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My Fizzly ~ A Rottweiler's Story

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Archive for December, 2012


Wishing You a Wonderful Christmas …. A Very Happy New Year and Lots of Love to All …

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            I would Firstly Like to Thank Everyone who has taken the time to come here and read my Blog 🙂       It has been a whole lot of fun, and I hope you have enjoyed reading my Stories and Posts ! I didn’t know in the beginning whether this would work, or even if anyone who be Interested, in My Manic Stories and variety of side Tracks !! 

 

               This has turned my life completely upside down and all in a good way ! Though I’m sure my family are slightly fed up with my constant questions,  asks for Proof Reading,  and the General Tap Tapping with me,  on my Son’s Lap Top !!   He will get it back when I have run out of Stories !!! So My Ben ……. God Knows when you will get it back as I can talk forever ……… which I’m sure you will all know this by now 🙂

 

For those who have read My Post on ” Why I disappear for days “, will understand why My Family have requested, that I leave my Blog and concentrate on just relaxing. With the Christmas Holidays Just around the corner, and with the extra work that all Parents know, that runs along side all the Christmas Trimmings !!! 

 

 

           They have asked for me to slow down a little bit and take some time to recharge my batteries, so to speak !!  To be honest though I would never admit it 🙂 I have been finding it a little bit hard these days,  as I seem to try to fit everything in and continue with my Blogs !! So I think maybe it is a good idea to take a few days off ?? For those of you who haven’t read that Post then this is the Link to that Story ! 

 

Why My Family want me to Rest Up 🙂    

 

          It will explain why they are worried about me,  and asking me to take a couple of weeks off the Blogging Lark !!!

 

            So I suggest if you are bored then have a look at my other Blog, as there are other stories and tails that you may enjoy 🙂 You will find the Links on the Side of this Page.

 

   I will be back after the Holidays or maybe before …….  If I can get away with it 🙂 

 

                               All I have left to say is Thank You so much, for taking time out of your busy lives to read my stories and Posts. Please leave suggestions or questions and I will start new Posts in the New Year !!

 

                        I hope you all have a Wonderful Christmas and a Lovely New Year …… though with everything that has happened in the last week or so 🙁  

Maybe we should all be Saying,  to everyone we meet this Holiday, 

 

Peace On Earth and Good Will …. To All Men, Women, Animal’s and Especially Children <3

Lots of love to all,

             Love Zena and Fizzly in Spirit xoxox

 

 


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Pictures and Films of My Fizzle’s :)

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Picture’s and Films of My Fizzles, Just because I want you to see how gorgeous My Fizzly was 🙂

My Fizz.

Fizzle’s and Emma ~ Total Love 

Fizzle’s and Ben were always Best Mate’s 

Fizz who never lost her Smile.

 

 

 


                                                     Fizz and Ruby Roo.

Fizzly and the 2009 Puglets         VIDEO  on YOU TUBE

                                                  Fizz and the 2009 Litter of Puglet’s

Fizz and Mitzi Mooz.

Fizz and Emma.

Fizz and Ben.

My Beautiful Girl.


Film of Fizzly with the 2009 Puglets ! This film shows people how truly Special My Fizzly was and why I fought so hard to keep her xoxox

Fizzle’s with Babies.

Fizz, Ben and Mitzi.

Fizz and Tiggy in Fizz’s First Snow.

Fizz and Emma.

Fizz at 5 months old 

Kisses 

You’s Stinky !!

My Best Friend.

Our Biggest Protectors !

I wrote this article for my other Blog and I know it’s not about Amputation or Illness, But its about Dogs and the way that they will protect their family without being taught, and how the various Protectors use Various Levels of PROTECTION !!!

I hope you enjoy it as I think its one of my better articles,  so I thought for this time I would tell you about my other dogs,  and my life with my Protectors, and of course My Biggest Protector My Fizzly,  is one of the many that have had an impression through my life 🙂

 

I have been surrounded by animals my entire life with many various sort’s from Snail’s to ferret’s to horse’s all types and all sizes ……… but most predominantly were DOG’S. When we were growing up we had many dog’s of all types, but mainly working breeds like Labrador’s, Spaniels and Jack Russell Terrier’s. This was because my dad used to train Gun Dog’s for his own use as he was a Game Keeper among his many other Title’s !! 


