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Dixie Flyer

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Posted: 09/05/05 03:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Went camping this weekend at a campground on the lake, had not been there for a few years. Once there I began to walk around looking at the different sites when I noticed a very old dog. He just lay there until I got too close then he got up on three legs and hobbled away. Just judging I would say he is at least 11 years old. Well back to my story. The next afternoon he wanders into camp and just sits there looking. He looked so sad, so the wife got a bowl of our dog's food and put it down for him and he came over and ate. He then walked over to our dog and the two of them sniffed each other over and then they lay down together for the rest of the afternoon. That night he disappeared.
The next morning he was back and was a little more receptive of me. I looked at his injured leg and found that half of his rear foot was gone. It had healed and was not causing any problem except that he was walking on the stub that was left with no foot pad which causes him to limp. His front teeth were gone except for one canine tooth and it looked decayed. His eyes were tired looking and showing his age. He spent the rest of the day just laying around looking for a handout and by afternoon the campground host came around and saw him. I enquired about the dog and was told he had been there for three years and that most of the campers were tolerant of him and gave him food.
So what to do? Do you pick him up and bring him home or do you let nature take it course. He can't harm anyone, he has no teeth and he isn't a nuisance unless you don't like dogs, and no one seems to mind him being there. He is gentle and likes other animals as seen by his interaction with our dog. He still would not let me touch him but he would eat from my hand. Enough said, what would you do???

On June 28th 2008 Old Fella passed away of complications caused by bone cancer. Fella spent almost three years with his new family and became the icon of rescued old stray dogs. He will be greatly missed but his foot prints have been left in our hearts forever.

Now Charlie, the ten year old rescued Golden Lab has come to be a part of the continuing Old Fella story. (*Note, Charlie took his journey to Rainbow Bridge unexpectedly September 30, 2008)Suzie continues to charm her way into our hearts with her antics as she has grown from a puppy into a young lady. Togther they will carry on the Old Fella legacy. Come join us in their daily lives and be a part of the best feel good thread in RV.NET history. The legacy lives on.


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Joy

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I'd have to bring him home - but that is just me. I can't stand to see things like this. I'd have to give him a good home for as long as he has left. He is bound to need some vet care - heartworms are a real possibility among other things. He might even perk up with care.


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Posted: 09/05/05 04:11pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Take him home and try to give him a good life for the time he has left. What a shame that he is left on his own.


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Posted: 09/05/05 05:19pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would have taken him home, fed him a senior diet, taken him to my vet the next day and let him enjoy the rest of his days in a loving home.

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Okay. I am going back tomorrow and get him and bring him home.

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Dixie Flyer wrote:

Okay. I am going back tomorrow and get him and bring him home.


Let us know what happens. I hope the best for you and the dog.


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Having lost our 13 1/2 year old dog in the spring, I couldn't have just left him. A great site for those that appreciate senior dogs is www.srdogs.com as I found it very useful in getting info when we still had Duchess. I really enjoyed our dog from about age 7 as she was calm and just a lot of fun to just hang out with. Cathy


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Posted: 09/05/05 06:20pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Please let us know if you find him, etc. That would be a real toughie for me also. I know what my heart would say then I know what my brain and hubby would say. God love you for going back for him!


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Posted: 09/05/05 06:21pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm with the rest, I could not have left him. Please tell us the rest of the story once you get him.


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Posted: 09/05/05 06:47pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Dixie Flyer wrote:

Okay. I am going back tomorrow and get him and bring him home.


Wonderful!!


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