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Being a Dog Mom is Challenging and Rewarding

Updated on October 26, 2014
Oh, the things I must doing to keep my Jack Russell happy
Oh, the things I must doing to keep my Jack Russell happy | Source

Props To The Dog Mama

I don't have any children of the two legged variety. All my children have four legs. And, there's no Mother's Day for us!

For the last couple of decades I've been a Dog Mom. Two completely different dogs with two different personalities. Each bringing something different into my life.

Owning a dog is a tremendous responsibility. But, the rewards are many.

Dogs add so much to our lives.

Dedicated to the One I Love

Yeah, she's got her own frame
Yeah, she's got her own frame | Source

Being a Dog Mom

What It Means To Me

I don't have kids, so my dog's are my children. That makes me their Mom.

Being a Dog Mom isn't nearly as difficult as being a real Mom. But, it comes with responsibilities none the less. I see my role as nurturer, parent, and pack leader.

My job is to train them, make sure they get proper veterinarian care, and provide them with food and shelter. But, I'm also there to make sure they have fun and play, get in their daily walks, and nurture a relationship where we love and trust one another. But as the parent, I am the boss--at least, I'd like to think so.

I want to enjoy my dogs as much as possible. I might provide them with all the things above, but they give me so much in return. They cheer us up and inspire us to greet the day with a positive attitude.

Sierra was my rock. She got me through the worst part of my diagnosis with arthritis. Misha is my little comedian. She provides me with hours of entertainment. She does many funny things. I've never known a dog to throw a tennis ball, sing happy birthday, or jump straight up four feet in the air from a standing position--but Misha can!

Without dogs doesn't quite seem the same. They are a responsibility to take seriously, but they also provide us with love and joy--things we need in our life.

You could do almost anything to Sierra and she would go with the flow
You could do almost anything to Sierra and she would go with the flow | Source

When Sierra Came Into My Life

From Wild Pup To Gentle Soul

One day in 1995, my brother called up and said he had something for us. It turned out to be a puppy. An 8 lb., 9 week old Lab/Golden Mix to be exact!

She was supposed to be my mom's dog but it was very clear from the start that she was going to be my dog. She followed me around everywhere and we soon became great pals.

Sierra quickly grew. With each visit to the vets she doubled in weight. At 6 months she was close to 70 lbs. I'm only 4 foot 10. Handling a dog this size was a challenge for me, but one I took on eagerly. I used to laugh when we'd take walks. I'd see big men with 10 lb. dogs and there was me with this big ol' dog.

Sierra was known for being a thief. She'd steal a piece of bread right off your plate if you weren't paying attention.

The Perfect Frame For The Perfect Pup

Admit it. You want to put a photo of your dog on the mantel or on your desk office. Oh, c'mon. Every does it. There is something universal about wanting to show off your spouse and kids. Dogs are so much a part of the family that they we want to show them off, too.

Grasslands Road "Advise from a Dog" Cement Frame, 4 by 6-Inch
Grasslands Road "Advise from a Dog" Cement Frame, 4 by 6-Inch

Lessons learned from our dog in a beautiful photo frame.

 

Dog Moms Have to Make Hard Choices, Too

Sierra a few weeks after her amputation
Sierra a few weeks after her amputation | Source

When do you give a dog a second chance?

Raising a child is a huge responsibility, much bigger than raising a dog. I can say without a doubt it is definitely easier to raise a dog! They don't talk back and they don't go through the teen years. Still, when you decide to raise a dog, you take on the responsibility that goes with it. Some of the decisions are life and death.

In 2005, I noticed a lump on Sierra's back right leg. The Vet aspirated it. No big deal. It was a fatty tissue lump. Several months later, the lump was growing. Then on Valentine's Day,the lump ruptured. It was cancer. They sent us to a specialist who was better prepared to deal with cancer.

Our options were limited. Tumor removal, skin graft, and chemo would run close to $30,000. Amputation would run us $10-000 to $15,000. We couldn't afford either of these options.

