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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
I was fortunate enough to adopt Bailey from A Forever Home over 15 years ago. You put her in my arms at an adoption event in Chantilly and I fell in love. A couple of weeks ago I had to let my favorite and faithful companion go. Cancer and time had taken its toll. We had such a wonderful and adventurous life together. She loved swimming, playing tug of war, visiting with her canine neighbors, trolling for treats, and most of all me. We travelled to Texas, the Carolinas, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York together and while she didn’t love the long trips she never wanted to miss a ride in the car. Bailey always stopped to smell the flowers and it reminded me to slow down and enjoy the simple moments. Thank you A Forever Home for bringing us together!
Here is a pic of my husband Mike and Skittles on the day of his passing. We loved him so much.
I have been meaning to write for a few weeks. Our 13 year old rescue, Zeus, has passed on as of January 15, a few weeks shy of his 14th birthday.
In May 2004, we went furniture shopping at the Room Store in Chantilly. Next door at Petco, there was a Forever Home adoption going on. We went to “look.” That was it. We had two dogs at home already. We didn’t need a third, especially because we were moving in two month and getting married. We had a lot going on.
The dogs and puppies were adorable at Petco. As we left, we heard someone say “They’re bringing the Mastiff’s in soon.” We stayed.
We ended up adopting one of three brothers who were rescued from a kill shelter in WV. The dogs were originally named Ricky, Stevie, and Bobby. AFH renamed them Samson, Noble, and Zeus. They were Bull Mastiff/Boxer mixes. Two of the three brothers were brought in and were in the prospective owner’s laps immediately. We brought home Zeus a few weeks later after we finally decided to make it a three-some. We were never sure of his DOB so we assumed it was around Feb. 1, and always celebrated him on that date.
He grew to 125 lbs at his heaviest and probably died close to 100 lbs. He was the healthiest dog we have ever owned and had not been to the vet for the last six years of his life until his final few weeks, when we went in twice. He was the alpha, without a doubt. The two dogs he moved in with died in 2007 and 2011. As he was getting older, we bought another Mastiff from a breeder in Warrenton. Zeus and his little sister Agnes (now 174 lbs) got along well. Next came Ethel, another English Mastiff and we were three again. We added Gus a few months ago and were up to four.
As our dogs have gotten older, we have introduced a new dog so they have each other to play with.
Zeus was a wonderful dog. His boxer side gave him a lot of energy and playfulness. He got along so well with our boxer/pit mix who was three years his senior but was taken too soon in 2007. My wife was a second grade teacher in Fairfax for a few years and I used to drive Zeus to her Vienna school where the kids would crowd around this large dog and pet him and hug him during recess. We did that a number of times.
He loved walking. He was a great burglar alarm too, saving us from the UPS man, Fed Ex, postman and numerous solicitors. When he became a senior, he became dog aggressive. We walked away from other dogs and he didn’t have any play dates, unfortunately. When we introduced a new dog to our pack, it took a few weeks for him to warm up but he did eventually.
We sleep with our dogs. While we had steps to get onto the bed because of our mini-pin, every night Zeus would jump onto the top corner of the bed where I slept and lay there by me. It was the best part of my day and still is when the dogs join us. One night the bed couldn’t take the pressure. Zeus lept up and broke the bed. The side rail broke at the corner where he jumped. I got the car jack from outside, jacked up the bed and went to sleep. I don’t think Zeus moved the whole time.
He spent most of his last year in pain and on three legs. He hurt his knee at some point and could put little and then no weight on it. But he would eat, drink and go outside regularly. He rarely played with his brothers and sisters but would try. In the end there was too much pain. Getting up was too difficult and there was a lot of carrying outside and I helped him up the stairs for about a year.
He was a wonderful dog from a wonderful organization. He is shown here relaxing in one of his favorite spots at our house in Aldie. This was probably from 2012. He would have been 8 at this point.
Thank you all for the wonderful work you do.
Micah was born on 6/2/06 and rescued by AFH in March of 2011 from a puppy mill somewhere in rural Virginia. He came with the name Digger.
