Monday January 15th – Open Thread

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. THY WILL BE DONE, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but DELIVER US FROM EVIL.

For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen †

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183 Responses to Monday January 15th – Open Thread

  1. dogsmaw says:

    Waving HI to CTH 😛

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  2. citizen817 says:

    In honor of Military Mondays!

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  3. Garrison Hall says:

    Jorge Caballero performing at The Metropolitan Museum Of Art. He is performing on a legendary 1940 Herman Hauser guitar, arguably one of the greatest guitars ever built.

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    • piper567 says:

      Garrison,
      this guitar is remarkable!
      sounds almost like some kind of different instrument…
      Thank you so much for finding this. I love the respect Caballero has for this guitar: its not simply a pleasure to listen to, but its also nice to watch him interact with the guitar.
      Just a beautiful video.

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  4. freq says:

    The President’s newest lucky number… 702…

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  5. citizen817 says:

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  6. oldiadguy says:

    Let’s try this again. Yesterday, I made a posting as the result of some videos I saw over at “Stella’s Place” last Cursday. These videos brought tears to my eye and I reposted them yesterday on the daily thread along with a tribute to my sweet little girl who had recently left us. Due to a change in Photo Bucket’s policy, I was unable to attach the photos to my tribute. I’m reposting that tribute today, hopefully with Pixie’s photos.

    As I stated above, the videos brought tears to my eyes and the reason for the tears, is that on Wednesday, January the 3rd, our precious little girl Pixie, our fountain of unconditional love, and source of happiness and laughter left us.

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    Pixie was a rescue whose presence we have enjoyed for the last six and a half years. My wife fell in love at first sight when she saw her photo on the puppy rescue site, and what’s not to love.

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    Pixie was a messenger from God, an angel in a dog’s body who touched everyone she came into contact with. During our walks, the kids in the neighborhood would come up and ask permission to pet and hug her. Pixie would return their affection with lots of kisses and tail wagging. Through her example, the neighborhood kids learned that even God’s special needs creatures could be a wonder and joy.

    Did I mention that Pixie was born blind? Despite this disability, Pixie overcame her handicap, adapted to the world around her and thrived. In this, Pixie was an example on how to face life’s problems, adapt, overcome and be happy. Also, despite being blind, Pixie wasn’t timid about correcting her daddy when he didn’t get the message.

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    Construction workers, utility workers, truck drivers and just regular folks would stop their vehicles or whatever they were doing, come up to pet Pixie and talk about her. Pixie had that special spark that attracted people. Pixie was love.

    About eleven months ago, Pixie was stricken with autoimmune disease that attacked her red blood cells and we almost lost her. Thanks to the skill of the folks at V.S.S. and a lot of prayers, her disease was in put into remission. Unfortunately, as a result of her disease, her system was prone to infection and she developed an eye infection which caused Pixie to lose her right eye.

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    Despite all the health issues and small setbacks, Pixie never lost her zest for life, love for her mommy and daddy and her outgoing nature. Pixie was truly a gift from God. Pixie was our baby, our little girl and our personal Angel. Prior to her leaving us, Pixie started running up the street, (with help of her seeing eye dad) go up the back steps without assistance and wanted to take long walks again. Pixie also liked to take me out in the wee hours of the morning to take a stroll around the neighborhood to check her pee-mails. We were a sight, an old guy wearing a traffic vest and headlamp walking his little blind dog. How I now miss those walks.

    Early in the morning of January 3rd, Pixie had some irregular breathing, (not uncommon since her illness) so I took her to V.S.S. for a checkup. Prior to leaving the house, my Dear Wife got up and Pixie showered her with kisses. At V.S.S. the preliminary checkup was negative but they took her in back to draw blood and urine which was SOP for Pixie due to her disease. About ten minutes later, the Vet came in and told me that Pixie had suffered a seizure. Despite the best efforts of the V.S.S. staff, Pixie did not recover and she left us. It was discovered via her blood work that the autoimmune disease had returned, this time attacking her platelets and as a result, she died from a brain bleed.

