Visit The Rainbow Bridge

A NOTE FROM THE BRIDGE

To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say. But first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.

I'm writing this from the Bridge. Here I dwell with God above. Here there's no more tears of sadness. Here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy, just because I'm out of sight. Remember that I am with you every morning, noon and night.

That day I had to leave you, when my life on earth was through, God picked me up and hugged me, and He said, "I welcome you.

It's good to have you back again, you were missed while you were gone. As for your dearest family, They'll be here later on."

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do. And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.

And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight, God and I are closest to you... in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years, because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.

But do not be afraid to cry, it does relieve the pain. Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

       I wish that I could tell you, all that God has planned. If I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.

But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er. I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are rocky roads ahead of you, and many hills to climb; But together we can do it, by taking one day at a time.

It was always my philosophy, and I'd like it for you too; That as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody, who's in sorrow and pain; Then you can say to God at night..."My day was not in vain."

And now I am contented...that my life was worthwhile. Knowing as I passed along, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody, who is sad and feeling low; Just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.

When you're walking down the street, with me on your mind; I'm walking in your footsteps, only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go...from that body to be free. Remember you're not going...you're coming here to me.

-- author unknown

LAYLA (aka "Lady" of the Coachella Sisters)
Saved from a California kill shelter in August 2010 ~ Lost to us September 6, 2017

Layla and her twin sister, Lita, were rescued from the Coachella (California) Shelter in August of 2010. Known as the "Coachella Sisters," they each found their forever homes.


Lita (at left) and Lady

 
On adoption day at left, and with best bud Cole at right

Sadly, a too short 7 years later, Layla unexpectedly developed labored breathing and coughing, She was taken to the vet, and her family received the sad news that she had cancer in her lungs, liver and spleen with fluid in her chest. (According to her mom, "It was just like Layla to never show us that she was not feeling well, she was always so happy to please everyone else." Layla rapidly worsened, very restless and grunting with breathing. Her mom stayed up with her all night knowing that the next morning would be a difficult day. So very sadly, Layla was put to sleep Wednesday morning to end her suffering. She went very peacefully.

Layla's heartbroken forever mom wrote, "Layla was the sweetest, most well behaved companion that anyone could of ever wish for. She was very spoiled by us. I know that I gave her the best life that I could. She enjoyed the dog park and walks. She also had one of the largest dog toy collections ever! I have never seen a dog get so happy about a new toy. She would proudly carry around a new toy and show it off for days...then pull all the stuffing out all over the floor. I wanted to write to you and tell you thank you for the wonderful gift you gave us in Layla. You did a wonderful job matching her to our family. Layla was the best, well behaved, loving dog that we could of ever hoped for. My husband and I need some time to heal our broken hearts from Layla's unexcepted and rapid illness, but we may return. We love the WGS breed so much and I trust that you could help us find the right one for us again. I am sending you a donation to your rescue site in memory of our beautiful Layla so you can continue to help others in need. Again, thank you so much for bringing Layla into our lives. She was a wonderful addition to our family that brought us so much joy. Layla will live in our hearts forever! With great thanks." Gayle Kohlmann

CHRISTMAS SNOW (aka "Bunny")
Saved from a California kill shelter on Christmas Eve 2015 ~ Lost to us August 2, 2017


How we first saw Bunny in a kill shelter in California

After some TLC

Bunny improved with each passing month

In Boot Camp with volunteer Di

We found Bunny, close to death, in a kill shelter. She had been confiscated as a neglect case, and it was a struggle to get the shelter to release her. We finally won the battle and had Bunny transported out of hell on Christmas Eve.

She spent her first weeks at Crossroads, recovering, after which she was brought to Phoenix in search of her forever home. Unfortunately, it was not to be. After a cancer diagnosis and successful surgery in January 2016, Bunny began the search for her forever family. But, she was selective about who she would let into her life, and the search dragged on for many months. She had several successful introductions, but none were the right family for our special girl.

After a valley fever diagnosis in July 2017, it was decided that Bunny would spend the rest of her life (however long or short) with one of our staff members. She was put on medication in hopes that we could at least improve her quality of life.

UPDATE 8/1: Bunny stopped eating last night -- very uncommon for our girl who LOVES food. Her favorite person, Katherine, fixed her a late night snack of scrambled eggs and tucked her in for the night ... unfortunately, early the next morning the eggs were there, untouched, and our Bunny was gone. Whether it was the cancer that had reoccurred, or the valley fever that had spread; we will never know. Farewell, my sweet Bunny Rabbit. You will be missed ~ who's going to give everyone a hard time when they come over?
BOGART (aka "Bogie")
Adopted December 2012 ~ Lost to us July 8, 2017


Bogie in Dec 2015 at WGSD fundraiser

Bogie's mom, Eileen wrote, "Today, my sweet prince, Bogie, was peacefully euthanized at home surrounded by his family. He was 13 years old. We had successfully managed his arthritis and declining hips with medication for a long time. We continued to enjoy many walks together over the five years he was our baby but the walks grew shorter and this week there were none. After agonizing over the decision I knew I had to make, I found Dr. Morrison (with Pet Home Euthanasia). She came to our home and provided Bogie with a loving, quiet passage. I am heartbroken but at peace too.

When we first met Bogie, I remember thinking why adopt an 8 year old dog? But, it has truly been the most wonderful thing. I can't begin to tell you how special and sweet this dog was. I will miss him very much. Thank you, Nancy and White German Shepherd Rescue for bringing Bogie into our lives. Thank you.

STRYKER
Adopted February 27, 2006 ~ Lost to us May 15, 2017

Stryker was brought to a vet in Las Vegas by his owner, who requested that the 11 month old, personality plus boy be euthanized due to hip dysplasia. Euthanasia? Not gonna happen!


Arrival in Phoenix

Stryker & Betty

Thanks to our dear friends, Becky & Phil, Stryker was rescued from the vet's office and transported to Phoenix, where he was picked up by White GSD Rescue. He immediately went into foster care with our long-time foster Betty, who saw him through the restricted activity period prescribed by the specialist in Vegas. Once Stryker was allowed to resume normal activity, he was sent for water therapy at Canine Physical Rehabilitation of the Southwest.


