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Postby knitwit45 » January 23rd, 2009, 12:40 pm

'Until one has loved an animal, part of their soul remains unawakened'

Don't know who said it, but isn't it a beautiful thought?
"Life is not the way it's supposed to be.. It's the way it is..
The way we cope with it, is what makes the difference." ~ Virginia Satir
""Most people pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it." ~ Soren Kierkegaard

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Postby jdb1 » January 23rd, 2009, 12:59 pm

Hi, Knitty. It is a nice thought, and it was first expressed by French journalist/author Anatole France. He won a Nobel Prize for literature in the 1920s.

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Postby knitwit45 » January 23rd, 2009, 1:28 pm

hi ya, jd. I received this on the tail end (ooo, a pun!) of a series of pictures of dogs, and thought it was worth posting. Thanks for the info. And tell Monty the Evil One hello......
"Life is not the way it's supposed to be.. It's the way it is..
The way we cope with it, is what makes the difference." ~ Virginia Satir
""Most people pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it." ~ Soren Kierkegaard

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Postby bryce » February 24th, 2009, 8:09 pm

My mother's beloved little shih'tzu, Sadie, at eight months old, is about to bravely go where most humans fear to - the dentist. On Thursday, she's having all those pesky little shih'tzu puppy teeth removed. You know, the ones that linger around after the adult teeth have started to move in. It's a result of their small little snub noses, I believe.

The vets at this clinic are great (which is especially nice considering our last vet's incompetence killed our older dog) and I've no doubt she'll come through this surgery just fine. Knowing her, she'll be back to claiming her dominance over the "rock kingdom" in my mother's backyard before the weekend's out.

So all you dog lovers out there, think of Sadie-monster (as my wife and I like to call her) on Thursday and send her your well-wishes.

I would post a recent pic, but when I visited Dallas in December she kept attacking the camera. I think she resented me taking pictures of her with a bow in her hair. She is so not a girly girl. I think I turned her into a tom-boy those two months I spent at home with her before moving. Instead, here's a puppy pic. Awwww.

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Re: To Dream of Dogs

Postby moira finnie » March 6th, 2009, 6:18 pm

A friend sent me these pics today. Hope you like them. I think my favorite is the bathtub.
The story is a killer too. :wink:

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A Dog's Purpose? (from a 6-year-old).

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.

I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn't do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.

As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.

The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker 's family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.

The little boy seemed to accept Belker's transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker's Death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives.
Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, ''I know why.''

Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I'd never heard a more comforting explanation. It has changed the way I try and live.

He said,''People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life -- like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?''
The Six-year-old continued,''Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long.''

Live simply.
Love generously.
Care deeply.
Speak kindly.
Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:
When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy.
Take naps.
Stretch before rising.
Run, romp, and play daily.
Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.
On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
Be loyal.
Never pretend to be something you're not.
If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.
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Re: To Dream of Dogs

Postby klondike » April 22nd, 2009, 8:29 am

Dog Breeds That Just Didn't Make It

Deerhound + Terrier = Derriere, a dog that's true to the end

Spitz + Chow Chow = Spitz-Chow, a dog that throws up a lot

Kerry Blue Terrier + Skye Terrier = Blue Skye, a dog for visionaries

Great Pyrenees + Dachshund = Pyradachs, a puzzling breed

Pekingnese + Lhasa Apso = Peekasso, an abstract dog

Irish Water Spaniel + English Springer = Spaniel Irish Springer, a dog fresh and clean as a whistle

Labrador Retriever + Curly Coated Retriever = Lab Coat Retriever, the choice of research scientists

Newfoundland + Basset Hound = Newfound Asset Hound, a dog for financial advisors

Terrier + Bulldog = Terribull, a dog that makes awful mistakes

Malamute + Pointer = Moot Point, owned by... Oh, well, it doesn't matter anyway

Collie + Malamute = Commute, a dog that travels to work with you

Bloodhound + Borzoi = Bloody Bore, a dog that's not much fun

Pointer + Setter = Poinsetter, a traditional Christmas pet

Collie + Lhasa Apso = Collapso, a dog that folds up for easy transport

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Postby knitwit45 » April 22nd, 2009, 8:45 am

Great breeds! I'd love to see a
Great Pyrenees + Dachshund = Pyradachs, a puzzling breed
----talk about determination!!!!!! :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:

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Postby ChiO » June 3rd, 2009, 6:27 am

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Re: To Dream of Dogs

Postby knitwit45 » June 3rd, 2009, 8:14 am

How heartbreakinglly sad.

