When My Dog Escaped To The Other Side

In her yard playing ball

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I remember going to pick up our new puppy at the home of a private owner whose dog just had a litter of six puppies. They were all so beautiful and there were five male dogs and just one female dog, they were part Lhasa Apso and part mixed but unknown. And the reason why the mix is unknown is because the mother got out of the yard when she was in heat, and had relations with a few dogs in the neighborhood.We had talked to them on the phone and said that we would want the female puppy and they said that would be alright. But when we got there they were not sure they wanted to sell the female, so we said that if we could not have the female puppy we would not be interested in any of the another puppies.So they agreed to sell the female puppy and home we went with her.

She was all white just like all her five brothers and we named her Tanya, she loved her new home and enjoyed playing and running in her new yard. In time our little white dog began getting other colors in her fur, some browns and black fur began growing all over her body. We found to that her fur would change color with the seasons, in summer her fur would get a light brown and white but in fall and winter her fur would get a very dark brown and black color mixed in. Sometimes when I would walk her some people would ask if I had gotten a new dog just because she was a different color.

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We also found that our little Tanya had a mind of her own, and was determined to do what she wanted to do. When Tanya was bad or did something wrong she had to be punished, but don’t worry I have never hit any of my dogs, but this is what I did. I found that she was very attached to me and would always want to be near me, so when she was bad I would make her go in the hallway and lay down there and told her to stay there and not move. She would cry to come in the room with me but would not move from that spot I put her on. After some time I would let her come in the room with me for the rest of the night, she would get has close to me had she could and stayed there the rest of the night. Little by little Tanya learned to listen to me and not to do what she wanted, and she did that so well that her time spent in the hallway was down to once a month than not at all.

Our little Tanya loved to play outside and loved to run and catch a ball or play with her best friend Pumpkin. We found to that Tanya liked to play Frisbee and would run after it and jump in the air to catch it in her mouth, something no other dog of ours had ever done. Her favorite food she liked mixed in with her dog food was chicken or fish and her favorite treats were coffee ice cream and beggin strips Tanya also liked to go for long walks on a nice summer day and meet other dogs and people on the way and also watch the swans swim in the water. But last year Tanya could only go on short walks because we found out that she has arthritis in all four of her legs and can no longer enjoy long walks without her legs being in pain.

Two friends enjoying the shade on a summer day

Best friends Tanya and Pumpkin
Best friends Tanya and Pumpkin

I have used Tanya photos in all the hubs about dogs and in the one about when she went blind and what I did to help her. She is a very beautiful dog who enjoyed having her picture taken.

Yesterday(March 16th 2012) Tanya passed away peacefully after a short illness(old age ) and has now escaped to the other side to be with her best friend and playmate Pumpkin so they can play non-stop in the sunshine and roll in the grass together and be together again. But for me today my heart is broken not only have I lost a very beautiful dog but a very beautiful friend that I shall miss forever. Tanya was 15 years old, but in dog years she was 76 years old. She was a friendly, trusting, loving and courageous dog and I learned a lot from her in her life and in her death. Enjoy the other side Tanya my friend !


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sarahk736 4 years ago from Canada

Very touching story.

Pets become family members and often give us just as many, if not more, memories to carry through our lives.

Tanya sounded like a sweet dog.


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden

I am so sorry to hear that you lost Tanya! Your hub is so beautiful and sad, I can hardly see the words because of tears. I know how it feels to loose a dog that you love with all your heart and there is no comforting words to say. It is horrible and moments that we never will forget. Tanya had a wonderful life in your family and 15 years is an achievement but I wish that dogs lived so much longer. Many big hugs to you Tom,

Tina


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi sarahk736 nice to see you,yes they become just like children and it hurts when you lose them. She was a very friendly and sweet dog who loved everyone. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Tina nice to see you,It was very hard to write this hub but i think it helped me to see that Tanya had a very happy life, i saw that in all the pictures i put in this hub.And that helps to ease the pain of losing a friend and beautiful dog.Thanks for your much need hugs ! And thanks for your nice comments and to for stopping by !


