Favorite Food: HAPPY HIPS canned stew with Condroitin and Clusomine BUT since he will be living with us, guess what, spoiled, spoiled, spoiled with chicken and Merricks Brand (Grammy's Pot Pie) kibbles and home cooking.
Favorite Walk: Absolutely everywhere & car rides
Best Tricks: To be determined other than being so awfully cute
Arrival Story: Chopper came to us through the FORTE ANIMAL RESCUE FOUNDATION in Marina del Rey, California. After LAYLA passed over to the Rainbow Bridge, we wanted to get a happier face on our lives and seeing Chopper, whose master died and he was placed in a Shelter to be destroyed. FORTE came to his rescue and we adopted him. He is a very gentle soul and will be a most welcome addition to our family.
Bio: His love is unconditional. He is an exceptionally gentle soul and will be loved from top to bottom forever. Chopper (TEDDY) is in good health, loves to be with us and loves Pita. We are watching and determining and quirks or special things that Chop is exhibiting. We now know that since we bought the larger (California King) bed, he absolutely loves to sleep with all of us. And my goodness how he snores! BOL More later - Bob
Gentleness: Since we had the honor of getting Chopper AKA: (TEDDY), we have found him to be a most very gentle soul! Teddy loves everyone, is still having difficulty answering to his name but loves to be cuddled, loves attention and loves to be with us all. Teddy is a very loving, quiet and gentle soul that we are honored to have in our household. We will forever treat him with respect, love and give him the best of the best! We have been given another chance from above to love an animal in distress and we shall always commit to treating Teddy with the same kindness and gentless that he has brought to our home!
Kitty, Kitty: We have been told that he came from a home wherein he had a cat that he loved and played with and we find that his mannerisms and quirks include those that a cat would have. We are so very honored and proud to have him as the newest member of our home and promise our beloved Layla (who is looking after us all from above) that Teddy will be given the love and respect that he deserves. He IS a love!
A discovery: This Easter we took Pita and Teddy to the park for some romping around and discovered that Teddy made a quick run for balls. There was a spiderman ball that belonged to a little boy there and he played with it for about 5 seconds and it blew up! Now we know that besides kitty cats, he loves to play with balls and we now have a large variety and assortment of them for him around the place. He loves it.
On RESCUING: My job is to assist God's creatures.
I was born with the drive to fulfill their needs.
I take in helpless, unwanted, homeless creatures
without planning or selection.
I have bought dog food with my last dime.
I have patted a mangy head with a bare hand.
I have hugged someone vicious and afraid.
I have fallen in love a thousand times,
And I have cried into the fur of a lifeless body too many times to count.
I have Animal Friends and friends who have animal friends.
I don't often use the word "pet"
I notice those lost at the road side
And my heart aches.
I know of no creature unworthy of my time.
I want to live forever if there aren't animals in Heaven;
But I believe there are.
Why would God make something so perfect and leave it behind?
Some may think we are master of the animals -
But the animals have mastered themselves.
Something people still haven't learned;
War and Abuse make me hurt for the world.
But a rescue that makes the news gives me hope for mankind.
We are a quiet but determined army
And we are making a difference every day.
There is nothing more necessary than warming an orphan,
nothing more rewarding than saving a life;
No higher recognition than watching them thrive.
There is no greater joy than seeing a baby play
who only days ago, was too weak to eat.
By the love of those who I've been privileged to rescue,
I have been rescued.
I know what true unconditional love really is -
for I've seen it shining in the eyes of so many
Grateful for so little.
I am an Animal Rescuer;
My work is never done,
My home is never quiet,
My wallet is always empty,
But my heart is always full.
