CH Ebonie's Pride Moya Lubov, RN
Ch. Ebonies Pride Moya Lubov, RN
Date of Birth: February 14, 2005
Died: December 18, 2013
Spayed - Not a temperament that needed to be bred
Health Issues - Canine Addison's Disease Diagnosed 12/2008
Luba is the most loving and loyal dog you could ever imagine to Dale and I. She is, however, extremely dog aggressive and despite extensive socialization never learned to distinguish friend from foe. Luba is what I call my "private" dog....wonderful at home, but not much fun to bring out in public. She is my very loyal companion though and loves male Black Russian Terriers so we can coexist peacefully with Zilya. I did keep them separated when Zil was a puppy to protect him, but when he got to be about 6 months old she started flirting and giving signals that she wanted to play with him and they have been constant companions ever since. Luba is kept seperate from Danika which involved gates placed throughout the house and "dog management" so that they are never loose together.
We did obedience training from the time she was 3 months old until she was about 3 years old (private lessons). We managed to get her Rally Novice title but couldn't proceed any further because I couldn't trust her off leash around other dogs. She also loved agility and would still "play" in the backyard on the teeter that we built when we were taking classes, but competition with her was out of the question. A dog this big with her temperament could be a liability that I am not willing to risk with the general public.
We lost Luba in December 2013. My best guess is bone cancer. She started with a limp after Thanksgiving. At first we just chalked it up to her age and arthritis, but when it didn't get better took her to the vet. They xrayed the foot and only saw arthritis, so we started giving her some anti-inflammatory medicine with no relief. While I was at Eukanuba, Dale called me and said that he thought he better take her to the emergency clinic on Sunday because she had been chewing on her other front foot all night Saturday and was in obvious pain. She also hadn't eaten in several days. They found a lot of infection but also a "mass" of some kind, but said that we should get the infection under control before looking into the mass. She was given large dose of antibiotics. I got home on Monday but she had made no improvement. The next day she started limping on one of her rear legs. I just feel that because of her autoimmune problems what would have normally taken months to develop just exploded in her body. Not wanting her to be in pain when I saw no hope of improvement, we said goodbye on December 18, 2013. Although a challenge to live with, I think Luba loved me more than anything else in the world. I miss that.