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Baruch crossed over the Rainbow Bridge
Vanity | 11/25/2006 | Bobibutu

Posted on 11/25/2006 12:35:01 AM PST by Bobibutu

Baruch / Rookie,

Some of the Bay Area Freepers met and knew him ...

His spirit left this world at 10:20AM November 24, 2006 – peacefully, without a struggle - in my arms – staring, as usual, into my eyes.

The dysplasia and various other ailments we battled over the years finally took their collective toll when Degenerative Myelopathy (similar to MS in humans and no cure) left his rear legs paralyzed and useless. It was sudden. The eve of Thanksgiving he sat down and was unable to fully rise ever again.

I had tunnel vision for over eight years focused on hip dysplasia diagnosed at 2yrs. Baruch had such heart that he kept the Degenerative Myelopathy hidden from me and his vets until Thanksgiving eve. I thought it was his hips finally giving out after 8 1/2 years of continuous therapy and had started a new therapy as a last ditch effort that day to avoid surgery while the day before had discussed with an Orthopedic vet in the area about getting together in 2 weeks to evaluate Rookie for a hip replacement. His vets and I fully expected him to at least make it to 11 yrs. And possibly longer.

He was kept warm, hydrated and catherized. He was in no pain.

Thanksgiving day was spent with my telling him how thankful I was for his companionship over the past 10 years and how I adored and loved him. I recounted my memories of our adventures and discoveries over the past 10 short years to him.

From his Ambassadorship of Service Dogs – traveling nationwide educating others with his amazing behavior to going places a dog had never gone before – deep into a Minuteman Missile Silo Complex; the top of the St. Louis Arch; The Lincoln Memorial and many, many more – to just having fun- swimming in 4 of the 5 Great Lakes; the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans; the Gulf and countless lakes, rivers and bays across this great country. Hiking the Appalachian Trail or back to a hot spring deep in the Oregon forest.

Many who had met him only once were profoundly touched by this noble dog. He visited nursing homes, hospitals, hotels, restaurants, airports and had taken 457 commercial flights in the passenger cabin at my feet – except on one small airplane where he laid in the isle with his head resting in the pilots cabin (that was the only place with room for him) – the pilot jokingly announcing to everyone that this was his first time to have a dog watch him fly.

He was a joy to be with and to be around.

I learned much from him. The most important best expressed 2000 years ago by Aristotle.

“All men seek one goal, success or happiness. The only way to achieve true success is to express yourself completely in service to society.”

As my personal Service Dog he empowered me through and beyond my limitations. He loved to “work”. So much so that I began to share his versatility and uniqueness with others. The culmination of this sharing was a few weeks ago while serving as a volunteer at Laguna Honda Hospital (hiding his physical discomforts from everyone) he interacted with well over 100 residents one-by-one in 3 dementia wards – teasing smiles, animation and floods of questions out of most. It was quite an exceptional afternoon.

His vet and I discussed possible options before making the decision of euthanasia. He simply stated in that he had helped remove and carry Rookie from my car to the stretcher that he need no more proof that he was paralyzed and would not argue against euthanasia if that was what I asked for. A doggie wheelchair would be an option for a much smaller dog. However, at well over 100 lbs. it was not a practical one for Baruch with all criteria considered. He then performed a gentle exam – Rookie still had reflex action in his rear legs but no feeling and no ability of movement beyond the simple reflex.

Rookie rolled his upper body to me for his German Shepherd Dog chest and tummy patting – his lower body limp to one side. I obliged him – he moaned in his usual ecstasy whenever I demonstrate my affection for him in this way.

We spent quality time – there was no time table set by his vet.

It is strange now to be alone after spending 24/7 with all but a few weeks out of the past 10 + years with him.

Baruch is Hebrew for Blessing. I have and now again count mine over and over for having the opportunity of caring for and being cared for by this magnificent animal.

His body will be cremated. His ashes saved to be mixed with mine when I pass on.

A memorial service will be held in Oakland.

Baruch – April 15, 1996 – November 24, 2006


TOPICS: Pets/Animals
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1 posted on 11/25/2006 12:35:02 AM PST by Bobibutu
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To: Bobibutu; HairOfTheDog

Sad ping.


