Grant K49
All in the Family
Auggie Libbie (K9 Liberty)

Grant K49

Belgian Malinois / Great Dane

Grant was my dad's first police dog, he was definitely a one of a kind dog. Grant had a lot of issues, he was an aggressive dog, probably partly feral one might say because he was born on the streets and lived there for the first 4 monts of his life. And he had the expectable problems that come with owning a dog that was not socialized. He was aggressive, over food and with some dogs. Occasionally with people that did not greet him properly as well. But to his family Grant would have given his life for any one of us. He was a sweetheart, and a dog you could trust with anything, especially keeping you safe. He was definietely misunderstood, and called nasty, mean, viscious, all sorts of things that werent true. Grant had his problems, but he also had a family that loved him and respected him for those problems. And he loved back in return. I remember one evening, it was almost dusk and I went out back to sit on the ramp and just relax. Grant came out of his kennel, and sat next to me. Eventually he laid down and I just sat there petting him, he fell asleep with his head on my lap. He had such a sweet side to him, one most people never saw. And was always content to just sit by your side and lean on you for hours. Grant had a rough life, onee that was very unfair to him. He had a cruciat tear and was on craterest for months to heal, then had another, in the other knee. After the tears, the plate in one started to wear through the skin, and he needed another surgery to fix that. After all that, what we suspect was hip displaysia set it, and arthritis in his knees, and eventually he had almost no usefulness left in his rear end aside from balance. He carried all his weight on his front and his shoulders and elbows suffered from that. It was just a progressive downward spiral for Grant. One day, Grant being his typical overconfident self, he jumped off the front step and I heard a crack. He started limping and favoring the one leg, which swelled up at the joint between his pastern and leg to look like there was an egg in it. We waited a short while to see if the swelling went down but by the next morning it was worse. An xray from the vets showed the bone in that leg looked like swiss cheese, very porous. There was never a diagnosis, because whatever it was it wouldnt change our mind. We brought Grant home to heal with more pain meds. I decided the day Grant told us it was time we would make the call. I didnt know exactly what to look for but I knew he would tell us. I just wished he never would. I cant bring myself to write anymore of this right now. One thing I want to let everyone know, you cant take enough pictures. You may think you have plenty of time, but when the day comes, you want to remember your dog as the puppy he used to be. Every day I wish I had more pictures of Grant while he was still the dog he should still be, and I beat myself for not taking them. They are the small bits of memories you will eventually be glad you have. Ever Vigilant - Ever Loyal Forever Loved

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Comments (3)
Jun 11, 2012 Jose
I'm so sorry to hear about Grant K49. I like to think that he went to doggie heaven and as long as you remember him, he will always be with you. May you rest in peace Grant K49.
Jun 11, 2012 virgilsmama
In loving memory, for sure! The love you have for Grant is very touching, he will always be with you, Daisy, Buddy and Levon and their mama send you our respect! Good luck with Auggie and Libbie!
Jun 11, 2012 The Raven
Grant you were a great loving protective dog and I am glad I could meet you here. You will always live in our memories, happy and healthy.
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