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this song was very popular when I had to have my sweet cocker spaniel put to sleep.

I came home on a Saturday and he didn't greet me. He had total ear ablation, so calling him did no good. I found him sleeping in his bed. He had no interest in food, and he was usually a chow hound. He pretty much slept until I took him to the vet Monday morning. I was pretty sure what was going to happen, but it was still the toughest thing I've ever done.

Every time I hear that song, I think about him. That seemed to be what he was saying, "If I lay here, would you lie with me and just forget the world?" And that's what I did his last weekend. I held him constantly.

I heard that song this afternoon on the radio. It brings back many years of happy memories with him, and still makes me tear up missing him.
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Love the sweet dog stories. :D

In addition to my greyhounds, I have a 17 year old cat now named Amy. I adopted Amy when she was 10 y.o. Her previous owner & his wife had a baby son who turned out to be allergic to cats. Knowing how hard it would be for an old kitty at a shelter, I took her.

He'd named her some man's name (Ayerton?) after his favorite formula 1 race car driver. I would never be able to call her that, and interestingly, she didn't respond to it at all. All the 45 minutes drive home from his house, she meowed at the top of her lungs. (Why do the smallest cats have the loudest voices?) By the time we arrived home, I'd determined to name her Amy Rae, after one of the Indigo Girls, a musical duo. Within less than 24 hours, I would call her, "Amy!" and she'd come running. A friend said, "Well, she has been waiting 10 years for a good name!)

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I love the story about the Great Dane sitting on the couch - too funny!

My brother has always had BIG dogs like Irish Wolfhounds. He now has a Pyrenees-Border Collie mix, who looks like the world's biggest border collie, and who has always thought she was a 'little dog' around the wolfhounds.

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once when we were in PetSmart, Obie met a great dane. He's always been the biggest dog and the expression on his face when he saw this HUGE dog was so funny!

on another message board a great dane owner said when she told her dog to SIT, he would back up to the sofa and sit his butt on the cushion. I love an animal who knows their place!
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OMG, the two stories about Molly and Kalli are absolutely precious - thank you so much for sharing them! I have a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes!

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What beautiful stories! I'm sitting here with a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes. Those memories will last forever. Thanks for sharing.

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I love this thread, it got me thinking about the funny things my fur babies have done. I remember when I was given my Great Dane, Kalli. Friends of my (then) husband and I had a Great Dane pair that they bred. My ex was given a pup from the first litter for his birthday and when Kita (the female) got pregnant again I was told that I could pick a pup for my birthday. When the pups were 2 days old we went over to see them, 10 little pups no bigger than my hand. I was immediatly drawn to the runt, a little dark brindle female. She was the one I wanted, I named her Kalli and we brought her home when she was 8 wks old. My parents came over to see her and she was just small enough to hide under the chair to the table in our dining room. My dad got down on his hands and knee's to talk to her and she was so funny cause she just barked at him in her shrill puppy bark. Dad just kept talking to her and she finally came out from under the chair and went over to my dad and leaned against him.

Six months later my husband and I divorced and I moved in with my folks, with Kalli. My ex was not kind to Kalli so she had a fear of men, all but my father. Kalli worshipped the ground my dad walked on. Every day dad went for a 2 mile walk and he would take Kalli with him. One day I was off so I thought I would join him. He got a head start, as I was putting my shoes on, and when Kalli and I went to join him he pulled a fast one. He was 2 blocks ahead of me, he turned when he heard me call for him and he started calling for Kalli. You try holding back a 140 pound Great Dane when her pappaw is calling her. I finally had to drop the leash and let her go.

I lost my dad in 2001 to cancer and when ever we would come to see mom Kalli always had to search the house, garage and yard looking for him. I lost her to cancer in 2004 (at 9 1/2 yr) but I knew that her pap would find her at the Rainbow Bridge and they will play and walk until we all meet again.

