Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Time will heal

Thank you all my lovely readers for your hugs and best wishes, I can feel the warmth of your kind hearts in your comments. Reading your words has certainly helped me today.

Today my distraughtness has passed and I am feeling very sad. You have probably worked out by now that my love for animals is always on my mind. When they hurt I feel hurt, when they are sad I am sad.
There have been a few more pictures of Rocky just lately because I have been looking after him a bit more often. It has been wonderful to see the happy little fella enjoying himself on his outings with me. When I think back to how he was before, a sad little dog hardly ever going out of his garden, it made me very sad to see him through the fence. Now our walks have suddenly come to a halt, his owner has taken him back.

I have been walking him for about two years, I thought things might come to a head eventually. I suppose I have pushed my luck at times, keeping him longer than I ought to. His owner fell out with me once before but things calmed down and I was able to start seeing him again. But for now I have to play the waiting game. I have asked several times if she would let him stay with me but she says no, he belongs to her daughter. I am stuck really.

There is a lot more to the story which I can't go into here, so please don't ask me any questions about it. All I can say is that little Rocky has stolen my heart. I wish I wasn't so damn soppy about animals, but I am, and it causes me such a lot of heartache. I have to try and keep busy and get on with things, but it's hard when all I can think about is his little face and his waggy tale. Maybe I am still feeling a bit distraught, but I have to try and get over it. Time will heal, hopefully. But at the moment I can't stop crying.

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  1. Ilona, your love for Rocky shines through in so many of your posts. I'm so sorry that you are in this difficult position.

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  2. Big hug Ilona...hopefully she'll mellow...

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  3. I'm sorry to hear this, I know Rocky has a special place in all our hearts. Sending lots of hugs to you and all the animals x

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  4. Hugs to you llona, you have a wonderful big heart I hope things settle down soon for you.

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  5. Oh Ilona, feel sad for you, Rocky and you made a great team. Lets hope time will heal the rift, and you will be able to see your beloved Rocky some time soon.
    Patricia Brambley

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  6. Anyone can see why you fell for Rocky, he is a great little character, I am hoping that his owner will 'calm down' and see how much you love him and how it is good for him and maybe reconsider but I guess now you have to back off. We have to speak out for animals because they cannot, and you have done that, let's hope there is a change of heart.
    much love

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  7. Oh dear, Ilona, how sad. Please be gentle with yourself and allow yourself time to cry. All things pass in time, but for now take comfort from the animals who are with you and from the people around you, and from the fact that Rocky has had such lovely times with you. You have such a big caring heart and are such a giving person that it is hard to think of you as so sad.
    xxx

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  8. So sorry Ilona. I hope things can work out. I did guess the cause of your sadness. Lots of love. John. x

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  9. Hugs for you and prayers being said that Rocky will at least be treated with some respect while he is with her all the time.

    One day.....

    Sue xx

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  10. Ilona, Rocky will always love you and be grateful for your contribution to his life. His owner/keeper is a very selfish person who has not got his best interests at heart. However, I am so relieved that Rocky is still with us as I feared that 'she' had disposed of him as he appears to be so troublesome to her or her family.

    I can't wait to welcome another dog into my life, I have to wait until hubby retires to be fair to this precious pet (15 months and we are both counting). It is so selfish to hold onto a pet that you don't really want or cherish, as it has become apparent from your posts that she doesn't.

    Love your kitties Ilona, and I am still thinking of you and sending you lots and lots of love. Maybe the hard hearted Hannah that has Rocky will reconsider, that is what we must hope for.

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  11. Ilona, I'm so sorry to read this. I am just the same with animals & would be as upset.

    I hope this situation ends as soon as possible & Rocky returns to you & your home quickly, for as long or as often as possible.

    Keep strong.

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  12. So sorry to hear about Rocky.
    I hope things sort themselves out very soon for you.

    love, Toni xx

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  13. I'm sad for you and Rocky. I would be a crying mess too. Love from Sandy in NZ xxx

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  14. I am so relieved to hear from you. Most of your readers are in the Rocky fan club. You are allowed to be sad and weepy, I think we had an inkling your distress was somehow connected to the little chap. Bide your time, you have lots of support from your bloggy chums, although not hands on, I hope you can feel our support.

