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02-12-2009 1:16 PM -- By: Charles -- Sammy's Dad, Critters.com memorial: Sammy Memorial My Dearest Friends at Critters ... well ... we have done it ... I truly believe with everyone's e-mails and/or calls, Representative Heaton's bill is getting amended. The bill will NOT single out certain breeds and anyone with Pitbulls (such as my self .. my baby girl Cupcake) and Rottweilers .. will NOT have to register them as "dangerous dogs" ... ONLY ... if "any" dog bites or injures someone ... will they have to be "registered" as dangerous ... but we all know, "it is in the trainer who trains them to be vicious" .. and they are the ones who should be punished.
I send a BIG Thank You to New Mexico Animal Protection, Almost Home New Mexico (the organization that rescued my baby girl Cupcake) and to everyone who wrote and called ... I, personally want to THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart .... Charles
02-12-2009 12:05 PM -- By: Laura, Critters.com memorial: Dale Memorial Though not a resident of NM either, I also felt compelled to send an e-mail to Mr. Heaton expressing my dismay that he would single out ANY particular breed as dangerous. My feeling is that you can no more do this than you can single out any particular set of humans as dangerous - Mr. Heaton's prejudicial demeanor is clearly visible to all and we can only urge him to reconsider his position. If something like this is allowed to pass, what will be next - which breed will be singled out next? I think it is a disgrace and I hope that everyone on this site expresses your opinion and absolutely slams Mr. Heaton's inbox! Good luck to all NM residents in defeating HB 667 and God bless all of our pets if it's not! And while I'm here, many hugs and kisses to my Dale (yeah, mama's runnin her mouth again - sorry, babe, but it's all good!!) and all of our pets at the RB!
02-12-2009 10:10 AM -- By: Marlene, Critters.com memorial: Sammie Patterson Memorial Hi All: While I do not t live in NM, I have sent an email to the legislator that Charles identified. I have also sent and email to all of my family and friends who have their own fur babies and care deeply about animal welfare. Perhaps if enough people all around the country implore Mr. Heaton to re-think this horrible piece of legislation, he'll reconsider. To Charles & Sammy and all of the other rottweiler and pitbull babies, we're here to help protect you.
02-12-2009 8:33 AM -- By: Stacy, Minn-Minn, Critters.com memorial: Minnie Memorial On February 10, 2009, my close friend, Alli Kehr (who is also my hairdresser and nail technician), had to put her 4 year old jack russell terrier, Ella, down due to kidney failure. Her health only began to decline 1 1/2 months ago. Obviously, her family is devastated to have lost their precious furbaby at such a young age. I have mentioned my critters family to Alli several times over the past year. I hope that at some point she places Ella's memorial here so she can receive the comfort and compassion that everyone is sure to show her. Please keep her family in your prayers as they travel through these extremely sad and difficult days. Thank you!
02-11-2009 5:25 PM -- By: Luna, Critters.com memorial: Dale Memorial Hi Everyone, I want to introduce you to my new friend Dale, he's such a sweet and energetic boy and so loved by his mommy. He was with her for almost nine beautiful years, after reading how they found each other I knew how special she was, and I'm so happy they found each other. Please drop her a line and introduce yourself, she misses him so. Hugs, Luna
02-10-2009 1:57 PM -- By: Charles -- Sammy, Critters.com memorial: Sammy Memorial To My Critter's Family .. and Importantly, to My New Mexico Critters Family: There is a bill what was introduced at our NM Legislature by Representative John A. Heaton (email@example.com; (505) 986-4432 state office), wherein his bill states that Pitbull and Rottweilers are "dangerous dogs." As you all know, I've had 3 Pitbulls and currently my baby girl Cupcake at 7months. At any time has any of my Pitbulls bitten anyone.
I am asking my New Mexico Critter's Family (and outside NM if you would like) to contact their senator and representative of their district and ask them to "kill" this bill. I believe the senators and representatives need to take a class about Pitbulls and Rottweilers ... they are only as "dangerous" as their humans train them to be. Any dog or any animal for that matter, with teeth can be "dangerous."
