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this lovely video slideshow set to the Phil Collins song, "You'll Be In My Heart."


[Video Slideshow Credit: DogRatandCat, English Springer Spaniels, YouTube, 4:20]

I would like to dedicate this video slideshow to all the DKos Community pets, past and present.

I hope this tune brings a smile to your face as you think of, or remember, your pets.  It would be very gratifying (to me) if readers were to take this opportunity to honor their own pets, in any way that they feel is appropriate--posting tributes, pictures, videos--whatever.

So, on behalf of Mr. Mollie and myself, I would like to pay tribute to all of our pets, over our entire lifetimes.  They were/are:

Mickey, Lucky, Panda, Yogi, Misty, Chena, Mollie, Murphee, Bailey (Dogs) and Pepe, Bubba, JC, and Petey (Birds).

With Special Mention of:

"Chena," Our Pint-Sized Alaskan Sourdough, and our first English Springer Spaniel      [April 1989-September 2006].

"Our Dog of a Lifetime."

Your exuberance, intelligence, energy, humor, incredible beauty, playfulness, vibrant personality, "smilng" face, and deep and abiding love and devotion to us, lives so vividly in our memories, that you are still here with us, Girl.  And,

"Murphee," aka "Big Baby," Our Terrier-Mix Shelter Dog [May 1998-January 2012].

It was you, Girl, who disproved the notion that one could have "only one" Dog of a Lifetime.  

Your sweetness, intelligence, low-key, meek and gentle ways, wonderful personality, unique and adorable little mannerisms, your beautiful face, and your intense love and devotion to us, stays with us everyday.  You, too, never left us.

"Thank you all, for the years of joy and unconditional love that you gave us. You'll live in our hearts . . . Always."

Originally posted to Music City Mollie on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 02:17 PM PST.

Also republished by PWB Peeps and DKOMA.

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  •  Tip Jar (13+ / 0-)

    Mollie

    "Only he who can see the invisible, can do the impossible." --Frank L. Gaines

    "If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

    by musiccitymollie on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 02:17:10 PM PST

  •  Well done (8+ / 0-)

    Reminds me of the great times I've had with my dogs during my life.

    Winston and I watched it together.

    The only trouble with retirement is...I never get a day off!

    by Mr Robert on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 02:49:29 PM PST

    •  Thank you, Mr. Robert, for the kind words. And (3+ / 0-)
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      broths, arizonablue, Mr Robert

      thank you and Winston for viewing the video.  

      Winston's a handsome fellow--you obviously 'keep good company.'  :-)

      It's funny.  There's something almost "healing" about honoring one's pets.  

      They are so much a part of the very fabric of our lives.  We could never repay them for all the joy that they have brought us.  But we can try.

      Mollie

      "Only he who can see the invisible, can do the impossible." --Frank L. Gaines

      "If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

      by musiccitymollie on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 03:07:30 PM PST

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      •  Amen (1+ / 0-)
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        Winston is definitely part of the "healing" process for me.

        I lost my mother in May 2011 at which time Bisquit came to live with me. She died a few days after her 90th birthday and her dog was her last concern.

        I assured her that since I had gifted Bisquit to her he would certainly find a forever home with me at which point she was reassured. So when she died not long after that conversation Bisquit came to live with me.

        At the time I purchased Bisquit for my mother she wasn't in a position to take him since she was recovering from back surgery. So I kept Bisquit with me for about three months before passing him back to mother. And, during that time, we became the best of friends. And, I continued to advocate for his best interests while he was with mother.

        Sadly, not too many months after mother passed some blood tests uncovered some liver problems. Given that Bisquit was about 13 years old at the time we just gave him supplements and kept him as happy as possible.

        As Bisquit's appetite declined I became a Canine Chef inventing dishes that would keep him interested in eating. But, sadly, in mid-November he got to a point where I realized that it was finally time to say goodbye.

        After a nice walk in a grassy area we walked into the the Vet. Clinic and a few minutes later I kissed him goodbye.

        I said goodbye to Bisquit on November 14th and I was thinking that I'd wait until late Spring or Summer to get another dog when I found Winston on a dog rescue site (rescueme.org). It was Christmas when I saw Winston's picture for the first time and I knew I had to have him. So I immediately filled out an adoption application which was approved a day later and Winston came to live with me on Thursday after Christmas.

