A sad announcement… our alumna Timber passed away this week. She came to rescue in 2013 and had been used to make puppies then discarded by her owner at age 8 to a shelter in Alabama. She was adopted in 2014, then had several years of pure love with her mom Lesley. From her mom: “She went to work with me every day and was loved by everyone in the office. We walked a lot and she got a lot of people food and treats and she slept on soft beds or couches. I think she had a good life with me but I know she brought great joy and companionship to my life.
"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; love leaves a memory no one can steal.” Unknown
We leave you tonight with a sad note. We just learned that 2018 alum Sassy passed away unexpectedly yesterday. The Collins family said they will miss her greatly as they adjust to life without her. Sassy was 13.5 years young.
We end the weekend with sad news… Our 2009 alumna Sarah Lular Belle, affectionately called Lular by her mom Tiffany, passed away last week with her parents Tiffany and Blake by her side. Sarah was fostered, then loved forever by Tiffany and Blake and it was a match made in heaven. When they picked her up, our volunteer Missy handed them a pink pillow with the word “Princess” monogrammed on it. And Missy said “Sarah can’t go anywhere without this princess pillow because this girl is a diva.” From Tiffany: “Missy wasn't wrong. Sarah was independent and opinionated from the very beginning. She chose what she wanted and when she wanted it. But she could give love with the best of them - on her terms. In the last year, Sarah was diagnosed with kidney disease and general neurological issues that made it difficult for her to walk. She kept up her joy for life until last week when she didn't really want to eat anymore. We could only get her to eat McDonald's nuggets in the last few days but she did that with the usual gusto that she had for life. Her favorite things were laying in the sunshine and peeing on Oliver's pee. In the last few years, she and Oliver developed the most perfect old married couple relationship. They couldn't be away from each other but he irritated her so much. While he walked around the yard peeing on everything, she followed and peed on it too. Sarah truly was one of a kind and our life is less bright without her in it. She left this world laying in the sunshine in her backyard surrounded by her mommy and daddy who loved her unconditionally. Sarah knew love and she gave love. We all miss her already.” “So, though I give you all my heart, the time will come when we must part. But all around you, you will see, creatures that speak to you of me; a tired horse, a hunted thing, a sparrow with a broken wing. Pity – and help (I know you will) and somehow, I will be with you still; and I shall know, although I’m gone, the love I gave you lingers on.” Unknown
Our hearts are heavy after learning that our 2016 alumnus Jack has crossed to the rainbow bridge. Jack was surrendered at age 5 to an Alabama shelter before being transferred to SEGSP. He was heartworm positive and starved for love. Jack’s foster parents, quickly filled that void, and immediately realized they couldn’t live without him and adopted Jack. Earlier this year after extensive vetting, it was determined that Jack had an inoperable tumor so his family brought him home and Jack enjoyed two months sniffing his yard, laying in sunbeams and enjoying all dog things. From his mom Mary:
“We are eternally grateful to SEGSP Rescue for bringing Jack into our lives. We proudly wear the title “foster fails” and we would not change a second of the time we had with him. We like to think that we gave him a beautiful life in rescue. He loved his yard, whether chasing squirrels or just sitting quietly in a shady corner. He liked walks but was just as happy on the sofa in front of the fire. He was a bed and blanket hog who frequently slept on his back. He loved treats, pets, car rides, and belly rubs. He liked most vegetables and would grab his own carrot from the crisper. He was the sous chef in the kitchen – if dinner wasn’t started by 5:30 he would let you know, and then carefully supervise every step of the preparation, rolling over for a belly rub occasionally. He circled the dinner table until we were done and then waited for the dishes to be washed and put away to get his nightly treat. He was the dog that everyone wanted to meet and pet – he was handsome and who can resist a GSP’s silky, floppy ears? He was my companion on home visits for SEGSP and was a great ambassador for the breed and the organization. We feel a bit cheated because the time feels so short. He was perfect for us; the dog that we needed. His loss is profound. Thank you for allowing us the privilege of adopting Jack. After some time, I am sure we will be browsing the adoption pages in search of a new friend. Until then, we are glad to offer our time to support the rescue any way we can.”