Adopted July 2005 to February 2017
We want to let you all know that after ~12,000 walks, ~5,000 miles of running, and ~16,000 poop-bags we had to put Nicoya down this past week. Her cancer finally spread and prevented her from living with a decent quality of life anymore after 13 wonderful years. We want to let you know that we greatly appreciate all of the time, effort, and most importantly, love you have given all the Vizsla’s at the the Utah/Idaho Vizsla rescue. We will miss her dearly, but it was time to begin the next journey. Thanks again for everything! (Click here for Nicoya's original story.)
Adopted May 2014 to January 9, 2017
Claire passed on today but this girl was a trooper. She came into rescue with many mammary tumors and those were removed years ago. Her foster family decided Claire could stay with them forever. Rest in peace sweet Claire -- we will remember you forever. (Click here for Clara's original story.)
Adopted July 2009 to December 5, 2016
Judy & Kent write: Please accept this donation. We give it in the name of Tucker who was adopted by us from the UT-ID Vizsla Rescue in 2009. Tucker sadly passed away Dec 5, 2016 leaving a big hole in our hearts. He was a popular and happy soul. (Click here for Tucker's original story.)
Adopted May 2004 to December 14, 2016
The Calney family is much too quiet with the passing of Ms. Sophie. She was devoted to Kenny and ran the dog family so is missed by all humans and Fritz, Mini, and perhaps even Selena. My favorite memory of her is sitting atop Kenny and rocking to sleep in the "big chair". She was a bright girl who loved visitors, treats from the table and dish cleaning. She and Fritz patrolled the yard for birds and critters, leaping from rock to rock on the hill. We will miss you forever - Auntie Reb. (Click here for Sophie's original story.)
August 2003 to November 4, 2016
David writes: This morning at 3:45 Fiona suffered a grand mal seizure. I rushed to the emergency vet and we decided that the best thing for her was euthanasia. I am crying like a baby but I thought you should know and I really appreciate the time I had with her. She was the only the special needs pet I've ever had and that really just made her more adorable. (Click here for Fiona's original story.)
February 2000 to October 2016
Alison & Jed write: We thought you would to know that we had to let Casey move on to the big run in the sky after 16 years with us. thank you for letting us adopt such a great dog. We are sure she had a good time with us here in Vermont. We hope you have the same success with other dogs being adopted. (Click here for Casey's original story.)
September 3, 2016
Sadly, Roger passed while in foster care. He was likely in worse shape than we realized and had stopped eating near the end. We are grateful he chose us to share his final weeks with and could be surrounded by people who loved him. Farewell sweet Roger.
Aug 2016: Roger that! came to us as a shelter stray near Boise ID. He appears to have been well cared for at one time in his life and we cannot fathom why no one looked for him when he got lost now but, whatever the reason, he is in our care now. Roger is probably 10-12 yrs old, house broken, comfortable living in a house, rides well in the car and is good with other dogs, people and dog savvy cats. He is too thin but his appetite is good and he's gaining weight. There does not appear to be a medical reason for him being so thin and we expect him to fill out to 45-50 lbs. His blood work and teeth are both great for a dog his age. It's rare that we see a 10+ yr old dog who doesn't need a dental and he does not. He is almost completely deaf so will need a securely fenced yard or a long line at all times. Vizslas don't come any sweeter than Roger and we truly hope there is a home out there able to fill his remaining years with love and a warm bed. More photos here.
April 14, 2002 to August 25, 2016
Carol writes: As I sit here and try to find the words that I am feeling, I keep thinking back to the day we picked Wilson up from you. You said he takes a while to warm up to new people but we weren't 20 minutes into our drive home and Willy was inching his way over to me while I was driving, first he put his paws on my lap and before I knew it he was sitting up so close to me, that when I turned to look at him, we were nose to nose. I knew at that minute he was where he was suppose to be. I am sharing this with you as I prepare to go to the vets office to hold Wilson as he takes his last breath. His body is riddled with disease, IBD or mass-cell cancer or both. He's been being treated for IBD but had the cancer in the past and the vets feel that it has probably come back and is spreading. Either way, Wilson's quality of life is gone and I would only be continuing his life to ease my pain, not his. I was the one he wanted when we picked him up that day back in 2006 and I will be the one there when he takes his last breath and even though this is extremely hard on me, I have not one regret that he was a part of mine and Jim's life. Our other Vizsla Sammie also has cancer of the bladder and they said she has about 4-6 months left with us. Man can it get any harder. (Click here for Wilson's original story.)
Adopted 2006 to August 2016
Matt writes: I just wanted to touch bases with you about my amazing dog Artie. I adopted him from your orginazation in December of 2006. Artie gave me the best years of my life. We spend tons of time in the wilderness, hiking, hunting, and fishing. Artie even used to come to work with me on a regular basis. I do believe that Artie's favorite activity was fishing. He would just sit and watch and wait for somone to reel one in. A close second for Artie was looking for mice, squirrels, skunks, ect. He would spend hours sniffing here and there and trying to dig out the animals from their tunnels. Artie, unexpectedly and sadly passed away this week after getting into a lake that had a blue-green algae bloom happening. He was my best friend and provided an immeasurable amont of joy in my life. I want to thank your orginazation for doing what you do. I had an amazing 10 years with my beloved Arthur (Artie) (Click here for Artie's original story.)
