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libertykitty
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   Posted 11/1/2008 10:39 PM (GMT -7)   
My family and I drove an hour and a half today to meet a dog, and we took her home! Initially the dog search was to get a companion for my mom, but at some point it became equally for my brother who has cerebral palsy. Plus I'm a little selfish and wanted a furry buddy around. Her name is cookie, and she is a chihuahua mix, but very mellow. She's still really nervous in our house and a little jittery. She loves curling up on the couch though, or in my mom's armchair. My dad took a picture of the two of us napping on the couch.

I'm really happy that we found her. She is a low-maintenance dog for the most part so now I have a pal to sit on the couch with for hours, which is really great for me. I love that she's there, and that I can pet her and feel better. She has gorgeous brown eyes and I just melt whenever she looks up at me.

My parents and I hope that walking her will be motivation for me to get some light exercise. I'm really happy that we waited until we found a dog that seemed great for our family. I really think that having a dog around will make me feel less depressed. I'm already feeling it in my hips - she's so tiny that I've been sitting down and getting up over and over and picking her up and putting her down so my hips hurt.

Has any one else gotten a pet that they think has helped them?

-Sandi
Diagnosed with arachnoid cysts February 2002, fibromyalgia February 2008.

I think I should stop getting diagnostics done in February...


Green Grove
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   Posted 11/1/2008 10:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sandi!!!
 
I have always had many animals that I love and make me feel better.  I grew up in the country on a farm, moved to a huge city for awhile and had to come back to Green Grove :)  Right now we have 1 pregnant lab (Carmen), 4 kittens (I call them all baby right now:), 1 white peacock and peahen (Georgie Boy and Snow Queen), 1 india blue peacock and peahen (Indie and Sweet Pea), a green canary (Cheepers), A leopard gecko (Goliath), and a Peacock Oscar fish (Sage). . . We also have many wild friends that come up like deer, rabbits, racoons, groundhogs, possums, skunks:), and we saw a bobcat the other night in the garden near the cross. . . Just a regular zoo here :)
 
By the way this is a great thread for all of us animal lovers here ;)  Your dog sounds adorable :)
God Bless!!!
Sam


libertykitty
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   Posted 11/2/2008 12:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh, she is such a sweetie!

I uploaded a picture of her on our couch (she already has A Spot there):
http://userpages.umbc.edu/~sandra9/cookie.jpg

-Sandi
Diagnosed with arachnoid cysts February 2002, fibromyalgia February 2008.

I think I should stop getting diagnostics done in February...


Sherrine
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   Posted 11/2/2008 9:54 AM (GMT -7)   

Awwww...cookie is so sweet!  She almost has the face of a beagle.  You will have a wonderful time with her.

I, for one, cannot live without a dog.  I have a dog and two cats right now.  My dog is wonderful and helps with the fibro.  I walk her every day and that gets me moving.  She makes me feel very guilty if I don't walk her.  Even if I hurt when I leave the house, I'm feeling much better when I get home.  I look all around when walking her and take in the beauty that God has provided and it lifts my spirits, too. 

A dog gives you a reason to get up and get moving.  You have to feed them and then the walking I just mentioned gets the blood flowing again.  Plus it is fun playing with them.  These things are a small price to pay for the love and the joy these little critters give back.  cookie will come around soon.  She is probably confused and frightened but will get comfy very soon and have all of you wrapped around her little paw!  Enjoy your dog!

Sherrine


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Marlee2
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   Posted 11/2/2008 12:29 PM (GMT -7)   
She is sooo cute Sandi. I'm a new mom too but don't have a site to put pictures on. You all would get tired of Krissy pictures I have taken so many. We lost our almost 15 yr old bichon this summer and it was devastating. I didn't think I could ever love another dog. Brandy left a huge hole in our life, nothing was the same around here without her.
 
Two weeks ago yesterday we got a bichon puppy, Krissy. Oh that first week I was so sore and tired. I had to get down to her level too. We got a set of steps and she can get up and down off the couch by herself now. We have play yards in the middle of the family room that blocks off everything dangerous which has helped a lot since she chews on everything at this stage.
 
I have laughed more in the past two weeks than I have for a long, long time. She is just what I needed to help mend a very broken heart from not only losing Brandy but also our grandson that was killed in Iraq 18 mos ago. I heard myself say to her the other day "you make my heart happy" the words surprised me cause I haven't had anything to make my heart happy for a long time. I do believe animals have a healing spirit.
 
