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'Pure Love'

by Luis Hurtado
(Miami, Florida)

Coming back from vacation in North Carolina back in December of 2008, I received a call from my mom stating that she had just rescued an english bulldog from the pound. She knew I was fond of english bulldogs and thought she could surprise me by bringing one home. When I arrived home I found a 6 month old puppy with such a sad look in her face. I decided to name her Cindy at the request of my son.

I quickly grew attached to Cindy. I grew up with animals all my life, but I never had such a tight bond like I did with Cindy. She was much more than just a dog, she was a little girl. All Cindy needed to do was learn how to talk, she was the smartest dog I had ever seen!

As most english bulldogs, she was not without small health issues. When I received her she had a cherry eye on both eyes, allergic reactions to certain dog food, Hair loss, and long dark tear stains. I spent the first 6 months taking her to the vet. I got her cherry eyes fixed, bought her the most expensive dog food I could find, and treated her hair loss by annointing her with creams every night. I especially wiped and cleaned her tear stains away. After her bath, Cindy knew the routine, daddy had to clean her eyes. I could not bare the fact of ever seeing my dog sad!

Cindy was always said to be "Pure Love" because she could never get enough of it. She loved to be kissed and hugged. She enjoyed returning her love as well. For Cindy, every time my wife and I returned home, it would be a cause for celebration. I miss her so much!

In March of 2010, I recieved my income tax. I knew that spaying dogs was a good thing because it helped them live longer and avoid other serious illnesses as they age. I took Cindy to the vet for her operation. I gave her a kiss goodbye and told her I'd be back to pick her up. That was the last time I saw my Cindy alive. The next morning I received a call from the vet's office asking me to rush to the Hospital as soon as possible. Cindy went into cardiac arrest. By the time I arrived, Cindy had passed away. I was handed over her lifeless body. My life came crashing down at that moment. My heart had been ripped out of my chest. I lost a child that day.

A day after her death I spotted one of her toys at the back door leading to the yard. I thought nothing of it, maybe just coincidence that I had not seen it there before. I missed two days of work and all could do is cry and feel completely depressed. That night, while my wife and I laid in bed and cried, we both heard her bark as clear as day! Again, I thought it was just coincidence, maybe a neighbor's dog has a similar bark as she and we just never noticed. Three days later, as I was making our bed, one of Cindy's anti-flea pills came flying out of the sheets. I was left speechless. What was a flea pill doing in my bed? Especially a brand that I had not bought in months perhaps even over a year! I was convinced that it was sign from Cindy on that day.

Do I believe she is still alive? Yes. Am I satisfied that she is gone? No. I miss her terribly and I continue to cry even as I write this story. I feel that my time with her was cut short. I've heard of stories of animals reincarnating. I'm praying that something like that could happen to me. I'm praying for a miracle. PLEASE GOD !

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More signs...
by: Luis

Just wanted to let Stella know that the after life for our friends does exist and I continue to be reminded of that every day. If you ask to see a sign you will. I know I'm not going crazy but I continue to find evidence that my Cindy is still around. Last week I came home from work and I found some white curtains from the back room on the floor. when I reached down to pick up the curtains, a piece of chewed up plastic fell on the floor! I picked it up and I realized it was a piece of plastic that bordered a table I used to have. Cindy had ripped it off and chewed it a long time ago. It's really strange that I found a piece of that border now, I no longer own that table!

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Stella
by: lizzie

Our family just lost our beloved staffordshire bull terrier Stella last sunday 11/7/2010, she was 10 years old, I had her for 8 years & she'd lived with my grandad for the past 2 years. We're absolutely devastated & the only thing that offers a glimmer of hope is believing in afterlife & that we will one day be reunited again.

Another thing which hurts so much is that we don't even know what was wrong, she went off her food on the thursday then died sunday morning. I just hope she knows how much she meant to us & hope she sends some signs that she's still around, I just can't bear the idea of never seeing her again.

