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                                              Barbara's Valentine
                                     From the CD Romance day parts
                                                   Chip Davis

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GUARDIANS OF THE RAINBOW BRIDGE

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                          GOODBYE FROM MY FRIENDS
                                     If it should be that I grow weak and pain
                                                 should keep me from my sleep: Then you
                                                 must do what must be done, for this last
                                                             battle can't be won.
 
                                              You will be sad, I understand: but don't let grief
                                               then stay your hand. For this day more than all the rest,
                                                       Your love for me must stand the test.
 
                                            We've had so many happy years, what is to come
                                            can hold no fears. You don't want me to suffer so, the
                                                    time has come, please let me go.
 
                                             Take me where my needs, they'll tend, but please
                                             stay with me til the end. To hold me close and speak to me 
                                                          until my eyes no longer see
 
                                            I know in time you will agree, it was a kindness done
                                             for me. Although my tail it's last has waved, from pain
                                                           and suffering I am saved.
 
                                            Please do not grieve that it was you who had this
                                            painful thing to do, We've been so close, we two, these
                                            years: and don't let your heart
                                                         hold any tears
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                                                     SOCKS
                                            2002- 18 Sept 2017

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                                                               LENA
                                                     2001- 8 Sept 2016

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JESSIE JAMES 5 weeks old June 2000

                                            JESSIE JAMES  
                                 June 2000- 9 July 2016
 
 
Rescue from same local hotel parking lot, he was 5 weeks old and needed a bath. Born June 2000.  I was sitting in the car when this little unnamed tuxcedo kitty was dropped in my lap. Got his name before we even left the lot. He grew up to be a little porker, last weigh in was 18 pounds.....he loves to eat. Jessie had his thing to do, who needed a clock when every morning between 2 & 3am, he would howl, bang and pull on the doors so they shook. sooner or later somebody was gonna get up to feed him.
 
Jessie joins his brother Wheezer and sister Perky-lee today. Jessie started going down hill this past week, retreating to the basement. We could always be hopeful he just was not feeling well or something scared him, but he just stopped eating and drank very little water, sleeping alot.  I could not stand by and watch him fade for another week. today. Shelby  has her cat mom ears on will be waiting at the bridge for him.
 
Noodle stayed by  his side all week, sleeping side by side on the blankie, now she is looking for him. They all know when somebody is gone. When Mandy passed away, Annette's golden Stella sat in the middle of the side walk, lookking for her. Lottie misses Shelby too.
 
 

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THE DIRT FELL OUT AND I WAS JUST PUTTING IT BACK

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JESSIE JAMES

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THIS IS THE EXSACT MEASUREMENT

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GOT THE HINT YET

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Jessie James kitten headaches

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Jessie 15 Mar 2012

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Jessie hogging the cat nip

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WHEEZER

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WHEEZER 5 weeks old 1999

                                        WHEEZER
                            1 Jun 1999-  27 May 2015
 
Born 1 Jun 1999 rescued from local motel  parking lot sioux falls, got his name for wheezing in my ear for three days. He was 5 weeks old. He would had been 16 in June. Wheez lived all his life with a nose issue, chronic sinus fare ups, not much could be done for him, just medication when he started, seem to help alittle. Wheezer was the 2nd rescue, his sister Purkie-Lee was also 5 weeks. Brother Jessie James is the last of the three.

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CAT SCAN

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WHEEZER 2012

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WHEEZER 2010

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SHELBY

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SHELBY 2004

                                           SHELBY LYNN                                  
                                   29 Dec 2004-  16 Jun 2014

My Petco special puppy. Just so happened a adoption was going on the day I got her. She looked up at with those sad eyes, of course I knew all along she working me. The lady asked if I wanted to hold her, of course who could resist.  Annette stolled by with her shopping cart and gave me the look, shook her head and later told me, she knew Shelly was coming home with me.
 
When I got up to check out with no dog in toll, she didn't say much, until we got in the truck and asked "WELL", I said she was only 40.00, handed me the check book and my soon to be best friend was on her way to her forever home.
 
The story was, Shelby was Golden retriver, German Shephard mix, hmmmm, that tell tail white ring of fur around her neck told a different story, she forgot to mention the border collie and thank god the other two straits out did the wild border collie.
 
Shelby had a special way about her, always taking in  and protecting the little creatures, from wood ducks to kittens and putting up with silly hats and dress up. She never chased a ball or caught a frissbe or stick, she was just my pal and that was ok with me.
 