 
Water therapy


Shortly thereafter, Stryker was adopted by his forever dad, Robert

On Stryker's passing, Robert wrote: Just wanted to let you know I had to say goodbye to Stryker today. Last 48 hours he couldn't support his back end, wouldn't eat and we found a large mass in his stomach. Again thank you for giving me several wonderful years with him. Robert made a generous donation to White GSD Rescue in loving memory of Stryker ... thank you, Robert for paying it forward and helping other dogs receive the love and care that Stryker did.

TALA (formerly Nevada)
Rescued in 2006 at 18 months ~ Went to Rainbow Bridge 2/13/2017
 
Tala was rescued, along with her male counterpart, Weiss, from a kill shelter in Pasadena, California, in April of 2006. She was subsequently adopted by her forever parents, Art and Peggy. An email from her dad in February 2017, said, "Just wanted to let you know that we sent our beautiful, loving, protective Tala to the Rainbow Bridge about an hour ago. She had lost most of both her front and back legs...plus her bowel control. She was not in any pain. She was loved strongly...and she had a good 10+ years with us...and we are grateful to you for providing her to us." ~Art
ON ANGEL'S WINGS VON JOY
12/17/04 ~ 2/2/2017

When Angel and Crystal's owner (a dear friend of one of our staff member's) died in Minnesota in September 2013, there was no one to step up and care for Angel and her "sister," Crystal. With winter closing in fast on Minnesota, it was imperative that the dogs make their way to Phoenix, and fast!!


Angel (right) and her sister, Crystal, in happier times

If we could get the girls to Kansas City, they could catch a flight to Denver, where they would be met by our dear friend, Michelle, of Sno-Capped Shepherd Rescue. A plea was posted for transport for the two girls, and our favorite rescue transport coordinator, Katrina, stepped up to help! Katrina moved the girls as far as Kansas City, where they jumped on the CARE wagon and made their way to Colorado. After an overnight stay in Colorado with Michelle, the girls were delivered to the airport and flown to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where they spent the night with Dave. The next morning, the girls completed the final leg of their journey to White German Shepherd Rescue in Phoenix.

Once the girls arrived safely, they were listed for adoption -- but finding someone to take on two fully grown shepherds is not an easy task, and we were faced with the dilemma of whether or not they would have to be separated.


In answer to our prayers, Chriss applied to adopt both girls! It seemed like a match made in heaven ... and it was.

Adoption Day!

Even as Angel's back legs began to fail her, Chriss made sure that that didn't stop or slow her down one bit. Our thanks to Mickey and Dave for the loan of the cart. Angel LOVED it!

In the end, Chriss wrote: "My sweetest Angel went to Heaven last night. She fought a brave battle and persevered through all of her challenges. She was the strongest soul I have ever known. I will miss her and love her forever ... thank you for all your help in bringing her to me! ...She is back with her first mommy now, running and jumping!"

LUNA (formerly Hannah)
Rescued in January 2010 (age unknown) ~ Went to Rainbow Bridge New Year's Eve 2016
ADAM
Rescued in January 2007 ~ Went to Rainbow Bridge December 2016
FOX
Rescued in July 2015 (age unknown) ~ Went to Rainbow Bridge November 4, 2016

Found in a local kill shelter, we couldn't have saved Fox without her foster mom, Christina, who stepped up to foster Fox, sight unseen, and wound up keeping her when she couldn't bear to give her up. Our profound thanks go out to her for giving Fox more than a year of life (and a good life it was) that she would not have otherwise had. Goodbye, sweet Fox.

Fox's Facebook Page

SAMI
(formerly Princess)
Rescued in January 2009 (age unknown) ~ Went to Rainbow Bridge September 3, 2016

Sami and her tiny family of four were rescued from a high kill shelter in California after being dumped (almost full term pregnant) by her uncaring owner. We knew from experience that the chance for the puppies' survival was very slim (puppies born in a shelter environment rarely survive), but we wanted to give them all a chance and, at the very least, offer Sami a new lease on life in Phoenix.

We found Princess pretty much as we had been told -- frozen solid with fear and very depressed -- but taking excellent care of her babies. We brought her to Phoenix with high hopes, but by the end of January, all four of the puppies had succumbed to whatever they had picked up at the shelter, and Princess herself was struggling.

By the time the end of March rolled around, Sami was healthy, spayed, up-to-date on shots and ready to rock and roll with a new family. In stepped our dear friend, volunteer and supporter, Di, and her pack (Shiloh & Missy) to offer Sami a place of her own. She accepted on the spot!!


Missy was kind enough to share her "laundry basket" bed


The pack has changed slightly over the years, now consisting of Buddy and Zenith, but Sami doesn't mind having a new brother and sister

We are eternally grateful to Di and her pack for giving our little Sami the loving home she wanted and so richly deserved. She wasn't a shepherd by any stretch of the imagination ... but she didn't know that...

SID
Rescued from AZ Humane in May 2005 ~ Went to Rainbow Bridge August 15, 2016

The memorial you never want to write is the one about your own dog ... the one you rescued, fought for, struggled with, cried over, and the one whose barrier you finally broke through, simply because you were more stubborn than he was and, of course, because you loved him. Sid's capture by the Arizona Humane Society was featured on Animal Planet Heroes - Phoenix in 2005. It was not until I watched the show (well after Sid was already a member of my family) that I saw how wild Sid was and what it took to capture him - he had to be shot with a tranquilizer gun!


Our first view of Sid at AHS

When we went to the AHS to evaluate Sid, we were told that he simply sat in his kennel, refusing to walk or move under his own power. His ears were so badly infected that they simply would not stand; we honestly believed he would be deaf, but he surprised us and only had "selective deafness" when we got the infections cleared up. When we met him, they carried him into the lobby. After submitting to my petting for a short period of time, he moved away and into a corner. No sooner had I uttered the words to Bert, "I don't think we're going to be able to help this one," Sid slowly walked across the lobby floor (moving under his own power for the first time to the amazement of the AHS staff) and placed his muzzle in Bert's cupped hand. I was hooked! We named Sid after Sid, the sloth, in the movie "Ice Age," because his picture seemed to say to us (as Sid says in the movie), "Doesn't anybody love me? Doesn't anybody care?" We cared and took Sid home.