          Not only did he train Gun Dog’s for his own use, but he became the person to come to when anyone wanted a Gun Dog Trained !!  He trained some very rich peoples dogs not least the owner of  N.C.P or National Car Parks the multi story Car Parks found all over Britain !!  I learn’t my dog training method’s by watching him, and just watching how he was around dog’s of all type’s and temperaments. 


        His ability to get Gun Shy dogs, to become full working dog’s was incredible thing to witness. I hope that I am able to instil in my own dog’s and puppies a small part of the confidence, that my dad used to inspire in any dog’s he worked with. I will go into training and the ability to control a dog by just being a certain way and in my word’s  MEAN  WHAT  YOU  SAY  !! which I tell everyone who has a puppy of mine, or whenever anyone  Meet’s Our Milly Mooz !

These were my own dog’s but they were also either trained by my dad, or puppies from some of his working dog’s.


            But I’m not talking about training I’m talking about whether Dog’s need to be trained to protect or are some dog’s instinct’s to protect their immediate family, in some breeds without them being formally trained. ??  I personally have never trained my dog’s to protect my family or home they have all just been naturally protective, so I believe that if your dog’s love you and your family, they will then protect all instantly without any sort of official  TRAINING !!


         When my sister and I were younger we were lucky enough to live in the middle of the country surrounded by wood’s which for young children is a paradise !! Now I have children of my own, I understand  my Dad’s point of view, that 2 little blonde haired girls would not have been safe on their own, alone in the Glory Wood’s as they were called !! Although these wood’s were a children’s haven, there are also the Not so NICE  People around the place, no matter how beautiful the woods may have been, in the eye’s of a child.


         So we had a ” Heidi ” it was not a sort of Machine Gun !! It was a yellow Labrador, my Dad trained our protector Heidi, who had 2 job’s she was a Brilliant Gun Dog apart from Squirrels !! ( Long Story for another day ! ) 


 But her main  JOB was protecting 2 lil Blonde haired Girls !!! 


              My Dad trained this yellow Labrador as our Bodyguard and she took her job very seriously !

              But whenever we went out anywhere we took Heidi with us and then my family knew we would be safe.  As no~one could get even close to us , without Heidi reacting and she did react very well.  Not violently but she would politely make sure that anyone coming too close would not be greeted with KISSES !!!

 

           One example of Heidi protection detail, was when we were on our way home through the wood’s, and it was getting on towards dusk and in a wood’s that means its quite dark ??  We could see ahead of us a Man walking towards us, all you could really see was a outline, and the fact that he was holding a cigarette in his hand. 


             Well my sister and I began to feel a lil anxious as you do when your young ! but before we had a chance to say anything to Heidi she had left us ??? She ran ahead and pinned this man up against a tree, she didn’t touch him in any way but she made him stay still. We then walked past him and Heidi and as soon as we had passed by, she promptly left him standing by the tree and ran to catch up with us and safely took us home !!!


            We never once felt any sort of danger no matter when or where we went, as long as we had Heidi with us. But even more than that my parents always knew that no harm would ever come to us, as long as we had Heidi by our side ! Now Heidi was taught to be our Body Guard and she knew, that she would not think twice about giving her own life to protect either me or my sister.

                I believe that Heidi would have protected us instantly without any training, and she would have defended us anyway. But she was also taught with word’s which my Dad taught to my sister and I in case something ever happened, we would speak the word’s and she would have reacted instantly. So her protective side was always with her, but she was trained to word’s to react when needed that I think is the only difference in her training to protect and her natural Instinct’s to  PROTECT  !!


           I have always had Big Dog’s in my life so I have always relied on the fact that I would be safe, as when a large dog love’s you they will protect you. The Picture above show’s my Springer Spaniel Jermima , my Westie Hannah and my Chocolate Labrador Coco, now my Dad always said you should always have a lil dog with Big Dog !! As a Lil Dog has better hearing and a Large dog has better teeth !! 