I hoped to have a few more years with Shelby, but that was not to be. As I held her tight and felt her spirit leave her body, I knew she was at peace now.............missing her alot

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                                       MICKEY      1994- Feb 2014
                                 Beloved kitty pal of my sister Virginina Berdoff

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DEBBIE AND MUNSON

                                                         MUNSON
                                              31 Oct 2006-  4 Oct 2013
                                 Beloved best buddy of Debbie Berdoff

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MUNSON AND JUNIPURR

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The Good Vet Guide
To my dearest friend.
 
I stood by your bed last night; I came to have a peep.
I could see that you were crying you found it hard to sleep.
I spoke to you softly as you brushed away a tear,
"It's me, I haven't left you, I'm well, I'm fine, I'm here."
 
I was close to you at breakfast, I watched you pour the tea,
You were thinking of the many times, your hands reached down to me.
I was with you at the shops today; your arms were getting sore.
I longed to take your parcels, I wish I could do more.
 
I was with you at my grave today; you tend it with such care.
I want to re-assure you, that I'm not lying there.
I walked with you towards the house, as you fumbled for your key.
I gently put my paw on you; I smiled and said, "it's me."
You looked so very tired, and sank into a chair.
I tried so hard to let you know, that I was standing there.
It's possible for me, to be so near you everyday.
To say to you with certainty, "I never went away."
You sat there very quietly, then smiled, I think you knew...
in the stillness of that evening, I was very close to you.
The day is over... I smile and watch you yawning
and say "good-night, God bless, I'll see you in the morning."
And when the time is right for you to cross the brief divide,
I'll rush across to greet you and we'll stand, side by side.
I have so many things to show you, there is so much for you to see.
Be patient, live your journey out...then come home to me.
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                                               Danny Boy Jensen
 
Beloved friend and mascot of 1SG Dixie Jensen and the US 14th Womens Army Corp Band, Ft McClellan AL.

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                                               SCRATCH    
                                           1993- May 2012

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I was trying to get  her to change her pose and she decided to have none  of that

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Scratch Zeiler, born in Fairbanks Alaska. I took care of Scratch and Blaze when  they lived in Harrisburg SD and thier mama Tracy had to leave town on business trips. Scratch could always be found hiding in the closet. It took several years to finally pet her and hold Blaze. Scratch was a sneaky little gal and I been whacked a few times by her. and you are nobody until you been HISSED at.
 
Scratch and her brother Blazed move to Maryland in 2008. They used to be  allowed to roam  outside but when Blaze took a adventure tour at his new place and got lost, mom had to build an in door patio area, and the going outside days were over.

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SCRATCH KITTY AND HER BUDDY BLAZE

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TU 4Aug 2011

                                            TU   
                                     1997- 5 Aug 2011 

Born in Kansas City KS, He belonged to Annette's brother Jon, while he was attending school.Tu was Jon's neighbors' cat in Kansas; but spent all his time outdoors. He sat on the rail outside Jon's kitchen and peered into their apt for a couple of cold days so Jon let him in.The neighbor's little boy called him what sounded like "TWO" because he could not talk very well. Not sure if the cat had a name. So, Jon decided to leave "TU" as his name. He was cat number two for Jon, even though  Riff at that time lived with us, Riff later went to live with jon and mom. at her new place.



When Jon  returned home to Sioux Falls, TU came along.. He is a dog cat, follows you around and a talker.  When ever I went over to mom's, Tu would come out of no where and be my lap cat. Tu ended up with me, because it was either the pound or worse and I could not let that happen, so on the day the family was moving to a new place, Tu came home with me.
And now he has gone home to be with his cat buddies, Tu lived to be 14 years old and had a good life.

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                                                       Ralphie
                                           1 Jan 1994-  25 Jan 2011
                                           Lilah Berdoff's  fur ball

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                                   PURRKEY-LEE
                                  1 JUN 1997- 17 nov 2010
 
 
Born in Sioux Falls SD 1 Jun 1997, rescued from a motel parking lot, 5 weeks old. sister of Jessie James and Wheezer

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PURRKIE-LEE 5 weeks old 1998

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IT'S CALLED HAMPERING GET USED TO IT

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PURRKIE-LEE 7 Jan 2006

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MY OWL EARS ARE BETTER THAN SMOOGES OWL EARS

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SMOOGE 7 Oct 2002

                                                         SMOOGE 
                                           19 SEPT 1994- 13 MAR 2010

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SMOOGE Sept 1994

What a little character she was. Born in New hyde Park long island, she loved pizza. and she was quite the little thief. She would steal food, the mail and haul ass with it to a secret place. She was a few days old and no mama, so  we went every where together, I would carry her inside my jacket until she was too big. She always was a little slender gal.
 
