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Jack and Grace
Pets, whether with four or two legs; fur, scales or
feathers, might just be God's secret mortal order of
angels. Somehow, they effortlessly teach humans that
our hearts are indeed, capable of loving with utterly
unconditional abandon. We calmly scrub the carpet,
sweep up furry tumbleweeds, scoop clumps of kitty
litter, and wipe up vomit without complaint. We don't
ask them to treat us "right," go to college, remember
our birthday or take care of us when we get old. All
they have to do for us to love them is to exist. And how
we do love them! "And so," the Lord asks us, "will you
not love your human brothers and sisters with this
same freedom? For that is how I love you..." Thank you,
Lord, for these gentle, magnificent teachers.

-- Lisa Bowman
dakota
Yuki
Dakota
Sunny
Rosie
Yuki is loved by Charles and Nan Rae Parker
Rosie is loved by Dave and Lenda Honegger
And God said, 'Let the earth bring forth the living
creature after his kind, cattle and creeping thing,
and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.

And God made the beast of the earth after his
kind, and everything that creepeth upon the earth
after his kind: and God saw that is was good.

Genesis 1:24-25
Holy Bible, King James Version
We had been looking for a dog for some time, going to different animal shelters and wondering where
our doggie would be.  One day we ambled into the Burbank Animal Shelter and my husband Charles
said, "What about this one?"  I wasn't too impressed with the sad pile of dog who barely glanced up at
me.  We took her to the great doggie run in the back and before my eyes a wild woman came forth
running and leaping all over the place.  Charles was looking to me for 'expertise' as I had previously
had a Saint Bernard and this 90 lb. tornado looked like a small dog to me. With a leash in hand I
walked about trying to appear in control all the while praying and 'insisting' that I receive a sign about
this crazy creature on the end of the leash.

When we picked up 'dog' at the vets having been 'fixed' and generally modified, the Dr. said, "This is
really a 'love muffin'."  Can you tell my relief as I whispered.....thank you God.  So, dog came home
with us and was named 'Yuki Ko' by Tomiko, our Japanese friend.  Yuki's creamy white and her name
means snow in Japanese (the Ko is for a female).

What has amazed me, besides never owning a dog with such charisma, is the overriding feeling that
Yuki was created by God. That God does indeed love all His creatures and that His spirit infuses all
of life.  Our maniac has turned into our great joy and blessing and brings smiles to everyone who
encounters her.  On my part she's taught me to treasure each moment, to be fully present at all
times and to always be on alert for a cookie!

This is what Yuki said in her first Christmas card with us:

"Dreams do come true....as I lay on the cold concrete at the Animal Shelter, I would dream of a warm
bed and food beyond imagining.  Somewhere there had to be love and play and happy doggie times.  
I found it with my new family and asked them to send you this message."

"May you always have lots of Frisbee time and squirrels to chase.
Long romps to lighten the heart and bring joy to all.
May your kibble bowl runneth over and may there be extra treats and surprises.

May you always have adventures and friends to share them with and when you sleep at night may you
be blessed with a soft pillow and lovely, sweet dreams."

--Nan Rae Parker
Sierra and Sonic are loved by Suellen Fry
Sonic
From the oyster to the eagle, from the
swine to the tiger, all animals are to be
found in men and each of them exists in
some man, sometimes several at the
time. Animals are nothing but the
portrayal of our virtues and vices made
manifest to our eyes, the visible
reflections of our souls. God displays
them to us to give us food for thought.

Victor Hugo, 'Les Miserables,' 1862
The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be
judged by the way its animals are treated.

Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)
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Sierra
Kona
Kona is loved by Tony and Sheila Ganino
An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language.

Martin Buber (1878-1965)
Jewish philosopher and educator
A dog wags its tail with its heart.

Martin Buxbaum
Fred is loved by Michael and Mindy and Dane Cannon
You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell
you, they will be there long before any of us.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)
Scottish author
He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your
dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be
yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart.
You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.

Author unknown
Hank, Apples and Fred are loved by Peter and Suzie Kredenser
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Apples
Photo by Peter Kredenser
Fred
Photo by Peter Kredenser
Ask of the beasts and they will
teach you the beauty of this earth.

St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226)
Patron saint of animals
Hank
Photo by Peter Kredenser
If you have men who will
exclude any of God's
creatures from the shelter
of compassion and pity, you
will have men who will deal
likewise with their fellow
men.

St. Francis of Assisi
Bear is loved by Rob Bowman
Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know
evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on
a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in
Eden, where doing nothing was not boring --- it
was peace.

Milan Kundera (1929-     )
Franco-Czech writer, author of 'The Unbearable Lightness of
Being'
Apples
Photo by Peter Kredenser
For every animal of the
forest is mine, beasts by the
thousands on my mountains.

I know every bird of the
heavens;
the creatures of the field
belong to me.

Offer praise as your sacrifice
to God; fulfill your vows to
the Most High.

Psalm 50: 10-11, 14
Bear
Fred
    For Jack, our Forever Friend,
    who was so elegant yet brought
    such silliness into our home.
    God bless you, Buddrick.
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Jack, Dakota, CJ and Tex are loved  by Chuck, Lisa & Stephen Bowman and Auntie Judy
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It is not a small thing to be loved by these little souls.  And it keeps me going, even when the
loss seems too much to bear.  Each one has taught me something.  To sniff the autumn air
even at the last, to eat chocolate even if it isn't good for you, to never be too busy for a hug.
 My rescued ones have shown me that forgiveness is always possible, that it lightens the
heart and makes the tail wag again.  The Scottish poet, Robert Burns, remembered one of
his as "the harried orphan who found tender refuge in our hungry hearts."  Mine have filled
my heart to overflowing, they have blessed my life, and I pray that they will always find
tender refuge with me.  

--- Susan Johnson
Sunny, Jack & Grace are loved by Ken, Susan and Katie Johnson
Hank
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CJ and Tex
C.J.
and
Tex
Jack
If your heart were
right, then every
creature would be a
mirror of life and a
book of holy teaching.
There is no creature
so small and abject
but it reflects the
goodness of God.
Thomas a Kempis
(1381-1471)
German monk, author of
'Imitation of Christ'
Valentino
Valentino is loved by Larry and Marilyn Wagner
Chalkey is loved by Stacey Kitteridge
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Chalkey