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Tor has cancer. Doc says he has a few months before it gets bad. It's in the bone in his jaw but it hasn't metastasized yet. We could cut out a big part of his lower jaw -- he'd hate that -- and then put him into chemo and radiation, which he'd hate even more.

We're going to wait until he stops enjoying himself -- right now he's in good spirits and doesn't know anything's wrong except he has a mass in his mouth that makes him drool more than usual -- and once he starts really slowing down we'll put him down before it gets too bad.

Hell of a ride he's had, though. Such a good boy.

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Tor has cancer. Doc says he has a few months before it gets bad. It's in the bone in his jaw but it hasn't metastasized yet. We could cut out a big part of his lower jaw -- he'd hate that -- and then put him into chemo and radiation, which he'd hate even more.

We're going to wait until he stops enjoying himself -- right now he's in good spirits and doesn't know anything's wrong except he has a mass in his mouth that makes him drool more than usual -- and once he starts really slowing down we'll put him down before it gets too bad.

Hell of a ride he's had, though. Such a good boy.

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Sorry to hear that. Have had a number of dogs that got cancer. Osteosarcoma. There is rarely a cure for dogs with surgery & chemo or whatever. Surgery etc. Is for the owner to feel good, not for the dog.
 

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Tor has cancer. Doc says he has a few months before it gets bad. It's in the bone in his jaw but it hasn't metastasized yet. We could cut out a big part of his lower jaw -- he'd hate that -- and then put him into chemo and radiation, which he'd hate even more.

We're going to wait until he stops enjoying himself -- right now he's in good spirits and doesn't know anything's wrong except he has a mass in his mouth that makes him drool more than usual -- and once he starts really slowing down we'll put him down before it gets too bad.

Hell of a ride he's had, though. Such a good boy.

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Jesus. Really sorry to hear about that Rainy.
 

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We talked it out again today and we're going to wait until the bad days start to outnumber the good days. Then we'll send him on his way on a good day.
 

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We talked it out again today and we're going to wait until the bad days start to outnumber the good days. Then we'll send him on his way on a good day.
It sucks but it is best. They are never, ever with us long enough.
 

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Sorry to hear that, Rain Man Rain Man . Make the most out of his final days.

I've always wondered how people can even have dogs in this day and age when you're at work for 8-12 hours a day? And what do you do with weekend trips and holidays? I'd love to have a dog, but can't see myself having enough time till I retire. And when I retire I'd probably want to spend most of my time travelling.
 

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Sorry to hear that, Rain Man Rain Man . Make the most out of his final days.

I've always wondered how people can even have dogs in this day and age when you're at work for 8-12 hours a day? And what do you do with weekend trips and holidays? I'd love to have a dog, but can't see myself having enough time till I retire. And when I retire I'd probably want to spend most of my time travelling.
My wife mostly works from home and I travel a lot for work. He's our security guard and her shadow.

Taking him to the beach this afternoon.
 

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The tears just started welling up in my eyes reading your post. A fine looking dog, he is, and I know what a heartbreak and loss you will be facing.
 

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Tor is getting retired to management. We picked out an emergency backup dog yesterday; we're bringing her home on Saturday. She's a boxer-mastiff cross, 7 weeks old and built like a brick shithouse at 16 lbs.

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That's a good looking pup. I hope she brings you and your family a lot of joy, that she lasts a long time and that her presence will soften the blow when it's time to say good-bye to Tor.
 

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I'm anthropomorphizing, but he finds such immense joy in guarding us -- right now he's sitting at the window watching the valley as I type this, like a big white gargoyle -- that we're hoping it will ease his mind once he starts to get really sick if he knows that there's someone else here to take care of us.
 

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Interesting Newsweek article on Tosa fighting in Japan on Yahoo right now. If I knew how to post a link I would. Hiroshi Sudo, the veterinarian mentioned in the article, once paid us a visit to check on our imported dog Zuma. He was still a teenager then. The article overplayed the frequency of fatalities in the fights. I have always heard they are extremely rare.
 

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Interesting Newsweek article on Tosa fighting in Japan on Yahoo right now. If I knew how to post a link I would. Hiroshi Sudo, the veterinarian mentioned in the article, once paid us a visit to check on our imported dog Zuma. He was still a teenager then. The article overplayed the frequency of fatalities in the fights. I have always heard they are extremely rare.
How old is your Tosa(s)? You have more than one, no?
 

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How old is your Tosa(s)? You have more than one, no?
Sadly, none. I am virtually certain I am done with the Tosas. Wonderful dogs (although doubtless not to everyone's taste), but all too many of them die way too young. I once did a statistical calculation on about 70 Tosas whose life histories I knew. About 38 percent made it to age eight, and only 20 percent survived to age 10. Of the five I owned, none made it to seven. In any event, hardly anybody is breeding them in the USA anymore.

In fact, I doubt seriously that we shall ever get another dog. I love good dogs, but owning one (if you take it seriously) involves an awful lot of work, expense and responsibility, all too often to be concluded with a heartbreak only a few years down the road. I'll just content myself with my parrot, who will be turning 31 in a few days, and the goldfish in my pond, a couple of whom are at least 15 years old.
 

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Sadly, none. I am virtually certain I am done with the Tosas. Wonderful dogs (although doubtless not to everyone's taste), but all too many of them die way too young. I once did a statistical calculation on about 70 Tosas whose life histories I knew. About 38 percent made it to age eight, and only 20 percent survived to age 10. Of the five I owned, none made it to seven. In any event, hardly anybody is breeding them in the USA anymore.

In fact, I doubt seriously that we shall ever get another dog. I love good dogs, but owning one (if you take it seriously) involves an awful lot of work, expense and responsibility, all too often to be concluded with a heartbreak only a few years down the road. I'll just content myself with my parrot, who will be turning 31 in a few days, and the goldfish in my pond, a couple of whom are at least 15 years old.
I was unaware you no longer had any.

Very sombering stats and it is a shame that the biguns don't have much longevity

At least you have have personality in spades from the parrot
 

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She´s 14 today. there were many times in the past fourteen years when I would have given everything to know I would celebrate this day. She survived everything from tetanus to cancer. Today she still wants to lead the way. I walk extra slow so she is faster than me.
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This morning at about 4 AM Tor taught Tira (our new Boxer-Mastiff puppy) that coyotes are a thing to be barked at and scared away.

His heart was in the right place, but now the coyotes know that we have a puppy. So now we have the .22 by the door, loaded with hollowpoints. I love living in the woods.
 

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Thinking about having my folks source me a Tibetan Mastiff. Mom's house has a huge back yard the dog can run around. Not sure how much I am willing to pay for a pup. Last time I was in China, one from a reputable breeder costs about about 30k to 50k USD.
 

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I think Tibetan Mastiffs can be had for a LOT less in North America. I used to see a lot of them at the rare breed shows, although I believe they are full AKC now. Not a breed for everyone. They used to have a reputation for being extreme suspicious if not downright savage to strangers. There was or is a couple in my neighborhood that had a pair. The male was blond colored and looked huge, although he was really no bigger than my Cyrus. He seemed okay--would let me pet him and scratch him behind the ears, but he was still pretty young at the time.
 

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longtime lurker...not on yall's level but ive learned a ton through reading your guys' posts. figured this would be a good post to pop my cherry. prob get shamed for the allen edmonds, but this is one of my fav pics of my american staffordshire willie.

he's a total goofball. pits that are trained right and treated well are some of the best dogs out there...it's when they're owned by assholes that earns em their bad rap.

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