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My Dog's Premonition Warned Me

Updated on December 9, 2016

My Furry Best Friend

Joey was my rock and loving companion when I went through the cancer journey
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Definition of Premonition

Definition of premonition according to Thesarus: a feeling of evil to come; "a steadily escalating sense of foreboding, presentiment, apprehension, apprehensiveness, dread. - fearful expectation or anticipation - a premonition of something adverse; "a shadow over his happiness" presage - a foreboding about what is about to happen - an early warning about a future event- forewarning of a warning - a message informing of danger

My Dog and I are Very Connected

Although I wasn't there at the time Joey was adopted, he and I became best of friends and were connected at the hip. I had moved into my twin sister's home when I was diagnosed with lung cancer. Too sick to work, he and I spent every waking moment together. He made the difficult days of chemo and radiation tolerable with his kisses and loyal companionship. He often laid in bed with me especially when the chemo had proved to be too much and I didn't want to be alone. My furry friend even accompanied me to radiation once a week. All the patients fell in love with him and looked forward to his smiling face in the car. A kiss from Joey gave them a needed boost before and after their treatment.




My Best Friend 'Joey'

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My Dog could Sense Something was Wrong with Me

Chemotherapy was getting really rough for me as the drugs they put in your veins have a cumulative effect. Simply put, this means that with every treatment, you become sicker and sicker. Unfortunately, I was one of those people that became incredibly nauseous from it. I couldn't hold down most foods for the life of me, except for crackers and ice cream. I was on a medication for the nausea which didn't help and gave me constipation.

I was having a tough week of feeling sick and lethargic from chemotherapy. This particular morning, from the moment I woke up I noticed my dog 'Joey' was following me everywhere and very close behind. He seemed upset and acted like something was wrong. Being a protective dog mom, I worried something was wrong with him, not me. He even tried to get in the shower with me that morning and he's usually scared to death of it. Till this day, we have to bring him to a dog groomer to get him bathed. My older brother was over at the house, helping my sister pull out patio furniture for the summer season. Soon, the mystery of my dog's strange behavior would make sense.

I was sitting on the throne and realized I was very constipated. I was in excruciating pain and felt light-headed. I got up slowly and walked out to the deck to get my sister. I said, "Laura, something is wrong, will you follow me back to the bathroom?" She immediately noticed I was white as a ghost. The last thing I remember was Laura and Joey looking at me when I was in the bathroom. My next memory was hearing my sister screaming, "Linda, please wake up!" My darling sister was attempting to throw me over her shoulder. As I came to, I said, "don't even think about it sis, I'll just hold onto you and you can walk me to my room." I asked her what happened and she explained that I'd passed out on the toilet. She said I quit breathing and she caught me as I passed out and slumped over. She was screaming for me to wake up. I was now laying in Laura's arms on my bed until the paramedics came. Three EMT's walked in my room and started assessing the situation. As I started explaining what had happened, my beautiful dog 'Joey' jumped on the bed and laid his head in the nape of my neck. The EMT's became very choked up as they witnessed 'Joey's' display of love and loyalty. My dog knew all along that something wasn't right with me. He whined as I was lifted into the ambulance and watched as it drove away.

Joey is now a thirteen year old senior. He and I continue to be best of friends. We have a special connection and love for each other that is difficult to put into words. Our beautiful, unconditional bond is a blessing in my life.



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Neurogenic Shock from Constipation

The medical term for what happened to me is called, "neurogenic shock" or "circulatory collapse." It's brought on when the body is in severe physical or emotional pain. In my case, it was brought on by severe constipation from nausea medication. I never knew what it was like to be constipated until this event. Let me tell you, constipation is not for sissies.

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    Linda Rogers 5 years ago from Minnesota

    Thanks so much Audrey for reading this story. My dog Joey is one of my best friends and he got me through some tough times. Hub Hugs :-)

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    Linda Rogers 5 years ago from Minnesota

    Thanks for reading my story Angela and for sharing it on your many sites. I appreciate that so much!!

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    Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

    This is such a wonderful story Linda--thank you for sharing it with us and I am glad you are better!!

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    Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

    Wonderful hub I recognize the day as being the one from an article I read earlier about the pit bull attack. I am happy to share this via: hubbers alert on facebook, twitter, stumble upon, twitter and with my hub followers.

