Please join us in welcoming the latest members to our crew:
Date of Birth: August 15, 5 boys and 4 girls All Yellow
Proud Papa: Ch Borador's Exch at Devonsleigh(major US ptd) aka 'Cash'
OVC hips/elbows 007785 Eyes ACVO normal Oct'00 Healthgene 1.1
Mellow Mama: Pirate's Pearl aka 'Mimi'
OVC hips/elbows 007886 Eyes ACVO normal Sept'00
Mom and kids appear to be doing A OK. Well Mom wasn't too sure at first(new
mommy) but has come along quite well(You want me to*** WHAT!). They are
quite dark...and I hope turn out quite nice :))
Please join me in bidding farwell to an old friend,
It has been a pretty bumping 48 hours here at the house...and I had to say
goodbye to an old friend today, Parry. Making a decision like this is never
easy, one always feels the weight of 'guilt'(did I make the right
choice...was she ready to cross the bridge?) and sadness in the loss of a
that particular warm, wet nose and old dog bark.
Parry had enjoyed a reunion of over a month here with me. It took her about
all of three days to settle back into a routine that I would have thought
she would have forgotten. But with the comfort of the rhythm of life here
and other happy fourfooted friends to ease her back into our lifestyle, she
was off and running(ok she couldn't actually run....well...she 'thought' she
was running...so I didn't tell her any different). She was always
happy....and when I walked into the dog room Wednesday night, I could see
she was in some distress. First I thought she had a stroke, her water bowl
upturned..water everywhere and she was having difficulty 'righting' herself.
Well she couldn't get up or even stand up unaided...and so out I carried
her. Her one front leg was swollen up pretty bad and I knew we had to see
the vet. I had to be her 'fourth leg' while she did her 'outdoor duties'
and it wasn't the easy..she was still about 60lbs. After making her as
comfortable as I could back inside, I had a sinking feeling that the next
morning would be our last and final journey together. Despite my vets good
intentions and diagnosis(arthritic infection)Thursday, on Friday morning I
could see that it was going to take more than pain killers and antibodics to
get Parry back up. She was with me...but not having much fun...and Parry
liked fun...infact she was normally a very happy dog. So a call was placed,
a decision made and a final journey planned. My vet is very good...Parry
was happy to see him..wagging her tail. He said he understood...I'm glad he
did as I felt like old shoe leather. So I held her head...and I remembered
picking her up out of Linda's whelping box...just barley 24 hours old..the
tiny puppy in the litter...it seems a lifetime ago...but the one with the
biggest and gentlest heart.
Rosecrest Pirate Paradox -Parry
July 26, 1986-August 17, 2001
'Sleep well old friend...'
Not so cheery tonight...
Pirate Labradors Perm Reg'd