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Ode to Dolly Joe - Dog Rescue Stories

Updated on August 20, 2018
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Peg lives on ten acres of land just northeast of Dallas with her husband, their two dogs, stray cats and the occasional opossum.

Dolly takes a nap with her rag in her mouth.
Dolly takes a nap with her rag in her mouth. | Source

There were two big dogs already in the family. There was ten-year old Bucky adopted from the Humane Society and Slick, found at a drag race in Ennis, hiding in a culvert, malnourished and frightened from the noise.

Our neighbors took care of him while Bucky recuperated from heartworm treatment while she was supposed to remain quiet afterward. Once he joined the household, he and Bucky bonded began teaching each other tricks. He showed her how to graze in the bucket of kibble and how to catch treats. She taught him the stealth attack mode for the UPS truck and how to frighten the mailman when he dropped off the bills.

Slick

Slick was found hiding in a culvert at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis. The noise of the race cars had him cowering in fear.
Slick was found hiding in a culvert at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis. The noise of the race cars had him cowering in fear. | Source

We began spending weekends in the country planning our dream house and building a barn. While we shoveled sand around the back yard, a stray dog wandered up to watch us work.

Her coat was matted with burrs and her ribs were showing. It was apparent she'd already had a litter of puppies. All day as we worked, she inched closer to us, testing to see if we were friendly. There were clear signs she'd been neglected. She was missing teeth and her skin was covered in parasites.

The next weekend, she showed up again and we couldn't let her just wander off hungry. We began feeding her until we could get her to the vet for her shots. Soon, she became the third canine member to join the family.

A Guest Arrived with the Delivery

This stray showed up when we started construction on our house.
This stray showed up when we started construction on our house.

Short Lives

Buckwheat had a good long life for a large-breed dog. She lived for sixteen years. When she crossed the Rainbow Bridge were glad to have Lady to comfort Slick when he lost his oldest and best friend. Sadly, Lady contracted Ehrlichia, a tick borne disease, also known as hemorrhagic fever. She was only five when she passed away six months after Bucky.

Slick took the loss hard, suffering bouts of coughing and wheezing when he got excited. He began to grow needy and became almost neurotic. It was clear he needed a friend so we started searching for just the right pup to be his companion. That took us to the Humane Center where we faced a difficult decision of which one to pick.

Bucky, Slick and Lady

Waiting for treats in the kitchen during construction of the house.
Waiting for treats in the kitchen during construction of the house.

We were the first to arrive that Saturday morning at the Humane Society pulling into the parking lot before the doors even opened. The night before, after stopping by to check out the available dogs, two caught my eye as potential candidates.

One was a small Chow puppy and the other, a miniature version of Bucky with beautiful, long black fur. The Chow went home with us that day with a side trip to the veterinarian on the way home. Everyone in the clinic wanted to pet the little puppy's soft, blonde fur.

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From the Pound my Dolly came.

We'd already picked a name.

Husband has himself to blame, Dolly.


Came to us as just a pup.

It was fun to pick her up.

Never was she late for sup, Dolly.


She was Queen of our back yard

She bossed Slick which wasn't hard

Bitey teeth that cut like shards, Dolly


Dolly liked to chew a rag.

Tug-o-war was sure a gag.

Slept with it in times of lag, Dolly.


Also known as Stinker-butt.

Named by Daddy, such a nut.

Loved her though she was a mutt, Dolly.


Queen of all that she surveyed

Turned me into her own maid.

Fetch my dinner, get it made, Dolly.


When our Slick tore up his knee

I had just found Buddy Lee

Dolly welcomed him with glee, Dolly.


Dolly liked to sniff the snow

We'd first called her "Dolly NO"

Changed with time to Dolly Joe, Dolly.


Some would say she's just a dog

Watch her run and chase that frog

Stubborn as a mother hog, Dolly.

