Wednesday, November 21st, 2018

Rainbow Bridge


Name: Lilly Age: 14 Yr Sex: F

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Yesterday I said goodbye to my good girl, Lilly. For nine years she had a good life but lost her home when she objected to sharing her human with his new girlfriend. For over a year she lived in a kind but not really suitable foster home before joining me following the death of Otto in the fall of 2015.

Being my first girl, she took some getting used to, but she fit in well here. She got along fine with the boys despite making it clear that she considered herself the superior dog in the pack. As long as she was fed first, and got to sleep with me at night everything was fine.

Last week her eating slowed down some and then suddenly stopped this past Wednesday. An exam showed a large blockage in her intestines, most likely cancer. Given her weak condition and 14 plus years, there was no possibility of surgery. Since she was already in distress there was no point in putting off what had to be done. As always, I held her in my arms taking comfort in knowing that my voice was the last thing she heard before drifting off to sleep.

Lilly had a good life for the most part and although I know that she would have preferred to be the only dog, I like to think that her best years were with me. As is usually the case, my only regret is that she did not spend her entire life with me.

Lilly’s dad, Stan Malone…

Name: Izzy Age: N/A Sex: F

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Izzy’s Memorial

It’s through buckets of tears and an extremely heavy heart that I share this news, our super sweet Izzy has passed away. As a huge part of our family is gone and our household is once again forever changed. Oh… how we miss her so.
Terry and I took Isabel in April of 2016 as a permanent senior Foster. At that time, we just had Basil (who was our very first adopted Weimaraner) and thought it would be nice for him to have a buddy. Lynn Joseph brought Izzy by for a trial visit to see if the dogs would get along. Well it didn’t take long for us to let it be known we were keeping her. We fell and we Fell Hard! Loved her from day one! Izzy was the sweeties, well-mannered girl.
Izzy and Basil became very close, like an old married couple. As some may remember we lost our Handsome Boy Basil to DM that August. We felt so blessed that we had our Sweet Izzy already. We grieved together, the huge loss. And once again, so truly Blessed to have Lexi our 3-year-old we adopted last October. Now as you can imagine we are just starting the grieving process as our hearts break and our tears flow. Still so fresh and the loss will once again be felt forever. Izzy had so quickly become a member of our family. Her personality was adorable. She loved my husband Terry…. And he loved her. In December, He adopted Izzy. She was now truly family, ours.
Every night Miss Izzy would quickly make her way to the door waiting for Terry to walk in from work. She was always right there to greet him and lean her head into to him, as to hug him. Izzy was like that with most people, extremely friendly and super loving. She was like a Grandma to our Lexi. Many times, she would make sure see left just enough space for Lexi to squeeze onto her bed with her. When our house was full of family and friends, you would always find the children over by her and hugging her. And there she’d sit, with a big old smile on her face from ear to ear! She loved children! As I said, she was Family!
Oh, how we miss you so, our sweet Isabel. We know in our hearts you are up in Heaven and found our Handsome Boy Basil. Can just picture you two meeting up once again and being together. You will forever remain in our hearts. Miss, you our sweet girl!

 Love, you forever, your Mom and Dad Maloney.

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….
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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.