January 17, 2002 to July 10, 2016
Snickers made the most of every day of her life but at 14-1/2 years she finally succumbed to what was likely lymphoma. Here's to a life well lived chasing scents and critters in the Montana mountains. Thanks Laurie & Dave for giving Snicks a great life and allowing her to beleive she was in charge of the whole show. She owned her world for sure. (Click here for Snicker's original story.)
Adopted 2004 to July 13, 2016
Cassi writes: I have some sad news. My sweet Sage passed away 2 nights ago on July 13th. I am truly and completely heartbroken. She has been part of my family for over 12 years. I have a huge hole in my heart that I'm afraid will never be filled. Sage was my first baby. We adopted her from you right after Clint and I got married. Thank you for bringing her to us and allowing us to take care of her. She passed from a seizure with us by her side. I am so grateful I could be with her until the end. I think she was almost 14 years old. My Dad gave me the sweetest note, I wanted to share it with you and the other rainbow bridge readers. His words gave me so much comfort. "I am so sorry, if it is any comfort I believe our beloved companions will be part of our eternal existence. She was a creation without judgement and will always be an expression of love. She will be missed". I've attached a picture. This was taken right after my son was born in the summer/fall of 2009. We were up on a hike behind the house. This is how I will remember her. So strong, beautiful, and young- and so so full of energy. (Click here for Sage's original story.)
2001 to May 25, 2016
Addie's time with us ended today. She was a trooper to the end but her legs finally would not carry her anymore. Her last months without Bodie were difficult but the weather was good and she spent a lot of time camping and fishing. She even made one last retrieve snagging a rib-eye steak off the table at camp and delivering it to Penny. She clearly wanted me to have it all to myself since no one else wanted it after she retrieved it... go Addie! We know Laura & Bu were happy to see you at The Bridge. (Click here for Addie's original story.)
2003 to April 14, 2016
Hi Rebecca, I just wanted to let you know that I lost precious Harry on the 14th. I came home one night and he couldn't get up. He showed signs of vestibular disease on the last day. He did so well until the end...walking short distances twice a day and enjoying all of the neighbors.(despite the pain pills for his back end and the megaesophagus) He went so peacefully with the help of a vet who came to the house. He was the sweetest boy. He will be missed. Heather (Click here for Harry's original story.)
2005 to April 2016
Hi Rebecca, Buddy earned his angel wings this week. He brought so much joy to our lives since he joined our family and we are missing him terribly. We particularly liked his Buddy Hugs (standing in between your legs), his love of closets (yes, I moved my shoes out and moved Buddy's bed in), Evil Knievel leaping maneuvers, excellent picnicking manners, his cute way of inserting himself under Mark's desk and most of all . . . his gentle way of receving love: He hated hands coming near his head but if you sat still he would gently lick your nose, nuzzle into your chest, climb into your lap and let you have the honor of giving him a hearty butt scratch. We loved every moment of his company and hope he is enjoying his new life at the Rainbow Bridge. I have attached some of our favorite Buddy pics. Sincerely, Kenzie (Click here for Buddy's original story.)
February 2001 to April 2016
Chantay writes: Loo adopted in 2001 recently decided it was time to meet up with her friends.
A more loving dog has never existed. (Click here for Loo's original story.)
March 8, 2002 to March 30, 2016
Bodie left us this week. I can only hope he is back with Tracy, his first mom who loved him dearly and left this world herself when Bodie was only 4 yrs old. It's a long way from the Carolinas to Idaho and I'm grateful he found his way to me at a time we both needed each other. Dementia finally got the best of him but, even then, his energy and enthusiasm for life was nearly unstoppable. Few believed he was 14 yrs old despite his beautiful sugar coat. The only thing he might have loved more than agility was having breakfast in bed in the tiny camper we traveled in as often as possible. I hope he stopped at The Bridge for a sip of The Macallan with Frank on his way to find Tracy... better yet, they are all sipping together! (Click here for Bodie's original story.)
2002 to March 15, 2016
Kristy writes: It is with a sad and heavy heart that I write this e-mail. We had to put Charlie down on February 10. We did everything we could for him medically but he could not fight the fight any longer and he decided he needed to go be with his Vizsla brother, Bailey. He was diagnosed in August with Kidney Failure. Charlie Brown was an amazing dog and companion and he had an awesome life! He went to work with me often, he traveled with us regularly and he loved living out in the country on acreage where he had his very own off leash dog park to run and chase birds and smell lots of things. His favorite things to do was to vacation at the beach. He also loved the snow. The day we decided to put him down it was like he knew. He woke up at 4 am to go outside and then he came back in and laid down on his doggie pillow by the fire, which was where my husband and I had already decided that was where the vet would administer the drugs. We stayed by his side until the vet arrived and stayed with him until he peacefully passed. It was the most difficult thing we have ever had to do. We had an amazing end of life ceremony for him. My husband built him a casket and we buried him next to his Vizsla brother. Before we buried him, we took him on one last ride around the property in the pickup truck he loved to ride in. He is at peace now, and we miss him terribly. Thank you for all that you do and thank you for helping bring Charlie into our lives. It was an amazing journey! (Click here for Charlie's original story.)