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    Linda Rogers 5 years ago from Minnesota

    Thanks for sharing your story too. Animals are magnificent creatures that are so loyal, loving and unconditional. I learn more Godly traits from my dogs than anyone else in this world. I'm glad you have Sheperd like I have my Joey and Spooky.

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    Shalah Chayil 5 years ago from Billings, Montana

    Pets are awesome that way! My pup, Shepherd knows when I am sad. he always comes close to comfort me. I am so glad i did not have to go through chemo or radiation after surgery for the stageIV colon cancer that took out almost my entire colon..

    Awesome story and awesome writing

    And awesome companions our pets

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    Linda Rogers 5 years ago from Minnesota

    Thanks so much Roxanne for your nice comment. Animals to me are such a gift because they are loyal beyond comprehension. Man can learn so much from animals. I can say that Joey is one of my very best friends in this world. I am glad you read my story :-)

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    Roxanne Lewis 5 years ago from Washington

    This is a wonderful and inspirational story and you are very generous to share it with us! Your friend Joey reminds me that an animal's instinct is to protect and care for their loved ones in their time of need. We can learn a lot from our four legged friends! :)

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    Linda Rogers 5 years ago from Minnesota

    You are so right Silver Poet. My Joey always has my back. He is one of my best friends. Thanks for coming by :-)

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    Silver Poet 5 years ago from the computer of a midwestern American writer

    Dogs are such a great gift from our Creator. Nothing on earth surpasses their loyalty and unconditional affection.

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    Linda Rogers 5 years ago from Minnesota

    Aww, thanks so much Alicia. Joey is one of the best friends I've ever had. I really appreciate the well wishes too. I plan to stay cancer-free. I feel great these days :-)

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    Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    I'm so glad that you have Joey as a companion, Linda. The things that dogs can sense are truly amazing, and they are such wonderful and loving friends. I hope that you continue to stay well and enjoy life.

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    Linda Rogers 5 years ago from Minnesota

    Wow Sinea-Isn't it amazing how animals just know these things. Did the licking of her ankles make them feel any better? I am so glad I have dogs-They are two of my best friends in this world. Thanks so much for taking the time out to read my tribute to my Joey.

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    Linda Rogers 5 years ago from Minnesota

    Peggy-Thanks so much for reading my hub and sharing it with your followers-that means a lot to me. You motivated me to add a photo of Joey and his little sister Spooky. Animals are the closest thing to perfection that I can think of. They are always there, so loyal and unconditional. Joey was a big part of my recovery. I really appreciate you taking the time to check out my tribute to Joey.

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    Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

    What a horrible time you went through but what a wonderful dog you have! A blessing from God for sure. My dog, Blondie, used to lick my mom's ankles when she saw her. She knew that mom's circulation was bad and they hurt. Blondie never did that with anyone else.

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    Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

    Hi Linda,

    So sorry that you had to endure those horrible treatments but so nice to hear that you are now cancer free. May it long continue! You are right...your dear Joey does look a lot like our Trudy did. Aren't animals wonderful! It seems that they can sense our feelings and how we are doing so much better than people can in most instances. They are truly one of God's blessings to us! Thanks for pointing me in the direction of this hub. SHARING it with my followers. May God's blessings be with you always.

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    Linda Rogers 5 years ago from Minnesota

    Thank you Stessily. I knew when I started bringing him to radiation that he was going to be a hit. I knew how happy he made me, so why not lift other's spirits too. He wasn't trained as a hospital doggie but pets just make you happy naturally. Thanks for the kind words about my special dog.

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    stessily 5 years ago

    MT, When my mum was in and out of hospital during the last year of her life, she and I loved the furry angels who were allowed to accompany their family for appointments or visits. Dogs are so loving that they bring joy not just to their immediate family but to everyone around them. Canines who are credentialed as hospital visitors really touch me with their devotion to their job description, which they so generously exceed each and every time; they clearly know why they are there --- lighting up the lives of people whom they don't know --- and they also are clearly committed to their responsibilities.

    Joey is such a treasure; I'm pleased that he brought such joy, not only to you, but to all who were blessed to cross his path.

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    Linda Rogers 5 years ago from Minnesota

    I just love that story about Nick and moving to the appropriate places so mom didn't try to leave the area. It's amazing how smart and sensitive dogs are. Thanks so much for reading my story about my buddy Joey. I use to bring him with me to radiation treatment once a week. I would leave him in the car and all my friends going through radiation couldn't wait to see him smiling and wagging his tail as they were on their way in and out of the hospital. It really lifted not only mine but everyone's spirits.

