Cobar Dogs Hemophilia

Cobar | 2007-2020

My beautiful, charismatic, loyal and best friend of 13 years Cobar passed away peacefully at my side on October 19th, 2020.

Cobar was an Australian Cattle Dog Red Heeler. He suffered from a a blood disease called Hemophilia. It was of the worst kind. He had 2% clotting factor (his blood didn’t clot). We were together from beginning to end. He lived a good happy life and full filled his job by making people happy and playing as much as he could.

He will be missed greatly.

photo of dog laying in grass with plush toy

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Heart Attack and Hard Times

On February 24th, 2017 I went into the ER because I thought I had really bad heart burn and ended up going down right in front of the ER doctor. I had a heart attack.  Chest compression and defibrillator brought me back to life.  Within minutes I was rushed into emergency catheter surgery to unblock my heart.  Spent five nights in the hospital and have been on the road to recovery.

Needless to say the stump digging project has been on hold for the past two months. I will be restarting that project this month and the goal is to have it out by the end of this month. Not sure how realistic that goal is. There’s a lot more to just the stump itself with this project. There’s a buried wire fence that’s a major issue. I’ll figure it out.

Cobar did exceptionally well during my hospital stay. He managed much better than I have ever expected. Especially with the recent separation which hasn’t been all that good for him. He is managing very good but at times he’s still expecting her to show up.  Unfortunately in mid April he injured his right shoulder again which was an issue last year for several months. He’s healing and on track to be better. I now have a better idea of how and what is causing the injury so that I can avoid it in the future.

There wasn’t any pain from the heart attack or surgery itself, but the chest compression and defibrillator was where most of the pain came from. It took a good month and a half for the pain to go away and feel normal. Started back on my exercise routine in April as I couldn’t wait for the cardio rehab which took way too long to start up. I think this ended up being a good thing as the rehab isn’t as much of a chore than it would be if I hadn’t.

This has made my current life a lot more difficult than I had planned for this year. I just am trying to keep positive and continue to move forward.



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Poo Grotto Expansion Project #5

This is the announcement of the 2017 Poo Grotto Expansion Project #5. It will be commencing on or about the 1st of March. This will be one of the largest expansion projects and stump removals. There are a total of three stumps to be removed, with the largest one in the photo below. Two smaller ones are behind the large stump. The main stump is substantially rotted. Depending on the amount of rot and how large the root system is it may be a quick removal. The other vegetation may cause delays in removal. There will be plenty of campfire wood for the 2017 camping season. Cobar and I are ready for Super Adventure Fun Time.

Main Stump For Poo Grotto Expansion #5

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Happy Valentines Day

I haven’t posted much about Cobar for a very long time. He has been by my side almost every day since about 2011.  He is now 9 years old. Much older than I had ever expected him to live. It has been a long emotional roller coaster. One where I am now suffering from Major Depression. He has been doing very good for the past year or so, but for the latter part of 2016 he injured his front right shoulder that took 4 months to heal.  We have now both suffered the loss of our partner in life after she no longer wanted to be in our world and moved out.  She had apathy for him and didn’t even say goodbye.  So I am now responsible for him.

His leg has healed and I am in the process of healing myself and keeping Cobar safe and happy.  I’ve created a new routine of walking him every morning on the weekdays and Saturdays are going to a park day. Which eventually will turn into Saturday Adventure Time when I can afford to drive farther out and go on trail hikes and camping adventures with him.

I will be posting more often on our adventures and what we are doing.

Happy Valentines Day Cobar!

Cobar with his Slobber Owl.

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I lost my best friend of 18 years over the past 4 weeks.

Don’t worry, I kept Cobar. He is doing better than I expected with Beckys absence. It was rough for him in the fall of 2016, but he’s healed and we are walking every day. It’s just him and I now and he is my responsibility and I am his world.

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Update On Cobar – My Haemophilac Australian Cattle Dog

I had posted a lot about my dog and the perils of his disease and a lot of dispair. I am glad to report that he is doing well, has been doing very good for the past 8 months or so.  He’s not cured or anything, I’ve just paid a lot of attention to him to make sure he’s safe and not in posistions to hurt himself.  He did get a blood transfusion in April or May of 2012. Most likely this was his last blood transfusion.  With his disease he can go at anytime and it’s not easy feeling to know that. It’s been a mild winter for us which I believe has helped a lot. And just attention to what he’s doing.

I kind of got to a point with his website that I got a bit overwhelmed and then realized the template was just stupid. I did learn how to template BlogEngine.NET pretty good in doing so, but then just got discouraged with any sort of direction and where I wanted to go with his website.  I’m not making very specific blog sites so no one is really interested in reading online diaries of boring people with fucked up animals.

Camping Cobar

Haven’t had much to say lately

I haven’t posted much of anything lately. I haven’t had much to say, or just not sure what to say.

Cobar is doing extremely well and for the most part has recovered from his ordeal.  I have nearly completed his web site ( . I’ve just been very un-inspired lately about all my web sites.  I think I will migrate some of the posts about him here to his web site.  There was a big scare when we went camping at Potlatch State Park where he jumped into a 15 foot deep cistern, culvert type of thing.  He managed to escape any noticable injury which is unbelievable.

As I mentioned, we went on our first camping trip of the summer season.  We went to Potlatch State Park and the first night it had rained quite heavily. The most rain on the first night that we’ve experinced when we started the whole summer camping trips about 4 years ago.  The weather cleared up and it was a wonderful weekend.  We did that the Memorial Day weekend. It was relaxing and I actually slept without having to take anything to relax me and sleep.  Normally I have a difficult time sleeping when camping, even though I love it. 

Can’t think of anything else to say.

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3rd Place In Small Dogs Fashion Show

In one of Cobars first major outings from his illness we took him to the Dog Easter Egg hunt dressed as the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland.  He was a bit barky when we first got there but he settled down and had had a lot of fun.  We didn’t win any prizes in the easter egg hunt this year. Too many of peoples human children were grabbing the eggs, not the dogs.  Cobar managed to grab about a half dozen eggs though, he loves doing it.  After the egg hunt there was an hour wait for the fashion show so we took a walk around the park.  This was his first walk since a brief moment at the beginning of March when he was feeling good.  He managed to place 3rd in the small dogs, which we were confused a bit as he’s not a small dog (over 30lbs). The toy he got he loves very much and he’s playing with more of his toys as we let him access to them.  His barking was my biggest concern and so far the day after he’s doing well and appears normal and still has a normal voice.

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A Happy and Healing Dog

It has been a few weeks since my last update on our dog Cobar.  The blood transfusion was like getting a new dog. I am still amazing that just the blood transfusion made him that better, all in about 24 hours.  It was difficult to keep him from not barking, but certain things alinged to help out. Mainly bad weather kept door to door salesmen from coming around, which is the biggest thing that makes him bark a lot.  We were able to keep any other barking to a minimum.  It is now almost three weeks since the blood transfusion.  He’s transistioned from prescription diet canned food, to very low fat dry food that is soaked in water and then given to him in a soupy mixture.  I think this change in diet has helped quite a bit. And we may have narrowed in on some past issues with constipation he has had.  He’ll be going to his normal vet for a check up tonight.  I don’t think he’s completely recovered from this ordeal, but he’s definately improving day to day.