His story is not one of spending his rescued days on the bow of a boat in the Chesapeake Bay, or in the snow of a Mid-Western ski town or even chasing a Frisbee in his own backyard. Micah did not know or understand, how to play and only in the last few years would display a rare burst of interaction with some of this stuffed toys. This is, nonetheless, Micah’s story, and a story that should be told.
He developed a problem in one front leg that was coming and going, till las 3 weeks where pretty much he couldnt use the leg anymore, 2 days ago the leg swollen and the pain medication was not working too much either so we had to do what was best for him. After he passed away a quick look to the bad leg showed that he had a lymph’s problem, and was a big chance he had cancer which probably was the reason the leg in the last few months from bad to good went from bad to worse.
We had a good run with that grumpy dude, grumpy and adorable till the end. We are worried now about his brother (same litter) which relied in his brother to get closer to humans because he was and abused puppy. We got a good run with Kuko, now we have to check in his light headed brother and see if he is as resilient as I think he is and adapt w/o his bother around.
If not, probably we will see you soon in one of the meetings to find another pet to fill up Kuko’s place, which will be hard… you guys have no idea how tough was to get kuko’s temper down, had dogs before but kuko was something else, nasty hard headed grumpy puppy… We will miss him everyday…
Max (Espresso), our gentle giant passed on yesterday. He will forever be missed. The house isn’t the same without him. He protected and comforted he made us laugh and was always there with a happy smile and cockeyed ears to say hello to family and friends. He made rounds to check on all his 2 legged friends and 4 legged friends on the street daily. He was the best!!!!!! My heart is so sad today but I feel so blessed that Max picked us to be his family. Thanks A Forever Home for connecting us with the bestest friend ever.
We said goodbye to Ginny on Christmas Eve. Ginny came to us from a shelter partner with a litter of 7 puppies in 2013. She was 7 years old at the time. All of her puppies found forever homes and Ginny was a permanent foster thanks to Marilyn C. Marilyn cared for Ginny as one of her own. According to Marilyn, Ginny didn’t know that she never got adopted because she was loved and cared for every day of her life. Ginny went peacefully in her sleep knowing that she was surrounded by a family who loved her.RIP Ginny.
Our beloved beagle mix Sadie (formerly Queenie) came into our lives in 2003, at about two years old. She was bundle of energy and curiosity, and we bonded quickly. She was with me on many adventures. She traveled and saw many new places. When my now-wife’s family came into our lives, Sadie easily adopted her and her two daughters, making them all a part of her pack. She was a perceptive, intelligent dog, and always up for a new experiences. Sadly, the years finally caught up to her, and we had to put her to sleep on Oct. 3, due to acute kidney failure. She was 16.
She was the first dog I’ve seen all the way through, from the day A Forever Home brought her to me, to the day she died with Lynda and I there to comfort her. It was heartbreaking, but I know I gave her a full and long life, and loved her beyond words – a favor she was happy to return.
Michael and Lynda
Beth wrote to let us know that she and her family recently lost their beloved Bonnie.
Just to let you know Bonnie was put to rest on November 29th. She was the sweetest and most lovable dog we could have ever asked for. We got her just after she had her puppies. We were fortunate enough to see her puppies but Bonnie shined through and we couldn’t wait to bring her home after she was done weaning her puppies.Over the last 8 months hips were no longer functioning as they should as she had very bad arthritis in both hips and knees, medicine didn’t seem to help her as much as we had hoped. She loved hiking more than anything else and we loved taking her. She will be forever in our hearts and she is very missed. Her is a picture from the first day we got her to the last (That is my son in both pictures as they grew up together). Love you so much Bonnie!!! Mom, Dad, and Aiden.
I write this email in memory of my dog Shadow who I adopted 7/30/07. His name was Alex at that time.
Shadow passed away 1 year ago today from cancer. Shadow was my sole living companion and copilot for almost a decade, and he meant everything to me. He was perfectly named because he never left my side since the day I got him. He was my light in dark times and a great comfort. We were each happiest when the other was happy. We had a dog-human bond unlike any other. I used to call him my “canine soulmate.” I know he was hanging on as long as he could for me at the end, but I was happy to be able to put him to sleep before the pain and fatigue overtook him.