I hope I am not "stepping my bounds" here at Critters ... but I had to let you all know what is happening here in the State of New Mexico. Thank You from my heart .... Charles
02-09-2009 8:05 PM -- By: Yvette, Critters.com memorial: Shadow Memorial I haven't been on here in a while...I guess it's been more avoidance than anything. My baby passed on in October and things have gotten a little better, but I just opened her page and it all started to flow again...the tears...the feelings. It's just as if it was yesterday. I miss my kitty dearly. She was with me for 14 years...that's just a long time!! I know that I have no choice but to accept this, but I do miss having her around...feeling her near me in bed. It's been 4 months and any dark spot I see in the house, I have to take a second look because I think it's her. I have her ashes in a box..they sit on her bed at the foot of my bed. I see them everyday/night...I sometimes touch it and just say "I love you." I miss her...she made me feel so much better in any situation that I passed through in my life. She sometimes knew, or at least it seemed as if she knew I was going through something. Shadow my baby, I miss you soo much! You live inside me. I keep pictures of you at work...I have a little place on the book shelf with a few of your pictures. I keep your ashes on your bed, the one you learned to love and sleep on! I love you!!!
02-09-2009 6:53 PM -- By: Suzie, Critters.com memorial: KETO BOY Memorial Well today it has been 2 months since my Keto Boy crossed the Rainbow Bridge. My heart is so broken. Even though I remember the wonderful times and know he is free from pain I cannot stop this tormenting hurt inside. I miss him so much. I see him everywhere and I ache to hold him in my arms. Life is so unfair when the most precious babies are taken from us. Keto was my best friend and my angel. I feel like my life has forever changed. I stay so depressed and nothing helps. My life has taken on a new meaning or should I say no meaning now. Sometimes I want to lay down and close my eyes not waking until I can hold him close again. I know I have changed at work and as a wife. I can't help this unending sorrow and loss. I realize my other two dogs feel my pain and I do love them so much, but, Keto was my heart and the very best of me. He loved me whenno one else did. I love you angel baby. Mommie will see you soon.
02-09-2009 6:38 PM -- By: Lynn, Critters.com memorial: Bubbles Memorial Hey Everyone!!! So... Atticus, my black lab has a lump. It's rather big, about the size of a golf ball. He goes to the doctor on Thursday for it to be tested. It's on his side but up towards the top of his arm. I am so hoping that it is nothing. I can't bear to lose him right after losing Bubbles. So I will post after I find more information out. Please keep your fingers crossed. Lynn
02-09-2009 1:30 AM -- By: Joy, Critters.com memorial: Angel Memorial Stacy, I left a message but it is being reviewed. If you are going to the vet, ask about pancreatitis. It is a long-shot but Brandy, our doxie, got sick the night before her first birthday and that is what she had and still has..she is on a special low-fat diet. More than likely, kitty has gastritis or a virus but pancreatitis can be ruled out with a blood test if the vet feels it is necessary. Hope that helps. Hugs...Joy :)
02-09-2009 1:20 AM -- By: Joy, Critters.com memorial: Angel Memorial Hi Stacy...I don't want to be an alarmist as the puppy has been seen by a vet BUT if the vomiting continues or the kitty appears worse have the vet check for pancreatitis (it can affect both dogs and cats). Usually blood work is needed and they can be very sensitive to touch on the belly area. Brandy, the heir to Angel's dachshund throne in our home, got very sick the night before her first birthday with vomiting that continued through the night. We thought it might be a "bug" but it turned out to be pancreatitis. It is rare in younger animals but I wanted to bring it up as it can be deadly but is also treatable if caught early. Brandy has to be on a low-fat diet and special low-fat treats we buy or we bake some out of prescription canned food. She is very sensitive to any "human food" or regular dog treats/chews/etc. Most likely it is some sort of gastritis or, as Christy mentioned, a human virus that will get better with time...I'll keep my fingers crossed for the poor little kitty!! Hugs to all... Joy
02-08-2009 7:36 PM -- By: Christy, Gretas mom, Critters.com memorial: Greta Abigail Memorial Hi stacy, not to fear if your veterinarian said it was a virus. I once had all my dogs catch the flu from the family a week after we were all better. I too did not know that this could happen, now when people tell me that their pets have recently become ill after they I try to explain what my vet made me realize, we can pass along viruses sometimes....you should see the looks I get!!!!! Tell them not to worry unless the baby looks dehydrated and doesn't improve, Good Luck Stacy!
