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A PETS TEN COMMANDMENTS
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Posted on 11/18/2012 12:19:12 PM PST by virgil283

1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful.....

2. Give me time to understand what you want of me. ...

3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being......

4. Don't be angry with me for long and don't lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainment, but I have only you......

5. Talk to me. Even if I don't understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me......

6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it.....

7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I could hurt you, and yet, I choose not to bite you.

8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I'm not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting old or weak.....

9. Please take care of me when I grow old. You too, will grow old......

10. On the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please. Never say you can't bear to watch. Don't make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there, because I love you so....... Signed :

...YOUR DOG

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"YOUR DOG

" He is your friend, your partner,

your defender, your dog.

You are his life, his love, his leader. He will

be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat

of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of

such devotion."

Author Unknown

1 posted on 11/18/2012 12:19:16 PM PST by virgil283
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To: virgil283

You guys are making me cry


2 posted on 11/18/2012 12:23:14 PM PST by patriot08 (Native Texan)
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To: virgil283

4 years ago, I adopted a cat from the no-kill shelter down the road. They gave me a copy of this. I’ve kept it & occasionally read it, especially when the furball is driving me nuts!!


3 posted on 11/18/2012 12:23:39 PM PST by surroundedbyblue (Live the message of Fatima - pray & do penance!)
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To: virgil283
A dog is a conservative's best friend. Loyal, loving, will defend his family to the last, thankful for what is given to him, and always faithful and devoted.

A cat is much more of liberal's pet. Haughty, aloof, entitled, and never thankful for what is given.

Which is why I don't understnd FR's obsession with cats. Even, yes, even the viking kitties. They should be viking dogs.

4 posted on 11/18/2012 12:26:21 PM PST by Wyrd bið ful aræd (Gone Galt, 11/07/12)
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To: virgil283

Thanks for the post.


5 posted on 11/18/2012 12:28:59 PM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: virgil283

Number 1 is so true. If my dog sees me grab my gun and doesn’t get to go he freaks out and doesn’t behave for my wife.

On the drive for a hunting trip he will not quit whining. My hunting buddy who gives me dirty looks when I miss. :)


6 posted on 11/18/2012 12:33:09 PM PST by pennyfarmer (Romney is a cresent wrench when you need a hammer. Sure it might work, but do you want to chance it?)
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To: Wyrd bið ful aræd

I’m no liberal & I’ve had cats all my life. My boy is none of the way you described cars, either. He’s an affectionate & loyal sidekick who takes care of himself & dosen’t depend on others to meet his needs (litter box)


7 posted on 11/18/2012 12:33:15 PM PST by surroundedbyblue (Live the message of Fatima - pray & do penance!)
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To: surroundedbyblue

Cats not cars. Fat finger


8 posted on 11/18/2012 12:34:25 PM PST by surroundedbyblue (Live the message of Fatima - pray & do penance!)
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To: surroundedbyblue

I’m speaking in generalities. I’ve known a cat or two that was okay. Dog-like, in fact.


9 posted on 11/18/2012 12:36:37 PM PST by Wyrd bið ful aræd (Gone Galt, 11/07/12)
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To: Wyrd bið ful aræd

“A cat is much more of liberal’s pet. Haughty, aloof, entitled, and never thankful for what is given.”

You clearly never have had barn cats.

A couple months ago, one of ours brought me a rattlesnake she killed. Probably 4 feet long. Very proud she was!


10 posted on 11/18/2012 12:41:25 PM PST by TheThirdRuffian (RINOS like Romney, McCain, Dole are sure losers. No more!)
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To: Wyrd bið ful aræd

You misunderstand cats. Haughty= self assured in their abilities, aloof=they really don’t need you to get by, entitled= payment for dusting the furniture and eating bugs, and never thankful for what is given= just waiting for you to kick it and have real meal.


