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One year bridge anniversary...

May 6th 2013 11:18 am
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It's been a year since I had to go away. My spirit still lives on in the hearts of those who loved me! My family can now remember me with smiles and happy memories instead of with tears and sadness. They still miss me every day and I miss them, although life at the rainbow bridge is wonderful! Sugar and I get to run around and play with all of our angel furiends. It is a perfect place! We can't wait to be reunited with our humans someday. Love you guys! Don't forget to do something naughty every now and then to keep your humans on their toes. ;-)



Gone but not forgotten

May 29th 2012 1:01 pm
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It's been a little over three weeks since I went to the bridge. As much as I miss my family - I am happy here. I am surrounded by so many friends, as well as my sister, Sugar. We visited mom in a dream last night. We wanted her to know that we are happy and safe, and that we love and miss her very much! We hope we didn't make her too sad - we only wanted to let her know that all is well with us. We gave her lots of kisses! ♥ I hope to visit her again soon in her dreams.


A Time To Remember

May 10th 2012 10:11 am
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A Time To Remember

They come into our lives for such a short time
A time we wouldn't trade not even for a dime
Then before you know it the years have flown by
And then all of the sudden we're saying good-bye

It wasn't that long ago we said our good-byes
We held on to you tight as you closed your eyes
Your spirit has flown home on the wings of a dove
Into God's loving arm's; in heaven above

Over the days we've shed many tears
But the memories we have will live on for years
We feel your presence and we know that your near
You're keeping us safe and calming our fear

We think about memories from years past
When you were young and strong and ran so fast
We remember all the great times that we all had
How you always made us happy never made us mad

They were the best and happiest years we had
We'll always look back on them and never be sad
We look forward to the time we'll be together again
And we thank the Lord for such a great friend

Now you run and play up in Heaven above
Cradled in God's arms covered with his love
Playing by the Bridge waiting for the day
We come down thru the meadow to the bridge to stay

The love that you showed us we'll never forget
Because to us you're one very special pet
You're like a star in the dark of night
Always watching over us with the Lord's light

So now we take time to remember our best friend
Who will always be with us even to the end
We'll always remember you the way you were
One big lovable huggable pile of fur

~John Quealy


I Loved You Best

May 9th 2012 11:50 am
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I Loved You Best

So this is where we part, My Friend,
And you'll run on, around the bend.
Gone from sight, but not from mind,
new pleasures there you'll surely find.

I will go on; I'll find the strength,
Life measures quality, not its length.
One long embrace before you leave,
Share one last look, before I grieve.

There are others, that much is true,
But they be they, and they aren't you.
And I, fair, impartial, or so I thought,
Will remember well all you've taught.

Your place I'll hold, you will be missed,
The fur I stroked, the nose I kissed.
And as you journey to your final rest,
Take with you this...I loved you best

~Jim Willis 2002


Thank you, thank you, thank you!

April 20th 2012 11:10 am
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Can't believe it's been a whole year since I've updated my diary. I just had to pop on here and thank all of my dear furiends that made my 14th birthday so special! Even though I am not on Dogster much anymore - so many of you remembered my special day with gifts on my page, pmails and wonderful messages! What pawesome pals I have. Not only did I get many wishes on Dogster, but also on Facebook! That's a great way to make an old pup like me feel furtastic. Yeah, I said it... I'm old, but I still got it! I had a good day filled with extra treats, belly rubs and lots of sun baths. What more could a pup want? ;-) Thank you all again... I love ya! XOXO



Thank you!!!!

April 19th 2011 5:07 pm
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Hey pals! I don't write in my diary that often these days, but I just had to post an entry today to thank all of you who have made my 13th birthday even more special! ♥ So many of you have given me stars, rosettes, gifts and sweet pmails today. They have meant so much to me! I love all of you, and I thank you for being such wonderful furiends. You have a special place in my heart! ♥ ((HUGS)) and sloppy kisses! ♥



♫ Winter Wonderland ♫

December 8th 2010 7:09 pm
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(to the tune of "Winter Wonderland)

Dog tags ring, are you listenin'?
In the lane snow is glistenin'.
It's yellow, not white - I've been there tonight,
marking up my winter wonderland.
Smell that tree? That's my fragrance.
It's a sign for wand'ring vagrants:
"Avoid where I pee, it's my property!
Marked up as my winter wonderland."
In the meadow Dad will build a snowman,
following the classical design.
Then I'll lift my leg and let it go, man,
so all the world will know it's mine-mine-mine!
Straight from me to the fencepost,
flows my natural incense boast:
"Stay off of my turf, this small piece of earth.
I mark it as my winter wonderland."


"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (9-17-10)

September 17th 2010 3:33 pm
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Friday, the 17th of September. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.


TGIF! It's been a while since I've done the news, but I am happy to be back reporting. Today is "National Apple Dumpling Day", "Citizenship Day", "Constitution Day" and "Yom Kippur."