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  15. It's a pity the daughter can't tell Mum that Rocky would have a happier life with you.

    Sorry, Ilona. I hope the cats will comfort you. I'm sure they are upset that you are upset, although they might not show it in the same way a dog would.

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  16. There is a way to resolve this..it may not be obvious right now...but there HAS to be a way.
    Jane xxx

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  17. Aww bless you. I love to read about your outings and fun you have together. No wonder you are so sad. Lets hope there can be an amicable resolution to this.

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  18. Oh my dear I wondered if it was anything to do with Rocky. It's so understandable how he has touched your heart, as I believe he has touched all of us. Hopefully things will come good as they have done before and you will be able to take him on those delightful walks again. My heart goes out to you
    Judy xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx and hugs too

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  19. I am so sorry to hear this,i know how much you loved Rocky,and i have so loved looking at the Photo's of him!you will get over this sadness,time heal's,would you consider adopting a little dog from the Rescue home?a big hug to you from Australia!xxx

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    1. Maybe something to think about in the future, Carol, but not now.

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  20. I know how you feel. This year I had to rehome a dog as there were major fights with my older dog. Nothing we could do would improve the situation. I cried for days and it took a long time to get over it.
    It is hard when you feel so strongly about an animal. Hope you get your wish in the long run.

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  21. So sorry you're hurting Ilona xxx Julie

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  22. HI,Jan again.I'm so sorry to hear of your and little Rocky's situation.I can only begin to imagine how you must be feeling.Take comfort in knowing that you have given him so many good times.Fingers crossed that things will calm down shortly.He seems a resiliant little fella and I know you'll never give up on him.Dog's have an amazing 6th sense,so I'm sure he'll know that too.Positive thoughts for a way forward.
    With very best wishes.Jan.

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  23. I guessed it was something to do with Rocky .............
    I understand totally how you feel, but don't give up MQ -
    You and Rocky were meant to be together.
    But for now, just give yourself time to heal and let things settle, who knows what the future holds ?
    (((hugs)))
    Wean

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  24. Oh Ilona I'm so sad and upset for you as well as Rocky, that little chap loves you to bits, you can see it in his little face. I'm hoping that this situation will change very soon and he will soon be in your company once again. It's not surprising you are so distraught and upset. Take care dear Ilona. Linda xxx

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  25. Dear Llona, my heart goes out to you. I have so enjoyed reading about him and found myself loving him as well. I really hope things work out for you both. Sending love and best wishes xxx

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  26. Sorry about Rocky, Ilona, maybe things will iron out and you will be back together soon, I hope so.

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  27. Dear kind loving Ilona, I wish I could ease your pain at your loss.I wonder if Rockie's owner is feeling threatened by your caring....some people are so shallow and vindictive. I hope that this will pass.....soon. Teresa

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  28. Sorry to hear you are hurting.

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  29. A big long hug for you Ilona. Your love for each other shows quite clearly in your posts. I would be a crying mess too.
    With love, Candace

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  30. I also wanted to say I am glad that you are "so damned soppy about animals". It is a huge part of what makes you so special and a quite wonderful person. Don't stop, our furry friends are worth every tear.

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  31. My dear friend, It may take time but I feel sure things will get better. You have done such good things for that little dog and its obvious from the pictures you have shown that he looks so much better and happier now than he did 2 years ago, others will have noticed that too. If he is not looked after properly now maybe a little pressure from other local people may convince them to do the right thing. Play the waiting game. You and Rocky are in my thoughts and prayers. x

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  32. We are so sorry to learn what has happened Ilona.
    I always used to tell my husband when there was a lovely pic of Rocky on your page. He would come round to look at my screen and we would ooh and aah
    over him in his winter jacket etc. Words cannot comfort you at the moment, if only all your followers could let this woman know what he has come to mean to us all.
    Thinking of you
    Wendy (Wales)

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  33. I am so sorry that they did this to you. I hope they come to their senses and let him come back to you. *virtual hug*

    -Karen

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  34. Bless you Ilona. Your love for animals shines from your posts You did a great thing for that little dog and he will love you forever for it. Hugs honey xx

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  35. I am so sorry to hear about this - hopefully the owner will realise that you are an important part of Rocky's life. Big hugs and hope things will turn out for the better

