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Su Maneck

August 20, 2023 at 03:15 AM UTC

We have had 3 white German shepherds in our family. The last one, Loki, we’d had since he was around 3 – he lived ’til he was about 11. Biggest goofball on the planet, and even after 2 years I miss him like crazy. Our old man before him was Jake, who was around 9 when we got him. He lived ’til about 13. Again, miss him. We’re older now, so probably no more pets for us. We’ll dogsit, though.


August 19, 2023 at 01:12 AM UTC

Honestly, I’m an animal person. And I love any animal I meet (aside from bugs) and I feel awful that your animal companion is gone. I love dogs and cats SO much, so it hurts when they aren’t nearby anymore. You have my condolences Kitty.


August 17, 2023 at 07:40 AM UTC

Yesterday I could find my cat, she is so cute and naughty. I looked everywhere for her and after about a half hour I found her currled up under my pillow🤣🤣🤣🤣

Lillian Hinckley

August 10, 2023 at 09:54 PM UTC

I hope you find the peace and calm after such a heartbreaking loss. I have a two year old Alaskan Klee Kai, essentially a mini husky. Oh boy! He is the biggest scaredy-cat in history of the world. That’s only a mild exaggeration. He jumps and freaks out over everything from doors to laughter to sleeping babies. He’s ridiculous, in the best way. One thing that never worries him, whatsoever, is big dogs. My Klee Kai is a grand total of 15lbs. He’s too much of a scaredy-cat to have small dog syndrome, but he’s fairly certain he must be, at least, 50lbs heavy than he is. So when he plays with his cousin, a 150lbs Newfoundland, he tries to tackle and play tug a war. It’s quite amusing to see the look of confusion as he bounces of the side of the Newfie. What a funny dog! Apparently doors are more terrifying than a dog (literally) the size of a bear.


August 08, 2023 at 10:53 PM UTC

I’m so sorry for your loss. We have three very friendly cats. One of them, Pallo, is a Dat (a cat who acts like a dog). He’s like my shadow, following me from room to room and sleeping in the bed next to me. He’s a Siamese-(maybe) Maine Coon mix since he is very large (about 18 lbs). However, our 8 lbs seal color Burmese, Levee, is in charge. When he thinks Pallo isn’t behaving, Levee gets in his face and Pallo rolls over on his back with his feet in the air as if to say “I’m sorry.”


August 06, 2023 at 09:12 PM UTC

I am so sorry to hear about Perfect Dog😢. My cat has a tendency to lick her stomach until she injures herself, so she now has a leotard that she wears around the house.


August 06, 2023 at 07:12 PM UTC

My family has a Bichon-poodle mix named Lucy. She’s 15 years old and is nearly blind, mostly deaf, and never really had a good sense of smell anyway. During the Lockdown, she got so used to used to everyone being around the whole time, so much so that she now has seperation anxiety. Whenever we go on vacation, we rent a house that allows pets, so that Lucy can come on vacation with us. One funny memory of her was during a time I had covid. I was quarrantined upstairs, and Lucy can’t go upstairs because she has a bad back. Everyone else had left to run errands, and Lucy thought she was all alone. I heard this weird noise, and thought ” Oh, one of the neighbor dogs is howling again, they should take better care of their dogs.” Then I left my room, and looked downstairs, to see Lucy howling her head off. I felt so bad that I couldn’t go down there and hug her!!


August 04, 2023 at 02:37 PM UTC

I share 4 cats with my family. Mine is normal (she grew out of sleeping in the food dish 🤣), but the other two have some funny habits. Tiger acts like an overgrown, underfed kitten, even though he is on a diet. Eclipse sometimes wakes out of the bedroom with a stuffed animal in his mouth as his “prey”.


August 04, 2023 at 02:29 PM UTC

My cat twilight was being rambunctious with her toy mouse this week. I’m hearing her play with it on the floor as I’m starting to fall asleep and next thing I know something small, soft, a with a little rattle falls on me from what must have been an incredible toss to be falling on me from above.


August 04, 2023 at 11:04 AM UTC

Kitty, I’m so sorry to hear about Perfect Dog. I hope that you can feel God’s love for you and feel His peace. Hopefully this will bring a smile.
Growing up, I had hamsters. My first hamster, Stanley, was a sweet, huge, very furry golden hamster. He loved to hide sunflower seeds in various corners of his home so that he could snack on them while sleeping. When he was awake, he loved running on his wheel, squeezing through toilet paper tubes, and visiting.
My second hamster was totally different. She was given to me by a family who was having a hard time keeping track of her. She had turned up in interesting places, including inside of a VHS player, so she was aptly named Dusty. Dusty’s entire focus was escape. Her home was an aquarium tank with a mesh lid on top. When Dusty was awake, she would shove the tp tubes under the wheel to create a ladder, climb to the top of the wheel, and then, hanging upside down, walk across the mesh lid to the edge and use her nose and tiny hands to pry open the lid. Thankfully, my little brother caught her making an escape and we were able to put a stop to her flight. After that, I kept some school books on top so it was too heavy for her to lift. That didn’t stop her, though, from coming up with many creative ways to try to escape. She would climb her water bottle, or her wheel ladder and test the lid from time to time. When I’d put her in the ball for a run, she would race down the hall as fast as she could go. Finding Dusty was always an adventure!