2000 to February 10, 2016
Chris writes: Our dear “sweet-sla” Miss Hadley crossed the bridge last night-is running the fields in a new body with Red, Duke, Sunny & Lola. (Click here for Hadley's original story.)
2003 to February 2016
(Click here for Vivian's original story.)
2003 to January 28, 2016
So sad to say our sweet Chili lost her battle with multiple diseases and dementia today. She has returned to the call of the wild. Funny, independent and loving. Nice memories. So glad you were in her life. (Click here for Chili's original story.)
2000 to January 2016
(Click here for Dude's original story.)
February 2001 to January 2016
(Click here for Koko's original story.)
February 2001 to January 2016
Linda & Ron write: Sadly we lost our long loving and faithful boy in early January 2016. He was 1 month shy of 15 years old.He had a seizure that progressed over a few days. They think he had a brain tumor because all other tests were negative. Miss him terribly! (Click here for Boudreaux's original story.)
February 2014 to December 2015
Adopted July 2003 to November 2015
Merritt writes: I hope this finds you well. I wanted to wait till after the holidays to share this sad news. With a broken heart I have to share that Koko crossed to the Rainbow Bridge at the end of November. Her back legs finally stopped working and she stopped eating. As much as I did not want to say goodbye I knew (and my Vet confirmed) it was time to help her pass. We had a wonderful 12+ years together considering I thought I had lost her on my first day with her. She was a big part of our family, and proved to be a special girl that was easy to love. Thank you for connecting us together. I miss so many things about her and the house seems quiet without the clicking of her nails on the tile floor. She brought so much joy to my life. I know she is running and playing again now. (Click here for Koko's original story.)
October 24, 2000 to October 2015
Laurel writes: I wanted to let you know that we had to put Dante to sleep last week. He was just a couple weeks away from his 15th birthday. He had cancer. Dante was the best dog we could have ever had in our family. We miss him dearly. This picture was taken about 4 months ago. He grabbed the full box of muffins off the counter and managed to get that box thru 2 doggy doors to outside where he ate all 6 plus the papers, of course. He was a skilled counter cruiser and dumpster diver to the end. When our oldest son comes home from college, we will spread his ashes in the foothills behind our house together as a family. Dante loved his daily runs on the trails and I think that is where he was happiest. He was a truly sweet, special friend and member of our family who will always be missed and never forgotten. (Click here for Dante's original story.)
2003 to March 2015
We are sad to hear that Andy passed in March 2015 of cancer. He was a loved family member and will be greatly missed. Maybe not by the chicken's but by all humans. Andy made it gracefully to 12 years of age and was a handsome gent to the end. (Click here for Andy's original story.)
KAYLA aka REHAB|
2009 to August 2015
Kayla moved to CA after her adoption in Idaho in 2010. She developed serious temper and psychological issues and came back into rescue hands. With the help of rescue friends in CA, Kayla was released from her pain. She left this world as a spoiled and adored Vizsla should: in loving arms, painlessly, while being hummed to, and eating roast beef in a softly lit room with music playing. Her eyes said "Thank you". Thank you to all who helped rescue Kayla one last time. Kayla - rest well in the arms of the angels. (Click here for Kayla's original story.)
2009 to August 11, 2015
KrisTina writes: Kelly had to put Sammy down last night. He had lung cancer with over 50 tumors in his lungs. Just wanted to let you know. (We at UT-ID Vizsla Rescue appreciate the love Sam had during his all too short life.) (Click here for Sammy's original story.)
December 23, 2000 to August 5, 2015
Mary Kaye writes: I wanted to let you both know that Bailey was helped across the Rainbow Bridge today. We had nearly 15 years together, fun years. We're pretty heart broken right now and have no immediate plans to adopt again. But we will! Thank you so much for giving us Bailey and his love (Click here for Bailey's original story.)
Adopted August 2003 to July 21, 2015
Lori writes: Hi Rebecca, I thought you'd want to know that Ginger died last week on Tuesday, July 21st. The end of August marks 12 years since we adopted her. It's hard to believe. I hope all is well with you and the pups. (Click here for Ginger's original story.)
May 2008 to July 14, 2015
Vinnie left us today. We're not sure if it was on his terms or ours but, despite appearing rock solid with all people, he had become increasingly unpredictable in multi-dog situations. Thank you to Mandie & Jessica and the staff at Northwest Animal Hospital for their efforts to give Vinnie every possible chance. In the end we just couldn't risk injury to another dog and decided the kindest thing to do was to let him go... after a few ice cream sandwiches and a good game of fetch... surrounded by people who loved him and a candle to light his way. He was brave, happy and trusting to the end. Run swift sweet Vinnie! (Click here for Vinnie's story.)
Adopted August 2004 to March 2015
Jane & Steve write: Our Jenny, rescue class of 2004, had been struggling with some health issues these last few months and at the end of March we had to say goodbye to her. The neighborhood squirrels and birds may be a little more relaxed on my walks but the house is way too quiet. She packed a lot of life in her almost 13 years and it is hard not to have her here. She was our Jumpin’ Jenny and was always exuberant. We are grateful that we knew her through your organization and that we had a chance to dote on her and try to keep up with her for more than a decade. Take care and give some hugs to your four-legged pals from us. (Click here for Jenny's original story.)
