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I've had a Shih Tzu since I was 10 years old, and she was a great dog (for a small dog) until the age of about 18, when I began a long journey of trying to figure out what ails her. Her joints were beginning to suffer the effects of years of abuse and over-training and she was losing the ability to control her bladder and bowels in the house.
At this point she was 14 years old, overweight and miserable. I went to a specialist, who confirmed she had an inoperable spine tumor and suggested my only option was to have her euthanized. I was distraught, but there was no other option.
She didn't suffer and she's been in a doggie heaven ever since. I miss her. I miss her company, her sweet, happy demeanor and her constant companionship. I really miss having a dog who loves everyone she meets.
And I know she would love to have one more chance to visit this earth.
I know I'm in the minority, but I'd like to keep her in good health until I die. I can't afford the medical expenses she'd need to maintain if it was the standard treatment for a dog that's as old as she is.
At this point I'm wondering about toys for her to have some fun with. She can walk well and she can go to the bathroom inside and she never pulls on her leash or on the floor. I know all of those things are relative and I wouldn't expect an older dog to be as good as her younger self, but I'd like her to be able to have some play time.
This is also not a show dog, and she's a rescue. She's not a designer-model. She looks like every other old dog I've ever seen. No fur coat. Her ears are floppy. She's mostly white, and her legs have some hair and she has a limp. And when I look at her, I see a nice dog, but she's had some medical problems. We both know that.
So, here's what I'd like to ask all of you. Would you buy a one-of-a-kind designer-model designer dog with a designer name who's been kept in a designer kennel and lives in a designer condo? And how about one with a designer coat and designer paws and designer feet and designer ears and designer legs?
Yes, I've seen those. That's not the dog I'm talking about. She's not a designer dog, she's just a dog, a dog who's not perfect and who's had some medical issues and who's just an old dog, a dog who loves everyone she meets, who's a good friend and who's been given her last chance at a good life, a last-chance chance to live with her people forever.
This dog may not be perfect. She may not be designer. She's more my kind of dog.
I'm a shelter dog. I've been there before. I'm not some exotic creature, and I'm sure not a designer dog. I'm just a very old dog who is still fighting for her last chance at a good life. She deserves the chance to live.
This is a chance for me to have my last good dog, and you all can help me out. Do you want to find me a good home? Do you want to take me in as your own?
I don't know about you, but I like to have something that's mine. I like to be around people who are mine. I like to be around people who treat me like I'm their own. I like to have friends who will say good morning to me and give me a treat to show they care. I like that.
Here, do you want to take me home? Do you want to be my new people? You could even pick me up. I'm very docile.
This is for all of you who want to be my new people. Who will be my new family? Are you still looking for that perfect dog? I have no complaints. You may want to start your search on the Internet and at shelters. You'll probably find me the next time you check out an Internet ad. If I were the one looking for a new person, I'd be very happy with you.
Do you want to look in the backseat of my car? I have a lot of pictures there of my old family. My old family who thought they were taking good care of me. They thought they were rescuing me. They had no idea what they were doing.
There are also some pictures of me. I hate having my pictures taken. I'm a shy little dog who doesn't like to be photographed. A photo of me just brings back so many bad memories. Do you think my old owners would mind if you took a few pictures? I'm sure they wouldn't mind at all.
Do you want to take me home with you? Do you want to be my new family? I won't let you down. I just want to have a good life and live the rest of the years with my new family. I promise to be your very good dog.
Do you have someone who would be good for me? I'd like to have a home in a nice neighborhood and not live on a busy road. I would also like to live with a good family that loves other animals and can understand my needs.
Does any of this sound familiar? Maybe you're going through the same thing. Please just take a little time and look into my eyes. I'd like a forever home. I'm a good dog.
The author would like to thank Lisa Miller, a friend, for her time in researching for this chapter.
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# Is That a Dog?
I've had the worst luck of my life. A lot of people who live in this area are good people. They don't mean any harm to animals. They'd never hurt an animal. I know it's hard to understand.
I was in their garage when it happened. It was all set up for a car wash. You know what happens to animals in the car wash. All of the animals are run inside the store to get them out of harm's way. This is why I was running around in their garage when it happened. Someone was cleaning a car. There were things left out on the floor and the car floor mats were dirty. The poor thing must have been scared when she saw me because she backed up and ran away. I had no idea what was going on.
That was my bad luck. The garage was empty. The owner and his family had left. I have no idea why I was there. I didn't know where I was or why I was so hungry.
I don't know what happened to me. I wish I could be in a good home and have someone to love me and give me food to eat. I don't know what I did to deserve