My Sweet Little Rescue Dog

She was just a sweet little thing, she was a mix of Poodle and Yorkshire Terrier with jet black eyes. I can still remember the day we went to pick her up at the apartment of a older couple who were breeding their dogs in a tiny city apartment . When we walked in there the smell was stifling and there were close all over the floor and more flies in there than outside . They told us that she was the runt of the litter and her mother would not feed her, they said they had been trying to feed her hotdogs but she would not eat them . That’s not surprising to me seeing that she is only eight weeks old, I think a little dog food would have been better than a hotdog . At this point I knew I had to get this dog out of this apartment, and I wish I could have taking all of the dogs out of there but just couldn’t .


On the way home I told my dad that I would give her a good bath because she did smell and she also had little scabs on her back . I have a showering attachment that goes onto the faucet that will able you to regulate the water so it won’t be to hot or cold . I was now ready to give my puppy her first bath . Has soon has the water hit her she screamed bloody murder and began shaking and fighting me, it took all I had just to give her a bath . I could not believe how strong this little dog was, after her bath she shook for hours but not from being cold but out of fear.

This is what we believe happen and the doctor that examined her after we told him what happen when trying to give her a bath, had said that something traumatized her to show that kind of fear towards water, and we think that this old couple seeing that this dog was not eating or being feed by her mother thought it would be better to kill her out right than watch her waste away slowly . We think they tried to drown her but she put up such a fight that it wore then out and they could not finish what they tried to do . We found out three month later that their apartment had been condemned by the state and all their dog were taken away from them and they were fined for keeping dogs in such a filthy apartment . I think people like that should not be allowed to own any pets.

 

I found that my little dog who we called Pumpkin was a bit of a daredevil , instead of climbing the three stairs on our back porch she would take a running start and jump the three steps and land on the porch, but this would one day come back to bite her. One cold winter day she tried her daredevil stunt but just has she went to jump her back legs slipped on some ice and in midair her body turned and she hit her back on the middle stair, my heart sunk has I watch her tumble down the stairs, she was able to get up on her legs but when she tried to take a step she would fall down. When we took her to the animal hospital  they found a disk in her back had been injured and we had to leave her there, the doctor said he would do everything he could for her but if that did not work she would need a operation which would cost $5,000 . We did visit her a few times to see how she was doing and at the end of two week the doctor called and said we could bring our dog home now that she was better and could walk again. When we got home I let her free in the yard, she was so happy to be home that she ran around the house like a greyhound in a race, but for a very long time she would not even try to climb those stairs she would just stay at the foot of those stairs and bark when she wanted to come in the house.

She loved to play out in the yard and I had a old slightly deflated soccer ball which I would kick up in the air and she would jump up and catch in her mouth and than she would bring it back to me to do it all over again , She loved to be outside and enjoyed long walks and her favorite things to do was lay in the sun on the driveway in the summertime and play with her best friend Tanya . She was a very happy go lucky dog that enjoy her life and play time, she was a very playful, friendly and loving dog and a very faithful friend. She never got over her fear of water, she was a little calmer when I gave her baths but she still shook and cried . Two years ago on the week of her 16th birthday she peacefully past away in her sleep, my little sweet rescue dog Pumpkin had come to the end of her life.

My dog Tanya and I missed her a lot but I had no idea that my dog Tanya would really take it hard, the first three days after Pumpkin died Tanya would sit at the door crying and when I let her out she would run around the yard looking for her friend Pumpkin . The worse part though was Tanya had now stopped eating, and I could not get her to eat anything, she would just drink water and that’s it. I had to get forceful and took Tanya and sat her on a chair and feed her with a spoon, but she was not having none of that and spit it out on the floor. It took a while to just get one meal a day in her, I had to start to force feed her or I would lose her to. Little by little I was able to get Tanya to eat more and more and by the end of three months she was eating on her own . For all the people who think dogs don’t have personalities or feelings you may want to rethink that .

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quicksand 5 years ago

Although I am a cat liker, I liked this story. Animals do understand our emotions and they too have their own way of showing emotions. I had a cat that was "kinda" emotional ... but that's a long story.

I am sorry to hear about Pumpkin's departure.

I also have reason to believe that cats and dogs understand much more than we think they do.

Cheers, Tom!