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    stessily 5 years ago

    MT, Furry angels are amazing in their sensitivity and in their protective abilities. In the photo, Joey appears to have laid down in peace to sleep, confident that all is safe (Psalm 4).

    When my mum had double cataract surgery, we stayed with one of my friends during her recuperation. She had strict orders, which began with not moving about unaided. After setting her up in her room, my friend and I noticed that his sheltie, Nick, trotted over to her and stationed himself alongside her bed in such a way that she could not possibly move from the bed without Nick's knowledge. With each stage of her recovery, Nick positioned himself at appropriate positions within her room, so that at the end of a month, with my mum's wonderful recovery, Nick stationed himself across the threshold in the doorway of her room. Nick's sixth sense was amazing and instilled confidence in me and my friend that my mum had caring eyes on her even while we slept.

    I am saddened to learn of your bout with cancer, but I am pleased to read that the bout is behind you and your health is blooming!

    Thank you for sharing this lovely tribute, not only to Joey, but to those near and dear to you who clearly love and appreciate you!

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    I can't wait to see some pictures of Prancer. What a great mix she is. Awesome name by the way!

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    Jo_Goldsmith11 6 years ago

    She is part pit and part jack russell. A small dog for now, I hear she will be growing in size! I am going to post her later. Her name is Prancer.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Jo-thanks for reading my story about Joey I am so excited to hear you adopted a puppy. Rescue dogs are the best and both parties win in the adoption. What kind of dog did you get??

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    Jo_Goldsmith11 6 years ago

    Just love reading this article. You are very fortunate! Great style with your writing. A moving piece to read and enjoy. We just adopted a puppy. She is a treasure and brings us joy! voted up and shared. This is a classic! take care.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Movie Master-I know you understand this beautiful relationship with a dog. I am so glad to see you came to read my hub about Joey. He and I are best buddies and now I can play with him and go on long walks now that I'm healthy again. Glad you had some tissues. :-)

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    Movie Master 6 years ago from United Kingdom

    Hi MT, I am so pleased to hear you are now cancer-free.

    Fortunately I bought my tissues with me, thank goodness you have Joey, what a wonderful, loyal companion he is.

    Voting up, best wishes MM

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Aww, you are so sweet Kerlynb. I am seven years cancer free and life couldn't be better. I am so blessed that I had my dog to be with me during those hard days when everyone was out working and going to school and I was going through chemo and radiation. He is and always be my best friend. We've been through so much together.

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    kerlynb 6 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

    Read this hub from start to end I just can't get over the beautiful words you have in this sentence: "Joey knew all along that something wasn't right with me. He whined as I was lifted into the ambulance." Wow, you're so blessed to have Joey. I don't know the pain you're going through, perhaps I would in the future. Just the same, I am happy to know that you can find strength and support from your furry angel.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi brake12-Yes, we have our interesting majors in common which will be fun here on hubpages. Yes, my dogs are so important to me and they make life so wonderful with their unconditional friendship. I am happy to tell you that I'm 7 years cancer-free. Life is such a gift :-)

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    Audrey Selig 6 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

    Hi twin Thank you for the fan mail. Your profile intrigued me. As I read this touching story, it reminded me of our dogs over the years, all Golden Retrievers. Your dog helped you in your time of need, and that is so amazing. I hope you feel better now and that your cancer is in remission. I love hearing twin stories, and your twin story touched my heart. We are soulmates with our college majors in the same field. I can't wait to read more hubs. Take care.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Oh my, so sorry :-( He sure lived a long life though. I hope I have my buddy for a long time if he's healthy.

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    justmesuzanne 6 years ago from Texas

    Oh, Skip went over the Rainbow Bridge a long time ago. He was 22!

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Thanks alot for reading my story suzanne. My Joey is ten now. How old is your Skip? Joey was turning white when we adopted him at three. I hope he and Skip live many more years :-)

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    justmesuzanne 6 years ago from Texas

    Your little dog looks a lot like my little old guy, Skip. He too, was incredibly smart and intuitive. Voted up and helpful. :)

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Thanks for reading my story about my awesome dog. Yes, I have also heard that dogs have incredible sensitivities. Thanks for coming by, I appreciate it :-)

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    casshd 6 years ago from Hemel Hempstead, UK

    What a heart wrenching hub. I'd heard that dogs can detect illness and cancer in humans and this is testament to that. Glad you are ok. Thank goodness for our wonderful four legged companions.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi Nell and thanks for reading about my super dog. Dogs and other animals seem to be really good at reading people and their issues.