She was always dragging the laundry from down stairs to the living room upstairs often when there was company. Smooge was not choosey what item she brought up. One christmas, I was taking to my sister in NY and all of a sudden this table top christmas tree  was walking across the room.  Plants never lasted because they all thought it was cool place to sit on. and plastic grocery  bags ran across the floor, no telling who was in it.
 
She must have had a empty ness thing, she'd drag the clean  folded rags out of the laundry and drag it upstairs doing her low serious  meow meow, the sound of a hunter cat with a prize. There would be rags every where. To top that off, playing in the dog food and dropping each kernel down the stairs, became quite annoying at 2-3 in the morning. Of course there was  not a cat to be found once you came upstairs to see who was doing it.  However.........once you go back down stairs, it started all over again.
 
She was good cat fight breaker upper. She'd come out no where and slap the crap out of the other brats and had that DON'T MAKE ME COME OUT THERE AGAIN.  expression on her face.  more the look of disgust.
 
Smooge being raised inside my jacket, it was only fitting that she make the last ride to the vet the same way. When she  started failing, and it's one thing I can't stand  by and watch . Smooge was 15 1/2 years old and had a good life and I will miss her.

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HOW DO YOU LIKE MY OWL EARS IMPRESSION

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SMOOGE CAT NAPPING MAR 2010

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WHAT- YOU THOUGHT I WOULD NOT FIND THIS

                                        CHARLIE    Jr
                          20 Mar 1996 -  26 Dec 2009
 
 
Charlie Jr, adopted from the Sioux falls humane society. I was looking for another orange kitty and He was 5 weeks old and the last orange kitty in the kennel. He was a mix of Farm kitty and main coon. Little did we know, he would take over the house and turn out to be a big kitty. He was the watch cat, and made sure everybody who came into the house knew he was there.
 
Charlie was always very vocal and had his special ways of waking you up, some not very nice ,Especially when he had knocked down items, made noise  and looked over to see if you were awake yet. and resorted to plan B, lets just back into your face after he visited the litter box.

Charlie loved donuts, no box was safe on the counter. My sister sent a bread box one christmas and a safe place for donuts.  Charlie wasn't feeling good, and we noticed his weight was dropping. After several days of seeing him lay in a corner  and didn't want to be picked up or touched was a sure sign he needed help on his journey

Charlie would had been 14 this march 2010  even though I picked him out of the humane society, he was Annette's cat, because she was the keeper of the kibble. Charlie will be missed.


 
 

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CHARLIE 1996 5 weeks old

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AM I BIGGER THAN A BREAD BOX

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CHARLIE 2001

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FREE CAT WITH DVD

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GENEALOGY IS HARD WORK

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I'M TIRED LOOKING FOR THOSE SIMCHICKS

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WHY WE CAN'T READ OUR PAPER

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ARGUS LEADER PET OF THE WEEK JUNE 2001

                                            BENNY  
                             5 Apr 1997-  22 Sept 2009
 
Argus leader pet of the week from the sioux falls humane society. He was 4 years old and given up being a family pet because somebody was allergic. He was dropped off on 24 May 2001. When I saw the Pet of the week picture, I asked around work to try and get somebody to adopt him, because he had a face.  
 
I adopted him  in  6 June 2001, When I called the Humane society and asked if he was still there, they said yes and I said NOT ANYMORE, I'd be there to pick him up.  His name was ZIGGY, by the time I got him home, his name was now BENNY.  I should had named him stubbie, his tail was short.
 
I will miss his head bonks and throwing his body at me when he felt like being friendly Just plain having his moment of  being a pest, actually he wanted something. His daily marking me as his property, just in case yesterdays marking wore off.  And his helpfulness untieing my shoes, when I just tied them. He would always have that look when I left for work , WHAT YOUR LEAVING ME and I'd say as I closed the door, I'M NOT GONNA LOOK  AT YOU, peek back in and there he was giving me that look.
 
