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From: "ruth" <>
Subject: Re: Off Topic
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2003 13:40:40 +0100
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It may be strictly off topic, but I still sympathise with anyone who is
suffering over the loss or illness of a pet. Researching my family, I am
hard pressed to have found photos of relatives (except weddings) without a
much loved dog or cat by their side or on their knee. Most of my ancestors
were agricultural workers, and are mostly photographed working with their
shire horses or a herd of cattle. The animals they worked with day by day
were part of their lives and our heritage, and not entirely irrelevant to
our study of their lives and history.
Anyway, a person who loves animals cannot be entirely bad.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Helen Carlisle" <>
Sent: Saturday, October 11, 2003 11:16 AM
Subject: Re: Off Topic
> Dear Mary,
> It's not much comfort but perhaps this will help just a little when you
> to face a difficult decision. My thoughts are with you both:
> Helen, West Sussex, UK
> If It Should Be
> If it should be I grow frail and weak,
> And pain should keep me from my sleep,
> Then you should do what must be done
> For this last battle cannot be won.
> You will be sad - I - understand
> Don't let your grief then stay your hand,
> For this day, more than all the rest,
> Your love and friendship stand the test.
> We've had so many happy years
> What is to come will hold no fears,
> You'd not want me to suffer, so
> When the time comes - please let me go.
> Take me where my needs they'll tend,
> Only stay with me until the end,
> And hold me firm and speak to me
> Until my eyes no longer see.
> I know in time you too will see,
> It is a kindness that you do for me
> Although my tail its last has waved,
> >From pain and suffering I've been saved.
> Do not grieve it should be you
> Who has decided this thing to do
> We've been so close - we two-these years
> Don't let your heart hold any tears.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Andy & Mary McKinlay" <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Saturday, October 11, 2003 9:37 AM
> Subject: Off Topic
> > Sorry Elmo,
> > Now we really know how Pubby felt a few months ago.
> > Our beloved Ben, golden labrador and very much loved
> > has been ill for a week and has just been diagnosed with lympho sarcoma.
> He is 13 1/2. We are devastated.
> > Andy is a retired Medical Specialist and is helpless as there is nothing
> we can do.
> > Thanks. Mary in Tasmania