May 14th 2010 12:35 am
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In 1995 when we lost our beloved Australian Shepherd, Buddy, who had been the light of our lives for 10 years, we were so heartbroken that we didn't think we could ever adopt another dog (knowing that one day we would have to once again make the heartwrenching decision to another dog to the Bridge).
After about a year of grieving and feeling lost without a dog in our home, we finally decided to try again...we thought that Buddy would have wanted us to give another dog a loving home.
We first adopted a precious little Husky mix named "Rascal" who was a joyous pup and so full of love and fun. We had Rascal for about six months when, one day (out of the blue), he suddenly lunged at and bit the UPS man. The UPS man reported the incident to Animal Control. An officer from Animal Control came to our home and told us that Rascal would have to be quarantined in the house for 10 days (not allowed outside our house except in the front yard on a leash). Poor little Rascal didn't understand why he could go on walks and play (Huskys need lots of exercise).
The Animal Control officer came back after Rascal's quarantine and told us that if he ever bit again, we would be liable in a lawsuit and could lose everything we had.
Mom and Dad agonized for several days and finally came to the decision that we would have to return Rascal to the shelter as there was no guarantee he wouldn't bite again. The day we returned him, we cried and cried as we drove away from him. Mom had composed a letter to his prospective new owner listing all of Rascal's likes and dislikes, included his medical records and included our phone number requesting the new owner to please call us and let us know how he was doing. We called the shelter every day to check on him and were finally told, after about two weeks, that a family had finally adopted him. The lady who took Rascal home called us, told us he was doing great, with children to play with and seemed very happy and they loved him dearly. This was a great consolation to Mom & Dad.
A couple of months later, Mom was scouring Petfinder and saw a precious little Golden Retriever mix whose picture she and Dad couldn't resist. So, Mom & Dad called the rescue organization that had him and drove an hour and a half to meet him. It was love at first sight between Spirit and Mom & Dad. They put him in the car and took him home that day. He was impish, playful and extremely loving.
He loved to ride in the car and always went with Daddy to run errands. He was great about waiting for Daddy to get him out of the car....until one day, he suddenly jumped out of the car and took off running. Mom and Dad and neighbors went on a frantic chase after him, but he couldn't be caught...he was running free and loving it! Sadly, just as Mom spotted him across the street, he came racing toward her just as a car was coming (too fast) up the street and Spirit ran right into the path of the car and was killed instantly right in front of Mom. Mom & Dad were devastated and felt this was a sign that they just weren't meant to have another dog and, once again, fell into deep depression.
We lived for nearly another year without a dog in our home...feeling so empty and lost (we'd always had dogs in our life and felt so empty without a dog in the house.
About six months later, a friend sent Mom a link to a pup (Sully) on Petfinder. At first, Mom and Dad refused to even go look as they felt they couldn't bear another loss. The friend persisted! So, Mom finally went and saw the picture of Sully (he looked very similar to our beloved Buddy). Sully was thought to be a survivor of Hurricane Katrina as he was close to two years old, had been found wandering the back road of North Carolina and was in really rough shape. The vets who examined him felt he must have been hit be some sort of vehicle because his hind legs were splayed out and his walk was sort of crooked. We were so impressed that this little fighter had, seemingly, had such a will to live that he somehow fought through the pain and kept on going aimlessly down the back roads.
We promised one another that we'd just "go look" but make no instant decisions.
That all went out the window the minute we met this precious little Aussie! Sully was so joyful, friendly with us and the other dogs in his foster home and took to us immediately. He was so loving with us that we decided in the first few minutes that there was no way we wouldn't take him home with us and give him all the love and comfort he hadn't had in his earlier life. We wanted to take him home that day, but the shelter insisted on a home visit two days later. Mom & Dad stayed and played with him for several hours before they left...then spent the next two days praying that our home would be found suitable for him and he would come to a forever home with us.
Sure enough, when the shelter lady brought him to us, we passed muster and Sully acted like he was finally "home". We were so overjoyed and felt that surely he had been sent to help us by our Buddy's loving spirit.
Sully has been a blessing to us in every way and we love him with all our hearts.
He is so attentive to our every need, seems to know when one of us isn't feeling well and will come and stay by our side until we're better. We can honestly say that Sully has brought us so much comfort and the joy he gives us has helped us immensely to heal from our other losses, especially the loss of our Angel Buddy.