        I will never forget any of my dogs including Bisquit, Buddy, Rocky, or Smokey. But, I'm so happy that Winston is part of my life now. He will have a home here for as long as I live. My only concern is insuring that if I go first he has another forever home. He certainly deserves it and anyone would be lucky to have him in their home.

        The only trouble with retirement is...I never get a day off!

        by Mr Robert on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 07:12:24 PM PST

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        •  That's a very touching story, and I thank you for (1+ / 0-)
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          taking the time to share it.

          Your Mother and Bisquit were most fortunate to have you caring for them, I'm sure.  I can imagine that it meant a great deal for your Mother to know that you would care for Bisquit.  [I know that I would be relieved.]

          We lost Murphee to liver disease (Acute Liver Failure) after fighting to save her for over three months.

          The seizure that she suffered was a result of Hepatic Encephalopathy, and resulted in permanent Cortical Blindness, along with a couple of grave medical conditions.  

          She had received a clean bill of health only three months before the seizure.  It was a crushing blow.

          I am happy that Winston has brought you much joy.  He sure seems to be looking at you (or someone) with "adoring eyes," in the picture.

          Our last two dogs (Murphee and Bailey) came from our local animal shelter.  And we've vowed to adopt only from a shelter or a rescue, in the future.

          Good for you, going through a rescue to adopt.

          Thanks for honoring Winston, Bisquit, Buddy, Rocky and Smokey.  They would be pleased, I'm sure.  :-)

          Mollie

          "Only he who can see the invisible, can do the impossible." --Frank L. Gaines

          "If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

          by musiccitymollie on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 07:49:20 PM PST

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  •  Very nice (6+ / 0-)

    We love our Truman

    Truman toy 2

    •  Thank you, and I guess so--Truman is an absolute (2+ / 0-)
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      doll--those eyes are incredible!

      I remember that you had very kind words for us when I posted a diary at Wednesdai Woozle's on the anniversary of "Murphee's passing," arizonablue.

      It meant a great deal to us--thank you.  

      Mollie

      "Only he who can see the invisible, can do the impossible." --Frank L. Gaines

      "If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

      by musiccitymollie on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 05:50:06 PM PST

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  •  Joyful. How I love the working dogs. (6+ / 0-)

    Scrappy, Gabe, Lizzie Miss Muffet, Toya, Zack, Roadie the Nipper, Dexter, Miss Molly, Chinquipin, the little nut, Grace, Flash. All gone to the great pack over yonder. All taught me something I needed.

    With me today: Bess, Pip, Fanny, Winnie, Vala, Detta, Annie O, Monkeyman, Gladwyn and Pounder.. Still teaching, still learning and loving.

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    Only thing more infuriating than an ignorant man is one who tries to make others ignorant for his own gain. Crashing Vor

    by emmasnacker on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 04:26:03 PM PST

    •  I hope so. And I thank you for honoring your (2+ / 0-)
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      dogs today.

      You are so right, that each and every one of our pets teach us something.

      I plan to write a short diary about our "special needs" Springer, Bailey.  Having him has really changed my perspective on a number of things.

      I found it rather difficult to "pick out" just two of our dogs to give specific mention of, but I figured that I was 'pushing the envelope' to the point that I didn't dare take each of our pets, and list their many wonderful attributes.  

      That is a very handsome crew of mostly terriers that you've got.  [If I'm making the pic out correctly.]

      My DKos username is 'part of' our (late) Miniature Schnauzer's registered name.

      She was:  Yogi's Music City Mollie.  Yogi was one of the three terrier-mixes that we've had together as a married couple.  We traveled to Nashville TN to get her.  Hence "Music City."

      I know--TMI.  :-)

       

      Mollie

      "Only he who can see the invisible, can do the impossible." --Frank L. Gaines

      "If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

      by musiccitymollie on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 06:16:46 PM PST

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      •  yes, Jacks and Welsh (2+ / 0-)
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        The Pounder dog is the only big dog currently in residence. Found him thrown away at the dumpster, a pup.

        If they live long enough, they all get special needs. Except for a few tragic accidents, all of the dogs I've ever lived with have eventually got to that point. I wouldn't have it any other way.

