This page is dedicated to all the wonderful dogs that were rescued by SOS and have left us behind on this side of Heaven.
They are missed by all whose lives they touched.
When you bring a pet into your life, you begin a journey - a journey that will bring you more love and devotion than you have ever known, yet also test your strength and courage.
If you allow, the journey will teach you many things, about life, about yourself, and most of all, about love. You will come away changed forever, for one soul cannot touch another without leaving its mark.
You will learn the true measure of love - the steadfast, undying kind that says, "It doesn't matter where we are or what we do, or how life treats us as long as we are together." Respect this always. It is the most precious gift any living soul can give another. You will not find it often among the human race.
And you will learn humility. The look in my dog's eyes often made me feel ashamed. Such joy and love at my presence. He saw not some flawed human who could be cross and stubborn, moody or rude, but only his wonderful companion. Or maybe he saw those things and dismissed them as mere human foibles, not worth considering, and so chose to love me anyway.
If you pay attention and learn well, when the journey is done, you will be not just a better person, but the person your pet always knew you to be - the one they were proud to call beloved friend.
I must caution you that this journey is not without pain. Like all paths of true love, the pain is part of loving. For as surely as the sun sets, one day your dear animal companion will follow a trail you cannot yet go down.
And you will have to find the strength and love to let them go. A pet's time on earth is far too short - especially for those that love them. We borrow them, really, just for awhile, and during these brief years they are generous enough to give us all their love, every inch of their spirit and heart, until one day there is nothing left.
The cat that only yesterday was a kitten is all too soon old and frail and sleeping in the sun. The young pup of boundless energy wakes up stiff and lame, the muzzle now gray. Deep down we somehow always knew that this journey would end. We knew that if we gave our hearts they would be broken.
But give them we must for it is all they ask in return. When the time comes, and the road curves ahead to a place we cannot see, we give one final gift and let them run on ahead - young and whole once more.
"Go now and run free, good friend," we say, until our journey comes full circle and our paths cross again. And our journey will come full circle.
Sebastian left us in April 2011
Misty spent the last year of her life with us. We miss you sweet girl.
Jobe left us in April 2011
Sweet Maddie left us in August 2011
Sweet Sandy left us in March 2011
Lost this big boy
in April 2016.
Godspeed sweet Angus
Sweet Annie left us
in May 2016!
Spunky Maggie left us in August 2016. She spent her last 3 years with SOS.
Peyton sweet girl, we will miss you on the farm! September 2016
We said goodbye to our beloved Sadie Mae in January 2017.She was an amazing dog and the house just seems empty without her in it.
Lost our sweet, much-
loved Reese April 2017