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ENTRY FROM ADOPT '08 CONTEST - NOT FOR JUDGING!!!!!!!!

April 24th 2010 11:51 am
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Hello, my name is Dickens. We're not sure how old I am, but I do know that I adopted my mommy almost 9 years ago (hee hee). (now it's been almost 10!)

Mommy has always adopted rescue pups. She knows with so very many wonderful dogs in the world in need of loving homes that it wasn’t even a choice for her. Mom had just lost, very unexpectedly, and waaaaay too soon after her adoption, a very sweet girl named Trixie. Mommy was heartbroken and swore she was never gonna go through the heartache of having to say goodbye to a beloved again. Well, after about 3 weeks of coming home to an empty house, mom missed having a doggie around. She still was adamant about never adopting again, but wracked her brain on how to be able to have doggies around and not get too attached. Voila! Be a foster mom! Perfect! This way she could help wonderful animals in need, keep them until they found terrific new homes and not get attached – BOL! Sounds easy, right? (Mom’s not too quick sometimes so she really thought she wouldn’t get attached.)

Well, I was mom’s 2nd foster doggie and this is my story. I am a euthenasia list rescue from the Maricopa County pound. I was about 3 years old at the time and dumped there by my horrible previous owners knowing full well that I was to be put down that very day due to too many doggies at the pound already. They said ‘fine’ and walked away. I almost wasn’t rescued that day, but the organization that mom volunteered for just happened to be there. I was so terrified and unresponsive, that the founder of the rescue suggested that they ‘forget about me’ and move on. Were it not for the patience of Lisa, a wonderful volunteer that sat on the floor of my kennel with me for almost 3 hours, I absolutely wouldn’t be here today.

Mom was fostering ‘special needs’ doggies at the time because she had the time to work with them, and Lisa called her from the car on the way from the pound to tell her that she had a very special boy that needed her help.

When I first came to her house, I was so afraid of everything! Sadly mommy thinks I was tied in the back yard for most of my previous life, not socialized at all and shown absolutely no affection. Toys, people, furniture, the television, they all terrified me! I spent the first 2 days at the house squished into the far corner of the backyard because I was so afraid of everything (even mom!). One of my biggest fears was that collars & leashes terrified me! When mom would try to take me for a walk I would just 'pancake' to the floor and not move. The proudest day of mom’s life was when we finally made it over to our neighbor's house one day on a walk (he lived about 20 feet from our driveway and it took us 45 minutes to get there because I kept stopping and flattening down to the sidewalk). Mom worked hard to show me that people can be good and there is nothing to be frightened of - I will always have enough food to eat, toys to play with, furniture to lay around on and love to enjoy!!!

After just 5 days at mom’s house, she got the call that a very nice family was interested in adopting me. Mom thought, ‘heck no, this one is all mine!’ and her ideas of never adopting another dog again flew out the window!

All was going well with my progress, but then about two weeks after mommy 'made it official' I got very very sick. Mommy was terrified that she would lose me and even though 3 different vets said it was distemper and she should put me down, mommy wouldn't give up on me. She gave me fluids through a turkey baster and after trying to tempt me with every single food in the universe, ended up having to force feed me so that I would have the nourishment to get better. Boy was that ever a long and scary battle ..... all I did was lay on my doggie bed next to her bed ~ wouldn't move, lift my head, wag my tail or anything....... :-(

It took a while, but I slowly got better and am now one of the most affectionate, playful, goofy and fun-loving dogs mom says she’s ever had. Mom says that I have brought such joy and happiness to her life and she hopes that she has been able to do the same for me.

So, the whole point of this..........What does adoption mean to me?!?!? Love, happiness, security and never again having to be scared each and every day of what will come next ‘cause I know it’s gonna be all good! My yucky past is lifetimes ago and I am lucky enough to have a mommy that loves me dearly and makes sure to let me know each and every day!

Mom wishes humans had the resilience and ability to love unconditionally, forgive all that has happened and live life to the fullest like we pups do! :-) Please adopt a rescue or shelter dog in need. You will be rewarded a million times over!

