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26th December 2010, 23:39
On Xmas eve I lost my best mate.
Jack had a lot of notches on his belt....eastern browns, coastal taipans and black whip snakes
- all seriously deadly snakes.
but how do you tell him he is getting older and some snakes are not???
Jack was my rock. Whenever anyone/or anything threatened me ........Jack just jumped forward or in or both.
Jack talked the talk and walked the walk. He had grunt.
I know that Jack loved his Dad and his Dad sure loved him.
27th December 2010, 00:57
Doug, sorry to hear your news.
It's hard when you loose a good'un. If you get another pup someday, you will have to tell him all about Jack and what big paws he will have to fill.
All the best.
27th December 2010, 02:21
I'll raise a glass to Jack.... Jack of course...
27th December 2010, 06:09
A dog is just a dog.....but they sure get part of your heart....sure know how it feels to loose a mate.
We lost our very old Casey (Mastiff) and Sandy (Border Collie) within a few months of each other. We were "dog-less" for a year. I felt that we could never get two dogs as good ever again.
Eventually we rang one of those dog rescue places to see if we could give a stray Border Collie a home. (I like Border Collies as a breed) On the form we stated as we lived on acreage we could take two dogs.
Within 48 hours we were introduced to Hallie and Maverick, a brother and sister act....we have struck gold.
What a wonderful pair, they sure are a man's best friend.
We stayed dog-less for too long. They are just wonderful mates. Currently they have an obsession with a possum that comes to the compost bin to scrounge.....I reckon they will get him one of these nights.
Sorry Doug to hear of your loss, but don't stay dog-less for too long. "old mate" Jack would not expect you to do that.
27th December 2010, 13:14
yeah i lost my dog a while back, it was living on my old mans farm over an hour away. at the time i had lost my drivers license but that didnt stop me driving out there in a flurry of tears to burry my puppy. they have away getting into your heart and not letting go. RIP Jack.
28th December 2010, 17:57
Very sorry to hear that, Doug. A good dog is a treasure, indeed.
29th December 2010, 03:07
They really are the easiest to please animal in the world. bit of a pat, and chat each day and they dote on ya. Sad news mate.
6th January 2011, 14:35
Thanks everyone. I still miss Jack big time but will "get back on the horse" with another dog soon.
Maybe there is a God after all?? this morn our remaining dog (maggie - a good Collingwood dog) came into the house with all the symptoms of snake bite. I thought she was a goner -she is a fragile dog - Jack was bullet proof. This time I had vitamin C tabs on hand and it made a huge diff - Maggie has pulled thru. Kept her under a hose continually for 3hours, pumped vitamin C tabs every 1/2hr, some of my anti-biotics........and bingo. You cannot give a dog too much vitamin C and it works on all snake bites (whereas anti venum has too b specific to the particular type of snake.
Hope this helps if anyone needs it - but hope you never need it.
6th January 2011, 14:56
It wasn't the Vitamin C Doug e, you said it yourself, she's a Collingwood dog... she's a fighter, born tough! :D
but out of interest, what does the vitamin C do?
6th January 2011, 17:49
"it wasn't the Vitamin C Doug e, you said it yourself, she's a Collingwood dog... she's a fighter, born tough!
but out of interest, what does the vitamin C do?"
Yabbs - she is actually a wimp - thats why when I saw the symptoms I felt the worst. After losing Jack I googled snake bite and there was a lot of comment about using Vit C. - like you cannot give a dog too much, it works on all types of snakes, is best injected into a muscle/gland (anywhere) as snake venom travels in a dogs gland system unlike us where it travels in the blood and do it every 1/2 hr. I gave her tablets today but will keep an IV in the fridge after I next go to Darwin. I rang a vet about 3 hrs after she was bitten today and his response was Vit C was the best thing we cud have done but added it wouldnt hurt to give her some anti biotics and steroids as well (I was lucky to have both)
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