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The 10 Commandments

November 9th 2008 10:36 pm
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Thanks Hermonie
1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful.

2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.

3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being.

4. Don't be angry with me for long and don't lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainment, but I have only you.

5. Talk to me. Even if I don't understand your words, I do understand your tone of voice.

6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget.

7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I could hurt you, and yet, I choose not to.

8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I'm not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting old or weak.

9. Please take care of me when I grow old. You too, will grow old.

10. On the ultimate difficult journey, be with me please. Never say you can't bear to watch. Don't make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there, because I love you so.

~Take a moment today to thank God for your pets. Enjoy and take good care of them. Life would be a much duller, less joyful experience without them.



September 1st 2008 9:55 pm
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I adopted your pet today...
The one you left at the Pound,
The one you had for ten years
And no longer wanted around.

I adopted your pet today...
Did you know that he's lost weight?
Did you know he's scared and depressed
And seems to have lost all faith?

I adopted your pet today...
He had fleas and a little cold,
Guess you don't care what shape he's in,
_You abandoned him I am told.

I adopted your pet today...
Were you having a baby or moving away?
Did you suddenly develop allergies
Or was there NO reason he could stay?

I adopted your pet today...
He doesn't play or even eat much,
I guess he's very sad inside and
It'll take him time to trust.

I adopted your pet today...
And here he is going to stay,
He's found his FOREVER home
And a warm bed in which to lay.

I adopted your pet today...
And shall give him all that he will need
_Patience, love and security,
So he can forget your selfish deed!

~Author Unknown~


Just for Fun

May 5th 2008 8:21 pm
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Wow, your dog is Jennifer Lopez!

Jennifer Lopez
Dressed to Kill

Una bomba inteligente autentica, Rylie is super-fly girl Jennifer Lopez!

Curvaceous and sassy and always more than willing to pawticipate with a few moves on the dance floor, Rylie moves and grooves with the best of them. But that doesn't mean it's all fun and salsa for Rylie—discipline and structure are key ingredients that have helped to put Rylie on a fur-lined fast track. Family is of utmost importance for Rylie , and she takes care of her brothers and sisters with the same dedication that she gives her little 'uns. To see and to be seen are significant parts of Rylie's daily activities, and the real-life Cleopetra makes her rounds with confidence and flair, always preferring to hang with the more bold and beautiful members of the pack.


Vote For Me!

November 12th 2007 9:31 pm
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I'm in the world's coolest Cat and Dog show. I've never won, not even a finalist. Help an angel doggie out please?


Two Paws Up!

July 26th 2007 4:25 pm
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More fan mail...

Hey! You're a very sweet pup! I can tell you are missed very much! Thanks

i alsways say that if you're lucky, you get to know a few good dogs in your life. looks like you were very lucky!

Riley, you are a most beautiful dalmation! Please give our angel dog kisses for us

"Hi Rylie; my family & I would like very much to be pals with you."

This will be the first without My Best friend , I will try to keep A smile on for my Children and for my dog Today...I hope you have a Great Easter too , going to Church and lighting a candle for my dog and My Mother, and one for Rylie

Rainbow bridge is an awesome site. I lost my dog a year ago to cancer/ mast cell tumour... quite common with larger breed dogs. We had all the surgeries that the vet insisted on , but then another tumour developed. The lump that grew again started bleeding profusely for a week, and even though she ate, was happy and did not appear in any way to be in pain... I knew it wasn't good. When I saw her lying on the floor with a pool of blood beside her I knew I had to make the hardest decision of my life and call the vet to put her down. It was extremely difficult for me because all of her almost 13 yrs. she wasn't just a dog, she was my great friend and confident! I Loved your site...good on ya! On the 1 yr. anniversary of her death I took her ashes and urn to her favorite park and swimming spot and the wind and the ocean were one with my beautiful dog. Good site, a woman yesterday told me about it and I so Love it thus far! Woof!!"

We are happy to have you as a friend. One day we will all meet you in person at the Rainbow Bridge

We would love to be friends! It is so warming to see what a wonderful life Rylie had after her adoption. When the day comes that you are ready for another Dalmatian, we would love to continue to be friends with all of you.

wow Rylie, we read all about you and know you are having fun at Rainbow Bridge, maybe you'll meet some of our family there! You are a beautiful girl, I'm sure very missed. We would all love to be your pals :D

Hi Rylie - you were a beautiful girl and it sounds like you were as spoiled as I am. I bet your mommy misses you a lot. I just had surgery, and got to come home today. I am really a happy boy now. I feel a whole lot better, too.