Sid lived his first few months in my home office, which is our "quarantine" ward. He delighted at the constant company and attention that he was afforded and made himself at home right away on my office sofa.


Posing for the Animal Planet crew

Sid was with us for months. Animal Planet came back and did a follow-up on him and when we felt it was time, he was put up for adoption. Little did we know that Sid had other ideas. Every time we tried to introduce him to a prospective family, as soon as we put Sid's leash into their hands, he would buck like a bronco and refuse to go with them! After the third such display in as many months, my heart broke for him and I could no longer submit him to what he obviously viewed as torture. Sid was mine and home to stay.


A reluctant student at Boot Camp

Home for Christmas

So proud of the vest Sara made for him

He was a crowd pleaser

Katherine with Shadia, Sid, Sara and Corey after the Veterans Day Parade

"Sid was our ambassador and the symbol of what rescue is all about. He was our triumph and a reminder of why we do what we do. He was my special goofball; he passed quietly on a Monday morning. I was privileged to be his forever mom for more than 11 years and I will miss him more than I can ever say. There will never be another one like him; of that I am certain." ~Nancy


Ain't it the truth?

A poem written in memory of Sid

YUMA ANNIE
Rescued in February 2000 ~ Went to Rainbow Bridge July 8, 2016

Annie & her best friend
BELLA ANGEL
Rescued in April 2011 ~ Went to Rainbow Bridge July 2016

Bella Angel graduates from obedience school
MAUI (formerly "Mary")
Adopted in 2011 ~ Went to Rainbow Bridge May 31, 2016

Maui came to us from a shelter in Lake Elsinore, California, along with her fursister, Rose. Maui was fostered, and then adopted by her wonderful family. With them she experienced many adventures, and led the life we had dreamed of for her.


On adoption day

At the beach

In the forest

Poolside at home

At (or in) the lake

In the mountains

Best place of all ~ home

From Maui's family: "Sadly, we had to let Maui go yesterday. Her 2 month battle with cancer was getting the best of her. With declining health and no more quality of life we made the difficult decision before she had any pain or suffering. We did not want her to experience that. ...We tried our best to give her a wonderful life and hope that we succeeded somewhat. As part of our family, she knew safety, comfort and love. Maui went many places with us, including out to eat, hikes, day trips, numerous vacations and camp trips (of course anything with water was her favorite). Maui had a fur brother and then sister whom she loved and they loved her. Sorry to have such sad news. We want to thank you again for saving her for us. Our lives were so much richer having her in it and she will be missed more than words can say." Himes family

NIKI
Adopted in December 2003 ~ Went to Rainbow Bridge May 9, 2016

Pulled from a Los Angeles shelter in October 2003

Niki was fostered and then adopted by Lisa

Niki with Lisa's cat, Cujo

When we found Niki, she had been dumped, along with her puppies. Rescued and brought to Phoenix, her coat was like straw, but that didn't stop Lisa from scooping her up and making her welcome in her home the moment she saw her. It soon became clear that Niki had already found her forever with Lisa.


With Lisa's love, Niki blossomed
RASCAL
Adopted in 2007 ~ Lost to us 4/3/2016

A love affair from the start

Adopted for Christmas

Always her first love & protector

Rascal came to us from Yuma -- a rescue friend of ours, Cyndi, had spotten a bloody Rascal coming out of her vet's office with his owner. She stopped and asked if the owner was interested in finding a rescue for her dog and, thankfully, she was. To say that Rascal was a handful was an understatement, but in Dorothy's hands, he was a completely different dog. He adored her. He chose her as his person and gave her his all. He was her protector and heart dog until epilepsy finally took him from her.


Rascal in his prime

A picture is worth a thousand words ...

Never was a dog more loved ... You fought bravely, Rascal. Rest in Peace. Dorothy will meet you at Rainbow Bridge ... some day.
BUDDY

While not a white GSD by any stretch of the imagination, Buddy was loved nonetheless by our friend, adopter and volunteer Sara. "Buddy was left with me by a friend for dog sitting, and never got picked up. He was at least 12 years old, and I loved him very much. He was my felly. He became sick suddenly, and crossed to the bridge within an hour on March 3, 2016."
KING TUT
Adopted in 2011 ~ Lost to cancer 11/13/2015

Pulled from a California kill shelter in November of 2012, King was adopted by his forever family in early February of 2013. Sadly, he was diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer. His younger sister, Tilly, is lost without him, as are his forever folks, Jeff and Lauren.
KEVIN
Adopted in 2009 ~ Lost to cancer 11/13/2015


Kevin was rescued from the Westside shelter in June of 2009. At his first foster home with Betty, Kevin blossomed in the company of Betty's menagerie. But, in less than a month, Kevin found his heart's desire -- a family of his own. Scott and Kynah stepped up and offered Kevin a home...and what a home it was ~ first in Scottsdale and then to the rural mountains of Colorado.
 
At intake

Kevin with foster Betty
 
Kevin loved to run in the park with Kynah

Hamming it up with Kynah

Kevin became the happy boy we had always hoped he would be, thanks to Scott and Kynah.


At home in Colorado with sister Lexi


No dog could have been more adored... Farewell, big fella. You will be missed.

BOBBY
Adopted in 2013 ~ Lost to cancer 11/4/2015
 
Bobby was adopted in November 2013 and spent the last 2 years of her life as a "snowbird," wintering in Phoenix and summering in Washington. She loved her life as a traveling "motor home dog" and will be sorely missed by her loving family, the Moores.
BRIO (formerly Krypto)
Adopted in 2009 ~ Lost to cancer 9/9/2015

Our profound thanks to Debbie, for making Brio the king of her castle

From Debbie: "He was a big, hysterical, (sometimes) destructive force of nature, but underneath all that crazy was a sweet boy that never hurt a fly. He added a huge amount of energy to my home and I miss him a lot."

