DOGS AND CATS

CLEO
(1997 - 30 November 2015)

White DSH
 

Cleo was the last of my Burwood Pound pets and only about 1 or 2 years old when she came in with kittens so her Pound name was Mother Cat. I often wondered if any of them lived as long as she did! I was only supposed to have her over Christmas (together with Arfur Rabbit) as the Pound needed space for boarders and I was told they would be euthanased. Probably a bluff but once they were here I didn't have the heart to take either of them back to the Pound. She became deaf in old age but was not born deaf like most white cats.

Cleo's appetite had been decreasing over the last few months and she had lost a lot of weight but then she totally stopped eating (but that had happened before when the weather was really hot). She was really flat and couldn't seem to rest so kept getting up and whereas she used to sleep most of the day she was awake all morning moving around the bed where she 'lived' for the past few years since an accident that temporarily paralysed her front legs (and let her with a spastic gait!).

She and Henry were in lurrve and this is my favourite photo of them .... now they are together again.
 

 

BUBLE

(approx. 2004 - 2 August 2015)

Dalmatian

Buble was not my dog but adopted from SDH as a puppy by my neighbours Patrick and Vicki. Buble (occasionally called Bubble!) was named after Vicki's favourite singer and deaf from birth. He was on a special diet as he had chronic bladder stones and also was on medication for arthritis in his later years. Vicki and Patrick are also very fond of birds and have an aviary with budgies which are regularly given corn cobs to enjoy. Sadly Buble got into the waste bin and ingested the remains of one without anyone realising and developed a bowel obstruction in the days after. Although it seemed he had come through the surgery OK Buble didn't get to come home as he passed away that night. Patrick's 'wee pal' was a beautiful boy that was much loved and he will be greatly missed .... RIP Buble.  

 

   

MUPPET

(approx. 2000 - 15 December 2014)

Chihuahua X Terrier

Muppet was the only dog Iíve has since a puppy and was about 6 weeks old when Corinne from Burwood Pound phoned me while I was there walking their dogs saying Tracey from SDH needed a foster carer for a Chihuahua puppy urgently as he would catch something if he didnít get out of the Pound straight away. Sarah. a vet nurse, was my housemate at the time and she went and got him after work but despite not even being there 24 hours Muppet still managed to get sick and had to go on a drip. He was lucky to survive and then again gave us a fright when he had a reaction to his second vaccination and we realised he was allergic to the kennel cough component as he was fine with the first vacc he had which didnít include that. The second photo is when he was in his prime and how Iíd like to remember him ...

 

Muppet had Canine Degenerative Neuropathy and his little body was slowly paralysing so was finding it very hard to stand and walk and had to be held to eat and drink or he would topple into the bowls. He was also sleeping a lot and although he was eating he seemed to be doing it just to survive rather than enjoying it like he used to. I was hoping he would slip away in his sleep but it was not to be. 

 

So Muppet and Scooter (the cockroaches as Tracey liked to call them) are now reunited ...

 

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KHEPHRI
(1996 - 27 April 2014)

Dark Tortoiseshell DMH
 

Khephri was one of 18 year old cats that lived upstairs and she was only diagnosed with heart problems a week before she passed on. Khephri was given some medication but the vet did not expect them to help much. The day she died Khephri started acting strangely that morning and wanted to be downstairs (even walking around the lounge with the other cats and dogs there which she would never do) and sitting outside in the rain till I brought her in.
 
Later in the day she vomited and then collapsed and I stayed with her till she took her last breath about 40 minutes later. Iím glad she was downstairs when it happened or I wouldnít have known and sheíd have died alone upstairs. I got Khephri as a kitten the year I left QANTAS and she was always very stand offish (and quite cranky if Iím honest ... a common Torty trait I understand). Actually the only time I was able to give her a cuddle was this last week when she was ill so Iím very glad I was able to do so. I was going to take Khephri on her final journey the next day so I have to thank her for saving us both from the pain of that.

My earlier cats were always given Egyptian names and Khephri was named after Khephren the god in the form of a scarab beetle. It did cause some confusion at the vets where she was occasionally written up in the notes as 'Carefree' !!
 