          Well when I had children, the protection Detail became Coco as the other 2 were useless !! But this is an example of the Natural Protector, as I never once Trained Coco to protect, she was a natural. Especially around Ben these 2 were Best Friends and always together in the Garden, Ben would even ride Coco around the Garden like a small Shetland Pony !! But Coco took the care of Ben to a whole other level, she would watch him constantly and would react instantly !

                             

            Now for those of you who know my house, you will know that my dog’s have to wait in the Kitchen, until they are allowed to go into the rest of the house ! Well Coco would lie with her nose resting on the edge of the divide between the Kitchen and the Hall to the rest of the house. Ben was playing out the front garden one day, while I was finishing off his lunch. 


           Well Ben has never been the shyest of children ??  He would constantly stand on our little fence that surrounds out front Garden, just checking the world out as you do when your very young ! While Coco would lie with her nose on the edge of the hall and just watch, She would stay there and just WATCH out for Ben for as long as he was out the front.


               Ben would be looking out the garden and start yelling to anyone who he could see around the place !! He would actually Yell  OUT  at the top of his Voice to any man that he saw  ” HELLO  DADDY  !!! ”   Which everyone who knew me found highly entertaining ……. and left more than a few men with shocked faces !!


Well it was one of these Hello Daddy Moments that Coco went into  PROTECTOR  MODE !
         This poor man had just been trying to deliver a parcel to a neighbours house, while Ben was standing on his Fence as normal, and as this man walked past Ben. He put out his hand to pat Ben on the head as he passed our Fence ?? With that Instant Coco suddenly growled and then  JUMPED  UP  and  RAN  !!   I turn around to see this Chocolate Labrador Jumping over 2 Fences and Pinning this Poor Man up against the wall that runs by the side of our Car Park area !!


        Luckily my dog’s listen instantly so I screamed  DOWN  !! and with that she went down straight away , but she remained in front of Ben !  Luckily this man didn’t have a heart attack and he understood why she did it, and she hadn’t touched him in any bad way.  But she had put her feet on him and held him on the wall, and had listened instantly. Coco’s actions showed that the Natural Protectors can show the Control and Restraint,  that a Trained Protector is taught to show when they have been highly trained to protect. 


       Now we talk about the Protector’s who are Naturally Protective  BUT  Don’t show the same  DEGREE OF  RESTRAINT  !!   Namely Fizz and the Rottweiler Breed !!!


         By the time Fizz was 15 month’s she was enormous and absolutely stunning with a lovable personality that made everybody love her ! My savage Rottweiler spent her life watching over my children Ben and Emma like a hawk and God help anyone who upset them ?? 

 

            She became their Guardian Angel and when we went on walks she would walk beside me, but her head and eye’s would constantly change direction’s. As she would watch where they were and you could see her thought process ” OK mum’s next to me ,Ben’s over there and Emma’s there ” , this would be how she spent her entire walk !! Just watching and if someone came close to her Protection Detail then her whole demeanour would change, her chest would come out and if looks could kill, then anybody that was looking at her babies had better close their eye’s ??


        She didn’t need to show any form of aggression as her size and look was enough to keep anyone at arms length and woe betide anyone who tried to hurt anyone she loved. This Dog would not have only died to save someone she loved without a thought to herself. But more scarily she would have  killed  anything that tried to hurt me or my family and she would do it without thinking TWICE.  These are the most dangerous Protector’s of all, and one’s that need to be handled hard and you need to have absolute  CONTROL  OVER !!


             Fizz showed my family and I, the extent of the lengths that she would go through to defend in this case Me !  We had these most revolting neighbours that thank goodness have moved !! But to say that Fizz didn’t like them would be an understatement, mainly due to the abuse they used to give their young child !! Fizz did not like people who shouted at children !!


            They had a Dog and you know the statement No Bad Dog’s Just Bad OWNER’S ? well they mean’t them when it was invented !! Well their dog had it been raised by any other person would have in all realities been a really sweet dog ! But when your raised with Violence you become Violent ? 


                  So this Dog had already bitten a few people, but I was outside in my front garden and then the   ” Adam’s Family ?!? ” arrived home and let their dog out of the car !! As usual no lead and definitely NO CONTROL ! 


