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I Have a Pet Who Keeps Me Sane

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    He Turned 21 Yesterday

    When I was 19, I adopted a 6 month old cat who was literally on his way to the shelter.  That was 20 years ago in January.He has been with me through college and jobs and job loss. He's been with me through every serious romantic relationship I have ever had and saw me through...
    mpana mpana 36-40, F 1 Response Sep 23, 2011

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    Learn a lesson from your dog: When life gives

    you sh*t, kick grass on it and move on!
    suzeeqd suzeeqd 46-50, F Jan 22

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    My Little Pooch Who Seems to Know Her Doting Mummy Can't See Her?

    My name is Jennie. I am almost 40, a mother with teens, and blind from birth. I have a westie called Jay, she's 10 next month! I got her when she was just 3 months old, from a pet store in London? I'd never seen a westie before, but my mother bought two, and I fell in love...
    jennieellouise jennieellouise 46-50 2 Responses Mar 8, 2009

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    Thank You Isadora

       Let me first start out by saying Isadora is my dog. <3 She is about 6 months now. :) Take a look at the picture, boxer pit? who knows? Who cares? My husband let me get her because he was gone so much, and he knew that he had to reroot us far from home where I didn't know...
    Gene86 Gene86 26-30, F Jan 30, 2012

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    My Pet (past Tense)

    I have a pet who kept me sane, He loved me I loved him back again.
    daeargi144 daeargi144 46-50 3 Responses Mar 28, 2012

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    I always have a few around the house.

    being a rescuer is very gratifying
    mrmarine mrmarine 46-50, M 1 Response Jul 20

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    TheBayouGirl TheBayouGirl 41-45, F 1 day ago

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    Write A Letter To Your Dog And You Could Be In A Book With Celebrity Dog Lovers!

    Dearest dog lover, We are collecting letters from dog owners around the world and we want YOU to join in the fun! Our dogs wear their hearts on their sleeves, give us their unswerving loyalty, companionship and joy, and teach us how to love. This is a chance for dog lovers...
    jend33 jend33 26-30 Nov 11, 2011

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    No More Fun

    I get up at 5:00 and look at the presents under the tree I found to I got 0 presents and my stupid little cousin got like 23 presents I just can't believe it my parents bought more presents for my cousin then me there own daughter how could they on Christmas My parents suck. I...
    Ihatechristmasgirl Ihatechristmasgirl 13-15, F 1 Response Dec 25, 2012

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    My Silly Kitteh

    My cat Mercedez...aka M...helps me when times are rough. She reminds me on a daily basis that there is someone who loves me unconditionally and she reminds me with her little meow and purring that there are things in life to enjoy always. I believe she can sense when I'm upset...
    darcraven112799 darcraven112799 26-30, F Nov 28, 2011

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    Two Dogs

    I live with my 17 year old son who is never home and my 2 dogs. Hope is a 7 year old Boston Terrier and Zoe is a 1 year old Chihuahua. I am disabled so I do not work and rarely ever go anywhere. Besides the physical problems and pain that I suffer with I also suffer from PTSD and...
    luvinmydogs luvinmydogs 36-40, F Jun 30, 2012

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    Barely Sane

    I have 3 cats without whom I'd surely go insane. I can't imagine life without them, they're my family and my friends.
    zillaron zillaron 51-55, M 10 Responses Oct 13, 2009

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    My Cat Think & Believes She's Human

     One of my cats (female 12yrs old)  has only 3 legs and strongly prefers my company to that of other cats,   She is the only one who can't go to sleep unless I'm holding her in my arms.  She's the only one I can put under the covers beside me and she'll...
    c8lorraine c8lorraine 56-60 12 Responses Jan 25, 2009

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    Mr. Toodles is a 3lb Chinese Chin

    who is a loving non stop ball of terror lol
    Bela21 Bela21 41-45, F 3 Responses Sep 30

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    My dog is magnificent in motion.

    This morning we ran through a storm and I thought he was the most beautiful thing I'd ever seen- flying over fallen trees and flooded streams while I could only scramble through mud and branches calling his name through gales& sheeting rain. Thanks for coming back for me and...
    Blondie1978 Blondie1978 36-40, F 6 Responses Oct 13

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    Hedgehog, Chinchillas, And Cats... Oh My...

