Our sweet 2013 Alumna Cocoa passed away at the age of 11. She started her time in rescue with our longtime coordinator Brendan who picked her up from the shelter and ran her 10 miles. She no doubt thought she had hit the jackpot. She was adopted by her family later that year and it was a perfect fit. Our hearts go out to the Hammond/Megic family. There is no doubt Cocoa left this world happy and loved beyond measure – run free pretty girl!
With deep sadness we said goodbye to our sweet old lady Toots who was being fostered by our very caring volunteer John in SC.
Toots had been treated for a mini-stroke, hypothyroidism and was diagnosed yesterday with leukemia/bone cancer. She was very uncomfortable and hadn’t eaten for 2 days, so the Vet recommended we end her pain. Toots and John developed a deep bond during her time in rescue and he will miss her dearly.
From John: “To all that sent Toots and I prayers and well wishes. THANK YOU!! Toots was my first Foster. I had her for 2 mo. and fell in love with her. She climbed over the rainbow bridge last night. She knew I was with her till the end.” Toots came to rescue with her sister Pearl in January. Their story is very sad. They were hunting dogs and their elderly owner gave them to a man to take care of. When they could no longer hunt, that man surrendered them to SEGSP.
Please keep her foster parents in your thoughts and prayers.
We hate ending the week with sad news so we’d like to call this a celebration of our 2013 Alumnus Henry’s life. From his loving Mom Mary: “Our beautiful, sweet Henry passed over the Rainbow Bridge today to join our other boys, Max and Ike. He entered our home and our hearts from rescue on Nov 24, 2013 and left us with broken hearts far too soon. He bravely fought through many rounds of chemo for lymphoma and never once lost his warm snuggle or wagging tail. While he came to us with a less than happy past, he spent every day with us enjoying and giving love. He is already greatly missed and will always be greatly loved. 🐾💔😥🙏🌈” Henry’s life in rescue started when our volunteer David and his daughter pulled him from Bay County Animal Control in Panama City, FL. He had a winding road through rescue, being fostered by our experienced Florida volunteer Beth, our Founder Beth Cochran and finally our TN volunteer Cat. His road led him to the exact spot he needed to be…with Mary and her family. Thank you to everyone who made Henry’s life happy, especially his Mom Mary. Run free sweet Henry – you were loved to the very end and beyond.
Our sweet Alumna Daisy, originally from NC and adopted in SC, passed away peacefully this morning. Daisy was 12 when she was surrendered to SEGSP at the end of 2018. She was adopted by our volunteer Shelby and spent her last 5 months safe, loved and very happy. From Shelby to her Daisy: “For the short time you were with JP and I, we hope you were happy. So glad SEGSP Rescue brought you to me, fly high pretty. Gunner and Shankers will take care of you. Run free my Daisy Lou Who…our hearts will never be the same.” Thank you Shelby and JP for loving Daisy – our hearts go out to you.
With heavy hearts we say farewell to our 2011 Alumna Polly. She was fostered by Krista, then our founder Beth Cochran for heartworm treatment, then Tiffany. They all called her Polly Prissy Pants because she was so dainty. Her parents Warren and Eunice traveled to Atlanta to meet Polly on June 18th, 2011 and fell in love. Her Mom said Polly was a sweet, kind soul without a mean bone in her body - she loved everyone. Polly had an intense fear of thunder, lightning and heavy rain and the only thing that consoled her was her family’s love. Therefore they never left her alone when it rained. Eunice and Warren dedicated their life to making her feel happy and loved and we’re sure Polly had the same dedication and love for them. We know they are devastated by her passing and we wish we could take their pain away. She will be missed greatly.
