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ann
post Apr 1 2012, 01:22 AM
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Hi Everyone, I'm not sure why I stopped by LS tonight..It will be 4 yrs in June when I lost my boy...4yrs. wow doesn't seem that long at all. Being honest, it still hurts. I read only the 1st post I saw and I needn't go any furthur..Truely my heart breaks for all..

I spent the 1st yr of my loss, litteraly crying everyday...Didn't do much for my physical and mental health, needless to say my
relationships with friends and family..Pretty much shut myself off of everything...But, we all deal with it differently..I will never forget the support of so many people here, and I hope I helped them as much as they have helped me...

I still have a hard time looking at his pictures (even though I have them above my computer and on my locker at work and on my
i.d. badge, in my car, still.) but I just don't want to forget him and the others I've lost...About 4 mo. after my loss, I decided to voulenteer at
my local shelter and have been there ever since...It's still challanging, but it has taught me to how to "let go"..So many beautiful
animals have come and gone and so many I had become attached to, and a few I found homes for, which has brought me great joy.

I've since adopted 2 disable kitties with cerabella, that have filled my heart..(although an empty space remains)...They are so loving and fun
and are living the good life...Life has not been kind to them, but they don't know that because of the love and care we give them. They require some extra work and care, but
well worth it..And I would recommend to anyone not to be afraid of adopting a special needs pet... I know alot of you are saying never again, no more pets, can never go thru this again...but more than likely you will, and you'll know when the time is right..I have a few videos of them on youtube under "wdapcb" if anyone needs a smile, check it out.

I even found a stray in my yard that has been hanging around a few years now.(Mr. Peaches).Can not for the life of me understand how he has
survived the elements, weather and wild animals...but he has, and I feed him just about everyday..still, he won't let me go near him,
but maybe someday...that's ok..I look forward to doing it and I know he appreciates it..

I can't say my heart has healed, I can't say I'm guilt free, still, but was there a reason for all this? Maybe getting invovled in helping
animals is what I'm meant to do..Not sure....No need to reply to this post...Just wanted everyone to know that I wish all of you
a speedy recovery in your grief, and I'm sorry for your loss...I hope you all find comfort here at LS, as I did...Take Care...Ann
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Gretta's Mom
post Apr 1 2012, 07:02 AM
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Hello Never Forgot

Thank you SO much for your post. I'm just coming up on one year. My Gretta 9the kindest chocolate lab who ever lived) passed into the Perfect World on April 10 last year. You're right, I still cry. My heart still hurts. Not desperately like at first, but I've hit a plateau that I think is permanent - and that's good. Yeah, I promised Gretta that nobody would ever sleep on her orthopedice dog bed, nobody would ever eat or drink at her "restaurant". But, like you, Gretta send a little brother into my life to fill my empty arms - Rufus, the 100# lab-newfie. Like you, I volunteered at the local Humane Society for many years before I adopted Gretta - live in small apartments which didn't allow pets. Then some good fortune stuck me, and I moved to a larger place and convinced them to allow me a dog. (There are 4 units here and now 4 dogs!)

Thank you for the glimpse of life long after a huge loss. That there is still a hole in the heart - and always will be - but we can share our lives and our hearts with others of God's creatures. A pet loss counselor told me right after gretta passed that animals choose their time of arrival and their time of departure. Your story tells that clearly.

Thank you for giving us a guiding light and a caring heart.

Gretta's mom
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moon_beam
post Apr 1 2012, 10:03 AM
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Hi, Ann, thank you so much for sharing with us how you're doing, and for the WONDERFUL testimony of your eternal love bond with your beloved Arthur. It is true that no matter how much time continues with our earthly journey that there remains an empty placae in our hearts for our companions who precede us to the angels. It is because they take a part of us with them - - the part that only belongs to them - - so that they will have a part of us with them while they patiently wait for our appropriate time to join them in eternal joy. Until that time comes, our hearts are comforted with the blessing of their sweet Living Spirit forever in our hearts and our memories as we struggle to find a "new normal" that will honor them and the eternal love bond we share with them.

May I offer you my sincerest congratulations on your new precious companions. I hope you and your new companions will enjoy a long, happy, and healthy earthly journey together. The amazing thing about the heart - - whatever the life form - - is that it has the incredible capacity to give - - and receive - - love. The more love it gives the more room there is to receive it. Each relationship we have is unique because each precious companion is a unique individual. Each relationship is never meant to "replace" the loves we are already blessed to have but rather to add to the love we can share.

Thank you so very much for stopping by to share with us how you're doing, Ann. I hope life is treating you kindly. Please know you continue to be in my thoughts and prayers, and always look forward to knowing how things are going for you.

Peace and blessings,
moon_beam


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The most blessed way I have of knowing God's comforting love and grace is to look into the eyes and heart of God's creatures' sweet angelic face.
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ann
post Apr 2 2012, 12:14 AM
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QUOTE (Gretta's Mom @ Apr 1 2012, 08:02 AM) *
Hello Never Forgot

Thank you SO much for your post. I'm just coming up on one year. My Gretta 9the kindest chocolate lab who ever lived) passed into the Perfect World on April 10 last year. You're right, I still cry. My heart still hurts. Not desperately like at first, but I've hit a plateau that I think is permanent - and that's good. Yeah, I promised Gretta that nobody would ever sleep on her orthopedice dog bed, nobody would ever eat or drink at her "restaurant". But, like you, Gretta send a little brother into my life to fill my empty arms - Rufus, the 100# lab-newfie. Like you, I volunteered at the local Humane Society for many years before I adopted Gretta - live in small apartments which didn't allow pets. Then some good fortune stuck me, and I moved to a larger place and convinced them to allow me a dog. (There are 4 units here and now 4 dogs!)

