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Paws and Reflect.


Paws and Reflect.

Last week I lost a family member. I had to make the horrible and sudden decision to put my 14 year old Lhasa Apso down. Abigail was my faithful companion for the last 10 years (4 earlier years with my sister). She was my furry baby, my child, my best friend. Abigail was non-judgemental and showed me unconditional love…she loved me for me!

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Since her passing on March 26th, I’v had time to paws and reflect. As a single person with no children, we tend to replace such voids with the love of an animal(s). She became my child and I treated her with respect and with the best care possible. While it was the most devastating choice to put her down, I knew it was the right choice (contemplating the hard choice) while late into the early morning hours at the VCA Emergency Room. Her sudden seizures had debilitated her so badly; her quality of life was poor at best. Since putting her down, I have had even more time to silently paws and reflect.

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Those who are not animal lovers (dogs in particular) are truly missing out in my opinion. The kindness and selflessness an animal brings out in an owner is truly a remarkable thing. Just like a child; animals are a huge responsibility. Dogs (unlike cats) depend on you for everything. Being a cat owner as well, I can tell you cats are very self-sufficient. I always tell non-dog owners the attention and time needed for a dog is crazy…but well worth the return on time and investment of the animal.

Merry Christmas...woof...meow!

Abigail was a retired Animal Therapy dog with two local agencies. She spread her love at senior homes, hospitals, hospice, schools and kids reading programs. She wagged her tail proudly while she was wearing her animal therapy dog vest. She loved walks, polo games, coffee shops, hot dogs, belly rubs and loved sitting in the sun on cool spring mornings and sitting by the warm fire on chilly nights. She waited for me at the hall door and waited for me to give her the sign for bed. She gave kisses for NO reason. I know there must be a very special place in heaven for her. I am just now finding her hidden rawhide around the house. I miss her so very much… my heart actually aches. I will soon receive her ashes back. My decision of what to do with her ashes will not be taken likely by me. She gave her all to me and I will do the same for her. Mommy loves you always Miss Abigail. see you in heaven!

What Makes An American Patriot?


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What Makes An American Patriot? Well I am sure many American’s have their own view on this topic. To me a Patriot is one who gives back to his country wanting nothing in return. It might be fighting for your country so others may have freedom or it maybe doing something selfless for those who do fight for our freedoms.

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Last night I had the pleasure of attending the USO show with Actor, Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band at the 29 Palms Marine Base here in Southern California. I am very familiar with the Gary Sinise Foundation and the selfless amount of time Mr. Sinise puts in at his foundation. However, Mr. Sinise also spends his time entertaining our American Troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and all over the United States. He is one of the few actors, who actually walks-the-walk instead of talks-the-talk. Living here in Southern California, we are inundated (ad nauseam) with actors who yap- yap-yap and who love to hear themselves talk regarding left wing political beliefs. All the while doing nothing for our troops who actually fight for their freedom to YAP endlessly. Mr. Sinise is one of the few in the entertainment world I consider a true Patriot! If we had more people like Mr. Sinise the world would be a far better place.

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I love the fact Mr. Sinise freely admits on stage he gets paid an absurd amount to do what he does. However, his career does not compare to what the troops do, especially in time of war. I find Mr. Sinise to be sincere, genuine and very compassionate. There are just those people who are believable and sincere and those who are not…

Some of the best moments of the night are when Mr. Sinise invites all the military children on the stage with him to rock and roll. You can see in his face the joy it brings. The ending of the show is an expected song and would be greatly missed by all the military families if Lee Greenwood’s song “I Am Proud To Be An American” was not played. The pride in which the military sing this song is very emotional and something all should experience.

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I invited my sister to attend the show with me.She grew up during the Vietnam War. She admitted with (some embarrassment) she needs to remind herself about our American Troops and that they are in a time war. She told me attending something like the Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band USO show, clearly reminds her that she needs to do a better job at remembering our troops. I think we can all learn a thing or two from Mr. Sinise…a true American Patriot!

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