Goodbye Dear One: On Euthanizing a Pet

Goodbye Dear One

How old am I?

I just couldn't say,

I lived in the moment,

For each day to day.

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All I've known

Is chase, and play

Guarding you, to

Do as you say.

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It's been so great

to be in your Pack

Included in all things,

We each "got our backs"

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But then life got harder

I gladly endured,

For the love of my family

It kept my heart moored.

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Then like a pen,

I ran out of ink,

It got harder to move

Even harder to think.

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And when it got bad

My people took note;

"We should send him to Heaven"

Came the merciful vote.

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So, again I'll stand tall,

with The Dog's endless spirit

To serve as a new pup,

The one who endears it.

 

by Dr. Erik Johnson

Why Dogs Get So Fat and How To Avoid It

Most dogs won't over-eat unless you give them something so 'tasty' that their tastebuds OVERRIDE their "Leptin" levels. 

What's that? 

Leptin drives down the appetiite in the dog, once it's hit a lean body mass. 

It keeps the dogs appetite in check so it doesn't get too fat to run. Run after rabbits, run away from bears. 

But you can defeat the Leptin impact with bacon, vanilla icecream, Skittles candies, and lard. And wet food mixed in the dry. 

SO Dr Johnson gives you symptoms of overweight to look for. Actually ONE symptom and that's based on the body shape. Says dogs should have a waist and specifies a 'good' dimension. 

Here's the article on "Why Dogs Get Fat, and How They're Supposed to Eat" at Drjohnson.com 

Thanks