Thank you for the glimpse of life long after a huge loss. That there is still a hole in the heart - and always will be - but we can share our lives and our hearts with others of God's creatures. A pet loss counselor told me right after gretta passed that animals choose their time of arrival and their time of departure. Your story tells that clearly.

Thank you for giving us a guiding light and a caring heart.

Gretta's mom

Hi Gretta's mom, glad to hear your still active with the humane society, sorry for your loss, but wishing you long and happy memories with Rufus...Never take him for granted, savory every moment with him..Sounds like Gretta sprinkled some luck dusk on
you in getting a place where you can have him...Interesting on what the pet loss counselor told you, yes it's true..Best of Luck..Ann
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ann
post Apr 2 2012, 12:22 AM
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QUOTE (moon_beam @ Apr 1 2012, 11:03 AM) *
Hi, Ann, thank you so much for sharing with us how you're doing, and for the WONDERFUL testimony of your eternal love bond with your beloved Arthur. It is true that no matter how much time continues with our earthly journey that there remains an empty placae in our hearts for our companions who precede us to the angels. It is because they take a part of us with them - - the part that only belongs to them - - so that they will have a part of us with them while they patiently wait for our appropriate time to join them in eternal joy. Until that time comes, our hearts are comforted with the blessing of their sweet Living Spirit forever in our hearts and our memories as we struggle to find a "new normal" that will honor them and the eternal love bond we share with them.

May I offer you my sincerest congratulations on your new precious companions. I hope you and your new companions will enjoy a long, happy, and healthy earthly journey together. The amazing thing about the heart - - whatever the life form - - is that it has the incredible capacity to give - - and receive - - love. The more love it gives the more room there is to receive it. Each relationship we have is unique because each precious companion is a unique individual. Each relationship is never meant to "replace" the loves we are already blessed to have but rather to add to the love we can share.

Thank you so very much for stopping by to share with us how you're doing, Ann. I hope life is treating you kindly. Please know you continue to be in my thoughts and prayers, and always look forward to knowing how things are going for you.

Peace and blessings,
moon_beam

Hi Moon Beam, ahh, very well said...they take quite a big part of us with them indeed..Yes, I'm doing ok now. One thing I can say
about my Arthur is that I never took him for granted..Held on to everyday as if it was the last. Unfortunately the last came way too soon for both of us...that's life and boy do we learn from it....As much as the loss hurts, there's always room in our hearts for more
and for that, I know that I will never be alone in my life....take care...Ann
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post Apr 10 2012, 12:28 AM
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QUOTE (ann @ Apr 1 2012, 01:22 AM) *
Hi Everyone, I'm not sure why I stopped by LS tonight..It will be 4 yrs in June when I lost my boy...4yrs. wow doesn't seem that long at all. Being honest, it still hurts. I read only the 1st post I saw and I needn't go any furthur..Truely my heart breaks for all..

I spent the 1st yr of my loss, litteraly crying everyday...Didn't do much for my physical and mental health, needless to say my
relationships with friends and family..Pretty much shut myself off of everything...But, we all deal with it differently..I will never forget the support of so many people here, and I hope I helped them as much as they have helped me...

I still have a hard time looking at his pictures (even though I have them above my computer and on my locker at work and on my
i.d. badge, in my car, still.) but I just don't want to forget him and the others I've lost...About 4 mo. after my loss, I decided to voulenteer at
my local shelter and have been there ever since...It's still challanging, but it has taught me to how to "let go"..So many beautiful
animals have come and gone and so many I had become attached to, and a few I found homes for, which has brought me great joy.

I've since adopted 2 disable kitties with cerabella, that have filled my heart..(although an empty space remains)...They are so loving and fun
and are living the good life...Life has not been kind to them, but they don't know that because of the love and care we give them. They require some extra work and care, but
well worth it..And I would recommend to anyone not to be afraid of adopting a special needs pet... I know alot of you are saying never again, no more pets, can never go thru this again...but more than likely you will, and you'll know when the time is right..I have a few videos of them on youtube under "wdapcb" if anyone needs a smile, check it out.

I even found a stray in my yard that has been hanging around a few years now.(Mr. Peaches).Can not for the life of me understand how he has
survived the elements, weather and wild animals...but he has, and I feed him just about everyday..still, he won't let me go near him,
but maybe someday...that's ok..I look forward to doing it and I know he appreciates it..

I can't say my heart has healed, I can't say I'm guilt free, still, but was there a reason for all this? Maybe getting invovled in helping
animals is what I'm meant to do..Not sure....No need to reply to this post...Just wanted everyone to know that I wish all of you
a speedy recovery in your grief, and I'm sorry for your loss...I hope you all find comfort here at LS, as I did...Take Care...Ann



Thank u for sharing your post, yesterday makes three months of losing my cat Casper i had her since i was 6yrs old and lost her wen i was 22 she was only 15 yrs old would of been 16 next month and honestly its still so hard everyone says time will heal but for me i dont see that happening its still o hard. theres three other animals in mi house but noone will ever replace the hole she left in my heart when she had passed.


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