August 09, 2023 at 10:33 PM UTC

Oh, sounds like my pet rats!
So, my aunt was a 5th grade teacher, and she taught me about how smart and what great pets rats are. So, for my birthday which coincided starting 4th grade, I got a pet rat (Artie, short for Artichoke). Little did I know she was 1 day pregnant. So, in just under 3 weeks, great times of bonding where I learned how much she enjoyed sitting on my shoulder and weaving through my hair, I suddenly find her with 9 wiggling, pink, eyeless babies (their eyes develop after birth). My expert aunt was called in, and after recording their development daily, eventually we had to separate the boys from the girls. I remember coming home to discover either one or the other had succeeded in pushing off 8 encyclopedias off the top of their cage, successfully breaking out, and now running loose upstairs. My sister and I had to trap and collect them, but the damage was done. Even when we returned 7 of them to the pet store (I kept Artie, and her daughter Nefi, short for Nefertiti [yeah, I also named my boy rabbit Maid Marion]), Artie and Nefi would routinely break out again, jumping from the cage to the corner shelf that overlooked my bed, to the bed, to the floor, and then FREEDOM!
They were a lot of fun 😉 Eventually, they both grew a number of tumors, extremely large and cancerous. Apparently that’s highly common in rats. But there were a lot a great memories!


August 13, 2023 at 10:53 AM UTC

Those little escape artists! It is amazing how creative they are!


August 04, 2023 at 05:15 AM UTC

Oh no! I’m so sorry! I’ve always loved hearing about Perfect Dog, she’s so sweet! My cat, Kili, always lays with me when I’m rereading your books.


August 04, 2023 at 02:01 AM UTC

So sorry for your loss, Kitty! Our pets burrow into our hearts in their own unique ways.

I am currently blessed with the best-behaved dog I have ever known. He’s a Bichon mix that I named Mr. Darcy (a perfect name because, in the words of my assistant, he instantly makes every woman fall in love with him 😆).

One of his nicknames is Casanova, because he really just wants love more than anything, but he’s not demanding, just a perfect gentleman, waiting patiently nearby if you want to give him attention. If you do, Darcy will get a little closer, and if you give him more, he’ll slowly keep moving closer.

He is super-obedient, like nearly Ella Enchanted level, but his biggest problem is rabbits. He sees one, and takes off like a shot, totally focused. Darcy always returns to me, but once he was so focused, he chased a rabbit under a car. When he came trotting back, there was a streak of grease on his forehead! Little did he know, we were out that morning to head to his grooming appointment, so I lucked out and didn’t need to give him a separate bath 😉

Darcy loves to sit outside and watch the world go by, but even more he loves to chew on the grass. No matter whether we’re at home, or up in the mountains, he will settle in around grass, particularly tall grass, and chew away. Unfortunately for him, and fortunately for me, he’s never figured out how to “pluck” the grass, so it always slides right through his teeth. I call it his “flossing”, because the grass is never damaged and that’s about all that happens. He’s so chill about it, I call him Ferdinand the Bull, because he’s thrilled to just sit, and taste every blade of grass he can.

His tail is powerful for so little a dog. When I first got him, Darcy would sit by the door or wall, getting used to me, but his tail would be going so powerfully, I nicknamed it the Thunker, making so much noise I thought he must be hurting himself 😄. He sits by walls less often now, but just last week I took him with me when I visited my sister. After 10 min or so, my sister & nephew were trying to figure out how someone had snuck to the front door & was knocking. I died laughing trying to convince them that the pounding was nothing more than his tail, echoing in their steel door. It took ages for them to be convinced he could be so loud & absolutely not hurt! Darcy was so chill, he was simply watching & waiting for them to give him more love! ❤️

I hope you can remember all the good memories that you shared together! Thank you for all you do!

Sharon Harbison

August 03, 2023 at 09:22 PM UTC

So sorry to hear about your dog. We had a black lab 18 years ago and had to put him down because he had cancer in his mouth. We still miss him.
Now we have a golden retriever and my daughter lives him so much that when we were on vacation, my husband joked that we should stay on vacation another week. My son & I were ok with that, but my daughter said, “No! I can’t be away from Bama (our dog) that long!” We all had a good laugh, even my daughter.

Claire Bock

August 03, 2023 at 07:19 PM UTC

So sorry to hear about you beloved pet. It’s never easy no matter how many we have over the years. Just know that they will be waiting for us when its our time.


August 03, 2023 at 06:30 PM UTC

I have three dogs rn, all of them are tiny and sweet but I have a favorite, the only one who is truely mine. Her name is Heidi and she is a 1 year old Maltese. We got her around a year ago and she is the sweetest thing. She cuddles up to me at night burying her nose into my blankets and me. During the day she runs around with the other two and tumbles around, messing up her neat fur. She is SO smart, she knows what time I get up and gets up then as well so I can let her out. She came to us knowing one trick, shake. We don’t know how she learned it but she always buys one of her paws in the air and looks at us until we shake it. She hates being alone and has the loudest bark I’ve ever heard. She’s so silly, digging into whatever she can. Her fur is so soft and her nose and eyes are pitch black, a stark contrast to her fur. When she was younger she looked like a lil teddy bear all the time now she only looks like one most of the time. She loves pets and will like any open skin you have. I love her so much. I give nicknames to all the dogs that are truely mine and hers is My Little White Fox. I don’t think I could have gotten through what I did without her and she knows it.

Sarah Russell

August 03, 2023 at 04:07 PM UTC

This hit hard, I just got hit with the gut wrenching grief. On July 1st we lost our beautiful green-eyed black shadow Taffy cat from a sudden urinary blockage that was not detected due to a long stream of reasons that all started on June 29th thanks to a bad storm and really bad circumstances all around. He was only two years old and we’d had him for 1.5 years of that time. But this little guy was the best little boy ever, built like a panther, long and lean, he would sploot out in the superman pose on his back and let us rub his belly while he made the biggest purrs and air biscuits ever. He would churr and try and open the back door to be let out on the sun room. He was beautiful and even in pain he never lashed out, never bit, never clawed, heck he never even hissed until that day… I know this isn’t the happy story you wanted, but he has left his paw prints all over my and my other half’s heart in such a way we will never be okay. He also tail thwapped you, I swear this cat had the strongest tail and would just casually walk by and smack you with it rather than rub up on you. Taffy also didn’t lay down, he would get where he wanted then just let himself body slam, so often a night as he came to bed he’d body slam my back between us. I am so sorry your bestsest friend has gone over the ranibow bridge. It will never be completely okay, but chirsh the memories, the quirks, the bestest times you had. It is okay to cry, and break down and have your bad days, they tattooed your heart with love and that will never go away.