11 posted on 11/18/2012 12:45:37 PM PST by Dawggie
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To: virgil283

Works for cats too. I lost one of my cats last month and I still miss her. She was the last of three kittens we adopted, along with the mother, in 2001. We only have the mother left and one male cat, unrelated but she adopted him like a son. I’m glad because she was so close to Whitey, her daughter.


12 posted on 11/18/2012 12:46:40 PM PST by Nowhere Man (I miss you Whitey! (4-15-2001 - 10-12-2012). Take care, pretty girl!)
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To: Dawggie

Cats are independent, clean, not smelly, low maintenance, quiet, and absolutely dependent on humans for a quality life. Adopting either a rescued cat or dog makes you feel that you’ve done something good and helped at least one cat find a loving home. But most cats go on to live a long and happy life in their new homes and are grateful in their way for a new life. They sure as hell are happier in the hands of a loving owner than in a cage or shelter or on the street.


13 posted on 11/18/2012 12:50:53 PM PST by erlayman
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To: virgil283; Joe 6-pack

Doggie Ping


14 posted on 11/18/2012 12:53:13 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: surroundedbyblue

Put a little vaseline on each front paw; s/he’ll lick it off and pass the furball right out, provided it’s not the size of a baseball. After 57yrs of cats, it’s worked most of the time.


15 posted on 11/18/2012 12:57:06 PM PST by carriage_hill (America - a great idea while it lasted.)
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To: Wyrd bið ful aræd

My cats teach me how to tolerate liberals!


16 posted on 11/18/2012 12:57:48 PM PST by Catmom
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To: surroundedbyblue

Today my old rescue dog lost control of her bladder and my rescue cat threw up on the rug. It was nice to see this on FR. It reminds me of my duties to these pets.


17 posted on 11/18/2012 1:02:19 PM PST by miss marmelstein
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To: erlayman

We have an 8-year old Persian cat. We got him from a breeder and bought him home at about eight weeks. Buddy is very aloof and self-absorbed and not at all affectionate. The only time comes near us is when it’s time to fill his wet food dish at 1630. He knows when it’s time. Anything else just interferes with his Olympic sleeping.


18 posted on 11/18/2012 1:06:26 PM PST by Ax ("Bring the Pikes Together for the Risin' o' the Moon.")
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To: Wyrd bið ful aræd
A cat is much more of liberal's pet. Haughty, aloof, entitled, and never thankful for what is given.

No animal on the planet is haughty, aloof, or entitled you dumbass.

They're animals.

19 posted on 11/18/2012 1:13:11 PM PST by IDontLikeToPayTaxes
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To: Wyrd bið ful aræd

that’s right! I lost two dogs this year, basically old age. My german shepherd had Addison’s disease and I had to carry her outside to do her thing because she was too weak to make it back inside. This went on for two months, yet as weak as she was, she would struggle, stagger into the living room, finally lying her head on my feet, while both of us watched with tears in our eyes till she finally gave up on the living room floor last year soon after Thanksgiving. She was gentle with kids, herding them around the yard when they strayed, but a fierce home defender, backing up to me, showing and growling whenever someone she didn’t know came into the home that was her responsibility. She was a typical shepherd of Czech/W german imported blood.

We now have another partner, a malinois, super intelligent and amazingly athletic, but still something of a wild and crazy puppy. Sometimes I would trade my longer life for the short, fast and intense life of a dog, it isn’t so bad.


20 posted on 11/18/2012 1:23:24 PM PST by nobamanomore
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To: surroundedbyblue

We have a 3-month-old puppy.

I needed to read this.

We miss the old boy, a lot. But now, w/the new baby, we find ourselves remembering that our late 12 1/2-year-old was every bit as much a handful when he was young. So, we double down w/understanding The Kid, knowing he is going to grow up to be wonderful.

The old cat is not backing down at all. This was her home first and this is her 3rd dog, so she is fully in charge and just loves taunting him so he gets in trouble. Not being a total dummy, the pup is learning to ignore the cat....until she will deliberately run in front of him and, being a puppy, he chases her.