I'm sure cookie has enough love for the whole family.
 
Sam you need to open a petting zoo. We live right on the edge of town and have deer, coyotes, rabbits and two big groundhogs that stay at the back of the property.
 
luv and hugs and puppy kisses
Marlee
 
 
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Leeriesan
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   Posted 11/2/2008 9:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh my god she's adorable....

I have an obsession with animals.. I have a kitty named Daisy. :-)
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~~ I'm 21 and trying to be optimistic~~


MT Lady
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   Posted 11/2/2008 9:39 PM (GMT -7)   

Marlee, in my opinion, there is NOTHING in the world better than puppy kisses!! that puppy breath! I can still smell it and I have no puppies around here! I was not aware of the loss of your grandson and your Bichon. I'm so very, very sorry to hear of both losses. My grandsons are very young, the oldest is 6. I cannot begin to imagine losing them.

Marlee, I think getting Krissy was the perfect thing to do to mend your heart. Dogs are pure love. I have three dogs and a cat, I've had other cats before, but for me, it's the love of a dog. Even though I adore my cat, she's aloof, as a cat should be. I'm just too needy turn ...I need my dogs big old head on my lap. I also need to know that they need me, to get up in the morning to feed them, and to walk them. They are what motivate me to walk every day.

Marlee, again, my heart goes out to you, for your tremendous losses. I know the love a Bichon can give to you and I am sure that Krissy will mend your broken heart, fill it, and overflow it with tender love and puppy kisses!!! Enjoy every second of her!

Miriam


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leemadd
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   Posted 11/3/2008 5:30 AM (GMT -7)   
I love animals I have 4 dogs and 3 cats. they all have very differnt personalities. we have a chiuauh issabelle , pug Adam , cocker spaniel callie and a australian shepard rottweiler mix lucy. I love to snuggle with the chuiauah. I love to play with the cocker and all I can ever do is laugh at the pug the aussie rottie is my gentle giant 105lbs of pure love and protector. I would be lost with out them. 2 of the cats are old and at the point where they actually require alot of work not cleaning them selves ect. the one is mentally retarded. Im not kidding either she suffered from starvation. I love em all
LeeAnn

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   Posted 11/3/2008 8:47 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi liberty- I don't think I have welcomed you, so Welcome!

A-w-w-w your puppy sounds adorable. I am a animal lover but came down with allergies to them. It broke my heart but have been able to have small animals without reacting to them. Hamsters, and 2 parakeets over the years. I also have a yellow lab granddog that is just like my own. Have to take anti-histamines when I am around him but he is so worth it. 

Good luck with your new addition to the family! 

GamJill 

 


 
 
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Marlee2
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   Posted 11/3/2008 9:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Miriam. Our family has a lot of healing to do and you know the bichon they love everyone.
 
GamJill, the bichon is hypoallergenic. They do not shed. I'm allergic to cats and horses. I'm so use to having a non shedding dog that when the grandpuppy comes to visit and sheds all over everything it drives me crazy. You do have to have bichons groomed cause their hair does not stop growing. We had Brandy groomed every six weeks. Shorter in the summer and longer in the winter.
 
luv and hugs
Marlee
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Sherrine
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   Posted 11/3/2008 11:59 AM (GMT -7)   
GamJill, Bichon Frise, Havanese, and Maltese are the most hypoallergenic dogs out there.  They not only do not shed but they do not produce dander.  I, too, am allergic to cats but Ihave a Havanese and can stick my face in her hair.  My nephew is highly allergic to just about anything but they got a Bichon Frise this summer and he is doing fine with it.  The first few days he noticed a little reaction but then it went away.  Just something to consider.....
 
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God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.    2 Timothy 1:7


Meggie
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   Posted 11/3/2008 6:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Marlee, congrats on your new puppy. Pets have wonderful healing powers.  I have one cat (my little princess), and one dog (to big to be a princess, my girls call her our chub).  Actually my dog causes me a lot of stress but she cannot help it.  She was abandoned at a very young age and as always been a nervous nellie.  I think someone may have hit her with gloves to because she just hates them and will bark until you put them away (hard to do in the far north of Michigan).  If she gets to upset she will have a seizure, so I spend a lot of time calming her down when she gets to excited.  I'm her Mom, she runs to me when she is scared (102 pounds of mutt) and I just can't resist that sweet face.
 
Enjoy your new baby and keep the stories coming!
 
Meggie
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