Welcome to A Forever Home Rescue Foundation’s Memory Page. On this page we honor all of the wonderful dogs who have shared their lives with us. Although they are gone from our lives, they are never far from our hearts. Please email your tribute and photo to email@example.com.
Tommy was diagnosed with two types of cancer in February and we made weekly trips to Virginia Vet Specialists in Charlottesville for his chemo treatments. The chemo extended his life for almost 6 months, and in that time he was almost like a puppy again – bouncing around, “talking”, eating well, and just enjoying life as only a dog can. The vet told us on Friday that he was old and his body was just worn out. All of his vitals were extremely low and his body was shutting down – except his heart – the vet said that he had a strong heartbeat. As big and loving as his heart was, this didn’t surprise me – he truly had a heart made of gold. His spirit passed while I cradled his body and my husband rubbed and kissed his head – both of us telling how very much we loved him.
I cannot tell you how much we loved him and how much joy he brought into our lives. For the past two years, we rented a house with an elevator in OBX for our vacation just for him so that he wouldn’t have to climb the steps. We took our bed apart and had the mattress on the floor so that he could continue to sleep in bed with us because he couldn’t jump up on the bed. He loved my husband but he was devoted to me and stuck by me like glue, especially these past couple of months when our family experienced a personal tragedy in our lives. Tommy stuck by me even closer after that.
I just wanted to reach out to you to let you know how much that poor, scared little Golden that you fostered years ago was loved and what a fantastic guy he turned into. Thank you, from my heart, for giving us the opportunity years ago to adopt him – my life changed the day you told us he would be ours.
Melissa just wrote to tell us that Forrester went to the Rainbow Bridge. All of us at AFH send our condolences on her family’s loss.
It is with broken hearts, lots of tears, and great sadness that our family had to say goodbye to our incredible and loving Sweet Forrester. He brought us 13 1/2 years (1 month shy of 14) of absolute pure joy and unconditional love every single day. Anyone that knew him loved him and everyone that got to love him was so lucky! He was more than just a pet, he was part of our family, having more loving and compassionate human characteristics than just a family dog. He gave us amazing and cherished memories that we will carry with us forever.
Over these last few days we were able to bring him to his happy place – the beach. He ate like a king (lots of steak and burgers, had ice-cream, and even enjoyed a donut or two for breakfast.) We smothered him with hugs and kisses, the boys slept by his side at night, and we all were fortunate enough to tell him how much we will miss him and love him. He came into our lives as a rescue in 2003 , at 8 weeks old, and he rescued us right back for the next 13 1/2 years. We love you always and forever Forrester Roo Schmelzer. We miss you tremendously already.💕may you run and play up in heaven, no longer suffering from any pain, smiling down at us, giving us signs you are with us everyday.
Hi Stacie and the AFH team,
It is with an unbearably heavy heart that I write this email. Yesterday, we had to say goodbye to Sierra. Just 5 days ago, she started to get fussy with eating her food. I took her to our vet, Banfield Pet Hospital, and we started on a diagnosis path. That was on Monday. It became clear with blood work analysis, that there was something wrong with her kidneys. We treated aggressively, and consulted with the specialists at The Life Center in Leesburg. There was nothing they could do due to the speed in which her kidneys were failing. She was walking and wagging her tail for me yesterday morning, but by the afternoon, even with pain med injections, it was clear that she was suffering.
We picked our boys up from school, and Sierra was cradled in my arms as we made the drive to Banfield. She died in my arms at 5pm. I am beyond heartbroken. I wanted so many more years of a life filled with love for her. She truly was a blessing in our house – she was loved from the moment I saw her during the Petco adoption in 2014.
If you remember, when you brought her to our house for a visit, it went so well that you agreed to leave her with us for a bit longer. That turned into an overnight, and that turned into forever.
She was the queen of the house. She was the only pup that was permitted on the couch, and she absolutely loved her special status.
We are all still in shock that she left us so quickly. I wanted you to know, since you brought her out of her fear and anxiety, and saved her. I feel like you saved her for us – she was meant to be part of our family.
