page is dedicated to the loving mini schnauzer fosters whom we
have had to give up to Rainbow Bridge. We are confident that
one day we will be joyfully reunited with them and will play
with them free of ailment and pain.
We look forward to that day.
Until then, we remember them with love and are happy to have been in
their life to give them whatever comfort we could, for however
long or short that may have been.
She came to us with her daughter. We had hoped they would get
adopted together but Pepper was so much older, 12 1/2 yrs
She liked to hop around the yard with the other dogs and act like she
was keeping up with them. She was quite comical actually and
was a delight to have around.
She stayed with foster mom for a little more than 1 1/2 years. Then her
quality of life became poor, she had doggie
alzheimer, occasionally had seizures, couldn't keep her crate clean,
drank lots and lots of water, and lost a considerable amount of
It was the hardest decision for foster mom to make, but decisions of
unselfish love are always the hardest. The day Pepper came to
her foster home she promised she would take care of Pepper until the
end, thinking, hoping that meant until she was adopted.
Foster mom cared for her until her last breath 1 1/2 years
later and held her while she went home to Rainbow Bridge.
Bandit is a 9 year old charcoal grey/black mini who came to us the
beginning of November. We rescued him from an animal control
shelter with his sister. He was a real sweet, lovable guy,
but a bit on the lethargic side, and kind thin around the waist and
ribs. He didn't look well, but we hoped it was only the
transition from home to shelter since he was an owner
surrender. Once to foster mom's he constantly threw
up. Again we thought maybe it was the new dog food since we
couldn't do the desired slow food transition because at the animal
control shelter they feed whatever they have on hand. So we
fed him our premium dog food and hoped for the best. Foster
mom took him to the vet, watching every penny because our account is at
near zero. The vet said an x-ray is in order because she felt something
near his liver. Dreaded diagnosis, liver cancer. His tumor
was so large it was pushing on his stomach and pushing it up
into his back such that he was basically starving himself,
probably in pain too. This was why he was throwing up every day and had
little or no appetite. Unfortunately, this tumor was growing
before he came to animal control and was rather large by the time our
vet found it. We tried long and hard to get the previous vet
records but to no avail. We could have saved Bandit a lot of
pain and our foster mom heartache if we had had
them. Also we have lost $208 that we cannot use to rescue
another schnauzer who needs a home.
Bandit is now free of pain and foster mom is trying to heal from the
difficult decision of giving him up to Rainbow Bridge. This
is a heart wrenching decision for a foster mom when "rescue" is our