December 29th 2013 5:34 am
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Happy Birthday/Got'cha Day Sissy,
On 12-29-2000, 13 years ago, you came into our lives and have filled our hearts with unconditional love. You have taught us so much....you are our hearts....and our special Golden Angel always. Our first and only golden girl...We miss you so much.
As a tribute to the wonderful love you have given us....we want to feature our tail of devotion to you again. It is so important for others to know what an incredible gift you have given us all....Thank you for your love....so glad we found and rescued each other....wish our time together could have last forever...but I know you are not gone, but rather...gone ahead.
Our tail of Devotion to You...
"In October 2000, my beloved pet had died. She was 16 years old. I lost my other beloved pet three years prior. Although I still had my two cats, the house seemed so empty, but not as empty as my heart felt. My two girls had been with me through so much in my life and the emptiness and sadness I felt was overwhelming. I decided I was not going to get another dog, I was not ready.
I have always been a big animal rescuer, and I am sure I always will be...but this animal rescue was different. One morning while I was working, I saw this skinny, injured, scared dog in the distance. She was in a field and too scared to come to me. I left her some food and water. Although I couldn't see the dog very well, she haunted my thoughts during the day...there was something about her. When I left work I went back, I didn't find her. I told my family about her when I got home. I felt in my heart I needed to try and gain this dog's trust and get her the help she needed. Since I am physcially limited, I asked a nurse at work to help me get the dog...each day we left her food and water and talked to her from across the field...she was so scared. On Dec 29, 2000...I knew I had to get her...the big ice storm was coming and she would not survive it. When I pulled up in the parking lot at work, my heart stopped...the nurse had her arms around this incredibly scared, cold, injured, and beautifully spirited dog........our eyes meet. I opened my car door and cranked on the heat. She laid in the back seat of my car and fell asleep. I called my husband to come to my work and get the dog...I made arrangements for her to go immediately to the vet. I feared her condition was so bad, she would have to be euthanized, but I reminded myself...I was helping her. If she was going to be okay, I knew I could find her a forever home.
My husband called and said on the long drive to the vet, this dog got up in the back seat and gently put her paw on my shoulder..."it was like she was telling me something." And she was....she knew right then, I needed her, as much as she needed me. That inured frail paw said, "tell her fur angels sent me....we need each other."
The vet was able to save her and she came to live with us...she filled an incredible void in my heart and I made her feel loved and safe. She taught me that loving again is worth the pain of losing them in the end. It is so amazing to see her loyalty and devotion to the family. For example, one time I fell and she immediately laid across me to protect me until help arrived. She would give her life for her family...her heart is forever ours, as well.
We all love this amazing dog...she is more than a dog, she is our companion who loves unconditionally. She acts as if she is the lucky one, but we really are. She knew I needed her to heal my heart before I did. We are so glad we became her forever family.
YOU ARE AMAZING...AND THE BEST GIFT EVER...TODAY AND EVERY DAY WE CELEBRATE YOU.
December 22nd 2013 4:06 am
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To all our special Dogster and Catster pals,
We want to wish you the best holiday season ever!! We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all the love, kindness, power of the paw, and peace you give to us so freely and willingly...you add strength and happiness to our lives. We thank you for sharing the kindness of your hearts with us. We are truly blessed to have such awesome friends. You are our family and we truly love each and everyone one of you.
My family will always miss me.....and this is their third Christmas without me….but I am celebrating with my angel friends and my angel love, Boss……we are watching over our families and always with you all. My Portrait hangs so beautifully over the couch and mommy can alway see that "Sissy Girl Smile."
One of the best definitions of love and kindness is below:
"Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver."
Thank you for all you do. And now a special wish from us to you written by Kenneth Wyatt:
"Some wishes for you.....
May the coming of each sunrise remind you that
You have a whole new day to do with as you choose.
May your choices for the day include work,
Learning, forgetting, play and rest.
May the chores of each day be met,
Accomplished with ease, and excitement blest.
May the trials of each day be overcome with
Sure wisdom and a simple faith on call.
May a tear of sympathy splash down on occasion,
But your grin of cheer be everyday for all.
May the strangers you meet everyday become
wonderful friends of tomorrows’ deeds.
May the friendship you give to others become
a part of the blessing that everyone needs.
May you live the secret of happiness, discovered
when you learn to help others win.
May you reserve a large serving of love,
especially for those who are “kiss and kin.”
May your health improve as you
need…. and in answer to your prayer.
May gentleness cross your path each day,
and may you pass it along with care.
May the coming of each sunset remind you that this day
was well-spent and nothing did you lose."
