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'Twas The Night Before Christmas At Rainbow Bridge

Saturday, December 22, 2012

'Twas the night before Christmas, at Rainbow Bridge too.
We Bridge kids were thinking as always of you.
We'd seen how the holidays weren't bright this year,
Heard you whisper so often, "I wish you were here!"

We know how you wish you could just stay in bed
And sleep through the holiday lying ahead,
When all celebrate with their loved ones so near...
Unless they have loved ones on this side this year.

But we're no less alive here, on the other side.
If you could just see us, you would've laughed and not cried.
The dogs all in harness, pulling the sleigh.
The cats all in Santa hats pointing the way.

The pet birds all flying back over the rainbow,
Bound homeward in spite of Earth's darkness and snow.
All the pets that you've lost, pets for whom you've cried,
Flying home on this Christmas to be by your side.

If you feel warm fur brush you when no pet's around,
Hear a soft bark or purr, just a ghost of a sound,
We're trying to tell you we're visiting this way,
And our visits, even rainbows, can be on any day.

But for Christmas we have something special to do,
A sleigh full of happy dream visits for you.
On doggy, on kitty, on winged friend and ferret!
The love that you lavished, we mean now to share it!

We're fetching that love home, the way we once played,
With the closeness we shared and the memories we made.
Our Earth lives with you were too short for us, too,
And on this Christmas Eve we have so much to do.

So all through this night as you sleep in your beds,
Sweet visions of fur babies dance in your heads.
This one special night we can bring you Home for a while,
Your true home in Heaven, where again you will smile.

Over the rainbow you'll fly, for a short while this night,
Hours that you'll be happy, hours that will feel right,
Hours to cuddle and hug us, to run and to play,
Before the return to Earth in our magic way.

And when you awaken and face Christmas Day,
We pray you'll remember your trip on our sleigh,
But in case you forget, just remember our love.
Remember us watching you, your angels above.

Sending love wrapped in rainbows, shining and bright,
Love that will guide you through the darkest night,
Love found in each memory unwrapped through the year,
Replacing dark sorrows with Christmas cheer.

Leave the toys to St. Nick, we Bridge kids bring dreams,
Sweet visits to remind you all is not as it seems
When you look all around you with tired Earthly eyes.
If you saw as we do, there'd be joy and surprise.

There are fur angels waiting by those Christmas trees,
Always there for you and hearing your pleas.
We're never more than a thought away from your home,
You're never forgotten, you're never alone.

Nor are we alone here, with our Rainbow Bridge friends.
We know only joy here, the celebrating never ends,
And after our reunions with you Christmas Eve,
We Bridge kids will party like you'd never believe.

But we'll slip away often to be by your side.
Sitting there watching you, eyes open wide,
Praying you'll be able to catch a glimpse of us, too.
But whether or not you see us - Merry Christmas to you!

Written by - Cindy Morgan (2007)

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LODESTONE 12/27/2012 7:30PM

    Such an amazing welcoming committee. If I started naming names, I''d feel like the old Romper Room show when looking into the Magic Mirror. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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THINRONNA 12/26/2012 4:48AM

    Lovely. Thank you.

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TXGRANDMA 12/24/2012 8:13AM

    Oh, my gosh! This is so beautiful, and like many others it brought the tears to my eyes! I have sent horses, dogs, cats and others all over that bridge, and it makes me smile to see them all gathered in that deep green grass, playing!
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JAMER123 12/24/2012 12:19AM

    emoticon emoticon I can hardly see through my tears to read the beautiful poem, I am sure we are visited every night by our little Angel and she helps guide us as we travel. Missing all our little ones this Christmas season!
emoticon for sharing!!

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KAYDE53 12/23/2012 11:18PM

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SUGARBABY60 12/23/2012 10:36PM

    Another winner jewels, thanks! Our dog LEMON will go over the rainbow Bridge on dec 27 .

