Monday, July 24th, 2017

Rainbow Bridge


Name: Keno Age: N/A Sex: M

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Our sweet Keno passed away last week. I’ve been so saddened by this loss that it’s taken some time to get to the point that I could sit down and put into words what he was to us. He came into our home almost 6 years ago. I was friends with AWCR on Facebook and noticed a post announcing a desperate need for fosters. We had a weim and loved the breed and decided to apply to foster a dog. Initially, we were sent information about a beautiful young, green eyed male who we were instantly excited about. We were sent videos and pictures of this spunky young thing and couldn’t wait to meet him. As we got close to setting up a meet and greet, we were notified that his current foster family had decided to keep him. We were very disappointed but came to terms with the fact that this wasn’t meant to be our dog. About two weeks later, I was contacted by Lianne Griffin, a longtime foster for AWCR. She told me about a current foster who was currently in her care. An older dog (7 to 10 yr. old) who was finishing up heart worm treatment. We were skeptical at first given his age and current health issues, but decided to meet him. That Friday after school, my family loaded up and headed to Lianne’s house. We were greeted by this calm, sweet boy who instantly became part of our family.
Keno had a heart of gold! He never asked for more than he gave. He adored our back yard. He was clearly a hunter. He was always hot on the trail of something: squirrels, armadillos, chipmunks, snakes. You name it, he hunted it. Baby birds were doomed every spring. He would tear through every shrub or bush to get to new hatchlings. We always joked that he and my husband were soulmates! Not only did they share a love for hunting, but they were both the most accident prone beings I’d ever come in contact with. My husband, who participated regularly in triathlon, has had his fair share of accidents. From being hit by a car to crashing his bike, he was always going under the knife to repair something. Likewise, sweet Keno was accident prone. He underwent heartworm treatment, surgery to repair bloat, and was stitched up numerous times. He was a busy boy! In fact, the only time he slowed down was at night in his favorite chair.
We have so many wonderful memories of our sweet old man, Keno! He accompanied us on several family vacations, enjoyed nightly walks, and demanded thousands of head and belly rubs over the years. We don’t know what his first 7 to 10 years were like, but we like to think his last 6 were the highlight of his life. We love you sweet boy and thank you for the unconditional love you gave our family!

Name: Walker Age: 12 Yr Sex: M

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Walker died Wednesday, March 1st, Cancer took him away.

I lost my best friend. Walker came at a time when I needed him. He seemed to know that this was the right place and time for both of us. We got him through Heart worm treatment and he adjusted to life with us almost immediately.
For almost 7 years we were companions, going for walks and rides in the truck. The time he had with us was special in so many ways. He is missed by us ,Sasha, and Hank. Walker will always be with us in our hearts.

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….
Author unknown.

Name: Greta Sex: F

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No longer by my side…but forever in my heart!
Greta loved to swim along beside me when I kayaked. She loved to ride in the car and go for a walk on one of our trails. And she loved my grandchildren a lot.When we Skype, I would always put the camera on Greta so they could say hello to her.
Alice.

Name: Roscoe Age:N/A Sex: M

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Today we said goodbye to our beloved Roscoe.
He and his brother Romeo became part of our family 1 year and 5 months ago. We were only going to adopt one dog but they were a bonded pair. So we took them both.
Roscoe will be missed by us and his brother Romeo who is now alone.
Rip Roscoe we love you.

Name: Ellie Age:N/A Sex: F

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Pets are not just pets they are our children. They depend on us for food, comfort, shelter and
companionship. We humans depend on them for much more than we would have thought. We depend on them for companionship, entertainment, loyalty, acceptance and the most important is Love from our “4 legged children”. Their love is so deep it doesn’t seem like it can be measured. You see it in their smile, you see in it in their presence, you see it in their devotion and of course you see it in their tails as they wiggle it uncontrollably. They do this because of how happy they are to see you when you come home, or when you call their name, or just to give them hugs and kisses for no reason at all.

All of the above is all too common for most 4-legged children but Ellie Girl’s love was definitely exemplified for us. We brought her home just 8 weeks after she was born. Ellie’s birthday was October 31, 2008 and she was our wonderful Christmas present. She was so tiny and was super adorable when we introduced her to the BIG boys and girls at the Atlanta’s Weimaraner Rescue group. Ellie was the youngest but that didn’t stop her from playing rough and tough with the others. She quickly became family, she was our child, she was the light of our day when it was a rough one. To come home to her wiggly back end, and her smiling eyes just made any good day that much better. And when we had a bad day, it certainly didn’t end that way because she was there to cheer us up. She went everywhere with us. Even when she couldn’t go in to a store, she didn’t care she would wait for us to come back, as long as she got to go for a ride and was able to be with us. Her favorite store was Lowe’s; she would lead us to the paint department where she would put her paws on the counter and wait patiently until they would give her a treat; of course she would have to work for the treat. She had a bag full of tricks that she loved to show you. She would try to predict which trick you wanted her to do and do them before you called out the trick. She was an avid hiker, lover, and a cuddler. She was content to cuddle on the couch or when we couldn’t go for hikes, she would be satisfied just walking around the neighborhood sniffing to find out what dog was around before her. She was our protector, she would bark at anyone to make sure her presence was known. But once you were a friend, you were always a friend. There was not a single person that got to know her, who didn’t love her back. Ellie’s favorite toys was her ball which she would love to chase in an open field where she could run and stretch her legs. Her other favorite toy was her “baby”. She would “nook” on her baby to fall asleep to. There are so many memories of the wonderful times we spent in the last 8 years with our baby that walking, it’s hard to look around and not be reminded of her somehow. . I know in time our wounds will heal but for now, we mourn and grieve for the loss of our precious baby Ellie Girl. Rest in peace my sweet angel. Enjoy the biggest hike in the sky and wait for us so we can take that journey with you. By the time we get there, you will know the way and be able to show us the best places to go on the hike. Until we meet again, our hearts
will always be missing a piece. Thank you for everything you have done for us, we love and miss you.
Love,
Mom and Dad