August 03, 2023 at 04:48 AM UTC

I am so sorry for the loss of Perfect Dog, your friend, companion, family member. When my previous cat went, I told her it was okay, that I understood she was tired and needed to go, and that I would be okay and she could go rest. And then some time later, I could not get the line from Princess Bride when Inigo finally bests the 6 fingered man out of my head, “I want my father back!” I was strong enough to let her go, and then once she was irrevocably gone, I was desperate with the hole the loss and grief left in me. My very best friend got to see and listen to me sob and try and talk and struggle to breathe through the initial grief, and when I finally wound down for a bit she said I was making her want to get a dog again (her family’s dog had passed on years before this). I was so shocked. “Why?” I asked her. “The grief and feeling lost and torn in half sounds so pleasant you’d like to try it for yourself?” She laughed, but she told me that the depth of my love was shining through so strongly in my grief and she wanted to experience a love like that. It stuck with me. Maybe it will help you in some way. Hugs to you.

Sara W.

August 03, 2023 at 04:22 AM UTC

Perfect Dog was so beautiful. I’m so sorry.

I have a handful of Nigerian Dwarf Goats, a few angora rabbits and two dogs. Our Australian cattle dog will try to hug you like a cat, esp. if you stop by and don’t give him something to eat; our terrier mutt sits on his tail like a meercat.

We have a barn so people think it’s okay to abandon kittens nearby (definitely not the fun part of this story), but a few weeks before I came across your Magiford series with Chloe, we were adopted by a beautiful petite black cat. There is a tom on the property and they immediately took to one another as the most affectionate cat couple I have ever seen. He is very protective of her.


August 03, 2023 at 04:15 AM UTC

I truly believe that the animal companions we have in this life will be with us again in the next. God blesses us with these wonderful friends, and He cares about us AND them (Matthew 10:29).

We had a wonderful dog, Cinnamon, who wandered up to our home one day, and insisted on being a part of the family. She was a great pet for our young children- she grabbed our son by his shirt once when he was playing outside near the field by our house, then fought off a RATTLESNAKE and saved his life! She survived the encounter and was with us for several more years, before going to her heavenly home. And I am Positive that we will be able to see her again, once we “graduate “.

Take care Kitty; you will be in the prayers of all your fans in my family (and there are quite a few of those)!

Lindsay Blanchard

August 03, 2023 at 03:36 AM UTC

Sometimes my cats will just wrap a paw around my hand hold it. Their presence is so comforting. Sending cat hand hugs your way!


August 03, 2023 at 03:34 AM UTC

I’m so sorry for your loss. Our furbabies take a piece of our hearts with them when they have to leave us. Sending you hugs.
I lost my Milo two years ago now. He was such a darling, cheeky boy. He loved cuddles and followed me everywhere. I still have his best friend, my cat Jinxy, who likes to play hide and seek with me and sounds like an elephant as he thunders around the house.


August 03, 2023 at 03:34 AM UTC

I’m so sorry for your loss. If it is any help “He heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3

I don’t have any pets, but my friend does, so I’ll tell you about hers. One of her dogs, who is so sweet, will wander throughout the house with a stuffed toy in her mouth. It is so fun to watch! She is a quiet dog inside, but when you let her outside, she can run for ages.
I hope that it will get better for you and thank you for sharing this with us.


August 03, 2023 at 01:11 AM UTC

I am so sorry about Perfect Dog. Charlie, our female golden doodle, is just now a year old. Her favorite pastime is to find clean (or sometimes not so clean) underwear and chew extra holes for us. She is not even close to perfect but we love her anyway. 🙂

Jazzy Idsinga

August 03, 2023 at 01:02 AM UTC

We have two awesome dogs, Sadie Baby and Kubo. But Sadie was our first. We have a nice backward with a patio, and a path that curves out onto the hill and lands below the patio. There’s a wall between the patio and the bottom of the hill. Our silly dog, Sadie, went down to the bottom of the hill, and found a family size Doritos bag that floated with the wind over our fence. She smelled it, and stuck her head in, and immediately, was trapped. I went outside a little after this had happened, and heard her collar jingle. There was our incredibly smart Aussie-Boxer mix, with her whole head stuck in a bag, trying to find her way. I called to her (after laughing a lot) and silly Sadie, she wagged her tail, and came into the exact direction of my voice.
And straight into the wall.
Multiple times.
By this point, I’d summoned my whole family and we laughed and cringed a bit, and then went down and got the bag off her head, with lots of hugs, pets, and giggles.

Jazzy Idsinga

August 03, 2023 at 01:06 AM UTC

Pets have a unique place in our lives, and I know Perfect Dog understood how much you love her, as us champions know that you’re a devoted dog mom, and we only know you from newsletters! Even if dogs don’t go to dog heaven, I’m sure Perfect Dog had a very good, well loved, long life. God bless.


August 02, 2023 at 10:40 PM UTC

Newest addition to my household came via my neighbor knocking on my door holding a little black & white ball of fluff. A two week-old kitten was found in the street and, with a fox wandering around scaring mamma away, there was nothing much to do but bottle feed the tiny Manx kitten.

