March 18th 2013 7:11 am
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Thank you once again for the rosettes and pawmails you wonderful pups sent me on my gotcha day yesterday.
As daddy had to go away yesterday on another business trip, I made sure Buddy kept mom busy so she didn't feel too down.
Hugs to all.
March 17th 2013 6:13 am
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..... I shall see beauty
but none to match your living grace. I shall hear music
but none as sweet as the droning song
with which you loved me.
I shall fill my days
but I shall not, cannot forget,
Sleep soft, dear friend ...
It was 12 years ago today that you came into our family. We think about you daily, sweet girl, and remember the time we had together.
We love you, we miss you, rest easy dear Abby.
March 8th 2013 8:16 am
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Little girl, last night I had the most vivid dream that you came to say hi. You were scratching your blanket on the floor beside my side of the bed as you always did and you were circling before lying down. I actually got out of bed and touched the floor because the dream felt so real.
Not a day goes by that we don't think of you sweet girl.
Thank you for the visit, Abbykins.
"...I could tell you the story of my life through the dogs I have loved. I could tell you the story of the losses in my life through their deaths. Dogs come into our lives to teach us about love and loyalty. They depart to teach us about loss. We try to replace them, but never quite succeed. A new dog never replaces an old dog; it merely expands the heart. If you have loved many dogs, your heart is very big"
We love you, we miss you so much, rest easy Abbykins.
February 16th 2013 5:08 pm
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Thank you to all the pups that sent me Valentine Candy and other rosettes for Valentine's Day. It brought a tear to mom's eye knowing that I was still being thought of by my pals!
Thanks you all again. We love you all!
January 14th 2013 5:50 am
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I would like to say thank you to everyone that helped me celebrate my first birthday at the Bridge on Saturday. It is overwhelming all the rosettes and pawmails I received and mom and I really appreciate you helping us get through that day.
You pals are the best and we love each and every one of you!
January 12th 2013 7:54 am
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I give you this one thought to keep
I am with you still -- do not weep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn's rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not think of me as gone --
I am with you still -- in each new dawn.
Thinking of you Abbykins on your first birthday at the Bridge. May you have many of your favorite salmon skin rolls today, many runs in the grass and swims in the river.
We love you, we miss you, rest easy Abbykins.
December 18th 2012 6:13 am
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The peeps received their copy of the calendar from The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs out of Cleveland, Ohio yesterday. They are still so surprised my photo made it into the calendar and I am the only entry from Canada to have received this honor.
Mom opened the package from the sanctuary while sitting in the truck outside of the post office yesterday. When she read what they put for me, she got very emotional. Luckily, Buddy was in the truck to distract her a bit.
If you haven't already, please check out The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs and see the awesome work that they do for abandoned and sick senior dogs in and around the Cleveland area.
December 10th 2012 7:35 am
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Long ago in the deepest of winters all of the animals on earth were abuzz with the news.
"He is BORN! HE IS BORN!" Cried the snowy owl.
"Come one and all rejoice!" Roared the mighty lion.
"Bring gifts to the new King!" The deer hurried.
The forest grew bright with the din of excitement. Every creature was running towards the star. The noise was so loud and joyful that it traveled distant lands.
In a quiet glen, under a bramble bush, a small lonely dog raised his head from his slumber and heard the sounds from afar. He raised his little head and wondered. Slowly he raised his tired body and sniffed the air. He knew something was amiss - but he knew not what.
A voice ever so sweet was singing in the distance, this he could hear. The words were not at all clear, but the sound was of waterfalls, and misty mornings and everything dear...Eagerly he followed the sound and soon saw a star. It shone so brightly his little eyes watered. What was this shiny thing that happily glowed? What could be happening that would bring about such a lovely sight?
His little legs beat the path for many days. He became tired and hungry but still he walked on. He had to follow the sound of that voice. The voice that reminded him of warmer and kinder times. He had to follow the light of the star. The star told him of happy things to come.