Name: Colt Age:N/A Sex: M

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In rescue, we bond with each and every Weim-soul that enters our lives. When we rescue chronically ill and senior Weims, we consider it a privilege to be able to share our hearts and homes with them. We look forward to their wagging tails, their excited romps and sparkling eyes to let us know that they are happy and continue to enjoy their new life. There are times, however, we encounter those Weim-souls who’s sparkle is dimming and we look at each moment as a gift. Such was the case with Colt.
Colt came to us from Clayton County shelter…he was a stray that was not claimed by his owner…he was clearly someone’s pet…he had beautiful Weim features, docked tail, beautiful coat, no sores or injuries…he was heartworm and parasite negative…but he was a walking skeleton…literally… thanks to Volunteer, Lisa Curtain, we were able to bring him to our vet and begin nursing him to health and getting some fat on those bones! But his was not an easy journey…after a day at the vet, he began coughing and was treated for kennel cough…he was eating up to 6 cups a day…but soon he developed intestinal complications – perhaps due to the strong antibiotics or general digestion issues…eventually the intestinal issues resolved, and he resumed eating but at this point he was actually losing weight! The staff at Dearborn Animal Hospital in Decatur looked after him with care and compassion…even when he was in isolation, staff members would “suit-up” during their breaks and sit on his dog bed with him while he laid his head on their lap. He was excited to go outside, and even though he was all bone, he was strong enough to pull them outside so he could sniff around! He wasn’t giving up and either were we!
When he kicked the KC, he gained a little weight and we began more testing to determine what was causing him to lose weight and not absorb the nutrition in the food…lab tests and X-rays showed fluid build up in his abdomen… which was the real reason for his weight gain… we sampled, tested and drained… and tested more…Dr.Ellington at Dearborn let us know that all signs and symptoms pointed to end stage heart disease/advanced CHF…as a veterinarian that cares for rescues from many groups, she usually sees this with advanced heartworm disease…but this was not the case with Colt. As we talked about our options, we both teared-up as we came to realize that our journey with Colt would probably be short. She said that he would let us know when he was ready to go…
David and Leann Martin, are the true angels in this story…they welcomed and cared for Colt in his final days. Little did we know last week when Leann picked him up, that his time would be so short.
Today started like most of the last several, but Colt was clearly anxious…he was pacing, had vomited and wasn’t interested in eating anything… David Martin put his day on hold and brought him to Animal Medical Center in Peachtree City, where they bring their own pups…after talking with the vet, we came to realize that he was telling us that he was ready. Not wanting to put him through more discomfort that would not change his course, we made the difficult decision to let him go. David was with him and helped him pass… Colt knew love in his final moments.
Thank you to our incredible team of volunteers: Lisa Curtain for rescuing him from the shelter and bringing him to safety and David and Leann Martin for ensuring his remaining time was spent in a loving and peaceful environment and setting an example for Dale, your son, and all of us.
RIP Colt

Name: Bailey Age: N/A Sex: M

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When Mr. Bailey came to us in July, 2013, we were told that he was at risk of sudden death, due to a heart condition. Our goal was to make his final days as happy and comfortable as we possibly could.
Through luck, love and some wonderful veterinary care, he thrived until he finally succumbed on August 27, 2016. While it is a terrible loss for us, our prayers were answered in that his final passing was quick and free from pain.
His last day was spent doing his favorite things — going for a morning walk, patrolling the back yard, going for a ride in the van and getting some treats. He then just simply collapsed, and died on the way to the vet.
We are left only with memories, but they are all wonderful ones. He was always happy, obedient, loving and oh, so very grateful to be with us. He was a true joy.
I think, hope and pray that our greatest wish was fulfilled — that he died knowing that he was loved. I look forward to being with him again.

Name: Basil Age: n/a Sex: M

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Our Sweet, Very special Boy Basil, or as we called him “Mr. Handsome” was called home Monday and we pray is running around with a big old smile on his face. Free of Degenerative Myelopathy symptoms that took away his freedom to do all the things he loved most.
Terry and I feel so extremely blessed to have had Basil in our lives for 3+ years. We thought we were rescuing him and giving him a better life. But truly it was HE who rescued us. We raised 3 wonderful Children, who each found their life partners and were getting married.
In walked Basil to fill that sense of need once more. He filled our hearts, simply said…. We fell in love with this very handsome soft-coated silver fox. The bond was fast. Quickly he was our shadow. Loved long walks, basking in the sun and evenings on the porch just looking out towards the woods. He was always spotting the deer in the yard, barking to send them on their way. Squirrels were so much fun for him to chase up the trees. Following Terry to the shed for a needed tool or to the end of the long driveway for the newspaper.
Basil loved people. He was a wonderful friend to all, loved getting and giving hugs and kisses. Rarely was he without his bow tie around his neck And HE Knew he was HANDSOME!
We truly will never get over the loss of our Basil, our wonderful companion.

May you rest in peace, our Sweet Mr. Handsome.

Love you and forever will miss you,
Your Mom and Dad Maloney and family.

Name: Goose Age: 5 Yr Sex: M

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We are crushed, saddened and shocked at the sudden passing of our beloved Weim Goose. From playing outside with Savannah this morning to being gone. Just 5 yrs young, we were optimistic about his leg issues and he’d been acting just like normal. Sadly today out of the blue he crashed- after many emergency vet visits – stomach cancer had other plans and his body just couldn’t fight it. Goosey McMoosey was my favorite buddy. Always with me on the couch on runs or just in between my legs for no good reason when I was cooking. I loved this silly crazy eyed dog more than I could ever say. We are all taking it very hard. We never went outside without Goosey. He was the most loyal, goofy, patient boy. My only happiness is he went swiftly and Kevin and I were there with him through his last moments loving on him. Please pray for us as we go through this loss. Forgive all the pics but I want them in the Social books I print for the kids so they remember all the great memories with him. Thanks so much to Calhoun Pet Care, Dr Hogan and Jeri LVT and Marlynn Michelle Whittenburg for all you did for us.
You feel at home there even in deep crisis. Bye Bye

Goosey, I’ll pick you up with Boss & Marley on the rainbow bridge one day. Until then chase a million tennis balls and don’t let Marley pick on you too much.
Ugh.
We didn’t get enough time with him. We tried everything to save him and in the end his body gave up. I’ve told my kids to remember the amazing times he gave us. That’s what we must remember.