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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Tom, I am so very sorry about Tanya's recent loss. I know it must be very difficult for you at the moment, but Tanya did have a wonderful life and lived a long time in dog years. It is horrible when a pet dies, but it's wonderful that Tanya had you as a companion.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Alicia nice to see you, yes it is very hard when you have had a dog so long to lose them, but i do know she had a very good and happy life. I think i am the lucky one to have had Tanya has a companion she was just such a beautiful dog and friend. Thanks so much my friend for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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ImKarn23 4 years ago

I am crying for your loss as i know only too well the close attachment between (wo)man and dog! My 90 pound black lab/doberman mix is 13 now..arthritic and going blind also - but - she never ever complains and tries so valiantly to not worry her mama! I can only hope to be as brave as my soul-puppy! Rest in peace Tanya - you were a very lucky dog!


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi ImKarn nice to see you,It is so amazing how brave our dogs are even though they know the final moments are about to take them. My beautiful Tanya taught me at lot in her life and to in her final moments. Your beautiful dog sound a lot like my Tanya caring more about you than herself. Give her all the love you can and never take a moment for granted . Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

What a lovely hub about your beloved pet, Tanya. We get so attached to our pets, and their lives are short...it's very difficult to lose them! I'm so sorry for your loss, but thank you for sharing your memories and beautiful photographs of Tanya.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Stephanie nice to see you,yes their life is such a short one and we do get so attached to them has they do to us.glad you enjoyed the memories and photos of my beautiful dog Tanya.Thanks so much for your kind words and nice comments,and to for stopping by !


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toknowinfo 4 years ago

Oh Tom, I am so sorry. I too, lost my beloved Golden, Bonnie in December. It was sudden, but none the less, the pain was so deep for me and my family. I haven't been able to write a hub about her yet, only a tribute on my facebook. I can feel your pain. My words can not express how bad I feel. I can only tell you I have tears in my eyes thinking about what Tanya has meant to you. The only thing I can say, which is the way I feel about Bonnie. Through the pain there is a feeling of gratefulness for having had them in our lives. I know there will never be another Tanya. Take care and if you want, email me and I can call you if you need.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi toknowinfo nice to see you, It was very hard to write this hub but in a way it helped me to feel better and hurt less inside. When i saw all these happy photos of Tanya i knew she enjoyed a happy life. I am so sorry to hear you have lost you beautiful Bonnie and hope that soon you will feel less of that pain. I'm sure you gave her a wonderful and happy life there with your loving family. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments. Take care and be well my friend !


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Nettlemere 4 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

You've written a beautiful memorial to your much loved dog Kashmir. She clearly had the best life possible with you.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Nettlemere nice to see you,thanks for reading my hub about my beautiful Tanya. I tried to give her the best life that i could,i know she was happy and enjoy every moment that she had. She gave me much joy to having such a wonderful pet and friend like her.Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

I am so sorry to hear you have lost such a beautiful friend. She both looks and sounds just adorable. You will miss her dreadfully but you also have such wonderful memories.

Thank you for sharing your stories of joy and sadness with us


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Rosemay nice to see you,thank you for you kind words.I do miss her so much but i do have 15 years of great memories with her that i will cherish in my heart forever.Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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Victoria Stephens 4 years ago from London

Such a moving article, it sounds like Tanya has enlightened your life in many ways. I'm sorry to hear that you have lost her. I'm sure pumpkin will now take great care of Tanya as they will each other.xxx


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Victoria nice to see you,thanks for your kind words,Yes Tanya has enriched my life in many ways and taught me a lot about life and death. I do hope Tanya and pumpkin are together now because they were such great friends and playmates. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments.


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada

Kashmir, I am sorry I missed this hub earlier. I am so sorry for your loss. From your other hub about her, I could tell how much you truly loved her. That must have been devastating for you. It must have been hard to write this but I am glad that you could do a tribute. She was so beautiful. Take care.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi prairieprincess my friend nice to see you, yes it was very hard to write this hub but i had to just in hopes it would some how make me feel better inside. She was a truly amazing dog and she is missed every day.Thank you my friend for your kind words and nice comments,and to for stopping by !


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primpo 4 years ago from Ocean County New Jersey

I'm really sorry about Tanya, I know how it feels, I lost my best friend Lupra, and he was very old and it was so hard saying goodbye to him, I knew he was dying. He just gave me a look of I love you and I told him its ok to leave. I just hugged him and he died in the middle of the night. it was so sad and I miss him so much.

We have another dog now who is very attached to my husband but its not like my Lupra. that was my dog and when I'm ready I'll get another but I cant stand the heart ache. I know how it feels..