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi quicksand nice to see you, and i do agree with you 100% . They have feelings and emotions just like us, i also think to that like you they do understand more about whats going on than we give them credit for . Thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


Ghaelach 5 years ago

Hi Kashmir.

You've written a hub that really pulls at the heart strings and the tear ducts. You gave a creature a chance of life with all the nice trimmings. Like a play mate (Tanya), nice food, exercise (long walks) and a warm bed on a cold winter night.

We once had a mix of yorksire terrier and dachle. unfortunately at 18 months got attacked by a pitt bull terrier and died shortly after of a heart attack, but thats another story. lol

Ghaelach


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California

Wow, what a touching story Kashmir. Animals give us so much, unconditionally and I find it so incredibly sad & depraved when I hear of people like Pumpkin's original owners. Thankfully, you found & nurtured this amazing little dog, traumatized as she was, and gave her a full and happy life. She was loved and will be missed but her memory will live on, through Tanya, you and now this Hub, which celebrates her life. Voted up-great story!


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Ghaelach nice to see you, yes i did extend her life and made it a very happy one, and i know she appreciated it .Thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Chatkath nice to see you, Yes these little bundles of joy has so much unconditional love to give and will always be a faithful friends . I'm just very happy that i found her and was able to give her a good home . Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your very nice comments !


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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden

Hi Tom, You gave Pumpkin a great life and I am glad you got her out of that miserable home. I can’t understand why people who can’t take care of dogs, decide to have puppies as well! Good to hear that the other dogs got rescued as well. Dogs are personalities and when they die they leave big emptiness. I love this hub and I rate it up, awesome, beautiful and more! Thanks for writing it and give Tanya a treat from me! Tina


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Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Oh Kash...this touched my heart so deeply. Bless you for helping pumpkin; although I am sorry to hear of her passing, you gave her such a wonderful and loving home. These darling animals are our devoted friends and they do give us unconditional love. Bless you and kudos, and up and awesome.


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi thougtforce nice to see you, Yes i was so happy to get her out of that filthy place and glad i had her has a pet, she was just a little bundle of love . Thanks for stopping by and to for your very nice comments, always nice to see you ! Tanya said thanks Tina for the treat !


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Genna nice to see you, Dogs are so trusting and loving and i gave her the same to show her not all humans are bad. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments,it's always nice to see you !


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jayjay40 5 years ago from Bristol England

What a beautiful story, every dog needs a friend like you. Thanks for sharing


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi jayjay40 nice to see you, glad you enjoyed this hub and thanks for your nice comments and to for stopping by !


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smackins1974 5 years ago from UK

This is such a heartwarming story of the rescue of pumpkin. A lot of people just don't understand that pets become part of the family and when they pass on it can be just as emotional to lose them from your life.

Thanks for sharing

Sarah


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carrie450 5 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

Such a sad story to read Tom. She was lucky to have you while she was alive.


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi smackins nice to see you, yes it is just like losing a child when your pet dies it can be very emotional . Thanks so much for your comments and to for stopping by !


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi carrie nice to see you, I did give her a long and happy life so i can be happy for the time i had her . Thanks so much for your comments and to for stopping by !


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fayx24 5 years ago from Australia

Kashmir, it's heart wrenching to see dogs in need and it's a pity there aren't more people like you out there saving them. Touching story!


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toknowinfo 5 years ago

Pumpkin was very lucky you rescued her. Your story really does tell a lot about dogs and their feelings. Pumpkin always remembered the events that made her fearful of water. She had a daring personality to jump the steps. And Tanya grieving shows how dogs can feel what we feel. This was such a sweet and sad story. I really love your stories about you and your dogs. The fact that Pumpkin lived such a long life says so much about the love you share with your dogs. Give Tanya a big hug for me!


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi fayx24 nice to see you, i think more people looking for pets should go to their local animal shelters and rescue one there and give them a good home .

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


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi toknowinfo nice to see you, if you love your pets and give them a good home they will shower you with their love. Pumpkin was a very special dog and a gift in my life, she show me no matter what happens to you, you must get back up and keep living life .Tanya grieving for her best friend showed me and others that dogs do really feel and understand what is going on, she may not know that Pumpkin has died but she does know is is missing .