As a reminder to slow down and appreciate all the joys in life....to give yourself the best Holiday gift ever...please continue reading. A very special friend of mine, Leo Angel, whom I love dearly, sent this to me and it really spoke to my heart....especially now when so many of my friends are struggling with their health. I wanted to share with all of you. I hope it reminds each of you what a special gift we have while together on earth and we are to each other....
The special poem is below and we believe pertains to all animals not just dogs:
"I AM YOUR DOG…..
I am your dog, and I have a little something I’d like to whisper in your ear
I know that you humans lead busy lives. Some have to work, some have children to raise. It always seems like you are running here and there, often much too fast, often never noticing the truly grand things in life
Look down at me now, while you sit there at your computer. See the way my dark brown eyes look at yours? They are slightly cloudy now. That comes with age. The gray hairs are beginning to ring my soft muzzle. You smile at me. I see the love in your eyes
What do you see in my eyes? Do you see a spirit? A soul inside, who loves you as no other could in the world? A spirit that would forgive all trespasses of prior wrong doing for just a simple moment of your time? That is all I ask.
I ask you to slow down, if even for a few minutes to be with me. So many times you have been saddened by the words you read on that computer screen, of others of my kind, passing away. Sometimes we die young…and oh so quickly and suddenly it wrenches your heart out of your throat. Sometimes, we age so slowly before your eyes that you may not even seem to notice until the very end, when we look at you with our grizzled muzzles and cataract clouded eyes. Still the love is always there, even when we must take that long sleep, to run free over the Rainbow Bridge.
I may not be here tomorrow; I may not be here next week. Someday you will shed the water from your eyes, that humans have when deep grief fills their souls, and you will be angry at yourself that you did not have just “one more day” with me. We have NOW, together. So come, sit down here next to me on the floor and look into my eyes. What do you see? If you look hard and deep enough we will talk, you and I, heart to heart. Come to me not as “alpha” or as “trainer” or even “Mom and Dad” – come to me as a living soul and stroke my fur and let us look deep into one another’s eyes and talk.
I may tell you something about the fun of chasing a tennis ball, or our walks together, or even life in general. You decided to have me in your life because you wanted a soul to share such things with. Someone very different from you, and here I am. I am a dog, but I am alive. I feel emotion, I feel physical senses, and I can revel in the differences of our spirits and souls. I do not think of you as a “dog on two feet”. I know what you are. You are human, in all your quirkiness, and I love you still.
Now, come sit with me, here on the floor. Enter my world, and let time slow down if only for 15 minutes. Look deep into my eyes, and whisper into my ear. Speak with your heart, with your soul, and I will know your true self.
We may not have tomorrow, and life is oh so very short"
~~Author Unknown (a very wise soul wrote this)
Thank you also, for welcoming Sweet Honey Bun with opens paws....she is such a good girl and filling our family home with joy! Honey Bun came to us with a horrible story of abuse, but now she is thriving....amazing what love can do. Ivy Joy and Luna Rose are such a help to the family...mommy's three beautiful girls bring her so much joy.
We wish you peace, joy, love, good health, and happiness this holiday season and we look forward to a wonderful New Year spreading love and kindness to those who cross our paths. Our hearts are forever connected by paws...
We love you, Sissy Golden Angel and Family
November 26th 2013 2:35 am
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I wanted to wish you a very special Thanksgiving Holiday! I know this has been a difficult year for many of us....and yet, we get through each day the best we can....we keep hope and realize that no matter what, we have each other for support…something to truly be thankful for.
Often we spend a majority of our time working so hard to overcome and deal with the bumps in the road of life that I like to get up on Thanksgiving morning and truly clear my mind allowing me to focus on only the good...the things I am thankful for. Although we try to do this on a daily basis, life can get in the way. We hope on Thanksgiving morning, you will take the time to clear your mind and focus only on the good....it warms your heart and puts a different perspecitve on things.
Interestingly enough, we have to also remember that some things which we consider to be "not so good" can still help us grow and become stronger....therefore, something to be thankful for. With most all experiences in life, we can find something to be thankful….we simply have to look and sometimes harder than others.
As I celebrate Thanksgiving, I reflect on all that I am thankful for in my life....and my heart is over-flowing with an abundance of thankfulness.
There is too much for me to simply put into words to express my thankfulness, but I want you to know....how thankful I am for Dogster/Catster, community spirit, acceptance, valuable friendships and each of you.
As I count my many blessings, you are on top of my list.
Our hearts are connected by paws! We hope your Thanksgiving is the very best it can be!
Golden hugs of thanks, Sissy Angel and family
"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
– Melody Beattie, bestselling author and journalist