April 25, 2000 to February 28, 2015
Bailey had a pretty good 4 months hunting and fishing in southern Idaho where her rescue journey began
back in 2008. In February she developed some skin masses and was due for a recheck the next day. As was her style, Bailey made her own decision. She collapsed in the wee hours of the morning and an ultrasound showed fluid and masses near her heart and spleen so we made the difficult decision to let her go peacefully just short of her 14th birthday. We know Tom & Lady were waiting for her, as well as her Idaho friends, Frank & Donny. (Click here for Bailey's original story.)
CRAZY MAISY MAY|
October 22, 2000 to February 2015
Larry writes: It is with deep sadness that I tell you that we had to put Maisy down last week due to advanced lymphoma. She will be dearly missed and I only hope that she thinks her last years were her best. I will soon be looking for another co-pilot as my truck feels empty without her in it. She was the sweetest girl. (Click here for Maisy's original story.)
September 26, 2001 to February 12, 2015
Rest in peace Hunter. September 26, 2001 to February 12, 2015. You adapted really well to Northern California wine country after the first ten years of your life in Wyoming! You did really well right up until the end! We will miss you very much, and thank you Penny Fenton Sherman and Utah Idaho Vizsla rescue for arranging for him to join us here. (Click here for Hunter's original story.)
July 2004 to October 2015
Sorry to let you know that Ms Cooper passed away from cancer at the end of October. She was a great pal for ten years and our family thanks you very much for the opportunity to have her for that time.
Honestly, after she lived through falling off the cliff in 2006 every day was a bonus as she arguably should not have survived the fall. Anyway, what a goofy little dog that was - so many funny quirks and
habits, always kept us laughing. (For example, in the end she became extremely fond of spicy food - Need to give her a pill? Dip it in hot salsa!) When I searched for your email address I came across a note with a series of photos I sent you before she fell. They were in Uintahs where she was standing on a crag/cliff with her eyes closed. It made me shake my head - yep, that's my dog. I always close my eyes when I stand on top of a cliff! (Click here for Cooper's original story.)
November 26, 2000 to January 17, 2015
Becky writes: Our precious Rusty became an angel today. Our time with Rusty was incredible. We loved and adored him - truly and completely. He was generally in excellent health until the fall came and he started to experience changes in his eating behaviors and was losing weight. Several trips to the vet followed and we found his pancreatic and liver enzymes to be alarmingly high and our vet felt pretty confident Rusty had a cancer process going on in his GI tract. We made the decision to transition him as hospice patient and care for him at home. During the last few months we had several 'good' and 'great' days sprinkled with some 'not-so-good' days in which case Todd and I would tend to him in the comfort of home. We were able to administer fluids and medications in the scruff of his neck so we didn't have to try to force pills on him when he was nauseous and not feeling well. During this time, Rusty continued to amaze us with his beautiful, sweet disposition and his desire to do normal life things he enjoyed so much. We were able to take almost daily short walks and he was still able to get up on his couch and sleep in bed with us at night. The last few days things took a dramatic turn. Rusty became extremely weak and was unable to get up and walk short distances unassisted. He had old blood coming out of his back end. Although he didn't seem to be in pain, we did not want him to suffer a heart attack or stroke from the obvious major blood loss he was experiencing. He passed cradled in our arms today at the vet and it was peaceful. To say we loved him was an understatement. He was a huge part of our family and daily life, we loved and adored him so. I want to thank you so very much for allowing us the privilege to have him. Rusty was so very special and will live on in our hearts and be greatly missed. I know we will see him again, restored to health. I imagine he was quite the energetic vizsla in his youth… he was pretty darn energetic as a senior!! You will probably hear from us again when we have had some time to grieve and feel our hearts open to loving another rescue. (Click here for Rusty's original story.)
Adopted April 2003 to November 30, 2014
Rebecca - I wanted to thank you for the wonderful years that I was privileged to spend with Harley since I adopted her from you in April of 2003. Together we shared many adventures with each other and our cats. In her prime I could clock her running at 25mph down rural roads. We never did normal "dog" things like catch since she had no peripheral vision because of her one eye. That never stopped her from loving life and loving me. There was a lot of cuddling on the couch, fun rides in the truck, and comforting during thunderstorms. She started slowing down about a year ago, although she was still stubborn enough to sleep just next to her new dog bed on the floor instead of on it. She remained healthy to the end, just a little arthritis, and some benign tumors. Around Thanksgiving she let me know she was ready to go, and she did it on her own terms. She stopped eating for a few days, then she stopped drinking, then she stopped walking. On the morning of Sunday, November 30, she stopped breathing. The vet said she was 14 years and 8 months old. I'm devastated that my friend is gone, but it would be selfish of me to deny her her passing the way she wanted it. I know we'll see each other again.
So thank you, for the huge chunk of my life that was so much better because I had Harley. The picture is from this year of her next to her dog bed. (Click here for Harley's original story.)