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GOOZLEBEAR 12/23/2012 7:52PM

    Awesome Jules, I'm now sitting here with tears running down my face thinking of all my precious furbabies that are now at the Rainbow Bridge. Thank you for sharing!

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MILLISMA 12/23/2012 4:43PM

    Jules, thanks so much for posting this. It made me cry but warmed my heart. Dad says he wakes up at night sometimes since it feels like his kitty jump on his bed. I plan on keeping this and printing it.

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KATHRYNLP 12/23/2012 10:25AM

    I have many-many old friends on that Rainbow Bridge... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GAYLE-G-63 12/23/2012 9:59AM

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LEW0213 12/23/2012 9:44AM

    It is kind of hard to type with eyes blurred with tears. This has been an especially hard Christmas for me. I lost 2 of my very special fur friends, my Kiana and my beautiful Gypsy Rose. I still hear Gypsy Rose some mornings when I go up to the barn.

Thank you, Jules, for this very special blog. It is a keeper.
Hugs, Linda

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PAMBWS 12/23/2012 7:48AM

    A lovely poem...

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REMEMBER2BME 12/23/2012 6:33AM

    Sure, make me ball first thing in the morning. No really, sometimes a good cry is what I need. I like it, beautiful. Just miss my Aspen girl is all.

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CHERIRIDDELL 12/23/2012 4:34AM

    I loved this Juleen thank you for posting it!

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TIME4COFFEE 12/23/2012 2:23AM

    Your poem paints such a pretty picture.

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NELLIEC 12/23/2012 12:02AM

    I know that my mom who loved pets as much as I do is there with my pets and hers making sure that they know they are loved.

My oldest son's dog will be staying with me now. Since my oldest son can't have him with him for now, I will make sure that Caspian the dog knows that he is loved. It would have been very sad for him to be staying at the home of the parents of my DIL and now her also. She is breaking all ties with our family. My youngest son got a condo to satisfy her and now he is stuck with it and can't keep his brother's dog with him. I hope that their dogs will be loved at least by the little kids.

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PDSLIM 12/22/2012 10:50PM

    Enjoyed this. Thanks for sharing.

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ARIABOO10 12/22/2012 10:39PM

    Merry Christmas to all our pets at the rainbow bridge. I am sure my dad and uncle will be giving them tons of Christmas goodies.

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The Overtired Parents - 'Twas The Night Before Christmas

Friday, December 21, 2012

‘Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house, not a creature was stirring…except the mouse that we found burrowing a hole in the wall of the garage who has probably started a nest in one of the kids’ presents we’ve been storing out there.

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, even Nora’s, which totally doesn’t match because I ordered it from Pottery Barn separately and guessed the wrong color but couldn’t return it because I’d had it monogrammed—grrr.

The children were nestled, finally passed out in their beds, while visions of iPhones and flashlights (their only Christmas request) danced in their heads.

I in my apron (making egg casserole for Christmas brunch, which—ack!—I’m hosting) and Nick in his khakis with tools in his lap, surrounded by presents we still had to wrap. And assemble. And possibly still run out and buy from CVS or whatever place might be open at 11 p.m. the night before Christmas.

When out of Nick’s mouth, there arose such a clatter, I ran from the kitchen to see what was the matter. Away to the living room I flew like a flash, just in time to catch Nick tearing open the boxes, throwing the directions and—crash!

It was late, we were tired, the fire barely aglow, and the wine we’d drank at Christmas Eve dinner gave a luster of haze to the objects below.

When what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a wooden dollhouse in 80 miniature pieces lying haphazardly on the floor. A refrigerator, a bed, a wall, a door, a tiny loaf of bread and a million things more.

I knew in a moment it must be that Nick didn’t put this thing together yesterday like I’d asked.

More rapid than eagles his curses they came, and he grunted and groaned and call me a name. “Now Erin! C’mon! Are you kidding me here? I thought we were getting her a baby doll this year? I’m gonna lose it! I can’t! I’m pitching a fit. Seriously, babe, where did you buy this s**t!”