        Only thing more infuriating than an ignorant man is one who tries to make others ignorant for his own gain. Crashing Vor

        by emmasnacker on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 05:58:21 AM PST

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        •  Hear, hear! N/T (2+ / 0-)
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          Mollie

          "Only he who can see the invisible, can do the impossible." --Frank L. Gaines

          "If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

          by musiccitymollie on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 08:42:52 AM PST

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          •  But, I might add, Bailey's "special needs" are not (2+ / 0-)
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            physical.

            He suffers from VERY severe "separation anxiety."  That's why he was slated to be euthanized, and found his way to the local animal shelter even though he's clearly a pure bred Springer.

            I'm hoping that a diary will open up a discussion with other "Moms and Dads" who cope with this often very difficult and stressful situation.

            Mollie

            "Only he who can see the invisible, can do the impossible." --Frank L. Gaines

            "If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

            by musiccitymollie on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 10:04:35 AM PST

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            •  Consider my comment to be ammended (1+ / 0-)
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              to read: If they live long enough, or are mistreated enough, they all get special needs.

              Here are a couple of links that might help.

              Only thing more infuriating than an ignorant man is one who tries to make others ignorant for his own gain. Crashing Vor

              by emmasnacker on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 11:33:20 AM PST

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              •  Thank you for the links. We've had Bailey (2+ / 0-)
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                assessed by a veterinarian neurologist/behaviorist who says that his condition is a case of "hardwiring," and that no amount of training "will cure him."  She did, however, write up and recommend several behavior modification techniques that she thought might be helpful in managing his condition.  He is also permanently on prescription drugs, which helps take the edge off of his anxiety.  But his blood is tested regularly, as a precaution.

                Those are excellent articles.  Thank you.  

                The sentence out of one of them, "We can define separation anxiety as a dog problem behavior that shows itself through symptoms like excessive salivation, barking, whining, destroying items in the home, attempting to escape from the crate or room, eliminating in the room or crate, scratching at walls, doors and floors, and even jumping though windows."

                Unfortunately, left alone, he exhibits all but one of those symptoms.  He had a fractured tooth removed last year (when his teeth were cleaned).  I'm just amazed that it took that long.  

                Before we saw the behaviorist, he had already destroyed five heavy-duty wire cages and /or Vari-Kennels.  And, he had jumped out of a two-story window, knocking out the screen.  Luckily he landed on the shrubs below (we assume), since he didn't so much as "limp," as as result of the jump.

                Anyhoo, I'll spare you all the details, LOL!  But, I'll probably put "his story" in a diary one day, and try to add material (much like you just furnished me) that addresses some of the issues, particularly for those dogs who have more minor cases, and/or are younger.

                He's been 'our Boy" for six years this August.  So, we've adapted.

                He is simply never left alone.  The only exception is when we must board him when we receive medical treatment out-of-town.  We have him at our veterinarians's kennel, and he is "on a web cam," so that we can monitor him.  The Kennel had to change some door locks because of him and another dog.

                And, we now eat in only "storefront-windowed" restaurants.  Thank goodness there are at least a couple of decent ones here, that fit that description.  :-)

                Mollie

                "Only he who can see the invisible, can do the impossible." --Frank L. Gaines

                "If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

                by musiccitymollie on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 12:47:37 PM PST

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                •  BTW, I do love the picture of your dogs. It (0+ / 0-)

                  appears not to be staged or posed.  Looks like you just caught them resting and "looking out the window."  Neat.

                  Mollie

                  "Only he who can see the invisible, can do the impossible." --Frank L. Gaines

                  "If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

                  by musiccitymollie on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 12:52:12 PM PST

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                  •  Thanks. Yes, they were (1+ / 0-)
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                    hanging out, keeping an eye on things. It's not always quite so peaceful. That's a couch full of bitches... :)

                    Only thing more infuriating than an ignorant man is one who tries to make others ignorant for his own gain. Crashing Vor

                    by emmasnacker on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 01:51:54 PM PST

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                    •  We sort of "leaned toward" females, too. Seven of (0+ / 0-)

                      nine of our fur babies were females.

                      I guess Mr. Mollie and I like "clingy," LOL!

