Sadly in rescue, no matter how hard we try, we cannot save them all. Sometimes the universe has other plans. Every loss takes a piece of our hearts with them and reminds us how fragile life truly is. Bull was one such life. At only one year old, he was abandoned at a high kill shelter and within only a few days found himself on the euthanasia list.
We don’t know what it was that caught the attention of so many but, the outpouring of support for this young soul was palpable. The power of social media was proven that day as it connected people from all over the country by the hundreds, all advocating for his reprieve. By stroke of fate, the voices of unity were heard and he was offered a place of safety…his forever home. But it was not meant to be.
Within 24 hours of our confirmed pull, Bull was gone. Mere hours away from his transport from the shelter to his adoptive home, Bull was found lifeless in his kennel; a young and vibrant life taken much too soon for reasons we still don’t understand.
While there is much we don’t know, there is one thing we do know: Bull got into this situation because his owner failed him, setting him up to be exposed to the fear, illness and ultimately fatal ingestion of/or reaction to something perhaps more sinister (albeit accidental) from within the very (shelter) walls where he was supposed to be safe. But we will not let his loss be in vain.
His body may be gone but his memory will live on forever as a representation of LGAR’s commitment to its dogs in life and their remembrance in death. We may not have ever met you Bull, but you will always remain in our hearts. In your name we will continue to fight the good fight, to save your “brothers and sisters” from being silenced before their time. And for those we cannot save, we hope that you will be the light that guides them to their new life over the Bridge. We know we will see you again…someday… but not any time soon. We still have a lot of work to do.
Bull – R.I.P. – March 16, 2016
NO LONGER HERE BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN
To all of our angels, we will see you again one day…
R.I.P.: May 28, 2016
Dumped at the shelter at 14 years of age, we rescued GinGin for a wonderful adopter that wanted to give him the comfort in his twighlight year for as long as possible. But it was not meant to be. His body had simply had enough. He was emaciated, had a ruptured tumor and severe neurological deficiency causing him to circle and fall over to his left side. These were only some of his issues. Sadly, there was much more. Our vet felt that this poor boy was suffering tremendously and that no matter what course of treatment, his outcome would be the same. His body was shutting down and instead of prolonging the inevitable, we chose to let him go in peace. Mercy is a difficult choice but in this case, the right one. He was ready. So we coordinated with our vet to make his transition as tranquil as possible; he was surrounded by people who genuinely cared – for that I am grateful. LGAR will not go on to rant on about how unfair, unjust or pathetic his previous owners are. Believe me, it would not be a pretty rant. Instead, we focus on the fact that GinGin is now free. And we think it mportant to share with our community the backdrop of what happened so we can work together to prevent it from happening again to another – let’s not allow his passing to be in vain. Senior dogs are worthy, period. It is up to us to fight for them right up until the end.
R.I.P.: July 7, 2016
Hard to believe that at only 5-years old this soul is gone; crossed over the bridge to hopefully a world that is much more forgiving and loving than the one he left. We are devastated by the loss of one of our own and can only hope that he is there to greet those that follow whose lives are cut short due to the failure of humans. His eyes warmed our hearts. His love warmed our souls. We will miss you terribly Superstar and wish you peace in your life everafter.
R.I.P.: July 19, 2016
“Poor prognosis given severity of mammary tumors. Consider humane euthanasia if no placement/rescue willing to take on extensive medical problems…” That is what we were told when we pulled sweet Susie into our hospice program. We knew she would not be with us long but we wanted to ensure that whatever time she had on this Earth was filled with love, compassion and the comfort of a family. She died in her fospice moms arms after having a nice dinner and a bunch of belly rubs. She enjoyed her few weeks for sure and we are so thankful that we were able to give her the dignity of crossing pain free and surrounding by those who showed her how much her life mattered.
R.I.P.: August 2, 2016
We suffered a tragic loss in our Pack when Ritchie-Bear, our 17-year-old hospice from the ACC, crossed the Rainbow Bridge. For six months he defied the odds and celebrated an amazing life with an even more amazing foster mom. Unfortunately, his health began to decline over his last few weeks as a result of his Cushing’s disease, cancer, and simply old-age,and he suffered a grand maul seizure on the evening of August 1st. After consultation with our vet partner, it was decided that the most humane thing to do would be to help him cross the Bridge peacefully and without pain. On August 2, at 6:30 PM, he did just that. He was in the arms of his mom and crossed to a place where he will never ever be neglected, abused, or forgotten again. We know he was greeted by the most amazing array of doggy angels that ever was including Bull, Susie, and Superstar. We also have no doubt that he will be watching over his foster mommy for the rest of her days and will forever be grateful for all she had done for him; she was his angel on Earth and he is now her angel in Heaven. Rest in peace Ritchie- Bear. Your life mattered and we will love you always.