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Early this morning we buried my old cat of 24 years-she fought every day to be with me, beside me looking up into my eyes…pleading for just one more treat. I was adored by her and I did everything I could to make her last few months peaceful and love filled. I willingly accepted her devotion and attention. She died on her own terms in her own time…. run free Squeekers I will have your treats ready! I will miss your Squeekie greeting each morning.

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I live in a condo that does not permit dogs or cats. And, I do not have the physical stamina to walk a dog even if I could have one. But, for me, a large stuffed penguin may not have paws, but stroking its soft fur has been very comforting for me at bedtime, when my mind is racing, and I’m having trouble sleeping. He’s my lovey penguin!

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WilieWillie was his name, but in later years our grown children called him “Bill” and then in the last days “Old Bill” and finally “Poor Old Bill.”

But, his name was probably the only thing that changed over all those years, because Willy was always there.  At the door when the bell rang, 12 pounds of fur and bones that barked like 20. Each greeting of excitement made everyone feel important.

He guarded both home and yard, chasing every squirrel and bird that dared to cross his path without permission. When driving on summer trips to the sea shore, his alert nose would sense the salt air at almost the same mile post on the Atlantic City Expressway, and he would cry out with excitement. It became a betting game with us to see who would guess first at what point Willy would send out the alert. (more…)

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Pet AdoptionIt has been so wonderful reading what everyone has shared about their pets. I also have had great pets. They have never been purebred or purchased but rather animals that no one else wanted. As an adult, my first dog was a cocker spaniel/ toy collie cross. Alpha was brought to the vet clinic to be put to sleep because she was incorrigible. The vet had an intern who was looking for a dog to practice spaying. They operated on Alpha, and she lived. She needed a home so I took her. She was the smart loving animal who loved popcorn but wouldn’t eat it until I said she could. If you gave her a bone, she took it to the door and stood patiently until she could take it outside. When my son was born, she sat by the basinet watching over him as he slept. She died at age 13. When I was divorced, a friend thought I needed a pet, so she gave me a cat someone didn’t want. This cat was pregnant and practically delivered her kittens on my lap. Her litter of four included two Siamese kittens. I gave three of the kittens away and kept the fourth. These two cats lived to be 20 and 21 years old. Now I am “pet less,” but perhaps another animal will come along that needs a home.

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