Dolly's first day playing ball with her big brother Slick.
Dolly's first day playing ball with her big brother Slick. | Source

Three Dog Nights

It was three years before another stray would find their way into our family. One day driving home from work, I spotted a pair of dogs running beside the busy highway near our house. I pulled into the rest area, where two wet and very friendly dogs came up to the truck. They feasted on the dry kibble I keep stashed under the driver's seat. One of the dogs stuck around and, eventually, got in the truck and rode home with me.

When I arrived at the house, the husband was headed out of the driveway taking Slick to the vet. He had hurt his leg and couldn't walk. We both looked up and saw the grass between our house and the neighbors was on fire. Out in the country, we depend on a volunteer fire department. The neighbors were already gathering to fight the blaze from a cigarette tossed into the dry grass.

Suddenly, there were three dogs in the household.

Slick and Buddy

Slick, after surgery to repair his ACL tendon, and the new boy, Buddy who found an instant friend.
Slick, after surgery to repair his ACL tendon, and the new boy, Buddy who found an instant friend.

Buddy and Dolly

Buddy Lee and Dolly Joe
Buddy Lee and Dolly Joe | Source

Dolly Joe, Buddy Lee, and Cookie

Playing in the fenced back yard
Playing in the fenced back yard | Source

Cookie's First Scheduled Meal

Cookie had been living on her own with a pack of street dogs when she joined the family.
Cookie had been living on her own with a pack of street dogs when she joined the family. | Source

Cookie came along just after Thanksgiving Day, 2000, adding one more to the family of pets. She was running with a gang of street dogs in the neighborhood, hiding out in an abandoned mobile home. Our neighbor called and asked if we had room for another one. He'd rescued two dogs that day and with five dogs already, needed to find her a home. Someone else adopted her litter mate, Nicole.

When she first came, she was leery of the other three, unused to having regular meals served in a bowl. When she first saw the bowl full of kibble, she stuck her nose into the food with such enthusiasm that kibble flew out scattering on the floor. None of the other three dogs even noticed. They just calmly munched their dinners and paid her no heed. It took a while for her not to look over her shoulder expecting someone to take her food.

The Three Amigos

Buddy Lee, Dolly Joe and Cookie Doe
Buddy Lee, Dolly Joe and Cookie Doe

One day, years later, Dolly collapsed in the back yard and couldn't get up.The vet said she had a tumor on her spleen that was likely malignant. At fourteen, he didn't recommend surgery.

It took only a couple of months for her to succumb to the tumor during which she showed incredible stamina and a kind temperament. She quietly passed away in her daddy's arms at home on a Sunday morning.

Brother gave me his best tip.

Always keep stiff upper lip.

Never let emotions slip, Dolly


First night here she shared our bed

Hard to fathom that she's dead.

She'll live on within my head, Dolly.


I'm collecting Dolly tears.

May I please have some of yours?

She was with us fourteen years, Dolly.

Tribute to Dolly

Dolly, a blond Chow mix puppy with a black tongue, arrived on Valentine's Day 1995, weighing eighteen pounds. She learned to despise the frequent delivery trucks and consistently alerted her family to their acts of trespass.

She was a dedicated and loving companion for fourteen years, always looking out for her fellow canines and humans. She is survived by her two best friends: Buddy Lee and Cookie.

Services were held on July 31, 2009 at the home of her human parents.

Ode To Billie Joe, Bobbie Gentry

Since that time, two of the original four have crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. It never gets easier but eventually, the fond memories and happier times out-shadow the sadness and grief of their short lived time on this earth.

Buddy Lee mourned the passing of his best friend for nearly six months before he also passed away. Cookie lived on to train another newcomer, a Lab puppy who brought joy and laughter to the all-too-quiet household. He shared in the wisdom of her knowledge for nearly five years, learning the house rules and how to enforce the routine schedule of treats and feeding. Now, he's training another newcomer.

© 2009 Peg Cole

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      Kristen Wettstein 

      10 months ago from United States

      I very much enjoyed reading this. thanks for posting it.

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      Peg Cole 

      11 months ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hi there, Verlie. Dolly was quite a Diva from the very first day she came home with us. You should have seen her at the vet's office as a pup showing off her new daddy. What a wonderful girl.