Thanks for giving us this time.
Jeri LVT Calhoun Pet Care Calhoun, Ga. knows your rescue well and was a blessing getting him stable to rush him to Chattanooga.
Always in our hearts, Jennifer Palmer and family

Name: Hattie Age: 14 Yr Sex: F

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One of AWCR’s own and beloved Weimaraners, Hattie Smith has crossed the rainbow bridge this morning due to old age. Hattie was rescued in 2007 by AWCR from Hattiesburg, MS and has been a loving member of the Smith Family (Amy, Matt,
Peyton and Weim Paige) ever since.

Hattie was introduced to great outdoors and had many camping and hiking adventures. She would follow us anywhere but would always give you the look
of “I’d rather be on the couch!” Hattie was one the most well behaved, street smart, funny and loving dogs our family has ever had the pleasure to know. She
will be sorely missed, but her spirit and fond memories will
always be with us in our hearts.

Love and Peace always, Amy, Matt,
Peyton and Weim Paige.

Name: Lucas and Coal Sex: M

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Lucas and Coal Schoonover lost their lives while boarding at a kennel in SC that burned down.

Name: Lucas Age: 8 Yr Sex: M

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It is with deepest sorrow that I report the loss of Lucas, our 8 year old.
Lucas died Monday, February 8th after a long illness.
He is loved by us in a special way. He came to us with many problems but a loving heart.
He is still with us in many ways.
He is missed by us and Walker and Sasha.

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….
Author unknown.

Name: Maxwell Age: N/A Sex: M

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In Our Hearts
We thought of you today,
But that is nothing new.
We thought about you yesterday,
And days before that too.
We think of you in silence,
We often speak your name.
Now all we have is memories,
And your picture in a frame.
Your memory is our keepsake,
With which we’ll never part.
God has you in his keeping,
We have you in our heart.
-Author Unknown

We’ll miss you, buddy. Love, Mom and Dad and all the Rodgers’s Weims (Chloe, Parker, Ranger, Chase)

Name: Zeus Age: N/A Sex: M

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ZEUS
The God of Gods
…..or so it’s written, but we considered our Zeus to be the God of Love and Devotion. Zeus came to Bruce and I as a foster while waiting on treatment for the ungodly disease of heartworms. And even though he was tough, strong and larger than life and love itself, this horrible disease left him with right sided heart failure and to our devastation took him from us on October 8, 2015.

For four fun years Zeus provided us with laughs, challenges, and more fun than 2 people and a dog should have together. His bark was a loud deep warning to anyone that happened to knock at our door and boy don’t let a UPS truck go by the house because Zeus scared the heck out of them and they refused to ever stop, that’s the truck itself, not the delivery guy driving it, he loved them or anyone that would give him a pet on the head.
Some of the best belly laughs we got from Zeus was when he saw a bug….that crazy dog would get so upset that a bug was in the house that he’d start barking and grabbing his favorite stuffed hedgehog toy and running around, but at the same time he knew how much fun we were having laughing at him that you could just see the smile in his eyes as he carried on.

It is because of all this happiness that he gave to us that we never want to be without him, so we will take Zeus with us as we move to the mountains in a special urn with his picture upon it. After all…All good dogs go to heaven and how much closer can we get to him than the mountains. God we will miss this wonderful dog.
Melissa and Bruce Watson

Name: Tess Age: NA Sex: F

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IN LOVING MEMORY OF TESS

From the moment we laid eyes on your beautiful face, we vowed to take care of you, and to get you the very best care available. We were so glad we were contacted by a young lady who saw your dire condition and helped us get you to safety. You didn’t even have a name, so we named you “Tess.” You arrived at our wonderful vet, Dr. Kerry Hogan, at Calhoun Pet Care, where we hoped to find out why your belly was so distended. We had such high hopes for you and wanted to give you a chance to know true love and to have a family to call your own. We had the most wonderful foster home ready and waiting with open arms.  We wanted to end your pain and give you happiness, we wanted to make up for the family that moved away and left you behind like a piece of trash, and to make up for the family that was supposed to care for you but left you to fend for yourself in the elements and to be attacked by their dogs. When we picked you up and took you to the
Georgia Veterinary Specialist – Blue Pearl, we were fortunate enough to spend several hours with you and you responded to the kindness with kisses and a wagging tail. We kissed you and we told you we would be back tomorrow. We left it up to the doctors to do whatever was necessary to find out what was wrong; we were determined to give you a good life, but that was not to be because the doctors said that you had liver cancer, and there was nothing more that we could do for you.  We returned to the vet to hold you and tell you that you were loved and asked you for forgiveness for the horrible way you were neglected, for what you had to endure for so long, all by yourself.

Dear, sweet, Tess….know that you were loved, know that you did matter.
Run free, sweet girl. See you on the other side.

Name: Otto Age: 15 Yr Sex: M

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Otto (2000 – 2015)

It is my sad duty to report that my fine boy, Otto, died this week. For the past two weeks Otto had been walking away
from his bowl without finishing his dinner, an alarming circumstance given his eating
habits. On Saturday he stopped eating completely. Although outwardly he did not change much, it was clear that his
fifteen and one half years of life were nearing the end as his systems began to fail. When there was no improvement by Monday I took him to the vet so we could bring his life to a peaceful end before he began to suffer.

