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6-10-15 Nine years ago today.....

June 10th 2015 7:01 pm
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Wow...I cannot believe it was 9 years ago today that you came to live with us. I still remember it like it was yesterday. You were so sad and all you did was stand in the kitchen and bark. I didn't know your teeth hurt too bad to eat that day.

Luckily we figured it out and you taught me how to crush up your food and feed you with a spoon. You know you started something, right?

I am soo happy your Daddy brought you home to us. He was a hero wasn't he for rescuing you? I miss you every day...I call you my "joy dog" because you were sooo happy. When you barked your whole body jumped into the air. It was so cute.

I love you, Dante !! I know you were old when you came here and I hope with all my heart that your last days were happy. I actually know they was evident by your smile when you were playing fetch or trying to get a stuffed toy from me or when you were swimming in the pool or taking a walk. I will never ever forget those times.

HAPPY HAPPY GOTCHA DAY, BUDDY !!!! Your Mommy loves you so much.



June 7, 2015

June 7th 2015 1:54 pm
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Hey Little Buddy,

I am such a bad or maybe just a silly Mommy...I thought today was your Gotcha Day and it's actually the 10th.

So much has been going on that I guess I am just confused.

I miss you sooo much ! Your cute picture is on my calendar at work all month so I get to see your cute face all the time.

They are having a party for you at The Bridge today. I hope you had fun. All of your friends and family were there!

I love you so much and I miss you terribly.



4-7-15 - Wow 7 years have passed....

April 7th 2015 11:30 am
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Oh Dante...little buddy, How I miss you !!

You came to us needing love and I feel like you gave more love than you received. You were such a joy....always making me smile. Your cute little hop when you'd bark. BOL...your whole body would hop up. It was so cute.

I love you so much and I am so so sorry I took you in to the vet that Friday. I would give anything to be able to turn back time. And I worry so much because you didn't wake me just laid on my pillow and went to the Bridge. :( Please know how very happy you made me while you were here. I'm so glad Danny, your daddy, brought you home that day. You were such a good boy. Mommy loves you !!!


*Dante and Suzette were so surprised when Tiffy called to invite them over for lunch today! The boys had been working all morning on getting decorations up for the party for Dante! They’ll really be surprised when they get to lunch! And of course all the cousins will be there. Rov is bringing a special gift for Dante, and Tiffy has a surprise for him, too. Bear Dog grilled a big steak for his lunch!*


Your Gotcha Day !!!

June 10th 2014 5:35 am
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Hey Little Buddy,
It's Mommy and I want you to know just how much I miss you and remember this day....the day you were rescued by Daddy and brought here to live with us. I was not all that happy. You barked ALL the time...just standing in the doorway between the kitchen and the living room barking. Oh me...what had daddy done?

Turns out you had bad teeth and it hurt to eat. Well no wonder you kept barking. Whew...I'm so glad we figured it out and got you to feeling better.

You turned out to be sooooo much fun and such a joy in my life. You were my best trained little doggie. You also loved to swim and play with toys. I about threw my shoulder out playing fetch with you. BOL.

Also my best and most enthusiastic walker. You loved to walk down to the gas station. You loved walking everywhere.

Dante we have a new deck at the house now and I know you would love it. I wish you were here to enjoy it with me.

I am so so so so glad I took all those pictures of you on your last weekend. I'm just sorry I got your teeth done which I still believe caused you to leave us.

I love you and think about you daily....honestly you were a joy and I say that every time I talk about you.

I will see you someday.....don't forget about me.
I love you, Son.
Mommy xoxoxoxo


The Pawty

April 7th 2014 6:19 pm
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*The boys and cousins already have all the decorations hung…Tiffy made them all a big breakfast. Now they’re just waiting for Fancy Pants & Rov to get Dante over to the house. They decided to tell him it’s a surprise for Tiffy (and she will be surprised, because she doesn’t know Suzette and Muffin are coming with him!!!). So they’re pretty sure they can get him there and he’ll be surprised, too! Clyde & Coco are all set to show up…and Rudy & Blondie and all the dog family are planning on being there. The boys have done a great job getting the word out, but keeping it from Dante! He’s going to love it!*

*The party is in full swing!! Tiffy was so surprised when Dante, Suzette & Muffin walked in!! She was almost as surprised as Dante was when he walked in and saw all the banners and balloons hanging everywhere saying “Dante’s Bridge Day”…and they all went to the Cloud Bank to sprinkle angel dust on Mom T back in TN. Now the kids are all playing games, and the grown-ups are visiting on the deck. The little turtles are swimming in the boys’ pool. Everybody is having such a good time! Rov ran over and gave Dante a big hug when he walked in the door! Fancy Pants & Rov did a great job getting Dante there without him knowing what was going on. Rudy & Blondie had stopped by the Cloud Bank on the way over, and sprinkled a big bag of get-well dust on Haley! Bear Dog has the grill set up to cook steaks for all the dog family and corn pups for all the squirrel family and grilled catfish for all the cat family!! He thinks he has everybody covered! And Tiffy just brought out Gussies big cake with “Dante” and a picture of Dante on the cake! Supper will soon be ready!*

Dante was so so so surprised when he got to the party and the surprise was for HIM !! They boys giggled like little was so cute. Dante had a really really good day. He hardly thought about missing his Mommy all day. :)

*The party finally wound down. Everybody enjoyed their supper from Bear Dog’s grill. And they all had some of Dante’s cake! He took the rest home with him! He said he was really surprised, but he was glad they sprinkled the angel dust on you today.*


Six Years........4-7-14

April 7th 2014 3:22 am
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Goodness, it sure doesn't seem like you've been gone 6 years but then on some days it seems like longer.

