In Memory of
our beloved GSPs
Sweet Tucker, our 2014 alumnus, has crossed the Rainbow Bridge. When Tucker came to rescue, he hit the jackpot and was paired with our longtime volunteers Denise and William in Florida. Tucker quickly worked his way into their hearts, and he made sure they knew how much he loved them. They adopted him shortly afterward.
Sadly, Tucker recently developed several major health issues, and his passing was very sudden and desperately sad. Denise said he was a part of their family for 8 years and they will miss him very much. We know that is an understatement…and our hearts ache for them as they adjust to life without Tucker.
Farewell Tucker…and enjoy running with the others who crossed before you.
Chester T. Rescuehound, our 2012 alumnus in Florida, has said his farewell to his family and left for the Rainbow Bridge. Chester came to rescue as a stray right before Christmas in 2012 and was temp fostered, then fostered, then adopted by our longtime volunteer and board member, Linda, her husband Larry and their family.
A little bit about Chester from his mom… “He was a bit of a wild man when he came to rescue. He has always preferred to be outside and on top of something. Chester was a happy-go-lucky guy, and loved life and all the adventures that come along with it. He loved to ride on anything that had 4 wheels, in a car, truck, golf cart or on the seat of the tractor. He loved his people and being with them, and always looked for lots of attention. He loved the outdoors and having fun chasing birds, squirrels, etc. He had a long tail that wagged non-stop.”
We can visualize that tail and Chester’s smile making his way around the Rainbow Bridge, greeting several GSP alumni that arrived before him. Run, play and enjoy being with your friends Chester!
“Barking, playing, an endless run; I’m up in heaven having fun.” Unknown
Our dear, sweet, 2019 alumnus Oscar has crossed to the Rainbow Bridge. His time with his forever family was short on this earth, but was overflowing with love and adventure. The note from his family says it all:
I am writing with news of Oscars passing on April 30th 2022 of congestive heart failure and end stages of canine cognitive disease. We adopted the “old man” in March of 2019 at the estimated age of 8 and didn’t know how much we would learn from such an amazing creature in a short amount of time.
When we first got Oscar home, he seemed very shy, would pace all night, and it seemed we couldn’t comfort him despite our best efforts (didn’t help that he was deaf). He had several health problems, arthritis, severe dental disease, and buckshot in his body. We helped him gain some of his mobility back and removed his painful teeth and got him in the best shape we could.
After melting his heart with treats and affection his personality really shined and opened up to our love. He demanded food (with a bark), was an epic snuggler, loved car rides, and being with us. He was a steadfast hunter and successful in finding moles despite poor vision and lack of hearing! He went on an adventure of a lifetime in 2021 when we drove an RV throughout the US and Oscar got to see and smell it all. He has been to 22 states in the three years we shared with him (including 15+ national parks, the mountains of the Cascades, the deserts of the American Southwest, the shorelines of the oceans and Great Lakes). His favorite place by far was the Juniper campground in eastern Idaho with lots of space to run and big trees to sniff.
He never seemed to complain despite his rough past life, he always seemed very happy and grateful for love and a safe place, and he got along with everyone and everything. He taught us patience and to never give up despite the obstacles, love is trusting someone enough to let them close, and that saving one dog will not change the world, but for Oscar the world did change forever. RIP our Oscar man, we love you always.
We miss him with all of our hearts and will never forget his presence in our lives. Love you Oscar man
"The light of life does not go out, the sun of love will never set; Let not your heart be filled with doubt, let not your soul be troubled.” Unknown