|"When the Man waked up he said, ‘What is Wild Dog doing here?’ And the Woman said, ‘His name is not Wild Dog anymore, but the First Friend because he will be our friend for always and always and always.'" —Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Book|
|Another angel... Nina goes over the rainbow bridge. We are sad to hear this news. She came into the rescue and was adopted to a wonderful family that showered her with love for five years. We are very happy about that. She will be forever missed. Rest in peace Nina.|
|We lost another alumni over the rainbow bridge. Sweet Angel. She looked like a little ewok when we first took her in. She was forced to live outdoors. Her foster fell hard rather quickly and adopted her. She lived several years embraced with love. We are grateful for that by so saddened by her loss. Our sincerest condolences for her family. Rest in Peace Angel.|
|Our sweet Merlot, failed by most before he came to us. We do not know his whole life story but what we do know, is not good. Yet, he came to us a happy, sweet, easy going dog. He loved to snuggle. He would literally smush his muzzle into you. We didn't mind, it makes it all worthwhile for us. We knew he had medical because we knew he had been hit by a car and left unattended to. We found out he had some bleeding into his chest. It was suspected at that time he might have mega esophagus. As the day went on and he did have the symptoms, he was scheduled to go back in to get this confirmed and we were already looking into a bailey chair for him.
Unfortunately, Merlot started crashing in the night. He ended up having pneumonia aspiration. This is not uncommon with mega esophagus and more times than not it will continue to happen. Merlot was in critical care at our vet office. He was on oxygen and they were doing everything they could for him but he was suffering. It is one of the hardest things to watch. Now you may think well he wasn't our own dog and you deal with this all the time. Honestly, we do deal with this often and I can tell you personally, it never gets easier. It just never does.We love these dogs and never lose hope for all of them. I cradled Merlot and gave him snugglies for even now while he couldn't breathe, he wanted them.. He crossed over the bridge in my arms surrounded by the love he deserved. We only had him a few days but we did not fail him. I took him into my heart as I do each dog and there he will stay. Rest in peace Merlot.
|Finnegan joins our other angels over the rainbow bridge. We were so saddened to hear of his passing. He came to us out of a shelter at twelve years old. We didn't know anything about him but learned quickly he was a champion snorer and didn't like to be picked up but most of all he was easy to love. His foster mom loved him and we all would smile to hear her say "upsy daisy" and watch him jump into the car.. We were thrilled when a past adopter decided to make him part of her family. We all loved him and we will miss him but I myself feel blessed that these special families loved him so much in his final years. To love a senior is a special thing. Rest in Peace Finnegan.|
|I love this little guy. We just got terrible news about our little man Fitz. He got suddenly sick and was found to have cancer in multiple areas. We are devastated to hear that we lost him over the rainbow bridge. He was such a cool little guy and we were able to find him such a loving home these last three months. We will miss him greatly. Rest in Peace, Fitz. Bless you, baby.|
|Coco passed over the bridge. Five years ago this little sweet lady was found with a mouthful of rotten teeth. Besides that, she was in pretty good health and so easy going. That summer she made her way with me to the East coast. To date, she was my furthest adoption. Las Vegas to Cape Cod.. I could not be happier with her family and placement. She had such adventures in her years to come. Becoming a pro walking the canal, greeting the wild turkeys and taking boat rides. She will be missed by many and our sincerest condolences go out to her mommy and daddy. Rest in Peace.|
|We were saddened to hear that Boomer has gone over the rainbow bridge. He was young still at only about 11 years old. he made his journey to us from California and landed an exceptional foster home who then quickly became his permanent home. He had many adventures with his beagle siblings here and on vacation in Big Bear. He will deeply be missed. Rest in Peace Boomer boy.
|My heart is extremely heavy as I write this... My heart loved this dog the second I saw him. I could see instantly he deserved so much more. If you have been following along, you know I am speaking of Oshie. He only came to us three days ago. He lived a horrible existence while someone benefited and made money off of him for over eleven years. A caring person saw he needed help desperately and asked the breeder to surrender him. She did, and he received veterinary care on Saturday and made his journey here all night long arriving early Sunday morning. I wanted so much for this old man. He was skin and bones and yet a sweet pile of mush. I did whatever I could so that he knew he was safe and loved. I tried many things to help him and did to some extent, and then our dedicated veterinary team took over. I was with them every step of the way. He remained in the hospital until I received a critical call to come right away. Oshie looked like he was already gone when I arrived. I opened the door to where he was, and his head just fell and hung. I scooped him up and laid him on me and stroked him and flapped his ear over and spoke loudly into his ear. I wanted him to know how sorry I was that he was forced to live such a miserable life. I apologized for not getting him sooner. I apologized for not having him longer. I hugged him and then out of nowhere he suddenly woke and sat up. This was my very last picture of him. He suddenly wanted to go somewhere, so I let him. He walked outside and peed and smelled the grass a bit. Then walked around inside. I looked at the doctor, and she was in shock, and then he collapsed. I picked this baby up and cradled him and laid him into me. I let him know we tried so hard but it was ok for him to cross over in peace, that our love for him would follow and go with him. Our caring doctor told us, he needed urgent help a year ago based on what she saw. I cry for Oshie and all the dogs that are suffering so greedy people can make money off their suffering. I implore you to think hard before buying a dog. In my opinion from what I have witnessed many times over and for what dogs like Oshie have lived, it is always better to adopt. If you ever see a dog in need that is being used ring used, please tell someone so they might have a fighting chance to be saved. I gave it my all, and it wasn't enough. Yet, I didn't fail Oshie nor did SNBRF or our caring veterinary team. It was the breeder and all the people who insist on buying a dog from a pet store or backyard breeder. Rest in peace, my Oshie baby. You deserved so much more.|
|We do have a bit of sad news today. Hammond crossed over the bridge. He looked like a teddy bear and people would smile when they saw him for the first time. I pulled him out of the shelter. He was overweight. He was a happy boy though. Within a couple of months, he was diagnosed with Lymphoma. He did well on treatment and had a normal life with his loving foster family. Sadly, that ended late last night when he was having trouble moving and breathing. It was discovered today, the cancer had spread and it was time to let him fly. You earned your angel wings buddy. We will miss you. We hope this was the best year of his life! Rest easy Hammond. Thank you to his dedicated foster family.|
|I remember Jill being surrendered to us at an adoption event and her family just walking away. She was already an older gal but so sweet. When I thought a good family came along for her, they were more interested in another dog. But new to being a dog family, Luckily they decided to meet and give her a try. Her foster brought her to them and she cried. If you ever get a chance to foster, you will understand that. See, we love these dogs so much and we really want the best for them. Well Jill found the ultimate home. The family loved her so much and she them. They each learned so much and the family because of their love for Jill, ended up fostering more. They have been a huge asset to our SNBRF community. Well in just a short time (two years) Jill has now crossed the bridge. I for one will miss Jill as I know others will. The love she emanated will live through all of us that she touched and continue to help us do good things. Rest in Peace, sweet Jill. We will watch over mommy and daddy.|