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Re: To Dream of Dogs

Postby klondike » June 17th, 2009, 7:33 am

In the mountains of Tennessee there is a gaunt hillbilly who is still untouched by the complexities of modern economics.
He depends on the nearby river and forest for his fish and meat, grows a few vegetables, and drinks spring water.
A neighbor visited him recently and urged him to wise up, move to a city and get a job in a factory that was paying high wages. "You ain't getting anywhere just staying here where you was born, doin' nothin'," the neighbor said.
"Ain't gettin' nowhere?" the hillbilly exclaimed. "I wouldn't say that! When my pappy died and left me all alone, I didn't have nothin'. But look at me now: I got nine dogs!"

{A wealthy man indeed!}

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Re: To Dream of Dogs

Postby Hollis » June 18th, 2009, 7:12 pm

I know this is called "To Dream of Dogs" but I submit that any animal you make a pet and bestow your love on is equally as important to its owner as the dog is to its owner. Case in point, About 6 or 7 weeks ago, I decided to adopt a second cat to be a companion to Oscar, my "Redheaded Stepchild" of a Tomcat. Well, Oscar immediately acted as though his masculinity had been stripped away and he was acting very put out over the presence of another cat, especially a female, in what for the last two years had been his sole domain. I figured that based on my own experience with other cats I'd had where a new cat had been introduced, the two would be fast friends within two weeks, maximum. But it didn't happen that way. Oscar was spending way too much time under my bed or under the computer desk where I'm sitting now, but back at the rear, against the wall, avoiding any real contact. He was even shying away from contact with me, where before he relished it. After a month of this, I took him to the vet for a checkup, thinking something was really wrong. But aside from dropping from 11 pounds, six ounces to an even ten pounds (for no good reason) she found nothing wrong. Another two weeks or so, a diet rich in canned tuna in water, and canned white meat chicken (always his favorite) and he felt to me as though he had actually lost more weight. We were at the vet's this morning and found that he'd dropped from ten pounds to nine pounds, 5 ounces, another 11 ounces lost. Way too much, way too fast. A CBC was basically normal. The x-rays told another story. An inoperable tumor, most likely a Lymphoma was growing in his abdomen, entwined with his intestines. The vet knew of what she spoke, she herself is a Lymphoma survivor. And hers was also in the abdomen and was in a very progressed stage when they found it, she had felt no pain. So now I'm faced with losing my friend of two years and there isn't a damned thing I can do to stop or even slow it down. Just try to keep him comfortable and nourished while he can still absorb the nourishment, and wait for him to die. I defy anyone to tell me that losing Oscar isn't just as traumatic to me as losing your dog would be to you. Just try. Don't worry, I'm too much the gentleman to tell you what I'd think of you if you did. I've never learned how to embed a photo within the body of a posting so I can't show you how beautiful he is. The file size is .83KB too large to use his photo as my avatar or I would. I tried. Maybe some of you read my post about "The Yearling" and why I couldn't understand why at my age I could actually cry at a movie. Well, this isn't a movie. Same result, only far, far worse.

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Re: To Dream of Dogs

Postby klondike » June 18th, 2009, 8:34 pm

Hollis, Hollis, Hollis . . .

In case you don't remember my opening credo for this thread (back on October 1st, last year), allow me to repeat it here:

klondike wrote:Don't have a dogger in your life right now? Share pix and/or memories of the one(s) you used to share your home with, or maybe that unforgettable canine you grew up with, or remember most fondly.
Devoted instead to a cat or two, or rodent(s), bird(s) or reptile(s)? Keep horses or livestock?
Hey, no disrespect, Folks, by this thread's about D O G S, 'kay?
If you wish to honor another species of pet, by all means, begin a thread just for them!


I appreciate your enthusiasm about your pussy-footing friends, but please, try to respect my original objective in establishing this thread, OK?
All you need do is just start a whole new thread for your feline devotions, and cut & paste the above "cat post" over there, savvy?
Then you can delete the original from here, I'll delete this one, and we'll be all cleaned up, OK?
Many thanks!

