Miss Maggie (formerly Tinsel from PACC) was saved a year ago on Christmas Eve. She was a sweet senior pittie mix battling diabetes. Tonight she passed in the loving arms of her wonderful foster, who was able to give her the best year of her life! She was definitely one lucky pup to have had such a wonderful foster family, and we can’t thank them enough. Fly free Maggie. You are tired no more.
Aunt Mae (Myrtle)
From wonderful hospice foster Jenifer Day Adams:
“It is with a great deal of sadness that I tell you that Aunt Mae (Myrtle) passed away this morning. She’s been with me for 15 months and in spite of having “old dog” problems like displaysia, and being blind and hard of hearing, she’s had the friendliest and sweetest disposition of any dog I’ve ever met. It’s been an honor to be with her during the last part of her journey here, and I know that the next place will find her spry, and free from pain.”
Thank you for opening your heart and home to this beautiful soul, Jenifer! — Your Bridge family
Dog rescue is not for the faint of heart. There will always be more dogs who need us than we can reach, and there will sadly be some who can’t be saved, rehabilitated or given a good quality of life despite the most valiant efforts. Bridge Rescue has a track record of helping dogs who have already been written off and who have a great deal to overcome. Some dogs steal our hearts at first contact — every dog we bring into our care takes a permanent place there as we grow with them. The fact that they continue to live and love is a huge of joy for all of us.
Sadly, there are days when the kindest, most responsible thing we can do is let a companion stop struggling and let them find peace.
Monty (Roger when we pulled him from the shelter) had a tough hand dealt to him from the beginning. He was a beautiful, fearful and somewhat unpredictable pup. He was scheduled to be euthanized in the spring because he was a bite risk.
We took a chance. Roger went through several weeks of board and train before joining the most generous and patient foster parents we could have asked for. He was renamed Monty — a new name for the start of a new life. He learned to trust his new family and canine siblings and learned what a home and love are all about. It was too short for all of us but still precious to all of us who loved him.
Monty was very ill and ran a high fever — even with IV fluids and intensive treatment it never went back to normal — for over a week and a half. He was in and out of emergency and hospitalized for several of those days. There were a lot of ups and downs: thinking we had lost him, thinking he might recover and then watching him decline again. His behavior deteriorated and he had terrible bouts of aggression, hallucinations and other very troubling neurological symptoms. After numerous negative tests, we determined that his illness was likely a severe case of meningitis. It became clear that even if Monty miraculously survived, his brain was unlikely to ever be healthy again. We decided it was kindest to let him go.
His foster Mom and case manager were with him when he was humanely euthanized. He fell asleep in comfortable, familiar arms knowing that he was very, very loved.
Run free, Monty. We love you, sweet boy.
Saying goodbye to a loved one is never easy, whether you have time to prepare or not. Bridge had to make a very difficult and emotionally fraught decision to say farewell to a wonderful and incredibly loved dog, Davis. He was kind; he was gentle. Davis loved people and dogs alike. He was a hugger, a kisser, and the kind of snuggler who could curl up with you and make all of your stresses and worries melt away. He was a dog who had a lot of chronic anxiety; in his own way, he understood the remarkable therapeutic value of kindness.
In spite of his rough beginnings, Davis had an exceptional capacity for empathy and love. Before coming to Bridge, he was adopted and returned multiple times from our local shelter and suffered from spinal stenosis. He was loved by the volunteers and staff at the shelter and they put their hearts into helping and networking him when he was on the short term rescue list. For them, we are forever grateful (and we know Davis was, too). With Bridge, he found a foster family who loved him deeply, and he returned that love a thousand fold.
Davis ended up being really sick and all medical advice recommended ending his suffering. We’ll miss him, but we know he’s no longer in pain.
We’ll see you in another life, buddy.
Grandma Zoe, you brought so much love and joy to your foster family – we are all thankful for the months we had with you and while you will always be missed, know you’re now at peace and free from pain. Run free, sweet Zoe.
Handsome, gentle George – while you were only part of the Bridge family for the last few weeks of your precious life, we all loved you dearly and we are honored to have known you. Run free, darling.
Dallas – you were loved by everyone who met you. You came to Bridge very ill, and although you eventually succumbed to your illnesses, you brought light and love to the Bridge family. You’ll be forever in our hearts, sweet girl. Run free.