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Recently added to California bird lists, these birds are usually found throughout south Asia.

Nutmeg Mannikin by Dip-in-Road

Nutmeg Mannikin by Dip-in-Road

Eurasian spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia) by Sergey-Ryzhkov

Eurasian spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia) by Sergey-Ryzhkov

The Evil Eye by Dip-in-Road
The Evil Eye by Dip-in-Road

love hummers?  here's another incredible treat from my good friend Dip-in-Road 

Go Away!
by Dip-in-Road

Go Away! by Dip-in-Road

Building Revs by Dip-in-Road

Building Revs by Dip-in-Road

coming for youuuu by phalalcrocorax

coming for youuuu by phalalcrocorax

 

Symmetry by BogdanBoev

Symmetry by BogdanBoev

Arrival by phalalcrocorax

Arrival by phalalcrocorax

My beautiful Nut-mate by Jamie-MacArthur

My beautiful Nut-mate by Jamie-MacArthur

Feather Duster by Dip-in-Road

Feather Duster by Dip-in-Road


Merlin 2 by EdgedFeather

Merlin 2 by EdgedFeather

Kasai 4 by EdgedFeather

Kasai 4 by EdgedFeather

Superbird by Dip-in-Road

Superbird by Dip-in-Road

Ready to fly by Maria-Schreuders

Ready to fly by Maria-Schreuders

Baby Augur Buzzard by EdgedFeather

Kasai by EdgedFeather

At age four by Ehsartem

At age four by Ehsartem

how nice to see the photograph from my youth traditionally rendered by my good friend Ehsartem :heart:

Tie Down by Cmac13
after escaping yesterday morning the little boy came home around 9am 6-1-17 :phew: thought we lost him :phew:

When Your Mates Don't Get The Joke... by cobaltsennheiser

When Your Mates Don't Get The Joke... by cobaltsennheiser

King Vulture by Berlin-Steglitz

King Vulture by Berlin-Steglitz

Sunset Colors by Dip-in-Road

Sunset Colors by Dip-in-Road


2017 - 13 Cute
by W0LLE

2017 - 13 Cute by W0LLE

Female Common Kingfisher by Jamie-MacArthur

Female Common Kingfisher by Jamie-MacArthur


:iconyellowdancingflower: 4-14-17  :iconbluedancingflower: :iconwhitedancingflower:
 
Hurrah Hurray saw our first :iconhummingbirdplz: today :iconreddancingflower:

Pile of fluff by kayaksailor 

Pile of fluff by kayaksailor

 Meet the real Lyze of Kiel by phalalcrocorax

Meet the real Lyze of Kiel by phalalcrocorax

On a rock by kayaksailor 

On a rock by kayaksailor


Breaking through by Jamie-MacArthur

Breaking through by Jamie-MacArthur

Bear Cub by vinayan

Bear Cub by vinayan

The tiny ball of our forest by phalalcrocorax

The tiny ball of our forest by phalalcrocorax


:iconredbutterfly1plz::iconredbutterfly2plz::iconbluebutterfly1plz::iconbluebutterfly2plz::iconorangebutterfly1plz::iconorangebutterfly2plz::iconpinkbutterfly1plz::iconpinkbutterfly2plz::iconindigobutterfly1plz::iconindigobutterfly2plz::iconpurplebutterfly1plz::iconpurplebutterfly2plz:

Crow's springtime by phantsythat

Crow's springtime by phantsythat

Hi Susan :wave:

..........fast forward seventy years and you've captured Leo, Annet and me in our garden :clap:how nice to have a cherished friend remembering my birthday with such lovely imagery.  I'm always so much happier after visiting with you :heart: Carole

Good friends make all our days better. :dalove:  yes indeed :manhug:

Raven (Corvus corax) by Sergey-Ryzhkov

Raven (Corvus corax) by Sergey-Ryzhkov

 

5578 by Les-Piccolo

5578 by Les-Piccolo

Cheetah by vinayan

Cheetah by vinayan

Canal parisien by phalalcrocorax

Canal parisien by phalalcrocorax

Buteo buteo by


Red-bellied Woodpecker 3781 by Sooper-Deviant

  Red-bellied Woodpecker 3781 by Sooper-Deviant

The Sitting by Dip-in-Road

The Sitting by Dip-in-Road 

Mr. January 2017 by

Mr. January 2017 by Dip-in-Road

Pacific Parrotlet by Andres-Cadena

Pacific Parrotlet by Andres-Cadena

New Feathers by Dip-in-Road
New Feathers by Dip-in-Road

Fisher's Lovebird by Andres-Cadena

 

