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Eleven years ago at a yard sale in OK while visiting my sister & her family, my 6 year old nephew wanted to look at the free puppies. I fell in love with my then 7-week old black lab Grace, & my sister & nephew chose Ginger, a chocolate lab. Back home in Kansas City, Grace was by herself while i worked; she needed her own dog. Her sister Ginger came to live with us. Fast forward 5 years, and I saw Peanut on a rescue site. He had been rescued from hoarders, chained to an ice box & at a sanctuary for a year, with no one looking at him once. He came home with me. Last but not least is Stanley, my 13 year old min pin, who came to live with us 3 years ago. He was found wandering in freezing January, malnourished, with rotten teeth. I wasn't looking for a 4th dog (I'm single), but I couldn't let him be returned to animal control by the person who got him but was unable to keep him, so home my little old man came.

I lost Ginger on Sept. 7th to kidney disease, and I'm still amazed my heart continued to beat after the pain of losing her. All my dogs are perfect, but Ginger was love incarnate. She beat heartworms, cancer, a toe amputation due to the cancer, and thyroid disease. She remained happy until the end, & I miss her achingly. My three remaining pups got me through that dark time, and I love them more than words can say. They are my life, & i'd rather be with them than anywhere. Peanut now has Cushing's, but we are treating that, and I hope to have him for many years to come. I am blessed.

Jody B
Kansas City, MO

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