      Sorry about the quiz. I should have added another category for other stories about companion dogs or house sitting surrogate dogs. Too late to change the poll without losing the data.

      I imagine you recognize some of these characters from the current series, Adventures of Cookie.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      11 months ago from Canada

      Peg, Yes tears, you can have them. That Dolly! Loved your story and loved the Ode to Dolly. Your quiz didn't have a selection for my experience as a house/dog-sitter when yes, quite often there were three dogs. Fun time that was.

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      Peg Cole 

      2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hi Tim, Thanks for the nice words and the visit. I appreciate you.

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      Tim Mitchell 

      2 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Definitely a keeper Peg. Loved the ode and the sharing of fellowship with pups.

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      Peg Cole 

      2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Dearest Maria, You certainly would understand the joy that life with dogs brings. Their only fault lies in their short life spans. Thanks so much for your kind visit today. Love.

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      Maria Jordan 

      2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Thanks for reminding me what a heartwarming hub this is, dear Peg...a '100' if I ever saw one...!

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      Peg Cole 

      5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Thank you for visiting the Ode to Dolly tribute, Au fait, and for the kind words. Very sweet of you.

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      C E Clark 

      5 years ago from North Texas

      What a lovely tribute to Dolly! Great photos and and beautiful poem. Voted up and beautiful!

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Lesley, That was a wonderful hub and tribute to your cutie, what a honey, Major. It was beautiful. I felt like I knew him by the end of the story. Loved every word and the pictures too.

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      Movie Master 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Peg, yes I have written a hub - The story of Major, my loyal friend & companion.

      A little morbid I know, but when he died I told him never to leave me and he hasn't, like you see for Dolly there are signs of a visit..

      It's good to know Peg, that they wait for us and we will be with them again one day.

      My best wishes Lesley

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hi Lesley, I'm so sorry to hear about your Major. I'll run over and see if you have published his story. You are kind to care for my little girl and even more to shed tears on her behalf. She was a wonderfully sweet and personable family member and I still think of her every day too. We're coming up on the anniversary of her departure and I start to see signs that she has visited, like her picture is turned to an angle, or a dog comes on the TV that looks just like her. I hope to see her again one day along with the herd of others I've loved who wait on the Other Side.

      Thank you for your lovely comment today and for the votes, friend.

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      Movie Master 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Peg, Didn't even know Dolly and I am crying tears over her, your beautiful poem reminded me of my 'Major' he died 14 years ago - I think of him every day.

      Beautiful photos, thank you and voted up

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      PDXKaraokeGuy, Hope that things are well with your little one. Twelve and a half seems like that precarious time. Cookie will turn twelve in July (Lord willing). We count our blessings that we still have her and a new "brother", a Lab named Tony. He's keeping her young. Thinking of you today. I'm heading over your way to check out the latest. Peg

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      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      made me cry all over again, Peg

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hello PDXKaraokeGuy, Thanks for the visit and I have to agree that this little chow mix was without a mean bone in her body. Sometimes, she was a little bossy, but that was okay too.

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      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Peg, she can certainly be food aggressive and a little aloof, but I wouldn't call her mean at all :-)

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hello Leosign11, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss of Sheriee. After being with them that many years it is understandable that you were sad. And so very touching that when she left, you took her in the special blanket that I'm sure meant so much to you. They are each precious in their own way, but some tug at our hearts a little bit harder. Kindly, Peg

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      leosign11 

      6 years ago

      Lost a girl named Sheriee. She was 16. Cried the day I let her go. She left in the blanket I brought my son home in I have never been able to love like that again,. I have 3 more and all are precious but not as precious as her.

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hi PDXKaraokeGuy, We had always heard that Chows were unfriendly, but this was the sweetest, most loving animal and wonderful companion. Please give your little darling a hug from her cousin Dolly. Thanks for your kind condolences. Peg

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      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Peg, I have a 12.5 year old chow mix. They're such special dogs. Your dog reminds me of mine. I'm sorry for your loss!

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hey there Shanerocks, Sometimes the name just fits!