                      Mollie

                      "Only he who can see the invisible, can do the impossible." --Frank L. Gaines

                      "If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

                      by musiccitymollie on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 06:36:23 PM PST

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                •  my own BTW, (1+ / 0-)
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                  I am not a vet, but have to lol at the pros sometimes. While every dog, being a pack animal is "hardwired" to have SA when alone, it is the making of us humans for it to be a debilitating experience for them.  
                  Bailey is one luck beast to have found you. As we say, he "won the dog lottery when he got you!"
                  I've clicked the follow button on you so that I won't miss that pending diary!

                  Only thing more infuriating than an ignorant man is one who tries to make others ignorant for his own gain. Crashing Vor

                  by emmasnacker on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 01:57:53 PM PST

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                  •  No doubt, working with dogs with "SA" is (0+ / 0-)

                    beneficial to them.  Bailey's ability to cope is far better than it would have been, if we hadn't worked with him.  

                    One reason that the vet specialist didn't believe that we could actually stop his frantic 'panic attacks,' was his age.  He was close to three years old (he was picked up by the animal control officer as a "stray," so no one really knows his age exactly) by time the specialist saw him and us.

                    But in some ways, he's not even the same dog (and that's meant in a positive way).

                    Thanks for the kind words.  Truly though, we're the ones who've most benefited from our relationship with Bailey.  

                    As you mentioned earlier, he's taught us some things we've needed.  As for me, I've learned a good deal, not the least of which is perseverance.

                    Likewise, I clicked your Follow Button 'cause I don't want to miss a fellow dog lover's diary, either.  [BTW, I'm not exactly a prolific diarist, you know.  I've only written 8 diaries in almost nine years.]

                    Mollie

                    "Only he who can see the invisible, can do the impossible." --Frank L. Gaines

                    "If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

                    by musiccitymollie on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 06:54:59 PM PST

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                    •  I know how age can be a factor. (1+ / 0-)
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                      I rescued 3 Welsh Terriers last June. The 9 year old will never stop running circles, I don't think. But at least he can now run a 60 foot circle instead of a 4 foot one. I don't think he will ever be housebroken. He has almost stopped shying at my hand when I go to pet him, and will come to me to be caught most times.
                      The 3 year old is still doing some circling, but is housebroken, and gets along with everybody very well.
                      Little Annie 0. was just under a year. She may actually turn into a normal dog.

                      I wrote a lot of diaries a couple of years ago, but quit due to some health issues. Much better now, but have not taken the time to do justice to any of the things I'd like to write about.

                      Only thing more infuriating than an ignorant man is one who tries to make others ignorant for his own gain. Crashing Vor

                      by emmasnacker on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 06:50:14 PM PST

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    •  Well, thank you kindly. I appreciate you (3+ / 0-)
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      reading it, and dropping by.

      I sort of know what you mean.  For the first time in many years, we only have two pets--one dog and one bird.

      For us, that's down to almost none (not to slight the pets, of course).

      They are 'great company.'  I'm not sure what we'd do without them.  :-)

      Mollie

      "Only he who can see the invisible, can do the impossible." --Frank L. Gaines

      "If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

      by musiccitymollie on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 06:23:39 PM PST

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  •  Amazing how many dogs can become (5+ / 0-)

    "dog of a lifetime."

    Thump! Bang. Whack-boing. It's dub!

    by dadadata on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 05:44:48 PM PST

    •  Welcome dadadata. You "nailed it," LOL! (2+ / 0-)
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      In their own ways, of course, they were ALL "Dogs of a Lifetime."  

      The one attribute that I didn't specifically mention that set Chena and Murphee a bit apart from the other dogs, was the "degree of the bonding" that existed between us.

      And what exactly accounts for that, I don't know.  But it is wonderful to have a dog that truly senses your emotions, and who is capable of being extraordinarily responsive to them.

      This conversation reminds me of a beautiful quote by the French poet/writer, Anatole France, that says it well:

      “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened.”

      Mollie

      "Only he who can see the invisible, can do the impossible." --Frank L. Gaines

      "If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

      by musiccitymollie on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 06:50:25 PM PST

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  •  "Shout-out" to Horace Boothroyd III for reposting (3+ / 0-)
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    this diary.

    I was truly surprised, honored and thrilled that you chose to do so.  :-)

    Thank you.

    Mollie

    "Only he who can see the invisible, can do the impossible." --Frank L. Gaines

    "If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

    by musiccitymollie on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 07:21:59 PM PST

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