A generous donation was made in honor of Charlie Brown and Murphy Brown by Patty.
A generous donation was made in honor of Pearl
I adopted Pearl through a rescue group in 2004 where she was found abandoned in a Las Vegas animal shelter on her last day. She was estimated to be about 4 or 5 years old, and so she lived to be 15 or 16. I was by her side when she left me peacefully on August 6, 2015.
Driving over 1100 miles round trip from Berkeley to Las Vegas to retrieve her was something I felt destined to do and I was not disappointed. I thought she was the most beautiful dog I'd ever seen, and she hopped happily into my car as if she was expecting me. She knew she was mine and I was hers. I named her Pearl, as I sensed she was something precious, and I was right. Dignified, gentle, a thinking dog, a wise soul, a protector of the underdog; always present with her love and loyalty and possessing the true heart of a collie.
To live in this world, you must be able to do three things: to love what is mortal; to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it; and, when the time comes to let it go, to let it go. - Mary Oliver
Forever loved. Never forgotten. My girl Pearl.
- Helen W.
A generous donation was made in honor of Bailey by Jackie G.
A generous donation was made in honor of Pepper
On March 13, 2015, I drove 800 miles to Petaluma to adopt a beautiful Border Collie named Pepper from Lily's Legacy SDS. By the time we made the 800 mile trip back to Sun City, AZ, Pepper and I were best friends. Being retired, I was home with her 95% of the time. We walked in the park twice a day. Pepper was fascinated by the ducks and geese around the lake. She would "talk" to me if I was not getting her treats from the pantry fast enough, or getting my shoes on quickly enough for our walks. On December 30th, Pepper was diagnosed with a fast growing brain tumor and Vestibular Disease. We fought as best we could with meds, but the end was inevitable. She lived for 17 days and passed away on January 16, 2016. Even though Pepper was in my life for only 10 months and 3 days, I treasured every day. It was a true-love journey that ended way too soon.
- Steve B.
A generous donation was made in honor of Banjo
Banjo was adopted into our family in November 2013. He completed us. We quickly established his routines into our daily schedule. Banjo was polite, well mannered, and photogenic. Banjo would wait at the door for dad to come home from work at 8am. Dad would have to woof down his breakfast because Banjo was ready for his morning walk. After dad walked him around the neighborhood a few times Banjo knew exactly where to go. He was in charge. He led the way. He could walk 2-3 blocks. On hot days, Dad would wait as late as 10pm to walk Banjo. Once on a sleepless night Dad got up at 3am and took Banjo for a walk! He loved sniffing around. Banjo loved his dad for walkabouts and followed him around like a bodyguard.
He would often walk into his brother and sister’s rooms taking inventory of what they had. Banjo loved chicken. He was always the first into the kitchen waiting for it. Banjo would wait patiently for us to come home. We always told Banjo where we were going. I’m going to school now, I’ll see you later; I’m going to church now, I’ll see you later; I have to run errands, I’ll see you later; I have to go to work to buy you a toy, I’ll see you later! Each time we came home, he would be waiting at the door!
On August 5, 2015, with heavy hearts we laid Banjo down to rest. He had just turned 12 on July 1st. A neurological disorder and resistant to meds made it difficult on him. We had to let go, let God! I would like to thank Alice and Allie for the support that they had given us during this difficult time. They gave us strength to walk, carry, and care for our 75lb yellow lab in his final days. My strength to part from our precious soul was, “I’ll see you later”.
- The Miller Family
A generous donation was made in honor of Barstow
Barstow wandered into our lives as a stray puppy. She was a true cross-country dog, having lived on both coasts and in the mid-west. A seasoned traveler, she was always ready to go for a car ride and explore the world with us.
Her spirit was always one of joy, curiosity, and determination even in the midst of a failing body. At 16, she learned to use a cart to help her walk as her back legs were becoming weaker. Getting outside each day continued to be one of her greatest joys and something we loved sharing with her. Whether she was laying in the grass, watching the world go by, exploring a good scent, enjoying her favorite foods, or finding a way to get into any nearby body of water, she taught us about finding joy in the simplest of things.
While not always evident to everyone, for those who loved her and knew her best, she gave the gift of her truly exceptional spirit and dignified presence. She reminded us on a daily basis about the value of optimism in the face of adversity (overcoming many obstacles in her 16 ½ years) and never giving up. She brought new paths of knowledge, joy, laughter, and love into our lives and we continue to feel her loss in profound way. A true friend and teacher, we will be forever changed by her beautiful spirit.
- Jill and Erika
A generous donation was made in honor of Pepper
In 2003, I rescued a puppy off the highway. My Vet said she was a Bearded Collie and about 10wks old. I named her Pepper. Just before her 12th birthday, Pepper was diagnosed with heart disease and cancer. We fought the good fight for seven weeks. We were together when she died peacefully at home. I decided to adopt a senior dog. Who could have known I would find an 11yr old Border Collie named Pepper at Lily's Legacy SDS. Rewind the love affair and play it again. I'm retired and we're together 24/7. Two "Peppers" to love in one lifetime. Now that's a miracle! - Steve B., Sun City, AZ
A generous donation was made in honor of Ariel
In 2000, we adopted Ariel when she was just one year old. She passed away this past December at the age of 16. As a puppy she was thrown into Clear Lake to drown but was rescued by a boater, who found her swimming for her life.
Ariel’s swimming skills paid off. We are forever grateful that she hung in there and eventually came to live with us for 15+ years. She taught us how to have fun, how to relax and how to age gracefully and with dignity and to never give up, even when you can't walk (by yourself).
We miss our best friend and teacher. We spent many, many hours hiking in the woods, chasing squirrels and birds and playing with our friends. She taught us so much. We love you Ariel and will always miss you.
- Liz and Denise
A generous donation was made in honor of Roscoe, Missy and ChaCha Payne
Roscoe, Missy, and ChaCha were the three amigos. They were all rescues, and they showed their gratitude each day. Though none of them were too social with dogs outside their own clique, they loved one another and their humans to no end. They howled for their meals, and romped when it was time for a walk. They let children pull on their faces or take naps beside them. We are grateful for the time we spent with them and all the memories they've left behind.
A generous donation in honor of Betty
Betty entered my life as my foster dog, but from the moment I met her, I knew that this smart, funny, affectionate dog was meant to be my girl. She enriched my life more than I could have imagined. Betty made many friends, and her ability to make any room her own - sprawled out, with her paws in the air - earned her the nickname 'Queen Betty'. On our first road trip together, she learned to swim in Lake Tahoe, and from then on had an uncanny ability to sense nearby bodies of water. Her other great obsession besides swimming was chasing balls, and I made sure her life included lots of both. She left us too soon, and is missed every day.
- K. Magoon
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