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at my last job one of the salesmen had a Boston terrorist, Molly (if you've lived with one, you know why they are called that!)

after he retired I would go visit him. His wife died suddenly and he got really worried about what would happen to Molly if he died. He had talked to his sister about taking her. The sis had lots of dogs, but they were all outside. They had acres to roam, but Molly was a house dog. He asked me if I would take her. I promised that I would, and I told DH.

Every time I would go for a visit, my friend would ask me, "you'll still take Molly if anything happens to me?" And when he'd take me to meet his family, he told all of them, "she's the one who gets Molly!"

when he passed away I drove down for the funeral. His sis told me, "you don't really have to take Molly if you don't want to. She'll be fine with us." I told her that I made a promise, and I would keep it.

Molly had been in a kennel while her owner was in the hospital. I went to pick her up after the funeral and she was so glad to see a familiar face!

when I brought her in the house I said to DH, "this is Molly." He'd never seen a Boston before and the look on his face was priceless. Kind of a "what in the world???"

Molly really bonded with DH. Her favorite place to sleep was on his belly. And she snored even louder than he does.

Molly developed some health issues. She had seizures. The vet did some basic tests but couldn't find the cause. He said Bostons are prone to brain tumors. If she had brain tumors, there wasn't much he could do so we treated the symptoms. She was on anti-seizure drugs, which made her kind of stoned. But she was happy and enjoying life. She also had a bad case of dry eye.

we went camping in late February and took the dogs (my cocker spaniel was still with us). I was walking the dogs. I walked out on the dock at the lake and Molly didn't stop! She just kept walking. When she went in the lake, she didn't even try to swim. I was able to get her out without jumping in the water.

I've had experience with dogs who can't swim, so I knew it wasn't that uncommon. We bought a life vest for Molly and she wore it whenever we went out on the boat.

we only had about 6 years with Molly, but we loved every second. She was a real character. I know that DH would love to have another Boston if he got the chance.

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Bruno is very territorial, when stands in front of you he takes up the entire space, none of the other dogs or cat for that matter can get close!!

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My Siamese cat is the same way, only she's very quiet about it. I'll get up and think she's still in the bed, but she actually follows me around the house like an outstretched shadow. She's also very territorial where she doesn't like my dog or other kitty around me. lol!

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Jade sounds like my Maggs. She attached herself to me the first time she came to our place and now she follows me everywhere. When I sneak up to the bedroom for a snooze a couple of minutes later she's whinging at the door to come up as well.

Bruno is a very special dog for us as he helped heal our hearts when our last dog Tramp had to be put to sleep suddenly with acute diabetes, he just loves people!!

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Jules, your Bruno sounds like a special love. :D

I fostered Jade for almost two weeks, then she went to prison for 10 weeks. The adoption group has a partnership program with one of the prisons. It's an awesome program. When Jade was paroled (smile), I went to pick her up at the adoption coordinator's house. Jade was so happy to see me! Every time I moved, she stuck to me like velcro. I've had her two years now, and she is still a bit of a velcro dog. She seems worried that she might miss something exciting. (Definitely not scared of *anything*!)

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She certainly sounded like a real little character. I can just see her hanging on to the furniture.

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Lynda, what a little character!!! Love the story.

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Many years ago, my son worked at a pet store that carried kittens, puppies, etc. One kitten was passed over many times because she was so sullen so the owner let us have her. My son was convinced she was just depressed about being in a store and he was right - the minute she got home, she perked right up.

I had 2 other cats at the time and while I have very few 'rules' for pets, one is NO CATS ON THE COUNTER. My oldest, BB, followed the rule. My 2nd cat Miss Kitty-Kitty decided the rule was really 'no cats on the counter when someone is looking.' The kitten, who we named Pixel, looked around and decided that she would make the rules for herself - we had quite a 'battle' keeping her off the counter from that day on until she got too fat to get up there!

She was quite a cat - and the only one I've ever had who figured out the cat in the mirror was herself! Once she realized it, she became totally fascinated with her image and posed for herself all the time, trying to look at her backside, watching what she looked like from every possible angle, etc. When she realized she could jump up on the bathroom counter and tap open the mirrored medicine cabinet door to see different angles of herself, we had a hard time getting her away from it. We joked that we should have named her Narcissa because she was so reluctant to tear herself away from her image and we literally had to keep the bathroom door shut to keep her away from the mirror. She would coo and 'talk' to herself all the time if given the chance!