               Fizz was at this point in the back garden !!! well this dog comes running over to me Barking and Growling, I was quite prepared to give it a good kick up the Butt !! I mean I deal with 10 stone Rottweiler why would I be scared of a Cross Collie !!


             I had no real plan’s as I knew this dog would never actually touch me and those people who know me will know why !! I just stood my ground and then  IT  ARRIVED  !! FIZZ 


            Fizz had obviously heard the dog barking at me and she had Broken through 3 GATE’S !! Yes that’s correct this Rottweiler Just Smashed her way through 2 Large Gates.  She  then had obviously put her head down and literally lifted the entire  Last  Gate off  its hinges, well she actually Broke the Hinges off the GATE. Fizz had also Smashed the Bolt off and then had …………


 LITERALLY  GONE  THROUGH  THE  LAST  GATE  LIKE  IT  WAS  A  CAT FLAP  !!!


           This happened in second’s and by the time I had my head around the fact that she was   OUT !! She had herself on top of this dog and she was planning on making a Hot Dog out of it !!!


             But she wasn’t waiting around for the Roll !! 


This is the moment when you find out if your dog has listened to anything you hope you have taught them ………… I just stood there and said  Ok  ENOUGH  and  GET  IN  NOW  !!!


            Luckily for the Cross Collie and the Revolting Neighbours this 10 Stone Rottweiler had been correctly brought up, she got off him and just calmly walked away and back into our Garden ! But this show’s that a Aggressive Breeds Reaction is always  MEAN’T  and they don’t ever just give a  WARNING and they would  DIE  without thinking  BUT  more than likely they would also ………..  


KILL  TO  PROTECT  THE  ONE’S  THEY  LOVE  !!     Without thinking about it once.

               Some dog’s need to be taught to protect people or guard people ……… and some are Naturally Protective and its these one’s who would not think twice of dying for anyone they loved ~ My Fizzly was from the latter category and in her mind she would do anything to protect her ward’s. In Fizz’s case it was not just her immediate family that she would protect, she would have defended any child, person or animal that she decided she liked !!! 


         I have never felt safer than when I had Fizz in my life because I knew that she would never have let anything happen to anyone she loved. Its hard for me to talk about the million’s of ways that I miss that dog, but one of the main ones is this that fact that I knew she would have protected my family with the total devotion and selfless Spirit with no thought of the consequence for herself. 

 

         The Love that Dog’s show to their families without any thought for themselves is a thing of wonder and something that if you have not had a dog in your life, it’s something that is hard to explain. But it’s why there will always be stories around the world with all manner of Dogs.  These stories of  HEROISM  that we can read daily, are of these fearless acts and true life stories of Bravery and amazing selflessness. 


                   You only need to watch the new’s or read a paper to find these miraculous stories of Dog’s saving people with no thought for themselves with no agenda, they do it  ………… JUST  BECAUSE  THEY  LOVE  YOU  !! 


      Here are some of those HERO’S 

Roselle

When Michael Hingson found himself on the 78th floor of the World Trade Center on September 11, it took some unexpected heroics from his yellow labrador to save his life. When the building started to sway and the air filled with choking smoke, Roselle lead Michael to safety, guiding him through the crumbling office toward a stairwell. It wasn’t easy for Michael or Roselle, who was panting and extremely thirsty, but the two managed to reach safety just moments before Tower 1 collapsed.


                     




Trakr

 

Trakr owns arguably the most prestigious rescue on our list. Together with police officer James Symington, Trakr helped dig through some 30 feet of unstable debris at the World Trade Center “ground zero” site and locate the last human survivor of the attack. The dog’s bravery was so celebrated that he is going to be cloned for use in other police rescue forces!

Shelby

Shelby became the 45th Skippy Dog Hero of the Year for saving two adults and two children from carbon monoxide poisoning. The dog (with her keen sense of smell) was the first to detect the rising C0 levels while the rest of the family was asleep, nudging each of them out of their sleep and refused to stop barking, scratching, and whining until the family was safely outside. Luckily, each family member was treated at a nearby hospital and made a full recovery.

