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Our Pets have received their Angel Wings . . . . 

St. Francis

St. Francis of Assisi, lover of all creation, 
champion of justice, patron saint of animals
and the environment, founded the Franciscan Order.
His feast day is October 4.

If you would like to know more about St. Francis click on the link below.
 Who was St. Francis?


Pet Blessing October 4th

Christians everywhere celebrate the feast of St. Francis of Assisi 
on October 4 by blessing their pets in the spirit of this patron saint 
of animals and ecology. Join us for our first annual Blessing of
our Beloved Pets that have gone to the Bridge.

The bond between person and pet is like no other relationship, because 
the communication between fellow creatures is at its most basic. Eye-to-eye, 
a man and his dog, or a woman and her cat, are two creatures of love. 

Some people criticize the amount and cost of care given to pets.
People are more important, they say. 
Care for poor people instead of poodles. 
And certainly our needy fellow humans should not be neglected. 

However, I believe every creature is important. 
The love we give to a pet, and receive from a pet, 
can draw us more deeply into the larger circle of life, 
into the wonder of our common relationship to our Creator. 

 Some of the above passages are by
Kevin E. Mackin, O.F.M., who 
is a Franciscan of the Holy Name Province
Click below to read his entire passage in full
 http://www.americancatholic.org/Features/francis/blessing.asp


Today, October 4th, 2006, 
the Members of the Rainbow Bridge Pet Diabetes Group 
want to share some pictures and stories 
of pets that have enriched their lives
and have left their home on Earth
and been thrust into the arms of eternity forever.

Blessing for Deceased Pet 
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Laughter and Joy
Which this pet has given us.
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And care with all living things
 
Queenie's was born in Jan. of 1991
Joined our family April 11th, 1991
Became Diabetic on April 23, 1995 
She was entrusted  into the 
Arms of God on March 3rd, 2003 
Her legacy will continue forever! 
www.petdiabetes.com
She will live in my heart forever!
I love you Queen!
Please God take care of My Girl until we are together again! 


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Jordi was my soulmate, and a great friend to all who knew him. 
Jordi went to the Bridge on December 8, 2006. 
He was 12 1/2, and he managed 4 years of diabetes,
cushings, hypothyroidism, cataract removal and many other
challenges, with all the zest of the trooper he truly was. 
I miss him with all my heart, every day. 
As I say to him every night before I go to sleep,
Mommy loves Jordi.


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Adeline holding Kacey
I would like my 2 poodles 

Grey Echo 
and Black Kacey 
remembered with love, forever.
Both were diabetics and had cushings.
Echo lived till he was 15,
Kacey till he was 16.
Never Forgotten By Adeline's Heart


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Snowball, Molly & Storm,
my beloved Eskies that I miss 
sooooooooooo much :*o{

Lynn
 


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From left to right, these are the furbabies 
that were gracious enough to share their lives with me:
Fluffy was my very first dog-he was a mixed breed puppy bought at a pet store
for a whopping $5.00-he died from leptospirosis one month till the day after
I got married-either he was heartbroken or was trying to warn me.

Spotty took Fluffy's place because he looked just like him-that was what my Mom
said as we adopted him from the Fairfield Animal Shelter-no the color was not
the same nor the eyes or anything, but my Mom thought so-he was about a year 
old when we got him and he lived into his teen when he died of cancer.

Major was a free, mixed breed puppy which my husband and I got for free from 
a relative of a co-worker-he had the face of a German Shepherd and the body of
a Huskie-he was very smart and the first pet my husband had ever had-they were
great buddies-he died just after our divorce when I had to leave my home and take
my dogs and move in with my parents-he was 13 years old and I think that he 
knew he just couldn't go through the change of moving-one day he just wouldn't 
get up and we took him to the vets and they said he was in pain and we helped 
him go to the Bridge-it was the only time I saw my ex-husband cry so hard.

Mike-also known as Mikey, was a free puppy from one of my neighbors-all the 
neighbors wanted him as he was a silver gray color-well his coat turned beige and 
he was the biggest dog of the whole litter-he was tall and thin and not too bright-he 
was my Marmaduke-thank God for most of his life he had Major around-he just 
did what Major did-barked when he barked-he died at the age of 11 after having
recovered from two strokes-he had a third and then I helped him to the Bridge.