Now, little Bilbo Nubbins is a healthy 5lb, 4 months old, and is a hoot. His little nubby tail turns into a pom pom when startled and he runs around making crazy chirpy growls. He also very enthusiastically runs up to me and starts suckling on my fingers, purring loudly. He is adorable and my plans to find him a new home never materialized.

He’s become fast friends with Tommy Boy (white cat), Lord Gandalf Khan Fuzzbottom III (Siamese), and Strider (black Lab). The beagle, Pippin, doesn’t care since the new addition isn’t food. Rosie Girl (b&w tux) is still warming up to him, but I think she’s offended that the boys so outnumber the girls.



August 02, 2023 at 08:25 PM UTC

My dog, Joy, loves bread. One year, at Christmas, we made a Swedish Tea Ring. We are part of it for breakfast, then left the rest of it out for snacking on. We went to Church and when we came home we found our dog in her crate with the most guilty expression on her face! And first I didn’t clue in till I went to get another piece of Tea Ring. When I realized what happened, I looked in her crate again. She was still there, but a little piece of parchment paper was peeking out from under her rump. This was the first time she tried to cover up the evidence.

Kitty, you will always have wonderful memories of Perfect Dog. She is always a part of this group!


August 02, 2023 at 08:17 PM UTC

I have two dogs, Hobs and Hildie. We got them after our previous dog, Kierkie, was killed by two pitbulls trained to hunt coyotes. Hildie is a little demon, who’s eyes glow red in the dark and destroys toys every few days. Despite being a demon, she is very sweet. Hobs is a “Mini” golden doodle who weighs 60 pounds. Every time he sees you he has to bring you a toy, usually a guinea pig stuffed animal. He is super sweet and fluffy, and will always try to make you happy. I hope that Perfect Dog is in a better place now, and that you can start to heal the gap in your heart.


August 02, 2023 at 07:46 PM UTC

Here is a funny fact about my dog:
She is a small terrier mutt rescue we found under my dads truck after someone dumped her in our neighborhood. Every morning without fail she comes tearing into my room and rumps on my face waking me up before getting under the covers with me and falls asleep.

Nothing can compare to the relationship one has with a pet and I hope that even though no dog will be like Perfect Dog, you will find another pet to share new experiences with. We are all here for you as you grieve for Perfect Dog.


August 02, 2023 at 07:50 PM UTC

Oops, I meant to say jumps! So sorry!


August 02, 2023 at 07:14 PM UTC

I’ve never had any pets, but I know the emptiness in your life when you lose someone. We’re all rooting for you and sending love. RIP Perfect Dog


August 02, 2023 at 06:56 PM UTC

I am so sorry for your loss!

We have 7 dogs and love each of them. Four are livestock guardians (Great Pyrenees) who live with our goats and chickens full time and 3 are inside dogs.

We used to only have one inside dog (an English Springer Spaniel), but last summer my husband had surgery on a torn bicep muscle. While he was in recovery, someone offered me a FREE Airedale puppy (who could turn that down???). I asked my husband (who may have still been on drugs), if we could keep him and he agreed. While I was driving home with my Airedale, my 18-year-old daughter was given an Australian Shepherd for free. She asked Daddy if she could keep her. Sure, why not?

Every month when my husband looks at the dog food bill, he reminds me that he is never undergoing surgery again.


August 02, 2023 at 06:49 PM UTC

My sister’s pitbull Mufassah likes to come over and visit, and he’s always very gracious about letting us know if our pets are out of water. If the water dish is empty, he gleefully picks it up in his mouth and runs off with it. After we chase him down and get it back, it always gets filled up. I think he’s quite proud that he knows how to handle the situation.


August 02, 2023 at 06:21 PM UTC

Aww, I’m so sorry to hear that, Kitty! To share a cute story of my own pet, whenever I’m down she always comes up to me and tries to comfort me. Since she’s still young though, sometimes she gets too excited and starts jumping all over me and trying to bowl me over, hehe. 🙂
We’re here for you! Let us know if there’s any way we can help. 🙂

Debbie J Woodruff

August 02, 2023 at 05:54 PM UTC

I too lost my collie who lived 10 1/2 years. He would come yo my bed at night to say good night. I’m so sorry for your loss and pray for peace. Good bless.

Kim Gregory

August 02, 2023 at 05:46 PM UTC

Kitty, I’m so sorry for your loss. We’ve gone through the grief of losing two beloved pets, both amazing animals, so I know what you are going through.

When my husband would notice something was eaten that he wanted, he would ask, “Who ate this?” It was just me and the dog in the house so I would always blame it on Jake! “Jake did it!” Now I tell him that Jake’s ghost did it! Our first dog, Max, was a shepherd, wanted to please us and was so easy to train – Jake not so much! We kept asking ourselves for the first two months we had him, “What have we done???” Then we figured him out, totally opposite of Max. Jake was a Chinook, part husky mix and they have a mind of their own. Max wanted to do what we told him, but Jake, he needed a treat to obey, so he would get good-boy treats and all I had to say if he were being ornery was, “Do you want a good-boy treat, then you need to sit!” He’d drop his bottom and look expectantly for the treat! I loved that log and miss him even after three years. We’re older now and occasionally getting another dog comes up, but we just aren’t in a position to take care of a dog anymore. I have to be content snuggling with my stuffed ones! LOL! May God comfort your heart and give you peace. Kim


August 02, 2023 at 04:00 PM UTC

I understand what you’re going through, a little over a year ago we lost our family cat, Momo. My parents adopted him before I was born, so he was very constant in my life. But enough of my sob story! We adopted three other cats when I was ten, and now I have a beautiful, 22 lb cat named Wall-E, who has the most beautiful blue eyes and the most kitten-like meow, but it’s so loud! When we redid out backyard fence, we only put up half the planks one day (so there were spaces in between) and let him out in the backyard. He tried to fit through the spaces, but he was too far to get his behind through! Hope you enjoy the laughs, and we are here for you!