(sad side note: in Maricopa County alone, over 100 wonderful doggies & kitties are put to sleep every single day of the year due to overpopulation and irresponsible owners :-( )

xoxoxoxo,
Dickens

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This Is One of Mommy's Favorite Stories:

A man and his dog were walking along a road. The man was enjoying the scenery, when it suddenly occurred to him that he was dead.

He remembered dying, and that the dog walking beside him had been dead for years. He wondered where the road was leading them.

After a while, they came to a high, white stone wall along one side of the road. It looked like fine marble. At the top of a long hill, it was broken by a tall arch that glowed in the sunlight.

When he was standing before it he saw a magnificent gate in the arch that looked like mother-of-pearl, and the street that led to the gate looked like pure gold. He and the dog walked toward the gate, and as he got
closer, he saw a man at a desk to one side.

When he was close enough, he called out, "Excuse me, where are we?"

"This is Heaven, sir," the man answered.

"Wow! Would you happen to have some water?" the man asked.

"Of course, sir. Come right in, and I'll have some ice water brought right up."

The man gestured, and the gate began to open.

"Can my friend," gesturing toward his dog, "come in, too?" the traveler asked.

"I'm sorry, sir, but we don't accept pets."

The man thought a moment and then turned back toward the road and continued the way he had been going with his dog.

After another long walk, and at the top of another long hill, he came to a dirt road leading through a farm gate that looked as if it had never been closed. There was no fence.

As he approached the gate, he saw a man inside, leaning against a tree and reading a book.

"Excuse me!" he called to the man. "Do you have any water?"

"Yeah, sure, there's a pump over there, come on in."

"How about my friend here?" the traveler gestured to the dog.

"There should be a bowl by the pump."

They went through the gate, and sure enough, there was an old-fashioned hand pump with a bowl beside it.

The traveler filled the water bowl and took a long drink himself, then he gave some to the dog. When they were full, he and the dog walked back toward the man who was
standing by the tree.

"What do you call this place?" the traveler asked.

"This is Heaven," he answered.

"Well, that's confusing," the traveler said. "The man down the road said that was Heaven, too."

"Oh, you mean the place with the gold street and pearly gates? Nope. That's hell."

"Doesn't it make you mad for them to use your name like that?"

"No, we're just happy that they screen out the folks who would leave their best friends behind."

 

Surgery got moved up.........

February 17th 2010 2:38 pm
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so the test results from the slides came back ............ inconclusive, of course :-(. 'IT' could be an infection, could be a foreign body, could be something more serious. Regardless, it still needs to come off and my surgery got moved from the 26th to this coming friday :-( Mom's a little nervous (she hasn't actually told me that, but she keeps making us scrambled eggs for dinner and she rarely does that, so we know something's up) ....... we know Dr Frankie will take amazing care of me and mommy even has a 'babysitter' arranged to come sit with me for the 2 hours she has to be away from home on Saturday as she doesn't want to leave me alone, but she's still worried ......

I did hear a rumor about the return of the dreaded satelite dish that i hate so much ........ cwap!

xoxoxoxxoxoxoxo

 

It's been a loooong time!

February 13th 2010 4:38 pm
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Hi Friends!

Boy, that typist lady sure never lets me hang out these days! We've been busy around here! Mommy has been working a lot in order to keep Teej & I in the lifestyle to which we have become accustomed (bol).

I've been naughty too ........ got under the bathroom vanity and decided to dine on some things that i really shouldn't have ....... at the time it seemed like a good idea, however in hindsight, all it did was result in several days of me barfing & not able to poop and a reaaaallllly long day spent at the e-vet place (where my vet was a big poop) ....... i'm fine from that and mom can only hope i learned my lesson, however the doodie head dr did find an ugly growth on my front leggie that he conveniently chose to ignore and wouldn't have even mentioned to mom if she hadn't asked ..... anywhooo, we went to see Dr Frankie yesterday (the bestest vet in the whole wide world), and he took some samples to send off to the lab. He says regardless of the results, the thingie needs to come off, so i'm scheduled for surgery on the 26th. :-( He told mom there's a 50/50 chance that it turns out to be benign, so mom is trying her best to stay positive!

