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Ann H
post May 9 2005, 01:15 PM
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To my dear friends that reached your hands and hearts out to me and my family in the darkest time of our lives, Clair and I wanted to say thank you all so much. You have all been so kind to me as we have found healing and the strength to walk this devastating journey that none of us wanted to walk but were forced into. I Also wanted to say good-bye and to tell you I will never forget any of you or your precious babies for as long as I live.

Take care and always be kind to each other. Reach out to as many as you can to give them hope and to let them know that someone out that cares and understands. As in the past continue to show compassion as your stretch your hand out to one another.

I will check in on you all from time to time to see how you are all doing. My husband Clair and I thank you all so much for being there for us, for helping us in our journey and making it a little easier to bear. You have been a blessing to us and we are forever thankful.

I too feel like it is time for me to take the next step and try to walk on in this life without my babies by my side. I can not stay here where my trust has been broken. I no longer feel safe to say what is on my mind without an attack being made on me and others. The words that was said to me on LS is just not acceptable to me when I posted my post titled Tears Soaked My Pillow it lead me to post a response titled My Answer To A Hurtful Post.. From there things just got worse. So I feel I can't post my feelings any more. It has been a long hard journey to live without my darling Snookie Cookie and my grandbaby Chili Bean.

I will always carry them in my heart and soul and will hold tight to the love they gave me throughout all the years. Now it is time for me to walk the path alone as I learn to live without my babies. I had rather walk alone than to be hurt on LS again. Maybe for me to keep reading and posting does not let the pain ease as much as it should. So I will stay away and see how it goes. I know I can always come back should I need to.

The tears do not come as often and the pain has lessened a lot for us. We are able to feel joy in other walks of our lives now. My whole family will miss our darling girls Snookie and Chili Bean, we will love them and hold them close to us until we are reunited in Heaven with them. Then as my dear friend Pamela said all that we have lost will be restored to us when the final chapter of our life has been written.
Love, Ann


My girls went to the Rainbow Bridge 6 weeks and 3 days apart.
Snookie had cushing's disease, and later developed diabetes. Both had cancer, Snookie had cancer of the liver, and Chili Bean had cancer of the pallet. Chili Bean was our son's chihuahua but we kept her often throughout her life and she stayed with us for the last 9 months of her life. Chili Bean also had asthma and heart failure. We will see you in Heaven my precious darlings.

Snookie Lynn Howard
2-04-94 - 12-26-04

Senorita Chili Bean Bubbles Howard
11-05-94 - 11-11-04
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post May 9 2005, 02:03 PM
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dearest ann,
thank you for your beautiful words, and for all that you give and have given. i'll never forget your words to me when i posted about the death of my beloved jupiter.
may you find even more joy in your life, and be supported in that, by the spirits of snookie cookie and chili bean
sending you my love
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post May 9 2005, 02:17 PM
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I too will never forget the kindness you showed me when I first posted here. Thank you, Ann. You are a blessing to many. I will see you and your girls at the Bridge one day...


Alice Mae Bennett ("Allie") was born around May of 2003. She came home to us in July. On March 10, 2005, she became ill with a condition called mesenteric torsion or volvulus. It is a twisting of the small intestine which is nearly impossible to diagnose. Once symptoms begin it is usually too late to save the intestine by surgical means. There are no known ways to prevent it and its causes are also unknown. It is extremely rare, especially in medium-size females like Allie. It is more common in males of large breeds, like German Shepherds.

Allie was a sweet, happy and loving soul. I will miss her every day. Thanks for giving us these last two years, little girl. We'll always treasure them.
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post May 9 2005, 02:36 PM
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My angel sent Ann Howard. Thank you!!! I will be searching for your spirtit on that great day!! Love you always. Pamela

Moose, you were a gift for my heart and my soul. I am so thankful to have had you. I love you forever My Mooser.1995-2004
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post May 9 2005, 03:00 PM
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Dear Ann,

I've been touched by all your stories and pictures of your girls, but mostly I've been touched by your strength and kindness. As Pamela said, you are an angel, and you've helped so many people here including me. I will be forever grateful for all the kind things you've said about Shiloh, and for all the support you've given me.