And then, in my fantasy world, I heard on the roof, the prancing and pawing of each little hoof. As I imagined it in my head, and was turning around, down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.

Except he didn’t. It was just Nick and me and all this crap we still had to wrap. Defeated, exhausted, we almost gave up. But it’s Christmas! We love this day! We love this season! And so we bucked up and pushed through without any reason…except for the fact that our kids would be wildly disappointed if they woke up to half-assembled unwrapped gifts and pissed off parents.

Nick told a joke, I passed him the tape and slowly the dollhouse began to take shape. I realized he was funny and cute, a right jolly old elf, and I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself. A wink of his eye and a twist of his Phillips head, soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

We spoke not a word, but went straight to our work, and filled all the stockings, without saying “you $@# jerk.” We took bites from the cookies, adjusted the bows, piled packages under the tree, then up to our bedroom we rose. And then we exclaimed, before we turned out the light, “Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!”

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PAMBWS 12/22/2012 9:47AM

    Probably really true in a lot of houses...

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KAYDE53 12/22/2012 12:12AM

    oh yeah, been there, done that, but it's been a while!!

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SUGARBABY60 12/21/2012 10:53PM

    Adopting 6 kids under five yrs .....been there, done that ! The funniest Xmas eve was buying a four sweater circling teeter totter that had to be assembled and the instructions were in FRENCH! We of course had NO French knowledge. OMG what a night...got it assembled by 6 a m Xmas morning just before the kids woke up!
Like I said been there don emoticon e that!

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MAKINANIMPACT 12/21/2012 11:53AM

    Love it!! It sounds just like my house after Christmas!!!!

Have a great holiday!


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TIME4COFFEE 12/21/2012 10:38AM

    Charming and cute.

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LJOYCE55 12/21/2012 10:32AM

  so cute - thank you.

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GOOZLEBEAR 12/21/2012 10:07AM

    Oh yes, sure brings back memories!!!!! emoticon

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LEW0213 12/21/2012 9:59AM

    Brings back memories of when my kids were little. How I miss that now. Thanks, Jules

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KATHRYNLP 12/21/2012 9:39AM

    Too funny... with a lot of truth packed in it! emoticon emoticon

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MILLISMA 12/21/2012 9:22AM

    Funny with a lot of truth there!!!!

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WINE4GIRL 12/21/2012 6:43AM

    Amazing how parents can rally to see the wonder and joy in children's eyes.
Loved this... been there!

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THINRONNA 12/21/2012 4:02AM

    Oh that is fantastic! ...and makes me feel a little better about the fact that I still have 90 percent of my shopping to do, and 100 percent of my wrapping and assembling to do! ack!

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DESERTDREAMERS 12/21/2012 3:43AM

    That was great!

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10 Christmas Presents You DON'T Want

Thursday, December 20, 2012

1. What's the point??

2. Ahhh No thanks I'm a vegetarian!!

3. Not in my stocking thanks

4. From a disgruntled dog

5. A fart filter ........ Ahhhh no!!

6. From a pissed off pussy??

7. YIKES!!!

8. Don't ask me what it is, all I know is I don't want it!!

9. WHY???????????


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PAMBWS 12/22/2012 9:55AM

    Too true...nothing on that list that I want.

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DRB13_1 12/21/2012 12:15AM

can you believe this stuff?
thanks for the smiles

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FLOWERDALEJEWEL 12/20/2012 10:23PM

Sorry about number 5 the title didn't show ...... it's a fart filter, aren't you glad you all know this?? emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHRIS3874 12/20/2012 10:20PM

    Too funny

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CATIATM 12/20/2012 8:51PM

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KAYDE53 12/20/2012 8:46PM

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GLC2009 12/20/2012 8:30PM

    i almost bought the cat butt magnets for a stocking stuffer this year, but, i restrained myself. obviously you wouldn't have been thrilled to unwrap that gift. emoticon

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LJOYCE55 12/20/2012 12:44PM

  What is number 5? The rest are definitely not on my Xmas list. Thank you for posting. emoticon

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TIME4COFFEE 12/20/2012 11:49AM

    You're right...I can do without any of those treasures...

