A special page for the dogs that have left paw prints on our hearts and are no longer with us.
2006 – 2017
I just wanted to inform you that Liam was put to sleep in our home on Thursday 11/16/17. My family adopted him back in the fall of 2006. I don’t know if you recall our previous conversation about him having muscle masticatory myositis that he was diagnosed with back in about 2012. He has more recently developed mild hypothyroidism as well as liver disease. He was doing fine up until the weather started to turn cold and his health took a turn for the worst, I won’t get in to details but I made the very tough decision with my mother to have a vet come and put him to rest before his many health problems made his last days ones not to remember for him or us.
I am writing you just to let you know how much I appreciate everything you do. Liam changed the lives of everyone in our family. He was a great dog and you believe me, we had a blast these past 11 years. Back in 2010, I was 20 years old and a Pre-med, sophomore at Temple University. There was a plan set in place since Liam was brought home that had him moving out with me once I had my own job, apartment, and stable academic situation, but when the time came for him to move out and come live with me no one would have it (my mom, stepdad, and 4 sisters, who all still lived there). I realized he was now bonded to the family and I couldn’t take him away from the family or the family away from him because they needed each other. So I settled with just coming home usually on a Saturday or Sunday to take him to the woods for some exercise and fun with my friends dogs. One day I met another student who told me about fostering animals.
I was so lonely without Liam and he made me such an advocate for pit bulls that I felt compelled to take action, if I couldn’t have him I was going to make a difference in the life of some other pups. I contacted my local rescue (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society- Philly PAWS) and they agreed to let me take care of a Pit Bull they named Chicken Dumpling, she had severe separation anxiety and was very tough to place, it took 9 months to find her a home on a produce farm owned and operated by 2 brothers who were in the army and had experience with separation anxiety. After spending all that time working with that pup and finally finding her the perfect home I was hooked. Since then I have spent many days visiting the shelter to exercise the dogs and help out in the spay and neuter clinic. After Chicken I went on to have 16 other foster dogs of all shapes and sizes and 1 cat. I am still continuing to foster and just want you to realize that saving Liam all those years ago lead to me helping save a bunch of other dogs and that is something to be proud of.
I cannot thank you enough for what you do, and though this is an email that stemmed from a sad thing I hope I was also able to bring you joy in knowing how Liam made a difference and what you do for all those dogs makes a difference too. Thanks
2001 – 2016
7-1-02 – 3-12-16
Goodbye my love, my princess, my everything. As I type this with tears streaming down my face. They just will not stop. Rosie came into my life almost 14 years ago, found on the side of a city street with her Mom and two siblings. She was approx. 4 months old. My baby girl, since day one, has never been anything short of amazing. She loved everyone. Dogs, cats and children alike. A Certified Therapy Dog, PittieLove Rescue’s mascot, a true breed ambassador. She changed so many people’s minds about the so many misconceptions of pit bull type dogs. Despite her many health issues (2 torn acl’s, chronic skin issues, ear tumors, removal of her spleen and 3 large masses) she suffered over the years, not once did she ever show an ounce of pain. Tail wagging and ever so gentle kisses at all times. Even as she took her last breath yesterday, she was wagging her tail. Part of my heart and soul went with her and I so struggle finding strength to go on. My Poncho, who is not well himself at almost 15 and my girl Cassidy need me as do the so many dogs needing rescue. I truly believe that I was put on this earth for a reason and Rosie will show me the way.
“Until one has loved an animal a part of ones soul remains unawakended”
What we have once enjoyed we can never lose, all that we love deeply becomes part of us”.
Thanks and love to my wonderful friends and family for being here for me. Forever grateful. Until we meet again my baby girl. Love you more than words could ever say. ~Noreen