2 posted on 11/25/2006 1:26:01 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (Natalie Maines fears me...)
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To: Bobibutu

God bless, neighbor- it's so hard to say goodbye to a dear friend... nobody loves you like your dog.


3 posted on 11/25/2006 2:01:07 AM PST by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, Ridin' the Trakball into the Dawn of Information)
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To: Bobibutu

I'm so sorry on your loss.


4 posted on 11/25/2006 6:38:16 AM PST by Shyla
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To: Bobibutu; sinkspur; 88keys; DugwayDuke; sissyjane; Severa; the OlLine Rebel; naturalman1975; ...
I am so sorry. Condolences on your painful loss. Baruch was a remarkable dog.

Ping!


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5 posted on 11/25/2006 8:35:25 AM PST by HairOfTheDog
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To: Bobibutu

Sounds like he had a wonderful life and a loving owner. You are both in my prayers.


6 posted on 11/25/2006 9:01:34 AM PST by Andy'smom
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To: Bobibutu

Bless your sweet boy, and you as well.


7 posted on 11/25/2006 9:40:49 AM PST by sissyjane (Don't be stuck on stupid!)
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To: Bobibutu

My sympathies. Sounds like he was a most remarkable companion...


8 posted on 11/25/2006 9:51:14 AM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: Bobibutu

I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. Your puppy dog loved you and will continue to watch out for you.


9 posted on 11/25/2006 9:52:02 AM PST by Rabid Dog
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To: Bobibutu

I'm sorry for your loss of a great friend.


10 posted on 11/25/2006 9:57:21 AM PST by Fierce Allegiance ( <h2>SAY NO TO RUDY! I know how to spell, I just type like s#it.)
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To: Bobibutu

My support to you in your time of sorrow. Rookie was a true companion dog. (((( Hugs )))).


11 posted on 11/25/2006 10:27:20 AM PST by Biggirl (A biggirl with a big heart for God's animal creation.)
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To: Bobibutu

I'm so sorry. I'm sure he was a blessing to you & many others as well. Prayers.


12 posted on 11/25/2006 10:45:13 AM PST by Sue Perkick (Just a water spider on the pond of life.)
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To: Bobibutu

I am so very, very sorry and sad for your deep loss. You'll be in my prayers. :O(


13 posted on 11/25/2006 10:58:59 AM PST by ChocChipCookie (Homeschool like your kids' lives depend on it.)
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To: backhoe; Slings and Arrows; Shyla; HairOfTheDog; Andy'smom; sissyjane; Knitting A Conundrum; ...

Thank you all so much. I have been pushed to reach out to others and have resisted all my life (I'm 64). Now in his final gift to me I am moving through even that limitation. I am humbled.

Here is another response I would share with you all...

Oh, my dear, my heart goes out to you this morning. What a beautiful letter, what a great companion and friend you had for so long. I also took the liberty of sharing your missive with the folks at Laguna Honda Volunteers, the board, Diwata Ico, Linda Acossta and Bill Frazier.
Here is a quote I share with those who have lost someone dear. Baruch certainly qualifies on all levels.
Please let me know about the memorial.
Much love,


Doug


"To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends; to find the best in others; to give of one's self; to leave the world a bit better, by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exaltation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived... this is to have succeeded."

Ralph Waldo Emerson


14 posted on 11/25/2006 11:11:40 AM PST by Bobibutu
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To: Bobibutu
Well, the monitor is sure fuzzy & "wet" reading your story.

... what a precious gift you had from God & it so hard to lose them when you are connected at him 24/7 like it appears you were.

About a year ago I lost my Oliver.. a bit like yours but NOT world traveler.. a FReeper, nursing home visitor, friend to all.. He traveled the US with me & went everywhere with me in my van. He biked, hiked, kayaked & cross-Skied wiht me. I still cry almost daily for him despite the fact I have two wonderful rescue pups now.

The pain of losing those dear furry friends is hard to imagine, unless you have been there & Bob I think you will find many at FR who are really pet lovers & do understand.