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    Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

    Hi, what a wonderful dog, I am sure he gave you a great deal of comfort, I remember reading somewhere that dogs are great for epilepsy too, they seem to know when someone is going to be ill and pass out, I hope you are well now? cheers nell

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Thanks neeleshkulkarni-Joey was so amazing during that awful time. Watching over me and making sure I was ok. Animals are very sensitive and know things that we don't.

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    neeleshkulkarni 6 years ago from new delhi

    amazing Linda just amazing but yes animals are known to sene the aura around a person and what is happening to it.

    i am very very glad you wer ok friend.God bless your friend

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Thanks Aris. My dog Joey is a great friend:)

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    Aris Budianto 6 years ago from Lying along the equator Country

    Awesome hub, MT, so touching, I know you better now and glad you have a loyal dog.

    AB

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Thanks GarnetBird. I thank God for my Joey. He is so loving and loyal. I really appreciate you reading my story. Sorry you have medical issues too. Hope you are doing well:)

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    Gloria Siess 6 years ago from Wrightwood, California

    An awesome honest Hub-so refreshing. I have had alot of medical issues and I feel for you in this situation.Animals can act as angels at times.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    I am so glad you still have Lilly. It's sweet that she jumps on your bed and wants some lovin from mom. Animals are great for the soul and I'm glad you have one. Thanks for reading my story. Peace:)

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    Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

    My cat Lilly is almost at 17 now, I have never heard of a cat that old and I just keep being amazed. She has always been a little mean to swat you if you rub her the wrong way but now almost every evening she comes and jumps on my bed for petting and a nap. It is hard knowing she can't last too much longer but then I thought that when she was ten, lol. Animals are loves, glad you had that comfort.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    I sure will say hi to Joey for you magick. Yes, cats and dogs are amazingly intuitive. Thanks for reading my story. Joey is my best friend:)

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    Paws For Peace 6 years ago

    I enjoyed the story. Cats and dogs are very sensitive and know things humans don't think we know. Say hi to Joey for me.

    Magick.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Glad you liked it RunAbstract and thanks for pushing buttons:)

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    RunAbstract 6 years ago from USA

    Wonderful article! Voted up and awesome!

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Thanks so juch doodlebugs. Yes, dogs are so full of love for us humans. Joey is one of my best friends:) Thanks for reading about my amazing dog.

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    doodlebugs 6 years ago from Southwest

    A very touching Hub. Man's best friend comes to the rescue once again.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Dear ColmbnQn. You just made my day with your wonderful words. I am honored that you liked my hub. I like to write about things I have seen or experienced as I feel it makes for better reading not to mention, it's very healing for me. I will keep your cousin in my thoughts. I sure wish dogs were allowed in hospitals with us. God Bless you:)

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    ColmbnQn 6 years ago

    i honestly have to say this is the best hub i've read since i've been on this site (which has only been a couple weeks). i've had dogs my whole life and can relate to the best friend feeling. also, my little cousin is in remission (for the 2nd time) from leukemia but wasn't allowed to have his dog with him in the hospital. i'm sure it would have made his recovery a lot easier. i was teary reading most of your hub and i'm so glad that joey was there for you & hopefully you are doing so much better. hugs & much love ;)

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    God Bless you Steph for your sweet and kind words. I agree with you that we humans are so blessed to have animals here with us. They are so unconditional and can teach us all so much. Thanks for reading about my Joey:)

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Thanks so much Dim Flaxenwick for your nice comments and for your well wishes for my cancer journey. I am so glad you took time to read my story about my awesome dog.

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    Steph Harris 6 years ago from Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom

    We should all be grateful that our dogs are on this planet with us, and I am so grateful to hear that you have been cancer free for seven years, stay that way for the rest of your life please. Thank you for sharing this beautiful story about your dog. God Bless You.

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    Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

    l´m so glad to hear you are 7 years cancer free.

    What a wonderful story about your loyal dog.