02-08-2009 4:42 PM -- By: Stacy Allen, Critters.com memorial: Minnie Memorial Hi everyone. Again, I want everyone who helped me get through my Minnie's One Year Angel Day on Friday. If if weren't for you guys, I would have been an even bigger wreck!
My question is this: has anyone ever had their dog or cat get what seems like the human flu? We have a 10 month old kitten, Callisto, who lives with our next door neighbor. She threw up 5 times on Friday (which is not normal, she is not a kitty that eats too fast and gets sick a lot). I took her to the vet first thing yesterday, and my vet examined her very thoroughly, making sure no foreign bodies were stuck inside her. It was determined that she probably ate a bug or something that didn't agree, and she was also dehydrated. So she was given iv fluids and a shot of antibiotics. Last night, she acted fine, playing and running around. However, when she was re-indroduced to food, threw it up immediately. She has only been drinking water since Friday, so I bought chicken flavored baby food and baby rice cereal. EVERY time she goes near the food, as soon as she can smell it, she begins to vomit again. It really seems consistent with human flu. The technician on call at my vet's office asked if anyone has been sick. I was, a week ago. Poor Callisto must go back to the vet in the morning. I hope they can help her!
02-07-2009 9:17 PM -- By: Ebony & Shabba, Critters.com memorial: Ebony Turner Memorial Oh Natalie, There is nothing wrong with you. I admire you for loving Da Vinci so deeply. It just takes so long to heal...that is, if we ever really do. I ache for you...I truly do. I think about Ebony every day, and even still cry...it's been almost two years. I still think about all the babies I had in the past. They will always be a part of my life. Thank you for loving Da Vinci like you do! Hugs to you and your baby boy.
02-07-2009 10:08 AM -- By: natalie, Critters.com memorial: DaVinci Memorial Is there something wrong with me??? It' s been over a year now, and I cannot stop thinking about DaVinci. I wake up every morning, and when I am drinking my coffee, I look out the back yard, and I start to cry a alittle thinking about my sweetest baby, DaVinci, why wasn't I there for him??? I should have saw him on the road, maybe I could have saved him. I think about that day, almost every day, I do not linger over it, but I do think about it, and I miss him so much, I loved him so much!!!! I know all of you loved and love your babies, I just cannot seem to stop thinking about him?????
02-07-2009 9:50 AM -- By: Scott and Cathy, Critters.com memorial: Doogie Memorial Thanks to all who visited Doogie on his Birthday! We still miss him and talk about him daily. We had his picture blown up to HUGE size and framed and it hangs in our loft. We even got Maxiluna's hanging there as we didn't want her to feel left out...She is such a little sweetheart and is now the queen of the house.
02-06-2009 5:45 PM -- By: Marlene, Critters.com memorial: Sammie Patterson Memorial Thanks to all for the update on Karley. What else can we do if you don't live near Venice, CA? I'd like to do something more to help. Please, if anyone has suggestions, post them here. Love to you little Karley. You derserved so much more. Let's pray that justice wins out and this very disturbed and vicious man is put behinf bars.
02-06-2009 4:17 PM -- By: puck , Critters.com memorial: Puck Llewis Memorial my mom did it! OF COURSE WITH HELP...THANX JOY - ANGEL TAFFY PATCHES - KARLEY'S SONG IS NOW ON KARLEY'S MAIN PAGE AND HER 'KARLEY' LYRIC PAGE. WE LOVE YOU KARLEY...TOO THE MOON AND BACK...AND AGAIN...THANX JOY; ANGEL TAFFY AND PATCHES MOM.
