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.
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
We said a loving farewell to our sweet Riley on March 18, 2016, at the Veterinary Hospital at Stone Ridge, with Dr. Kirk. She had advanced liver cancer. She was a sweet dog who never caused any problems and loved her family and her 2 “brothers” (other rescues.) She has been dearly missed. (She was adopted by us 2/26/2006 as “Annabelle” australian shepherd/border collie mix.)
Stephanie Y just wrote to tell us about the loss of her sweet Cory.
Cory and I had a wonderful adventure-packed life together for over 13 years. We have road tripped through 19 States and the District of Columbia. Cory has strolled the National Mall, played in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida, hiked in the Adirondacks and camped at 12,000 feet in the Rocky Mountains. We’ve even lived on a farm where she got to see horses, cows, goats, chickens, foxes, turkeys, peacocks and groundhogs. Cory has won the hearts of our many friends who live throughout the US and overseas. Losing her has created a tremendous void in my soul, but I am so grateful to have shared such an amazing journey with her.
She really was an amazing dog and my guardian angel. I am so glad I found AFH that day in 2003, because I couldn’t have imagined a full life these last 13 years without her.
All of us at AFH extend our condolences to Stephanie on her loss.
It is with deep sadness that we have to say goodbye to our sweet Layla. We adopted her 6 and a half years ago after we fostered her. She was a rescue from a breeder/hoarder situation. We fostered her so long, we became attached to her and wanted her to be happy and pampered in her golden years. She changed so much with her new found freedom and and a warm loving family. She was a total joy to all of us here.
All of us at AFH send our condolences on the loss of this sweet girl.
Chloe’s favorite thing was to eat and follow Maxine (from Maxine’s Marvels) around. Chloe was very outgoing and was able to bring Maxine a lot of joy. There wasn’t a person that met her that didn’t fall in love.
Chloe was loved dearly and when she left us, she took a piece of my heart with her. She was a little angel and will truly be missed.
We loved her (still love her) and will miss her terribly.
Thanks for letting us adopt her.
We said goodbye to our sweet Glory on July 15, 2016. We adopted her when she was 10 weeks old from AFH back in February of 2005. She was our first baby before we had 2 children who are now ages 6 and 7 and 1/2. She was a delightful member of our family and was very sweet with our kids. She had a small skin growth removed in April 2015 and then was diagnosed with Lymphoma in September 2015. It was the start of the school year we were shell shocked. We decided to do one treatment for her lymphoma to give us another 1-3 months to say goodbye. She gave us 10 months! Her long life and minimal treatment is quite the miracle and we are so thankful for the “extra” time we had with her. We miss her dearly.
George and Amanda
I said goodbye to my Timmy on April 29 (he had heart disease, was blind his last year or so but was totally perfect in our eyes ) – he was just the best! We adopted him from AFH when my Dave was diagnosed with cancer. He was Dave’s best friend through his remaining time and my best friend since Dave’s passing. He was so loved by all my family, friends and neighbors that he never once had to stay at a kennel and people would put it an early bid to watch him. Here is my favorite picture of him. Thank you for sharing him with me.
This is Luci’s story:
Two boys from Annandale, Va were canoeing in WV when they saw a man shooting at a dog. They asked the man if it was his dog; he said no and he didn’t want the dog hanging around his campground. They asked if they could take her and he said yes. They took her home. She was so weak that she couldn’t defend herself when their cat attacked her. So a neighbor took her and their cat attacked her too. So she was taken to a rescue that was full, so they transferred her to A Forever Home Rescue. (She was named Matilda and called Matty. We named her Luci because she was lucky those boys found her and brought her home).
When we adopted Luci from A Forever Home Rescue, she was estimated to be nine months old. She had heart, hook, and whip worms, was severely underweight (16 pounds) and very weak. Luci recovered well and got to her appropriate weight of 26 pounds (and then a couple extra) 😊. She loved to eat everything in sight, frolic in the backyard–chasing but never catching birds, bunnies, and squirrels, travel with us on vacations to fun places, roll in the grass on walks in the park, notify the neighbor’s when the mailman was on our block, and play with her other rescued sisters — including Sadie, Millie, Bonnie, and Eve. She has now been reunited with Sadie and Millie in doggie heaven.
Luci didn’t like to be photographed. We think the flash and click may have reminded her of being shot at when she was starving and sick. So we don’t have a lot of good photos of her. Most of them show her cringing.
This photo was taken before we took Luci the day she passed away.