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Prettiest kitty in the whole wide world

Twelve years ago our daughter rescued two kittens from the Victoria, BC SPCA. One of the kittens was just over a year old. She had already become pregnant with her own litter of kittens. In addition to this, the SPCA had to put a steel pin in her leg because of a car accident. She was not off to a very good start in her young life. Our daughter came to our house for a visit and brought her kittens along to meet us. My husband and I immediately fell in love with little Venus. She was so tough at her young age, from being out on the streets of the city, that she leapt on the head of one of our dogs to attack her - scaring the heck out of our dog! My husband and I immediately fell in love with little Venus. The feeling was mutual. When our daughter returned home, she left Venus with us. Since that time we have experienced so much love and laughter because of our beautiful kitty. She enjoys being admired and likes to have her picture taken. It takes a lot of energy to be the prettiest kitty in the whole wide world but, as you can see from her picture, she has managed to pull it off!

Lynda Arsenault
Ucluelet, BC, Canada

My Golden Hula

I have two dogs and two cats. One of my dogs is a Golden Retriever named Hula. She was left behind at her home when her previous owners moved away. She is a precious Golden that is constantly craving for attention. Dad calls her a dud, and we just call her stubborn! She gets along perfectly with my cats and my beagle, Daisy. Hula hardly barks, but when she does she's either hungry, or she saw a car pull up at our house. I would recommend getting a rescue to any person, they are the best you can get!

Savannnah R.
Montgomery, AL

Our Heidi

Heidi's picture was online at the Dachshund Rescue of North America's website. She had previously belonged to an old person who ended up in a nursing home. Heidi had been grossly overfed, and she was enormous - so fat she could really not walk when she ended up at Dachshund Rescue.

The DRNA listing on the Internet said, 'Heidi is doomed to die an early death if someone does not get the weight off of her.' She was ten years old and it seemed nobody would ever want to adopt an old, fat dog like her - but there are some of us who get the most pleasure out of helping those most in need, and we adopted her. Just picking her up was difficult - she was like a giant lump of dough.

We got her weight down from almost 32 pounds to a trim 20 pounds. She could not only walk, but she could run if she felt like it! At last she could do normal 'dog' things like scratching her head with her hind foot, or going for a walk. We were able to give her five wonderful years of life she probably would not have had otherwise. It's been about a year since she left us but we will always love our Heidi. It is so much more rewarding to save one of these pets in need, than to just go out and buy one from a breeder. We wish more people could understand that.

Mr. & Mrs. R. Spreeman
La Porte, IN

PET RULZ

To be posted VERY LOW on the refrigerator door - nose height.

Dear Dogs and Cat,

The dishes with the paw print are yours and contain your food. The other dishes are mine and contain my food. Please note, placing a paw print in the middle of my plate and food does not stake a claim for it becoming your food and dish.

I cannot buy anything bigger than a king sized bed. Do not think I will continue sleeping on the couch to ensure your comfort. Dogs and cats can actually curl up in a ball when they sleep. It is not necessary to sleep perpendicular to each other stretched out to the fullest extent possible. I also know that sticking tails straight out and having tongues hanging out the other end to maximize space is nothing but sarcasm.

To All Non-Pet Owners Who Visit &Like to Complain About Our Pets: 1.They live here. You don't.

2. If you don't want their hair on your clothes, stay off the furniture.

3. I like my pets a lot better than I like most people.

4. To you, it's an animal. To me, he/she is an adopted son/daughter who is short, hairy, walks on all fours and doesn't speak clearly.

Remember: Dogs and cats are better than kids because they:

1. Eat less

2. Don't ask for money all the time

3. Never ask to drive the car

4. Don't hang out with drug-using friends

5. Don't smoke or drink

6. Don't have to buy the latest fashions

8. Don't want to wear your clothes

9. If they get pregnant, you can sell their children.

CORINNA FUERSTENBERG-SPENCER
VANCLEAVE, MS

Jackson

Jackson wandered into our backyard one day, crying. He was very thin and very scared. He ate the food that I had put out for the ferals as though he had never eaten before. When I noticed his leg was bleeding, I coaxed him into a carrier and took him to the vet. He had been bitten by something and the wound was badly infected. His wound was cleaned up and I took him home with antitiotics. The next week I had him neutered and he received all his shots and testing. It seemed that his former owner had, for whatever reason, let him go in the woods, thinking he would be fine out there all by himself. However, he didn't seem to have the skills necessary to live outside. My original goal was to have him recover from his wounds and find him a good home, but by the time he was recovered and deemed safe to live with other cats, I didn't really want to give him up. We decided to see if he could get along with our other three cats in the hope that we could just keep him. They all get along fairly well and Jackson has been with us for six months now and has become a member of the family.

