Rainbow Bridge

 

Just this side of heaven is a place called the Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals that had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….

Author Unknown


If it Should Be…

If it should be that I grow frail and weak, And pain should keep me from my sleep,
Then you must do what must be done – For this last battle can’t be won.
You will be sad, I understand; Don’t let your grief then stay your hand.
For this day more than all the rest, Your love and friendship stand the test.
We’ve had so many happy years, What is to come can hold no fears.
Would you want me to suffer so? When the time comes, let me go!
Take me where my needs they’ll tend. Only stay with me until the end.
And hold me firm and speak to me, until my eyes no longer see.
I know in time that you will see it is a kindness that you do for me.
Although my tail its last has waved, From pain and suffering I’ve been saved.
Do not grieve. It has to be you who must decide this thing to do.
We’ve been so close, we two, these years. Don’t let your heart hold any tears.
Author unknown


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Taylor

Taylor came to us in 2009.  She loved life and was always happy, except during thunderstorms!  Her favorite activity, other than sleeping on the bed, was chasing lizards.  She was happy to move to Arkansas and become a “country dog” – but she still enjoyed the creature comforts of a warm bed!  In May she was diagnosed with cutaneous lymphoma and after 5 chemo treatments we had to let her go in December.  Through it all she remained happy and we had the chance to show her how very much we loved her.  Thank you LFS for sharing this special girl with us.


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We had to say good-bye to Remi in late November after doing our best to treat him for intestinal lymphoma.  He was an absolutely wonderful boy and truly a member of our family.  We were all heartbroken to learn of his illness in October and devastated when the chemo treatments were not effective.  With no symptoms until the cancer had reached stage 5, it was very hard to lose him so quickly.  We are forever grateful to have had him for 4 years but miss him terribly.  Thought you would want to know that he brought just as much joy to us as we may have brought to him.  This is one of our favorite shots of him with one of his favorite bones.  He was rarely seen without a toy in his mouth or close by.


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Just after we were married, my husband and I stumbled upon a Labrador Friends of the South Adoption where we met our baby Sid. We loved him from the moment we met him and we were so lucky when we went back later in the day that no one had adopted him yet. At that time, his name was Knox but after he was in our home for a week we realized he was smarter than both of us so we renamed him, Sid, our Super Intelligent Dog. Sid was a once in a lifetime dog and friend. Sid loved to go swimming and hang out with his family.  He passed suddenly from cancer and even in his last moments never let on that life was anything less than wonderful. We miss Sid everyday.


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Cloe

From her momma:  “Makes me so sad that I had to say goodbye to my very first rescue baby My Miss Cloe.  I can remember that first day I met my girl.   Back almost 13,  Tazzie had cancer and the vets told me she didn’t have long and Fred was so attached to Tazzie I knew I needed to adopt.  I found a rescue and they had a litter of choc lab pups. There was 8 of them 6 boys and 2 girls.  They rescue family told me I was the second family to pick.  So we all go into the house and there 8 choc babies running everywhere.   So I just sat on the floor and started to play with the puppies while the other family was picking.  Then one pup came over and climb in my lap and went to sleep.  The other family wanted a girl. After they played with them all they were looking for the other girl and I checked the girl climbed into my lap and was sleeping.  The husband from the family said I think she has picked you.  He told his wife to pick from other girl and the boys.  She picked the other girl.  That’s when I knew that Cloe rescued us.  Cloe followed Tazzie and Fred everywhere like they where her parents.  Tazzie trained her so well.  Cloe was so smart and has taught many of mine and my fosters.  She took a piece of my heart just like rest that have passed over the years. She gave me so much love and god I miss her so much already.  All my hairy kids have given me so much.  Each one is so different,  each one I have learned so much from.   I will miss my Cloe hat.  I miss you so much my girl.  I know you aren’t in any pain any more and running and playing with Tazzie, Fred, Jake and Homer.  💔💔💔💔💔”

“Miss Cloe. Clo Clo. Mama’s Girl. I kind of thought of her as miss independent most of the time, doing her own thing and keeping her brothers in check, but when it came to Jenny, she was her girl through and through. While she still showed love to other people, you could just tell by the way she looked at Jenny that they had a special connection that no one else was going to come between. She would follow Jenny around like a shadow, and I’m sure they had plenty of special “girl” moments when the boys weren’t watching. Cloe had such a zest for life; one of those dogs that you just can’t help but be in awe of when you’re around them. The way she would bound around the yard without a care in the world or do a happy dance for a treat in the kitchen just put a smile on your face no matter what. Even when I could tell she didn’t feel her best, Cloe could still be found prancing around the yard, making sure no silly creatures were trying to get in. She was also so patient with all the foster pups, and she helped teach so many of them how to enjoy life. I like to think that Cloe helped Jenny find one of her greatest callings: rescuing dogs and helping them find better lives. For that, I am forever grateful for Cloe, and I’m so glad that she chose Jenny those 13 years ago. I know she will be watching over her as her guardian angel forever, along with the rest of Jenny’s original crew, Homer, Jake, Fred, and Tazzie.

Rest easy sweet girl.-A friend”


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March 15, 2008 forever changed our lives. That was the day that Miss Lisa became our fur daughter.

After reading her story I just new she had to be ours. She was so full of life and so happy. She loved her fur brothers Gunny, Tucker and human Connor.  Every time Lisa heard the keys, she was ready to ride.  She loved it.  She also loved the snow (when we got it), sitting in the water, bathing our cat Garfield and our youngest fur child Tucker.  She was my assistant in the kitchen….nothing got passed her.  Every time I pulled the carrots from the fridge she was right there asking for one.   She never wanted to miss a meal.  Lisawas our Hoover when it came to food.  Lisa loved traveling to Alabama with us and being a country dog. She would never miss a ride on the gator or sitting on the stairs that lead into the pool.  Last year (2015) during one of our Alabama trips she became unable to use her front legs.  We soon found out she would need surgery to regain the possible use of those legs.   To everyone’s delight she pulled through the surgery and long rehabilitation.  We were blessed with this past year of the most lovable and licking dog anyone could ask for.  She loved stuffed toys or the stuffing at least.   She would treat them like her babies, unless there was a squeaker.  After that, all bets were off.    She treated everyone like you were hers.  She even saved my husbands mother one night by staying by her side.  But the most memorable thing about her was she couldn’t control her licker…lol.   Then on August 16, 2016 I noticed she was not acting like herself.  She did not come running for breakfast.  Anyone with a lab knows something is up when this happens. We thought she might have an upset stomach.  The situation did not improve. Then on Monday August 22, 2016 we took her to the vet.  We found out she had a mass on her spleen.  We scheduled her for surgery.  They said everything went ok.  The mass had taken some blood from her system.  The doctor was hoping she was ok.  She seemed to be alert and happy to see everyone when we went to visit. During the night she crossed over the rainbow bridge.  The only thing we can think is that the whole episode was too much for her. We all miss her so very much and think about her every second.  We can say with certainty, she is in a better place. Lisa is now running and chasing tennis balls with no pain. Her and Homer (Jenny’s dog) are loving on each other and watching over us all


