Wednesday, December 24, 2008
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The story began with love at first sight. Perry was only 10 weeks old when we brought him home. It was difficult for puppy Perry received one on one potty training as other puppies and mature Shih Tzus required love and care also. Therefore, little Perry arrived to his new home to start his puppy schooling.
The little guy potty training lessons turned out to be our first step to build the strongest bond with him. Our family took turns and patiently taught potty training to 10 weeks old Perry. He learned potty trained very quick with positive reinforcement, rewards, and constant encouragement. Each time when he poop or peep in his restroom upstairs, he earned a quarter. Dogs do not know the value of money. However, dogs like listening to different sounds, and investigating different scents with their noses. Perry liked listening to the sound when the quarter dropped into the container. Soon, Perry was teething and required chewing toy. We were very lucky able to save his loosen puppy teeth. Without noticing, our family became inseparable from this black & white little guy.
Our family knew it was very important to raise the little guy with love and proper care. There were 2:1 (human:puppy) ratio in the house. So, Perry would feel secure with his new living environment, and got all the attention he needed and wanted. This little guy became so adorable and loved by family members, friends, colleagues, and neighbors.
Perry, like most of the cats & dogs, had his silly moment. Even at age14, Perry still loved being praised that he had beautiful teeth and fine silky luscious coat. He disagreed that he was a noisy sleeper. He was able to smell food cooking in the kitchen downstairs, and ran down to get up to his dinning seat himself. He always sat properly to wait for his breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If it took too long cooking in the kitchen, he would get up and down to check out why it took so long for the meal. He did not like to get up early and ate breakfast on Monday due to exhaust from playing and going out over the weekend.
We were often being asked why Perry's hair being maintained at dog show length. He was the only kid at home. There is no other furry or human kid. So, it wasn't a big deal to maintain the long coat. Besides, a champion is not born with, but how these puppies are being nurtured, raised, and kept over the years. Routine physical and dental exams, nutritious food, and loved them with all your passion do the magic. The loved and cared that Perry received allowing his true color and beauty showed himself.
Perry brought love and togetherness to our boring life. His smiles and positive engery are the best medicine to his family. The loneliness and despair are inevitable without him.
Saturday, May 3, 2008
Diva Dog Bowtique
Sunday, April 27, 2008
It has been a month since Perry passed away. Look back, Perry brought our family happiness and constant laughter. Every living moment was wonderful and joyful. We grieved for 30 days, it is time to pay tribute to Perry's Life. Perry never endorsed sadness and sorrow; he gave us purpose of life. He taught us taking life easy, enjoyed what we have and always count our blessing. We were blessed of caring this little Shih Tzu for the past 14 years. There were so much Perry gave us that we want to share with everyone because his life was not always just "Cancer" or "Illness"; Perry was sweet, gentle, energetic, and playful. He is such a friendly pooch that even someone has dog phobia would like him instantly.
We made a scrapbook to celebrate Perry's life and hope you will enjoy it as much as his family.
Thanks for everyone support and care.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
*Keepsake box and signed photo frame*
It is a blessing that the engraved urn and keepsake jewelry arrived on the 7th day. We stored his ashes into his urn immediately. Remembrance candles lighted on the 7th day, 14th day, and the next day after the 7th and 14th day to honor his passing, but remain presence in his family heart.
Perry and his family were truly blessed from above that he received monetary donation and signed keepsake photo frame. Since Perry had human funeral arrangement and service, his family followed the tradition returned small gifts to those who had contributed to the monetary donation and keepsake signed photo frame.
The small gift was given on the 7th day or 14th day to thanks for the kindness and thoughtful of the donors. Each item of in the small gift has meaning. The wash cloth represent our thanks to you for wiping the family tears during the difficult time. The candies symbolize your sweetness and the family thanks for your kindness. The silver coin is for the recipients to spend so that they will receive blessing from above for all the goodness that you did while the individual still alive. The items given in an odd number which symbolizes the individual (Perry) departed this world alone.
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
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Saturday, March 15, 2008
He has vitamin B12 SQ twice a week to boost up his overall health. He is taken liquid multi-vitamin (made by Pfizer) also. The prednisone has improved his arthritis condition and slightly increase the appetite. Without the prednisone, he completely refuses to eat at all.
