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Unfortunately, my friend called me again, just a few hours ago, and gave me the bad news. The dog has ... They suspect that the dog is suffering "immeasurable pain." He is scheduled to be put to sleep sometime this week.

How sad; condolences to all concerned. At least they had the tests done, so now they know the aggression wasn't the dog's fault and can remember him as the fine dog he always was.
Mustang Sally
You are right, six is way to young to lose a beloved friend.

Just about any age is way too young.

Agreed but it's also the GSD prime of life which
somehow for me makes it doubly sad, if that's
possible. They're just hitting their peak
then.
I'm so sorry to hear about this and can't imagine
what your friend is going through.
Please give him my condolances from a total
net stranger and fellow GSD lover.
Terri

Is there any proof that English borrows words?? I mean, have we ever given one back? Do we pay for a replacement if we break one? How does this work?
Matthew
Unfortunately, my friend called me again, just a few hours ... is scheduled to be put to sleep sometime this week.

How sad; condolences to all concerned. At least they had the tests done, so now they know the aggression wasn't the dog's fault and can remember him as the fine dog he always was.

You took the words out of my mouth Sally.
Jack, you, your friend and your families will be in my thoughts...

Marcel and Moogli
http://mudbunny.blogspot.com /
Here's an example of why it's so important to rule out physical problems before attempting to deal with behavior problems, especially sudden onset aggression.

I'm very sorry. I remember when good ol' Murphy started reacting to her pain. Please pass my condolences on.

I will, thanks.
Considering the amount of pain he must be in, and only God knows what other ways that tumor on his brain might be affecting his temperament, it's a small wonder that more people weren't injured.

Handsome Jack Morrison
*gently remove the detonator to send me e-mail
I'm very sorry. Both he and the dog are lucky though in that they have each other and you. Some people would've done much less (but potentially more harmful) when faced with aggression.

Makes you wonder how many "aggressive" dogs get put to sleep because no one bothered to look for an underlying physical cause.
I know the news is devastating but maybe your friend can find some solace in having an explanation for the behavior change. I know its not much but at least he will have the opportunity to say goodbye.

Yeah, my friend's entire family is pretty shook up over it, because it came out of the blue.
But knowing exactly what caused his extremely atypical behavior is indeed a help.
Well, he won't be in such pain much longer.

Handsome Jack Morrison
*gently remove the detonator to send me e-mail
Here's an example of why it's so important to rule out physical problems before attempting to deal with behavior problems, especially sudden onset aggression.

That is very sad. Although it must be some small relief that this turn of behavior was not the result of a bad dog or bad training.

Diane, it indeed is.
Having given that advice umpteetn times I will never forget how surprised my vet was when I brought my dog ... bed. The blood tests showed his blood calcium levels were significanlty off (which causes nervousness and irritability and tingling sensations).

Smart.
Hopefully your friend isn't into the guilt thing and will simply be able to remember his friend in his better times, and learn from the experience without beating himself up over it.

Well, a certain amount of beating himself up about it has already begun, I'm afraid. But I'll do my best to see to it that it stops as soon as possible.

Handsome Jack Morrison
*gently remove the detonator to send me e-mail
Unfortunately, my friend called me again, just a few hours ... is scheduled to be put to sleep sometime this week.

Condolences to your friend and his family - and to you, HJM.

Thanks, Flick.
He'll appreciate them.

Handsome Jack Morrison
*gently remove the detonator to send me e-mail
Unfortunately, my friend called me again, just a few hours ... is scheduled to be put to sleep sometime this week.

How sad; condolences to all concerned. At least they had the tests done, so now they know the aggression wasn't the dog's fault and can remember him as the fine dog he always was.

Thanks, Sally.
And a very fine dog he was.

Handsome Jack Morrison
*gently remove the detonator to send me e-mail
He is scheduled to be put to sleep sometime this week.

I got chills reading this account. How very sad. How amazing of your friend to go the extra mile and do such thorough vet exams. I wish him peace and in the future, a new healthy dog.

Janet B
www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
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