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October 28, 2017

Go’n through the motions…

Filed under: Uncategorized — ourtwomalamutes @ 11:14 pm

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Its been almost 3 months since we said our goodbyes to Macleod, and over 6 months ago we parted with Mya. Between those dates a family member was diagnosed, and last Thursday I lost a dear friend to this horrible disease.   We were so wrapped up with this the past year there wasn’t any time for anything… we were always “on” and seemingly playing catch-up, to something, or battling some minor issue { usually a side affect } . I / WE never really sat back and took it all in… It changed me, I know Allison is feeling the loss every day. I’ve lost my mojo… I find my self shuffling around, A LOT, or just sitting in my office and staring. Were once in a while, on those paper work days,  I would always get a warm wet nose scooting up under and lifting my arm to give me kisses and say “com’on quit sitt’n around lets go do something”! Now I feel we were just going through the motions.

When we lost our first Mal in ’08, Cy our life was in turmoil yet again, Al’ had slipped on a sheet of ice in the alley behind our house and shattered her ankle { long 3 hour surgery} and she was not able to tend to our 13 year old who was losing the use of his legs {degenerate spinal disease, I forget the name}, and sleeping outside now . We had to put him down about a week after Al’s surgery and she was heart broken that she couldn’t be there for him. We heard of a dog show seen on TV where the winning dog was from a breeder near us and I look them up. They were just about to have a litter and we said “we’ll take two!!!” we jumped at the chance and are so grateful we had the last decade with Mya and Macleod. We had both questioned our loyalty to Cy with jumping right back in so soon and our thoughts were “well we got so much to give”… And that is soooo true, again, we are just spilling with love to give and its dumping all over the ground. We have to patch up the hole in our hearts.

We have started to look around, have asked our breeder as well but there are no litters planned in the near future (within a year), at least not in our Province, BC . Since this forum is so wide reaching I will put the call out, We are stuck on Malamute and do want a pair, can’t have just one… we’ve made a choice to only look into long time breeders of Malamutes and have seen a few adds with on line sign-up web based interaction or showing multiple breeds available. We expect that the breeder would be concerned and want to know about our home and yard , { hazards, free run area etc.} , the pets place in the home { where ever the hell they want…}, working schedule and that sort of thing. We would love to visit the pups in the first 8 weeks to watch them grow and would travel as far as we can anyway { one Province or State }. If anyone knows of something happening in the Pacific North West Please reply here.

Cy in the snow

he was completely covered just before this shot, we didn’t see him at first.

he didn’t like the camera and flash.

“Hair of the dog”  I’ve never gone so long without eating something that had dog hair in it … the lack of fiber has been detrimental to our health.

Terry

Allison

Angels; Cy, Mya, Macleod


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August 2, 2017

Macleod

Filed under: Uncategorized — ourtwomalamutes @ 7:23 am

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With what’s left of our shredded hearts we post the news that our beloved Macleod crossed the bridge today at 12:35 pm.

There can and will be only one… Macleod. Here he was unique in every way, majestic and proud yet kind and loving. On the other side he’s sure to win the hearts of all who have the joy of meeting him. He runs, pain free again now, with Mya his best friend for the past 9 years. He put up a great fight , he rarely cried, and never lost his will to go on. He always wanted to go farther than we could let him. In the last few weeks we could see that the pain was catching up to him, he kept it quiet but we could begin to see in his face that he was hurting. Not wanting to see him go through this any longer and before a tragedy, like a fall in the middle of the night we made the mercy call. Our amazing and compassionate Veterinarian Dr. Judith Siegert and her assistant Wendy, came to the house today to send Macleod on his way. His last moments were calm and relaxed as all that pain drained away from his body. We spent the day chilling under the walnut tree eating BBQ steak and cookies & ice-cream. The sun was out and there was a nice breeze. Macleod didn’t ever really make a lot of noise but it sure seemed quiet around here this afternoon. We will miss you “Big Rig”

Rivers of tears and two broken hearts…………..

We lost our gentle giant

August the first day

Who fought a battle hard and strong

To have made it to this day

 

His kind and gentle temperament

Made you love him all that more

There could be no better feeling

Than him to meet you at the door

 

His crazy funny antics

As he ran around the place

He could actually say “I love you”

To put a smile upon your face

 

Handsome, kind and caring

That is just to name a few

The joy you brought to Dad and I

We hope we gave back to you

 

Your love just went forever

You left your paw print on our hearts

The deep bond we shared together

Means we will never ever part

 

Our garden once so beautiful

Feels like an empty space

The colours all have faded

Never being the same place

 

You are reunited now with “Mya”

We see the smile back on your face

The only joy we feel right now

Is your together at this place

 

But don’t forget the promise

That we made to both of you

We soon will be together

Hugging the both of you

 

So always check the gate our loves

And watch for Dad and I

As were climbing to the heavens

To wipe the tears upon your eyes……..

 

We shall love you both forever!!!!!!!

Gone too soon…………

Mom and Dad xxxxooooo

Is that the barbeque???

Yes it is !!

NumNumNumNum…

and ice-cream for dessert…and is that a peanut butter cookie?

Together forever…

We will always miss you, until we meet again.

Our heart felt gratitude goes out to:

Dr. Judith Siegert and her amazing staff at Port Moody Animal Hospital.

Dr. Sherisse Sakals, Dr. Dianna Saam, Mel, Amanda and all the caring specialists and staff at Canada West Veterinary Specialists.

Dr. Maja (Maya) and the staff at Healing paws Holistic and Conventional Veterinary Care.