Adopted 2002 to November 2014
Greg & Linda write: Myla was, as nearly as we can estimate 18 years old and was skin and bones and in some pain as well so we decided to have her put down and cremated. Her ashes will be buried near her favorite place to lay in the sun, with a large rock to cover her. It is also a place that the occasional lizard that drove her nuts will lie there to sun himself. Thanks for all your help in finding this great dog. We appreciate having had her in our lives but age, 18 years, had caught up with her. (Click here for Myla's original story.)
KIVA (was CARLY)|
Adopted July 2005 to October 2014
Dear Friends at UT/ID Vizsla Rescue, It saddens me to tell you that Kiva Dog passed away peacefully yesterday. After nearly ten years together I haven't the words to express all that I feel right now. Kiva brought out the very best in me and made me a better soul. She could conjure a smile under the worst of circumstances and melt my heart with her goofy expressions and always having to have her paw on my hand. Even now, I've managed a few belly laughs through the rages of tears and inconsolable sobbing.
Thank you so much for rescuing me to me such a remarkably kindred spirit. (Click here for Kiva's original story.)
DR JACK JONES|
Adopted August 2002 to October 2014
Oct 2014, Jeremy writes: Not to be the bearer of bad news but just wanted to let you know after 12 years of having our wonderful Jack around I had to put him down a couple Fridays back at age 13. He developed some nerve damage in his spine that began causing a whole slew of problems and he was no longer living the life of a happy dog. I can honestly say, that was, without a doubt, the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my 42 years of life. Old man Bosco, age 15 now, is still doing quite well and together we’ve managed through it. We even went for a walk with the shotgun up in the hills looking for grouse so we could take our minds off Jack. It did help. Didn’t see any birds though and Bosco was only good for a small loop before he became tired and wanted his bed and a milk bone. Thank you so very much for rescuing Jack. He brought an unprecedented amount of Joy to my life as well as Bosco’s I’m sure. He will be missed.
(Click here for Dr Jack Jones' original story.)
Adopted October 2001 to July 2014
Aug 2014, Dan writes: Penny and Rebecca, I have sad news. We had to put Wiley down about 2 weeks ago. He was about 16 years old and was with us for about 13 years! He had worsening weakness and confusion, or what they call doggie dementia. Except for that, his story is a happy one, and we will be forever thankful for your help in placing him with us. --Dan (Click here for Woody's original story.)
Adopted February 2004 to June 8, 2014
Jose writes: Penny after 10 great years with us Woody passed away Sunday June 8 around midnight. He is missed by all of us including the animals. He was one of the best dogs we have had. Myself and Ellie are sad about his passing but I was with him during his passing and he was loved until the end. We say that his life was a wonderful 10 years, he was the ruler of all animals. Two years ago we got a Weim pup now he is two and a half years. He after a week plus looks sad and depressed with Woody gone. Thank you for letting us adopt Woody he was wonderful. Thank You - The Santiesteban Family (Click here for Woody's original story.)
Adopted April 2001 to June 2014
Sadie passed this month due to complications of old age. Our best guess is that she was 14 or 15 yrs old and we could not have asked for a better life for her than the one she shared with Don & Brenda & Abby. We're pretty sure Frank and her sister, Abby, were both happy and sad to greet her at The Bridge. (Click here for Sadie's original story.)
Adopted September 2008 to May 2014
Kathy writes: I just wanted to send a note to tell you again how much I loved Henry. He filled all the empty corners of my day with fun and joy. He always started his day with the best down dog stretch before he greeted the world. He met everyone with his famous wiggle, back legs moving side to side lifting off the ground. Ne never lost a moment to be silly, curious, loving and playful. He is deeply missed by myself and all the other friends that he had. He was my sweetness. (Click here for Henry's original story.)
January 2002 to April 8, 2014
Kathy writes: I have been meaning to sit down and write you an e-mail but it has been so hard. Mia was one of the border collie/vizslas you guys so lovingly fostered. Mia was the most special dog ever. Anyone who met her was touched by her sweet, kind nature. She definitely loved people. Shortly after Jenn's visit, I took Mia in to the vet for a cough. An xray showed she had cancer. I was already taking her to a holistic vet and we did acupuncture and various herbal remedies. She was on prednisone, which
helped the cough. She hung on until April 8th. She stopped eating and it was by far, one of the hardest decisions we ever made. We miss her so, so much. I can only take comfort that she is running around with her old buddy, Kito. Much love, Kathy (and Bill and Lily) (Click here for Mia's original story.)
Adopted 2007 to March 2014
We received the sad news that Ellie succumbed to a brain tumor that took her life far too young at barely 8 years old. In 2013 she went through FHO surgery to remove the pain from hip disyplasia and was again thriving and happy to run pain free with her vizsla brothers Carlo & Sander so we are very sad to learn of her passing. (Click here for Ellie's original story.)
2003 (adopted 2010) to February 13, 2014
D'Art was rushed to emergency Thursday evening after not wanting to eat his meals that day. Being very unusual for D'Art to miss any meal let alone multiple meals it was clear something was very wrong. radiographs and an examination detrmined the cause of his distress to be bloat and Roxane made the most difficult choice to let him go. Sometimes letting them go with us at their side is the kindest final gift we can offer after the unconditional love they share with us daily. Thank you Roxane for making D'Art's years with you the best ever. We know he wasn't the easiest dog to live with and you sure gave him a chance be the best that he could be... not to mention the happiest. (Click here for D'Art's original story.)
