Mar 30, 2011

Our Gotcha Day

I had's to start dis postee all on my own 'cause Mom was still trying to figures out if she wants to tell's da real story.  She still gets da goosey bumps when she tinks bout's it.

Anyways...Dis is da lovely ME taken on da day I cames to live in my forever home!
Ain't I jus' da cutest wittle ting?

And dis be my brudder Max (DaOdderWeenie).  He's wit Tucker who you met on my last "Meet Da Pack" postee.  Even Max was wittle back den....unlike da monster weenie he has now become.

Right from da get-go, we luved to play wit each odder!

And....of course I...wittle teenie weenie me...would always beat up my brudder.  He makes up for it's now though.

OK's...Mom's back and I tink she has finally made da big decision..
I don't even know exactly where to begin.  Knowing that Amber and Max's "Gotcha Day" was coming up, I have been burdened with the decision on whether to keep it simple and sweet or to tell the real "behind the scenes" truth as to how Amber and Max really joined our family.  I have chosen to tell the truth even though a lot of readers may find it completely off the wall.  I must warn you, however, that the page where I will be sending you for the truth is a bit long.  It was written a few years ago from notes I kept in a journal documenting things as they were happening.  In the beginning I shared it only with family and close friends because they could see for themselves that things were happening just as I told them it had.

The story begins with a very precious Doxie by the name of Bart who was born to my wonderful girl, Ginger, in January of 1990.  Bart and I bonded from the day he was born.  As he got older, he developed typical Doxie back problems and had to go through many surgeries.  His vet called him the "Miracle Dog" because medical reasoning indicated that Bart should have been totally paralyzed after the second surgery.  But Bart defied all medical reasoning and walked with only a slight limp.  A "miracle" was truly the word to describe my Bart.

Bart's sister, Tiffany, went to the Bridge in July of 2003 after a 9-month battle with Cancer.  Ginger followed her daughter to the Bridge in October of that year at the age of 15.  Bart was all I had left of my Hot Dog Trio and I begged him to never leave me after Ginger died.  Bart died suddenly on December 4 of 2003 at the age of nearly 14.  I went into a deep depression after the loss of my best friend.

In early January of 2004 I had a very minor surgery performed.  During the surgery while I was "out", I had some very strange but comforting dreams.  It was as if Bart was there with me.  He wasn't speaking to me (obviously) but he was somehow trying to convey a message to me that he was coming back and I was not to block his return.  I woke up after the surgery in tears calling his name.  The doctors were concerned because they said I was very restless during the surgery, unlike a normal patient who would have been in a deep restful sleep.

From this point on, I kept a journal of events I definitely couldn't share with the world because I just knew that most folks would think I lost most of my marbles.  Then a dear friend of mine gave me a copy of a book entitled "Animals and the Afterlife" consisting of a documentary written by Kim Sheridan.  I was astounded to be reading that many others also experienced the exact same things that I was experiencing.  So maybe all my "marbles" were still intact afterall.

So I finally gathered all the notes in my journal and put them down on paper and added them to the memorial section of my website, All The Dogs In My Life.  This relay of events is currently being considered as part of the documentary for Kim Sheridan's second book on the subject of the human-animal bond never being broken.

This post is a little bit wordy but I wanted everyone who would like to read the entire story about Amber and Max's "Gotcha Day" to understand fully how things started.

Please click HERE to proceed to the events leading up to Amber and Max's "Gotcha Day" and beyond.  Also, I would welcome any comments you may have regarding this, good or bad.
Thank You


(Thanks Mom)


Remington said...

What a touching post! Thank you for sharing, my friend! Happy Gotcha Day too! Enjoy!

Agnes B. Bullock said...

Hapy Gotcha Day! What a wonderful sotry too- thank you for sharing it. While I don't believ in reincarnation, my beloved priest and confessor, who died last year, told me that he believe that we would see our fur babies in heaven, as God had created them to love us and he would never waste the gift of love. I think Max is another of His gifts of love to you- the bond with bart was so strong that He made Max to be just like him so that your heart could heal.

Wyatt said...

What a nice gotcha day story and memorial. You are not crazy. Our first Airedale 'Leo' passed away 3 years ago. He had a very special bond with my husband. Paul says he can still feel Leo's presence here. A whoosh past his legs, like he just ran by, or when the gate opens, as if by dog nose. And whenever it snows, he always looks to heaven and says "Thanks Leo".
Those 2 were like a couple of kids whenever it snowed!!