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi primpo nice to see you,yes i know it still hurts a lot and there is nothing i can do right now to make that go away . But i gave her a great long life and i know she was happy knowing that i loved her and took great care of her. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

Tom, I am sorry to read about Tanya passing away :( She was so addorable and sounded like she loved you so much! You wrote a beautiful tribute to the little darling :) Best wishes to you and your family. Thank you for sharing Tany a with us :)


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

Oh Kashmir, my heart aches for you because I understand. We had two Shi Tzu's that were our joy. They had to leave us, too - one 13 and the other 16.

I love the way your pup's hair changed color like with the seasons. Also, discipline was and is pretty much the same at our house (we have two mini doxies now). It seems that when we discipline them, mainly with the tone of our voice and making them sit, they want so much to make up to us.

Your Tanya was a special part of your family and will have that place in your heart always. I know that as a fact of love that comes with loving our pup's. God Bless you. Your hub is so touching, and many will relate to it.


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angie ashbourne 4 years ago

Hi! kashmir56 I am sorry to hear about your dog Tanya, beautiful hub. God Bless you Angie


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi iamaudraleigh nice to see you, yes Tanya was the sweetest friendliest dog i ever has, and i know she love me as much has i loved her. Thank you for your kind words and nice comments and to for stopping by !


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi sholland10 nice to see you,our dogs become part of our family and it hurts as much has losing a family member and even sometime more.I have always used discipline with Tanya and she could tell by the tone of my voice if i was happy with her or she was in trouble. Thank you for your kind words and nice comments and to for stopping by ! And God bless you to !


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi angie nice to see you, glad you liked this hub about my beautiful dog Tanya. Thank you for your kind words and nice comments and to for stopping by !


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Mrs. Menagerie 4 years ago from The Zoo

I am sorry for your loss...it is so painful to lose our much loved pets. I'm glad you could write about it and share your story about this adorable little dog. Take care,

Emily


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quicksand 4 years ago

Hi Tom, so sorry to hear about the loss of your pet. When you get used to a pet whether it be a cat or a dog, you begin to be amazed as they try hard to communicate, and sometimes you even feel that they understand your every word and motive but cannot respond.

I had a feeling that my cat understood everything that was happening around him. Probably your dog did too.

Cheer up, and good luck to you!


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Mrs. Menagerie nice to see you,yes it is so painful when you lose such a beautiful pet and friend. I am so glad you have enjoyed reading this hub. Thanks so much for your kind words and nice comments,and also for stopping by !


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi quicksand my friend nice to see you,Yes pets are very smart,whether it is a dog or cat they can always tell when your happy or sad,and can always make you feel good when your day may not be going so well. I think you are right they do understand everything and they know how to makes us feel good by giving us their love and companionship,that what I'll miss the most. Thank you so much for your kind words and nice comments and to for stopping by ! Have a great weekend my friend !


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frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America

I enjoyed your lovely story about special Tanya, but did not read expecting the end..I actually had a thought that she might be onery enough to keep getting 'out'.She is a beautiful dog...and I offer my sympathy for your grief right now. But like you said, she is 'on the other side' and there is no more pain for her. Your love and memories will keep her alive, and the pain will become a faded part of those great memories. Blessings!


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi frogyfish nice to see you,yes she was very special and i do miss her but to know that i would not want her to be in any kind of pain one moment more than she had to. We made each other happy and she lived a wonderful and full life,and i could not ask for anything more than that.Thanks so much for your nice comments and to for stopping by !


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Rusti Mccollum 4 years ago from Lake Oswego, Oregon

Tayna was very very loved. We had a Alaskan Malamute purebred. She was my girl , she was very protective of me and I of her. Two weeks before she died she was walking down the hall and just fell. She couldn't walk anymore! I very gently got a blanket I have had 3 back ops 2 heart.She was so big.So I rolled her on the blanket and skooted her in my room.I kept her home with me for a few days,putting pads down for when she had to pody.(she had no control anymore. So I would get up 2-3 times a night, just to change her padding,It had plastic on the bottom . I didn't mind caring for her. There came a point I had to say goodbye. She was never gonna walk. Marc took her in because I couldn't. We knew we had to put her to sleep. I'll never forget the love she had in me . The vet said she had cancer and would have died anyhow in 2 weeks or less. God I'm crying so hard I can't type. Bless you.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Rusti nice to see you,yes i know what you mean,our beautiful dogs are like children to us and it hurts a lot when we lose them. I know i cry many tears for my beautiful Tanya,but we have no way to stop them from dying nor keep them suffering any moment more than they have to.We just say good-bye and let them go. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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Jenna Pope 4 years ago from Southern California

What a sweet, beautiful story. I cried when I read about your Tanya passing away. In the past few years our two oldest dogs crossed the Rainbow Bridge, too. Maybe they are playing catch and Frisbie with Tanya.

