Pets Amore: A Pet Love Story Contest

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Submitted by best friend Kayla

As a young girl I began to have a love for horses. My mom was raised with one of her own so understood the desire I had for them. My parents had decided to let me ride a friends horse to see if that was something I was really going to follow through with, and I did. My father had finally saved up enough money to buy a horse for my mom, but it still wasn’t “mine”. I had convinced them it was time that I deserved my own horse, so my was doing what he could to save the money to buy me what I deserved.

Sadly to say, during the time of saving money and looking for my next responsibility, my father had passed away a sudden death. Money saved was no longer for us to get my new friend, but to help my family in life. As this was going my fathers co workers had raised money for my family, in which my mom had split between my brother and I. as my dad always promised me I would one day have my new friend, my mom made the decision with the money from the co workers to buy me my pal. The search went on.

As a little girl I didn’t want the plain brown horse because it just wanted “pretty” enough, I was being picky. After looking at a few horses we had made an appointment to go check out a five year old gelding named Weekend. We show up and guess what, he’s brown. Narrow minded I went and looked anyways. He was a very large overpowering horse for this little girl to have. I rode him, brushed him, talked to him like I would with any others I had looked at. I fell in love with him. I told my mom “I had to have him!” So, yes, I brought him home, and the battle began.

As I had said this horse was very overpowering for a nine year old girl to have, but I attempted to ride him anyways. I was very excited to show him off to friends and take them for rides, which any kid would do with a new horse. I had brought over my best friend Madeline, jumped on the horse, and rode around the arena. Before I knew it Weekend had taken off bucking, I had no control. We both had fallen off, Madeline ending up with a broken wrist. I then decided I didn’t want that horse anymore and we should sell him. What had happened to that loving horse I first feel in love with the day I went and bought him? I was just confused.

That’s not exactly what happened. My mom had started riding Weekend, and I had taken over her horse, Jackson. We rode like we would before; I just no longer wanted Weekend for me. Time had gone by with the horse trade until one day she absolutely needed me to get on my horse, Weekend. I did, but not very happy and with lots of fear. He was the horse that would be scared of something and take off the opposite direction at a very fast speed, me not being able to control him. Bucking was in his normal routine, and as I rode him more and more I learned how to deal with it.

I did, once again, get sick of my horse just being himself. Now being twelve I didn’t want to fight a horse every time I just wanted to go on a trail ride. Luckily, I lived at a ranch that let me borrow a horse of theirs named, Oakie. I really learned how to understand a horse a lot better from this one. We competed in competitions; I rode him on a regular basis. I just claimed him. Weekend, well he was just another horse in the pasture. But something brought me back to getting on Weekend again, although I thought Oakie was my new best friend.

I finally became extremely close with my horse. I rode all the time, I compete on him, I can do anything with him no fear. Until one day, I stayed the night at my grandmas, and I get a call from my mom at 6:00 am. “Kayla, Weekend is collicing you need to get here quick!” I instantly began to bawl, this is my best friend, my kid, in my eyes. I ran downstairs and just took off, homeward bound. I made it home so quick to see my boy in much pain and extremely sick. But he knows his mom, I can tell he just felt better with me there. I did everything I could to make him better, nothing worked, it was time to go to the vet.

I get there, pull him out of the trailer, and right away the doctor says it doesn’t look good. They ran test and such and suggested we keep him there and put IV’s in him. I didn’t want to leave him, so we tried the lighter fix first. They sick a tube in his nose through his stomach and pump oils into him to losing up everything in his stomach. Ended up, he had to stay the night anyways. The next day nothing was getting better, we had no choice but to sedate him and put him on IV. I tried to get my mind off it so my mom took me to the movies. We hadn’t heard any news. We talk out to our vehicle and phone rings, yes its Dr. Bass. My mom answers and begins to cry, hangs up the phone and looks at me, “Kayla, he’s probably not going to make it.”

The questions keep going through my head, “why is this happening.” I had to go see him just in case he wasn’t there the next day. I showed up and he was completely knocked out, snoring. I basically said my goodbyes, although I had planned to be there first thing the next morning. I couldn’t sleep that night.

Next morning came I was on my way to go see him. Once again, phone rings, Mom answers and this time starts to smile as she looks at me. She hangs up and says “he’s pulling through!!!” We couldn’t believe it. I got to the vet and I went back to the day I got him, so happy that I had this horse.

Years have gone by now and I still have Weekend, that brown horse I originally didn’t want. Best part is we understand each other, we learned from each other, and he’s the only horse I’ll get on and know that I can do anything on him, with my eyes closed. Believe it or not, I trust him. My poor boy is getting older, him being seventeen now, so I don’t ride him as much. But he’s not just another horse in the pasture; he’s my friend that will never leave my side.