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  36. Dear Illona, I am shocked and so very sad at the cruelness of some people. Nothing can truly ease the heartache, as I well know. Lost my friend of 10 yrs back in '04. The kind of losing they don't return from. I still can't talk about him without tears. I have a moody, hissy old tryant of black cat who needed a home as much as I needed a companion. I love her dearly, hissy fits and all. Please know my heart aches with you and for you and for Rocky. I'll pray of a softening of heart for that cruel owner. Hate dog-in-the-manager people! Hugs, Finn XXXX

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  37. So sad to read this, Ilona and will pray things get sorted out soon. Sending you a hug, Anne (SW) x

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  38. My dearest Ilona, I am saddened to hear about these events that have taken place.
    I am praying that things will be resolved in an amicable way, especially for Rocky's sake.
    Here we make a report to the RSPCA for cruelty to animals, and they take care of the matter.
    Let the tears flow, you are only human and you care for that little chap, who has stolen my heart as well.
    This too shall pass.

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  39. I Love reading about you and Rocky! I hope it all works itself out for the both of you. We have two dogs, so i know how tough it must be to let Rocky go. Animals steal our hearts, don't they?
    Blessings to you both.

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  40. I'm so sorry I hope you get things sorted out. Try to hang in there things will get better.

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  41. It seems you push the boundaries and become sad at the inevitable outcome. If the owners are cruel, the place to start is with the authorities. If my dog had not been taken over by people who "loved him" and refused to entice him, she would still be alive. Sometimes, it is not about what "I" want.

    So, call the authorities. How old is the daughter? If she is older ask her. If she is a child, teach her. But, don't be surprised if the parents are upset with you. In the US most people don't think dogs need to be indoors, even those in the frozen Northern states.

    All dogs look forlorn when they see someone to play with. Or, they look eager and all waggy-tailed and begging. They look so needy. Maybe this dog has many happy moments you do not see.

    In the US the authorities would not take kindly to someone taking a dog like you do, just as they do not take kindly to cruelty to animals. I cannot believe any country would think a dog living outdoors is cruel if the dog has cover. I see dogs all the time that are not walked or played with, that just have food tossed out the back door. Yes, that is cruel to me but not to authorities here. Have you called the authorities?

    When I do get a dog, it will be an outdoor, working dog. It will watch after my hens. It will never be allowed into the house, winter or summer. And, I will train it to work and follow commands.

    Why don't you adopt a dog to live with you? It would not be a dog you could just pick up and drop off when it was convenient for you or someone felt like letting you. It would be full-time, like the cats, and no one could deny you its company.

    Right now, America is crying for 20 tiny children, gunned down with as many as 11 shots in some of them. No, it is not because we have guns.

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    1. People used to believe that they could use dogs as thet wished once they fed and watered them. However now we know that dogs are pack animals and are born to live in a group where they have a role. Keeping a dog alone is cruel, as to the dog this means it has been ostracised or cast out from the pack and it becomes depressed. If you intend to keep an outside dog you must have two dogs, not one Apart from physical needs, psychological needs must be met to avoid cruelty .

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    2. PP - This comes over as such a harsh comment.

      No further words on the matter from me, Ilona is upset enough at the moment without reading this sort of comment on her Blog.

      Sue

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    3. Amazing how you have managed to draw so many conclusions with so little information Practical Parsimony.

      You know what is more stupid than making an honest mistake is pontificating on a subject you have no facts on.

      Just remember you get what you give in life, unkindness and rudeness begets unkindness and rudeness.

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    4. I am completely flummoxed by the last paragraph, just how is it relevant on this post?
      I am saddened by these deaths, I have cried for the children, the teachers, the parents as any compassionate person would. And I'm sorry...... it most certainly IS because you have guns - in the numbers that you do, and the ease with which they can be obtained, and your gun control laws, along with the attitude that goes with owning them. Until something changes, these mass murders will continue.

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    5. Detta you are right. Dogs should have the opportunity of socialising with other dogs, and people.

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  42. Poor you & poor Rocky. Hope it all works out OK.
    Ruth x

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  43. Ilona I am so sorry about this...it's been a joy seeing how much Rocky has thrives with your love and attention...

