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Some people have asked if the Great Dane in my profile photo is my dog. No, he is not one of my "babies." I just think the photo is hilarious.

My husband and I have lost five of our beloved furry babies between August 2018 and July 2019. They were all 15 to 17 years old and suffered from health issues that required a great deal of care, so we knew our time with them was growing short. We didn't expect to lose so many in such a short period of time. We have been holding our babies' ashes for years now, waiting for a cemetery to open somewhere in central Oklahoma that allows pet owners to be interred with their pets. We want all of our ashes to be together.

My husband and I have adopted rescued pets for over 35 years. Our children, a grandson, and our brothers and sisters do the same. Some of us rescue only dogs, some only cats, and some rescue both cats and dogs. We have found some cats and dogs that we placed in other homes. We also found some that were lost and returned to their owners.

Mixed-breed dogs are my favorite because their looks are as unique as their personalities; however, my husband and I take whatever God sends our way. Our babies are much loved, and we give them excellent care. I couldn't ask for better friends than the dogs that have graced my life. I don't know about anybody else, but God gave ME two hands so I can rub two dogs at once.

This is one of my favorite sayings:

"Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen."
--Orhan Pamuk--

This is my favorite poem:

"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."


THANK YOU to all contributors who take the time to send me edits and post photos and flowers to the memorials I add.

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