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      shanerocks 

      6 years ago

      i have a dog named dolly shes black and white and brown

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      My dear sister Maria,

      I love the way you express things. So sweet. All our pups have a lot of names. I never begrudged Dolly's bossiness or fetching her dinner. She truly ruled the household telling us when to go to bed, when to fix dinner etc..

      Thanks for reading this and making my day with your sweet comments. I've been off line for a few days with internet service provider problems but I'm back.

      Here's wishing you the best of holidays and a prosperous New Year. I'm looking forward to sharing time with you.

      Much love

      Peg

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      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      "Turned me into her own maid."

      And, you know, Sis, there is no finer job in the world!

      Oh, I love getting to know you and the love you have for your beautiful fur babies. Good golly, Miss Dolly was a lovely and beloved lady. Thank you for sharing her story and these adorable pictures. It is obvious what she added to your world... love her many names and that you had a funeral service, 'as there should always be'.

      Voted UP & AB-- have a peaceful weekend. Love, Maria

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Jo, Puppies are absolutely God's cure for sadness. Just months after Dolly passed, her big friend Buddy passed too leaving our lone Cookie at a loss. We adopted a Lab pup named Tony and the three of us haven't stopped smiling since.

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hey there Phyllis and thank you for your sweet sentiments. We still miss Dolly but she gave us so many years of unconditional love and that really helps. They're all so different and special. Hugs to you.

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 

      6 years ago

      How wonderful! We have just recently adopted a puppy. She is something else. She is worth it tho. We love her so much. What a beautiful written and heartfelt hub. I voted up! Happy holidays! :)

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      6 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      I love this poem, Peg. Brings back memories of the beloved dogs I have lost over the years. Thank you for sharing Dolly with us. You have my tears to add to your memories of precious Dolly.

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Me too, Paddyboy60. Lonely horrible years without them. I can't imagine life without my dog friends-family. Thanks for your sweet words and kind thoughts.

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      PADDYBOY60 

      6 years ago from Centreville Michigan

      There have been times that I couldn't have a dog with me. I could not imagine that now. Beautiful poem.

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      Peg Cole 

      7 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hello Ray

      So nice to meet you too. Your work reveals your deep and thoughtful nature. Thank you so much for taking time to share this poem with me. As a fellow poet, I appreciate your kind words.

      Kind regards,

      Peg

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      Peg Cole 

      7 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hello Quill Again,

      They do teach us so much - about love and loyalty and joy. The beloved dogs that have surrounded me all my life are such a part of my memories I can't imagine living without those experiences. From my first little "sister" Trixie I loved everything about them except their short lives. Thank you, Quill for expressing yourself so beautifully here in these comments and for reading this poem.

      All the best

      Peg

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      aware 

      7 years ago from West Palm Beach Florida.

      touching to say the least.

      awesome an understatement.

      i love this poem peg

      nice to meet you.

      ray

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      "Quill Again" 

      7 years ago

      Love this as I think of the many animals in and out of my life and what they have taught. If anything to learn to love and be as dedicated as they are is a lesson we can all learn. They are all such a blessing to have.

      Blessings

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      Peg Cole 

      7 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      James, my friend. Thank you for your kind thoughts and nice compliments. Dolly was very special to us.

      All the best to you.

      Peg

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      Yes, she will indeed live on within your head. I am sorry for your loss. I know how tough it is to lose one's pet. Thank you for sharing your poetic gifts.

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      Peg Cole 

      7 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      b. Malin - Thank you for stopping by and for reading the story of our little Dolly. She is still missed so much. I dreamed of her recently - it felt so real to touch her fur. One day I hope we'll be together again. You are so kind to comment and follow me here on HubPages.

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      b. Malin 

      7 years ago

      Oh Peg, what a Beautiful "life story" of Dolly...from beginning to end, she gave your family such happiness how lucky you were. A wonderful Tribute is told in your story-like poem and the Obituary, was Priceless. Dolly is looking down and knowing how much she was loved. I look forward to following you, and thanks for becoming a follower of mine.