Murphy-he was roaming around the parking lot where I worked-he looked mostly
Beagle probably about two years old-I drove out of the parking lot and said no 
way-I then backed up the street into the parking lot, opened the back door and 
said if you want a home, get in, and he did-he did not bark for one year-he 
quivered every time you tried to pet him-he had been abused-but he learned to
trust us and had a wonderful like despite having epilepsy-phenobarb in the am 
and pm and only a seizure every eight months or so-he got sick when he was 
about 13 years old-had x-rays for the first time and found he had pellets in his 
whole body from being shot with a pellet gun-I wished he could have talked
for 30 seconds and told me who did this to him-but it was cancer that got 
him-he had the tumor removed and was recovering well but four days 
after bringing him home he got very lethargic and died in the ER clinic.

Those are my angels, my best friends, 
my family-always to be in my heart and mind.
Thanks for letting me share-
Love always-
Regi and Buddy too


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Which this pet has given us.
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Herman
My boy just left this March, and is still missed terribly. 
He was my shadow and soul mate, and can never be replaced.
His love will be remembered always. 
His way of butting you to get you to pat him is still felt from time to time.
Here's to my precious.

Barb W
Don't cry because it's over; smile because it happened.


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Our Special Angels
Waiting at the Rainbow Bridge
With love and kisses
Mom and Dad

(Linda and Larry Underhill)

Koaley 3/01/75-1/19/85             Tyler 2/17/86-5/20/91
Our Sugar Babies

Heidi 6/19/91-4/03/05           Crosby 6/19/91-04/16/06
You both will be missed everyday of our lives,  Gretchen is walking in
your footsteps in the backyard now but we see you both there also...

Till we meet again,
We love you, Mom and Dad...Linda and Larry
.

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Laughter and Joy
Which this pet has given us.
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And care with all living things

Jack Doolan (Aust. Ch) Curaduk Colonial Boy was the from  first litter of 
Australian Terriers that I ever bred.  He was born in December 1981 and left us
in November 1997 not long before his sixteenth birthday.  He was a wonderful dog. 
When my daughter Linda used to ring us on the phone I would hold the phone up
to Jack's ear and he would growl away into the mouth piece at her. 
He was such a character.
We had a funeral in the back yard and all sang "The Wild Colonial Boy"
with tears streaming down our faces.  I still miss him - he was like a baby to me.
My very first little Aussie baby. 
Jack Doolan
Aust. Ch. Curaduk Colonial Boy
December 22, 1981 –November 16, 1997

Don’t give me hope
Let me feel
The bitter sweet pain,
Let me cherish
This aching heart,
This crumpled flower
Which once bloomed
In joy.
Let me weep,
Let me feel,
And the tears
Will wash away
The hurt,
The anguish,
The sorrow

November 16, 1997 
Always Remembered by Josephine


Blessing for Deceased Pet 
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Curaduk Saucy Sara, Such a sweet wonderful dog.  She was my friend and 
my inspiration.  When she was younger she used to "work" in a hospital for t
he elderly providing companionship and she was much loved by the residents. 
She had an eye removed due to glaucoma and for some reason the other eye
became sympathetically blind.  She overcame many obstacles and fears (for
the blindness was very sudden and this is always harder to cope with for a dog).

 The tears fall
Not just from my eyes
They fall within.
Every tear is acid
burning a heart
Heavy with sorrow.
So heavy
I know not
If I can bear the load

 Each breath a sob
A cry of pain.
Oh my love
I miss you...
Friend,
Soul Mate,
But you are gone.
There are others...
People say.
But not like you.
Each is different
Each holds a separate place
In my heart.
I love them all
In individual ways
But none can fill the void 
That you have left.
Only time will help
To heal the rift
So that when I think of you
The happy memories
Will come
To lift my soul
To lighten my  heart
Until at last
I  think not of the sadness
You have left behind.
But only of the love we shared

Curaduk Saucy Sara
11/8/1986   -   24/11/2002
Always Remembered by Josephine


Blessing for Deceased Pet 
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Laughter and Joy
Which this pet has given us.
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And care with all living things

Buddy was my real live Pound Puppy. He was by adopted my son Frank and I, 
12 years ago.  We were in the process of adopting a puppy from a nearby no-kill
shelter, when we had to wait about 1 hr for them to process paperwork, 
Frank & I went to the town shelter to just look around, neither of us had ever
been there.  As soon as we walked in there he was! Buddy was the 
oddest-looking pup in the litter, not looking like any of his siblings.  His face
was slightly deformed and looked as if he was smiling.  We both immediately
fell in love; we did not adopt the other pup and took Bud home. 