Wyatt's Mom

3 doxies said...

Wow! I read da story you posted and it was amazing! Uh, I will nevers admit to shedding any tears though.

Hehehehe, you husband sure is a sucker though...lettin' you go "meet" da puppies and then you comes home withs 2 of 'em...hehehehe!

I don't thinks any of it was crazy and I is very glad dat you tols us all bouts it. Me and mum has heard lots bouts dis kinda stuffs happening. It's really facinating!

Nows I wanna wish Amber and Max da most wonderful Birfday evers! And I is so over joyed dat dis will be da very furst birfday celebrating in Blogville.
I must go gets some beers.


Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

Your marbles are all safe and sound. Trust me!!!

I think this is a pefect tribute.


Amber-Mae said...

Happy Gotcha Day mah friends!!!!

Hilary said...

WOW... I just read the full story.... I am amazed, but I was amazed when max first pooped in your hand.... I don't think it is just chance that Max acts so much like Bart.... This is the most amazing story. Thanks for sharing!

Pippen said...

Our mom has stories likes those ones about Bart and Max so we don't think any of it's crazy! We thinks the people who say that it's 'just coincedence' are the crazy ones...

Sam and Pippen

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

That is one amazing story - thanks for letting us hear it. We do believe that things happen for a reason and that things happen we can't explain - your story seems to fall in that realm.

Happy Gotcha Day to Amber and Max - we are so very happy to know you and your wonderful family.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Ruby and Penny said...

Happy Gotcha Day Amber & Max.
Love Ruby & Penny

Anonymous said...

Happy Gotcha Day, Amber and Max!!

I read the story on your website. Definitely seems like much more than just a coincidence!!

Elyse and Riley

Jenner said...

Too stinkin' cute! Doxies rule!!

Scooter said...

What a great story!! You both looked so cute just like you do now of course!!

Jazzi and Addy

Golden Woofs! SUGAR said...

Woof! Woof! Happy Happy Gotcha DAY!!!! Delighted to be bloggie friends. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

sprinkles said...

What a touching post!

Happy Gotcha Day!

I definitely believe in reincarnation. Part of what attracted me to my smaller chi is that the description provided for him sounded so much like another dog I used to have. That other dog passed away and I felt like I had to get my smaller chi because it would be kind of a link to my old dog. The two dogs are very different but Chico does remind me of Frisky in some ways.

Thanks for sharing your story, I really enjoyed reading it!

The Daily Pip said...

Happy Gotcha Day Amber and Max!

I want to believe in reincarnation. My beloved cat Tutu passed away in June of 2009. I still miss her SO MUCH and hope to see her again some day - whether in this life or the next.

Kristin (Pip's mom)

Maggie Mae and Max said...

Happy Happy Gotcha Day my furiends!
Luvs you all!

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae

Lorenza said...

I loved reading the story.
Sure it is more than a coincidence!
Happy Gotcha Day, Amber and Max!
Kisses and hugs

rottrover said...

Happy Gotcha Day Amber and Max! Who knows about all "those things?" How is it that Ruby came into our lives ON Allie's birthday? I guess it's about acceptance of things without really understanding them. Just enjoy! We're sure enjoying getting to know all of you! And sometime we have to talk about the whole litter mate thing!

-Ruby, Bart and Gizmo

bichonpawz said...

This is a very touching story! Happy Gotcha Day to everybody!!! xoxo Chloe and LadyBug

Scooter said...

Wow, a huge Happy Gotcha Day to you!! I don't doubt this one bit. We pups have tremendous power and energy and sometimes things happen for a reason. We are the strongest of spirits. Very nice story.
Grr and Woof,
Sarge, COP

Jans Funny Farm said...

What a story! And we love the end - You are Max ... and I love you for who you are.

What Remains Now said...

I'm sorry I missed your Gotcha' Day...Happy Belated Gotcha' Day! What a remarkable story!

♥Mona + Prissy + Angel Weenie♥ said...

Happy belated Gotcha Day. Mommy cried reading this post. It is so touching. Mommy beleive doggies and people coming back happens everyday.

love & {{{huggies}}}....Mona & Weenie