Beautiful, poignant story.


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itakins 4 years ago from Irl

`Such a lovely tribute to Tanya- it's very tough losing such a faithful old pal,but it's so nice to picture her playing with her old playmate, and free from pains and aches.Gorgeous story.voted up++


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Jenna nice to see you,glad to hear you enjoyed this hub about my beautiful Tanya, and i hope our dogs do meet and play catch and Frisbee together,that would be so cool ! Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi itakins nice to see you,Glad you like my hub about beautiful Tanya, yes it is very hard to lose such a beautiful pet. But i would not want her to spent one moment in pain just so i could be with her.She is now free from pain and playing with her good friend and playmate Pumpkin . Thanks so much for your nice comments and vote++ and also for stopping by !


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twentyfive 4 years ago

What a cute and adorable little Tanya! :) She's now happy wherever she is now.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi twentyfive nice to see you,Yes I'm sure she is happy, and having such fun as well. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Kash, so sorry for your loss. This is a beautiful tribute though and you can see how much you loved her in the words that you have written. I believe every living thing has a soul and the soul goes to the other side. You make great points, such a meaningful article. This is a cool way to keep her memory alive and now the world has the chance to know her. If she knew, she would be so happy and proud of you I am sure:)


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi thelyricwriter nice to see you,Thanks for your kind words and so glad you have enjoyed reading this hub about my beautiful Tanya. I am sure she is enjoying the other side and has made a lot of friends already.Thanks so much for your nice comments and to for stopping by.


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festersporling1 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

"Escape To The Other Side" what a beautiful story and sorry for tanya.This is a great hub thanks for sharing kashmir56.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi festersporling1 nice to see you,So glad to hear you enjoyed the story in this hub about my beautiful Tanya. Thank you for your kind words about her passing and thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

I have a cat 17 ( I don't even know how old that is in human years)and I know her days are numbered and she is also going blind so it hurts and I have had dogs too and I know they have more human personalities than cats and might be even harder to lose. I can tell she brought you years of companionship though and I know you wouldn't trade it. I do believe animals have spirits, good and bad just as humans and I hope the good ones have a heaven.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Jackie nice to see you, yes your right when we see our pets getting old and slowing down we know in the back of our minds their time is limited and it does hurt.It would be so nice to someday see all my dogs again .Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

Tanya was a beautiful little dog. So sorry for your loss. Maybe she will run into Reno and they can play together. He liked to play.

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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi moonlake nice to see you,thank you for your kind words. I still miss her a lot she was such a good dog. She may be playing with Reno because she to loved to play,maybe they are both together having fun and enjoying their play time. Thanks so much for the vote and your nice comments and to for stopping by !


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Kash, this would be a great share for others who have lost pets. It is very well written and it is inspirational, just food for thought. Hope all is well my friend. Take care.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi thelyricwriter nice to see you, so glad to hear you found this hub well written and inspirational.If you would like to share it that would be OK with me.I am doing well and hope you are to, take care my friend . Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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krsharp05 4 years ago from 18th and Vine

Hi Kash, I came over to see what was happening and find this jewel! Loving a pet can be as intense as romantic love and the loss can be as devastating. You captured that beautifully with your story of the beloved Tanya. I'm glad I came.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi krsharp05 nice to see you,so glad you have enjoyed reading this hub about my beautiful dog Tanya. Yes you have them for so many years that when you lose them it hurts but i still have the memories and happiness she brought me. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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ktrapp 4 years ago from Illinois

kashmir56 - Tanya was so lucky to have been able to spend her life with someone who obviously loved her greatly. Your story is a wonderful tribute to both of you. I love the photo with her tongue on her nose. What wonderful treasures these pictures must be to you.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi ktrapp nice to see you,Yes these photos of Tanya are a great treasure to me and they also show me how happy she looks in these photos. So i know i gave her as much love has she gave back to me,and that made both our lives happy .I also love that photo of her with her tongue on her nose. Thanks so much for your nice comments and to for stopping by !


