that weak and tiny could have attacked anyone, they agreed it was ridiculous and allowed me to adopt him. Pound puppies are awesome.
     
  19. Sep 25, 2009 #18

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    how did I miss this? :grumpy: oh, Duke is so cute, make sure to introduce PFers to him, he’ll soon be part of us :smile:
     
  20. Sep 25, 2009 #19
    I'm not sure about what can cause cherry eye to become worse, but when he goes for his vet check-up, I'm sure they could tell you more about it.
     
  21. Sep 25, 2009 #20
    That's a cool dog you got there, Turbo. My parents got a few cats while I was growing up. I always wanted a dog. Dogs are the best, and that one you got there looks like a champ. I'd say he'll be part of the family in no time, but I think he already is. :smile:
     
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