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    Pixie left us leaving a huge hole in our hearts and lives, knowing that we will not see her again in this life. So we ask the Lord that Pixie be there waiting at the gates of Heaven to greet my Dear Wife and I when it is our time to go home. After all, Pixie was our Angel.

    I love and miss you Pixie

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    • Donna in Oregon says:

      Sorry for your loss oldiadguy.

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    • SteveC says:

      I’m so sorry. It is soul crushing watching them go through that.
      We lost one of corgis to autoimmune disease (ITP that became AIHA after a bout of pancreatitis)… all brought on by a spider bite, in her case.
      God bless you for giving her the life you did.

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      • oldiadguy says:

        Thank you for your kind thoughts and I’m sorry to hear about your beloved corgis. We never heard of autoimmune disease until it struck Pixie. What saved Pixie on the first go around was blood transfusions from donor dogs to replace the red blood cells the disease destroyed.

        God blessed us allowing the extra time we had with Pixie. We loved her so.

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        • SteveC says:

          It can happen to anyone, at any time. All it takes is a bad reaction by the body to an ‘irritant’. Most of the time it is something that wouldn’t even be recognized as a potential problem
          Benadryl and Pepcid AQ (histamine blockers) might have saved her, but once the AID takes hold, it is a terrible situation.
          Thank you for the kind words about our little girl. We too look forward to seeing her again.

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          • dayallaxeded says:

            that’s true for people, too. ihad ITP as a child, probably brought on by an insecticide exposure. But you know the “I” stands for “ideopathic”. They finally removed my spleen and no platelet problems since, thank God!

            So count your blessings and do some good today, ’cause tomorrow isn’t guaranteed.

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            • SteveC says:

              Yes, people too. I know of one young woman in AZ whose been fighting AID for almost two decades now (after what they think was a cactus spine got stuck in her as a young child.
              I’m really glad that you were able to overcome it.
              How does the spleen removal impact your daily life, if I can ask? (another corgi had a splenectomy to remove a mass – but at least he was old)

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              • dayallaxeded says:

                Anything for corgis–have owned 2–best small dogs on the planet (no slight to Pixie–not every angel is a corgi, though every corgi I’ve met has been an angel). Of course, they don’t know they’re small–they think they’re German Shepherd size and can chew like one to prove it!

                My non-expert understanding is that the spleen is almost a vestigial organ–at times, it provides supplemental blood cell production (before bone marrow is fully functional or when compromised) and is an initiating producer of anti-bodies, kind of like sub-cellular “scouts” for disease cells. When the spleen’s production of anti-bodies goes awry, they may target platelets. Then both anti-bodies and white cells get on a steady diet of platelets and pretty quickly, a sneeze can give you blood shot eyes or worse, uncontrolled internal bleeding (had to stop playing a woodwind–too much air pressure; no bike riding or sports, not even swimming–a good racing dive gave me bruises). Remove the spleen and if that’s really the issue (remember the Idiopathic part), platelet levels take off almost immediately to normal levels, produced by bone marrow. I was 11-12 at the time–onset, conservative treatment (massive doses of prednizone), surgery, full recovery seems like only took about 9-10 months.

                Only downside of not having the spleen is a big ugly scar (there are “auxiliary spleens” that can hide in your guts, so they have to really look around to be sure they get ’em all–I had 2, iirc) and slightly increased susceptibility to infections, mostly like colds and flu. On the upside, if you tell your Dr. you’re spleenless, they’ll give you just about every available innoculation, so you don’t have to wait until it almost doesn’t matter anymore to get pneumovax etc. I really don’t get sick anymore than anyone else I know. I’m probably a little more careful with avoiding dangerous circumstances. Have worn N95 masks in airports and planes–sorry if that wierded anyone out, but talk about a tailor-made airborne virus transmittal system!

                I presume somewhat similar results for a dog, so wouldn’t balk at letting a good vet take out a spleen, if recommended. Of course, they’re little and surgery and anesthesia can be very stressful, so YMMV. My last corgi died following removal of a breast cancer mass, but it turned out she had some other issues that weakened her. Very sad for the whole family. Went with English Bull Terriers to fill the void (my wife’s preference). Love ’em–they are amazing, smart, funny, nimble, powerful, mischievous and difficult, yet weirdly affectionate beasties–but if I can out-last ’em, won’t miss ’em as much as the corgis.