At last he came into a clearing and his eyes beheld a mystifying sight. Animals were everywhere, and each had a precious gift. Some brought shiny berries from the forest, some brought beautiful leaves, some brought twigs from the rarest of trees and even some brought the most precious wildflowers of the field. They were laying these gifts at the entrance of a stable. Above the stable the light of the star twinkled more brightly than before.
He turned to the deer and asked: "What is all this? Where have I come?"
"You have come to see the new King. He is Born. Where are your gifts for the child?" asked the deer reproachfully.
"I have no gifts...I didn't know..." said the lonely little dog with his head hung low.
The deer sneered and snubbed and quickly walked away as he tossed his head indignantly.
The little dog's body trembled all over, his little tail flew between his little legs, and his little head hung lower than ever. He was ashamed. And yet...he still he wanted to get a little peek at the New King.
Quietly, ever so carefully, he creeped over to the stable. He was so small he could easily hide under the other animals. Ever so sleekly he crept up to the manger and peeked inside.
"WHO ARE YOU!" Boomed the voice of the Lion. "WHY DO YOU DARE NOT BRING GIFTS FOR THE NEW KING?!!!" and the little dog cowered, much humbled...he laid his little head at the foot of the manger and hid his eyes. He was ready to be killed by the Lion, and yet he spoke ever so quietly, ever so meekly, ever so bravely: "I have no gifts, I have no berries, or twigs, or bright flowers of the field...all I have is my life and I will gladly give that, for I have shamed all my brethren tonight..."
He waited - with his eyes closed, thinking that if he did die tonight, at least he would die beneath the cradle of his King. That's when a warm and gentle hand was upon him.
He did not dare to open his eyes, until he heard a woman's voice speak: "Do not fear little one. You are safe here. This bramble in your fur speaks of the gift you have brought to him."
The lonely little dog opened his eyes and looked up at the woman.
"But I have no gift to offer, save for myself, and that is very little..." he shyly protested.
The woman smiled and scratched his ears. "Little dog, you traveled far to see the King...that is gift enough when it comes from your heart. What gift is more precious than one given in innocence and humility? No - little one, you are welcome here." as she spoke she raised the little dog up.
"Behold, your King, the Son of Man. You shall serve him well."
and the baby smiled...
So it came to pass and dog was lonely no more...
And dog has served man ever since, loyal to a fault, and humble he remains. A gift from God to us, for who, but dog will travel miles without explanation? Who, but dog will cower from you even if he is not wrong? Who, but dog will take a scolding even when he is not to blame? Who, but dog is content to die at our feet if he so must?
Let us care for him well.
October 23rd 2012 5:51 am
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My mom entered a picture of me in two calendar competitions this year. Both of the pictures were entered in the competitions in June of this year just after my first surgery.
The first competition was a local competition and the pictures were voted on in Facebook and I was lucky enough to make it into that local calendar. The calendar is for The Konan Koalition (http://konankoalition.co/) and they offer financial assistance to families facing large and non-routine veterinary bills. The Konan Koalition provides families with an alternative to euthanasia when there appears to be no other option. Calendars can still be ordered from their website.
The second competition came to mom's attention through a friend who had also entered her dog in the contest. This contest was through The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs (http://www.sanctuaryforseniordogs.org/) out of Cleveland, Ohio. Mom submitted a picture to them, but really didn't think my picture would be picked. We found out on Sunday that my picture will be the featured photo for the month of July 2013. The Sanctuary does awesome work for neglected and abused senior animals in and around the Cleveland, Ohio region. The peeps felt humbled that I was chosen to be in this calendar. Right now there is no ordering information for the calendar, but hopefully it is back from the printer's soon and then mom will be ordering a bunch.
Both of these are awesome organizations and my family is honored that my picture is in each of these calendars.
September 2nd 2012 7:21 am
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Well pups, I searched high and low for the right pup for the peeps. I was sorry I had to leave the peeps so early, and I will wait for them at the Rainbow Bridge until we meet again. But I knew they had so much love to share that I had to find them another pup. I knew it would help heal there hearts, and because they cared for me so well, I knew they had enough love for another pup.
Without further adieu, here is Buddy!