There is nothing we wouldn't do for him and we feel he has helped us as much as we've helped him. Our precious boy has been a Godsend for whom we will always feel the deepest gratitude.
He has such a generous spirit that he even accepted our other adopted dog, Socks, when her owner (who lived in our neighborhood) was killed about a year after we got Sully and we brought Socks in to be a part of our family. He's been sweet and receptived to her as he is with all people and other dogs.
We are truly blessed to have found Sully and our lives now feel complete! That's why we thought his story would be a good entry for the Adoption 2010 Contest.
June 1st 2010 6:13 pm
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We want to CONGRATULATE the winners of the Adopt 2010 Contest!!
All the entrants, judges, doners & organizers are winners, too!
This was an amazing Contest with so many touching stories to read and we thank all who made it possible.
If you're looking for the thread announcing the winners, go to:
We are so proud to be members of this wonderful community of Dogster!!
June 20th 2010 4:23 am
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We want to wish all our pals' Daddy's a Happy Father's Day!
July 21st 2010 7:11 am
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We lost two dear friends this week (whom we know are friends to many others on Dogster). Sweet Kubbi and Hanna Banana are both now at the Rainbow Bridge, running young, free and strong with all those who went before them. Our hearts are heavy with sadness for both of their families during this most difficult of times. We'll never forget you, Kubbi and Hanna!
July 30th 2010 4:16 pm
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I AM Your Dog
I am your dog, and I have a little something I'd like to whisper in your ear. I
know that you humans lead busy lives. Some have to work, some have children to
raise. It always seems like you are running here and there, often much
too fast, often never noticing the truly grand things in life.
Look down at me now, while you sit there at your computer. See the way my dark
brown eyes look at yours? They are slightly cloudy now. That comes
with age. The gray hairs are beginning to ring my soft muzzle. You smile at me; I see love in
your eyes. What do you see in mine? Do you see a spirit? A soul inside, who
loves you as no other could in the world? A spirit that would forgive all
trespasses of prior wrong doing for just a simple moment of your time? That is
all I ask. To slow down, if even for a few minutes to be with me. So many times
you have been saddened by the words you read on that screen, of other of my
kind, passing. Sometimes we die young and oh so quickly, sometimes so suddenly
it wrenches your heart out of your throat. Sometimes, we age so slowly before
your eyes that you may not even seem to know until the very end, when
we look at you with grizzled muzzles and cataract clouded eyes. Still the love is always
there, even when we must take that long sleep, to run free in a distant land. I
may not be here tomorrow; I may not be here next week.
Someday you will shed the water from your eyes, that humans have when
deep grief fills their souls, and you will be angry at yourself that you did not have just
"One more day" with me.
Because I love you so, your sorrow touches my spirit and grieves me. We have
NOW, together. So come, sit down here next to me on the floor, and look deep
into my eyes. What do you see?
If you look hard and deep enough we will talk, you and I, heart to heart.
Come to me not as "alpha" or as "trainer" or even "Mom or Dad," come to me as a
living soul and stroke my fur and let us look deep into one anothers eyes, and
talk. I may tell you something about the fun of chasing a tennis ball, or I may tell you
something profound about myself, or even life in general. You decided to have me in
your life because you wanted a soul to share such things with.
Someone very different from you, and here I am. I am a dog, but I am alive. I
feel emotion, I feel physical senses, and I can revel in the differences of our
spirits and souls. I do not think of you as a "Dog on two feet" -- I know what you are.
You are human, in all your quirkiness, and I love you still.
Now, come sit with me, on the floor. Enter my world, and let time slow down if
only for 15 minutes. Look deep into my eyes, and whisper to my ears. Speak with
your heart, with your joy and I will know your true self. We may not have
tomorrow, and life is oh so very short.
--Love, Your Dog
August 19th 2010 7:32 pm
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Two years ago today (August 19, 2008) a golden ray of sweet joy by the name of "Socks" came to live with us and she has been a soothing, gentle and, surprisingly humorous addition
to our little pack (Sully, Mom & Daddy). Every day we are thankful for this beautiful soul who has so enriched our lives and has, for the first time in 12 plus years (at the time she came here), enjoyed boundless love, plentiful food and permanent shelter no matter the weather. Socks is, like we are, slowing down a bit with age (she's 14+) and we are so blessed to have had the opportunity to pamper her and see to her every need these last two years.
