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    What is your favorite, and LEAST favorite, Christmas song?

    My 2 songs that I dislike the most are "Grandma Got Run Over by Reindeer" and the "Christmas Shoes". I have numerous :loves". It just depends on my mood and what I'm wanting to hear at the time. But 2 I haven't tired yet are "Snoopy and the Red Baron" Christmas version. (It's on youtube.) And "Mary, Did You Know?" I love these two and since I don't hear them often enough, I always enjoy them when I do.
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    Do you believe that pets go to Heaven?

    I also believe that dogs and other animals do go to heaven. Thank you for posting "The Rainbow Bridge" for those who hadn't read it before. I love it and it has also brought me comfort when any of my fur-kids have passed on. One day after I had to put one of my kids to sleep due to health reasons and old age, I entered a dog store. They had one of those one-day-a-page dog calendars on their counter. Since the date was old, I asked for it. It reads- "The great thinkers Plato, Martin Luther, John Wesley, Alexander Pope and Charles Darwin all believed that a dog's soul is not simply snuffed out upon his death. Each proposed that the dog's affection and devotion earn him a place in eternity." I still have it, dated July 29, 1992. It brought me peace and comfort as one of the men listed is the reformer of my faith.
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    How Being a Great Nurse Made Me a Really Bad First-Time Dog Owner

    I am now on my third Australian Shepard. I loved your post. The bad news is that now at 8 months (3 months later than your initial post), your dog is a teen-ager. He is no longer a child blindly following you wherever, but he is going to test his limits. Be consistent with your limits. Just like a child becoming a teenager, he needs to know them. If you don't want him jumping on people, start now. If you don't want him riding in your lap as you are driving, again start now. Even if he is small, depending on the breed, he may become too large for your lap and become a hazard driving.If you haven't already, take him to a puppy class and start him on the basic commands. As a teenager, he may completely ignore you. The good news is that the time a puppy is a teenager, is a lot shorter than a human's teenager lifespan. And when they become an adult, you will not be tested at much, if you were consistent earlier. Also they become that adorable and lovable dog you loved back at the puppy stage, just more intelligent. Good luck and have fun with your "kid".