Operating our rescue for the past 20+ years, we have had many losses of the canine kind -- those dogs that were fortunate enough to find their forever families, and those that lived out their lives with us. As we all know, dogs live to love us and pass away much too soon.
We have been so fortunate to count among our supporters many new friends who we have come to consider family. Until recently, we have not had to say farewell to any of these dear friends... But, it is with a heavy heart that we design a new page for our website to say goodbye to those very special people who have become part of our "dog family."
Pat (aka "The Dog Lady")
We met Pat early in our rescue days through our membership in CABRA (Coalition of All-Breed Rescues of Arizona). She was a lovely lady, completely dedicated to her mission in life -- to rescue dogs. When she offered us a place to put our rescue dogs that we did not have foster space for, we immediately took her up on her offer as we knew they would receive the best of care.
She loved the dogs as much as we did
As Pat grew older, we knew she could no longer handle our big dogs, and we knew we had to find alternative places for them. But that did not diminish the friendship that we had shared with Pat over the years. When she could no longer drive, we took her to lunch and did what we could to help her when she needed it. She was a dog person, heart and soul, and we loved her for it. She will be missed more than we could ever explain. Goodbye, "Dog Lady."
Ever the gracious gentleman, we met Ralph in early 2008 when he volunteered to foster one of our dogs. He took Beckie on, renamed her Sheba and adopted her in short order. She was the queen of his castle (and rode proudly in his Jag convertible) until her untimely death in January 2014; almost 6 years to the date that she had come into Ralph's life.
But Ralph could not be without a dog by his side and immediately applied to foster another. When we did a multi-dog transport from California a month later, our first stop was at Ralph's. He took one look at Keelin (renamed Kaia) and never looked back. Ralph knew she was meant to be his ... and she was from that moment on, and spoiled beyond words.
Ralph with Kaia on adoption day and with Heleen
Ralph, Heleen and Kaia at Santa Paws 2014
We are the better for having known Ralph. His kindness, his zest for life, his beautiful smile and, most of all, his love for the dogs we work so hard to save. We mourn his loss along with Ralph's family and his best friend, Heleen, who has made it her mission to keep Kaia safe.
God bless you, Ralph, for all you have given to us who were fortunate enough to have you in our lives.
A huge thank you to Ralph's friends who chose to remember and honor him by making a donation to our rescue: Sue Orischak
Ilene & Bud Shapiro
Andrew & Judith Hall
Willie & Sherry Haupt
Charlotte & Bob Roth
Ned & Mary Thomson
Carl & Carole Schneider
Barbara & Michael Francis
Marvin & Diane Waxman
Judith Bartelstone who wrote, "In memory of Ralph, who never forgot to be kind to the animals."