|Sad news for us here. Yoda has now gone over the bridge. He came to us a senior infested with ticks, but under all that, was a dog with a loving heart of gold. He found his forever family rather quickly with alumni and lived a good life for just about another 3 years. We are so happy that he had that. Rest easy, Yoda. We are very sorry for his loss and the impact it had on his family and others.|
|We lose another alumni... Pickles who was Fooz in the rescue was like a big old teddy bear. He was fun and loving... He daddy loved him and they were best buddies. We could not have asked for a better family for him. Sadly he loses him... I will fondly remember pulling him out of the shelter and seeing him find his forever home.. Rest in Peace Pickles.|
|Alumni Dexter has now passed as well. Unfortunately, he ended up with cancer. He was fortunate to find his forever home with someone that fell in love with him and gave him the love he deserved. His family I believe was the more fortunate ones. Rest in peace...|
|We lost another alumnus. Bosco was a little beagle and he was happily adopted along with two other beagles. Sadly one of his sisters had already passed and he recently was diagnosed with congestive heart failure, which eventually took him. Rest in peace, Bosco. Join your sister and we will watch over mommy.|
|Rascal became Bandit in his loving forever home. They loved him so much and he shared his home with another alumni. They suddenly lost him yesterday and are just devastated. We mourn with them as this was such a sweet and happy guy. We take comfort in knowing his time with them was filled with an abundance of love. Rest in peace Rascal aka Bandit..
|We lost another angel. Savannah has now crossed over. Sadly it was only her brother Merlin that recently went and her parents are just heartbroken losing both so close together. Savannah came to the rescue with her sister Lola. Both were older at the time and a bonded pair. Savannah became ill and almost died. We got the cancer but the vet determined it would more than likely come back. So we always thought Savannah was on borrowed time... well that borrowed time lasted 5 wonderful years. Lola unexpectedly went a few years ago before Savannah. These two were a lovely pair and always welcoming to their senior buddies who came and went in foster care. We will remember Savannah for her strength and determination, something many beagles have. We join their parents in their sadness. Rest in peace Savannah. You deserve that. Join your sister for that joyous reunion. We will take care of mom and dad.|
|Jasper was Rocket and I remember when this spirited little guy came into the rescue. He was running down the road and a good Samaritan had caught him.he was brought to the animal shelter but no one ever came for him and so Our rescue got him out. He was a little guy but very happy. And we couldn't have been happier when the Surran family adopted him. They made him part of their family and just loved him. Unfortunately years later he was given a rotten hand when cancer was found on his face. They went to extreme measures and had a surgery done but it ended up coming back later. We are so saddened by their loss. Their loss is also our loss. Rest in peace Jasper. We will never forget you.|
|Some really sad news tonight. One of our alumni passed. I pulled Otto out of the shelter. He was missing hair in many areas including his tail. he was old and we thought quite ill based on appearance. As it turns out, he really wasn't bad off. He had some thyroid issues and that was his biggest problem. This little old guy touched our hearts immediately. I just loved him. I was quite surprised when someone came forward within the first month of having him wanting to adopt. It was a wonderful home. I recently got to see him at the park and he looked fabulous! Otto was only with us for about 9 months, but we all loved him so much during that time. He passed suddenly and his family is heartbroken.. and so are we. Rest in peace Otto. Until we meet again.|
|She arrived at rescue neglected with a big bubble butt and long nails, but she was a sweet and mellow girl and she had a lot of love to give. She was content to be next to you and get attention. Her family will miss her greatly. She was a real addition to their family and she lost her weight with them. She was always a perfect girl. She passed in her sleep and we all mourn her loss. Rest in peace Rita.|
|We wish he had had more time with the family who adopted and cared for him so. Rest in peace, Happy. Prayers to your daddy for his loss.|
|Brady, as you pass into the Kingdom, many blessings to you. Brady's tumor grew significantly since yesterday, completely closing off the nostril. Yet, he played all day today and I didn't stop it. Even once even though he could barely breathe at all. I held him as he went to eternal sleep and thanked the Lord for bringing him into my life. His spirit lives on within the rescue. RIP sweet angel.|
|Sweet angel Nora is now a beagle angel. Nora had been neglected for a long while. When she entered SNBRF, she was already very sick. We hoped the best we could do for her was make her comfortable in her final days. She was not with us long but she was happy while she was. Nora passed away peacefully on her own. We want to extend a grateful thank you to Sybil who fostered her and brought so much happiness to her. She opened up her heart and her home knowing that Nora was older and a hospice dog. Rest in peace Nora and join the others.|
|It is with a heavy heart that I inform you that Bennett has crossed over the rainbow bridge. We were so fortunate to meet and know him. We Thank Tanner, his daddy for stepping up when no one else would save Bennett and his brother Clyde. Little did he know then that he would not just be their foster parent but their forever family too. Clyde, unfortunately, had complications shortly after surgery within two months after pulling him out from the shelter. Bennett continued. Bennett came in at an unhealthy 78 lbs and was going to be killed for being old and fat. But Tanner saw the love he held. Bennett did lose the weight and had multiple surgeries to help him. In the end, cancer came to take him. We are so thankful that this sweet pile of mush did not die in a cold shelter on a concrete floor but surrounded by love and a family that cared. Bennett survived for over a year after pulling him out of the shelter. He was neglected for a long time, but I take comfort in the fact that his last year of life was filled with love. Rest in Peace Sweet Bennett. Say hello to all of the others who have gone before. Meet up with Clyde again. You are the reason we do what we do.|
|This happy Angel was in the shelter for over a month. We had no idea why no one wanted her. When we pulled her out, she was clingy and bonded super quick. I only had her for a day before moving her to her foster family. She vocalized her disagreement for two hours, but then came to realize this was the best thing ever. She hit the jackpot, not only did this family foster her but should we become part of the permanent family and never to look back. When I would see her after that, she wanted nothing to do with me. She claimed her mommy! She gave many years of love to them and sadly passed away last night. I know they will have many memories but for now, we extend our condolences for the family that gave her the love she needed. We will miss her. Rest in peace Molly girl, we will watch over mommy and daddy. Love to the Powell family.|
