Angel

Angel

Angel came here after being abandoned in 2014. She was a senior female chihuahua with a heart murmur and a large cyst in her abdomen that could not be removed because of the heart issue. With no options for adoption we said we welcomed her here happily. How could we say no!? She was always an absolutely perfect dog. Loved the other dogs and was loved in return. And we took care of her as best we could with her limitations. And she had a grand four years. We called her our city girl, as she loved the concrete. She would go out on a sunny day and lay on the concrete sucking up the sun and was content to just be. It’s never easy to say good-bye but we know our girl didn’t suffer at the end. She just had nothing left to fight with. It was an honor to have her here so long and we know Jude was there to greet her at the rainbow bridge. She passed away here at home, in her bed, surrounded by those that loved her best. God speed my sweetheart.
Chong

Chong

Chong came to us in June of 2018 so we had him just over 6 months before he passed away at home. He was estimated to be 12 years old and was a long haired chihuahua mix that weighted 4 pounds. A friend shared a post for him needing a home so I inquired upstate to the Animal Shelter that had him. He had a guarded prognosis because of his health symptoms in the kennel. They found him to have a collapsed esophagus so they felt his life span would be short and it was, but we had quite a time with him. We took him and as soon as he got here he perked up. We had every test known to man and he is healthy for an old guy and our vet felt he had the esophagus issue his whole life. He followed me around the house and loved to be cuddled and cared for. He had no use of the other dogs though so as small as he is, if someone walks by him he would try to jump them. He made life interesting and we absolutely loved him. High quality diet and some supplements for his arthritis and this boy was as happy as a clam until the last month when he became finicky with his diet. I started to home cook for him and after a few weeks he just stopped eating. He was not uncomfortable or in pain, it was just time. He slipped away at night, snuggled in his bed with his family around him. Until we meet again, God speed handsome.
Jude

Jude

Jude came to me from the south in October of 2004. He was thought to have been hit by a car as they found him in a ditch in the side of the road. They transported him up here and after an x-ray we found that his spine had been severed by two bullets. The Veterinarian said to euthanize him but something in my heart said no so I didn’t. And what a life we had. He truly lived those 14 years we were together. We weren’t separated often, and if I was around he was right by my side. We got him a cart (that he hated) and he just loved life and being part of the family. He welcomed all the new dogs and kept most of them in line. He got high quality diet, supplements, ozone therapy, chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture and the list goes on and on. And when I had to say good bye it was the hardest good bye as he had gotten me through so many things in my life. Memories of him remain, all the years we shared and the hope that we will all meet again. Run free my love, until we can meet again.
Caleb

Caleb

Caleb came from Virginia in the summer of 2006. He wasn’t even a year old but the shelter where he was in couldn’t place him because he was deaf. It had it’s challenges but he truly belonged here and bonded with two of the other residents. And he settled into life here. He was low key and enjoyed being on the backyard stoop just basking in the sun. When his back end started to weaken a few years ago we put him on some supplements and he learned to walk a little slower but it didn’t change things for my Caleb. Last year we had x-rays done and by chance found a tumor on his esophagus. We discussed it with our team of Doctors and had no idea if he had it his whole life so we just let it be. In October of this year, 2019 he started to get finicky with his food so we started cooking anything we thought would appeal to him and then he let me know it was coming his time to pass. Slowly he stopped interacting with the others and Monday morning November 11 he barked softly, I heard him and went down. I lifted him and he took his last breath and left. He was by Judes side so much of his life I think he just wanted to be with his buddy again. He was my personal dog but they all lived together so now he is in heaven with all his friends waiting for me so we can all be together again. My heart is sore from missing you my boy. Run free, you will hear me coming when it is time, give Jude kisses from me.
Helen

