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   Posted 6/3/2011 2:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Last night when I was crying and crying from the pain, unable to sleep, my little lab puppy (5 mos old) was sleeping with me (she always does). But last night I had my back to her and it's the first time I'd say she's seen me "sad" or, well, crying so hard.

She put her little arm on my neck and put her neck up against the back of my head (so she was like facing the headboard). It was like she was hugging me!!!!! I was laughing and crying all at the same time. :-)


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   Posted 6/3/2011 2:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Awww...that is so sweet!!! My 7 year old lab is my absolute buddy too!! (he's mentioned in my 'signature' as the pup who snores loudly!! LOL

Pets are so great since they offer unconditional love...Glad you have her~
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   Posted 6/3/2011 2:50 PM (GMT -6)   
 Yes!...a Pet can give a lot of comfort. This helped me quite a bit after my own surgery last year. We have a cat, but I really would like to have a puppy. Hopefully one of these days.
        I admire you showing something a little brighter for the soul.
        Thanks for sharing, and again sorry you had such a tough day.
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   Posted 6/3/2011 4:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm glad your puppy was able to comfort you!!  tongue   It's funny how a pet can give you love like that, isn't it? 
Thanks for sharing....

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   Posted 6/3/2011 8:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I think our pets really know when we need them - they can sense when things aren't right. I have a cat named Dorie who loves to play and she makes me laugh all the time. She's not the type of cat who likes to be picked up a lot, and she doesn't snuggle on your lap, but she has taken to laying down BESIDE me on the couch when I'm there and it's just such a comfort to me.

I am glad your puppy is so in tune with you. Pets are a comfort and a joy and can really bring a sense of healing to your life

Big hugs,
DX: Fibromyalgia, Severe Myofascial Pain, Osteoarthritis in ALL my joints, Chronic Pelvic Pain, Surgical Adhesions, IBS, IC-PBS, Carpal Tunnel (both wrists), FAI, Type 2 Diabetes, Reynauds, Visual Migraines, Drug Related Hot Flashes, Hard Start for IV's, Unable to vomit due to surgery.

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   Posted 6/3/2011 9:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I have never been much of a pet person, something from my childhood really left me without much, I dont even know a word to use.
Enter Roxie, my daughter (the one I live with) bought rox and she was shipped here from Kansas at 8 weeks old.  She is a terrier of some sort, cant remember, but she fit in my hand when she first got here.  That was 2 1/2 years ago.  I love her, this is not something I thought I would ever say about a dog, cat, etc.  She is the kind of terrier that you see on calendars with little dogs with bows in there hair.
She is spoiled rotten just like my two grandchildren, now I would be lost without her.  So I guess thats just how its going to be.
We (my daughter, her finance, Roxie and myself), they have already advised me they will be getting two larger dogs when we move into a house or townhouse.  Who am I to argue, I already love Roxie, and she is part of the family, so will they be.
Never thought I would say this, but yes I love Roxie and I will love the next two coming after her.
Tender hugs, and good wishes to all, hope you are having low pain days. 
degenerative disc disease, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, neuropathy, lumbar laminectomy july 1998 no help, rechargeable neurostimulator unit low right back w/lead wires to left side and right leg unit not working just sitting there.i am 57 years young in may will turn 58. i have 2 grown daughters, 25 and 29. i have 2 grandchildren, 9 year old grandaughter and 5 yr. old grandson

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   Posted 6/3/2011 10:18 PM (GMT -6)   
That is so sweet....I have wanted a puppy for so long. For my kids really, but I just can't tend to one at this time. I also live in a small apartment so we would have the added job of walking and potty duty. Some day maybe...
Dx: Herniated disk in my neck C6-C7, Degenerative disc disease and arthritis in my neck, sciatica, RLS, migraines and post-op RNY gastric by pass

Meds: Oxy, percocet, norco, xanax, sinement, topamax, imitrex, and paxil

Personal: Single mom 43yrs old to three children- two girls 5 and 13 and my son 16yrs old. I work fulltime.

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   Posted 6/3/2011 10:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I'm glad that your puppy was able to comfort you. I hope you're having less pain tonight.

We have two cockateils (birds) and the male is very intuned to me. He knows when I'm in bad pain, and he'll look at me and chirp until I tell him yes mama's in pain but I'm ok and he'll still keep an eye on me. He gets really upset when I start crying. Then he will fly off the cage and land on me, and that comforts me. I guess all our pets know how to comfort us.

I would love to get a kitten, but I don't think our landlord would like it too much.

I hope you're having a better night than you had last night.

love and lots of soft hugs
Dx: osteoarthritis, bursitis in left hip, Osteoarthrits in right hip, compression fracture in thoracic spine due to falling on frozen ground March 2001 , ddd, spinal stenosis, bone spurs, osteoarthritis in spine, osteoarthritis in both knees
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