Pray for Oakley

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One of my couple of north stars in my life is, in part, a pup named “Oakley the Amazing Weimaraner.”
Two days from tonight on June 18th, Oakley will be eight years old.
Tonight, he is recovering from surgery — and hopefully can pull through. Life today hit him hard– which is a lot like what the fictional dog in “Marley and Me” had.
He’s fighting for his life. I’m sure he will be OK. He will. My friends and I need to believe and say that.
But I’m also very frightened for him. He is “our” dog, “our” child, and some very close family and friends and have been on the frailest of edges all day, not for ourselve, but for Oakley.
I’m sure many of you have amazing and wonderful pets who help fulfill who and what you are. Oakley has been that for me, and us.
Say a prayer for him if you feel so inclined. This amazing, wonderful pup needs all of the positive energy he can get tonight.
So many of the readers of TWN have written to me about Oakley — and his wonderful siblings, Annie and Buddy, that I hope you will embrace them in your thoughts.
Hopefully he will be OK. Please.
— Steve Clemons
Update: Oakley’s “stomach turned” which is a terrible thing for dogs. Through herculean work by the vet, a complicated surgery, and Oak’s on passionate desire to keep chasing rabbits, squirrels and deer, he is still with us. He’s perking up, but still not out of the woods. But that is better than I thought things would be as of yesterday afternoon. Thanks to everyone for your thoughtful notes.

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45 comments on “Pray for Oakley

  1. Linda says:

    I’m glad to hear Oakley’s feeling better. I told my furry little girls and they have their paws crossed and you’re all in my thoughts. I hope Oakley is back chasing squirrels soon.
    Best Wishes

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  2. David says:

    I had two dogs for nearly 17 years, one a female miniature dachshund and the other a standard half-dachshund/half-beagle. They were amazingly important in many, many ways, so I can genuinely empathize. Their passing within a year of each other proved very difficult to assimilate. That attachment is hard to fathom if one has never experienced it. My thoughts are most definitely with Oakley and Oakley’s humans.

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  3. Katherine says:

    Oh G-d…I know how you feel. A friend had to rush from work to the veterinarian hospital after her “Lucky” collapsed at home. (A neighbor was minding Lucky when the emergency occurred.) She ultimately took several days off for Lucky’s surgery and recovery.
    My friend used to joke that she’s “married” to Lucky, but after seeing what happened, I truly believe it. Lucky has done wonders for my friend and in many ways, Lucky has also done wonders for me as he has taught me to have greater respect and empathy for all living creatures.
    So to Steve and your family, hang in there. You have our love and support, including Lucky’s.

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  4. alexandra moffat says:

    Sending best wishes to your dog after his gastric torsion surgery – it
    is indeed very scary & dangerous, though I have not experienced it
    in any of my past and present big dogs. This is not the time for
    diet suggestions but if you are interested in what we think MAY
    possibly contribute to our bloat-free hsitory, let me know.
    And YES, he will pull through!

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  5. Wrensis says:

    Still sending good energy and the candles are lit

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  6. Victoria Love says:

    Please excuse the typos and misspellings above. I tend to type fast and not proofread….

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  7. Victoria Love says:

    Hi Steve, I hope Oakley is doing better today. Just a note of hope: Our Airedale, Angus, had to be gently sent to rest at age 17 last year, but not due to his two harrowing experiences with stomach torsion. The first required a spleenectomy and partial stomach removal. The second was not quite so serious, but still life-threatening.
    Our vet described torsion to us by comparing the stomach to a hammock. When it is full it swings and can possibly flip completely over, cutting off blood flow and causing necrosis (death) of tissue.
    Once a dog has had torsion he is likely to experience it again due to the weakening of the structures that support the stomach and hold it in place.
    Dr. McCoy surgically tacked Angus’s stomach to his abdominal wall in the hope of strengthening it’s support, but is still managed to flip a second time. We were fortunate both times to be at home and Dr. McCoy met us at the clinic for emergency surgury, once at 10:00 p.m. He is a saint.
    Best of luck with Oakley. I know you love him and will always give him the best of care.
    Regards, Victoria

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  8. Carroll says:

    Has anyone talked to Steve?
    I am concerned…what is the latest on Oakely?

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  9. nina says:

    Dear God, most beloved, most high, Please give Steve the extra compassion, understanding and strength to bring Oakley through this difficult time. Please instill confidence and trust in your healing works among all who depend on Oakley, especially among his family and friends. Please save Oakley. Please shower him with many more years in which to bring joy and love to all who know him.
    Thank you. Amen

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  10. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Yep, Carroll, thats the cur.
    He knows he’s cute, too. He milks it for all its worth.

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  11. Carroll says:

    Hey POA….is the picture of Burnie the Bassett the dog you found? He’s so cute!

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  12. IndigoE says:

    I sent you a photo two years ago of an extremely emaciated
    Weimaraaner I found collapsed in Everglades National Park. One
    could not imagine a successful outcome but…heroic Weimaraner
    rescue and a Fort Lauderdale vet brought him back to vim and
    vigor! This breed obviously has not only the will to survive but
    perhaps the multiple lives of cats.
    We hold Oak in our thoughts and are sure of his eventual return to
    “normalcy”!

