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Tue Aug 13, 2019, 09:31 AM

Sleeping Dogs...

So, I have 2 Labradoodles. The puppy, Tinky, is 3 and the older dog, Shelta, is 14, Shelta is slowing down (like I am , getting gray and napping a lot but she still manages to keep up with the puppy and she has a great appetite.

My usual morning ritual is to let the dogs out, get my coffee and go read my newspapers on line. When both dogs come in, they always get a piece of cheese before their breakfast. Shelta always comes in first, finds me on the computer in my study, and lays down on the floor beside me until the puppy arrives.

This morning was no different. Tinky comes in from outside and I get up to go to the kitchen leaving Shelta asleep on the floor in the study. I get the cheese out and call out to Shelta. No answer. I call out again, no answer. That's unusual, I think. I go back into my study and Shelta is where I left her, still sleeping, or so I thought. I now yell at her. No response. I move closer and yell some more...no response and I can't discern any breathing. I poke one of her paws, no response, no nothing.

I stand there, just looking down at her. She's dead I say to myself. She must have passed in her sleep, on the floor next to me where she always goes in the morning, waiting for the puppy to come in so she can have her cheese. I also think, what a wonderful way for this wonderful dog to leave this world.

I back out of the study with tears in my eyes and a lump the size of the planet in my throat. What do I do now at this early hour. Who do I call...the Vet's not open yet.

I have to go back into the study because the phone is in there. I don't want to. I go in and very gingerly reach for the phone on my desk. There is a rustle and BAM, Shelta is up, bright eyed and wagging her tail.

I very quietly call her every name in the book and a few more that I made up on the spot and then she gets her cheese.

I'm back at my computer (obviously) and Shelta is back on the floor next to me...sleeping.

The lump in my throat won't go away.

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Raven Aug 2019 OP
get the red out Aug 2019 #1
Raven Aug 2019 #2
Bayard Aug 2019 #3
Ohiogal Aug 2019 #4
magicarpet Aug 2019 #5
Raven Aug 2019 #6
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magicarpet Aug 2019 #8
in2herbs Aug 2019 #7
MacKasey Aug 2019 #9
Fla Dem Aug 2019 #10

Response to Raven (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 09:43 AM

1. Scary

I hope Shelta is well and that was nothing but deep sleep. I think dogs are our angels.

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Response to get the red out (Reply #1)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 09:47 AM

2. I hope so too. I'm going to keep an eye on her.

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Response to Raven (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 09:56 AM

3. Losing her hearing maybe?

Glad she's okay.

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Response to Raven (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 10:10 AM

4. Wow

I'm tearing up just reading your post! I'm SO HAPPY everything turned out all right!

Has Shelta ever done this before? Maybe a trip to the vet should be in order to have her checked out?

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Response to Raven (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 11:09 AM

5. Have you changed,...

... from imported French cheese - to Cheez Whiz or possibly Velveeta or some such imitation cheese product ?

Maybe she is just ignoring you ?

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Response to magicarpet (Reply #5)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 11:54 AM

6. Ha! No, it's always been good old white american, store brand. :-) But...maybe she's pissed she's

not getting something smellier.

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Response to Raven (Reply #6)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 12:00 PM

8. .

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Response to Raven (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 11:59 AM

7. At her age she might have had a small stroke. nt

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Response to Raven (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 12:49 PM

9. Test her hearing

Try testing her hearing when she is awake

Also if she can follow hand motions

Glad she is still with you ❤️

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Response to Raven (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 01:24 PM

10. Wow, what an emotional roller coaster you were on early in the morning. Glad Shelta is OK.

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