We don't want to worry anyone, but thought that if anyone comes across my diary entry, maybe you can keep good thoughts for me on the 26th and POP for the 'thing' to be benign .......

Love you all!

XOXOXOXOXOXO,
Dickens

 

Thank You For Sharing ~ Adopt '09 Entrants

May 25th 2009 2:32 pm
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I want to thank each and every participant in the Adopt '09 contest. Each and ever entry touched our hearts. Being a recipient of one of the awards last year, and having the honor of being a judge for this year's contest, we will never understand how my story was chosen out of so many wonderful ones.

I must admit, I enlisted the help of mommy to help me read all the amazing entries this year. Each and every one of them was wonderful. The stories of despair, hope, love, abandonment, joy and forever homes made us cry more than we ever thought possible. Both with tears of joy and sorrow.

There were over 170 entries this year and we wish that every single one of them would have won ~ but ya' know what? I think each and every one of us DID win! However bleak our lives began, we were all adopted into wonderful, loving homes. In the end, no matter how long we were with our adoptive pawrents, 1 week or 15 years, I KNOW that our wonderful peeps did everything in their power to show us what it really is to be a beloved part of the family ~ safe, happy, well fed and loved ........

I hope that this contest, and all the amazing stories, have helped to open just one set of eyes to the joys of adoption and all the love that goes along with it!

Thank you everyone for sharing your stories and thank you for letting me be a part of such an amazing contest ....... you're all winners!

XOXOXOX,
Dickens

 

THANK YOU!

December 27th 2008 6:49 pm
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Wow, has this ever been an exciting few weeks full of fun surprises! Today mommy brought home a box addressed to me and guess what was inside? The most wonderfully soft and amazing blankie! Not just any blankie, mind you, but a Flecken Blankie! It's the cutest material and has fringes along the edges! I just love it! It was uber cold here today (well, okay, Arizona cold..... 48), so the timing was just pawfect!

The note inside side it was a present from an anonymous pup! Holy Cow! Why would some swell doggie spend their hard earned bones on me for no reason? I wish I knew who it was from so I could thank them properly, but hopefully they will read my diary and see how happy their sweet gift has made me!

Mommy says she's gonna snuggle up with me under our new blankie tonight and watch a movie! Wheee! Thank you, wonderful blankie sender ..... absolutely unecessary, but amazingly sweet and touching!

XOXOXO,
Dickens

 

To My Wonderful Fundawgs Secret Santa

December 18th 2008 5:33 pm
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Whose name shall remain a secret so as not to embarass him. So many wonderful treats were waiting me in that ginormous box! Toys and treats, my beloved tennis balls (and ones that squeek to boot), fun things for mommy too and, most special of all, an amazingly gorgeous handmade quilt. It's so very beautiful using all Hannukah colors of white, blue & silver. Mom has always wanted a quilt of her very own but never imagined one as magnificent as this one! I tried to explain to her that everything in the box was for ME, but she insists that the quilt is for us to use together.

Thank you, so very much, my wonderful secret santa. Heaven only knows how we deserve all of these wonderful gifts, but your generousity and thoughtfulness has just astounded us. I can't say it's rendered me speechless as really, have you ever seen my speechless? hee hee

I will cherish my pressies always (or at least until I destuff the squeeky ones) ....... you are a true Fundawg and friend, dear Flecken!

Crap! I let the cat out of the bag..........hee hee! shhhhhh, don't tell......

XOXOXOXO,
Dickens

 

Dear Secret Santa......

November 26th 2008 3:28 pm
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OMD! I feel so bad. Thank you for my golden bone. Your original rosette had the misfortune of being timed during a bit of drama in a group, so I wrongly assumed that the rosette was in response to that. Oh heavens, I should have known .......... I'm sorry, Secret Santa, the only thing you did wrong was to have REALLY bad timing! :-)

Please don't bring me coal ......... oh, unless it's for grilling a big juicy steak over........