She was also very opinionated about everything and made 'rules' about where things should be in the house, having a 'fit' if things were moved where they weren't supposed to be....according to her. For instance, when we moved from one place to another, we obviously had to take furniture to the new dwelling - after she watched a number of things 'disappear' in spite of her protests, she jumped up onto a table we were carrying out and CLUNG to it, as if to say 'you either have to put this down or take me to wherever you're moving it.'

For awhile during our marriage, DH was traveling a lot for work and Pixel would try to 'hide' in the suitcase by burrowing underneath his clothing - of course, she wouldn't fit well but it was obvious that she wanted to know where he was going with all that stuff and figured if she hid in the suitcase, she would find out.

There are many more stories about this cat with the Personality-Plus but I'll save those for another day - Pixel has been gone for a lot of years but we think about her, and all our other pets we've had, on a regular basis.

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Julia I know what you mean about not leaving without your pet.

When I went to pick up Bruno from the vet, they said that I could bring him back if he didn't fit in one look at his smiling face (I know it sounds odd but that's exactly what he looked like) and I knew that he was coming home with us and never returning.

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Sometimes when I read these, I get tears in my eyes. What beautiful stories.

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Although my bestest-ever mutt, Liza, is no longer with me, I'll never forget meeting her at the Humane Society (HS). My husband and I looked and looked, multiple visits, trying to find a dog that would be right for both of us. Liza (unnamed at the time) was in a cage with two other pups, about 6 months old. They'd been taken from someone who had them in a backyard cage about 4x4 feet.

We decided to meet Liza and the HS rep took us to a "meet pet" room and closed the door. She returned, carrying Liza, opened the door and set her down. At top speed, Liza raced over to me and hid under my long skirt. I looked up at my husband and he said, "I don't think there's anything to discuss. I can tell you won't leave without her." He was right!

She turned out to be the most incredible dog ever. Although I have adored and loved every dog since, she was my heart and I'll always miss her.

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here's how Jack found us:

we knew we wanted another dog. Obie really needed somebody to play with...no way could we keep up with his energy! We did make sure Obie was very socialized while we were looking. There are no dog parks in our town, but there is an area of the horse park where lots of people let their dogs run off leash. We took Obie there every weekend and went for long walks. He played well with all the other dogs.

a friend of my mom's heard about a dog that was running around at a school in the next county. None of the locals could take him. We called one of the people who knew about him. They told us he looked like a black lab mix and he was very friendly. We agreed to meet them at the school over Labor day weekend. We took Obie with us and they were pals from the start. I asked DH what he thought. "Let's take him!" Everybody piled in the truck and we went home. He had obviously belonged to somebody for a while because he rides great!

the school mascot was the Crusaders, and everybody had been calling the dog Sader. We didn't like that (a seder is a Jewish passover meal...he doesn't look at all like a Jewish passover meal!) so we were discussing names on the ride home. DH likes to gamble, so I suggested Blackjack. Which became Jack. I also call him Sweet Jack (and sing the sweetjack.com jingle to him) and Jackson.

Jack walked in the house the first time, checked out the toy box, checked out the water bowl, jumped up on the sofa and got comfortable! We didn't even have to teach him to use the dog door. He watched Obie about 3 times, and figured it out.

the vet estimated his age at about 9 months when we got him. So he and Obie are about a year apart. They are best buddies. They play together all the time. 9 times out of 10, they are napping side by side.

one of Jack's funniest habits is his method for drinking water. We keep 2 water bowls full so neither of them ever has to wait for a drink. Our kitchen, breakfast area, and living room are all open. There's one wall with a bar height counter coming out of it. So we have a great loop for the boys to chase each other. But when Jack gets water, he walks over to the bowl (slurp, slurp, slurp) then walks one lap around the loop, goes back to the bowl (slurp, slurp, slurp), walks another loop, etc. He does this over and over!