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          • oldiadguy says:

            No, thank you for sharing your loss with us. It helps to know that others have felt the same loss when they lose you of their “kids.” It means that we are not alone in both love and grief.

            God Bless

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    • Harry Lime says:

      Ok, I teared up…a lot. I’m sure she loved you and your wife as much as you loved her. Dear little Pixie will be bringing much joy to those in Heaven.

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    • JC says:

      I’m so glad you posted pictures of your dear Pixie. What a darling little sweetheart. There is no heartbreak like losing one so innocent and so deeply loved. As I said earlier, oldiaguy, I am praying for you and your wife.

      When asked if pets will be waiting in heaven for us, Billy Graham said, “if it takes my dog being in heaven to make me happy, he’ll be there.” One of the last things my mom said to us before she died, and I’m sure Pixie would like to say to you: “I’ll be waiting at the gate.”

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      • oldiadguy says:

        Thank you for your prayers, we need them. Also thank you for the Billy Graham quote, I hadn’t heard it before. Yes, I hope to see Pixie waiting for us to “Come Home” like she had done so many times before.

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        Take care and God Bless

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    • DanO64 says:

      I’m so sorry for your loss. I lost my littleYorkie two years ago. Our new little sweetie is also a Yorkie who we named Hope. The Rainbow bridge is the first bridge you come to after the light. I just know it.

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    • Somebody says:

      (((HuGS))) I am so very sorry for your loss. Pixie was just adorable. I know you have a hole in your heart, I wish I could reach out and give you a real hug.

      You are not alone, many of us have lost our fur babies this past year. Be kind and gentle with yourself, it takes time. How long I can’t say, but know that Pixie is still with you in spirit and her love lives on in your heart.

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      • oldiadguy says:

        Thank you, I know that many here have lost their little ones and have said a prayer for each of them. Shamefully I didn’t comment on those occasions as it made me recall that I would be facing “that day” for both Pixie and Gracie and just didn’t want to face it.

        God Bless

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    • duchess01 says:

      I am sorry for your loss – Pixie was a special dog in many ways – God is holding her now!

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      • duchess01 says:

        Sorry – the picture would not print – website owner would not allow – however –

        It has a ‘pink’ background with the saying: “A true friend leaves paw prints on your heart” plus two little paw prints –

        God Bless you both for taking such good care of this ‘special’ little one!

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      • oldiadguy says:

        Thank you, I truly believe that Pixie is with the Lord as she was one of his Angels. When I think of Pixie, Clarence in “It’s a Wonderful Life” comes to mind. Pixie taught me a lot.

        God Bless

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    • litenmaus says:

      I am so sorry that you lost your beloved Pixie iaguy. {hugs}

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      • IdahoDeplorable says:

        My sympathy to you and your family, oldiadguy. Your post brought tears to my eyes. Just two weeks ago we lost our little Westie girl, Kendal. She was almost 16 years old but we weren’t ready to let our little angel go. She started building up fluid around her heart and started fainting and then her appetite went. We had to call our vet who came to our home.
        We miss her terribly.

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        • oldiadguy says:

          I am so sorry for your loss. I sure loving and caring for Kendal for 16 years made the decision a difficult one. Letting go of the one you love is so very hard. I pray you and yours find comfort knowing that your Angel will be waiting for you when it is your time to “go Home.”

          take Care and God Bless

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      • oldiadguy says:

        Thank you.

        God Bless

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      • oldiadguy says:

        Thank you and God Bless

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    • amwick says:

      She is every bit as beautiful as I imagined.. After thinking about yesterday, if our beloved pets could leave us with a message, it would be something about trying not to be sad. They loved us that much… Pixie clearly loved everyone.. seems she never met a stranger!