December 2002 to January 24, 2014
Carla writes: It is with extreme sadness that I share with you the unexpected loss of my best friend, confidant and furry daughter, Lexie. She woke on Monday unable to move, and had a high fever of unknown origin. The vets did everything they could for her, from IVs, antibiotic's, steroids, and morphine for the extreme pain she was in, as well as blood, urine and fecal tests and xrays to try and determine what was causing her symptoms. Unfortunately all the tests came back as normal so a specific cause could not be determined. Within 24 hours after rushing her into the clinic, she was gone. The vets believe that she may have had a quick and deadly onset of meningitis. I am still trying to wrap my head around all of this, when 24 hours earlier she had been a happy, healthy, loving, ball playing fool.
I want you to know that I will be forever grateful to you for allowing her to be a part of my family. She made the last 12 years of my life an adventure, providing constant entertainment with her high energy, loving and comical personality. She was with me and helped me through some of the worst times of my life and was there to share the best. Her passing has left a huge hole in my heart and life. She will be greatly missed. I have attached a few pictures of her that were taken within the last month. (Click here for Lexie's original story.)
February 2006 to January 22, 2014
Elaine writes: This is just a letter to let you know that we are so grateful to you for placing Herbie with us back in 2006. I had updated you when we had moved around, to California, Tennessee, and finally Iowa. Herbie had a fun and enjoyable time swimming in the ocean, riding on the bike paths with us, and working as a certified therapy dog with kindergartners in a reading program at school. He has always been the sweetest dog I've ever seen, an authentic snuggle-puppy.
This is our final update, to let you know that Herbie's time with us came to an end this past week. At Thanksgiving time this year, Herbie developed sudden partial paralysis of his back legs. This was unexpected and we consulted several specialists who ruled out neurological issues and thought it was an orthopedic problem that could be remedied through surgery. Herbie traveled to a state-of-the-art veterinary hospital at the University of Iowa in Ames, Iowa for the procedure. After undergoing a preliminary CT scan, the doctors discovered it was not an orthopedic problem as anticipated. His spinal fluid was tested for autoimmune issues, and he was put on a chemo drug for the issue. After several weeks of valiant treatment effort, it was determined that he was not responding. The doctors said that there was nothing more they could do for his treatment, other than manage the pain. His weakness increased and his pain was becoming unmanageable with medication. Herbie's heart and spirit remained strong so it was an especially difficult decision, but we didn't want him to suffer as he continued to deteriorate in health, so we put him down at home, surrounded by his loving family, on Wednesday, January 22nd.
Herbie will be very missed by our family. He has been our friend, companion, family and even my partner, as I have raised two small children alone these past seven years. We will never forget him, or the joy and gentle, unconditional love he brought to our lives. Thank you so much for all the work that you do. Thank you for sharing this exceptional and beautiful creature with us.
(Click here for Herbie's original story.)
1999 to December 7, 2013
adopted June 2003
Matt writes: Sadie the Lady passed peacefully today in my loving arms at 1:40 pm. She will be loved and missed always. Thanks again for all the love, support, interest, and compassion that you showed for Sadie through her life. It has meant the world to both of us. (Click here for Sadie's original story.)
December 1998 to December 5, 2013
adopted Jan 12, 2002
Hello Penny, It its with a very heavy heart that we write to you with the news that Jakey received his Angel Wings on December 5th. He had declined in health over the last few months, suffering from canine dementia and spinal stenosis. His sister Addie died suddenly of a hemangiosarcoma in March at age 16. In June, Dwight, Jakey and I journeyed to our new home in Portland OR. Jakey had some good times during these last 6 months; he even was able to see the ocean (with awe) for the first time in his life, but his heart was always in Montana. We took things one day at a time in recent months, and his last days at home were peaceful. We believe that he wanted to make it to his 15th birthday (which he did), and he got to supervise the decorating of one last Christmas tree. Losing Addie and Jakey is the end of an amazing and joyful time in our lives. The two of them had more adventures and happy times than most dogs could ever dream of! I wonder how many miles the two of them ran in their lifetimes...We hope to some day be able to share our love and adventures again with a new generation of Lucky Dogs. The one picture is from last week; the other is Jakey in his prime doing what he loved to do best, and the third is how we think of Jakey and Addie together now. Carla and Dwight (Click here for Jakey's original story.)
2002 to November 18, 2013
I want to let you all know that I let go of my sweet doggy at home today in the loving presence of grandparents and his wonderful vet and technicians. He is now free of the pain of the cancer and his last moments were happy: he managed to revive from the sedative just long enough to gobble down the last few treats that were laying near him! Copper has been a gift of love to my life. I will dearly miss his intense spirit, sweet puppy soul and vast heart.
Thank you all for the affection you’ve shared with him. Love S (Click here for Copper's original story.)
