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RIP Andros (Brutus)
Marc and Carol,

Today we are grieving the absence of our dear Andros.  We said goodbye to him yesterday.  Of course, despite it feeling "right," it was brutal.  He was the kindest, most honorable dog I've ever known.  

You noticed his decline last spring, when you last saw him.  He had a good summer, despite continued incontinence.  In August, he had an abscessed molar, and growth on his gum tissue.  He recovered well from the surgery, but the growth returned.  He had more and more trouble getting up and down, and had a bad fall on the deck stairs.  I was able to pull him out, and he was fine, but he couldn't use the stairs anymore, and even had trouble going down the three steps at the front door.  The last week, he had no control of his bladder and bowels, and looked at me differently.  He wasn't happy, and seemed embarrassed.  Standing was painful, getting comfortable lying down was difficult, especially when he would inevitably soak his bed.  He always had a bloody drainage from one side of his mouth. It seemed too much to ask of him.  

I lay with him in the veterinary hospital, and he was completely calm.  I wish I could've been stoic along with him, but I sobbed and told him over and over how much he was loved, and by so many people, and how he had protected us and taught us how to be better people, and I whispered his song "Say a Little Prayer" to him. It was completely peaceful.  His absence is huge, as is his everlasting impression on our hearts.  Thank you for trusting us to be his pack, and for caring for him and loving him along with us. We are forever honored.  

If you hear his song, please think of him.  

With Love,
Susan and Family

Adopted! 01/19/05

6/15/2011 - Brutus, now named Andros is still doing great. We see him at least once or twice a year.
His owners leave him here with us whenever they go out of town.
He's older, a lot greyer, and a bit slower. But he is still his big ol' wonderful self.

  • Gender - male
  • Age/DOB - Unk - ~ 2 yr. maybe
  • Height  at the shoulder -
  • Weight - 143 lb.
  • Spayed/Neutered - soon
  • Taken in on  - 4/25/04
  • Available as of - 5/25/04
  • Housebroken - Yes
  • Obedience trained - Some
  • Good with other dogs - Unk
    • with cats - Unk
    • with kids - Unk
    • with the elderly - probably
  • Temperament - Very sweet. Can be a bit timid or fearful at times. Calm and quiet guy.
  • Comments
We just got Brutus in. He is not deaf. He was running stray and appears to have been dumped in a wooded area near a development. He was loose for at least a couple weeks, sleeping in backyards and living off food folks left out for him. We do not know much about him at all yet. He goes to the vet tomorrow to see about an eye infection and for an overall check up. He shows some indications of possible abuse, but he is a very mild mannered boy and reasonably well trained it seems. He will sit on command and lays down in his bed when told (most of the time). He is clearly happy to be inside where it is warm nd dry, and where he has a nice soft comfy bed to sleep on.

Update 4/1/04 - We went to the vet and the eye problem is not an infection, he has entropion in that eye. This is a condition where the eyelid curls inward and the lashes rub on the eye itself, irritating it. Eventually this can lead to blindness, but he doesn't have any permanent damage yet, so if we get this fixed he will be fine. Surgery is required to fix this. It should cost about $150 to do both the upper and lower lids. He has a 3rd dewclaw, on a rear leg, and we will have the removed at the same time. He showed some signs of a general allergy, but nothing too serious. He had some mild irritation between the pads of his feet (called pododermatitis) but that is clearing up. We got some medicated shampoo to wash his feet with and that seems to be doing the trick, that and allowing his feet to dry which was not happening when he was outside all the time. Other than that he seems to be in generally good health. We will get him neutered here soon too. He is trained, well behaved, generally calm, gets along well with our other dogs, though the other intact male and he can get into arguments now and then. He is perfectly potty trained and knows not to get on the furniture. He loves a good cuddle, and is always willing to spend some quality time getting loved up, but he isn't needy that way. All in all he is a great dog and we can not imagine why anyone would have gotten rid of him, let alone dumped him like this.

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