I love dalmations!"

Dogster wanted you to know that Rylie (Rainbow Bridge) is
today's Diary of the Day! Rylie (Rainbow Bridge) will be featured
on our homepage all day long at complete with
picture, name and title!


Just a Dog

June 18th 2007 4:37 pm
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Thanks to my friend, Pooh-In Loving Memory (04-05) , for the following.

It's Just a Dog

From time to time people tell me, "Lighten up, it's just a dog," or, "That's a lot of money for just a dog." They don't understand the distance traveled, the time spent or the costs involved for "just a dog."

Some of my proudest moments have come about with "just a dog."

Many hours have passed and my only company was "just a dog," but I did not once feel slighted.

Some of my saddest moments have been brought about by "just a dog," and, in those days of darkness, the gentle touch of "just a dog" gave me comfort and reason to overcome the day.

If you, too, think it's "just a dog," then you will probably understand phases like "just a friend," "just a sunrise," or "just a promise."

"Just a dog" brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust, and pure unbridled joy.

"Just a dog" brings out the compassion and patience that makes me a better person.

Because of "just a dog" I will rise early, take long walks and look longingly to the future.

So for me, and folks like me, it's not "just a dog" but an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future, the fond memories of the past and
the pure joy of the moment.

"Just a dog" brings out what's good in me and diverts my thoughts away from myself and the worries of the day.

I hope that someday they can understand that it's not "just a dog" but the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being "just a human."

So the next time you hear the phrase "just a dog." just smile.... because they "just don't understand."

- Anonymous


Rave Reviews!

June 16th 2007 11:17 am
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And the fans give Rylie 2 Paws Up!!!
I save all the kind words from Dogsters, and wanted to post a few here. Thank you everyone for all your support, it means a lot.
Rylie was a pretty dal.

You were lucky to find a great home-everypup should get to have a second chance if they need to! I would love to be your pal! We will keep checking to see if your mom gets another furry pal.

Hi! We are going to be sending our dog across the Rainbow Bridge soon, I'm glad he will have a new friend waiting for him. *hugs*

Sounds like Rylie was very lucky to have come into you life. May her spirit live on. I hope that she's running all over heaven rite now.

I love Dalmatians too! Dals are the most loving dogs

i will be your friend. i think u are just a wonderfull dog !!! SO CAN I BE YOUR FRIEND??????????????"

We need all the support and love we can gwt at this time.

thank you so much for the thought..It just is rally hard without her still... im hoping her and rylie are playing at the bridge

I left a bone for you and one more to give to my dog with Love.

Glad to have you to help guide my beautiful dog. I really miss her.

We left you some bones for you to enjoy at Rainbow Bridge, and also a flower rosette. We hope you like them. Your page is so nice. We can tell your parents really love and miss you

Rylie, I realize that we can't be friends here on earth but since my doggie cousin just crossed over the Rainbow Bridge in February, I would be very happy so if you could try and locate her and welcome her I would be so very happy for both of you. You can't miss her she is a beautiful 125 lb German Shepard who I miss a lot.

Hi, I would love to be friends. Before this dog, there was another, a special Dal who has also crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. I raised her from a puppy, and when she was 6 years old, she got really sick. She fought the good fight for 2 years and then finally passed. I am going to add her when I get the time. Thanks.

I am glad we are friends now! Woof! Woof!


How Could You!

