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anonymous  April 21, 2008 7:24 AM

"My black pussy cat with long hair and yellow eyes,is the most intimate friend of my old age,whose love for me is free from possessive thoughts,who does not accept obligations when not due...She is equal to me as well as she is equal to our gods.She does not fear me and does not take offence at me,does not ask me for more than what I am happy to give...

How delicate and fine is her beauty,how noble and independent is her spirit,how extraordinary is her skill to combine freedom with restrictive dependance"


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 April 05, 2008 9:08 AM


 Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old
Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owners, Ron, his wife, Linda, and
their little boy, Shane, were all very attached to Belker and they were
hoping for a miracle.

       I examined Belker and found he was dying. I told the family we
couldn't do anything for Belker and offered to perform the euthanasia
procedure for the old dog in their home.

       As we made arrangements, Ron and Linda told me they thought it would
be good for six-year -old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as
though Shane might learn something from the experience

       The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker's
family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the
last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few
minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.

       The little boy seemed to accept Belker's transition without any
difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker's death,
wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human
lives. Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, 'I know why.'

       Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next
stunned me. I'd never heard a more comforting explanation.

       He said, 'People are born so that they can learn how to live a good
life like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?' The
six-year-old continued, 'Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they
don't have to stay as long.'

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 January 29, 2006 3:15 PM

I think we are drawn to dogs because they are the uninhibited creatures we might be if we weren't certain we knew better. They fight for honor at the first challenge, make love with no moral restraint, and they do not for all their marvelous instincts appear to know about death. Being such wonderfully uncomplicated beings, they need us to do their worrying. ~George Bird Evans, Troubles with Bird Dogs  [ send green star]
 January 29, 2006 2:20 PM

My little dog - a heartbeat at my feet. ~Edith Wharton  [ send green star]
 January 23, 2006 11:50 PM

Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.
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 January 22, 2006 4:13 PM

One reason a dog can be such a comfort when you're feeling blue is that he doesn't try to find out why. ~Author Unknown  [ send green star]
 January 18, 2006 6:55 PM

From the dog's point of view, his master is an elongated and abnormally cunning dog. ~Mabel Louise Robinson  [ send green star]
 January 16, 2006 3:24 PM

Ever occur to you why some of us can be this much concerned with animals suffering? Because government is not. Why not? Animals don't vote. ~Paul Harvey  [ send green star]
 January 15, 2006 3:42 PM

Never wear anything that panics the cat. ~P.J. O'Rourke  [ send green star]
Cat Quote January 11, 2006 11:43 AM

If we treated everyone we meet with the same affection we bestow upon our favorite cat, they, too, would purr. - Martin Buxbaum

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 January 04, 2006 10:48 PM

There are joys which long to be ours. God sends ten thousands truths, which come about us like birds seeking inlet; but we are shut up to them, and so they bring us nothing, but sit and sing awhile upon the roof, and then fly away. ~Henry Ward Beecher
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 January 03, 2006 2:15 PM

The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead ofhis tongue.

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 January 02, 2006 12:18 PM

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 December 06, 2005 7:41 PM

No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle. ~Winston Churchill  [ send green star]
 November 30, 2005 8:53 AM

He clasps the crag with crooked hands;
Close to the sun in lonely lands,
Ringed with the azure world, he stands.
The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls;
He watches from his mountain walls,
And like a thunderbolt he falls.
~Alfred, Lord Tennyson, "The Eagle"
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 November 29, 2005 2:50 PM

Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people. ~W.C. Fields  [ send green star]
 November 28, 2005 2:19 PM

Did you ever notice when you blow in a dog's face he gets mad at you? But when you take him in a car he sticks his head out the window. ~Steve Bluestone  [ send green star]
 November 14, 2005 8:00 AM

What a gorgeous photo!  [ send green star]
 November 14, 2005 3:31 AM

I love cats because I love my home and after a while they become its visible soul.
- - - Jean Cocteau

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 November 13, 2005 12:46 PM

One reason a dog can be such a comfort when you're feeling blue is that he doesn't try to find out why. ~Author Unknown  [ send green star]
 November 10, 2005 1:13 PM

God gives every bird its food, but He does not throw it into its nest. ~J.G. Holland  [ send green star]
 November 06, 2005 11:38 PM

A cat isn't fussy - just so long as you remember he likes his milk in the shallow, rose-patterned saucer and his fish on the blue plate. From which he will take it, and eat it off the floor.
- - - Arthur Bridges
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 November 05, 2005 12:12 AM

Cats names are more for human benefit. They give one a certain degree more confidence that the animal belongs to you.
- - - Alan Ayckbourn "Table Manners"
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 October 15, 2005 1:03 PM

Some say they don't believe
That Angels can be seen or heard.
What a shame such blindness
What a pity such deafness
When the Song of songs abounds...
And Heaven's flyers are all around...
Only thinly disguised... as birds.