XOXOXOXO,
Dickens

 

Ode to Cousin Oscar

June 14th 2008 7:01 pm
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You stayed with us, little man, for the past 10 days. You grrrrrrrr'd at me each and every time I tried to play with you. You peed daily on my favorite doggie bed and created a pee pee mote around mom's coffee table in the living room. As a special parting gift last night, you pooped in mom's bedroom and office and topped it off by wiping your butt on her clean sheets. In parting, my petite little Cousin Oscar......... things certainly will not be the same without you, so fairwell little man..........GOOD RIDDANCE & DON'T LET THE DOOR HIT YOU IN THE BUTT ON THE WAY OUT! BOL!

XOXOXO,
Dickens

 

Such An Honor......

May 25th 2008 1:23 pm
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It was an absolute honor to be in the company of so many wonderful pups in the Adoption '08 contest. Mommy must have gone through an entire box of kleenex reading all the wonderfully heartwarming stories. Every single pup that has found their way to a loving home is an absolute winner in our book. We hope that this contest has helped to open the eyes of some to the wonders of adoption. We all have sooo much love to give ...... it's funny, mom was thinking the other day, why people can't be more like us pups? She is not sure that we pups actually forget our unfortunate beginnings, but we certainly do forgive ... willingly, unconditionally and forever. Although mom hopes to g-d that I have forgotten my horrible beginning, she fears that I have not. To this day, if she goes to pet me to0 quickly, I flinch as if expecting to be hit and it breaks her heart. :-(

We may not forget, but we absolutely forgive. We hope that people learn to treat their pets with respect, love and dignity as we all deserve.

Thank you again for such a wonderful honor. Adopt a deserving pup or kitty today and know the true meaning of unconditional love.

XOXOXOXO

 

ADOPT '08 CONTEST

May 3rd 2008 7:58 pm
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Hello, my name is Dickens. We're not sure how old I am, but I do know that I adopted my mommy almost 9 years ago (hee hee).

Mommy has always adopted rescue pups. She knows with so very many wonderful dogs in the world in need of loving homes that it wasn’t even a choice for her. Mom had just lost, very unexpectedly, and waaaaay too soon after her adoption, a very sweet girl named Trixie. Mommy was heartbroken and swore she was never gonna go through the heartache of having to say goodbye to a beloved again. Well, after about 3 weeks of coming home to an empty house, mom missed having a doggie around. She still was adamant about never adopting again, but wracked her brain on how to be able to have doggies around and not get too attached. Voila! Be a foster mom! Perfect! This way she could help wonderful animals in need, keep them until they found terrific new homes and not get attached – BOL! Sounds easy, right? (Mom’s not too quick sometimes so she really thought she wouldn’t get attached.)

Well, I was mom’s 2nd foster doggie and this is my story. I am a euthenasia list rescue from the Maricopa County pound. I was about 3 years old at the time and dumped there by my horrible previous owners knowing full well that I was to be put down that very day due to too many doggies at the pound already. They said ‘fine’ and walked away. I almost wasn’t rescued that day, but the organization that mom volunteered for just happened to be there. I was so terrified and unresponsive, that the founder of the rescue suggested that they ‘forget about me’ and move on. Were it not for the patience of Lisa, a wonderful volunteer that sat on the floor of my kennel with me for almost 3 hours, I absolutely wouldn’t be here today.

Mom was fostering ‘special needs’ doggies at the time because she had the time to work with them, and Lisa called her from the car on the way from the pound to tell her that she had a very special boy that needed her help.

When I first came to her house, I was so afraid of everything! Sadly mommy thinks I was tied in the back yard for most of my previous life, not socialized at all and shown absolutely no affection. Toys, people, furniture, the television, they all terrified me! I spent the first 2 days at the house squished into the far corner of the backyard because I was so afraid of everything (even mom!). One of my biggest fears was that collars & leashes terrified me! When mom would try to take me for a walk I would just 'pancake' to the floor and not move. The proudest day of mom’s life was when we finally made it over to our neighbor's house one day on a walk (he lived about 20 feet from our driveway and it took us 45 minutes to get there because I kept stopping and flattening down to the sidewalk). Mom worked hard to show me that people can be good and there is nothing to be frightened of - I will always have enough food to eat, toys to play with, furniture to lay around on and love to enjoy!!!