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Bear

It was Christmas Eve and we had gotten a call from Jenny Joyce of Lab Friends of the South that we were going to rescue a lab that was scheduled to be put down after the holidays. Little did Diane and I know that this Lab would end up rescuing us! Keli Calvert Greenwood from Lab Friends of the South and officer Short opened the shelter, all wanting to save this special spirit. When he rounded the corner, we saw a massive 100 lb lab and he immediately became Bear. When I looked into his huge brown eyes I saw such sadness, his tortured human had committed suicide. We immediately bonded; we were both had fallen down a great hole of emotional despair! Yet I could tell Bear’s was full of such powerful energy and spirit! Bear and I rapidly became trail running buddies, every day after work it was a mad rush to get into my trail clothes and we were off to the woods. Bear was so full of unbridled energy that he would cry all the way to Tribble Mill Park! As we ran through the woods I could only hold on for dear life. His long legs would stretch into a full gallop, the muscles on his giant back would ripple, nostrils flaring, snot gushing slobber up into my face, we were flying! There was such an emotional attunement between us; I could actually feel his massive heart pumping in his barrel chest as he roared through the wooded trials! However, this mighty bear charge would often terrify the dogs and their humans as we descended down on them. Often there was growling and screaming. But Bear would just continue with his nonreactive mind, ignoring all the chaos. I would bow my head to the Buddha (enlighten one), totally indifferent to the dark side! Similarly, Bear finally learned how to swim when two golden retrievers (we called them the blondes) were jumping into the water after a tennis ball. I heard a cry as Bear went in after the blondes, his emotional (limbic) brain was flooded and he intuitively became amphibious! His paws widened and his unused webs became flippers, snout and tail became rudders. He actually swam across the lake after the blondes. Now he was going on trips to the ocean with us. He would swim all day and at night he would sit and meditates with us, looking out at the moon over the ocean! Similarly, Bear would always sit in the back yard and meditate with us! Our 10 years with Bear always took us away from sadness, to place of great peace!  Bear was pure joy and his spirit still touches my heart!  – Lederman Family


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Drake

Drake  loved to hike with us and  play in the water.  He loved goingto CHOA and visiting with the children.  He always brought a smile to their face.At feeding time he jumped up and down on all fours because he was so excited!  Drake was by my side all the time. He made every step I made. He loved to cuddle. He was just the best dog you could ever want.
 We miss him everyday.

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Dylan (aka Scooby)

7/1/2005 – 6/6/2016

Dylan crossed the Rainbow Bridge today after a very, very short and sudden illness. We had adopted him from you all in August 2006 right after we got married and he has been the perfect addition to our family. Since then we’ve added other animals and a daughter, and through it all he remained the most fun-loving, good-natured (bouncy!) boy we could have ever hoped for. We had a wonderful almost-10 years with him.Really expected we’d get at least a few more, but he didn’t suffer. Everything just suddenly shut down on him. Anyway, we wanted to let you know and tell you thank you for finding him for us. Here are a few pics of him through the years – he lived a good, full life!

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Homer

8/22/2005 – 4/11/2016
Homer was (and will always be) a one of a kind labrador.
While he may not have been a “purebred,” what he lacked in pedigree, he made up for in heart.
I’ve never met a dog with more heart than Homer, and he just seemed to know how to make your day better with that silly smile.
Homer never denied a good snuggle on the couch, and anyone who would give him a pat on the head was immediately his friend.
With his wonderful character, he helped welcome countless fosters to rescue without protest,
even when the most annoying of puppies were crawling all over him. Even toward the end, with such a great spirit,
most days you wouldn’t have even known he was sick. I could tell he was trying to stay strong for Jenny, but the cancer started to take its toll.

 Without a doubt, Homer lived the good life with Jenny and her crew.
She saved him as a baby after he was thrown away by horrible people and made sure he never experienced cruelty like that again,
and I think he knew that. You could just tell by the way he looked at Jenny how much he loved her and how thankful he was,
and I know he’s watching over her from the Rainbow Bridge. He will always and forever live on in our memory,
but I know he’s hanging out up there with Tazzie, Fred, and Jakerman.

Homie, we hate saying goodbye, so we’ll just leave it at see ya later.

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Duke

Our friend Duke went to heaven today. He was the warmest and kindest animal. He provided dog therapy to Sandy, his best friend. He loved his boy and his family and cat.  We will miss him dearly. He was our best friend. It was our privilege to spend the past 10 years with him. What a great part of the family.


Buddy

Our beloved Buddy, who we adopted from just last year, passed away. He became very sick and multiple vets and tests couldn’t figure out the problem. His quality of life deteriorated rapidly and he died.We are heartbroken at losing Buddy. As his name suggests, he was a good buddy; loving, lovable, and extremely mellow. But we are so grateful for the short time we had with him and extend our sincere appreciation to LFS for rescuing and fostering him until we adopted him.


Winston

Winston  was such a sweetie! We started out fostering him but i quickly knew he belonged with us and “the crew”.  He fit right in.   He loved to be in the yard with his fur-friends and eat blueberries right from the bush then come in and lie down on the cool kitchen floor.  He was even a good sport with the Christmas antlers!  He was never far from my side and we will miss him terribly.  Your hips won’t hurt anymore big boy.  Wait for us on the other side…we’ll be together again.


Beauty

When my son was 9 he said all I want for Christmas is a dog. He wrote a list of all the things he wanted in a dog. David wanted a dog who he could play with and who would sleep next to him at night, in short a best friend. David and Beth picked Beauty out on the LFS website. We went and met the nice people who fostered her and they told us that Beauty was a calm, good natured dog. She was all of that and more. If someone was upset she went to comfort them, if she coldn’t decide to be in my office or the den where the family was she would find a space in the middle to be close to  all of us, and she sleep under the covers every night with David. Words fail me but Love was her defining characteristic. I believe with all my heart that we will see Beauty again, that her paw will once again come up and say I need to be petted or are you okay. Thank you LFS for finding her for us and for helping all the dogs that you save each year.


Ivory

We got Ivory on November 2, 2011.  She was the most joyful and sweetest dog we have ever known.  She loved to play ball and snuggle more than anything. That sweet soul left us today, May 17, 2015. She will be greatly missed – there will never be another Ivory.  Thank you Labrador Friends for leading us to this gift.


Hamish

Hamish,I hope that you are looking down on us knowing that you were loved and are missed. As our foster, you were understandably uncertain, but so ready to cuddle with and love us. You were not with us for long, but I hope that in that time, you knew happiness. You deserved it. Your life before us and LFS was so tragic, and not what any dog deserves. I hope that you are up there running like crazy with our Remmie and Lexi and that some day we will all be together again. You were, and will always be a part of our family. Thanks to Jenny your urn sits here in the home where you will always be remembered. Love and miss you sweet boy. Thank you for the love you gave all of us.
Dad, Mom, Kennedy, Cole, Drew, Marvin, Libby, Bongo, and Boomer


Little Baby Girl

You and us tried hard to make you live a little longer but your body just was not strong enough. Your mom tried all she could to keep you alive but the hard life she had to endure while pregnant just was too hard. Be free across the rainbow bridge little girl. You have many older LFS brothers and sisters to show you the way


Angus (Doc)

Our family adopted Angus (Doc) from LFS in August 2012 when he was 4 months old. He immediately fit right in with our family of 3 kids and 1 other dog, Jax. He was an old, gentle soul at a his very young age, and I guess looking back on that, it all makes sense now. Angus was one of those special dogs that only comes along once in your life. I’ve loved all of my dogs beyond what words can express, but the bond I had with Angus was truly indescribable. If it’s possible to have a soul mate with a dog, he was mine. Everywhere I went, he was right behind me – he never left my side – he was my constant companion. We lost him suddenly when he was only 15 months old from intestinal torsion. We were all heartbroken and devastated. Though it has been over a year, I think about and miss him tremendously him every day. I know there will never be another Angus, but I feel so fortunate that he chose us to spend his short life with. He is forever my sweet boy.


Asiago

Sweet Asiago, you were with us for a very short time but I hope you got to experience love. We tried to help you fight but your body was too weak to fight this horrible case of Parvo. Run free and painless Asiago, the rest of the LFS dogs we lost so far will show you the way across the rainbow bridge.


Paisley

Paisley was the happiest dog I have ever met. I rescued her from Walton County Animal Control in the summer of 2013, where I was told she was about 8 months old. She lived the most amazing life between the farm, where her big sister (my thoroughbred horse) lives, and going any and everywhere with me. She wanted to be everyone’s friend and everyone loved her. December of 2014, she was diagnosed with what at the time showed, her second bladder infection of the year. A week later, she stopped eating and then was admitted to the emergency hospital where she stayed 4 nights, 5 days. Their efforts were exhausted, and we found out she was in Stage 4 renal failure, most likely congenital but was jump started by a pain medication. We brought her home and did everything we could for 2 weeks. On her last day, I knew it was time. We chose to do Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice care to make the process peaceful for her. There will never be another Paisley.I found LFS just a few days prior to Paisley‘s passing. I now know that when I am ready, I hope to find my next love through LFS. Rest easy big girl, you are so loved.