He still loves going shopping. However, the trip needs to make it short so he can more rest to recoup his energy level.
The tumors getting larger and more tiny nodules can be felt when checking him. The tumor located on the left side of his neck seems like pressing his optic nerve. As a result, it affects his vision. Although he is still able to see, he relies on smell and sound more. Like when feeding him water, it takes a while for him to know the water is in front of him. Then, he needs a lot of break when drinking water.
The little guy still goes to restroom independently. In the past, the restroom light was turn off at night as he normally slept through the night. Now, it has to turn on as he may wake up in the middle of the night, and need to use the restroom. He has bowel movement once a week, but the stool is loose every time because he does not eat much daily.
The things that were ordered for the farewell day had arrived. So, when time comes, everything is ready. Everything is nicely made and suitable for the little boy that is so loving to his family.
Since he lost a lot of weight, his old clothes are no longer fitting him. He has new clothes to cover his chest, body, and bottom to keep him strong and well. His mommy knits him 2 more sweaters. As soon as the 2nd sweater is finished, it will be shared with everyone.
The little guy has very strong mind and alert. His positive attitude gives courage & strength to provide him the best quality of life.
Thank you for everyone email and support.
It means a lot when this heartbroken family feels so lonely and helpless in this dying journey.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Saturday, February 16, 2008
His hair still hasn't growth back after being shaved for IV fluids and SQ injection in the ICU at Texas A & M College Station Small Animal Hospital last month. There is a good article that Perry and I would like to share with other owners that their pets are battling of cancer.
More pets getting end-of-life care
About 30 vets nationwide offer hospice for terminally ill cats and dogs
By Maryann Mott
The healthcare option that eased the end of life for Uncle Bill or Aunt Mary is now widely available for Fido and Mittens.
For terminally ill pets, hospice care gives owners an alternative to expensive medical procedures or early euthanasia by teaching them how to nurse their dog or cat at home.
"Most of the people who opt for this particular service have actually gone through the [hospice care] experience with a human family member," said Kathryn Marocchino, founder of The Nikki Hospice Foundation for Pets in Vallejo, Calif.
Growing trend A handful of forward-thinking veterinarians have offered hospice care for decades. But it wasn't until the Nikki Foundation, an educational and referral service, formed in 1998 that the idea began to slowly catch on in the profession.
Today, about 30 veterinarians nationwide offer the end-of-life guidance.
In March 2008, the foundation will hold the first symposium ever on pet hospice care, at the University of California in Davis — an event Marocchino hopes will encourage more vets to offer the service.
Hospice care doesn't aggressively treat terminally ill dogs and cats. Instead, animals are cared for at home and made comfortable through the use of painkillers and holistic methods, until pets die or their owners decide to euthanize.
While some pets only survive a few days, others live longer than expected—sometimes years— with supportive care.
Marocchino said about 40 percent of owners with ill or dying pets now opt for hospice care.
"I think people are embracing this idea more and more," she said. "It's becoming a bit more popular for people and it's also becoming, almost exponentially, more popular for pets."
Grief counselors Pet hospice teams usually consist of veterinarians, technicians and grief counselors.
Primary caregivers are taught skills needed to care for their pets, such as administering medication, changing dressings or giving fluids. They also learn about impending signs of death or different scenarios that can occur and what to do.
A 24-hour support system is in place for owners to obtain help over the phone, or, in some cases, veterinarians make house calls.
Nursing a sick animal, though, is emotionally and physically draining, especially for elderly owners or those who work full-time. A few veterinary hospitals have special hospice units where short-term care is provided. Veterinary technicians or trained volunteers also go to homes and "babysit" ill pets.
Quality of life A successful program makes sure the pet is not suffering, said Alice Villalobos, DVM and owner of Pawspice, an end-of-life care clinic in Hermosa Beach, Calif.
Clients are given a "quality-of-life scale" that rates such things as happiness, hurt and hunger. Owners check the scale daily or weekly to help them decide if they should continue with the program or humanely euthanize their pet.
"When the time comes to let the pet go, owners feel satisfied knowing that they have given that pet what the pet gave to them, which is unconditional love," said Villalobos.
