Dog Video: Lobo’s 13th Birthday

Robert, an Itchmo reader, shared this video with us of his German Shepherd/Malamute mix’s birthday. Lobo turned 13 on December 26. Robert said Lobo was basically crippled last year and he thought he would have to put him down before moving to a different state, but Robert said that with the right food, medication and supplements, Lobo is doing so much better and is walking again.

Happy Birthday Lobo!

43 Responses to “Dog Video: Lobo’s 13th Birthday”

  1. Nancy G. says:

    Cute! All that ‘talking’ is the Malemute. Yeah, I keep going with mine, too, as long as they are not really suffering and they still find pleasure in something. I feel I owe it to them, it’s the least I can do after all their years of love for me. Happy Birthday!

  2. Rober Davis says:

    Nancy G. - Lobo sends a howl of thank you!

    Have a great new year!


  3. StayinAlive says:

    Are you adopting??

    I want a birthday like that!!!

    Happy Birthday Lobo!!

  4. Poodlluver says:

    Cute, and ‘Happy birthday to Lobo!’

    But, the owners may want to do a little MORE research on their knowledge of ‘quality kibble’ because ‘Kumpi’ dogfood (or whatever the name of it was…)
    is NOT a good brand! Its a 2 star brand which is bad….
    The very first ingredient is ‘corn meal’

    Lobo needs to be on a much better kibble!!! Please!!!

  5. Poodlluver says:

    Heres a link that may help you out:

    Give Lobo a big birthday hug for me! He looks like a big ol sweet heart! :)

  6. Rober Davis says:

    Hi Poodlluver….Thank you for the birthday wishes!
    Lobo says Thank you via a howl!

    I did do my research and I don’t want to make this a debate on quality kibble. Many police organizations, including the UN Security Detail, use this food and have had fabulous results, as have I. Kumpi was also fed to the 9/11 dogs at ground zero and did very well on the food. As well, Kumpi has never had any recalls, meat sourced from the US and they have been very open on who manufacturers their food. I do appreciate the concerns but the evidence I have seen in Lobo is good for me.

    Kind Regards,

    Robert Davis

  7. Rober Davis says:

    StayinAlive - I have reached my limit on adoptions! hahahahaha.

    Thank you for your kind words and Lobo sends howls your way!


  8. Poodlluver says:

    Hey, as long as he is doing better and it works for him…..thats all that matters!
    Best wishes Robert!

  9. Robert Davis says:

    Thanks Poodlluver! Have a happy New Year….best wishes to your family as well.


  10. elizabeth says:

    Robert, congrats to you and Lobo. Now, what are the arthritis drug and brand of glucosamine you refer to on the video? I couldn’t catch it. I am glad you found something other than Rimadyl. Keep on keepin on!

  11. Carol Ann says:

    Happy Birthday Lobo, What a beautiful boy you are.

  12. mimi says:

    happy 13th birthday and many more…
    it’s so heart warming to see someone so caring for his dogs, i applaud you, robert, for trying to help lobo and not just euthanize him because of his disability. i am sure he’s enjoying every moments with you.
    wishing you and lobo and of course the rest of the gang a happy new year!!!

  13. Garyn says:

    Happy Birthday Lobo!! What a beautiful boy!! My dog is GSD and Malamute mix also. He looks a lot like Robo, but not as much white. He has the same eyes and snout and the big huge black nose which I love and he TALKS a lot also. My husband will come home from work and say “what did you do today” and he will just chatter away. God bless!!

  14. Garyn says:

    I can’t figure out how to edit. I meant Lobo not Robo!!

  15. Robert Davis says:

    Hi Elizabeth

    Thank you for your well wishes.

    The medicines are:

    Metacam - a liquid arthritis med - very good and his blood work comes back great with the Metacam.
    Dasuquin - a suppliment of Glucosamine, avocado, etc… very very good!
    Tramadal - a pain med that is new for use in dogs. Works very well.

    These three combinations have worked wonders for him.

    Lobo sends a “howl” your way!


  16. Robert Davis says:

    Hi Carol Ann

    Lobo sends a big lick! And we both send well wishes for the New Year!


  17. Robert Davis says:

    Hi Mimi

    Everyone says hello or “howl” and “bark”. We had also tried the wheelchairs for dogs…but Lobo wouldn’t use it. He would just stand, looking at me and I could just hear him say, “Get me out of this thing - I’m embarassed!” I know they work wonders for other dogs, but Lobo would take to it. I still hold him up when we go outside….I just use his leash and put under his belly (near his back legs) for support. Thank you for your kind words!