Apawthecary Pets

Hemp & Bone

And without a doubt all the wonderful and caring people here at Tripawds, who really helped us get through some of the darkest times in our lives. Words cannot explain the love and admiration we feel towards all who have opened their hearts here in these forums. Thank you, from the very bottom of our hearts.

Terry

Allison

*Macleod

*Mya

 

 

June 2, 2017

Damn! cancer

Filed under: Uncategorized — ourtwomalamutes @ 5:00 pm

Well its come back around full circle…

Cancer is following me I think.

Wednesday morning we got a call from my sister that my mother was in hospital. A friend had contacted sis to say she was worried about mom as she was not her usual out going self and had been sent home the day before because she didnt seem to be well. She was taken to emergency the next morning and had CT  which revealed 2 masses in her brain and a full body MRI shows  suspected thyroid cancer. The Byopsy is schedualled for today.

I had planned to show the pictures of the new doggy pool we built in the back yard but im all upside down again. Macleod is hanging in there the medications are back on track and he has stabilised for now.

Does anyone know of any support in the vancouver island area for human patiants? There is a large cancer unit at Royal Jubilee hospital in victoria. This is a new one for us.

May 16, 2017

The old swim’n hole

Filed under: Uncategorized — ourtwomalamutes @ 9:08 am

Yep, noth’n like hang’n out at the cric’ and tak’n a dip in the old swim’n hole…

When we first got Macleod and Mya he was 10 months and she was a pup. We took Macleod a week before Mya was old enough to leave home. Thought it would be good to let him adjust a bit before we throw a puppy in there to mix it up. In that week he and I went all around our house there’s a tree line two blocks away with hills and trails and the creek. The first day we got Macleod home I took him out walking around training and bonding with him. I let him lead the way and he walked up a gravel path I thought might be a driveway. Turns out it was… but it was also a service road that leads to a small ravine with public access that has a fare sized pond where it gets piped under ground. It was warm that day and he was thirsty so I walked him over to get a drink. He lapped up a hole bunch then started walking in… “watch out its pretty deep there”, I said. Right then his feet left the ground and started swimming around I had his flex lead still on so he paddled out till I had to walk out in the water a bit. Didn’t want to spoil his fun. He swam around for a few minutes, got out a shook off then went right back in… a couple of times. We had our selves a water lov’n Mal. We figured an arctic breed would tend to shy away from the icy water. Not Macleod, ever since that day he’s had a fascination with water, playing in it anyway. Can’t remember how many lawn sprinklers he destroyed. Every where we went he would head for the water. love’s it, the world changed for him when we took them both to the ocean for the first time, look at all this water… the taste was sure a surprise. He bounded around in the water doing belly flops smiling his face off. Mya would only get her feet wet and give him a wwwooowooowooo for being such a fool. One day I came across an old bathtub from a renovation I worked on, it was a normal tub but it was only 3 feet long. The inner hoarder in me said not to take it to the dump right away. One day we noticed Macleod trying to get into a small pool we had set up to cool off in the summer and I remembered the mini tub. I dragged it out, gave it a rinse and before I was done he was in it with all 4 feet splashing around. He would dig into the water so fast It turned up and splashed and bubbled.  “The Hot Tub” was born… We mounted it on the house next to the hose bib so it could be filled at a moments notice. That was nine years ago, its a little weathered but he still goes in in it daily. Even after that many years Mya would only get her front feet wet.

almost a week ago now we had ran out of the Artemisinin herb we had been giving Macleod and had to re order with only a few days supply left. After only one day we could see he was starting to favour his front lag a little, and it got worse each day. For 2 days now he has not been putting weight on it when he is sitting and has gotten a lot more restless. I couldn’t think that this one herb is fighting a war on its own but it appears to have a vital roll. The tracking # shows that its in Canada on Friday and being processed as of Monday morning, I can drive there in 45 min. so we hope it shows up Tuesday.

We had always seemed to drive some where else to go for walks and hadn’t gone back to the swim’n hole for a long time. He was sure excited when we went back there a few weeks ago. I think he may even prefer it over ice cream. Hopefully the meds get here soon and they bring the fight back to Big Rig. He’s been so excited and lively so its that much harder to see him hurting now.

April 23, 2017

Macleod, “There can be only one”

Filed under: Uncategorized — ourtwomalamutes @ 10:03 pm

That is his actual registered name. He was 8 months old when we first met and the owners had named him already. The name suited him and he recognized it so we thought of no reason to want to change it. He is Macleod and there is only one. He is such a large intimidating dog but deep down he is a big cuddly teddy bear, our gentle giant. He walks with a swagger like he’s John Wayne. He has a deep, very low, quiet growl that he uses to get your attention, and if that doesn’t work, Mya taught him the ear piercing YELP! or the donkey bark.

Macleod is a warrior, and he will have to be strong to the handle the waves of love that are pouring all over him. He can take it…

So we are not starting a new race because Macleod is already deep in it, just now our focus has turned. Our aim is to try and help the body do its job to fight the disease. Get rid of toxins in the body that will slow down the fight or assist and feed the cancer. Hopefully we were on the right track with starting on the CBD and Artemisinin a while back, vet wants us to keep giving them to him. He sure likes the new freeze dried food, he shook the bed this morning to wake up Allison. Today was her first time working with the food pucks, and Macleod went easy on her with little growls and the odd nose bump to say, “I’m waiting!!” Don’t think he’ll ever lose his focus, on food that is. Well its getting nice out so it’s time to venture out with ‘Big Rig’.

Geez, it took me 10 months to finally read the start up blog stuff and re-work the page…

He’s always waiting for the flash…

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