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      • oldiadguy says:

        Yes, Pixie was always beautiful, even after she got sick and lost her eye. I don’t know exactly how to describe it but Pixie had that special glow or aura about her that attracted people to her.

        The first time someone stopped their car, got out and asked about her while petting her I thought, wow, another person sees what we see in our little girl. But this happened again and again. Once while walking through the neighborhood, a contractor was driving past us, stopped and this huge bear of a man got out. I assumed that he was going to ask for directions. Instead, he started speaking baby talk to Pixie and we had a long conversation about her while he petted and stroked her hair and she wagged her tail and gave him kisses. Yes, she never met a stranger, just a friend she hadn’t met yet.

        When I say that Pixie was a messenger from God I mean that she taught my Dear Wife and myself so many lessons, all of which just happened to be incorporated in the Bible.

        Also, Pixie showed folks through contact with them and their kids, that even a little special needs creature could be a thing of love and joy. When I first started to walk Pixie around the neighborhood, there were a handful of other dog walkers/owners. Now there are numerous folks who have gone out and brought a rescue dog into their home. I believe that Pixie helped a lot of other needy dogs find a forever home.

        As I said previously Pixie was love and fortunately her love was contagious. Pixie will be sorely missed.

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        • amwick says:

          Communication is more than words, more than body language. Dogs have something that we can barely, barely sense. The closest word I can come up with is a form of telepathy.. Now Pixie was a little thing.. but she had a huge antenna… She was broadcasting and other people picked up on it… I get it.. I really do.. Perhaps, in a while, she will visit you in a dream.. I hope you see her happy and well then.

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          • oldiadguy says:

            Yes, Pixie definitely transmitted something. I believe it was love and happiness. The medical staff at the various hospitals that treated her always commented how happy she was, even when visiting the vet. While other dogs would shake or cower while waiting, Pixie would position herself in a prominent position and lay calmly waiting for someone to pass so she could greet them with a wagging tail.

            I believe Pixie has already sent me “messages.” While walking back to the house after walking Gracie, I stopped by Pixie’s grave and thought to myself how I could I bring another little being into my life after loosing an angel like Pixie. I rounded the corner of the house and there calmly sitting by a food bowl was a large feral cat I have been feeding during the bitter cold weather. I have never seen this cat in daylight, let alone seen it calmly sitting by the bowl as if waiting for me. When the cat looked at me as if to say, I’ve been waiting, I knew the answer to my question. Strangely, I haven’t seen the cat again, though it does come by for some food. There have been other occurrences, the cat episode is just one example.

            As I said in my original posting, I believe that Pixie was a messenger from God, an angel if you will. As such, she can still be present even though the little dog body he inhabited has died. Either way, an angel or a very special little girl, our bond of love that we formed with Pixie will live on in our hearts.

            Take Care and God Bless

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            • amwick says:

              It would be really wonderful to listen in on the messages that Pixie gave to each person she called to. At some point, in their lives, they will act on that message.. they may not realize it, but there is no doubt in my mind. A powerful idea to contemplate. “Pixie Whispers to the Heart”
              Bless and keep you…

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              • oldiadguy says:

                “Pixie Whispers to the Heart”

                Thank you……..tears….

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                • amwick says:

                  It made me think a lot today… You may never know about what transpires in all those lives..
                  hmmmmmm It was meant to be.

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                • oldiadguy says:

                  It goes back to “It’s a Wonderful Life,” and George Bailey. What would have happened without Pixie living the life she lived and impacting the lives of the people made contact with. God works in strange ways.

                  Early the next morning after she left us, I thought I heard her bark downstairs as she would when she wanted more treats. I may not have been a bell ringing, but I believe an Angel earned her wings.

                  I posted additional photos at the end of the tribute to Pixie.

                  Thank you and God Bless

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                • amwick says:

                  Exactly.. Think about all the good she has done. It is hard to understand, but her angelic spirit had to move on, there was other work to do… All the love that you shared, that was her gift to you… a thank you of sorts for each kindness. I have to go back and look for her pictures!!

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                • oldiadguy says:

                  As I write this, it was two week ago to the minute that she left us. I know that she had to leave, but it still hurts us. She was our Angel.