The Death of TEDDY: On July 16th, 2009, we were informed by the Glendale Animal Hospital that TEDDY, who went in for knee surgery was deceased due to a drug overdose; causing a heart attack. This clinic simply murdered our beloved Teddy and both Jacob and myself were beyond heartbroken as this precious gentle creature became a star in our lives. We have since after investigating, found that the Glendale Animal Hoospital has been responsible for 27 other animal deaths due to negligence. We have taken them to task via the courts however this will never, ever, replace what and who we fell in love with and lost. Our time was relatively brief together however, rescuing Teddy from a shelter that was going to kill him, gave him a few more months of life, love and happiness. We will forever carry in our hearts the memories, fun, love and companionship that our Teddy gave to us and to our Pita. May God take him to the Rainbow Bridge and show him all that he deserves without any further pain. We will join Teddy at the Bridge when our time comes and he will forever live within us and with all whose heart he has touched by his grace. Forever our love, forever in our hearts and forever in mind....Our hearts belong to our beloved TEDDY !
For Jacob, family friends and all who have ever known our beloved Pita, this by far is the hardest thing I have had to do. Altough I have buried family members over the recent years and our two other dogs,LAYLA and TEDDY; our Pita was never separated from us by years and miles. She has been a constant, at our side for the past fifteen years.
Briefly, Pita has achieved more in her life span than most dogs that I know. From the day that she wrapped her leash around my legs and plopped her bottom on my feet in San Diego, fifteen years, ago, we have been inseparable. During her life, she achieved the Agility Course, been certified by the State of California as a Medical Assistance Dog, having been my life saver on more than one occasion, been on the front page of newspapers telling of her unique and unusual abilities, Received the Canine Good Citizen Award from the American Kennel Club, traveled extensively from California to Florida, Texas where she and I met our partner Jacob who has been with Pita for these past ten years.
She has eaten at 5 star restaurants with us, been to all the major film studios in Hollywood, even the Los Angeles Opera where she met and photographed with Placido Domingo having a 5th row seat to observe the opera.
She has rubbed shoulders with famous TV and Film stars, befriended thousands of dogs and their guardians, from around the world, on her personal site Dogster.
I was recently asked why I obsess over her so much because after all she is just a dog.
The answer is quite simple, over the years that we have been together she was so much more.
Guardian, protector, best friend who has been completely loyal, loving, forgiving, trusting and all of this was unconditional. Both Jacob and myself have learned very valuable lessons from Pita. She is so much more than "just a dog". She is sentient, has feelings, memories, is self aware, an incredible memory and to paraphrase William Shatner, in all of our years and all of our travels together, she was the most Human".
I do not believe I have ever run across anyone that did not fall in love with her almost immediately upon meeting and her gentleness and loving, nurturing nature made it so easy to love her unconditionally.
Mark Twain once said that "If there are no dogs in heaven, than when I die, I want to go where our dogs go." I agree.
Pita is going on her journey to the Rainbow Bridge where she will be welcomed by all who have gone their before her. Her in life friends, Layla, Teddy, Taya and so very many more will be there with that first biscuit and grand tour where they will romp together awaiting the arrival of their guardians.
Although I am profoundly sad today, I will continue on know that one day we shall meet again. Finally I do know that so long as we keep Pita in our hearts and memories, she will remain alive and be a strength for us to continue on.
She will now be our guardians from afar.
I thank all who have met Pita for your devotion, love and friendship of Pita. On behalf of Jacob and myself and Pita, our love to you all and thank you for being our friends.
Hey there Mr 28! You have no idea how much Layla and I miss you and Bob but know that we were there in spirit for your 28th big one. We see that you had a lot of fun and are glad that Lalo and Pita are taking good care of you. We shall all be together again some time in the future meantime know that we look after you from up above and will never ever forget how you and Bob loved me and took special care of me. No tears please. Just know that we rejoice in your life and share it by sharing with our pals up here as we watch. Always YOUR doggy, Teddy
I heard through the doggy grapevine that I was a diary pick of the day and received many burgers, hotdogs and things from my friends Saphira, Flicka, Kiwi Boys and so many more. I am honored that you thought of me and my family and thank you ever so much for remembering me. Rainbow hugs and wags from all of us at the Bridge - Teddy