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Sad News 9/5/08
I got the call Friday from Mike, the call I hate to get. Orso had suddenly gotten very sick and had to be put to sleep. I can't thank Mike and his whole family enough, for giving Orso 4 wonderful months, where he was loved as he was meant to be loved, had all the food he could eat, where his wounds finally healed, and where he had all the kids and attention he could stand. It means so much ot us that he got to enjoy life as it was meant to be,
even if only for 4 months. I know he died happy and loved, and that he was finally in a good place, his forever home.

Goodby Orso, our big bear.
Your passing has left a hole in the hearts of those who knew and loved you,
a hole too big to ever be filled.


The Vet called me to make sure I was okay (two losses in a short period)  I asked for further explanation as to what happened after discussions with you.  What happened basically is that the side of the heart that pumped to the circulatory system gave out and the rest of the heart was pumping hard because his system said he needed circulation. He says it is one of those things that can happen, especially in large dogs and dogs who may have had a tough life....malnutrition, shock etc.

He was so good and improving so well until the day before.  I of course asked what I could have done, as I feel guilty about this.  I read you site and I agree he has left a huge hole in our hearts.

House feels so empty now.  Again thanks for allowing me time with such a special guy.  That's two of the best dogs I have ever had.

Diva is getting 4 times the love and attention these days.



Adopted 5/17/08!!
Hey Marc

Orso is picking up although a little slow today. Yesterday he actually tried the zoomies and it cracked Teresa up so much she phoned me right away laughing hysterically. She says he was trying to zoom but was awkward as hell and was making some strange noises we've not heard before or since. His rashes are gone, he still licks some and we are working on that. We walk each morning and the two walk very well.  Orso actually half lifted a leg to pee once. He goes up and down stairs in control now.

Diva is fitting right in as well.  She is loved by all she meets as well, except our daughter after she put the pet bunny in her mouth.  No one hurt.  Diva has had a few zoomies and she travels stairs better than I ever remember Woody doing it.  She appears to have lost a pound or two.

We have the eating, bathroom routines down.  No messes in the house and no fights.

They both visit the Daycare for much of the day and lay amongst the children.  Orso would not stop laying on the quiet time mats as Teresa took them out each nap time, so she made him one. He zonks out for a few hours while the children nap tops 30 minutes.

  • Gender - Male
  • Age/DOB - Unk
  • Height  at the shoulder -
  • Weight - ~110
  • Spayed/Neutered - Not yet
  • Taken in on  - 8/22/07
  • Available as of - 10/22/07
  • Housebroken - Yes
  • Obedience trained - Some
  • Good with other dogs - Yes
    • with cats - Yes
    • with kids -  not very small kids
    • with the elderly - Maybe
  • Temperament - Orso means Bear in Italian. Orso is a big bear of a dog. He is very sweet and loving, but he is big and when he gets happy, things can go flying. There isn't a mean bone in this big sweet baby, he is all love and sweetness.
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Orso came to us about 20 lbs underweight, with small wounds all over his face, head and neck from a German Shepherd that lived in the same house. He had large wounds on his forelegs, sort of like big rug burns, that supposedly were from a chain they had to keep him on to keep him away from the Shepherd. He also came to us intact. We are still trying to get more info on Orso, such as his birth date, vet records, etc. We will be getting him altered as soon as he is out of quarantine and at that time we will also get his stomach tacked (gastropexy) as well as having a cyst on his side removed, and the dewclaw on his left rear foot removed. Once he is recuperated from all that, he will be available for adoption. He is a wonderful dog, so kind and loving, a truly good soul. He will make someone very, very happy. He has already wormed his way into our hearts. He is not all that tall as Danes go, he tends more towards the Mastiff build, and in keeping with that, he has a broad powerfully built head, and huge feet.

We will post additional photos of Orso as time goes by, so check back often.
And if you have any questions about Orso or any of our dogs, email us or call us at 541-782-2242
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Marsh Mellow cuddles
up against Orso

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