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Dog of the week in my group!

April 15th 2007 11:27 pm
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I'm DOTW in the Card Shower Group! Wow - such a wonderful, giving group of people choosing me. What an honor.

This is the 3rd time I've been DOTW in a group! This is very cool.


I can hardly breathe today...

April 13th 2007 2:36 pm
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So much loss with Joker and Dutchess and her 2 pups (Rowdy earlier this week and Sadie today). It's overwhelming although these are people & dogs I have never met, but have dealt with so often through dogster. When I can step back from the pain, it's amazing to look at what has just occurred. We've created a network of love & support & strength across the world around a little pup. We're all helping each other through this. I'm sure there are not a lot of us who have ever personally met, but we feel as if we have a huge group of friends out there. This is a very powerful lesson.

This was something special posted today:

I will lend to you for a while
a puppy, God said,
For you to love him while he lives
and to mourn for him when he is gone.
Maybe for twelve or fourteen years,
or maybe for two or three
but will you, till I call him back
take care of him for me?
He will bring his charms to gladden you
and (should his stay be brief)
you will always have his memories
as solace for your grief.
I cannot promise that he will stay,
since all from earth return,
but there are lessons taught below
I want this pup to learn.
I have looked the whole world over
in search of teachers true
and from the folk that crowd life’s land
I have chosen you.
Now will you give him all your love
nor think the labor vain
nor hate me when I come to take my pup back again.
I fancied that I heard them say
“Dear Lord Thy Will Be Done,”
For all the joys this pup will bring,
the risk of grief you will run.
Will you shelter him with tenderness
Will you love him while you may
And for the happiness you will know forever grateful stay.
But should I call him back
much sooner than you have planned
Please brave the bitter grief that comes
and try to understand.
If, by your love, you have managed
my wishes to achieve,
In memory of him that you have loved,
cherish every moment with your faithful bundle,
and know he loved you too.
-Author Unknown


Poor sweet Joker!

April 12th 2007 9:39 pm
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We are so sad today because little Joker is so sick. He had emergency surgery for an intestinal problem and his recovery is pretty iffy right now. This isn't supposed to happen to our pups. All we can do is pray for him, his brother Rascal and their whole family. We've all added a photo of Joker as our main picture to send healing thoughts. There is quite a network of dogsters who are participating. We love you little guy. Get well.


If I didn't have animals...

April 8th 2007 10:02 am
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If I didn't have animals . . . .

I could walk around the yard barefoot in safety.

My house could be carpeted instead of tiled and laminated.

All flat surfaces, clothing, furniture, and cars would be free of hair.

When the doorbell rings, it wouldn't sound like a kennel.

When the doorbell rings, I could get to the door without wading through fuzzy bodies who beat me there.

I could sit on the couch and my bed the way I wanted, without taking into consideration how much space several fur bodies would need to get comfortable.

I would not have strange presents under my Christmas tree -- dog bones, stuffed animals, toys, treats nor would I have to explain to
people why I wrap them.

I would have money....and no guilt to go on a real vacation.

I would not be on a first-name basis with 6 veterinarians, as I put their yet-unborn grandkids thru college.

The most used words in my vocabulary would not be: out, sit, down,come, no, stay, and leave him/her/it ALONE.

My house would not be cordoned off into zones with baby gates or barriers.and no hot wire across the driveway.

My house would not look like a day care center, toys everywhere.

My pockets would not contain things like treats or an extra leash.

I would no longer have to spell the words B-A-L-L, F-R-I-S-B-E- E, W-A-L-K or T-R-E-A-T.

I would not have as many leaves INSIDE my house as outside.

I would not look strangely at people who think having ONE dog/cat ties them down too much....never mind the herd of horses!

I'd look forward to spring and the melting of snow instead of dreading mud season.

I would not have to answer the question "Why do you have so many dogs/animals?" from people who will never have the joy in their lives
of knowing they are loved unconditionally by someone as close to an angel as they will ever get!!

How empty my life would be.

~author unknown~


Dog humor

March 30th 2007 7:49 am
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As seen on license applications:

Westminster Terrier
Rhode Island Ridgeback
Copper spaniel
Black labrador (dog was a yellow lab)
Shit Sue
Dorky Terrier
Lopso Apso
El Paso (attempt at lhasa apso)
Highland heeler
Alaskan Malibu
Belgian Manawa
Belgian Malenoise
Basket Hound
Welch corgi
Wild haired terrier
Carrion terrier
Great Pekinese (supposed to be Pyrenees)
Great Pyramid
Miniature Datsun (my favorite)
Irish Settler
Jack Daniels Terrier
German Police Man
Borderline Collie (excellent!)
Chevy King Charles (Cavalier)


Schnauzer Words of Wisdom

March 29th 2007 1:36 am
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From the Miniature Schnauzer Club of Northern California webpage.

Schnauzer Words of Wisdom
(Teachings of the World's Smartest Schnauzer)

1. A biscuit in the mouth is worth two in the box.

2. A biscuit in the belly means it is time for another biscuit.

3. Never give a sucker an even break. If he drops his biscuit, eat it before he can pick it up again.

4. Do you really expect a Schnauzer to crawl through a tunnel to get to a rat in a cage? If you want a Schnauzer to crawl through a @#$%*& tunnel, there had better be something really good to eat at the other end.