    Have a happy new year!


  18. Robert Davis says:

    Hi Garyn

    I would love to see a picture of your GSD/Malamute. They are such wonderful dogs! It is so cool how they just chatter away! Private Message me on the itchmo board and I will send you my email address if you want to send a picture or a web link to a photo album would be cool too!

    God bless and have a great new year!

    robfdavis1971 on itchmo forum

  19. deej says:

    Happy birthday Lobo!
    Thanks for sharing the day, Robert - loved Lobo’s smile and talking.

  20. Garyn says:

    Hey Robert. I will PM you a picture after New Year. I am leaving to go skiing this morning. I would love to compare notes on temperament and things. The breed mix is awesome. Have a Happy New Year!!

  21. Sharon says:

    Happy Birthday Lobo! I’m so glad you have someone like Robert to care for you. I think I’m going to have to make a kitty version of that cake for Kuma’s birthday in February!

  22. Robert Davis says:

    your welcome Deej!

    have a wonderful new year!


  23. Robert Davis says:

    Hi Sharon

    That would be so cool for your kitties! They will love it for sure! Maybe some Sardines as part of the topper :-) Mine just go crazy when I open a can of them. Crazy in a good sense!

    Happy new Year and Lobos sends a Howl!


  24. Robert Davis says:

    Hi Garyn

    Enjoy the slopes!


  25. furmom says:

    Happy Birthday Lobo! Your human forgot to mention the obvious secret ingredient that is helping you do so well. You are a lucky dog to have someone who cares so well for you and loves you so much! You are looking great, very handsome fella!

  26. Maggi Parker says:

    Happy Birthday Lobo!!!!!!!! A former neighbour of mine started her dog on acupuncture when she feared she would have to put her beloved dog to sleep. 2 years later the dog acts like she is a puppy. Hope that Lobo enjoys more quality years…….

  27. CINDY WALSH says:


  28. Thel Josenhans says:

    Happy Birthday . Lobo
    Robert , we had the same problem , with our , ” Germen Shepard “…. only 8 years old , Vet’s don’t know every thing , they are owned , put threw school , by …… Pet Food Co.’s , given free vacations , to push there PET FOOD ,
    The Vet wanted to have our Bee-Bee sent 50 miles away , to be have her hind legs operated on , @ a cost of $3000.00 , My Son , who is a Retired Deputy Sheriff , who knew a lot of medical , to help people , said , put her back legs in a sling , of elestic banage , to give the ligaments support , couldn’t keep them from , slipping off , then cut up a small girdel , sewed , to fit over back legs , hold up , with elestic bandage to Her collar , it gave Her support to Her legaments , we didn’t have to pick Her rear end up again , Pet -Food is the problem , we thought we were buying the best , we were poisoning our animals , we started cooking , there food , because , we heard all the recalls , started researching , what , they put in the food. Rice , beef is good , be careful of , your rice , if it is not made in U.S. & from China , it has …….. Melamine poison in it , not who distribes it , in the U.S. , where was it grown ??? Bacon grease is not good for animals , after 5 months , were able to leave Her legs out of the sling , that we took off , washed every week , Plus the change of food , She was strong enought to walk , not fall , a month after that , She can walk normal & …….. RUN . I would never , ever , trust a pet food again , & if you want a good , 100 % formula , for Arthritis , ……. go to Gero Labs , in Canada , a big Co. just put ( )get there ….. Arthro-7 capsules ………. give …Lobo one , three times a day , NO pet food , your cooked food only……..she may be 13 , but in 4 months , she will be walking again, but , try to find a way to give support to her legs , She can’t stop using them , with wheels , when you stop using legments , muscles , even a little , ( YOU LOSE THEM ) . Rober , your a caring person , but , dont ever , trust pet food Co.’s , they don’t love dogs , cats , they love ……… MONEY . Corn meal is a filler , try . soaking , dry ,Garbanzo beans also known as …. chick peas , over night , pour the water off , cook , in water , (cooks down ), put , ( can ) chicken broth in cook , I do 3 Pk.”s at a time , a can of chicken broth , for each pack of , 1 LB. beans , then you can just put meat or chicken , grown turkey , salmon ( wild , can ,salmon ) ((not raised on fish farm , feed , poison feed. )) ( NO NAVY BEANS , LIMB ) black beans , lentil grate.,
    your doing a grate job , keep up the grate job your doing , but threw the …….. DRY PET FOOD , IN THE GARBAGE. T.K.J. Thel

  29. Robert Davis says:

    Hi Furmom - thank you so much for your kind words. Hope you have a great new year! and Lobo sends howls your way!


