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Four legs, a lick and a wag

Dear friends,

 I received a great success story this week from Khloe:

My name is Khloe and I am a Shocker (a shih-tzu/cocker spaniel mix.) I have a shiny black coat and the most beautiful smile (or so I’ve been told). I haven’t always lived with my current family. My former human family could no longer look after me so the kind people of Ark Animal Sanctuary took care of me until I was adopted in September 2012 by my current family.

Oh, my! – how I have changed their lives. They needed me. Their beloved shih tzu Andy had died seven months earlier and they said what I hear so many humans say. Things like: “I will never get another one” and “my heart cannot go through this again.” Well, those kinds of thoughts break my heart because getting another one of God’s furry creatures is the perfect prescription for healing a broken heart. We know that, but humans sometimes forget in their sorrow.

On the way to my new home, the humans were concerned if I would get along with my new brother – a toy poodle. Well, one look at me and he ran into a tree because he couldn’t take his eyes off of me. (I told you I had quite a pretty smile.) Now my humans say things like “we cannot live without Khloe” and “we are so thankful that God made furry creatures so pure in heart for humans to take care of, love and enjoy.” Well I could go on and on but that is enough for now. Much love, Khloe.

Thanks Khloe for sharing your story with me.

I had a great week. I missed my lake mom but my town mom kept me so busy I was exhausted at night. We had company during the week. my friend Sir Bentley visited and he is a hoot. He thinks the dog door is a great new adventure. Gertie and I sat and watched him go in and out and in and out and then in and out again. He is great fun and one day he will know the dog door is just a dog door and not a revolving toy. Plus I think he has been lifting weights as he has “beefed up” some. Koby came for a walk one afternoon in the woods and it is always good to be with him. He loves to run and smell all the neat stuff.

Patches, your mom and dad miss you but they told me they are better people for having known you. I trust you are having a blast running around with all my former friends. Please know they miss you, too. Here is a good thing to remember: Dogs come into our lives to teach us about love, they depart to teach us about loss. A new dog never replaces an old dog; it merely expands the heart. If you have loved many dogs your heart is very big.

Quote of the week: Dogs are miracles with paws. - Attributed to Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy

See you next week!

   Your fur-ever friend, Buddy