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"You'll Be In My Heart," Phil Collins, A Tribute to All Pets [4:20] (Revised)

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["Hat Tip" to DogRatandCat for this English Springer Spaniel video.]

Thought I'd take a break from "rock music," today. It's become quite obvious to me, in a short time, that this is a community of pet lovers.

Hopefully, this lovely video (admittedly, I'm a bit biased) will bring a smile to your face.

This video is a tribute to our, and all this community's pets, past and present. Please, everyone feel free to take this opportunity to honor your precious pets, in any way that you'd like to. (Tributes, videos, pictures, etc.)

So, on behalf of me and Mr. Alexa, I would like to dedicate this video to all of our pets:

Mickey, Lucky, Panda, Yogi, Misty, Chena, Mollie, Murphee, Bailey (Dogs) and Pepe, Bubba, JC, and Petey (Birds).


With a Special Mention of:

"Chena," Our Oldest Springer Spaniel [April 1989-September 2006]. "Our Dog of a Lifetime," whose exuberance, intelligence, energy, humor, beauty, vibrant personality, "smilng" face, and deep and abiding love and devotion to us, stays with us everyday.

And for you, "Murphee," Our Terrier-Mix Rescue [? 1998-January 2012]. It was you, Girl, who disproved the notion that one could have "only one Dog of a Lifetime." Your sweetness, intelligence, low-key, meek and gentle ways, wonderful personality, unique little mannerisms, your beautiful face, and your intense love and devotion to us, stays with us everyday.

"Thank you all, for the years of joy and unconditional love that you gave us. You'll live in our hearts . . . Always."

“If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” — Woodrow Wilson

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Submitted by twig on

I was trying to figure out a way to post this review of three new studies showing that viewing "kawaii" (Japanese for cute) images improved dexterity and focus. So we're not wasting time looking at pictures of puppies and kittens -- we're actually fine-tuning our brains!

More puppies and kittens, please! Meanwhile, here's my kawaii contribution:

"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better." -- Albert Einstein

Submitted by hipparchia on

years and years and years ago, the first springer spaniel i remember meeting in person was a welsh springer, in spite of the fact that english springers are more common. it was love at first sight, and someday i'm going to have one. meanwhile, here's a slideshow of welshies!

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Submitted by Alexa on

I've bookmarked it, to go with my rather eclectic library of pet videos.

I've only seen a couple of Welsh Terriers in "real life," although I've seen a fair number at dog shows. (Which I don't get "to frequent.")

Our oldest Springer, Chena, was a little female "field Springer, much closer in size to a Welsh Springer or a Brittany (35-38 lbs).

Our male "bench" Springer, Bailey, (the avatar on my Corrente "Twitter" account) weighs in at about 55-58 lbs, and was a "shelter dog."

Not sure why it works out this way, but all of our dogs are either pure bred Spaniels or Schnauzers, or "Terrier Mixes." And, truthfully, the "T-Mixes" almost always have the most even temperaments. :)

Alexa

“If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

[Avatar Photo Credit: Conflagrate, jurvetson's photostream, flickr]

Submitted by hipparchia on

this was in south texas, where quail hunting, on foot, is [or was at the time] popular, and the smaller, closer-working breeds [spaniels] were more popular than the larger, farther-ranging ones [pointers, setters]. it was also when the cockers and english springers were becoming more and more popular as [bench] show dogs and breeders began selecting for heavier [showier] coats, so lesser-known breeds like brittanies and welsh springers were more popular as hunting companions. i had a brittany, purely as a pet, but from hunting lines, for many years.

we also had as family pets over the years a lab and some beagles. none of us was ever into hunting, but a lot of our friends and neighbors were, so these were the breeds that were most available. also, the sporting breeds just always seemed to be so happy, which is a very nice personality trait to have in a family pet.

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Submitted by Alexa on

got that right! I realized that I overlooked "smiling face" in my tribute to Chena, earlier, and went back and added it. She was the happiest dog that I've ever seen. Played with a Nylabone like a puppy, until the day she passed away (at 17-1/2).

Of course, there are exceptions, like Bailey. He is a Special Needs dog, with an anxiety level that was off-the-charts when we adopted him over five years ago.

He's jumped out of a second-story window to follow me when I took another dog for a walk (didn't even hurt him). He suffers from severe "separation anxiety," and is never left alone now. But he's a very sweet fellow, and everyone (including our vet) says he's not the same pathetic wreck (as in anxiety-level) that we brought home in 2007. At one time, our vet actually recommended euthanasia. But, thankfully, we were able to avoid that.

Yep, same with us. Our dogs have "all been couch potatoes," not hunters. And although Mr. Alexa earned a sharpshooter ribbon many years ago in the Air Force, the only thing he or I shoot is a "camera." (And not much of one, at that.) We love animals, wild and domestic. No desire to kill any animal, on our part.

