The friends we lost this past year (through December 26)
The Passing of our Zoe’s Monet –
As we lay our hands upon you,
before your final rest,
our hearts surround to love you,
and thank you for your best.
Our home you watched and treasured,
Our lives you truly blessed.
Loosening now your burdens,
we tend your tired bones.
Let us be your pillow,
then wings to take you home.
Listen for God’s calling,
sweet promises of peace.
Old friend, leap to Heaven,
and her suffering is released!
On Monday we lost our precious Zoe’ Monet. I called her our “exotic one” because she was a blue merle collie. She was my constant companion. In 2009, we adopted Zoe’ and her sister, Georgie Girl from a lady in Marquette, Michigan who needed to find her collie girls a good home because she was very ill. It was a perfect fit and Zoe’ loved having lots of space to roam and hunt with her sister and our scottie boys.
She made us laugh and brought so much love into our home. Our hearts are heavy but Zoe’s paws will forever leave an imprint in our memory. – Joan & Gary Pansier
A sad update as Laddie crosses the Rainbow Bridge. Yesterday morning he began having difficulty walking and his mobility decreased steadily. It is a testament to how loved he was that staff members from his vet clinic came over to help get him to the office and in the afternoon he was transferred to the emergency veterinary services. This morning his mom received the certain diagnosis that Laddie had a fractured vertebra, almost certainly caused by spread of the cancer to his spine. There was no viable treatment option due to his age and the cancer – he was in pain and his mom made the difficult decision to end his suffering. She was able to be with him for his final few hours and when he died. We can’t thank her enough for her dedication to Laddie’s care and the love that she shared with him. Rest well, sweet boy.
It is with great sadness that I tell you our beloved Huygens went to the rainbow bridge last Wednesday. Huygens came to us at less than a year old through the ARL. Someone moved out of a house and left him. He was such a scared little collie. But he turned into a great cuddler who loved car rides, walks and being vacuumed!!
Huygens is our second loss this year. Our dear sweet Hadron went to the rainbow bridge in the spring. She was the ultimate dainty little lady and cuddle bug. She was initially rescued from an anorexic owner, and had tummy trouble her whole life. We miss them both desperately. – Ann Petersen
We grieve with Lobo’s adopters and his canine brother for the loss of this handsome boy from a very rapidly debilitating illness. We all know how hard it is to say goodbye to our loving companions but it seems especially difficult when they are so young.
This is from his loving parents: It is with great sadness that we had to help Lobo cross the Rainbow Bridge. He was not getting better. He was able to come home with us for the day from the hospital on Sunday and spent the day on the couch upstairs with us watching tv and being snuggled nonstop. Lobo is in no longer in any pain. It feels so unfair that he was only with us for 2 1/2 years, but he was the best puppy we could have asked for, and tried our hardest to give him the best life possible. Thank you all for keeping us in your thoughts over the last few days. It has been a hard week, but knowing we have so
many caring people in the rescue thinking of Lobo and wishing him well has helped!
Rodgers was my second foster failure, the summer of 2014. About a month after Woodson died, we got four puppies from a farm in northern Minnesota. Named after artists, there was Renoir, DaVinci, Picasso and Monet. Three of them went off to foster homes, while I kept Renoir for fostering and ended up adopting him.
Named after Aaron Rodgers, he was a very sensitive dog, easy to train with just a look. He mostly just wanted to lean in for face rubs.
Last Monday night he was acting strangely, and when I started trimming his nails, I looked at his gums and they were completely white. Took him outside to pee and his front legs were shaking. I got him in the car and headed for the emergency vet where they found him critical, bleeding into his abdomen. At this point he was laying flat out on a gurney. I made the difficult decision to let him go. Because he hadn’t been injured or ingested poison, they said the mostly likely cause was a tumor on his spleen.
It’s been a difficult week, especially, watching Brett look beyond us each time we come into the house, as if he’s looking for Rodgers to come back. Even though Brett has been through this twice before with Thor and Woodson, I don’t remember him acting like this, I wonder if it’s just because he’s older, or if it’s because Rodgers was so submissive to Brett, Brett is a little lost without someone to boss around.
Rodgers was so good with all the puppies I fostered in the last couple years. He would let them snuggle up and was so patient. He also went to events, where he would tell me he really didn’t like the noise, but enjoyed the people.
Tuesday, I was thinking, I’m not sure I can do this anymore, mostly because this makes three collies in a row who have died too young. I know we can’t predict how long a dog will live and I will adopt another one. KJ wants to wait, but I need a collie in my life. They are intelligent and sensitive dogs, and completely click with me.
It is with great sadness that we had to help Lobo cross the rainbow bridge last night. He was not getting better. He was able to come home with us for the day from the hospital on Sunday and spent the day on the couch upstairs with us watching tv and being snuggled nonstop. Lobo is in no longer in any pain. It feels so unfair that he was only with us for 2 1/2 years, but he was the best puppy we could have asked for, and tried our hardest to give him the best life possible. Thank you all for keeping us in your thoughts over the last few days. It has been a hard week, but knowing we have so many caring people in the rescue thinking of Lobo and wishing him well has helped! – Chaid & Kevin
On Friday June 1st, with our vet’s assistance, we helped our sweet, beautiful Miss Ally walk across the Rainbow Bridge, from home in our backyard, by the creek she loved to explore (arthritis, Lyme Disease, and probable cancer had taken it’s toll). She is now free from all the pain and daily struggling she has been enduring. Our hearts are so very sad, but at 12.5 years old we know she lived a happy, full life, and that her last 8.5 years were with a family that loved her deeply and treated her like a queen.
I said goodbye to one of the best dogs ever. He would never run and find help if Timmy fell in a well, but would stay with him and keep him company. He was the most empathetic dog I have ever met. He would come and get me before his collie brother would have a seizure, he would stick his big collie nose in my face when I was sad . . . LOVED his kitties, and children. He was a great ambassador for MWCR and loved it when people petted and hugged him . . . Dyson, I knew you were in pain, but it did not make the decision easy. Run pain free and find Dakota and I will see you some day at The Rainbow Bridge – Lori Kuha