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A Letter from Your Dog

Updated on June 1, 2010
My dog - Hamlet.
My dog - Hamlet.
Hubby's dog - Grendel.
Hubby's dog - Grendel.
My grandpup - Kayla, a Great Dane.
My grandpup - Kayla, a Great Dane.
My grandpup - Dooly, a GA Bulldog.
My grandpup - Dooly, a GA Bulldog.

 

Dear Master,

 

I just wanted to tell you how much I love you. You are my world. Actually, I suppose it’s more appropriate to say that you are my sun since you’re the center of my existence. Everything in my relatively short life revolves around you. You are the giver of all good things – food, water, toys, affection, health care, and a soft bed. And speaking of food, what a great hunter you are! You singlehandedly bring home all kinds of goodies. In fact, I never go hungry.

 

I don’t mean to criticize, and please forgive me, but I wish you spent more time with me. I’m here alone for long hours, just waiting for you to return from that place you go to almost every day. I listen eagerly for the sound of your footsteps on the porch every afternoon. When you come in and brush right past me, my heart dies a little. Remember, you have friends, books, magazines, TV, movies, music, and video games, but I have only you. Please keep this in mind the next time I nuzzle you for a pat on the head or a belly rub and you ignore me.

 

Even worse than being ignored is when you scold me. You get so angry when I have an accident on the rug. But sometimes I can’t help it. You’re not always here to let me out when I need to go. I hold it as long as I can…

 

Could you maybe think about getting me a brother or sister to keep me company while you’re away from home? I know pups are a lot of trouble, but you could always get an older furkid from the animal shelter. I promise that I’ll help teach him the ropes and make him behave.

 

Master, there’s one more thing I want you to understand. When I get old and sick and am in constant pain, and the light has gone out of my eyes, please do the right thing. You’ll know when it’s time. Just promise to stay with me until the very end. And I’ll promise to wait for you at the RainbowBridge. Then we can be together again, to run and frolic in green fields and trek through shadowed forests, forever.

 

Love always,

 

Your dog

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      nadp 7 years ago from WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA

      This is so touching. You managed to come up with all of the thoughts that tug at a dog lovers heart strings!

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Oh, habee, you half do some things. What an idea?

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      Annette Donaldson 7 years ago from Northern Ireland

      So true, brought a little tear to my eyes. I am looking at my beautiful little Bouncer asleep on the lawn in the sun light. He has cardio myopathy and I wonder if I do the rite thing keeping him with me, living on tablets. As each day goes bye he becomes a little more distant just wanting to be alone and it is breaking my heart.

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      samboiam 7 years ago from Texas

      habee, what a touching hub. I can tell from the pics your "little pooches" are spoiled. If we are not going to spoil our pets we shouldn't have them.

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      sheila b. 7 years ago

      I liked the letter and loved the photos. In my house, with my little parrot, we're going through a hard time. My schedule changed, I'm away more, and he's letting me know it by not eating while I'm gone. Pets do have their ways to let us know they want us with them.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Napd, I figure any dog or animal lover could relate!

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      Naomi R. Cox 7 years ago from Elberton, Georgia

      habee, Not everyone looks at life through the eyes of their pets as you have done with this hub, it's wonderful. I really enjoyed reading this and the pictures are great! Keep up the good work.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      HH, I think that's a compliment in Brit English?? lol

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Oh, Blue - I'm so sorry. I'll be thinking about you and Bouncer.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Sam, to say our pups are spoiled is a huge understatement!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      sheila, why don't you get your bird a pal?

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Aww...thanks, Naomi!

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      drbj and sherry 7 years ago from south Florida

      habee - you don't have to own an animal to relate to this touching hub. Thanks for your creative and touching letter.

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      Habee, I love the pictures as well as the letter. Very nice.

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      Cute, funny and made me cry....I don't like the last part but that's why we're supposed to be their master, eh? Good points in your lovely way as usual! Now I have to go apologize to the Griff because I was mad when he ate my squash plant...he couldn't go for Bob's tomato....no...I'm forgetting about it!