    My pets keep me home. At the very least. Since I was young, I've felt the need to escape- getting up and walking out of my room and out into the street in the middle of the night... then, when I was old enough, getting in the car and seeing how far I could get before my...
    Sweetgrey Sweetgrey 22-25 2 Responses Jul 20, 2010

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    Pets Are Children

    Animals to me are flawless , they r funny , loving , cheeky , playful and best of all loyal.  I have always had a pet(cat r dog) , and their always got me through hard times.  I can not really find the words to express sometimes I feels I feel a deeper love for animals...
    Butterfly4 Butterfly4 36-40, F 6 Responses Feb 2, 2008

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    Ranger is my best friend,

    he keeps me company all day and night. We have put together a routine. You see I found him on Craig's list 9 years ago. He is our Srvice dog. We have adopted 6 children from foster care and he helps with everyone of them. Over the last 15 years my fibromyalgia and chronic...
    squirllykid squirllykid 46-50, F 3 Responses Sep 24

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    My Trusty Steed ... :p

    I have a horse and a dog, but the main reason I can keep my head on is my horse. He's always there when I need an escape from the house, just like my truck--they're both very reliable and I love them for that.  And even if I don't ride him, I can go hang out with him in his...
    filthydieseltech filthydieseltech 22-25, F 2 Responses Dec 25, 2008

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    Brody

    In the fall of 2006, I was newly separated, on my way to divorce, and living on my own for the first time.  My apartment was too quiet and empty, my evenings and weekends stretched out endlessly with nothing to do, and I spent most of my time parked on the couch, watching...
    rianstorm7 rianstorm7 26-30 2 Responses Oct 17, 2008

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    Just Being There

    It's funny how a simple living thing as a companion can lighten your whole world. What are the reasons for this? Some things I admire in animals is the innocence in them. The vulnerability. Perhaps, we may see ourselves in them. We see more in them than the world may see. A...
    emdi emdi 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 11, 2012

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    My Dog Is My Family

    6 years ago I adopted a 1 year old alaskan malamute and although he was slated to be euthanized the next morning...it is really him who saved my life. I had had a rough time since losing my mother in '04 (lost my dad in '96) and I felt so alone and disconnected from the rest of...
    fuzzybottom fuzzybottom 41-45, F 2 Responses Oct 18, 2011

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    All my pets drive me crazy,

    but they also bring me a sense of peace and calm that my chaotic life would not have without them. A bonus when your depressed and stressed to the max.
    Leavingyouforme Leavingyouforme 46-50, F 1 Response Jan 19

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    My Dear Cats

    I have 2 cats who really stop me from driving insane. Even on my most depressed days, their hilarious behaviour will make a smile appear on my face. I'm really thankful I have them.
    littlewolf1 littlewolf1 13-15, F Sep 11, 2013

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    Gracie

    Well she keeps me sane and keeps me company. She's got her habits and quirks. We used to go for super long walks together before we moved. I had a large house with floor to ceiling windows overlooking a lovely wooded green belt . She would sit on top of the couch and look out...
    ijustneed2talk ijustneed2talk 41-45, F 2 Responses Aug 2, 2012

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    If it wasn't for my dog,

    Skipper, I would be talking to myself all the time. He keeps me company and is always happy to see me. Because of him, I walk more, bike more and spend less time focusing on myself and my problems. He drives me nuts too...with all his barking, howling and wanting to going and...
    suzeeqd suzeeqd 46-50, F 1 Response Jan 1

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    Axle

    Axle is a blue nose pitbul. He is about a year and a half almost, and i love him to death. Without him i really dont think i would be here anymore. Whenever i need to talk, he listens. When ever i want to just cuddle, he cuddles. He goes for walks and runs with me when i need to...
    hailey6547 hailey6547 18-21, F 4 Responses Aug 27, 2010

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    Horses are extremely honest & can read people

    very well. If only most people that have horses could be as honest & read horses as well!
    AsteriasAura AsteriasAura 36-40, F Sep 26

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    I love love love my cat,

    Jackie! I tell people all the time I think there is a person living inside her. Yesterday she could tell I wasn't feeling well and she stayed right by my side the whole day.
    formermartin81 formermartin81 31-35, F 1 Response Jul 5