Our 2011 Alumnus Dude has crossed to the rainbow bridge. He was fostered by Susanne and Eric and adopted in 2012 by the Cantrell family who loved him with all their heart. Susanne said Dude was a hunting maniac in their yard – a true GSP! From his Dad: “We loved Dude and he blessed our family more than I can express. He was there through good times, and never left our side in tough times. He was an angel for my family for 7 years. Thank you for what you do for these dogs.” Our hearts ache for the Cantrell family…
We are heartbroken to learn that our 2018 Alumnus Billie has crossed to the Rainbow Bridge. Billie arrived in rescue in July 2018 after being found by Animal Control in south FL and his family never came for him. Billie had a grade 3 heart murmur and slowly took a turn for the worse over the last month. He went into heart failure last night and they made the painful decision to end his suffering. We don’t know what his former life was like, but we do know his life after rescue was beautiful and he received a lifetime of love from his new family. Our hearts go out to the Elliot family. Run pain free Billie!
“My mind still talks to you. My heart still looks for you. But my soul knows you are at peace...” Unknown
We have such sad news to share…our 2004 Alumnus Boone has passed away. Boone is the middle GSP in our Facebook cover photo and he was also Board President and longtime volunteer, Heather’s precious boy.
Boone was brought into Rescue and fostered by Heather in late 2004. He was her one and only foster “fail” that ended up being her best friend, her fur-baby and her rock for 14 beautiful years. He entered Rescue, clearly having been abused in the past, and destroyed many crates and furniture due to his separation anxiety. However, Heather says he always loved other dogs and was such a sweet boy to every new foster that entered her home. Eventually, Boone blossomed into a wonderful dog who Heather could take with her anywhere. She affectionately says he taught her how to be a good doggy Mom.
With his age, Boone struggled with some nervous system issues and initially, the chiro and cold laser treatments worked to keep him pain-free and mobile. Recently, it became clear the treatments were no longer working. It was painful for Boone as well as his Mom as she watched his frustration build and his spirit slowly whither. Although there's never a right or good time, Heather knew it was time to say goodbye to her best friend.
All of us know Heather is heartbroken and misses him desperately but we hope she finds comfort in how much love Boone felt from her throughout his life. Within Rescue, it seems like the dogs that come to us with so many problems are the ones who wiggle their way into our hearts the deepest and Boone is the very best example of that.
Goodbye sweet boy, you have left your Mom’s life, but you’ll never leave her heart.
Sadly, we recently found out that our 2010 alumna Quincy, aka “Q” (formerly Lucy) passed away last year. Tragically, our volunteer Katie Meseroll who fostered Quincy in 2010 passed away from cancer in 2016. We have no doubt they have reunited at the rainbow bridge and that makes us smile.
Quincy enjoyed almost 10 years with her family, traveling up and down the east coast to visit family, the outer banks of NC, Greensboro and the beaches in Wilmington. From her dad Jared: “She eventually grew into a wonderful big sister to our two boys (born 2013 and 2017). She was gentle and protective with them when they were babies, loved "cleaning up" the kitchen floor after they ate and just before she passed, had started to spend more and more time with them. She had even started sneaking into their room at night to sleep and keep an eye on them. Like any good GSP, she was eager for walks and was an accomplished ball retriever, but she also was an accomplished couch potato. She spent a lot of time with Korynn and me watching tv on our couch in the evenings. One of her claims to fame, in addition to her remarkable good looks was having the softest fur anyone had ever felt. She knew that this was her secret weapon and used it with great skill to get more than her fair share of petting from everyone she met. We miss her a great deal.”
We are heartbroken to learn that our 2018 Alumna Poppy (aka Popcorn) has passed away. We recently posted her battle with a spleen covered in enlarged masses and bleeding. She kept having intermittent episodes and was in extreme pain and discomfort. Poppy was found during the aftermath of Hurricane Florence and was surrendered to SEGSP when her owner could not be found. She went through heartworm treatment and was very timid and afraid. Her Mom (then her foster Mom) lovingly molded this worn and torn little girl into a healthy sweet family member. From her Mom Renee: “Thanks to you all for what you do. Each GSP has impacted my life immeasurably!”
We don’t know what the first 8 years of Poppy’s life was like, but we know the last year was filled with fun adventures and love. Run pain-free sweet Poppy…