“In my eyes, and in the eyes of my family, Shelby is more than a hero; she is a lifesaver, a guardian angel,” said Joleen Walderbach.

  

Everyone loves those heart-pounding movie scenes where the hero escapes a burning pit seconds before it explodes, but it’s not so fun in real life. That’s what Kathie, a paralyzed parapalegic, learned when her Rotweiller (Eve)pulled her by the ankles from her burning, smoldering truck. Upon pulling Kathie out, Eve proceeded to drag her to a nearby ditch, just far enough away to avoid the explosion of her vehicle.After firemen cleared the scene, Eve was awarded the Stillman Award for her bravery.

Moti

2007’s Dog of the Year winner was Moti, the five year old German Shepherd who literally took a bullet for his human family. When a masked intruder made his way into the Patel household, Moti wasted little time, leaping to his feet and barking to draw the gunman’s attention. Faced with the angry pooch, the gunman shot him and ran off without harming any of the Patels. Luckily, this furry hero is making a full recovery!

Kaze

Kaze earned top honors from the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Department for saving the life of a woman in her late 20’s, reported missing a few days earlier. On his first-ever rescue mission, Kaze located the missing woman under a bridge, in a coma that authorities later reported that would have killed her within the hour if she had not been found. Luckily, the woman was rushed to a hospital, where she recovered after a week’s time.

 

1st Day of a 3 Legged Dog’s Life !

   I didn’t have any idea,  how Fizz or I would cope once she came home, so I was feeling slightly calmer that Fizzle’s had done so well already. Even though Fizz had walked / hopped around the surgery, and had leapt into the car like a Gazelle, I was still totally petrified, that something would go wrong. The total panic rising from me was because now I was totally alone, no vets ,no nurses ….. Now it was just Fizz and I just dealing with this all alone, just the way we liked it. 


               With my heart racing, and Dai holding Fizzly up with the Cot Bumper, we managed opened the front door,  I was in front with the lead in both sense’s of the word .  Dai was supporting Fizz, and Fizz was wobbling between us, we must have looked a right sight, then all of us squeezed into our home. It was a Congo line with a difference, all we needed was the music, but even without it , we walked in the house in style !! 


         When Fizzly got first diagnosed with Bone Cancer, I knew she would have to have her leg removed, but even knowing it …….. seeing it and living it, are a totally different prospect. If I’m honest I don’t know if I was ready,  for the shock of seeing her  ” Minus Leg “.  It wasn’t the Incision though, as I could only see a part of it, as Emma the Nurse hadn’t been able to remove the whole thing ?!?  As our Fizzle’s was not happy about her tugging on the sticky Plaster, especially as she had just made her Marathon,  all Around the Surgery !!


                   So the Incision was not the shocking part it’s just the hole, the empty space that should have held her leg, this space was truly shocking. I almost burst into tears, every time I looked at where, Just a short day before where her Black and Tan Leg had been. It made me almost aghast at the simple thought process,that  was ….. Yes !  My dog was for now on going to be moving around, on 3 legs instead of 4. 

 

3 Legs Instead of 4 Fizz never Lost Her SMILE !!!

                    Feeling’s of  Shock , Pain, Heart~break and  Horror, are all normal thoughts, and nothing to feel guilty about, you have gone through this so quickly.  That it takes time to come to terms, with the thought’s that  YOU   have made this decision, and that decision was to TAKE OFF YOUR DOG’S LEG !!!  Feeling these thing’s are fine and normal, but this is the most Important Part ……. 


  You Can’t Show How You Feel !! ………………………..


                   You have to Show them that Everything is Normal !!!


       When a Person or Child is having a Limb removed, especially to Cancer when there will be a continuing Battle,  even after the Trauma of the Surgery.  You then use Speech and you can explain the, Why’s What’s and How’s,  and help them to adjust or gain acceptance, or understanding with words. You can tell them that they are going to hurt afterwards ……… But I Promise It will Stop Hurting Soon ……


            You can say comforting thing’s or explain why the limb needs to be removed and what it will life be like after the removal.   When the Understandable Panic Set’s In then, all these things can be done through words, reading or just Listening to What the Doctor’s or Specialists have to say. People rely on having Conversation’s and the Ability to find out Information, we have forgotten how to actually feel Body Language and all the Subtle Sign’s that Animals can Pick Up Instantly !!!