I'll miss our  nap sessions and watching the Young and restless  and Judge Judy . He seemed to know when those was on. Waiting for his milk, that he knew was in my cereal bowl and giving me lip service for making  him wait too long it was a serious thing and he made sure I knew how upset he was about it.
 
I'll miss him being helpful making my bed, by messing it up. He'd push the bed spread all the way back down to the foot of the bed. WHY BOTHER He was proud of his handy work.......LOOK WHAT I DID. He was a good kitty sitter when we had kittens. Even though it looked  like he hated it when they climbed all over him, he loved every minute of it.
 
I almost lost Benny in June. I didn't know he was having a problem peeing. He spent a week at the vet. He was plugged, not uncommon for older male cats to have that. I changed his diet to precription dry food, no more meow mix, worse for older cats. So  Munchie, Tu and Scamp would just have to eat the same thing Benny had.
 
He had to be given a pill and liquid meds twice a day. He did not cooperate and this became a two person operation. So, bring on the TACO WRAP TRICK. I decided, well if I chop up the pill into a fine powder and mix it with the amoxcillin and put that in a syringe get his mouth open, do it fast...........done for the day.
 
Benny improved and was doing good, I thought the problem was solved, but out of no where in Sept, I saw the all the signs of happening again. He was in pain and this time around his kidneys shut down.  There was nothing more I could do for him, but to let him go.
 
My Benny buddy.............rest in peace........miss you
 
 
 


THE -MOMS GOING TO WORK LOOK

                                BED MESSING UP 101

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PREPARING TO MESS UP MY BED

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AHHHHH I'LL JUST SLIDE AND MAKE THIS PILE

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PURRRFECT- JUST LOOK AT MY HANDY WORK

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I REALLY HATE YOU

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HEYYYY, QUITE NOW JUDGE JUDY IS ON

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TOUCH THAT TAIL AND I'LL BITCH SLAP YOUR ASS ACROSS THIS ROOM

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BENNY Dec 2004

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IT'S PILL TIME, I'LL PRENTEND I'M NAPPING

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I HATE THE TACO WRAP THING

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WHY DOES IT HAVE TO TASTE SO BAD

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IT AIN'T OVER TIL THE FAT KAT SINGS

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                                              SASSY MAE 
                     5 May 1997- 12 Sept 2009
 
 
Born 5 May 1997 Sioux Falls SD, bought at Mini Crtitters, she was about 6 weeks old. For some reason, Sassy never really fit in with the others. We called her the Bitch cat. The boys, Wheezer, Charlie and Jessie James would go out of their way, just to harrass her.
 
Sassy had a very high pitch scream that would levitate you out of bed, not a nice thing to do at 2am. Bad enough one of boys would go after her, but all three at the same time running through the house, sounded like a herd of elephants from down stairs.
 
 

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SASSY MAE

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TORRIE 1996-2007(annettes black lab)

                                        TORRIE
                        28 May 1996- 1 Jan 2007

Torrie was given to us when she was 6 months old. It took a year to get her to where she felt she had a home and was not going to be dumped somewhere. Torrie's life started out in a back yard, more or less, RAISE YOURSELF deal. When she became distructive and eating the air conditioner  wires and digging up the yard. The owners wanted to put her down.
 
Torrie had no formal training and she had to  be left in kennel when we were at work because the first day left alone inside the house, she thought the remote control was a tasty treat and the sofa pillows looked good, in fact, the living room looked like a snow storm.
 
After awhile of being sent to the kennel, one day, we were getting ready to leave and Torrie was already in the kennel. She knew we had a rountine and would be back. Then it was a matter of short trips and no kennel, until one day she was fine on her own.
 
But that didn't stop her from getting into the trash cans, we knew soon as we left, she made a bee line to the kitchen and made her rounds through out the house. Pretty bad when when you have to bungie cord your trash can and find it in the living room. Anything on the counters was also fair game. If we were lost on a island, Torrie would be the one to find food.
 
Torrie became a very clingie dog, one would think she was glued to the hip, she had to be there. Torrie turned out to be a good dog, she just needed to be loved and treated better.

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                                      RIFF  RAFF
                                          1986-2008

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Riff Raff is Annette's  brother Jon's cat, but he lived with us for a while. Riff had a special talent of opening doors by turning the door knob and opening draws by putting his paws on the top of the drawer and leaning back. He often got into the treat drawer and the dogs knew it. Riff had pulled out some treats and had them on the counter. The dogs were sitting in the kitchen staring at him. What a tease.
 