The specialist lead us to believe that Sierra had several months to live. However, two weeks later the Vet informed us Sierra was slowly bleeding to death. Family members had all sorts of advice including taking her to the veterinary school where amputation would run less than a $1,000. This was a viable option, but was it fair to put a 10 year old dog through all that? My Dad left the decision up to me and it was not an easy one to make!

That night we took her to emergency to have her leg rebandaged. While we were waiting, a family that was in for a long night went to get sandwiches. When the sandwiches arrived, I noticed that Sierra was inching towards their booth. She slowly worked her way over until she was facing them--and their sandwiches. At that moment I realized this dog wants to live. She was slowly bleeding to death, but darn it, she'd do anything for a piece of their sandwiches.

The Choice I Made

The next morning Sierra didn't get out of bed. I knew it was bad because Sierra always got up for breakfast. I called our Vet and made an emergency appointment before they opened. As we rushed to the vets, I still didn't know what I was going to do, but I hoped the Veterinarian would help me make the right choice. This would either be our last day together or she was going to have her leg amputated.

The Vet took some x-rays to look at her glands. The cancer was a slow moving type and the x-rays showed that it hadn't gotten to her glands. She recommended amputation and assured me that it wouldn't cost anywhere near $10,000.

The stars were aligned that day because it turned out that the surgeon was there that day to do a knee surgery. He agreed to add Sierra to his schedule. Not only that but he reduced his fee.

I made the decision on the spot to have her leg amputated. And, I was utterly and completely terrified. I had no idea whether she'd survive surgery or if she would have a normal life afterward. I had no idea that her recovery would take four weeks and for two of those weeks she would be completely dependent on me. All I knew was that she deserved another chance and that the decision felt right.

In the end, it was the right choice. Although Sierra developed arthritis in her hip, through medication, she was able to live another 3 and a half years. Three of those years she was happy and content. She got her special treats, went on two short walks a day, visited with our elderly neighbor, went to family parties, and slept in her favorite sunspot. She woke up every day eager to start the day. She made the most of that second chance and she inspired everyone she met. It made the burden of deciding to amputate her leg much easier on my conscience.

Sierra understood that I had arthritis in my feet. She'd come up on the bed and gently rest her head on my leg never touching my feet.

Dogs As Part Of The Family - Room On The Bed For One More

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Family...dogs and all | Source

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Braggin' Time - These Dogs Make Me Smile

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Sierra in her donated wheelchair a month before she diedMisha's favorite past timeSierra wearing her cousin's shirtMisha playing on the big dog bed, 4 pounds and 3 months oldSierra in her favorite sun spotMisha in her Charlie Brown costumeSierra, the 3 legged wonder dogMisha hiding out after a long day of playMisha showing attitudeSierra hanging out with her cousin, Summit, before her amputation.  You can see how large the tumor on her back leg had gotten.
Sierra in her donated wheelchair a month before she died
Sierra in her donated wheelchair a month before she died | Source
Misha's favorite past time
Misha's favorite past time | Source
Sierra wearing her cousin's shirt
Sierra wearing her cousin's shirt | Source
Misha playing on the big dog bed, 4 pounds and 3 months old
Misha playing on the big dog bed, 4 pounds and 3 months old | Source
Sierra in her favorite sun spot
Sierra in her favorite sun spot | Source
Misha in her Charlie Brown costume
Misha in her Charlie Brown costume | Source
Sierra, the 3 legged wonder dog
Sierra, the 3 legged wonder dog | Source
Misha hiding out after a long day of play
Misha hiding out after a long day of play | Source
Misha showing attitude
Misha showing attitude | Source
Sierra hanging out with her cousin, Summit, before her amputation.  You can see how large the tumor on her back leg had gotten.
Sierra hanging out with her cousin, Summit, before her amputation. You can see how large the tumor on her back leg had gotten. | Source

Keep Fido Close to Your Heart

Dog related jewelry is all the rage. A locket is a wonderful way to keep your pup close to your heart as you go about your errands.

Sterling Silver 16mm Dog Heart Locket Necklace Chain Included
Sterling Silver 16mm Dog Heart Locket Necklace Chain Included

Any dog Mom would love to own this beautiful sterling silver locket. The 18 inch chain is included.