April 9th 2007 8:59 pm
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When I was a puppy, I entertained you with my antics and made you laugh. You called me your child, and despite a number of chewed shoes and a couple of murdered throw pillows, I became your best friend. Whenever I was "bad,"
you'd shake your finger at me and ask "How could you?" -- but then you'd relent and roll me over for a belly rub.
My housebreaking took a little longer than expected, because you were terribly busy, but we worked on that together. I remember those nights of nuzzling you in bed and listening to your confidences and secret dreams, and I believed that life could not be any more perfect. We went for long walks and runs in the park, car rides, stops for ice cream (I only got the cone because "ice cream is bad for dogs" you said), and I took long naps in the sun waiting for you to come home at the end of the day.
Gradually, you began spending more time at work and on your career, and more time searching for a human mate. I waited for you patiently, comforted you through heartbreaks and disappointments, never chided you about bad decisions, and romped with glee at your homecomings, and when you fell in love. She, now your wife, is not a "dog person" -- still I welcomed her into our home, tried to show her affection, and obeyed her. I was happy because you were happy. Then the human babies came along and I shared your excitement. I was fascinated by their pinkness, how they smelled, and I wanted to mother them, too. Only she and you worried that I might hurt them, and I spent most of my time banished to another room, or to a dog crate.
Oh, how I wanted to love them, but I became a "prisoner of love." As they began to grow, I became their friend. They clung to my fur and pulled themselves up on wobbly legs, poked fingers in my eyes, investigated my ears, and gave me kisses on my nose. I loved everything about them and their touch -- because your touch was now so infrequent -- and I would've defended them with my life if need be. I would sneak into their beds and listen to their worries and secret dreams, and together we waited for the sound of your car in the driveway. There had been a time, when others asked you if you had a dog, that you produced a photo of me from your wallet and told them stories about me.
These past few years, you just answered "yes" and changed the subject. I had gone from being "your dog" to "just a dog ," and you resented every expenditure on my behalf. Now, you have a new career opportunity in another city, and you and they will be moving to an apartment that does not allow pets. You've made the right decision for your "family," but there was a time when I was your only family.
I was excited about the car ride until we arrived at the animal shelter. It smelled of dogs and cats, of fear, of hopelessness. You filled out the paperwork and said "I know you will find a good home for her." They shrugged and gave you a pained look. They understand the realities facing a middle-aged dog, even one with "papers." You had to pry your son's fingers loose from my collar as he screamed "No, Daddy! Please don't let them take my dog!" And I worried for him, and what lessons you had just taught him about friendship and loyalty, about love and responsibility, and about respect for all life. You gave me a good-bye pat on the head, avoided my eyes, and politely refused to take my collar and leash with you. You had a deadline to meet and now I have one, too. After you left, the two nice ladies said you probably knew about your upcoming move months ago and made no attempt to find me another good home. They shook their heads and asked "How could you?"
They are as attentive to us here in the shelter as their busy schedules allow. They feed us, of course, but I lost my appetite days ago. At first, whenever anyone passed my pen, I rushed to the front, hoping it was you that you had changed your mind -- that this was all a bad dream... or I hoped it would at least be someone who cared, anyone who might save me.
When I realized I could not compete with the frolicking for attention of happy puppies, oblivious to their own fate, I retreated to a far corner and waited. I heard her footsteps as she came for me at the end of the day, and I padded along the aisle after her to a separate room. A blissfully quiet room. She placed me on the table and rubbed my ears, and told me not to worry. My heart pounded in anticipation of what was to come, but there was also a sense of relief. The prisoner of love had run out of days.
As is my nature, I was more concerned about her. The burden which she bears weighs heavily on her, and I know that, the same way I knew your every mood. She gently placed a tourniquet around my foreleg as a tear ran down her cheek. I licked her hand in the same way I used to comfort you so many years ago. She expertly slid the hypodermic needle into my vein. As I felt the sting and the cool liquid coursing through my body, I lay down sleepily, looked into her kind eyes and murmured "How could you?"
Perhaps because she understood my dog speak, she said "I'm so sorry." She hugged me, and hurriedly explained it was her job to make sure I went to a better place, where I wouldn't be ignored or abused or abandoned, or have to fend for myself -- a place of love and light so very different from this earthly place. And with my last bit of energy, I tried to convey to her with a thump of my tail that my "How could you?" was not directed at her. It was directed at you, My Beloved Master, I was thinking of you. I will think of you and wait for you forever. May everyone in your life continue to show you so much loyalty.
A Note from the Author: If "How Could You?" brought tears to your eyes as you read it, as it did to mine as I wrote it, it is because it is the composite story of the millions of formerly "owned"
pets who die each year in American & Canadian animal shelters. Please use this to help educate, on your websites, in newsletters, on animal shelter and vet office bulletin boards. Tell the public that the decision to add a pet to the family is an important one for life, that animals deserve our love and sensible care, that finding another appropriate home for your animal is your responsibility and any local humane society or animal welfare league can offer you good advice, and that all life is precious. Please do your part to stop the killing, and encourage all spay & neuter campaigns in order to prevent unwanted animals.
Please pass this on to everyone, not to hurt them or make them sad, but it could save maybe, even one, unwanted pet.
Remember...They love UNCONDITIONALLY