GRANDPOPS
(
approx. 1998 - 12 January 2014)

Maltese X

This old man came to me in 2009 named Toby but I already had a dog with that name so he became Grandpops (known as 'Pops') as he was already 11 years old. Pops was being fostered by another carer but he was growling and biting them so they asked for him to be moved. Once he learnt he was no longer 'top dog' Pops never gave me any trouble but did bite the husband of a friend soon after he arrived. I was never sure that he would not bite someone else even though he was so good with me so Pops ended up staying here. He was a funny little guy whose eyes always seemed half closed and I thought his vision might be poor. Despite his age, Pops was always fairly healthy but became blind a few months before he died and was also showing signs of dementia. He was not coping with his blindness very well and would walk around bumping into things. Pops had always raced around and he didn't slow down after becoming blind so became like the ball in a pinball machine bumping into furniture, knocking over water bowls and walking around trying to find an empty bed. I thought I would have to make a hard decision very soon but in the end the decision was made for me. Grandpops made the mistake of bumping into one of the cats (who were always very tolerant of the two blind dogs doing that) but it must have got a fright and lashed out ripping one of Pops' eyeballs open. He went into shock before we got him to the emergency vet and was almost unconscious by the time the needle went in as his body had started to shut down. Pops knew it was time to say goodbye and so did I ..........

 

   

SCOOTER
(
approx. 2000 - 9 October 2013)

Chihuahua X Terrier

Scooter was my 'psycho dog' and even after 10 years still would not let me touch him and as I could not even put a collar or lead on him without stressing us both out he never left my property the whole time he was here. Scooter was diagnosed with a heart murmur in 2012 and developed a cough in 2013 so I knew his time was nigh. He also became more mellow and in his last few months I was even able to pick him although it was only for a few moments before he would give the 'Scooty Shriek' which was the soundtrack to my life from the day he arrived. Scooter started having severe breathing difficulties the night before he died and his lovely vet diagnosed a blown heart valve so nothing could be done for him.

 

 

   

RAFFI
(
approx. 1997 - 20 March 2012)

Pekingese

My special little man Raffi the Pekingese who came to me from a country Pound in 2003 after a car accident that gave him head trauma and an injured eye that had to be removed. I used to call him my Ragdoll Peke as he was so floppy when you picked him up that he was just like a Ragdoll cat. Raffi was more like a baby than a dog and used to cry like one when he was unhappy about something. Raffi went into heart failure and left me with an empty heart and he cannot ever be replaced. 

   

TEDDY
(
approx. 1995 - 5 September 2011)

Shih Tzu X Silky Terrier

My little Teddy Bear who looks like butter wouldn't melt in his mouth but would let no-one touch him except myself and Tracey Etchell and even then we took our lives in our hands! Teddy came from Burwood Pound in 2001when I was volunteer co-ordinator there and I knew I had to get him out fast or he would not make it out at all! Teddy had dementia in his final year and when the time came to say goodbye my heart broke. Teddy was also my baby although in personality both he and Raffi were so very, VERY different. 

 

   

TOBY
(
approx. 1996 - 15 August 2011)

Spaniel X Poodle
 

Toby was the very first dog to join the family in 1997 not long after being found in the park across the road by a neighbour humping another dog. She knew I was involved with Burwood Pound and came to the gate saying 'there's a dog in the park that needs you'. Toby was less than a year old and was probably one of the first designer dogs. He was never an affectionate dog, in fact he was quite stand-offish and I used to say that he granted you an audience rather than give you any love. Teddy also succumbed to dementia at the end and I was hand feeding him for many months before I knew the time had come to say goodbye.

 

   

OSCAR
(
approx. 1997 - 6 December 2010)

Maltese X
 

Oscar was the second dog to join the family in 1999 and also came from Burwood Pound. His personality made him a bit of a challenge and I used to have to throw a noose over his head to walk him in the early days and he used to chase me trying to bite my legs when he was in a bad mood. Oscar mellowed with age and although you could never fully trust him he was more affectionate than Toby surprisingly when the mood took him. Oscar went into heart failure very suddenly and died at home within 15 minutes of collapsing and lapsing into unconsciousness.

 

   

CASEY
(approx. 2002  - 5 May 2010)

Chihuahua X Terrier
 

Casey was another dog found by a neighbour in 2006 after he spotted him in the same park across the road as Toby. The neighbour came to my gate saying there was a limping, stray dog (that he called a Chihuahua) rooting through the rubbish bins for food. I took my lead over and discovered the so-called Chihuahua was over twice the size I expected! He bolted when I approached and went under another neighbours car parked in their front yard but I managed to get enough people together to surround the car and was able to get the lead over his head and get him out. Casey went to the Pound and the kennel hand thought he had escaped somehow as there was no sign of him in his cage the next morning. He was discovered huddling under his bed in fear and given his temperament and leg problem it was decided that he could come to me under duty of care as it was very unlikely he would be claimed. Casey's leg injury turned out to be a congenital bowed femur so it could not be fixed but he was also an affectionate boy although, like Oscar, you could never fully trust him. Casey also went into heart failure quite suddenly and I wish he had been with me longer as I feel the poor boy had a very hard life.

