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katenorwood
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Hello everyone !

Vale brought up a good subject in another topic.  One I feel is very true.  I am an animal lover, and have always had pets....at one time even a pet goose.  I lost my german shepard Chassie and my cat Tubby at the very beginning of my journey with the beast.  And I swore I would never have another pet.  Fast forward, and we now have an adorable minpin named George.  He was a rescue pet, and it took awhile but has now become irreplaceable in my heart.  There has been days he pesters me, until I get up and play his silly games.  The unconditional love this little guy gives me, and the way he looks into my eyes when I'm having a bad day....it's unexplainable.  I think there truely is something to this.  Maybe.  Any thoughts to share ?  Katie

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It is so very strange that the seem to know what is going on without us telling them or even being to understand it if we did.

I had a beagle/cocker/heinz57 that 'knew' whenever anyone in the family was not feeling well, or was coming down with something.  She would simply be with that family member, moving from room to room with that person, even leaving her normal bed to sleep in one of the kid's rooms when they had something as simple as a cold.  While she never physically could do anything in our care, she was always there with a wagging tail, a head that she'd push under our hands demanding to be pet, or simply at our feet, lending her support.  I never knew how she did it.

Like to read a good book?  "A Dog's Purpose" and its sequel, "A Dog's Journey" by W. Bruce Cameron.  Especially great if you've ever had a caring dog.

I lost my mutt after almost 17 years with her, I can still hear the click of her toenails on the floors at night as she 'patrols' her family.  I'm glad you have a great George!

 

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We had a black lab, Ebony...she was mine 100%, or I should say I was heres, LOL...

She passed away at 13, it was hard, very hard..., like getting slugged in the gut for days...

Eventually we got a Chocloate Lab, Kali...totally different personality, sharing her love with both Shelley and me... Eventually we had the opportunity to also get her sister at birth (same litter) Jasmine (Jazzy)... again, totally different personality than even her sister Kali.

Jazz is totally Shelley's, if Shelley goes to a different room Jaz goes to... So now Kali has pretty much become my buddy, though she does still queeze in some mommy time  daily.

But they are family, to us they are much more than pets or ...shhhh DOGS..

It's a bond like none other, as you say...totally unconditional, they feel what you feel, and know when you are down.

We just love them...

JG

JG

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Animals are like family... unconditionally loving, intuitive, supportive family.  My life is enriched and my path has been made easier because of my animal friends.

Deb

 

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smack in the middle of treatment....I was a lost cookie without him at my side.....even tho he hadn't been well for months, he hung with me thru all my bad days.  I went out and got another pup (against my better judgement Smile), knowing that a pup was going to keep me busy when I felt like schmidt....Lola has kept me putting one foot in front of the other, having a project every day since.....the best part is how she makes me laugh......that "you are the best thing in the world" look she gives me warms me to my toes....gives me a reason to get up and get moving....a reason that makes me WANT to get up.  Work doens't hold that power...

p

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We adopted our Tebow (mini poodle) when Jim finished treatment. He had been left in a vacant apartment and the landloerd had driven down a street and threw him towards a ladies garbage can. Thankfully she csred enough to call the rescue shelter. He was skin and bones and terribly matted. He was 10 years old when we adopted him. What a comfort and blessing he is to Jim. They spent hours napping on the couch together while Jim recovered. I don't know what we will do when he is gone. He has quickly become family. Jim was so upset when I accidently closed his foot in the van door so I think he will be devastated when Trbow is gone. Right now we are treasuring the time we have with him and the comfort it brings.

Debbie

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Duke was hubby's "truck" dog. He was ready to go anywhere, anytime. He was a shepherd mix. I can still see him standing on the back seat with his head on Ron's shoulder looking out the window. His "little buddy" was our black lab Mickey, our "found" dog. After my son moved out, he was my dog, following me from room to room. Heck, I couldn't even go to the bathroom alone.

They've both gone to dog heaven, but Mickey left his black cat friend, Batman, to watch over us in his absence. He is most happy when curled up in Ron's lap or against his leg. And yes, the knowing look he has that something's not quite right. I think they are a comfort to each other.

