A Place to Bark and Meow Blog by Bernie Berlin

Thursday, October 02, 2008
Autumn is here...
"We do not remember day.  We remember moments."
-Cesare Pavese

Can you believe it is October already???
Fall is here and soon it will be winter, the holidays and then a new year...  Wow!!!
Time flies, dogs come and go and I get older:)  
As I reflect with each passing season, my mind wanders to all the faces that have passed thru our place.  I do get lots of e-mails from past adopters &  new owners, and for that I am forever grateful.  
It helps me to continue on, especially when I hear how wonderful their new lives are:)
I get e-mails daily, asking, how it is that I don't get attached and can let them go...
I do get attached, don't think I don't....
It is never easy, they all pull at my heart strings, but my grandfather taught me a life lesson long ago, the memory is still so vivid to me..  
I was just a young child, in second grade.  I had found an injured bird by the school I went to.
I took it home and my grandpa Clyde helped me fix it.  
The day came to let it go and I cried and cried, begging to keep it.  
He held my hand & looked me square in the eye and said, do you love this bird?  
I looked at him with tears welled up in my eyes and quivered yes...  
Then you must love it enough to let it go.  
You must want what is best for it.  You must love and not posses it.  
He then said this: 
God made all creatures for us to love them, care take and do what is best for them.
We did just that and now it is time to set her free, to enjoy it's life.  
As I watched her fly away, I felt as if my heart would never heal and didn't speak to grandpa for a several days..
I didn't understand at the time, but as I grew up, those words, that lesson became a part of who I am. 
Don't get me wrong, I miss each and every animal that leaves here, but I do understand the life lesson and cherish every moment that I have spent with the wonderful pets who cross my path:)  
My grandpa Clyde is gone now, but he is someone I miss everyday of my life..
Now on to the cuties!!!

"Storm" Is a female Jack Russell, approximately 2-3 years of age.  
Outstanding personality and super loyal companion

The Beautiful "Ophelia"  12 weeks old, Catahoula/Shar Pei mix.
Shy and darling, she quietly will walk up to you and sit down at your feet, happy to be there.

Mista "Guido" approximately 10 weeks old, he is just the cutest little guy!!
Full of personality, super friendly, outgoing & always trying to steal a kiss.
Low to the ground, longish body, with a curly tail, I'm puzzled as to what breeds of dog he is..
Any ideas?  Maybe a Puggy Beagle:)

Here we have "Charlie" a male Golden/Lab mix, approximately 7 to 10 years of age.  
Super, energized and quite the talker.  He may have some years behind him, but he is a great companion.   Has finished his heart worm treatment and is ready for adoption.  Found stray, he deserves someplace special to spend his golden years. 

Next to him is "Dolly" A black lab mix.  Approximately 7-9 years of age.  She is a GREAT dog!!!
Loves to go for walks, doesn't need a leash, stays right at your side.  Super social, she loves others.  She does have arthritis in her right front leg, but that doesn't slow her down.  Another wonderful older dog who needs love too, just as much as the puppies...

"Bonita" & "Bronco" are mother and son. She is a female Boxer approximately 2-3 years of age. FABULOUS girl!!! Energetic as most Boxers are, but just sweet, sweet, sweet!!!

"Bronco" is about 10 weeks old.  He is probably a mix.  
Poor guy suffered trauma to his eye and tail.  Eyesight in the left eye is minimal. Lucky for them, they were fostered by a very nice policeman and his wife till I had room for to take them in.  Originally saved by the animal control officer in town.


"Molly" & "Mickey" are 2 of 5 Schnauzers I currently have. They are 2-4 years of age. 
I tell you, it has been a Schnauzer month.  We had 7 in September and now we have these five.  It's kinda weird how they go in cycles with the breeds.  If you go back in my blog you'll see, we had Weims, Great Pyrenees & Bassets just to name a few of the many that show up here in the numbers.

"Rowdy" & "Rosie" are double trouble!!! Aussie/Bully Breed mixes of some sort. 
Unbelievably smart and always up to and into something:) Approximately 12 weeks old.

Last but not least is our miracle boy "Eli". A Shepherd/mix, male, approximately 4 months old. We almost lost him a few times, but he made it!!! 
2 blood transfusions, many trips to the vet's office and lots of love from everyone around here, he is alive and well and ready to be adopted!!! 

That's it for now, many more posts to come...

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