Marley and Thunder

NorthernRedneck

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Just realized I never posted about our new addition(s) to the family. After Hershey died last year, I set out to find a new little friend to add to the family. We wanted a smaller dog this time for when we travel and such, with 4 kids and two adults, it doesn't leave much room in the vehicle for a Hershey sized dog. I managed to find a Min pin/dachsund mix looking for a new home. She was about 9 months old when we got her. Her name is Marley.(she's the longer haired one in the pictures). She's a little angel. Loves to cuddle. Good with the kids. Sleeps about as much as Hershey did.

Seeing as we both work the typical 9-5 shift every day, she was home all day alone and quite lonely so we thought about looking for a little friend for her to keep her company during the day. I went on Kijiji again a few weeks ago and found Thunder. He's a min pin/spaniel mix. 5 yrs old. Was fixed with all his shots. Looking for a new home. He fit right in with Marley and they have become the best of friends. They both love to run and play in the back yard and when they are tired, they are often cuddled up together sleeping.

The first picture(Thunder on left and Marley on right) was taken last week the first time I let them loose in the back yard untied. They quickly found each other and cuddled up on the grass.

We brought them in for their shots a couple weeks ago and scheduled Marley for her spaying. This weekend, we brought her back to the vets to get spayed. Anyways, thought I would share.:smile:
 

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NorthernRedneck

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We decided when we were looking for a pet that we wouldn't buy from a breeder when there are soo many unwanted pets out there looking for a good home already. Still boggles my mind on Thunder's situation though. The lady we got him from said that she had him for 4 1/2 yrs. How could anyone take a pet that long and just decide to give him away? Guess she had her reasons but the main thing is he has a good home now.Marley's story was that her first owners weren't caring for her so a family friend took her in to look for a home for her. They couldn't keep her as they lived in a basement apartment and had a couple pets already and a new baby on the way. So, we got her for free. Thunder was also free.

We took them both out to camp a couple weeks ago. Out at camp, there's a very nice beach just a ten minute boat ride away. We often head there for the afternoon and let the kids go swimming. The dogs liked it too. They chased each other up and down the beach for over an hour.
 

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NorthernRedneck

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I don't think Thunder will be around much longer. He's an estimated 11 or 12 yrs old. His teeth are falling out and he's slowing down and moving more gingerly. And he's also been developing lumps on his body. He's been a good dog. I plan on taking him to the vet this week for a general check up to see what the lumps are. At that age we don't want to spend a fortune on him.

Cooper and Marley get along great. So when it's time for thunder to go they won't be lonely.
 

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Just a couple pictures of the puppies. Thunder is still hanging on. His hips are weak though and his teeth are falling out. Cooper is quite relaxed on the floor.


I talk to myself to get an expert opinion.
 

NorthernRedneck

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Poor ole thunder. He's getting quite crippled up and often hobbling around on 3 legs when his hip gives out. But he's still not at the point where we want to put him down.

That being said, today was a ruff day for him. We don't know what happened but he came in from outside and within minutes there was blood splattered all over the floors walls cupboards doors. Somehow he ripped open his left ear. There was roughly an inch and a half gash. Right through. So I rushed him to the vet to get stitched up.
 

NorthernRedneck

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Poor ole thunder. He's getting quite crippled up and often hobbling around on 3 legs when his hip gives out. But he's still not at the point where we want to put him down.

That being said, today was a ruff day for him. We don't know what happened but he came in from outside and within minutes there was blood splattered all over the floors walls cupboards doors. Somehow he ripped open his left ear. There was roughly an inch and a half gash. Right through. So I rushed him to the vet to get stitched up.
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EastTexFrank

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It's always tough when beloved dogs get old. We've only ever had to put one dog to sleep and it was the hardest thing that I've ever done in my life. I'm not ashamed to say that I cried.
 

NorthernRedneck

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I know. We've had to put several down over the years. And living in a small town 3 hrs from the nearest vet often meant the ole "two go out to the woods, only one comes home". That sucked but it had to be done as they wouldn't handle the drive to the vet.
 
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