         All of these things fall by the Wayside, when it come’s to helping your Pet, to Understand, or know What and Why this is Happening to Them.  Animals don’t use SPEECH they understand common word’s and What  mean’s what,  when you train them as puppies,  eg :- Sit,  Stay,  Down,  Stop  Chewing  on  My  Best  Shoe’s ………  Eat Daddies  Shoe’s  Instead  Of  MINE  !!!   Don’t eat My Bloody Table !!! 


   Or in  Fizz’s  Case ……………. 

              Don’t  eat  My  ENTIRE  CHOCOLATE  BIRTHDAY  CAKE !!!  

See it was Karma that’s why, she had her leg off  ! She ate my Birthday Cake Smile with tongue!!


And She Always Managed To Look Totally Innocent !!!

 

       I don’t know whether, I did this the right way or wrong way, but I do know that Fizzle’s never acted unsure or scared, apart from one time a couple of days after her amputation, but I will talk about that next time and as usual I’m jumping ahead of my Tale. What I’m trying to do is show you how if you act Calm, and Sure of Yourself in any situation, even with a perfectly healthy dog, I have always told people, that when it come’s to dog’s then ………..


            Always ……. Mean What You Say and Fake it !! 


        The Image of how your feeling even if your totally lying, It’s the image of Calm, Assured and Totally In Control …….. Will then mean that your pet will feel Calm, Assured and Totally In Control ! Because if Mummy is so Calm and Happy then there is nothing I need to worry about and whatever Has Happened to Me Can’t be    THAT  BAD  ?? Otherwise Mummy would be worried or Panicked !!


 Those of you who have had children ………


    Did you ever notice that if you didn’t make a FUSS or Panicked, when your  TODDLER  fell over………Then  they  Didn’t  Cry  or  Make  a  FUSS   ?


   But if you did make a fuss …… then the same child, and the same Fall ……..     

They would become totally hysterical ???


           Well its exactly the same with your Pet , When they come Home For the First Time Since their Surgery !! Please  Believe  Me …… Your Pet will  Deal with the  Amputation  a  Hell of  a   LOT  BETTER 

 If  you act  like  Nothing  is  Different and ………..


 They may have had a  LEG  OFF …….. But  it  doesn’t  CHANGE  ANYTHING  !!!


         This is the attitude that you will have to find deep inside of you, and this is how you have to be whenever you are around your Pet. When your away from them, then you can collapse into a heap and cry, as I must admit, I did my fair share of crying or venting. I had to find ways to help me deal, with all the pent up worry and panic, that I had to hide from my family and Fizzle’s.


        This was my main reason for doing this Blog as I think especially if you have children, then you need to take control of the situation and be strong for them and your pet. So I wanted to be a place where you don’t need to be strong, and you can just tell me how it is, and not worry about upsetting me 🙂 I have been through this and I had to deal with it on my own and it was truly extremely difficult. You can only be strong for so long, without a helping hand or a comforting ear,

         I know I did it ….. and it was not a pleasant time.


         But I knew that if I wasn’t strong for Fizzle’s,  then she herself would have given up, and I was never going to let her go without a fight. The Bond that is shared between an owner and their pet is something that is so intense they almost coexist as one. The relationship between Fizz and I was exactly that and more, its a bond that I haven’t had with any other pets that I have owned. This does not mean that I didn’t or don’t totally adore all my other Pets, Past and Present.  


      But we just had this amazing understanding, and bond that I think ………. 


            ……….. You will only ever have once in a Life time ! Angel  


       This is the mind set that will get you through those first few days, and it’s something that helped Fizz and I, to deal with everything that was happening to her during this time. Even though I wouldn’t want to lose My Fizzle’s ever,  this Illness made our already amazing Bond,  into something totally Spiritual.  Its something that has made it possible for me, to go forward after the Devastating Loss, when she lost her Bravest Battle, and she finally Succumbed.