Otto came into my life on, appropriately enough, April Fool’s Day of 2010. He had just turned ten, had
numerous scars, injured legs and a bad back which was probably the result of being hit by a car . The story I got was that his human had been placed into a nursing home by his children who had then put Otto in the pound. The pound called the Atlanta Weimaraner Club and they were able to save him. Although his life was now assured, just what type of
life that would be was in question. Otto had already had one unsuccessful adoption and after a few days with me I began to understand why. I had never heard of the term “separation anxiety” but I soon became an expert on cleaning up the results of it. Even though he was at home with Ludwig, and they got along fine, Otto went slightly nuts every time I left the house. The final straw was the night he climbed up onto the bathroom sink and tried to claw his way out the window. The sink broke
loose from the wall, the pipes ruptured, and that end of the house was flooded. For the rest of that fall and winter I took him
with me whenever I left the house. Fortunately he had no problem staying alone in the car. I turned the back of my SUV into a sort of doggie RV and for six months everything was fine. In the spring, the weather started to warm up and leaving him in the car was no longer an option.

At that time I was still managing the Activities Building at St. James and I started taking him into the office with me. He liked it
there and behaved when I had to leave him alone. Soon after, my job was expanded to include the entire church so I had to move my office into the main church office suite. I was allowed to bring Otto with me on a trial basis and it was soon apparent that Otto had now found his niche. In contrast to his wild behavior when left at home, around the office, Otto was calm and gentle. For the next four and one half years he was present whenever I was at work and was a pleasant addition
to the office staff. He greeted visitors, entertained children, comforted crying preschoolers, was visited by entire classes as part of their daily routine, and checked on each staff member by visiting their office every hour or so in case there were any treats to be had or lunches carelessly left on the desk.
Among his other activities were King of Mardi Gras, and leader of the Halloween parades during our Wednesday Night suppers, attending weekly staff meetings, vacuuming the Fellowship Hall after movie nights, guarding the check out table at the consignment sales, and holding court on the sidewalk outside the sanctuary as he greeted everyone as
they left church on Sunday mornings. By the time his life ended Otto had become a
staple of church life here at St. James.  I do not know what kind of life Otto had for his first ten years but I know that his
last five were wonderful both for him and the people he blessed with his presence.

I will miss Otto greatly just as I miss Wolfgang, Stephen, Duke, Winston, Jasper, Ludwig, and Kaiser who went before him. However, Otto will be missed by many others as well.  On his last Sunday it was announced that it would be his last day. He was too ill to perform his greeting duties, so there was a stream of people going out to the car to visit him. On Monday, I brought him in to work a final shift as preschool greeter and many of the preschool teachers came up to say goodbye to him. When it was time for him to take his leave for the final time, the office staff lined the hall to bid him farewell. Otto’s calm demeanor and regal bearing will be greatly missed but never forgotten as long as long as those of us who were blessed
with his presence are around to remember him.

Stan
PS:
Two things I would like to add. Heartfelt thanks to Dr. Chad Bishop and the staff at North Main Animal Hospital in Alpharetta. Chad cared for Otto starting with the first day I had him, and the special interest and custom care that he provided this old dog allowed Otto to enjoy every single good day that he had coming. For the last couple of years Otto had been receiving injections to help with his arthritis. Although a good patient to the end, Otto had grown resistant to going into the exam
room. So, for the last year, Otto’s medical treatments were administered on his own bed in the car. Such is the kind
of personal care that you get at a small establishment. When it came time for Otto to make his final journey he took the Valium prep calmly and put his head down and went quietly to sleep. I have no doubt that he thought he
was taking another nap in his RV just like he had done hundreds of times over the past five years. Also, a big thank you to
the staff of St. James United Methodist Church and the entire church family for letting Otto be a part of the church routine
here. While office dogs are common in vet practices and not unusual in small businesses, I am sure that there were some who wondered about the propriety of his presence. However, Otto’s winning personality, calm behavior, and dignified office manner soon won over even the most pessimistic people. Before long he had become such a part of life around here that people would ask about him if they did not see him in the office. A special thank you to Lori, our office administrator.
Last summer when I had to be hospitalized for four day periods for chemotherapy, Lori took Otto home with her and brought him in every day so he would not miss a day at work. St. James UMC, a great place to be.

Name: Chase Age: 5 Yr Sex: M

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Chase, we are so sorry that we did not get our arms around you in time to save you from so many years of neglect. We can only hope that you felt our love, if only for a very short time. God Bless you, sweet boy….we will see you on the other side. Run free….

Name: Sugar Age: NA Sex: F

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This is my baby Sugar.
We lost her early Tuesday morning after nearly 10 years with her in our lives. We rescued her from Dallas, GA right after I moved to Atlanta from CA in 2005. I always dreamed of adopting one of your rescues to be her sister but we were never quite sure she could handle sharing us with another dog. We live in California now, and Sugar got to spend her last 6 months on earth going to beaches and on beautiful hikes and spending time with all my young nieces.
I miss her so much and I know if anyone would understand my grief, it would be the members of of AWCR.

Name: Hoss Age: NA Sex: M

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Our beloved Hoss…we miss you more than words can say.  Until we meet again, know that we love you.

From the silence of your pain I heard my name
and on the wings of light I have come
to see the sadness in your eyes
that cry without tears

Can you see me, I am here
I will always be near you
to calm your shattered heart
and to make you smile at the memories

Do you feel me, perhaps a soft brush of fur
You ache to believe it’s real
but you are afraid to hope
You brush away a strand of hair
But it was I, whispering…..