Both are very affectionate and the cat is still a great huntress at 14. She’s an inside/outside cat who still keeps the rodent population in check.

We’re tired. Might be the last young’un for us. Can’t imagine life w/o a dog, so if we are still alive and independent when he is gone, we will probably adopt an older rescue who lives life in the slow lane.


21 posted on 11/18/2012 1:25:48 PM PST by reformedliberal
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To: Wyrd bið ful aræd
I disagree. Someone forced their way into my home and my cat defended me. The man fled.

Years later a man started a fight in my LR. My 60lb dog hid under my bed.

It's true that cats can be more independent than dogs but I have some very needy cats. One in particular that cries if she doesn't know where I am.

22 posted on 11/18/2012 1:27:30 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (My faith and politics cannot be separated)
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To: Ax

8 weeks is way too young. Cats’ personalities don’t come out until 4-5 mos and range greatly from very affectionate to aloof and solitary. Persians as a whole are easygoing and tend to be in the middle but closer to the solitary side. They will play and socialize but will not necessarily seek out these interactions. Just like with people, it all depends on the individual cat - what it has inherited from its parents; from environmental influences, such as being taught by the mother, early experiences with humans etc.


23 posted on 11/18/2012 1:27:30 PM PST by erlayman
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To: virgil283

#10. I was there for her in July, we faced the moment together as we had faced so many others together. She got over it, I still haven’t.


24 posted on 11/18/2012 1:42:32 PM PST by ThePatriotsFlag
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To: surroundedbyblue

“, especially when the furball is driving me nuts!!”

My son has a blank copy of a euthanasia form he shakes at his cat when it crosses the line.


25 posted on 11/18/2012 1:47:17 PM PST by Rebelbase
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To: virgil283

Thanks for sharing! Printed out a copy and posted it on our fridge. We’ve got 3 pound puppies (a lab mix, a hunting hound, and a dachsund-chihuahua). They’ve got such neat personalities and we love ‘em.

I complain about the lab mix shedding, but she is the sweetest and most loving animal. The hunting hound is loyal and obeys commands the best; the little one is a spoiled lap dog. Couldn’t imagine life without ‘em...


26 posted on 11/18/2012 1:48:06 PM PST by sassy steel magnolia
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To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; SandRat; arbooz; potlatch; afraidfortherepublic; ...
WOOOF!

Computer Hope

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27 posted on 11/18/2012 1:53:21 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: virgil283

dog ping


29 posted on 11/18/2012 1:56:32 PM PST by QBFimi (When gunpowder speaks, beasts listen.)
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To: miss marmelstein
Today my old rescue dog lost control of her bladder

If it continues to happen, a trip to the vet may be in order. Older spayed females can develop this condition and it is controllable with medication.

30 posted on 11/18/2012 1:58:59 PM PST by LSAggie
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To: virgil283

Thank you. What an unexpected gift. I followed the link and read the story of Abbey and Mer. Whoa...beyond beautiful. Did not see that coming or think anything could hit me like that.


31 posted on 11/18/2012 1:59:17 PM PST by GBA (Here in the Matrix, life is but a dream.)
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To: LSAggie

Thank you for the advice!


32 posted on 11/18/2012 2:02:08 PM PST by miss marmelstein
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To: Rebelbase

I find that yelling: “I’m gonna have you gassed!” works wonders are all my pets.


33 posted on 11/18/2012 2:04:51 PM PST by miss marmelstein
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To: surroundedbyblue

We have 4 kitties. Three of them are like velcro and have been since day 1. The other has always been fairly skittish and nervous, easily spooked by even a move or a cough. We never figured out why...his brother is fearless and outgoing, and the most intelligent cat we’ve ever owned.

Even the shy one has warmed up and figured out he LOVES attention, and will freely (if shyly) offer affection to “his humans”. All four of them have doglike behaviours like begging for attention, albeit in feline ways, rolling over and wiggling for tummy rubs, being close and into everything you’re in, even playing fetch.