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      rickzimmerman 7 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      habee: after reading this I had to follow . . . You might enjoy my Life as a Dog (or perhaps The Whopper Spaniel or The Cactoose?) Regards, RickZ

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      lalesu 7 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      Habee, this is darling. Until recently, I had four dogs in my house, but my children moved and took three of their best pals with them. The pictures of your family are lovely, thank you for sharing them! ~ Laura

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      Mike Lickteig 7 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      What a beautiful and thoughtful hub. The loyalty and love of an animal is a wonderful thing, and you have captured the sense of devotion they demonstrate perfectly.

      Mike

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      Sherri 7 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Well, habee, you really strummed, and whacked a bit at, my heart strings. I had one dog, she is gone recently. I could have done better by her if my ears were more open. But one thing is for sure...Rainbow bridge is there and all things are forgiven, because the doggie is the first to forgive and so leads by example.

      Now, as for these Marmadukes in your life, their pics brought me great pleasure. I can just see them writing that letter to you.

      Thanks for your Hub that led me to a thankful, happier place after the loss of my dog.

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      nancy_30 7 years ago from Georgia

      Habee this is a really great hub. I enjoyed reading it. I don't have dogs, but I do have cats. My kids spoil them. I loved your pictures.

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      Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia

      So cute habee! In addition to a culinary expert, I am going to add dog whisperer on your list of talents :)

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      outdoorsguy 7 years ago from Tenn

      great hub.. hit me in all the right places.

      Thanks... the end was especially touching.

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      Pamela Kinnaird W 7 years ago from Maui and Arizona

      Beautiful. And I too like to picture the Rainbow Bridge where several of my best little friends will be when I arrive.

      Thank you for some really great writing. I sure liked those photos, too.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for your kind words, drbj!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Pam!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Buckie - did you apologize to the Griff??

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Rick! I'll check it out!

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      Oh good heavens - Griff could not do anything to me that I would not forgive - I am so in love with that dog, he could probably eat my entire shoe collection and the tires off my car. I love my dogs - I always have and your letter was just so true. They are wonderful friends, they teach us so much, and dang it - every one that I rescue, every one that I have touch my life - it's just magic. I'm so enjoying Denaya and Griffin because they are at the polar opposites in their life. Naya is old and I worry about her every day - and The Griff is young - and I worry about him every day. The ride is spectacular though and you just think (I do anyhow) - how did I get so blessed to have these creatures in my life. So....really the squash plant - $3.33 at the bimart - I can live with it. Bob asked if I wanted a replacement but I have a feeling he'll just do it again. He jumps up on the bed and puts his head on my feet and I know he's saying 'I'm just being a pup mom'! Got it - no use crying over spilt squash!

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      theherbivorehippi 7 years ago from Holly, MI

      awwww! lol I LOVE this!

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      Maria Cecilia 7 years ago from Philippines

      I love this reminds me of myself, but I am a spoiler, never really scolded my dogs...oop sometimes when PM is making so much noise with Peso's squeaky toys...

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Buckie, we obviously feel the same about our furkids! It's hard for me to imagine life without them. Don't you wish more humans were more like dogs??

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      I'm glad you like it, HErbi!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Maria, I'm the same way!

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      Arthur Fontes 7 years ago from Fall River,MA

      I like it Habee it reminds me of one of my favorite mottos.

      Try to be the person your dog thinks you are.

      Hard goal to achieve.

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      Darlene Sabella 7 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Awesome, I love this hub, thank you for loving the pets in our world, they are our children, thumbs up,

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      I honestly think some of my best friends have been my dogs, are my dogs - they don't get on my case and they never disappoint me! It's hard to live up to that standard I guess. I have a friend who refers to me as a 'dog person' - do ya kinda think? I think it's because I understand them and they understand me. No peeing on the furniture, no pooping where you sleep - and always great people and life with exuberance! It doesn't get any simpler then that. I just think people sometimes screw it all up by being so 'people'! I'm gonna go outside now and roll in the garden and maybe eat Bob's tomato plant! Maybe I'll scratch behind my ears while I'm at it (nowhere else thank you)....I may even howl at the moon coming up! I may have been a dog in another life - who knows?

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Lalesu, I know you miss those 3 furkids!

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      dstarek 7 years ago

      I love this! Good read and so true!

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      luckystar 7 years ago

      Hello! am from asia..I have 4 dogs at home and 3 of them were stray dogs & 1 was given because ex owner couldn't afford to keep. I tell them how lucky they are to be in our house instead of sleeping on the street, digging garbage or roaming around for the food. I think they know too how lucky they are. The letter is very lovely!

