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.
Dear A Forever Home,
We adopted Ellie from you in July 2008; she was part of Peaches’ litter and we kept her name. Ellie was a high energy, slightly neurotic, gentle, sweet natured dog and the love of our lives…She passed away on Friday July 6 after a long battle with degenerative myelopathy. She was the best family dog ever! We are so grateful to have had her in our lives for the past 10 years. Thank you to A Forever Home for bringing us together:)
Michelle just wrote to tell us about losing her beloved Lady. All of us at AFH send our condolences to her and her family.
I’m sad to report that Lady AKA Our Forever Lady (named after AFH) has crossed the rainbow bridge this morning. I am so grateful to have had her in my life and it’s all because AFH rescued her. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for bringing my sweet girl to my life.
Sadly, we lost our girl on Saturday, March 17th.
In December of 2005 I adopted Angie from your rescue. My german shepherd mix pup and I went on many adventures and went through a lot together. A year ago she was diagnosed with cancer but defied the odds. Last Saturday she fell asleep in her bed at home and never woke up. The vet figured she was about 16 years old.
I wanted to thank your oranization for giving me the opportunity to love Angie for the past 12 years.
Jason crossed over the bridge yesterday at the age of 14. He gave us so much love and life! Everyone who met him called him the gentle giant. He leaves behind a much loved family and furry bro Champ aka Darwin (another afh adoption).
Thank you for taking care of these animals and bringing their awareness to our community. We will be looking on the webpage on the next coming weeks for another friend to join our pack!
The Curran Family
I was fortunate enough to adopt Bailey from A Forever Home over 15 years ago. You put her in my arms at an adoption event in Chantilly and I fell in love. A couple of weeks ago I had to let my favorite and faithful companion go. Cancer and time had taken its toll. We had such a wonderful and adventurous life together. She loved swimming, playing tug of war, visiting with her canine neighbors, trolling for treats, and most of all me. We travelled to Texas, the Carolinas, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York together and while she didn’t love the long trips she never wanted to miss a ride in the car. Bailey always stopped to smell the flowers and it reminded me to slow down and enjoy the simple moments. Thank you A Forever Home for bringing us together!
Here is a pic of my husband Mike and Skittles on the day of his passing. We loved him so much.
I have been meaning to write for a few weeks. Our 13 year old rescue, Zeus, has passed on as of January 15, a few weeks shy of his 14th birthday.
In May 2004, we went furniture shopping at the Room Store in Chantilly. Next door at Petco, there was a Forever Home adoption going on. We went to “look.” That was it. We had two dogs at home already. We didn’t need a third, especially because we were moving in two month and getting married. We had a lot going on.
The dogs and puppies were adorable at Petco. As we left, we heard someone say “They’re bringing the Mastiff’s in soon.” We stayed.
We ended up adopting one of three brothers who were rescued from a kill shelter in WV. The dogs were originally named Ricky, Stevie, and Bobby. AFH renamed them Samson, Noble, and Zeus. They were Bull Mastiff/Boxer mixes. Two of the three brothers were brought in and were in the prospective owner’s laps immediately. We brought home Zeus a few weeks later after we finally decided to make it a three-some. We were never sure of his DOB so we assumed it was around Feb. 1, and always celebrated him on that date.
He grew to 125 lbs at his heaviest and probably died close to 100 lbs. He was the healthiest dog we have ever owned and had not been to the vet for the last six years of his life until his final few weeks, when we went in twice. He was the alpha, without a doubt. The two dogs he moved in with died in 2007 and 2011. As he was getting older, we bought another Mastiff from a breeder in Warrenton. Zeus and his little sister Agnes (now 174 lbs) got along well. Next came Ethel, another English Mastiff and we were three again. We added Gus a few months ago and were up to four.
As our dogs have gotten older, we have introduced a new dog so they have each other to play with.
Zeus was a wonderful dog. His boxer side gave him a lot of energy and playfulness. He got along so well with our boxer/pit mix who was three years his senior but was taken too soon in 2007. My wife was a second grade teacher in Fairfax for a few years and I used to drive Zeus to her Vienna school where the kids would crowd around this large dog and pet him and hug him during recess. We did that a number of times.
He loved walking. He was a great burglar alarm too, saving us from the UPS man, Fed Ex, postman and numerous solicitors. When he became a senior, he became dog aggressive. We walked away from other dogs and he didn’t have any play dates, unfortunately. When we introduced a new dog to our pack, it took a few weeks for him to warm up but he did eventually.
We sleep with our dogs. While we had steps to get onto the bed because of our mini-pin, every night Zeus would jump onto the top corner of the bed where I slept and lay there by me. It was the best part of my day and still is when the dogs join us. One night the bed couldn’t take the pressure. Zeus lept up and broke the bed. The side rail broke at the corner where he jumped. I got the car jack from outside, jacked up the bed and went to sleep. I don’t think Zeus moved the whole time.
He spent most of his last year in pain and on three legs. He hurt his knee at some point and could put little and then no weight on it. But he would eat, drink and go outside regularly. He rarely played with his brothers and sisters but would try. In the end there was too much pain. Getting up was too difficult and there was a lot of carrying outside and I helped him up the stairs for about a year.