Laurie Hicks

August 02, 2023 at 02:56 PM UTC

I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Every time someone loses their four-legged friend, I grieve. (I’m still getting over losing Christopher, my three-legged cat, and that was about eight years ago!)
In anticipation of our next beloved furbaby leaving us (DJ, cat, has diabetes) we adopted a kitten two years ago. And she’s something else. I posted her latest trick on FB several weeks ago:
She’s definitely a climber. And proud of it.

Hope these make you smile through your tears. I have lots more.


August 02, 2023 at 01:18 PM UTC

I’m sorry about Perfect Dog. I don’t have a pet, but I have a friend that does so I will tell a little story. Last month I was having a really difficult time and I was at a friend’s house and started bawling. My friend’s dog Echo immediately tried to get close to me as possible which was hard because my friend was hugging me. This is the same dog who barks at me whenever I come over to their house because she doesn’t recognise me and licks my knees because I am short. I’m sending virtual hugs.


August 02, 2023 at 11:45 AM UTC

Hi Kitty,
My fur baby, also known als Shelby Kamiana Brody – or Kami for short – just had a month full of vet appointments. Got two teeth removed (the upper fangs) and is still learning how to eat without. She lost 0,5 kg (thats a pound, I think?) because of it, but she still has a healthy weight.
I love her from the sun and back, and she’s on my side for 11 years – since she was a little kitten. We moved around together while I was mourning my dad, and helped me through though times. She’s a Calico, with a lot of soft, white fur and some colorful patches… You know the time when your beloved pet is shedding it’s summer or winter fur? That’s pretty much the amount of fur my “Bebi” loses on a regular level. No sleeping in my bed for her! I need to breath at night!
So much about my fluffy diva (and a diva she is – even if she’s a vet’s favourite for her friendly behaviour. They never believe me what an attitude she can have at home!).
I also wanted to tell you that I really like your books about Magiford. What a world you created there! They are one of my favourite “don’t want to face reality right now”-places to go. Morgan’s story with the MBRC also glued my eBook reader to my hands. Still need to read your other books, but I will!
Thank you for your writing 💚
Greetings from Germany!


August 02, 2023 at 11:04 AM UTC

I’ve a cat called „socks“ because he‘s all dark grey except for his white paws. When he was a kitten, we used to talk in baby voice to him and repeat „who‘s a cutie socks?“ Today, he thinks his name is cutie and won’t listen to anything else 😅
Sending many hugs your way!


August 02, 2023 at 11:00 AM UTC

I have a cat who sleeps with her feet hanging off of an upper kitchen cabinet. I take a picture of her feet every night. I have a goofy collage now that I call “toes of heaven”. Makes me laugh every day.

If you want to, when the time is right, I think a lot of us would love to hear a little more about Perfect Dog. Just a thought.


August 02, 2023 at 10:58 AM UTC

I lost my cat about a year ago (we actually had to put her down with sheep sleepy stuff), I couldn’t bring myself up to tell my friends for ages. I only told some of them about 6 months ago. So, well done on telling us, I know it can be tricky.
Anyway, while my cat was still alive she would catch mice during the night. Whenever she caught one she would meow at the top of her lungs like “MREOOOWWWW!!!!!!!!” until we got out of our cozy beds and went to see what was up. (We think she wanted to show of her prize.) Once we got to her she would gobble up the mouse in front of us. Eww…
Looking back though it was something to laugh about so yeah…


August 02, 2023 at 10:48 AM UTC

Oh Kitty, I’m so sorry to hear about Perfect Dog! My heart aches for you.

I wish you could see my white Wheaten Terrier puppy interact with my toddler. To hear my little girl’s shrieks of laughter as she plays with our puppy is one of the most healing sounds in the world. And my 4 year old mini Labradoodle will finally allow baby to hug him. (he was mildly traumatized by her infant tendency to pull his fur, poor pupper.)

I’ll take the dogs to the back yard and throw a ball for them. The Labradoodle will chase the ball – and the Wheaten will chase him 🤣🤣

No one will ever replace Perfect Dog, and I hope you can find peace and joy. Whether that means another dog, or a rabbit, or a non-mammal, or even no pet of your own, all choices and all timelines are equally valid. We love you, Kitty!


August 02, 2023 at 10:44 AM UTC

My dog is called Bentley because he was too posh to be a Rover. So his previous owner said. I looked after him for a week while she got married and then rehomed him when they couldn’t cope. He is now 13. I call him Eve. Short for Evil Monster. I adore him but he is difficult. When he was younger he climbed a ladder to try and follow my mum and me into the attic. Then got stuck. One time he chased geese in a pond and after they’d gone he still swam around barking. Completely bonkers. I feel for you as I can see the future is catching up with us as he gets older. I know it is difficult but you will always have the memories.


August 02, 2023 at 09:12 AM UTC

Sad news is the worst but their is gold at the end of the rainbow. we lost my daughters cat but she had given birth 3 days before so we have 4 beautiful babies to raise and raise them well we have. altho having them sneak into my bed and steal my pillow is just toooo much lol

Amy Parsons

August 02, 2023 at 08:50 AM UTC

Sorry about your pup. We lost ours a month ago. Now for the cute story. I did NOT want a dog. My daughter desperately did. So to keep her from whining, I told her if she could find a non shedding, housebroken, good with kids, and Free dog that we would get it. (I thought I had made an impossible list and would therefore win by default.)
Well, my girl was an optimist and she prayed so so hard. Lo and behold she found a dog, Teddy the golden doodle, that met every single one of those requirements. We picked up Teddy and my daughter fell in love.
But it turns out Teddy was dumb. Just a really dumb dog. But she loved him and he loved her. One time when she was sort of complaining about her dumb dog—I pointed out that she had gotten every single attribute she had prayed for: free, non shedding, good with kids, and housebroken but she hadn’t prayed for a smart dog. She laughed and agreed. Teddy was a tender mercy from heaven but it is just a good thing he doesn’t need to pass an IQ test to go there.