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      Kalpana Iyer 7 years ago from India

      This letter was heartwarming! It was short, sweet and gets your attention right till the end! Well written :)

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      Totally Tiffany 7 years ago from Henderson

      This was just beautiful---I have a big dog, great Pyrenees, he is the apple of my eye and so sweet. I raise rabbits as well and he is almost like a gigantic rabbit to them. He rubs noses with them and when he lays down you can bet there is a rabbit up against him napping too.

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      Cleanclover 7 years ago from Piece of land!

      I dont think this letter is entirely correct. If i were a dog i would hate to be tamed and sacrifice my freedom. I would not like endless kids pulling my ears and tail or sit on me. I would want to be with bitches and other dogs of my choice. I would like to hunt for my own food and live an independent life away from irritating humans.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks so much, Mike!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Sally, dogs are sooo forgiving. We could all take lessons!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Many thanks, Nancy!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      V, I used to be a pretty fair horse whisperer, too!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Outdoors! I know you're an animal lover, too!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you, Pamela!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Arthur, my dogs think I'm a goddess!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      I agree, Darlene - our "furkids"!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Buckie, I'm gonna be worried 'bout ya when ya start chasing your tail!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      thanks for reading, dstarek!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Luckystar, thanks for giving a home to homeless animals!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Diva. Glad you enjoyed it!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Tiff, those are gorgeous dogs!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Clover, my dogs hate being outside! They like heat in the winter and air conditioning in the summer, a soft bed, free food, and human company!

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      50 Caliber 7 years ago from Arizona

      Ms.habee, you've done a beautiful and awesome hub here! I punched all your buttons up! I enjoyed the pictures of the Danes. I rescued a couple a while back. One had a left front paw that was solidified by calcium in the joint. I had carried her to the vet who said there was nothing that could be done. It was in the bent back position and he recommended it be broken and moved forward and pinned so she could at least us it for support and limp around on it.

      She also tested positive for heart worms which was a 600 dollar investment. It was the old style treatment, where the dog had to be confined for 90 days of no running and low excitement to keep the worms that were dead from clogging the heart in a burst of high blood flow. So I really didn't want a Great Dane and reluctantly I paid for the first treatment that was 300 and put her out side in a 6x6 chain link enclosure that could be moved easily to keep the ground clean. With the igloo type dog house there was little room for her to run. She took to digging to escape. It meant I had to move it every day. About 2 weeks into it she broke her bent paw loose. I thought it was broken, so I called the vet. He said it would have to be pinned or amputated. It was another big dollar bill. I didn't do it, I wanted to wait until I knew she would survive the heart worms. She just kept digging, so I knew she wasn't in pain. At 45 days she got her next treatment and she walked on a leash to the truck, with no limp to that foot. The vet wanted to take more x-rays I declined due to $$. She finished her jail time and she had dug 90 holes in the yard. She also broke the calcium deposits loose and worked that paw back to health. I turned her loose in the yard and she ran circles wide open, free at last, she never gave to that foot in the least. She was frothing at the mouth just flat tired. I gave her a bath in the shower and she cleaned up well. She was a tiger striped black on red with a black mask. Pretty dog and playful. She would stand in the back of the jeep behind the bikini cover with her paws on the roll bar and her head way above it. She owned the Jeep! If it moved she was in it. My 3 Rotty's didn't like it a bit. So she had to go. I had her listed for a good home as she awaited her appointment to be spayed. I had a breeder want her for her color. I declined, the lady got pissed, but it was a breeder who threw her away because she was crippled and hadn't got her colors yet. She wasn't cared for and got heart worms before she turned 1, all at the hands of a breeder. I could have gotten my money back from this breeder now that she was in great shape, but I gave her to a ten year old little girl. They were quite the pair as the dog she named Tiger was twice her size. I got to visit the dog and take them both for jeep rides here in the desert. The dog was spayed and only lived 7 years, she passed in her sleep one night. The little girl was just about to leave for college and was tore up from the floor up. I promised her I would look for another. I found one thrown away by another breeder 4 years later, just as the girl was finishing college. I let her have another it was a harlequin black spots on red with a black mask. Thrown away by a breeder due to the red/harlequin was a supposed faulty color scheme for folks wanting a show dog. I had her spayed and vaccinated and she liked the jeep too. Now this young woman every now and again shows up out here in her dogs jeep she bought her so she could take rides. She named the dog "Fifty" and it's fun to go 4 wheeling with my load of Rotty's and her load of Fifty every now and again. I'm glad I was able to convert a little girl to a dog lover and a jeepster as well. I'll send her this link, I think she'll like it as much as I did., Peace, 50

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      50, God bless you for taking care of those poor critters! you have a big heart!