I also had a service for Oliver & it had music, readings, sharing from friends. My friends brought their doggie friends, who were Oliver's friends. I didn't bury him for a long time..It was cold, frozen winter.. I had a touch of comfort to stroke him & look at his perfect body... in natures cold storage

please feel the caring prayers for you across the miles..
15 posted on 11/25/2006 11:12:03 AM PST by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your God is!)
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To: Bobibutu

If you would like the readings I used, I can send them to you. Just FReepmail me your email..or better yet.I will FReepmail you MY email & you can respond.

I am not sure if they are in word or works format..


16 posted on 11/25/2006 11:13:34 AM PST by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your God is!)
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To: DollyCali

Thanks Dolly, Any format is ok - I have PCs and Macs and xlators.

Your tag line has given me new found strength.


17 posted on 11/25/2006 11:25:02 AM PST by Bobibutu
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To: Bobibutu

Till you meet again.....

Put sound on....
http://www.indigo.org/rainbowbridge_ver2.html


18 posted on 11/25/2006 11:37:47 AM PST by toldyou
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To: Bobibutu
Typing with tears in my eyes.

So very sorry for the loss of your beloved pet.

It is so hard, is it not, to have to make that final decision, even when you know it is the kindest one.

FRegards,

19 posted on 11/25/2006 11:43:37 AM PST by Churchillspirit (We are all foot soldiers in this War On Terror.)
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To: Bobibutu

God bless you and your dear Baruch - a real blessing you were to him as well; when you meet again, it will be face to face as children of God, in the City of Light...


20 posted on 11/25/2006 11:51:18 AM PST by dandelion
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To: Bobibutu

email enroute with pix/files


21 posted on 11/25/2006 12:04:21 PM PST by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your God is!)
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To: Bobibutu

I'm very sorry for the loss of your friend and companion.



22 posted on 11/25/2006 12:27:45 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (The Internet is the samizdat of liberty..)
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To: Bobibutu
My heart goes out to you for your loss.
May you find solace in the arms of the Lord.
23 posted on 11/25/2006 12:43:15 PM PST by kanawa (Don't go where you're looking, look where you're going.)
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To: Bobibutu

Oh, I am so sorry for your loss of Baruch. What a wonderful friend you had.


24 posted on 11/25/2006 1:06:31 PM PST by Lillee
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To: TASMANIANRED

Hi Tas.. I hadn't been to your profile page. yet...wow.. It rocks.. love the graphics!

do you have a pet? pix?

I KNOW IT ISN"T THE REDNECK PUP!


25 posted on 11/25/2006 1:28:54 PM PST by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your God is!)
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To: Bobibutu

"The disposition of noble dogs is to be gentle with people they know and the opposite with those they don't know...How, then, can the dog be anything other than a lover of learning since it defines what's its own and what's alien."

- Plato


26 posted on 11/25/2006 2:08:21 PM PST by Darnright
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To: Bobibutu

I am so sorry for your loss. What a wonderful life you 2 had together - may your memories sustain you.


27 posted on 11/25/2006 2:29:38 PM PST by Cathy
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To: Bobibutu
I am so sorry for your loss. I think I know how you feel. I lost my beloved beagle Bradley this past February under similar circumstances (sudden loss of the use of his rear legs and impending loss of the use of his front legs, combined with advancing bladder cancer).

We were together for 16 years. I think of him every day, as will you of your Rookie, likely for the rest of your life.

Let us both hope that we will be reunited with our wonderful pets in the Hereafter.

28 posted on 11/25/2006 3:33:07 PM PST by OldPossum
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To: Bobibutu

My condolences on your loss. I lost 3 old ones over several years, all friends I spent much time with, they were family members. I know I will see them again, but I miss them terribly every day. Words cannot help, so I won't try. Just know many of us know how you feel.
susie


29 posted on 11/25/2006 3:54:17 PM PST by brytlea (amnesty--an act of clemency by an authority by which pardon is granted esp. to a group of individual)
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To: Bobibutu
I am so sorry for your loss. Be glad that you had the chance to say goodbye. I lost my beloved cat Bear (he was the best cat ever, I called him puppy cat), on 12/23/04. He got hit by a car. No time to say goodbye. No life and death decisions to make. He was happy and healthy and then dead, mangled, and gone.