I’ve now owned Weekend twelve years, we are still best friends.

Thanks everyone for your votes!

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{ 95 comments… read them below or add one }

Lana February 8, 2010 at 4:09 pm

Great story Kayla!

Jesse hansen February 8, 2010 at 4:24 pm

Good story.

Dorian freitas February 8, 2010 at 4:28 pm

Awwwww cuteee

Kim Bass February 8, 2010 at 5:14 pm

Kayla Hansen is my niece and I know the story of Weekend, they have grown up together and learned from each other. It is very inspirational!! I love you Kayla! Aunt Kim

jAMES February 8, 2010 at 6:17 pm


cynthia February 8, 2010 at 6:20 pm

thats a cute story.

dorian freitas February 8, 2010 at 6:21 pm

aaaaw cutee

drew eldredge February 8, 2010 at 6:24 pm

ahw super duper cute story…. i loved it !!!!!

don eldredge February 8, 2010 at 6:25 pm

very very good

dawn eldredge February 8, 2010 at 6:26 pm

thats a good story!

Lil February 8, 2010 at 7:25 pm

This was a true story, heart felt, tear jerking, but with a wonderful ending!!! Kayla you deserve to win for your brown horse Weekend.

Mandi Hansen February 8, 2010 at 9:00 pm

Beautiful story Kayla. I know how much you love this horse and it is truly amazing the bond between you =)

Jeanne Mercer February 8, 2010 at 9:25 pm

awesome good story

dawn eldredge February 8, 2010 at 9:47 pm

go girl

drew February 8, 2010 at 9:49 pm

get it get it

Sam February 9, 2010 at 12:08 am

What a touching story. So many ups and downs – such real emotion and I picture this innocent young girl who just loves horses and it shows how near tragdy can bring us closer together

lisa wuertemburg February 9, 2010 at 12:50 am

wonderful story and an amazing outcome! outcome!i

Schulte February 9, 2010 at 9:15 am

What a great story LK. You got my vote!

Schulte February 9, 2010 at 10:00 am

What a wonderfull story !

Kayla February 9, 2010 at 10:04 am

Thanks everyone!!!!

Cheryl A February 9, 2010 at 11:15 am

I know how much you love your horse and what a wonderful person you are. I hope you win, if anybody deserves this, it’s a wonderful person like you!

R. Schulte February 9, 2010 at 12:10 pm

Giddy up!

James Ahlberg February 9, 2010 at 12:55 pm

Very Nice!

drew February 9, 2010 at 2:11 pm

it was great to read such a good story!!

Drew eldredge February 9, 2010 at 2:26 pm

o m g

R. Schulte February 9, 2010 at 6:34 pm

What a cool story. You deserve to win this.

Eric Zachary Ryder February 9, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Nice story; great looking horse; cute girl. How could you NOT win! I voted twice, so far. I’m a friend of one of your parents friends. (Sam) Good luck. Eric

Tina February 9, 2010 at 10:57 pm

I love this story and I know about those calls from the vet, first hand….. aren’t memories a beautiful part of life

Lori Hansen February 10, 2010 at 9:01 am

Truely a wonderful and touching story of a girl and her horse. Good luck Kayla! You deserve it!

R. Schulte February 10, 2010 at 9:04 am

Best Story

Michael Warts February 10, 2010 at 3:51 pm

I would trade four donkeys for this horse! A beaded dreamcatcher I tell ya! Our dreams are all coming tru!

R. Schulte February 11, 2010 at 2:13 am

You go girl!

Merle Ohlhauser February 11, 2010 at 9:35 am

I believe that this horse has kept Kayla occupied and out of trouble, during her younger teen age years. As of now, Kayla has been working full time for the past 4 +yrs and has never been involved in any serious situations. Thanks to her horse “WEEK END”
I,m her grandfather and know her well.

Merle Ohlhauser February 11, 2010 at 10:44 am

Good story Kayla. I think that Weekend has kept you out of trouble during your school years.
Your grandfather.

nita February 11, 2010 at 10:45 am

It’s such a pretty story. Best Friends.
Good luck !!

Tanya Rose February 11, 2010 at 11:26 am

this story is beautiful..brought tears to my eyes..hope you win kayla&weekend! 🙂

Rhonda Jess February 11, 2010 at 3:14 pm

Such a great story Kayla! I STILL remember you as that 9 year old little girl riding Oakie!! The years have now passed…and instead of that adorable little girl…you have grown into a beautiful young women with an amazing heart. I will continue to vote for you and your story. Good luck!!

