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It's been a while since I have posted anything here but I still do visit and read poems and stuff. I just really miss my girls today. I lost Freckles and Scout both in the last year. Freckles passed on 11-14-07 and Scout passed on 2-15-08, both on a friday. They were my girls for so long. They were my first and only dogs for 13 years. I have been sick of and on for acouple of weeks now and I guess I am just getting bumbed out. I remember all the great times we had to gether. When I was sick or I couldn't work due to bad weather, they would be with me in bed....ya, both of them. It's been hard the last several monthes with out them. I will say that those two dogs have changed my life though. I adopt and rescue dogs now and I am a dog training student. I have six dogs that I have rescued and kept and I love them all. I want to be a trainer so I can educate people and help them so there are less dogs in shelters. Thats how I started. Just couldn't believe all the dogs with out owners in the shelters. I figuer that if I can help one owner train his dog that is one less dog that might go to a shelter because of behavior problems.
That, I do feel good about. But once in a while....I still miss Frek & Scout.

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Dear Russ
I think that you will always miss your girls, as I miss all of my babies.  The good thing is these babies of ours have opened our hearts to their special love, and now I for one, cannot do without it.  Thanks to my loss of Basil, I help out once a week on an animal helpline, and I have also adopted a rescue dog.  He is a darling, but, yes does have some behavioural problems, but he is getting through and settling down now.  Good on you for doing what you are doing, as you say, if you can help one person it will be worth it.  Although I am sure that you will help many.  Good luck, Di xxx 

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Hi Russ,
I am so happy for you that you are finding a new calling.  I too feel rumblings in my heart that I am being called to a higher purpose for the greater good that involves animals but I am not sure what that is yet.  I am not in a rush though,  I will be directed when it is time.  Congrats and keep up the good work

Jennifer  Yngwie's mom

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Russ:  I'm so sorry you're hurting today.  I know your pain, believe me. I lost my two labs Gypsy and Luna last year. Luna in January (she was only 4) and Gypsy in September (she was 13).  My life has changed forever.  I still talk to them and cry for them often.  It's so amazing how these creatures come into our lives and we are never the same.  They teach us so much don't they? I still don't have another dog, but my husband and I are hoping to adopt one or two from our local shelter this fall.  I'm really scared to open my heart again, but at the same time it's something I feel I need to do.  I still have a lot of love to give and there are so many sweet souls out there in need of love and companionship.  I will always hold onto the love I have for Gypsy and Luna.  They hold a special place in my heart that's theirs alone.  No other dog in the world could ever take that away - they will have their own place in my heart when that time comes. 

It's wonderful to hear about how you're helping others too, it's a very heart-warming story, and nice to hear there are people out there who can give unconditionally.  The rewards you get for that are priceless.  God Bless you, and big hugs to you.

Gerlie (Gypsy and Luna's forever mom)
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