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    Default Remembering animal companions no longer with us...

    Following on from Karlin's thread about remembering at this time those who are no longer with us, I thought it might be good to start a special thread for them:

    Our precious Princess Peaches who went to the Bridge in January, to join Fillipa and Isabel - all Cavaliers.

    Also remembering all those precious animals who honoured us by sharing their lives with us in the past:

    Tigger, Pooky, Sixpence, Marmaduke and Shaboo - all Kitties

    Benjamin Bunny and Flacky the Guinea Pig

    Penfold, Custard, Biscuit and Humphrey the Hamsters

    Sunny the Budgie
    Nicki, Tommy and Daisy (Shih Tzu )
    Supporting and

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    What a lovely idea.

    I'm looking at Misty & Cracker's picture up on the wall and thinking of them both now.

    We've also had precious memories of Declan this Christmas, very much missed every day still.

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    Yes what a good idea
    The first dog was a black and white collie called Judy who was a family pet
    The next was a little dog called Bobby a rescue dog
    The next one was Penny who was Cocker spaniel a puppy farm bitch
    Then came Ben who was a Cocker spaniel
    The next one was my little Cavalier Mattie
    The next one was Rocky who we lost this year in March

    cavaliers at the bridge Mattie and Rocky & Sam & Jake
    Better to light a candle for one lost dog than to curse the darkness of man's indifference. Saving just one dog won't change the world but it surely will change the world for that one dog.

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    An excellent idea.....there was Sam the cocker who lived until 13 years of age, Sophie that touched my soul so deep-basset hound that died at age 8, Noel the delightful that earned her wings at the age of 14 and dear sweet Moses puppy(English Shepherd) who died at the age of 8 months. I miss you all!!
    Mary-owned by Maya, Scout, Jazz and Sassy
    Annie at the bridge 3/13
    Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we're here we should dance......

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    Our daughter had this "Memory Board" of our beloved Charley made for Christmas. It made me cry, for all the right reasons.

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    This is a nice idea
    Two little dogs that shared my life:
    Heidi, my first pup and very precious poodle mix
    Tasha, my tiny, fluffy little maltese mix
    Cathy Moon
    India(tri-F) Geordie(blen-M)Chocolate(b&t-F)Charlie(at the bridge)

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    This time of year seems good for this type of reflection.

    For our family we have:
    Zap, long haired domestic cat--lived to 18
    Ming, siamese--lived to be 21
    Then we discovered everyone but me really was allergic to cats!

    Toby, rescue cavalier--lived to be almost 16

    All have their own special stories which I'm thinking about right now. Just finished reading the book "Marley and Me" which one of my sons gave me for Christmas. It's a great reflection on animals, families and the paths they go through together.

    Margaret, Newton, MA - Gadget (blenheim), Sasha (ruby), Wyatt (blenheim)

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    [size=6]This prayer which was posted to another breed list to which I belong seems to fit this thread so even though it is Boxing Day already, and no longer Christmas, I thought I would share it will you all[/size]:

    On Christmas Morning...

    For every dog searching trash cans for breakfast,
    a filled bowl with his name printed in bright letters.

    For every dog who slept unfitfully last night, chained in a frozen
    yard, a soft, warm bed with a person snoring gently nearby.

    For every shelter dog, spending Christmas morning in a soiled run,
    a forever home, filled with sounds and smells of family.

    For every "Christmas" puppy given today,
    a tolerant, caring owner who won't abandon you
    as you grow into a real dog.

    For every ailing pet,
    enough money for your owner to pay the bills
    to make you well.

    For every lost dog,
    a clear, safe road, and well marked path,
    to lead you home.

    For every old and tired friend,
    a warm fire, and a soft bed,
    to ease your aches and pains.

    And especially...

    For every Heart Dog at the Bridge,
    a moment when you know that you are remembered today,
    missed again, and loved forever.

    Author unknown
    Phyllis in West Virginia USA with two Clumbers and a Cavalier Named Buddy

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    teddy, my first dog, b.1958-d.1963, she came from the pound when i was 9 and she was about 2 months, she was a cocker mix, perhaps cavalier, overall ruby colored with black and tan mixed in and little white on the chest, long flowing hair on tail, lush golden feathers in her toes, large long haired spaniel ears (complete with matts), the sweetest heart, happy, friendly, always playful, smart, she learned any trick i tried to teach her. she was such a good girl, as she was often told. killed on a road after running off in fear of firecrackers. I miss you teddy, i was honored and priviledged to have you as my first dog and best friend. i wish i could touch you and see you teddy.

    frank, b.1967-d.1980, a stranger gave her to me as i walked down Haight St, i had no home of my own at the time, she was about 4 months old, i was 18, we had so many adventures, right up until the end when she was 13. best friend anyone could have, partner, sidekick, sweet sweet dog friend, so loyal and true, smart as they come, sensitive, funny, playful, affectionate, she was a sheltie mix, cute little thing, didnt have the pointed sheltie nose but had the coloring and ears and other markings, probably had some terrier. Frank, i know we will be together again, you are always in my heart, every day, like you never left. Stay close with Teddy and we will be together. i love you.

    her memorial is at

    From Tracy Chapman's The Promise--someone had the song playing on a website tribute they made for their dog, it made me think of teddy and frank with lots of tears:

    If you wait for me then I'll come for you
    Although I've traveled far
    I always hold a place for you in my heart
    If you think of me
    If you miss me once in awhile
    Then I'll return to you
    I'll return and fill that space in your heart
    Your touch
    Your kiss
    Your warm embrace
    I'll find my way back to you
    If you'll be waiting
    If you dream of me like I dream of you
    In a place that's warm and dark
    In a place where I can feel the beating of your heart
    Together again
    It would feel so good to be
    In your arms
    Where all my journeys end
    If you can make a promise
    If it's one that you can keep, I vow to come for you
    If you wait for me and say you'll hold
    A place for me in your heart.

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    First there was Shrimpey, who was only in my life for a short time but will always be part of me.

    The biggest love of my life was Suzy, a JRT/peke cross. She came into my life as a puppy when I was five years old and lived with us for another 21 years. She was such a big character, that 13 years later people still talk about her. Christmas has always been a hard time for me as it was our day; I always got her to open the presents for me and for years after I couldn’t open my presents in that same room as the memories were too painful.

    But we always remember her on Christmas day at dinner time because as soon as she had woofed her dinner down in the kitchen she would walk into the front room, under the table where we were eating and do the biggest burp you had ever heard. How she managed to time it each year I will never know.

    Then came my darling Dizzy, a yorkie whose owner needed to find her a new home. She was my familiar. Always by my side. I loved the way she would always fall asleep in my arms. The way she had to show every big dog over the park that she was tougher then them, even though if they had barked back at the she would run a mile. Her illness was devastating to me and for two years we battled the illness together before it took its toll on her little body. But she left me with the best present ever; because of the illness I was asked to take SiânE on.

    Over the years there have been many other pets including budgies (mostly psycho) and fish, I remember every single one of them and count myself lucky that they wanted me to be part of their lives.
    Davy, SinE&Ella
    & sometimes Cassie the cocker AKA 'the black shadow''

    ~Blind Dogs See With Their Hearts♥~
    My cavalier not spoilt...I'm just well trained!


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