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October 7, 2013

Doris Remembers Duffy

Many of us believe that dogs are one of God's most perfect creatures. We cherish every single moment with them -- especially in the autumn of their years. We look back on when they were puppies, romping and playing, tearing up newspaper and chewing on furniture.  We marvel at how they’ve bonded with us, and we come to realize they are among the few creatures in this world capable of giving unconditional love.

No matter what happens, our 4-leggers are always there for us -- through joy and sorrow, sickness and health, loneliness and happy moments -- they are there, never judging. They take a place in our heart that is immoveable. And when the years have taken their toll and they can no longer romp and play, they continue to give us all the love in their hearts. Although they can sometimes barely walk, they look at us adoringly, seeking our guidance and help. We feel helpless at these times, and our eyes may fill with tears as we try to provide some comfort.  Our senior babies deserve every bit of love and care we can give, for they have given their all to us in exchange for nothing more than a kind word, a gentle pat or a kiss on the head.  When we look into their eyes, we see the soul of our creator. And as hard as it may be, when their lives become too difficult and the pain and suffering is unbearable, we can give them the greatest gift of all, the peaceful journey into God's loving arms.

I say all this in memory of the darling babies I have lost over the years -- and especially for my adorable Duffy, who passed away just recently. Some of you are familiar with the Duffy Day Lifesaving Program, funded by my Foundation, for animals with special needs who might not otherwise have a chance at life. I thought it would be a fitting tribute to my little Duffy – and to all of the 4-leggers who have enriched our lives – if we created a special memorial fund that would provide resources to the Duffy Day Lifesaving Program.  So many doggies and kitties have been given another chance by the Duffy Day program, especially senior babies!  I want to ensure we can continue our good work to this end, so we are adding a special Duffy Day memorial donation page to the DDAF website where you can donate to the Duffy Day Lifesaving Program in memory of a special baby who was dear to you, or in memory of Duffy.

I know that economic times are still difficult for many of you, but if you can, please donate today. Any amount is sincerely appreciated.

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