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This thread is wonderful! I'm really enjoying hearing about all of these pets who have found patient people and loving homes.

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These stories are all so wonderful. What great memories! Thanks for continuing to share.

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after I had to have my Cocker spaniel put to sleep it was really difficult to come home to no dogs. DH knew I wanted another one and he was looking.

we went to eat at Longhorn and DH ordered ribs. I burst into tears. He'd always taken bones home for the dog, and we didn't have a dog!

when we got home there was a message from DH's family in Louisville. A friend had bought a golden retriever puppy for Christmas and didn't realize he would be a big boy some day. They were offering him 'free to a good home'. We'd never had a big dog, but I did some research on the breed. I didn't see any problem. We could get the backyard fenced so he'd have some space to run.

DH received an email with a picture. He asked me if I wanted to see the pup. I told him, "you realize if I see him, he's ours!"

We drove from GA to KY to pick him up. He was about 4 months old and they had named him Buster. We didn't think the name fit him. DH suggested Obie (his dad's name). Yep. He is definitely an Obie.

we were told he was out of control. No, he just needed somebody to show him how to act. PetSmart obedience training was a big help. I know how to train a dog, but I've never really dealt with leash training for a big dog. When he pulls, you're going! So we got that under control. And LEAVE IT is the most important command ever. He knows that one very well.

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Since we have 5 cats, it's pretty hard to think of just one, but....Lucky's story is the first (and best).

My husband and I were at the pet store. They had some rescued cats for adoption. Chris was interested in the cat in the bottom cage. He was trying to get its attention. As he was talking to the store employee about the details of their adoptions, the cat in the upper cage was doing everything she could to get his attention. I pointed her out to him. So he began playing with her thru the cage. The employee asked if we would like to hold her. When he held her, he was then owed by her. She picked him. She was a beautiful 2 1/2 year old tortiseshell. Her name was Marie, but I didn't think that fit her. On our way home, I told him, I think we should name her Lucky, because I wasn't looking for a cat, and he was lucky I said yes, lol!

Lucky is now 8 years old. She is the boss and "momma" of the other 4 that we adopted/rescued in the last 5 years. She is a wonderful cat!

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All 5 of our current cats started as ferals and we've had many others throughout the years as well - it takes patience but they do come around and all of ours are very friendly.

Your story reminded me of a feral kitten I had many years ago - his name was Flash. My son and a friend of his captured Flash and brought him to me soon after my cat Fingers died - Fingers and Flash were both polydactyls so my son thought it would cheer me up to have another 7-toed cat. Well, Flash immediately hid in the closet and every time I tried to look at him, he arched up, hissed and spit, and if I got anywhere near him, even to set down a bowl of food, he'd strike, scratching and/or biting. After 3 weeks of this and right after another 'attack' AGAIN, I said to my son in frustration 'Just take this kitten back into the woods where you found him. I want a friendly cat who will play and cuddle and all this one wants to do is hiss, spit, bite and scratch so just get rid of him!' I didn't really mean it but it did express my frustration at the time.

Well, less than 5 minutes later, Flash came out of the closet and started 'entertaining' me with typical kitten antics, then he jumped up next to me, gently rubbing against me and purring his little heart out. There's no doubt in our minds that Flash heard what I said, thought I was serious and decided to change his nasty ways - after that, he was a very loving, although sometimes bratty, feline - cats are sooooo funny!

And it is very satisfying to see a feral cat 'turn around' and become friendly - so glad you shared your story and triggered my memory of Flash.


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It may take awhile to gain the trust of a feral/abused animal but when you do it's so worth it.

My little Josie when she was alive was left across the road when her owners went to Greece. She'd run away as soon as she saw me, then when I started feeding her she'd growl continually.

I took a couple of weeks to gain enough trust for her to come across the road to our place then another couple of weeks to get her up to the house. She never got used to our dogs in all the years she was here though.

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I do think you are so right that Peanut knew. People don't give animals enough credit.