Prior to coming here to live with us, we'd known Socks...she was the neighborhood vagabond, a helpless victim of neglect and abuse. Though she had an "owner", it was in name only. She survived all those years of neglect roaming free in our neighborhood and depending on the kindness of others. She was here with us very often, sometimes for days at a time during rainstorms, snowstorms, heat, cold...no matter the weather, her family by possession only ignored her. When the family left on vacation, they just left her behind to fend for herself. For years, Mom & Daddy begged them to let us bring her to live with us, but their proprietary answer was always "NO! She's OUR dog!"
When the family turned Socks over to us following the death of her "owner" they had no idea of any medical records or even if she had ever had shots (we called every vet in town and there were no records to be found). She was our beloved "Buddy"s best friend his entire life of ten years and we feel like he had a paw in her coming to us to spend her senior years in love and comfort. That family's trash is our treasure for every minute of every day that she has left to spend with us.
When Socks' time to cross the Bridge comes, we will try very hard to remember only the good times we were able to share with her and be very grateful that we had the opportunity to show her the meaning of love in her later years. Mom gazes into those big brown eyes every day, trying to imprint a vision that will never fade away...so soft, so sweet and, at times, so utterly silly!
Even though there were a few weeks of the green eyed monster from Sully when she first came to stay, they bonded quickly and are now joined at the hip...brofur and sisfur forever! Her being here has enhanced his life tremendously by having another four legged to share giggles with at the two stumbling, bumbling old folks that love them both so and do their best for them!
Thank you sweet girl for all you've given us these last two years and we hope and pray that you will stay with us a whole lot longer. We love you, dear, sweet Socks, and wish you a very happy "Gotcha Day"!!
Sully, Mom & Daddy
August 21st 2010 6:32 am
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Many thanks to all of you who sent rosettes and comments in honor of Socks' "Gotcha Day". It really meant a lot to us to see all the sweet messages for our golden girl! You guys are all pawsome!!
November 10th 2010 11:32 am
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My dogs live here, they're here to stay.
If you don't like pets, be on your way.
They share my home, my food, my space,
this is their home, this is their place.
You will find dog hair on the floor,
they will alert you're at the door.
They will request a little pat,
a simple "no" will settle that.
It gripes me when I hear you say
"just how is it you live this way?
they smell, they shed, they're in the way..."
"WHO ASKED YOU?" is all I can say!!!
They love me more than anyone,
my voice is like the rising sun,
they merely have to hear me say,
"C'mon, time to go and play!"
Then tails wag and faces grin,
they bounce and hop and make a din.
They NEVER say "no time for you",
they're always there, to GO and DO.
And if I'm sad? They're by my side.
And if I'm mad? They circle wide.
And if I laugh, they laugh with me,
they understand, they always see.
So once again, I say to you,
"Come visit me", but know this too:
MY DOGS LIVE HERE, THEY'RE HERE TO STAY.
YOU DON'T LIKE PETS, BE ON YOUR WAY.
THEY SHARE MY HOME, MY FOOD, MY SPACE--
THIS IS THEIR HOME, THIS IS THEIR PLACE.
December 24th 2010 10:45 am
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We wanted to wish all of our furiends and their families a very Merry Christmas, however you celebrate!
Each and every one of you enrich our lives with your frienship and we wish all good health, security, joy and happiness with your beloved furs.
For those who have lost a beloved family member this year, our hearts go out to you, but know they will live on in your hearts forever. May you find comfort in the wonderful memories you have shared together.
In the coming year we hope all with problems will find the help they need to maintain. This is a rough time for so many of us, but we are not alone in our struggles (though they may be different).
Without the love and support we find here on Dogster, our lives would be much less enjoyable. We thank you all for all the kindness you've shown and all the laughter and joy (and, yes, tears) we've shared.
May the peace of this season live in your hearts and the hope we all share for better days to come.
Thank you all for being such a devoted family of friends!
Much love to all~
Sully, Socks & Mom
December 30th 2010 3:09 pm
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To all our wonderful pup & peep pals here on Dogster we wish you all a Happy New Year filled with good health, prayers for all who need them an a year filled with joy and happiness for all!
You're each so special to us and the friendshps we have made here are the greatests gifts of all.
Everyone have a safe and Happy New Year!
Love to all~
Sully, Socks & Mom
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