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Lessons from Thud
A reminder to animal-loving friends


A piece of my heart died recently. The loving, quirky, clumsy, gardening buddy and professional nap-taker we called Thud was put down.



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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