World's Largest and Smallest Dog Meet for the First Time

A Great Dane and a Chihuahua walk into New York's Central Park and ... they make history! At least that's how it happened Wednesday, when Giant George and Boo Boo — the Guinness Book of World Records' new tallest living dog and smallest living dog, respectively — joined forces for a photo op in the Big Apple.

Technically, George and Boo Boo met the night before in their Manhattan hotel rooms; Wednesday marked their first public appearance together. "She's not intimidated, she walked right up to him," Boo Boo's owner Lana Elswick said. "George just kind of looked at her at first, then he ignored her. I think that upset her!"

Described as "bossy," long-coated Chihuahua Boo Boo was just 1 oz. at birth (she now weighs 24 oz.) and wasn't expected to survive, according to Elswick. "The vet said it'd be a miracle if she lived because she weighed [so little]." Boo Boo was fed with an eyedropper as a pup, and the now 4-year-old, who also won the “smallest” record last year, stands 4 in. tall and often fights her brother — who weighs a whopping 3 lbs. and measures 4.9 in. tall — for food in the family's Raceland, Ky., home.

Great Dane George, on the other hand, weighed 17 lbs. at birth, and is now an intimidating 245 lbs. "He eats about 110 pounds [of food] a month," owner David Nasser said Wednesday. "It's definitely changed our lifestyle a little bit." Standing 3 ft. 5 in. tall (more than 7 ft. from nose to tail), he's Guinness's tallest dog ever.

The 5-year-old sleeps on his own queen-sized bed at his family's Tucson, Ariz., home, and has more than 55,000 Facebook friends (he has even met Oprah!). "He's a gentle giant," said Nasser, who is also the father of a newborn. "He's very careful about where he steps [around the baby]."

Both dogs are featured in photos and write-ups in the 2011 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records, which is out today, and their families hope to retain these titles for years to come. "I just feel really blessed," Elswick said.


60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Linglee is a six-year-old spayed female Japanese Chin. This sweet 7 pound pup loves attention and to be held. She is quiet in the house, good with other dogs, and house trained to both the newspaper and a doggie door. Linglee needs a loving furever home. Let's hope that she finds it ASAP! ♥


Cute Dog Video Of The Day

With A Tongue Like This Who Needs A Leash?


Who is this?

It's actress Ali Larter. The expectant celeb stays a step ahead of her fluffy pup after a visit to a Hollywood groomer.


Dog Gift Idea Of The Day

Squish Me Latex Computer Dog Toy

Price: $4.99

This bright yellow computer dog toy bytes back! Tough latex toy features a bitmapped picture of a dog on the screen. Your dog will sink his teeth into this computer with no heart failure from you! For small and medium dogs.


'The Lost Dogs' Finds Hope for Michael Vick's Fighting Dogs

Who cares about Michael Vick's dogs?

The animals, 51 of them, were taken from the football star's property in 2007 after authorities busted a dog-fighting ring that had been operating under the guise of being a legitimate breeding facility. The public was outraged. How could such a talented professional athlete have participated in so brutal an activity? But it seemed the story was always about Vick. What about the dogs?

That's what Sports Illustrated senior editor Jim Gorant wanted to know. So, in December 2008 he wrote a cover story for the magazine about a few of the pit bulls that were taken from Vick's backyard to Virginia animal control, then dispersed to various rescue organizations around the country. Readers responded to the story passionately — they sent more letters about that piece than any other in the magazine that year. One such reader, a pit bull lover who happens to be a book editor, asked Gorant to stay with the story, which turned into the new book The Lost Dogs, out today.

The book, broken into three parts (Rescue, Reclamation and Redemption), unfolds suspensefully. It starts with the forces that led Vick to create Bad Newz Kennels with his friends and associates, then follows agents as they attempt to build a case around Vick. After the bust, the ASPCA and its staff evaluates the dogs. The final third of the book is devoted to the individual stories of the pit bulls and their drastically different lives.

"Just tell the story — that was my approach to it from the start," Gorant says. "Try to approach it as a journalist and a storyteller. It was coming from a place that was not on one side of the equation."

The story, he would find, is ultimately one of hope — hope that the dogs could get a second chance, as pets, as therapy animals, as anything other than fighters.

So, who cares about Michael Vick's dogs?

Gorant's answer might be that we all should. "In order to lift the whole of society, you must first prop up the lowest among its many parts," he writes in the book's introduction. "If you show goodwill and kindness toward those who cannot stand up for themselves, you set a tone of compassion and goodwill that permeates all."

The Lost Dogs ($26) is out now in stores and online.


That will be it for this edition of the news. '60 Seconds' will return again soon. Thank you for being patient, and thanks for reading! This is Peanutty Crankite, signing off. And that's the way it is.


I apologize...

September 12th 2010 1:50 pm
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To those of you who have been missing my news... I apologize. I have been taking a bit of a break from it, but promise to post another edition very soon! Thank you for being patient, and thank you for being such loyal readers! ;-)

Peanutty Crankite~


"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (8-24-10)

August 24th 2010 6:48 pm
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Tuesday, the 24th of August. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.