|It is with an extremely heavy heart that we give our condolences to the Fogg family. Zoey came to our rescue and lost her life suddenly yesterday after an attack by another dog who was let out of his own yard. We can't imagine the trauma they witnessed and ultimately the amount of pain they all went through and continue to go through knowing that she was now gone forever. We thank you for giving her all the love you had and know she will live in all of our hearts forever. This tragedy impacted so many people. Rest in Peace little one. We will never forget you.|
|We just found out that our dear beloved Thelma passed away. We are so thankful her mommy found her and at least had her a year so that her last year of life was filled with so much love. She ended up getting cancer and it was too spread by the time they found it. Thelma came a long way to be with us, traveling from New Mexico with some medical problems along with her sister. I know she will be greatly missed. Rest in peace over the bridge Thelma.|
|Hershey had a rough adjustment to rescue. He was scared and a bit food aggressive to start, but as he got settled, I really loved this guy. He was sweet and loved to cuddle up on the couch. He loved to be on the scent of a squirrel and really got a kick out of life, he had a literal bounce in his step. One week ago, I found Hershey a home and he was adopted. The adjustment this time went very well. He bonded very quickly to his dad and even was sleeping with him, something he never did with me, maybe because of all the others in the bed. He got all of the attention and seemed to be enjoying his new life and home. He went to the dog park every morning and had a good time, even playing with others. Until today. ... Hershey did his usual routine of going to the park and had a great time with a boxer. Then suddenly stopped playing. He seemed to have a hard time breathing and then he suddenly died. I can't imagine having adopted a dog, bonded and losing him a week later. I have had short hospice fosters, but even I had more time with Hershey and got to know what a loving soul he was. I am so saddened for both his dad and him. We do not know what happened. Perhaps his heart? He had a clean bill of health, but it is a reminder that any one of us at any age can go at anytime. Please make sure to spend your time with quality. I for one will really miss Hershey. Rest in peace baby.|
|It is with a sad heart that I tell you about another alumni angel. Jack passed this weekend. He was surrendered to the rescue when his family moved out of the country. He was a sweet guy and he found a loving home where he had a canine sister and wonderful dad. We are saddened to hear of his passing but will always be grateful to his family for giving him all the love he deserved. RIP Jack.
|We saw just how sweet you were when we first met you. We were the blessed ones to know you. I am reminded how fragile life is and honored to play a part in your journey. I am at peace knowing your last part of life was spent with a loving family. Rest in Peace Charlie, may all our friends over the rainbow bridge welcome you to your new home. You will be missed.|
|Sad news. We honor another SNBRF alumnus. Little Bunny crossed over the Rainbow bridge. Bunny came to us through the local kill shelter. We didn't really have the funding to pull her and take care of her needs but a volunteer within the rescue stepped up to not only foster her but pay for her medical. As it turns out, she really didn't have much medically wrong so I am grateful that this foster took this role to save Bunny. She certainly was worth saving. She was a little beagle with a big heart. She was nervous and shy but really opening up to those that knew her. Her faithful human guardian who she brought so much love to passed months ago and now Bunny's mom is comforted by the fact that Bunny has joined him. She will be missed and we are blessed she came through our lives. Rest in peace girl... we will watch over mommy for you.|
|We affectionately nicknamed him Duncan donuts and all loved him. Such a Sweet boy. Pulled out of the shelter where he faced death for being afraid. He was happy among us and then I met his soon to be family at a park and it was love at first sight. I am so glad that he was so loved with them. Last night he lost his battle with cancer and they had to say goodbye. It is such a loss for all of us when our alumni pass. Prayers for Mary, Andrew and Bailey who mourn his loss... Rest in peace our little Duncan donuts.|
|This is so difficult for me to even form the words. Bull was the gentle giant who had a tremendous heart and although everyone fell in love with him, he stayed on the "available " list for years. Eventually we just made him our mascot. He encompassed everything you love about a beagle. He had an incredible life while with us. He defeated death twice. He had the biggest ears you could just melt away in. When his eyesight was better, he loved to chase and bay at little dogs and made everyone smile. We were honored to have him live with us. Truly we were. He was such a good dog. I can look back and laugh how he would sneak up and eat your money, leave you with a half of roll of toilet paper or sometimes just have it laying limp because he ate the inner cardboard roll. There were so many things, that I hope you can look back and fondly remember about him. Yesterday we suddenly lost Bull. He really did belong to all of us and I hope he knew just how much he was loved. Rest in Peace Bully boy, I will miss you beyond words.|
|With a very heavy and sad heart...June, aka Junie, aka June Bug, passed over. When I first pulled her out of the shelter, I liked her because she was old and fragile but didn't think that much of her. Over the last three months, I fell in love with her. She was fragile but had an incredible zest for life. A ginger with spice who loved to be outdoors with me and would trot or prance while outside. Sometimes even participating in a game of chase with the others. I was always amused and fascinated that this old gal would do that. When I first would go to pet Junie, she would cower, curl into a ball with her tail tucked and freeze. I wondered what happened to her that she had such a hard time accepting love and affection but assumed she would be beaten. In the end, she did not fear me, but I think enjoyed the stroking to some extent. Junebug died at home. I hope I brought her to a gentle peace with humans at the end and taught her what love was. I loved this girl more than I would have ever known. She stole my heart with her shatterable little self. In the end, it was me who shattered over her loss. Rest in Peace my Junie Girl.|
|Another alumni has fallen and become an angel. Casper crossed the bridge. He was very loved by his foster family who became his forever family. We will forever be grateful for the love they gave him. we know the last part of his life with them have been the best. Rest In Peace Casper... no more pain.|
|Arthur was Archie and yet another Alumni today. Arthur, who came a long way from the east coast in terrible condition and at first did not have a very good outlook for his life, but he surprised us all and lived and enjoyed life for many more years than we expected. I know these past years were his best in the family that truly loved him and did everything for him... Rest in Peace and run free.|
|It is with great sadness that I tell you of another alumnus who crossed over and became an angel. Sherlock was such a sweet soul. He wasn't treated very well before he came into rescue, but he was very loved once he was with us. He was adopted into a wonderful family. He continued to thrive with them and loved his feline sibling. We are so saddened by his sudden loss and our prayers go out to his family. We thank them for providing him so much love. I will remember how he made me laugh with his head out the dog door. Rest in peace Sherlock. We miss you.|
|We lost another alumni angel...her sister passed close to this time last year and now we lose sweet Louise... the two came to us from further away in bad shape but they soon learned love. They were happy together and apart and ultimately were adopted separately. Louise was fostered and adopted by one of our regular fosters who shared a close bond with her.. unfortunately, cancer took her in the end there was nothing more that could be done. Our hearts go out to Linda and all of her furry siblings. We are so thankful for her family that loved her. Rest in peace Louise, we will watch over mommy for you.
