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:cry: On Wednesday we had to put our miniature schnuazer down. He was 12 and had inflamed bowel disease, kidney trouble and had doggy dimensia. After being bitten by him (unprovoked just trying to comfort) three times and really did a number on my finger, it was time. Well Digby knew something was up the night before, he wasn't his usual romping, WIDE open self. We took Mercury to the vet in a crate because I didn't want to get bit. After all was done, I brought the crate home and put it in the garage then went inside to take Digby out for a potty break. The first thing he did was go down and made a B line to the crate he smelled it for a few minutes then we went outside, he did his business and put his nose in the air and started whining. Then nose to the ground looking for smells of mercury. We went inside and Digby was very mellow and got a toy to play with threw it up in the air and just watched in land and fell asleep.

Forward to the next day, he was a little better and again did the same thing as the day before. He whined like crazy outside, and goes to where mercury used to sleep and just sniffs to no end. So yesterday we went to Petsmart for his food and there was a gorilla fleece with a sound card inside that makes monkey sounds I thought that would cheer him up. We got home and now it is his new security blanket. It is rather annoying because he has figured how to get the thing making monkey sounds and just can't be without it.

I took him with me to go get take out for dinner and he had a good time (loves to ride in the minivan) we went to Ruby Tuesday's and they have the driveup, the waitress was just blown away at how cute he is :wink: he was licking her hand and just was wagging his tail!

Just have to add, we took Digby to Petsmart last week, and there were lots of people curious as to what breed and he got lots of attention. We were waiting in line, there was a lady with a kid on a leash ahead of us. I was turned around talking with the lady behind me, and out of no where, the little kid grabbed Digby's tail and pulled on it. :shock: He turned is head and just looked at the kid and looked at me, :? I told him good boy and turned him away from the little kid. The lady was very embarrassed and was sorry Digby just stood there and looked at the kid, then looked up at me like "what was that all about"? It was a good lesson, he didn't really flinch, but at least I know he didn't nip. Watch out for people with kids on leashes, my son who is nine asked why he was on a leash!! :shock:

Thank for letting me share, I still haven't been able to post a picture, I have to keep trying LOL

BTW I love this little emoticons! :D
Chris and Digby :)
 

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I am so sorry of your loss of poor little Mercury. Glad you have Digby though. They are such sweet sensitive babies. The gorilla sounds great....Toby has the mallard that quacks. Digby is getting quite dignified, huh? That is very impressive how he reacted to the man-child on lead. Your right, I think we would be wise to walk wide of any child who is tied to its parent. :evil: Digby did very well!!
 
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I am so sorry for your (and for Digby's) loss...I had tears in my eyes as I read the first part of your post.
Lexie, my Labradoodle, just had a litter and one of the puppies died...she went into mourning too. She kept searching for this baby, she was frantic. It was the saddest thing...and then she found a stuffed lion, about the size of the puppies, and it makes a growling sound when picked up...she adopted this as her puppy. She licks it all the time and takes it with her everywhere. The litter has grown up with this 'brother' and it is part of our family now!
These dogs are simply amazing...that's why when people say, "It's just a dog!" I come unglued...no, they are mamals and they have deep feelings and great family instincts.
I am happy that Digby has a new friend and I think it is wonderful that you got it for him.
Very impressive, the way Digby reacted to the child. What a sweetheart!
 

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Thank you for all the kind words on the loss of our schnauzer.

The leash thing was a backpack type thing and there was a harness attached to it. The mom had the harness attached to her wrist. I have never seen anything like it. The little kid was all over the place though, I can see why he was "restrained" for fear of getting lost or whatever.
 

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Kids on leashes are definitely a red flag! I'm very sorry about your Digby. We have a black lab, Duncan he's 4yrs old and 2 doodle pups, both females that are 8wks old. It doesn't take long for animals to get attached to one another or to us. Good job helping Digby through. I noticed you're from NC, my in-laws have a schnauzer, Bentley, who is just beautiful and wonderfully playful/friendly. Their breeder just had a litter. They live in VA, you may not be ready now but when you are they'd be some great people to get into contact with.
 

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I'm so sorry...

It's so hard to lose a pet member of the family. I'm so sorry for you and for Digby.

As for the kid on a leash -do beware! It's there for a reason. I've had my boys on leashes from time to time. They are more of a body harness you hook a strap to. I've only used them when they could get lost easily or be in danger to themselves or others. Some examples are very crowded areas where a double stroller is impossible like an outdoor fair or airports where you have to strip naked to walk through security. Have you ever tried to fold up a stroller, empty your pockets and keep track of a toddler or two? Please don't picture me walking two boys around on a leash everywhere we go. I mostly used it on my oldest when he was about 15-24 mo-old and my other child was 0-9 mo-old. I probably used it a total of 10 times to keep them safe. You can't always have your hand on your child when you need to and the "leash" really helps. I bet that child has a tendancy to run off easily and likes to pull on doggies. The mom probably knows this and kept her child tethered so he/she couldn't run up and pull tails and ears. I think I would have opted for the basket or stroller personally. Little stinkers :wink:

angelaj - you're confusing me! I keep thinking I've posted and then I see it's you! :lol:
 

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When my child had started to walk we took her to DisneyLand and I bought a baby pick harness/leash for my daughter. I was so afraid someone pedafile (spelling?) would take my baby that it seemed like one extra precaution that might keep someone away from my child. It was a one time use, but a valuable tool to make sure in a split second I didn't loose my precious child.

This poor Mom sounds like she may have her hands full and your Doodle responded in true Doodle form--non-reactive--yea!

I am truly sorry for your loss. It is sad when their personality changes and they turn into another dog, not unlike many aging people.
 

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Okay - I have to retract my statement about children on leashes :)

First of all, i'm not a parent (yet), so I have no right to say what I said in the first place :|

Secondly, after all of you have explained it, I can see there are situations in which a body harness makes a lot of sense and is a good way of protecting your child.

I'm sorry I jumped to conclusions that easily!

Michael.
 

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I laughed my head off when I saw people with their kids on leashes 15 years ago right before I became a Mom, but now I understand. A little fear can go a long way when it comes to our babies (canine or human). No offense at all taken, I completely understand how it looks from the outside!

Nice to be here again exchanging thoughts and ideas! I was buried under the stress of my husband's illness and the book. I like being here sharing my experiences and knowledge (or lack thereof--LOL) much better!
 

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How touching that Digby mourns his brother/friend and how sensitive and sweet a guy he is! My eyes welled up with tears as I read your post!

As for the leashes, do they make them for teenagers?!
 

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Thanks, likewise! If I don't get ready now my workout partner may call me an ex. She is picking me up for Pilates in 10 minutes and I better be ready! Lastnight I got tied up in dog stuff and she called me an insulting name--LOL! I'll check in later tonight or tomorrow!
 
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