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      Peg Cole 

      7 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Thank you AliciaC. The sadness does get less intense with time. At first it doesn't seem like it ever will. Eventually fond memories replace the difficult ending, and the joy that comes with adopting a new friend makes it worth the pain of loss. I can tell you've been through this and also sympathize with your loss. Hugs.

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      Linda Crampton 

      7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      It hurts so much to lose a beloved dog or cat (or other pet). I’ve experienced this sadness several times and greatly sympathize with your loss. Whenever I say goodbye to a pet I tell myself I won’t get another one because of the pain of losing them, but so far I have always brought a new pet into the family eventually.

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      Peg Cole 

      7 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Mrs. J.B. - Thanks for your kindness.

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      Mrs. J. B. 

      7 years ago from Southern California

      How beautiful....

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      Twilight Lawns 

      7 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      Peg, I will let you know as soon as I do.

      BTW, what was that old expression? "Big boys don't cry?"

      Sorry, i don't agree. Your two poems, that I have read today, have really wiped me out.

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      Peg Cole 

      7 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Twilight - Go ahead and put your poem out there. The process is a healing one. And I'm sure it's good after reading your Puddles poem. Will head to Google now.

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      Twilight Lawns 

      7 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      I wrote a poem in memory of my last dog, and although I know it's good (That's arrogance, isn't it) I have not had the courage to put it on hub pages yet. I don't know if and when...

      If you like my "name", try putting my name into a google search, and if you have a wry sense of humour, you may smile.

      BTW, it's nothing to do with the 'Twilight Saga' - I came first.

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      Peg Cole 

      7 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Twilight Lawns - BTW I love your name and story on your bio. You are kind to wade through these memories and thank you for the sweet words and for sharing your tears.

      When I read over the comments I'm so deeply moved by the stories that people have shared. We can certainly relate to other animal lovers who have felt the same sense of loss and grief. Maybe that's why animals are here, to help us love one another through them.

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      Twilight Lawns 

      7 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      Peg, I am sitting here with tears streaming down my face. That is one wonderfully written memory and amazing collection of pictures of Dolly and her friends. I made the mistake of starting to read comments made by other people. I had to stop... it was wiping me out!

      It just shows; we cannot live fully without that undivided and pure love we get from a dog.

      Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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      Laurel Rogers 

      7 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      No matter the number of fur children, it's the actual loss of more than 1/2 of your total family-depending on your human kids of course.

      Let's never revisit such sorrow.

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      Peg Cole 

      7 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      My deal Lorlie6, Such a volume of loss, it's unimaginable that you suffered so much in 2010. I'm so sorry and hope this year will be better. Our year of loss was 2009 when within 6 months we lost 2 of our 3 fur children. I thought I would never smile again. But time does heal the wounds, though the scar remains.

      Thank you very much for letting us share in your memories. Through this, our lost ones will never be forgotten. Much love to you. xxxooo

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      Laurel Rogers 

      7 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Hi Peg, 2010 was a very hard year for our family-we had to put 4 animals down(3 dogs and a cat) within weeks of each other. I know I'll never, never 'get over' all of the sorrow and even panic, knowing there's absolutely nothing you can do to help them-and euthanasia is the only humane option.

      I wrote a hub while one of my dogs, Birthday, was suffering terribly, couldn't keep anything down. I'd be honored if you would take a look.

      And by the way, I LOVE your writing!

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      jandee 

      7 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

      Thanks Peg,

      Crickey we must know each other,

      I have to write about 'Bengo' one day! Had Boxers since I was 17 ,long, long time ago ..Look forward to hearing about buddyLee...Very best to you from jandee and thanks for you goodness in looking after the lost and lonely......

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      Peg Cole 

      7 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Jandee - Thanks for your thoughtfullness in sharing your feelings. Nothing can replace our beloved pets but we can share our stories. It feels good to know that others understand our grief and loss. I'll look for your poem about Ben. He and Dolly probably run together now. I'm almost ready to post the poem I wrote for my BuddyLee too. xxxoo to you kind one.

