The Life and Passing Of A Rescue Dog

This is our tribute page honoring those brave little souls who were only with us
for a short time - but for that we are thankful and feel truely blessed.  We will
hold on to their memories and their love will always be in our hearts.
Muffin came to us at the good old age of 16 and lived to be 17 in a foster home that was really her
forever home.  She was blind from dry eye, had serious skin allergies that had not been treated well,
was deaf from ear infections related to the allergies and loved her new person as deeply as any dog
ever could.  We feel grateful to have known and loved Muff in our home.  We know she is now running
with both eyes open, ears flapping in the breeze and is not in any pain.  I hope to have you see me in the
future as I have that advantage on you now.  I miss you sweet Muff-Muff.
He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog.  You are his life, his love,
his leader.  He will be yours, faithful and true to the last beat of his heart.
You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.
- Author Unknown
She seemed neither old nor young.  Her strength lay in her eyes.  They looked as old as the hills and
as young and as wild.  I never tired looking into them.  - John Muir Adventures with a Dog
When Brodie joined us he was already well up in years.  
His owner decided, for reasons that we cannot
understand, to abandon him. He had a very serious heart
murmur, dry eye and was mostly deaf.  We hoped with
the proper medicine that Brodie could live for several
more peaceful and quiet years.  He spent several
wonderful  months sleeping and living the life of a happy
old gentleman.  But his heart wasn't able to continue and
all too soon his time with us came to an end.
Mercury is another case of terrible abuse.  
His foster family gave him a whole year of
love and attention.  He loved to lay on his
own little couch.  Mercury had many medical
problems and we hoped to solve them.  But
the years of abuse took their toll and
Mercury slipped peacefully into the hand of
God and his forever family.
Recollect that the Almighty, who gave the dog to be companion of our pleasures and our toils, hath
invested in him with a nature noble and incapable of deceit.    - Sir Walter Scott  
Helen was a case of terrible abuse and neglect.  
She had a large, infected sore on her head that
occurred most likely from being burned.  One eye
had ruptured and the other was so diseased that
she was left totally blind.  To make things worse,
she had a very serious heart murmur.  We did all
that we could to make her time with us as
wonderful as possible and, for a while, Helen felt
loved.  Because of this love we laid her to rest
when she showed us that she was ready.  
Phillip was a sweet elderly gentleman looking for a
home to spend his remaining time when I first met
him.  All he ever asked was to be close to his new
people and his new dog pack.  He settled in to our
home with no problems and made himself a part of
the house very quickly.  Did he know he didn't have
time to spare?  I feel very lucky to have known Phillip
and hopefully to have made his last few months on
earth as happy, warm and comfortable as he needed.
Lady Jane
Lady Jane was given her name because she
had the regal and dignified air that speaks of
the Lhasa Apso's ancient heritage. She was
picked up from Irving Animal Control in
October.  Lady Jane was a beautiful,
incredibly sweet and elegant girl.  It seems
that someone had at one time taken good care
of her.  But by the time she came to us that
was no longer the case. She had a terrible
limp from an old injury, and also had a mast
cell tumor in her side. In her 9 months with
us, she touched us all and left a legacy that
we will not forget.
Some of us are given the privilege and the honor to be a part of the life and the passing of one of God's
creation. For this blessing, we are thankful.   

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Princess came to us as a very sick girl.  She had an
extremely large mammary tumor, a heart full of worms
and several vertebrae that were seriously damaged.  
She survived surgery and heart worm treatments.  She
was able to walk with the aid of a wheeled cart, and we
thought that she might be able to turn things around.  
However, by the time we got her, she was so thin and
sick that a full recovery was not possible.  With heavy
hearts we had to say "goodbye" to Princess.
The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
- Mahatma Gandhi   
Tiffany was given to an elderly lady as a gift.  The
woman didn't want a dog and couldn't take care of
one.  Tiffany spent four years confined to a cage
twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. She
was blind and deaf and completely withdrawn from
lack of contact. After many hours of patient care, a
beautiful little girl began to emerge.  We had great
hopes for her, but years of neglect could not be
undone and we had to let Tiffany pass from our
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