Doris A Doyle
Jim Thorpe, PA

Shayla

We went to the Humane society to adopt a dog. We saw a few we liked, but they got scooped up so very fast! One couple had a cute puppy & they were in doubt. They left without leaving a deposit so we interacted with her and we left one ! She was so sweet and lovable.This 4 mos old pup had such a hard journey coming from Alabama where she had been abandoned at 2mos and sent to a place with 400 others. It was destiny that she came to NH and we were blessed with her!

Krissy
Hudson, NH

Our short, happy time with Frodo

Frodo was a beautiful, gentle, loving and well behaved Bull Mastiff that we adopted from friends who were emigrating. We were not intending to get another dog at that stage as we had recently had our Ridgeback put to sleep due to kidney failure, but we knew that Frodo would also have to be put to sleep if he did not find a good home. It was the best decision we could have made because he slipped into our lives and nestled there. He was a good friend to our Dalmation, and thrived with us after the period of adjustment that he needed . Unfortunately, just six months after he came to live with us, he developed breathing diffiulties, and was diagnosed with lung cancer. Many tear swere shed over the following two months, and we eventually had to part from the gentle, pure spirit just before Christmas 2008. Those who have not shared their lives with animals, have not lived.

Jenny Nel
Secunda, South Africa

Maggie the stray

I was delivering mail on a below zero February day when I ran into Maggie. I was in a very bad neighborhood best known for drug activity. She was huddled between 2 trash bags for warmth when she saw me. She immediately ran over to me wanting to play. You could see her ribs, she was so thin and as I would find out later she was extremely dehydrated yet all she wanted to do was play. I got my car and came back to get her. I opened the door and she jumped right in licking my face the whole ride. At the time I had 2 cats and wasn't looking for a dog, so my initial reaction was to take her to a shelter. A friend informed me that the shelter would put her down more than likely so I took her home.

I've now had her for 2 and a half years. I believe she is a pitbull-german shepherd mix. I don't know what I would do without her. She is my best friend who rarely leaves my side. I now have 4 cats (all strays) who get along very well with her (after some interesting adjustment time). I had a recent scare with her and a chicken bone which made me realize how much I need her. Bringing her home was the best thing I have ever done.

Bob Hetherington
Philadelphia, PA

Thrown on the highway

Marcus was the size of my palm when he was thrown out of a moving vehicle on a highway. He must have been barely two weeks old. I brought him home and, since then, for the 6 years that he has been with me has never let me forget that I am the most special person in his life - just as he is in mine.

Reena
Bangalore, India

Jade

My daughter had always loved and wanted a dalmatian as im a rottweiler owner my beloved bullmastiff died of a heart attack so we decided on another.We bought dice a 12 week old dally he was so handsome we was very happy until he started havin problems around a yr old.The vet diagnosed bladder stones so we treated dice with tablets and he went the same again so he had to have an operation,things were fine until afta a few months his problem flared up agin but this time dice couldnt cope and he died suddenly at the vets he was almost 3.. we decided on another one she was being rehomed by someone,Angel she was called and she was a 5yr old bitch,we had aggression issues with angel as she was a typical dally she would fight for food but we loved her regardless! angel was with us for nearly 2 yrs when we moved she got out and was run over on mothers day this year so we had to have her put to sleep..we was devastated!!..a woman got in touch who had 2 dallies a dog and a bitch the bitch was only with her since jan she had bought her from someone else she is jade and she is 4 yrs old..the woman gave her to me as her other dog did not get on with her..we brought jade into our home with our other 2 rottweilers and it was if we never lost angel ..i dont know what i would do now if jade wasnt here she has filled a huge gap in my life and my girls she is absolutely wonderful,playful,loving and loyal she never leaves my side! she now has took over angels place in my bed and we love her to bits!

kathleen prem
manchester, United Kingdom
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