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post #41 of 66 (permalink) Old 04-23-2019, 07:57 PM
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I have a friend whose late life teenage daughter is a mess. Two days ago they adopted a Flat-Haired Retriever. My friend is hoping this one-year-old, lovable dog will bring some comfort to her daughter. Giving her 18 year old daughter some responsibility. Someone to love and to love her.
My youngest was a troubled teen. At 16 she got her first dog, a puppy. I think Daffney raised Tori as much as I did. She still had issues, but she also had a built-in best friend, a child of sorts, someone she always put first. She's happily married now. They lost Daffney to cancer last month. She was only nine and it was sudden--five days after finding out, my daughter had to make the heartbreaking decision to let her go. On top of losing Daff, it was awful to watch her go through that. (The first thing she whispered was, "I killed my dog." I told her, "no, you helped your dog.") But her strength in going on after that amazes me. I'm glad I caved on that dog issue ten years ago!

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I hope you feel better, Karen. I'm new and I've already learned a lot from you.

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I havenít been on the forum very often these past several months, and had no idea of what was going on. I just want to say that Iím sorry you are having health problems Karen, and am hoping youíll be back on your feet soon. Your posts have always been very informative, along with all your pics and doggies antics. I, for one, appreciate the massive amounts of time you have spent on this forum.🙏

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Hello. Glad to see Ricky’s Popi and Karen. Karen, I’m sorry to hear you have been ill. I hope you feel better soon.

You were so helpful to me over this past year with Merry. You went out of your way to research and find a link for a winter coat for Merry that helped keep her warm and keep her from matting so much. I know we all have busy lives and so any response is really a generous gift.

Its always good to hear from people on this forum. I value this forum and people’s various experiences and views. I see this forum as a wealth of information from knowledgeable people.

I always feel bad I don’t participate more. I’m still working a full time job, husband, Merry, and two aging parents. Dad just had a double bypass a few weeks ago.

More to update on Merry but maybe I’ll start another thread for that.
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I folks, I am popping in here and there..............I'll stop in when I can. Love you all!
Ahhhhhh, a post from Karen, my excellent day just got infinitely better!

I am glad I missed the controversy a month ago. I was embroiled in a controversy in a Home Owners Association at that time. You can only be embroiled in so many controversies at one time. As far as diplomacy, I can be very diplomatic at times while at other times, I admit I can be very undiplomatic. Sometimes on this Forum, I could word things a bit differently to be a bit more positive. You all have no idea how many times I have gone back and edited some of my posts because after reading what I posted it made me cringe. I have learned that sometimes, when I feel passionately about a topic (whether on this Forum or some other forum) it is better to not post nothing at all rather than posting something that could be construed as critical! The Internet is so anonymous and sometimes I might say something on the Internet on a forum that I would never say directly to someone in person. Think about that, I often do. I hate to see anyone leave HF for any reason! So keep posting, all you.

Momi and Popi are fortunate in that we have met Karen and her whole family and even got to visit Kodi's inner sanctum training facility. Momi and Popi feel blessed and privileged as a result. Momi and Popi reminisce frequently about our visit with them. I am confident that once Karen is feeling physically better, she will be back here better than ever (how is that possible?). I have found that FOR ME it helps to step away from a forum to re-charge my batteries for a month or two and then return with new enthusiasm to interact with all the Internet friends I have met there. So get some rest Karen, heal thyself, and be well. Pop back in as frequently as you feel comfortable and let us know you are still with us. If nothing else, just post some pictures of your doggie family. Pictures of any dog on this forum brings joy to my heart. Dog on it, I want to take every one of them home with me!

Now on an irrelevant note, Momi, Popi, and Ricky will be visiting the Huntington Gardens, Library, and Art Museum in Pasadena (San Marino) tomorrow. It is closed to the public for the day and only open to patrons. We will marvel at a couple hundred acres of rare plants from all over the world, an original Gutenberg Bible, an original Walden by Thoreau, and Gainsborough's Blue Boy, along with a host of other treasures (Shakespeare, Lincoln). We try to visit about once a month. We will spend the night with our youngest and her lover boy Lab, the BowWOWzer, a gentle giant. It is funny to see the perplexed and annoyed expression on his face as Ricky does the zoomies around him in circles. And then he will hop on the sofa and go to sleep. Just WATCHING Ricky with his jets on is enough to tire any other dog out!

As the Arnold said, "I'll be back!"

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Sometimes I decide to read a post that looks interesting attached to old postings. I've come across my own posts and thought, "Did I really write that?" 😊
Have fun at the Huntington Gardens Popi. Haven't been there in years. I have so many fond memories of visiting my uncle, aunt and cousins in San Marino when I was young. We would always visit the Gardens and Art Museum.
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[QUOTE=Ricky Ricardo;1430482]Ahhhhhh, a post from Karen, my excellent day just got infinitely better!

I am glad I missed the controversy a month ago. I was embroiled in a controversy in a Home Owners Association at that time. You can only be embroiled in so many controversies at one time. ]

I, too, belong to a HOA in Colorado, where we spend the summer to get away from the overbearing, sweltering heat in Oklahoma. Before we retired we could only spend a few weeks a year there and I - Oh! So - wanted to know people in the community. NOW I WISH I DIDN'T KNOW ANYONE.

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After three years of caregiving, my Mom passed away this past August (Alzheimer's Disease) and I kind of shut down a little, but always check to see what everyone here is up to. Chi Chi is my first dog ever and the information from this group has been invaluable! It saddens me that someone went for Karen in that way. I have found her to be nothing but helpful.
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Ahhhhhh, a post from Karen, my excellent day just got infinitely better!

I am glad I missed the controversy a month ago. I was embroiled in a controversy in a Home Owners Association at that time. You can only be embroiled in so many controversies at one time. ]

I, too, belong to a HOA in Colorado, where we spend the summer to get away from the overbearing, sweltering heat in Oklahoma. Before we retired we could only spend a few weeks a year there and I Oh! So wanted to now people in the community. NOW I WISH I DIDN'T KNOW ANYONE.
This really made me laugh. I belong to an HOA also and cringing because the annual meeting is coming up...I guess I am not alone in feeling this way. We are hoping to move soon to a place without an HOA!!!
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Our neighborhood is new constructions and was originally planned with walking trails and two dog parks, one very small, leash required area with just a tunnel and a hill, and a larger fenced dog park in the final phase. This attracted a LOT of dog people. Later the city withdrew their approval for the second dog park because of some zoning issues they should have known about before they approved it. I bet you can imagine how those HOA meetings go, along with the posts on the neighborhood Facebook group!
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