by Pat Closher
Today we rescued your dog. We don’t know where you got him from - maybe you saw him in a pet store window or maybe one of your neighbors bred a few litters a year just to make some vacation money or because they loved their dogs so much that of course they wanted to have puppies. We don’t know much about how you cared for him either, although our vet thought that for such a young dog, his teeth were in pretty bad shape.
One day, we saw him on the shelter web site. We called and asked about him. The shelter workers were so happy to hear from us and were delighted to agree to bring him to a local pet store where they do adoptions. Do you want to know why they were so accommodating? He was scheduled to be killed that afternoon. He didn’t know that, but the shelter workers certainly did. It hurt them and he felt that, so he knew something was wrong. All of a sudden, though, the shelter workers were happy and excited and so was he. They bathed him and brushed his coat. We think they probably told him this was it - his big chance, or maybe he just knew it somehow. When we met him, we all fell in love.
He had to go to the vet to be neutered, of course, but then he came home. He has his very own 13 year-old boy. You know, it’s almost like watching one of those old Lassie movies, seeing how well they’ve bonded. He’s got good food and his own toys. He’s taken on walks three times a day, is regularly groomed and is taken to the vet for needed care. We’ll be with him always, even if we have to make that last, difficult decision, because, you see, he is our dog and we are his family.
He has a good heart you know, but then he is a dog, so that’s to be expected. He’s probably forgiven you and, with a dog’s grace, doesn’t even remember you dumped him. He’d probably even be willing to greet you at the Rainbow Bridge. But you know what? He’ll greet us and go with us at the Bridge, and then he’ll be with us forever, because he’s our dog and we’re his family.
Ladie What a true testimonial to her name. She was a true lady in every way, shape and form! We had a boxer before her, that we raised from a puppy, but when we were ready to finally find a new dog, we turned to LSBR. Not wanting to go through the puppy stage again. I have to say that our expectations were high — we both worked and had two very young children. The volunteers did everything they could to make sure that happened. When we first brought Ladie home, she carried a green toy around in her mouth, non stop because she just had a litter of pups pulled from her (so many emotional issues), really bad heart worms, and extremely skinny. But something about her just made us raise an eye. The first few weeks were tough. We had to keep her calm while for going heart worm treatment with Dr. Sartor’s office. They had informed us that it would probably take two to three rounds to treat her, if she made it at all. Long story short here, she only needed one round and gained 15 lbs in the mean time. He called her his miracle dog! From that point on, she joined right into our home and into our hearts. My oldest child, five years old, would look for her after school before saying hi to me. She loved her walks, and got along great with other dogs. And if you were sitting somewhere, she was right there to get a pet on the head. Some people say that animals can feel when their owners are in pain or hurting — that was definitely the case with Ladie. She would be right there, by your side if you were sick. She helped tuck the kids in bed at night, and helped my husband on the grill every time….. She was waiting for her share. She loved to sit on the floor with the kids — waiting for a story to be read to her. My favorite thing of all, I have to say is that she became VERY calm, but when the family got excited and would wrestle, she would instantly pop up, barking and want to play. Our girls favorite thing for us to do was to hold them upside down and Ladie would come over and lick all over their faces/ or tickle their feet by licking them. It was so sweet. She was just one of the kids, or should I say that I think she thought she was the other mother figure in the home. My husband and I would ask each other almost DAILY, “how in the world could anyone EVER give up this wonderful dog?” It’s a true mystery! I have never thought that there would be such a PERFECT dog in the world, like her. But she was in every aspect of the word. Perfect. On September 12th, the day of IKE Hurricane, Ladie started vomiting. I immediately called Dr. Sartor’s office. Of course they were closing down for the day, to prepare for the storm. We thought it was just a tummy bug and come see him after the storm. It didn’t get better. By September 15th (Monday), I couldn’t take it any longer and took her to the only Vet hospital open in town. After numerous test and long hours, they had determined that she had kidney failure, and it was “off the charts”, with no way to repair. We spent the next 24 hours saying good bye to her, and put her to rest on the 16th at 2:47 pm. She passed with perked ears and a sign of peace on her face. I can NOT tell you how much of a perfect dog she was! I could sit here all day, and you still might not believe me. The only thing I will say is that I will NEVER adopt/purchase another animal again other than from LSBR! They found the absolute perfect fit for our home, and the perfect fit for Ladie. I know that our lives were full filled with having her in it, and I believe that her life was full filled by us being in it as well. I couldn’t have asked for more. Much less, I would NEVER take back the short 1 Â½ years we were blessed to have her in our lives. She made our lives better, just by being in them! I feel blessed. I miss her more than words can ever say, but I know that she is chasing squirrels and cats, and just waiting for us to join her one day and to hear her “jingle collar”. Thank you so much LSBR and Dr. Sartor, for making our lives a better place for the year and a half for having her in it. We are truly blessed! Thank you LSBR, The Ternes Family
Lappa was the first boxer we owned together. She captured our hearts from the moment we brought her home.
She always was so loving and kinds. On her final day, when I realized how sick she was. I sat on the floor and cried. Although she obviously had a stroke during the night, she made her way over to comfort me. She was everything a good dog should be: loving, brave and loyal. We miss her constantly.
Julie, Sergio and Sparky
LSBR Archive - 2002 and earlier
Lexi made it to our family through LSBR in the fall of 2011. She joined us during a very difficult time, and we were so glad to find her. She was sturdy and tough looking, with the most hilarious bark that sounded like it should have come from a squirrel. She left most of the barking to Bubba. She was the best girl and was so patient (and modeled perfect dog behavior) when we came home with twins. She was also our #1 clean up specialist during the high chair years. Lexi was only with us for three short years, passing away just before she turned eight in October 2014. Lexi was by our sides through some of the hardest times, and we will forever be grateful that she found us. We have no doubt that she is hanging with Bubba in puppy heaven, hunting up mailmen and stray cats. The Gyeszly Family
We adopted Lexi short 3 1/2 years ago. We had just lost our “first child”/boxer and were heartbroken. Lexi helped to heal our family and brought joy to us all. Her heart was so full of love (especially for her kids) that one day it just gave out. It was sudden and quick and she did not suffer. We will forever miss her happy face, affectionate manner, her joyous way of greeting everyone who entered our home, the thump of her tail, and the way she always watched us drive away from the front window. Everyone was her friend and she will be greatly missed by her family, as well as her neighborhood friends, big and small. We miss you sweet girl. You left your paw print on our hearts forever! Love: Shawn, Quan, Hana (8), Jonah (5), & Noah (3).
When I saw her picture, I knew I needed to meet this special girl. Lilly Belle was 8 years old and deaf. We brought her home and she quickly became mommy's girl. She was always by my side. Communicating with her wasn't as difficult as I thought since she was always watching me. When I wasn't home, she depended on her brother, Bud's ears to guide her. We only had 10 months with this sweet angel. I learned that her blood counts were low and none of the testing we did proved what was causing this. She declined so quickly and ultimately lost her vision. They thought she had some form of cancer and possibly an autoimmune disorder. Lilly Belle passed away in her sleep on 11/12/13. I feel so lucky to have know this sweet soul if only for 10 months. I miss you every day......run free, sweet girl!