About the only things in common with the stereotypical understanding of cats are the ones mandated by biology...


34 posted on 11/18/2012 2:07:21 PM PST by Fire_on_High (RIP City of Heroes and Paragon Studios, victim of the Obamaconomy.)
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To: miss marmelstein
Today my old rescue dog lost control of her bladder

One of our min-pins did this so we took her to the vet.

As it turns out this is a early indicator of diabetes. She is on medication and doing fine.

35 posted on 11/18/2012 2:10:01 PM PST by Eaker ( If a soldier demands that you carry his gear for a mile, carry it two miles.)
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To: Eaker

Yup. Back to the vet for some tests.


36 posted on 11/18/2012 2:13:50 PM PST by miss marmelstein
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To: virgil283

1. My life is likely to last 80-85 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful.....

2. Give me time to understand what you want of me. ...

3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being......

4. Don’t be angry with me for long and don’t lock me up as punishment. In the end even though I have my work, my friends, my entertainment, I have only you......

5. Talk to me. Even if I don’t understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me......

6. Be aware that however I treat you, You will never forget it..... but I will by tomorrow.

7. Before you yell at me, before you remember everything I did wrong, remember that I could hurt you, and yet, I choose not to bite you.

8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I’m not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting old or weak.....

9. Please take care of me when I grow old. You too, will grow old......

10. On the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please. Never say you can’t bear to watch. Don’t make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there, because I love you so....... Signed :

...YOUR HUSBAND


37 posted on 11/18/2012 2:43:33 PM PST by Raycpa
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To: Wyrd bið ful aræd
A cat is much more of liberal's pet. Haughty, aloof, entitled, and never thankful for what is given.

You couldn't be more wrong. You apparently have never owned a cat.

38 posted on 11/18/2012 2:46:08 PM PST by Isabel C.
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To: Wyrd bið ful aræd

Which is why I don’t understnd FR’s obsession with cats
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Get over it.

As you know everyone has an aperture that discharges waste and an opinion.

You are definitely ‘allowed’ an opinion, but so are we.

Cats are independent, proud AND self sufficient, only needing a ‘hands up’ from us - MY cats are very thankful and loyal.

Want to go on a trip for 3-4 days, put out a few bowls of dry food (one that he/she doesn’t really like), refill the wet food and water. The cat will pace itself and won’t starve as he/she will have the food they really don’t like as a backup.

Try that with a dog and all the food will be gone by the time you get out of the driveway.

All above traits NOT found in your typical Liberal.


39 posted on 11/18/2012 2:49:55 PM PST by xrmusn (6/98 "Hope in one hand and $hiite in the other and see which fills up first".)
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To: Wyrd bið ful aræd
A cat is much more of liberal's pet. Haughty, aloof, entitled, and never thankful for what is given.

You've never been around the right cats...

Cat's if raised with love, are every bit as loving as any dog.

Mark

40 posted on 11/18/2012 2:51:03 PM PST by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: virgil283

I miss Wink.


41 posted on 11/18/2012 3:08:23 PM PST by aomagrat (Gun owners who vote for democrats are too stupid to own guns.)
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To: DJ MacWoW

I love the two cats we have. What’s great now is they trust me 100%. The best feeling in the world is to get your cat to trust you like that.


42 posted on 11/18/2012 3:10:29 PM PST by Clyde5445
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To: pennyfarmer

When we lived in town, my dogs would go berserk if we were going to the dog park. Forget trying to make it to our favorite mountain hiking trail. And the old man wouldn’t go on a walk without me. From time to time the kiddos would try to take him without me; he would stop just outside the gate waiting for me to catch up.


43 posted on 11/18/2012 3:15:16 PM PST by ican'tbelieveit (School is prison for children who have commited the crime of being born. (attr: St_Thomas_Aquinas))
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To: virgil283

There is sorrow enough in the natural way 
From men and women to fill our day; 
And when we are certain of sorrow in store, 
Why do we always arrange for more? 
Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware 
Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.

