We adopted “Sundae” Vivian in 2004. Sadly she passed in December 2018. She was probably the last remaining dog in her litter and enjoyed a long happy life. This included trips to our beach house which she loved and lots of walks.
It is with great pain and sorrow that I write to inform you of the death of Rufus, Daddy Good Boy, best friend and loyal companion. He passed aweay in my arms Monday morning,July 1, 2019 at approxiately 4 a.m. Yesterday would have been his 8th birthday. He died of Dilated Cardio Myopathy. He was dianosed in Mid-May and I was informed that his life expectancy was about 6-9 months…Thank you to everyone at A Forever Home for letting him be a part of my life and me a part of his. He was loved by everyone….He went everywhere with me and we were inseparable.
We are sad to report that we received a very sad message from one of our adopters. Their dog Nala, one of Angel’s 12 puppies, passed away, leaving only one surviving sibling, Tinkerbell.
Angel was a Husky who lived her whole life on a chain until she broke loose and ended up at a shelter, very ill, thin, and pregnant. At AFH, we nursed her back to health before she gave birth to 12 beautiful puppies. Sadly, they soon began to pass away. We eventually learned that they had contracted Parvo II in utero which damaged their hearts. The few that survived past 8 weeks of age were expected to pass away before they ever got to a year of age. Despite this horrible prognosis, a number kind, brave families chose to adopt them anyway.
Nala’s family was one of those who decided to take their pup home despite the likely outcome. They did all they could for her–she regularly saw a cardiologist and had been taking heart medicine. Sweet Nala passed away at only 2 1/2 years old. Even though she beat the odds, her story is so heartbreaking. We are so grateful to Nala’s family and the others who chose to love their pups anyway, knowing sadness would just be around the corner.
In 2008 I adopted Lucky, a 1.5 year old black shepherd mix, from your organization. He was originally named Roger. I’m sad to report that he passed away last week, just a month shy of his 12th birthday. Lucky was a happy and loving companion who brought me a lot of joy in the 11 years that he was with me. Thank you so much for finding him for me.
Hello friends at A Forever Home,
My name is Sue. In 2005, my family and I adopted Roxy at a forever home event in Chantilly. You called her Nola, but we renamed her Roxy. I cannot thank you enough for hosting that event and giving us the chance to have Roxy in our lives. Sadly, Roxy crossed over the Rainbow Bridge on Monday, 20 May. She brought so much joy to our lives and I cannot imagine how life would have been without her – certainly not as loving, fun and exciting! … I included a photo of my little love bug – she truly meant the world to us.
Thank you so very much for all you do.
All the best,
Sue and Sonny, and Kelsey.
In early February of 2013, we had the distinct pleasure of meeting a very shy yet extremely cute dog named Kooper. With his tongue hanging out due to only have one tooth, we decided to adopt him immediately as we perceived that he would be a great companion for us. Kooper captured us in his own, unique way. He went from being so shy at first to becoming very comfortable in his new surroundings. He accomplished tremendous feats such jumping to and from the couch, learning to go up and down the stairs, and even becoming bilingual. 🙂
Always a fighter, Kooper showed great courage as he endured a couple of difficult surgeries and came through like a champion. A true mark of a warrior, he became an example of gentle toughness. We always admired how he never complained, not once, yet he seemed so happy and appreciative of his new home and his new family.
Sadly, Kooper crossed over the Rainbow Bridge on July 29, 2019. He gave us so much love, joy, and wonderful memories. Kooper became the best companion we could have ever hoped for.
What a blessing it has been to share our lives with our beloved Kooper. See you on the other side of the bridge our dear Kooper papa.
Francisco & Marxi
In 2004, we had recently lost our 17 year old Lab. My children wanted another dog. We attended a Forever Home adoption event at Petco in the Greenbriar Shopping Center. A litter of 11 puppies were up for adoption. They were a Lab/Weimer mix. There was a crowd and many of the puppies went quickly. We strolled over to where the puppies left were in their enclosure. I asked if they had a male and female. My children were each given a puppy and they said “we’re not putting them down,” So fifteen years later, Archie and Rhonda, brother and sister were two playful, mischievous, rambunctious, large lap dogs who enriched our lives. They were a huge part of our family and will be missed. They passed away peacefully in April and May.
This was their favorite spot to lay on and be with each other
We adopted Rosco in the spring of 2007. Mike and I were newlyweds; Rosco was our first shot at parenting.
From the start he was pure joy. A tiny little guy, best guess at his grown weight was 35 lbs (he topped out at 125!), he was afraid to go down stairs. We had to pick him up to carry him down our condo steps. Rosco was a bright fella. Would ring “Santa Bells” to let us know he needed to go potty.
Our little family had some ups and downs, our constant was Rosco and his love for us. He always knew how to comfort us and be the best friend anyone could ever hope for.
When Rosco became a “big brother” to our daughter Vivian, his life revolved around her. He oversaw anyone who held her, changed her, or walked her. He was her “Manny”, protector, playmate, dress-up partner, and selfless best friend.
Sadly as he became older, Rosco’s arthritis became uncomfortable. We tried swimming, acupuncture, laser therapy, medication. This is what ultimately made his life get cut short. On May 23, 2019 at 1:37 p.m., Rosco took his last breath. This was the most difficult decision in our life. Rosco left this world and entered the next.
We love you, Rosco. Every single day our hearts are full of sorrow, for we miss you so very much.
Michael, Erin and Vivian
On Saturday we said goodbye to our sweet Fabrizio. We’re all so very heartbroken, but had a wonderful 12 years with him. With his trademark underbite shark teeth, bat ears, skunk tail and alligator legs, this dog was 1 in a million. He loved prancing, rolling in the grass, laying in the sun, playing with the biggest dogs around, stealing food from his brothers and leading the pack at doggie daycares, earning him the nickname “little Napoleon”. He never met a lap he didn’t want to sleep on, a treat he wouldn’t sit for, and knew every day at 5:30 like clockwork it was dinner time. He protected his brothers every night, cried every time daddy came home from deployments, and has been my shadow through over a decade of heartache, laughter and transitions. From the second I laid on eyes on him in a rainy parking lot, I knew we were meant to be best friends. He taught us all so much about unconditional love, and we can only hope he felt it, too. It just isn’t the same coming home and not seeing his furry little face through the window, waiting for us sitting (illegally) on top of the couch. We’re sure going to miss our baby. ❤️🐶
Forever in Our Hearts
We adopted Lyla and Lola through your organization in 2006. Lola died at
8 and Lyla recently died at 12. They started in an apartment with two
single 20s girls and then eventually became part of our growing families.
They were such sweet and smart souls. They will forever be in our hearts
and we think of them daily.