The Other Coast by Adrian Raeside

The Other Coast

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  1. beviek

    beviek GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Last Will and Testament from a Loved Companion Animal


    Before humans die, they write their last Will and Testament, give their home and all their possessions to those they leave behind.

    If with my paws I could do the same, this is what I’d ask…

    To a poor and lonely stray I’d give:

    My happy home
    My bowl and cozy bed, soft pillows and all my toys
    The lap, which I loved so much
    The hand that stroked my fur and the sweet voice that spoke my name
    I’d will to the sad and scared shelter cat and dog the place I had in my human’s loving heart, of which there seemed to be no bounds.

    So when I die, please do not say, “I will never have a pet again, for the loss and pain is more than I can stand.”

    Instead, go find an unloved cat or dog, one whose life has held no joy or hope, and give MY place to THEM.

    This is the only thing I can give…the love I left behind.



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    Please adopt a rescue animal. :)

  2. afficionado

    afficionado said, over 1 year ago

    Atta girl bev

  3. Amber Thompson

    Amber Thompson said, over 1 year ago

    Don’t give him to PETA, they kill, almost every animal they get.

  4. Dani Rice

    Dani Rice GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @beviek

    That is so lovely. Every pet we’ve ever had has been a stray. And, PLEASE micro-chip your pet. It’s $50 worth of peace of mind.

  5. Paula

    Paula said, over 1 year ago

    @beviek

    I copied and saved this – Thanks Beviek.

    And yes, microchip your pets.

  6. Jim P

    Jim P GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    I sure don’t see a collar or leash on the cartoon dog. Watch from him on the next “Lost Dog” episode.

  7. Keith Churchill

    Keith Churchill said, over 1 year ago

    Public Service Announcement ;)

  8. beviek

    beviek GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Thanks folks. I must admit to being teary eyed as I posted the poem. As I was, of course, when I first came across it.

    I rescued my dog when he was 6mo from the Humane Society, which is a kill shelter. 8 years later, we can’t imagine life without that goofy Lhasapoo! Companion animals have a lot of unconditional love to give. I enjoyed your stories of your own animals and encourage you to let others know where you got them whenever you have a chance. :)

  9. beviek

    beviek GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @Dani Rice

    I’m glad you brought up the micro-chipping. Winter before last as I was sitting at my computer perusing gocomics at midnight, I heard a tiny mewing sound outside my back door. It was below zero so I brought the kitty in. It had no collar. Long story short, by the next afternoon we had located the owner and returned the cat. Micro-chipping is so very much worth it!!!! :)

  10. Hawthorne

    Hawthorne said, over 1 year ago

    Coming home one night just before dark, a huge red and white border collie ran literally under my wheels. I jinked, but caught him, probably with the corner of the bumper; it damaged the signal. I missed him with both wheels. I stopped as soon as there was a place I could get off the road, but he was gone when I went back. I drove back and forth banging on doors for a half hour or more, without finding anyone who knew him, much less owned him. Giving up, I set off home again, but shortly saw a truck and horse trailer on the side of the road. I stopped there, and two girls had spotted him on the road (at least a half mile beyond where he’d run out in front of me), but he was down.

    They helped me get him into my truck, and I stopped at home, and called my vet. It was ten o’clock by that time, but my vet was on call, luckily, and she met me at the hospital, with a chip scanner. We had a harder time getting him out of the truck than getting him in, but we got him on a stretcher, she scanned him, he was chipped and registered with the chip service. She called his people, they OK’d treatment, and though he was quite badly injured, he did recover.

    Two things here – the kids with the horse were RUDE about this. They behaved as though I had deliberately run him down and abandoned him, in spite of the fact I had been driving up and down and banging on doors. That he recovered was no thanks to them; his back was injured, and it was a miracle they didn’t paralyze him permanently, the way they handled him. That was the first thing. It’s true that people do hit animals deliberately, if they can – but those people don’t stop and try to find the animal and help. Use your head to think with in these circumstances.

    The other thing is, the chip isn’t some magical gizmo which will bring your dog home automagically. You have to register the chip to you with the chipping service. Chipping the beast is only the first part of the process!

    And having said that, there are also services which still register tattoos. If you are leery of the chips, having heard horror stories, you can still permanently id your pets. Many foreign dog clubs are still tattooing for permanent id, including Canada and Germany that I know of for a certainty, and the worst thing about tattoos is that some shelters and even rescues don’t check for them. Since all don’t scan for chips, either, I propose to return to tattooing mine. I have one dog with two chips; whether the first chip was faulty or he managed to shed it somehow, I don’t know, but I know one breeder who had a dog he chipped three times – because the chip kept disappearing. This kind of thing is the worst I’ve heard about personally, but it’s enough for me. I’ve recently been hearing that at least some of the chips do tend to fail after a year or so. True or not true, I have no idea, but I don’t like the idea of chipping them repeatedly if the things disappear. That’s probably OK for meat stock, but not for pets.

    Sorry – didn’t mean to write a missive :-) Hopefully someone will find something useful in it though!

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