    Thanks for sharing and may you continue to be well.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Susie-I know, we love them because they listen to us unlike many humans in our lives. They don't only listen but are tuned in with every sense. Life would be sad without animals.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Thanks so much Theseus. Your kind words make me smile:)

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    SUSIE405 6 years ago from Delray Beach, Florida

    It is amazing how much our pets know and can sense. That's why we love them so much.

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    theseus 6 years ago from philippines

    Great hub.Another affirmation of how animals especially dogs are man's best friends. These creatures are really loyal and will not let you down. Hope that you are better now. My prayers are with you. God bless you.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    OHH, ii3rittles, your dog sounds so precious. These animal stories just get me. I love that he wouldn't budge until you stopped crying. I mean, whoever says dogs aren't smart are so wrong. They are so sweet and so compassionate and don't want to see us sad. Joey is around 10 too. Hopefully we have them many more years.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Thanks for your very kind words Debbie. With Joey around, I can't go wrong. He keeps me very happy and positive.

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    ii3rittles 6 years ago

    What a beautiful story. Not the constipation! But the love your dog has for you! I suffer from constipation and it is so bad at times I lay in bed crying as the hard rocks crushes my intestines. I know what you were going thru! I couldn't not live without a companion from the animal world. I have a cat Twiggy who I adore to pieces! And my mom has a german shepherd I grew up with that I love so deeply. He was always there for me when I was a teenager crying, home alone. He would rest his head on my shoulders and simply not budge until I stopped crying. I am going to miss him dearly when its his time. He just turned 10.

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    Twilight Lawns 6 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

    Linda, I have a picture of Malcolm doing a "Do it" and somehow I will send it to you so you can see him. I don't know how, right now, but I will think of a way.

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    gitrdun4444 6 years ago from North Carolina

    Beautiful & Awesome story! You and Joey are an inspiration to everyone who reads. Thank you so much for sharing,and please stay well. Prayers are with you!

    Debbie

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    Stu From VT 6 years ago

    Minnetonka Twin,

    Thanks, and I hope you remain well too.

    As far as being "taught," I think I'd rather remain uneducated. :)

    Stu

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Thank you so much multiman. I appreciate you coming by my hub.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Stu, I am sure that difficult experience taught you soo much as Mine did me. I am so glad our tough days are behind us. I pray I will continue to be cancer-free and that you stay good and healthy too. Here's to Great health my friend:)

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Thanks for reading my doggy story kentuckyslone, I appreciate it. Yes, animals have a lot more going on in their heads than some of us realize.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Thanks for stopping Mike and you are so welcome. Dogs and other pets can be so intuitive and their instincts can really help us out. I especially like their unconditional love:)

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Thanks for your kind comments Realhouswife. I think some of the most powerful and educational stories are those that we have gone through. I have heard amazing stories too about how dogs can smell cancer or know when a sick person is going to die in a nursing home or hospice because they lay next to them. We can learn so much from God's beautiful animals.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Oh my goodness Twilight Lawns-I have to grab a kleenex on that one. Your sweet little Malcolm knew mom was bummed and needed to get her out of her funk. That is one of the most beautiful stories and thanks for sharing it. Animals are so amazing to me. I am gonna smile every time I think of this story of how Malcolm made up this game for you. Wow!

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    AAWW, thanks Beth. I am really touched by your nice comments about me sis and Joey. Ya, my Joey has been such a good friend to me. It made Laura and I feel better knowing he was home with me when I was really sick. Of course, I called Laura if something was wrong but Joey was a great companion in those tough days. Now we just have a lot of fun together without me being so sick. Always great to hear from you my friend, God Bless:)

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi Greg, sounds like Elliot is easily pleased. A good butt scratch and he's good to go. Dogs ask for so little but give so much in return. Glad you have a dog too. Their just little day brighteners.

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    Multiman 6 years ago

    Great article, what w wonderful dog story as well.

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    Stu From VT 6 years ago

    Minnetonka Twin,

    Thanks. It was a struggle, but the doctors and surgeons did a great job, and I was very lucky they were able to fix so many things without causing side effects or other harm. The hardest part was mental; sometimes I would go months before a diagnosis could even be made (since certain symptoms can relate to dozens of potential underlying causes). I practically lived in the hospital for almost a year (going back and forth for tests, X-rays, etc.). It was very depressing, but I'm glad it's over.

    Best, Stu

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    kentuckyslone 6 years ago

    Such a touching story! Thanks for sharing that, there is so much that we do not understand about animals and their perceptions and abilities.