Riley (Opie)

It’s taken me several months to be able to put this into words. The pain of losing my boy so suddenly to a very aggressive form of cancer has been difficult to bear. There are no words to convey how much Riley meant to me. The unconditional love that he provided to me for 8+ years can never be duplicated. I know he’s in a better place and I wouldn’t have him back with me right now if it meant he was suffering. I still look at his picture in my room every morning and tell him how much I love him. Play hard with your cousins, Samson and Zachary, and I know we’ll be together again some day. I love you my sweet boy.


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Remmie

Our dearest Remmie, It is impossible to put into words how we felt and will always feel about you. You were the definition of the perfect dog in every way. You and your sister were our first precious babies and you remained so loyal and loving through quite a few big life changes. Your sister passed away at a very young age, we added triplets into our lives, we added two other crazy dogs 🙂 and very frequently, a foster dog. You never flinched for a second. You were still our sweet Rem Rem at all times and in every way. You were not a dog that was adopted through LFS, but you were there to warmly welcome many LFS fosters. You did it with grace and we will never forget it, or you. Every dog that comes into our home in order to make its way to its forever home, is now in your honor. We miss you so terribly you incredibly giving, sweet, loving, handsome boy! With all our love until we get to see and snuggle with you again, Dad, Mom, Kennedy, Cole, Drew, Bongo and Libby


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Frannie

She was my foster, and a wonderful one she was. I want you to know she was spoiled and treated like a princess the 21 days we had her. She enjoyed walks around the park, belly rubs, being brushed (she almost purred as I brushed her), treats, ice-cubes and just the companionship of living in a house with people and other dogs that adored her.. Run free Franni and say hi for us to all the LFS dogs running with you across the rainbow bridge.


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Brit

Britt crossed the bridge last night but his spirit & his love are forever with us. He was such a happy & handsome fella. We are grateful to all of you @ LFS for saving his life & taking wonderful care of him (especially Loretta, foster mom). Our time with him was 3 short years but our memories last forever. I will send picture shortly. Our hearts are so broken…


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Charlie

This morning Charlie took a turn for the worse and we had to say goodbye. She was a lovely girl and we fought with her and for her until there was nothing else we could do…She came to us still young and we did all we could to make her feel better. She is now running free with all the other LFS dogs we lost over the years. LFS would like thank you everyone who donated for her: the extra money allowed us to giver her chance. We also would like to thank our wonderful fosters who are always ready to be amazing, even when that means rushing to the vet to be near a foster while she crossed the rainbow bridge. It is a sad day for LFS…


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Sam

SAM Sam I am, Sam-a-lamb, Samster, Samtana, Samboni, Saminator, Sammy Sosa, SAM. Two weeks after losing Farley, my first LFS adoptee to cancer, I saw “Champ’s” picture on the LFSwebsite. Puppy love at first site. He’d been found wandering Cobb County, was between 4-5 years old, and heart worm positive. Jenny arranged a meeting for us on March 24, 2007 at the vet where he was recovering. Sam and I went home together that day, the beginning of our nearly seven year companionship. Our bond was not instant, as it had been with Farley. He was a bit aloof and never one to offer unsolicited affection, but patient and tolerant of mine. After several months of fetch, hiking, camping trips and a vacation to the beach, he eventually found his way on to the couch, head in my lap. I’m a graphic designer by trade, and when Jenny asked if I would be interested in developing a logo for LFS, I jumped at the chance to have a small role with a group of folks I am forever indebted to and in awe of. It seemed only fitting that Sam be my muse. The hat he wears in the design is mine and he wore it well. A cool way to be remembered. How will I remember Sam? I’ll remember how high he could get off the ground leaping for a tennis ball. His unwavering tolerance of the constant humping from his cousin Buddy, my sister’s Boston. How he liked to ride in the front seat of my jeep, no matter how uncomfortable he looked. The ear infections, the skin infections, his patience during hundreds of medicated shampoo baths, sometimes thrice weekly. I’ll remember when the dog that never offered unsolicited affection, came into my father’s room as he lay dying, licked his hand and went and sat in the corner. How he loved popcorn, apples and carrots and watermelon and especially cantaloupe. The sound of those paws clumping down the stairs to get in bed with me so that he, nor I would sleep alone. The way he waded into the surf at the beach and just flopped down like it was his own private spa. The way he sat up with excitement when he saw my suitcase or the ramp that got him in and out of the car when he could no longer make the jump. That was how he acted on our last trip to Sarasota, last trip heading for the beach. Lethargic and not too interested in food anymore, he saw that suitcase and those big brown eyes looked at me like “let’s go”. I didn’t know that morning when we left, that upon arrival in Sarasota, I would be the one letting go. Sam’s age caught up with him on December 14, 2013. He was a stoic dog, a reflection of my moods and a gauge of my humanity and I miss him so much. I am ever grateful to LFS and to Jenny for enriching it with the gift of Sam.


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Tanner

Unfortunately his visit at my house was sweet by very short. Tanner left us this afternoon. He had the best 24 hours full of loving messages from all of you, a great fall day with lots of smells, roast beef and Parmigian cheese smuggled directly from Italy, lots of flirting from a little red girly lab, a gigantic soft bed, and lots, lots of love and rubbing. I think he left happy. I choose this picture to show how happy he was! It was hard but I would do it all over again!


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Oliver

He was patient with me while I wrote a PhD dissertation, he drove across country with me, he helped me settle in a new city, make new friends, succeed at my job, and go through a “divorce”. He never left my side when I had no short term memory. He is one of the founders of my dog rescue and the best foster brother. He never had a bad day in 14 and half years. He could smell water a mile away and would jump in no matter how cold it was. He was always ready for a “car wash”…He was my best friend! I hope where he is now he has Nala, a creek, yummy food, and a comfy bed with a blanket. I miss you!

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Honey

Honey went to be with Macky at 3:02 pm yesterday. She passed away peacefully in our home, surrounded by her family. Over the past three weeks, her polyneuropathy disease progressed so as to deplete her body’s ability to use her legs even with a wheelchair or perform other vital bodily functions without help. For the first time, we could see that she was ready to go. We feared she could end up in a condition such as that what happened to Macky (sepsis) in March of this year, or that she could develop aspiration pneumonia, and we could not chance her suffering. This is the worst time of my entire life. As y’all know, she was my soulmate. And, yes, I absolutely cherish every minisecond we had together from 2/19/2005 to yesterday. I know we loved like I never thought I could love. I know God’s purpose was fulfilled through our time on Earth together. I know she held out for our wedding, which we purposefully pulled together in four weeks to ensure she was part of the ceremony. I know she knows and felt the love I had – and Tommy, her Nanny (my mama), my Daddy, Uncle Richard, Aunt Julie, Aunt Jen, Aunt Kim, Aunt Grace – and many of you had for her. I do recognize all of this. But right now, I’m simply so so so sad. Thank you for valuing and understanding the infinite and immeasurable love I have for her. Thank you too for praying that we humans have the opportunity to be with our pups again in someplace beyond earth. And I hope our love maybe touched your lives in the way that seemed to be Honey’s purpose, even if you never had the privilege of stroking her ears or getting a kiss on your cheek from my best girl. As you can seetfrom the photos attached, and as many of you have personally experienced, Honey’s mere presence lifted all those around her. I exaggerate not when I say that Honey had something incalculably special. In these photos she is whole and happy in the way we hope she is again now. One photo was taken on 2/19/2005, her adoption day. The one of her jumping and barking was taken after I asked her “Do you want a treatie?” Her response was always a double ‘jump jump’ sometimes paired with a one shot ‘woof.’ The one of her with me in cocktail attire was taken in 2/2006 at the “No More Homeless Dogs” benefit, where she strutted around and actually stood in the food line to get served. Honey went everywhere with me. Even if I was just heading to CVS, she always jumped in the car. She quacked her duck all the time, and she loved getting dressed up. She adored both of her brothers, Macky and Sawyer, and her surrogate brother Buddy. She fought valiantly and without a minute’s self-pity through being “backyard bred” for the first six years of her life, dangerous and highly difficult heartworm disease and treatment, an immeasurable fear of thunderstorms, polyneuropathy and its accompanying tests-tests-tests-procedures-and-more-tests, five strokes, resulting deafness, laryngeal paralysis, chronic UTIs, drug allergies, muscular atrophy and loss of muscular ability (due to polyneuropathy) and lameness. (We are so very very fortunate that, until the last few weeks, she experienced little to no pain.) I would be completely remiss if I did not say that she lived and breathed [almost] as much for her daddy, Tommy, as she did for me – and that her daddy’s world, like mine, revolved around her. How very very blessed we were to find Tommy, who loves her like he loves his own departed soulmate, Emmitt. I hope Honey and Emmitt – and Macky – can become a little pack in heaven and wait for their mommy and daddy to join them one day. Thank you for letting us share some memories of her. Go love on your fur baby/ies. Love, Kel

