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Letter to Santa, from a shelter dog
DogHeirs ^

Posted on 12/25/2013 5:04:44 PM PST by US Navy Vet

Dear Santa Claws,

Some people don’t believe in you, but I do, because last year you brought me a tube of tennis balls, some yummy treats, a new dog sweater, and a plush, fleecy blue sheep that goes “Baaa-aaa-aaa” when I squeeze and chew on him. I stayed awake a long time next to the fireplace on Christmas Eve, waiting for you to come down, but I never did see you. Just my human Mom and Dad putting some packages under the tree. Thank you for those nice gifts last year! You are pretty special if you can sneak in past me!

This year I only want one thing for me for Christmas, and I promise, promise, promise that I’ve been good. My human Mom and Dad and sister and brother need your help a lot more than I do. See, Santa, my Dad lost something that was important to him this summer… something called a “job.” I looked for it all over the house and yard, but I don’t know what a job looks or smells like, so I couldn’t find it. He stayed upset for a very long time, and Mom got upset too, and they yelled at each other, and my brother and sister cried, and I don’t really understand.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: doggieping; pets; sad
Sad Read.
1 posted on 12/25/2013 5:04:44 PM PST by US Navy Vet
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To: US Navy Vet

I can’t do it.


2 posted on 12/25/2013 5:06:40 PM PST by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.))
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To: US Navy Vet

Not related, but still:
https://youtube.googleapis.com/v/8D-OL-KQOt4


3 posted on 12/25/2013 5:07:11 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: Joe 6-pack

ping


4 posted on 12/25/2013 5:12:04 PM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: US Navy Vet

Anyone who thinks it’s cool to buy a dog instead of rescuing a dog needs to read this.


5 posted on 12/25/2013 5:16:08 PM PST by chrisinoc
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To: US Navy Vet

I don’t mean to be “heartless” especially not on Christmas Day, BUT:

“Right after that, Dad started staying home all the time and worrying and drinking beer and yelling and sleeping too much. Mom went out and found a different “job” but I guess it isn’t a very special one, like the one Dad lost”

Maybe if “Dad” would spent his time working hard at trying to get another job, there would have been a better outcome...


6 posted on 12/25/2013 5:16:10 PM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Innovative

“Right after that, Dad started staying home all the time and worrying and drinking beer and yelling and sleeping too much. Mom went out and found a different “job” but I guess it’s a very special one, cause he keeps telling her
she’s “sitting on a gold mine”.

While I’m up for a good tear jerker from time to time
right now I’m about worn out.


7 posted on 12/25/2013 5:20:22 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: US Navy Vet
“Dad started staying home all the time and worrying and drinking beer and yelling............”

You can buy a lot of dog food for what it costs to drink. Yelling at my wife in front of our 120lb Rott/Lab mix rescue dog, even by me, would not be a good career move.

8 posted on 12/25/2013 5:37:12 PM PST by CrazyIvan (Obama phones= Bread and circuits.)
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To: tet68

I feel bad for the dog, but I wish they hadn’t started the article with trying to make us feel sorry for the beer-drinking, abusive “Dad” who sleeps and yells, watches his wife get a job, instead of working hard to find a job himself. He should be put into a “shelter”.


9 posted on 12/25/2013 5:37:19 PM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: US Navy Vet

Rescued Pup 

The last day of work for my wife in Texas before we moved from Texas back to Mississippi she adopted two pups from a co-worker who was taking them to the pound. They are mix breed Terriers and litter mates. This is a picture of Semper (male). She told him he better get packed up as we were leaving in the morning. and he packed himself in my travel bag and promptly fell asleep.

 photo SemperPacked1_zpse2c0a469.jpg

This is him before his nap time took him over.

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Oh we can't forget about his sister Fi

A Black and White Cutie

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We are all living happly in Mississippi this Christmas day

10 posted on 12/25/2013 5:42:25 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: CatherineofAragon

I could not read it either.


11 posted on 12/25/2013 5:45:56 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Awww!

Adorable pups. Glad to hear you rescued them and gave them a good home.


12 posted on 12/25/2013 5:46:28 PM PST by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: US Navy Vet

We have a German Shepherd-bloodhound mix, a basset, and a mix-mix. All shelter dogs. All abandoned. And all now part of the family.


13 posted on 12/25/2013 5:52:02 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: chrisinoc

Rescued dogs seem more grateful.


14 posted on 12/25/2013 5:53:28 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: US Navy Vet
Here is a photo taken today of our Moose...a chiweenie rescue who has brought us so much joy!!

 photo ChristmasMoose_zps84899c89.jpg

15 posted on 12/25/2013 5:54:43 PM PST by ~Vor~ (Freeper since 10/98)
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To: CatherineofAragon

Just...gutted.