After just 5 days at mom’s house, she got the call that a very nice family was interested in adopting me. Mom thought, ‘heck no, this one is all mine!’ and her ideas of never adopting another dog again flew out the window!

All was going well with my progress, but then about two weeks after mommy 'made it official' I got very very sick. Mommy was terrified that she would lose me and even though 3 different vets said it was distemper and she should put me down, mommy wouldn't give up on me. She gave me fluids through a turkey baster and after trying to tempt me with every single food in the universe, ended up having to force feed me so that I would have the nourishment to get better. Boy was that ever a long and scary battle ..... all I did was lay on my doggie bed next to her bed ~ wouldn't move, lift my head, wag my tail or anything....... :-(

It took a while, but I slowly got better and am now one of the most affectionate, playful, goofy and fun-loving dogs mom says she’s ever had. Mom says that I have brought such joy and happiness to her life and she hopes that she has been able to do the same for me.

So, the whole point of this..........What does adoption mean to me?!?!? Love, happiness, security and never again having to be scared each and every day of what will come next ‘cause I know it’s gonna be all good! My yucky past is lifetimes ago and I am lucky enough to have a mommy that loves me dearly and makes sure to let me know each and every day!

Mom wishes humans had the resilience and ability to love unconditionally, forgive all that has happened and live life to the fullest like we pups do! :-) Please adopt a rescue or shelter dog in need. You will be rewarded a million times over!

(sad side note: in Maricopa County alone, over 100 wonderful doggies & kitties are put to sleep every single day of the year due to overpopulation and irresponsible owners :-( )

xoxoxoxo,
Dickens

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~
This Is One of Mommy's Favorite Stories:

A man and his dog were walking along a road. The man was enjoying the scenery, when it suddenly occurred to him that he was dead.

He remembered dying, and that the dog walking beside him had been dead for years. He wondered where the road was leading them.

After a while, they came to a high, white stone wall along one side of the road. It looked like fine marble. At the top of a long hill, it was broken by a tall arch that glowed in the sunlight.

When he was standing before it he saw a magnificent gate in the arch that looked like mother-of-pearl, and the street that led to the gate looked like pure gold. He and the dog walked toward the gate, and as he got
closer, he saw a man at a desk to one side.

When he was close enough, he called out, "Excuse me, where are we?"

"This is Heaven, sir," the man answered.

"Wow! Would you happen to have some water?" the man asked.

"Of course, sir. Come right in, and I'll have some ice water brought right up."

The man gestured, and the gate began to open.

"Can my friend," gesturing toward his dog, "come in, too?" the traveler asked.

"I'm sorry, sir, but we don't accept pets."

The man thought a moment and then turned back toward the road and continued the way he had been going with his dog.

After another long walk, and at the top of another long hill, he came to a dirt road leading through a farm gate that looked as if it had never been closed. There was no fence.

As he approached the gate, he saw a man inside, leaning against a tree and reading a book.

"Excuse me!" he called to the man. "Do you have any water?"

"Yeah, sure, there's a pump over there, come on in."

"How about my friend here?" the traveler gestured to the dog.

"There should be a bowl by the pump."

They went through the gate, and sure enough, there was an old-fashioned hand pump with a bowl beside it.

The traveler filled the water bowl and took a long drink himself, then he gave some to the dog. When they were full, he and the dog walked back toward the man who was
standing by the tree.

"What do you call this place?" the traveler asked.

"This is Heaven," he answered.

"Well, that's confusing," the traveler said. "The man down the road said that was Heaven, too."

"Oh, you mean the place with the gold street and pearly gates? Nope. That's hell."

"Doesn't it make you mad for them to use your name like that?"

"No, we're just happy that they screen out the folks who would leave their best friends behind."

 
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