Alexa

“If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

[Avatar Photo Credit: Conflagrate, jurvetson's photostream, flickr]

Submitted by hipparchia on

i've had a few of those! when i first got red dog, one of his issues was separation anxiety [hence the leaping out of third-story windows].

kudos to you for persevering with bailey. that's a real challenge.

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Submitted by Alexa on

otherwise.

Black Dog's shine is great, just like Black Cat's. You must be doing something right!

Seriously, other than feeding top grade kibble, we only feed (daily) a teaspoon or two of bran cereal, a couple or three Tablespoons of plain non-fat yogurt (sometimes with just enough fresh frozen raspberries for flavor), and a couple of tablets of Brewer's yeast, to our dogs. (Our vet says this small amount of "people food" is okay. And they love it.) And, of course, an occasional low fat treat.

Somehow during this Holiday season, I'll find an excuse to upload a couple of dog Christmas pictures, when I get back to my scanner. No kudos necessary--we've probably learned more lessons from Bailey, and benefited more from him, than he has from us. :)

Alexa

“If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

[Avatar Photo Credit: Conflagrate, jurvetson's photostream, flickr]

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Submitted by Alexa on

Seriously, I've never seen one that small or tame. I think if you looked up "cute" in the dictionary, you'd have to see his little face.

Thank you for the video, twig. It never ceases to amaze me, what we can find on "the internets."

BTW, fantastic RX post--I'll be over that way to add a bit more info about saving money on pet prescriptions. We didn't realize that the local pharmacy was an option until several years ago, either. Also, I'll post the link to a very "reasonable" online pet pharmacy. There's a world of difference between the cost of pet medications, and brand name and generic human medications.

Alexa

“If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

[Avatar Photo Credit: Conflagrate, jurvetson's photostream, flickr]

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Submitted by twig on

But I've read that they get pretty ornery when they're older. Probably YouTube is the best place to keep one.

You already knew about the pharmacy thing?? Wow, where have I been? Maybe it's because none of the previous medications cost very much. Anyway, I'd love to know more about the pet pharmacy when you have a chance.

And before I forget, those springer spaniels are wonderful! Congrats on your own collection and all you've done for them. Isn't it incredibly gratifying to watch a problem dog/cat come around? They are so amazing!

"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better." -- Albert Einstein

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Submitted by Alexa on

I've been ahead of the game on pet meds, forever. LOL!

Heck, I had to figure something out something, by 2007. When we got Bailey, we had two older dogs, and one alone, was on "8" maintenance medications and (medically-necessary) supplements. I had to research, and like you, boy was I glad that I did.

Heading over to your post, now . . .

Alexa

“If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

[Avatar Photo Credit: Conflagrate, jurvetson's photostream, flickr]

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Submitted by twig on

I was actually very impressed with you being ahead of the curve on this. Eight medications!! Wow, that's a lot to keep up with, no wonder you were researching. But aren't the older dogs wonderful? So sweet-tempered and grateful for everything, with no naughty puppy behavior -- just great companions.

"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better." -- Albert Einstein

Submitted by libbyliberal on

...it was wondrous to behold. She flew up so fast and so high I wondered if she would just keep on going! Breathtaking.

Thanks, alexa et al. for above.

best, libby

Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare. (Japanese proverb)

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Submitted by Alexa on

energetic, agile and athletic dogs. I'm not sure why, but we never got around to playing frisbee with our dogs--just walked them a bunch. But, we've always enjoyed watching other folks and dogs "frisbeeing."

Our field Springer NEVER slowed down. She didn't start losing her eyesight until she was about fifteen. Although we were told later that she was completely blind, until she passed at age 17-1/2, she never ran into anything. As a matter of fact, she didn't appear to be blind at all. It was incredible, and almost unbelievable.

Alexa

“If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

[Avatar Photo Credit: Conflagrate, jurvetson's photostream, flickr]

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Submitted by Alexa on

Pet Edge is a 'wholesale outfit' that carries top notch pet supplies, and professional grooming supplies. (Formerly New England Serum.)

Here's the link.

Trupanion has to be the "best" pet insurance company out there. Won't elaborate, but filed claims for Murphee with both ASPCA pet insurance and Trupanion. If anyone cares for particulars regarding Trupanion, please ask.

Here's the link.

BTW, "I thank everyone in this community for their kind indulgence in allowing me to memorialize our pets (and of course, Lambert, for this venue in the first place.)"

And hipparchia, hope you meant that about the pictures--you can bet that several will be posted sometime during the Holidays!

Alexa

“If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

[Avatar Photo Credit: Conflagrate, jurvetson's photostream, flickr]

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Submitted by twig on

I've been wondering about pet insurance for a long time, mostly how to sort out the good from the not so good, and now I know. It would be great to have coverage for the kids. They're insurance will probably turn out to be better than mine!

"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better." -- Albert Einstein