172. Steve and Sonja Kruzich Print         
"I'm hungry!"
Odo at 8 Years

"I'm so sweet!"
Lilly at 8 Years

"I hate cameras!"
Hunter at 8 Years

The Tasmanian Devil!
Londo at 4 Months

"It's been a rough day!"
G'Kar at 7 Years

Breed: Miniature SchnauzerWeight: 23 pounds
Gender: Male
Favorite Food: He'll eat just about anything.
Favorite Activities: He enjoys playing tug and blanket monster, as well as riding with me in the truck.
Favorite Place to Sleep: He sleeps in the bed, of course.
Special Skills or Responsibilities: He's the alpha dog of our group.
Story: Odo is the reason we switched to Flint River Ranch foods. Odo was diagnosed with lymphoma cancer in January 2003, and after researching the condition, I realized that if we were going to do anything we would have to change his diet to strengthen his immune system. I found during research that the worst thing in the world to feed him was products like corn filler, which is high in carbohydrates. Plus, I wasn't impressed with the past history of the name brand dog food companies. We started Odo on a holistic treatment program. Along with that, my vet, Dr. Charles Loops, recommended this brand food to feed him as it doesn't contain lots of filler corn or wheat that would cause the cancer to worsen.

Odo lost his battle with cancer August 3, 2003. He gave us a lick, and died in my arms that Sunday night. We will all miss him greatly! He truly beat all odds in his battle as they said he wouldn't live past his 9th birthday in April. I believe that the treatment program we chose plus his total diet change made a major difference in his fight. We were given six short months to give him lots of extra love! We will continue to use a quality food for his brothers and sister, as I believe that the quality of the food will keep them healthy.

Breed: Jack Russell Terrier MixWeight: 20 pounds
Gender: Female
Favorite Food: She is a picky eater and eats the Flint River Ranch Lamb, Millet, and Rice formula.
Favorite Activities: She likes playing chase with the guys.
Special Skills or Responsibilities: She's good at griping at the guys when they get too close.
Story: We took Lilly in the Christmas after we got Hunter. The previous owners were unable to take her where they were moving to, and we said sure we will foster her. The night she came to live with us, her previous home burned to the ground and a lot of her friends there didn't make it. She was an abused little girl; she has a few BB's under her skin on her head, but now I think she has forgotton that life and is a very happy little girl here. Needless to say, we ended up adopting her and Hunter both at the same time, instead of letting them go to the adopt-a-dog program since we fell in love with them both.

Breed: Treeing Walker Coonhound/Bluetick CoonhoundWeight: 90 pounds
Gender: Male
Favorite Food: He loves LOTS OF Flint River Ranch Lamb, Millet, and Rice! Also, fish and hamburgers.
Favorite Activities: He enjoys lying around on his chair, riding with me in the truck, and going out on the lake in the boat.
Favorite Place to Sleep: He likes to sleep on his chair.
Special Skills or Responsibilities: His only responsibility is just to be lovable.
Story: My vet called me in 1996 and knew that I volunteered to help foster unwanted pets. They asked me if I had a problem with handling an injured pet. I said no, and that I would take care of him if they told me what needed to be done with him. Hunter had been shot by someone; the bullet entered his right buttocks and lodged next to his spine by the tail. He was also a full-grown hound that should have weighed 70 pounds but when I got him he barely tipped the scales at 40 pounds. I was afraid for a couple weeks that I would lose him. Hunter did quite well though; he had an energy about him that helped him make it. He never bit me or growled when I had to open his wound to clean it every day; he knew that I was helping him. To this day I see gratefulness in his eyes for me taking him in and giving him a chance to live his life. He is now a happy overweight hound that enjoys dishing out some wolf cookies by starting to bark and getting the other guys all excited and then sitting back and watching them go running to see what he was barking about. He's kind of a practical joker.
Hunter lost his battle with cancer on January 21, 2004. He lived his life to the fullest. We took him to the vet to send him on to live with Odo—just before he fell asleep, Hunter turned and gave me a kiss letting me know it was OK.

Breed: Miniature SchnauzerVariety: Toy
Weight: 10 poundsGender: Male
Favorite Food: He eats mostly the Flint River Ranch Lamb, Millet, and Rice formula, pizza, and hamburgers, but we're still exploring different foods and tastes.
Favorite Activities: He gets up at 6 AM and starts playing, and he doesn't stop till 12 PM. He likes shredding anything paper, chewing on Daddy's shoes, wrestling brother...
Favorite Place to Sleep: He likes to sleep on the bed.
Special Skills or Responsibilities: He just wants to play.
Story: Londo is G'kar's new little brother since his older brother died in August. G'kar went with me and he played with a lot of pups one day last month and G'kar picked this little guy out of all the other ones. Londo has helped all of us ease the passing of Odo, who left a major gap in our lives. The funniest thing about the situation is that he has so many traits, and it's uncanny that his personality is so much like Odo's. I think that's why G'kar picked him to be his brother. He is a real cutie!

Breed: Miniature SchnauzerWeight: 28 pounds
Gender: Male
Favorite Food: He likes grilled hamburger and pizza.
Favorite Activities: He likes to play tug and blanket monster, and also enjoys wrestling and riding in the truck with me.
Favorite Place to Sleep: He sleeps in the bed, of course.
Special Skills or Responsibilities: His new responsibility is to teach the young pup.
Story: I got G'kar on my birthday in 1996, as a birthday present, I guess, to myself. I was also wanting another Schnauzer so that my Odo would have a friend to play with when I couldn't be at home. G'kar became Odo's best friend and even though they are not related, they were brothers. G'kar took care of Odo in his last days, cleaning his eyes, lying next to him to comfort him, and was even by his side when Odo died last month. G'kar knew what had happened and he even helped us bury Odo under a dogwood tree. He tried to help him even at the end. G'kar went into a depression over Odo's death and wouldn't eat or drink anything for four days. So I picked him up and put him in the truck, and we went down and played with some Schnauzer pups for half a day. Guess what? He picked out a puppy that we ended up taking home with us. ;) So now he has the responsibility to teach his little brother, Londo. By the way, he came out of his depression and is constantly active. I have had to increase his food amounts since he is burning it off trying to keep up with the young'un.
Steve and Sonja's son Joey has a Labrador Retriever named Angel that can be seen at entry 194.

Staff: Steve and Sonja Kruzich
Home: Dahlonega, GA
Date Entered into Gallery: October 13, 2003

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