02-06-2009 10:24 AM -- By: tammy , Critters.com memorial: Peanut Memorial Thanks for the update on Karley. I hope her killer gets the book thrown at him and he is given every possible punishment he can recieve. I wish that I lived there so I could participate in the demonstrations and the dogwalk fundraiser. I will be thinking of Karley and her family on the 28th. Much love to the Toole family and to everyone who supports Karley stay strong. Tammy
02-06-2009 1:28 AM -- By: Dusty, Critters.com memorial: Dusty Memorial I Love you so much Karley, her family and everyone that has stepped up for dogs like us, maybe, just maybe things can change even if just one Karley and Dusty at a time...Much love to all!!
02-06-2009 12:43 AM -- By: Janice, Critters.com memorial: Duke Memorial Paula, Lisa and Charles, Thank you all so very much for responding to my question re Karley girl. I hope he gets exactly what he deserves. I will check the website. Again, thank you all very much!!! Karley- Yes, we all love you so much, and we will fight for justice on your behalf! XXXXXOOOO
02-06-2009 12:29 AM -- By: Paula, Critters.com memorial: KARLEY Memorial This is an update on Karley's case. Yes, Johnson will return to Court on Feb. 20th. for a felony settlement hearing. The DA will NOT be offering any deal that day & Johnson has said that he won't plead guilty. There will be a trial at some point.
The demonstrators were very peaceful outside the Court building & they will be allowed to return on the 20th.
On Feb 28th, in Venice, California, we will be holding a dogwalk, fundraiser & candlelight vigil. It will begin at 4pm & go until 6pm. We are not sure where in Venice it will be as of yet. As soon as I have any information, I will pass it along to anyone who lives in California & might like to attend. There will be another dogwalk in March. The time & date has not been confirmed.
I want to thank everyone who has taken the time to visit Karley's site & sign the petition. You will never know how much that means to the Toole family. This whole thing has been very tough on them & they are doing their best to keep their minds focused on everything. Those of us who are involved in this matter, will make sure that even if the Toole family can't fight any longer (which I know that won't happen), we will step up & take over for them. For those of you that are keeping track of this story, I will always update issues on Karley's page. Sincerely, Paula. Karley....WE LOVE YOU TO THE MOON & BACK!!!!....xoxoxoxo
02-05-2009 8:22 PM -- By: lisa and puck llewis , Critters.com memorial: Puck Llewis Memorial Glynn Johnson entered a plea of NOT GUILTY but the court ordered him to appear at a felony settlement hearing. His next court appearence is 02/20/09. Mr. Johnson waived his right to a speady trial. Karley's family the Toole's filed a civil lawsuit against Johnson and that was served after the initial hearing. Demonstrators will be out in full force on that day. The bailiff for the la county said being the demonstrators were peaceful and no one got out of hand out of respect for the Toole family and Karle. Thhey will be allowed back in on the 20th. For anyone in the LA area the address is on her site. Again, click the link that is here on Karley's memorial (the song lyric page). You can see videos and demonstrators and Mr Toole is also on the video. If you do youtube type in Karley. I will get more updates from Karley's family. If you go to Karley's website and the 4th page, there are links for her website. On her web site (justice4karley.com.) Also listen to Karley's song...it's wonderful. The words are here on karleys page. Keep up the good work everyone. To the Tooles, everyone is pulling for little Karley. Thank you paula for all the updates. Still cant find a way to download the song but not givin up...no way.
02-05-2009 4:41 PM -- By: Charles -- Sammy's Dad, Critters.com memorial: Sammy Memorial Janice, if you go to Karley's memorial and go to the page "Lyrics ...." there is a website that you click on and you can get some updates.
02-05-2009 3:24 PM -- By: tammy, Critters.com memorial: Peanut Memorial I also would like to know about little precious Karley. I hope that evil man is in jail. I hope the family is doing okay. Let me know if there is any updates on what happened to her killer. Tammy
02-05-2009 3:13 PM -- By: Janice Giampaoli, Critters.com memorial: KARLEY Memorial Does anyone have information on Glynn Johnson, Karley's killer? What is going on with the trial, if any? Is he being prosecuted? Please fill me in with any information b/c I want to see this man jailed for years for what he did to little KarleyFYI: Karley IS NOT my dog, but I am an avid animal advocate and i want to know of any updates? Thank you. Janice Giampaoli, Duke's (5220) soul-mate.
