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Pets and Bricks


Thanks for that.

For Cathy and Lynda and all who have loved and lost a special friend, big
hugs. We've lost a number of guys recently, 4 oldsters in the space of 6
years, including the love of our lives, Annie. But we were blessed to have
her for 16 years, and though we still grieve after all of this time, we
wouldn't have missed having her for all the money in the world.

More grief is inevitable. We've got two more old pups in our lives - Buddy,
who's 14, and Dreyfuss, who's 13. We adopted Dreyfuss last year to keep
Buddy company after his "brother" died. Dreyfuss was given up to the shelter
because his owners went into a nursing home, and the children wouldn't keep
him. I alternate between cursing the folks that sent an old dog to the pound
and blessing them for the opportunity to have him in our lives.

Anyway, my heart goes out to those of you who have lost beloved pets. Keep
them in your heart, and know that you were privileged to enjoy a
relationship that most people never have. Cherish it!


> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
> Behalf Of Chapel Ridge Wal Mart National Hearing Center
> Sent: Monday, June 27, 2005 11:10 AM
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] hum...now sad...
> I'm so sorry for your loss, too, Lynda.
> I want to share this with all of you; it is from Roger Caras', "The Cats
> of Thistle Hill".
> "I have cried, too; I have felt a brick placed on my heart and threaten
> to strangle me.  But now, I realize, in a quiet and I guess resigned
> way, that every pet we ever hold is a tragedy waiting to happen to us.
> It is inevitable.  Besides, from long experience I know that the fact
> that a pet dies is far less important than that it lived.  I can look
> back on some lifetime favorites like Rufus and Daisy, on Yankee the
> Bloodhound and Grigitte the Toy Poodle, and I smile inside, not cry.  I
> remember the wonderful things they used to do, not when they stopped
> doing them.....I guess the only question we have to ask is, did we do as
> well by him as we could have?  I hope the answer is yes.  I think it
> is."
> Kitty

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