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Forest

My Dear Sweet Forrest Gump: you came into my life five and a half years ago quite unexpectedly. I knew from the moment I saw you that you were a survivor, and I was going to do everything I could to heal your broken body and give you that much deserved second chance for a good life. I fell so in love with you, that despite the reality I wasn’t looking to adopt another doggie, I could not possibly give you up. You immediately fit right into my family and you became my shadow boy. We got through some tough times, never once did you complain. I truly have been inspired by your courage, your love, and your ability to fight the battles you were faced with. Once past the tough part, we were able to relax and enjoy life together. Every one you met, you won their hearts. So thank you my sweet boy for allowing me to be your mom, for loving me unconditionally, and for blessing me each and every day we had together. You will be so missed by not only me and my family, but by everyone who ever met you. Your passing has left another hole in my heart, but I know we will see each other again. Give my best to your sisters, Raven and Rivers and your brother, Rocky. They will all be with you in doggie/kitty heaven. I pray that our reunion comes sooner than later. Love always and forever, Your Mom


Fred, aka Mr.Chubba

10/25/1999 to 11/12/2012

Mr. Fred was the head of Jenny’s pack for years. He helped teach all of her fosters the joys of being in a loving home and what it truly meant to be a happy Labrador.

Not only that, but he was Jenny’s baby boy. She loved him dearly and I know he loved her back. Fred and Jenny were always near each other in some way, whether he was following her around the house or he was sleeping under her chair as she worked. His love was unconditional and Fred had one of the best personalities you could ever find in a dog; he was always smiling, always thankful to get a pat on the head, and never turned down some lovin. A big boy, he was just a gentle giant of sorts. I’ll definitely miss that big goof ball.

Fred was a great dog and he fought until the very end. While we all wish he could still be with us, we know he’s pain free in doggie heaven, running over the rainbow bridge with his sister Tazzie Girl and Mr. Jakerman.

Rest easy, old man. Until we meet again someday at the pearly gates of heaven, say hello for us and tell the rest of the crew that we love them. Love you, Fred.


 

Raven Henderson

IN LOVING MEMORY OF RAVEN HENDERSON
Oct. 10, 1997 to Sept. 27, 2012

Raven came into my life as a pup only 7 weeks old and my first and only “small dog”. From the time I laid eyes on her, I knew she belonged with me. If anyone asked me about Raven I would simply reply “I adore her”. And I did. She was my baby girl and she gave me the best hugs and the most tender sweet kisses. We could snuggle and cuddle forever and she was always by my side. Raven didn’t let her small size ever be intimidated by the large dogs she grew up with. In fact , she was my little alpha dog and the rest of the pack knew and respected that she was the boss. She was so beautiful, smart and my very best friend. She was and acted like a princess and you could just look at her and tell that. Raven lived a long life, but it would never have been long enough for me. Losing her has devastated my life. My life will never be the same without my little girl, and I will count the days until I see her again. I know she is with her sisters and brothers in Heaven and that she is no longer sick. I prayed for the Angels to be there and hold her as she entered her new life. I didn’t want her to be afraid. And I prayed that her sister Rivers be there to assure her all was well. I know Raven is in a better place, but I miss her so. Raven, if you are reading this, Mommy loves you so very much and can’t wait to be with you again. You were the best little girl I could have ever hoped for. Thank you for fifteen wonderful years. Love forever and ever, your mom, Sheila


Hershey, the Therapy Dog

IT IS COMMON TO SEE HERSHEY around the Sherwood neighborhood of Del Webb’sSpruce Creek Country Club. The chocolate· colored Labrador retriever often struts happily
alongside Scott Brown’s golf cart or sits calmly beside him in the passenger seat, taking in thesights and scents. Brown usually stops the cart several times along his way to allow eager friends 10 visit with his joyfully receptive canine. He says that “Hersh” is an extraordinarily friendly and well-mannered dog. It is a gift he comes by through both his gentle and loving nature and years of training. A toothy SO pound dog could be an intimidating sight, but Hershey’s thumping tail, happy demeanor and polite ways seem to attract all who see him. It is what he does.

Hershey, so named by Brown for his rich chocolate coloring, leads a life tbat is heartwarming and not without drama. Once, be sat on death row – abandoned in a shelter and slated to be
put down the next day. Then. along came Brown. who, saddened by the recent loss of a pet, was looking for a new companion. He said Hershey came running right over to him, nudged at his
hand and looked up with big brown eyes. The two bonded and have been inseparable since. Hershey is a graduate of three obedience training classes, of the American Kennel Club’s Good
Citizen Training and of 18 months of therapy dog training. It was a trainer at obeclience school who first remarked to Brown that Hershey had a perfect disposition for a therapy dog – he was calm and patient.
Brown pursued the idea and enrolled the Labrador in therapy training.”It became evident,” Brown said, “that Hersh would rather be with people than with other dogs.”
PHOTOS by GARY GREEN SPECIAL THANKS TO THE SUMMERFIELD PRESS
Del Webb’s Spruce Creek Country Club resident Scott Brown and Hershey the therapy dog volunteer at Munroe Regional Medical C~nter about once a week.
Certification classes teach dogs not to take food~ not to kiss on the face and 10 watch out for wires and tubes. They are taught to “visit” (put paws on the bed) and to “visit nice,” (put paws on bed and sit). They are exposed 10 banging bed pans and other such stimuli to ensure they remain calm in a hospital enviroryment. The main pre-requisite is that the animal be friendly, patient, calm and receptive to people. Cartoonist Charles Shulz said that “Happiness is a warm puppy,” and author/artist Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy has written that “Dogs are miracles with paws!” Seeing Hershey in action lends credence to both . •
Adorned in an orange vest that reads “Pet me, I’m friendly” on one side and “Therapy Dog” on the other, Hersh makes round with Brown once or twice a week at Munroe Regional Medical Center. A picture ill tag gives him the official status of a volunteer.The first stop is signing in at the volunteer office and a brief visit with chaplainThomas Carson. Hershey is trained not to accept food from strangers but makes an exception for the chaplain, who reaches into his desk drawer and offers a biscuit. Then it’s on to his rounds. A hospital can be a grim place. People are not there for fun – they are dealing with nerves, crises and, literally, life and death. The unexpected sight of this happy, friendly dog ~ tail thumping – brings instant joy. Nurses, taking relief from the rigors of their duties, drop to their knees, throw their anns around its head and kiss away. Hershey visits patients by request and invitation. Some of their pain and fear is briefly forgotten as the bed-ridden reach olll and find comfort and new energy.
One man stroked Hershey tearfully from his bed saying, “, miss my dog so much. Thank you for this!” In the oppressive annospheres of the waiting rooms, his entrance
is like a spark of light. An entire room can find respite from their worries by watching a small child hug and wrestle with her new canine friend.
Brown tells a story about his experience at a rehab facility. A woman invited Hershey to visit her mother, who really loved dogs but was in a coma. Hershey put his paws on the bed and placed his nose near her hand. The woman’s fingers began to move, stroking Hershey’s face. Petting him. she awoke from her coma and greeted her tearful daughter.- Gary Green

Hank Hall

Hank might have been the best lab ever.(at least as far as I am concerned!!) He found me on a volunteer Saturday two weeks before Christmas. As the owner of two other dogs,three cats and three horses at the time I had no intention of getting another dog. Apollo, as he was formerly known as, had been picked up by animal control in Gwinnett County. They kept him for two weeks thinking his family would come and then another two weeks because they liked him so much. Luckily they then called Labrador Friends of the South. Apollo was a big lad, over 110 lbs with a big bucket head and huge bear paws. As if these were not distinguishing enough features, he also had a three foot vertical jump and could get all four paws off the ground straight up!! A family from Florida was coming to look at him and one other dog–they chose the other one. As our adoption session was coming to a close, Apollo and I had bonded and I could not imagine sending him to the kennel for Christmas !! So I said I would foster him. As soon as he got in the car I knew I had flunked the Foster test!! I never made it out of the parking lot!! I took him home and it was if he had always been part of our family! I called my daughter Meredith and told her I had gotten her something black and furry for Christmas and it was  NOT a fur coat!!

