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Chato Y Gato

THE GIFT OF SAINT PETER

The 26th of June was a quiet Sunday for a lot of people but it was a landmark day for Pete, a black female Labrador Retriever. She was named Pete after Saint Peter by one of the kind people who had been feeding her.

It seemed that Pete was always by a gate when he came to feed. Depending on who was telling the story Pete had been on Rowe Mesa for 1 to 2 months. At first there were 3 abandoned dogs. One dog died and the other one was caught, but developed distemper and had to be placed in foster care. Pete was on her own...
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Chato Y Gato

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“Boss,” thought the ancient cat out loud, “I’m tired, more than tired, I think it is about time I go.”
He was dressed in his favorite tuxedo smoking jacket, now ragged to the point of disgrace. Neither he nor the boss minded how he looked as neither one of them entertained very often or went out. “Boss,” the ancient cat purred raggedly, “Boss, it was a rough beginning for both of us but I grew to like it here. I thank you for all those years. It was hard for me coming here from such a needless tragedy when my owner became suddenly gone and all of us four legs friends were separatedfrom each other. Then I came here and there were four large legged critters in residency in your workshop.
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Carmella

I first laid eyes on Carmella in June, 2010.
She had been abandoned at a local animal shelter along with her 8 puppies. Her puppies were sent to Colorado for adoption, but Carmella was scheduled for euthanasia. She was literally a walking skeleton, had a dislocated hip and part of her one ear was torn off. When she arrived at my house, she was very depressed and hung her head and refused treats. This went on for 3 days.

On the 4th day, her head lifted and she took a treat and started eating. Her tail began to wag and I believe she realized she was safe.
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Gabby

My name is Gabby. I’m about a year old, and was homeless and hopeless, but all that’s changed – thanks to friends of PAWS.
A nice lady noticed me hanging out in Bernalillo; skinny, coat a mess and hungry. She started putting out food. I was leery at first, but soon I let her pet me. It took a few weeks before I truly trusted her.

When it got really cold, the nice lady took me to the house of a friend to stay warm. I’d never been in a house, but it was warm, I got combed and had a comfy bed.
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Milagro

This past September, 2010, lost, homeless,
abused and abandoned pretty much tell the last stories of so many dogs and cats here in northern New Mexico; but now and then miracles indeed happen. For weeks, Alicia Gyetvai a kind and alert woman saw a young dog wandering about in Eldorado’s Agora Shopping Center. A number of times the good-hearted woman attempted to follow the Red Heeler who usually ran into the busy road and just slipped away.

A couple of weeks went by and the kind lady happened to look out her studio window just when the rib-skinny dog was passing by; headed it seemed toward a road culvert. residency in your workshop.
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Tommy

Tommy

Tommy, the naughty boy kitty,
also one of the most loving cats I've ever had. He is totally jet propelled during his waking hours. He has just two gears: scamper or full-tilt-boogie. I love to watch him scamper because he kicks up his heels with total glee at each stride.

Recently I went away for the weekend. I don't travel much, so the cats are not very accustomed for me to be away from home for more than 6-8 hours at a time. .
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Shamus and Andy - Part 1
Shamus and Andy - Part 2

It all began some twenty years ago when I told the wizened little man
selling plants at the farmers’ market that I was looking for something that would grow close to the ground and be happy in the shade under a maple tree. He looked at me, shifted around a little, rubbed his chin, and said, “It sounds like you need a dog.” I had a dog, actually. And, it turned out, that it was Andy who needed one.

We got to know Andy and his plants. Over time, I bought many of them for our yard. When my husband mowed a couple of them down and I sent him back for more, Andy cheerfully suggested he go home, plant the new ones, mow those down, and come back next Saturday for replacements.
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Ewa

This past September, 2008, a little stray cat appeared on my doorstep.
He was literally starving to death and the stench that came from him told me that he was terribly ill. He was frightened and hungry, but allowed me to immediately start feeding him. I knew I had to get him to my Vet if there was going to be any chance of saving him. A friend and I captured him, though one could hardly call it a capture. It was more of a concession of a tired little soul.

We crated him in soft bedding for the night and he hardly moved. I was afraid he wouldn’t survive until morning.
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Stiches

On her way to pick up her dog that had surgery on the van that day, a woman actually saw someone in the car ahead of her throw a tiny kitten out of the car window
She mercifully stopped and picked it up. It had a huge gash across its head and virtually no skin left on its little nose; it clearly had some head trauma. The Vet on the van stitched up the head, gave him antibiotics, and said he wasn't sure he would live.

Jane, of course, brought him home and nursed him a great deal for the first 48 hrs. He, now named "Stitches" started coming around, was taking a little replacement milk. Never stopped purring.
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