I am only here for but a moment
The silver thread gently quivers
I will leave behind my love in a dream
When you awaken, and without really knowing why

Your heart will know at last
That it is all right, for now
to say good-bye

Copyright © Lisa Carmel Singer

Name: Kaiser Age: 9 Yr Sex: M

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It is with great sadness that I am writing to inform you of the death of my sweet, wonderful dog,
Kaiser. Just as I was starting my final chemo treatment in August, I noticed that
Kaiser was favoring his left arm. As soon as I was able, I took him to the vet and the verdict was the same as with Wolfgang, Stephen, and Ludwig before him, bone cancer. After the disastrous
results involving Ludwig, I had determined not to try to fight this type of cancer again, and in Kaiser’s case the location of the cancer, deep inside his shoulder, made it impracticable. For the past three
months I have done my best to make Kaiser’s remaining days good ones. Despite the large tumor protruding from his shoulder, he was mostly pain free due to the numerous pain pills and medications I gave him each day. To make this easier for him to put up with, these
medications were delivered in a canned dog food as well as a mass of chicken, turkey, hot dogs, and assorted meat drippings, provided by the church kitchen. This diet, long unleashed walks down the street, and the fact that he did not know what was wrong probably made the last weeks the happiest of his life.

By last week he was in some discomfort and limping badly, but his sweet nature was unchanged. The largest of my Rottweilers, the combination of his gentle personality and love for any human
he came into contact with placed him on the same level with Ludwig and Winston in that regard.

Last Saturday was as usual ending with his nightly wrestling match with his buddy Ollie, and a final
meal of turkey and chicken gravy. At 2 AM Sunday he awoke me in great distress. I will omit the details but just say that something had obviously happened internally in those last two hours and it was clear that he had made the decision for me as to then it was time to bring his life to a close. There was no possibility of waiting until morning so I took him to the ER and as I always have in past times like this, I held him in my arms while the vet brought his life to a peaceful end.
In the past I have watched my dogs slowly decline and made my best judgment as to when it was time.  I have brooded over these decisions and later wondered if I might have picked a day too soon or too late, but in this case Kaiser made the decision for me. That is greatly appreciated. The suddenness of Kaiser’s demise caught me by surprise and emotionally unprepared, hence the delay in sending this out as I have not been able to bring myself to write this until today.

Kaiser came to me in May of 2012 at the age of 6. I had agreed to foster him to avoid having
him taken to the pound. His gentle demeanor and amazing ability to get along with any dog made me think that he might be a candidate to stay with me although I really did not have the room. A month later Ludwig was diagnosed with cancer and that settled that. Kaiser was Ludwig’s
friend and calm companion for his final months and provided the same fellowship for me then and in the two years since. Kaiser has been a calm, gentle, and loving companion for these too short two and one half years we have enjoyed together and I am certain that he also enjoyed those years which is some consolation.

The picture is our official family portrait from the church directory. Kaiser, as was always the case, was overjoyed to be in the presence of people. Otto was less that thrilled with having to share the attention. He is used to having the people at church and their treat offerings to himself. You can see what a magnificent example of his breed that Kaiser was and his personality put the lie to all of the bad things you hear about Rottweilers.

Stan

Name: Skye Age: N/A Sex: N/A

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To Our Beloved Skye…..

You came into our life one day
So beautiful and smart,
My dear and sweet companion,
We loved you from the start.
Although we knew the time would come
When we would have to part,
You’ll never be forgotten,
You left paw prints on our heart.
~Unknown

We’ll miss you always,
And love you forever.

Love,
Mom and Dad

Name: Magda Age: N/A Sex: F

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Magda Stewart (yellow collar)

Magda was rescued from a rural Georgia shelter in 2011. She crossed the
bridge on 3-13-14. Magda was a very affectionate girl who thought the
world revolved around back and belly scratches and food. She could kangaroo
hop up to my head level when feeding time came around. Will miss all that
terribly. Love, your dad, Fred Stewart

Name: Beemer Age: N/A Sex: M

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Beemer (formerly known as “Rufus”) crossed over the Rainbow Bridge on September 3, 2013. We had been honored with his presence in our lives since April 12, 2006, when we adopted him. Debbie Rodgers had been fostering him for a couple of months nursing him back to health after he was found starving in a ditch in Dahlonega. Beem was our first Weimaraner–but you know what they say, “bet you can’t have just one.” I have been fortunate to be the human to several Weims over the years, but you never forget your first. Beem was one of the sweetest, smartest, most lovable dogs I have ever had. He loved me and Ron more than we could ever have hoped for. He was always well-mannered, never tore up anything, and never met a stranger. He developed a tumor in his lungs which was discovered in April 2013. The tumor progressed slower than anticipated, so we got to be with him five months after the diagnosis. I know Beem is with Ron and our Dobermans, Sugar & Nick, and our Greyhounds, Dottie & Coco, and they’ll be waiting for me someday. I miss Beemer so much, he was such a great friend and companion. RIP sweet boy, I love you!

Name: Dixie Age: N/A Sex: F

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Call it selfish, but we want people to know what a true gift this little girl was in our lives. I only hope that whatever we do, or say does justice to how special she was to our family. One request … she was not just Dixie, but Dixie Praigg. This little emphasis means she belonged, and was a part of the family.
If Tears Could Build a Stairway

If tears could build a stairway
And memories were a lane
We would walk right up to Heaven
And bring you back again

No farewell words were spoken
No time to say goodbye
You were gone before we knew it
And only God knows why

Our hearts still ache in sadness
And secret tears still flow
What it meant to lose you
No one will ever know

But now we know you want us
To mourn for you no more
To remember all the happy times
Life still has much in store

Since you’ll never be forgotten
We pledge to you today
A hallowed place within our hearts
Is where you’ll always stay

Leann & Charles Praigg

Name: Milo Age: Unkown Sex: M

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Not getting any better on antibiotics and still waiting on lab results, we decided to take Milo to the vet (again). Hoping for the safe-my-life-shot or the don’t-let-him-die-today pill, Sterling and I loaded him up. More like Sterling loaded him in my arms since Milo could no longer walk or even stand up. Wrapped in a blanket, in my arms, Sterling drove while I comforted Sch-Milo on the way to our 10:30 appt. Restless and moaning, I held him and scratched his ears and neck. His breathing became lighter and less, and 2 minutes from the vet’s, he took his last breath. I could feel the struggling stop and peace came over his body while grief and sorrow filled mine. He was a once in a lifetime dog that knew how to heal humans with his affection and wag. He loved human-puppies (kids) more than any dog I’ve ever seen. While his rescue description said nothing about tennis balls or swimming, those two things were his favorite. That’s why his last night I found him in the pool (at 15 degrees) as he was hoping for one more swim since swimming made him happy. Now he is in doggy heaven, with no lumps and no cancer. We love you Sch-Milo and you will forever be in our hearts. Sch-milo is survived by his loving brothers and sister Grayson And Booker Loyale Royal Weimaraner, Sophie (aka The Bitch) and Zeus-ter; his Human family mourns for us but is thankful we had Sch-Milo in our lives.