 With his new name, Hank or Hank the Tank as we affectionately called him the saga began. Laid back from the beginning, Hank became a constant companion. He loved to go in the car, to horse shows to Home Depot anyplace that was dog friendly. In the Spring of 2009, I moved to North Georgia and Hank became a mountain dog. I accepted a job as the Director of a preschool and Hank got to come to school. Nestled in the mountains near Sautee, Hank became the favorite of 30 children who showered him with love!! His primary job was that of in house Hoover picking up every dropped snack or treat!! As you can imagine the perfect job for a Labrador!! A gentle giant he endured lots of love, hugs, tail tugging and general kid love, always with a smile on his face. After a year in preschool, we graduated and went to work at VIP Travel in Helen. Hank became a Disney expert and welcomed our customers with a great big tail wag !!

 In the Spring of 2011, I was offered a great career opportunity in Dallas, TX. One of the stipulations of my offer was that I could bring Hank to work!! Hank and I made the journey and he settled into his new role as VP Canine Communications at Brightwing! Over the course of the last year, Hank became a fixture in our building, everyone knew and loved that big guy! Our colleagues on the first floor would ask if he could come hang out with them for the morning. Our floor neighbors would come visit on a regular basis to see him. He created friendships that had never existed and built camaraderie in the building. In our neighborhood he did the same thing. We live in a very dog centric neighborhood. You may not know someone’s name but you know their dog!! Since we are in the city there are a  lot of little “snack” type dogs that always took pleasure in barking at big old Hank ~ he just gave them a glance and a wag and kept walking !!

 Sadly, Hank was diagnosed with a fast growing, malignant tumor in his mouth the end of July and crossed the Rainbow Bridge on August 7th. You all know the heartache so I won’t go there. What you may not have ever experienced is the out pouring of love I have received from so many people. To a person almost everyone in my building came to say good-bye and to thank him for being such a great dog and how much they all loved him. I comforted more crying grown-ups than I can count!! My colleagues in Michigan, who had mainly met him via video were all devastated!! Via Facebook the parents of my students all sent messages. One parent commented that her daughter will be so sad because she planned on moving to Texas to be “with Miss Karen and Hank.” So in the end, in his short time with me he left a lasting impression!! While there will never be another Hank, I feel certain there is a “Hank, Jr” waiting to find me.


Toby

Toby with all of his “special needs” was a hilarious and wonderful addition to our family. Over the three years we shared with him, he gave us lots of laughs and only a few tears.
He jumped fences — so he was never out of our site outside.  He was terrified of thunder storms — so we became storm trackers and either my husband or my self would leave work to run home to give Toby his meds if it was going to rain. After he took the chain link kennel door off his kennel two times in a row, he was quite literally kicked out of the boarding facility — we were in Florida and had to have him picked up by a family member. So many “Toby stories”…

 Everyone who met him loved him. He was so gentle and truly a companion. He was happiest at a person’s side — anyone’s really, although we like to think we were at the top of the list.

 The recovery from the amputation was the most difficult part of his life with cancer. For 6 months he was back to his old self — but in June he suddenly went down hill in a matter of days. He passed away on June 20th — his “Gotcha Day.” He gave us exactly three years of love and lessons on patience and joy.

 He is deeply missed.

 Best, Megan and Ned


Magnum

One of the joys of working here at the range is that we get to meet many strangers and turn them into friends and family. This joy also means that we share the import things and special relationships in our lives. With this sharing we create solid emotional connections with our customers. We shared the life of Magnum, our range dog, and now we have to share his passing.

Magnum was a beloved part in our lives here at the range and at home. Magnum had many people in his life that brought him treats, rolled around on the ground with him, or just gave him a good pet and hug. To these customers I am sorry for your loss. Feel free and we encourage all of you to share any stories of Magnum on our Facebook page or in an email. online@bullseyemarksman.com

-Richard


Curry

April 2012 to July 2012
A sweet girl that was so full of life but cut short due to illness. Sweet Curry is at Rainbow Bridge waiting to be reunited with her loving family.


Kingston

We lost Kingston a few weeks ago, and it has been very hard. We adopted Kingston from Labrador Friends in 2007 I believe. He was a shy boy who did not really trust anyone at the time. After awhile he opened up and was the greatest dog ever. He loved being outside and going for rides. This past year he started having some health problems with the discs in his back. He was put on medication which seemed to be helping, so his sudden death was a shock. We know hes in a better place and hes not hurting anymore. He will always be missed and loved by us. The world lost a perfect dog when Kingston left! ~AsHleE~


Kudzu

2001 (rescued) to January 2010
Kudzu was the sweetest dog I ever knew. He had a bad start to life, he was 2 days from being euthanized in a high kill shelter when the rescue organization spotted him. He was heart worm +, had a bad skin condition and his coat looked terrible. I had not intended to ever get another lab after my yellow girl dies, I missed her too much…

One day in June 2001, I went to Petsmart to buy cat food… There was a rescue group outside. I made the fatal “error” of making eye contact with a somewhat raggedy, smelly dirty chocolate Lab who had the softest eyes. I steeled myself and went inside, but I could not resist another quick peek. To my surprise, his eyes were still following me, he ignored everyone else. I bought my cat food and when I peeked around the aisle.. he was STILL looking for me… you can guess what happened next… my cats were not amused… but he was gentle to them.

He was so grateful, loving and loving and I could trust him with anyone. A friend of mine was terrified of dogs after she was attacked as a child… well I have a photo of her hugging Kudzu.. he won her over and cured her fear of dogs. The whole neighborhood morned him when I had to let him go peacefully and gracefully. Even the vet shed a tear.

I miss him for his grace and presence and for being my best friend

-Gillian


McKenzy

May 2000 – March 17, 2012

There is a reason why they say a dog is a man’s best friend.
She was a good dog, the best really. When she was around I never felt alone or afraid. We were together. Nothing could hurt either of us. It would not be tolerated.
We hung out. Went shopping. Did the things that friends do. I know she had a good life. She walked and ran and chased and ate…ate WELL. It was one of her favorite things.
She had other friends, both human and dog, but I was her favorite and she was mine. I am forever changed by her presence in my life.
Goodbye Babydog. You will be missed.
Love, Mom
Syrita Jackson


Jakerman

May 11, 2005 – March 14, 2012

Jake was one of the goofiest Labs I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. The first time he and I met, he shoved his nose into my hand and I just couldn’t resist loving all over him and those big, floppy, oversized ears. Jake, or Jakerman as Jenny liked to call him, was everything you could ask for in a Labrador retriever.  He was always happy, always smiling, always ready to fetch a ball whenever you threw it, and he would never hurt anyone. He helped teach so many fosters the benefits of life inside a home.

 Jakerman was a miraculous dog and will always and forever be Jenny’s special boy. He was a part of her family since he was a little puppy, when Jenny had to nurse him back to health after he became very ill. The vets didn’t think he would make it, but Jake was a fighter, and Jenny never gave up on him. She told me the story of how he used to lay his head on her chest as she tried to keep him alive, and it made my heart hurt greatly that she and Jake were in the same position once more.

