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Guide To Australian Shepherd Training & Care

My Sweet "Tansy"

Born: March 17, 2004
Died: Nov.11,2010 "Acute Leukemia"
Breed: Australian Shepherd "Aussie"

She was my party girl... so much fun and full of life. I never expected her life to be so short. One blue eye and one brown, Blue merle. Sweet, loving, smart. My baby and partner. As a puppy she could entertain herself with a ball in her mouth and knock another around with her paws. Anyone who has ever come to our door didn't leave without throwing a ball or frisbee for her, that includes the UPS delivery. I picked the Aussie because of their longevity and agility.

We have a 10 year old black tri male and I wanted a female with his bloodline's. He is full of tumors and at age 7 he had surgery to have tumors removed. Our vet of 26 years said, this was only her 2nd case of "Acute Leukemia" and the first was 15 years ago. Why my dog? Can anyone tell me if they know of other Aussie's and Leukemia?

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Dec 17, 2010
by: Anonymous

I'm so very sorry for your loss. I am dreading the day I lose my girl. :(

Dec 17, 2010
so sorry
by: Wilda

I am so sorry, we lost our boy Luke, at age 5 from epilepsy, this pass Sept. I share your pain. He suffered from it since he was 2, we tried everything. why, I don't know, but I am grateful for the time we had with him, still, it was so short, like you, and we miss him terribly. This breed is the sweetest breed, but they do seem to have quite s bit of different possible ailments.
We now have a toy Aussie (Luke was an Australian Shepherd)I'm hoping this one will be healthier.
I wish you healing, and peace.

Dec 17, 2010
So Sorry
by: Anonymous

I am very sorry for your loss. That was one beautiful aussie. At least you will have wonderful memories. No one can ever take that from you.

Dec 18, 2010
You never know
by: Tansy's owner

It was and still a shock as to how sick my baby was. I took her to the vet because she caught her toenail jumping into my husbands semi. She was very playful and I worried about infection. We put her on antibiotic's and she started throwing up. Changed antibiotic's and still throwing up. She stopped eating and drinking so I rushed back to the vet. Our vet found her spleen was enlarged and told me she would have to remove it. Xrays showed her liver was also enlarged. A born marrow test confirmed leukemia. Her heavy panting at night was a clue that I didn't recognize. She slept with me and never left the bed as some dogs get too warm and jump off. Aussies need a job and hers was to watch over me. She was great with kids and got along with cat's and other dog's. She was well behaved, I could take her anywhere. I never had to tie her up, just open the door and let her out. (One call and she came running). Our male has to be watched or he will wonder out of the yard. As soon as he knows your not looking he will head over to the neighbor's. He will come on his own time when called, as if to say "wait I didn't sniff the tree over there"! He doesn't run away, he just goes at a slow pace and never to far. At the vet's Tansy sat at my side and looked up at me when other dogs were pulling to meet her. When I sat down she always had her front paws over my lap as if to say I was hers. Our male would want to greet everyone and pull like crazy as he wiggle's his butt all over. Tansy was dieing and still wanted me to throw her frisbee which she would put in my hands. If she dropped it at my feet I would say "pick it up and give it". Our male plays rough, he wants to play tug and only gives you a ball or toy, if you have a treat as trade. Aussies are fun energetic, smart easy to house break and the softest puppies I have ever felt. They are so much like children and each so different. Tansy went on her first doggy Easter egg hunt when she was just eight weeks old and was caught by a news camera. She couldn't open the egg but after her first treat she knew how to hunt for them. I had a fun loving dog for 6.5 years and that time went by to fast. Our Male helps ease the pain and gives me comfort but, Tansy is very much missed.

Feb 06, 2011
by: Sissy

Wendy, i remember Tansy quite well, we walked together in the Strides Breast Cancer Walks with Debbie's company and yes, i thought she was a lovely dog, so sorry for your loss. Our dogs, Maisie and Mack, will be 11 this year and i don't relish the day they go to doggie heaven, it will be tough.

hang in there:) shower your new puppy with all the love in your heart:)

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