He lived for 12 years; he was a great and loving companion.  Bud left us on 
Sat. 9/23/06- he had prostate cancer and there was no option but to allow
him to leave us.  Both Frank & I were there.  My son commented that it was 
both of us who found and brought Bud home, it was fitting that we were both
there when he died.  We miss him terribly but know in our hearts he is playing
in the grass at the Rainbow Bridge, with our 1st pup, Doobie, who left us j
ust before Bud arrived.  Our hearts ache. 

Always Remembered by Frank and Pat


Blessing for Deceased Pet 
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Which this pet has given us.
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Tessie 1992-2005
She came here in 1993, soon into the new year.
She was from the  shelter, and about 6 months or so old.
She was a grande dame of the pack here at my house.... Always 
welcomed new doggedies and seemed to take them under her care. She 
would, from day one, try to 'herd' us human and dog alike, into the 
living room or somewhere she could keep a collie eye on us.
If you were eating something she thought she should have, 
she let you  know it with those eyes.

10 days before she went to the bridge, she was feeling the pain we 
did not know was there. Bless her big baby heart, she still played, 
albeit half-heartedly, and would bark is something did not seem right 
to her. I only wish she could have told us when she started to feel 
bad, but her manner and dignity wouldn't let her.

When I saw the growth in her, and what it was doing to her, it made 
this decision easier to make, but even today, almost 2 years later, I 
still think of her and can almost feel her here. I'd like to think 
she is still keeping watch on us.

Sleep baby girl, you're still being cuddled in my heart. 
Always Remembered by Jenny


Blessing for Deceased Pet 
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Laughter and Joy
Which this pet has given us.
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And care with all living things

Espresso
Pepper:was my first baby that my Mom got me when I was 5ish... He was a mini
black poodle.. Unfortunately we sent him to the bridge when I was in high school
as he was diagnosed diabetic and if you think that vets are ignorant on the subject
NOW!! They were even more so 20 plus years ago! And I thought I was doing 
what was best for him.. I am sorry Pepper that I was ignorant and didn't know better.

Dallano: was Taco's brother and was killed by the other dogs one day while I was
at work... It was my ultimate nightmare come true to come home and find one of 
my babys dead.. I'm sorry Dallano that I didn't come home from work earlier, 
or was able to save you...

Espresso... My reason for being part of this list... 
I miss you and even now months later cannot talk too much or think too much 
about you.. To you I just want to say... I hope you knew just how much I loved you!! 
Always Remembered by Dawn

Thank you Dawn for taking time to gather all the pictures
from everybody for today's Blessing or Our Deceased Pets.


Blessing for Deceased Pet 
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Which this pet has given us.
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And care with all living things

Barney
Barney was my little buddy, he followed me every where and just loved to go 
for walks, or for rides in the car or he just loved to lay on the porch and survey
the activity in the neighborhood.  He always had a smile on his face and he gave 
me 13 1/2 years of unconditional love.  He was 2-3 years old when he adopted me. 
I had a friend who rescued mini schanauzers, I was at her house for dinner
one evening and he just followed me around all night, he was so skinny and 
needed a lot of love, so I brought him home with me in October of 1993 
over the years he had many health problems but he was a fighter on April 3, 2006
Barney passed on to the Rainbow Bridge.  I can just see him running free with the
biggest smile on his face, playing with all the other animals at the bridge.

Always Remembered by Paula


Blessing for Deceased Pet 
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Which this pet has given us.
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Dweeb and Melissa
Our wonderful boy Dweeb (ndd) journeyed to the Bridge Jan. 6, 2000, as 
a result of CHF, leaving his little sister Melissa (dd) devastated.  Dweebie
was a Cavalier King Charles cross (male) and Melissa a Miniature Schnauzer.
I brought Melissa home as a 6 week old puppy and Dweeb immediately decided
he would mother her.  Poor little girl!!  Every time she awoke from a nap,
had anything to eat or even looked the least bit suspicious, he would herd
her out the door (with me in hot pursuit).   Dweeb had never had accidents
in the house and he wasn't about to allow Melissa to have any either.   They
were totally devoted to each other as we were to them.  Melissa never truly
recovered from the loss and about a year later, developed diabetes.   It was
a long, hard struggle for 2 1/2 years and just as we were making progress
with the diabetes, cancer struck, and we had to help our little girl to the
Bridge on Oct. 6, 2004.  Although they're gone from this earth, they are
forever in my heart.  Rest in peace my sweet babies.

