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Lessons from Thud


So, go home tonight and just soak in the ordinary moments: The tail slapping against the floor, just because you walked by. The nose flip to your hand because you stopped petting him. How they look at you from the sides of their eyes when they are enjoying a special toy or treat. How they greet you at the door. The way they twitch while dreaming. Take time out to just listen to them breathe. Listen to their hearts beat. Take a lot of mental photographs and a lot with a camera too. Just be so happy for an ordinary day. It is the ordinary days that will help you get through the horrible un-ordinary days.


I still miss him, I still cry a lot.  But I know I am a better person having had him in my life. The pain I have is miniscule compared to the 11 years of laughter, love, companionship, protection and devotion he gave me.


Enjoy your ordinary day and all the loving ordinary moments because they are all so very special.




Marnye Summers lives in Agua Dulce, Calif., about 50 miles north of Los Angeles. She is a retired vet tech and pet sitter, who for the 10 years she ran her pet-sitting business, donated 100 percent of the net proceeds to Villalobos, the Pit Bull rescue featured on the Animal Planet's "Pit Bulls & Parolees." She is also a metal sculpture artist, who now donates the proceeds from her art. Over the years, she has adopted many rescue dogs. At the moment, there are just three dogs at home, including a three-legged Terrier-mix named Brillo. marnyesummers.com
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Submitted by Ann | September 2 2010 |

Marnye, thank you for sharing your story and your grief. I know it wasn't easy. I broke into tears when I read the line "Come find me again, I'll know it’s you." Many people don't understand the depth of love I have for my dogs so, when I read the words of others that I think also share the same intensity of love for their dogs, I feel a kinship. I am so sorry for your loss and when I look at the picture of your handsome guy I am saddened by his passing. But, I am taking your advice and relishing every canine moment from my ordinary days.

Submitted by marnye | September 4 2010 |

Dear Ann,
Thank you for your very kind note about Thud. He was a very special dog and I miss him very much.

I remember the the first time I saw him. He was a stray running the streets of Canoga Park, Ca. it took me 3 months to finally get him but it was worth every bit of effort.

I find peace knowing he will find me again. I will let you know when.

Savor the ordinary moments,

Submitted by Michelle | September 3 2010 |

Thank you for sharing your memories of Thud. I lost my Furbaby Reggie two years ago to Lymphoma. He wasn't even two when he was diagnosed and died in pain when he was 2 yr. 3 mos. old. I was very angry for a long time. I questioned like you did, Why my baby? We did everything right and it all went so wrong. I now treasure every "ordinary" memory. I wish that there had been many more, but I realize that Reggie taught me so much in the short time we were together. Every moment was a gift. I hope he finds me again someday when we can be together forever. Thank you for your touching story and God Bless you and your family.

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