 Jake’s life was cut way too short, but he was loved more than anyone can imagine. He fought hard the last few weeks of his life;

I knew he didn’t want to leave Jenny. He will surely be missed by all that had the privilege of knowing him, and by Jenny, Cloe, Fred, and Homer especially.

 Rest in peace dear boy, and run free with Tazzie up there in heaven.

 P.S. Don’t worry Jake, we’ll take care of your mommy for ya.

 -A friend

Jake

The Ingwersen to the Mirabella family

There was a beautiful Lab named Jake. He was a member of the Mirabella Family. The family lost Jake this week. Jake was very special to them and was very loved.

I’m not sure if Jake knew he was special to us. Several years ago, our dog, Brooke the Boxer suddenly went blind at the age of 5? Jake and Brooke were playmates! Jake knew immediately, that something was different with Brooke the Boxer. Jake…refused to let Brooke….not play! They ran as usually, wrestled, as usual, shared a water bowl, as usual. Jake was her seeing eye dog. Would guide her away from hitting trees, missing stairs. Jake lead her to her bed and to the door when play time was over.

Jake provided Brooke the Boxer with a “semi” regular dogs life until the day we lost her.

Jake was very special and we’re happy she was in our lives.

The Ingwersen’s


Abercrombie

1997-2012

With a heavy heart and through the tears, we had to put our youngest son to sleep today. Abecrombie or Abby has blessed our lives here for 1 month shy of 15 years. He was probably the best dog I have had and he also has converted me into a life long Lab owner. Abecrombie has bought great joy into our lives. Today as I looked up on the wall of the Vet’s office, there was a sign that said “Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole. How fitting. For all who have known him, he was the gentlest dog and great with kids. He was a protector. Abecrombie was the only one of my Boys, who never minded me calling him,”mama’s boy. Here’s to my Abecrombie. There will never be another one like him. As the movie goes, “All dogs go to heaven. May you have a big lake there and plenty of young hot golden retrievers.


 

Porter Penland

8/10/2003-10/12/2010

We could never replace or forget you, you were and are loved and missed more than you know!!

We love you Porter!!!


Bronte

January 7,1996 – March 10 2010

I got Bronte 3 Days before my dad passed away from Prostrate cancer at 61 years of age.I smuggled her in to the hospital twice so he could see her. The first time I was stopped by a nurse who knew the family and she said to me I didnt know you had a baby(yes ma’am as I quickly ran by her) The next day she stopped me again and said thats not a baby dear it has a tail!!!(OOPS)

Bronte was my rock after my dad passed and I always had the connection to my Dad.

We had to put her to sleep 14 years to the day March 10th that my father had died.

She is constantly in our thoughts..though sometimes our thoughts are a little distracted by a passing streak of yellow usually dragging an item of clothing the carpet or a blankie…our new adopted boy from LFS call Hinckley


 

Rooney

Rooney was part of our family even at 3 weeks old before his eyes opened.  We knew Rooney was a fur ball of perfection joining our family as a Christmas gift.  He brought joy, laughter and loads of unselfish love to everyone he met.  At 85 pounds he still thought he was a lap dog.  Rooney played hard and loved hard … you will be missed and our hearts ache.

Thank you for giving our family a place to honor Rooney after his passing.

Thanks,

Trish & Scott Smith


Buck

Our Co-worker’s beloved yellow Lab, Buck, recently passed away due to lung cancer.  Buck was a rescue dog and was dearly loved by Mr. and Mrs. Byrne and their black La, Scout.  I am sending you this email because we collected $100 and would like to make a donation to Labrador Friends of the South in memory of Buck.

Lynn M. Donahey


Mocha

May 1999-January-2012

Mocha was the best dog! We were there the day she was born and adopted her from a friend of ours. She loved to play ball, swim and go to the dog park. As she started getting older, her poor body began to fail her and her severe hip dysplasia eventually left her struggling to walk. We will miss her every day! We love you Mocha bean!

Kind Regards,
Jen Schroter


Maddie and Boo Bear

  A Tribute for Maddie and Boo Bear
The promise of a thousand tomorrows is gone.  One journey ended and another begun
This one just for you
For a lifetime my companion and best friend
Now you travel alone
I was left behind
A heart heavy with sadness
A mind full of memories
At times clouded by tears
I never wanted for you to take that journey alone
Or at least a journey without me
We were soul mates
Few words needed to be spoken
In order for our love for each other to be expressed
Knowing glances, loving touches
Conveyed all that words could not
We understood each other
Loved and respected
Trusted, honored and revered
I never wanted to say goodbye
I always thought there would be a thousand tomorrows and then some
Forever and one extra day
One lifetime together would never be enough
Not enough hours in any given day
I wanted my forevers to all be with youI was not ready to say goodbye
I do no think it is possible to ever be ready or prepared.
I never thought I could let you go
But even in your final moments you taught me one last lesson.
That when a love is as great and true as ours was
When you love someone more than you love yourself.  Then you can let them go
When staying isn’t fair or right
I wanted you to stay for me
I loved you too much to make you do that.
There were more angels in that room when we said goodbye
More angels than in those thousands of tomorrows and then some.
And then you were gone.
At first it seemed gone forever – no part of what we shared
Recoverable.  But in time I found your lasting gift
Your love remained in my heart.
Your legacy of life and love now intertwined with mine
You were never really gone.
You are the sunshine that peeks through the clouds on my darkest days
You are the warmth the surrounds me in the chill of the night
You accompany the smile that creeps across my face as the leaves crunch beneath my feet on a late Fall day.  You walk with me – sometimes sitting atop my shoulder, sometimes following in the shadows cast by the late day sun.
I find comfort in that
And I will love you forever and for always

written by Maddie & Boo Bear’s family


Keisha



 

Although only with us for a short time, she will live forever in our hearts.


In loving memory of Schuyler, “Sky” 8/24/1997 – 9/8/2006

We just lost our Yellow Lab on 9/8/2006.  I would like to submit a photo of Sky and a little guy we found at our new home when we moved to Gainesville.  His right front leg was shattered when I found him. He now has a new home and a loving family to care for him.


WILL  –  A short life but lived to the fullest.  You will always be in our hearts.


FARLEY – a dog loved by all who had the privilege to be a part of his life.


ABBY – a wonderful girl who is truly missed.


JENNY’S TAZZIE GIRL

10/25/99 to 4/2/07

Tazzie was a true fighter to the end, finally losing her battle with cancer at age 7. She was Jenny’s girl, and an inspiration to all of us at Labrador Friends. Tazzie will always live in our hearts through the rescue work that we do. Every time we place a dog in a forever home, we know that in some special way, Tazzie helped them find each other.

She will be greatly missed by Jenny, Fred, Cloe, Jake, and Homer, and all the volunteers of LFS.

Rest in peace, Tazzie. We will always love you!


“William” –   February 1996 – March 22, 2007

 William was the loving “fur” brother of the four Greenwood girls for 11 years. Our oldest daughter,  Caroline ,picked him out of the “unwanted” litter when she was only 6 weeks old. We brought him home when the youngest daughter was only 11 weeks old.  William grew up with all the girls.  He was there for first lost tooth, first date, first day at school, braces on, braces off, summer beach vacations…He was a gentle giant…all 125lbs of him!  He loved lounging on the leather sofa, and nudging your arm so you would pet him. He would not stop nudging until you did!!  We was a wonderful mentor to Jeb, our 6 year old chocolate lab.  We so miss our sweet William but feel very blessed and thankful for the 11 wonderful years we had with him.  William will be in our hearts forever!


