This week being fitness and health week at K9 Pro has inspired me to share with you information about my dogs, the present Belgian Malinois and the past German Shepherds.
I haven’t talked publicly about my German Shepherd Kayne since he passed away over a year ago. He was 17 and really taught me so much about dogs, drive, training and a lot about myself too. I miss him more than I thought I would and think about him most every day.
He was extremely special to me as we seemed to form a relationship through drive that I hadn’t shared with a dog before him. He was very good at bite work and being a very big GSD (over sized actually) he had a lot of power and presence. In all of that he was incredibly gentle with my children, always and with any child he came across, he had a head on his shoulders and was remarkably intelligent but also bull headed if he didn’t want to do something!
Like the way he lived his life, he chose to finish up his way, his internals were still in great shape but he was unable to walk and it was clear to me that he was ready to go. I always said that although he was old he was still enjoying every day and I will let him continue until he wasn’t.
In his true style he couldn’t drift off in his sleep, no not Kayne. It had to be his last message to me to teach me one last lesson, to let him go.
I had to call my vet and stay with him until the vet came and let him sleep. His last action was to lick my face as he had done since a pup when ever I was in a bad mood or feeling sick, I can tell you it was one of the hardest things I have had to endure in my life.
You get the dog you need they say…
A few years after I got Kayne I got my current German Shepherd, Kandy. Whilst a different dog in many ways, she is also very special to me. At around 14 now I come to wonder how long she has left.
About 7 months ago we came home from being out and she didn’t meet us at the gate, I went to find her and she was on our back verandah and could walk, she was disoriented and in real bad shape.
On initial thoughts it looked she had been bitten by a snake, I rushed her to the vet and although we could find no evidence of a snake bite site. My vet said that he could give her the anti venom but it was very expensive and she was a very old dog.
There was no hesitation and I said do what ever you need to, the cost isn’t a consideration.
He went ahead with the treatment and she was still alive 24 hours later but it was also evident that it was not a snake bite, but she had suffered a stroke.
I brought her home and she could not walk nor hold her head up straight, it was heart wrenching to see such a demise of such a confident and powerful animal.
A few weeks went by and she was able to walk again, very wobbly but she was up at least, she looked at the world now through eyes that were on a slant due to her head tilt and she walked in circles.
There is no real treatment and so I looked after her as best I could. She remained much the same until two months ago.
I have had my dogs on diet supplements for years and whilst “I” always felt I was doing the right thing, it was never visually obvious that it was doing anything. The absence of health problems their whole lives and the longevity they have had speaks volumes, but it wasn’t clear of the benefits.
Within three days on the Young at Heart Kandy was visually better, clearer eyes and happier in general. She got better on the ball and she was moving around a lot more.
Something sad that I had noticed after her stroke was that she used to love chasing a ball, but she had watched me play with the Malinois pups plenty and never made any effort to join in.
Last week I was out playing ball with Venom, and out of no where came Kandy belting in looking to join in on the game…
I see her recovery improve day by day now, she physically looks and behaves younger now than she did 8 weeks ago. This was just one of the reasons that the Animal Naturals supplements have really impressed me.
I still don’t know how long Kandy has left, but I appreciate her every day for what she too has taught me, her commitment to me and her acceptance and gentleness with my children.
I have both Malinois pups Venom and Wisdom on K9 Super Fuel, these are super hard-working dogs, harder working, more driven dogs than I have owned in the past and they push themselves hard.
I have an exercise regime with these pups that is aimed at fitness, health and injury prevention, and I want them to have the right diet and supplements to make that as possible as it can be.
We recently posted some pictures of Venom with my daughter, he is gentle with her and will play fetch with her, he winds his drive right down so he can play with her ensuring not to hurt her. He outs the ball for her and patiently waits for her to pick it up and throw it for him. This must be hard for a dog with his level of drive…
These dogs are a reflection really of me, I can see both Venom and Wisdom taking on the same attributes as Kayne and Kandy, and I really couldn’t be happier about that.