ROBBY
Adopted in 2013 ~ Lost to us 9/6/2015

Robby was diagnosed with a heart murmur, but that didn't stop Roger from adopting him in 2013. Robby was sent to Rainbow Bridge by a speeding vehicle on an otherwise deserted street in the early morning hours of Labor Day weekend Sunday.

From Roger: "What a guy he was! As my neighbor put it, 'His entuusiasm and zest for life were contagious. I have never seen any creature enjoy life more. We will miss his happy face." Yes, we will.

SAMSON (formerly Andrew)

Samson was pulled from the westside shelter in 2013 and adopted shortly thereafter. Sadly, he was lost in July 2015 after a short but devastating illness.

Samson's adopters wrote: "I am sorry to say that 23 months after getting our big, beautiful Samson from a rescue group, he suddenly and very unexpectedly had to be put down yesterday. He was only 6 years old.

The weekend was filled with family and joy as we celebrated Michelle's 'White Coat' ceremony. Samson was in the thick of it and loving all the attention, but staying on guard duty and charging to the door when ever the door bell rang. He did have a slight cough and we were going to have him seen on Monday. Monday morning our poor boy could not walk or stand. We rushed him to the ER and a chest X-ray revealed many small tumors throughout his lungs. The doctors believe the tumors were a secondary cancer from an unknown primary. The absolute only recommendation was euthanasia, that day. We brought him home in Richie's arms, to say goodbye to his human and fur family and then we took that long last ride.

To say we are devastated is an understatement. This boy, though with us such a short time, made a immense impact on us all. I have never felt more connected to a dog in my life, and we have had some great ones. Our love for him was profound and now our sense of loss is as well.

I just want to add that he was smart, always doing his job of protecting, loving and filled with enthusiasm for life. Every morning he would be so excited, big tail knocking everything down and pushing into me for affection. I would always say with the enthusiasm he gave me, 'Good morning beautiful boy, good morning my Samson!' :)"

TOMMY

Pulled from one of the worst (and highest kill) shelters in CA, Tommy (one of our first "golden" shepherds ~ at left above in happier times) found forever in August of 2011. Sadly, he was lost to cancer in 2015.
ICE (formerly Ajo)

Ice was pulled from the Ajo substation of Pima County AC&C and adopted by his forever family in 2011. Sadly, he was lost to bloat in July 2015.
CRYSTAL (formerly Christol)

Crystal & best friend Gem

 
Pulled from a California shelter after her owners surrendered her due to a move, Crystal was transported to Arizona and quickly found joy with a new family in early 2011. Her forever was not as long as we hoped it would be ... she was diagnosed with IMHA (Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia) in October of 2014 and her heartbroken family made the difficult decision to let her go. According to her folks, "She was a beautiful, sweet girl. Her fur-sister, Gem will also miss her very much. They were so close & great friends. Thank-you for taking this beautiful girl in that she became a part of our family. We will all miss her." Don & Dawn J & Gem

DEXTER (aka Gentle Ben)
    
We are saddened beyond works to hear that our "Gentle Ben" (adopted in 2003 and renamed "Dextranamous Blanc Duke of Dogmalia") passed away in his sleep on September 4, 2014. Dexter and his young owner, Hannah, went everywhere together.
TONI

Adopted in December of 2006, Toni lost her battle to cancer in July of 2014. From her adoptive family, "Last week, Toni lost her battle to Cancer of the spleen and liver. We are missing her greatly and she was a cherished member of our family for the past 7 1/2 years. She leaves behind her WGSD companion Charlie who is missing her greatly! Toni was a sweet little girl who loved to swim in the pool and she took many trips to the dog beach in San Diego where she loved to play and swim in the surf! She loved life and really had a good 'ole time. Thank you for bringing her into our lives. Toni will be forever in our hearts." Rod and Gina

Toni's parents have made a generous donation to our rescue in memory of Toni. Thank you!

BRONCO
  
Pulled from a Tucson shelter near death by devoted mom Sara, senior Bronco wasn't expected to last the week, let alone three and a half years. He had the best years of his life thanks to Sara. The patriach of her pack will be sorely missed. Fare well, old man.
PEARL

Adoption Day

She loved her dad...

...and Lay's potato chips

Dressed for Halloween

Definitely the queen

Celebrating her birthday in 2014
Pulled from the Lied shelter in Las Vegas in 2008, Pearl was fostered and ultimately adopted by our dear friends Becky and Phil in 2010. She was a character without comparison and loved beyond words. You will be missed by all who knew you...
ZACK
    
Our condolences to WGSDR volunteer and dear friend, Traci, on the loss of her adopted white GSD Zack (adopted from WGSDR in 2006). We couldn't have asked for a better home or a more loving owner for one of our furkids. Thank you, Traci.
SHEBA (Formerly Beckie from Lied in Vegas)
 
Adopted by her foster dad Ralph in February 2008, Sheba led the life of a queen until her sudden demise in January 2014
CHILLY
 
Adopted in January 2008 ~ lost to cancer July 2013
SHAWNEE

Our condolences go out to adopters Amaya & Aitana on the loss of Shawnee, who came to us after our staff member did a Petfinder search (for no particular reason), and found a white GSD in a shelter in Idaho by the name of Shawnee. Having lost contact with her dear friend in Idaho who had a white GSD by the name of Shawnee exactly the same age, the struggle was on to identify Shawnee (she was, in fact, the friend's dog), reclaim Shawnee (our staff member was actually her co-owner) and bring her to Arizona. Upon arriving in Phoenix, Shawnee met and stole the hearts of Amaya and her family in February 2004. Farewell, sweet girl. We wish you as much happiness as you have brought to your family...
BASIA
  
Our condolences to WGSDR volunteer and dear friend, Traci, and to Zack (adopted from WGSDR in 2006) on the loss of their kitty friend, Basia
CARIE GRACE

Carie Grace was found in a California shelter in September 2012, being held as "evidence" in an abuse/neglect case -- but what the shelter did was far worse than Carie Grace's owner ever did...they sat back and watched her grow worse every day.