Love Forever,
Mommy (Gail), Daddy (Jack) and Butch the Bichon


Blessing for Deceased Pet 
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Laughter and Joy
Which this pet has given us.
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And care with all living things

Paisley
My Paisley, my first doggie of my own.  She lived from Feb. 1986 to
Dec. 13th 1993.  I used to take her to college with me, when I had
a studio class, & carried her inside my jacket when she was a puppy.
She ventured out into the world with me, when I got my own apartment, 
& moved around with me as I started my career.
We lost her in a tragic accident, which will always be the worst day 
of my life.  I was forever changed that day, to do whatever I can to
help & save animals when it's in my power to do so.
I loved her so much, & still do....

Tons of love & hugs & kisses to you, my sweet "P"
.....mommy holds you dear in her heart forever....
"Mommy (Tracey)"


Blessing for Deceased Pet 
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Silky Sue
We will always Miss you Silk. Vegas misses you most of all . He misses all 
those kisses and ear cleanings you used to give him.We all still look lovingly 
under the kitchen table where you used to lay remembering your face. 

Till we meet again
Pat, Tonya, Vegas, Reno, hog, Scan and Baybay


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Grunt
Grunt was my sisters favorite squirrel.
She was bottle fed until she was able to go out on her own.
 She always came to visit my sister sitting on her eating peanuts. 
She will be missed
Tonya for Diana


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Orangie
Orangie was the sweetest fantail. 
As soon as I would come in the room she would float to the top to see me. 
She like to be hand fed. I will miss you orangie and always remember you.
Tonya 


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Shango, Ricco and little girl
Shango and Ricco are Vegas and Renos great great uncles. We have so many
wonderful memories its so hard to pick which ones. My husband still kisses 
Shangos picture before leaving the house no matter what..if he forgets we
come back home so he can. Shango and Vegas are so much alike just like 
Ricco and Reno.Ricco was a huge furball who loved to jump through the sprinkler. 
Little girl was an norweigan elkhound.  She was dumped so I brought her home.
She lived her last 8 years with just 2 legs. I just dreampt about her last night 
she must have known today was memorial day.

Love and miss you guys 
Tonya and Pat 


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Chico
We got CHICO IN 1985. 
He was diagnosed with diabetes in 1/99. 
We lost him in January  2006.
We miss him and love him.

 Ed & Jacqueline Spencer


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Fred
Hi everyone,  I am still lurking on this list but I will never forget t
he love and support I got from all of you for our Fred.

  I have had many pets over the years- Many budgies and goldfish.  We had 
an Indian ring neck parrot, Paul, that came to us injured and ended up 
being the most phenomenal talker.

  Then we had another ring-neck who we got as a small chick 
who was blind in one eye but was the most adorable little creature.

  Baby followed as she lived until she was 23 and passed away suddenly last year
with a broken back.  We still do not know how this happened but were devastated 
after having her so long.  Her mate Peter is still alive and well at around 27 years.

  And then of course there was Fred, the big love of our lives.  He was a basenji 
and very typical of his breed - not friendly with anyone but his family.  He 
developed diabetes and then an adrenal tumor, cataracts and then Cushings
disease.  He survived through cataract surgery to retsore his sight, surgery 
to remove his adrenal tumor, but eventually God called him on July 12, 2004 
at 10 1/2 years old.  He was very ill for the last 2 1/2 years of his life but it 
was through him that we met all the great people on this list and other lists. 
It was through him that we learnt not to blindly trust vets and medication
and to always look for something other than the obvious.

  After Fred we did not want another dog but our Lab Sasha was so lonely that
we had to do something.  So Fred was follwed but 2 more basenjis 
(father and son) who are just the most delightful and sweet doggies. 
Our parrot baby was succeeded by an African grey parrot named Dante.

  I know that it is our pets that have passed on make sure 
that we have another one to fill in the void for us to love.

  They may be gone from our sight but we know that they still are
making sure that we are okay.

  God Bless you sweets pets, until we meet again!