Buy a pup and your money will buy 
Love unflinching that cannot lie— 
Perfect passsion and worship fed 
By a kick in the ribs or a pat on the head. 
Nevertheless it is hardly fair 
To risk your heart to a dog to tear.

When the fourteen years which Nature permits 
Are closing in asthma, or tumour, or fits, 
And the vet’s unspoken prescription runs 
To lethal chambers or loaded guns, 
Then you will find—it’s your own affair— 
But ... you’ve given your heart to a dog to tear. 

When the body that lived at your single will, 
With its whimper of welcome, is stilled (how still!) 
When the spirit that answered your every mood 
Is gone—wherever it goes—for good, 
You will discover how much you care, 
And will give your heart to a dog to tear. 

We’ve sorrow enough in the natural way, 
When it comes to burying Christian clay. 
Our loves are not given, but only lent, 
At compound interest of cent per cent. 
Though it is not always the case, I believe, 
That the longer we’ve kept ‘em, the more do we grieve: 
For, when debts are payable, right or wrong, 
A short-term loan is as bad as a long— 
So why in—Heaven (before we are there) 
Should we give our hearts to a dog to tear? 

The Power of the Dog
by 
Rudyard Kipling


44 posted on 11/18/2012 3:54:03 PM PST by glasseye
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To: virgil283

I got my first dog when I was 50. He is a big old walker coon hound who is afraid of thunder, gun fire and vacuum cleaners. He’s 1/4 little boy and takes up half the bed. He loves to play and usually wants to when I’m relaxing on the computer. He does not like the UPS man or the woman across the street. The unconditional love he has for me is amazing. He will be 3 years old next week, dont know exact date, we always celebrate on Thanksgiving. I am truly thankful I met him and allowed him in my life.


45 posted on 11/18/2012 6:04:18 PM PST by mouse1
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To: pennyfarmer

....buddy who gives me dirty looks when I miss. :)..........’..................................................as a teen sometimes I would give dad a dirty look and he’s say “Don’t give me that old dog eye” I understand your dogs dirty look LOL’’


46 posted on 11/18/2012 6:35:29 PM PST by goat granny
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To: Wyrd bið ful aræd

It’s matter of perception. You feed and shelter a dog and it thinks, “Wow, you do all this for me, you must be a god!’’. You do the same for a cat and it thinks, “You do all this for me, I must be a god’’.


47 posted on 11/18/2012 6:49:09 PM PST by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: virgil283
I've been there for quite a few #10s. It is the final kindness and a duty one must never shirk.

I missed one because she was in the hospital and getting better and I was told she'd be coming her home the next day. I've never forgiven myself.

48 posted on 11/18/2012 7:31:10 PM PST by austingirl
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To: Raycpa
Your husband version

Be aware that however I treat you, You will never forget it..... but I will by tomorrow.

Very funny and very true.

49 posted on 11/18/2012 7:36:48 PM PST by austingirl
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To: Wyrd bið ful aræd; All
Cats are conservatives.

—No man is their master
—If the food dish is empty, they're willing to hunt for themselves.
—They choose their friends carefully, and love them unconditionally.

—which takes me off on a tangent—

My greatest shame— I feel like crying when I think of it— of all the sins I beg God's forgiveness for, the very worst in my own mind is that when I was 12 or so I was suddenly, stupidly, unreasoningly cruel to a cat that had known and loved me since I was eight. I was instantly, and forever after, sorry for it, and things were never the same between me and my Tiger. She died of old age twelve or so years later, when I was overseas.

I'm a 48 year old man, and I still want to cry thinking of it.

Be as good to your animals as you want God to be to you. You are god to them, after all, even if they (as cats, or dogs, or fish) express it differently.

50 posted on 11/18/2012 8:08:30 PM PST by ExGeeEye (I'll give y'all 90 days for the wounds to heal; then we start on 2014. Carpe GOP!)
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