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ethel smith 4 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

Aww beautiful. If she is with my Leo they will get on like a house on fire. Two beauties together. Take care


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi ethel nice to see you,maybe your Leo is with Tanya and Pumpkin, if so they are enjoy on awesome time together of non stop fun ! Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

i love dogs to own one myself. my neighbors are happy to share.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Mhatter99 nice to see you, glad to hear you love dogs and have one as well. Thanks for your nice comments and to for stopping by !


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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

Your beautiful Tanya looks so much like my beloved Hope (17 yrs). Same disposition and loyalty. My heart goes out to you Dear. I had to send her to a more beautiful place last March. It took some time but this December, my sister walked in carrying a little black puppy I named Bella. No other can take Tanya's place however, someday maybe you will be eager to fill some of it again. This is a beautiful testament to your loyalty and love to a wonderful friend.

Voting up and looking forward to reading more of your hubs.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi shiningirisheyes nice to see you,thanks for reading my hub about my beautiful Tanya. And you are right, right now no other dog can take her place,but who knows in time i could love another again .Thanks for your vote up ! Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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girishpuri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

very touching share, no one can take her place


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi girishpuri nice to see you,glad you enjoying reading my hub about my beautiful dog. It will be very hard to replace her,but time will tell if i can or can't . Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


stessily 4 years ago

kashmir56, This is such a lovely tribute to your fur angel. Those four-legged critters are so amazing in the light and love which they bring to life. I love the image of Tanya escaping "to the other side" to be with Pumpkin. You were gifted with such a beautiful friendship with her, as assuredly she also felt that she received friendship in like measure from you. My sister DeeDee (Derdriu on Hubpages) was adopted by a Maine coon cat, Augusta "Gusty" Sunshine, and I thought of the rapport between DeeDee and Gusty as I was reading your tribute to Tanya. Yes, you will miss her because she's that important.

Up + AB + sharing.

Appreciatively, Stessily


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi stessily nice to see you, glad you did enjoy this hub about my dog Tanya, yes she was very important and it is kinda like when you lose a child,there is always something missing in ones life after that.Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments ! Also thanks for the vote up and AB and sharing !


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota

Rest in peace dear Tanya and have fun playing with Pumpkin. She will be forever in your heart Kashmir. I am so choked up right now. I know how dogs are like family. I don't like to think about the day I will have to say goodbye to my two dogs. Great hub and reminder to appreciate our loyal loving dogs every day we have them.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Minnetonka Twin nice to see you,Yes i know it is hard to look at your dogs and know someday you will have to say good-bye to them.But the best thing i did for my dog was give her a wonderful happy life,and she gave the same to me. Thanks so much for your nice comments and to for stopping by !


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stars439 4 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Dear kashmir : So sorry to hear about Tanya. The heart pain of losing a loved one can be hard. A little dog can be as important as a human family member. Dogs especially give great love to us. Surely every day of her life must have been a wonderful one with you, and you were with her when she went to God . GBY


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Stars nice to see you,Thanks my friend, yes i do miss Tanya's love a lot but i could not do any thing to change that she is gone. I just have to keep going and keep my faith in God. And hope one day to see all my puppies again .Thanks so much for your nice comments and to for stopping by !


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Cathleena Beams 4 years ago from Lascassas, Tennessee

Wonderful story about your sweet little four-legged friend Tanya. I know you miss her as I miss my wonderful German Shepherd, Maddie, who I believe is waiting eagerly for me at the pearly gates.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Cathleena nice to see you, so glad to hear you enjoyed reading this hub. Maybe your Maddie and my Tanya are somewhere playing all day long in the sunshine ! Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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anglnwu 4 years ago

So sorry about your beautiful Tanya. She was so adorable. I'm glad you had her for 15 years. Thanks for sharing this.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi anglnwu nice to see you, glad you have enjoyed reading my hub about my dog Tanya . Yes she was beautiful inside and out and enjoyed the long life she had. And i am so glad and proud to have had a dog like her . Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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IsadorasThought 4 years ago