Happy Tuesday! Today is "Vesuvius Day", "National Waffle Day" and "Raksha Bandhan."


Heroic Dog Saves Owner From Boyfriend’s Knife Attack

They say a dog is man's -- or woman’s -- best friend. And never was this made more clear than early last Wednesday morning when Princess, a five-year-old pit bull/Rhodesian Ridgeback mix, was stabbed multiple times as she tried to protect her owner from a violent boyfriend.

"I feel like she's my hero," Marie Wells, 31, of Southbridge, Mass., says. "If she hadn't been there, I don't know what could have happened. [My boyfriend] snapped."

Wells says Princess began nipping at her boyfriend, Eric Reyes, 30, after the couple got into a heated argument in their apartment around 1 a.m. on Aug. 18. Reyes allegedly reacted by grabbing a 12-inch-long, serrated-edge kitchen knife.

"It all exploded from there, [with] him slicing [the dog],” says Wells. “I didn't know if he was aiming at Princess or at me. I was screaming for him to stop. She was in between me and him the whole time, barking. She was doing a great job of protecting me. Wherever I moved, she was there right with me."

Thanks to calls from Wells’ neighbors, who overheard the fight, police arrived quickly. They found Reyes on the apartment's porch, holding a towel to Princess's wounds and apologizing. "He was saying he was sorry and that he loved her," says Wells.

The dog sustained three major stab wounds and numerous puncture wounds. "Even after the dog backed off and was cowering, he slashed her a couple more times and stabbed her," says Chief Daniel Charette of the Southbridge Police Department. "She was coughing up blood. It was heart-wrenching."

Police immediately arrested Reyes, who was released Monday on his own recognizance pending a court hearing on Oct. 8, says Timothy Connolly, a spokesman for Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. Reyes pleaded not guilty to charges of animal cruelty, assault and battery, violating a restraining order, and other charges, says Connolly. He faces up to five years in state prison for the the animal-cruelty charge alone. Thomas Connors, Reyes's attorney, did not return calls seeking comment.

Princess, meanwhile, is on the mend. After being rushed to Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in Grafton, she underwent several surgeries before returning home last Friday. "As soon as she saw me she went crazy," says Wells. "I consistently tell her in a baby voice, 'I love you, you're such a good girl.' She turns around in a circle, wagging her tail, and sits right in front of me."

Wells and Reyes — who dated for 12 years and are no longer together — got Princess when she was just 8 weeks old. "She is wonderful with children, she's never bitten anyone," says Wells. "She's extremely playful, and her best friend is our cat. They are adorable together."

Wells rewarded Princess’s bravery by presenting her with a huge, fluffy bed which she has placed next to hers. "She will not leave my side," says Wells. "She used to follow me [sometimes]. Now she even comes into the bathroom with me. She is by me 24/7."


60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Duncan is two-year-old neutered male Border Collie. He is good with other dogs and kids. Duncan is both house-trained and crate-trained. He is very sweet and lovable. This handsome pup needs a loving furever home. Let's hope that he finds it ASAP! ♥


Cute Dog Video Of The Day

Awesome Beer Fetching Dog


Who is this?

It's newlywed starlet Hilary Duff joining her big and little canine pals for a stroll around Toluca Lake, Calif.


Dog Gift Idea Of The Day

Apple Fruit Tugger Pull Toy

Price: $3.99

This rope chew has something extra ... a fresh fruity scent that will drive your dog crazy! Fruity-licious chew toy keeps dog's attention longer and provides additional stimulation through scent (vs. plain rope toy). Try something different for your dog today and see if he or she doesn't love it.


Paralyzed dog reaches summit of Mount Washington

What's special about Lucy climbing a mountain this week? Dogs go hiking with their owners everyday. But Lucy isn't just any dog.

She's got an awesome spirit. She was left to die on the roadside in Puerto Rico several years ago and was paralyzed in her hind quarters. She lived in a shelter in Puerto Rico for 2 years. Courtney Dunning, a nurse at Concord Hospital in New Hampshire, saw her on the internet and decided she wanted her. Lucy was flown to her and eventually outfitted with a special walker from Handicapped Pets.

Wednesday, they reached the 6,288 foot summit. Lucy, 4, is the first physically challenged dog to make the trek. She went with Dunning by walking the auto road in Pinkham Notch, N.H., and was accompanied by four other people and Topper, Lucy's canine companion, also rescued from Puerto Rico. The 7.6 mile journey started at 5:28 a.m. and took just over six hours. It's the highest peak in the Northeast.

"She's such a go-getter," Dunning says. "Nothing stops her, she'll try anything. She goes up steps, she jumps off steps. She goes for walks, she goes for runs. Even at a full-out sprint, she far outdoes me."


That will do it for today. '60 Seconds' will return again soon. Thank you for reading! This is Peanutty Crankite, signing off. And that's the way it is.

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