|It's only been a couple months since I received a call to help a senior beagle dumped at the shelter when her family downsized. They decided not to take her because she was starting to have accidents. As it turns out, May was actually very sick. She had arthritis, a heart condition, a thyroid condition and advanced bladder cancer, none of which was being treated and she was actually in pain. We were heartbroken that we could not fix her entirely but we did know that we could comfort her and make these last days better than they had been. We got her on all the meds and supplements we could to ease her and make her days comfortable and happy. Even though she was in pain, she would show us signs of being happy at times. When we felt she was in constant pain and we could do no more, we made the difficult decision to release her from this pain. We try our best in rescue and it truly is all about the dog. Thank you to Erica and her family for seeing May through to the end. Hospice care is not always easy but very important. Because we have them a short time, does not mean we love them any less. Prayers to our May and may she forever be pain-free over the rainbow bridge.|
|Duff was a remarkable dog. What he taught me is that Life is a miracle and it is worth living! Found on the streets, dumped in a shelter, almost killed in that shelter for rotten teeth and in this last year has overcome more things that I could ever imagine a dog could overcome. He bounced back from every single thing, but one. He beat Pneumonia more than once, continuous lung issues, a mouthful of rotten teeth, a parathyroid tumor, bladder stones, a cancerous mass to name just a few of the major issues he dealt with. He taught me to take it all in stride and be happy. This was a very happy and good dog. He was so strong. a few days ago, Duff collapsed and became paralyzed. We believe he had intervertebral disc disease. We put Duff on a course to bounce back once again, but this time, it was too much for him we saw the happiness leave him. I do believe that because of his foster home, he had a very loving good final year. Kristen and Jon clearly loved Duff and showed him so much care every day. I know they are hurting and I want to thank them tremendously for opening their heart and home to him.
We didn't have any room to pull Duff and because they stepped up, we were able to save him. Even though Duff didn't live for many years, he was saved and perhaps he did the job he was here to do. I know he taught me a few lessons. Rest in Peace Duffy. We will greatly miss you, Duff. Be happy and run free.
|It is with a heavy heart that I announce Grandpa lost his fight. He was suffering and it turned out he had liver cancer. We are grateful he came to us and did not die in the shelter unloved. He died with dignity surrounded by love. We will miss this old guy that touched our hearts. Rest in Peace Grandpa
|Another alumnus became an angel. Although this picture says Andy, Andy became Bart. He was a happy guy who was a complete foodie. You might think typical beagle, but he was probably just even a little bit more. His love for food often got him in trouble, but now his parents will have all those stories to look back on and laugh. He touched their hearts and became family at a time they really needed it. We are forever grateful they took this silly senior and made him part of their family. He won't soon be forgotten.
Rest in Peace Bart!
|Once again with a heavy heart, I am saddened by the news. Buddy (formerly River in the rescue) came in from California with rough edges... slow to trust... slow to give love... But in his foster home, he found the love given to him came with no strings attached. Through this love, he flourished and gave love back. Soon they both discovered, he was forever home... He continued to accept other foster dogs into his home and help show them the ropes and guide them to their forever homes. Buddy was always good to sense another dog's needs and help him. Buddy suddenly became ill and couldn't use any of his legs and was in excruciating pain. Doctors couldn't figure out at first the reason. Nothing helped get him out of pain or walk. His limbs were useless. The news finally came, He had a tumor in his spine. Unfortunately, this tumor was inoperable. No one wanted to see Buddy in the pain he was
constantly in... He left his foster daddy with a crack in his heart as he passed over the Rainbow Bridge. Buddy will never be forgotten. Buddy and his daddy shared a special bond that most can only imagine. Rest in Peace Buddy... We will watch over daddy for you... Run pain-free.
|We want to send our condolences to our alumni family that lost Sammy. He was such a fun loving guy and fairly young. We are so sorry to hear of his passing. I was honored to watch him while his family had to go out of town. I know his human and canine siblings will miss him greatly as well as his mom and dad. We all share in their loss and thank the Ziegler family for loving him and giving him a home as part of the family. Rest in Peace Sammy.|
|The Rainbow bridge takes another alumni I am sad to say. We never want them in pain, but always want more time with them. Bentley has joined our many other angels. Originally confiscated and put in a shelter where he came close to losing his life for minor things. He had a stroke of luck then because not only did he get out of the shelter but his foster parents soon would realize he was too precious to let go and he would become their permanent family. He was able to rescue them. We are so thankful he was loved these past years and given the life he truly deserved. We mourn with the Littel family as we lose Bentley to cancer. He will never leave our hearts. Rest in Peace Bentley.|
|I am so very saddened today. With a heavy heart, I share my sympathy for Katie. Princess was discarded aside when she had bladder stones and her "owners" just said to euthanize her. She was only 6 years old and such a sweet girl, that the vet sought an ulterior choice, SNBRF. We didn't have a lot of experience with Pekingese, but some and of course a dog in need, we would love to help. She went through surgery and treatment with your support. She was destined to find her forever home with us and in the Estes family. They had just lost their Princess shortly before and everyone was suffering the loss when they stumbled upon our Princess. They felt it was meant to be and so did we. A beautiful home and loving family gladly accepted and went the distance, for now, to be called Katie. (I liked to refer to her as Princess Katie). You could not deny the love they had for her. Even though Katie was now living in Sedona, I spoke to her daddy often and heard all about her new adventures as well as was able to see the pictures. Two weeks ago, Katie became ill and they did everything they could to find out what was going on. She went to specialists, consulted in and out of state and tried different treatments. She received around the clock care and this morning lost her fight when she couldn't recover from a massive seizure which ended her little vibrant young life. The Estes family is devastated and we share in their loss and grief for one of our fur babies. Run pain-free over the rainbow bridge Katie. I am so happy you touched all of our lives and had the love of a wonderful family at the end of your short life. We thank the Estes family for opening their hearts for the second time in a year and having them break. Pawprints are left in the heart. RIP Princess Katie.|
|Another sweet Angel crosses over. Belle lost her fight with cancer tonight. She was a brave courageous girl. Originally only given a few weeks to live, she far surpassed this by living an extra year. I have to contribute that to her loving home. She wasn't ready to go until now. She had too much more love to give and receive. in 2011, I first met Belle and her sister Chimera. A sweet very bonded pair. These two were inseparable and often they would be in the same position and the same spot. Notorious for cleaning each other's ears constantly. Chimera will receive comfort from her other beagle sister Molly but I am sure she will feel the loss of her sister she has had all these years just as much as their parents.