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Re: To Dream of Dogs

Postby Hollis » June 19th, 2009, 4:23 pm

You're right of course Klondike,

How could I have committed the unpardonable sin of not reading your mission statement of October, 2008? I didn't mean to soil your hallowed halls with pawprints that don't say "a canine walked her"? I should have remembered that you're never wrong? I deserved to be dressed down, didn't I? Rest assured, I won't be posting to this thread or any other, ever again. I'm not going to waste your, or my time, any longer. Don't bother posting anything addressed to me because I won't be around to read it.

In closing, let me thank you for your total lack of compassion. If it's not a dog, it can't possibly be worth mourning, can it?

Here, now you'll have a reason to banish me from this forum in perpetuity. [Due to violations of the Code of Conduct for the Silver Screen Oasis this message has been edited by the owner of this site]

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Re: To Dream of Dogs

Postby klondike » June 19th, 2009, 7:31 pm

Hollis wrote:You're right of course Klondike,
How could I have committed the unpardonable sin of not reading your mission statement of October, 2008?

If by "mission statement" you mean my simple, polite reminder to please stay on topic, back at the beginning of this thread, then whether or not you did is largely superfluous; the name of the thread itself should make appropriate subject choices for posting a no-brainer.
Hollis wrote:I didn't mean to soil your hallowed halls with pawprints that don't say "a canine walked her"?

Well did you, or didn't you? Is that a question or a statement?
Hollis wrote:I should have remembered that you're never wrong?

Of course I'm wrong sometimes, and when my errors are pointed out to me, by anybody, I accept my corrections pleasantly. & admit them, & excuse myself, unlike some other people . .!
Hollis wrote:I deserved to be dressed down, didn't I?

Nope, and that's why you didn't get "dressed down"; I pointed out a problem and asked you to help me fix it.
Hollis wrote:Rest assured, I won't be posting to this thread or any other, ever again.

Oh, please - you've retired more times now than Brett Favre or Stephen King; personally, I'd prefer you stay, but do as you please, just dispense with the pouty threats, OK?
Hollis wrote:I'm not going to waste your, or my time, any longer.

I've never considered any exchange I've ever had on SSO to have been a waste of time, not the goods ones, nor the bad.
Hollis wrote:
Don't bother posting anything addressed to me because I won't be around to read it.

Newsflash, HC: The Silver Screen Oasis does not revolve around you only, even when you throw a big, nasty tantrum, like this one. As for who I respond to or don't, I post according to my desire & my conscience, and so long as I follow the mutually recognized rules here, I don't need anyone's permission to do so. You may, in theory, never read this, but others in this community certainly will.
Hollis wrote:In closing, let me thank you for your total lack of compassion.

Your welcome; grown-up stuff like structure & responsibilty & maturity can certainly seem cruel & heartless, can't they?
Hollis wrote:If it's not a dog, it can't possibly be worth mourning, can it?

See, that's where you jumped whole-hog onto the Assumption Express: in reality, I never even read beyond the first sentence of your last posting here, so I never even knew the nature of the cat-subject you were launching into, only that by your opening admission, it had nothing to do with dogs. Certainly any beloved animal companion deserves to be mourned when they pass over, and had you chosen to respond to my simple request differently, I would have been firm & resolute in expressing my deepest sympathy for your Dear Departed . . I'd even be willing to do so now, except I'm a little busy wiping off the conversational dung you've been pitching at me!

[Due to violations of the Code of Conduct for the Silver Screen Oasis this message has been edited by the owner of this site]

Royalty, popes & heads of state banish; I'm just a lowly Moderator, which is kinda like being a website hall monitor - the most I can do, under extreme circumstances, is recommend to an SSO Administrator that he/she consider cancelling an offending party's membership.
And nothing here seems all that serious to me . . petty, hostile, immature by turns . . but nothing time and some deep breaths and a few band-aids to an ego wouldn't fix.
But that's not up to me, is it, Hollis?

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Re: To Dream of Dogs

Postby Hollis » June 19th, 2009, 10:49 pm

"Methinks thou dost protest too much" Look at all the verbiage you used in defense of your own sanctimonious ramblings. I'll even allow that a certain small amount of your diatribe is valid. [Due to violations of the Code of Conduct for the Silver Screen Oasis this message has been edited by the owner of this site]


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