DO YOU LISTEN AT LEAST AS WELL AS YOU HEAR? _______________
Some people have asked if the Great Dane in the photo is my dog. No, he is not one of my "babies." My dogs do funny things, but not things that can be captured in still photos. My husband and I have six dogs right now and have had as many as ten at one time.
Our littlest one, Doogie, a miniature Schnauzer mix, is at least 15 years old, found wandering in traffic in 2002 after he was dumped off. Doogie sleeps a lot and sometimes goes to sleep standing up, weaving from side to side and snoring. He's a little dog with a big personality that fills up the house.
Littermates Sheba and Penny were born in 2003, two of a litter of six that were dumped in someone's yard as soon as they were weaned. Both of them have red coats and possibly have some Basenji in their bloodline. My younger son fostered the entire litter and found other homes for the remaining four in the litter.
Shasta, a German Shepherd Dog and Chow Chow mix, was probably born in 2003 or 2004, dumped in early summer 2005 near Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City. She has funny "Yoda ears." Several people tried to pick up Shasta, but she wouldn't go to anyone but me, and then only after she thoroughly sniffed the outside of my car. After I was "approved," she jumped right into the back seat.
Coco, our elderly chocolate Labrador Retriever, walked into our garage in the fall of 2006. She was starving, thirsty, as thin as a rail, and already starting to turn gray.
Our latest addition, Rocket, is a true mixed breed; but he's absolutely gorgeous, very smart, and more than a little stubborn. My husband found him running back and forth across a major street in Oklahoma City in 2010.
We found others that were placed in other homes. We also found some that were lost and returned to their owners, one who had been hit by a car.
On July 4, 2015, a tiny dog scratched on my door. She had run away from her home, almost three miles away, when she was frightened by fireworks. We live in a semi-rural (the exurbs) area, so her coat and feet were full of stickers and other seeds. I don't know how she managed to make it so far in the dark or why she passed many other houses by and came to mine. I'm sure she encountered cars along the way, so I don't know how she kept from getting hit by one. We have coyotes out here, too, in undeveloped pockets. However she did it, she found me and my babies; and we comforted her and each other until the noise from the fireworks stopped. Her family picked her up the next day. She is a real sweetie.
Rocket is number 25 that we adopted. Understand we are NOT animal "collectors." We take outstanding care of our babies, spending a ton of money on their medical care and premium food, not to mention the time spent petting, hugging, bathing, and grooming them. Our babies live very long lives, usually 15 to 17 years, and a few even longer. Some we lost to medical catastrophes, long-term illness, or organ failure; but most we lost to cancer, largely because they live so long. The ones that are now gone: Jack, Bullet, Corky, Feller, Rusty, Schatzie, Buster, Max, Missy, Gigi, Lupe, Rags, Ginger, Tootsie, Shorty, Leo, Murphy, Simon, and Tuffy. All of them have been the best friends I could have ever asked for, and I still miss every one of them. I have met only two dogs in my life I didn't like at least a little bit.
My husband and I have adopted rescued pets for over 35 years, and our children and our brothers and sisters do the same. Some of us rescue only dogs, some only cats, and some rescue both cats and dogs. Mixed-breed dogs are my favorite because their looks are as unique as their personalities; however, we take whatever God sends our way. I don't know about anybody else, but God gave ME two hands so I can rub two dogs at once.
"It came to me that every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them, and every new dog gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are." --Anonymous-- _______________
THANK YOU to all contributors who take the time to send me edits and post photos and flowers to the memorials I add. _______________
If there is a place in the USA or its territories where there are no tornadoes, earthquakes, volcanoes (dormant or active), hailstones bigger than peas, floods, tsunamis, hurricanes, cyclones, blizzards, ice storms, sand storms, fire storms, freezing rain, sleet, droughts, or sinkholes; it doesn't snow before December or after March; it never gets below 30 degrees or over 95 degrees Fahrenheit; and it isn't a desert, would someone please tell me where that is?
Re: Gayle Long Deason Thank you for replying and letting me know. I would like you to know that it was a very nice thing for you to snap a photo of her headstone and that her daughter appreciates it greatly. Thank you again. :-)
Gayle Long Deason I have a friend who is the daughter of Gayle. I was wondering if you knew her personally or if the additions were of just a sweet contribution of a stranger. Could you please let me know either way. Thank you, it would be much appreciated.
Milowskis (St Adalberts) Thank you for the info on Irene Phyllis Milowski Strzelecki, Onufry Milowski, Mary Milowski Biegalski. These are my relatives. Any way you could check around them for my other relatives? I am looking for my great grandparents (Andrew/Andreas/Henry Milowski/Miller and Kazimiera/Lottie Milowski/Miller). I found a record that they were at St Adalberts, but I can't locate them on a search. Also in the family, Thomas Milowski & Julianne Markowski Milowski? Photos of the headstones would be so greatly appreciated also. Thank you for your work...I think it's wonderful! Karla
In case you are interested I just started working with an organization working to preserve several historic cemeteries. They have a place where they get markers for unmarked graves for about $100. I am going to contact this company to see about getting marker for individuals who might be interested in purchasing a marker for unmarked graves. Let me know if you are interested in getting a marker for Concepcion. I can send you a picture, so you can see what the markers look like. They are simple, but nice.
lenora Comstock Comer Well, a little research and I discover that she was Mrs. Comer at the time of her death. However, her tombstone has Comstock. Thanks to your information I was able to link her to both of her husbands. Thank you. I think I have transferred all of the pertinent information to her memorial so I would like to request that you delete the photo obit since it probably contains names of people that are still living and that is against Find A Grave policy. Again, thank you for helping me add information to her memorial. I appreciate it!