I will remember Belle for her sweet personality and her way of popping up instantly as soon as you would be petting anyone else. Thank you, Emma and Scott, for making Belle a part of your family and seeing her through her toughest year with love. This family was a perfect match for the girls. I fostered Belle and Chimera for six months, then suddenly the curtains parted and the perfect family was there for them. It became quickly apparent that the girls quickly bonded with their parents and it was as if they had always been there. This is where they belonged. Rest in Peace Belle. Out of pain. Over the rainbow bridge. May Scott and Emma take comfort in the life they saved in many more ways than one.
|I have some heartbreaking news...we have another alumnus angel. Ranger has passed on. For everyone that met him, he was a fun loving guy and a joy to be around. His bay was also amazing. In the end, he lost his ability to bay. We were touched by him and I recently had the pleasure of watching him for a short time which was so nice for me to be able to have that time with him. We are forever grateful to his mommy for loving him so much and seeing him to the end. Rest easy, Range. No more pain.|
|Bella was abandoned at an animal hospital after she was attacked and her eye was severely injured. She did recover from her eye injury but her family never came to get her. This is where we came in. She was such an easy-going nice dog. She did find the perfect home and for the last 4 years has been doing great but suddenly became ill and she has now crossed over the bridge. We send our condolences out to Madlyn. Bella joins all of our alumni across the Rainbow Bridge. She will be missed. Rest in peace sweet girl.|
|This is not the news I wanted to deliver today, but her life and the love she passed on to all those that met her meant so much, there was no way I could not mention our loss today. Lola, the little beagle with lots of spirit. She has crossed over and we mourn with her family. Lola and her sister came to the rescue when tragedy hit her family who could not care for her. They were lovely girls and we bonded so we did not feel we could separate them. They found a wonderful family who gave them so much love and they reciprocated in return.
It was Lola's sister that had a brush with death and recovered. We could never have imagined Lola would end up sick. But if there is one thing we have learned is Life is mysterious and precious, we just never know. Lola passed peacefully as her body could not continue any longer. She was surrounded by love. She leaves her mom and dad behind and canine beagle sister an brother. I know they will all miss her and we will too. We are all blessed to have known her and be able to laugh and smile in her adventures. She made an impact as many of them do
throughout the rescue and with the foster families as well. Rest in peace Lola girl and join the others.
|We knew for six months this day would come. People often think because I have gone through this many times, it gets easier. Well let me set that straight, it doesn't. Ivy was my foster dog and I loved her just as much as any other. She came to me broken, both physically and emotionally. I'd like to think I healed her emotionally. In the end, I think she knew I loved her. Often we would look for her, wondering what odd place she would be. She loved to walk and sniff around and would look for me. Today was her last day. She was unable to eat her Itty bitty Buddy Biscuits. Her body gave up on her long before she did. She was a used dog. She made sure I mopped every day and she got baths often, but I didn't mind because she needed the love I had to give. She would smile and sometimes even run. In the end, her body was too broken to overcome. She had bladder cancer among other things and her pain was too great. Rest in Peace my little pumpkin. Go find the boys.|
|We saw just how sweet you were when we first met you. We were the blessed ones to know you. I am reminded how fragile life is and honored to play a part in your journey. I am at peace knowing your last part of life was spent with a loving family. Rest in Peace Charlie, may all our friends over the rainbow bridge welcome you to your new home. You will be missed.|
|Another alumnus crossed over and become an angel. Adopted two years ago at the age of thirteen when her original owners apparently felt at that age she held no value. But the Glover family saw right away just how valuable she was. She was given a home with love and we are so grateful for that. We are so sorry to see her go and we have great sympathy for the Glover family. Rest in Peace Sweet Gracie girl. Run free with those who are already over the bridge.|
|Fallen Angel...Lovey's name suited her well, for she was a love. Given up by a family that loved her but fell on hard times. They never stopped checking in on her. Yet she found a new family to give her the love she so richly deserved. She was an easy going girl. Unfortunately, Lovey passed over the rainbow bridge at such a young age, she was under 5. She must have had something going on that none of us knew. They think she might have had a heart attack. She didn't make it to the hospital. She was a good girl. RIP Lovey.|
|Handsome Akuma (pronounced Kuma), had been neglected for a long time but he is sweet and he was given a good end with a loving foster family.|
|Oscar. A tear trickles down as I think about a day slightly over a year ago. at the very beginning of August in 2013, I went to the shelter to save an old guy from death. Due to be euthanized for an ear infection no less. He was a lovely older gent who barked and barked a lot as well as whined. But he was sweet as pie and I named him Oscar. Most of you know I have a soft spot for the old and special needs. Oscar might have been older, but he had so much youth inside. Unfortunately shortly in foster care, he blew out his knee and needed surgery. He did overcome that and a few months later blew out his other knee and needed that ACL repaired. He had a remarkable team by then; a very special family that saw what others couldn't. They adopted Oscar and he recovered exceptionally well and continued to thrive because of their love and their concern for him. He barely barked at all with them and in his last year of life, he went on more
trips then most people do in their lifetime. He basically went everywhere with them and even was on stage when they performed. Oscar ended up with cancer and although had a couple of surgeries, they only gave him a short time, which he far exceeded by months... I credit that to Beth and Nan. Some of you who came to our grand opening might remember Nan, as she played beautiful music for you all... I am so thankful that Oscar's last year was with Beth and Nan and that he had an abundance of love. He became a new dog under their care, the youth inside came out. I will miss this old guy. He had the softest ears and the most giving heart. Rest in Peace, big guy. We love you always Oscar. Run and be pain-free.