He was a wonderful dog from a wonderful organization. He is shown here relaxing in one of his favorite spots at our house in Aldie. This was probably from 2012. He would have been 8 at this point.
Thank you all for the wonderful work you do.
Micah was born on 6/2/06 and rescued by AFH in March of 2011 from a puppy mill somewhere in rural Virginia. He came with the name Digger.
His story is not one of spending his rescued days on the bow of a boat in the Chesapeake Bay, or in the snow of a Mid-Western ski town or even chasing a Frisbee in his own backyard. Micah did not know or understand, how to play and only in the last few years would display a rare burst of interaction with some of this stuffed toys. This is, nonetheless, Micah’s story, and a story that should be told.
He developed a problem in one front leg that was coming and going, till las 3 weeks where pretty much he couldnt use the leg anymore, 2 days ago the leg swollen and the pain medication was not working too much either so we had to do what was best for him. After he passed away a quick look to the bad leg showed that he had a lymph’s problem, and was a big chance he had cancer which probably was the reason the leg in the last few months from bad to good went from bad to worse.
We had a good run with that grumpy dude, grumpy and adorable till the end. We are worried now about his brother (same litter) which relied in his brother to get closer to humans because he was and abused puppy. We got a good run with Kuko, now we have to check in his light headed brother and see if he is as resilient as I think he is and adapt w/o his bother around.
If not, probably we will see you soon in one of the meetings to find another pet to fill up Kuko’s place, which will be hard… you guys have no idea how tough was to get kuko’s temper down, had dogs before but kuko was something else, nasty hard headed grumpy puppy… We will miss him everyday…
Max (Espresso), our gentle giant passed on yesterday. He will forever be missed. The house isn’t the same without him. He protected and comforted he made us laugh and was always there with a happy smile and cockeyed ears to say hello to family and friends. He made rounds to check on all his 2 legged friends and 4 legged friends on the street daily. He was the best!!!!!! My heart is so sad today but I feel so blessed that Max picked us to be his family. Thanks A Forever Home for connecting us with the bestest friend ever.
We said goodbye to Ginny on Christmas Eve. Ginny came to us from a shelter partner with a litter of 7 puppies in 2013. She was 7 years old at the time. All of her puppies found forever homes and Ginny was a permanent foster thanks to Marilyn C. Marilyn cared for Ginny as one of her own. According to Marilyn, Ginny didn’t know that she never got adopted because she was loved and cared for every day of her life. Ginny went peacefully in her sleep knowing that she was surrounded by a family who loved her.RIP Ginny.
Our beloved beagle mix Sadie (formerly Queenie) came into our lives in 2003, at about two years old. She was bundle of energy and curiosity, and we bonded quickly. She was with me on many adventures. She traveled and saw many new places. When my now-wife’s family came into our lives, Sadie easily adopted her and her two daughters, making them all a part of her pack. She was a perceptive, intelligent dog, and always up for a new experiences. Sadly, the years finally caught up to her, and we had to put her to sleep on Oct. 3, due to acute kidney failure. She was 16.
She was the first dog I’ve seen all the way through, from the day A Forever Home brought her to me, to the day she died with Lynda and I there to comfort her. It was heartbreaking, but I know I gave her a full and long life, and loved her beyond words – a favor she was happy to return.
Michael and Lynda
Beth wrote to let us know that she and her family recently lost their beloved Bonnie.
Just to let you know Bonnie was put to rest on November 29th. She was the sweetest and most lovable dog we could have ever asked for. We got her just after she had her puppies. We were fortunate enough to see her puppies but Bonnie shined through and we couldn’t wait to bring her home after she was done weaning her puppies.Over the last 8 months hips were no longer functioning as they should as she had very bad arthritis in both hips and knees, medicine didn’t seem to help her as much as we had hoped. She loved hiking more than anything else and we loved taking her. She will be forever in our hearts and she is very missed. Her is a picture from the first day we got her to the last (That is my son in both pictures as they grew up together). Love you so much Bonnie!!! Mom, Dad, and Aiden.
I write this email in memory of my dog Shadow who I adopted 7/30/07. His name was Alex at that time.
Shadow passed away 1 year ago today from cancer. Shadow was my sole living companion and copilot for almost a decade, and he meant everything to me. He was perfectly named because he never left my side since the day I got him. He was my light in dark times and a great comfort. We were each happiest when the other was happy. We had a dog-human bond unlike any other. I used to call him my “canine soulmate.” I know he was hanging on as long as he could for me at the end, but I was happy to be able to put him to sleep before the pain and fatigue overtook him.
I adopted him from AFH and I clearly remember the day we met. It was at one of your dog expos at the Chantilly Petsmart. I thought I picked him, but I later realized he picked me. He was hiding under his foster dad’s chair while the dad was talking to another potential owner. I sat down next to him and he gently came out from under the chair, curled up in my lap, and refused to leave, even when the other potential owner wanted to spend time with him. The rest is history.
Thank you so much for bringing us together. I have attached a picture, which is a collage of some of my favorite photos of him.