Take good care, Ann.

PS - I posted this statement to Jim, but wanted you to know that it applied to you too...

I've often said that the one good thing that came from Shiloh's passing was that I met some wonderful people who really did renew my faith in humanity...and you, Ann, were one of them.

Shiloh and Hobbie, you're both gone from my arms, but forever in my heart.

1999 - Sept. 17, 2004

Aug. 14, 1996 - May 30, 2005
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post May 9 2005, 05:54 PM
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Dear Ann,
I'm sorry you are leaving however I understand your need to move on. I appreciate all your words of support. Thank your being here. I wish you and Claire the best.



Furbabies waiting for me at Rainbow Bridge.....

Tigger - 2008 - "My Tig Wee"
Merlin - 2006 - "Goofy Boy"
Gandalf - 2005 - "Little Buddy"
Dorian - 2004 - "Daddy's Baby Girl Kitty"
Friskie - 2004 - "Good Kitty Boy"
Spike - 2001 - "Piggy Puppy"
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post May 9 2005, 06:03 PM
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Dear Ann,
Thank you for all the compassion and love you've shown me. You made me feel so accepted when I first came here. Thank you for looking at the pictures of Jasmine and reading about her life. I wish you peace and love as you move on. You are an amazing person and I know you'll be just fine!!

"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."
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Rusty's Mom
post May 9 2005, 06:34 PM
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Dear Ann,

My thanks to you for the kindness you've shown me. You've been an inspiration to so many and your caring and concern for others will never be forgotten. Wishing you and Clair all the best. I'm grateful to have met you and to have read about the life you shared with your precious Snookie and Chili Bean.

Take care.


Rusty, I will always love you and never forget you. Thank you for more than 7 wonderful years.

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post May 9 2005, 08:24 PM
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Much love to you, Ann...thanks for being a great friend....I'll be checking in on you from time to time.....

"Daddies Little Man"
September 22, 1992 -- August 18, 2004

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post May 10 2005, 01:11 AM
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Ann, I'm still recently new here, but just want to thank you for all of your kinds words that you have given to this community. You have reached out to numerous people, and that in itself deserves a big Thank You!

I wish you the best with your decisions, and will look forward to hearing from you in the future. Snookie Cookie and my grandbaby Chili Bean, will be thought of, as will all those that we miss so dearly.

Take Care,
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post May 10 2005, 06:10 AM
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Dear Ann,

I will miss your words of wisdom and insights of love ~ thank you for being there for me the past months ~ my heart has begun to heal from the caring and compassion of you and all the others here who so kindly have extended their spirituality and comforting thoughts to us all ~ Sincere Thanks ~ Kathryn

Peace Be With You ~ Kathryn ~ Angel Amber ~ Angel CC~ and Sammie

I lost my Amber Tabby Girl of nearly 20 years on 3/28/05 after a valiant battle with end stage CRF. Always a beacon in the storm ~ steady and true.

C.C was my purebred White Angora I lost to cancer on 10/22/05 at age 13~ A Big Gentle yet Oddly Eccentric Creature ~Through his congenital deaf ness ~He brought an innocent joy to my life and light to my heart

I also adopted an 8 yr old Burmese named Samantha who led me back into my own room ~ still a stranger to me ~ she sweetly gives peace to Amber's final days spent there and lights my way to see in the darkness of the spaces that my precious CC has left behind.
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post May 10 2005, 06:04 PM
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Dear Ann,

Though I am sorry that you are leaving, I understand that you need to move into the next chapter of your life. You've been a tremendous source of support to those who have come here, grief-stricken and broken. Only when we have experienced pain so deeply can we reach out and touch others.

We wish you and your husband well. We hope and pray that as you continue on in life you will hold the memories of your precious Snookie and Chili Bean close. They are not here with you physically, but don't doubt for a moment their spiritual presence surrounds you and the wonderful truth that you will be with them again one day.

Perhaps one day down the road, you will open your hearts again to love other precious fur angels.