Peggy Ohlhauser II February 11, 2010 at 4:04 pm

Oh my sweet granddaughter! You did it! You are on the WWW! I love it. Your father and I (before you were born) knew you’d love Weekend! I’ve got a call on the other line, tata for now! YOU GO GIRL!

Kayla February 11, 2010 at 4:26 pm


Renee PAvon Gooby February 11, 2010 at 4:29 pm

Great story. Good Luck! Will vote every hour for you!

Donna February 11, 2010 at 5:28 pm

That was great Kayla!!!Both you and Weekend are wonderful and fun to be with!! Best of luck!! You both have my vote. 🙂

antie karen February 11, 2010 at 7:38 pm

Awesome story Kayla

Mikey February 11, 2010 at 7:46 pm

hecka cuteest story ever dude!

antie karen February 11, 2010 at 7:54 pm

Antie Karen: from Canada. beautiful story Kayla and Weekend

Lauren E February 11, 2010 at 8:27 pm

Looks like it’s down to you and “fence cat”. “Fence cat” is adorable, but your story made me cry. Weekend is gorgeous, even as a boring brown horse! Enjoy the rest of your years together.

Jennifer, how about giving away 2 portraits? haha

drew eldredge February 11, 2010 at 10:35 pm

so great!!!!

dawn eldredge February 11, 2010 at 10:35 pm

wonderful to resd

R. Schulte February 11, 2010 at 11:58 pm

And down the streach they come And its Weekend in frront !

Mikey February 12, 2010 at 9:39 am

lovely to read!

Lori February 12, 2010 at 9:47 am

Weekend coming in by a nose…..way to go! Keep it up! Lets add our city and state.
Escalon, CA

Donna February 12, 2010 at 10:06 am

Way to go Kayla!! We are all here for you and your best friend Weekend!! I have very good memories of you and Weekend. Have had many good times with both of you!
Tracy, CA

Fat Mike February 12, 2010 at 10:12 am

heck yea girl!

Jennifer February 12, 2010 at 10:46 am

Fence Cat and Weekend have really been great players!! I will have to find some way to reward them both.

Lil February 12, 2010 at 11:02 am

My grand daughter is a winner no matter what!!!!!

amber February 12, 2010 at 11:49 am

Amazing story kayla everyone keep voting


President's Day February 12, 2010 at 11:58 am

One might compare the relation of the ego to the id with that between a rider and her horse. The horse provides the locomotor energy, and the rider has the prerogative of determining the goal and of guiding the movements of his powerful mount towards it. But all too often in the relations between the ego and the id we find a picture of the less ideal situation in which the rider is obliged to guide her horse in the direction in which it itself wants to go.

Gail February 12, 2010 at 12:12 pm

Great story of love. very meaningful. Beautiful young lady!

Crows Landing, Ca.

Kayla Hansen February 12, 2010 at 12:15 pm

Thanks to everyone supporting me it means a lot!!! keep up the good work!!!!

P.S. For those people who dont like my story, i believe theres a saying “if you dont have something nice to say then dont say nothing at all.” get a life!

mikey February 12, 2010 at 12:16 pm

vote 617 !

Jennifer February 12, 2010 at 12:18 pm

Agreed. Let’s keep it positive here at Van Gogh My Pet!

Friendly Competition February 12, 2010 at 12:26 pm

It’s sad that the love of two people’s pets in a friendly competiton has gone to the bashing of one. Their stories and love for their animals should be what supports their votes. If you can’t handle competition, maybe you shouldn’t have crossed the Fence. Brutal comments don’t make that tally of votes rise. So this Weekend we’ll know who the real winner is no matter what!!!

Zukie February 12, 2010 at 12:30 pm

What a beautiful story! Love and pets always make beautiful music!

Mack E.A. Velly February 12, 2010 at 12:58 pm

I’ve not noticed any negative comments on neither Weekend nor my candidate’s page? Best luck to both, either way!

sherry February 12, 2010 at 1:16 pm

beaututiful story kayla.beautiful horse.hope you win good luck

Tracy Gangwer February 12, 2010 at 1:18 pm

Love this story.I can relate !!!

Merle Ohlhauser February 12, 2010 at 2:07 pm

Just read your comments. Looks like there are people that are worried of the outcome. Kayla, don’t let this bother you and press forward.
Goog Luck

Merle Ohlhauser February 12, 2010 at 2:08 pm

Just read your comments. Looks like there are people that are worried of the outcome. Kayla, don’t let this bother you and press forward.
Good Luck

Judy February 12, 2010 at 2:15 pm

hey kayla, you:

Put my heart in,
Random throes,
Of pain and woeful hope,
Xcepting some strange flutter of,
Your hearts’ wilted screed.

