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Iris, a Boston Terrier mix, was a rescue I found on a site I subscribe to. She was perfect for my needs because I am disabled and not real active - already housebroken, likes to go for rides, loves to snuggle - but she was not UTD on shots and was heart worm positive. That taken care of I realized I had to change her name because Iris was the name of my aunt who raised my mother and Iris just did not fit this baby in my mind. I could see my aunt frowning every time I called her Iris. I couldn't really think of what to call her, but one day Ashley just popped out of my mouth when I called her and she came straight to me, just as she had done when I was calling her Iris. The name change just seemed to come naturally to both of us and I have almost forgotten she was originally named Iris!
When we first adopted Munchkin, they had been calling her Callie, short for Calico. At 6 months old she was still a small cat so we renamed her Munchkin. Now, almost exactly 5 years later. Munchkin is full grown and weighs about 15 lbs. Not so little anymore but still our Munchkin kitty.
Our precious kitten showed up at our doorstep (as most of ours have, since we live in the country) and we immediately fell in love. "She" was so furry and sweet, completely made herself at home, did the little "tippy-toe" thing that all our female cats had done. So we named her Zoe. A few days later when I looked more closely, it was obvious that she was a he! So we named him for one of our favorite poets, T.S. Eliot. Whether she OR he, Eliot has completely captured our hearts! (I even think our three big boys, also products of the doorstep, like him now. :)
I am the manager of a doggy daycare and had always been a "big dog" person. Well not too long after I went to work at the doggy daycare a pug named Crash came to stay with us for 10 days and I fell absolutely head over heels in love with him, to the point that I cried when he left us. We had 4 big dogs at the time and I sheepishly asked my husband if maybe we had room for a pug in the pack. He was extremely opposed to it. He thought they were the ugliest dogs he had ever seen. However, because my husband has a hard time telling me no when I found "Harley" on petfinder.com he reluctantly agreed to go meet him. Of course we ended up coming home with him. Since my husband did not want the pug and the pug clearly did not know his name to be Harley, I suggested that my husband name him. My husband is of celtic descent and we decided that "Angus" was a really cool name. Well, three pugs later we have Angus, Pete and Seamus in addition to the four big dogs and my husband and Angus are INSEPARABLE. He often says he's never loved a dog as much as he loves Angus! We are a true rescue household, 6 of our 7 dogs came from shelters or petfinder.com! This particular photo we call "cheeseface" which is the face Angus makes when we have cheese. We have recently decided that according to pugs, "cheese is love"!
A co-worker friend of mine actually adopted Boots and found out he was alergic to cats. He asked me if my partner and I wanted to be Boots forever home and we agreed. We have never been happier. Boots is a great cat and we are so lucky he found his way to our home!
My Dad passed away in March 2007 just 5 days after my birthday and 3 yrs after my Mom passed. This cat had adopted my Dad and became his constant companion. Cat actually belonged to the neighbors so we never knew his name. My Dad called him Papadeaux (poopie doo). When I "inherited" the house and its contents, I decided that the name HAD to go. Being a very quiet and caring, affectionate boy, I renamed him Kiyoshi which means quiet one (in Japanese) as his quiet presence soothed my father's loneliness after my Mom's passing and brought a little bit of joy into Dad's life. Kiyoshi has been a joy for me and helps me remember every day how much a pet can bring into our lives.
I have posted all the photo's of Jesse and Frago on my Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/#!/album.php?aid=31647&id=100000864712175
Thank you all for your support and kindness.
Frago, Jesse, and Jim
James G. Violante, .
Kizzy's mom was turned over to Western Border Collie Rescue while she was VERY pregnant with 11 pups. After giving birth, her mom rejected the puppies and WBCR had to foster them. We'd lost our previous dog of almost 18 years and picked out Kizzy from the litter. She is the love of our lives at just over 1 year old now! We highly recommend using rescue groups like WBCR or shelters. If you can't adopt, consider supporting one of your choice!
THIS IS MY MIDGE,A 170LB NEAPOLITAN MASTIFF,SHE IS MY $85 BEST FRIEND/OTTOMAN/BED AND COUCH WARMER AND LOYAL PROTECTOR .I SAW HER ON PETFINDER.COM AND LUCKILY SHE WAS AT MY LOCAL SHELTER ,I HAD TO GO AND SEE HER ,WELL ,SEEING HER IN THAT COLD CAGE ALL ALONE BROKE MY HEART,AND WHEN SHE WALKED UP TO THE CAGE I GAVE HER A TREAT ,SHE ATE IT ,LICKED MY FACE AND GAVE A LITTLE WOOF, I KNEW RIGHT THEN I WASN'T LEAVING HER THERE.I COULD NOT HAVE ASKED FOR A MORE LOYAL FUN LOVING MIDGE ,SHE WENT FROM BEING IN THAT EMPTY CAGE TO HAVING EVERY COUCH AND BED IN THIS HOUSE ,TO COUCHES IN HER GRANDMOTHERS HOUSE AND A TON OF TOYS AND LOVE IN BOTH.
THIS IS A PICTURE OF MIDGET GETTING READY FOR HER OVER NIGHT TO GRANDMA'S.THANK YOU PETFINDER.COM AND THE ANIMAL RESCUE SITE FOR ALL YOU DO
The day of Frago and Jesse re-uniting has finally come!! Frago most certainly remeberd Jesse. Frago jumped up into Jesse's arms, licking his face, and crying while wildly wagging his tail. I have a group of photo's that I will work on getting out tomorrow. Frago, Jesse, and I ran around the back yard until we couldn't run anymore. Jesse brought home the poncho liner that he and Frago slept on the ground with and Frago just went wild rolling himself up in it. Frago is now fast asleep with a huge smile on his face. He would not leave Jesse's side for most of the evening. Jesse was picked up by his friends and now Frago is fast asleep on my bed. This is a happy day after a tough year. Thank you all for your interest again and start looking for photo's. I am not sure how to get out photo's to over two hundred well wishers, but I will get it done!!
Thank you all again!
Frago, Jesse, and Jim all together again!!