Sandy Snyder

August 02, 2023 at 08:48 AM UTC

I had a large dog who actually lasted 18 years and her name was Sashy. If any male ignored her or refused to talk to her, she would hit them as hard as she could with her nose in their genital area. Suffice to say, the men she came into contact with greeted her first before anyone else.

Jen White

August 02, 2023 at 08:04 AM UTC

When I was in Middle School we had a Red Tailed Columbian Tree Bree. We got her when she was a little Worm and she was small enough that she nearly died by Mouse. But she grew up to be big and strong enough to consider my little brother a meal.

My dad, little bro, and I loved talking her out for walks.

(No leash required.)


August 02, 2023 at 07:39 AM UTC

My brother’s Beagle loves water and, if left unattended too long, will take a ball and drop it in the swimming pool. Then he will wait a few seconds for it to drift away before jumping in to fetch it again.

He will also find any body of water on walks and gleefully take himself for a swim.


August 02, 2023 at 07:35 AM UTC

I am so sorry to hear about your collie. We had both a 17 yr old Pom and a 12 yr old Pug that are no longer with us. I know how you feel.
We currently have a Shih Tzu who had to have surgery. because it was at his back end, he had to have a cone to keep him from the stitches, and the cone was longer than his head, so he couldn’t eat or drink with it on. The funny part was, when he needed to do his business, he would try to sniff the ground and the cone would hit the ground with a THUNK! The first time he must have tried it about 15 times before he had to go so bad he just squatted where he was. It was all I could do to not laugh out loud. He had to put up with the cone for 2 weeks. by the end he had learned not to try to sniff, just to pick a spot and go.

Hope this helps.


August 02, 2023 at 07:27 AM UTC

We just got a pair of kittens, a brother and a sister. They both snuck behind my bed after exploring the room and fell asleep on each other. We haven’t decided on names for them but I really like Jo and Laurie (from Little Women) or Artemis and Apollo. Hope you’re doing well! ✨❤️


August 02, 2023 at 07:20 AM UTC

I’m so sorry to hear about your precious collie. I’ve been missing my Yuki, he was a wonderful snuggle bug. When I was pregnant he would snuggle up to my belly every evening, and follow me everywhere. The way he’d snuggle you’d think he was a lap dog, but he was a 90lb Border Collie Husky mix that took up more of the couch than I did 🥰 whenever I was working he’d guard my office door like my own personal knight.

book dragon

August 02, 2023 at 07:14 AM UTC

kitty, I am so sorry! I’ve heard so much about Perfect Dog, and I know she means a lot to you. sending hugs your way!

Amanda Thompson

August 02, 2023 at 07:09 AM UTC

Kitty, I am so sorry. I am sending prayers your way!
Now as you asked some cute/funny things about my cat named Spock. When he was a kitten his mother disappeared leaving him and his two sisters alone in the woods behind my house. (Now I need you to know that this is a happy ending story for all 3 fur-babies as my neighbor claimed the two girls.) In these woods is a coyote den. So to protect the kittens from the coyotes my neighbors and my family tried to rescue them. We tried multiple ways of coaxing them to no avail. Then my neighbor got the idea to use his live trap carrier crate to get them. He had his security camera and alert system trained on the crate. Now to why his first name is Spock, he let himself and his two sisters out of the crate before my neighbor could bring them inside… twice. On the third night of trying to use the crate my neighbor stayed up until roughly 3 in the morning to rescue all 3. He was not loosing these little babies lol. My neighbor, the kind man that he is, waited until after sunrise to bring me over the only yellow orange kitten. He informed me this is the one that kept letting them out, you can have him, lol. Spock also knows how to apply pressure to a certain spot on my daughters bedroom door and pop it open.
Another cute thing about him is that he has to have his morning carry or he’s a grump the rest of the day. His morning carry is that after he’s done terrorizing me and my bed as I’m making it he needs to be lifted from my bed and carried out of the room. He’s a bit spoiled 😉😂.
I have more stories if you want to read them lol.
I hope these two things about him bring you a bit of joy and happiness.


August 02, 2023 at 06:58 AM UTC

I’m so sorry for your loss!!

I have two kitties, named Samurai and Puma. Sami is a little black cat with a crook in his tail, which he uses as a handle to minimize efforts in his baths, and as a club to whack people with. He’s my love bug, who glues himself to my side.

Puma is my neurotic weirdo, who my friends and I joke wears a tinfoil hat when no one is around. Currently, she is alarmed by her catnip banana, which she has had for most of her 15 years, because I moved it to an exercise step to vacuum. She keeps walking up to it like it’s a snake and is much too afraid to touch it. Sometimes she catches a glimpse of it out of the corner of her eye, hisses, and runs away. She no longer knows this banana. This banana is NOT to be trusted.