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  13. PissedOffAmerican says:

    A number of months ago Jake’s buddy Louie got taken by a mountain lion or coyotes. We think it was the former, because one was seen in our general area just hours after Louie’s disappearance.
    Having had dogs my entire life, I am well aware of the pain that accompanies the passing of these faithful friends. I had one such friend, “Charlie”, who had been with me for fourteen years, picked up in my front yard by animal control in Coeur d ‘alene Idaho, placed in the “wrong cage”, and euthanized less than an hour after he was picked up.
    The unfortunate truth is that these amazing creatures have a shorter life span than we do. So, we make a choice when we befriend them, well aware that eventually they will move on.
    Latest for Jake and this household, is a stray basset mix that showed up on one of my jobsites three days ago. Collared, but untagged, flea ridden, and cringing when one reached down to pet him, he is an un-neutered male. And he has undergone an amazing transformation these last three days. Treated for fleas, bathed and nurtured, he is finally smiling, and showing some interest in wrestling with Jake.
    (Don’t tell him, but next Thursday he is scheduled to go through a somewhat less “amazing”, but just as necessary, “transformation”. Shhhh, let him enjoy them while he’s got ’em.)
    There is a picture of him here….
    http://deepintoartlifewest.blogspot.com/
    I hope Oakley is improving Steve, and hope you give us an update on his condition soon.

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  14. John Waring says:

    Growing up in a large family, we never had a dog. My wife’s family always did. After we got married my wife said dogs and children go together, but I resisted the dog part of the equasion. We had our baby daughter out in her stroller and met a dog. Nancy burst into a radiant smile, laughed, and said her first word, “gog”. We’ve had dogs as pets ever since, and they had added much to our lives.
    I hope Oakley gets well soon.

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  15. a.f wijma says:

    Yes from this side of the ocean a big wave of hope
    will be arriving soon for Oakley

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  16. Perry Jefferies says:

    Steve;
    Good luck to you, yours, and especially Oakley.
    I’ve loved seeing his pictures over the years and,
    after losing one of ours, understand the anxiety.
    Only our sweet Liza fills the hole in the heart.
    Godspeed Oakley!

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  17. Dennis says:

    Steve, thank you for sharing Oakley with us over the years – please pass on this message to him: -Oakley, I send you healing white light and will pray for a speedy recovery you beautiful animal.

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  18. George Koinis says:

    Steve – Best wishes for a speedy recovery for Oakley. This (gastric torsion) happened to our first dog, a Lab – Irish Setter mix when she was about 6 years old. She came through the operation fine and lived another 9 years.
    George

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  19. Ian Kaplan says:

    Dear Steve,
    I’m so sorry to read about Oakley. If the prayers of an atheist can help, Oakley has mine.
    All the best to you and your husband,
    Ian

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  20. samuelburke says:

    Steve, hows your doggie Oakley doing?
    dogs are great people.

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  21. sanitychecker says:

    Best of luck to your wonderful Oakley!
    Dogs have many of the important virtues we humans lack so badly.

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  22. Eric Ruth says:

    How we love our dogs. My prayers are with Oakley. I appreciate Washington Note very much.

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  23. Wendell Belew says:

    Steve,
    You and Oakley are in our prayers. We have gone through some tough times with two of our dogs. Any day they are with us is golden.

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  24. Wrensis says:

    Sending Oakley white light and energy to be well.

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  25. Mr.Murder says:

    My Beagle puppy Sissy will get an extra bone treat in honor of Oakley’s expected improvement.

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  26. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Geez.
    We oughta just let the critters do the commenting.
    Undoubtedly, it’d be one hell of an improvement over 3/4s of the absolute garbage thats been stinkin’ up the joint for months now.
    Jake says;
    “Oh Supreme Fido who art in heaven, take Marcus instead”.

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  27. Cee says:

    Me and Simon the cat are praying for you and your pup.

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  28. Jonathan says:

    Please God Oakley should be fine. These are the only times I ever pray.

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  29. Dan Kervick says:

    I’m not the praying type, but my wife is. She has loved the pics of Annie, Oakley and Buddy, and I asked her to say a prayer.
    Rico sends his best too!

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  30. pacos_gal says:

    All the best to Oakley for a quick and complete recovery.
    And all the best to you and yours Steve. The best buds of Oakley need just as much thoughtful well wishes as Oakley himself. It’s tough to have to sit and wait and hope for the best, down right nerve wrecking.

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  31. carol says:

    judy, holly, maddie and mister are thinking best thought for oakley, you and yours.

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  32. WigWag says:

    Kona, my Chocolate Lab, is thinking of Oakley and Steve and so am I.

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  33. ... says:

    praying for the best steve..

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  34. YY says:

    Hoping for the best.

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  35. Doc says:

    On behalf of my two beagles and my wife and me, the very best to Oakley and comfort to you.

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  36. Carroll says:

    All my animals and I will be sending life force and prayers all day and until we hear Oakely has pulled thru.
    St. Francis, guardian of our animal brothers and sisters heal our beloved companion Oakley and restore him fully in body and spirit.

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  37. Sweetness says:

    Steve, your love will pull him through. I’ll keep him in my thoughts.

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  38. Mavis says:

    I will pray all day, for your family. Please keep us updated.

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  39. Paul Norheim says:

    And all good thoughts from me too – hopefully he’ll be barking
    happily on his birthday!

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  40. jonst says:

    I’ll be rooting for you and Oakley Steve! My dogs are my family as well. I like them better than humans. Hope all goes well!

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  41. DonS says:

    All good thoughts . . .

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  42. PissedOffAmerican says:

    “Say a prayer for him if you feel so inclined”
    Done, Steve. Thinking about you guys.

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  43. Dirk says:

    Steve
    we also have a 4-legged hairy son, who sniffs peoples’
    crotches in public and leaves hairs on the couch. We love
    him dearly! We hope your guy pulls through and thrives.
    Our thoughts are w you both.

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