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Say hello to Barney :)





Barney is with me while LRSE&C look for a new home for him.

He's 8 & 1/2 years old & sadly his owner, who has had him from a puppy, was unable to take him with her when she moved house :(

He's a lovely lad, very placid & calm & a complete cuddle monster. He walks around all day with a teddy in his mouth & only puts it down if he thinks a treat is on the cards :lol:

He's a bit on the podgy side & could do with losing a few pounds but thats easily overcome with diet & exercise.

Fingers crossed Barney will be on his way to his forever home soon :D
 

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Barney

Poor Barney had to go the vets yesterday due to Julie finding two lumps.

He is also very arthritic and also has hip dysplasia.

Poor lad
 

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Poor boy, that's so so sad, I am sure that LRSE&C will do the best for him and find him an amazing home.

I hope the lumps are nothing serious and that he goes on to have a very happy fun filled new life
 

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Poor Barney, hope he will be ok :grouphuuug:

When he is ready for a new home, don't forget we can advertise him on the Oldies Club website for you :flower:
 

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I hope the lumps turn out to be nothing serious and Barney will be able to go to a new home soon, such a shame his owner couldn`t take him with her :(
 

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Poor Barney, he looks such a lovely boy. Hoping the lumps are nothing, and he finds a lovely home very soon.
 

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Barney looks adorabubble!!!
Hope the lumps turn out to be of the nice variety, and really hope he is on his way to his forever home soon
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Here's another photo of Barney looking very handsome




As Alison said Barney has two lumps, the vet is sure one is a fatty lump so nothing to worry about. He did an aspiration on the other one & the fluid was blood so its likely to be a cyst or something else non-sinister. Its not attached to anything as far as he can tell so we're going to monitor it for now & watch for any changes.

He has arthritis & hip dysplasia but as he weighs 40 kilos we know that reducing his weight will help him enormously. I've got him on glucosamine & green lipped mussel supplements plus metacam prescribed by the vet, that combined with a daily swim, controlled exercise & weight loss will make a huge difference.

Two of my own dogs have severe HD but by following the regime above they lead normal lives with virtually no pain.

I'm hopeful that a lovely home will be found for Barney, he is a fantastic dog with no issues whatsoever. He's great with kids, other dogs & cats ~ I can't find fault with him at all.

I know Alison is working to find a home & having read Scooby's inspirational story I have no doubts there is an angel out there for Barney too :D
 

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Is there any more news on Barney?
 

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Tinkerbella said:
Is there any more news on Barney?
Barney is still making himself very much at home here while we look for his forever home :D

He's a fantastic swimmer & rather good at fetching slippers too ~ perfect Labrador really :D
 

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Barney is gorgeous. I hope he finds a forever home soon. How could his oner let him go.

Good luck for the future Barney.

Yvonne
 

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I agree he is gorgeous. I saw the pictures the other day and I sorta fell for him!

I'll be honest and confess...I'm really tempted to ask my husband about him, but I know he'll share my concern about the fact we have no experience of HD; and the cost of Barney's medical care.
 

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Bump! Offer Tinkerbella some reassurance people with experience!!!! Barney is such a great name and he looks and sounds like a perfect chappie!!!
 

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Tinkerbella

I have two dogs of my own with HD & its honestly nowhere near as frightening as I thought it would be :)

I have a German Shepherd cross who is almost 11 & has had a dodgy back end for years. He had x-rays a few months back to "formally" diagnose & the vet said they're pretty bad & its amazing he's so painfree. The reason he's so good is that we've managed his condition for years ~ I'll tell you how in a min :wink: He still thinks he's a puppy & runs round like an idiot if we let him!

Sophie the Lab also has HD (she's around 4 to 5 years old) we knew that when we took her on in January, she had x-rays with the rescue she was with & the vet said it was one of the worst cases he had ever seen :( The rescue ~ not a Lab rescue ~ were not prepared to keep her with her problems so I adopted her. Now, Sophie has no pain relief whatsoever & has gone from being hardly able to walk to bouncing around like a lunatic :roll: She has glucosamine, green lipped mussel & devils claw supplements every day & that keeps her pain free & very, very mobile.

