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Getting ready for my trip to St. Louis

October 12th 2011 5:36 am
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Yesterday I spent the day at Tail Waggers getting groomed for the big trip this weekend. They made me smell funny so I will have to look for something outside to roll in to get a better smell on me. Mom and dad think I look good and like this smell. I have to decide what to pack for the trip.

 

Missing So Many Friends

October 11th 2011 4:35 am
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Many of my friends have made their way to The Rainbow Bridge lately. I have been on Dogster for over 4 years and have lost so many Dogster and Catster friends during that time. Even if I never met them in the fur, they touched my heart and my life and leave an ache when they go.

We read this poem and printed it in PDPC and STAFU's monthly newsletters and thought it was beautiful.

Pet Canvas

When we adopted you into our life our pet canvas was blank. With every lick of your tongue a portion of the canvas was cleared revealing part of a picture underneath. At first I thought it was strange. Instead of painting new memories you seemed to be unveiling a picture already there. But what was it of? I would understand later. As each wonderful year passed, our love for one another grew deeper. Every time we'd play, or go for a walk, or cuddle, more of the picture would be revealed.

When you grew old I started to see a pair of hands on the canvas. I assumed it was our hands petting you but I couldn't make out the rest of it because it was still fuzzy. We knew you were nearing the end and we loved you all the more. We prayed that God would take you in your sleep so we wouldn't have to make that awful decision. But He didn't and I was angry. I asked Him why would He put us in this situation? A soft voice answered, "If you truly love your pet it will all become clear".

When you became too weak and frail to finish the picture I knew it was time to put you to sleep. With all of the courage that God could give me I took you to the veterinarian. As I held you when you passed away my heart broke and rivers of tears streamed down my face. Then I heard His voice, "Look at the picture now". I did and it was crystal clear. He then said, "A pet canvas can only be completed with tears of compassion".

The picture wasn't of our hands petting you, they were God's hands holding all of us.

James A. Ruma

 

One more week!

October 9th 2011 4:53 am
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It is getting close! My big annual trip to St. Louis! Every year my family goes to St. Louis and I get to meet up with my dogster friends there, Georgie and Jackson and Duffy

We go up on Saturday night and we spend two nights in a pet friendly hotel. I wish it was even friendlier and would let me use their pool, but apparently there are rules about dogs in the pool! Hmmmmppph!

On Sunday we meet our friends at Purina Farms and attend the doggy olympics! They call it the Spirit of St. Louis Canine Games and it is hosted by the St. Louis Samoyed Rescue Club. All breeds of dogs attend. There are all sorts of fun games and events and the best one is the lure chasing. I loved doing that last year! We have all won gold medals each year too!

There is also a costume parade and I am going to wear my new Fairy Princess costume. Mom is still trying to figure out how to keep the crown on my head.

After we get tired out there, we go to a restaurant that has an outdoor area so that we can sit with our families while they have dinner. There are a number of very nice pet friendly restaurants in the St. Louis area.

We are also going to stay Sunday night and then go walk around in St. Charles the next day before heading home.

 

Howl-o-ween Costumes

October 5th 2011 5:28 am
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For most of the holidays, mom does stuff to me and then takes a picture so she can put it on my page. Howl-o-ween is absolutely the worst one of all! This involves putting on a costume, usually with a headpiece of some sort and then sitting through a photo session. Mom will snap tons of pictures in the hopes of getting one or two good ones that she can use. Sometimes she even arranges props around me. We went through this last week so she can enter the various group Halloween photo strolls. Then she got the bright idea that she should try to find pictures of me in all my various costumes through the years and make a collage! Some (the chicken) costumes were embarrassing! I feel very lucky that the pig costume was too big and she gave that one to Bonnie! Now I find out I will have to wear this costume in public when we go next week to Purina Farms in St. Louis for the Doggy Olympics and visit our friends Georgie, Jackson and Duffy! Good luck to mom keeping that crown on my head during the costume parade!