Living with two furry creatures, and being completely in love with them, I understand how huge part of our lives they become and how their loss cannot be consoled in any way. I send you hugs, love and positive energy. Tanya looks like she was very happy and you are the one who made it so. Remember all the good times, always.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi IsadorasThought nice to see you,yes sometime it is still very hard not to have her in my life, but she was very happy and had a long and wonderful life,these memories i have forever . Thanks for the hugs and love and positive energy ! Thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Kash, my brother just lost his Dotson of 6 years to kidney failure. He is very very tore up. I have never heard of him acting out like this. He still lives with my mom and I thought perhaps that they should get a new one. We just recently found out that Dotson's are bad for this, so we don't know if we should choose another breed. I figured if he had a new puppy like Duke was, it might help him. But, he did say that he doesn't want another dog. I know your a dog kind of guy so I would value your opinion very much. Thanks and sorry if this is out of the way:)


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi thelyricwriter nice to see you, so sorry to hear about your brother's dog. but i can understand how he feel. Right now i have no desire to get another dog, just because i just can not find one just like she was. And because if i do get another dog it will be the right dog for me and I'll be the right person for that dog. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


KatrineDM 4 years ago

You had the most adorable dog, so beautiful. Your memories and photos will always be there...


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi KatrineDM nice to see you, yes my beautiful dog Tanya was a very adorable, sweet and loving dog . And yes i do have the memories and photos of her and i will always remember her has well. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


Janhorner 4 years ago

Gosh! all these comments, and I'm not surprised! What a lovely story about Tanya. She was just so cute! I once had a toy poodle who I loved and when she passed away I felt I had lost my best friend.

Jan


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Jan nice to see you, so glad you enjoyed reading this hub. Yes Tanya was so cute and smart and i to miss my best friend . Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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billips 4 years ago from Central Texas

Hello Kashmir56 - I'm sure it was hard to write this hub, but it is a sweet memorial to a dear friend - yes, Tanya looks a bit like Maggie - she probably did have some soft-coated wheaten in that mix of hers- I'm always drawn to 'pet' hubs, even though they bring tears to my eyes - all dogs should be so treasured - you may like my hub 'Five Rescued Dogs' - it's the story of my daughter's five dogs - regards - B.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi billips nice to see you, yes it was very hard to write this hub but it also helped me to see that i gave her a wonderful and happy life. She was the best dog i have ever own. She was a loving, trusting and awesome friend and i still miss her a lot. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

I am so sorry to hear that your beautiful Tanya is no longer with you. Rest assured...she will be awaiting your arrival in heaven with a wagging tail and will happily once again chase any Frisbees that might exist up there for you to throw. She sounded like a wonderful pet and I know you miss her. My parents once had a Lhasa Apso and he also was a honey of a dog. When your heart is ready to accept another dog into your life, go to just about any animal shelter and that "right" dog will be waiting for you. Up and beautiful votes.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Peggy nice to see you, Yes my beautiful Tanya was just the best dog and friend one could ever want or need. And i do hope one day to get to see all my beautiful dogs. At this point i am not ready to get another dog but if i do i will go to my local animal shelter and give one of those dogs a wonderful home . Thanks so much for the vote up and beautiful ! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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b. Malin 4 years ago

Hi Kashmir, sounds like you had a Wonderful Experience owning Tanya...or did she own you? And does it really matter. Now that she is no longer with you, you have these Wonderful Memories. Thanks for sharing.

I now look forward to Following your Hubs.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi b. Malin nice to see you, yes you are right i owned Tanya but she thought she owned me .I do have some wonderful memories of my beautiful Tanya and we shared a great friendship has well. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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cat on a soapbox 4 years ago from Los Angeles

Kashmir,

Sometimes I get behind in reading and regret it terribly. this is one of those times. I am SO sorry that Tanya isn't here to lick your face. What a sweet girl and companion to remember and how lucky you both were to have each other! Our hearts break each time we have to say goodbye, but they also grow bigger in that process. Today, my heart goes out to you. Bless you! :)


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi cat on a soapbox nice to see you, yes i know i to can get behind in reading some friends hubs has well. I do still miss my beautiful Tanya but i carry these beautiful memories i have of her great friendship she shared with me in my heart. It is never easy to lose a loving pet, it is one of the hardest thing to do. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

Hi, kashmir56. I promised myself I would go a whole day without crying over the loss of our Shih Tz; then I read this one! How endearing a dog. You were so lucky to have had this wonderful dog for so long. I hope my Schnauzer lives a long life, too.

