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It was a sad Monday

Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by StillAlive&Well, Sep 12, 2017.

  1. StillAlive&Well

    StillAlive&Well Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Oct 4, 2014
    Frog, Texas
    I was up early Monday morning. It's my day off and I had a meeting with the power company and their tree trimmers. They need to clear the power lines on my property.
    Regular morning routine, greet the dogs & give their morning meds slathered in peanut butter, they all line up in their room except Elvis. Maybe he's out back taking care of business. Call, he doesn't come. Open the back door and find him on the porch.
    Apparently he died sometime during the night. Gastric torsion. Wolfhounds and other deep chested dogs are prone to this condition.

    I had been at a friends house watching the Cowboy game and got home about 11. None of the dogs came to greet me when I opened the gate to the porch. This is not unusual if they are all inside sound asleep, so it had to have happened sometime between 11 and 6:30.
    We both feel terrible, we didn't hear anything during the night and were unable to help him.

    He was one of our two rescues from Santa Fe, Texas in 2014. There was a man there that had been breeding Irish Wolfhounds. I don't know where he went wrong, but he wound up neglecting the dogs and other animals he had on his property. Our Wolfhound club got wind of the conditions there and with the help of the Houston SPCA, we were able to seize the dogs and get them to a safe place. The conditions they were living in were horrible. There were 72 Irish Wolfhounds, all starving, filthy and sick. Some didn't make it out of Houston, their condition so bad they had to be put down. We found homes for the others, from Texas to Alaska, East coast to West. We took two, Elvis and Agnes.

    Some of the dogs had a hard time transitioning to a life a dog deserves. Agnes is one of those. Even after being with us for three years she still is fearful and shy. We can see she wants to, but she is still afraid of a human hand. She has made huge progress but is not showing normal Wolfhound behavior. It's sad but OK. She is safe and well fed, with room to run and play with our other dogs.

    Elvis was happy and quick to adjust to a normal life right from the start. Leashes were terrifying at first and until he came to live with us, I don't think he had ever walked on grass. He and Agnes were severely under weight, that was easy to fix. His eyes were bright and he was always happy to accept love from both humans and other animals.
    I buried him under the Oak trees next to Augustus.

    A sweet and gentle boy has passed to the Rainbow Bridge and I look forward to our reunion.
    Elvis 12-09-014 S.jpg
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  2. Bodean

    Bodean Rock N Roll Ain't Noise Pollution Strat-Talk Supporter

    Aug 23, 2014
    South Carolina
    So sad for your loss. RIP Elvis.

  3. Bob the builder

    Bob the builder Senior Stratmaster

    May 2, 2016
    Cranston, Rhode Island
    What you did was good. You gave him love and a safe place. Sorry for your loss

  4. Ebidis

    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985 Strat-Talk Supporter

    Nov 14, 2013
    Sad news. I once had a dog named Elvis, he was a rescue too. Sadly he died about 10 years ago. Loosing a dog is hard.

    My screen name is actually derived from his name, as a friend of mine with a warped sense of humor always called him Ebidis.

    P.S. the dog in my avatar is not him, that is Daisy, my current lap warmer. :)

    Sorry for your loss.

  5. T Bone Slort

    T Bone Slort "I have a cunning plan" Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jan 7, 2014
    Gibsons British Columbia
    Elvis looks like he was a gentile giant, RIP old guy.
    And good on you too for taking on older rescue dogs, they surly deserve to live out their lives in comfort and love.

  6. mshivy

    mshivy Most Honored Senior Member

    So sorry. He was very lucky to have been yours.

  7. Guy Named Sue

    Guy Named Sue Beer me up Scotty Strat-Talk Supporter

    Feb 11, 2015
    Man I'm so sorry! I'm sorry for your loss.

  8. Stormy Monday

    Stormy Monday At the Crossroads, now which way do I go Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jan 19, 2011
    red barn, USA
    You guys gave him a life. Good thing

  9. vlxerdon

    vlxerdon Strat-O-Master

    Jan 31, 2013
    Coastal Georgia
    Always hard to lose a friend. At least you gave him a good life after what he had been through.
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  10. bigbasscat

    bigbasscat Strat-Talk Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Sep 10, 2017
    San Francisco
    My condolences.

    You pay a hell of a price for unconditional love, but in rescuing Elvis you demonstrated one of the good innate human behaviors.

    The drive to save another human or creature from harm.


  11. StillAlive&Well

    StillAlive&Well Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Oct 4, 2014
    Frog, Texas
    Here is a video documenting the rescue. So many good people helped.
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  12. MetalPedal

    MetalPedal Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Oct 22, 2016
    Auto-Wah, Canada
    I feel your pain. There's a better place than where we are today and someday you and he will be together.
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  13. BuddyGuy

    BuddyGuy Strat-Talker

    Sep 8, 2017
    I hate it when people lose pets. Those sumbitches are the epitome of unconditional love. Personally I have a cat. He's awesome! He loves to listen to me play guitar (because he's an idiot and doesn't know I suck). I'm sorry for your loss my man. I'll pour a lil beer on the curb for your man.

  14. gwjensen

    gwjensen Senior Stratmaster

    Very sorry for you. I had a lab die of the same thing...

  15. abnormaltoy

    abnormaltoy BushBaby Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 28, 2013
    RIP Elvis

    I love IW's, they're wonderful animals...but, their time is so short.
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  16. wildhawk

    wildhawk Most Honored Senior Member

    Feb 12, 2014
    Thanks from one doggie daddy to another.
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  17. Mansonienne

    Mansonienne Stratocrastinator Extraordinaire Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 2, 2015
    Paris suburbs, France
    So very sorry for your loss. You gave Elvis a few years of love and care, and I'm sure he was happy. RIP Elvis.

    My sister took in a rescue dog about 7 months ago. Young Oliver is a lovely little Australian sheepdog (still just a puppy, really) who was mistreated by a breeder when he grew "too big to be adopted". He and his littermates were shut in a barn and neglected and, my sister thinks, hit with rolled up newspapers and such. He is getting better but is still extremely shy and skittish around people.

    It's appalling what some people do to animals. Thank goodness for people like you and my sister and so many others here.

  18. StillAlive&Well

    StillAlive&Well Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Oct 4, 2014
    Frog, Texas
    We were warned by the breeder we got our first Wolfhound, Fergus O'toole from in '98 that they steal your heart, then they break it. I find that's true of any animal you choose to live with. With Wolfhounds everything is big, the love and the loss.

    Even knowing the problems that come with being owned by a Wolfhound, osteosarcoma, heart disease and gastric torsion, I never want to be without a hound in my life. Fergus, Seamus, Augustus & Breenas all taken by bone cancer. Alis & Glynis' hearts betrayed them. Lucas & Elvis, to gastric torsion.
    Old age has been a non factor. Alis almost made it to 9, most taken from us between 6 & 8 years. We make hay while the sun shines.

    I have at times like this thought about giving up on Wolfhounds. Then I get a call from a breeder friend has more puppies than they have homes lined up (Fergus & Alis came from a litter of 16). They want their pups placed in a good Wolfhound friendly home, or like last time, there are hounds in trouble that need my help. Even if I really wanted to give up, I can't.

    I think back over the years about each and every one, the love, the happiness, the loss and the sadness and I would do it all again.

  19. Groovey

    Groovey Senior Stratmaster

    Nov 17, 2016
    NC. USA
    He looks happy in your home. Well done.
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  20. Malurkey

    Malurkey Senior Stratmaster

    Dec 28, 2016
    From the story, you gave him the best years of his life.

    Thank you.
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