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https://sites.google.com/site/ontheriver09/dogs/chihuahuas-2015-06-04

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http://www.wimp.com/rescuedher/

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FB-Our 14-year-old dog Abbey died last month-GS

The day after she passed away my 4-year-old daughter Meredith was crying and talking about how much she missed Abbey. She asked if we could write a letter to God so that when Abbey got to heaven, God would recognize her. I told her that I thought we could so, and she dictated these words:
Dear God,
Will you please take care of my dog? She died yesterday and is with you in heaven. I miss her very much. I am happy that you let me have her as my dog
even though she got sick. I hope you will play with her. She likes to swim and
play with balls. I am sending a picture of her so when you see her you will
know that she is my dog. I really miss her.
Love, Meredith

We put the letter in an envelope with a picture of Abbey and Meredith and addressed it to God/Heaven. We put our return address on it. Then Meredith
pasted several stamps on the front of the envelope because she said it would
take lots of stamps to get the letter all the way to heaven. That afternoon she dropped it into the letter box at the post office. A few days later, she asked if
God had gotten the letter yet. I told her that I thought He had.

Yesterday, there was a package wrapped in gold paper on our front porch addressed, ‘To Meredith’ in an unfamiliar hand. Meredith opened it. Inside
was a book by Mr. Rogers called, ‘When a Pet Dies.’ Taped to the inside
front cover was the letter we had written to God in its opened envelope.
On the opposite page was the picture of Abbey & Meredith and this note:
Dear Meredith,
Abbey arrived safely in heaven. Having the picture was a big help and I
recognized her right away. Abbey isn’t sick anymore. Her spirit is here with
me just like it stays in your heart. Abbey loved being your dog. Since we
don’t need our bodies in heaven, I don’t have any pockets to keep your
picture in so I am sending it back to you in this little book for you to keep
and have something to remember Abbey by.
Thank you for the beautiful letter and thank your mother for helping you
write it and sending it to me. What a wonderful mother you have.
I picked her especially for you. I send my blessings every day and
remember that I love you very much. By the way, I’m easy to find.
I am wherever there is love.
Love, God

Thanks to GS

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Would this also apply to cats?

Spring (And Fur) Is In The Air! Natural Ways To Reduce Shedding

It’s officially Spring, a time when thoughts turn to play dates in the park, swim dates in the lake and fur elimination dates with the vacuum. All dogs shed to a degree, the dogs with the thicker coats, the term shed doesn’t apply to them, they “blow” their coat. When they blow their coat, there is enough fur flying it may seem like there are three more dogs in the house. Unfortunately there isn’t a solution to eliminate shedding completely, but there are solutions to keeping the shedding, or blowing to a manageable puff.

Digestion plays a part

A dog’s nutrition plays a huge role in how much they shed throughout the year. Commercial dog foods that list fillers and meals as the starting ingredients aren’t giving the dog adequate nutrition and may be contributing to the massive shedding. Look for higher end dog foods that list meat as the first ingredient. Not only is a higher value dog food better for a dog’s coat, it is better for a dog’s overall health. Add a tablespoon of flaxseed or olive oil to the dog’s meals. This may reduce skin inflammation, deter dandruff and make the dog’s coat shiny and healthy.

Become one with the brush

Become one with the brush

Make brushing a daily event. By brushing the dog every day, the fur is less likely to pile up on the sofa and in the corner. The schedule doesn’t have to be set in stone and may be easily achieved by grabbing the brush before sitting down to watch “Dancing with the Stars”. Brushing also creates a good bonding exercise. Collect the fur and donate it to a good cause. Matter of Trust, a non-profit organization, has a program called Clean Wave. They ask for donations of dog fur to clean oil spills in the ocean.

Create a calming environment

Excessive shedding may also be an indication of stress and anxiety. Pressure on a dog’s nerves may wreak havoc throughout the body and undue stress on a dog’s skin and coat. Has the dog gone experienced changes in his life or routine? New environment? New family member? Has he always been a bit on the nervous side? Try creating a safe, neutral space for him to go; somewhere away from prying eyes and sticky fingers. Pile it with favorite blankets, pillows, toys and spritz it with a little lavender oil. Lavender has long been used as a calming scent to diffuse stressful situations.

Some breeds are really just natural shedders, but there’s no reason for the fur to take over the entire house.

Thanks to JD and DRS

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http://www.boredpanda.com/taiwanese-square-dog-haircut-taiwan/

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Had a DEVIL of a time getting the original link to load; here’s the direct one

Original link thanks to SMS

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http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/montreal-firefighters-rescue-man-and-dog-on-ice-chunk-on-lachine-canal-1.3029862

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http://petsfans.com/this-is-what-will-happen-when-your-dog-texts-you/

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http://www.cbc.ca/radio/quirks/quirks-quarks-for-april-4-2015-1.3019735

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