-Jim Willis, 2001


It's Just a Dog

April 7th 2007 8:10 pm
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When I first came to Catster it was really out of boredom, something silly to do in my free time(or something to do to avoid what I needed to be doing)
When Rylie passed away I couldn't come to Dogster for awhile, it was too difficult.
Until one day when someone said to me, "It's just a dog."
That's when I discovered the Dogster forums and realised this place is more than something silly to do in free time. Dogster is a place where like-minded people can talk without judgement from those who do not understand.

I was recently sent an article by a woman named Anne Robinson on pet loss. I've copied a segment of it below as it explains what Dogster is to me and why I continue this Memorial site for Rylie.

"...People who callously say to people who have lost a pet, “You can just get another one,” make me crazy. In saying such things, they show that they have never had the gift of bonding with an animal soul. Our companion animals are friends, and they are family. The grief we feel when they die is real and intense. Those who minimize it need to get a clue and stop adding insult to our injury.

Because many in our culture do not take grief over the loss of a pet seriously, our grief in those circumstances is often harder to get through. As with any loss, you don’t really get over it. You get through it and assimilate the experience, so that the life and death of the one you love becomes part of your life story—part of what makes you uniquely you. Because of my love for animals and people alike, helping people through pet-loss has become an important part of my ministry..."

Helping people through the loss of thier furbaby is an important part of why I maintain this page for Rylie. When you lose your pet and someone says, "It's just a dog." it's important to have somewhere to go and people who understand.


Pet Food Recall

March 18th 2007 8:43 pm
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There's a big pet food recall in the works. A bunch of pups and cats have been dying from kidney problems from several wet nd pouch style foods. In addition some pet foods simply aren't good.
I had prescription food for the last 5 years of my life and homemade foods the last year; mostly cooked veggies.

Here's some information that was sent to mom that may help some other dogs.

How to grade your dog's food:
Start with a grade of 100:

1) For every listing of "by-product", subtract 10 points

2) For every non-specific animal source ("meat" or "poultry", meat, meal or fat) reference, subtract 10 points

3) If the food contains BHA, BHT, or ethoxyquin, subtract 10 points

4) For every grain "mill run" or non-specific grain source, subtract 5 points

5) If the same grain ingredient is used 2 or more times in the first five ingredients (i.e. "ground brown rice", "brewer's rice", "rice flour" are all the same grain), subtract 5 points

6) If the protein sources are not meat meal and there are less than 2 meats in the top 3 ingredients, subtract 3 points

7) If it contains any artificial colorants, subtract 3 points

8 ) If it contains ground corn or whole grain corn, subtract 3 points

9) If corn is listed in the top 5 ingredients, subtract 2 more points

10) If the food contains any animal fat other than fish oil, subtract 2 points

11) If lamb is the only animal protein source (unless your dog is allergic to other protein sources), subtract 2 points

12) If it contains soy or soybeans, subtract 2 points

13) If it contains wheat (unless you know that your dog isn't allergic to wheat), subtract 2 points

14) If it contains beef (unless you know that your dog isn't allergic to beef), subtract 1 point

15) If it contains salt, subtract 1 point

Earn Points Back!

1) If any of the meat sources are organic, add 5 points

2) If the food is endorsed by any major breed group or nutritionist, add 5 points

3) If the food is baked not extruded, add 5 points

4) If the food contains probiotics, add 3 points

5) If the food contains fruit, add 3 points

6) If the food contains vegetables (NOT corn or other grains), add 3 points

7) If the animal sources are hormone-free and antibiotic-free, add 2 points

8 ) If the food contains barley, add 2 points

9) If the food contains flax seed oil (not just the seeds), add 2 points

10) If the food contains oats or oatmeal, add 1 point

11) If the food contains sunflower oil, add 1 point

12) For every different specific animal protein source (other than the first one; count "chicken" and "chicken meal" as only one protein source, but "chicken" and "" as 2 different sources), add 1 point

13) If it contains glucosamine and chondroitin, add 1 point

14) If the vegetables have been tested for pesticides and are pesticide-free, add 1 point

94-100+ = A
86-93 = B
78-85 = C
70-77 = D

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