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SHARJOPAUL 12/20/2012 10:43AM

    As an organic gardener, the scoop of manure sounds okay but the rest of it NO THANKS.

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KATHRYNLP 12/20/2012 9:26AM

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ANNCHER 12/20/2012 9:26AM

    Funny! Have a great day! Hugs! emoticon

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MILLISMA 12/20/2012 9:17AM

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    Thank you for the laughs! Merry Christmas :)

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AMANDACOETZER 12/20/2012 4:59AM

    Yes, indeed!! Lol!

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Christmas Presents - Be Careful What You Wish For!!!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

As a joke, my brother used to hang a pair of panty hose
over his fireplace before Christmas.

He said all he wanted was for Santa to fill them.
What they say about Santa checking the list twice must be true because
every Christmas morning, although Jay's kids' stockings were overflowed,
his poor pantyhose hung sadly empty.

One year I decided to make his dream come true.
I put on sunglasses and went in search of an inflatable love doll. They don't
sell those things at Wal-Mart. I had to go to an adult bookstore downtown.
If you've never been in an X-rated store, don't go. You'll only confuse
yourself. I was there an hour saying things like, "What does this do?"
"You're kidding me!" " Who would buy that?"

Finally, I made it to the inflatable doll section.
I wanted to buy a standard, uncomplicated doll that could also substitute as a
passenger in my truck so I could use the car pool lane during rush hour.
Finding what I wanted was difficult. Love dolls come in many different
models. The top of the line, according to the side of the box, could do
things I'd only seen in a book on animal husbandry. I settled for "Lovable
Louise." She was at the bottom of the price scale.
To call Louise a "doll" took a huge leap of imagination.

On Christmas Eve, with the help of an old bicycle pump, Louise came to life.
My sister-in-law was in on the plan and let me in during the wee morning
hours, long after Santa had come and gone. I filled the dangling pantyhose
with Louise's pliant legs and bottom. I also ate some cookies and drank what
remained of a glass of milk on a nearby tray. I went home, and giggled for a
couple of hours.

The next morning my brother called to say that Santa had been to his house
and left a present that had made him VERY happy but had left the dog
confused. She would bark, start to walk away, then come back and bark
some more. We all agreed that Louise should remain in her panty hose so
the rest of the family could admire her when they came over for the
traditional Christmas dinner.

My grandmother noticed Louise the moment she walked in the door.
"What the hell is that?" she asked. My brother quickly explained, "It's a doll."
"Who would play with something like that?" Granny snapped. I had several
candidates in mind, but kept my mouth shut. "Where are her clothes?"
Granny continued. "Boy, that turkey sure smells nice, Gran," Jay said, trying
to steer her into the dining room. But Granny was relentless. "Why doesn't
she have any teeth?"

Again, I could have answered, but why would I? It was Christmas and no
one wanted to ride in the back of the ambulance saying, "Hang on Granny,
Hang on!"

My grandfather, a delightful old man with poor eyesight, sidled up to me and
said," Hey, who's the naked gal by the fireplace?" I told him she was Jay's
friend. A few minutes later I noticed Grandpa by the mantel, talking to
Louise. Not just talking, but actually flirting.

It was then that we realized this might be Grandpa's last Christmas at home.

The dinner went well. We made the usual small talk about who had died,
who was dying, and who should die, when suddenly Louise made a
noise that sounded a lot like my father in the bathroom in the morning.
Then she lurched from the panty hose, flew around the room twice, and fell
in a heap in front of the sofa.

The cat screamed. I passed cranberry sauce through my nose, and
Grandpa ran across the room, fell to his knees, and began administering
mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. My brother fell back over his chair and wet
his pants and Granny threw down her napkin, stomped out of the room, and
sat in the car.