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

Tanya sends back hugs and kisses !!!


tinamarie9884 5 years ago

Kashmir, what a story you put out for everyone to read. Our animals are always part of our family, I was glad to read finding out your dogs back healed and lived to be 16, any animal over 10, lives a good life. That means you did a great job. I am sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing.


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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Kashmir56~~ This is a touching story and I thank you for sharing... I can relate in every way.


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi tinamarie nice to see you, glad you enjoyed my hub ! I gave my little dog the best life she could have had and she was happy right up till the end ! Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi marcoujor nice to see you, glad you enjoyed my hub ! She was a very special dog who taught me a lot about life . Thanks so much for your comments and to for stopping by !


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ImChemist 5 years ago

Thanks for sharing this nice pictures that i rated beautiful.


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi ImChemist nice to see you, glad you enjoyed this hub,thanks for stopping by and to for your comments !


lindatymensky 5 years ago

kashmir56: Hello! What a wonderful little rescue dog you had for sixteen years! Thank you for sharing her story and pictures with us! God, don't you love animals. They are better than us in so many ways.


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AliciaC 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I’m so glad that you rescued Pumpkin. Sixteen years is a very good lifespan for a dog. It’s wonderful that you got Pumpkin as a puppy and gave her a good life. It’s also great that you had so much patience feeding Tanya until her appetite returned. Thank you for being such a great friend to animals!


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi lindatymensky nice to see you, Yes i loved all my dogs very much, they are much better than some people in the world . Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi AliciaC nice to see you, I am so glad i got Pumpkin to she was very special and i gave her a very good life . For Tanya i had to do what ever i had to, to keep her alive and well . Thanks so much for your nice comments and to for stopping by !


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

Thank you for this beautiful story. 16 is a good long time for a dog. What a wonderful companion she was to you. And what joy you brought to her life. I have the greatest admiration for people who rescue dogs. Hats off to you.


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi James nice to see you, I am so glad i did rescue her she was such a sweet care free dog, i just wish more people would rescue more dog in every state, Thanks so much for your very nice comments and to for stopping by !


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doodlebugs 5 years ago from Southwest

What a cutie! We have 4 rescue dogs. Dog breeding should be licensed, controlled and done only by professionals in my opinion. It should not be a free for all where people have puppy mills in their homes.


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi doodlebugs, I agree with you it should not be a free for all type thing . Glad to here you rescue 4 dogs,we need more people like you to rescue more dogs . Thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma

Such a touching story. Thank goodness for people like you who love an care for unwanted animals. Pumpkin had a good life, thanks to you. I enjoyed reading your inspiring story. Voted up and awesome.


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Becky, glad you enjoyed this hub ! thanks so much for your vote up and nice comments, and to for stopping by !


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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

Seems like both you and Pumpkin were lucky! Dogs are truly man's best friend.


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Truckstop Sally nice to see you, yes i guess you are right we were both lucky, i found a sweet beautiful dog, and she found someone who gave her the great life she deserved .Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota

You really got me choked up here. I am so glad you resuced Pumpkin and gave her a new life and so much love. I have such a hard time hearing stories of how some people treat animals. So sad that Tanya wasn't eating for a while and I'm glad you pushed her. Thanks for a very powerful hub. Animals just push their way into our hearts and there's nothing we can do about it. I have two rescue dogs and they are the apple of my eye. Don't know what I'd do without them.


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Minnetonka Twin nice to see you, Yes i am so glad i had Pumpkin she was a very sweet dog, and they do push their way into your heart with their loving ways ! Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your very nice comments !


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Victoria Stephens 5 years ago from London

Hi Kashmir56,

Ahhh this put a lump in my throat! Well done for taking pumpkin in and giving her a better life, the world needs people that care and glad Tanya has returned to eating now.

We took in a lost dog last week which we could tell had come from a good loving home. We made up some posters and found her owners by the next day, she was such a lovely dog that even after just one night we was sorry to see her go but really happy that she had her family back.xxx


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Victoria nice to see you, yes i am so glad i gave Pumpkin a long and happy life and i am happy that Tanya is back to eating . It's very nice to hear you not only found a lost dog but took it home, it is nice that you found the owners but i know it must have been heard to let that dog go . Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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schoolgirlforreal 5 years ago from USA

Hi kashmir, it looked like you joined the hubchallenge, kudos and good for you, looks like it's improving your overall hub experience.

