January 24th 2014 1:44 pm
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It's been a long time since I've written in my diary. Since our Dogster days are numbered, I thought I'd better compose at least one more entry.
When Mommy accidently stumbled upon Dogster 7+ years ago, she didn't really “get” it. Quite frankly, she doesn't really “get” a lot of things. But that's a completely different story. She didn't understand that other people could see my Dogster profile, photos or read my diary. Mommy created a page for me because I just had the first of my two mammary cancer surgeries & she thought it would help keep her mind busy. Plus she wanted to have a way to chronicle my experience. Then lo & behold, some pup I didn't even know read my diary, started a thread for me in the Friendly Forum & suddenly I was receiving PPRs, rosettes & stars...all from strangers who were wishing me well. Mommy was shocked & very pleasantly surprised. And thus began our Dogster journey.
Now here I am, nearly 17 years old. I'm certainly not the same spunky girl I was those many years ago, but I occasionally have my moments. I am still good friends with a lot of amazing pups & pawrents I've met here. But sadly I've also lost touch with quite a few pals as Facebook became the first & only choice of many. Mommy & I tried Facebook, but I discovered that most humans are kind of dull. Honestly, who really cares about what my Mommy ate for lunch or what kind of workout shoes she bought? No one. On the other paw, anything a dog does is truly newsworthy in my book. But humans? Not so much. So we stuck with Dogster because it was, after all, dogs that brought us together.
It's never easy saying good bye...to friends, loved ones, the last baby carrot in the house or a website. I am so grateful to the Dogster pals who've stuck with me & for teaching me that you don't have to be next door neighbors to form a community. You've filled my eyes with tears many times, through both laughter & sorrow. You've helped me & Mommy during some difficult moments & it breaks both of our hearts that this is the end of our Dogster tale. Or should I say "tail"? But as long as I've got an Executive Administrative Assistant with working thumbs, you can send me an email, snail mail, message by carrier pigeon or smoke signals & I will oh-so-gladly reply.
As you may or may not know, I'm a huge admirer of the world's greatest philosopher...Winnie the Pooh. And he expresses things far more eloquently than I ever could -
"I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart for so long. If we’re in each other’s dreams, we can be together all the time."
Good night Dogster...& I wish you all the most pleasant of dreams.
March 29th 2011 3:27 am
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I’m not sure who is more shocked that I’m turning fourteen years young today…me or Mommy. What I do know is that I'm exceptionally grateful for each day I get to spend with my family & that I’m a happy, healthy girl. I still have loads of spunk & am the reigning Queen of Crazy around this joint. Sadly, several of my friends & their families are hurting right now, so I’m sending each of them a gentle hug & pray that things will be better for them very, very soon.
On my birthday, I can't help but think of two of my extra amazing friends. First is the brave, strong & oh-so-sweet Angel Sammy J. He was born on April 1, 1997…exactly three days after me & that makes us Almost Twins! I think that’s pretty doggone amazing. I like the idea that Sammy J. & I arrived in the world so close together.
The other pal who comes to mind today is the loving & big-hearted Angel Willie. His birthday is Monday, April 4th & it should be a Dogster holiday if you ask me! Willie has always been my Yorkie idol.
I truly don’t need a single thing for my birthday, although a few extra baby carrots from Mommy would certainly be appreciated. (Nudge, nudge, wink, wink...I hope she takes the hint!) But I would be especially grateful if we all could send Angel Sammy J. & Angel Willie some extra love for their special days. They mean so much to me & to so many Dogsters. They are forever in my heart & I will always treasure their friendship. Not just on my birthday, but every day of the year.
Here's a special Birthday Challenge for everyone, should you choose to accept it. How about we all tell someone how much they mean to us today? It costs absolutely nothing but a few moments of time. And I guarantee that a nice, unexpected surprise is always a good thing. :-)
October 23rd 2010 3:48 pm
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Earlier today I sent some balloons floating up into the sky. My friend Willie would do this to honor his angel friends. Sadly, now I’m doing it for him. I made sure that Mommy bought different bright colors, like all the ones in the rainbow.
Mommy & I remembered the things we treasured about our angel friends & wrote little notes to send up with the balloons. I believe that Willie, Arthur, Sammy J, Miles, Miss Cali, Rockey, Scarlett, Gracie Jane, Stormy B., Sadie Boo, Rocky & all my Bridge pals are reading my messages & maybe sharing a laugh with me.
It is very gloomy & rainy here today, so the balloons stood out against the darkened sky. I wished that it had been a beautiful day, but Mommy told me a story that made me see it differently. She said that when you go up in an airplane on a day like this, the sun is shining brightly just on the other side of the stormy clouds. I wasn't sure if I believed that, but she swears it’s true.
After thinking about it I decided that life is sort of like that. Whenever you’re going through a scary & difficult time, there is always sunshine not too far away. It may come in the form of a kind word from a stranger, a phone call from a friend or doing something special with those you love.
My friend Willie has a magnificent Mom who loves him more than anything in this world. They devoted every waking moment to bringing one another joy & sharing it with others. When Willie became weak the last few months, they did all the things they loved to do together & made new & everlasting memories.
When someone passes away, people often say, “Oh I wish I had _________" or "Gosh, I should have _________”. More often than not, they could have done those things but for whatever reason did not. So in honor of Willie I think everyone should turn their computers & cell phones off for awhile & do something special for someone else. Call a friend & say “Hi, how are you?” or mail a card or note for no particular reason. Go & take a walk together & have a good talk or snap some silly pictures. Just go & DO something. You never know how your act of kindness may affect another person. It may be the nicest thing that happens to them all day. Those are the kind of memories I'd like to make for myself, my friends & family.
I think I’m going to curl up by Mommy, take a nap & dream about my friends getting their balloons. And to quote one of the greatest philosophers of our time…
No one can be uncheered with a balloon. ~ Winnie the Pooh