We were finally able to secure Carie Grace's release! Thanks to Tric who stepped up to foster Carie Grace in California until she was well enough for transport.

 
In late November, Carie Grace was transported from California to Phoenix and into the arms of her anxiously awaiting foster mom, Dorothy. Under Dorothy's care, Carie Grace thrived and became a beautiful, loving senior. Ultimately, Dorothy made the decision to adopt Carie Grace, and we couldn't have been happier.

Carie Grace died on the evening of December 2, 2013, in the loving hands of her foster/adoptive mom Dorothy. We know, without a doubt, that Carie Grace was loved more in the last year of her life than she ever had been. God speed, beautiful girl. Our best gift to you was your new mom, Dorothy. No one could have loved you more...

JINGLES (formerly Jennie)
 
 
Jingles came to us from The Animal Foundation of Las Vegas. She came very close to being a "foster failure" for one of our staff members, but was ultimately adopted in December of 2004 by her forever mom Kristie. Jingles lead a life we can only dream of for our rescue dogs. Rest in Peace, Jingles. We hope there are tennis balls in heaven... From Jingles' forever mom, "It is with great sadness that I tell you Jingles crossed the Rainbow Bridge today. She was a wonderful companion to my every day for 9 years. Her unconditional love, goofy personality, and all the joy she brought me will always be remembered. Thank you, Nancy, for helping me adopt Jingles." Kristie

CHRISTMAS 2013: Jingles' mom has made a donation to White GSD Rescue in her memory: "In memory of my beautiful white princess. you live on in my heart."

GRANDPA FREDDY
  
Saved from death by a fellow rescue group, we were asked to take Freddy on in January of 2013. Once Sara spotted him, she had to have him...she gave him the best 10 months of his life. No dog could have asked for more. Bye, bye, Freddy. We'll see you again.
CARSON

Carson came to us in January of 2005 from a high kill shelter in California

 
Carson on day of rescue and on adoption day


No dog could have been more loved


In 2009, Carson was inducted into the White German Shepherd Dog Club International's Hall of Fame for saving the life of his adoptive family

Carson lost his battle with cancer in August 2013 ~ we will miss your big heart ... you are our hero. Rest in Peace gallant one. From his mom, Jean, "Thank you again for the work that you do and for giving me the opportunity to feel the joy and happiness this boy brought into my life and the unconditional love he has always shown."

Carson's mom, Jean, has made a donation to White GSD Rescue in Carson's honor. Thank you, Jean. You gave Carson the home we had hoped for for him.

TETON

Teton came to us after a California breeder placed him in northern California and then failed to keep track of him. After being placed by another rescue, then turned in to a kill shelter, Teton found his way to White German Shepherd Rescue in early 2009, and ultimately to his forever home. We are saddened beyond words to learn that Teton's forever was cut short due to lymphoma on July 3, 2013. No dog could have asked for more love than Teton found with his forever family. Rest in Peace sweet boy. You will be missed...
ZENA

Pulled from a high kill shelter in Las Vegas at the age of four, Zena found forever in early 2006. She was sent to the bridge on December 13, 2012. Safe journey brave girl.
LUKE
Reborn 8/15/10 - 11/15/12

After Luke's owner was sent to prison, so was Luke. He wound up at the Carrollton, Texas shelter, with little hope of survival...until his Guardian Angels came together to save him.

Allison spotted Luke and asked for our help

He was flown to Flagstaff from
Carrollton in the fall of 2010

When Sara saw him, she knew she had to have him...

...the rest of the family agreed

Hurry, mom, I hear the ice cream man coming!

Doin' the "shepherd shuffle" with mom

His life with his new family may not have been the longest, but it was the best time of his life. No dog could have been more loved...
CHEKOTA
  
 
Picked up in Wickenburg in July of 2005 after her owner passed away, shy little Chekota found sanctuary with the Eisen family until her passing on October 28, 2012, at the age of 11. Kota's parents, Marc and Eileen, have made a donation to WGSDR in her memory for which we are eternally grateful.
SHANE (formerly Amos)
  
Rescued from the Apache Junction shelter in January of 2008, Amos found his forever family (and a new name) with the Daniels just a few months later. He left for Rainbow Bridge on October 7, 2012, after suffering a suspected hermangiosarcoma. We're sure the others heard you coming at the Bridge...we'll see you again one day.
SCOUT
  
Rescued from the Arizona Humane Society early in the summer of 2010, White GSD Rescue staff members fought hard for Scout's life when he became very ill shortly thereafter. After many weeks, Scout finally showed signs of improvement and, miracle of miracles, he was adopted by Sarah in early September. Our joy was to be relatively short lived when, on August 7, 2012, less than 2 years after finding his forever mom, Scout was sent to the bridge after a diagnosis of advanced bone cancer. He and Sarah spent his last morning enjoying a walk through the park together -- with Scout on heavy doses of steroids and pain medication -- after which Sarah held Scout as he left us. Be well, sweet boy.
KORI
11/11/2003 - 2/5/2012

Dumped at the eastside shelter as a puppy in the summer of 2004, Kori showed us the meaning of the old saying..."One man's trash is another man's treasure."
 
Soon after her rescue, it was discovered that Kori had megaesophagus (a deformity of the esophagus that makes eating difficult and throwing up a way of life). Her chances for adoption seemed slim...until Sara found her.

She learned to eat standing on her hind legs...