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                • amwick says:

                  It will be a year Feb 2… I try not to think.. take it one day at a time…. cliche, but so true.

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                • oldiadguy says:

                  Feb 3rd. yes, one day at a time.

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                • oldiadguy says:

                  I’m sorry, Feb 2nd was the date for your loss. I was confused and a bit out of it.

                  Just prior, to writing that prior response, I was on another website and saw this photo.

                  When I saw it, I glanced at the time and it was about the time I was with holding Pixie just before she passed. The photo reminded me of the bond Pixie and I had and how she would lean back while sitting in my lap so that she could be held like a baby and take a nap.

                  Yes, one day at a time and we both have dates that will live on in our memory. Again, sorry for the inappropriate answer towards your loss.

                  Take Care and God Bless

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                • amwick says:

                  Nooo, I read that totally differently, that you were referring to the day after Feb 2, hence one day at a time.. It was totally appropriate..
                  and I love the pic…
                  TY

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    • Tired Mom says:

      I’m so sorry for your loss. We lost our Murphy a couple of years ago. He was not nearly as smart as your Pixie — we always joked that he was our “dumb blonde” — but he sure was loving dog.

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      • oldiadguy says:

        Thank you, I’m sorry for your loss. We have another little girl, Gracie, who is 14 year old that we rescued a little over two years ago. Gracie is a sweet girl, but as my Dear Wife likes to say, her elevator doesn’t go to the top floor.

        Gracie has also been a comfort since we lost our Pix, but we know that Gracie’s time is short as we have been treating her for congestive heart disease. It is strange that love is a wonderful thing but can be so painful when we loose it.

        Take care and God Bless

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      • We have one of those, a German Spitz, I always call him my dumb blond. Beautiful to behold but spaghetti for brains. It just doesn’t matter he is God’s creature, he gave him to us to care for in the interim and we love his crazy daily.

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    • JustCC says:

      My heart aches for you , just as you I recued an angel and we had her for years …..
      And just as you I LOVED her so much… Be at peace knowing our God also love animals .. Thank you for writing your story ,
      I feel its just for me ,
      but
      I know its for ALL…..
      God bless you ..

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      • oldiadguy says:

        I am sorry for your loss but happy you had the opportunity to live with your own Angel. I truly believe that God put dogs on earth to be our companions, helpers and in many ways our teachers. You just have to open your heart and mind to learn what they are trying to teach us. God works through all things and all beings, be open to his lessons.

        Thank you and God Bless

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      Oh my goodness, oldaidguy. What a precious tribute to Pixie. I wish there was a picture of you in your vest/headlamp walking her in the middle of the night!

      What a treasure of memories you have. Godspeed. I sure you and the Mrs. gave as much love to Pixie and she did to you.

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      • oldiadguy says:

        From what I understand there are a number of videos of the two of us patrolling the neighborhood on the neighbors’ security cams. Unfortunately they didn’t send me a copy. I would like to have seen them.

        Thank you, we have our treasured memories of Pixie in addition to numerous photos and videos. Pixie was our love.

        Take care and God Bless

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    • Chris says:

      oldiadguy, So sorry for your loss and my sincere condolences.
      Prayers for your sorrow, may you all meet again.

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      • oldiadguy says:

        Thank you for your prayers, we need them. I truly hope to meet her again when we are ready to enter the “Gates.”

        Take care and God Bless

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        • BigMamaTEA says:

          oldiadguy, I knew there was an “old softie” somewhere in that tough exterior. {grin}

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          • oldiadguy says:

            Yes, I developed a very had emotional shell due to all the pain and suffering I witnessed in my occupation. It was a way to protect myself and allowed me to do my job.

            Pixie penetrated that shell as she was my Achille’s heel. They say love conquers all, I guess it can then penetrate the hardest armor. Pixie’s love sure did.

