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Unread 07-23-2001, 10:25 PM
A friend of mine sent this to me !

Just to remind me that no matter what i her to lean on!!! enjoy !

By Karen Del Tufo
Twenty-one years ago, my husband gave me Sam, an eight-week-old
to help ease the loss of our daughter, who was stillborn. Sam and I
developed a very special bond over the next fourteen years. It seemed
nothing that happened could ever change that.

At one point, my husband and I decided to relocate from our New York
apartment to a new home in New Jersey. After we were there awhile, our
neighbor, whose cat had recently had kittens, asked us if we would like
We were a little apprehensive about Sam's jealousy and how he would
his turf being invaded, but we decided to risk it and agreed to take a

We picked a little, gray, playful ball of fur. It was like having a
runner in the house. She raced around chasing imaginary mice and
and vaulted from table to chair in the blink of an eye, so we named her

At first, Sam and Lightning were very cautious with each other and kept
their distance. But slowly, as the days went on, Lightning started
following Sam - up the stairs, down the stairs, into the kitchen to
him eat, into the living room to watch him sleep. As time passed, they
became inseparable. When they slept, it was always together; when they
it was always next to each other. When I played with one, the other
in. If Sam barked at something, Lightning ran to see what it was.
When I
took either one out of the house, the other was always waiting by the
when we returned. That was the way it was for years.

Then, without any warning, Sam began suffering from convulsions and was
diagnosed as having a weak heart. I had no other choice but to have
him put
down. The pain of making that decision, however, was nothing compared
what I experienced when I had to leave Sam at the vet and walk into our
house alone. This time, there was no Sam for Lightning to greet and no
to explain why she would never see her friend again.

In the days that followed, Lightning seemed heartbroken. She could not
me in words that she was suffering, but I could see the pain and
disappointment in her eyes whenever anyone opened the front door, or
hope whenever she heard a dog bark.

The weeks wore on and the cat's sorrow seemed to be lifting. One day
as I
walked into our living room, I happened to glance down on the floor
next to
our sofa where we had a sculptured replica of Sam that we had bought a
years before. Lying next to the statue, one arm wrapped around the
neck, was Lightning, contentedly sleeping with her best friend.
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Unread 07-24-2001, 03:57 PM
A friend of mine sent this to me !

oh sure! make me cry!
As I look at my two dogs laying next to each other...
Unread 07-24-2001, 07:18 PM
A friend of mine sent this to me !

Hugs Rueca!!
Thats a lovely story and she sounds like a very good friend to you! Friends like that we sure have to treasure.

Thanks for sharing it with us!
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Unread 07-24-2001, 07:25 PM
she is great friend

we met doing nascar fantasy ! we drool together over the men ! lol and i havent been t active on the boards i went and and posted and told them what was going on and she was right there to cheer me up ! she is a great friend and has given me many laughs ! glad i could share it with someone else
Unread 07-24-2001, 09:50 PM
A friend of mine sent this to me !

Thank you so much for sharing that Rueca!

Although it made me cry like a baby, it makes me love my four legged babies even more! They are such special friends!



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