...and was spoiled by her mom

Against all odds, she grew into a beautiful adult

She guarded her home against all intruders

From time to time she'd borrow mom's car to take Ohso and Qapa for ice cream

And always stood watch for mom to come home from work

We will miss you, Kori Doodle
Kori passed away in her sleep at almost 9 years of age. The life expectancy of a "mega dog" is 2 years. Kori beat all the odds and was truly her mom's treasure.
RUDI (formerly Randy)

We have told the story often of the day long ago when we conducted Rudi (then Randy's) home visit in 2004. The home was immaculate...not a speck of dust or dog hair to be found. To our staff member, this did not bode well for a GSD that sheds year-round. The potential adopter sat on the kitchen floor with Rudi and began stroking his beautiful coat; our staff member winced as she saw the large ball of fur that was accumulating on Rudi's back...more with each stroke of her hand. We saw doom...but the adopter saw gold and began sprinkling the fur around the floor stating, "I've really missed dog hair." The adoption was approved on the spot. Rudi left for the Bridge in November 2010.
LOGAN
 
Logan and his mom, Lana, were rescued in December 2005. Logan immediately captivated Graeme and Valerie, who fostered then adopted the little white ball of energy. Sadly, Logan was lost to Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia on February 4, 2011.

"Logan you made us smile everyday and we will miss your smiling, happy eyes and wet kisses. You gave us so much in your short life and we will never forget you." Love, Mom, Dad & fursister Spice

CAPRI

Adopted from our rescue in November of 2004, Capri (formerly Isis) led the life of a queen until her untimely death in late January 2011 from a ruptured splenetic mass. Her mom, Jen, and furbrother Duke are lost without her.
BABY GIRL
Baby was adopted by her forever family in April of 2007. She was their pride and joy, and they treated her like a princess. In the winter of 2010, the family home was foreclosed upon, and the family was forced to move into a rental that did not allow dogs. Faced with the prospect of returning Baby Girl to our rescue, the family pleaded with their new landlord and scraped together the cash to allow Baby Girl to move with them. All was well, but Baby Girl did not understand the move and, as her German Shepherd loyalty compelled her to do, she tried to return to the former family home. Her family frantically searched for her; she was found by the side of the road, still wearing her Christmas sweater. Christmas was not joyful in this family's home this year.
SASHA
Adopted from our rescue in 2005, "Sasha developed from quite a fearful state to being a calm but nicely timid friend. Our daily walks were a wonderful way to start or end the day. Not surprisingly, because of her beauty she provided a positive moment in the lives of the many, many people we met on the walks or pulled their cars over and commented on what a beautiful dog she was! Since Charlene works from home, Sasha was always ready to be a friend when things got frustrating with work and in any case always made Charlene and me happy simply by her presence. We miss her greatly, but have wonderful memories." (With love from her forever folks, Ken & Charlene)
KEENA

Keena & best buddy Boomer

Our condolences go out to the Todd family on the loss of Keena, adopted from our rescue 7 years ago.

"She was a good girl to the end."

SUGAR

Pulled from the eastside shelter in June of 2005, after spending some time at Sheriff Joe's MASH Unit, Sugar was fostered then adopted by her forever family. She lost her brief battle with cancer at Christmastime 2010.
HERCULES

Adopted November 2009 - August 8, 2010

We are saddened beyond words to add another of our dear friend Sara's rescued furpack to our memorial page. Hercules, who was turned into a shelter in Los Angeles in October of 2009, was fostered and then adopted by Sara. Herc lived a king's life until he was called to Rainbow Bridge early this morning after a brief illness.

OHSO
Adopted June 6, 2004 - April 26, 2010

We share in the loss of our beloved OhSo. Saved from the Apache Junction shelter by a staff member and loved beyond words by her forever mom, Sara.

Rest in peace joyful girl. The forever home we found for you was beyond our expectations. We will continue to make sure that all of our rescue furkids are are lucky as you...

KIA
(formerly "Wendy")
Our hearts go out to the Hale Family on their sudden loss of Kia (formerly Wendy), saved from a California shelter in September, and adopted from our rescue in January 2010.

Kia was diagnosed with an intestinal tumor and went to Rainbow Bridge on May 5, 2010, to await her forever family.

SOFIE MAE
(formerly "Lisa")

Our condolences to Kathy & Jerry K on the untimely death of Sophie Mae (formerly Lisa)...Jerry shared her "starlet" photo with us, and we share it with you here...
R.I.P.

Surfer
R.I.P.

Katie
CONNER
Our condolences go out to our foster mom/volunteer/adopter/supporter and dear friend, Dorothy on the loss of Conner.

Conner was rescued from a Las Vegas shelter in July of 2006. At that time, we were told she was about 3 to 5 years old. Conner was placed with Dorothy in November of that year (picture at left), and when it came time for introductions to prospective adopters, Dorothy could not bear to see her go and so Conner joined her family. When Conner became ill in November 2009, a vet gave us the startling news that Conner was not the age we had been told, but was at least 12 years old. Conner passed away on December 1st after a brief illness.
 

WGSDR wishes to express our condolences to the von Sonnwalden family on the loss of husband, father and Yuma's (formerly Snow White) adoptive dad, Michael


Rest in Eternal Peace

Our deep appreciation to the friends of the von Sonnwalden family who sent donations to our rescue in Michael's memory:

John & Deborah Letcher
Tom & Louise Clark
Ulrich & Candice Warnat
Fran Iversen
Patricia Hemingway
Herrod & Kawahakut Families
Margret Burke
Dave & Mary Matako
Linda & Robert Perone
Carol Tucker
B.J. Coopes & Paul Williams
Kathy & Kaye Bells

QUAPA
 
 We grieve with foster mom and volunteer Sara on the loss of her best friend, Qapa on November 12, 2009.