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      fetty 7 years ago from South Jersey

      Heartwarming hub. Beautiful pictures of grandchildren and hubby and very creative writing. I really enjoyed this hub. Thankyou!

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      hamsack 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Thats a very touching hub and brought tears to my eyes . I am a softy for pets of all kinds particularly dogs . After I lost my last best friend I decided never to get another dog , I hurts me too bad when they pass on . Almost 3 1/2 years went by before I caved in and got another pal . People have messed m over a lot of times .... but NEVER have I had a dog betray me . Great read habee and good responses from animal lovers . I'm going to go out and give my hound a hug !

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Many thanks, fetty! That's not hubby - that's our best friend, Steve. The dogs love "Uncle Steve"! lol

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Good for you, Hamsack! Go give that furkid a hug from me, too!

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      Peppergum01 7 years ago from UNITED STATES

      Awww what a cute hub! This is the cutest hub I've ever read! (: I love it so much!

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      clalvin 7 years ago

      This was a phenomenal letter. Such a special look into the mind/heart of our pets. Your last part meant a lot to me. 3 years ago this past March I actually felt blessed that I knew the most loving thing I could do for my magical friend, Igor, was to end his suffering. I was able to lie on the living room floor next to him when he crossed the rainbow bridge and being there with him meant everything to me. Thank you so much for your letter!

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      Seva8 7 years ago from Australia

      Thank you so much for your letter,you have a great imagination,good luck with everything,Seva.

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      Carrie DeSha 7 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      That was beautiful. I'm a little tearful thinking of Abi, my red nose pit bull I lost to a brain tumor in October 2009, but inspired to give Enzo & Roxy (my current "furkids") a great day! Thanks for a moving hub. A must read for any dog lover!

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      michellehouser 7 years ago from Kansas

      Great post! What an original way to make people think about what their dogs really need.

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      India Arnold 7 years ago from Northern, California

      Remarkable. Thank you for taking us inside the head and heart of our loving furry friends. I found some difficulty reading through the dampness in my eyes when reading of the rainbowBridge. What a beautifully compassionate and tender letter. You are the top of my 'good human' list today (very few make it there).

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Wow, Pepper - THANKS!!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Clalvin, you did the best for Igor. Thanks for reading!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Much appreciated, Seva!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Carrie, sorry about Abi. Nice of you to stop by!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for visiting, Michelle!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      K9, thanks for placing me at the top of your daily list!

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      Meg2Anne 7 years ago

      i thought that was great. it shows you really care about your dog. do you like cats? i don't like cats .. i like dogs.

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      NeilRF 7 years ago from NE Scotland

      Habee, What a great hub - very moving and very true.

      Thanks for putting it into words!

      My two labs are mother and pup. With Rowan (mum) being over 11 years now but still thankfully full of play for now. We have to do right by them when the time comes, but make their short lives happy till then.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Meg, I like cats and all animals - especially dogs and horses!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      I so agree, Neil!

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      Scribenet 7 years ago

      Dogs love unconditionally and they do miss us when we are away... that is so true! You caught the sentiment all dog lovers "sense" from their adoring FurKids! Great Hub!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Scribenet, I really appreciate your visit and your comment! How did you find this article??

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      Scribenet 7 years ago

      I wish I could give you the information, but I had to search this time to find this hub. I thought it was on a "Related Hub" to Vagabond Princess, my hub about feral cats in my neighborhood. It isn't there now. Could also have been on my list of interests...next time I will be more attentive. I am sort of new and find things accidentally and can't go back..lol. I like all your Hubs I have read!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks a bunch, Scribenet!

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      chelsea vijay 4 years ago

      very nice and touching letter.

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