by Pat Closher
Today we rescued your dog. We don’t know where you got him from - maybe you saw him in a pet store window or maybe one of your neighbors bred a few litters a year just to make some vacation money or because they loved their dogs so much that of course they wanted to have puppies. We don’t know much about how you cared for him either, although our vet thought that for such a young dog, his teeth were in pretty bad shape.
One day, we saw him on the shelter web site. We called and asked about him. The shelter workers were so happy to hear from us and were delighted to agree to bring him to a local pet store where they do adoptions. Do you want to know why they were so accommodating? He was scheduled to be killed that afternoon. He didn’t know that, but the shelter workers certainly did. It hurt them and he felt that, so he knew something was wrong. All of a sudden, though, the shelter workers were happy and excited and so was he. They bathed him and brushed his coat. We think they probably told him this was it - his big chance, or maybe he just knew it somehow. When we met him, we all fell in love.
He had to go to the vet to be neutered, of course, but then he came home. He has his very own 13 year-old boy. You know, it’s almost like watching one of those old Lassie movies, seeing how well they’ve bonded. He’s got good food and his own toys. He’s taken on walks three times a day, is regularly groomed and is taken to the vet for needed care. We’ll be with him always, even if we have to make that last, difficult decision, because, you see, he is our dog and we are his family.
He has a good heart you know, but then he is a dog, so that’s to be expected. He’s probably forgiven you and, with a dog’s grace, doesn’t even remember you dumped him. He’d probably even be willing to greet you at the Rainbow Bridge. But you know what? He’ll greet us and go with us at the Bridge, and then he’ll be with us forever, because he’s our dog and we’re his family.
The day Nadia came into my life I knew what a special girl she was. From her sweet, loving & gentle personality you would never know what a difficult life she had. I was sure she wouldn't make it without medical attention and lots of TLC. I became Nadia's foster mom, and the next few months were both tough and wonderful. That's when I decided she was mine to keep. A couple months later I noticed small tumors appearing all over her body. Biopsy's determined Nadia had Skin Cancer and that is was in-operable. The specialist at this point gave her less than a year to live.
I can honestly say that the last 2 year's of Nadia's life were spent being spoiled rotten. I helped her cross over Rainbow Bridge 04/10/03 after the cancer had done enough damage it was hard for her to walk & breath. My precious girl lived a happy ending despite her life before we met.
I would like to thank everyone for the support. I know Nadia is in a special place without pain.
To my Nadia-
My precious girl you will always be in my heart and the heart's of everyone you met. Until we meet again-Love ya!
Mom & Ash (boxer brother)
LSBR Archive - 2003
My sister's beloved dog Nala passed away today. Nala was the first boxer to have graced our presence. She was a very kind loving dog that brought a lot of joy to my sister's life. She was best friends to our other family members and pets. My labs Coco and Cassie loved every visit they had with her. She was taken from us way to soon, but she will always be remembered.
We'll miss you Nala!!
- The Demory & Powell Family -
LSBR Archive - 2007
We adopted Nikki from LSBR in November 2008. We are sad to say we lost Nikki this past week. We are completely heartbroken. Nikki would of had her 12th birthday in July. We are so grateful she found us and we found her at LSBR. She gave us so much love and joy!