August 02, 2023 at 06:55 AM UTC

I’m sixteen, and I don’t know how you feel because I have never suffered the loss of a dog (yet), but I will regale you with tales of my ungrateful pup Sammy. He’s an English Springer and I do most of the maintenance aside from feeding and taking outside, which the family helps with. He’s antisocial, aggressive, and has sensitive skin, ears, and stomach, so quite a handful here. I do his grooming, training, haircuts, baths, ear cleaning, nail trimming, and more. I’ve even sewed him bow ties, sweaters, shirts, pajamas, etc. He’s so spoiled that when we got a new couch and then got him a dog bed not to ruin the new couch, he refused to sleep on any except the ones with a raised edge to rest his head on like the couch armrest. We use couch covers now anyways XD. He has quite selective hearing for his myriad of tricks; it depends on whether you have food in your hand or not!! I get so upset when he growls and snaps and bites while I’m trying to put on his pajamas so he can’t bite the scabs off his tail or when I’m trimming his nails or whatever, but it’s worth it. Even the grumpiest, silliest, most annoying and loud and aggressive dogs are worth the work to have them for those evening cuddles, those play sessions, those walks around the neighborhood and walks through the grocery store for pee stain remover or new treats or toys. I feel for you! Our furry friends mean so much. <3 Love ya, Perfect Dog!


August 02, 2023 at 06:51 AM UTC

When I was about 10 years old, a stray mama cat had 5 kittens in our backyard. My Dad let us feed them and take them as our own.
I claimed the smallest of the kittens, he was black with the cutest white whiskers with a white patch on his chest as well as a white patch like a mustache. I named him Ash. My older sister claimed a calico cat and named him Simba. The others were named Niki, Sugar, and Cinderella (shout out to my older brother for picking her name).
We loved coming home from elementary school and hanging out with the kittens outside. They were the cutest. One of my favorite parts of my life at that time. ❤️


August 02, 2023 at 06:38 AM UTC

My parents dog is a large 90lb hound dog, one time I was sick and he came in my room and I thought “oh how sweet—puppy cuddles!” However, I soon learned that he only wanted me for my Kleenexes…He came right up to the bed and very delicately grabbed a single Kleenex straight from the box. He then proceeded to back out of the room while maintaining eye contact the entire time. Once outside the room, he could clearly be heard scarfing it down lol Needless to say we started making sure Kleenexes were out of reach after that event


August 02, 2023 at 06:35 AM UTC

I have a story about our cats: We’ve had them since they were kittens, and we’re a very cuddly family so we would cuddle with them a lot. We’ve basically trained our boy cat, Nico, to just roll over and expose his fluffy belly for belly rubs. He’s a little bit chonky, and getting to pet his floof is always the best part of my day.

I’m so sorry for your loss, RIP Perfect Dog <3


August 02, 2023 at 06:33 AM UTC

So sorry for your loss Kitty. Perfect Dog was a wonderful companion. Our first dog was named Frank. He was a border collie crossed with a gordon setter. He was just the loveliest dog and such a scaredy cat (he was afraid of flies). We moved into a new home a couple of years after adopting him. Our new neighbours were over and we were sharing about Frank. We took a dog intelligence test on his behalf and we were feeling pretty proud he came out in the top 5% of intelligence for dogs. Our neighbours were impressed and wanted to meet this canine genius, so we called him up the stairs to meet our guests. He promptly ran straight into the glass door. We opened it and our slightly dazed doggo half ran inside in excitement. We had his bed next to the window in the lounge room near the coffee table. We told him to ‘go to his bed’ so he ran through the dining room and jumped, not into his bed, but onto the coffee table, slid off, went splat, then tried to get onto the coffee table again. We finally got him into his actual bed. Our neighbour raised his eyebrow as he said, “you might want to retake that test”.


August 02, 2023 at 06:33 AM UTC

I’m so sorry about Perfect Dog! A funny story about my dog is that he always barks at the front door when someone knocks. The second important piece of information is that he is just as mischievous as his namesake, Huckleberry Finn. One day I was eating lunch and he kept staring at my pizza like it was the only food on Earth. I kept telling him that he couldn’t have any and after a few minutes he ran to the door and started barking. In my absent mindedness I set my food on the couch and went to check the door. There was no one there so I turned around and he was on the couch and had taken a bite of my food! I am convinced that he purposefully tricked me!


August 02, 2023 at 06:28 AM UTC

We have a crazy Aussiedoodle puppy named Una, and she is the absolute definition of high cleverness, low wisdom. She can circumnavigate our screen door to catch a few minutes of freedom, but every night she spends at least fifteen minutes harshly putting that strange barking dog in the glass door in her place!

I’m so sorry to hear about Perfect Dog. Sending virtual hugs & warm drinks <3



August 02, 2023 at 06:24 AM UTC

Kitty, I can’t even begin to describe how many happy memories and tears of laughter you’ve blessed me with over the years. If you want a serotonin boost it’s a boost you are gonna get! I had this puppy when I was a toddler. (long time ago, but I can still remember some of the earlier shenanigans immortalized in my brain). she was the light of my childhood. she would chase me and my sibling up the slide tale wagging and kitty claws a scratching. She had the most beautiful slick fur, and would lick behind my ears to cheer me up. she unfortunately passed a little before Christmas one year. losing a dog is hard, especially when they represent a phase of life filled with an abundance of your best memories, the memories you revisit and wish what you no longer have can be revived. but it gets easier i didn’t believe it then, but with people in your corner and the love of jesus in your heart, slowly the cold grief thaws, not completely, but enough.. my dog was named lily. I like to think she was named for the resurrection these flowers represent. your dog is in heaven among the meadows smiling with all of the love you poured in your lovely 12 years. you’ll be in my thoughts and prayers, and perfect dog will be forever in your heart, sniffing among the sweet lilies.

Beth (Infinite Floof)

August 02, 2023 at 06:23 AM UTC

I’m so sorry, Kitty. But I have a story to hopefully make you laugh.

