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Re: shih tzu male Burton on trent(link to pic added)
« Reply #15 on: November 18, 2010, 11:10:27 PM »
"We're Planning To Have An Old Friend For Christmas Dinner ....."

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Only joking, folks.

JAF.

(We needed to weigh him, but he kept wriggling ... so we put him in the pot, then put the pot on the scales ... and then we put the pot on the cooker and took a photo ... ;-)
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Re: shih tzu male Burton on trent(link to pic added)
« Reply #16 on: November 19, 2010, 08:41:04 AM »
Oh Bless, love it
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« Reply #17 on: November 07, 2011, 03:12:50 PM »
As of yesterday, 6 November, Alf has been with us for three years.

He's still pottering around, and despite looking tiny and frail he's a tough old boy. We're very happy he's still with us, and in fair health considering his age, which could be anything up to 18. His coat is amazingly thick, soft and warm, which we take as a sign of good health.

I've attached a recent picture.

Fingers crossed for his fourth Christmas with us ...

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« Reply #18 on: July 04, 2012, 12:48:01 AM »
It's been a while since I posted on here ....

To our utter amazement, Alfie is still with us. He's pretty deaf now, and nearly blind (he has some sight remaining in his left eye), but he's still eating and drinking well, and pottering about in the sunshine.

But he's getting increasingly doddery - his back legs are weakening - and we know it won't be long before we have some hard choices to make. He sleeps almost all the time, and we're pretty sure he doesn't really know who we are, except that we look after him.

It will be sad when we finally have to say goodbye to him, but it's good to know that he's had over three and a half years of life that might otherwise have been denied to him; and we like to think that his quality of life during that time has been pretty good. As far as we can tell, he's not in any pain, and he has always been warm, dry, and well fed and watered. If there was more we could do or have done, I honestly don't know what it could be.

He has had a few happy days recently, wandering in gardens in the sunshine, exploring, sniffing the flowers, sunbathing on the warm grass. He seems completely fearless, perhaps sensing that the Pink Blobs are always walking behind him, watching his every move and keeping him from harm.

It's unlikely he'll get to his fourth anniversary with us (in November), but fingers crossed - you never know.

JAF



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Re: shih tzu male Burton on trent(link to pic added)
« Reply #19 on: July 04, 2012, 07:50:19 AM »
ahh  lovely to hear from you and to let us know about Alfie xx
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« Reply #20 on: November 06, 2012, 03:58:59 PM »

Hi

It's four years today that Alfie came into our lives. And he's still with us ... we can't quite believe it, but despite his health problems the old boy keeps soldiering on.

When we got him in November 2008, we honestly didn't think he'd see the New Year, he was in such a bad way.

It just shows what good veterinary care, a warm, safe environment, and a totally unsuitable and inappropriate diet based mostly on treats and things he shouldn't ever have can achieve ...

Despite the fact that he's now blind and almost totally deaf, his quality of life  -as far as we can tell - is pretty good. He eats and drinks without problems, his prostate problem seems to be under control thanks to Metacam and Ypozane, and his heart murmur isn't getting any worse. There's very little evidence of arthritis or joint pain, either. He loves to potter round the garden whenever we have some decent sunshine, and feels secure there as he can find his way back into the house when he wants to.

We have no expectations that he will last another year; he's probably at least 16 now, possibly older. But we will not be so very sad when he goes, for we know we have given him four years of life he would not otherwise have had; and knowing him has been a happy and uplifting experience.

The picture was taken earlier today.

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Re: shih tzu male Burton on trent(link to pic added)
« Reply #21 on: November 06, 2012, 04:16:05 PM »
awwh bless him , we wish him many more years xx
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« Reply #22 on: January 19, 2013, 08:48:44 PM »

Today, we made the decision to say "farewell" to our much-beloved veteran, Alfie, after a short illness.

He had been with us over four years; four amazing, unexpected years. When he came to us in 2008, we didn't think he'd last four months.

He was a tiny, fluffy wisp of a dog; gentle, serene, painfully self-effacing. Yet his charm and character shone through to all who met him, and we feel very proud that we were able to give him that extra chance that he would not otherwise have had.

We knew nothing of his history, other than his name; we acquired him almost by chance. And we are so very, very glad that we did, for knowing him enriched our lives immeasurably. He had his own funny little ways, and now and again we would see a flash of low cunning that showed that there was definitely a bit of true Shih Tzu under that innocent-looking beige fluff.

We had the immense satisfaction of seeing him go from a thin, itchy frightened little waif to a happy, well-fed and confident chap with a fine, long,  unbelievably soft and silky coat. In the last few months we had seen him start to fade; but mercifully, his final decline was very swift, and largely without discomfort or distress. We had manged his chronic conditions - prostate, bladder, tooth decay, and joint pain - entirely successfully, allowing him to stay healthy and active up to a few months before his passing.

We can only hope he understood the immense joy he brought into our lives, how much we loved him, and how much he will be missed. But guessing his age at 18, it would have been wrong to subject him to more treatment, causing him possible discomfort, when we could at best have gained him only a few more weeks or at most  months.

As it was, he passed peacefully away, quickly and without pain, with the two people whom he trusted absolutely, and cared for him very deeply. When we could do nothing more, we did that one thing that - however much it hurt us - was right for him.

Goodbye, Little Old Man.

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Re: shih tzu male Burton on trent(link to pic added)
« Reply #23 on: January 19, 2013, 09:46:54 PM »
 Run free little Alfie  and my thoughts are with you , I lost my Jaffa in November , sadly she was only 7, but Alfie had a good long life and a happy one with you in his last years , God bless you for taking him on and giving him that x
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« Reply #24 on: January 19, 2013, 09:51:45 PM »
Alfies first post  and  photo will move him to Rainbow Bridge xx

just seen this on other site , hope i ok to put on here,

Found
http://www.bakalo.com/
ALFIE

Woodville, Sth. Derbyshire 30/10/08. Shih Tzu entire male. White/grey with some discolouration, Approx 13 years old, Possible cataracts
Red leather collar, silver studs, silver ID - 'ALFIE' and a local telephone no which will not accept calls.

Now at Lakeside Kennels, Wychnor, nr Burton on Trent - 01283 790937

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Re: shih tzu male Burton on trent(link to pic added)
« Reply #25 on: January 22, 2013, 09:47:12 PM »
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