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Remember me while I'm here....

July 30th 2010 4:16 pm
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I AM Your Dog
Author Unknown

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


A sad week here on Dogster...

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!


Happy Father's Day!

June 20th 2010 4:23 am
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We want to wish all our pals' Daddy's a Happy Father's Day!



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: 4/1

We are so proud to be members of this wonderful community of Dogster!!


Adopt 2010 Contest

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.


Mother's Day Wishes

May 7th 2010 2:18 am
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We want to wish all our pals' Moms a very Happy Mother's Day. For some of you, this day will be a hard one and we're holding you close in our hearts. Your angels are watching over you.

We wish our Mom a happy day, too...she always does her best to make sure she takes good care of us and we know she loves us so very much.

Our thoughts are with all the pups who aren't lucky enough to have Moms...we wish they all could find homes.

Max, sweetheart, your Mommy was killed in a car crash nearly two years ago and we want you to know our love and thoughts are with you. We did all we could for you and are sorry we couldn't help you find a loving home. You're in our pawrayers, sweet boy.

For all the Moms who are not feeling well or having troubles, we send tons of Power of the Paw to you.

Much love to all~

Sully & Socks


Who is "Anonymous"??

April 11th 2010 11:28 am
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We have received two adorable ladybug rosies from "Anonymous" and want to thank whomever it is (hope we're not bugging someone, BOL!).

The past two weeks have been very sad for many of us here on Dogster. We lost two precious pals, "Rocky" and "Cocobear" and our hearts are so heavy with sadness for their families...we pray they will find comfort in the love of all who knew them and care so deeply for them.

Many of our hooman friends are going through struggles of their own with various health issues and we wish them all rapid healing and good wishes for those having procedures and surgeries.

Dogster is our haven through good times and bad and we're so thankful for all of our dear friends here.


Easter wishes...

April 1st 2010 10:46 am
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We want to wish all our pup pals a lovely Easter (wish we have enough zealies to send everyone a rosie...our present balance is 0!)

For those pals who have recently lost dear ones, our hearts are with you as you struggle through this most difficult time. Our thoughts are also with our human friends, many of whom are fighting their own health or injury problems. This has been a hard year for many so far and we are praying things will get better for all.

Spring has really sprung here in VA, warming up and flowers popping out everywhere after such a harsh winter.

Sully & Socks are both doing well and Mom & Dad are trying to deal with their own health issues (aging ain't for sissys, for sure!).

We wish all of you peace, comfort, love, joy and good health!



Request from Rocky's Family

March 29th 2010 5:16 am
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So many have asked what to do to best honor Rocky's life, as he was such a dear and precious friend to so many here on Dogster. His family is requesting that anyone wishing to honor Rocky's memory, rather than sending the family anything, please send donations in his name to:

SPCA Serving Erie County, New York
205 Ensminger Road
Tonawanda, NY 14150
(716) 875-7360

Rocky's family is overwhelmed and deeply touched by the outpouring of love and support from the Dogster community and want to answer each in time, but, understandably are grieving so deeply right now that the task is just too much to handle. They truly appreciate each and every message and want to send their love to all. When they are able, they will be back with us here on Dogster.


Rest in Peace Our Dear Friend Rocky

March 28th 2010 10:11 pm
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Today we had to say goodbye to one of our dearest friends on Dogster, Rocky, the regal black Lab in Buffalo, NY. Rocky went to the beautiful bridge this morning after battling cancer. Rocky was a friend to all and we will miss his beautiful spirit always. Our hearts and prayers are with Rocky's family who gave him a life filled with love.

Godspeed, sweet Rocky, and now you are restored to youth and can run free and happy at the Bridge with so many who have gone before you. We'll all be together some day. Till then, know that we love you dearly and will always remember your kindness to all and your regal bearing.

To Rocky's family, we extend our deepest heartfelt sympathy and pray for them to have the strength to get through the days to come. Rocky will always be only a though away and will live in your hearts forever.

With deepest sadness,
Sully, Socks, Mom & Dad

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