Bath Time for Baby by Dip-in-Road

 Lucky Walt - gets to see hummers all year long *envy*

Bath Time for Baby by Dip-in-Road


Bear in Action by vinayan

Bear in Action by vinayan

griffon vulture by Maria-Schreuders

griffon vulture by Maria-Schreuders


Frenzy (Koi complete) by Chobek

Frenzy (Koi complete) by Chobek

Border Collie 5 by Lakela

 

 

love me do (watercolour) by luceene-k

love me do (watercolour) by luceene-k


  The last picture by valentina-86



Northern Shoveler by Andres-Cadena



Cold This Morning by Les-Piccolo


Smiling Fox is Smiling by thrumyeye




I subscribe to www.gocomics.com for images like this one by
Wiley Miller in his comic strip Non Sequitur


 


In the midst of sorrow
Jaq showed a slight dragging of his right hind leg after jumping for a ball Saturday morning.  Around noon we took him to the emergency room where he was diagnosed with a  herniated disk in his middle spine.   By 5 PM he was paralyzed from the lower chest down.  By 6 AM Sunday we had no choice but let our beloved Jaq go. 


......................Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright;
the band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light,
and somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout;
but there is no joy in Mudville — since Jaq's joyful light's gone out.

I fear Mudville will forever be without JOY
without my beloved Jaq -

               

 


                        Smirk by Cmac13 
Snow Ball by Cmac13 happy go lucky Jaq by Cmac13



                                      rofl by Cmac13



                      Jaq's full grown by Cmac13 my boy by Cmac13  almond eyes by Cmac13 



 

                     pool day by Cmac13 scratch by Cmac13




1-23-17 After three months of grieving Jaq I've come to understand I've experienced unconditional love twice -
once with a cat named Katjke and now with a dog named Jaq.

I don't believe unconditional love, between human adults - even love partners - is a healthy process.  And it's not been the norm for me in my pet relationships, of which there have been many. 

But when it does occur - it's magical.

The reason it's becoming abundantly clear that pet ownership increases the joy and length of life is because it's incredibly beneficial to feel you are a person of significance in the eyes of something that loves you back unconditionally.

Since I've decided - long before the loss of Jaq, too free myself from the responsibility of pet ownership - I fear it's a loss I'll feel for the rest of my life.  Unless, of course, I change my views and again invest in the daring experiment of searching for unconditional love.




  • Listening to: the oldies
  • Reading: The English Girl
  • Watching: NOT watching the news
  • Playing: video poker
  • Eating: stuffed peppers
  • Drinking: lemon water
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Ha.. cool!!
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Dip-in-Road Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2017
Hey Carole!  Take a look at this video on Youtube... you'll love it! ( www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFciXs… )




Walt
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Cmac13 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2017   General Artist
you're right :clap: and how about this one?
www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAer4r…
thanks Walt - appreciate the big SMILE :hug:
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing works!
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
 marvelous wonderful things
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surrealistic-gloom Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2017
Wonderful feature!  :clap:  :love:

So sorry again for your loss!  I have experienced  unconditional love twice either with my cats. It is a real gift but I still miss them so much!
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Cmac13 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2017   General Artist
:hug: thanks for the warm comment :hug: thank goodness grief fades into cherished memories of those who have loved us unconditionally :hug:
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful beautiful things
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner May 27, 2017
:love: what a marvelous collection Carole! So pleased to be included :blowkiss:
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner May 27, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Heheh that made my day!
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
That's cool!.. I've never gotten any here booo
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Cmac13 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2017   General Artist

thanks Dave - just hope some make permanent camp in our back yard
one year we actually got to see nest building and baby fledgling :party:
that was before we had a digital camera so only memory brings
back that particular joyful episode :nod:

best images I've seen here come from  Dip-in-Road

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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Yea Ive seen some of Dip's theyre amazing..
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JocelyneR Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017
What a thoughtful gift from your friend, Carole!  :heart:

