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You Remind Me of Her by tabby-like-a-cat You Remind Me of Her by tabby-like-a-cat
"You remind me so much of her. Your smile, your face. Your unconditional love."

My dear and beloved dog passed away a little over a year ago with an enlarged heart and fluid in her lungs. She was very old when she passed and lived a long happy life with me. But with her passing a giant chunk of me was gone with her. As much as I wanted a new dog, I knew that I wouldn't find another that could take her place.

But about 5 months ago our neighbor brought over a dog named Matilda, a small Cocker Spaniel/Australian Shepard mix with a little nub for a tail. She was only a year old and was the sweetest to anyone willing to give her attention. Our neighbors have 13 dogs/puppies and during the past 5 months Matilda has came and visited my house. At first I was a bit put off by it... she wasn't my dog previous, she lacked the obedience that my dog had. But then I began to grow attached. She leaned up against me and put her paws around my arms (as if to hug me) and I fell in love. We taught her to fetch and to sit. When I would drive past her house she would beat me home and stand wagging her little nub (along with the entire back end of her) happily as I got out of my car. She is always so happy to see me...and her behavior towards me is along the lines of my dear departed dog. Perhaps she is my dog reincarnated. Perhaps I am just imagining it. Regardless she is a joy.

Now, our neighbors are moving and offered Matilda to us or else she is going to a Shelter with the other animals. The answer is clear. If my family agrees upon it, then this little dog will be bringing so much light into my world... <3

I don't want to say anything to jinx it~



I should have looked up dog anatomy....puh.
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coldfire0007 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
all your art is very cute, but i think this ones my favorite
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tabby-like-a-cat Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
thanks! <3
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PunchieTheNeko Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Student Filmographer
I think you did a very good job on the dog. <:3
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EmosTookOverTheWorld Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
a good picture with a great story behind it. made me tear up

we have a beagle mix, and we've had her for a long time.. and a year/or two ago, we found out she had cancer. i dont remember where, but she had only a few months to a year to live.

she is still happy and alive, we're making her as comfortable as possible, but she does have her bad days. we arent going to radiation therapy or any of that. we just dont think it would be a good thing..

your picture and then the story.. make me tear up because it makes you realize that.. just..in the blink of an eye, alt can happen. and thats why we should cherish every moment we have with people/animals around us..

sorry for long comment..
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Loki-Wings Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
This is a really sweet picture~:heart: Matilda sounds like such a cutie pie; I really like spaniels :love: They have such cute little faces, and their little tails are just so derpy x3 It'd be awesome if you got to keep her; sounds like you two would make a great pair!

But yeah, sad story there too :c I hate losing pets. I lost my rabbits last year, and I still miss them. I think there's just something about having a pet that makes a person feel more whole or something :D I look forward to the day I can pick up another little bun x3 So, I truly hope you can have Matilda, it'd be lovely to have another wee pet in your life.
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tabby-like-a-cat Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
little tail nubs are so cute~ uuuuuuuuuhhhhh cute!

yeah pets love you unconditionally. they don't care what you wear or how you look. The yare always there.
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Abby-kins Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
awe! that's awesome! Cocker Spaniels are awesome dogs, very loyal and loving good luck! and the picture is beautiful!
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tabby-like-a-cat Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
they are sooo cute <3 she is a sweetheart <3 thank you
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Abby-kins Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
yes! adorable!>.>
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GraveHero Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Student General Artist
That is a beautiful description up there, and a beautiful, loving picture. I actually don't know what I'd do if my own dog had to pass away -in fact, I think I'd be too upset to even think about getting a new dog. But I'm very happy and good luck in keeping her! She sounds like a handful of love and joy! <3
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tabby-like-a-cat Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much! I felt the same way...but once my dog was gone I realized how safe I felt having her around....and how protected I was in having a dog. Cats don't provide that safe feeling at all for me (as much as I love my cat). I knew I would have another dog, but no dog will ever replace my first.

Maybe I am being silly here haha.
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GraveHero Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Student General Artist
Hehe! I can't imagine how I would cope, and I do feel a lot safer with her around. Cats, as much as I love them, aren't the same -although I still do love them!
No dog can ever replace the other one, but you can always move on somehow, right?
Again, good luck! And you're not being silly of course! I wish you best of luck.
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ShoelessCosmonaut Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
Oh gosh, dog feels ;~;
Ahh, some things in life are just meant to be and perhaps this is one of them.
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tabby-like-a-cat Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
<3
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tabby-like-a-cat Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
<3
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GreenDoodle Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
UWAH. :iconcryforeverplz:

I don't know what to say, Tabby-chan! *flails* You're so strong! Losing a dog/cat/any pet is so hard, and you just.. you're so mature and amazing and just you. And I just, teared up when I read the story cause AHHHH.

I hope you get her! I hope I don't jinx it, but but buuuuut.. you deserve her. ;u; :heart:
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tabby-like-a-cat Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
<3 thanks Cookie! I hope it all pans out in the right way. I miss my dog so much, but I think it is time to let myself love another dog again~
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GreenDoodle Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
:heart:
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Jocyhope Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Awe! :D
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Kagome-Nezumiro Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
Awwwww, Yay you owo
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tabby-like-a-cat Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
<33
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drewjanes Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is adorable but sad D':

my puppy is 18 years old but .... maybe he'll have another 18 left
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tabby-like-a-cat Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Mine was 15-16 :<

you can only hope for as much time as you possibly can <3 cherish every moment
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Zelvii Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Awwww <3 That is one cute dog! I love dogs! I wish I could have one,but my parents keep saying that there's no one to take care properly :<
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tabby-like-a-cat Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
aw that is poo. But it is understandable, dogs and any pets need attention and care. It would be sad to leave it alone :<
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Blue1710 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Man, I hope you DO get to keep her. Hopefully she's really energetic too, then you'll have a lot of fun with Matilda. My dog's really energetic too (Maltese x Shih Tzu), and he keeps me busy most of the time when I'm not at school.
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tabby-like-a-cat Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
she is SOOO full of energy. Jumping all over the place and she HAS to be touching you. She demands human attention.

Also I know how Maltese's can be haha. A past boyfriend boyfriend had one and he was the sweetest but most rambunxious dog on the planet. haha
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cstalli Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my god, Tabs ;o; :hug: I know how much it hurts to lose a dog. I'm really sorry to hear that. But I'm glad that you might get Matilda! I don't want to jinx it either, but I really hope your family says yes to her! And wow, half Aussie, eh? I have one too, haha! Does she have that weird eye thing where they're both different colors? Because trust me that is the coolest thing about Aussies. They just look so funny and weird when they have it!

(And it looks fine! She's adorable and amazing looking like the rest of the pic!)
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tabby-like-a-cat Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Yeah it still hurts. But I only have fond memories of her so it is okay. <3

I hope it happens too. I need a dog in my life, they are so loyal and fun. Yes she is half Aussie but she doesn't have the eye thing (sadly)they are so neat looking!

She is adorable. Perhaps a real pic will be up soon of her <3 thanks so much!
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cstalli Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I only have good memories of mine as well (Even when he accidentally gave me a nosebleed, haha!). And same. Moving and leaving my dog with my dad (The payments for having a dog in our apartment complex are insane) was pretty tough. And I still have "dog-owner-habits" like, when I cook food I still push it as far back on the counter/stove as possible, haha! But I still get to see her a lot, so it's alright, I guess.

And aww, can't wait, haha! From your drawing I can tell she's a real cutie <3
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