Marshall (also known as Maxie) – March 1998 – May 14, 2007

From his foster mom:

When I got Maxie I was still trying to get over the loss of Lyza, my golden of 3 years. I was so afraid of going through the pain of loss again with Max but I also knew he needed love and a home. I loved him so much. I knew when I got him that God had sent him to me for a reason. I never shared these things with you because I didn’t think you would understand. Max was a gift to me and filled a place in my heart that I didn’t think could be filled again. I can’t tell you how overcome with sadness I am. I know I will get through this in time but right now I feel as if my heart is breaking and I can’t stop crying. Maxie went everywhere with me. He was my best friend. I don’t think there was one moment in the day that I didn’t think about getting home to him so we could go on our walks or he could run errands with me. He even slept with me. He was an angel, he was precious to me. I would give anything to have last Friday back when we had our last long walk together and he had a spring in step and tried to chase the squirrels like he always did.

Thanks for your thoughtful email. And thanks for your support while he was in my care. I wish I could have done more to keep him with me. I do believe he’s in heaven and knowing that I’ll see him again is a great comfort to me.

Marshall (also known as Maxie) –   March 1998 – May 14, 2007

From his foster mom:

When I got Maxie I was still trying to get over the loss of Lyza, my golden of 3 years.  I was so afraid of going through the pain of loss again with Max but I also knew he needed love and a home.  I loved him so much. I knew when I got him that God had sent him to me for a reason.  I never shared these things with you because I didn’t think you would understand. Max was a gift to me and filled a place in my heart that I didn’t think could be filled again.  I can’t tell you how overcome with sadness I am.  I know I will get through this in time but right now I feel as if my heart is breaking and I can’t stop crying.  Maxie went everywhere with me. He was my best friend.  I don’t think there was one moment in the day that I didn’t think about getting home to him so we could go on our walks or he could run errands with me.  He even slept with me.  He was an angel, he was precious to me.  I would give anything to have last Friday back when we had our last long walk together and he had a spring in step and tried to chase the squirrels like he always did.

Thanks for your thoughtful email.  And thanks for your support while he was in my care.  I wish I could have done more to keep him with me.  I do believe he’s in heaven and knowing that I’ll see him again is a great comfort to me.

 

 

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Amber–   January 2001 – June 2007

Amber was a very sweet dog and she’ll be dearly missed by our family.

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Maverick 12/6/02 – 8/3/07

In life, we occasionally come across some special creatures who touch our hearts. Maverick was one of them. He left a little mark in the heart of every person he met in his short and difficult life. He was a brave dog who fought until the end against something that was bigger than him and us. Rest in peace, Maverick, knowing that neither LFS, nor all the people that met you, or followed your story, will ever forget you. 
 

Ebony Caldwell  –   1994 – 2007

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TAZMO 

October 15, 1992 – November 9, 2007

 

Oh, little friend, do you recall,  When you made my house your home?

You were not even half grown. 

You learned to sit, and stay, and come, You learned to fetch and beg. 

You loved to play outside, You’d fetch a ball or stick,

Your favorite was chasing the squirrels. 

You sensed when I was sad, Or did not feel well,

You would put your head on my knee,  You’d always seem to know. 

You loved to go for rides, Sniffing the sniffs as we drove from place to place,

Going to work with me day after day, You never lost your pace. 

Going to the vet for shots, I guess you dreaded the most. 

You were afraid of lightening , too, And booming thunderstorms,

You’d curl up on the floor near me, Where it was safe and warm. 

I never felt lonely,  As long as you were here,

You have given to me many years of loyalty,

Love, and affection that no human is worthy of. 

Oh, I am going to miss you,  More than you know. 

There will not be any thunderstorms, No trips to the vet, No leash. 

The time has come that I must let you go,  Your pain and suffering must end,

My heart will be heavy,  But I know that this is best. 

You will live in the hearts of those you have touched,  And you were loved so much. 

See you later my little friend,  Until I see you again.

 

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DONNER 

October 2007 – February 2008

Your life was short but you lived it with such fullness.  You taught us how much compassion we really had.  That sometimes being held really does make it all better.  Perhaps most importantly how high a vertical leap can be and that dogs can go down the slide.  Run free and safe until we see you again…. Mom, Dad, Colby, Chica and Hickory

Your hugs were the best – Owen

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COLE 

October 2004 – November 2007

We truly miss our big buddy, Cole, who died of cancer at the very young age of three.  He was a gentle, loving, shiny boy who stopped people in their tracks.  We feel so fortunate to have had him in our family.  His love kept us all connected.

RHETT (RUSSELL)

June 2006 – July 2008

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JESSIE

July 2006 – August 17, 2008

When you get involved with rescue and fostering, you learn early on of the mixed emotions about letting a dog go to a home away from yours.  In our case, our toughest was letting Ronde go after raising him from a six week old pup to a mature full of life make you laugh knuckle head six months later. We miss him every day, yet, he has a great life in a great home and is loved tremendously.  However when one leaves you tragically “on your watch” it’s a totally different pain.  It  makes you appreciate so much more the gift we give these special beings.  Jessie was rescued in so many ways.  I feel we at LFS were called upon to rescue her in a not so traditional way. Not to find her the perfect home, but to carry her lovingly to her “forever home.”  Had it not been for LFS her demise would have been so much more tragic.  She is in her forever home pain free and unencumbered by her sickness.  Further, her physical remains  will reside on our shelf between Coach and Bailey who will look after her as long as needed.  She couldn’t have two better brothers.  Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your life Jessie.  We are so much more blessed by it.

Rick and Trish Carpenter in loving memory of Jessie Carpenter

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SAVANNAH BOLTON 

1994 – 2008

Happiness to you was a walk, a back rub & a plastic water bottle to chew on; you made every day count. Thanks for being such a part of our family for over 14 years.

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RUBY

1998 – 2008

 

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BUDDY 

October 2008 – December 2008

48 hours with Buddy

Buddy was part of our family for only 2 days before Parvo took him.  But in those 2 days he received and gave much Love.  He got play in the sun with 3 children who adored him.  He “ran with his pack” in the yard with Maddy, our 2 yr. old Yellow Lab.  He chased a ball and practiced his “pouncing” technique on it!  He even went for an unintentional swim in the pool, which as a Lab he loved.  He enjoyed being part of our family and we were glad to bring joy and love to his brief life.  We know he’s over the Bridge now and in God’s Good Hands.

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SARAH

October 8, 2004 (rescued) – February 2, 2009

Sad to announce my best buddy Sarah has passed away today.  She will be missed by me, Sammy and all her friends.

FRED

June 21, 2006 (rescued) – February 16, 2009

Our Mr. Fred that came into the program 6/21/06 from Fayette County animal control has past away.  At that time we estimated him to be somewhere between 6 to 8 years old.

He was our boy….

I know everyone loved Fred…  Even though he wouldn’t fit into most of our homes since he wanted to be the only Lab in the house…

I know everyone loved him.  He will be missed….

He was treated extra special from all the volunteers and anyone that ever met him. Rest in peace dear boy.

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SAMMY

December 22, 2006 (rescued) – April 2, 2009

Shockingly Sammy passed away today. I’m between very shocked and very sad. She was my best friend!

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Maggie

2000 – 2009

  It’s with great sadness I share with you that our Sweet Magnolia  (Maggie) passed away this morning from cancer.  She was with us for about 7-8 short years, and brought incredible joy to our lives and hearts.  We have so many sweet memories of how she made us laugh and how she showed us her love.  She taught us a lot about how to love and be loved.   Our hearts are so sad.

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Sadie

January 6, 2007 (rescued) – May 5, 2009

“Our Dear Sadie…Thank you for all the wonderful memories and for being such a great doggie…you will always be in our hearts and you will always be missed!”

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Cheri

 

Some souls are too good for this world; such was the soul of Cheri who was with us all too briefly.  In her eclipsed life, Cheri saw much of the ugliness that this world can present.  Yet, through all of this and her physical discomforts from a less than blessed life, Cheri continued to be a loving and, more importantly, a forgiving and trusting soul.

Once again, LFS was there to provide a peaceful and loving transition for her to her forever home.  I have no doubts that she was called home for greater things as no creature could have given so much while asking for so little.  From the time I pulled from the shelter until her demise she was full of love and life due to her commitment to serve.  After leaving our home she spent several blessed days with Matt and Christa where I know she felt safe and loved.  There can be no greater gift.