Honor and dignity For Los Angeles resident James Symington, premature euthanasia is not an option for Trakr, his retired search-and-rescue police dog.
The German shepherd was one of the first on the scene after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks looking for survivors in the smoldering rubble.
Today, Trakr can no longer walk without assistance. Degenerative myelopathy, a progressive spinal cord disease, has robbed the former canine cop of the use of his hind legs.
Symington said hospice care allows him to properly care for his 14-year-old dog while preserving his partner's dignity and quality of life.
"It was also a way for us to honor Trakr for all his years of unconditional service and love, not only to me and my family but to the many others he helped through his work [as a police dog] and search and rescue efforts," he said.
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Thursday, February 7, 2008
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Oscar, an 18-month-old Lancashire Heeler, missed his best friend so much that he dug up the late cat’s grave and brought the body back into the house to be reunited with him.
The dog saw his owner dig a grave in the garden for Arthur, the 17-year-old family cat, and put him in the hole.
When Oscar’s owners woke up the next morning, they found Oscar curled up next to Arthur’s body in his bed.
Oscar and Arthur were the best of friends and were inseparable, and Arthur, who was a larger cat, even used to help Oscar onto the sofa.
Oscar’s owners said, “He had managed to climb out through the cat flap in the night, obviously with the intent to get Arthur back. Bearing in mind that Arthur was a huge cat, Oscar must have used all the strength he could muster. Then he pulled him into the basket and went to sleep next to him. Arthur’s coat was gleaming white. Oscar had obviously licked him clean. It must have taken him nearly all night.”
Sunday, January 6, 2008
A settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit about certain Diamond Pet Food products. The settlement provides for an amount of $3.1 million to pay consumers who purchased recalled Diamond Pet Food products, and to compensate dog owners whose dogs were injured by eating Diamond Pet Food products.
If the settlement is approved and you are a Class Member, you may be eligible to receive a benefit. Diamond has agreed to create a settlement fund of $3.1 million to pay for valid claims and for Court awarded attorneys’ fees, costs, and expenses. The settlement provides that consumers who purchased recalled dog food and did not already return it for a refund may receive money, provided the Class Member establishes that he or she purchased recalled Diamond Dog Food and did not return it. Additionally, the settlement fund provides that Class Members who submit a valid claim showing that their dog was injured or that they incurred a veterinary bill as a result of Diamond Dog Food will be entitled to payment for veterinary expenses. The settlement also provides that Diamond will pay Court awarded attorneys’ fees, costs, and expenses incurred in this lawsuit. Please review the Settlement Agreement for complete details regarding these benefits. To make a claim for settlement benefits, you must send in a completed Claim Form, postmarked no later than April 15, 2008. Download a Claim Form.
If you do not want to be legally bound by the settlement, you must exclude yourself by March 16, 2008 or you will not be able to sue Diamond Pet Foods about these claims ever again. If you exclude yourself, you will not get any money from the settlement. To exclude yourself, you must send a letter by mail stating that you want to be excluded. You must include your name, address, telephone number and signature. You must mail your exclusion request postmarked no later than March 16, 2008 to the following address:
Diamond Pet Food Settlementc/o The Garden City Group, Inc. Claims AdministratorP.O. Box 9214Dublin, OH 43017-4614
Please review the Settlement Agreement for complete details regarding objecting to the settlement.
Object to the Settlement Terms
If you stay in the Settlement Class, and you wish to object to the settlement, you must notify the Court of your intent to object by February 26, 2008. You may appear at the Settlement Fairness Hearing (see below for details) to present objections to the settlement or any of its terms or provisions, including costs, attorney fees, or otherwise. Please review the Settlement Agreement for complete details regarding objecting to the settlement.
Settlement Fairness Hearing
The Court will hold the Settlement Fairness Hearing on March 26, 2008 at 1:30 p.m. to consider whether to approve the settlement and a request for attorneys’ fees by the lawyers representing the Class Members.
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING IMPORTANT DATES:
February 26, 2008
Objection Deadline, postmarked or received
March 16, 2008
Exclusion Deadline, postmarked or received
March 26, 2008at 1:30 p.m.
Settlement Fairness Hearing
April 15, 2008
Claim Form Deadline, postmarked or received