02-05-2009 5:04 AM -- By: Buddy, Critters.com memorial: Buddy Memorial THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR MY NASCAR PARTY!!!! It's the most fun I've had ever!! You're all the bestest friends a Terripoo could ever want!! I"m going to come and thank everyone personally...my mom's computer and phones weren't working yesterday so she couldn't see anything til today.......hopefully after she gets home from work today it'll all be ok...XXOOXXOO... love you all!!! BuddyBoo
02-04-2009 12:19 PM -- By: Buddy, Critters.com memorial: Buddy Memorial Today is Buddy's 6 YEAR ANGEL DAY!! Be sure to stop by and send him all your warm wishes. Both Buddy and his mom has been has been a tremedous inspiration to all of us here at critters and to all our angels at the RB, their kindheartedness and friendship speak louder than words. Big hugs to you both, forever in our thoughts, always in our hearts. Luna, Warm's in the breeze my friend. Nadine
02-04-2009 10:20 AM -- By: Marlene, Critters.com memorial: Sammie Patterson Memorial It's been 4 weeks since that awful Wednesay morning. I still vividly recall your entire backend suddently being paralyzed. It was heart wrenching as I turned just as it happened and saw you struggle to pull yourself up on to the dining chair. I rushed to you and picked you up hoping beyond hope that, as once before, this would go away if I held you safely in my arms. I placed you on our bed and then rushed to get dressed. When I got back to the bedroom you were no longer on the bed. You were so strong my little one to have pulled yourself into the closet in our bedroom. I don't know how you did that. Just two days ago, I could finally look in there and I found a patch of your hair next to the door. My poor baby! I've placed that special patch of hair with your ashes. I miss you so much SamSam as does Daddy and Frankie.
Everyday, Daddy and I catch ourselves looking for you in any number of your favorite places thinking that we'll see you there giving us your soft 'meow' greeting. Frankie, I think has made a better adjustment, although whenever I shake the treat bag, he does still look around for you.
I know that taking you back to Friendship was scary. I'm not sure how we got there in one piece with me driving and crying the entire way and you crying because you didn't understand what was happening to your body. I can still hear your tiny little meow once the sedative took effect and then, within moments, you died in my arms.
A piece of me died that day with you and a very large hole opened in my heart. It has helped having Frankie. He's become such a gentler boy since your passing. I believe that some of your grace has been absorbed into him. He's also lost a little weight so he's more trim.
Daddy and I were talking about you to friends that came over for dinner last Saturday. We showed them the picture of you, Frankie and your siblings. They would have adored you.
I know that you're no longer in pain or suffering. I'm sure that you and Gram have found each other and that Checkers and Nala were there to greet you along with Kirby dog. Gram had a special affinity for Checkers and Nala. She really missed them (although she would never admit that to us) after they went over the Rainbow Bridge. I'm sure that all of you are now good buddies. Nala is very affectionate and she's probably become your sleeping partner at the foot of Gram's bed (not sure if PapPap is thrilled about that). Checkers is more independent, but a beautiful girl. Give her time and she will soon be joining you and Nala in all of your fun.
I still kiss your head every morning and before turning in at night. I know that, in time, the hole will heal as it did for PapPap and Gram. However, there is always the ache, not a harsh one, from missing all of you.
I love you baby. Give many, many purrs and head rubs to Gram, PapPap, Nala and Checkers from me, Daddy and Frankie.
02-04-2009 8:52 AM -- By: Maria, Critters.com memorial: Gracie Memorial Please Say a prayer for my dog Cody! I got him on Saturday he is 12 years old Chocolate Lab. He is having trouble eating and getting up. He has just been diganosed with lymphoma. He is such s sweet dog.
The past few days i have been sick...my dad would always send me a photo of Gracie and now since shes gone i dont get that anymore. I miss her so much.
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