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    Mike Teddleton 6 years ago from Midwest USA

    Awesome hub, thanks for sharing My Dog's Sixth Sense Warned Me.

    best wishes, Mike

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    Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Such a powerful story. I have heard of research studies that have been done on this subject. Dogs can smell tumors or cancer for instance. Animals help with healing. I've heard numerous stories in the medical community about this.

    Good for you Minnetonka - you're someone to learn from.

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    Twilight Lawns 6 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

    Linda, they sometimes know what is wrong with us before we know it ourselves. Some years ago, I was very depressed and just wanted to lie around and feel sorry for myself. I was lying on the sofa in the living room, with my eyes shut, just crying... Then something told me to open my eyes. My dog, Malcolm, was sitting in a begging position, just watching me with such compassion on his face,

    Let me say now that never have I taught my dogs to beg. I don't like dogs doing tricks. But he had decided that doing that would cheer me up. He made up the begging act... because I needed it at the time. And for some reason, it cheered me up, and when he "got down" I said, "Do it again, Malcolm" and he did it!

    From then on, all we had to say was, "Do it!" and he "Did it!"

    Not a very exciting story, but it proves to me that no matter what, a dog will always be there for us.

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    Beth100 6 years ago from Canada

    My dear friend, Minnetonka Twin,

    There is no better cure for the spirit than unconditional love. This alone can heal. My heart is lifted with happiness that you are now seven years free! :) And you and Joey have spent seven years together, and many more in the future.

    Thank you for sharing your life with us all. You and HT are inspirations. {hugs}

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    greg g zaino 6 years ago from L'America- Big Pine Key, Florida

    Minnetonka- thank you for sharing. Our animals always seem to know what's best for us and continually watch over us without fail or a price tag attached. A good butt scratch and my elliot is good to go. :)

    happy to know your companion has your interests at heart.

    thanks again.

    peace- greg

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Thank you for reading my story Fossillady. Pets are so unconditional and loving. Good to see you. Hope you had a great weekend:)

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Thanks so much Kashmir-Pets are amazingly loving and I can't imagine not having him. He brings me so much joy.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi Hyphenbird-I know that Joey being around really brought my spirits up in those difficult days. I am so glad we adopted him. He is such a loyal dog. Thanks for remarking on how cute Joey is on the sofa. We adopted him when he was three and he is now close to ten. He sure has greyed but I think he looks so handsome:)

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Thanks catgypsy. I am so blessed to have a twin sister who is my soul mate and a dog that was with me during the day when sis was out working.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Thanks Tamarajo. Ya, it was a hard time but my Joey was with me all the way.

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    Kathi 6 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

    The loyalty of a dog is unmatched by humans! What a dear story you have shared with us! I hope you're feeling much better these days!

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    thehemu-Yes, I think we humans lose ours as we grow older unless we work on it. I do know children are very intuitive. My pets just amaze me with their keen instincts. Thanks for coming by:)

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    b.Malin-Thanks for coming by and reading my Joey story. I am so blessed to have that scary time behind me and seven years of being cancer-free. I continue to get so much love and friendship from Joey. He's the bomb!

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Thanks Gus, good to see you buddy. Hope your having a great weekend:)

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi Pooh-I know, pets are so unconditional and you are right that they would risk their own lives for ours. I just love my two dogs but Joey will always be Super special to me because of everything we've been through together. Thanks for coming by friend:)

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi Chamilj-Yes, I am doing so much better. I have been cancer-free for seven years and plan to continue to be. I do have some respiratory issues that flair up but that is Nothing to me after what I've been through. Thanks for coming by, I appreciate it.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Wow Stu, sounds like you know the struggles of being sick. I am so glad that is behind you now. It is really scary when your sick but the good part of it is you really appreciate healthy days. I have such a new appreciation for life.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Susie-How sweet that your girl was laying with you and being so protective. I think she was very worried and that's probably why she came unglued. Our pets are such good medicine.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi Becky-Ya, it was a really tough time in my life. I plan to stay cancer-free. Joey made it so much more tolerable with his love. Good to see you Becky:)

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Rob, you are so right. My dog knows how to spot icky people better than me. Animals do have great instincts. I am lucky to have Joey's friendship.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi Frog Prince-Thanks for pushing all those buttons on my account, or should I say, Joey's. Hope your having a great weekend:)