May God bless you and yours,

With great love,

~ a voice for the voiceless ~
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post May 10 2005, 11:14 PM
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Ann- thank you for all of your kind words and thoughts. You are a giving and loving soul and I will miss reading your posts. You were always so kind to respond to everyone, no matter what the topic. Take care of yourself...

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post May 10 2005, 11:51 PM
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Dear Ann
I feel I have come to know you so very well over the last 5 months through the postings you have made about your darling Snookie girl and little Chilli Bean. Your love for your furbabies is such a wonderful lesson in caring and devotion.

You are a very special and dear person and your love for your family and your darling furbabies is an example to us all. I will never forget you, and all the wonderful pictures of your precious babies will be forever in my mind as I picture them running and playing happily now at RB.

I love especially the picture of Snookie girl in her little jumper and the dear picture of her with her ears sticking out when she was excited. When ever you posted a new picture of Snookie it always made me think, "Oh, bless dear Snookie" ... that was the effect seeing a picture of her had on me ... your beautiful girl always touched my heart so very much, she was such a very special little darling.

Bless you dear Ann and I hope you will pop in sometimes as I sure am going to miss you so very much.

with love

ELLIE, my beautiful precious baby. 1st Sept 2003 - 3rd Dec 2004.
Rest peacefully my little sweetheart.
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post May 12 2005, 09:28 PM
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In a world that has often been full of tears and sorrow since I lost Sonnie on Christmas, having you here to talk to has been a bright spot. You gave me something else to care about when I thought nothing else was there. I thank you for that from the bottom of my heart. Should you decide to contact me, I think you'll find a way. Someone has my email address - the one that I actually check!

I too am leaving - not because I'm over the grief but because I don't like the direction I've been seeing here. I don't come here very often anymore, so I can't possibly have any problems with another member as someone tried to accuse me of in another post. I'm just tired of not getting the support I used to get from here. I hope that the new people that come here looking for support and a sympathetic ear find it. This is a wonderful concept for a website, especially since there are so few pet loss support groups. Maybe it is time for a change. I just won't be here to see it.

Thank you to everyone who listened and offered caring support. Good luck to everyone. May God help you heal and understand why He does the things He does when He does them.


May we all have the strength to make the right decisions for our furbabies.

I love and miss you so much, Sonnie-dog.
Adopted: April, 1999
Deceased: Christmas, 2004
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post May 14 2005, 01:00 AM
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I am very sorry to hear that you are leaving and I will miss your support. You were one of the first to respond to the loss of my baby girl. I will miss your kind words and may God Bless you and your husband. My love to the both of you.

Kyra my sweet, sweet baby you will be forever in our hearts. You are all around us in the air, the snow, the sun beating down. May you watch down on us and protect us still.
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post May 19 2005, 01:00 AM
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Dear Ann,
As you know I was away for awhile and to be honest with you, I am surprised to read that you are leaving this wonderful, awesome place many of us feel like a part of home, with caring family type of friends.

At any rate ~ in keeping the site issues ~ Thank you for always being so caring and thoughtful to all of us who came here with our broken hearts and felt like it was the end of the world when we cried our hearts out in pain with the passing of our loved ones. You have been so instrumental............and many others, as well in helping me make it to the next day when I lost Esabella. We shared so much about our lives with Snookie, Chili Bean and my Bella in a happy, comforting manner.

You have touched my heart in so many ways and I hope that I will touch yours with my thanks and to wish you peaceful, happiness as you journey on in your life with your lovely family.

PLease stay in touch as I would like to hear how you are doing.

God Bless You ~ My Friend~

I will miss you.

With Love,

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post May 19 2005, 09:50 PM
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Dear Ann, I am very new to this sight, but I can see that you have offered much compassion and love to many of us who have lost the furbuddies. I was very sad to read your feelings where hurt too. What an awful experience to be searching for somewhere needing support yourself and giving it so freely only to have your feelings hurt during your time of sorrow. I am truely sorry. I am glad you are doing better though. God speed your heart to mend quickly. Tina
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