I'm sorry I haven't been around. :(

Very sweet article. loved it. ttys Rose


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Rose nice to see you, glad you liked my hub and thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !

Hope you have a great weekend !!!


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primpo 5 years ago from Ocean County New Jersey

aww. thank God you found her!!! Now she is vibrant and in great hands. I can tell you there are so many animals out there in need of someone to really love them. I wish I could take one in now, but being that we are having a difficult time, I wouldn't even dream of it now. I had wanted to get a puppy because I have obtained a fulltime job and being trained as assistant manager which would give me a decent salary, but my husband just started his business so I have to wait until we are more steady. People who abuse there animals even though it may be not intended should be able to realize that the animal is better off with out them if they cant care properly for them. I'm glad you got her when you did, at least she lived the rest of her days in love and peace.


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi primpo nice to see you, hope you will some day soon get a nice loving puppy, they are such a joy and will enchant one's life ! Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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twentyfive 5 years ago

What a lovely treasure. Who couldn't miss Pumpkin. I so want to hold her now after reading this great tribute for her. You have a good heart Kash. Is Tanya your avatar?


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi twentyfive nice to see you, yes i was blessed with pumpkin she was such a awesome dog ! Yes Tanya is my avatar, that is her in her ski goggles . Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada

Kashmir, this was beautiful. You really did give this dog a good life, and it sounds like she gave you lots of love back.

I wanted to let you know that I featured one of your other dog hubs on my hub, "Hubs That Moved Me." Thanks!


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi prairieprincess nice to see you, I think my little Pumpkin gave me has much has i gave her, and I'm still happy i had her.Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments ! I'll be by to read that hub that you wrote "Hubs That Moved Me."


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Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

Oh MY GOSH, Kashmir! I felt so sad reading about Pumpkins fear of water... and then again when I realized she had passed away. I am so sorry.. but I know you made a difference in this little one's life and her in yours. I think it's awesome you have dedicated a hub to her memory. Thank you for sharing with us about Pumpkin... and God Bless YOU!


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Jamie nice to see you, thanks for reading my hub and to for your kind words . My little dog Pumpkin was a sweet and loving dog and i gave her a far better life than she would have had if i did not rescue her , Thanks so much for stopping and to for your nice comments .


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lobonorth 5 years ago

We grow to love our pets so much that it is so very sad when they do go. On the other hand, their love and companionship makes it more than worth the heartache.


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi lobonorth nice to see you, yes you are so right, these pets are a pleasure to have in our life and when they die we miss them so much . Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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ChristineVianello 5 years ago from Philadelphia

Beautiful story...


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Christine nice to see you, glad you enjoyed this hub ! Thanks so much for stopping by and to for you nice comment !


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ethel smith 5 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

I wish I could grab you and hug you. That was one sweet dog and you gave her such a long life. Take care. Aren't dogs great?


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Ethel nice to see you and thanks for the hug ! Yes i gave her a great long life and so happy to have had her in my life . Ethel dogs a awesome and sometimes i would rather be with dogs than some people, if you know what in mean . Thanks so much for your nice comments and to for dropping by !


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love2dogs 5 years ago from NH

That little dog was so lucky to have a caring person like you take her in. I love to hear stories like this one. What a sad beginning for this little pup.

You are awesome! :)


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi love2dogs nice to see you, and i was very lucky to have a sweet dog like she was ! Thanks so much for your very nice comments and to for stopping by !


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Latasha Woods 5 years ago from USA- United States of Aspiration

Hi Kashmir56

This is a very beautiful story. Thank you for sharing. Pumpkin was very blessed to have such a family, and I know that she appreciates this as you continue to honor her in your heart.


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Latasha nice to see you, glad to hear you enjoyed this hub, yes she was a wonderful dog and i am so lucky that i had her so long ! Thanks for your nice comments and to for stopping by !


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Richard83 5 years ago from West Virginia

Kash, so sorry for your loss. I know from experience that other animals can react to the death of an animal aquiantance. It is truly remarkable that we can bond the way we do with animals, especially dogs. They do understand us. They pick us up when we are down. They are there when we need them like they know exactly what we are thinking. Great story.


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Richard nice to see you, yes dogs are so smart, sometime smarter than humans, we love them and they love us back and they never hurts us . Maybe in the end thats why it hurts so much when we lose them .