      Its this Strength of Character that Fizz showed, to everyone who met her, while she was going  through her Amputation and further Treatment.  That has made it possible for me to try, in a small way to emulate her Courage and Greatness of Spirit, for me to move forward and carry on without her. Then try to find a way through her, to help other’s when they are going through, this Ordeal of when you amputate a Pet’s Limb, be it because of Cancer or for any other reason. 


      She was my heart and her loss almost destroyed me, but if I help one person to cope or deal, with this trauma and this awful disease of Cancer.  Then I know my Fizzle’s will be watching down, and hopefully she will be a lil proud of her devoted Mummy. Who is only just managing to hold it together, as some days are darker than other’s, but this Blog has given me a Purpose, and …………


I hope I am doing Fizzly Justice, as I do it all in her name …….  RainbowFizzly Angel

My Fizzly and Emma the day, she came home !!


Adjusting to a 3 Legged Dog !

               The moment you go and collect your Dog after it’s amputation, is a very scary prospect, and one that hold’s onto your Heart Strings and refuses to leave them alone. The emotional issue’s aside, this is where the the total Panic begin’s to settle in.  The worry of how will you and your dog deal with the amputation, and the self doubt begin’s to rear it’s ugly head. 


                    All of these Platitudes aside anyone who tell’s you that they were not worried, on the drive to collect their 3 Legged Pet, is either completely bonker’s or totally deluded !! I myself was a complete emotional wreck and I was totally worried about stupid thing’s,  like how was she going to go to the toilet ??  How would she walk and not fall over, would she chew out the Stitches ………. this list was endless ! 


          No-one can explain what is the right way of feeling, or what you should do, or what should you worry the most about ?? No dog is the same, just like no person is the same, and there is no right or wrong thing,  or way to do, say or feel.  All you have which is more important ………….  than any vet or any other person that come’s into your life. 


What you have is something that no genius or expert, could beat or hope to teach you ???  


This is the fact that YOU know your DOG !!! Better than ANYONE !!

 


       This is a most powerful tool and one that has more importance when it come’s down to the welfare, and treatment of your beloved best friend. I can not stress enough the importance of the bond, that you have with your beloved Pet, and it’s this bond that will make you cope with whatever happen’s next. It’s this insider knowledge that will make you know, when your pet need’s you and what they need from you. 


       This is the power of Love and it’s this love that will make this trauma, into something that will be forever in your heart, and make you a stronger and wiser person by the end. You may not realise it yet, but you will soon. This nightmare that you are going through, will be your biggest learning experience, and the courage that your pet will show you, will forever change your thought’s on life.


               They will surprise, amaze and leave you totally dumb founded at the unbelievable acceptance of whatever life throw’s at them. Instead of hiding and wallowing in self pity, your pet will thrive and will show you how to live and more than that they will do it with laughter, joy and a zest for life that will leave you breathless. My Fizz went through so much in such a short space of time, and she passed way too soon, though if I’m honest if she had lived till she was 100, it would have still been too soon for me  🙂


          The day we brought my fatty home was a day filled with high’s and low’s and everything in between !! I didn’t know what to expect when we went to see her.  If I’m honest I was totally shocked that Fizz had walked so well, and we were allowed to take her  HOME  !!

 

This was Fizz a day after she came home !!

             I mean she had only had the surgery the day before and it was actually less than 24 hour’s post op and she was home !! 


        I’m sure that is some kind of record, but then Fizzle’s always liked doing thing’s in high speed and she loved showing off. I had hoped that I would be totally ready for her return, I thought I was ready, right up until the moment we pulled in front of our home.  Then total Panic set in ……… how could I get her out of her scrunched up space between my leg’s and the Dash Board of the Car ???  


 Then we had 3 steps down and then 1 step up ?!?!?          


        Now I try to believe that I’m quite a calm person, who can cope with most emergencies or situation’s. But all these fact’s meaning that I’m  SO  normally together …. and this mean’t I could hold my NERVES !!  So Why were my Nerves Failing ?  Why had they all suddenly fallen apart completely ?  Right then and there …… and just when I needed them so badly ???     