Beautiful bird feature!  :love:
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
lovely1
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Cmac13 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017   General Artist
thanks Dave - how's Spring where you are?
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
well.. they teased us with two weeks of lovely mild weather and even sprouting bulbs.. but then we got icy weather and 6 inches of snow two days ago.. AND worse cold.. now there's a nor'easter in the forecast for Tuesday with the possibility of 9 to 13 inches of snow.. lovely spring...
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
totally wonderful
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dove-51 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello Carole.  I have not been on DA much lately.  I'm so very sorry to see that you have lost Jaq. :heart: :hug:
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
scary but seems to be true
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kiew1 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
I am beginning to think some of us have been kidding ourselves that we live in societies of basically decent, well-meaning people. In my own little country they have just decided to leave the European Union. The main reason for leaving seems to be to stop foreigners coming to live and work in Britain. Scotland, London, and a few English cities didn't vote for it, but the majority of the country did. And within hours of the result instances of hate crimes sky rocketed. And now Trump is in the White House and already there is this anti-Muslim ban. And millions of Americans voted for it. I really think the liberal (sorry, I know in America that is a dirty word, but in the European sense it just means decent) world we grew up in was just a blip, and now we are getting back to normal. Back to Spain of the 30s, Germany and Russia again of the 30s. Or maybe back to Europe of the 30 years war mentality (1613-48), or the Crusades, or the slave trade. Scary times indeed.

Sorry about Jaq. We've just had a similar loss.
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Cmac13 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017   General Artist
I've changed my country of origin from the :flagus: to unknown as a reaction to what's happening with Trump.  Being gay my whole life I've seen lots of hate - but nothing on this scale :no:  It's like living at the base of an active volcano erupting day after day after day.  All I can hope is the millions of us who voted for him have severe buyer's remorse and are doing all we can to get him and all his cronies out of there ASAP.  And all I can hope is we all finally realize what allowed humans to succeed was co-operation and not violence.

May I ask more about your recent loss or is it too painful just now to go into?

:heart: Carole
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kiew1 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Mem, one of our 2 cats. She was young, and heavily pregnant. One day she seemed very withdrawn and listless and we thought she is about to go into labour. Early in the evening she suddenly screamed, thrashed about very violently and went into spasms. And died. We have no vet in the area, but asking about we realised there was some sort of cat flu going about. Many cats have died. One neighbour lost 7.  And my wife's brother's cat died in the same way two days later. Mem had only been with us for 3-4 months (a local monk had given her to us rather than let the temple dogs kill her - she had been dumped at the temple), and she was a real sweety, always jumping onto my shoulders, following me around the garden at all times, always being in the centre of the action.  This was all last week. And now our other cat, Oo-long, a male, is missing and we fear he may have fallen ill on his travels.

We get very close to our cats/dog here, and then we lose them. No animal seems to live a full life over here. People put poison down, sometimes they shoot dogs. There are snakes everywhere. Drivers don't really take dogs into consideration. If a dog chases someone on a motorbike they may well be slashed my a machete. That sort of thing. And cats are always being killed by dogs.  The only positive side to a dog's life here is that they have total freedom. No dogleads. They roam at will and generally have a good, if short life.

Since being here (12 years) we've lost Oo-liang, our dog, Cheeky and Mem, two cats. And maybe Oo-long. So, we are both thinking enough is enough. The only thing is what do you do if you wake up one morning to the sound of a very young abandoned kitten in your garden? Villagers know we like animals and so we are an easy dumping ground. Us and the (dog-filled) temple.

I'll post a photo of Mem and Oo-long.

Heart Jon
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Cmac13 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2017   General Artist
I too hope Oo-long is on an extended adventure and will be home safe and sound soon.

It's sometimes hard to understand the relationship between humans and and animals - since the extreme - billions spent on clothes for dogs by the rich  while others slash at them with machetes :faint:

I join you in your grief over the loss of healthy family members gone much too early.  Thankfully we have warm memories that keep them alive in our heats for years to come.  Your page says your location is unknown - may I ask what part of the world you find yourself in?
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kiew1 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
I've recently deleted some personal info - can't quite remember why. Anyway, I live in Thailand but am originally from the UK.

Thanks for your kind words. It is true, our cats and dog were family members, friends rather than pets. While not being religious, I do feel they are still there.
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Cmac13 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2017   General Artist
me too - not religious but understand that sort of love inhances us deeply and lasts forever
has Oo-loong come home yet? :fingerscrossed:
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kiew1 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes! He was here this morning. He has obviously been visiting a female somewhere. I think now Mem has gone he will be away more often than not. The chances are that our house is just one of his "homes".:) (Smile) 
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Its terrifying..
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GreenAngel5 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm sorry for your loss. I still think about my old dogs even though I have two perfectly healthy, happy, living cute little berners besides me. I fear when they go, but, just like the dogs of my past I know that I'll always hold onto their memories and still have those moments when I remember those funny memories. For me personally. I've always had dogs in my life, though there were two years where I didn't own a dog...and it was so hard..that's when I knew how dependent I was on having a dog around (during those two years I was actually walking my neighbor's husky mutt literally every day that I could and would train him too. I remember when my neighbor told me that Keeno the husky was untrainable and all I had to do was lift a finger and Keeno sat down in front of me while I talked on the phone without uttering a word towards him until I was done. It's too bad they moved and didn't keep up the training I gave him).