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


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casshd 5 years ago from Hemel Hempstead, UK

Thanks for your hub and tribute to Pumpkin. What a sad story. Animals definitely have emotions and respond well to love and kindness. I wish more people would rehome rescue pets as they are so rewarding and wonderful companions.


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi casshd nice to see you, so glad to hear you liked this hub, yes i do agree with you, more people should take in rescue pets . Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

What a wonderful story, and great to hear that Pumpkin got to be an old dog before dying. It's still heartbreaking. You gave her a happy life.

I'm happy to hear the other dogs were taken away from that couple.


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi FloraBreenRobison nice to see you,glad to hear you enjoy this hub, my little Pumpkin had a wonderful and happy life . Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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daydreamer13 5 years ago

Aawww...this is soo touching!!


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi daydreamer nice to see you, glad to hear you enjoy this hub ! Thanks so much for your nice comments and to for stopping by !


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Greenhousewife 5 years ago

Kashmir-

As an owner of a rescue dog I can sympathize with you about the need to remove the dog from the home. I also recently lost a another dog, the older companion and only other dog my rescue got along with. For several weeks he mourned the loss of his only friend. Seven months later he still isn't fully recovered but our long walks and extra time together is helping him cope. For eight years they were best friends and when her time came the worst part was coming home without her. Just heartbreaking.

Anyway we need more people like you that can sympathize with an animal in need and can recognize that animals have emotions and feelings just like humans do. We are after all animals ourselves.


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Greenhousewife nice to see you, i think sometimes dog are much smarter than some humans. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

Love dogs! Love rescuing them. Currently have a 12 yr old chow chow I rescued from the humane society when she was a pup. Voted up!


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi PDXKaraokeGuy nice to see you, Glad to hear you have rescued some dog has well,we need more people like you in this world. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments ! Thanks for the vote up !!!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

Thanks for saying so. I'm not a fan of kids, I can do without them and I won't be having any, but if I see a dog in distress, I will stop the world to help it!


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi PDXKaraokeGuy nice to see you, i too have no kids and my dog have in a way been my kids, they understand better than kids do, and listen better to . Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your comments .


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

ya, and they long to please you: and it's okay to have sex with your spouse in front of them ;-)


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daydreamer13 4 years ago

What a great story!


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Daydreamer nice to see you, glad to hear you enjoyed this hub. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for you nice comments !


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

Nice to meet a fellow non human parent :-)


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi PDXKaraokeGuy nice to see you, yes these very beautiful dogs become over time just like children but obey better than some kids do.Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

they obey better and you don't have to pay for college or weddings


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi PDXKaraokeGuy nice to see you,yes and they don't ask for toys or computers or iPad,iPhones or iPods and are very happy with what they have. Thanks so much for stopping by again and to for your nice comments !


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angie ashbourne 4 years ago

Hi! kashmir56 I am crying.....beautiful story Angie


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi angie nice to see you, glad you enjoyed this hub. When i read it today it still makes me want to cry. She was a very awesome dog and friend ! Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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Chris Achilleos 4 years ago

Very touching story, pumpkin is ADORABLE :) thanks for sharing kashmir56


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Chris nice to see you,glad to hear you enjoyed this hub,yes Pumpkin was a very adorable and loving pet and friend. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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aviannovice 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

Tom, I voted this awesome and beautiful. I have a rescued greyhound that I have had for 10 years now. She will be celebrating her 12th birthday in May. Couldn't ask for a better pal.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi aviannovice nice to see you, i love dogs they are so trusting,caring and loving but have a way to short life and it hurts when you lose them, but they are still better friends than some people are. Thanks so much for your vote and to for your nice comments as well for stopping by !


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jenb0128 4 years ago from Michigan

Rescued pets make the best friends! I'm sorry that you lost Pumpkin - losing an animal buddy is so hard.

I agree that dogs (and all animals, really) have personalities, thoughts and feelings. I'll never understand how some people can think that they don't.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Jen nice to see you,glad you enjoyed reading about my beautiful rescue dog pumpkin. I to don't understand how some people can say that pets don't have personalities, thoughts and feelings.Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States

What a beautiful tribute to a fine friend you had in Pumpkin. This was a heartwarming read and I thank you for sharing your experience. Voted up and beautiful :)


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Olde Cashmere nice to see you, glad you have enjoyed reading about Pumpkin she was such a sweet dog and a wonderful friend. Thanks so much for your voted up and beautiful,and thanks to for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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jennzie 4 years ago from Lower Bucks County, PA

That's great that you got her out of that awful situation and gave her a long and happy life. What an adorable dog she was.