Love the story of the feral rescue. Your caring paid off in the end. Great story. emoticon

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My two cats were feral kittens when I trapped them to adopt them. The male was particularly tramatized. I kept him in a large kennel for the first week to slowly introduce him to his new "digs". About every hour, I'd spend about 15 minutes with him, reaching inside the kennel to pet him. He would press himself into the far corner, as far away from me as he could get. Eventually, he calmed down enough to join his sister to explore the house, but he always kept his distance from me. Then one evening about a month or so later, while I was sitting on the couch watching TV, I felt a tap on my leg. I looked down and saw the little guy sitting at my feet. I slowly reached down to give him a pet, and he balanced up on his hind legs to bump his head against my hand. This is a ritual we've had ever since, and it always reminds me of how great it felt to finally win his trust.

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What a heart-warming story about Peanut - we had a cat who did a 'personality makeover' toward the end of his life so I can believe that Peanut did know this was his last chance! I'm going to post a blog about our cat Tiger so you can check that out if you're interested in that story - thanks for sharing your memories of Peanut!!
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Having 4 cats that are always nearby when I am home, it is very hard for to travel as I miss my furbabies terribly. Fortunately, when I visit my brother, I had my 2 cats away from home - Lucky and Peanut. Lucky was rescued by his former mother-in-law from a parking lot as a kitten, so he and I bonded right away.
After my brother was divorced, his new girlfriend added Peanut, her 11 year-old ginger cat to the household. Peanut was always shy and would hide in the linen closet or under the bed when I was visiting, until my last visit when he curled up at my feet every time I sat on the couch. On my mother's last visit at Christmas, he also curled up with her for the first time. Sadly, he had a stroke in February and, at the age of 15, crossed the rainbow bridge. I am convinced that he knew that our last visits were our last moments with him and he made the extra effort to be friendly for that reason. I cherish those last special moments with Peanut.


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Don't you just love wussy dogs??? My little Bruno loves the water (he's a Lhasa Apso) but Ladybird and Maggs are just waders.

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The best dog moment in my life was when took the dogs to San Diego to dog beach. We stayed at a hotel right on the edge of dog beach, a two minute walk.
When we took them the first day, Sprocket almost wet himself when he saw all the water he was so excited. (Newfoundland's LOVE water) LOL
Sprocket went so far out I was afraid he would be caught up in a rip tide,, following the surfers and the surfer dogs out into the ocean.
Emma was not so thrilled with the water,, only up to her ankles was good enough for her. She is a LOT like me!
What a wonderful week we had there.
I have a picture frame with several picture in it, all dedicated to the vacation we had there!!

Even now I feel teary when I think about it because it was so special for my rescue babies.
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It's so much fun to read these stories.....brings back memories! Can't imagine not having furry friends around.

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Lynda that sounds like some of the stuff our dogs get up to.

Whenever I call either Maggs or Bruno, Ladybird is always the first one that comes. She is a pig with a capital P and will do anything for food.

When I have to give Maggs her blood pressure tablets I usually give it to her in a little cat food, trouble is everybody else has to have their "medicine" in the cat food so they line up.

Bruno is such a character, when we either come home from the grocery shopping or even come out in the morning he has to pick up something to come over to you. I always have a cloth on the floor to dry up after "dribble puss" Maggs when she has a drink and Bruno always picks that up to bring to us when he comes to see us.

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I've been enjoying all the stories so much - thought I would add a couple of perhaps more light-hearted moments to share.

We have noticed something whenever we have two pets of the same kind - that is, two dogs, two cats, etc. It always strikes us how they [a] know their name, [b] know the other pet's name, and [c] decide that food tastes better out of the other pet's bowl. So I've used this on more than one occasion when I've needed to feed the animals a different diet. One solution would be to feed them in separate rooms but for some reason, that doesn't seem to work as well as this.

I will fix one bowl for Princess and another bowl for Moani - then I set Princess' bowl down and say 'Moani, here's your dinner' and put Moani's bowl down and say 'Princess, here is your dinner' then step back and watch how Princess will rush over to what she thinks is Moani's food while Moani rushes over to eat what she thinks is Princess' food. And by 'tricking' them, I can get them to eat exactly what they are supposed to eat, haha! I've done the same thing with cats or other dogs so it's not just these two that act this way - too funny!