  Vanessa


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Nine beautiful pets have graced my life; each different and unique, and most
managing to be a pain in the &% at some time or another, but I've loved them
all and think of them all often: Raisen, Tunes, Bear, Sheba, Sapphire, Domino,
Heidi, Sapphire, Chanel; all varieties of bundles of fur, but each warmth and
comfort and a light so bright to make the sun fade in their presence. Your
company is sorely missed! Just fair warning 4-legged offspring of mine -
Grandpa is at the 19th Hole, watching over you, so play with the 
pretty yellow butterflies and stay out of trouble!! 
Always Remembered by Kathy


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Let me contribute a few memories about my first schnauzer, Max.

He was a wonderful dog, kind, loving and dogged about living his own little life to
its fullest. At age 7, in the spring of 1994, he got hurt and we thought we were 
going to lose him. Racing to the door to bark at the UPS man, he slid head-first
into it and chipped a bone in his neck. The fragments slipped into his nerve
endings and left him unable to use his right side.

We took him to Kansas State - funny how there are threads that tie our 
pets' lives together - and they gave us one option: Load him up with steroids,
enough to the point they would eventually damage his liver in old age, let 
the nerve inflammation quiet down and see if he wanted to walk again. 
With hard work, they said, he could walk again - if he wanted to.

He did. It was a major struggle for him, but with the help of my parents he finally
began to stagger across the room. Eventually, he got about 95 percent of the 
movement back in his right limbs and he lived another 6 1/2 years before his heart
and liver gave out roughly simultaneously. We weren't aided, at that time, 
by his vet, who was useless. In that respect, I feel like I let Max down.

Max lived four years longer than his best friend, my dad. We brought him 
home after he died and buried him here at home. There isn't a day that 
goes by that I don't miss them both.

I was so broken up about losing him that I resolved never to get another pet. 
Two weeks after he died, though, a man brought a litter of schnauzer pups 
into the newspaper where I worked. Out of that came Mackie, and there 
isn't a doubt in my mind that Max brought the two of us together.

Always Remembered by Bill Wilson


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Jake & Thomas
Hello everyone,
I am still here, lurking as always!
If you could please think of Jake today, 
he passed 3rd October last year so it's a painful time.
Sweet Jake posed for the blood lip pictures on Judy's web site http://www.petdiabetes.com/bloodlip.html
Also remembering his buddy Thomas, who went to RB June 2003 (CDRM)

Thanks Gill and Gus (ndd)


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Kricket
Miss Kricket passed away July 24th, 2006...The day after my 55th birthday... 
She is missed daily by her family and especially Miss Lacey who worshiped
the ground Miss Kricket walked on... 
Miss Kricket was my baby girl for 12 years...We have a special box that has cute 
doggie pictures and 2 pink bows that have all of the things Miss Kricket cherished in
life...except for all of our memories of her and they are tucked away in our hearts....
We miss you so much *baby girl*

Barb K.
Angel Miss Kricket (3/22/1994-7/24/2006)
Meowzer (dc)
Lacey (ndd)
Tabitha (ndc)


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Herman
Mr. Herman was my husbands cat for many years...He was 16 years old when he
passed away Feb. 3, 2005...just 2 weeks before my husbands birthday...  The vets 
found out that Mr. Herman  had a cancer mass in his stomach...  and instead of him 
suffering so much we helped him cross over to Rainbow Bridge...
He is missed daily by his family...especially Miss Tabitha and Miss Lacey..... 
His loving spirit still lingers in our house...it is because of Mr. Herman
that we now have Meowzer...our diabetic Cat...

We miss you Mr. Herman...

Barb K.
Angel Miss Kricket (3/22/1994-7/24/2006)
Meowzer (dc)
Lacey (ndd)
Tabitha (ndc)


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Stetson
Stetson..aka..Bubba..diagnosed as a sugarbaby  Easter 2005..passed away
from a heart attack March 15,2006..he is truly missed..especially at dinnertime..:(..
he loved his Babies..he is the reason I joined this wonderful group of people..
Sue & Angel Stetson


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Tess
 OUR TRIBUTE
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God Bless Our Pets

They say memories are golden,
well, maybe that is true.
I never wanted memories, I only wanted you.

A million times I needed you,
a million times I cried.
If love alone could have saved you,
you never would have died.

In life I loved you dearly,
in death I love you still.
In my heart you hold a place
no one could ever fill.

If tears could build a stairway
and heartache make a lane,
I'd walk the path to heaven
and bring you back again.

Our family chain is broken,
and nothing seems the same.
But as God calls us one by one,
the chain will link again.

Author Unknown 


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