I voted this UP, and will share, and Pin.


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ignugent17 4 years ago

This is so sad. I am a dog lover myself and it is really hard to see a good pet go. So sorry . :-(

I do hope you will be okay .


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi mary nice to see you, yes you are right i was so lucky to have Tanya for so long, she had so much love to give. And i to hope your Schnauzer will live a very long life has well. Thanks so much for the vote up share and pin ! Also thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi ignugent17 nice to see you, thanks for your kind words, i am doing well and still miss her, some days more that others . but i must keep going and remember the good times spent with her. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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healthylife2 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

What a beautiful tribute to Tanya. You were both lucky to have each other. It's amazing how dogs connect with us without any verbal communication and find there way into our hearts. I didn't want a dog originally because of the added responsibility but now can't imagine what it was like before we got him. Voted up and shared your beautiful story!


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi healthylife2 nice to see you, glad you enjoyed reading my hub about my beautiful dog Tanya. She was a great dog and a loyal friend and i miss her every day. It is nice that not only you have a dog but now love him so much you could not do without his company. Thanks so much for the vote up and share ! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

She sure was beautiful. I love that photo of her with her tongue sweeping that cute face. I recently lost my cockatiel Hyphen who had been my friend for 21 years. It is so difficult to face a day but I truly believe we will see them again someday. After all Jesus returns riding a white horse so dogs in Heaven are not farfetched. I hope your grief is growing less and into the sweetness of memory.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Hyphenbird my friend nice to see you, I love that photo to and she just loved her picture taking. Sorry to hear about your cockatiel Hyphen, our pets are so true friends and are missed daily when they are gone. I do carry the memories of her in my heart, she was a incredible dog and friend. I hope your grieving is less to and it's now filled more with those happy memories. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


CareyV 4 years ago

I got my first dog ever 1 year ago. Her name is Lacey and she is amazing. I rescued her. She was abandoned by her previous owners. Just as Tanya, she loves to be by my side and follow me everywhere. She is like my little shadow. I love her so much! Your story about Tanya is a beautiful one and I truly believe she is on the other side as you said, playing and enjoying the sunshine with her friend. Dogs are incredible creatures. Their ability to love is incredible.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi CareyV nice to see you, I hope your little dog Lacey is doing well and giving you back all the love you give her. Glad you enjoyed my hub about my dog Tanya, i hope one day i will see her and all my other dogs again. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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blondey 4 years ago

What a wonderful little hub story about a sweet dog. I never had a dog and I'm beginning to really want one but only when I am home enough. I love the simple way you described her, because I don't know much about dogs, it's nice to learn and observe.

I'm glad writing this made you feel better. I'm sure she is enjoying the sunshine on the other side as well.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi blondey nice to see you, yes she was a sweet and loving dog who enjoyed having her picture taken. But you are right if you get a dog or puppy you need to be home more often. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

A lovely story. I think everyone that has had a dog can relate to this! I've often thought about writing a little tribute to the crazy personality of my dog, although she is still healthy, she really is quite a character! lol

Shared, up and beautiful. Tweeted and pinned.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Brett nice to see you, i think you should write that hub about your dog and his crazy personality, i would love to read that. Thanks so much for the share, up and beautiful ! Tweeted and pinned! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

So truly beautiful kashmir and have a wonderful day.

Eddy.;


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Eiddwen nice to see you, glad you found this hub for my dog Tanya beautiful . Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments ! You have a great day to !


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Anpaws 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

great story and loved to read it. Voted up and shared.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Anpaws nice to see you, nice to hear you enjoyed this hub and the story of my beautiful dog Tanya ! Thanks so much for the vote up and share ! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

Tanya sounded like quite a special dog. It's always hard losing a pet, it's like losing a child. Sorry for your loss.


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kashmir56 3 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Anpaws nice to see you, sorry i could not get back to your sooner but you comment was marked has Spam and i did not get a email telling me there was a comment. Glad to hear you enjoyed reading this hub. Thanks so much for your vote up and share ! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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kashmir56 3 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi KoffeeKlatch Gals nice to see you, thanks so much for your kind words, Tanya was a very special dog and she fought to the end because she did not want to leave me but i had to tell her to just go and it was very hard to do but the best thing for her. It is true they are just like your kids only the listen better. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Losing a pet or more can be very sad I know when I lost my dogs it was so hard for me to open my heart to another. I have finally made up mind not to have any pets. It is difficult to avoid such feelings, hope you are feeling better.