  30. Robert Davis says:

    Hi Maggie Parker

    Thank you for the information on acupuncture. And I’m so glad to hear about your neighbor’s dog getting better! That is wonderful news!

    Have a good new year and Lobo sends howls your way!


  31. Robert Davis says:

    Hi Cindy Walsh

    Lobo says thank you via a “howl” on his birthday wishes. And thank you for your kind words.

    Have a great new year!

  32. Robert Davis says:

    Hi Thel

    Lobo says thank you for the wishes!


  33. Susan Palermo says:

    My Border Collie mix has been diagnosed with Degernerative Mylopothy. We had xrays. exams and a cat scan and the diagnosis is unanimous by means of eliminating other causes for her rear leg weakness. I also tried the wheels and she did not adjust to them. I am currently trying a holistic vet who has her on a regimen of chinese herbal medication. I saw some improvement but it seems to have slowed. She is dragging herself around. Her spirit and appetite are fine. She has not lost control of her urine or bowels yet. As it is not arthritis, does anyone know if the treatments mentioned can help my Emily? I am sooo glad Lobo is doing so well.

  34. Denise says:

    Happy Birthday Lobo and many many more!!! Robert thank you for sharing the wonderful day. It is really great to see that you care for him so much. Hope you had fun on the slopes! Happy Birthday again from Denise, Merlin, Molly and Sammie too!

  35. Robert Davis says:

    Hi Susan

    I found this web page about DM….I hope it can help provide some information to speak with your vet about.

    I wish the best for you and hope that some treatment will help soon.

    Have a good new year!


  36. Robert Davis says:

    Hi Denise - it was some other folks going to the slopes :-) But thank you for your well wishes anyway - I did play in the snow with the dogs today….Minnesota - it is snow season! And caught on up Season One of Psych.

    Thank you as well for your kind words. And Lobo sends a howl your way.

    Hope you and your family have a wonderful new year!


  37. Robert says:

    Yep Robert, you’re right on the slope thing. My bad! My “pack” also enjoys the snow, some times it is hard to convince them to come inside! Well have a Happy New Year! Merlin, Molly and Sammie send howls to you and yours. - Denise

  38. Denise says:

    Too early in the morning I can’t figure out how to change the name. Oh well

  39. kathy says:

    Robert thank you so much for sharing Lobo’s birthday with us. It was beautiful!! He is a gorgeous boy and a real sweetie, I love how he talks. I have a female, smaller than he otherwise they could be twins, who growl-talks as well, and loves to howl with me.
    Don’t worry about what people are telling you about his food, my 3 have been on Kumpi and whatever of my vegetarian leftovers they want since last March and all are doing extremely well. Lizzie has finally, after 3 years of diet dog food, regained her waistline with Kumpi Senior. 4 dogs that we have fostered in the last year have completely regained their weight and their health, along with the light in their eyes, on Kumpi as I refuse to give them the Commercial Crap that is donated to the humane organization I work with.

  40. Robert Davis says:

    Hi Kathy,

    Thank you so much for the kind words and birthday wishes sent to Lobo. And I am so glad to hear how well your babes are doing as well. I would love to see pictures of your girl. how old is she? I love her name - Lizzie - that is really cool :-)
    Lobo sends a Howl your way!

    Happy New Year!

  41. Sylvia says:

    Robert you rock - it is so cool to see someone who takes responsibility for his dogs and loves them unconditionally - I lost my Elliott at 11 1/2 but Lobo reminds me of him - he was a 120 lb German Shepherd and I loved him more than anything or anyone ever - you and Lobo are both really really lucky to have found one another - God bless you and yours

  42. Robert Davis says:


    thank you for your words …. I am so thankful to have Lobo with me. I never forget his brother, the first Cotton, who I miss every day. Cancer took him from me. I am sorry to hear of your loss and I hope that good memories of Elliott fill your heart and mind each day.

    God bless you as well and have a happy new year!


  43. Susan Palermo says:

    Thank you for the website Robert.

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