Cos how was I gonna get this 10 stone or maybe 8 and a half stone Rottweiler out of my Bloody Car !!! 


        This is when you need to just close your eye’s for a moment, take a few deep breath’s and just be STILL !! Because Screaming at this moment will un~nerve your TriPawd , and get your neighbours calling the police !!  Mind we had just had firemen cheering us on, so maybe we could get all the uniform’s in one day !!  Now ladies we all like a man in uniform don’t we !!!  😉and for the Gentlemen we have already had Emma our nurse, who wears a lovely green uniform just for you !! 


       So no screaming as it will upset your 3 legged Dog, and just settle down and calm yourself,  which is what I found myself being forced to do !!  Now the panic is totally normal, because when you brought your puppy they had 4 leg’s, and now they have 3 leg’s, so none of this is  NORMAL. There is no rule book’s or A guide for dealing, with the making of this life changing decision for your pet. This is something that is so mind blowing, that panic is understandable and justified.


    ***    I don’t know if when your pet loses a leg to an accident, then it’s sort of out of your hand’s and not something that you had actually elected to do to your pet. But when your pet has Cancer, the decision to remove the leg is your’s totally ……. I don’t know if this is somehow worse ??  I think this could be a good article, so if any of you have had a Pet injured in an accident and they then had a limb removed … or if like me and Fizz, her leg was removed because of Cancer, If you could message in your views on the subject and whether you feel there is a difference ??   ***


        But as usual I’m going off Topic  🙂 


       So getting back to the story, there I was sitting in a car being grinned at by this enormous 3 legged Rottweiler who had just noticed we were home and was giving me the LOOK !!!


                                         THIS LOOK !!!

          The look that tell’s me ” Mother I know your Panicked …… But I’m totally Fine and just open the Bloody Door !!! “


           It’s always embarrassing when your told off by your Pet’s or in my case My Children spend most of their lives telling me to Behave !! so I seem to get it from a variety of side’s. This time it was Fizzle’s who was telling me once again to Pull Myself Together !! So I asked Dai to hold onto Fizzly’s Lead and I opened my door, and got out. I got hold of the lead and by the time I had stood up to help guide Fizz, Carefully out of the Car ………. She had stood up and literally JUMPED out of the car UNAIDED !!!


          Told you she was a Show Off  🙂  so once again this dog left me feeling in Awe, and also slightly Sheepish as my complete Melt Down, which was totally uncalled for. I rushed to put the Cot bumper under her tummy as we still had the 3 step’s Down, and the 1 Step up before we would be safely inside. Dai came around to our side and he took the cot bumper and I took the lead as we turned toward’s our home.


        The three of us together, with neighbour’s watching on with baited breath …….. Fizz may have been the most ” Dangerously Large Dog in our lil haven of home’s ” but she was also the one that everyone would cuddle, and allow their babies of all ages play with, and generally be around  🙂   Fizz was also one of the Most  Loved  as well, so when she came home everyone was waiting or watching to see my brave girl come back safely home ……


        No~one came out of their home’s but all were watching from Door’s or Window’s and this made me slightly choked and made me eye’s begin welling once again. That this Rottweiler could be so loved by so many people. that they would make a point of watching out for our Gallant Return. As usual our Fizz did it in STYLE !! 

         She looked me in the eye and I asked  ” are you ready ?  ” The cheeky Grin told me all I needed to know, and with that I turned and said  ” Ok Slowly ” and with that we moved, hopping slowly and Bravely with a lot of Silent eye’s and Prayer’s from our Quiet Audience around us ! 


         We moved through our gate …… down the 3 steps like it was the most Ordinary thing in the world  🙂


  We paused by the front door and opened it wide ……….. then we jumped the last step into our new 3 legged world and the beginning of Fizz’s last and Final Battle and it’s one that she did, with the same attitude and Courage, that she had shown from the moment we brought her home as a puppy. She lived on her term’s and to say I was PROUD right at that moment is a complete and total understatement ………


      She had shown us what a truly incredible and magnificent dog that she was and in my heart……  She still is ……..


I Just Loves you !!






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