Thank You, Debaters!

I love you guys. Really, I do. Your kind words and reminiscences helped me get through a very tough time, and for that, you have my everlasting gratitude.

MoMo

You've also once again demonstrated that across the political spectrum -- liberal, conservative, libertarian, socialist, those of us whose beliefs defy labeling -- we can always find common ground somewhere.

To those Debaters who commented on my last entry: Thank you. Each one of your comments gave me comfort.

I'm now looking for constructive ways to honor MoMo's memory -- and even though some might think that's silly, I know a lot of you understand completely. Droopy, Angel, China, Meowzers, Rebel, Baby and the rest of the furry companions you mentioned in your comments will always be with you, just as MoMo will be with me.

Now, back to The Debate.

I can't resist sending a special shout out to Grandpa Messner in Adelaide, South Australia, who surprised the heck out of me by showing up in the comments. Three cheers for Internet-saavy grandparents!

By Emily Messner |  May 25, 2006; 12:26 PM ET  | Category:  Misc.
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How to honor MoMo's memory?

Hmm..if you post the name and address of a pet related charity, some of your debaters might be willing to make contributions in MoMO's name.

Suggestions might include a pet therapy program, service dog training program, Katrina pet rescue program, local no-kill shelter, etc.

If MoMo was cremated you can tell your family to make sure her ashes go with you when it is your time. No one will ever love and adore you like your dog.

Posted by: patriot1957 | May 25, 2006 04:08 PM

IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A CAUSE THAT HAS NOT YET RECEIVED SUPPORT, THINK OF STARTING A PROGRAM TO RESCUE GREYHOUDS WHEN THEY ARE PUPS. IT IS MY UNDERSTANDING THAT OF THE THOUSANDS OF GREYHOUNDS BORN EACH YEAR ONLY A FEW MAKE IT TO THE TRACK. THE REST ARE PUT TO SLEEP. WHILE RESCUING GREYHOUDS AFTER THEY HAVE FINISHED RACING IS VERY POPULAR, I HAVE NOT HEARD OF ANY EFFORT TO RESCUE THE PUPS WHO DO NOT HAVE THE SKILLS TO MAKE IT THE TRACK.

Posted by: DANA SARGENT | May 25, 2006 04:22 PM

that I hope things are going better for you,

and that honoring is what is done everytime you have a good memory of your friend...

as I understand it dogs do go to "heaven" according to the Robin Williams movie...and several other sources...


ciao.

.

Posted by: hello, just thought I'd say | May 26, 2006 01:00 AM

Emily,

When we lost Angel, we performed a regular funeral service for her. We each said things that she did that really stuck out in our minds how she impacted our lives. Like her greeting me at the door every day I came home from work, or how I had to get after her for getting up on the bed and teasing the other two dogs. It's been 6 months she's been gone, and I still tear up when I think about her, but I know she's in a better place. We placed a small grave marker where I buried her and we planted a tree in her honor. My wife and I think about her quite often and talk about the little things she did to impact our lives.

Posted by: Lab Rat | May 26, 2006 10:43 AM

I think one of the greatest ways to honor a beloved pet is by helping animals who are still with us and still in desperate need.

When our girl Bronte passed away earlier this year, we honored her memory by making a special donation to the shelter where we had adopted her six years earlier. And after our grief waned (although it is never really gone) we returned to that shelter and rescued another very special animal.

I'm so sorry for your loss, Emily.

Posted by: Gina | May 26, 2006 02:14 PM

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