It was indeed a Christmas to treasure and remember.

Later in my brother's garage, we conducted a thorough examination to
decide the cause of Louise's collapse. We discovered that Louise had
suffered from a hot ember to the back of her right thigh. Fortunately, thanks
to a wonder drug called duct tape, we restored her to perfect health.

Louise went on to star in several bachelor party movies.

I think Grandpa still calls her whenever he can get out of the house.

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WINE4GIRL 12/21/2012 6:51AM

    emoticon Way too funny!

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KAYDE53 12/19/2012 11:10PM

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MILLISMA 12/19/2012 9:29PM

    I can't stop laughing and I can picture the whole thing!!!!!

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GOOZLEBEAR 12/19/2012 8:37PM

    I needed this chuckle tonight!!!! emoticon

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TIME4COFFEE 12/19/2012 3:45PM

    It's so nice Louise found a career as a true AIRHEAD in bachelor party movies.


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LJOYCE55 12/19/2012 10:51AM

  OK, I have to know. How does one clean cranberry sauce out of one's nose and sinus cavities? So funny, thank you. emoticon

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THINRONNA 12/19/2012 9:41AM

    Thank you for a good laugh and some great imagery!

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KATHRYNLP 12/19/2012 9:29AM

    OMG!!! Just imagine that Christmas Day! That will be the talk of Christmas for years to come. Thanks for the belly laughs, Jules! emoticon emoticon

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LEW0213 12/19/2012 9:12AM

    It is so hard to type when you're laughing but I'm giving it a try. This was hysterical, Jules. Thank you so much for start my day with laughter. Love you!!


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SUGARBABY60 12/19/2012 6:53AM

    Leave it to you jewels! Outrageously funny....don't you just love family get to gathers ? emoticon

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GARDENCHRIS 12/19/2012 6:45AM

    how funny! sound like something my son would do! LOLOL emoticon

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SHIRLANGEL 12/19/2012 4:24AM

    Oh my gosh! This is hard to not laugh at out loud while reading. Fortunately I didn't wake hubby. emoticon emoticon

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The 12 Aussie Days of Christmas

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

It has been said that in six days God made Heaven and Earth
and on the seventh day he had some fun and created the Australian animals and birds.

On the twelve days of Christmas
My true love sent to me

Twelve parrots prattling

Eleven numbats nagging

Ten lizards leaping

Nine wombats working

Eight possums playing

Seven koalas climbing

Six platypuses

Five Kangaroos

Four kookaburras

Three jabirus

Two pink galahs

And an emu up a gum tree

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 12/19/2012 10:18PM

    Awe, the emu is too cute for words

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MILLISMA 12/19/2012 9:31PM

    emoticon it's like being in Australia again!!!!

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LODESTONE 12/19/2012 9:28PM

Emu looks like I feel in the morning!! hahahahaha

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CATIATM 12/18/2012 5:53PM

    I love it!!!

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TIME4COFFEE 12/18/2012 1:58PM

    Adorable animals!

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SHARJOPAUL 12/18/2012 10:54AM

    Love it!!!

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LJOYCE55 12/18/2012 10:36AM

  I love this one. I never even heard of numbats before and they are so cute. Thank you for taking the time to put this together. emoticon

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KATHRYNLP 12/18/2012 9:44AM

    I loved this, Jules... great fun! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANNCHER 12/18/2012 9:33AM

    Great picture! Thanks for sharing! Have a great day! Hugs! emoticon

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GOOZLEBEAR 12/18/2012 8:29AM

    I love these pictures of the animals native to your country, just beautiful!
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PAMBWS 12/18/2012 8:05AM

    That's funny...I love all the 'interesting' creatures that ihhabit Australia.

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THINRONNA 12/18/2012 3:30AM

    So great! I am going to show this to my kids!

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SUGARBABY60 12/18/2012 3:26AM

    Fantastic photos so colorful and very unique animals for sure.

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