 
   

HENRY
(
approx. 1992 - 15 February 2010)

Grey and White Tabby DSH
 

Henry was such a special cat with a very 'laid back' personality. He loved his two girl companions (known as 'Henry's harem) and would often be found washing their heads all over. Henry joined the family in 1997 having had a few homes in his life and I was told that at one time he was advertised in a lesbian newspaper as 'big pussy needs a new home'! Henry went into kidney failure in his last two years of life and stoically accepted me sticking a needle into him for his saline 'flush-out' every 3 days for almost 18 months. Henry is very much missed by his harem and myself ....

 

 

RABBITS
HONEYBUN
(died July 2014)

Honeybun was the other of the two rabbits adopted from Sydney Dogs Home in 2006 as a companion for blind Byron when I couldn't make a decision whether to adopt her or Boo Boo knowing that the one I left would most probably be killed by them.

In January 2008 Honeybun's left eye was removed due to an unknown trauma. Then she developed an infection in it and the vet was sure she would die but said if the wound was washed out couple of times a day with antiseptic it could make a difference. So I talked an animal-loving neighbour into coming over twice a day for 2 weeks to hold her while I scooped pus out of her eye socket and syringed in the antiseptic liquid. 

Honeybun became paralysed in one of her rear legs a few months before she died and then it affected the other one too. She was still eating well though so I brought her into the house just to see how she coped as I have had a disabled rabbit (Smudge) before but she started passing bloody urine and the vet said he felt a tumour so it was time to say goodbye.

ARFUR (L)
(died 19 June 2006)

 

BYRON (R)
(died 23 April 2011)

 

 

Arfur (R for) Rabbit was adopted from Burwood Pound around 1998. He was a very sweet, tame bunny and in the photo you can see his bottom teeth which grew out horizontally so had to be clipped every month.

Byron came from Sydney Dogs Home in 2004 as a girlfriend for Arfur after Mopsy died. Byron was also very sweet and tame just like Arfur and they both liked to snuggle! Byron had a slight head tilt and was already blind when I got him.

     
BERT
(died 22 June 2010)

 

Bert was adopted from Burwood Pound and died 10 days after his son Smudge. Bert was a bunny that I decided not to rehome because he had a tendency to bite when held although he mellowed as he got older. Bert did love his veggies!
     

BOO BOO

(died 3 May 2011)

 

 

Boo Boo was one of two rabbits I adopted from Sydney Dogs Home in 2006 as a companion for little blind Byron after Arfur died. Sadly Boo Boo developed a blockage and couldn't pooh or wee and the vet was unable to save him.
     
SMUDGE
(born Easter 2001 and died 12 June 2010)

This photo of Smudge was taken the year he died so he is an old bunny here. He developed a creeping paralysis of his back legs and as the undiagnosed disease progressed I had to hand feed him and clean his nether regions. Like his dad Bert, Smudge loved his veggies and we became very close as I would hold his carrot, apple and cauliflower (his favourites) while he munched away.

     
SPLOSH
(born Easter 2001 and
died 21 September 2006)

Smudge and Splosh were born due to an accidental mating of Bert and Lily. Lily managed to push through the barrier between their run and had her wicked way with Bert before I had him desexed. Smudge and Splosh were genuine 'Easter Bunnies' being born Easter Saturday. I only have a baby photo as I found Splosh dead in the run one morning and realised too late that I didn't have an adult photo of her. Not sure which is Smudge and which is Splosh here though!
     
LILY
(died 22 May 2004)

Lily was brought to me from a vet hospital that heard I rescued rabbits so how could I refuse! Lily died after I was convinced by 'rabbit people' that female bunnies should be desexed to avoid getting uterine cancer. Sadly Lily developed a twisted bowel the day after her surgery and died and I will always regret that she had that operation.

     
FLOPSY (L)
(died 19 June 2003)

MOPSY (R)
(died 14 June 2004)

 

Flopsy and Mopsy were adopted from Burwood Pound and were supposed to go to a pet shop for rehoming. I discovered that they would have been split up and they were so bonded I thought that would be a real shame so decided to keep them both.

 
 
 
BOO
(died approx. 1999)

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Boo Bunny came from Burwood Pound and was Arfur's first bunny buddy. Boo passed away suddenly due to unknown causes.

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