Helen

Helen came to us in 2009 when a local animal control officer heard of her situation and knew we could help. It is still unclear how but Helen had sustained a broken back and fractured front paw before she arrived. Her owners never got her treatment so the window for some options had closed. Despite her limitations our precious girl was a sensitive, loving and happy soul. She settled in and we went and got her a wheelchair, our Helen never took a step in it, she wanted to move around on her own, and she did. Helen lived a full life and rarely kicked up a fuss but if she needed to she could hold her own. Last night when I came home from work I found her snuggled in her blanket, gone from this world with a peaceful look on her face, our girl left us quietly and now can be found running and enjoying her next adventure whole and young again. We love you Helen melon, we will miss your alerts when the others were misbehaving and look forward to us all reuniting over the Rainbow Bridge. Tell Jude and Caleb we miss them.
Honey

Honey

Honey was a 3 year old puggle that came to us in February 2010 found tied to Dr Ready's Vet door. Unable to use her backend she dragged around until we could get her some good food and some alternative therapies. And she thrived. She always had a sensitive stomach so she couldn't eat what she wanted, but she ate well every day. So many memories of her. If you knew her, you loved her. Around Thanksgiving we saw a huge change in her and had some tests done. The diagnosis was unclear but we knew it was serious so we tried to gain some ground with her condition and we had a bit of an improvement. Sadly last week she bottomed out. Our Honey had no more options. We could only let her go. And now she is free, to run and to eat everything she wants and to be with the fur family that all went before her. Honey, we will miss you SO much.
Kira

Kira

We had Kira, this female senior shih-tzu for two years and one day. After her owner passed away no one was left to take 13 year old Kira so we did. And she had a comfortable two years here. She never really warmed up to us, that happens some times, so she kept to herself and enjoyed the peace that her senior years brought her. She recently started to slow down and let us know our time together was coming to an end so she took her last breath at home with her last family and sadly left us. I’m sure she was met by her Mom. ?rest in peace my dear.
Benedict

Benedict

We lost our Benedict this month. He was here just over 3 years. He passed away peacefully at home, we saw it coming and he was never in pain, he was just tired. I got a call about him, he was an owner surrender after 12 years in the same home. He came pencil thin, matted to his skin and did not trust a human hand. It took literally 6 months for me to be able to hold him without electrical gloves as he bit me fearfully every time I touched him. He settled in after the first year and took the pets and hugs but grumbled the whole time. Broken, defeated, fearful. As long as I do this I will never understand why someone would do this to any animal, never mind an 8-pound dog. I don’t like to write negatively but it broke my heart to have him leave the earth never really feeling safe. But now he is free, with his sister Angel, whom he loved. Run free my little man. We lost him in October 2021.
Max

Max

In 2006 my husband decided he wanted a puppy. At that point we were dealing with a shelter in VA where hounds were the most abundant breed and no shelter in CT would give us a puppy so we had Max sent up. The funds for his care never came from the rescue but he was part of the pack. From the beginning he had behavior issues and by time my husband passed away in 2008 I knew he was meant to be with us forever. He was not a dog that trusted so only a very few got to handle him. And he had a good long life and he was loved. Age started to catch up with Max and he started to wane. It was time to let him go. Not an easy decision but his two best friends had gone before him so we knew he would be escorted to the Rainbow Bridge with Jude and Caleb. And his dad would be there so they could enjoy time together again. He left us in December 2020, after almost 15 years with us.
Amy Rose

Amy Rose

Amy Rose, a 9ear old female poodle mix, was taken from a hoarding situation in the south up to the North East by a wonderful rescue Rescue Dogs Rock NYC. They took care of all of her physical needs (Mammary tumor removal, spay, dental, shots) and found through blood work that her kidneys weren’t working well plus that the tumors were malignant. So they put her in a foster home, then another and another until her Angel Amy in NJ took her on. She had her for 9 months and started the trust building and loving consistent care. I saw her on the Petfinder sight one night in August and fell in love with her face. I had adopted from them before so they knew about us. The bio stated she was "independent" and liked her space plus couldn’t be handled above the neck. Challenge accepted, so she came here to live with us. And it has been wonderful. She still has a way to go but she got her first grooming without anesthesia yesterday so she is learning that people can be trusted. Sadly within one week she went from eating to fussy to blood work that told us she was in renal failure. We had no options and she passed quietly at home, in my arms, knowing the love at the end of her life she should’ve known all along. I will tell you she took a piece of my heart with her. She left us in April of 2020, we didn’t even have her one year.

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