    As for Practical Parsimony...what a mean and spiteful person you are...there is room in our hearts to love animals and children both...many years ago I happened to have "stolen" the next- door-neighbors outdoor cat away when I took it to the vet when they wouldn't...he never went in to their yard again if they were outside...the young daughter would come over to play with him...

    I'll take Ilona over you any day...a kind heart is more precious than a bitter tongue!

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  44. Practical Parsimony, I judge people by their attitude to caring for helpless animals and you would fall foul of my judgement. What a nasty,vindictive, uncaring post written to someone who is one of the gentlest caring people on this planet. Shame on you.

    Ilona, it might go against your principles but could you offer some money for Rocky. Christmas is an expensive time of year for some and they might be glad of an extra pound or two when it comes to paying the credit card bills. Otherwise as a previous poster said, could you talk to the daughter. or just wait it out. I wish with all my heart that he comes back to you and if God could grant me a Christmas wish that would be it.

    Linda xx

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  45. Practical Parsimony, it was very rude and unfeeling to give that little lecture (which doesn't even apply in Ilona's context, as Rocky was not given enough walks and care from the owner) to Ilona when she's upset. It was even more appalling when you try to highjack the posts with that comment about the Sandy Hook shootings. And yes, the shooting in part were due to lack of gun controls and America's culture being influenced by firearm industries and the NRA. If you can't make a sympathetic and informed post, then please don't bother.

    Ilona, I hope that you are taking care of yourself, and please do get in touch with your friends and seek their support and comfort. Your blog has taught me so much. Wish we can do more.

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    1. I don't think Practical Parsimony was being vindictive or bitter, she was just stating the truth, in that that to the eyes of the owners she was 'taking over' Rocky rather more than they would have wished. I can understand that. If he was the pet of the child of the household, and was actually spending more time with Ilona than at home with the child, then it is almost a kind of theft, good intentions as they were. I agree, if cruelty is involved then the RSPCA should be called, but I suspect it's a fine line between that and just being left to entertain himself in the garden, I think they're reluctant to remove animals unless it's really necessary. Ilona, I completely understand your devastation and you have my utmost sympathy and I do hope that this situation will be resolved soon. I'm wondering if you could maybe involve the child more, maybe take him/her on the walks with you and teach them all about how to care for a pet properly? That way you'd both get to enjoy Rocky and maybe the parents would even be glad to have someone else entertain their dog AND their offspring! Good luck

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  46. I'm sorry that Rocky's owners are being so stingy. I can see how the little guy can steal your heart. He certainly stole mine! All I know to do is pray that they let him come over again. (I think Crystal Mooncat had some really great ideas.) There is power in prayer and it looks like we are all on the same page here. I'm making it my Christmas wish too. :) In the meanwhile *hugs* for you and the kitties.

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  47. Sarah again, please don't take any notice of PP, you did the right thing and tried to make his life a little better and any feeling person would have done/tried to do the same. Grieving for a dog is not the same as grieving for those poor children but has a place nethertheless. (And yes PP IT IS BECAUSE YOU HAVE GUNS, sorry Ilona, had to let that out).Still hoping things might change ..........xxxxxxxx

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  48. Regarding the RSPCA and animal cruelty, I once rang about a dog which was kept in a garage all the time and taken for a walk once a day by its owner. It used to howl all day and night :( I was informed as long as the animal was fed, watered and had some exercise, it was not regarded as neglect. Today there is a dog which lives behind me in a small shed, with a small run (it was originally built for chickens..), this is a large breed dog, an ex police dog. It lives there all year round and gets taken for walks three times a day. Despite a large garden the owners never let it run around the garden (it might ruin the grass...). Is this cruel? I don't know, the dog seems happy enough, but I do feel sorry for it in the extremes of weather. But again, it has food, water, shelter and exercise, so it's not 'cruel'. I would disagree.

    I agree with the above suggestions, firstly I would offer money for Rocky, they might agree if you offer £100+. If not, I would give a lovely home to a rescue dog. My dad recently adopted an ex-breeding Cocker Spaniel and is really happy he did. He didn't want to get another dog after his dog died as he feared the dog would outlive him. But I pointed out that there was a good chance it wouldn't and my dad had a lovely home to offer a dog. He hasn't looked back since getting her :) Something to consider. Meanwhile hugs for you xx

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  49. I have read through all your comments, some of you are quite close to the truth, some of you are way off the mark. I can't say which is which. Regarding how you define cruelty of animals, there are such a lot of grey areas. All I am saying is that Rocky's life could be a bit better.