Name: Hoover Age: Unkown Sex: M

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For Hoover

My life has two episodes; they couldn’t be more different from each other.
One in a puppymill; the other with a family and weim brother.
The cement floor, unclean, hard and cold, was my only bed.
In my wildest dreams I never imagined there was such a thing as a pillow for my head.
There’s a reason I’m so afraid of lightning and thunderstorms:
It’s because of the endless days in a cage all forlorn.
Then one day there was a rescue by AWCR
Who whisked me off to Atlanta in a thing called a car.
Through them I met a family with three kids and their pet.
At first it was hard to trust them after all the hardships I had met.
Then I grew to love these humans called Peaches
And traveled on vacation from the Georgia mountains to the Florida beaches.
They got to know me and I got to know them.
All our needs and our wants, our traits and sentiments.
They learnt I could clear a room with my farts in an instant
And I learnt they’d reappear armed with deodorizers, candles and incense.
During the day I kept those darn squirrels at bay.
Except of course it didn’t happen on a rainy day!
I loved to walk; woods, parks and around our sub-division.
I was always obedient and only ran off with my human’s permission.
I was my mom’s shadow because of my own insecurity
But also I protected her, my family and their property.
It’s snack time. “Gimme! Gimme!” my 3 tasty milkbones.

Your loving and devoted family, The Peaches

Name: Yaphit Age: Unkown Sex: M

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To our beloved Yaphit. Love, mom and dad….

I Loved You Best

So this is where we part, My friend,
and you’ll run on’ around the bend,
gone from sight, but not from mind,
new pleasures there you’ll surely find.
I will go on, I’ll find the strength,
life measures quality, not its length.
One long embrace before you leave,
share one last look, before I grieve.
There are others that much is true,
but they be they, and they aren’t you.
And I, fair, impractical, or so I thought
will remember well all you’ve taught.
Your place I’ll hold, you will be missed,
the fur I stroked, the nose I kissed.
And as you journey to your final rest,
take with you this….I Loved You Best.

By Jim Willis

Name: Sierra May Age: 3-5 Yr Sex: F

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Sierra May is a very sweet and gentle 3 to 5 year old female Weim. She is extremely calm for a Weim – the sofa is her favorite place to spend the day. She does not bark much and will occasionally jump. She is completely house trained, and can be left at home for the day without any problems – she will not chew or use the bathroom. She is a little skittish right now, but she is getting better every day. Sierra May is “resource protective”, so she will need to be an only dog and children should be older than 10 years old. Sierra May does have a heart murmur, however, the vet thinks that she is fine to go on long walks and does not need any medication at this time. When it comes to people, she is one of the sweetest and most gentle dogs her foster mom has ever met… and she absolutely loves a belly rub. She knows basic commands and is decent on a leash. Sierra May would make a wonderful companion for someone in an apartment/condo that will take her on daily walks. Sierra May is in a foster home in Savannah, but will be heading to Atlanta in the next few weeks. She needs a ride and a place to lay her head when she gets here. Won’t you give Sierra May a chance to show you what a great dog she can be?

Name: Millie Age: Unkown Sex: F

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It is with heavy hearts that we share that we lost sweet Millie a few days ago. Millie was found wandering and taken to animal control. Atlanta Weim Club Rescue was called, so we pulled Millie, and took her to the vet. We knew that Millie was a senior, with a terrible skin condition, and we also knew that Millie had a serious problem with her front paw. What we did not know until the vet confirmed it was that Millie’s body was racked with cancer and she had a heavy load of heartworms. While AWCR will go to extreme measures to save our beautiful, gray dogs, Millie had suffered too many years of neglect, and too much damage had been done before she reached our arms. Run free, Millie, run free! We will never forget you.

Name: Hans

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We are sad to say we have lost our baby Hans on Feb 23, 2013. He came from Atlanta Loves Weims in Jan 2009 and now lies in peace. We will cherish the fours years we had with him forever. He leaves us with many wonderful memories. Hans would sit straight up on the sofa with you and put both paws on your shoulders and beg for his hugs and kisses.
“Time took its toll, some things simply don’t mend, tears of love fall now for such a dear friend”
Rosanne & John Miller

Name: Lolli Age: Forever Sex: F

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As my son, Skeet, says, “It’s just not right. She belongs with us.” Hard to let go of someone so kind and loving :(
Our beautiful, sweet Lollipop passed away August 18th. She will be sooooooo missed. Lolli had the biggest heart – she was truly was the most selfless dog I’ve ever known. She was mother to my menagerie and COUNTLESS others. Hard to believe that smiling face won’t be gracing us every day. We were blessed to have her in our lives.
She had survived heartworms and a large tumor before we adopted her. Then she was diagnosed over two years ago with Cushings Disease. But she lived each day with incredible joy and devotion. Her capacity for caring was limitless.
She will live in our hearts forever forever!
Katherine, Virginia Gwin and Skeet

Name: Casey Age: 8 YR Sex: F

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Our beloved Casey passed over the Rainbow Bridge on Wednesday, Dec. 7th. She was so lucky to have been in the most wonderful foster home for the final weeks of her life…she could not have asked for more love and the best of care. Thank you to Leann, David and Dale for showing Casey that life could be good. No more pain, sweet girl…just happy days with all of the other gray dogs that left before you. We will all see you on the other side. Rest in Peace, girl…you were so loved and will be greatly missed by all that had the pleasure of knowing you.