Jon picked up Riff Raff at the Humane Society.  He went with his sister to deliver some stuff and saw the kittens, wanted the gold one; Annette told him he better check with mom first. 
 
When mom  finally relented the next day , Annette took Jon  back to get the kitten, and it was gone.  So, he noticed the gray striped kit climbing and took him instead.   He named him after the cartoon character Riff Raff, because he was a frisky little critter.
 
Riff lived to be 22 years old and still tried to open drawers.
 
 

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STELLA (Annettes golden retriver)

                                 STELLA 
                         28 Apr 1989- 14 Jun 1999

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Stella was a nice dog, very laid back and the biggest sock thief  I ever met. No sock was safe in the  house. Once she had that sock, the chase was on. She also was good at pulling the socks off your feet.

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JULES

                         JULES
                      1 Oct 1991- 1999

Jules was the last puppy in the dog carrier when he was brought to Annette. He look scared and Annette just could not leave him, knowing that the kids who came along probably had been too rough with him. Jules and Stella grew up together.
 
 
 
 

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                           COCO 
                   Aug 1984- 21 Nov 1996

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Coco was a cool cat. His eyes would looked they were floating from side  to side. When he walked around, he'd get real flat to the floor, almost like a giant fur ball. Everyday before heading off to work, he had to go outside and eat grass.

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mandy 1984-1995 (marie's german shephard)

                           MANDY 
                 17 Sept 1984- 8 May 1995
 
Mandy was born in San Antonio Texas.  She was was about 7 weeks old when I got her. Her thing was chasing and  catching sticks, balls and frisbee's. She had a face and eyes that could work you into giving in. Once she had a ball and laid it down, she'd  stare at you, until you picked it up and tossed it again.
 
My sister would dog nap Mandy  and  her take up state to Downsville NY, where she would spend the summer. She said Mandy was the only dog that would come back when you called her.  Mandy loved the country. She loved going for rides in the back of my  truck. My mom would take Mandy for walks just so she could sneak a smoke down the block.

                                            My Forever Friend

                                     I know that it must be different,
                                     now that I am no longer here.
                                     I realize how much I was loved
                                     and how all of you did care.

                                    I know it will be hard at first
                                    when you look around for me.
                                    Expecting to find me in my bed
                                    or beside my favorite tree.

                                    Someday you will begin to see,
                                    although it'll take some time,
                                    the happy times you shared with me,
                                    the memories are yours and mine.

                                   I'll remember you, my family,
                                   and how much you meant to me.
                                   So please don't grieve and don't be sad

                                       It was just my time to leave 

                                          

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mandy at Cannon Lake Texas 1989

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CHARLIE 1984-1995 (Marie's kitty)

            CHARLIE  EMERSON   Sr
                 Jun 1983- 18 Nov 1995
 
Charlie was born in San Antonio Texas. He was a  laid back kinda kitty. I sent him to my sister's house in New Hyde park NY when I was getting ready to move back to NY. Charlie  wiggled his way into  pampering and being spoiled, and carried around by the kids.  Not that he wasn't already spoiled. He loved playing solitaire with my mother. He didn't make a very good partner, because laying on the cards and knocking them to the floor was not in the rule book.

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CHARLIE San Antonio Texas 1985

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CHARLIE 1987

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VELVET (ginny's black shepherd)

                            VELVET BERDOFF
                                   1981-1997

Velvie was my sisters sons dog, like all the pets the kids had, Ginny gets to take care of them. Velvet was a runner and would not come back when called. So you would have to be very careful she didn't sneak out the door and take off. New Hyde park road was a very busy street and that seemed to be her favorite place.
 
I remember one morning I looked out the window and saw Velvet with all four paws standing on top of the chain link fence and she took off down the street and she took off a couple times upstate.

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CLEO (Ginny's kitty)

                              CLEO BERDOFF
                              Aug 1988- 25 Aug 1994 

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MILLIE- Ginny's dog

                              MILLIE  BERDOFF
                                   26 Jul- 1992

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MILLIE AND MANDY CHRISTMAS 1992

Millie was the neighbors dog, she hung out with Rocky  a black pup. Every time Ginny would go upstate, Millie and her buddy would be sitting at the front door, as if they knew she was on her way. Ginny finally adopted Millie. I think Rocky was given to somebody.

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                              SHULTZ  McCLAREN
                               1976-1987

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