 
Holding 2 lb Misha on the first day
Holding 2 lb Misha on the first day | Source

When Misha Came Into My Life

The Two Pound Hamster Dog

I lost Sierra on the 9th of July 2009. One day, she woke up looking fine, happy to great the day. By 3pm I knew something was up. An hour later she was sick. By 5:30, she had up and died.

Sierra meant everything to me and I felt her loss big time. A week after she died, I came out of the bathroom and my niece was standing in the hallway. She had this teeny tiny head peeking out of her jacket. A hamster sized Jack Russell Terrier. It so small I could hold her in one hand. It was hard to believe she was a dog! And, this tiny dog was for me.

I could have used a few more weeks to recover from Sierra--not so much from the grief but the exhaustion of taking care of her. But, this little dog was my responsibility now. I went from caring for an old arthritic dog to taking care of an 8 week old puppy that wasn't even housebroken. It wasn't until October that I knew what a full night's sleep was like.

But, Misha was so darned cute! I fell in love with her instantly.

Misha is a quick learner. From high five to roll over, she loves to perform her tricks.

Misha showing an allergic reaction
Misha showing an allergic reaction | Source

A Dog Mom Worries

The Day I Almost Lost Her

I fret over my Misha's aches and pains just like any other Mom. When she doesn't feel good, I'm worried about if she'll be okay.

My Dad was in emergency surgery and I was at home manning the phone. Around 11 am, I noticed that her lip on one side looked a little strange. She was acting okay, so I didn't worry too much. She was always jumping around. Maybe she had clonked into something. I was already worried enough about my Dad. I didn't need to add her to the list, too.

After dinner, her face was swollen. I couldn't imagine what she might have gotten into! I didn't have any transportation, so I waited it out.

Sometime around 10 pm, I phoned my sister to have her take us to the emergency vet. The swelling had spread throughout Misha's body from her head to her tail. She was in misery.

I was really scared by the time we got to the vets, she was so swollen over every part of her body. I could see her throat swelling up and that would be the end of her.

She was diagnosed with a severe allergic reaction to some sort of insect bite. A bump was found on the back of her neck. They were able to treat her and by morning she was back to normal.

Misha the day after her allergic reaction
Misha the day after her allergic reaction | Source

The Day After

Misha made it through her allergic reaction. But, boy did it scare me!

My poor puppy sure had a rough night. The next day she looked like she had a hangover. A side effect of the medication was her unusually large ears drooped. First one ear fell and then an hour later the other. She looked like she was wearing a little beret.

She didn't like it one bit! She kept trying to push her ears back up with her paws.

It took about three days before she looked herself again. It had been a rough weekend for all of us.

She has had allergic reactions three times since this awful incident. I now keep Benadryl on hand just in case.

Misha sings Happy Birthday to You. It almost sounds as if she's really being tortured by our singing and wants to make it stop.

Training is a Part of Showing How Much You Love Them

Sierra and Misha were so incredibly different. Getting them both into adulthood without losing my sanity took a lot of work.

Sierra was dominant and bold. She was wild and aggressive her first 2 years of life. I had to work hard with her on being the pack leader (me, not her!). At three, all the training kicked in and she became the lovely Lab everyone loved.

With Misha I have had the exact opposite problem. Where Sierra challenged me every step of the way, Misha was submissive and fearful. She was afraid of noises, people, the aluminum foil roll. It seemed that her fears were endless.

She was coming along great. Then, just before her first birthday, my Dad died and her best friend, our elderly neighbor, moved away. I was emotionally upset. The house was crawling with family members packing boxes and moving things around. It was a couple weeks before I realized the negative effect this was having on Misha's behavior. It was as if she had absorbed all the upsetting emotions in the household and was lashing out.

I moved a month later and getting Misha back into emotional shape became my top priority. Things got worse before they got better. I worked with her every day using many of the things I learned with Sierra. I took my lumps and went through a lot of band aids, but I didn't give up. Slowly but surely she came around and she began to trust people again.

Progress Has Been Made

Misha is now five years old. She has come a long way since we moved in July of 2010. Maturity has softened some of her edges. Dog training has worked out some of her problems. I will have to admit that she isn't perfect. She's a fearful dog. It's something I'm always going to be dealing with. Sedatives for Vet visits are mandatory.