Name: Gracie Age: 8 YR Sex: F

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Gracie passed from us this week. She had struggled with life the last week and finally it was time for her to be called home. For the last two years Gracie has been with Avalou and Miss Blue. She has had a loving jamily and a wonderful warm place to live and be loved.
Here is a tribute:
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. Her bright eyes are intent; Her eager body quivers. Suddenly she begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, legs carrying her faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….
Author unknown.

We all loved you Gracie.

Name: Seuss Age: 1 YR Sex: M

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We are sad to let you know that Seuss has passed over the Rainbow Bridge.  He was a beautiful, young weimie, with a wonderful temperament, extremely friendly and he didn’t seem to know a stranger,  He loved attention and knew how to work his way into your heart.

Name: Enzo Age: 9 YR Sex: M

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Sadly, we had to let Enzo go over the Rainbow Bridge on October 6, 2010. Enzo was a sweet gentle giant. From the moment he headed home with his 3 new Weimar buddies, he had a wagging stub. He pooped, pee’d and chased squirrels in his new yard, slept on the dog beds by the fireplace and at night retired to the king size bed with a down comforter on top and a Weimer brother beside him. He quickly adapted to his new environment. He ate well the first and second day because that was his favorite pass time. Smelling each room and each bush in the yard, he liked his new family. Alas, his legs were already failing him, for what we know know was the final chapter for Enzo.

After further examination, Enzo had an enlarged spleen which was 3 times the size of his heart. This much have really been massive and dense considering he had a huge heart of gold. Further and conpliacting his condition, he also had a tumor on his cervical spine which made it hard for him to lift his neck. He could make great eye contact with us when we laid on the floor below him. He struggled to stand and walk but always had a wag.

All God’s creatures should have a last supper, and so would Enzo. He had a wonderful large bowl of home made beef stew, sausage patties, Chic-Filet chicken tenders and a Nestle Chocolate crunch bar for dessert. He lapped up the beef stew like a puppy. He gently took the sausage and chicken from my finger tips, and really enjoyed his chocolate. As much as he loved to eat, this was his first step into Heaven. With a full belly he had an hour full body gentle massage while being softly talked too & repeatedly hearing his name.

He was held in my lap while scratched & loved for his final moments. While the vet warned of loss of bowel or bladder function, he never did even in death as he was too regal and proud for that. He passed onto Heaven with a very full belly and tightly held in a loving embrace. Poof the pain was gone. He is now without pain with a family who loves him and will keep safe and wagging forever.

Name: Chaps Age: 5 YR Sex: M

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We are sad to report that Chaps has passed over the Rainbow Bridge. He brightened the lives of those who spent time with him and he will be missed.

“It pains us terribly to let you know that Chaps passed away on June 24th. It was a combination of blastomycosis, bloat and perforated lungs. He just didn’t have the strength to fight any more.

It’s unbelievable how Chaps bonded to us and became part of our lives. We were blessed with him for only 100 days. They were the best of days for us, and we hope they were for him, also. He was an important part of our lives and our family.

My idea of heaven is having my wife and myself and all of our animals together, all of us at the peak of our mental and physical abilities. I hope I have a chance to see him again.”

Tom Allison

Name: Smokey Age: 5-7 YR Sex: M

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Sadly, Smokey passed over the rainbow bridge on February 23, 2010.   This gentle boy had not had a rough life before he came into our care. He was not on heartworm prevention, so unfortunately, he was Heartworm positive and had begun to go through HW treatment.  However, due to his advanced heartworm disease, his body systems began to fail, and ultimately suffered renal failure prior to passing.  As we think about Smokey, we remember the short period that we were able to provide a loving environment. He was surrounded by friends when he passed over the rainbow bridge.

Name: Scout Age: 7.5 YR Sex: M

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Scout was a big, beautiful, silver Weim who’s family was deployed to Iraq, when he arrived at Animal Control.  His exhuberance for life and his “people” were felt by everyone who came in contact with him.  We will miss him and his smile!

In Loving Memory of Wegman who passed over the Rainbow Bridge on Friday, July 24th.

Thank you to all of the volunteers that helped pull you from the shelter, who transported you, and who were there with you in your final moments. Thank you Atlanta Pet Rescue.

Not until I experienced rescue was I able to fully comprehend the meaning of tortured souls. All of us. All of them. Wegman didn’t deserve to end up this way.

God bless you, Wegman. We will see you on the other side, sweet boy.

Sawyer, the beloved dog of Mike & Megan

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“Dogs’ lives are too short. Their only fault, really.”
- Agnes Sligh Turnbull

In loving memory of Sawyer….a true joy that came quickly into and out of our lives, but made a lasting impression. He had a special spirit about him that captured the hearts of all. He taught us a deeper meaning of love and compassion, responsibility and caring. For that we are grateful. Through the good days and the bad, he always had a sparkle in those sweet amber eyes and a wagging tail. He was happy, we were happy and we’re going to miss our “Soybean”.

Thanks to all who worked so hard to save him. He had a support group that spanned many miles, and he couldn’t have been more loved.

See you on the other side sweet pea.

We will all miss you, sweet boy…bless you.  Rest in peace…

In Loving Memory of SASHA, the beloved dog of Rosanne & John

See you on the other side, sweet girl.

In Loving Memory of Batina (“Batty”)…the loving dog of Susan Daly……

I explained it to St. Peter,

I’d rather stay here

Outside the pearly gate.

I won’t be a nuisance,

I won’t even bark, I’ll be very patient and wait,

I’ll be here, chewing on a celestial bone,

No matter how long you may be.

I’d miss you so much, if I went in alone,

It wouldn’t be heaven for me.

See you on the other side…my dearest friend….I know you will be waiting for me….Susan

In Loving Memory of Bella….the beloved dog of Kelli Gosdin.