I am so sad for you yet envious at the same time. You were there for Baruch and he knew it. My Bear was all alone.

30 posted on 11/25/2006 4:01:02 PM PST by SoCar (Get rid of Goober Graham!)
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To: Bobibutu

You were blessed to have him. He was blessed to have you.


31 posted on 11/25/2006 4:10:29 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Bobibutu

I'm so very sorry for the loss of your best friend and companion.

I lost my best friend, Soda, a little over a year ago to the same disease. A little over a month later she and God decided that I needed another "best friend" and they sent Rex to live with me. He's helped ease my grief and, while not replacing Soda, has filled the emptiness in my heart.

I hope Baruch helps you find another companion soon - believe me, he'll have a paw in the decision....LOL

Take care, my FReeper friend.


32 posted on 11/25/2006 6:40:16 PM PST by 2nd amendment mama ( www.2asisters.org Self defense is a basic human right!)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

"You were blessed to have him. He was blessed to have you."

Your post brought up an old memory - one of the kindest and humbling statements one of his vets said to me was that if reincarnation was a fact she wanted to come back as a dog and have me as her human.

He ate better and had better health care than most humans.

What he provided me with was priceless. I spared no expense on his needs. They always came before mine.


33 posted on 11/25/2006 7:41:59 PM PST by Bobibutu
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To: Darnright

"The disposition of noble dogs is to be gentle with people they know and the opposite with those they don't know...How, then, can the dog be anything other than a lover of learning since it defines what's its own and what's alien."

- Plato

Thank you - Baruch was special in many ways - one of few dogs suitable for cross training in Personal Protection and Handicap Service - and he was and he knew what was appropriate and when. A powerhouse when delivering his bite to the sleave on command - could take a 250lb man to the ground in seconds - young children could do anything to him and sometimes did - he would respond with licks. We backed off the bite work when his hip started bothering him. He was an awesome animal to watch, interact, or just hang out with.


34 posted on 11/25/2006 7:57:55 PM PST by Bobibutu
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To: Bobibutu

Baruch and Bob

35 posted on 11/25/2006 8:44:11 PM PST by Bobibutu
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To: Bobibutu

So sorry to hear of your loss...I am in my 60s....I grew up from a small child, in a household full of cats and dogs...I carried on that tradition with my own boys....there was no sound or sight in the whole world that was any better than hearing and seeing my two boys, burst through the back door, with their cats and dogs trailing right alongside of them...by my age, you can tell, I have had so many fine and furry family members, that filled my life for many years, and then passed on...

They are all gone now, each one special, each one remembered fondly, each one mourned...

Its so very hard, when one of these wonderful beings leaves us...their lives are generally so short in relation to our own lives...yet in their short lives, they give us so much love, that when they pass on, we can hardly stand it...we love them so very much, and they loved us...

I am so sorry that you have lost such a fine friend and family member....I will think of you and say a prayer for you...


36 posted on 11/25/2006 11:54:29 PM PST by andysandmikesmom
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To: Bobibutu

I am so, so sorry. Thinking of you.


37 posted on 11/26/2006 12:42:08 AM PST by ellery (The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedience, and by parts. - Edmund Burke)
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To: Bobibutu

A beautiful dog.


38 posted on 11/26/2006 1:06:11 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: Bobibutu

SemperFi

39 posted on 11/26/2006 1:22:07 AM PST by Cvengr
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To: andysandmikesmom

Thank you - thank you.


40 posted on 11/26/2006 5:30:31 AM PST by Bobibutu
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To: Cvengr

"SemperFi"

You must be psychic - most of his military friends are Marine Intel.

You got me good and deep with that one - here come the tears again. Thanks for the additional release trigger. It's funny - ya never know what's going to trigger the next round of mourning.

I am so fortunate to receive from you all your stories and compassion. Thank you all again so much.

I'm off to the ER this morning. My neighbor and I really messed up our lower backs carrying him to my car. We should have gotten more help. But - you know guys who think they are still in their 30s' mentally.


