Hello, We said goodbye to our best buddy Murphy on October 2, 2019. Fourteen years ago he rescued us after we lost our beloved Molly (another rescue doggie), my husband’s Grandma and my Father within a two month period. He raised our pre-teen son and teenage son into men, providing constant love and support to our family. He literally was our therapy dog. He sensed any anxiety and quickly took matters into his own paws to relieve it by wazzling, head butting, “talking,” or just quietly sitting with us. He also was a great mentor to other dogs, guiding and correcting puppies into wonderful doggies. To the very end, he was there for us, stoic to a fault about pain. When he finally let go, he was at peace, he was comfortable, and he went out as a polite gentleman. We adopted our “therapy dog” Murphy from A Forever Home November of 2005. Ken and Cynthia
Just wanted to let you know that my last afh dog has passed away and she has left such a hole in my heart but she was absolutely full of life when she was here. She was 13 years old.
On a sad note, we lost our beloved Cody the first week of September. He was 15. We knew he was winding down, but he had a catastrophic event. We rushed him to Dr. Tohill but knew the compassionate choice for Cody was to let him go. He was an amazing boy. We had adopted him from Forever Home and his name was Steve. Attached is a Santa photo with both boys the year my husband and I helped with the photos at Pet Smart in Chantilly. Getting the photo of Scooter with Santa meant lot to us, so thank you.
Warm regards, Donna
Hi, I’ve been putting off sending this email, but I know I really need to. We adopted Rose, and we renamed her Arwin. Back in 2004, my husband I were just married and had just bought out first house. He had grown up with dogs, and I had always wanted one. I knew we definitely wanted to rescue, and I’d always wanted a Siberian husky. My little sister had adopted a sweet puppy from AFH the year prior, and when we checked out the site, lo and behold there was a beautiful, blue-eyed, black n white, 9 month, Siberian husky. When we met her, we immediately fell in love with her attitude and energy.
When Arwin joined our family, she helped us unpack in the new house by using the boxes to show us just how high she could jump. Over the next few years, she ensured there was never a dull day. She loved to run circles in the grass behind our house and watch the neighborhood from our bay window. (When we walked her, the neighbors would refer to her as the dog from the window!) She taught us all about how huskies are escape artists when she toured Centreville for hours but returned home to us when she was ready. She knew how to open our pantry, as evidenced by the 30 Milkbones we found her hoarding in her crate. Most of all, she loved to remind us that while we lived there, she was owned the place.
She helped me lose 30 lbs on daily 4.5 mile walks. I think the neighborhood thought we were crazy because I’d talk to her about my day and she’d tell me about hers. She took her big sister role seriously when we brought home our daughter in 2008 and then adopted a three year old husky (Jasper) in 2012. She always reminded them, and us, that she was the leader through her “ahh wooo woo woos” as she followed us throughout the house to explain her dissatisfaction with something as small as changing out the pillows on the couch.
From the day we brought her home, she was an integral part of building our family. Even in her last year, as she was getting older and slower, she remained headstrong and still had bursts of puppy-like energy. On August 22nd, we lost the most stubborn, grumpy, dramatic, independent, quirky, makes-you-jealous-because-your-eyeliner-will-never-look-so-good, lovable husky. She was 15 and a half, and she was perfect.
Good Afternoon it is with heavy heart, I report my Casey Mae which I adopted back in 2007. Casey was my best friend and I loved her until the end. She, started having seizures and went home on September 28th. I am forever grateful for the time I spent with her and I’m sad without her.
Hi Mary and AFH,
We Adopted Olivia (purebred boxer; mother to Sarge and some other puppies that were also at the Rescue) on February 27, 2011. Olivia was the best pup we could ever have asked for! Since welcoming her into our family, she became a big sister to a little human sister (2014) and little human brother (2015). Olivia adored her little humans. She slept next to both cribs during their infancies and alternated sleeping in their beds when they got older.
Olivia was always at the door to greet us with her wiggly little boxer butt when we got home from work. She loved playing in the backyard, snuggling on the couch, and eating! She was there to console us through some very difficult times. The only complaint to ever come out of her mouth was when we weren’t moving fast enough to get her breakfast or dinner into her bowl. Olivia had numerous humans that loved her and she loved them.
Olivia was protective and playful. She was everything we wanted and needed in a puppy companion! Sadly, on Monday, December 2, 2019, Olivia passed away unexpectedly. The four of us were with her hugging her, petting her, and telling her how much we loved her. It was been extremely difficult for my husband and I, as she was our first baby, but our children are taking it the hardest. They both adored her. Since they could walk, they both would help feed her and give her treats. Our daughter had started holding her leash on walks, and was more than eager to help with her. They ask about her daily looking for reassurance that Olivia is watching over us from Heaven. Olivia was a huge part of our lives and now that piece is missing leaving behind a huge void.
Olivia accompanied us on many vacations to the beach, including this past summer to the Outer Banks. She LOVED the beach! She was included in our annual Christmas card, which always starred her and the kids. This year, we took our picture on Dec. 1, not knowing it would be the last. I have attached 3 pictures- 2 from the beach and our last Christmas photo.
I would have notified you sooner, but writing this letter has been extremely difficult. I want to thank you for giving us the chance to be the parents to the most amazing dog. I had dreamed for years of having a boxer after growing up with a boxer mix. I’ll never forget the day I first saw Olivia when she ran to the door barking at me at her foster house. She was beautiful and her personality was AMAZING! There will never be a dog quite like her. I wish we had more time with her.
It is with great sadness and breaking heart that Jewels who we adopted from you in June 2006 at the Petco at Greenbrier in Fairfax when she was 6 months old has passed. We loved her so so so much. This is my favorite picture of her a few years ago.
With Woody being in so much pain from being old (rescued him from Janet’s Rescue in Woodbridge in Sept 2005 when he was 3 months old) We decided to relieve him from his pain so they could go together. This is what they looked like when we adopted them. and a few weeks ago.
Max passed away at 745am this morning. He tried but it was too much. His large intestine flipped over his small intestine and formed a knot. The vet performed surgery but it was too much for him. We will miss him. Mara
I wanted to drop you a line to let you know that my sweet Sophie passed away last week. I can’t even begin to say what she meant to me – and she truly changed the trajectory of my life, with both my law firm and with dog training. I miss her more than I can say! I thought I would share a couple of my favorite photos of her with you. Thank you so much for bringing her into my life! All the best, Heidi
I got Tess when she was just a puppy in foster care. I was only a freshmen in high school and I begged my father for her as my birthday gift that year. That year 2008, I got my best friend. I took prom pictures, graduation pictures, my first car and more with her. She was always right by my side. Sadly Tess was diagnosed with a very rare mouth cancer, and ended up passing away late September of 2019 at just 11 years old from internal bleeding that we are still not sure as to if it was cause by the chemo or the cancer. Thank you A Forever Home for introducing me to my forever best friend, well meet one day again over the rainbow bridge 🌈❤