So Cheri, thanks for stopping by to tell us that love overcomes all and bless you in your new life which is far more important than what we could offer you.  For I know you were called home to serve a more important purpose; sharing your love of all things to those who will appreciate it.

We love you and thank you for showing us what love and forgiveness truly are.

Rick and Trish Carpenter in loving memory of Cheri

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Trapper

 Some time our bodies give up on us before our souls, this was the case for our Mr. Trapper who crossed the rainbow bridge on Sunday. He left happy and content after 8 wonderful months of fetching, snuggling, and swimming with Lauren and Woody. Keep running Mr. Trapper!

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Sequoia

“Sequoia”, she lived only a short life of one year, and that time on this earth was dealt with a disability. However, she brought more joy and happiness to our family’s life before she ever even thought about her own pain. She was a true friend and will forever be remembered in our hearts. We love you Sequoia!

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Rivers

In Loving Memory of : RIVERS HENDERSON (Jan. 24, 2000-May 25, 2010)

For all of you who knew Rivers and for all of you who didn’t, but sent prayers her way:

THANK YOU for sharing a part of your lives with us.. Rivers lost her battle with cancer today and went on to be with God in “doggie heaven”. She was my best friend, my protector, and my soulmate for the past ten years..  I cannot imagine life without her.  But I will find peace in knowing that she is no longer sick and in pain.  And I know that we will find each other again one day.  So remember that each day is a blessing with our canine best friends and let them know how special they are.

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Sam

In memory of Sam 2/19/98-5/27/10.

 

The world’s friendliest lab. No dog ever swam in more streams, chased more squirrels, chewed more sticks, and took more naps in the sunshine than Sam did. He had an incredibly big heart, and he never had a bad day in his life. He was the best dog anyone ever had, and he was my best friend.

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Peyton

10/2007 – 5/7/10

Peyton (Baron) was only with us for 2.5 short years before he went over the rainbow bridge.  He was a wonderful family member to us and we miss him dearly.  Missing our Pey Pey.

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Scotty

Adopted 11/5/06  – 10/1/10

Scotty went to heaven today. He will always be with me in spirit, he was such a good boy. He taught me so much since the day I seat-belted him in the front seat and brought him home all skin and bones but full of pure love. He will be sorely missed.

Please keep Scotty in your thoughts and prayers that his last little bit of time can be as comfortable as possible.  He has brought me so much joy and I want to ensure that the end of his life is as peaceful as I can make it. I attached my favorite picture of Scotty being the big dog in the little chair.

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Mason

1/28/11

Take a good old belly rub, a couple of yummy bones to chew on, add lots of love and attention and you have the perfect recipe for contentment. And that is exactly what our dear old friend Mason had over the last several months.

We can’t thank Lab Friends and especially Mason’s foster dad – Mark – enough for saving this wonderful gentle soul. What personality Mason had and he touched so many people with his gentle nature and of course his never ending need for that ultimate belly rub.

You saved him from a not so fortunate life, gave him the care, love and attention that he needed and deserved and then allowed us to accept him into our lives. What a wonderful companion and stoic gentleman he was.

Goodbye Mason – we love you and will forever miss you but you will live on in our hearts and memories.

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Big Daddy

Adopted November 2005 – March 19. 2011

Friends and family…

On Saturday, March 19th, we said goodbye to Big Daddy.   Many of you have posted sweet messages to the City Dog Market and Big Daddy Facebook pages-thank you.  Some of you have made donations in his honor to his three favorite organizations…Labrador Friends of the South, Doggie Harmony and READing Paws-thank you.  All of you held a warm place in your heart for Big Daddy-he loved all of you too. Listed below is his last posting on Facebook; also listed below is Big Daddy’s Story.

Much love,  Renee and Patsy

Thank you for visiting me at City Dog Market. My mission has been to spread happiness and love wherever I go. Even though I am no longer with you, please remember that my spirit lives in your heart. Let every kind word you say and every good deed you do be a reminder of my love for you.

Here is Big Daddy’s story….

In November of 2005, a big, burly, black lab came home to enjoy his first Thanksgiving with us, his new family.  His name had been Max and in his early years, he enjoyed growing up with twin boys.  We sensed his intense love for children, really his love and admiration for all living things, and changed his name to Big Daddy.  Like a well worn collar, his name fit him just right.

We owned a dog daycare and boarding facility and saw that same love he had for children translate to puppies…rolling on his big back with all fours in the air.  He weighed a whopping 147 lbs and even then his stiff, knobby legs were already showing signs of bone disease.  In 2006 we sold our business, took a mid life retirement for two years, and Big Daddy went on a diet!

During those two years we noticed that wherever Big Daddy went, he had a knack for making people feel better.  We turned his love into action and began his pet therapy training.  Big Daddy earned his Good Canine Citizenship Certification, his Delta Society Pet Therapy certification, and became a READing Paws dog.  Wearing his green pet therapy vest, Big Daddy visited the young at school, and those more wise at assisted living homes.  Wheelchairs, canes, and walkers never bothered Big Daddy…neither did pulling his tail, his ear or even climbing onto his back as some very young children were inclined to do. A visit with Big Daddy always, always, brought a smile or a kind word.  Sometimes a patient would not come out of their room for a visit…until they found out the visitor was Big Daddy.

In April of 2008, Big Daddy became our store mascot when we opened City Dog Market.  Eager to greet customers, Big Daddy happily laid around waiting for the staff and customers to give him a belly rub, a pat on the head, or sneak him a treat!  His pet therapy work continued as many folks stopped in grumpy from a long day at the office, and after spending time with Big Daddy, left just a bit happier.  Children never have bad days and Big Daddy’s kids flocked to him-eager to get and give a sloppy kiss.  Big Daddy really enjoyed sharing his sweet spirit with mentally and physically disabled children…speaking to Big Daddy in a language only he could understand.

By 2010 Big Daddy weighed in at a sleek 85 lbs.  He had begun swimming for physical therapy in 2009 and that form of exercise coupled with the right food combination worked to get his weight off.  The pool was one of his favorite places…He hammed it up-smiling for the many pictures we took and even floating on his back.  His bone disease had advanced, so along with swim therapy, pain medication, anti-inflammatories, and supplements, we began acupuncture treatments.  In 2011 his pain medications became more and more ineffective-his good days were only good because of the amount of pain pills he was on.  In his special way, Big Daddy told us he was tired and ready for a new body.

During Big Daddy’s last two days at the store, over one hundred customers and friends came to say goodbye….thanking him for the gifts of happiness and unconditional love he so generously gave to them.  We are honored that we were chosen to love and care for such an exceptional dog as Big Daddy.  It is our hope that you share that same extraordinary relationship with your pet.  Thank you for loving Big Daddy.

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Petey

January 21, 1997 – February 26, 2011

Petey was a rescue by me when he was 4-1/2 years old.  He was in a back yard with no dog house and had been put back there as a puppy.  His owners moved into a new house around the corner and left him there, because he would dig in the yard and jump the fence.  The first time I met him, I sat down on a dirty, muddy deck and he licked my face from cheek to cheek.  It would be the ONLY time he ever did that in our 9 wonderful years together.  He had me from the beginning!  I picked him up one early Saturday morning so that I could get him to the vet right when they opened to have him cleaned up and checked out.  He was covered in huge fleas and filthy dirty.  In came the vet with the bad news, that he was heartworm positive.  The vet said it was treatable and so we treated him and it was the longest week of my life while the vet and all the wonderful people took care of my baby.  He was a breeze to housebreak, I guess he was so appreciative to be inside a home instead of out in a backyard by himself. He was my shadow and the joy in my every day upon wakening, I lived to come home every day from work just to see him.  After a few years together, most people could not even tell he was a rescue dog!  Every day that he’s been gone, it’s been one ‘breath’ at a time.  He lives forever in my heart and in my memories.  He was a once in a lifetime, special boy.

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Ben Grant

July 1999  –  April 28, 2011

We will miss the “Thump, Thump” of Ben’s happy tail forever.  – The Grant Family, Buford, GA

If you would like to post a tribute to your beloved pet, please send an email to Labrador Friends of the South at labfriendinfo@gmail.com.