|We recently just heard of another alumni becomming an angel. We are so sorry to have lost Reggie now. He came into rescue many years ago with his sister. Their family loved them but with the quarantine laws in effect at that time, they could not take them and surrendered them to us, often inquiring how they were doing. They both are loved by a family who now is enduring a tremendous loss along with his sister he left behind. Our hearts go out to the Passer family. Thank you for loving Reggie all these years. Rest in peace boy.|
|Bonnie now Bailey a heavy heart for rescue today. Little Bonnie as we called her, Bailey as her given name passed over the rainbow bridge. She was loved in life and will be greeted by her brothers and sisters already over the rainbow bridge. The poor little girl was very sick and her body shut down on her as she fell into unrecoverable renal failure. In the end, she was reunited with her family as they were able to say good-bye. Still, by far, the hardest part of rescue is losing them and as much as you fight for them, not being able to save them. Rest in peace little girl.|
|Ariana was another Angel alumni of ours... She was tied outside of the shelter to be found and then claimed unadoptable. She came a long way from there. Not only was she adoptable but she landed the perfect home for her. She was mischievous and fun loving. She was a toy hoarder til the end. She ran the hills in Spain and got to do whatever she wanted in Las Vegas. Ariana was like a little fawn and she melted hearts. I know how much her family will miss her. We can't thank them enough for giving her the most loving home. She fought cancer hard and came back from it several times, but in the end, her little body gave out. Rest in Peace Ari, we will all miss you.|
|Arthur, who came a long way from the east coast in terrible condition and at first did not have a very good outlook for his life, but he surprised us all and lived and enjoyed life for many more years than we expected. I know these past years were his best in the family that truly loved him and did everything for him... Rest in Peace and run free..|
|Leo was only 3 years old and we thought he had his whole life ahead of him.. fate decided something else. We are glad he had this last year with a family that truly loved him.|
|Leonardo was a sweet older gent and luckily found just the family to love him and that they did but recently lost him and we are saddened by this news.|
|Today was a day that anyone in rescue hates: Unfortunately, we were too late for Ginger. The mass in her neck invaded her mouth and all down her throat. She was a sweet little girl, but at least she didn't suffer on the streets where she was originally found. RIP and join Brady over the Rainbow Bridge. For the hundreds of dogs we save, we still feel the sting of the few we don't but we always try. Every one of them is worth the fight. God Bless|
|Five years ago we were involved with a puppy mill rescue that pulled in multiple rescue groups across the valley. over fifty dogs were saved that night with a wide range of issues from mild to severe. We were so fortunate that all the dogs found wonderful homes. Anyone of you that have a dog from this traumatic time will not soon forget what they went through and what an impact they have had in our lives. Yesterday one of them crossed the Rainbow Bridge. It was an honor to know him and our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the Swidarski family. I know how much you loved Mojo and how much he loved you. Rest in Peace sweet Mojo.|
|It is with a heavy heart that I bring to you news of another angel alumni, Turner a.k.a. bad boy Turner Finn had an accident and passed over the Rainbow bridge. He went much too soon. We are so saddened by
his loss and we dearly miss him. He joins his brother and sister over the bridge. We know how much his mommy and daddy will miss him. Our hearts go out to them.. God bless them and Turner... rest in peace
good boy. I will miss you and your shenanigans.
|Another alumni passes over the rainbow bridge. I remember when they went and got her and Paddy. She was a sad little thing but boy did she have a thing for food. a typical beagle and then some. She was a little sick when she came in but as soon as her transporters saw her, they fell hard... in love. How could you not? As Maggie healed her insides and got better, she showed a zest for life and a love of rolling her belly on the grass. She landed her forever home with the ones that drove to California to get her. They couldn't forget her and couldn't let go. I know this is so hard for them. They didn't go looking for her. They weren't even sure they were ready to adopt and yet there was no turning back.
Maggie recently became ill and was declining rapidly. Our hearts and prayers and sincere condolences go out to the Gilmer /Carlos family. Maggie will be forever in our hearts. Thank you for showing her the love she truly deserved.. RIP Sweet Baby girl. You were taken before your time, but in the short time we had you, I know you felt the love. We will forever remember you...
|Once again, we say good-bye. One of our Alumni has fallen and crossed the bridge. Alley McBeagle has passed. She was a sweet girl who was a good companion. She was passed around a bit before she came to us. She was able to find her forever home with beagle siblings and found love that lasted until the end... In the end, she fought and lost her battle with lung cancer. Rest in peace sweet baby girl. Run with the others over the rainbow bridge.|
|We recently learned that this angel has now crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. Levi was thrown away by her family for a ridiculous reason. I know we've all heard them. Anyway, she did not last long in the rescue as you can imagine. she is a blue fawn beagle and quite beautiful. She took to her daddy right away. She went everywhere with him. We were so happy before them and we are so sorry to hear of her loss. Take care of Levi and rest in peace with all of our other babies.|
|It is with a very sad heart that I let you know about our little Tina Marie Crystal Dickinson has passed over the rainbow bridge. She was just a baby when she came to us at 4 months of age. She ended up at the shelter and was going to be put down for having a cold. She was a skinny thing with long legs. This little girl overcame that cold rather quickly and soon showed us just what kind of spunky spitfire she really was. Everyone that met and got to know Tina would melt and fall in love. She really did have that kind of effect. She would turn the average person into a dog lover just because of them knowing her. She loved to play, completely made you laugh, did cause a bit of mischief but also was a completely cuddle girl. Her beagle brother (also an alumn) would get annoyed with her and completely loved her. Originally when I suggested to the family they foster Tina, I thought she might help fill a void where they were mourning a loss. She did alright and they fell in love and made her part of the forever family. We could have never anticipated that this little girls life would end so short. Tina Marie only lived to one year old. She got terribly sick and after all the testing, they still could not figure out what was wrong. What was worse is none of the treatment worked and she got worse and worse to the point where she couldn't even breathe. We completely mourn the loss of such a spirited loving girl. She is now at peace and thankfully no longer in pain but the pain we carry in our hearts from not having her here every day will continue on. Tina Marie, Rest in Peace baby girl. You were a light that shined so bright, we will all miss you.