41 posted on 11/26/2006 5:44:50 AM PST by Bobibutu
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To: Bobibutu

You and Baruch are in my prayers. He was a beautiful boy!

We lost a young dog a little over 3 weeks ago from IMHA. It came out of the blue, no warning, and took him within 2 days. I understand the loss you feel.

I'm sure our Bailey has found Baruch and are playing together until the day comes when they will see us again.


42 posted on 11/26/2006 1:19:24 PM PST by NicNacPattyWac
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To: Bobibutu; Indy Pendance; Still German Shepherd; dervish; Dick Vomer; Kozak; Joe 6-pack; ...
So sorry for the loss of your dog! GERMAN SHEPHERD PING LIST

(Please Freep-mail me if you’d like to be on or off the list.) (This is an old version of the Ping List - if you know the others on the current list, please ping them!)

43 posted on 11/26/2006 2:47:38 PM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue.)
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To: Bobibutu
Baruch was an incredibly beautiful dog, inside and out. I'm deeply sorry for your loss, but it sounds like you had a beautiful moment with him in saying goodbye.

Take comfort in knowing he's now out of pain, and able to run and romp, chase squirrels and annoy cats beyond the bridge.

44 posted on 11/26/2006 3:02:38 PM PST by RepoGirl ("Tom, I'm getting dead from you, but I'm not getting Un-dead..." -- Frasier Crane)
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To: Bobibutu

What a wonderful dog! I lost my Sparky July 21, 2005
There is NOT 1 day that goes by that I do not think about him. To know the love of a wonderful dog is our priviledge.

May God, who gave you this wonderful doggie to care for... give you peace. Isnt it wonderful to know that God made this dog just for you because God knew how much you would love him!!

Be well and may your heart be filled with tremendous gratitude for the best 10 years anyone could have hoped for!!

See you at Rainbow Bridge!!


45 posted on 11/26/2006 3:04:53 PM PST by chicagolady (Mexican Elite say: EXPORT Poverty Let the American Taxpayer foot the bill !)
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To: Bobibutu

You have my deepest sympathy. I lost my Mooch to DM just about this time last year. Her's was not as sudden. We fought it for over a year. Wheel chairs were not an option for us either. Mooch was a 220 pound mastiff. Then, just a few months later, we lost Duke to a burst pancreas. It still hurts.

Grieve awhile and then get another dog. We now have Doc and PeeWee. Just a couple of strays we took in but they are good boys.


46 posted on 11/26/2006 3:23:30 PM PST by DugwayDuke (Conservative have so many principles that they won't even vote for themselves.)
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To: chicagolady

"See you at Rainbow Bridge!!"

You have got yourself a date! Thank you.


47 posted on 11/26/2006 3:27:53 PM PST by Bobibutu
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To: Bobibutu
My two boys salute your wonderful Baruch and look forward to frolicking with him on the other side....


48 posted on 11/27/2006 7:31:23 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Voted Free Republic's Most Eligible Bachelor: 2006. Love them Diebold machines.)
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To: Bobibutu

I'm sorry for your loss.


49 posted on 11/27/2006 7:53:47 AM PST by Emmalein (Try not to let your mind wander...It is too small and fragile to be out by itself.)
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To: Bobibutu

Well- what can I say - thank you all.

There is this Black Cat that hangs around because my sister feeds it. Scoots out of the garage whenever I drive into the driveway (my sis'es car is in the garage) 'cause he knows the big dog is in the back seat barking when he sees him and ready to rumble - this has been going on for years.

So tonight I'm hanging out in the driveway - visualizing Rookie mulching the grass and generally having a good time on the lawn - the BC comes up - out of nowhere - want's to be fed - OK - ya got me - I'll get the food.

Cat eats and then goes nutso on me - this is a feral cat!

Short of the long the cat marches thru the basement door and disapeares - may have taken up inside residence.

Go figure - just what I need - a cat?

How did it know the Big Dog was gone?

Touched my heart .. to be continued ...


50 posted on 11/27/2006 8:10:28 PM PST by Bobibutu
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