She has matured in these 5 years and she even pays attention to most (I said, most) of my commands. With continued hard work and maturity, she will become a better behaved, feisty little dog. No one ever said this dog mothering was easy.

Holding On To The Memories

I like to remember different things about my dog. She does so many funny things. A journal is a nice way to save the memories.

All About My Dog
All About My Dog

This special journal is designed to help you keep track of various things related to your dog. It is formatted in fill in the blank style with many prompts.

 
Sierra, the amputee dog
Sierra, the amputee dog | Source

Saying Goodbye is Never Easy

When Our Dear Dogs Depart

Dogs spend too short of time here on Earth. It seems just as we get them trained and comfortable their time is up.

I was very fortunate with Sierra. Her amputation gave her 3 1/2 extra years. Her last three months got progressively more difficult. Her health was diminishing and I knew that we didn't have much time left together.

I fretted constantly over when it would be time to have her put to sleep. I've faced that decision before. It is never easy no matter the circumstances. We know we don't want our babies to suffer, but it's never easy deciding to end their lives even when it ends their suffering.

But, Sierra being who she was, made up her mind to do it her way on her own terms. I am truly grateful that I was given those extra years with her. But miss her all the same.

Thank you for visiting and reading about my adventures as a Dog Mom.

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      Melody Lassalle 3 years ago from California

      Sarah, glad you enjoy their stories! These dogs certainly work their way into our hearts, don't they? I looked up the West Highland Terrier as I wasn't sure what it looked like. It's a bit like a Yorkie, isn't it?

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      Sarah Switalski 3 years ago from Iowa

      Thanks for introducing us to your fur babies! I have a West Highland Terrier and often say she is my oldest child since I had her before the human kids came along. I love that dog frame - it would look perfect on my desk! :)

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      Loretta Livingstone 3 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      Hi. Lovely to read about your lovely dogs. And it was nice to meet you, even though it was because of my locked lens.

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      Susanna Duffy 3 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I had to return to visit your adventures as a Dog Mom again

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      SteveKaye 4 years ago

      Beautiful story. Thank you for sharing it.

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      pimbels lm 6 years ago

      This is a really great story, Very nice lens.

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      Jerrad28 6 years ago

      It's a great life being the parent of pups :) Thanks for sharing!

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      winnychoi 6 years ago

      Hi there.You babys are so adorable .I have some adorable shirts to rocommend and i think your lovely baby will love that.Many thanks!

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      rhonney 6 years ago

      Nice lens!

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      GoToGirl LM 6 years ago

      Congratulations on Lens of the day!

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      writerkath 6 years ago

      Congratulations on your LOTD honors! This was a terrific lens. I can't have a dog (or kitty) right now since we're trying to sell our house and move - and we've been going seasonal for a while. But, I didn't have children of my own, and my kitties have always been like children to me as well. Our pets are so loving, and bring such comfort. You are a wonderful Dog Mommy, and your LOTD is extremely well deserved. Thanks for being the voice for others who have consider pets our kids! Hugs, :) Kath

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      ChrissLJ 6 years ago

      My JRT also loves throwing tennis balls in the air and then trying to catch them herself. I swear she was an acrobat in another life.... Only sometimes she misses and gets me. I also agree with Pastiche. Dogs are as much responsibility as people. Numerous times I've sat through the night with a sick dog or taken off work. (You should be able to take sick leave when your furchild is sick, too!) They get twice a year check ups, go to school, go on play dates,.... And I can imagine life without them. ~Another Dog Mom

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      Melody Lassalle 6 years ago from California

      Thank you all for your kind words! LOTD was quite a surprise :D I'm happy that people enjoyed my story. It's nice to meet so many Dog Moms & Dads!

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      JackalyeYe 6 years ago

      I have so much fun with my dog - Suki, too.

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      Lee Hansen 6 years ago from Vermont

      I've always said that dogs are as much responsibilty as children. I still believe that. Cats are a bit more independent, but any animal or person who is attached to you and seeks your love will react to changes and will be sensitive to problems you have. Your pets have incredible love and care, and they are truly children with fur.

