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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Feel the Love

As you probably know by now, I am in a challenge called Focus on Life and we are to share a photo that we have taken once a week based on a prompt given to us by Sally Russick of The Studio Sublime.

As soon as the prompt, Feel the Love, came this week I knew what photo I was going to post. It is of my husband and our dog, Angie, who is now in dogie heaven.

We got Angie in Arizona as a companion for our puppy Christi. We had just adopted Christi and she was lonesome and destructive. It is my theory that no dog should be alone as they are pack animals but our Shatzy had just died and I wasn't in the right frame of mind to get another right then.

Kirk went to the local Petco on Saturday to get some cat food and the Humane Society was having an Adoption Event. He saw Angie and thought she would be perfect for Christi. He came home and told me I should call and see if she had been adopted. I said, "I don't want another dog!"

Every night Kirk would come home and say, "Did you call the Humane Society yet?"

On Thursday I went into Prescott to do a side job making sandwiches for a gal that had a lunch truck. I earned $35 cash. On the way home I saw the sign for the Humane Society and turned down the road to just look at the dog.

Angie came to the fence to look at me but when she didn't know me, she turned away. She was looking for her people. I went back to ask for a leash to walk her and she led me to the parking lot to a car and waited to get in. I knew I had to have this dear girl.

When I asked how much it cost to adopt her, the man said $35.

Angie was the most loving and loyal dog we have ever had but she never stopped looking for her people. At the dog park she would wander around looking at faces but never lost sight of me. She was my shadow and my dear companion.

I wish people would realize that owning a dog is a forever commitment. They have feelings and you hurt them deeply when you get rid of them.

I recently joined another challenge, Lori Anderson's 7th Bead Soup Party and was partnered with Kathleen Lang Klik whom I have already introduced. It turns out Kathleen is also in this challenge and I was blown away by the photo she posted.

Yes, that's her husband and her dog, Twila. I don't think Lori Anderson could have made a more perfect match for me. We even think alike.
I wonder how many other's will post their pets in this challenge. I will try and keep count and let you know
Julie Panusis


  1. A bittersweet story about your beloved Angie. Happy to have a home, but always looking for her people. Brought a tear to my eye.

    1. To tell you the truth, I was crying when I got to the end of the post. Angie will remain a happy memory for everyone that knew her.

  2. What a great picture of her and Kirk on the rug. Angie was a sweetheart.

  3. You are so right, Sis. You know that first hand. Hugs

  4. That $35 was destined to bring Angie home for love filled life. Great story!

  5. I am so glad that you stopped at Petco on your way home. It looks like Angie is getting along wonderfully with the others! Amazing that the money you made was the same amount as the adoption fee. While I am not a religious person, I do believe in fate-clearly she was meant to be with your family!

    This weeks assignment was, as I said in my post, an easy one for me! Twila loves to snuggle. Each day we take some time to snuggle with her; it is our favorite thing to do!

    1. I also believe things happen for a reason.

      I'm glad you have a wonderful snuggler like Twila.

  6. Wow - what a sign that it was supposed to be, huh?! $35.00 exactly. That's powerful stuff right there - for a reason, like you said!! I too photographed our pets (love birds) and while Coco (the male) has been w/us for 7 years, Kiki's the newbie,...not even a year old yet, but already they love each other and she's found her way into my heart just as Coco did!

    1. I just looked at your beautiful birds. No wonder you love them so much. By the way, that is a fantastic photo.

  7. In response to memories about Grandma and Grandpa's farmhouse. I remember the swing. And I remember your brother running over something in the yard with the push lawnmower that hurt is leg/foot. I remember going in the barn with my cousins :D and finding little baby mice and bringing them into the farmhouse to show everyone. Grandma said very nonchalantly to" take them back out where they came from." nonplussed. I guess that was trivial to the pony that our parents brought into the kitchen.
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