Another similar thing is when one dog needs a pill - the one needing the pill never wants to take it but the one who doesn't need a pill always wants one because they don't want to be left out. So I take the one who doesn't need a pill and give them a 'fake pill' [by simply sticking my finger in their mouth and part-way down their throat as if I'm pushing a pill down] - that way, the one who really does need the pill will come over and beg for one, which makes it a lot easier to poke the pill down. Unfortunately, this only seems to work for dogs - none of the cats have ever fallen for this.

One last story - when my son was little, we didn't have much money so always went camping as our 'vacations' - one time we were at a mountain lake and the temps were pretty cold at night. I woke up in the middle of the night and saw my son on the tent floor in a semi-fetal position shivering - I wondered why he was outside his sleeping bag and looked around to find our dog Mandrix had pushed him out and was sleeping very comfortably inside my son's sleeping bag!!

A week or two later, I was at a yard sale and found a beat-up kid's sleeping bag for sale super-cheap so I got it and gave it to Mandrix. Well, he was absolutely thrilled to have his own sleeping bag and from that time on, whenever we'd talk about 'camping' or even if he'd see me get camping gear out, he would run to the closet where his sleeping bag was and drag it out, as if to say "I'm packed, let's go!" Fortunately, he never tried to take my son's sleeping bag again - dogs are just too funny for words and I agree with the person who said imagining life without them is something like trying to imagine life without air!



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What a party it will be when we all meet again

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Libby, you said it all. I'm sure they're all waiting for us. I've always felt that they were waiting when my husband arrived - especially our sons 3 legged kitty and his sister. As Gizmo aged, Jay would carry him upstairs every night. He also brought Midnight 3 shrimp every morning. Do you think they were spoiled!!!!

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Hi....

I think we ALL have a bunch of pals waiting at the Rainbow Bridge for a joyful re-union!!!

(and there will be NO food fights!!!!)

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What a tremendous buddy! Wish I knew him.... emoticon

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my cocker spaniel had several surgeries in his long life. When he had his ear ablation, the swelling in his inner ear was pressing on a nerve and he had tremors. The vet was really concerned and kept him at the hospital for the week. I went by to see him everyday after work and stayed with him until they closed.

When Friday came, I asked the vet for permission to take him home. It was a holiday weekend and I told him I would stay by his side for 3 days. The vet said okay, but I needed to bring him back first thing Tuesday morning. I promised, and I took my baby home. He still had drains in his ears, so I put a beach towel on the floor by the sofa and stayed with him all weekend. Crying the entire time.

I took him back to the vet Tuesday morning and they couldn't believe how much he had improved! The tremors were completely gone. The vet said he thought my dog just wanted to know he still had his home and people. Once he was sure of that, he got better.

He was the sweetest, smartest little guy. I've never seen a dog so eager to please. In addition to all the normal tricks, he could crawl on his belly. He could also flip a treat off of his nose and catch it. His hearing had gotten bad even before the ear ablation, so I had started to teach him hand signals along with voice commands. I would also turn the porch light on and off to call him to come in.

I had to have him put to sleep when he was 16. It's been over 6 years, and I still miss him and think about him.
I know he's waiting at the Rainbow Bridge and I will see him again someday!
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I'm reading these posts with tears in my eyes. Pets are such great caregivers to us, aren't they? After I had my left hip replaced, I started going on short walks with my 80 lb dog, Cody. One day as I was walking, a thought came to my mind, that it was a good thing for me to walk Cody so he could get some exercise every day. And right away, a voice from within let me know that it was the other way around. Cody was given to me to help me in my recovery from hip surgery and so I could improve my health. He was a servant sent from Above. emoticon

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My heart is warming at all these 'memorable moments'....

I can't imagine my life without a furball......any more than a life without AIR!!!

Keep the stories coming.....we all like to feel warm and fuzzy!!!