July 22, 1998 to November 7, 2013
It is with a sad heart that I inform you that my Holly passed away at 7:45 pm this evening after a very quick and fatal illness. We had a great 7 years together and loved each other very much. She went with me almost everywhere. She loved to ride on the back of my 4-wheeler and was my co-pilot in my motorhome on our trips. She wouldn't sleep anywhere but with me on my bed.. not at the foot but right next to me at the head of the bed. I was with her to her last breath which came quickly. I will miss her so very much.
Thank you, John, for making Holly's life full of the best times any dog can dream of! (Click here for Holly's original story.)
April 28, 1999 to November 7, 2013
Rocky was originally adopted in 2006 after healing from TPLO surgery. In September he returned to his original foster and recovery home with Mandie when his owner of 7 years was no longer able to care for him due to her own serious illness. Rocky enjoyed almost two months being cared for by Mandie and her crew, including being bossed around by Susie and running in the fields with Lucky & Stout. Thank you Mandie for filling Rocky's final weeks with love and happiness and especially for being strong enough to let him go when his time came. (Click here for Rocky's original story.)
2003 (adopted 2005) to November 4, 2013
Dear Rebecca and Penny, It is with very heavy heart that I have to tell you that our dearest Hunter crossed the Rainbow Bridge this morning after a very brief struggle with cancer. In August he has a wart removed from his side - malignant melanoma, Grade III - but we all felt that age would take him before cancer. Then, a couple of weeks ago I noticed a similar looking wart in the inside of his left eyelid, which we immediately had removed, but histology also came back with the same diagnosis. Prognosis: guarded.
It was incredibly rapid! In about 10 days or so, he went from being his usual happy, frisky self, to a sad boy, obviously in pain. We first hoped that it might have been a slipped cervical disc, but when no pain killers seemed to help, we knew it was time. To the end, he wagged his tail when we talked to him, gave kisses, ate his breakfast this morning, and he slipped away at the vets with us both in attendance, to cross the Rainbow Bridge.
Thank you for trusting us with him, and for allowing us to love him to the end. I think his happiest days were here in the UK running in the fields and woods chasing all manner of good scents. He and Grissom enjoyed their twice daily walks with Daddy, and they were the talk of the town, especially when Sarah, our latest vizsla adoptee from Hungary, joined the pack. Grissom will now have Sarah to play with - she's a 6 years old spayed bitch, who was used as a brood bitch at a puppy farm - so he won't be alone. Fortunately, both he and Sarah are healthy!
I though you would like to know... Lots of love to both of you from all of us here in the UK.
Inge, Michael, Grissom and Sarah (Click here for Hunter's original story.)
November 1999 to September 8, 2013
We received the sad news from Lauren that Satchel had to be put down after a short struggle with recurring pain that couldn't be managed. As much as we wish they could stay with us forever, sometimes we have to make the hard choice to let them go and be at peace and free of pain. Thank you Lauren for the great life you gave to Satchel. We're pretty sure he was on a mission to come live with you in Colorado... he loved the snow, the toys and his spoiled happy life. Satchel would have turned 14 in November. (Click here for Satchel's original story.)
October 23, 2006 to September 1, 2013
Sadly, and with the worst heartache we have ever experienced, Ladybug joins a few others over the bridge for using her bite to control her caregivers. Just like them she was 99% wonderful -everything you could want and more. No one, especially kids, who met her didn't fall in love with her. We thought after 7 years that we could manage the triggers (and we had) and that she wouldn't bite anyone besides us and our dogs, but she kept changing the rules and the games, especially this past year. When the new game became you can not touch my collar we, and she, lost the battle with her demons. We never had a better V in many ways, nor a worse one, all wrapped up in the same adorable package. She was beyond velcro with her people, and any people for that matter, and so high energy that she barely rested. We miss her beyond description and always will. (Click here for Ladybug's original story.)
2001 to August 2013
Jenn writes: I wanted to let you know that we lost Hogan just a couple weeks ago to bone cancer. It was a quick one. Ted is very upset over the loss of Hogan (he had only a week to prepare), but man did that dog have a good life. He will be missed. Best, Jenn and Austin with many great memories of our sweet boy. (Click here for Hogan's original story.)
January 1, 2001 to July 6, 2013
Max was diagnosed several years ago with diabetes but managed even the failing eyesight for many years with the help of his loving family. Tara & Brian write: It is with a heavy heart that I have to inform you of the passing of Max. He died last night after complications from his diabetes. Brian and I went to Max's favorite place over the weekend, Cannon Beach. We decided not to take him this year due to his traveling has become very difficult. His caregiver had called to inform us he had stopped eating and therefore not able to get his insulin. He died at the vet ER this morning after his breathing stopped and poor heart gave out. About a month ago we decided to adopt a kitten (in picture) and we started to see the joy come back to Max's face. They truly loved each other! Max will be dearly missed by us and even though he had diabetes for the past six years, he didn't really show signs of slowing down until the past few months. We are so very sad right now, but the benefits of having such a wonderful dog like Max outweighs the sadness we are feeling right now. Our hearts are filled with many great memories of our sweet boy. With great sadness, Tara and Brian Mitts (Click here for Max's original story.)
