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11-27-1993 - 07-21-2007
05-20-1995    -    11-24-2007
On The Spot Dalmatians
Dally is the only dog I know that was truly "human".  Even the biggest skeptics agreed once they met him.  As a puppy he never did anything wrong and loved every dog and person he met.  He always did whatever he was asked to do.    If I were in another room and the other kids were doing something they shouldn't I'd hear the single 'WOOF" and I knew he was scolding (or squealing on) someone.  One time I went to see what was going on and I found Toni with a blue nose and the middle gone out of my blueberry pie.  He learned to "ride" the horse when he was 3 months old.  When he wasn't riding in the saddle with me he'd be running just ahead of us.  I had a landscape business and he'd run beside the mower while I mowed.   Dally and I spent 24/7 together his entire life.  He went to work with me every day and slept with me every night.  No matter where I went he went along.  When he turned 14 I knew our time together was growing short.   He was healthy but beginning to age.   At 14 years 9 months he went into old age kidney failure.  His favorite friend and vet, Dr. John, tried what he could to give us more time together but nothing helped.  I couldn't let my soulmate suffer any longer.  I held my boy while he crossed the Rainbow Bridge and promised him I'd be by his side again soon.

Kandi was such a sweet girl.  Always laid back and everyones friend.  She was happy to just hang out.  She could moon walk better than Michael Jackson.  She was a beautiful show dog and won RWB at the English Setter National.  Kandi got sick when she was 8 years old.   She was diagnosed with a tumor on her spleen and with a rare form of Lymphnode Cancer.   The prognosis wasn't good.  The vet said she would live 3 to 6 months without chemo and 6 to 9 months with chemo.  She had surgery to remove the tumor and her spleen followed by several chemo treatments.  Kandi beat the odds.   She lived another 4.5 years cancer free.  At 12 years 4 months she developed a kidney protien losing disorder which made her form blood clots.  She remained fairly stable for a couple of months but then lost her battle.
Treat me kindly, my beloved master, for no heart in the world is more grateful for your loving kindness than mine.

Do not break my spirit with a stick, though I should lick your hand between blows, your patience and understanding will more quickly teach me the things you wish me to do.

Speak to me often, for your voice is the world's sweetest music, as you must know by my excited bark when your footsteps fall upon my waiting ear.

When it is cold and wet, please take me inside, for I am now a domesticated animal, no longer used to the bitter elements.

I ask no greater privilege than to walk safely by your side. I would rather follow you through ice and snow than rest in the safest of homes, for you are my god and I am your devoted worshiper.

Keep my bucket filled with fresh water, for although I would not reproach you were it dry, I cannot tell you when I suffer thirst. Feed me clean food that I may stay well, to romp and play and walk by your side.

And my beloved master, should the great Master see fit to deprive me of my health and sight, do not turn me away from you. Rather hold me gently as skilled hands grant me the mercy of eternal rest - and I will leave you knowing with the last breath I drew, my fate was safest in your hands.