Luv,

Wolfen

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Those that have been blessed with a furry friend know and understand the healing power they possess. An animal's intuition reaches farther than our own. 

Our Socrates (a Pixie Bob) is a very unique animal. They're a rare breed possessing character traits of their wild origins (red coastal bobcat). Although there are no DNA markers to verify it, I can assure you his looks {he has a bobtail about 3") aren't the only thing that gives him his wildness. If you heard him growl when he's mad (like at the vet's office) you would get goose bumps. He loves water and tries to bury his food (dry and raw chicken) when he's done eating. Pixie Bobs also had a primordial pouch/stomach which his bobcat relatives have. It's for storing additional meat when they gorge on a kill. Although it's not used, it's still there. He doesn't meow like other cats. He communicates with chirps and chatters. 

Since I've had cancer (I detected the lump in my neck last August), Socrates has been overly attentive to me. He knows when I'm hurting and I'll get a paw on my arm or leg or a head butt as if to say "Are you Ok?). He is a source of joy and laughter and good for my soul. 

Socrates with Marcia about a year and a half ago. He's bigger now (16 lbs) and won't reach maturity until November (his 3rd B Day).

"T"

 

SocsMom

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T.  You know, he actually looks like a BAD A$$.

 

J.

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Hey J,

Pixie Bobs definitely have a wild look about them no doubt. I originally heard about the breed about 10 years ago in a news article about a pet cat that attacked a burgler and scared him off. A guy had a big male Pixie Bob and someone broke into his home while he was sleeping. The burgler was going around with a flashlight and heard a wildcat growl. He shined his light up toward a shelf and saw a pair of eyes. The cat jumped down and hit him full force in the face and neck biting and scratching him. The burgler ran, the owner called police and when they   responded they passed a man walking down the street a block or so away bleeding from bites and scratches to the face and neck.

I looked them up and knew then I wanted one. It took a long time to be in the position to do so but I finally got Socrates a little over two years ago from a breeder in Texas (Bobcat Legends). While he won't be as big as some others I've seen, he'll still be a big boy and will reach close to 20 pounds when all is said and done. He's as sweet as can be, intelligent, obediant, well behaved and social. But you're right... he really does look like a bad a$$ ~lol~ and I love it! 

"T"

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Katie

My screen name says it all. We had a Golden Retreiver named Duggie he was 14 when I was diagnosed with cancer and his health was failing. He actually made a bit of a comeback until my last day of radiation and slid to the point were we had to put him down. My wife always said he wanted to stay around to make sure I made it through it all. It hurts to even think of him now. I always said I wanted no other dog because it just wouldn't be the same but three months later the day after my first PET Scan we got Kasie a Yellow Lab who has been my bud ever since. The day we brought him home his first romp in the yard was right over to where we buried Duggie in the woods he sniffed around looked up at me then proceeded to explore more of his domaine. He was definately a big part of my therapy. The picture is Kasie

Enjoy the day

      Jeff 

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I laughed right out loud when I saw your pic of Kasie....what a doll she is!  I'm surprised that there are a number of us who lost our pets either during or right after treatment....losing MoJo while I was in the throws of 5FU was the only time the words "unfair, unfair, unfair" rolled through my head.  Missing our past babies is hard to get past.....Moj was the most beautiful GSD I've ever seen, and the biggest....he outweighed me by 40 lbs....and was tall enough to see what we were having for dinner by laying his head on the table.  He marched to his own drummer....a pain in the butt till I re-learned a totally new way of training a dog....he didn't lik

I still can't post pics for some reason....copying and pasting HTML from photobucket doesn't work for me.

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I keep coming back to this thread to look at this pic. It's got to be the best doggie face I've seen in a while. That's a melt your heart punim for sure! (punim is Yiddish for face).

"T"

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For years we had Goldens and then we lost both within a few months of each other.  I'm pretty sure Stash (the one on the right) died of a broken heart when Hunter had to be put down.  Thought I'd never want to suffer thru that kind of loss again but the house got quickly way too quiet and needed fresh life.