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      jandee 

      7 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

      Stiff upper lipped English woman - but you certainly got me with that one ,had one written for a few years bout my beaut.Ben will try to post it,good luck to you and all the dogs,jandee

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      Peg Cole 

      7 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Sherrylou - There never will be another Cassy but you may find that the emptiness and loss can be lessened by bringing another dog into your life. They'll never replace them, but it will bring comfort and joy back into your home. We've buried our share of loved ones, human and pets. When they leave there's always a gaping hole. But the memories and love are worth the pain of loss.

      Thanks for dropping by. xxoo to you.

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      sherrylou57 

      7 years ago from Riverside

      I know how you feel. I lost my dobie dog Cassy, and I have never had another dog! Thank you for this hub!

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      Peg Cole 

      7 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Thank you sofs. I love dogs too. Each of them is so different, so special, so dear. When they leave, there truly is an emptiness - but so many lovely memories.

      Sharing these memories with others has been really helpful to get beyond the loss. So grateful that others like you will remember her fondly. hugs to you2 xxxooo

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      Sophie 

      7 years ago from From the land of wonders

      So touching, I love dogs and believe that the one I have is the best.. may be we all do.. they are the best indeed, they just love and love until they leave and leave us all empty.. Peg such wonderful memories I believe that Dolly now lives not just in your head, but may be in mine and may be other's too ... :)

      (((hugs)))

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      Peg Cole 

      8 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Lisa, What a terrible first day of school for you. I'm so sorry for your loss of Pepper too. You really are a dog magnet - they can sense a kind soul and they gravitate toward the love. That's why they find you. I know what you mean about loving them. They're truly loyal friends.

      Thanks for reading this tribute to Dolly. She is still missed so much but we are filled with the happy memories she gave us. God bless you too, dear one.

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      lisadpreston 

      8 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

      Oh my goodness. As I was reading this poem I thought, this is really cute and then I got to the end and I am crying my eyes out. Oh, my heart is physically hurting right now and I can feel your pain. I have had dogs pass away, such as my little puppy patches that my grandmother accidentally ran over while driving me to school. My very first day of school ever. My dog Pepper got hit by a car in the front of our house and she died in the car as we were taking her to the emergency room. I love dogs so much. Dogs seem to migrate to me. I had about 20 strays that came to me when I was a small child living on a lake. Even now they find me. Vicious dogs that bite, lick me to death and play with me. Owners are amazed when I go up to their dog or their dog comes to me when they do not normally like people and attack. I play with them and they just love me. I am an animal magnet and I prefer animals over people any day. Maybe I'm wrong but that is how I feel.

      I am so sorry for your loss and bless you for all that you do for dogs and animals.

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      Peg Cole 

      8 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Thank you Hannah.

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      Hannah Ministries 

      8 years ago

      oh, i know how you feel.

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      Peg Cole 

      8 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Tom - thank you for your kind message of condolences. We lost her in July and now are grieving the loss of her brother Buddy at Christmas. Not able to express that experience yet.

      I do hope you're feeling much better and beginning to enjoy the happiness that memories of our "family" bring.

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      Tom Whitworth 

      8 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      PegCole17,

      I now know the reason you visited my hub about Pets, Loss, Grief, and Identity. The loss of a beloved pet is comparable to the loss of a family member. I am so sorry for your loss of Dolly.

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      Peg Cole 

      8 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Thanks for this, Crickette_W. You are a kind soul. Loved that you went back and took food to those folks. How dear and sweet; most people just walk away saddened by their own inaction.

      No matter how short their lives and time with us, we have a special bond with our animals. They are the true embodiment of love.

      I am sorry for your loss.

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      crickette_w 

      8 years ago

      What a wonderful writing in the memory of Dolly. I had a dolly just recently. I have always had cattle dogs my whole life. While traveling I went to a fair in Kansas. There someone was giving away these tiny little critters they said they couldn't feed. My intentions at first was to buy a bag of food and take it back to them. Which I did. When I delivered the food, one of these cute little critters got on my foot and rode around like she was part of my shoe lace. I couldn't resist. I become the mommy to a little chi/min. pin. What a lovely soul. I didn't realize a dog of her size had such a low emune system. I lost her about a year later. The love that little critter shared with me was overwhelming and I still shed a tear for my "Little Grizzley Bear Wiegand". Thank you for your poem. You are in my thoughts, and also Dolly.