5. If it is worth pooping, it is worth finding a really good place to poop.

6. He who marks last, marks best.

7. The toys are mine. God gave the toys to me. You can play with the toys I don't want. I want whichever toys you are playing with.

8. Eat, pee, poop, sleep. Who could ask for anything more?

9. Spay and neuter politicians, not Schnauzers.


Cooper's family - it isn't fair!!!

March 28th 2007 8:00 pm
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Well, Cooper is home & better. His sister Kodak isn't well yet. They lost their 16 yr old sister Wickett. So sad. They didn't do anything wrong to deserve this. All they did was eat their dinner. Lots of hugs & love & prayers for this family from my family!


Poor baby!

March 23rd 2007 2:48 pm
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I received a pmail from our pal, Cooper. He & his sister Kodak are in the hospital with kidney problems due to eating some of the recalled canned food. I told everyone on Schnauzer's Rule so they could send some hugs to their parents.

It's so's just not fair. Our family sends lots of hugs & prayers for your family!


Puppy Size

March 23rd 2007 12:23 pm
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This is one of the neatest stories I've ever heard. You will know precisely what this little girl is talking about at the end (you'll want to share this one with your loved ones and special friends)!

"Danielle keeps repeating it over and over again. We've been back to this animal shelter at least five times. It has been weeks now since we started all of this," the mother told the volunteer.

"What is it she keeps asking for?" the volunteer asked.

"Puppy size!" replied the mother.

"Well, we have plenty of puppies, if that's what she's looking for."

"I know...we have seen most of them," the mom said in frustration...

Just then Danielle came walking into the office

"Well, did you find one?" asked her mom. "No, not this time,"
Danielle said with sadness in her voice. "Can we come back on the weekend?"

The two women looked at each other, shook their heads and laughed

"You never know when we will get more dogs. Unfortunately, there's always a supply," the volunteer said.

Danielle took her mother by the hand and headed to the door. "Don't worry, I'll find one this weekend," she said.

Over the next few days both mom and dad had long conversations with her.

They both felt she was being too particular. "It's this weekend or we're not looking any more," Dad finally said in frustration.

"We don't want to hear anything more about puppy size either," Mom added.

Sure enough, they were the first ones in the shelter on Saturday morning. By now Danielle knew her way around, so she ran right for the section that housed the smaller dogs.

Tired of the routine, mom sat in the small waiting room at the end of the first row of cages. There was an observation window so you could see the animals during times when visitors weren't permitted.

Danielle walked slowly from cage to cage, kneeling periodically to take a closer look. One by one the dogs were brought out and she held each one.

One by one she said, "Sorry, you're not the one."

It was the last cage on this last day in search of the perfect pup.

The volunteer opened the cage door and the child carefully picked up the dog and held it closely. This time she took a little longer.

"Mom, that's it! I found the right puppy! He's the one! I know it!" she screamed with joy. "It's the puppy size!"

"But it's the same size as all the other puppies you held over the last few weeks," Mom said.

"No not size ---- the sighs. When I held him in my arms, he sighed," she said.

"Don't you remember? When I asked you one day what love is, you told me love depends on the sighs of your heart. The more you love, the bigger the sigh!"

The two women looked at each other for a moment. Mom didn't know whether to laugh or cry. As she stooped down to hug the child, she did a little of both.

"Mom, every time you hold me, I sigh. When you and Daddy come home from work and hug each other, you both sigh. I knew I would find the right puppy if it sighed when I held it in my arms," she said.

Then holding the puppy up close to her face she said, "Mom, he loves me. I heard the sighs of his heart!"

Close your eyes for a moment and think about the love that makes you sigh. I not only find it in the arms of my loved ones, but in the caress of a sunset, the kiss of the moonlight and the gentle brush of cool air on a hot day.

They are the sighs of God. Take the time to stop and listen; you will be surprised at what you hear. "Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."


WOW - life is good!

March 18th 2007 6:27 pm
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Wow - the Senior Dog Club named me Senior Dog of the Week, along with my co-winner Hailey! This is the 3rd time in just a few months I've been name "____Dog of the Week"....I'm hoping someday either I or one of my sibs will be chosen dog of the week by dogster. That would be the best yet!

All this after the big fuss about my 12th birthday last weekend.

I'm having so much fun on dogster. Yesterday Schnauzers Rule had a St. Patty's Day party that started at our house in California. We had a barbecue/swim party with games, agility demo, dancing and LOTS of great treats and LOTS of great Schnauzers. It was so much fun! My brother Finnegan, and sisters Molly & Annie were there! Then Russell, who is from Ireland, led the parade with all of us over in Ireland. Schnauzers from all over the US & Canada & a couple from London, and of course Russell from Belfast. Our pal the giant schnauzer (Bond, Schnauzer Bond) showed up and a few non schnauzers were there too! What a great time and a great group ! And this is the Irish wish that Russell left with us.

An Irish Friendship Wish

May there always be work for your hands to do;
May your purse always hold a coin or two;
May the sun always shine on your window pane;
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain;
May the hand of a friend always be near you;
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

Kind of how I feel about everyone on dogster! Happy Sunday!

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