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    If there's a scarlet-coloured gemstone called arseburner you're all going to look very silly.

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      Carnelian Capsaicin?

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        I wish Bixbite Vindaloo-Arsedab a long and healthy existence.

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          Originally posted by Satchmo Distel View Post
          Our rescue kitten is improving daily from her injuries. We just have to be careful with her fractured ribs (and bruised kidneys), but she's mobile, climbing up to high places and turning on her back for strokes (under the chin is her favourite).
          It's a good sign that she's trusting you. All the best for her.

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            One of the very few things so be said for this particularly grotty part of the year is that we start to see a wider choice of apples in the supermarkets and greengrocers. I'm still waiting to track down my favourite, Spartan, but I bought a bag of Smittens a few days ago and very nice they are too, wonderfully sweet and crisp.

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              My friend runs a non-profit called Tails of Hope Foundation. You can google it if you want, but it's a charity focused on working dogs. They've raised money for things like PTSD service dogs for veterans and to provide specialized protective equipment for military and police working dogs. They also have a program that introduces inner-city kids to careers with animals (think veterinarians, trainers, etc.). Anyway, she has written this for their newsletter and I just wanted to share it here:

              K9 “Teddy” and his partner and Mom, Marian, were always at the ready. Whenever and wherever they were called to work, they eagerly responded.

              Teddy served as a volunteer for Tails of Hope Foundation and was certified with the Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dogs, Inc. program. The beautiful apricot-colored mini poodle did his job perfectly. While serving with Tails of Hope, Teddy raised the spirits and lowered the blood pressure of both able-bodied and disabled adults and children. He served many times with us at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York City. These annual sacred events are held in honor and remembrance of the first and second responders, survivors and the fallen.

              Teddy not only served in a therapy canine role for Tails of Hope Foundation, but also as one of our Ambassadors for our Youth Ambassador K9 Career Program™ (YAP-K9™) traveling to different states to educate youth about therapy dogs.

              One of his Mom’s favorite memories of their work together is:

              Teddy and I volunteered at a library's Paws for Reading program, designed to help children build confidence by reading one on one to a therapy dog. Teddy loved the children and it was clear that they loved him too. One night as we were packing up to head home, I noticed a folded piece of paper tucked under his therapy dog vest. It read, "Teddy The Best Dog Ever."

              Teddy retired in 2019 at the age of 10. Even after his retirement Teddy unofficially helped people cope with the COVID-19 pandemic in his neighborhood as they passed at a social distance on his daily walks.

              A few days before Teddy’s passing his Mom noticed he was not feeling well. Marian did everything possible to save Teddy, but in the end an autoimmune disease quickly took his life.

              Teddy joyously and proudly served for 6 years. Our hearts are saddened and we will miss your beautiful presence while remaining forever grateful for your selfless service. Rest in peace dear Teddy.
              Last edited by Femme Folle; 27-10-2020, 04:13.

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                BTW, now that Mickey's heard me making an appointment for him with the vet, he's decided to start eating again and acting like his usual self. I have news for him, he's still going because he needs it. Hopefully he will behave this time and not try to murder anyone.

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                  That's a lovely tribute to Teddy FF.

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                    Thanks, UE. All of the years of training that we went through together (and him teaching me patience into the bargain) made him a well-behaved dog, but he was always so happy and never met a stranger. You can't train that.

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                      UE is spot on, but It is also a beautiful and eminently deserved tribute to you

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                        Thanks ursus arctos. Neither of us would have done it on our own. I guess you could say that we brought out the best in each other.

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                          Originally posted by Femme Folle View Post
                          My friend runs a non-profit called Tails of Hope Foundation. You can google it if you want, but it's a charity focused on working dogs. They've raised money for things like PTSD service dogs for veterans and to provide specialized protective equipment for military and police working dogs. They also have a program that introduces inner-city kids to careers with animals (think veterinarians, trainers, etc.). Anyway, she has written this for their newsletter and I just wanted to share it here:
                          So beautiful. It is dusty in here.

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                            Thanks Hot Pepsi I can't read it without sobbing. I've been doing that a lot lately.

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                              It would be worrying if you didn’t. Feeling means your love is still strong and you aren’t just burned out.

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                                I think I'm still very much in shock because of how quickly it all happened. I know that we did everything possible, but I still have moments of wondering if taking him in on Wednesday instead of waiting until Friday would have made a difference. And sometimes I wonder if we did too much and maybe I should have let him go after he didn't respond to the first transfusion. We all knew that he was very, very sick. After he didn't respond to another transfusion, the odds were not in his favor. Maybe he should have been allowed to go peacefully in my arms instead of alone with iv needles stuck in his arms. I just hope i did right by him.

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                                  FF, it's really natural to feel you could have done more or to agonise whether you did too much. We all feel like that after the outcome of our decisions is known. Truth is you did your best making decisions when the outcome was yet undetermined and that's the hardest place to make decisions. So they were the right ones.

                                  It's a lovely tribute to Teddy.

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                                    FF... what a beautiful tribute to you both.

                                    You did exactly what he needed at the time... don’t fret about that.

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                                      Femme Folle Gorgeous tribute to the Tedster and his mom there.

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                                        I beat myself up about my Billy, he ended up dying on the kitchen floor in his sleep, as his regular home vet (compassionate end of life specialist) was away for a week and the local vets said on the phone that they might be able to "fit it in" (euthanasia) if I brought "it" down and waited.

                                        Teddy knew how loved he was, and the vets would have been kind. You did what you could. You raised a hero and gave him the best life a doggie could have.

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                                          I felt so bad this morning very early that I texted the crisis text thing. I'm doing better now. It was actually very useful.

                                          I just felt like I needed to announce that to people who wouldn't freak out too much about it so that it doesn't feel like a secret.

                                          I'm ok. I've got a lot going for me and am doing many useful things to improve my health, or so I'm told.

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                                            So glad to hear that they were able to help.

                                            Ursus minor is having a very difficult day as well.

                                            You are not alone.

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                                              You'll be fine HP. Any time you need to share anything, we're fine to help. Even those of us who normally just take the piss out of everything do genuinely care and wish you all the best.

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                                                Sympathies to HP and UA. It's tough all around at the moment.

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                                                  Originally posted by Nocturnal Submission View Post
                                                  Sympathies to HP and UA. It's tough all around at the moment.
                                                  This. And it's not going to be getting much easier.

                                                  Look after yourselves please.

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                                                    Dark clouds forming here for my daughter, I fear. She's just oddly quiet at the moment, and she's gone off food. Those are her 'tells'.

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