... R.R. Holster/PetStation

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 October 13, 2005 6:42 AM

I don't think it is so much the actual bath that most cats dislike; I think it's the fact that they have to spend a good part of the day putting their hair back in place. ~Debbie Peterson  [ send green star]
 October 07, 2005 1:52 PM

The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too. ~Samuel Butler, Notebooks, 1912  [ send green star]
 October 05, 2005 5:55 AM

When I play with my cat, who knows if I am not a pastime to her more than she is to me? ~Michel de Montaigne, Essays, 1580
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 October 04, 2005 4:17 PM

There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.
Ben Williams, American Editor & Journalist (1877-1964)
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 October 04, 2005 12:04 PM

Prowling his own quiet backyard or asleep by the fire, he is still only a whisker away from the wilds. ~Jean Burden  [ send green star]
 October 03, 2005 6:04 PM

Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the center of their universe. We are the focus of their love and faith and trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made. ~Roger Caras  [ send green star]
 October 01, 2005 9:51 AM

Animals have these advantages over man: they never hear the clock strike, they die without any idea of death, they have no theologians to instruct them, their last moments are not disturbed by unwelcome and unpleasant ceremonies, their funerals cost them nothing, and no one starts lawsuits over their wills. ~Voltaire, letter to Count Schomberg, 31 August 1769
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 September 26, 2005 5:13 PM

"There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast."
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 September 25, 2005 4:18 AM

A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song. ~Chinese Proverb  [ send green star]
 September 24, 2005 12:56 PM

Hear our humble prayer, O God, for our friends, the animals. Especially for animals who are suffering: for any that are hunted or lost or deserted or frightened or hungry; for all that must be put to death. We entreat for them all thy mercy and pity, and for those who deal with them, we ask a heart of compassion and gentle hands and kindly words. Make us, ourselves, to be true friends to animals and so to share the blessings of the merciful.

Albert Schweitzer

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Budha September 21, 2005 4:22 PM

Peace to ALL beings Budha

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 September 21, 2005 1:57 PM

Ever consider what pets must think of us? I mean, here we come back from a grocery store with the most amazing haul - chicken, pork, half a cow. They must think we're the greatest hunters on earth!

~Anne Tyler, The Accidental Tourist  [ send green star]
 September 21, 2005 6:21 AM

If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then giving Fido only two of them. ~Phil Pastoret
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 September 18, 2005 7:18 PM

There is something about the presence of a cat... that seems to take the bite out of being alone. ~Louis J. Camuti  [ send green star]
 September 18, 2005 3:38 PM

In order to keep a true perspective of one's importance, everyone should have a dog that will worship him and a cat that will ignore him. ~Dereke Bruce  [ send green star]
Francine D., Thank you for your quote! September 13, 2005 5:57 PM

I have been searching for this very quote for 2 days now... I read it somewhere and thought I would never forget the words.

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 September 13, 2005 3:26 PM

I care not much for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it. ~Abraham Lincoln
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 September 13, 2005 9:29 AM

It often happens that a man is more humanely related to a cat or dog than to any human being. ~Henry David Thoreau  [ send green star]
this is so true September 13, 2005 9:25 AM

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated" Gandhi  [ send green star]
 September 10, 2005 12:49 PM

Beautiful Katie!!  [ send green star]
 September 10, 2005 8:26 AM

That is so cute, Katie!  [ send green star]
 September 10, 2005 8:23 AM

my 6 year old daughter last week, regarding our current cat-flea infestation:

"I've got a message for all the fleas... Please go and live in another universe!"

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 September 10, 2005 8:13 AM

If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man. All things are connected. Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth. ~Chief Seattle of the Suwamish Tribe, letter to President Franklin Pierce  [ send green star]
 September 09, 2005 12:43 PM

Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms. ~George Eliot  [ send green star]
LET'S SHARE SOME QUOTES September 09, 2005 12:41 PM

Lots of people talk to animals.... Not very many listen, though.... That's the problem. ~Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh  [ send green star]
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