|It is with great sadness that I tell you about sweet Henry. This senior was so special in so many ways. He touched everyone who saw him or even just a picture of him. We do not know the life he came from but it seems that it was quite harsh. He came to us in very rough shape with many problems and even hair that had been burnt. He was as sweet as pie and we all loved him. He was also such a trooper and even with all his problems lived for many years. We were so fortunate to find his family. One that showed him love that likely he had never had before and he melted their hearts. They truly loved him. Unfortunately, his life came to an end and he passed peacefully this morning. We will all miss him. We are so sorry and have great Sympathy for the Willard family. He will always hold a special place in our heart. Rest in peace sweet Henry.|
|Nicole was found on the streets. She melted the hearts of her forever mommy and daddy. They know how lucky they were to have her and we know how lucky she was to have them. They spoiled her as she deserved. It didn't long to find her way into their hearts and stay forever. She got sick suddenly with heart disease and her end came quickly. Little Nicole will greatly be missed. Rest in peace out of pain over the bridge Nicole.|
|Rest in peace Harvey. Another alumnus passed over the bridge. Harvey was loved and we are so thankful for that.. he came in and had continual issues with his blood but after multiple adoption events, his foster family realized Harvey had already found a home. They officially adopted him and we are so grateful for the love they gave him. He was a Good boy and although I saw him at the reunion and he looked wonderful, sadly he has now left us. Our deepest sympathy goes out to the D'angeli family.
|It was September 2012, I pulled two beagles out of our kill shelter...this was Seymour... a happy-go-lucky guy. Although he lost almost all of his teeth right away could never convince this Beagle. Roughly three months later, his foster mom decided he wasn't going anywhere, he was already part of the family. I am so happy he found the love he deserved. Tonight, I mourn with his family upon hearing he has crossed over the Rainbow bridge. I will never forget you Seymour. Rest in peace happy boy.|
|Another Angel is laid to rest. The news of her passing came as a surprise today. Our precious Queenie went into congestive heart failure and couldn't breathe. This angel came to us on Christmas Eve. Pulled out of a high kill shelter where they thought very little of her life and were about to put her down. She had an upper respiratory infection that actually took her awhile to overcome. Even months later, she would still cough and her nose could run. Queenie enjoyed going to the parks and getting out with her sister. Two days before her death she was having a great time at the park. She did find her forever home and in the end, she had an abundance of love. We were so surprised to hear of her sudden passing. We are so happy that she had a loving and caring home. She will be missed and we are forever grateful to the Bounds family for showing a senior girl that she was worth every precious second of every day. RIP Sweet Queenie. May those that passed before you greet you at the bridge.|
|It is with a very sad and heavy heart that I let you know our little Hennessey passed during the night. We are so saddened by his death. Even though we got him out of the shelter, we feel terrible that he never got to feel some real Loving Care in a home. He did not get the care he needed in the shelter because he was afraid. And although we tried to get him the care he needed, he was already so sick. He was afraid, but he was already starting to come around the one night we had him before going to the hospital. So hug your babies tonight and please say a little prayer for our little man Hennessy. Rest in peace little one, safe journeys over the Rainbow Bridge. I wish we could have done more for you. Xoxo.|
|With a saddened heart the news came that Clyde has passed over the Rainbow bridge. For those of you that met him, you would have to agree, he was an energetic ol' guy who was lovable and sweet. We pulled Clyde out of a kill shelter recently and he had a cancerous mass removed. He seemed to be doing very well. He was certainly becoming more affectionate with the encouragement of the love he was being given in his foster home. Clyde passed peacefully in his sleep last night. We are so grateful that he didn't die in a cold shelter and was given and experienced love at the very end. Thank you to Tanner Karstetter and Lacy for providing a safe and loving home for him. R.I.P Clyde and Run free over the rainbow bridge.|
|Chubbs passed away at 9:55 pm. I hugged him as he slipped away. Rest in Peace, Chubbs.|
|I just said goodbye to my sweet honey baby Sally. She came into the rescue recently but already too late with so many things wrong, the worst of all cancer. She had a good week at home with lots of love and let me know when she was ready. Thank you, Ms. Sally, for touching me with your life.|
|This sweet angel named Misty came into the rescue at 16 years old. Owner dumped at the shelter and no chance to make it out without a rescue. We expected a frail old lady, but Misty had a lot of pep and didn't act her age. Soon after she was diagnosed with mast cell cancer and this weekend it spread and she was starting to suffer. We said goodbye to Misty and let her rest in peace and join our other babies across the bridge.|
|We just found out we have another alumni angel. Bagel was a good boy and found his forever mom 5 years ago. He recently crossed over the bridge and our prayers go out to his family. We know they are missing him terribly and we are so grateful to them for loving him all these years. Rest in Peace Bagel.|
|Our sweet Bear, known as Bailey Bear, lost his battle with cancer recently and crossed over the bridge. We are grateful for his foster mommy, who couldn't live without him and made him a permanent home from adoption until now. He was such a fun happy guy. I know we will all miss him. Rest in Peace Bailey.|
|Sydney was a good looking fun dog so it was not a surprise when his foster family fell in love with him and adopted him. Unfortunately a little over 4 years later, Sid ended up with cancer. Today, we lost another alumni. Once they leave the rescue, they are still always remembered and thought of and when they cross over the bridge, we feel that loss as well. Rest in Peace, our hearts go out to the D'Angeli family. We will all miss him. Thank you for loving him and taking him into your family.|
|Another one of our babies passes. Frosty came to us in bad shape. He was dumped in an awful shelter by his owners. He was sick and thin and a senior. We honestly weren't sure he would make it. He didn't even eat for 2 weeks. But slowly he decided perhaps he had one last romp for someone who would love him and see him through. He found a wonderful family that he absolutely loved. I truly believe he flourished and found new life with them more than he could ever have with me. He was sick and we didn't know how much time he had. As it turns out, he thrived for over a year. We thank his parents for loving him so much and always doing the best for him and for letting him go when it was. time. Rest in peace ol' boy, go chase your ball!|
|With a heavy heart, I let you know that Jenny passed over the bridge. Jenny was adopted 5 years ago. We could tell she had a hard life. One of her ears was missing, and she had some long scars. Her internal scars were even deeper. As luck would have it, she found the perfect dad to adopt her. He understood her needs and loved her fiercely. She ended up getting cancer and still she went on for months, chasing rabbits with her sister. Everyone in the neighborhood
loved her. We are so glad these last 5 years, she was treated with love and compassion. We could not have asked for more. We will all miss her and our prayers go out to her dad and beagle sister. Rest in peace baby girl. we love you.