            Take care and God Bless

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    • Jacqueline Taylor Robson says:

      So sorry about your loss, Oldiadguy. She was a beautiful little fluffball! It made me cry, remembering my last Border Collie, Skye. She’s been gone a few years now, but I still miss her very much. We had her for many years, and she just wore herself out (Frisbee) after living so long. We adopted a rescue that we love very much, but still miss our old gal. I’m saying a prayer for you both.

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      • oldiadguy says:

        I am sorry about your loosing Skye, they just don’t live long enough. I know that Pixie memory will be with us for the remainder of our lives and we hope to meet her again when we go”Home.”

        Thank you for your prayers and adopting another rescue, they are the best.

        Take Care and God Bless

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    • Oh my, what an inspirational yet very sad story. We have a cat that we call our grandcat and very much understand how attached one can become to their pets–they become a child to you–So sorry for your loss…..

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      • oldiadguy says:

        Thank you. The Dear Wife and I have no children, so Pixie became, for all intents and purposes the child we never had. Pixie filled that need each of us have, the need to love an innocent being that is dependent on our love and care. We were truly blessed.

        Thank you and God Bless

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    • Paintingjan says:

      Thank you for sharing your love, and your grief, with us. What a darling little angel she was. And yes, she’ll be waiting for you, whole and healthy once again. My sincere condolences on your loss.

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    • Ddanna says:

      Pixie looks so sweet and beautiful and you have such wonderful memories of her. God bless you, your wife and Little Gracie!

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    • Yorkie says:

      I have lurked here for a long time, and feel that I know a lot of you wonderful people.

      But, when I read your post about your precious ‘furry kid’ Pixie, I had to join, so I could tell you I wish I could share a hug with you and your wife.

      I don’t know how to post a video – but this link may open for you and all those here, who have lost their little blessings, that were loaned to them by God, for too short a time.

      http://www.indigo.org/rainbowbridge_ver2.html

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      • oldiadguy says:

        Thank you very much for the video, my Dear Wife and I watched it together. Yes, our very special “kids” are on loan from God and they are a blessing. Sadly their physical presence is way too short, though the love bond between them and us can live on.

        Welcome to the CTH.

        Take Care and God Bless

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      • BigMamaTEA says:

        Yorkie…You’re a lurker no more! {snicker} Welcome to the Treehouse.

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    • Garrison Hall says:

      All dogs go to heaven. 🙂

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    • oldiadguy says:

      My Dear Wife and I would like to thank each of you that sent prays, words of comfort and signs of support (likes) over the loss of our sweet little Pixie. Your thoughtful responses truly helped us. Pixie was a special gift from God and we are thankful for having her companionship and love. In closing, I would like to share a couple of photos that shows why Pixie was such a treasure.

      Our little snow bunny ready for the cold.

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      Our little cheerleader. Does this dress make my butt look big?

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      And lastly, our special gift.

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      Thank you all and God Bless

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      • amwick says:

        I found them!!! It is good to see that angels can be funny!!!
        Surely she is watching over you and your wife…

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      • Dixie says:

        I’m so very sorry for your loss. It’s never easy to recover from that hole in your heart. I’ve lost two so I can identify with your loss. I never had children either so my dogs were always my four legged children. But, I’d like to say that I wish God had taken the two that I lost by natural causes rather than leave it to me to decide when to send them to heaven.

        And now I have Sam, my 13 year old Siberian husky and my husband who has Alzheimer disease and I have to watch both of them struggle on a daily basis. I just wish God would step in and make this easier. But I really didn’t mean to make this about me.

        What I’m trying to tell you in my own cumbersome way is to have lost your precious bundle of joy naturally is better than watching her suffer and having to make that awful decision yourself which would haunt your memories of her until your dying day. We’ll see them all again….on the rainbow bridge.

        Thanks for sending me here to read about your Pixie. Smile and enjoy being free of bad memories when you think of her.

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        • oldiadguy says:

          Thank you for sharing your story. I pray that the Lord that your dear husband and Sam gently in their sleep and provides you peace.

          As I stated in my original posting, we almost lost Pixie last January and she was in the hospital for almost two weeks. It was horrible. When she was finally allowed to come home I knew that she was living on borrowed time as the disease didn’t go away. My Dear Wife didn’t know that and is having a very difficult time loosing her little girl.