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  50. I will continue sending kind and loving thoughts for both you and Rocky in the hope that the little guy is blessed with the life he deserves...with you. Sadly there will always be the hard hearted and the ignorant in the world who believe dogs are nothing more than possessions to be treated as they see fitting and convenient. How disheartening to think that in 2012 some people think it acceptable to keep a lone dog outside 100% of the time in lone vigil over their chickens ... why not do the sensible and humane thing and buy a secure coop? For anyone to compare your situation with the tragedy in America beggars belief and shows remarkable insensitivity and callous ... Ilona, I will keep you and yours in my thoughts and our little pal Rocky too. Thank goodness there are animal lovers like you in the world. Love Barbara x

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  51. Ilona, it sounds like the Christmas scrooge is about.
    If you lived near us you would be more than welcome to walk our dog.
    House Fairy

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  52. PP, you have been reading my blog for some time now, and I often wonder why. Your ideas and opinions are so different from my own, and I find your gung ho attitude rather sanctimonious. I put this down to cultural differences.

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  53. I cant bear to think of Rocky going back to a life like he had when he has known such love and fun from you, please God somehow you get him back, I will hope and pray you do

    Marlene x

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  54. Of course, PP it was nt the guns it was the bullets, right ? ( Sorry Ilona)

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  55. PP does not sound happy; she is facing many challenges when you read her blog, but this doesn't excuse the mean spiritedness. You are generous as ever Illona attributing it to cultural differences. My parson jack russell, Frank, sends love and hopes you and Rocky are reunited. I'm sure you will be.

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  56. Ilona - hope all gets worked out for the best interest of Rocky.

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  57. I don't know about you Ilona ......but speaking for myself I think of all living creatures as equal. In so much that every living creature deserves care, thought, consideration be they a human being or an ant. Some folk find that very hard to grasp . I find others seemingly appathetic attitude to other living creatures rights hard to stomach.Lets hope Rocky is safe, well and comfortable. Please feel at peace in knowing you gave him happy times xxx

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    1. I think all animals have every right to a good life. They should be treated with respect just as you would respect another human.

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  58. Thinking of you Ilona and hoping guilt will get the better of Rocky's 'owner' eventually. Don't let this dampen your wonderful spirit - we all support you.
    Jenny in Australia

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  59. Won't say what I want to....but I'm crying with you. You poor, giving dear person my heart is breaking for you and prayers for Rocky.

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  60. Practical Parsimony, You should take into account the cultural differences before you berate people in the UK about the way we treat our pets. There will always be the exception, but in general most dogs and cats in our country are treated as a much loved member of our family. I would report a neighbour if a dog was left outside in all weathers. You think this is more than acceptable, but this rarely happens here. The majority of us pet owners love our pets, they have a special place in our hearts.

    I have noticed many of your comments to Ilona are mean spirited and totally at odds to what most people who enjoy her blog think. You are stirring up a hornets nest attacking Ilona, she is much loved by her readers.

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    1. I completely agree with this post. Americans mostly have no regard for their pets. We have had many pets, loved to bits, hurt like mad when they are no longer with us. Having just read PP. blog, I am surprised anyone reads such a miserable one. Hands off our beloved Ilona, she has more compassion in her little finger than PP will ever have.
      Keep up the excellant work you do for our treasured animals.
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    2. No, my comments are not mean-spirited. The comments that I am mean are more mean-spirited. I don't think taking over a dog and being distraught have anything to do with cultural differences. You have no idea about compassion. I have wailed at the death of my chickens from illness and predators. I did not berate her at all, but am just curious why she would cross boundaries and get all hurt because she is rebuffed. Steal the dog and take it far away if he is in danger. THAT I can see as helping. We had a dog, Puppy, who had a dog house and slept on top of it when it was snowing. All my life we had outdoor dogs, several at a time. Americans have as much regard for their pets as anyone in the world. We have dog motels. We take our pets to the vet. Leaving a dog outdoors with shelter is more than acceptable. Dogs don't need to be indoors. Dogs in the Arctic sleep outdoors in the snow. Is that cruel? If someone prefers a dog that has been bred until it has lost the ability to have a coat to keep itself warm, I am not to blame for that. Dogs took care of themselves long before there were homes with warmth and human companions.