My dad’s been in the hospital over a week (came home today), and while my mom was working, I babysat him and my sister took care of our two cats and one dog. The dog was distraught at all or absences and howled and cried all day for a few days. He finally stopped two nights ago.

My sister told me he had been a good boy that day. I talked to him and asked him enthusiastically if he’d been a good boy. He happily wiggled half his body (he’s a chiweenie and wagging his tails involves his whole body XD).

Then, as we were walking into another room together, he made a bee line for the cat food. I had to force him away from it. He believed being a good boy meant he deserved cat food! 😂


August 02, 2023 at 06:18 AM UTC

Kitty I am so so sorry, I lost my dog Oscar who had been with me since I was born and it was one of the hardest things I’ve ever gone through. But a few years later we got Archie who just the cutest ball of fur! His favorite thing to do is play soccer even though the ball is the same size as him! It’s so funny to see him tap his paws on the ball and roll it backwards into the goal! I know this is hard but it does get better. I never thought I would get over Oscar but I can’t imagine life without Archie!

Amber Guthrie

August 02, 2023 at 06:15 AM UTC

I’m so sorry, Kitty. I lost my truest companion three years ago this December 22rd, 2020 truly was the year that kept on sucking. Luckily, my aunt was kind enough to allow me to adopt two young kitties that I love deeply. Abby will always be my Familiar, but now I have another one in Link. Time heals all things, and though sometimes it may feel like it will not, it will get easier. I hope you’re doing well, you’re truly amazing and I hope to get to meet you one day.😊


August 02, 2023 at 06:13 AM UTC

My little girl started life as a runt. We didn’t get to pick her up until she was 3 months old and weighed 1 pound, 2 ounces. Yes, you read that correctly. She is now 1 year old, and 4.2 lbs. Her name is Daisy and she’s a little love. She loves people, especially kids, and loves getting strangers to pet her. She is a chihuahua. She sends you licks and love. ❤️


August 02, 2023 at 06:09 AM UTC

I’m so sorry for your loss! My family’s dog passed away last Thanksgiving, so I ache for you and will be praying for you. If it helps at all, Matthew 5:4: “Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.”

A dog story:
Dad pushed for us to get another dog quickly, so in May, we got a three-month-old German shepherd. The girl’s got an attitude; anytime we correct her for something, she huffs at us and throws herself onto one of her doggy beds. She also prefers some highly unladylike sleeping positions, twisting onto her back and bending sideways until her nose touches her tail. She’ll stay like that for hours while we look on in secondhand contortionist pain. Once, though, she curled up “properly,” only to quickly turn from cute to hilarious by framing her face with her back legs.


August 02, 2023 at 06:08 AM UTC

I’m so sorry about your loss! Nothing can replace a beloved pet.
We’re introducing a new puppy into our household with our senior dog and multiple cats so we’re having an adventure ourselves. The puppy is a Belgian Malinois mix with tons of energy and she adores water. So she’s been getting plenty of play time with a kiddie pool and hose. Keeping her occupied is crazy sometimes!


August 02, 2023 at 06:06 AM UTC

I’m so sorry for your loss!
About five years ago, our cat, Gato, died. We lived in Alaska and my husband is a big hunter, so my kids are used to eating all kinds of wild game. We had just returned from burying our sweet cat, when our three year old daughter asked what we were eating for dinner at that night. The answer was steak. She asked, “Will it be Gato meat?” I was horrified, but we laughed over the fact that she knew meat comes from animals. Just not our cat!


August 02, 2023 at 06:03 AM UTC

My cat, Callie, has decided her new calling in life is to be an alarm clock. She has perfectly timed my alarm so that she yowls one minute before and only on weekdays. This very same cat also trained me to pet her in my sleep without my knowledge and only got caught by happenstance.


August 02, 2023 at 06:03 AM UTC

We rescued two kittens off a major highway at two different times. They are wild fur babies. So much so that the youngest one tries to bury his water bowl?! He paws the ground before drinking and often sticks his whole arm up into the dispenser opening like you would trying to get a snack unstuck from a vending machine! Crazy animal! So sorry for your loss. It’s hard to loose fur babies! Praying for you!


August 02, 2023 at 06:02 AM UTC

My golden retriever Jack loved food. He was a golden, after all. He loved all things edible, except one. He used to live to steal vegetables from our backyard garden. His favorites were the tomatoes and beans, and it was there, in that garden, where we learned of the solitary food he would ever refuse to eat: Swiss chard.

My wirehaired pointing griffin, Griffy, was my wild boy. I have never met another dog who gave me quite that same kind of thrill when I looked in their eyes – that I was in the presence of a true, if un-honed, predator. It was a beautiful, beautiful thing.


August 02, 2023 at 06:02 AM UTC

So we got 2 kittens a couple of weeks ago and today one of them took a ride with me to work…for the second time in two weeks on the same day. I was at work since 1:45 and got home at 9:30. She stayed with my car both times. I drove home with her in my lap and she purred the whole way home. Her name is Paisley, I think we named her wrong.

Jessica Redmond

August 02, 2023 at 06:02 AM UTC

Our hearts go out to you! I am so sorry you had to say goodbye, what always feels like too soon.

The only anecdote I can share is that about two years ago my parents lost what was for them the “best” dog. It was sudden and heartbreaking and they didn’t think they would get another dog, but they had such a large hole in their lives they only lasted about a week before they found themselves at the animal shelter in search of a four legged companion. They brought home a complete goober. He is the exact opposite of their previous princess husky, but it turned out that he was exactly what they needed. He started out a bit too rough and he definitely had a fondness for shoes, but he has become the sweetest baby of a dog there ever was. As sad as it was to lose the one before, I can’t help but think that this good boy needed my parents love and affection. Hopefully, the fates that be have a plan for you and another future furry friend, as well.