I adopted him from AFH and I clearly remember the day we met. It was at one of your dog expos at the Chantilly Petsmart. I thought I picked him, but I later realized he picked me. He was hiding under his foster dad’s chair while the dad was talking to another potential owner. I sat down next to him and he gently came out from under the chair, curled up in my lap, and refused to leave, even when the other potential owner wanted to spend time with him. The rest is history.
Thank you so much for bringing us together. I have attached a picture, which is a collage of some of my favorite photos of him.
About 6 years ago, we adopted a dog we have adored from you all. Alice, age 14, had cancer and stage 6 heart disease. Despite that, we were able to care for her, give her medications, and let her continue to be a happy dog for more than well over a year. Her vets began to call her their miracle dog, because as they said “she’s the happiest, in other ways healthy, very sick dog we’ve taken care of.”
That changed and the tumor and heart disease prevented her from breathing. Medicine wasn’t going to make a difference and the other conditions were inoperable. The vets said there was nothing they could do and it would be kinder to her to let her pass, so we did.
Thank you for allowing us to adopt Alice. She was such a blessing and joy, and our hearts are so sad without her.
He was an energetic bundle of cuteness and a great little brother to our other AFH adopted dog Canela.
He suffered from IVDD, had surgery on April of 2017 and was recovering, however during August, his spine started to present problems on additional areas/discs and the morning of Monday September 11 , while having breakfast, he gave out his last cry before becoming completely paralyzed.
We miss him , below are the photos of when he first came to our home, and the last time he was able to stand without any pain (post-op).
On Friday, November 10th my baby boy and best friend passed away suddenly from complications stemming from a tumor. I adopted Spaulding (The Dinho) from A Forever Home in March 2005 when he was five months old. For the past 12 years, he has been the most incredible, wonderful, adorable part of my life. My Mom told me once that sometimes a special pet comes along and completely steals your heart and changes your life. For me, that was my Dinho. He was by my side through so many of my life moves, heartbreaks, joys and adventures. Though he was loved by everyone, I was his #1 and he was mine. I will forever miss him coming to greet me at the door or shooting across the lawn to me, so happy and excited when I got home from work or snuggling with me for hours on end the time I had a broken ankle or our frequent adventures to new parks or trails or to Home Depot. I so adored him and will be always grateful to AFH for bringing him into my life.
I was fortunate to adopt my sweet little Molly (aka Penny) in May 2005. I always said she was practically perfect. She was obviously cared for before she came to me since she was house trained and crate trained. She fit into her forever home the first time she walked through my door. For over 12 years she was by my side…following me from room to room…giving lots of snuggles. She crossed over the rainbow bridge on 2 October in my arms. I loved her with all my heart and miss her dearly. She has left a huge hole in my heart. Thank you for bringing her into my life!
The first picture is of Penny (as she was known then) on the day we met. She jumped right into my granddaughters lap and it was love at first site. The second picture is just one of my favorites and the last one is days before she died snuggling in my arms.
It is with the most sadness and tears that I am letting you know that our beloved Roscoe went today to the Rainbow Bridge.
We adopted him from A Forever Home in October of 2003 and we still remember it fondly. He was grouped with the other lab mix pups and so many of them were at the front to get the attention of all the adopters, but one little guy was in the back of the pen too shy and scared. I said that’s the one! A ribbon was tied to his collar showing he was adopted and from that moment he was a part of our family.
So many great times were shared with Roscoe. Like seeing his paw prints in his first snow. Meeting Santa Claus. Introducing him to the new baby. Seeing how happy he was to run in the the backyard. He had to have his own chair to sit in by the fire pit. The days caught up to him and as he aged he just wanted to be cuddled and have a comfy spot to sleep. As a last great gesture he showed our newly adopted little puppy, Mr. Petey, how to be a part of a family that will treasure him.
I don’t think I could have ever imagined a better pet or more faithful friend. We are going to miss you so much. All your pains and problems are now gone.
Thank you to A forever home for blessing us with Roscoe. We are now blessed with Mr. Petey.