Thank you again for believing in her and loving her. You gave her the opportunity to have those years with us. Only 33 months, but they were filled with unlimited love by our entire family.
Thank you so much. If there are other at AFH that would want to know this, please feel free to share this email with them.
I am writing to you…to let you know of the sad departing of the dog that we adopted from you about fourteen years ago…Cody was a wonderful Australian Shepard mix puppy that we adopted at an event in Fairfax, VA. He was a wonderful dog in every way and we so miss him. He was with us for so
many years and just filled our house and our lives with so much love that his passing has opened a void in our lives. We wanted to make sure that we let you know of his passing. We were with him and there was no suffering. He loved us to the end and we loved him. Thank you so much for bringing him into our lives…We do have a second rescue who lived with Cody for all of his life. She is a senior retriever mix named Dory who was found as a puppy wandering in our neighborhood. They grew up together. Dory is fourteen plus now too. She loves other dogs and misses Cody…I (also) just wanted to include a photo from a few years ago of Cody ( the dog onthe right lying down) and Dory who were cheering on our son’s Four H Robotics team that made it to the Finals at Worlds. They so loved each other.
I am writing to you to let you know that we had to say goodbye to our beloved Boudreaux this week. We adopted Boudreaux from A Forever Home in September 2008. He was named Boscoe then and was 5 months old. We fell in love with him the day that we met him–he was perfection on paws. He completed us.
Boudreaux’s cause of death was thymoma coupled to myasthenia gravis and megaesophagus. He was 9 years old.
Attached is one of my favorite pictures of Boudreaux, complete with bright eyes, a nice wet nose, and a homemade cookie.
Thank you so much for bringing Boudreaux into our lives. He was the best dog ever.
Alyssa and Tina
We lost our sweet Macy, our boxer mix, on June 16. It was all very sudden. Even though she was 13 years young, she was just that. Taking long walks with her mommy and playing ball with her daddy up until the day we lost her.
When Macy’s predecessor, Oliver passed, we didn’t think we could go through losing another cherished pet again. But it took five years. In August of 2009, my husband humored me and said, ‘Let’s go to an adoption event.” I was all over that. There I was playing with the outgoing young dogs and over in the corner my husband was drawn to a sweet boxer mix standing amongst all the doggie chaos. She looked at him and him at her and love blossomed into full bloom for the past 8 years. Forever home was our matchmaker and a good one at that!
Macy was a rescue who had a hard beginning and we liked to say we gave her the best second life ever. She deserved it. She was quiet and smart but playful and mischievous as any dog could be. She had an obsession with tennis balls which occupied her every waking hour (if she wasn’t eating). Her love of the ball was an aside note by the handler who said, “Oh she likes the ball a lot.” Not the word for her obsession.
She was smart, kind, loving, sweet, and had the best sweet lips to kiss. She loved healthy food – carrots, red pepper, and cucumbers were the “bomb”.
She was born to Forever Home on May 15, 2004 and we had her from August 27, 2004 till the day she passed on June 16, 2017. Another dog like Macy does not exist. She was one of a kind.
As the paragraph in the memory service “When a Beloved Pet Dies” by Rabbi Janet Offel says:
“Source of Lief, we praise you each day for the compassion that encompasses the earth and all its creatures. We give you thanks for the gift of life we shared with Macy. Let us now remember her as she lived and brought joy to us.
Please fee free to share the attached pictures from The Muhlstein’s and ages a small glimpse into our life with Macy. This is only the beginning.
We love you Macy Olivia, You are younger and following the ball everywhere. Please send a wonderful pup our way – quiet, kind, intelligent, and loving just like you . I know you will make sure its a great one. Until then , keep playing ball and send us a sign from time to time.