And ~my~ spoiled slobs are annoyed and bickering because they can’t *all* fit on the sofa with me.

Wish they could read, too.

:(


16 posted on 12/25/2013 5:58:34 PM PST by Salamander (Hey, Jack the Ripper, won't you come on over... hook me up to the power lines of your love...)
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To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; SandRat; arbooz; potlatch; afraidfortherepublic; ...
WOOOF!

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17 posted on 12/25/2013 5:59:22 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Soooo cute! I can actually feel their silky softness right through the computer monitor. I wonder what kind of “terrier” is supposed to be part of their heritage? Surely not one of the larger breeds, judging from their paws. Give them a big hug from me!


18 posted on 12/25/2013 6:00:30 PM PST by EinNYC
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To: Salamander

Yeah, I’m glad I didn’t go there.

When I hear something like what you just said, it makes me feel GOOD. I know that at least some dogs have good lives, and are loved.


19 posted on 12/25/2013 6:03:07 PM PST by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.))
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To: Red_Devil 232

So adorable I can’t stand it


20 posted on 12/25/2013 6:03:44 PM PST by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.))
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To: EinNYC

They came from a small breed of Terrier and are now 7 months old and weigh about 40 pounds, probably about as big as they will get and are laying on the couch with my wife right now, helping to keep her warm. They have the run of an acre of a chain link fenced yard and the house. They have full belly’s right now. They are Happy Happy Happy Pups. It is good to have them around.


21 posted on 12/25/2013 6:18:37 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: CatherineofAragon

My mom won’t come to visit because my house is dog-centric.

There’s no “good sofas”, just This End Up twin beds so they have room to stretch.

No floors you can “eat off of”.

You sit down, you *will* take home souvenir dog hairs.

She gripes because I’m always in t shirts, sneaks and jeans.

$100+ month that could go to ‘nicer clothes’ goes to good dog food.

The yard doesn’t look like a golf course.

There’s ruts where they run.

Can’t have a conversation because they all go off [like they’re supposed to] when the neighbor goes up the lane.

We don’t go out for long trips or vacations because the dogs need taken care of and I don’t trust *anybody* with them.

They’re my life, just like I’m theirs.

She thinks this is “horrible”.

I think it’s heaven.

But both Dobes have connived their way up here with me now and 180 pounds of hot bodies are slowly shoving me off onto the floor. ;D

[OTOH, if she knew about the Boas]....LOL


22 posted on 12/25/2013 6:21:50 PM PST by Salamander (Hey, Jack the Ripper, won't you come on over... hook me up to the power lines of your love...)
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To: US Navy Vet

Shared on Facebook


23 posted on 12/25/2013 6:46:45 PM PST by verga (The devil is in the details)
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To: Red_Devil 232

God Bless you.


24 posted on 12/25/2013 6:52:05 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: US Navy Vet

I’m having difficulty reading my monitor for some reason.


25 posted on 12/25/2013 6:55:15 PM PST by Retired Chemist
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To: Salamander

Merry Christmas Salamander... Your Mom don’t know what she’s missing. Mine would probably adopt you ‘cause she doesn’t have a daughter appreciates odd folks.

Unfortunately she’s a bit wary of snakes. ;)


26 posted on 12/25/2013 6:57:50 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Jonty30

Dogs know more about life and death,suffering and loneliness than most people do.
When you bring a shelter dog home,I think they know that you just gave them their life back.Same thing for horses and cats too.I had a rescue horse save MY life in return once.


27 posted on 12/25/2013 7:20:36 PM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

How does she feel about goats?

:)

[Pinky would change her mind...she does not consider herself a snake at all..more like a long, skinny puppy]


28 posted on 12/25/2013 7:40:30 PM PST by Salamander (Hey, Jack the Ripper, won't you come on over... hook me up to the power lines of your love...)
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To: US Navy Vet

I would starve before I took my dog to the pound. He’s as much a member of my family as is my wife.

It would never come to that because I would move the Earth to make ends meet. I’ve spent my entire life preparing, part of which means I work like I want to make my employers happy...they always are. I realize sometimes circumstances go beyond that and I got caught there once. My division closed. I was “out on the streets”. I cut my expenses to the bone and spent every waking hour making people want my services. It wasn’t long until I was working again.

The dog? He will eat before me.

It makes me want to go rescue one now though.


29 posted on 12/25/2013 7:41:29 PM PST by Malsua
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To: Malsua

Kind of how my wife and I think about the dogs that have adopted us over the years.


30 posted on 12/25/2013 8:11:11 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: US Navy Vet
I already have two. :-)


31 posted on 12/25/2013 8:34:45 PM PST by gura (If Allah is so great, why does he need fat sexually confused fanboys to do his dirty work? -iowahawk)
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To: Malsua
We rescued him sorta. He had the puppy mange, herniated belly button and looked funny as a puppy. No one wanted him. We immediately fell in love with him...he's a year on Jan 6.