I moved to Denver right out of college and knew not a soul. A few months after moving there I saw Bella in a puppy store and couldn’t leave the store without her. Bella was my best pal through some very rough times in my life…it was just the two of us. I got her when she was 6 weeks old and lived with her in Denver CO until she was 9. When I moved here to Atlanta I let my parents take care of her until I got settled so that she wouldn’t have to endure the stress of moving. My parents have 2 other Weimies so she fit in very well…so well that I decided to let her stay in FL with them as my mother was home all day and their little boy Bo and Bella became best friends. I couldn’t take her away from the life she had now formed with them. She loved life…especially rolling in anything that smelled rotten or decayed (I know…just lovely). She loved our hikes in the Rocky Mountains and our runs on the trails in the open space around the house. Her favorite was red licorice and in a close second came peanut butter. She loved her car rides and rolling in dying grass as it scratched her back oh so nicely! Bella was loved and lived a very happy life. She will be greatly missed!

Sweet Bella, we will see you on the other side….

In loving memory of Rocky, the beloved dog of Colleen Bittinger.

We will all see you on the other side, sweet boy…

In loving memory of Diego who passed over the Rainbow Bridge on Tuesday, February 17, 2009. (Your memory will live on in my heart, sweet boy…Debbie)

Do not stand at my grave and weep -

I am not there, I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow;

I am the diamond glints on snow.

I am the sunlight on ripened grain,

I am the gentle autumn’s rain.

When you wake in the morning’s hush

I am the swift, uplifting rush

Of quiet birds in circled flight,

I am the star that shines at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry,

I am not there. I did not die.

- Author unknown.

Thank you to everyone who tried to save this beautiful boy and give him the chance he so deserved. A special thank you to Laura, Mindy, Andrea, Karen and especially to Doctor Slappey at Westmoreland Animal Hospital.

God bless you, Diego. We will see you on the other side.

In loving memory of Nash who passed over the Rainbow Bridge on 2/1/09….

Thank you to everyone who tried to save this beautiful boy and give him the chance he so deserved. A special thank you to Heather, Martha, Laura, and Susan.

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In memory of Sampson who passed over the Rainbow Bridge 11/29/07.

Thank you to Lacy and her family, and Amy and David for giving Sampson a chance at a wonderful, happy life. We will all miss you, sweet boy.

A tribute to Sampson from Lacy, Jesse and Family:

First of all we would like to thank all of those who helped in the transportation and care of Sampson…you could never be thanked enough. It is truly amazing to find people who care so much about dog’s. Sometimes you think that no one could understand the love we have for these animals. Frankly, sometimes I have a hard time believing I could love a “non-human” so much. I told my wife Lacy about two years ago, when she and her parents lost their Irish Wolfhound, Magic, that you can learn so much from these animals. I told her that I believe God intended these animals to be much more than predators . I said “In life there is death, we will all do it someday, and God gave us these wonderful animals to understand grief, and understand grace.” It’s very hard to understand how we could deal with such a loss as a loved one, a husband, a wife, a son, a daughter… a dog. We aren’t meant to understand it now, there is no need to understand it, but when it happens we’re given the grace to heal and trust that we will be fine, eventually. We are not given the grace to understand death before hand, but we are given the grace to deal with grief when our loved ones and loved pets die. This said, we grieve and remember the good things and the bad. Sampson loved pooping on our floor, I believe it was enjoyable to him, and we learned patience from this, he, in time, learned to do it outside, and we praised him like he had won an Oscar. But now I would give my left hand to have a nice warm clump of Sampson poop on the floor. He was a great dog, the sweetest eyes and every once in a while, if you looked fast before he realized you were looking, you could catch him smiling. I know he was a happy boy under our care as well as Amy’s. and I feel content knowing that the last four or so months of his life he was as happy as he had ever been. We loved him, and we know that others did as well, And couldn’t thank the rescue enough for giving us the chance to adopt such a wonderful guy. His last night I lied my head on his and told lacy, I think I really do love him, I was glad he heard me before he went to heaven. Thanks again for the chance to own such a wonderful dog, we learned a lot from him. We will stay in touch, and will definitely join the club and donate when we can. Sincerely, Jesse and Lacy Yates.

In memory of Champ who passed over the Rainbow Bridge on 11/12/07.

Thank you to everyone who tried to save this beautiful boy and give him the chance he so deserved.

God bless you, Champ. We will all see you on the other side.

In memory of Miss Jena who passed over the Rainbow Bridge on 10/4/07. Miss Jena was the beloved dog of Buffy and David Scheaffer. Miss Jena gave Buffy and David joy for 13 years. Jena knew she was loved. Buffy and David will see Jena on the other side someday.

God bless you, Jena…..

In memory of Miss Flora who passed over the Rainbow Bridge on 10/3/07.

Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers at Dog Pack Rescue for trying to give Miss Flora a chance in life.

God Bless you, Miss Flora….

In memory of Peyton who passed quietly and comfortably over the Rainbow Bridge 9/7/07.

Thank you Dee Hansen/Grey Friends for being there with Peyton and giving him love and a home in his final days.

God Bless you, Peyton…….

In memory of Dolly who passed over the Rainbow Bridge 8/2007.

Thank you, Heather, for being there with Dolly and giving her love and a home in her final days.

God Bless you, Dolly…..

In memory of Kaine who passed over the Rainbow Bridge 7/2007.

Thank you, Amy, for being there with Kaine in his final days.

God Bless you, Kaine…..

Miss Sugar Baer passed over the Rainbow Bridge , January 28, 2006—she was only 6 years old. She was the love of our lives and we miss her terribly still. However, we did come to meet the folks from AWC when we decided to get another companion for our Chocolate Lab, Jack. Beemer came into our lives in April ’06 and although he’s not Sugar, he’s absolutely one of the best dogs ever. God Bless Sugar and all the other wonderful companions we’ve all lost over the years. Thank you to Debbie for rescuing Beemer (formerly “Rufus”) and for being there for all the other babies that need help. Sincerely, Cheryl & Ron Baer