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      Peg Cole 

      8 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Pastella13, Thank you for the kindness I feel coming from your direction. Right back at you. You are a sweet one.

      Mulberry1, you never forget your childhood dogs. They seem like sisters and brothers when you're a kid - a real member of the family. Now they're like children to me, each one precious and distinct. German Shepards are so smart! I love them too. Thanks for your comments!

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      Christine Mulberry 

      8 years ago

      What a beautiful, sweet girl! I haven't had a dog for years, but I recall the ones I had as a kid. It's been so many years, but still I think of them. I can't see a German Shepard without nearly falling all over it as I'm reminded of the one I loved so much. I'm sorry for your loss!

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      pastella13 

      8 years ago

      Your beautiful dog Dolly was loved so much by you and that's why it hurts so much. I'm so sorry for your loss. We get so close to our pets and want to keep them forever. Well, she'll always be close to you in your heart.

      God Bless

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      Peg Cole 

      8 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Cats are really neat animals. So different than dogs but no less loving and missed when they're gone. Thanks for your condolences and my thoughts and prayers for your loss as well.

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      Sandi 3m 

      8 years ago

      I am so sorry for your loss, we recently lost a very loved cat, I know how you are feeling! Great poem!

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      Peg Cole 

      8 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      I am so sorry to hear about Diva's diagnosis. What a blow that must have been. I do understand the deep sadness that you are experiencing, do wish I could reach out to you, having so recently gone through this myself, not nearly over it, nor will I ever be.

      Thank you for your kind words of comfort and your shared sentiments of love for our dear companions. Please let me hear from you if I can help in any way.

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      lmmartin 

      8 years ago from Alberta and Florida

      Oh Peg, I understand so completely. My Diva was diagnosed with bone cancer just last week. It was the last thing I expected to hear when I took her in to check out her limp. Now, I am keeping her drugged and comfortable, watching her die by inches. Yes, I'll share your tears.

      She was my companion from the time I first took her out of her mother (my Shirley, long passed and deeply mourned) and has been with me through thick and thin since.

      So often others don't understand the depth of loss and grief we feel for our four legged friends. But, some of us do. I am sorry for your loss.

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      Peg Cole 

      8 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Jaspal, My condolences to you on your loss. And my gratitude for your appreciation of their uniqueness, their pure love and for your understanding of the major place they hold in our hearts. I hold onto the faith that we will see them again one day; for the time being, only in our dreams.

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      Jaspal 

      8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Beautifully expressed Peg. And lovely pics. I am so reminded of the two who left us ...

      It's hard to get over the unconditional love that a dog gives. You can get a new pup, and he too would love you and share many precious moments with you, but not in quite the same manner ... each has his own idiosyncrasies, his own way of demanding attention and letting you know how much he cares.

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      Peg Cole 

      8 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Once again Sally's Trove, you have lifted me up.

      They are never ever with us long enough. "And that's all I have to say about that".(Forest Gump) Hugs.

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      Sherri 

      8 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Absolutely beautiful in thought, cadence, imagery, and feelings.

      Your words are a wake-up call to me about my old dog, Cinnamon. Every moment is precious, isn't it? Not too long from now, Cin, like Dolly, will be living in my heart and mind, but no longer in my house.

      I LOVE the Nap Time photo. Nothing like a pooped-out doggie sleeping with her nose in a favorite rag. Thumbs up!

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      Peg Cole 

      9 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Thank you Janet. Love the wording of your comments. My memories are peppered with her silly antics and Dolly-ness. She is so deeply missed. Hugs to you.

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      Janet 

      9 years ago

      I knew her maybe, five minutes and loved her muchly...This is such a poignant memorial to her goodness and her diva-ness. It truly conveys your sadness of loss, your hopeful belief and grateful celebration of her life. Love and blessed peace be yours, Always.

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