I sure do miss you, Little Buddy !! I miss your silly hop when you bark, your wanting to play fetch all the time and your barking for me to give you a drink from my glass instead of you drinking from the water bowl. :) I miss your really surprised me. After getting all those bad teeth out you got happy with us, loving your new home and family ...and we really loved you.

I have to say YOU are the best thing your Daddy did while he and I were married. I'm glad he brought you home that day.

I really miss walking you too. Nobody else likes to walk the way you did. :) And cute. I love all the pictures I have of you in the pool.

I love you and miss you like crazy. You really were a joy and I thank you for that.



June 10, 2013

June 10th 2013 7:46 am
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My Sweet Little Buddy,

Today is your birthday!!!! I just wanted to let you know how very very much I miss you. When you came to live with us I was not totally pleased...however you won my heart over and became the best little buddy ever.

You were always so happy and wanting to play fetch all the funny. None of my other dogs are "toy" dogs so I enjoyed that and miss it terribly.

I know Tiffy, Bear Doggie, the boys and the rest of the family have a big day planned for you. Have fun! I hope they take you swimming as that was one of your favorite things too.

I love you and miss you with all my heart. :(



April 7th 2013 5:42 am
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OMD....I am DIARY OF THE on my 5th Bridge Anniversary!!!!!

Mommy has not been this surprised in a long long time....I see her smiling here from the Cloud Bank. She and I are so honored.

You see..when Daddy first brought me home from the shelter lady he met while scuba diving Mommy was not happy. I looked pretty bad and all I did was stand in the doorway and bark.

When Mommy finally came over to see why I was barking...did I have a boo boo, the mange. would I bark forever...she realized I had the worst tarter in the world and couldn't eat the hard food she had put down. Once she used the food processor to make my food soft and fed me with a spoon I quit barking!!!

That's probably why the shelter lady was trying to get rid of me....I wouldn't stop baking and nobody cared to figure out why.

Most people say I was the lucky one that day that daddy (now my ex daddy) was scuba diving that day, but Mommy thinks SHE was the lucky one. I only got to live with her a couple of years (almost), but dang...those were the best years ! Thank you, Mommy. I love you and miss you too.

Dogster Diary of the Day Dude !!!


5 Long Years....

April 6th 2013 8:54 pm
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Wow....I can't believe tomorrow you will have been gone 5 long years. Sometimes it feels like yesterday and sometimes it seems like a million years have passed.

I miss you, Dante, sooo much. You were such a joy. I was just telling the story the other day about how you would stand in the kitchen at your full water bowl and bark for me to come give you a drink from my glass. And feeding you from a spoon...well, heck, you didn't have any teeth. It was the least I could do.

Thank you for being such a fun little doggie. I loved the way your whole body left the ground when you would bark. It was so cute. And your toys....oh were a toy player. I thought my arm would fall off some days from playing fetch.

And the way you loved to go for a walk. All I had to do was look at the leash and you were hopping up and down.

Thank you thank you thank you....I love you and miss you, little buddy!!!!!!


"A Rescue Dog"

October 27th 2009 4:40 am
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Once I was a lonely dog just looking for a home. I had no place to go and no one to call my own. I wandered up and down the streets, in rain, in heat and snow. I ate whatever I could find. I was always on the go. My skin would itch, my feet were sore, my body ached with pain. And no one stopped to give a pat. No one knew my name. I never saw a loving glance; I was always on the run. Some people thought that hurting me was really lots of fun. Then one day I heard a voice so gentle, kind and sweet, And loving arms reached down to me and took me off my feet. "No one will ever hurt you." was whispered in my ear. "You'll have a home to call your own where you will know no fear." "You will be dry, you will be warm, you'll have enough to eat And rest assured that when you sleep, your dreams will all be sweet." I was afraid I must admit I've lived so long in fear. I can't remember when I let a human come so near. As she tended to my wounds and bathed and brushed my fur, She told me 'bout the rescue group and what it meant to her. She said, "We are a circle, a line that never ends. And in the center there is you protected by loving friends." "All around you are the ones that walk among the pounds, And those that share their home with you after you've been found." "There are many others who are searching near and far. To find the perfect home for you, where you can be a star." She said, "There is a family, that's waiting patiently, And pretty soon they'll find you, just you wait and see." "Then they will join our circle - they'll help to make it grow, So there'll be room for more like you, who have no place to go." I waited very patiently, the days they came and went. Today's the day I thought, my family will be sent. Then just when I began to think it wasn't meant to be, There were people standing there just gazing down at me. I knew them in a heartbeat; I could tell they felt it too. They said, "We have been waiting for a special dog like you." Now every night I say a prayer to all the gods that be. "Thank you for the life I live and all you've given me. But most of all protect the dogs in the pounds and on the street. And send a Rescue Person to lift them off their feet." ~ Author Unknown ~

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