32 posted on 12/25/2013 8:55:24 PM PST by Malsua
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To: US Navy Vet

The end of the story...

So Santa came and found good homes for all the animals in all of the shelters and they all lived happily ever after. The End.

(O.K....I know this is total pie in the sky, but the story made my heart hurt.)


33 posted on 12/25/2013 8:57:43 PM PST by berdie
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To: Malsua
The Saturday after Thanksgiving (this year) a yellow lab showed up in my back yard. She made no effort to leave (in any direction) and not long after a dog that I recognized from the neighborhood also came to visit. We were working outside on ladders and while it gave me a birds-eye view of the dogs, I had no control of what they did (the neighborhood dog crossed the street several times). I climbed down and decided to take that one home (again). The yellow lab followed and when no one was at home to accept the one dog they both followed me back home.

The lab seemed to be bleeding from the rear (not in heat) so I came in and called the local PD. Nope, no one had reported her missing, try Animal Control. I called them and since the one seemed injured they came and collected both dogs (was taking the known one home and hopefully reading the owner the riot act).

Anyway, the lab was posted on the AC website for the required 8 days and I felt so guilty for turning her in. No one claimed her so I went in and adopted her. She is an old girl but so sweet.

Vet visit showed she had a tumor in her rectum (the bleeding) and she is also heartworm positive. The vet cut out the tumor, stitched her up and sent her home with me. We will not treat for heartworm since she is about 10 years old and probably also has cancer.

But, she has a home with us for however long she lives. A wonderful dog and my 6 year old Shepherd accepts her.

The only thing that I am angry about (yes, angry) is that she was obviously "dumped" by her owners. Even if they could not afford treatment, they could have taken her to our no-kill shelter (who is also Animal Control for the county) and while they have a $25 fee for owner surrender, if things were that tight I am sure they would have waived that.

There are some bittersweet but happy endings for these guys. I can't help but feel that she was given to me for a reason and I will do the best that I can for her.

34 posted on 12/25/2013 9:01:58 PM PST by Abby4116
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To: Abby4116

I’ve had labs. They are without doubt one of the most loyal dogs that exist. That someone could dump one is incomprehensible to me. It’s not in me to understand it. I could no more dump a dog than I could cut off my leg.

It lightens my heart that you’ve given succor to a dog that others have abandoned. It seems that there is a plan and both you and the dog are the better for it.


35 posted on 12/25/2013 9:10:54 PM PST by Malsua
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To: Salamander

No idea about goats... probably the animus towards snakes is due to the blacksnakes that get into her bluebird house and eat all the babies.


36 posted on 12/26/2013 5:53:59 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Jonty30
Rescued dogs seem more grateful.

Back in 2000 we rescued a nine month old Husky/Aussie Sheppard mix. She is the kindest and most gentle dog I have met.

This past October we rescued a 1 1/2 year old German Sheppard/Aussie Sheppard mix. She was taken by the local court from a very bad situation.

This new dog is just as kind and laid back as our Husky gal. She always has a smile on her face and has settled in with the rest of our family.

These two shelter dogs have shown us how smart they are as they both are happy, gentle, and carefree. We thank God every day that we were able to make a loving home for these two wonderful pups.

37 posted on 12/26/2013 10:48:07 AM PST by OldMissileer
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To: Salamander
You don't look back on your life and smile because your yard was rutless and smooth, or you kept pet hair off your furniture. Those aren't the things that matter.

"Can’t have a conversation because they all go off [like they’re supposed to] when the neighbor goes up the lane."

Well, they do quiet down eventually, so what's the problem? My sister-in-law used to have a big German Shepherd...he was trained for protection. It's a German word; I can't think of it at the moment but I know you know it. When the dog visited with her, he would react the same way to strangers. But he was being a good boy by doing so. I loved that dog.....it's been four years, and I miss him still.

"[OTOH, if she knew about the Boas]....LOL"

LOL!

38 posted on 12/26/2013 11:22:25 AM PST by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.))
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To: CatherineofAragon
My mother is mortified of Dobermanns.

She'd never survive the 10 minute pre-bark/bark/post-bark Intruder Routine they have perfected.

Yeah, then there's those Boas.

;D

*My* only “regret” would be that I would've saved more critters, if I could've.

I like my dog-centric life just fine.

She is lonely since dad died and I've suggested she get a dog a hundred times.

She won't.

The loneliness is less than the loathing, I reckon.

39 posted on 12/26/2013 12:32:11 PM PST by Salamander (Hey, Jack the Ripper, won't you come on over... hook me up to the power lines of your love...)
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before and after

40 posted on 12/26/2013 11:03:41 PM PST by KneelBeforeZod (I have five dollars for each of you)
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