Barney is a good few kilos overweight & keeping weight at a bare minimum is crucial with HD. He is nowhere near as bad as Sophie IMO & is improving every day. The swimming in local ponds helps enormously as does controlling his exercise. I've started him on glucosamine & green lipped mussel & it is making a difference. He's having metacam daily at the mo as was my GSD at first but he now has it every other day which keeps the cost down & is better for his health.

I reckon I spend, per dog, about £2.50 to £3 a week on supplements. Other people will have other advice, opinons etc but this is what works for me & my dogs.

Sorry for the long post, I hope its been useful. Don't be afraid of HD, loads of dogs live long & happy lives with it :D

Julie & Barney xx
 

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Hi Julie; thanks so much for your post.
I'll be very open and frank with you and tell you exactly where I am with this.
I saw this thread, just as I see the threads for lots and lots of other dogs here. Usually my reaction is "oh what a lovely dog, I really hope they find a good home soon." I saw the pictures of Barney and read his story and for some reason, he's stuck in my mind to the point where - he's sending me Barney!

Based on the reassurance you've given me in your post I have now spoken to my husband about Barney. We have agreed to sit down tonight and have a really good conversation. I do want to caution you that my husband and I had agreed to wait at least another year before introducing another dog - the fact that he wants to discuss it is a good sign, but I don't want to get your hopes up and for you to be disappointed if he says no!

I should share with you our situation because after all this you may decide we're not suitable for Barney! I live in Hampshire, we have three cats (as mentioned), no children but young children visiting perhaps once a month or so. We both work - but we're exactly six minutes from home! - and so getting home at lunchtime is easy. We have about 145 foot of a back garden backing onto fields, and for daily walks Rosie is taken up to our dog-park where she can socialise with lots of other dogs, there are two large fields surrounded by gorseland and woodland that we ramble through. On weekends we go to the forest where there is a large lake; Rosie loves to swim, I can barely get her out of the water. We have friends with a caravan on a beach in devon and we try and spend the odd week and weekends with them at the end/start of the season so that our dogs can enjoy the beach. As for Rosie, she is a bit full on, but she loves the company of our friends 10 year old Labrador when he comes to stay with us and he tends to go all puppified and silly. The dogs getting on would of course be paramount - Barney sounds like the cats would be no problem.

I never take on any animal without making 110% commitment and being certain it's the right decision. I know you will appreciate this; because otherwise I'd be wasting your time. Today I contacted two of my friends who have had dogs in the past with HD - they both tell me exactly the same you, that HD is manageable with the supplements and their dogs lived out their last few years pain-free, with management of diet, exercise, and medication. However, they've all told me that the metacam and glucosamine costs were quite high, and based on the medication Barneys on and his weight, my vets quoted me 65:00 per month (sorry my pound sign isn't working!) Obviously there is a big difference to what it's costing at the moment, so perhaps Barney's dosage is a great deal less?
I'm aware that in Barney's case the liklihood is that an existing condition probably wouldn't be covered by insurance, the insurance premium for an older dog is likely to be higher - and as we already have Rosie, plus our three cats, vet bills and insurance costs are something we really have to consider. I hope you understand; it's a shame cost has to be a consideration but I'm really trying to be really responsible here and make sure the welfare and future health of everyone in our doggie and feline family is secure.

Anyway; we are talking tonight and I should be able to post a bit more towards the end of the evening.

I would really appreciate some some more detail about the medication costs and Barney's dosage. Unfortunately if the costs is as described by my vet could make this a bit too difficult for us. However the costs as you describe would be no worries, so I really need to understand this better.

Thank you for your kind reply and reassurance; I really do appreciate the time and effort you've made to help me.
 

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Okay, Wildwater has posted as I was writing my reply so I'm a bit confused! Julie can you advise, please? Has Barney been homed in the six hours since you replied?
 
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