Gail February 12, 2010 at 2:36 pm


Samul February 12, 2010 at 2:38 pm

Good luck everyone! May the best cat win!

The Fence Cat February 12, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Hey Weekend,
Just wanted to let you know that regardless of whose guardian wins this silly contest, you’ll always be my favority next door neigh’or

R. Schulte February 12, 2010 at 4:10 pm

Weekend in front by 3/4 of a nose and the crowd is on their feet!

R. Schulte February 12, 2010 at 4:21 pm

The Crowd is roaring! I can hear the angels trumpeting! The Gods are Drinking Nectar drizzling down their throats! This is the most excitement I’ve had in years. I want to thank everyone for the fun. This may be the last bit of joy I’ll see for a while…let us pray

Donna February 12, 2010 at 4:24 pm

Weekend is pulling forward in the final strech! 🙂
Go Kayla and Weekend!!!

R. Schulte February 12, 2010 at 5:41 pm

kill me now I CAN DIE HAPPY! 🙂

Cheryl A February 12, 2010 at 6:40 pm

Win Kayla Win!!!! I feel like this is my contest! Lol

Jeanne Mercer February 12, 2010 at 6:55 pm

you go granddaughter you deserve to win.

Sam February 12, 2010 at 8:15 pm

Wow, this tally’s getting massive now! What fun!
Sonora, CA

Lil February 12, 2010 at 8:27 pm

Thanks to all our family and friends in Canada, Florida, Arizona and California for voting for my grand daughter Kayla’s wonderful story of her horse Weekend.

Judy February 12, 2010 at 9:11 pm

FENCE CAT takes the lead!!!! Love you Fence Cat 1,000 by midnight!

Judy February 12, 2010 at 9:12 pm

sorry!!! that was meant for Fence Cat’s page, sincerely that was really an accident

Judy February 12, 2010 at 9:51 pm

This comment was really an accident. I was checking to see how many points you had earlier, and then meant to post on Fence Cat’s page, but accidentally posted on yours. I messaged Jen to try and have it removed, but it obviously didn’t make it in time. My sincere apologies. I stand by my friends, by the way. they are good people and wonderful friends.

J.L. February 12, 2010 at 10:01 pm

Judy, I’ve been your friend for 3 years now. But, I happen to think your behavior tonight has left me more than a little ashamed of our friendship. So, maybe we should talk in person, but I don’t know. call me if you wanna talk.

Kayla Hansen February 12, 2010 at 10:18 pm

Thanks to all my friends and family who voted!!! i appreciate all your really nice comments and the fact that everyone of your were far more grown up then others on this! Theres no need to vote anymore, I’ve decided this isnt worth the rude comments and jokes about me, my story, and my voters! We all know who was the bigger person! thanks again. love you allllll!!!!!

Jennifer February 12, 2010 at 10:54 pm

It is great to see so many votes. It is sad that all candidates can’t win. As we near this final stretch, let’s keep up our positive sportsmanship!!

Lil February 12, 2010 at 11:35 pm

Kayla You’re the REAL winner!!!

Cheryl February 13, 2010 at 12:07 am

Sorry Kayla that some people had to be rude and shady. I can’t wait to hear EXACTLY what went down. I’m sure there’s A LOT of people interested in this company and their true intentions.

Ken Houzzier February 13, 2010 at 12:49 am

As a candidate for Tracy’s city council, I fully support an investigation into said rude and shady actions. I promise that the killers wil be brought to justice.
Tracy, CA

R. Schulte February 13, 2010 at 3:32 am

Hi LK Just so you know Donna Mason wrote the last 2 comments and put my name on them. I dont know why. You should have won.

Kayla February 13, 2010 at 4:17 am

You yourself wAs one person with rude comments. Investiage all you please I didn’t appreciate words said and that’s bottom line. I truely don’t care what city your going for. As for a lot of my friends/family, including myself are from that “great” town of Tracy!

Lori February 13, 2010 at 7:31 am


Marion February 13, 2010 at 10:11 am

Though I am really disappointed, I know we Weekend supporters have won in different way for having first read Kayla’s heartfelt story and second having watched the great outpouring of love and support her family and friends have given her.

Donna February 13, 2010 at 10:34 am

Kayla you are a wonderful & great person. You truly are a winner and always have been, always will be!

R. Schulte February 13, 2010 at 12:31 pm

Boy did I screw up. Donna Mason did not use my name for any comments. I’m a jerk sometimes and speak before I think. She would never do that. I hope you and Donna understand and when you or Donna see me feel free to give me a swift kick in the butt.

Kim Bass February 19, 2010 at 3:36 pm

I love you baby girl! Aunt Kim

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