      I have always enjoyed this blog. I have not laid hands on her at all. She just had a nasty post, mean-spirited post about how she hates Christmas but then has the dog with Santa and all sorts of Christmas dinners she attends and enjoys. There seems to be no consistency. She cannot respect her neighbor's lifestyle and a child's pet. She lacks boundaries in regards to other people's property/animals/rights. If the dog lives in horrendous conditions, she should be able to get the authorities involved. Yet, she has not. WHY?

      My posts have been filled with my anguish over hens lost, chased, dying. So, I am not at all heartless. I do not have a cat or dog because I am not financially capable of owning them. My hens live an outdoor life even in freezing weather. I have rescued innumerable animals from death. You just don't hear about it.

      This actually has nothing to do with culture in America. It has to do with an endangered dog, one that is not being helped in any meaningful way except for the more-than-occasional visit that hurts other people. Is there not a way to relieve the dog of perceived or real danger? We don't take kindly to animal thieves in the US. However, I have stolen animals and spirited them away to get them from the clutches of cruelty.

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    3. Dear PP, I went over and had a look at your blog out of curioity and it made me feel quite sad. I think it would be nice if I lived near enough to pop over and make you a cup of tea and offer a listening ear and a bit of practical help, but I am on another continent. I hope thing are better for you soon.

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    4. Practical Parsimony, I hope you will respect Ilona's wishes and don't visit her blog again in the future.

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  61. Gosh, please do not think our culture in America can be summed up in one comment. We don't all have the same opinion about animals. We lost our retriever last year..it hurt so badly that I cannot begin to think of losing a child. I am so very sorry you are hurting over Rockie. God Bless.

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    1. well anonymous, I think you should read this blog before you leave comments. It's obvious you haven't read it. I won't be visiting your web page.

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  63. Sorry to hear that you are so sad, Ilona. Unfortunately the nasty comments and back-biting can't be helping. I hope you can sort something our regarding seeing and walking Rocky, but if you not and you are seriously concerned for his welfare it might be worth reporting it. Hugs, Helen x

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  64. Prayers will come your way from me. I love Rocky too.

    Tana xoxoxoxox

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  65. I have known Ilona for a very long time and she wold help anyone at the drop of a hat so to speak and I believe walking Rocky was just that, a helping hand. It has been obvious by reading posts etc that the person who looks after Rocky was not bothering to really care about the dog, he was never groomed or cared for properly and Ilona asked if she could walk Rocky ,OK it went further with the dog being really cared for by Ilona and the Rocky went from being a sad unkempt little dog to a smart well groomed happy creature and oh boy how it showed in the pictures we all saw. P.P you seem to have one hell of a chip on your shoulder about everything in life, try living in the real world and have some compassion( not just for chickens) For what its worth I am praying Rocky will get a happy life and that his owners will see sense and let him return to Ilona, as if we are to believe what we were told in earlier blogs which I am sure we do then the dog was in desperate need of some proper care, and i am not sure how old the daughter is but I guess she no longer resides at home. Be assured Ilona many of us are batting in your corner.
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    1. About right Danneke, some peoples idea of looking after a dog is way below my standards. To me they are family members and should have the same home comforts.

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  66. I'm sorry to hear that Ilona, Dogs really are a man and womans! best Friend, I had 2 labradors one had to be put to sleep a few years ago but his younger brother is stiil with me 14.5 years old! He is slowing down now and not much of his life left, but when I see him getting older each day I remember the 14 years of joy he has brought me!

    People often wonder should they get a dog and I say yes go and get one! They are a best friend and companion, go and treat yourself for christmas! Or failing that I hope your friend realises what a great pet sitter she has in you xx

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  67. Stay calm, breathe deeply, try again and open the channels of communication. I'm hoping some arrangement can be made again.
    Love from Mum
    xx

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  68. I am not going to answer any of your questions PP, I can't be bothered. I don't get into brawls, don't do conflict, don't have slanging matches. You have a massive chip on your shoulder. I am glad I'm not you. Please go away, I wont mind if you don't come back.