Beautiful hub.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi jennzie nice to see you, Yes my little Pumpkin was such a sweet and carefree dog, when she looked at me with her small black eyes it would just melt my heart. I am so glad i was able to rescue her and give her a long and happy life . Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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

You're dog Pumpkin was a very cute dog. Thank God Pumpkin had a good life with you, and you're family. I tried to save a dog that was left to die in a plastic bag. I did what I could, but could not save it. God Bless you for you're love for Pumpkin, and Tanya. You are a wonderful person with animals.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Stars nice to see you, glad you read my hub about my beautiful dog Pumpkin, she was such a sweet and loving dog and i am so lucky to have had her and have saved her to give her a good life . Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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boosters 4 years ago from India

I always emotional when reading any animals problem.. i don't have much money to help all animals together but i always daily gives sufficient food to my road dogs.. I like the way you help that dog... god bless you mate...

I hate those people who bring dogs or other animals for their selfish.. i always think if i have baseball bat or something that gives more pain i will definitely give the taste of those pain to that monster human.

I also have a male dog which now cross 14 years.. and i am very happy with my dog.. he makes us happy in sad time.... :)


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi boosters nice to see you, so glad you read and enjoyed this hub on my little dog Pumpkin. Yes i know how you feel when you hear someone hurt animals in any way . Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

i love what you shared Tom..used to remember Brownie, when one of her puppy died, i think her heart goes to him. Pumpkin, very nice name. :)


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi my friend M. nice to see you, My pumpkin was the sweetest dog i have ever own and still miss her love. Glad you have enjoyed her story. It is so hard when you lose them because they are so loving. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

This was a tear jerker of a story. It is so rewarding to save a dog from a life of beating, once their trust is gained they give such loyalty and unconditional love. I felt so bad for Tanya, they do get attached to each other just like we do. They feel every bit as much as us.

Thank you for sharing your story.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Rosemay50 nice to see you, yes i do agree it was so rewarding to rescue pumpkin from those people and give her a good life, and she gave me back lots of love. Dogs bond just like people and can even mourn in their own way. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

This was a heartwarming story. So glad that you rescued Pumpkin from those terrible people who were breeding dogs in an unhealthy environment. I can understand Tanya's pain upon losing her buddy. We have experienced similar things with our dogs who grieve losses just as we do. People who think otherwise, have not experienced it in person. Lovely tribute to your lovely Pumpkin! Up votes. Sharing! Have written a hub regarding Trudy, our rescue dog. She also suffer trauma in her youth.


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ITcoach 4 years ago from United States

kashmir56

you write awesome posts, This is the reason i reach at every of your hub and want to comment if I did not want to do. I also love pets but in these days there is no much time to give them.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Voted and shared with friends


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Pamela Kinnaird W 4 years ago from Maui and Arizona

Thank you for sharing this little dog of yours with us. Voting up, beautiful and sharing.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Peggy nice to see you, Yes i was so happy that i rescued Pumpkin from those people has well . And it nice to meet someone who knows how a dog will grieve for another and how tough it can be on them sometimes. I will check out your hub about Trudy your rescue dog . Thanks so much for Up votes and Sharing! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi ITcoach nice to see you, so nice to hear you enjoyed reading this hub. Glad you are also a pet lover . Thanks so much for the voted and shared ! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Pamela Kinnaird W nice to see you, glad you enjoyed reading my story of my beautiful rescue dog Pumpkin . Thanks so much for the vote up, beautiful and sharing! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

Loved your story of Pumpkin. Such a cute little dog I know you miss her. Glad your other dog is ok. Animals do grieve not only for their pet friends but for their human friends. Voted uP!


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi moonlake nice to see you, Thanks for you kind words, yes my little Pumpkin was a cute dog and i do still think of her every now and then. At the time i wrote this my other dog Tanya was fine, but she did pass away in March of this year. Yes you are right dogs can grieve for both people and dogs. Thanks so much for your vote up ! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

What an adorable face Pumpkin had! I'm so sorry you lost her, and your more recent dog, Tanya. I do so agree with you: dogs truly have emotions and only those of use who love our pets realize that. My Miniature Schnauzer conveys to me many emotions. If I do out without taking her, she will pout with me when I get home for a while!