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      Lovely lens. *-*Blessed*-* and featured on Angel Blessings for dogs on Squidoo and also on Squidoo LOTD Lenses. Congratulations on the award.

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      LensSeller 6 years ago

      A very worthy recipient of LoTD. Well done on being such a caring Dog Mom too!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD. Love your dogs. We owned a Misha too. She was a beautiful Siberian. When Misha passed away, we bought Misty - another Siberian who rules our household!

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      NoYouAreNot 6 years ago

      Leaders of the Pack - yep, that's us!

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      AdriennePetersen 6 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD!

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      So sweet! Love the dogs! Congrats on your LOTD!

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      EpicFarms 6 years ago

      What a nice lens - congratulations on being selected for LOTD! I guess I'm a horse mom ;o)

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      distancelearningcourses 6 years ago

      Hi Writer, thanks for writing such a great article on Pet issue. I really love your article. Congrats to be rewarded with LoTD from Squidoo. Keep writing informative articles like this and I will keep visiting your lens now and then

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      Maxxamillion 6 years ago from Chicago

      Great Lens! Congrats on LOTD!

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      nightbear lm 6 years ago

      I so loved your lens. My Abigail and Isabel are very special dogs too. I'm so glad you made the decision to save your Sierra. You made the right decision for sure. congratulations on LOTD and Blessed!

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      RobinMeadDesigns 6 years ago

      This was wonderful and touching..I am a dog and kid mom so I know how you feel...Congrats..!

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      Diana Romaxx 6 years ago from Chicago

      Congratulations on your LOTD!

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      bidzinger 6 years ago

      Very cute lens and great for everyone and anyone that loves dogs!

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      dreameater 6 years ago

      good job on making this cute lens!

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      June Parker 6 years ago from New York

      This lens is such a bitter-sweet, heartache - heartfelt story! It so deserves LOTD. Congrats on that! I am so glad that both you and Misha are feeling better and getting on with your lives!

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      catbehaviors 6 years ago

      I've never had a dog, but I love them and hope to get one someday. Wonderful story, both of your dogs are beautiful. RIP Sierra. 0:) Congrats on a well deserved LotD! xD

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      lasertek lm 6 years ago

      Wonderful lens! Thanks for sharing your story.

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      Lisa 6 years ago from Rhode Island

      well deserved LOTD fellow dog mom kisses from my fur babes

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      clouda9 lm 6 years ago

      Paws up and a sloppy wet kiss ;) from one dog mom to another. Thanks for sharing your story and congrats on LOTD and that pretty purple star!

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 6 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Great job Dog Mom! Congrats on well deserved LotD

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      Mohprice 6 years ago

      Your stories are so touching! It's beautiful that you can share something so personal.

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      kathysart 6 years ago

      Ohh what a LOVELY doggie! This is a THUMBS UP lens! Whoot whoot! Congratulations on being the Lens of the Day!

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      Congratulations on the LOTD! :)

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      RetroMom 6 years ago

      Congrats on the LOTD, well deserved

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      Sharon Stajda 6 years ago from Shelby Township Michigan

      I so enjoyed this lens, I love dogs. I resently lost my dog "Rose" a little westie. I had her in my life for 17 years... This lens touched my heart. Shar

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great lens. Your stories touched my heart. Thank you. Naomi

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Congratulations on your Lens of the Day! Angel blessings have been sprinkled with love, as I was a Dog Mom too for most of my life and we rock too!

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      Moe Wood 6 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      For some reason I couldn't post on the poll above: Our dog and cats are our babies but the dog doesn't sleep on the bed. The upstairs is designated cat territory (we don't like it when the dog has cat poo breath).

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Thank you so much for voicing everything I feel about my current dog, and those who have gone before. They've always been part of my family, even though I had human children. Now that the children are all grown and gone, I find "keeping company" with my little pug to be more and more important because I am alone. Thumbs up for a well-written, heart-felt lens.

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      gesoni 6 years ago

      I'm a dog mum (AND cat mum) too. Love your lens!

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      Delia 6 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! a very endearing lens.