Sara is pictured at left with Ohso (adopted from our rescue in 2004), Kori (adopted from our rescue in 2004) and Qapa
 

EUTHANIZED AT THE SHELTER

Beth
Beth was found in the Harbor Animal Care & Control Shelter in western Los Angeles. We agreed to take her and had transport in place when we were informed that Beth had been euthanized. We're not sure what happened as a rescue's name was on her and the shelter KNEW we had committed to taking her. According to a Coastal GS Rescue volunteer, who was helping us get Beth out of Harbor AC&C, her death was "basically an error...someone did not input [into the computer] that we were picking up. They had us as an interest but that was it. They euthed her when closed on Monday. We had just been there on Saturday...so sad. They said she stopped responding to flagyl and had very bad bloody diarrhea." So, a combination of events prevented Beth from coming to Phoenix in search of her forever home. We don't know that we could have helped her, but we feel cheated that we were not given the opportunity to try.
MAXIMILIAN
 
Maxx (formerly Elvis) came to us via the Arizona Humane Society in October 2008. Grossly overweight with edema in his rear legs, his future looked pretty bleak...that is until Arlene came into his life. She took Maxx on as her project, vowing to get him into shape and healthy--and she did. Maxx lost a lot of weight and the swelling almost disappeared. His future finally had turned around, until early May 2009, when Max wound up in the emergency clinic with what was finally diagnosed as a bleeding ulcer (xrays also revealed that Maxx had been SHOT--his body was riddled with buckshot). He was given 36 hours at most. But, Maxx rallied and was able to go on a family outing the following weekend to Potato Lake. According to Arlene, during the outing he was happy and full of energy and everyone thought that the worst was behind him. However, it was not to be. On May 12th, Maxx woke up and decided he had had enough. He passed quietly.

"I didn't have him very long but he was loved like no other dog. I will miss him so much. Aspen and I are better for having met him. He will be forever etched in our memories and thoughts. Thanks for giving us the opportunity to spend some time with him. He was a gentle giant. Arlene


Maxx on his last family outing

WOOZLE
 
While probably not a German Shepherd of any color, Woozle was in good company...our condolences to her mom, Dorothy, and the remaining members of her pack--Rascal, Conner & Harley
TINSEL ... R.I.P.

BABY

Baby was rescued by Sara out of the Tucson shelter in August of 2006. She was earmarked to come to Phoenix in search of her forever home, but Sara couldn't bear to part with her. On February 16, 2009, Sara helped Baby on her journey to Rainbow Bridge.
Bear (formerly George) came to our rescue in early June of 2007 from the Westside Shelter

From Diane who picked him up at the shelter, to Pat the Dog Lady who gave him a temporary place to go, to Betty who offered him a foster home until he ultimately found his forever home with Jane, Bear touched us all. Good bye, Bear-Bear. We'll miss you.
Claire and Conner were rescued from a Las Vegas high kill shelter in July 2006. She was soon adopted by her forever family -- Maggie, Hannah, Stephanie & JT.



Claire died from complications of Valley Fever on August 17, 2008. She was taken from her family much too soon, but we take comfort in the fact that she lived the last years of her life doing what she loved best -- loving and protecting her family.

Lily
 
Click on the photos to read about Lily's rescue, rehabilitation & adoption
Bailey

Click on the photo to read about Bailey
Cheyenne
Adopted September 20, 2003

Cheyenne was surrendered by her owner in September of 2003 and adopted by the Johnson family. She died in her sleep on her favorite bed on July 5, 2008.
Lucy
Adopted September 28, 2003

Lucy walked into a Peoria retirement home in early September 2003, where she was found (and hidden from management) by one of the caretakers. Happily, she was adopted by the Russell Family of Yuma. Lucy died in her sleep on August 10, 2008.
Winston

Foster Mom Betty never could resist a senior, and Winston was no exception. Deserted at a shelter by his owner, he lived the last months of his life receiving more love and attention than he had ever had. We'll miss you, Winston.
CANDY
   
DOB Unknown - June 4th, 2007
Candy, Candace, Sister, Sissy, Sister Matussa, Wolf Dog, My Beauty, My Girl, Miss Big Lips... My Sun, Moon and Stars.

You took away my heartache when Bensen left and it is now replaced with the very loss of you.

We tried so hard to teach you love, trust and what it's like to be in a real family. You brought us so much joy; seeing you come out of your shell. Seeing you go to the toy box for the first time and taking out a toy, learning to enjoy a soft couch, or skipping playfully in the yard. And what we wouldn't give to hear you harass the cats once more and make them scatter for cover.

You were an angel and didn't deserve all that life dealt you. We are sorry that love alone couldn't save you from the cancer. We hope that our too-short time together made up for some of your previous suffering. We hope that you are finally in peace and free from any pain. Tearfully, we will bear the sorrow of your loss if it means that you are happy and healthy again. We love you, Sissy. You are my #1 Girl.

Jeff & I wish to express deepest gratitude to Nancy & Bert at White German Shepherd Rescue for bringing us together with our girl, Dermatologist Dr. Mitchell Song for controlling her allergies, Jeffrey & Karen Flocker for helping her mobility, Dr. Beth Dutton, Dr. Tracy Wight, Dr. Karen Claus, Dr. Marnie Duplissis and Oncologist Dr. Betsy Hershey. You all made a difference in her life and we are very appreciative. She was a very special girl.

SHANE (aka SCHOEN)
1997 to March 15, 2008
 

Adopted as a senior in early April of 2007 by Gerry and Lynn, Shane led the life of a princess until her untimely death from hermangioscarcoma. No senior could have asked for a better home in her twilight years. She was a puppy at heart to the end...
ASPEN

Could you dump this beautiful face? If you are looking at this site, I doubt it. But this boy's family had no problem doing just that. Aspen was a 10 year old purebred white GSD who had been with his current family all of his life. The family "got tired of having him around" and brought him to their vet to be euthanized. A tech at the vet's office refused to let that happen and called our rescue for help. Unfortunately, Aspen took a very unexpected turn for the worse just before he was to be placed into his forever home and the determination was made to let him go to end his suffering. With his adoption pending, it's devastating for us to know that he never got to see his forever home. We do draw some comfort from the fact that he did not die with his uncaring family, but in a place where he was loved and well taken care of. Our thanks go out to Sara and the staff at Academy West for being there for Aspen and caring enough to do the best for him, and to Kate, who was willing to be Aspen's forever mom.