MILO (was DEX)
2005 to May 2013
Michelle writes: Hello Penny, I've broken down in tears the last couple times I've tried to write...it's with a heavy heart that I share we've lost our dear pup Milo (was Dex, adopted in 2007). He was diagnosed with epilepsy shortly after we got him, but our best friend Mandy happens to be an amazing vet and we spent lots of effort getting that under control. We thought that was the worst of his health concerns, but in 2010 he was diagnosed with an infiltrative lipoma on his leg. We tried everything - surgically removing it twice, steroid injections, etc. but the darn thing just wouldn't go away. The end of May it either freakishly ruptured or ruptured blood vessels around it and caused uncontrollable bleeding so we had to put him down.
Milo was the best dog we could have ever had the joy of owning. He climbed countless mountains and trails with us, was the ring bearer at our wedding, and luckily, had a chance to meet and cuddle his "sister," our first child born in November. I remember you saying Milo must have kept getting himself returned to your rescue because he knew we were out there waiting for him. I'd like to think that was true because I can't imagine what our lives would have been like without him. Thank you again for choosing us, he will be forever missed.
Kind regards, Michelle
Keep on hikin' Milo... we'll see you on down the trail! (Click here for Milo's original story.
2009 (adopted) to June 2013
In the almost four years Ginger lived with me she was all of that and more. The only thing she liked better than getting her head rubbed was the prospect of catching a chipmunk in the yard, but that darn leash was always just a foot too short. But she would lie in wait, hoping one would stray within reach, and steathily creep up on it. She loved splashing in the creek and playing in the snow, too.
Ginger must have been fighting the cancer in her body for months, but showed no signs of it. One day in mid-May, she suddenly started showing balance problems and couldn't make it down the stairs. By the next day, she needed support to sit up. Over the next two weeks, we made three trips to the Vet Hospital in Ft. Collins, CO but she died on June 3, 2013. The cancer was in all her organs. There was nothing to be done. (Click here for Ginger's original story.)
April 2003 to May 2013
We received word this month that Jinx lost her life to cancer of the spleen which came on unexpectedly. The good news, if you want to call it that, is the doctor stated she went very fast. Don writes: She was such a good companion and helper! Life is going to be very different!
Christine who trained Jinx writes: Our thoughts are with you. God Speed Jinx. We'll appreciate the new star in the sky tonight. (Click here for Jinx' original story.)
1999 to May 3, 2013
We had to say goodbye to Summit this evening. She went gently and sweetly, true to her inner nature. As you know, we had hoped we could buy time with the Selegiline, but it became increasingly apparent with each passing day that her old body was betraying her. She had several bad falls, aiming for the couch or trying to get down the back steps. We didn't want to see her badly injure herself. As I told Reb earlier, it seemed like the snarling---the most heartbreaking thing of all---was her trying as best she could to say to her people, "Enough, already!"
Thanks to all of you for your support and advice. This will be the first time in 26 years that we have not had a Vizsla underfoot, but that doesn't begin to match the breadth and depth of your collective experiences, so your help was immeasurable. Of course, we will always be grateful to Reb for literally crawling through the muck to bring this little rescue to safety. We are sad right now, but we wouldn't trade those years with Miss Priss for anything. See pictures below.
-Julie and Kathryn (Click here for Summit's original story.)
1998 to April 16, 2013
Farrah & Mike write: It is with great sadness that we write to you to let you know that Red (Cane) Sugg has gone to the Rainbow Bridge. Our family is struggling through these next few days without his loving face, the sound of his nails on the hardwood, and mostly, without the warmth of his cuddles on the bed at night. Recently, he was diagnosed with canine dementia, severe arthritis, lower airway disease, and as of last Saturday, we believe he suffered a stroke which caused some neurological deficits. His quality of life declined very quickly and his eyes were so sad and tired that we felt the only humane decision was to let him go. I can't even begin to explain to you what a great dog he was. He was my third dog, and I fear never being able to own another because he was just so great. I never met a dog with a greater temperament. He never knew a stranger, and was so very gentle with children (even though he was quite large!). Thanks again for picking him to be a member of our family. We were truly blessed to have him in our lives for 10 years. I've attached some recent pictures of him. (Click here for Red's original story.)
1998 to March 21, 2013
Angela writes: I wanted to let you both know that our beloved Quinny has moved on to doggie heaven and is running free. We made the decision on Thursday evening after a pretty challenging couple of weeks. If our vet aged her correctly, she was near 16. We had 13 years with her and can't believe our little pack is without her today. Penny, I know she held a special place in your/Frank's heart. There is no doubt Frank is throwing a ball or Frisbee for her as we speak. I thought of her welcoming committee when she passed over and there was many of our animals there to greet her. She was ready, unfortunately, we were not. We love her and will miss her tremendously. Thanks again for bringing her into our lives. (Click here for Quinn's original story.)
May 1999 to February 2013
We are sad to say that Rita passed away in February of 2013 do to complications with her lungs. She was 13 years old and gave us more than we could have asked for. She came to us when she was seven and we never imagined she would be with us as long as she was. She was the sweetest girl in the world. When we had our son Nolan she was so loving and protective. He loved her and she love him and it's not always easy explaining what happened to a 3 year old. It is disappointing that she never got to meet our daughter, I'm sure they would have been inseparable. (Click here for Rita's original story.)