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      GrowWear 6 years ago

      The heartbreak and the love of having pets. Can't have one without the other, and life just wouldn't be as glorious without a pet to love us and to love them in return. So glad you gave more years to Sierra and totally believe that's just what our animals would ask for could they speak. Happy "Dog Mom day." And congratulations for LOTD.

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      Morganific 6 years ago

      Great Lens & Congrats! This so reminds me of my older sister. If she was to build a lens this would be it. Thanks for sharing!

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      RaintreeAnnie 6 years ago from UK

      Congratulations on LOTD!! What a wonderful lens, I have loved reading it and the love and warmth you have for your dogs and coping with the difficult times as well. I have had wonderful dogs in my life. It is always heartbreaking when they leave us but so lovely to experience that special bond. We don't have a dog right now after we lost our Golden boy but hopefully we will again in the future.

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      KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

      You are indeed a good mom. Congratulations on LOTD.

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      Squid angel blessed and to be featured on Blessed Pets under Happily Ever After Stories. Congrats on LOTD!! -:)

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      theprintcenter 6 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! It was a very wonderful read. Thumbs up!

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      summerlotus 6 years ago

      I had a dog when I was a kid , it lived with us 14 years, It's photo is still with me in my album and use it's name when ever I need to and still tell to others it's stories.

      Never forget.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I enjoyed your lens. The hardest part about owning dogs (or other animals) is that their life span is so much shorter than ours and they become so much a part of our lives that losing them is as hard as any other member of your family. But I can't imagine my life without them!

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      Mary 6 years ago from Chicago area

      Aww! I love dogs! Congrats!!

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      BunnyFabulous 6 years ago from Central Florida

      Great lens on lots of different aspects of loving the dogs in our lives. Congrats on LOTD! Great photos, too.

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      ajilcliaen 6 years ago

      What a beautiful lens. My dog means the world to me, so I totally understand what it's like. They're the best companions! Congrats on LotD :)

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      Ruthi 6 years ago

      A heartfelt dog lens and so worthy of the lens of the day and your purple star ... congratulations! I have one dog now, as I lost my Scratch last summer. Lensrolled to my SquidPaws lenses.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Congratulations on Lense of the Day!! Great Job

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      ChelseaGold 6 years ago

      Yes! Dogs are really do man's best friend...

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      SAMEPRINCESS10 6 years ago

      Hi i just visited!

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      CHalloran LM 6 years ago

      I just lost my 15 year old dog 2 weeks ago. This lens made me cry. It is still very painful for me. She was a part of my life for nearly half of my life.

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      tssfacts 6 years ago

      What a touching story. Congratulations on LOTD.

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      TammyL 6 years ago

      First, let me convey my deepest condolences for the loss of your beloved "child". I, too, only have one "child". Mine is a 5 year old half Siamese cat. Congrats on earning LOTD honors.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @Diana Wenzel: Congratulations on LOTD!!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD!!!

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      Stonecutter 6 years ago

      What a wonderful lens. I laughed and I cried. Sierra is such a beautiful pup and I am so glad she got you for a Mom. It is such a roller coaster ride, heart break of loss, the joy of a new life coming to you. Such is the lot of dog lovers. Thanks for sharing the story of your kids, it was a great read and well deserving the LOTD!

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      SafetySteph 6 years ago

      What a heart felt lens, animals add so much to our lives, we just lost our darling cat of 13 years a little piece of me left with her. Congrats on LOTD

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      Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

      Congrats on LOTD! Enjoyed reading about your children. :-)

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      purpleslug 6 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD! Great lens. We have had dogs in the past and hope to get another buddy soon.

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      Michey LM 6 years ago

      Congrats for LOTD, I enjoy reading it!

      Thanks

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      Mistalina 6 years ago

      Thank you for sharing your wonderful pet tales! They were truly touching. Congratulations on LOTD!

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      happynutritionist 6 years ago

      Your furry children are adorable...may they smother you with love this mother's day! Congrats on the LOTD

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      Bravehistickle 6 years ago

      Nice lens topic and Congrats for LOD!! Keep it up.

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      clicks-4-bricks 6 years ago

      You have a beautiful family. Thanks for sharing them with us through your stories and pictures. Congrats too on a well deserved Lens of the Day!

