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Fare Thee Well Dogster

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 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.


I Am Such A Lucky Pup!

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. :-)


Up, Up & Away

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


Wonderful Willie

October 16th 2010 9:30 am
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I am prety doggone sure that if you look up the words “Friend,” “Compassion” & “Unselfish” in the dictionary, you'll find a picture of my friend Willie & his Mom. Sadly, life is full of people who seek attention & need to receive credit for their good deeds. Willie & Aunt Joni would never ever fall into that category. They're the most kind hearted & giving souls I know.

My first days on Dogster, when Mommy & I didn’t even grasp what it was all about, Willie & his magnificent Mom befriended us. I was going through my second cancer surgery &, quite frankly, my Mommy needed some reassurance. And there was Willie. He didn’t know me at all, but he took me by the paw & told me everything was going to be OK. And you know what? It was. Willie & I were fast friends from then on. I know that many of you have the same sort of story because Willie & Aunt Joni have touched so many lives.

If everyone, furry or not, had the heart & wisdom of dear sweet Willie, we’d learn the really important lessons in life like…

When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.

Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.

When it’s in your best interest, practice obedience.

Take naps & stretch before rising.

Run, romp & play daily.

Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.

On hot days, drink lots of water & lie under a shady tree.

When you're happy, dance around & wag your entire body.

No matter how often you're scolded, don't buy into the guilt thing & pout - run right back & make friends.

Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.

Eat with gusto & enthusiasm. Stop when you have had enough.

Be loyal.

Never pretend to be something you're not.

If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, & nuzzle them gently.

Cherish each moment & make special memories every single day.

Thank you for brightening my life Willie & for teaching me that everyday is to be celebrated with our loved ones.

And please know that all of us are going to take extra good care of your Mom. I promise, cross my Yorkie heart.


My Friends & Their Families Absolutely Pawsitively Rock!

June 18th 2010 2:24 pm
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As some of you already know, my Mommy (a.k.a. The Dork), broke her collarbone quite a few weeks ago. I know I'm supposed to feel bad that this happened to her & show a great deal of sympathy...but to be perfectly honest, it's really funny to watch someone try to act "normal" with just one functioning arm. And not the arm they regularly use at that. But that's just between us, alright? I never actually laughed in her face. OK, I did a little bit, but seriously...who wouldn't? It was doggone funny.

So yesterday was a very exciting day in our house. Mommy no longer has to wear the straight-jacket sling that kept her arm immobilized by tying it around her waist. Woo hoo! She has graduated to a regular sling that lets her move it around a bit more & makes her life a little easier. Plus she gets four 30 minute sessions each day to be sling-less. Double woo hoo! Her doctor said she's been doing such a great job of following his orders that she's almost done with slings. I'm very excited about that, but not as much as Mommy.

I have to truly thank those of you who gave Mommy so much love, support & encouragement via phone calls, lovely gifts, letters, cards & e-mails. I want you to know that it means the world to Mommy. And to me as well. I'd be lying if I said Mommy didn't act like she was losing her marbles out of frustration on a daily basis. (That's honestly nothing new, F.Y.I.) But luckily our amazing & wonderful friends would check in, bring a smile to her face & make her laugh. That's the bestest medicine in the world!

Mommy & I are sending all of you some extra big hugs of thanks..although Mommy's are the one-armed kind. We hope that you're all enjoying summer. I know ours is starting off extra terrific.

Happy Father's Day to all my pals & their fabulous families! :-)


I Am A Teenager

March 29th 2010 8:56 pm
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Today I turned thirteen. I’ve been told that means I’m a teenager. Now I’ve heard the humans say that some teenagers are opinionated, loud, moody, don’t listen to their parents, think they know everything. Here’s the strange thing…Mommy says I’ve been that way since the day she met me. All I know is I’m The Boss & she’s the lowly Executive Administrative Assistant. So I’ve got to be doing something right. Right? Right.

The bestest birthday present in the world are my friends. I’ve learned that good friends are very precious & need to be treasured. In this day & age I think it’s easy to confuse “friends” with “acquaintances.” We’re friendly with lots of folks, but finding pals who are there for you through thick & thin is a rare thing. And I think they should be celebrated every doggone day!

So my birthday wish is that if you’re reading this, please take a minute or two to tell someone special that they are being thought of today. Just because. No particular reason. That’s what friends do. :-)

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ~ Leo Buscaglia


My Beautiful Friend, Miss Cali

February 21st 2010 9:48 pm
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The Rainbow Bridge has been blessed with a most beautiful angel today…my sweet friend Miss Cali.

Miss Cali & her amazing Mommy are very near & dear to me. They’re such special souls & remind me of what true friendship is all about. They are there for you when you’re laughing & they are there for you when the tears are falling. And all the times in between. That means more than I can say.

I know Miss Cali is holding court at the Rainbow Bridge, looking like the stunning princess that she is & bringing a smile to everyone she meets. There will always be a warm place in my heart that belongs to Miss Cali. I hope she never forgets that.


Ice Cream! Get Your Ice Cream!

June 16th 2009 2:23 am
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Hmmm...what flavor of ice cream am I??

My pals Mamie & Ellie Mae tagged me in a new game. And the big question is "What kind of ice cream do I look like?"

Mommy says that I'm a dead ringer for Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl. And since it sounds pretty yummy, who am I to argue?!?!

Hey...I'm hungry now! :-)


Help Wanted: Two Humans In Dire Need Of Guidance

May 31st 2009 9:01 pm
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It was twelve years ago today that I started a very, very important job. I found my pawrents...& quickly discovered that they require constant & intense supervision. As near as I can figure, Mommy & Daddy were pretty much running amuck prior to my arrival. Can you even imagine such nonsense? Not a pretty picture.

After twelve years of overseeing their every activity, I’m sad to say they are still a work in progress. However, I have discovered that I am an exceptionally good boss! I bark orders & things happen. Not as quickly as I’d like, but they happen.

And just between you & me, I think I’ve got the greatest job in the world! But Mommy & Daddy don’t need to know that, OK? :-)


What's The Deal With Twelve?

March 30th 2009 10:42 am
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I turned twelve years old yesterday! Twelve. What is “twelve” anyway? Mommy says that twelve is the number right after eleven & just before thirteen. That doesn’t really make a whole lot of sense to me. Now what I do know is that I scored baby carrots, mashed potatoes and cheese yesterday! So I’m thinking this whole twelve business is pretty fabulous.

Another thing I’m certain of is that my friends & their families are very busy & yet they took the time to help me celebrate! I’ve received lovely presents on my page, P-mails, E-mails, cards & gifts…& it all truly means the world to me. For those of you who helped to make my day so truly amazing, I thank you from the bottom of my Yorkie heart.

I’d like to come & give you all some extra big Muffin-sized hugs & kisses, but a certain someone (that would be Mommy) says it’s not in the budget…time-wise or money-wise. Quite frankly that sounds like a personal problem to me. I don’t think I really ask for a great deal. Oh wait a minute. Perhaps I do. Well, consider yourself hugged & kissed Muffin-style anyway, OK?? :-)

And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years. ~ Abraham Lincoln

Don't just count your years, make your years count. ~ Ernest Meyers

I’m a twelve-year-old girl who has a truly wonderful life & even more fantastic friends. And I am grateful.

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