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.
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.
Laurie and Greg L recently wrote to tell us about the loss of their sweet Mercedes. This picture was taken a month after she was adopted. All of us at AFH send our condolences on your loss and thank you for giving Mercedes a wonderful forever home. We also want to thank you for the donation in her honor.
Gus. Gus the Bus. Gus Gus. He had many nicknames, but he was a one and only original. He was rescued by A Forever Home Rescue from Mississippi after hurricane Katrina. He was fostered by a wonderful family, Deni and Chris Cunningham. He joined my family alongside his brother from another mother, Dozer. He’s seen and done lots of things in his 14 and a half years. He’s been a great friend and companion. He made a friend of everyone who he came in contact with, even at the vet. On his last day he spent the day surrounded by those who loved him including all of his recent favorite dog walkers, his favorite concierge, Michael, who was never short on milk bones, and of course Elliot and myself. He got to eat all his favorite things, including a giant marrow bone, some chicken and several of Michael’s milk bones. He will be greatly missed, but I know that his brother Dozer will take great care of him over rainbow bridge. I love you Gus. You have been the best boy. <3
Mario and Michele L recently lost their beloved Mr. Niles. They write: We fostered him, then we eventually adopted him. Just wanted to share this sad news with the rest of his family. Thank you AFH for giving us the chance to give him a place to live. He was a great dog. He passed away on Saturday July 16, 2016. All of us at AFH extend our condolences on the loss of Mr. Niles.