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A Dog's Life

September 30, 2009 - Kim Collette
"My goal in life is to be as good of a person as my dog already thinks I am."

That's my dog.  He's my 2 year old "furry kid."  And...he's a HUGE part of my life.  So, when I read the paper today I was aghast that anyone could be so cruel to a helpless 8 month old puppy.

See, when I say Ryder is  a huge part of my life...I actually do mean it!  When he was  the same age as the puppy in the newspaper story, I found out he had severe  hip dysplasia.    Ryder  was having trouble walking. It was difficult for him to get up from laying down.  He wasn't eating.  Ryder just wasn't the "perky" pup he should be.  Instead of "dumping" him, after countless trips to the vet's office and too much money to even mention, I decided to  give Ryder the best life possible.  Our wonderful local veterinarian referred us to to Columbus we went.  Ryder had FHO surgery, February 2008 at Ohio State University Veterinary Hospital.

The surgery itself made me extremely nervous.  What if something happened to him?  I was already attached to this cute little guy.  But, the OSU Veterinary Hospital and their doctors were fantastic. They made sure we knew everything that would take place and updated us every couple of hours by phone.  The veterinarian removed the "ball" part of his hip joint.  A piece of his tissue was placed between his bones. As Ryder healed the tissue helped form scar tissue that now supports his leg. 

I got to pick Ryder up the day after his surgery.  And...all I could think about on the 2 hour drive was... I am glad Ryder and I chose each other....What if someone else  chose him and didn't help him?  Now, after reading the newspaper story, I'm more sure than ever that Ryder and I were destined to be together.  

Ryder's recovery was great!  He still has a few spots on his leg that hair doesn't quite grow on...but other than that, you would NEVER know that he had any problem with his hips.  Ryder runs and romps around like any other 2 year old doggy.  And...he is certainly spoiled!  Ryder goes on a walk every day (yes even in the snow).  He loves to go for car rides.  He has free roam of my house and my boyfriend's (couches and beds are "his" in his world).  He has  toys, treats and food (more than me at most times) at both houses.  Ryder is a great dog and deserves all the spoils!

I'm very appreciative (even though my wallet probably isn't) that P.Ryder ended up  with me.  And...that he wasn't as unfortunate as the puppy from the newspaper story.

On a lighter are some fun facts about dogs:
*According to the Guiness Book of World Records, the longest lived dog was an Australian Cattle Dog who lived to be 29.
*The  smallest dog on record is a Yorkshire Terrier who at the age of 2 weighed only 4 ounces.
*It is a myth that dogs are color blind.  They can actually see color, just not as vividly as we do.  It is like our vision at dusk.
*With an average lifespan of 11 years, the typical dog costs $13,350. This, however is cheaper than sending kids to college.
*RinTinTin, the dog "actor", signed contracts with his paw.
*Leona Helmsley left $12 million to her dog upon death,more than was given to any relative.
*In one survey, 39% of pet owners had more pictures of their pet than spouse and 33% left phone messages or talked to their dog on the phone.
*80% of dog owners buy their dog a present for holidays and birthdays.  More than half of them sign letters/cards from themselves and their pets.

***Most pet owners say their pets make them smile more than once a day.****

Until next time friends !


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