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She watches over you
by: Carol

I am so sorry for your sudden loss of Cindy. I have absolutely no doubt that you will see Cindy again. I lost my 17 year old dog Sherwin last May (see Soaring Free story ) and I received several signs that showed me that he was still with me, and continue to do so occasionally. The signs seem to come at significant times e.g. the anniversary of his passing, or when I'm really feeling sad and missing him. There are many books that talk about pet loss experiences that also help to confirm that you will one day be reunited with your beloved friend. Think of her often and she will be there.

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You're not alone
by: Anonymous

I know what you are feeling. I had to put my beloved Frances to sleep on March 3, ?10. I?m still grieving. You just can?t imagine how much love was packed into her little 18 lb. body. I haven?t been able to write her story yet?it took everything I had just to write this. I just wanted to let you know that you are not alone.


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Souls...
by: Luis

It's hard to imagine the abuse that animals have to support at the hands of uncaring humans. People look at animals as property and nothing else. A person is truly blind until he or she falls in love with an animal. Then and only then, will they realize that animals are not objects or just property. Animals are living and breathing creatures with all the feelings and emotions we humans have. They are no different than us and they are surely not inferior. They only have a different way of thinking and viewing the world around us. Cindy and KC both taught us how special they are. I don't care what religions say about animals having souls or not. I know what I experienced and what I experienced was not only supernatural but incredibly exciting. Cindy and KC continue to exist, they are not dead! We will see them again I have no doubt about that.

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KC's Aunt Alice
by: Anonymous

KC entered my heart as a 25 lbs. of new resident in the "hood." Whether he was 25 lbs. or 50, I'm not sure, I just know that he was the biggest domestic feline I'd ever seen.. He could stare me down without even flinching.

As Mom Meg traveled periodically, neighbor "Aunt Alice" began to care for him when the family was away. Typically indifferent in the beginning, KC barely noticed if I filled his food and water bowl, and certainly not if I cleaned his toilet. Over time we bonded, and good thing, too because he developed diabetes. Having experienced it with one of my own cats, I then added giving shots and medicating to KC's "spa treatments" while his family was away. His trust in me grew and we relaxed, played and had massages during his "spa vacations" when Mom was away.

Next KC was diagnosed with cancer that practically broke his Mom's heart. But, together they went through his treatment and Meg's research for his best care led to a regimen they both followed religiously. But KC was far from that big ball of fluff I met when he first moved across the street. He became Mr. Skinny and often looked frail.

KC responded to treatment and had good, quality time for a long while. Meg would fix individual meal doses for me to give him each day whenever they were away. KC did really well until his little body and soul could go not a step further. What a lucky cat to have had the love of his Mom & Dad with him when his soul departed. He will be forever missed.

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Beau
by: Carol

I had to say goodbye to my beautiful, 14 year old black & white cat yesterday, May 26, 2010. I can't begin to describe the grief and heartache I feel. Right now, it feels like it will never go away, although they say time heals. I am hoping, beyond hope, that I will get signs from him that he is still around. Last night I heard sounds in my bedroom, although my other cat was downstairs sleeping soundly. Beau always had to be near me. I'd wake up in the morning and know he was on the bed because he would be laying against my leg. I would sit up and pat his head and he would move his head back to acknowledge. He would sit on the arm of the sofa beside me when I was watching TV. All you had to do was look at him and he started purring. I still can't believe he's gone and don't know if I will ever get over him. I am having him cremated and his ashes returned to me in an urn as well as having a paw print made. I think once I have him back, that will help somewhat.

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Pure love for KC Too
by: Meg Loftheim

I totally understand where you are coming from. Although we had KC for 17 years and KC and I fought so hard to keep his cancer under control, I took him in following surgery that he was recuperating from because he was constipated. It was downhill from that time and in less than two days he was gone. Yesterday, my computer was opened with KC's picture on it and I swear I heard him meow.. he had such a distinctive meow. Those special pets are and will be always with us even if we get a new one. I miss my KC painfully but I also know he will always be with me... that is after three weeks of solid crying. Everyone tells me time will heal the loss. I hope they are right because it hasn't happened quite yet and I am just giving it time. KC was so special and yours sounds special too!

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