We are sad to let you know that our beautiful Bella passed away suddenly and unexpectedly yesterday from an apparent tumor behind her heart that caused plural effusion. She was such a good dog, who loved to chase squirrels and bunnies, and sometimes yell at people who came by her house. She was sometimes serious and oftentimes blessed us with the best smile. She was the most loving cuddle-pup ever. We are so blessed to have had her in our lives for 11 years. Thank you for the gift of her! She was happy up until the moment when she suddenly fell ill. She will be in our hearts forever! Lisa, Ernest, Trey and Hailey
Hi, I wanted to thank you for our Macy. We had seven of the most amazing years with our sweet girl. She was filled with snuggles, wiggles, the softest most velvety ears ever, and the sweetest soul. I could not have ever asked for a better girl to join our family. Two weeks ago Macy had a grand mal seizure and was diagnosed with a brain tumor…anti seizure medication which gave us the gift of two more weeks with our sweet girl. ..She held out long enough for us to be with her before she passed away. I don’t have the right words to express how much I miss my girl. She was truly one of a kind. I just wanted to thank you so much for rescuing her and allowing her to be part of our family. Tricia
Note: This girl was very special to us AFH volunteers. Macy came to AFH from a rural shelter in WV. This poor little girl was thrown out of a car on the side of a road! We are grateful to her family for giving her the love of a forever home.
My sweet Apple will forever be missed. She was one of the biggest blessings ever in my life and gave me more than I could have ever imagined. She came to me at just the right time and for the exact right season.
The countless before and after work walks all over DC, the thousands of nights keeping me warm under my blanket or watching tv with me; Apple made me a better person and was a dream come true for me. There were so many years without family nearby and it was just me and Apple. I am so glad she was able to end her life surrounded by a new dad and her devoted grandpa.
A day will not go by that I won’t miss her terribly. I am forever grateful to A Forever Home.
Trixie was a beloved family member who always brought joy to all those who knew her. We, her family, always felt that Trixie chose us. I knew from the minute she climbed into my lap and laid her little head down to sleep, a true sign of unconditional trust, that she had to be in our lives. That trust reigned true as the memories we made with her are remembered to be filled with love and happiness. Even in darker days, Trixie supported her family with concern in her eyes and obvious love. It always seemed that she knew not only exactly how you were feeling but knew exactly how to help. Since Trixie chose us, every happy memory our family has included her. Family vacations, holidays, family gatherings, playing in the yard (she was a fantastic soccer player), and every day you could come home to her sweet and excited greeting. Now that Trixie has said goodbye to her family, there is a void of that love, that comfort, that presence. Trixie was truly the best dog and we take comfort knowing that Trixie not only had a good life but gave her family a good one too.
The Wiser family
Back in July of 2004, I had an unfortunate accident. This is when “A Forever Home” came to my rescue. To make a long story short, we adopted my little “Cami”, who at 8 weeks old, looked like a little gremlin with her big ears and little face. She bonded right away with me and was my sidekick for the next 15 ½ years. She was such a good girl. For all of her 10 pound stature, she felt as though she ruled the neighborhood…she walked by my side everywhere we went. She was so well behaved.
We had an inside joke for whenever our daughters would bring a boy home for us to meet, we would say, “you have to pass the “Cami – test”. We laughed, but we were serious. If Cami liked you, you were a keeper. Not many passed, and our two daughters are still single. Too funny.
Cami started going blind after she was diagnosed with diabetes in June of 2019. She went downhill from there. Unfortunately, we had to put her down on Jan. 31st, 2020. We loved her so much. I miss her sleeping with us and greeting us at the front door. It’s so hard to lose a loved one. Thank you “Forever Home” for knowing that Cami was the right dog for our home. You were right!
I’ve attached a couple of pictures of our baby girl. Cami would have been 16 this May. We miss her so much. We look everyday on your site for the next love of our life.
Thank you so much for everything you do.
I want to let you know our girl, Abigail is now no longer with us. She would have turned 15 in October. We got her when she was just a small pup & gave us so much joy all of these years. As a chow husky mix, she ended up looking more like a golden retriever mix. But the blue tongue gave her away. She was the best dog and loved by so many. I went to one of your adoption sights looking for a boxer mix and brought her home instead. Best choice I ever made. Smartest dog I have ever known or owned In time, I will look to get another dog and when the time comes make sure to see what you all have available.
Thank you for all you do!
Hi, I believe I may have reached out to you awhile ago. I adopted my little girl from you 15 years ago. You called her Ebbe; I named her Salsa. She was my best friend, but I had to say goodbye to her exactly a year ago. Thanks so much for bringing Salsa into my life. I loved her more than I can say.
Hello there, It is with very sad news that I let you know that our A Forever Home baby Rocky (formerly known as Miles, a pup of Merle’s) passed away recently quite suddenly and far too soon. While the cause of death will never be known for sure, the emergency vet who treated Rocky, along with a veterinary neurologist, suspect he had an undiagnosed brain tumor. Our family is devastated by the loss of Rocky– he was truly the perfect family dog and a best friend to everyone in our family, including our other rescue, Jupiter.
You probably don’t remember me, but I volunteered with AFH back in like 2005-2008 time frame. We adopted three dogs from you, as well as fostered dozens more. Two of the dogs we adopted are in the photos below, and I’m writing because sadly they both passed away in the last couple months.
Timber, the chocolate lab, was 14! He was the most beautiful boy, an amazing hunting partner for seven seasons, and the best family dog. He had come from a family in West Virginia and he had AKC papers and the whole nine yards, but the original family bought off more than they could chew. Lucky us! He passed away peacefully last June because he had developed a large tumor that was at severe risk of rupturing and bleeding internally.
Pearl, my cattle dog, was my little shadow and came to us by chance. This is a story that Carmen May remember. Before Pearl we had another cattle dog mix that was tragically hit by a car when she was two in May 2006 names Scout. I was completely heartbroken and It was one of the worst experiences of my life. We continued fostering and I finally told Carmen a couple months later that I wasn’t quite ready, but that my husband and I would want to adopt another cattle dog, and that we wanted a female puppy and would she please keep an eye out? I’ll never forget what she told me. She said “well if you want a puppy, they usually come in litters. You’ll have to commit to fostering the whole litter because ACD puppies are a giant pain and none of the other volunteers will do it.” Then she went on to say “and be ready because now that you’ve got me looking, I’m sure I’ll find it right away.” That was on the weekend at the adoption fair. Then Carmen called me on Monday and said she had found a single female cattle dog puppy in West Virginia. I kind of freaked out because we still weren’t over Scout. So I said we would foster this puppy and… the rest was history. Pearl was by my side every day for almost 14 years, through three babies and a move overseas and back. Pearl passed away last month, Seven months after her constant companion Timber.
We miss them both terribly but so it goes with pets. You know it’s the deal going in that chances are you’ll have to say goodbye to them. These two enriched our lives for 14 years and for that and for your role in it, I’m eternally grateful.
All the best, Allison
PS Let me know if you come across any female cattle dog puppies. Seriously!
So sorry to report that my sweet girl Lady Vol cross the rainbow bridge yesterday I fostered her for a few months and then realized I myself would also become a foster failure when I adopted her When she was brought in to AFH her name was Baby She also was affectionately known as money pit I renamed her Lady Vol after the University of Tennessee women’s basketball team She was my heart and she always will be