I shall not have lived in vain.
If I can ease one life,
the aching, or cool one's pain,
or help one fainting robin
unto his nest again,
I shall not have lived in vain.
November 1961 - February 1974
Heidi, was our GSD, many years ago. Eric was 18 months old & almost 4 years later Greg was born. Heidi was the best family pet we ever had. Of course, we say that about everyone of our dogs. She gave us protection and unconditional love, and lived to be 13.
I forgot how beautiful she was.
ARE WE ?
How did I begin to make Pet Memorial Cards? Well, when we lost our "Greta," sometimes known as "Re"Greta (smile) our 3rd GSP, Bob took her for her final visit to our vets. I was devastated. No matter how many times a person goes through this, it is never easy. I make a lot of custom prayer cards with or without photos and laminated obituaries for people who pass, for local funeral directors, since we sold our funeral home in Jan. 1995. You see, I fell in love with a USAF (airman) who became a funeral director, who was going to be a veterinarian..... SO, it was natural for me to go up to my office and make cards for our dear, sweet Greta. It was automatic. I don't know why I did this, I just did. This was how I coped with her loss. Tessa, our 4th GSP, the younger dog, sat on the floor by my side, watching my tears flow down my cheeks. I began to make cards in her honor. Later, I mailed them to family & friends letting them know that we needed their support. Later, I sent them to breeders looking for a puppy especially for Tessa, who was also grieving. One day I received a phone call from a lady in Rhode Island. She saw one of my cards from a friend who attended the same dog show. She was requesting cards for her pet. That was the beginning. We now have Chloe (our 5th GSP) & Tessa (photos below). Tessa is happy to have her in the family, & took over Senior Top Dog position. She loves Chloe and welcomed her instantly, with wagging tail & doggie sniffs. She teaches Chloe everything, good and bad. We are one happy family again.
We lost our sweet Chloe on Aug. 6, 2008, and 2 years ago
we rescued Bella. So Tessa has Bella and they are best friends.
I know... they think Chloe will be back, I wish it were so.
926 Honeysuckle Lane
Cape May, NJ 08204-4852
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Robert & Louise Krause
Eric with Tess (GSP) & Greg with Camielle,(B.Lab).
(Can you hear their laughter?)
with my Fox Terrier, "Tiny."
I was pretty tiny then too. She lived to be 15,
a big part of my childhood while 2 big brothers,
ten years older than I , were defending our country in WW II, right out of highschool. Bernie in Pacific (USN)
& Don in England, (US Army 8 Air Corps)
joined later by Schatzi,
our first GSP,
They are great company for us and each other.
Meet Schatzi-born Spring 1974 - 1985
& her daughter, Fritzi-born Sept. 22, 1976-1989
October 12, 1985- July 3, 1997
She kept Fritzi young with her teasing
She is the reason why I started making pet cards.
She crossed the Rainbow Bridge July 3, 1997.
Greta is the reason I started doing pet & K9 memorial cards.
our present German Shorthaired Pointers
We always had 2 dogs together,
more fun for them, more fun for us.
Tessa with her favorite toy.....
We lost our sweet Tessa on 2/3/03.
Bella, we rescued her and
a MIX English Pointer
a distant relative of our Tessa.
I call her our gift from Tessa
Chloe out of her depression, we now have Leesy. Chloe is
resting.... Leesy keeps her very busy.
Bella, an unexpected gift from GOD,
We rescued her and Leesy loves her too.
We lost our darling BELLA
I wrote 2 books about working dogs.
Please take a look: Heroes All Without Question
(an unplanned venture) and K9s Are Human. www.k9heroesbook.com
On the Way to Cape May
Words & Music by Bud Nugent
This is the music you hear...I took this off line & received several emails to put back on.. :-)
It's a bit "Hoaky," but we all love it & Cape May.
Above is the "Nunnery" & Cape May Lighthouse
at Cape May Point, which is a NJ State Park.
Photo taken from the water called the RIPS, where the Atlantic meets the Delaware Bay. Great fishing in the RIPs, one of our favorite fishing spots. Cape May County is a summer resort for surf, sun & fun. The USCG Training Center is our dearest neighbor. I am proud to be an associate member of the Spouses Officer's Club for over 25 years.
On 7/5/04 Bob caught a 10.75 lb. flounder (Door Mat) 4 miles out from the Nunnery (above site). It was 29.5 inches. I "netted" it.Never caught another one that big....
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