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      sheriangell 6 years ago

      Congratulations on LotD and thank you for sharing your story. I am both a people-mom and a dog-mom and was in a similar place as you with my Chocolate Lab, Zack when we discovered he had cancer. He had several tumors removed until they took over his body and became too numerous to continue removing. His passing (9 years ago) still remains fresh in my mind. I currently have two dog daughters who I deeply love.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Congrats on lotD. I used to have a yellow lab, her name was Mandy. She grew with my 2 legged children and she was absolutely the love of our lives. When the kids got older, we were all busy so when Mandy went to heaven, we only kept kittys around as they are easier to care for - you don't have to let them out. Mandy was very smart and we still miss her very much and yes they are a lot of responsibility but worth every minute. Thanks for sharing, I loved your story !!

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      tw006e6375 6 years ago

      Its always difficult to lose a pet as they cant have the life span that human does I have lost a few pets and none worse than those you lose in extremely stressful circunstances.In the case of pet berevement your memory will be longlived and you will always have the pleasure of the love that you gave your pet. We have ours all over the place, photos, gravesand, ashes which ever way you choose to remember them is uplifting to the suvivor.Tom

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      Sunflower Susan 6 years ago

      We just had to put our family dog down a couple of weeks ago. He was just suffering so much and was getting more unhappy every day. We tried to keep his life happy as long as we could, but then the discomfort outweighed the happiness. It was so difficult to do. We carried him home and buried him out in the pasture that he loved to roam around in.

      Animals are gifts from God. The joy they bring us is amazing. Thank you for sharing about yours. :o)

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      Jeanette 6 years ago from Australia

      Dogs do have a way of getting into our hearts, don't they. It may be something to do with their always seeming to want to please us. thanks for sharing your delightful stories with us.

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      akumar46 lm 6 years ago

      Firstly I congratulate you on LOTD!Raising a dog brings a lot of responsibilities and when they depart ;it hurts a lot.thanks for such a nice lens.

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      LouisaDembul 6 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! So cute dogs! Having dogs is really great fun, we miss ours a lot. It's been a year now withoug dogs, a long year.

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      Marie 6 years ago

      What a lovely lens. I don't own a dog but we had an Airedale Terrier when I was younger called Basil and I still miss him like crazy. One Christmas he managed to eat most of the chocolates hanging on the tree and had somehow managed to cleverly chew off the wrappers so when we came down in the morning there were empty wrappers on the floor. He was a very smart and playful dog.

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      irenemaria 6 years ago from Sweden

      We have some memories in common. Own a terrier, say good bye for mention two. Congrats to LOTD

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      EveStock 6 years ago

      nice lens, congrats.

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      SheilaVine LM 6 years ago

      thanks for such a lovely lens

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      Lisa Auch 6 years ago from Scotland

      What a lovely page. i love my doggies too.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      Welcome to the LOTD club!

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      Melody Lassalle 6 years ago from California

      @COOKINGFUN66: That really would have been some trick...a signing dog :D

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love your role as Dog Mom, it is a wonderful experience and in no way lesser than caring for human infants. Congrats on LOTD.

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      Heather Burns 6 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      What a wonderful Lotd! congrats!

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      Airinka 6 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! Very cute lens!!!

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      ltraider 6 years ago

      God Bless all dog moms. Wonderful lens. Congratulations

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      Muzzie4848 6 years ago

      Well done on LOTD. I do have chicldren but for many years by dogs were my babies. Dogs love you unconditionally even when you get up in the morning looking horrid they still love you.

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      Philippians468 6 years ago

      thank you for sharing this refreshing story! love your lens! cheers

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      Vicki 6 years ago from USA

      Congrats on LOTD! This is a great lens on being a dog owner, or dog parent! You certainly sound like a terrific dog mommy!

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      JorgeCordova 6 years ago

      What a great story. Thanks for sharing it. I think dogs are just the best friends ever!

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      Congratulations on your LOTD and Purple Star - nice!

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      ludyshubs 6 years ago

      You made a great lens. Congratulations from a dog lover

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      You really love dogs, congrats on LoTD!