    Rocky is not in his garden which is good news, it means he is inside.

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  69. Hi,having read above comments,had to come back again,(Jan).I'm an animal lover,get upset at their pain aswell.I make no apologies for that and I'm proud to have contact with you,as someone who shows enormous compassion.In my experience,people who show compassion for animals usually do for other people aswell.It's not rationed and it's not exclusive.I love my old dog but also feel for other dogs and other animals.Rocky is a truly beautiful little creature,with enormous character.He has a good friend in you.I hope with all my heart that things get sorted out so that that your beautiful friendship can flourish once more.Look after yourself in the meantime,it's what the little fella would want.Glad to hear he's indoors,maybe knowing you're looking out for him will improve the quality of his life.Goodness is never really wasted,just seems to take a roundabout route sometimes.Very best wishes,Jan X.

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  70. Ilona do think carefully about what you're doing. If you've been asked to back off by the dogs owner perhaps it would be wise to do just that. You're obviously not doing that - looking to see if he's out in the garden etc. It could result in harm to the dog, the owner may take it out on him.
    I wondered if you were pushing the boundaries, treating Rocky as if he belonged to you, feeding him, he was pictured on your bed etc. Definitely not just taking him out for walks. I don't mean to be harsh but he doesn't belong to you, you were his walker.
    You say this pushing the boundaries and a rift have happened before yet you continued and went even further this time.
    I agree with another commenter that a last attempt could be to offer to buy him, the £100+ would be a reasonable amount. Our dog from a rescue centre cost £90 two years ago.
    If the owner doesn't want to sell him then I think you should stop hankering after him, for his sake.
    I'm sorry that you're upset but pushing the boundaries was bound to have bad consequences as you've learnt from past experience.
    There are many dogs in rescue centres around the UK desperate for loving homes.

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    1. Very sensible answer Jess, totally agree. I wondered also, if perhaps the owners had seen Rocky's pictures on the blog and taken offence at some of the comments that Ilona had made about his care. Understandable, I wouldn't want somebody else blogging about my dog or cat or whatever, and seeing pictures of her reclining on their sofa etc. But then again, this just wouldn't happen to one of my pets as I do look after them, unlike Ilona's neighbours. A sad situation, and I have every sympathy for Ilona and hope that she will be able to find happiness again with Rocky somehow.

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  71. So sorry this has happened. Keeping busy will help the healing, but give it time.

    Leslie in South Dakota

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  72. Really sorry to hear this. Hope it all gets sorted for you.

    I saw that house and the lawns that were so overgrown. Poor fella...I know if I asked Rocky where he wants to live, he'd tell me the nice caring home across the street :)

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  73. Hi Ilona, So sorry to hear that Rocky's owner has taken him back. Very sad indeed, poor little Rocky, he will be wondering about you now, poor little thing. I hope you'll be ok, and Rocky too. You are so kind to so many, I'm so sorry to hear that this has happened. I hope that Rocky's owner has a change of heart, you just mean well by taking him out. Will miss his little face. Take care, Ilona. Wishing you well, Christy.

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  74. Hi Ilona, Second attempt at posting, Google had a wobble I think. I'm very sorry to hear that Rocky's owner has taken him back. Shall miss his little face on your blog. I'm sure he is wondering about you, just as you are about him. I hope you'll be ok. I was thinking maybe, as a previous poster had mentioned, that Rocky's owner or her daughter has viewed your blog and felt a bit threatened by the lovely pictures, video clips and, the many positive comments which were received for Rocky. In my opinion, you've been an absolute star taking care of Rocky, and his owner's decision to suddenly stop you seeing him will have a detrimental effect on his well being and I consider it to be quite cruel. If she wanted you to stop taking him out, she should have done so gradually. Rocky's owner should be thankful that she has such a good friend in you, that you take Rocky out, feed him, take care of him, because if she had to pay for those services, it would be at considerable cost to her. I wish you well, Ilona, and I hope that Rocky's owner has a change of heart over her decision to let you take him out, it does him the power of good, anyone can see that. Take care, Christy.

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  75. Hugs for you Ilona, and asking for Love for Rocky.

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  76. Good grief!
    And I have also been wondering whatever happened to Ben dog.

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