|I have so many emotions about Amber, right now. This is when rescue is hard. We try so hard to save each one and give them a better life. We did actually do that for Amber. She came to us at the very beginning of this new year. Her life up until then was horrible. She was forced to live outdoors, not loved, neglected. She had tumors growing out of her ears that had to be uncomfortable. We fixed her up. We knew she hadn't seen a vet in 8 years. She could have been a dog who was a loner, but she loved to cuddle and be loved. She would follow you everywhere. These months were the best in her life, I just know it. She then found a home, one that was perfect for her. They loved her to pieces and she slept in a bed with her human every night. She had her beagle sister to lay all over her. And then this week, her belly swelled up and got hard and she all of a sudden seemed to shrink and become incredibly thin. As it turns out, she was full of cancer everywhere. My heart hurts so much because we didn't get her in time. We helped her and thought we got it all but it had clearly spread without any other signs. Her family had her just shy of two months and tonight we were both there to help her cross over. She still had a zest for life and was so happy to be loved but she was having more and more trouble. She slipped away peacefully. I am so saddened that her time being loved in a home with a family that cared was not longer. although I am relieved her last couple of months she experienced what she had longed for her whole life. I'm so sorry baby girl that we did not get you soon enough. Rest in peace knowing you were very loved.|
|As I write this, my heart and eyes weep. When I first saw this baby. I was instantly drawn to him because he was a healthy version of our beagle angel TJ. So we did what we could and got him out of the shelter. We named him Friday as this was the day he started his new life. Shortly after coming into rescue, he ended up losing his tail. We were sad but Friday didn't seem to care. He was a happy dog who loved to roll in dirt and who found a family so wonderful that showered him with love. He started gaining siblings too and never lost his hunger for life and food (typical beagle.) Friday left us earlier than we thought this morning. He was recently diagnosed with cancer but on the outside he was keeping his zest for life until this morning. He succumbed to his disease and passed over the bridge. We will miss him and mourn with his family. What a tremendous loss. They are no strangers to pain and loss but it does not make it any easier. Rest in peace Friday. Run and find Queenie and all the other angels who have crossed. We will watch over mommy and daddy.|
|It was my great honor to walk the last couple of months of TJ's journey in life with him. I loved him the minute I saw him. This scrawny skeleton of a beagle, a definite uncommon sight, just reached out to me with his eyes and reached into my soul. He wobbled when he walked and yet with some concentration he could actually move rather fast. He had a lot of love to give and all he asked in return was for some french fries. I am certainly going to miss him. I wanted to save him but then I found out it was too late. I pray and hope that I showed him the abundance of love and kindness he more than deserved. Rest in Peace my TJ. Run wobble-free, out of pain with your nose finally not running and show them how to make french fries like Dairy Queen up there. I love you.|
|The month was March when Paddy entered my life. Little did I know the role that he would play in our lives. Because he came into the rescue around St Patrick's day and being Irish, I named him Paddy. He was a great mellow guy who had a very distinct personality. He was adopted to a young couple who had him only a couple of weeks when they decided to move in with family and couldn't take him. He was then adopted out to an older couple but then his medical issues started and they gave him back. We didn't know Paddy had Cushing's. Because he wasn't being treated, he had many secondary problems. Paddy would not be adopted out again. Instead, he stayed with me to live his life out and I loved that guy, problems and all... He melted my heart. He was such a fighter, with all he had been through, his body was delicate but he kept pushing on. Until a couple of years passed and another March came along and he was ready to go. Paddy passed over the rainbow bridge surrounded by my love. I didn't want him to go but told him if he was ready, then he shouldn't stay for me. Paddy was special and now he is with my boys and they will all remain forever in my heart.|
|This is Clover. She was 10 years old. We pulled her out of the shelter where she was threatened to be put to sleep because she was obese, older, had arthritis and a lump as well as bad teeth. We didn't know that Clover was actually much worse than we thought. She was a happy girl and clearly had been neglected by whoever had her for a long while. She was in bad shape. As it turns out, Clover had a huge abdominal mass and ended up bleeding out of her rectum... We hoped to save her but now we realize our job was to help her cross over the bridge with compassion, kindness and dignity and not on a cold shelter floor. Thank you to the Valentino family for being there for her and helping her cross. RIP sweet Clover.|
|Our angels continue to fall... alumni Smoot passes away. Smoot if you recall was a 15 yr old Jack Russell that was dumped in the shelter cause he was old. He spent his last couple of months on earth being loved and we are so grateful to his family for adopting him and giving him the love he deserved for his final days here. Rest in peace.|
|We are so very sorry to hear of the loss of Oreo. We will all miss him greatly. I got this call a few years ago from a rescue person in California telling me the nicest beagle mix was about to be put down. Well since we already had a beagle coming right past the area, we decided to pull him out of this shelter and with this rescuer's help got him here to SNBRF. He was such a lovely easy going fellow. I know his foster family loved him a lot. As it turns out the other dog that came with him was adopted along with Oreo to a wonderful family. We can not thank them enough for providing so much love to him. I recently had the pleasure of watching both Lolly and Oreo while the family went on vacation. These two are special and so laid back. I know the family will also miss Oreo tremendously. They gave him a home and love when he needed it most and I know he gave them the love back. Sadly, cancer took over him just recently and he went very quickly. Rest in Peace Oreo, we were all glad to know you and have you in our lives.|
|One of our boys is being called home. just under 18 months ago, I pulled this little gentleman out of AF. They were way off on his age and we traced his chip back to determine he was at least 13. He had a plethora of issues and we almost lost him during his first surgery. But with love and care, his heart was under control, his skin issues were under control and he was happy and thriving. This past year we found a tiny lump on him. To our surprise it turned out to be mast cell. Nothing changed. This guy took everything in stride. he lived life. Loved toys, loved his canine siblings and his mom and dad. It was a joy to watch him go through these changes of a downright mess to a happy fairly healthy guy. We made sure that he maintained a good quality of life. Then tonight came. It got much worse all of a sudden and through it all, he had his toy. His mom and dad devoted to him made sure to do right by him. I am so saddened for him and them. Merlin was a pretty cool guy and we all will miss him greatly. We don't really know the time we have. Make it count. Follow Merlin's lead. Rest in Peace Merlin.. we are sorry you could not be with us longer.|