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Old 03-09-2012, 11:43 AM   #15
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It always amazes me how dogs are one of the few animals that will bond and give their whole existence to man. They just want to hang out with you, or go for errands with you, go for a walk with you, or even go for an afternoon snooze with you (even if they are not tired) and don't ask for anything in return.

They are always so happy to see you, no matter what time of night, even if you arrive tired & dirty, they just jump with joy. It can make any bad day seem better.

In reference to that photo, you can see that the dog is in the "best place in the whole world", he is in his masters arms, the best safest place to "grab some good deep sleep".

Thanks for sharing that touching photo... it makes me realize that it's not the material things that are important..
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Old 03-09-2012, 01:24 PM   #16
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X2 what Imorton said I can't make a move with out my dog right on my heels. Truly mans best friend. I saw a bumper sticker that read the more people I meet the more I like my dog!
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PS: so far the people I met on this forum are not included in that bumper sticker
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Old 03-09-2012, 01:40 PM   #18
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Last summer in Maine we were leaving a Walmart when we saw a young lady sitting on the island with a backpack and her dog. We stopped as we had just bought some dog food and gave her a few cans for the pup and $10 for herself. It's a shame that we just can't be that compassionate to a person down on their luck all the time, as was said "There but for the Grace of God go I".
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Old 03-09-2012, 01:58 PM   #19
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this is such a touching picture of the love of a homeless man and his dog. it is obvious they both love each other... my husband is always getting after me for giving to people i come upon that look needy, i'm sure some are hustlers, boy would i love to live near this man, i would certainly reach out to help him. people who love animals are usually the best kind of person, who know this may be a service person who has ended up on the streets.
Some are hustlers? More like many. I worked for a convenience store chain at two different stores and got to know a large number of homeless people. While many were hustlers who made more money begging than working, most were people who screwed up their lives by drinking, doing drugs, committing crimes that made them unemployable once they got out of prison, etc. We had a huge problem with theft, not all of it alcohol, and with panhandlers driving away customers with their panhandling (you wouldn't believe the stories and stunts they used). At the first store I worked, I had to call the police almost every night to tresspass warn or arrest at least one panhandler, usually after a customer complaint (I was required to do that by company policy although, unless I had caught them trying to steal, I always gave them a warning before calling the gendarmes).

The sad ones were the homeless vets with post traumatic stress syndrome. While it may seem their being on the streets due to a drug or alcohol addiction is a failing of the government to care of those who served that government, the fact is there are free programs available to help those people if they want help (this also includes non-vets). The saddest part of the story is they do not want the help. It is much easier for them to panhandle than it is to face up to their problems, get a job, and contribute to society. Even with the recent cuts in AZ's equivalent to Medicaid, they still can get better medical care for free than I can get with the insurance I have.

I may be coming off hard hearted but giving handouts to the homeless is NOT helping them; it's enabling them to continue in the state they are wallowing in. As long as they receive handouts (most of which goes toward supporting their addictions) from well meaning people, they will have little incentive to want to get the help (which is available) they really need.
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Well am I typing this message through misty eyes (honest to God) because I am so touched by your photo of that man and his "best friend". As the owner of 4 dogs, (3 of them rescued dogs), I know just how much love and comfort these creatures give to me and I can only imagine how much comfort the poor man in the pic is receiving.
God Bless them both!

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The dog does not know he is 'homeless'.........

No wonder they say "Man's BEST FRIEND."
This is such an interesting picture- This man
may be alone and have nothing-BUT he has
some form of companionship. And its just enough....
to keep going for tomorrow.
What a beautiful picture and wonderful thought.


A dog has a never ending love for us humans.


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The bond between this man and his dog brings to mind the quote attributed to Will Rogers: If dogs don't go to heaven, then I want to go where they went.

Only a devoted dog owner could understand this....

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That poor man would think I'm rich if I pulled up in my entry level MH.
Yes, many of us are blessed.
I pray for the down and outers every day.
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Old 03-12-2012, 05:46 AM   #23
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Thanks Cliff, A great picture showing a dogs love. Very empty without them. Lost my little girl this week.
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Thanks Cliff, A great picture showing a dogs love. Very empty without them. Lost my little girl this week.
So sorry to hear of your loss. Our little Buddy is almost 13 and is beginning to fail. His hearing is almost gone, Vet thinks he has a tumor behind his eye and has stage one Kidney Failure. He does look cute in diapers. We will keep him as comfortable as we can until as the Vet put it " the time comes when you ask yourself if you would want to live like that". We will not let him live with out dignity or in pain.
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I would like to e-mail that picture to a friend.What sight would I go to for original? Thanks
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I would like to e-mail that picture to a friend.What sight would I go to for original? Thanks
It was emailed to me. You can email it from here.
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How do I just e-mail picture alone? thanks
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Sorry, I don't know. Maybe someone else will jump in and answer that for you.
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