Tampa, Florida, United States
Posted December 10, 2008
Tucker was/is the best part of my life... I lost him a year and a half ago at age 14. Because he was so special to me it has me involved in rescue of the breed (3 rescues are mine). Dalmatian behavior encompases a wide range... from couch potato to lunatic. First & foremost, Dals are companions... when you fail to provide that you open yourself to the potential for negative behaviors. Tucker bonded to me most of all (and I him). He was smart and learned rapidly when reinforced with what he considered a good reason (food worked best with him). He was a big smiler as are many Dals. He had lots of energy though never destructive. Like many Dals, he did shed... constantly. He did have urinary issues though never formed a urate stone until the end and then a large tumor was discovered that made it evident he could not go on. A low purine diet & lots of water with access to potty often kept him healthy for the bulk of his life. All my rescued Dals are different... none as complete as him, but all are loved. This breed is not for everyone, but for for the one who willing to make the effort you will be rewarded a thousand-fold. Tucker is missed every single day and I pray he is waiting for me at the end of the bridge.