~*~ Yesterday, one of my favorite dogs to come to the hospital had to go to doggie heaven. ;_; Gunnar, the border terrier, was a bit of a medical mystery. When I first met him, he’d come in on the surgery schedule. His surgery was eventually cancelled because his owner said he hadn’t eaten…for 2 weeks. The next time I saw him, he’d only eaten eggs and cheese for however long (which seems a little disgusting to me). He was boarding for a while, left to go to Internal Medicine, then came back to board. At the end of his stay, he’d been eating and seemed to be doing a little better. The doctor on his case suspected stomach cancer. The 2 ways in which to confirm this may have killed the little guy and were pretty expensive. I thought little Gunnar would be alright for a while until one of the receptionists came back into the treatment area yesterday to say his mom had called fearing that her little man was dying. He hadn’t moved on his own since 9pm the previous night but had eaten a few times. Poor Gunnar was weak and emaciated and just looking at him broke my heart. Several of us teared up when we knew what was going to happen. The doctor on his case was kind enough to let those of us who wanted to say goodbye do so. Saying it was a struggle to keep my tears at bay is an understatement. So today’s post on the Border Terrier is in honor of my friend Gunnar, who I hope is chasing sticks and getting belly rubs in dog heaven. ~*~
The Border Terrier is a small breed (11.5-15.5 lbs) recognized in 1930 by the AKC. They were originally bred as working terriers. This agile dog willingly squeezes into narrow spaces after prey. They possess a wiry coat and that super cute “scruffy old man” face. Borders are described as having an otter head. As far as coat maintenance, it is water-resistant and needs only occasional brushing. Hand stripping twice a year is recommended.
The breed “originated in the border country between England and Scotland, and may be one of the oldest kinds of terriers in Great Britain” (#1). In the 18th century, Borders had to find their own food on top of protecting their owner’s stock. They were built in such a way that they could keep pace with a horse as well as track down a fox. This hunting breed is affectionate in the home and require lots of exercise, as they are pretty active.
For a bit more information on the Border Terrier, here’s the Breed All ABout It segment:
- AKC – Border Terrier