GOLDENS

 

So, along came Sofie.  She was 1 1/2 when I was diagnosed.  From the point where Chemo began she almost wouldn't leave my side.  What was really weird was she always wanted to lick my throat on the side where the tumor was.  I've also heard that they have dogs that can diagnose prostrate cancer.

 

Sofie

I think It would be a lesser life to not have our furry friends.

 

J.

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Hi Katie,

 

Many of a time during treatments this little girl would be sitting patiently waiting for me to get home and take my place in the recliner.  She also loves it when I lay on the floor with my feet toward the fire, because then it is time for some head scratches (for her).  Every morning she patrols the back yard to make sure everything is in place.

 

CivilMatt with CivilCat

 

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Do you gots some fish in that thar pond? they be pets too.

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Phrannie,

 

I could not resist. 

 

Ladies and gentleman meet Lola, Phrannie’s upside down dog.

 

MattLola

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Every time we do one of these threads on our furry friends, I just love all the pics.

Our golden retriever, Barney, is our current best boy.   He was my constant companion during my recovery from surgery and all during treatment....I think that's when he really became a "mama's boy".....now he won't even go anywhere alone with hubby unless I say, "OKAY, go play".....

they really do have a special place in our lives.

 

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Ok,  tried posting this picture, so will do it the old fashioned way...

This is our dog - 5 mins after Dan got out of the chair.... he likes this Dad at home thing.

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-mLnhotXzJnY/UTUlQIWen7I/AAAAAAAADBQ/OQ9qeeSPZpM/s482/photo.JPG

[Mr. Skiffin, can you send me a copy of your instructions please!]

 

Thanks, Kari

 

 

 

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I'll post Willy for you while I look for the post with the instructions... I know Billie did a follow-up post that was very informative if I remember correctly...

Willy

I love all of the fur kids....

JG

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Try this;

Using the tree icon (insert/edit image) in the message menu bar, do the following;

click the tree icon, (for an image you have saved on your computer), this opens a pop up window (Insert/Edit Image)

click image URL (the browse button right side), this will open another pop up window (File Browser)

click the upload (top left)

File (browse..., where you have the file stored on your computer)

Upload (this puts it in a folder of yours on CSN) close the box for upload

click the file you want to post, the Insert File (top right)

put in an image description and title, then insert.

This will insert the image into your post...

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Thank you, I am saving it in a few places! And thanks for posting Willy for me.. poor guy took a pepcid and has a tummy ache tonight, Hopefully will perk up soon. And today has to be the first day with no human snacks!

 

:) Kari

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I agree.  I have three wonderful kitties Puma, Spot and Princess Firefly.  Since dad got cancer Spot has been a caretaker to him as much as mom and I.  He walks beside him, watches to make sure he gets in the door and shows nonstop love. 

When I am sick they will take turns laying beside me and giving me kisses.  When I leave I tell Spot to take care of mom and he will sleep at her feet all day.

 

Kathy

 

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Kate:

 

If I did not have Sammy(my dachshund) and Chargee (my sheltie) I would honestly be the true definition of a basketcase.  I lost Blue (sheltie) 7 months to the day Charlie passed away and he was almost 13 and then my beloved Rowdy Powdy last March.  He would have been 14.  I had them cremated so they sit on the entertainment center on either side of their daddy.  Dogs are my favorite of course but I am an animal lover and I love black bears and was distressed to learn while I was in NC from the news that in W. NC and Northern GA mountains they had caught people who had been trapping and killing these bears; and am happy to say are now facing harsh punishment and some of them were actually employees I think by the national parks; for what reason I'm not sure but those people lost their jobs.  I'm going thru tough financial times right now until (hours cut back at Jo-Ann's; not a lot of sub calls right now and will be Aug/Sept before retirement and Charlie's SS start) so Chargee and Sammy really keep me going.  And Chargee the sheltie who will be a year old Wed. is like your minpin too; he pesters me in the morning when he thinks I've had enough sleep but oh so precious.  There's also a book out about dogs going and other pets going to heaven.  Haven't read it yet but plan too.  The good Lord as always certainly knew what he was doing when he made dogs and cats and all the other animals.  Enjoy your new minpin.  Sammy was a rescue dog too!  Am so glad you got a minpin and I don't know if you saw Hondo's post a while back when he was in the hospital and they let his family bring their dog to see him as she was having a rough time with her buddy in the hospital.  He talked about how she had been with him thru treatment and all and how very special she was.  So yeah, there is definitely something about them and how they know all about us.  When Charlie passed away Blue and Sammy knew something was definitely up; but that Rowdy Powdy knew the minute I walked thru the door on the night his Daddy passed away that he was gone and was just there with me (I mean literally by my side every minute) and when I had my moments and cried he would come get in my lap and lick my face.  He was just awesome.  I'm so thankful I have Sammy and Chargee as they are truly Mama's Boys.  As I matter of fact when we eat I say the blessing that I grew up saying which was "For food and health and love and friends Father we thank thee Amen; only now they are beside me and I say "For food and health and love and friends, Father, the boys and I thank thee, AMen!  I could go on and on but I'll stop there.