I know it's personal choice to choose not to have another pet...and the fear that you may forget your beloved Jaq...but with a love that deep, you'll never forget it, even when you get another. The only cruel thing that you could possibly do though is if you get another pet is to expect it to be like your past pets...but I think that you already know that...they all have different characteristics/personalities that will touch your life, and may remind you of your past pets. There will always be reminders and memories may get old, but they'll also get sweeter as well. Again, sorry for your loss :hug:
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Cmac13 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2017   General Artist
You're very kind to send such warm and understanding comments regarding my loss of Jaq.  I think some of the trauma I'm experiencing is the loss was so sudden - he was only just six and I expected many more years with him.  I have another Corgi - Jaq's brother Leo.  They could not be different in so many ways - and you're right - I do all I can to love Leo as he needs to be loved knowing he has lost a brother.  And I know what you mean about having strong relationships - re: training, etc. - with our dogs.  They yearn to please when treated with loving attention.  Thanks again for your kindness and so glad you have the love of dogs again in your life.    
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Scary times.....
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Cmac13 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2017   General Artist
kind of Nixon-ish
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Cmac13 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2017   General Artist
I never thought it could get worse than Nixon :faint: but I fear you're right :faint: I'm so ashamed of what my country is doing I changed my :dalove:  status of being a citizen of the :flagus: to unknown
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
worse
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful!
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I've been fortunate.. all my dogs I felt that love...and three of the cats.. not all but three is pretty good as cats go.. I think you will miss a lot if you don't reconsider...
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Cmac13 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2017   General Artist
I'm beginning to think that to Dave :nod:

But now that the grief is being eased by the
terribly sweet memories of my boy - I'm
afraid trying to replace him will be impossible. 
Something about a rock and a hard place just now -

But it's only been three months
lots of time to - reconsider.

Many thanks for your kind thoughts :heart:
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I felt the same every time.. but I never regretted getting another.. you're not replacing him.. you're moving on to a new one.. you can never replace beloved pets (or people).. you just have to find new chapters.. don't wait too long...you won't regret doing it...it's worth it.
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GreenAngel5 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:hug: My condolences :hug: Such precious photos though :thumbsup:
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely works.. .Happy Holidays Carole.. good memories ....(((Carole))
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tiamat9 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2016
Sorry to read that:heart:.
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Binnus Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2016
:hug: I'm very sorry about your loss :hug:
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JocelyneR Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2016
I am so very sorry for your loss, dear Carole! What an awful accident! And Jaq was so beautiful! 

My heart goes out to you!  :iconsadhugplz:  :heart:
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2016
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
aww ((Carole)) so sad.. RIP Jaq..
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PridesCrossing Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2016
:iconsadplz: I'm so truly sorry for your loss .... :iconsadhugplz:
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abasss Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2016
Hey Carole, I'm so sorry for your loss. It seems October was a sad month for us both, my girl Maggie passed away too. Jaq was a lovely boy, I'm sure he'll be missed. 
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phantsythat Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm so sorry to hear you lost little Jaq. The pain of losing a beloved pet is no less than losing any loved one.

The Rainbow Bridge poem was new to me until recently, but I'll share it with you now:

By the edge of a woods, at the foot of a hill,

Is a lush, green meadow where time stands still.

Where the friends of man and woman do run,

When their time on earth is over and done.

For here, between this world and the next,

Is a place where each beloved creature finds rest.

On this golden land, they wait and they play,

Till the Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day.

No more do they suffer, in pain or in sadness,

For here they are whole, their lives filled with gladness.

Their limbs are restored, their health renewed,

Their bodies have healed, with strength imbued.

They romp through the grass, without even a care,

Until one day they start, and sniff at the air.

All ears prick forward, eyes dart front and back,

Then all of a sudden, one breaks from the pack.

For just at that instant, their eyes have met;

Together again, both person and pet.

So they run to each other, these friends from long past,

The time of their parting is over at last.

The sadness they felt while they were apart,

Has turned into joy once more in each heart.

They embrace with a love that will last forever,

And then, side-by-side, they cross over… together.

***

Remember:

"Wherever you are going, they are going too." -James Herriot

:heart:

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surrealistic-gloom Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016
I just saw this sad journal of yours...

I am so very sorry for the loss of your beloved Jaq, it was such a beautiful dog! He passed away because of an accident? How sad!
I know there is no words to comfort you, I lost two cats I will always miss.  :iconsadhugplz:
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Binnus Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2016
My condolences. I'm sorry for the loss of your beloved Jaq. :hug:
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