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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

"D" Is For Dogs Rule...

For 45 years there has always been at least one special dog occupying our matter where we lived. From an amazing German Shepherd (who eventually served in Vietnam as a Sentry Dog) to classic Standard Collies and then to our love affair with bowls, kibble, trips to the vets, buying sticky rollers in bulk and endless bags of collected fur have been part of our lives.

With anticipation and joy each has been welcomed, and spoiled beyond logic. And with each sad goodbye, they have taken a part of us with them.

If you are a regular reader, you might remember that back in September, with such heavy hearts, we let our Sasha go.

I contacted the breeder where we found this loving sheltie to let Patty know Sasha was gone. She sent the most comforting email to us and included this eloquent little essay.

"It came to me that every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them. And every new dog who comes into my life, gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough, all the components of my heart will be Dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are."
It has become a favorite of mine and I hope you enjoy it too.

In 2008, I read this beautifully written novel...a mystery, a coming of age and an amazing story of dogs and humans...

Now rereading it and finding that I missed so much the first time through - have a special dog(s) in your life?...this book is a must! So when you think about all the things to be Thankful for this week, remember your sweet companions who only ask to be treated with kindness, fed when their tummy clock goes off and who serve as an example of how humans can also love unconditionally.

This week's Alphabe-Thursday is for the letter "D" - you can see all the other "D" postings over at Miss Jenny's.


  1. What a lovely poem. Very touching. And I will have to take a look at this book. My condolences in losing Sasha. She/He is beautiful.

  2. Delightful. We love our dogs. My hubs has had several shelties...lost his last one a little over a year ago. Nowadays we hang out with two little black boys (scotties) and they keep us constantly entertained. Sorry for your loss...Im sure Sasha was wonderful.

  3. It was a DISMAL DAY when we lost our DOG Aly, so I can certainly relate to your thoughts on a DOG'S DEVOTION.

  4. Dogs Rule in our house! Losing a dog is losing a family member...they do take a piece of your heart~ wonderful quote. I read a wonderful book, A Dog's Purpose last fall, it was a much happier tail :) for me than Edgar Sawtelle. Have your read The Art of Racing in the Rain?

  5. I am currently "dogless", a place I never thought I would be. My beagle/basset left me a year or so ago at the ripe old age of 17 and I just haven't had the heart to get a new buddy. I do have my hands full with my horses and I work long hours, so a puppy is out of the question.

    We'll see, maybe next year....

  6. Hi, so sorry it has taken me so long to make it over here. You left a lovely comment on my blog a few weeks ago and yikes, life gets in the way of everything.

    In my home, dogs do rule, definitely. We have three and they are like my children. In fact, my daughters seem to think sometimes I love those pups more than them. I tell them, dogs don't talk back.

    And I agree with one of your commenters, if you haven't read, The Art of Racing in the Rain, you must, must, must read it right away. I started it on a 4 hour flight and by the time we landed, I had devoured it. I actually had to close the book several times and catch my breath, it was that heartbreakingly beautiful. I suggested it to two different male friends of mine. Both of them read it on a flight, and both of them said the same thing, they had to close the book in an effort to stave off the tears.

  7. We are dogless unless you count a dog robot. What a joy the dog I grew up with was.

  8. What a beautiful thought about dogs and the human hearts that love them. I loved it!


    My post today: Divine Nature

  9. I'm all teary eyed thinking of my little four legged friends awaiting me in heaven. It is my opinion that dogs are one of God's greatest gifts. There is one curled up at my feet as I type this. :)

  10. Our dogs are back in the States while we're in Romania for the year. I miss them so very much!

  11. Dogs do indeed rule! I enjoyed reading this post.

  12. Dogs are such sweet companions!!! They are always so faithful and loving. Our last dog was the smartest, sweetest chocolate lab...Liberty.
    I wrote a little about her here: Life, Liberty and...

    Thank you for sharing your post of some of your sweeties.

    Blessings & Aloha!
    Thank you also for stopping by! My blocks are on hold for the Civil War blocks...until I can catch up on the art orders and sewing for our grandbaby before she is born :o)

  13. thanks for the book suggestion! I had to laugh when you wrote about sticky rollers! A must with any pets. At least both our dogs are now light colored, instead of black and white each! {:-Deb

  14. We lost our precious Blue a few years ago and I still miss him and look for him every day.
    Thanks for the book recommendation!
    ~visiting from Ms. Jenny's!

  15. Dogs are often better friends than humans:) Thanks for visiting my blog!

  16. How sweet - and so true!

  17. I love that quotation - I am certainly more than half dog now!

    Pomona x

  18. I was just thinking this weekend that I might be ready for another dog. I am by myself a lot now and it would be nice to have some companionship.

  19. What a beautiful post on such a delightful subject!

    Dogs certainly give us so much!

    I will re-read that book.

    I enjoyed it immensely on my first go, but it'll be interesting to see what comes to light on the second pass!

    Thanks for a delightful link to the letter D.



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