          Time doesn’t heal all wounds, but it does allow use to learn to cope with our lost love ones. I know it will be so with Pixie, but there is a hard road ahead.

          I pray the Lord watch over you and your little family and grant you peace.

          God Bless

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  7. F.D.R. in Hell says:

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  8. NewOrleans says:

    Fantastic ending.

    Robber #1 on the gun they carried: “It’s fake! It’s fake!”

    Security guard who shot them both: “Oh, well! Mine’s is real.”

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  9. Somebody says:

    I don’t post in this thread very often, but was wondering if any of you have any quail egg recipes?

    My neighbor gave me a couple dozen fresh quail eggs yesterday. Most of the recipes I found were appetizers and most boiled them.

    Hopefully this is the correct thread to ask. Recipes welcome!

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  10. Dora says:

    Winter in Paris, Notre Dame, by Antoine Blanchard. (1970)

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  11. skeinster says:

    Busy costuming “Fiddler on the Roof” for the g-daughter’s theater group. While doing some research, I found this “before they were famous” clip. Even as a teen- so talented!

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  12. Dora says:

    What a shame. I’ve been to Silver Springs. It’s beautiful, but won’t be the same without the monkeys.

    ==

    SILVER SPRINGS —

    A new study by University of Florida researchers is giving state wildlife officials a reason to consider removing the roaming monkeys of Silver Springs State Park in Marion County.

    http://www.mynews13.com/content/news/cfnews13/news/article.html/content/news/articles/cfn/2018/1/10/days_num

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  13. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.”
    1 John 3:20 (KJV)

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  14. duchess01 says:

    Thank You, Jesus, for blessings received and prayers answered!

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  15. Dora says:

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  16. Dora says:

    This is an exciting discovery.

    This Altar Cloth Might Have Been Elizabeth I’s Skirt
    It belonged to a parish church for centuries
    https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/altar-cloth-might-be-elizabeth-is-skirt-180961756/

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  17. duchess01 says:

    Hey, smiley! Hope all is well with you – God Bless You!

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  18. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  19. Bob Thoms says:

    King’s “Letter From Birmingham Jail”…………it’s prophetic. If you were a child of the 50s you probably have memories of the Civil Rights struggle. I can only imagine that young kids today feel disconnected from the turbulence. America got through it; for the better. As we will going forward.

    You can read the document yourself, or listen to the audio file.

    https://kinginstitute.stanford.edu/king-papers/documents/letter-birmingham-jail

    Remember, King was a registered Republican, as were almost all blacks at the time. They rejected the Democrat Party.

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    • andeclain says:

      We seem to be much further from his dream of the day when a person would be judged their character not skin color than we were when he said it. All this identity business is creating division, not uniting us.

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    • piper567 says:

      Bob, thanks for drawing attention to this letter of Dr. King’s.
      imo, this is King’s masterpiece. It should be required reading in all schools, to counteract the damage which has been done to Dr, King’s legacy.
      The manner in which his real contributions have been obscured is one of the most harmful social sins of omission of these past decades.
      If people behaved according to his wisdom, today we would be living in a different world.

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  20. Lee Caylor says:

    This must have been before the Uniparty divided up the voters.

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  21. duchess01 says:

    God’s High Tech Weapon against CERN technologies & demon-aliens

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  22. michaelonoo says:

    Notice you reading Shareblue i would bet a donut that many of the comments and followers are bots

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  23. Caius Lowell says:

    As PDJT says, today feels like the calm before the storm…

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  24. Dora says:

    Good Grief!

    —-

    Paris: How the city of light became the city of garbage
    https://pamelageller.com/2018/01/paris-city-of-garbage.html/

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    • piper567 says:

      The drivel which passes for “news” nowadays is, as crime goes, nothing compared to the damage done to Americans by not knowing the truth ab what’s going on in the world around us.
      msm’s crimes of omission are, imo , more destructive than their crimes of commission, which are, in and of themselves criminal.
      No accurate opinion or reflection on reality can be made when the truth is suppressed.
      This is true not only spiritually, but in the temporal realm.