 

Beautiful Autumn Day

September 21st 2011 1:48 pm
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It was a beautiful autumn day today. Mom had the day off so both mom and dad were home with me. First I spent most of the day with dad in the backyard. I did not go swimming but it was warm enough. Then mom said she would take me to the forest preserve to go walking. We were walking and I saw 2 deers. The last time there were deer, I was so busy sniffing that I did not even notice them but this time I saw them. I tried to catch up to them but I was on a leash and could not pull mom there fast enough.

 

Free Gizmo and Luke!

September 17th 2011 6:18 pm
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Copied from Coco Rose! You have to admit that she definitely has a point here!

Dear Dogster/Catster,

Please release Gizmo and Luke from the dog/cat of the week spots. It was wonderful to read all about them but now I would like to see another dog/cat honored there. For all of our pals out there please feel free to copy and paste this message and spread the word to Dogster/Catster that we would like to see Gizmo and Luke set free. FREE GIZMO (and Luke)!!!!!

Thanks Coco Rose for saying this out loud!

There are only 52 chances to honor a new Dog and Cat of the Week per year! Many times I have seen this honor last two weeks. That then cuts it down even further. This has been going on for well over a month I think! There are many that would be thrilled to receive this honor. If HQ can change the Dog and Cat and Diaries of the Day, why not the Dog and Cat of the Week?

HQ I am not saying this for selfish reasons since I was lucky enough to have my time in the spotlight and I thank you for it but I know so many deserving dogs and cats that should receive this honor!

 

Walking in the rain

September 14th 2011 12:14 pm
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Today is Mom's day off and I thought we would go to the forest preserve and walk today but it is raining. I kept looking at her and she knew what was on my mind, so she put on her raincoat and we took a walk in the rain! I thought the weather was just fine!

 

Mom and Dad tricked me today

September 12th 2011 2:50 pm
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This morning Mom and Dad told me we were going for a ride. We drove up to this new place. I was very excited. I dragged Mom across the parking lot because I could hardly wait to go in. When we went in I started sniffing around. There was a lady at the desk and she was talking to Mom and Dad. Then she wanted me to get on a scale. Uh oh! I started suspecting that this might not be the fun place I thought it was. By the time I went into one of the examining rooms, I had figured out that I was at the vet. A new vet, but still a vet! Yep, my worst fears were confirmed. They checked me all over and did things I would rather not talk about! This time I pulled Mom OUT the door! I will certainly know better the next time we go THERE! Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me!

 

Thinking of 9/11

September 11th 2011 4:09 am
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I was not born at the time this happened but Mom remembers the moment this happened vividly. Dad had been in the hospital and he had just come home two days earlier. They were having breakfast and watching Good Morning America before going to Dad's follow up doctor visit. The people at GMA switched to show that something had happened to one of the towers. They were showing the smoking hole in the tower and reporting that they had heard that a plane had struck the tower when the second one came in. It was so unbelievable. The towers collapsed while mom and dad were at the doctor visit. They heard about it as soon as they switched on the radio. They had never thought of that happening, also heard about the Pentagon and the United flight. Flights all over the country landed immediately. Families felt an intense need to know that other family members were okay even if they were not near New York or Washington D.C. Mom started worrying about my brother who works in downtown Chicago.

Ten years later the horror and sadness are just as vivid. The heroic efforts to save these people and later just to recover bodies, the families that suffered, the nation felt their pain. These people should never be forgotten. True American heroes all of them.

 

Is there a Doggy Union?

July 3rd 2011 4:08 am
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My job is being lifeguard at the pool. In the summer the grandkids come over to swim and sometimes they bring friends with them. I work very hard the entire time that they are in the pool. I never take my eyes off them and I run back and forth along the pool the whole time they are in the water. I only take quick potty breaks or jump in and swim to cool off and then I am right back to work. When they finally go home I am one tired and hungry pup! I usually zonk out in the evening and nap to make up for all that work.

Lately the girl grandchild has been wanting to sleep over. I like when she stays over but she has been deciding at 9PM at night that she wants to swim again! That means that I am working a double shift! I think there must be some doggy union somewhere with rules that this is a violation of! I am horrified that I have to give up my naptime to go back to work. I am not getting paid any overtime either. Who do I complain to? If you know pmail me!

 
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