So much love to you forever – our hearts are aching,
Mama Lori and Daddy Wayne
We had to say goodbye to my Lucie girl lastnight. (She was Lisa when we adopted her.) There are no words to express what this dog meant to me, especially during those first few years of my husband’s residency when he was always at work and it was only Lucie and me. She was the best cuddle buddy, loved walks and car rides, and wanted nothing more than a lap to lay on and a hand to scratch her head. She loved my kids and tolerated everything they did to and with her. We could not have even imagined a better dog with babies. If they got too rough she would gently pull away from them or just let them do what they were doing until I rescued her – never once snapped or scratched. As babies, she would watch them, lick them, snuggle next to them, come get me when they cried – she was a natural mommy. I wish she didn’t have to spend her first 7 years at a puppy mill, and I wish I could have given her more love and attention than I was able to over the past couple of years with two babies also needing me. I wish she was younger when we adopted her and we had more time with her. I will always love you, Lucie Goosie!
I just wanted to inform A Forever Home that unfortunately Molly passed away in January of this year due to mouth cancer. We adopted Molly in 2010 and had her for almost 7 wonderful years. Once Molly was diagnosed with mouth cancer she was given 6 weeks to live, Molly ended up beating the odds and lived for another 6 months, but sadly the cancer took over and she died in January. We miss her terribly.
Thank you for all the work that you do, and keep it up.
I have enclosed a picture of Molly before her cancer took over.
I just wanted to let you know that Dollie, who I adopted from you more than 13 years ago, passed away on Saturday, February 25th 2017. She would have been nearly 16+ years (we think) when she went to Rainbow Bridge. She was fine Tuesday and id walked around the lake as usual in the morning, seemed a little slow in the evening, and lethargic on Wednesday so I took her to her vet who examined her and took x-rays. Said she had an enlarged liver and noticed some shadows which he suspected were tumors. He did an ultra sound the next day to confirm and tested her for Cushing’s disease the day after which turned out to be positive. We discussed options of medications vs surgery (because of her age) but by Saturday morning I knew she was declining rapidly. She wanted to be outside, so that’s where we put her. She died lying on her favorite spot on the deck with me by her side petting her and the breeze blowing softly through her fur. I told her it was okay for her go.
Dollie had been rescued twice by A Foreve Homer, the last time found chained and abandoned in the backyard during a hurricane. Her Forever Home foster mother did wonders with her but when I saw her picture online I somehow knew she was for me. .
Dollie came to me a shy and nervous 38 lb little dog who shivered every time she heard loud voices or anything that resembled the sound of a chain and shrank if you put out your hand suddenly because she probably expected to be hit. She resisted getting into my jeep, had to be carried in for several years before she felt secure enough to jump in on her own. It was a long time before I could walk her on a leash or put a collar on her with the tags as the clinking sound made her nervous.
But soon that same shy dog turned into a confident 52 lb beauty with a soft shiny coat and a tail that the groomer always turned into a fluffy plume. During her walks you could tell she loved the attention of passers-by. Her home was her castle – digging holes in the backyard to bury her bones, playing hide and seek in the bushes when I called her to come inside, not allowing me to close the back door if she was outside and shaking off the snow from her coat always in the middle of the living room rug! She loved sleeping in the sun under the laurel bush and ignored the overtures of the neighbor’s dogs to make friends through the fence with a roll of her eyes which was always .amusing to watch. If I was late from work I knew she would be sitting at the window waiting with a frown on her face!
Dollie was precious and I wish she could have stayed longer, but I will always be grateful for the years I had with her and the warmth and joy she brought into my life. Her paw prints will remain etched in my heart forever. Thank you for rescuing her and for giving her to me.
…My wife and I adopted Sydney when she was 8 weeks old. We had gone to an adoption event to look at other puppies. But, when we arrived, they had all been adopted. We looked around and Sydney came running up to meet us. So, our life with a “Lab mix” began. She was rambunctious and playful as a puppy. She loved playing fetch and running around out in the yard. When our first child came along, she welcomed them gently. And when our second child was born, she belly crawled to him as well, just to give a kiss. As the kids grew up she grew with them. She always visited the boys for bedtime stories. She was always happy for a belly rub. And she loved everyone. We always knew someone had pulled up in the drive. She would go to the window and start wagging her tail. Except, it wasn’t just her tail that was wagging. All of her from her shoulders back would wag. We had a number of friends whose kids wanted a dog “just like Sydney.” She was a fantastic Forever Friend. Unfortunately arthritis made movement terrible and she was no longer able to take care of her needs. Between the tears and the heartache, we remember all the wonderful times we had with her over almost 12 years. Our kids still remember her in their prayers. And she is forever with us in memory.