GAMBLE
Gamble was rescued from the Lied (Las Vegas) Shelter in July, 2006. He initially did well and was finally (after a month) ready for his neuter surgery. Unfortunately, the surgery turned out to be a disaster for Gamble and despite all efforts, he passed away four days later of an unknown blood coagulation problem. Our only consolation is that he did not die in that hell hole of a shelter, but with people who cared about and loved him.
Yuma was quarantined as a "biter" by the Yuma Humane Society for several weeks before he came to our rescue. We normally turn away "bite dogs" but what we found was not a bite dog, but a wonderfully social and outgoing 11 month old lover boy who, right up until the end, greeted every human with a wag of his tail. He succumbed 5 short days after we rescued him to a combination of pneumonia, an upper respiratory infection and possibly tick fever. This was NO BITE DOG. He died knowing he was loved and cared for, not euthanized in a shelter with the stigma of being a "biter." Kristi was rescued from the same Las Vegas shelter as Gamble, but what we didn't know at the time was that she had been spayed at the shelter while suffering from kennel cough. After just a few days with us, Kristi developed a 106 degree fever. Diagnosis: pneumonia. Although we fought for many days and nights trying to save her, in the end we had to let her go and even then her tail was still wagging. We won't forget you, sweetheart. (Afternote: Shortly after Kristi was taken from the LV shelter, the shelter was taken over by the US Humane Society due to disease. All animals in the shelter were euthanized and the shelter closed. It has since reopened under what we can only hope are better conditions.)

Anna was rescued from the Dewey Las Vegas Shelter. We lost her due to complications from her spay surgery and possible distemper within 24 hours of her rescue.

Zane was rescued from the Phoenix East Side Shelter. He was lost to distemper.
Musket was a young male white GSD whose owner had turned him in to the Humane Society as being aggressive with strangers. Although we tried to work with him, the abandonment by his owner was just too much for Musket and he became too possessive of his foster and could not be controlled when anyone or anything outside of his foster family was around -- 2-footed or 4, it didn't matter. Sadly, we had to send Musket to Rainbow Bridge in July, 2004. We were just too afraid that someone was going to get hurt. If only his original owners had invested the time to properly socialize this beautiful, loving and loyal boy...we're sorry, Musket. Alex was a 9 month old white GSD rescued from the Apache Junction Shelter in December 2003. After a brief but devastating illness (probably distemper coupled with kennel cough), Alex went to Rainbow Bridge on December 22nd.
Vincent was a very laid back, 2 year old neutered male, who was rescued from the Dewey (Las Vegas) Shelter thanks to the efforts of Sue (Las Vegas Sammy Rescue) and Naomi (So NV Aussie & Border Collie Rescue) and many other wonderful people who cared about him. Sue named him Vincent because he had an old injury and was missing part of one ear. Vincent went to Rainbow Bridge on August 11th due to complications from distemper. I hope you find your loving family there. Rest in Peace, sweet boy. Apache was a white German Shepherd / Malamute mix that we rescued from the Apache Junction Shelter in November 2003. She was called unexpectedly to Rainbow Bridge shortly after her rescue, possibly due to distemper. We were proud to be your forever family, even if forever didn't turn out to be as long as we'd hoped for you. Thanks to Bev and to the people at AJ Shelter for trying to give this girl a chance at a better life.

These wonderful dogs will never be forgotten -- some were forgotten and/or discarded by their owners, but never by us or their loving and devoted adopters.

We were proud to have had the opportunity to give you the love you all so richly deserved. In memory of all of our rescued souls, we remind you to HUG YOUR FOUR FOOTED FAMILY MEMBER(s), VACCINATE and:

PLEASE SPAY OR NEUTER YOUR PET!!!
"People who let their dogs and cats have litters in order to show their children the 'miracle of birth' should come witness the 'miracle of death' performed in the back rooms of animal shelters all over the country."

 

Unlike most days at Rainbow Bridge, this day dawned cold and gray, damp as a swamp and as dismal as could be imagined. All of the recent arrivals had no idea what to think, as they had never experienced a day like this before.

But the animals who had been waiting for their beloved people knew exactly what was going on and started to gather at the pathway leading to The Bridge to watch.

It wasn't long before an elderly animal came into view, head hung low and tail dragging. The other animals, the ones who had been there for a while, knew what his story was right away, for they had seen this happen far too often.

He approached slowly, obviously in great emotional pain, but with no sign of injury or illness. Unlike all of the other animals waiting at The Bridge, this animal had not been restored to youth and made healthy and vigorous again.

As he walked toward The Bridge, he watched all of the other animals watching him. He knew he was out of place here and the sooner he could cross over, the happier he would be. But, alas, as he approached The Bridge, his way was barred by the appearance of an Angel who apologized, but told him that he would not be able to pass. Only those animals who were with their people could pass over Rainbow Bridge.

With no place else to turn to, the elderly animal turned towards the fields before The Bridge and saw a group of other animals like himself, also elderly and infirm. They weren't playing, but rather simply lying on the green grass, forlornly staring out at the pathway leading to The Bridge. And so, he took his place among them, watching the pathway and waiting.

One of the newest arrivals at The Bridge didn't understand what he had just witnessed and asked one of the animals that had been there for awhile to explain it to him.

"You see, that poor animal was a rescue. He was turned in to rescue just as you see him now, an older animal with his fur graying and his eyes clouding. He never made it out of rescue and passed on with only the love of his rescuer to comfort him as he left his earthly existence. Because he had no family to give his love to, he has no one to escort him across The Bridge."

The first animal thought about this for a minute and then asked, "So what will happen now?" As he was about to receive his answer, the clouds suddenly parted and the gloom lifted. Approaching The Bridge could be seen a single person, and among the older animals, a whole group was suddenly bathed in a golden light and they were all young and healthy again, just as they were in the prime of life.

"Watch, and see," said the second animal. A second group of animals from those waiting came to the pathway and bowed low as the person neared. At each bowed head, the person offered a pat on the head or a scratch behind the ears. The newly restored animals fell into line and followed her towards The Bridge. They all crossed The Bridge together.

"What happened?"

"That was a rescuer. The animals you saw bowing in respect were those who found new homes because of her work. They will cross when their new families arrive. Those you saw restored were those who never found homes. When a rescuer arrives, they are allowed to perform one, final act of rescue. They are allowed to escort those poor animals that they couldn't place on earth across The Rainbow Bridge."

"I think I like rescuers," said the first animal.

"So does GOD," was the reply.