 

 

 

Jan (Basketcase)

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Good post Katie!

Gotta love those critters!  Here’s Elvis and Blaze – gone but not forgotten.  200#’s of mischief!!

Greg

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You know I agree. However, in my case both my wife and I are too sick to invite another animal into our lives. So We will enjoy the stories of  your companions, and the memories of the companiouns that have blessed our lives. Rick.

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OMG...I did it!!  THANK YOU MATT for the step by step instructions Laughing.....This is MoJo....who I lost a month after finsihing rads....there are days when I miss him so much it hurts physically....He was the best looking GSD I've ever seen.

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P51,

 

Well, you are very welcome.  I have to give some credit to my coach and mentor Doctor Skiffen who back on December 22, 2012 said “click the tree”.

 

What a beautiful Mojo, I bet he got a kick out of you, I know we do.

 

Happier times,

 

Matt

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Phrannie, your right,tough to lose a pet during a rough journey. He looks like he was definately the king of the castle and so handsome too.  Funny how quickly they take a role in our lives and in most cases  how quickly we altar or change our routine to accommodate them. Losing Duggie  just after my radiation was really hard because I had to much death in my life at that time. Two months before I was diagnosed with cancer my Dad for no apparent reason decided to commit suicide. I had a real rough time with that and upon being told I had throat cancer I couldn’t help thinking I may get a chance real soon to ask him why he did it. But I fought like hell to beat cancer’s ass and lost Duggie right at the end of treatment. So I started a new life with a new friend, my Kasie.  Life is good.

Enjoy the day…………….I do……….every one of them

 

      Jeff

 

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He's the man...

Love this photo...

JG

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I tried to post a picture of my dog Honey and cat Tiger that Died about a month after my treatments, last night and I got the picture ( thanks to John) but then had no place to write , so I am trying again tonight ! All of your fur babies are beautiful ! and yes Phrannie MoJo is the best looking GSDog I've ever seen !!! Even my husband thought so ! Yay ! I think I did it!!!Fight

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Glad I could help, I know the instructions aren't the best, but apparently you all are figuring it out...

Awesome photos...

JG

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I was trying to do it like Kari (that did work at one time)...copy and paste from photobucket, but not anymore.....I love that pic!! Cats and dogs together are wonderful! When I first got MoJo our cat was about 8....and had "trained" other dogs in the house how a cat should be treated. I had a German Shepherd, a Rottie/Pit/Lab cross, and a Westie when David was a baby....he took a liking to Ike my GSD ....from the day he was born (under my bed), Ike would bring him out into the living room....even the mama cat trusted Ike to care for him. Ike never liked strange people much, but he was SO good with other four footed friends....I even trusted him with the rabbit.

this is when Dave was a baby and Ike was his main babysitter.

when Dave was a baby

 

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That is so precious ! Tiger had been the only 4 legged person in the house for 5 years and needless to say he was not at all happy when Honey came to stay . It was several years before they became friends . Thanks again John for all you do !!! What a blessing this site is ! Peggy

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