I rescued a little Maltese once. I wrote a Hub about him. I named his Mister. Maybe it's time you rescued another little dog like Pumpkin.

So nice to meet another dog lover!

I voted this Hub UP,and will share, too.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Mary nice to see you, yes our dog are so full with emotions and love us unconditionally and their love is always true. It nice to hear from someone who is a dog lover has well. I would love to rescue another dog but at this time just can not do the yet. But i hope someday i will. Thanks so much for the vote up and share ! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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billips 4 years ago from Central Texas

Dear little Pumpkin - what a lucky little dog she was to land with just the right owner - and you had each other for sixteen wonderful years - people are foolish who refuse to accept that dogs have all the feelings that humans have - I guess it somehow serves as an excuse for how they treat animals - for many years I had two dogs - then my big dog Maggie had to die and left little Junebug alone - and she did clearly grieve - every morning she would search the house and yard for Maggie - she ran hopefully up to every dog she saw and then stop short when she realized it was not Maggie - she would walk around the bed she loved to share with Maggie, but never get in it - I just let her grieve, but kept her with me always - after about three months she seemed to accept the fact that she was now alone - after three more months I got her a little brother, not to take Maggie's place (none ever could) - but someone to share her life with - it took Junebug a while, but things have become easier for her and now they are becoming close friends - every once in a while though I see her just looking off into the distance and I know she is remembering - just as I do - dogs do experience loss, as they experience excitement, joy, love, loyalty, kindness, and gentleness - all the wonderful things that some humans, unfortunately, lack - regards - B.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi my friend nice to see you, yes it so true dogs do grieve and have all the same emotions that we do. They will also love us more than they love themselves, to bad people could be more like that. Glad Junebug go over the loss of Maggie and now has a new dog friend. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

I love your story. There's nothing like the love of a rescue animal. We have two resuce dogs that we dearly love. I agree with you animals have feelings and mourn. Wonderful hub.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi KoffeeKlatch Gals nice to see you, glad to hear you have two rescue dog of your own and love them dearly . Yes you are right animals have feelings and mourn just like we do. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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JimDoyle 4 years ago from Primbee

I also agree that animals have feelings too. My dog pined for weeks when her old friend died.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi JimDoyle nice to see you, yes you are right they have strong feeling for us and other dog that are their playmates and friends. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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craftybegonia 3 years ago from Southwestern, United States

We rescued two dogs which had been abused and gave them a loving home, and there are no dogs so loving as they! We rescued a kitty that had been abandoned on a box to die of hunger and thirst in the hot summer of the Southwestern USA, and now she "runs" the house. They respond to love and attention just like children do.


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kashmir56 3 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi craftybegonia nice to see you, it is so nice to hear you to have rescued some pets of your own, awesome ! Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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Anna Sternfeldt 3 years ago from Svenljunga, Sweden

Lovley! Always great to read stories by other dog lovers. Nice to feel the compassion, and to know we are a few ones out there, that gives me hope. Thanks!


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kashmir56 3 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Anna Sternfeldt nice to see you,nice yo hear you enjoyed my article about my little dog Pumpkin she was the best . Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comment !


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Tom,

This is another great photo of your Pumpkin to add to my Aren't Dogs Great! board on Pinterest. Hope it brings extra traffic to this hub. :)


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kashmir56 3 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Peggy nice to see you again, Thanks so much for the pin of my Pumpkins photos on your Aren't Dogs Great! board on Pinterest. Hope it brings so traffic to ! Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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tonymead60 3 years ago from Yorkshire

hi kash

this cute little puppy has certainly twanged a ffew heart strings. It sounds a wonderful combination, my dad had a little Yorky that he loved to bits.

well done my friend have a nice week.

voted up and other things

regards

Tony


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kashmir56 3 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi my friend Tony nice to see you, nice to hear you liked my little Yorky Pumpkin she was a sweetie, i can understand why your dad loved his to bits. You too enjoy a great week my friend !

Thanks so much for the vote up and other things ! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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tonymead60 3 years ago from Yorkshire

Kash

always a pleasure my friend.

regards

Tony


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kashmir56 3 years ago from Massachusetts Author

I feel the same way my friend ! :-)

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