Attached are a few pictures of her…
-Ken and Claire
Dear A Forever Home,
On Tuesday, February 7th, Sophia passed away from kidney failure. Her organ failure happened quickly over the weekend and we had to make the difficult decision to put her down. We stayed and held her through the end. We adopted Sophia from A Forever Home on September 13th, 2010. She was 9 years old and had been with AFH for about 6 months with her foster. I will always remember the day we met Sophia. We met the foster mom at Petco and as she walked Sophia up to us I sat down on the sidewalk to greet her. Sophia walked right into my lap and sat down! We’ve always said that she picked us and walked right into our hearts. Sophia was not only the best dog our family could have had but she was also my children’s best friend. She loved snuggles, never barked unless there was Chick-fil-A in the house (her favorite food!) and we were being too slow with her chicken nuggets. She slept every night on my daughter’s bed and everyone who visited our home was her friend. Sophia was a very calm and gentle dog that was loved by everyone who met her. Our hearts ache and our home feels empty without her. Thank you, AFH, for allowing us to adopt Sophia. We gave her the life she deserved and she gave us unconditional doggy love.
I’ve attached two photos of Sophia. Please let me know if you have any problems opening them.
Shania was the most wonderful dog I could ever have imagined. She was funny and smart. Sweeter than sugar and stubborn as a rock; she had the Beagle softness and the Jack Russell steely core. She and I probably walked more than 10,000 miles together side-by-side over the past 13 years. She slept on my bed every night, and when she couldn’t jump up on the bed anymore because of back problems, I took the bed apart and slept on the mattress on the floor with her. The past year has been really hard as the infirmities of old age started to pile up. I was fortunate that my employer let me telework a lot so that I was able to spend so much time with her and make sure that her last months were as comfortable as possible. My heart is utterly broken right now, but I am glad that she is at peace and free of her failing body.
It is time to let you know that Brach, our treasured friend…died of heart failure… We miss him terribly, but know that there is another animal who needs a home so will adopt again in the near future.
…Even I know it was his time to move on and he took a piece of my soul with him. For that I am grateful as it is a constant reminder that we are one with all living beings on this earth. A Forever Home, your work, is also a constant reminder that we as humans are obligated indeed compelled by nature to look after, caretake those creatures who walk beside us as partners, friends, co-workers.
Laura A & Family
I adopted her from you in February 2003; they estimated her age at about 1 year that January. She had had a litter of the cutest pups and they too were looking for homes.
Although she was young, she seemed to be very calm and mellow. She and I did not click right away but eventually she became a wonderful companion! She was one of the evaluator dogs when I and a friend opened a dog daycare in 2004. She loved people, all dogs, and grew to love cats as well. She never did learn to come back to me when called if she was off leash. Her one and only fault.
In the last few years, she developed severe separation anxiety and worsening arthritis in her hips. She also suffered from cognitive decline and this contributed to her separation anxiety. She was euthanized at home, in her favorite spot on the deck. She loved sleeping outside and on Sunday, she went peacefully to sleep forever. I miss her and will always miss her. She was such a great dog!
We are so grateful that you chose us to adopt him and he immediately he became part of our family. We took him everywhere we went, my mother often referred to him as my ‘sidekick.’ He was a lot of fun, incredibly smart and had a wonderful sense of humor. He made us laugh every day. I always said he was a person in a dog suit. He brought us so much joy and light to our lives. He was one hell of a Frisbee player and loved to swim – attached is my favorite photo of him doing both those activities. I will always remember him like that. Happy and full of all the goodness that life brings. He was a once in a lifetime dog, and we miss him terribly…
Thank you again, julie