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  25. Dora says:

    The history of slavery as shown in famous paintings.

    ——

    Slavery- Out of the Shadows – Timeline
    https://bjws.blogspot.com/2016/10/out-of-shadows-16c-18c-young-servants.html

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  26. Bob Thoms says:

    On Judgement Day there is no hiding…………………..

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  27. oldarmyblog says:

    Great posts on this. I would say that I am pessimist on this. I don’t think much of anything will happen as the media will suppress/spin all the facts. Any trials will be tied up in court for years and will have little impact on mid term elections.
    What I really would like to see is all these traitors in the slammer for 30 years, all of the lawyers be disbarred and all involved lose their security clearances….for life. Ain’t holding my breath.
    Unrelated comment: The red diamond shown on the lead in is the patch for the 5th Infantry Division. What is the connection if any? I was part of the Division from Jan 1968 Dec 1968 and deployed to RVN with the 1st Brigade. Just wondering.

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  28. Ad rem says:

    If you’re a Mike Rowe fan, you’ll find lots of affirmation for your sense of good taste in reading the article below….

    Higher Education for Snowflakes: Mike Rowe Schools Stupid Bright

    “If you’re trying to get me fired simply because you don’t like my worldview, well then, I’m going to fight back. Partly because I like my job, and partly because you’re wrong about your assumptions, but mostly because your tactics typify a toxic blend of laziness and group-think that are all too common today – a hot mess of hashtags and intolerance that deepen the chasm currently dividing our country. ” — Mike Rowe

    https://americandigest.org/wp/higher-education-snowflakes-mike-rowe-schools-stupid-bright/

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  29. Robin says:

    Imperator_Rex at sign Imperator_Rex3 on twitter laid it all out on the Uranium One problems.
    All are in collusion with one another. All are protecting the Clinton syndicate.
    Saw this over at zero hedge d0t c0m
    1/15/2018
    Tyler Durden FBI Probe Into Russian Uranium Bribes Concealed by Obama DOJ

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  30. Lucille says:

    FBI, DOJ argue for dismissal of suit about their foreknowledge of Garland, Texas jihad attack
    January 15, 2018 7:52 AM By Robert Spencer

    “This case should not be dismissed. I was co-sponsor and co-organizer of this event and spoke at it, and was there when the jihadis began firing.”

    https://www.jihadwatch.org/2018/01/fbi-doj-argue-for-dismissal-of-suit-about-their-foreknowledge-of-garland-texas-jihad-attack

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  31. In this TED talk Jennifer Brea has beautifully presented the reality of a disease called myalgic encephalomyelitis. She starts by pointing out the medical bias against her gender, but later illustrates how the deeper bias is against anyone with symptoms that can’t be explained in the current paradigm. I see her unquenchable spirit and will to find a way deeply inspiring.

    There may be someone in your life that needs to know what she has learned.
    Her message of hope might just be for you today. 🙂

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  32. andeclain says:

    lilbirdee12’s prayer:

    Our Heavenly Father, Your children come to you tonight to ask for healing and peace throughout our country so that we may return to being One Nation Under God. Guide us to be leaders in Your Kingdom, spreading Your Love and Salvation to all. Forgive us our sins and deliver us from evil.

    Lord, we ask for a blanket of protection over all our troops and law enforcement who serve to defend and protect us. Bless our representatives with the strength and wisdom they need to achieve the path You have chosen for us.

    Please place Your Guardian Angels of Protection around Donald Trump and Mike Pence and their families as they seek to lead America back to You.

    Grant us patience, Lord, as the evil ones try to anger us and cause us to fall.
    Spread blessings over Israel and Netanyahu.

    We humbly ask that You please comfort those who are grieving and in pain.
    Thank you Father, for Your Love and the gift of Life.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

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  33. Lucille says:

    The latest info on the Montecito mudslide….

    2-year-old girl among those still missing in Montecito mudslides; 20 confirmed dead
    January 15, 2008
    http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-mudslide-missing-20180115-story.html

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