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    My oldmanpuppy is a 10 year old yellow lab

    that has never disappointed me. When he looks at me i know that he is my love and protector. The 2 worst things that happened to me happened 11 years apart but on the same day. He was there, when i was bawling from a broken heart he gave me his alligator, when I was mad because...
    traydown traydown 41-45, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    Mr. Cupcakes, my dog,

    is so brave . We are under a tornado warning, the wind is gusting at 60 mph at times with heavy rain and I'm a nervous wreck . More than a nervous wreck. o.OHe hasn't left my side and he puts his paws on my knees, as if to be picked up; he proceeds to shower me with kisses...
    MizCamille MizCamille 41-45, F 2 Responses Oct 13

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    Abigail Grace Bailes (gracie)

    well i guess my story starts with my depression. i had gotten to the point i wouldnt get out of bed, take regular showers, etc. i had to move some stuff out of my storage building and when i went to pick up a friend to help me, i met this adorable little puppy. we went and moved...
    ramonaj79 ramonaj79 31-35, F 2 Responses May 9, 2011

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    Or Should I Say Drives Me Insane

    The minute that little black and white ball of fur was born in my closet I knew he was special. I fell in love with him instantly. He's always been mischievous though.Forever getting into things he's not supposed to and testing out his nine lives. I've already accidentally tumble...
    howsab howsab 31-35, F 2 Responses May 3, 2013

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    My Dog Is My Best Friend, Literally.

    I have an absolutely adorable Beagle/Terrier, Sophia, that is my world. We met when I was about 12 and she was probably 5. Our family fosters beagles so she was coming to live with us temporarily. I was young and excited to meet Sophie so I went to give her a giant hug and...
    americanidiot87 americanidiot87 16-17, F 1 Response Feb 4, 2012

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    Yes I am almost 17 years old

    and I own a hamster. I got him when I was 14 and I love him so much. You were probably expecting this to be about a dog or cat, but if my hamster wasn't here, I probably would go insane. And I know all of you are thinking "what the hell does a hamster do?" and I'll tell you that...
    Lizzgirl Lizzgirl 26-30 Sep 28

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    She Is My Buddy and Thearapist

    she will try to get my attention any way she can.and she is so gental about it,with her nudgeing with her nose.i really love my dog.
    ghostofmyself ghostofmyself 36-40 3 Responses Apr 24, 2009

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    Pukie

    My cat Pukie is so crazy that she keeps me sane. She runs around the house and she is just hilarious.
    lionessheart lionessheart 18-21, F Dec 14, 2012

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    Because I spend so much time home alone,

    I spend a lot of my time chatting away to my goldfish (or even ghosts sometimes)! I have 5 goldfish, they're named A, B, C, D and E and I can tell them all apart so easily, but no one else seems to be able to! They are sooo cute, and sometimes they crash into each other which I...
    InternationalDarkness InternationalDarkness 13-15, F 1 Response Jul 27

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    I Miss My Little One.

    I've had quite a few dogs before, but never connected with them on the level that I did with my dog Penny. I happened across her in a pet kennel that was recently shut down for having a long-standing history of buying their dogs from puppy mills. When I found her, she was in the...
    Zembelle Zembelle 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 20, 2013

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    Will Primmie Get Her Tiara???

    Chilly Paws' star, Primmie, is at it again...she's still looking for a tiara. She's been on the hunt for a tiara for months now....will someone help her find one???!!! What started out as a cute joke has now turned into a movement...all for Primmie! She is a wonderful cream...
    rendachs rendachs 31-35 Mar 2, 2012

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    My Best Friends.

    I don't have much of a social life and don't really have anyone to talk to. I feel like my pets are the only things I can really talk to. They really are my best friends.
    CreedenceGold CreedenceGold 18-21, M Feb 14, 2012

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    Well I Used To.

    I used to, but he died. Now I think I am starting to think more and more like The Brain from Pinky and the Brain.
    katnipkitkat katnipkitkat 41-45, F Oct 24, 2012

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    My Many Babies

    Every couple of months (give or take) I would receive 50-100 new pets. No, I'm not crazy cat lady, I only have three, and the pets I speak of are not cats at all. They are little newborn silkworms. Not many people raise silkworms, though some classes at schools have them as class...
    MoonWarriorAutumn MoonWarriorAutumn 22-25, F 3 Responses Sep 16, 2011

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