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Lovely stories ladies!!

I have many but I remember a couple that stick in my mind.

The first was when we go our Bruno. It was a couple of weeks after we had to put our previous dog Tramp to sleep due to acute diabetes. I uhmmmmed and ahhhed about taking him but in the end told the vet OK. The first time he came out to see us I swear he was smiling, he looked from side to side at me and my Mum and sat down and waited for us to take him. He stole my heart that day.

The second one is while we had evacuated during the Black Saturday bushfires in 2009. Maggs was in the caravan with the other dogs while we went to get something to eat. She somehow got out of the window and with the hundreds of people there, she still found us wagging her tail madly when she did. It was memorable as we had only had her for a short time.

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What beautiful stories! I also have so many wonderful stories with my furry friends but what touched me the most was when my husband passed unexpectedly. I felt like I had permanent bookends. The girls stayed with me constantly. If I was having a really bad day, they would cuddle close and just purr. They always seemed to be watching out for me.

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I've had so many, it's hard to pick just one - most of my happy memories are of loving moments when a dog or cat expressed appreciation, tenderness, sympathy or support. My dog Princess comforted my dad during his last hours of life and snuggled him so gently on his hospital bed - my dog Katie also comforted him a lot. These two dogs couldn't have been more different - Katie was an 85-lb Catahoula with the gentlest personality ever and Princess is a 16-lb Maltese-mix Diva who is very high maintenance. Yet both of them knew when my dad was in pain and very gently got on his bed to snuggle him - this was significant since my dad loved all animals and got his greatest pleasure from cuddling with them.

Continuing with my dad and pets, his cat Bitsy, who now is 'my' cat since he passed away, lived in bed with my dad and snuggled him all the time. Whenever he felt the worst, she would come to the door and YELL for me to get my butt in there. And it was so sad at the end of his life because he was in the hospital for a long time and she missed him terribly - when we finally moved his bed and equipment out of his room, she realized he was never coming back and her grief was palpable. But she has adjusted today and treats all of us with affection, as if she knows we will take care of her now that he's gone. By the way, she is a former feral cat who was as wild as you could imagine - took 3 yrs before she would let my dad near her on his ranch, another 5 yrs before she would come inside the house - and about 30 seconds after that for her to decide indoor life was pretty nice and sleeping in a nice warm indoor bed was what she had always wanted to do without realizing it. She 'glued' herself to my dad and never left his side - what a great cat!

Thanks for starting this thread - I'm enjoying the other stories and look forward to more as other team members post them!
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That is such a sweet moment! Thank God for Lucy and thank God for you!

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About a year after I adopted my Lucy......I fell and badly squished my femur/tibia (thighbone and shinbone) I couldn't walk for weeks. Good neighbors took turns walking Lucy - but eventually - I had to send her to a foster home for a few weeks. My heart broke, even tho' her foster home was more like doggy camp - a loving family with a huge house and several other doxies...
When it was time for Lucy to come home -- (I checked on her almost daily by phone)....I was unsure if she would really remember me. We'd just REALLY bonded before I got hurt.....Remember she was a rescue......

When Laura brought her up to my apt.....she looked around hesitantly. She didn't come to me when I called her......and when I picked her up-she struggled a bit. My heart sank.

Then.....we went into the bedroom - where she slept in my bed every single night - she sniffed around a bit. She went from me to Laura -- from Laura to me --- and then -------

just like that ---- she came up next to me and sat down and never moved! She claimed me back!! PURE JOY!!
A moment I'll never forget...... (and she hasn't missed a night in my bed in the three years since......
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It is amazing how our loved pets share in our joys and sorrows. I've never understood how the claim that they have no soul came about. They feel joy, they feel pain, they give of themselves more than most people I know!

So glad to hear your cat is there for you!

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About two years ago I broke my left hip and my Siamese cat instinctively knew something was wrong. When I went to bed at night or laid down for a nap, she would climb up on my hip (I sleep on my side) and lay there and purr. I think she was sending out cat prayers for healing and recovery for me. emoticon

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