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kashmir56 3 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi DDE nice to see you, yes i do agree with you it is very hard to lose a pet that has become your best friend. It is funny that you leave a comment here this month, for this month is one year since i lost her. At this point i don't know if i will every get another dog again, it would be so hard to replace her.

Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA

It's so hard to lose a beloved pet, but this is a lovely tribute to Tanya's life. I'm sure she will be in your heart always. You have some wonderful pictures of your adorable dog that add so much to your story. Although each special pet is unique and can't be replaced, perhaps someday you'll be ready to have another dog join your life.


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kashmir56 3 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Stephanie nice to see you, glad you enjoyed my Tanya story and these photos as well. I hope one day i may be able to again let the love of another dog into my heart, but right now i can not. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Kashmir, this is so lovely, I'm a bit late but I'm so glad I found it, Tanya was a very special dog she will always live in your heart, but every dog is special in their own way. When we lost Megan we decided no more dogs but Rodney is so different and we wouldn't be without him, he is as mad as a March hare and twice as cute. :)


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kashmir56 3 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi my friend tobusiness nice to see you, glad you enjoyed reading this article about my beautiful Tanya. Yes she was very special to me just like every dog is to it's owner. It has been a year now that Tanya has passed and i still can't find it in my heart to get another dog . Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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daydreamer13 3 years ago

What beautiful story and so well written. Thank you for this emotional rollercoaster which was such a good read. Well done!


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LongTimeMother 3 years ago from Australia

kashmir56, thank you for this hub. Tanya obviously had a long and loving relationship with you. Perhaps one day you'll find another little puppy who captures your heart, but I doubt any newcomer will be as unique as your Tanya.

The changing of her colour is fascinating. Voted up+


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kashmir56 3 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi daydreamer nice to see you, so nice to hear you enjoyed this article about my beautiful Tanya, she was such a sweetie . Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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kashmir56 3 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi LongTimeMother nice to see you, Tanya bonded to me and me to her like no other dog i have had, yes she was very unique and we shared a very special friendship together. It has been one year now that Tanya has passed and i still have no desire to get another dog, when Tanya died it broke my heart, and i don't think i could go through that pain again. Thanks so much for your vote up + ! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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tonymead60 3 years ago from Yorkshire

Kashmir

hi my friend.

what a great tale and such fetching photographs, I love the one at the begining with the ball, I can just imagine the excitment of running after that and the delight of bringing it back, but do I drop it or make the human wait a bit?

voted up and well done.

regards

Tony


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kashmir56 3 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi my friend Tony so glad you enjoyed this article and photos has well. My Tanya would tease me when bringing the ball back, she thought that was fun. Thanks so much for the vote up and well done ! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Lovely tribute to a fantastic and sweet friend. I know how it feels to lose someone who has been a part of one's life for so long.

I'm sure must be happy on the other side.

Voted up and beautiful.


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kashmir56 3 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi rajan jolly nice to see you, yes she was a great friend and i do still miss her a lot, but i am sure she is having a blast on the other side . Thanks so much for the vote up and beautiful ! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

Such a touching story Tom!!!


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kashmir56 3 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Audrey nice to see you, so nice to hear you enjoyed this article about my beautiful Tanya's life. She was one of those one of a kind dogs you can never replace. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments. Hope you are enjoying a great weekend my friend !


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Becky Puetz 3 years ago from Oklahoma

Such a touching tribute to your beloved pet. It made me think of my dog Buttercup who was 18 when she passed a few years ago. I know it's hard on you and you're missing her so much but you have to be happy for her in a way; just to know that she can see again and is not in any more pain. Thanks for sharing.


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kashmir56 3 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Becky nice to see you, yes i do still miss her but i do know she it in a better place and feeling her old self again. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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fivesenses 3 years ago from new delhi

Hi I don't have a dog currently, but the pictures of your dog are adorable and yes, pets become family after awhile.


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favored 2 years ago from USA

Oh I didn't see that coming. Such a precious pup; I am so sorry for your loss. Thanks for sharing Tanya's story with us.

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